Open Thread – Tues 3 May 2022


The Raising of Lazarus, Jean-Baptiste Jouvenet, 1701

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Roger
Roger
May 6, 2022 1:23 pm

If you already have gas connected, instantaneous gas is quite good.

The best; and very little to go wrong.

Winston Smith
May 6, 2022 1:24 pm

Who decided to call it Original Antigenic Sin?
Such a stupid name – it just invites derision from the Left.
I mean if you had a dog that was really smart, would you call it “Moron”?

Winston Smith
May 6, 2022 1:26 pm

Doc Faustus:

Abortion is a routine and safe health-care procedure accessed by approximately one in four American women.

Not for the poor bloody foetus, it isn’t.

I might point out that I was quoting freaks quoting a freak.

Certainly, no insult meant to your good self.

Oh come on
Oh come on
May 6, 2022 1:26 pm

This is an excellent thread on what RUS are doing around Izyum in preparation for a breakout, rolling the right flank of the UKR northern line, and surrounding UKR forces in Donbass pocket. It also reinforces the fact that the tempo of operations is dictated by circumstances on the battlefield.

Lies! The Ukrainian military has killed 50 billion Russian soldiers, destroyed all of their tanks, disabled their nuclear arsenal, sunk their entire navy, shot down every Russian plane (including Putin’s presidential jets) and has swept eastward across the country at a lightning pace and is about to seize the final Russian redoubt of Vladivostok, where Putin is cowering, surrounded by mafia henchmen who are going to overthrow him any second now.

Top Ender
Top Ender
May 6, 2022 1:27 pm

No, don’t have gas.

The lights are those ones with sensors. Eventually, due to the sensors being worth about 50c, they fail, and the light doesn’t want to go on any more. As they’re hard-wired have to get a sparkie in to replace them. What a racket.

Roger
Roger
May 6, 2022 1:28 pm

Arky why don’t you fuck off to Kiev seeing you feel so strongly about it.

Milton, I suspect Arky feels trongly about this war because, iirc, his wife is from Taiwan and they have family there. Needless to say, the Chinese, like their new besties the Russians, have their own axe to grind in regard to that territory.

If I’m wrong on this, no doubt he’ll correct me in his usual gentlemanly manner.

Oh come on
Oh come on
May 6, 2022 1:31 pm

the Chinese, like their new besties the Russians

It never had to be this way. Thank the US deep state and its Cold War-era irrational hatred for this optimal outcome.

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
May 6, 2022 1:32 pm

Top Endersays:
May 6, 2022 at 1:27 pm
No, don’t have gas.

The lights are those ones with sensors

Philips LED Motion Sensor Floodlight 50W

https://reductionrevolution.com.au/products/led-motion-sensor-floodlight-50w

johanna
johanna
May 6, 2022 1:33 pm

Just had a very disturbing conversation with an old friend. He is a Scot with a Malaysian/Chinese wife. Happily married for decades, kids. We’ve been friends for more than 25 years.

I’m going to be stuck in the Woden medical precinct next week for hours, three tests at 90 minute intervals. So, I called him up to see if we could catch up for a coffee.

He said that he couldn’t because he was due to get a ‘booster’ that day. So? I asked. He said that he was worried that he might get infected.

Couldn’t resist, I told him that I’ve never had a flu shot or a COVID shot, didn’t intend to, and never got sick.

We ended the conversation a bit shaky on both sides.

It is awful to see my old friend degenerate into a blubbery pool. One of the things I liked about him was that he had a robust approach to issues.

GreyRanga
GreyRanga
May 6, 2022 1:33 pm

Good to see the political advertising being ripped out in my neck of the woods. No one is safe.

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
May 6, 2022 1:37 pm

Taiwan ditches plan to buy US-made anti-sub helicopters, Taipei still waiting on $14 billion in military equipment it ordered in 2019

Taiwan’s Defense Minister Chiu Kuo-cheng has said that Taipei will abandon its plan to purchase new US anti-submarine warfare helicopters produced by Lockheed Martin Corp, saying they were excessively pricey.

“The price is too high, beyond the scope of our country’s ability,” the island’s defense chief said at a parliamentary hearing on Thursday.

Local media, however, have reported that Washington rejected the sale, in the belief that it was not in line with the island nation’s needs.

Washington has failed to deliver on previous contractual obligations to Taiwan.

Despite showering American defense manufacturers with money, Taipei is still awaiting $14.2 billion worth of military equipment that it has already ordered from the US since 2019.

Recently delayed purchases include Howitzer artillery systems and mobile Stinger anti-aircraft missiles.

The latter are in high demand as Washington is constantly sending new Stingers as a part of its military aid to Ukraine.

Roger
Roger
May 6, 2022 1:42 pm

Thank the US deep state and its Cold War-era irrational hatred for this optimal outcome.

I think I said here at the time that when Biden brought Blinken and Nuland back from wherever these people go when they’re not in power, that it bode ill for peace in eastern Europe. Even Henry Kissinger is exasperated by their approach.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
May 6, 2022 1:42 pm

miltonfsays:

May 6, 2022 at 1:16 pm

Arky why don’t you fuck off to Kiev seeing you feel so strongly about it.

Chicken Kiev?

Winston Smith
May 6, 2022 1:42 pm

Boambee John:

But enough about Secretary of Transportation Buttygig and xer “husband”.

Every time I see that pair, I feel physically sick.
With this kind of behaviour, the Muslims got it right.
They are the first drops of water in a crack in the rocky foundations of society, then freezing.

DrBeauGan
DrBeauGan
May 6, 2022 1:47 pm

I have not heard of any, but it may all have been drowned out by the din of gnashing teeth and howling at the moon, but has anyone tried to defend the actual ratio decensis of Roe v Wade and show that this current judgement is in error, or to argue from the constitution that the right to an abortion is implicitly enshrined?

The left doesn’t do arguments. They do screaming abuse and threatening violence. And violence.

Unfortunately, it works.

Jorge
Jorge
May 6, 2022 1:48 pm

Ducted heater gave out a while back and young bloke came around, had a quick look, asked how old it was (16) and recommended a complete replacement. Subsequent quote came in around $4K.
He pointed out that the buzzing noise was because the electric motor was stuffed. After a bit of stewing it over and with great trepidation I decided to pull it out myself and found a parts place about half an hour’s drive away.
Bloke heard me out and said straight away ‘Sounds like the transformer.’ Replacement cost $40 and working perfectly. As he handed it back I mentioned the $4K quote I’d received and he said with a smile, ‘We hear stories like that all the time.’

Jorge
Jorge
May 6, 2022 1:53 pm

Just noticed Nancy Pelosi has weighed in, saying if Roe v Wade is thrown out ‘families will suffer.’

Mother Lode
Mother Lode
May 6, 2022 1:55 pm

Critics have described the company’s policy as “speech-policing” and “creepy”. “Housewife” and even a computer “motherboard” have been flagged as not being inclusive by the new system.

It is strange, although hardly unintentional, at how ‘offence’ has been redefined.

It is now at the point where the occurrence of a word in one context which could be offensive in another context now makes makes all contexts ‘offensive’. Somehow ‘Mother’ is offensive – can’t see how. It is a fine word. To say otherwise is a Lode of bollocks!

But anyway, they have determined ‘mother’ is offensive, probably because it hints at a difference between men and women. Whatever is offensive about that distinction they think makes the word ‘motherboard’ a restatement of the original offence.

‘Blacklist’ is racist because it has ‘black’. Or because it has a negative connotation so when you say it you are asserting that black people are bad.

No one has to feel offence, all you need do is play ‘six degrees of separation’ with words.

Oddly enough, white people do not loosen their sphincters and stand in a puddle of their own making when they hear ‘whitewash’, ‘white dwarf’ (although dwarves may be offended), or ‘white out’.

miltonf
miltonf
May 6, 2022 2:04 pm

To think that in San Francisco, cretins and fuckwits actually vote for Pelosi- that corrupt mafia hag. Come to think of it though, it probably doesn’t mate how many votes the old junckie gets- it’s so corrupt that the cadaver would win with 10 votes.

H B Bear
H B Bear
May 6, 2022 2:06 pm

It is awful to see my old friend degenerate into a blubbery pool. One of the things I liked about him was that he had a robust approach to issues.

Vaccines are a problem because you also have to throw out your belief in government as basically a force for good and the general reliability of the MSM. I don’t have a problem doing either but have swapped texts with 2 good mates who are not ready to join me.

H B Bear
H B Bear
May 6, 2022 2:07 pm

Apple nerds seem to have fixed the Copy-Paste issue. Bet that caused a few interesting phone calls.

local oaf
May 6, 2022 2:10 pm

Johanna. I think it was Channel 7 blokes did the car stuff. They would brag about it at Epping pub.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NUqN1xsZymc

johanna
johanna
May 6, 2022 2:11 pm

Sorry if I seem repetetive, but I lost friends over Glowbull warmeneing, and now over Getting Multiple Jabs.

Not pleasant at my age (old).

Suppose that comes of being born when I was.

John H.
John H.
May 6, 2022 2:11 pm

Higher Antioxidant Levels Linked to Lower Dementia Risk

The study found that people with the highest levels of the antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin and beta-cryptoxanthin in their blood were less likely to develop dementia decades later than people with lower levels of the antioxidants.

Proxy for eat more plants.

Old bloke
Old bloke
May 6, 2022 2:13 pm

dover0beach says:
May 6, 2022 at 11:11 am

I can understand why the UKR don’t want these figures widely reported and why the negotiating table looks better to them than the battlefield.

Reports I’ve read say that the Ukrainian soldiers surrendering to the Donbass militia and the Russians are now middle-aged men, they have mobilised their “Volkssturm.” Which begs the question, where are their younger soldiers?

They may be held in reserve somewhere or perhaps a lot of young men fled to Hungary or Poland?

This presents a problem to the War Machine, the US can ship huge amounts of munitions and armour to the Ukraine, but if there’s nobody left there to use this equipment, then the war ends because nobody turned up.

H B Bear
H B Bear
May 6, 2022 2:15 pm

Has Twiggy stuck his hand in his own pocket for any of this renewable stuff? Fortescue Future Industries technology risk seems to be being bourne by public shareholders (read Mums and Dads via Mosman based Superannuation Investment Managers) and the government (read mug taxpayers).

jupes
jupes
May 6, 2022 2:18 pm

This presents a problem to the War Machine, the US can ship huge amounts of munitions and armour to the Ukraine, but if there’s nobody left there to use this equipment, then the war ends because nobody turned up.

And Russia ends up with the booty.

johanna
johanna
May 6, 2022 2:21 pm

local oaf says:
May 6, 2022 at 2:10 pm

Johanna. I think it was Channel 7 blokes did the car stuff. They would brag about it at Epping pub.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NUqN1xsZymc

My bad, oaf.

It was groundbreaking stuff.

H B Bear
H B Bear
May 6, 2022 2:22 pm

Sorry if I seem repetetive, but I lost friends over Glowbull warmeneing, and now over Getting Multiple Jabs.

Interestingly my sister,who for 30 years was politically disinterested/uninterested and regarded me as a right wing nut job, is possibly more anti vaccine than me.

Strange days indeed.

Winston Smith
May 6, 2022 2:26 pm

Grey Ranga:

JC life seems to be an inconvenience for these people, not just the unborn. Where does all this come from? What do they ever think about? Do they appreciate anything? They are so lost.

They hate themselves, they hate everything.
From their ranks will grow the next OGPU murderers.
You watch. These people are here with us, they just haven’t had the opportunity to unleash their self hatred on us.

Winston Smith
May 6, 2022 2:29 pm

rickw:

“These animals are satanic.”

The only logical explanation.

No. They are human, and they and only they are responsible for their actions – not some minor Deity.
Remember that, as they confront the gallows for their crimes.

shatterzzz
May 6, 2022 2:36 pm

Aaaaaaagh! .. the joys of filling in an OAP day … Rode down to Fairfield (1 hr) for a swim cos for some wierd reason (known only to Council) OAPs get into Fairfield Pool free on Friday mornings but not the local pool which is 10 minutes walk from my place .. anywayz .. swims a km (20x25mts laps), does some fruit shopping and riding back with around a 7kg load in the backpack .. bloody puncture 5kms from home soooo walked/pushed the rest of the trip ..
added an extra hour to the outing but happy that at 74 I can still cope with these, all too frequent, hiccups in my life .. LOL!

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
May 6, 2022 2:42 pm

Shatterzzz.
Talk to JC about run-flat tyres.

rickw
rickw
May 6, 2022 2:42 pm

And Russia ends up with the booty.

Or me! Still waiting of firm pricing and shipping costs from my Uke dealer.

Winston Smith
May 6, 2022 2:49 pm

It just occurred to me that perhaps a marginal seat could be won by an outsider who has a cat and dog team as advisors.
Why not?
The Yanks have done it in their council elections.

H B Bear
H B Bear
May 6, 2022 3:04 pm

Winston – I am thinking of changing my name to Caligula and running for the Senate in a horse costume. Need another 499 signatures for party status.

rickw
rickw
May 6, 2022 3:09 pm

Just noticed Nancy Pelosi has weighed in, saying if Roe v Wade is thrown out ‘families will suffer.’

There is a great video of a gutsy black guy taking on a swath of medicos. He gets them responding positively to “all Black Lives Matter”, then takes them to all unborn black babies, they stumble cough and splutter. Back to BLM for more training, back to unborn black babies etc.

Complete take down of their rampant stupidity and hypocrisy.

John H.
John H.
May 6, 2022 3:14 pm

Researchers Discover How Hormones Define Brain Sex Differences

I’m surprised this issue hasn’t been raised in the trans-sports debates because it happens long before puberty.

Mother Lode
Mother Lode
May 6, 2022 3:16 pm

Incitatus was the horse’s name, HB.

local oaf
May 6, 2022 3:18 pm

My bad, oaf.

It was groundbreaking stuff.

I had no idea which channel it was either, I just quoted dopey at 1:05 pm.

I did remember it was Tony Williamson’s Celica at least. Bits of my memory still work 🙂

lotocoti
lotocoti
May 6, 2022 3:24 pm

They made untold millions for motor racing and criquet and who knows what else.

ABC Engineering Department, oddly enough.
The only blokes in the corporation to ever turn a profit.

DaFisk
DaFisk
May 6, 2022 3:42 pm

Putin apologises to Israel for foreign minister Lavrov’s lunatic claim that Hitler was Jewish and Zionists partly responsible for the Holocaust. FM Lavrov last seen conspicuously avoiding all balconies and liquid refreshments.

Rag?p Soylu
@ragipsoylu
NEW: Putin has apologised after his foreign minister said that Nazi leader Adolf Hitler had “Jewish blood”, Israel says.

Putin made the apology in a call with Israeli PM Naftali Bennett, his office said in a statement. — BBC

Winston Smith
May 6, 2022 3:47 pm

Old Ozzie:
I wonder if Russia and China are starting to get worried now they’ve staffed the worlds premier Armed Forces with political doomsday cultists.

DaFisk
DaFisk
May 6, 2022 3:53 pm

What such individuals do not seem to comprehend is that Ukraine is a vital Russian security interest, and the Kremlin likely will do whatever is necessary—probably even the use of tactical nuclear weapons—to prevent a defeat.

If Putin fires a nuke and it turns out a dud (because Russia’s nuclear arsenal likely had zero maintenance done during the Yeltsin years), he can kiss goodbye any bordering territory with China.

H B Bear
H B Bear
May 6, 2022 3:55 pm

Incitatus was the horse’s name, HB.

Excellent. Do you want to be my Campaign Manager?

H B Bear
H B Bear
May 6, 2022 4:03 pm

ABC Engineering Department, oddly enough.
The only blokes in the corporation to ever turn a profit

Life as a technical/innovative area in a large corporate can often be difficult. The company I ended up at comprised bits of SECV and Leighton. We ended up getting bought by a gigantic multinational which just re-created the problem. Oh well.

Vicki
Vicki
May 6, 2022 4:13 pm

Higher Antioxidant Levels Linked to Lower Dementia Risk

With all the anti-oxidant vitamins/greens out of vege garden etc etc I consume – I wouldn’t expect to stumble over people’s names like I do regularly – to my great frustration. A consequence of growing old, I hear……

Vicki
Vicki
May 6, 2022 4:18 pm

Incidentally, attended a funeral of one of my contemporaries today in Sydney- a lovely, lively and athletic lady (golf/rowing/walking) who was simply found dead in her home. No health issues that the family knew of………….

Huge funeral….did not hear one mention of the vaccines that shall not be named…..

Mak Siccar
Mak Siccar
May 6, 2022 4:24 pm

A consequence of growing old, I hear……

What? Speak up please!

P.S. Sorry to hear about your contemporary. Presumably there was an autopsy which may illuminate.

JC
JC
May 6, 2022 4:25 pm

US head of special operations in Europe reckons that Uke can win the war and push Russia back past their border with 4 brigades comprising of 50,000 reasonably well armed men. Dunno if it’s possible, but now at least there’s a number. 200,000 western armed men and fuckers cop a decent serve.

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
May 6, 2022 4:30 pm

Australia One.

Still not a registered party.

JC
JC
May 6, 2022 4:31 pm

Dover, aren’t you a little glad the keys were returned after NY. You never thanked me. 🙂

JC
JC
May 6, 2022 4:33 pm

LOL

Former President Trump proposed launching missiles into Mexico to destroy drug labs run by cartels, according to an upcoming memoir from Mark Esper, his former secretary of Defense.

The New York Times first reported the news, gaining an advance copy of Esper’s memoir, “A Sacred Oath: Memoirs of a Secretary of Defense During Extraordinary Times,” which is slated for a release on Tuesday.

https://thehill.com/policy/defense/3479050-esper-says-trump-proposed-launching-missiles-into-mexico-to-destroy-drug-labs/amp/

Vicki
Vicki
May 6, 2022 4:42 pm

Presumably there was an autopsy which may illuminate.

No mention of one, or any known cause of death, at the funeral. Too delicate a question to inquire today, but will make discreet inquiry.

JC
JC
May 6, 2022 4:44 pm

Trader’s blog… musings.

But have the west actually said they helped sink the Russian ship? Really?

Yep, they have.

BREAKING: U.S. intelligence helped Ukraine sink the Russian cruiser Moskva – NBC News

Russian would have surmised this anyway because it’s pretty obvious the Ukes couldn’t do it alone. I cannot believe Western intel is bragging about this. By all means, help the ukes down the ship, but don’t fucking brag about it, you morons.

MAY 9TH LOOMS: US BOASTS OF HELPING TO SINK RUSSIA’S FLAGSHIP WAR VESSEL

On May 9th, 1945, Russia defeated the Nazi regime. It’s called “Victory Day” in Russia and considered a very important, sacred even, holiday.

This coincides with tensions ratcheting up between NATO and Russia, as the Ukrainian war draws in regional and global forces to fend off the Russian invasion. It’s rumored that Russia will order a full mobilization of its armed forces and officially declare war against Ukraine. It’s hard to imagine Russia NOT mobilizing, since all of NATO is actively targeting Russian leadership and servicemen.

While no one really knows what Russia will do, we do know the United States is goading Russia with comments designed to cause Putin to choose violence, giving NATO the pretext to launch attacks against Russia. Tonight they boasted about helping to sink the Moskva.

Last week Pelosi, Schiff and other US politicians were in Kiev talking about defeating Russia and said nothing about de escalation. And lastly Belarusian forces are teeming on the border with Lithuania, as well as nuclear readiness exercises underway by the Russians in Kaliningrad.

In total, the mood of the west is one of invincibility — as people view Russia’s struggles in the Ukraine and deduce they’re weak. The fact is, Ukraine is strong, assisted by western intelligence, logistics, and weapons. If the war expanded into other areas of Europe, forget about GDP growth and start to worry about submarines in the Atlantic targeting LNG tankers to a gas starved Europe.

One can make a strong argument that the Ukrainian army is the strongest and most battle ready forces in all of Europe. How other European forces will stack up against a fully mobilized Russia is anyone’s guess.

All being said, none of this is bullish for stocks.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
May 6, 2022 4:49 pm

Putin apologises to Israel for foreign minister Lavrov’s lunatic claim that Hitler was Jewish

Melanie Phillips isn’t impressed.

Why Russia has once again turned on the Jews (5 May)

Winston Smith
May 6, 2022 4:56 pm

Johanna:

“This is a very significant contribution to bringing emissions down,” Mr Taylor said.

I wonder if he’s aware the emissions of which he speaks so disparagingly – CO2 – may just be the margin over the next couple of years of people starving?
If they cannot get the fertilisers and insecticides Africa and Asia need to feed their peoples then what do they do? They get in boats and those that survive will get here to be fed.

JC
JC
May 6, 2022 5:01 pm

A remarkable Jewish renaissance is under way in Florida. Jewish schools and synagogues are rapidly expanding. Jews from the Northeast and Midwest, as well as Latin America and Israel, are migrating to the Sunshine State in significant numbers, making the Jewish communities there lively and varied. Florida’s booming and low-tax economy is no doubt one of the attractions to young Jews seeking to build a prosperous future for themselves and their families. So is Florida’s educational system, which provides tax credits that assist many parents in sending their children to Jewish day schools.

A few years ago, we helped launch the Jewish Leadership Conference, an annual gathering to consider the challenges facing the Jewish people and Israel. It is hosted by Tikvah, a 20-year old Jewish educational and cultural institution whose main activity in America is teaching young Jews about Jewish history and civilization. We thought it would be interesting to invite Gov. Ron DeSantis to discuss how the “Florida model” has contributed to the growth and vitality of Jewish life in his state. The event was to be held at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York City. Until, as the saying goes, we got canceled.

Over the years, Tikvah has hosted numerous conferences at the museum, always including prominent Jewish, Israeli and American thinkers and leaders of various political and religious points of view. We were working closely with the museum on the details for the June 12 event—until, out of the blue, we were told by the museum staff that Mr. DeSantis didn’t “align with the museum’s values and its message of inclusivity.” Either we disinvite the governor, they said, or our event was unwelcome.

Throughout the modern age, Jews have suffered the consequences of this kind of intolerance. We see it all the time on college campuses, where anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism have become a tolerated (and even celebrated) form of discrimination. We see it in the boycott, divest and sanctions movement, which advocates treating Israel as a pariah. We see it in the U.N., with its odious anti-Israel Human Rights Council and with Amnesty International’s “apartheid state” calumny.

But we know things are bad when a Jewish institution—in this case, a museum whose purpose is to keep Jewish heritage alive by remembering the Holocaust—turns on its own and tries to make a virtue of its own intolerance.

What happened? Read on.

What drives our elite institutions—museums, universities, large corporations, the media—to shut down speakers and ideas that question progressive orthodoxy? In many cases, the explanation is sheer cowardice. A lot of people dislike Mr. DeSantis, and the museum staff must have asked: What if there are protests? What if our progressive donors complain? In the current environment, protecting free speech requires moral and political courage. Many administrators, corporate CEOs and college presidents have weak spines. Preserving a free society requires at least some ability to respect other viewpoints and other people. The new czars of cancel culture seem to have little such moral imagination or civic tolerance.

The new thought police don’t see themselves as acting solely or primarily out of fear. They believe they are defending the good: inclusion against hate, equality against discrimination, victimized minorities against white privilege. Yet the pseudo-gospel of inclusion breaks down quickly. In the name of inclusivity, a Jewish museum sent us a clear message: Some people are to be excluded. In the name of fighting hate, the museum decided that the millions of Floridians who support Gov. DeSantis—including many Jews—are so hateful that they don’t even merit a voice in the great American conversation. A museum of tolerance has become intolerant.

When pressed for a further explanation of why our event was canceled, the museum’s CEO adopted a common form of doublespeak: We don’t do politics, he told us, whether left or right. Not surprisingly, this was false. In August 2018, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, then a Democratic candidate for Congress, was a featured speaker at an event at the museum, sponsored by the Immigrant Arts Coalition. Her speech was widely covered in the news—both before and after the event—including public criticism of the museum for giving such a vociferous critic of Israel a prominent platform at a Jewish institution. Yet the event went on as planned.

The museum has hosted other politicians, including then-Gov. Andrew Cuomo and then-Mayor Bill de Blasio. In April the museum hosted a conversation with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Linda Thomas-Greenfield, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, who recently described America as a society plagued by white supremacy and lauded America’s re-entry into the anti-Israel Human Rights Commission.

When we launched the Jewish Leadership Conference a few years ago, we gave our inaugural Herzl Prize for Jewish Leadership to the great freedom fighter Natan Sharansky, who endured nearly a decade in a Soviet prison in his fight to rejoin his people in Israel. In his memoir, “Fear No Evil,” he tells how the Soviet thought police suffocated liberty “not by tanks and missiles, or even camps and prisons,” but by turning free citizens into frightened supplicants, afraid to speak their minds.

The preservation of Jewish heritage depends not only on remembering the lost Jews of the past. It depends also on channeling those sacred memories toward a vibrant Jewish future—the kind of Jewish renaissance we are seeing today in Florida.

The Jewish Leadership Conference won’t be canceled, and the governor of the state with America’s third-largest Jewish population will speak. We will hold our event as planned, at a different, secular venue. But it is sad to see that the misguided leadership of a Jewish museum won’t allow alternative ideas a seat at the Jewish table.

Mr. Abrams is chairman and Mr. Cohen is CEO of Tikvah. They are co-chairmen of the Jewish Leadership Conference.

You go Ron!

Winston Smith
May 6, 2022 5:02 pm

Mother Load:

What I post is always brilliant, insightful, profound, and witty – yet when I look at what it is when it actually appears on the thread…

You too?
sigh.

amortiser
amortiser
May 6, 2022 5:05 pm

Once you start looking for (and finding) implied rights there is no telling where you might end up. Discussing metaphysics in the High Court?

Here we have the “implied nationhood power” which is conveniently used to justify the Federal Government spending money on the arts and sport. Nowhere in S51 is there any mention of the arts and sport as areas where the government can legislate.

I call it the Clayton’s power – the power you invoke when you don’t have a power.

Jorge
Jorge
May 6, 2022 5:15 pm

This is really peculiar.
This morning 3AW fielded callers reporting benign effects from Covid or the vax. One woman stopped smoking after AZ. Had been seriously addicted. Another with crippling knee pain got Covid. Now bounding up the stairs. Another cured of arthritis after a jab. Another had lymphoma. Gone after Covid. A woman reported her menopause has reversed.
What is going on ? Made it sound like Lourdes.

Winston Smith
May 6, 2022 5:16 pm

Bruce O’Newk:

No one accepts the Chinese bat baloney anymore. It’s scary he’s buying up so much agricultural land. Not growing stuff on it is supposed to be a climate mitigation strategy. It’s also an efficient way to kill millions through starvation.

Under a Trump Presidency, the land will be confiscated in a State of Emergency, and given to farmers who will do the job.
Under an O’Biden/Harris administration, it will be impossible to do because ‘his rights’.

H B Bear
H B Bear
May 6, 2022 5:19 pm

JC – just what is your position on run flat tyres? It was alluded to earlier and I must confess ignorance. Never having owned a car which required their use I could maintain a state of agnostic bliss. Another plus for 25yo RAV4s.

JC
JC
May 6, 2022 5:24 pm

Bear, I hate them. They’re expensive and useless because if you get a puncture you can’t have the tire repaired, it has to be replaced. If it’s on the worn side you have to replace both tires. Again, I hate them.

John H.
John H.
May 6, 2022 5:26 pm

Jorgesays:
May 6, 2022 at 5:15 pm
This is really peculiar.
This morning 3AW fielded callers reporting benign effects from Covid or the vax. One woman stopped smoking after AZ. Had been seriously addicted. Another with crippling knee pain got Covid. Now bounding up the stairs. Another cured of arthritis after a jab. Another had lymphoma. Gone after Covid. A woman reported her menopause has reversed.
What is going on ?

Nothing is going on.

JC
JC
May 6, 2022 5:29 pm

Bear.

There’s one caveat to all that. They had to be replaced because BMW warranty would run out if you installed other spec tires. I also think there are insurance issues if you run wrongly specced tires. Maybe that’s changed and new run flats can be repaired at times. I dunno.

Winston Smith
May 6, 2022 5:32 pm

Mother Load:

In Australia I would not be surprised if the man was required to pay for the kid anyway, and the woman’s sentence suspended because it would be embarrassing to have the next Australian of the Year mouthing off Australia from prison.

She didn’t get sentenced to gaol, but she did not stick to the agreement under which sex was agreed on:
Therefore> the male was raped.
Now counter sue.

JC
JC
May 6, 2022 5:35 pm

Okay. But I did hear the numbers correctly so they may have got it wrong and I wouldn’t know a brigade from Brigadoon. I did hear the 200,000 men comprised of 5 brigades.

Dot
Dot
May 6, 2022 5:37 pm

John H.says:
May 6, 2022 at 5:26 pm
Jorgesays:
May 6, 2022 at 5:15 pm
This is really peculiar.
This morning 3AW fielded callers reporting benign effects from Covid or the vax. One woman stopped smoking after AZ. Had been seriously addicted. Another with crippling knee pain got Covid. Now bounding up the stairs. Another cured of arthritis after a jab. Another had lymphoma. Gone after Covid. A woman reported her menopause has reversed.
What is going on ?

Nothing is going on.

‘sactly.

People get fooled by large numbers.

It is like how gun crime in America is amplified to boot.

The chances of a middle class white person in America getting shot if they don’t visit crime riddled areas or get involved in crime themselves is exceptionally low.

Yet, they’re the most anti gun and least likely to be shot.

They are in fact the safest people who ever lived, bar the Swedish Royal Family.

H B Bear
H B Bear
May 6, 2022 5:44 pm

He he. Just as I expected. I think Minis also have them. Could never live with a Mini interior, in addition to being an automotive cheapskate.

Ed Case
Ed Case
May 6, 2022 5:44 pm

If they cannot get the fertilisers and insecticides Africa and Asia need to feed their peoples then what do they do? They get in boats and those that survive will get here to be fed.
Africa grows Export Crops, we [The Western taxpayer] feed their people.
Can Africans jump in a boat and sail to Australia?
They’ve got more chance of winning Lotto 5 times in a row.
They can always fly to Indonesia and get on a boat there, which is what’s gonna happen after May 21.

Dot
Dot
May 6, 2022 5:45 pm

I did hear the 200,000 men comprised of 5 brigades.

???

Look. Let’s settle this. We need a glossary or something for civilians.

This is what I learnt at school and from AJs I know.

Fire team – five soldiers (l/cpl).
Section – ten (cpl).
Platoon – 40, sgt/Lt.
Company – 3-4 platoons, plus a small artillery section (150 – 200), CPT. Smallest “regiment”.
Battalion – 5+ companies, 1000 men, major.
Brigade – three or four battalions. Colonel or brigadier. 3000 men. Largest “regiment”.
Division – 10,000-12,000, sometimes 15,000-18,000 soldiers. Led by a major general, lt col and cpt adjutants (?).
Corps – 30,000+, three divisions, led by a Lt Gen.
Army – 100,000-110,000+ men, led by a Gen.
Army group – 300,000-330,000 soldiers, – Field Marshal?
Can’t remember what is bigger than an army group.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
May 6, 2022 5:47 pm

Knuckle Draggersays:

May 6, 2022 at 4:30 pm

Australia One.

Still not a registered party.

I assume the “Donate” button is gone, then?
You know, the “Donate to help us register as a political party” button.

Ed Case
Ed Case
May 6, 2022 5:48 pm

The chances of a middle class white person in America getting shot if they don’t visit crime riddled areas or get involved in crime themselves is exceptionally low.

Here’s the problem with your Strawman:
The Crime Riddles areas are moving to where the White middle class people live.
Haven’t you ever heard of Section 8 Housing?

Cassie of Sydney
May 6, 2022 5:48 pm

“JCsays:
May 6, 2022 at 5:01 pm”

Thanks for that JC. Interesting. As for the “Museum of Jewish Heritage”, like more than a few Jewish organisations here in Oz now, it’s been captured by progressives. The future of American Jewry lies with the religious, it isn’t surprising that religious Jews are fleeing New Jersey and NY for Florida. Even our Jewish institutions here in Sydney are infested with progressives, a few yeas ago a friend accompanied her mother (an Auschwitz survivor) to a Holocaust Remembrance Day event. The convenor politicised the event by attacking the Liberal government for its treatment of “refugees” and “boat people, in other words comparing the two events…thus trivialising the industrial scale mass murder of millions. My friend’s elderly mother became distressed because as she said, given the choice of Auschwitz or Nauru for her and her family, they all would have happily have gone to Nauru.

Oh and here’s something I was alerted to this morning in an email. Now neither Dave Sharma nor Princess Allegra are Jewish. Fine. But apparently several Jewish organisations have planned a debate between the candidates running here in Wentworth. However the catch is, these organisations haven’t invited the two Jewish candidates running in Wentworth, Daniel Lewkovitz, running for the LDP and Natalie Dumer, running for the UAP (both are impressive….much more impressive than either Dave or Princess Allegra). Both Daniel and Natalie are well known in the community and understand the issues the Wentworth Jewish community faces…..but we now have a situation where leading Jewish organisations are happy to exclude the two Jewish candidates from any debate, because they’re of the right, yet they’ll happily include the fake independent with the anti-Semitic adviser.

As the email said…

“By choosing to include two left-wing candidates, who are only balanced by a candidate from the left of the Liberal party, can these organisations really claim to represent our community’s views?

As Daniel Lewkovitz noted, even an Anglican Church invited the Jewish candidates to speak at their debate.”

Clown world.

John H.
John H.
May 6, 2022 5:54 pm

Ed Casesays:
May 6, 2022 at 5:48 pm
The chances of a middle class white person in America getting shot if they don’t visit crime riddled areas or get involved in crime themselves is exceptionally low.

Here’s the problem with your Strawman:
The Crime Riddles areas are moving to where the White middle class people live.
Haven’t you ever heard of Section 8 Housing?

Completely missed the point with a useless tangential comment.

Winston Smith
May 6, 2022 5:56 pm

Old Ozzie:
I went shopping this a.m, and in the placcy bags was an old docket from about two years ago.
Coffee has doubled in price, sugar is up 80%, flour 65%, Tins of BB are now double, and tomatoes are 80%.
Stock up because it ain’t getting any better.

Dot
Dot
May 6, 2022 5:59 pm

My point is, if you live in Coeur d’Alane, Idaho or Milton, Vermont, then you have almost nothing to worry about regarding crime.

Idaho has strong 2A rights and Vermont has weakening 2A rights.

Milton has a lower crime rate than Corur d’Alene, and not just since 2018 when the VT law changed.

Dot
Dot
May 6, 2022 5:59 pm

Still thinking of becoming an American.

Partial to:

West Virginia.
Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.
Milton, Vermont.

Roast me.

Salvatore, Understaffed & Overworked Martyr to Govt Covid Stupidity

Dot says: May 6, 2022 at 5:45 pm

I did hear the 200,000 men comprised of 5 brigades.

???
Look. Let’s settle this. We need a glossary or something for civilians.
This is what I learnt at school and from AJs I know.

Where did you go to school? Israel?

Salvatore, Understaffed & Overworked Martyr to Govt Covid Stupidity

50,000 men is more like Four Divisions.
4 x brigades would be something like 10,000 men.

Dot
Dot
May 6, 2022 6:02 pm

Shalom, my brothers!

Dot
Dot
May 6, 2022 6:05 pm

50,000 men is more like Four Divisions.
4 x brigades would be something like 10,000 men.

Yeah, didn’t I say that – a division is 10-12k men plus support, a brigade is 3k soldiers?

???

I was quoting someone to start with.

H B Bear
H B Bear
May 6, 2022 6:06 pm

Completely missed the point with a useless tangential comment

Mutton induced cretinism.

Dot
Dot
May 6, 2022 6:08 pm

I like these humble potato merchants.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gun_laws_in_Idaho

In 2014, Idaho passed HB 69, which declares certain gun control to be unconstitutional, and made it unlawful for any state assets to go toward the enforcement of federal gun laws, an act of de facto nullification.

B A S E D

Delta A
Delta A
May 6, 2022 6:11 pm

Interestingly my sister,who for 30 years was politically disinterested/uninterested and regarded me as a right wing nut job, is possibly more anti vaccine than me.

Exactly the same with Daughter. She even persuaded her Best Man to drive the 1,1oo + kms to march in the Canberra protest. Furthermore, she has taken a keen interest in the current political climate, fully aware of whom to support and whom to shunt.

I hope that the last two years of tyranny has resulted in many more previously apathetic voters demanding restitution for the injustices that we all have endured.

Winston Smith
May 6, 2022 6:11 pm

P:

Why is the White House Bragging About Conducting Military Operations in Ukraine to Kill Russians?

The Democrats MUST commence a huge distraction before the elections in November. If they allow them to go ahead and then lose, as Hillary said, “Our heads will be in nooses.”.
They would rather 50 million dead in an avoidable nuclear exchange than run the risk of that.
Those who have seen the actions of the Democrats and their Swamp over the last decade know this is not unrealistic.

Speedbox
May 6, 2022 6:13 pm

JC says:
May 6, 2022 at 4:44 pm
All being said, none of this is bullish for stocks.

Indeed. Even without Ukraine/Russia, we were already in for a very bumpy year.

But I laughed at this bit in the report you posted: …..no one really knows what Russia will do, we do know the United States is goading Russia with comments designed to cause Putin to choose violence, giving NATO the pretext to launch attacks against Russia.

‘Nobody really knows’? Really? Yes they fvcking do. We all know what will happen.

Upthread, you posted this: US head of special operations in Europe reckons that Uke can win the war and push Russia back past their border with 4 brigades……

….push Russia back past their border…… FMD. Another thing we all know. Russia (Putin) will retaliate with everything he can muster if a single foreign soldier steps foot inside Russian territory. Not one square centimetre of russian soil will be given up.

It’s a bit less than 1000km from Kyiv to Moscow and I’m waiting for a Ukrainian (read: western) missile to land in Moscow. Targeted at Red Square/Kremlin. Highly symbolic from a Ukrainian perspective and we can be sure it will ‘goad’ Putin.

To be clear, Putin should not expect to act with impunity and the possibility of of strikes against Russian cities must have been considered, even if only recently. But, I remain hopeful that somebody in the western governments/military has actually thought this through in their supplying arms to Ukraine. Western sourced missiles landing in Moscow are certain to trigger a significant uptick response from Putin that will be devastating to Ukraine, and potentially have ‘whole-of-world’ military implications.

I am aghast at the utterings of these people. It’s like they have no idea who they are dealing with. Regardless of what we may think of Putin, he is still President of one of the largest military forces in the world that is armed to the teeth with advanced weapons including nuclear. Just because the military action hasn’t gone to plan doesn’t mean we can be ‘cocky’ and dismiss Russia as a spent force. Never, ever, underestimate a Russian bear, particularly one that has Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin riding on its back.

For the love of God, be careful what you wish for.

Farmer Gez
Farmer Gez
May 6, 2022 6:16 pm

Trudy McIntosh Sky is an absolute ripper.
She’s as sharp as a tack.
Made Albo look silly when he begged for sympathy because he had covid.
Albo
“You’ve had covid”
Trudy
“I don’t need a nap in the afternoon.”
Buy that girl a meal.

bespoke
bespoke
May 6, 2022 6:22 pm

Dot

Libertarians are buying up in Mexico (atleast my brother did).

H B Bear
H B Bear
May 6, 2022 6:27 pm

Tom, any thoughts on the Saudi Golf league? Sounds like Garcia is off. Who else?
https://nypost.com/2022/05/05/sergio-garcia-hints-at-saudi-golf-league-in-lost-ball-meltdown/

Dot
Dot
May 6, 2022 6:29 pm

I had a Mexican place picked out too.

A small satellite town of Morelia, Michoacan would do nicely.

Winston Smith
May 6, 2022 6:32 pm

Old Dizzie:

Anthony Albanese explodes at reporters and insists ‘I’m in charge’ as he’s smashed with questions about whether he REALLY has the ticker to be PM: ‘You can’t stand up to us, how can you to China?’

If the Labor Party had exposed their products to rough questioning, then Elbow would have the answers, but now the soft run they’ve been having is killing them in the polls.
Geez. Isn’t that just so sad?

Ed Case
Ed Case
May 6, 2022 6:32 pm

My point is, if you live in Coeur d’Alane, Idaho or Milton, Vermont, then you have almost nothing to worry about regarding crime.
Was that your point?
Here’s a few facts about Couer d’Alene:

There were 20,219 housing units at an average density of 1,298.6 per square mile (501.4/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 93.8% White, 0.4% African American, 1.2% Native American, 0.8% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 0.9% from other races, and 2.8% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.3% of the population.

0.4% African American [201 African Americans], compared to a Nationwide average of 13% [45 million African Americans].

Delta A
Delta A
May 6, 2022 6:33 pm

Oz headline:

Resign or be expelled, Turnbull told

About bloody time!

H B Bear
H B Bear
May 6, 2022 6:34 pm

Albo likes the soft soap. Apparently.

Speedbox
May 6, 2022 6:35 pm

Re-reading my post might suggest that I’m into appeasement or that we need to be careful ‘cos Putin might ‘get mad at us’. No, that’s not what I’m suggesting at all.

Winston Smith
May 6, 2022 6:35 pm

HB Bear:

Interestingly my sister,who for 30 years was politically disinterested/uninterested and regarded me as a right wing nut job, is possibly more anti vaccine than me.
Strange days indeed.

You have a sister?
I hope she wears pants.

JC
JC
May 6, 2022 6:35 pm

Driller, fuck off please.

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
May 6, 2022 6:36 pm

I assume the “Donate” button is gone, then?

Nope.

Inconceivable, right?

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
May 6, 2022 6:37 pm

0.4% African American [201 African Americans], compared to a Nationwide average of 13% [45 million African Americans].

A Corn Pop shortage, then.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
May 6, 2022 6:38 pm

Albanese confirms backflip on live exports
Rachel Baxendale
RACHEL BAXENDALE

Anthony Albanese has confirmed Labor has changed its live sheep export policy overnight, following pressure from West Australian Premier Mark McGowan.

Only yesterday, an opposition spokesperson confirmed in a statement to the ABC that an Albanese government would shut down the $250 million industry.

The confirmation followed months of agriculture spokeswoman Julie Collins refusing to say whether Labor was sticking with the policy of banning the live sheep trade which it took to the last federal election

It prompted a revolt from Mr McGowan, who declared that measures enforced under his industry crackdown were “effective and appropriate” to enable the trade to continue.

Asked at his press conference on Friday why Labor had committed to ending live sheep exports and whether he could put a timeline on the policy, he responded: “No, we won’t (end live sheep exports), and we haven’t in our policy.”

“Our policy has changed,” he said.

“The amount of live exports has halved in recent times, and we’ll continue the summer ban, but we’ll consult with state governments, in particular the West Australian state government, but we’ll also consult with the agricultural sector about the issues around live sheep export.”

Flip flop, flip flop…….

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
May 6, 2022 6:39 pm

I had a Mexican place picked out too.

The one Red picked out in The Shawshank Redemption looked nice.

The bloke had a boat and everything.

cohenite
May 6, 2022 6:41 pm

Oz headline:

Resign or be expelled, Turnbull told

About bloody time!

I’ll believe it when I see it. If they expel turdball they should shove little johnnie too; after all he convinced the putrid prick to hang around.

chrisl
chrisl
May 6, 2022 6:44 pm

Regarding Fat Clive’s promise to cap interest rates
How can he do that?
Back in the day when interest rates hit 17%,
Our interest rates were capped at 13.5%
How did they do that ?

Salvatore, Understaffed & Overworked Martyr to Govt Covid Stupidity

Dot, I wasn’t having a shot at you.
Your formation structure seemed more like Israel’s than ours.
(Eg: 5 company, Thousand man battalion, commanded by a Major)

That aside:
200,000 men is more like an Army (i.e. several Corps)

Boambee John
Boambee John
May 6, 2022 6:47 pm

H B Bearsays:
May 6, 2022 at 6:06 pm
Completely missed the point with a useless tangential comment

Mutton induced cretinism.

It’s the gypsum garnish that does it.

Winston Smith
May 6, 2022 6:48 pm

HBBear:

Winston – I am thinking of changing my name to Caligula and running for the Senate in a horse costume. Need another 499 signatures for party status.

If you can think of a good name, here’s the Party Emblem.

Salvatore, Understaffed & Overworked Martyr to Govt Covid Stupidity

KD, please correct me where I’m wrong, as I’ve only watched the Shawswank Reception a half-dozen times, wasn’t it Andy who picked out the bolt-hole in Mexico?
IIRC Red was barely able to read the word “Mexico”, never mind decide to live there.

areff
areff
May 6, 2022 6:50 pm

Vote 1 Incitatus

Ed Case
Ed Case
May 6, 2022 6:51 pm

but we’ll also consult with the agricultural sector about the issues around live sheep export.”

Labor has only one issue:
Shutting down the Meat Industry.
How will they do that?
Fill the hungry cockies mouths with Gold.

JC
JC
May 6, 2022 6:53 pm

Dover

NY was an abbrev for New Year, not New York. Lol 🙂

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
May 6, 2022 6:54 pm

wasn’t it Andy who picked out the bolt-hole in Mexico?

Quite right Sal. In my defence, most of that movie was spent wondering why Red didn’t have a squad of enforcers to protect his contraband stash, and memorising his last presentation to the Parole Board.

I also focused on the boat. A 16-footer, by the look.

Dot
Dot
May 6, 2022 6:56 pm

Salvo

Show the whole hierarchy and structure if you could please.

How does it transfer over to armour, or the air force? A squadron is a battalion, a wing is a brigade?

Is a group a division?

Back to armies, I always thought a regiment at full strength could be anything from a few companies to a brigade in a Commonwealth nation.

Keith Forwheels
Keith Forwheels
May 6, 2022 6:58 pm

200,000 western armed men in Ukraine = 100,000 dead within first 2 weeks. The Russians have been treading very gently. Any politican who advocates for wider war should be willing to send their children to fight first.

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
May 6, 2022 7:02 pm

Back to armies, I always thought a regiment at full strength could be anything from a few companies to a brigade in a Commonwealth nation.

Sal – you need to take in different countries into account, because they structure them very differently. A division in the British/Australian construct is about 12,000 men plus hangers-on. German divisions are smaller, and Russians/Eastern Euro boxhead divisions are different again.

Australia goes for the brigade/battalion concept, (ie, three battalions per brigade) where regiments – also constructed of battalions and support elements – are used in other countries.

Anything over a battalion group – in action, at the same time – hasn’t been used by this country since Vietnam.

Bruce in WA
May 6, 2022 7:02 pm

And just like that, the dreams of hundreds, or even thousands, of dedicated amateurs are thrown away. I trust javelin, archery, fencing, any martial arts, will be similarly dismissed and barred.

The 2026 Commonwealth Games will be held in Victoria, just 20 years after doing the same in 2006.

However unlike 2006, shooting has not been included.

In this article, we look at why this has happened and what can be done to put pressure on it’s re-inclusion.

There will be 16 sports, with the usual range that we are used to seeing, such as athletics and swimming

We know that shooting wasn’t included in this year’s Birmingham Commonwealth Games, but it is now apparent that shooting isn’t among the sports announced for the 2026 games either.

Shooting was included in the 2006 games, with the Melbourne Gun club, Melbourne International Shooting Club and Wellsford Range all hosting events.

The inclusion of shooting was even announced by the then Labor Minister for sport, Justin Madden at one of those venues.

Justin Madden MP announcing shooting for the 2006 Comm Games at Melbourne Gun Club

So what’s changed that would cause one Labor Government to include shooting, and another Labor Government to leave it out?

The difference is that the state’s premier is Daniel Andrews.

Andrews is hard core socialist and known for his disregard for the shooting sports alongside his police minister, Lisa Neville.

We wrote to Andrews and also to Commonwealth Games Australia, asking why shooting was dropped.

While Andrews hasn’t yet responded, Commonwealth Games Australia advised us that:

• A number of other sports, including shooting, are listed as “core sports” which may be included later on;
• The Victorian Government gets a say in what sports are and are not included;
• There will be further sports added to the program by the end of Phase 2 – which delays the announcement until after this year’s Victorian state election; and
• We should speak with Shooting Australia, which organises the shooting events for the Commonwealth Games and is a member of Commonwealth Games Australia.

However the response also said that discussions on ‘phase 2’ are “strictly confidential”, which means Shooting Australia will not be able to tell us, even if they knew.

WHY THIS MATTERS
With the announcement of what other sports may or may not be included being held off until after the election, we cannot afford to let the government exclude shooting.

Salvatore, Understaffed & Overworked Martyr to Govt Covid Stupidity

Dot, please gimme a minute, I’ve gotta nick around the corner to the shops. I’ve run out of Elderflower flavour tonic-water & cannot possibly drink Gin with (ugh) Schweppes tonic water – (so… common) 😉

H B Bear
H B Bear
May 6, 2022 7:03 pm

Live sheep. Albo’s greyhounds?

JC
JC
May 6, 2022 7:04 pm

Keith Forwheels says:
May 6, 2022 at 6:58 pm

200,000 western armed men in Ukraine = 100,000 dead within first 2 weeks. The Russians have been treading very gently. Any politican who advocates for wider war should be willing to send their children to fight first.

I’m not going upthread to check. Perhaps I wasn’t clear. I heard the comment about the American general’s opinion on a podcast recounting what he (the general) said. The key was 200,000 men were needed to push back the Russians. However, the comment didn’t suggest anything about foreigners going in. It was about the Ukes doing the work.

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
May 6, 2022 7:04 pm

When you start talking about army groups, ie three or more armies with 200,000+, and multiple army groups as used in the Eastern Front in WWII it goes beyond comprehension. Off the chart.

Two million men or more all doing stuff at the same time. The logistics would have been horrifying.

cohenite
May 6, 2022 7:06 pm
Jorge
Jorge
May 6, 2022 7:07 pm

Nothing is going on

‘Shut up’, he explained.

JC
JC
May 6, 2022 7:08 pm

Unfuckingreal. The most funded…. no change that.. the most overfunded area of science in the history of the world and… wait for it..

Venture capitalist John Doerr and his wife, Ann Doerr, are giving Stanford University $1.1 billion to launch a new school focused on tackling challenges of climate change and sustainability issues.

The Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability will launch this fall and be the university’s first new school in 70 years.

Mr. Doerr said in an interview the donation was a family decision made with his wife and their daughters, Mary and Esther. “We talked about this at dinner and both Mary and Esther were wildly enthusiastic about it, and angry that we haven’t made more progress against the problem,” the legendary Silicon Valley investor said about the environmental challenges facing the planet.

JC
JC
May 6, 2022 7:12 pm

Salvatore, Understaffed & Overworked Martyr to Govt Covid Stupidity says:
May 6, 2022 at 7:03 pm

Dot, please gimme a minute, I’ve gotta nick around the corner to the shops. I’ve run out of Elderflower flavour tonic-water & cannot possibly drink Gin with (ugh) Schweppes tonic water – (so… common) ?

That’s why the moron sounds all uppity and shit at 10.00. By midnight the gin takes him on a downer making him depressed and miserable. Hence the after 12 pm aggro stoush trolling and the fake manliness bullshit. It’s the gin.

Winston Smith
May 6, 2022 7:13 pm

Dot:

Can’t remember what is bigger than an army group.

As far as I’m aware only Russia fields a combination of Army Groups – it’s called a Strategic Direction, but is only formed in the event of hostilities. The Special Operation in the Ukraine would – if it came to a full on shooting war between Russia and NATO – be run by the Western Strategic Direction.
At least this was the way the Soviet Union did it. The administrative functions may have changed but I would think the guts would remain.

Ed Case
Ed Case
May 6, 2022 7:13 pm

It depends how big the Live Sheep issue is with Greens voters.
I’d say they’re mostly not fussed about it, compared to the looming prospect of a Greens/ALP Government.

JC
JC
May 6, 2022 7:15 pm

Oh yea, he’s from Kleiner Perkins, which is Al Gore’s hangout after he left office. Clear now.

Mr. Doerr, an engineer by profession and later, a venture capitalist and chairman of Kleiner Perkins, made his fortune as one of the first institutional investors in Google and Amazon, among other successful business ventures, during the dot-com era.

Keith Forwheels
Keith Forwheels
May 6, 2022 7:17 pm

The key was 200,000 men were needed to push back the Russians. However, the comment didn’t suggest anything about foreigners going in. It was about the Ukes doing the work.

I don’t think they’ve got anything like that left in the tank manpower wise JC, they are starting to pull from their far western areas. Their best troops are already dead. or walking dead unless they surrender very soon. It is a human tragedy of epic proportions. All the high tech weapons will not count for anything in the end, it will just prolong the agony and waste more lives on all sides. The whole thing is an obsenity.

JC
JC
May 6, 2022 7:18 pm

Cassie.. I know it’s New York. NY reformed Jews make the Uniting Church look conservative. But only by an inch. 🙂

JC
JC
May 6, 2022 7:21 pm

He’s just poison.

Former Victorian Liberal premier Jeff Kennett has called on Malcolm Turnbull to resign from the party, accusing him of “endlessly” undermining the people who provided him with his opportunity.

Mr Kennett ratcheted up calls for Mr Turnbull to be removed from the Liberal Party, after he called on Australians to vote for “teal” independents at the upcoming federal election.

“Although Malcolm Turnbull is a wealthy man, he is the poorest in human spirit,” Mr Kennett tweeted on Friday night.

“Alone without friends in Australia, except the ABC, he lives abroad and endlessly undermines the people who gave him the opportunity to serve as PM.

He should resign from the Liberal Party he attacks.”

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
May 6, 2022 7:23 pm

Federal election 2022: Labor wants to end live sheep exports, says Madeleine King
Michael TraillThe West Australian
Fri, 6 May 2022 4:50PM

Shadow trade minister Madeleine King says Labor has been “quite clear” on its commitment to end Australia’s live sheep export industry, hours after leader Anthony Albanese muddied the waters.

On Friday, Mr Albanese appeared to backflip on Labor’s long-held position to end the trade.

He was asked by journalists whether Labor would shut down the trade if it wins the May 21 Federal election.

“No, we won’t (commit or put a timeline) and we haven’t in our policy. Our policy’s changed,” Mr Albanese said on Friday.

“The amount of live exports has halved in recent times and we will continue the summer ban, but we’ll consult with State Governments, in particular the West Australian State Government, but we will also consult with the agricultural sector about the issues around live sheep export.”
Australian Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese says Federal Labor’s plan to ban live exports has now changed.

Hours later, Ms King claimed Mr Albanese had been misinterpreted.

“I’m really happy to clear up Labor’s policy on that right now,” Ms King said in Ellenbrook on Friday afternoon. “Let’s be clear, the policy we’ve speaking about recently is different to the policy Labor took to the 2019 election.

“This approach now, is to acknowledge, openly, that the live sheep export industry, which is principally in WA, has been in decline and has been in decline for many years.

“In acknowledging that, we are taking the important step forward in moving with the relevant State government and relevant minister . . . and the industry itself to make sure they can be supported in the changes in that industry and the decline for some time.

More popcorn, anyone?

turnip
turnip
May 6, 2022 7:23 pm

Back in the day when interest rates hit 17%,
Our interest rates were capped at 13.5%
How did they do that ?

Rationing.
Banks would/ could only lend $x at 13.5%, hence why they were able to limit lending only to people that had save the deposit in their very bank….
or so they told me back then.

Building Societies would far more liberal, but charged a higher interest rate. I ended up at Citicorp (now Citibank) and paid 16.5%

hzhousewife
hzhousewife
May 6, 2022 7:24 pm

“Housewife” and even a computer “motherboard” have been flagged as not being inclusive by the new system.

Good Lord, have I been eliminated !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!????????????????????

Winston Smith
May 6, 2022 7:26 pm

Speedbox:

I am aghast at the utterings of these people. It’s like they have no idea who they are dealing with. Regardless of what we may think of Putin, he is still President of one of the largest military forces in the world that is armed to the teeth with advanced weapons including nuclear. Just because the military action hasn’t gone to plan doesn’t mean we can be ‘cocky’ and dismiss Russia as a spent force. Never, ever, underestimate a Russian bear, particularly one that has Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin riding on its back.

I concur. Never underestimate Russian ability to defend themselves. Or their will.
The last couple of blokes who did that were very quickly re educated.

Ed Case
Ed Case
May 6, 2022 7:27 pm

“In acknowledging that, we are taking the important step forward in moving with the relevant State government and relevant minister . . . and the industry itself to make sure they can be supported in the changes in that industry and the decline for some time.

Decoded:
No wukkas, cockies.
We’re gonna pay you off to STFU.

Dot
Dot
May 6, 2022 7:30 pm

John Talks

Senator Cruz annihilates Pete Buttgieg on the Hunter Biden laptop & the Orwellian Ministry of Information

https://youtu.be/n_Vh0P5d6uM

Winston Smith
May 6, 2022 7:35 pm

Speedbox:

Re-reading my post might suggest that I’m into appeasement or that we need to be careful ‘cos Putin might ‘get mad at us’. No, that’s not what I’m suggesting at all.

No, not suggesting that either.
I’m also suggesting it’s not a good idea to smear yourself with peanut butter then jump into the gorilla cage for a dare. Appeasement never works – sometimes you just have to fight.

Zyconoclast
Zyconoclast
May 6, 2022 7:37 pm

Cruz beats up Buttgig.

Apart from the excellent theatre, what does good does it do?

DaFisk
DaFisk
May 6, 2022 7:38 pm

Uh oh! There are rumours abuzz that another Russian ship, this time the frigate Makarov, has been struck by a Neptune missile and is taking water… Any more of this and Putin is goneski!

https://twitter.com/Liveuamap/status/1522507395750146048?t=H-NBSH1vuNpVFhkS6ZdZEw&s=19

Boambee John
Boambee John
May 6, 2022 7:40 pm

Ed Casesays:
May 6, 2022 at 6:32 pm
My point is, if you live in Coeur d’Alane, Idaho or Milton, Vermont, then you have almost nothing to worry about regarding crime.
Was that your point?
Here’s a few facts about Couer d’Alene:

There were 20,219 housing units at an average density of 1,298.6 per square mile (501.4/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 93.8% White, 0.4% African American, 1.2% Native American, 0.8% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 0.9% from other races, and 2.8% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.3% of the population.

0.4% African American [201 African Americans], compared to a Nationwide average of 13% [45 million African Americans].

Do you realise that you are actually supporting Dot’s point?

Zyconoclast
Zyconoclast
May 6, 2022 7:41 pm

It’s not just that the Liberals at the level of principle are trash, even at the level of practice, they are appallingly inept. I don’t know what the answer is now. Letting it die will create space for one or other minor party to become the alternative to Labor but I’m not sure I’d like any of the current ones as the alternative. Alternatively, you could institute a grassroots effort to take over the direction of the Libs but this would require a level of leadership and discipline at the state and federal level that I don’t see anywhere at the moment. Is there a single Lib state apparatus that is the least worst that could potentially lead the party back to some semblance of principled and prudent conservatism?

Let it burn.

JC
JC
May 6, 2022 7:42 pm

Fisk

Did you see the comment?

Shibatoshi Dogomoto ????

Oh no, another tragic ammunition-handling accident!

Winston Smith
May 6, 2022 7:46 pm

Kunckle Dragger:

Two million men or more all doing stuff at the same time. The logistics would have been horrifying.

Yes.
Yes, they were.
I’ve forgotten where I read it, but after the war Zhukov? remarked his ability to move 50 Divisions of the High Command Reserve 1000 Km north and south in a week was the secret of quite a few of his successes. The Germans just could not keep up.

Zyconoclast
Zyconoclast
May 6, 2022 7:48 pm

Any more of this and Putin is goneski!

I suspect there will be
And I will execute great vengeance on them with furious rebukes; and they shall know that I am the …, when I lay My vengeance upon them. before that happens.

Boambee John
Boambee John
May 6, 2022 7:51 pm

Ed Casesays:
May 6, 2022 at 6:51 pm
but we’ll also consult with the agricultural sector about the issues around live sheep export.”

Labor has only one issue:

So you no longer believe that compulsory vaccination is going to happen? And hordes of asylum seekers will be turned back from our shores?

All so AnAl can shut down live exports instead?

Speedbox
May 6, 2022 8:01 pm

Winston Smith says:
May 6, 2022 at 7:35 pm

Indeed. And I agree with Keith For wheels where he says: It is a human tragedy of epic proportions. All the high tech weapons will not count for anything in the end, it will just prolong the agony and waste more lives on all sides. The whole thing is an obscenity.

And it could have been avoided. As I have previously posted on a couple of occasions, this conflict was foreseen, envisioned, forecast…… every man and his dog knew it would come to this. Maybe we didn’t know when, but we knew for fvcking certain it was inevitable given the trajectory of the past 30 years.

Now that it has happened, nobody seems to want to talk about de-escalation. Nah, stuff that, just give those ‘Ukies’ some more weapons and tell ’em their doing a great job. We’re behind them all the way. (Just don’t tell ’em we’re prepared to fight to the last drop of Ukrainian blood – that might spook ’em.)

It didn’t have to be like this.

Barry
Barry
May 6, 2022 8:03 pm

Dot says:
May 6, 2022 at 7:59 pm

https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/facebook-deliberately-blocked-australian-government-and-health-care-sites-last-year-report-20220506-p5aj0u.html

FaceBook is poison.

I agree with your view on Facebook, but surely they are not obliged to publish Government Pronouncements (absent a contract to do so)?

2dogs
2dogs
May 6, 2022 8:04 pm

Just because the military action hasn’t gone to plan doesn’t mean we can be ‘cocky’ and dismiss Russia as a spent force.

Time favours Putin. Russia can withstand sanctions for years. The only deadline for him is to hold all of Ukraine by late 2023, when Ukrainian elections are next due. He is in no rush, and can take his time.

Ukraine only has until the West gets bored with the issue. The West bores easily. Sorry Zelenskyy, we are talking about abortion now.

DaFisk
DaFisk
May 6, 2022 8:06 pm

Given his manifest failure to win a conventional war, I think it’s getting more likely that Putin will try to launch a nuke at Ukraine. The problem for him is:
-If it goes off, regardless of whether there is a NATO counter-strike, his entire regime are confined to Russia for their rest of their lives and all overseas assets of Russian citizens seized, at a minimum. Permanent ban on Russian immigration to the West. Most likely Russia will have no access to foreign currency or banking at all for a generation.
-If it doesn’t go off, it’s even more dangerous for Putin himself (immediate coup and shot in the back of the head) and the regime: there is now no conventional or nuclear deterrent against any country on Russia’s borders.

Frank
Frank
May 6, 2022 8:14 pm

Didn’t realise gorillas liked peanut butter.

DaFisk
DaFisk
May 6, 2022 8:16 pm

The only deadline for him is to hold all of Ukraine by late 2023, when Ukrainian elections are next due.

lol they aren’t taking let alone holding all of Ukraine with less than 100 battalions.

Ed Case
Ed Case
May 6, 2022 8:19 pm

Didn’t realise gorillas liked peanut butter.
They don’t.
Gorillas are Insectivores, they rip bark off trees to get at the grubs underneath.

Eyrie
Eyrie
May 6, 2022 8:22 pm

Putin may as well tear up the Test Ban Treaty and do an underground nuke test. That would concentrate western minds when they are convinced his nukes actually work. Are people certain the West’s nukes work? Been a long time since a test. They are using computer simulations now, bit like the Global Warming bullshit.

Winston Smith
May 6, 2022 8:23 pm

Dot:

Back to armies, I always thought a regiment at full strength could be anything from a few companies to a brigade in a Commonwealth nation.

Don’t quote me on this, but I understood the Brigade was the smallest Independent Formation that could deploy a combined arms group as a regular formation.
Here’s the Australian Army Order of Battle.
If you look at 1st Division, it’s made up of 1 armoured Regiment, 2 Infantry Regiments, 1 Engineer Regiment, 1 Artillery Regiment, 1 Signals Regiment and 1 combat support battalion.
Hope that gives you an idea of what we are currently doing.

Winston Smith
May 6, 2022 8:27 pm

Zyconoclast:

Cruz beats up Buttgig.
Apart from the excellent theatre, what does good does it do?

Well, it gives us…
No.
Just theatre. Yes, that’s it. Close enough.

JC
JC
May 6, 2022 8:29 pm

You’re such a nuclear scientist , eyrie.

Speedbox
May 6, 2022 8:33 pm

2dogs says:
May 6, 2022 at 8:04 pm
Time favours Putin. Russia can withstand sanctions for years.

Yep, I agree, but meanwhile the death toll and misery mounts.

Ukraine only has until the West gets bored with the issue. The West bores easily. Sorry Zelenskyy, we are talking about abortion now.

haha. God knows that’s true. The issue will continue to slip down the news hierarchy……unless DaFisk is right: I think it’s getting more likely that Putin will try to launch a nuke at Ukraine.

But that such a thought could even be suggested on a blog is obscene. (no offense Fisky). Using nuclear weapons – seriously?! Where? Kyiv? Lyiv? Both? And then what? NATO respond which will guarantee an escalation? (say goodnight folks ‘cos then we’re all fvcked.)

Frank
Frank
May 6, 2022 8:36 pm

Grigs is clearly no zoologist though. Gorillas are herbivores.

cohenite
May 6, 2022 8:36 pm

Cruz beats up Buttgig.
Apart from the excellent theatre, what does good does it do?

SFA

Winston Smith
May 6, 2022 8:39 pm

Frank:

Didn’t realise gorillas liked peanut butter.

I initially went through an entire menagerie of animals to fit the situation:
.1 The lion enclosure with a steak on his head,
.2 The Chimp cage with a banana up his freckle,
.3 The Killer Whale pool in a penguin suit,
Then I realised gorillas are largely vegetarian. So, peanut butter.

Frank
Frank
May 6, 2022 8:42 pm

Elephants like peanuts.

MatrixTransform
May 6, 2022 8:47 pm

elephants are not like peanuts … they’re way bigger for a start

Old bloke
Old bloke
May 6, 2022 9:03 pm

2dogs says:
May 6, 2022 at 8:04 pm

Time favours Putin. Russia can withstand sanctions for years. The only deadline for him is to hold all of Ukraine by late 2023, when Ukrainian elections are next due. He is in no rush, and can take his time.

I doubt that “all of Ukraine” is his objective, Putin most likely wants to secure the south and eastern ethnic Russian provinces and not advance further. If he tries to hold western Ukrainian land, he’ll have an ongoing partisan war to deal with.

Salvatore, Understaffed & Overworked Martyr to Govt Covid Stupidity

Dot, I’m back from the shops – that was a bit of an ordeal, I managed to snag the last few four packs of tonic water in town (supply chain issues = shortage of essentials, i.e. tonic water)
Do you still need me to explain the difference between a Company & a Corps? or a Captain & a Colonel?
Surely someone far more adept at explaining the military formations of the beetroot soup slurpers has stepped in & clarified things?

Boambee John
Boambee John
May 6, 2022 9:09 pm

Old Bloke

If he tries to hold western Ukrainian land, he’ll have an ongoing partisan war to deal with.

It took Stalin the better part of six years to suppress the last Ukrainian partisan war.

JC
JC
May 6, 2022 9:10 pm

Little Miss Goody Two Shoes, Jen Psaki is leaving and a black dyke sheila ( of course, she ticks all the boxes) is taking the mic.

https://finance.yahoo.com/video/watch-psaki-jean-pierre-speak-100600985.html

rickw
rickw
May 6, 2022 9:12 pm

Flip flop, flip flop…….

Albofish on dry land.

Real Deal
Real Deal
May 6, 2022 9:13 pm

Ross Fitzgerald has a great article on Quadrant Online concerning the fake Teal independents. Writes a bit about the seat of Fowler and the worthy candidates of Vietnamese heritage. Of course, since Vietnam was mentioned, Pavlov’s Dog from Toowoomba started salivating in the comments.

JC
JC
May 6, 2022 9:15 pm

This administration is so garish and empty.

JC
JC
May 6, 2022 9:36 pm

Who leaked Scotus?

Will Chamberlain
@willchamberlain
Meet Elizabeth Deutsch. She’s currently a law clerk for Justice Breyer.

And, in my humble opinion, she’s the most likely person to have leaked the draft Supreme Court opinion in Dobbs, purporting to overturn Roe v. Wade.

https://twitter.com/willchamberlain/status/1521685968939630592

Why does he think that?

Will Chamberlain
@willchamberlain
·
May 4
Here’s where things start to get interesting. Every law student has to write a note – a long legal research paper, usually making a novel argument about the law.

Elizabeth Deutsch wrote hers about reproductive rights and abortion.

And

She clerked for a stridently pro-choice appellate judge.

And it just so happens that her husband is a journalist, who shared bylines with Josh Gerstein at Politico, and it looks like they are still buds.

I guess it wasn’t Roberts. 🙂

Rabz
May 6, 2022 9:45 pm

I guess it wasn’t Roberts

Or Sotomayer …

Winston Smith
May 6, 2022 9:47 pm

India to reopen more than 100 coal mines as energy crisis worsens

The Greens were warned this would happen – as soon as the world hit a crisis, it would be drill baby drill – to hell with the environment!

H B Bear
H B Bear
May 6, 2022 9:53 pm

Ballsy move to leak a draft judgment as a clerk. Kids these days.

Winston Smith
May 6, 2022 9:54 pm

Check out the civility and bonhomie!

These people were screaming obscenities and wishing death upon the pro-life students. One rioter was filmed spitting in a conservative student’s face multiple times.

Rabz
May 6, 2022 9:55 pm

Albonayzee explodes at j’ismists and insists “I’m in charge, I tells ya” as he’s smashed with questions about whether he REALLY has the ticker to be PM: “You can’t stand up to us, how can you to China?”

Total narrative fail, gathering its own momentum.

Which side can score the most own goals between now and the 21st? Stay tuned, peoples, the bottom of the barrel scraping has barely even started … 😕

Zyconoclast
Zyconoclast
May 6, 2022 9:56 pm

ZURICH, May 5 (Reuters) – Over 500 kg (1,102 lb) of cocaine estimated to be worth more than 50 million Swiss francs ($50.65 million) have been found in a container of coffee bean bags for Nestle’s (NESN.S) Nespresso factory in Romont in western Switzerland, the cantonal police said on Thursday.

Police were informed on Monday night by Nespresso that staff had found an undefined white substance while unloading bags of coffee beans that had just arrived from Brazil, the police said in a statement. Analyses showed the substance was cocaine. “The substance in question did not come into contact with any of our products or production equipment used to make our products,” Nespresso said in an emailed statement.

“As a police investigation is underway, we cannot share more details. We want to reassure consumers that all our products are safe to consume,” the maker of single-serve coffee capsules said.

Rabz
May 6, 2022 10:00 pm

This administration is so garish and empty.

Why use two words when you can use one, JC?

“Monstrous”.

Winston Smith
May 6, 2022 10:01 pm

Bidens chooks coming home to roost, but a bit late.
Most of the damage has been done.

Salvatore, Understaffed & Overworked Martyr to Govt Covid Stupidity

Doocy: “These activists posted a map with the home addresses of the Supreme Court justices. Is that the sort of thing this President wants?”

Psaki: “I think the President’s view is that there is a lot of passion.”

A “lot of passion”
What we should be hearing is lotsa references to “National Guard” and “US Marshalls” and “20 years in Leavenworth”.. etc etc

Indolent
Indolent
May 6, 2022 10:26 pm

Given his manifest failure to win a conventional war, I think it’s getting more likely that Putin will try to launch a nuke at Ukraine.

No, what is far more likely is that the alphabet agencies and the military complex will launch a false flag nuclear attack in Ukraine to influence/distract from the midterm elections and as an excuse to attack Russia directly. If it does happen and it’s in the Donbass you can bet it’s not by Russia. I don’t believe there is anything they would stop at.

Perfidious Albino
Perfidious Albino
May 6, 2022 10:27 pm

Russia isn’t the west, losing a few ships won’t worry Putin. A few admirals might be for the high jump though. Can’t see them escalating to nukes. If it turns out to be true that the US has been helping target the Russian ships, that could get conventionally ugly though.

Rabz
May 6, 2022 10:32 pm

Can’t see them escalating to nukes

Until they do.

DrBeauGan
DrBeauGan
May 6, 2022 10:42 pm

Can’t see them escalating to nukes

Until they do.

I’m still hoping Putin nukes Washington when Biden is there. And a small one on Canberra, please. It would improve both places beyond recognition. The politicians might not like it, but they’d be dead. The ppl of both countries would be eternally grateful.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
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May 6, 2022 10:51 pm

How do climate change protesters get home from a rally? Diesel powered bus.

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