2,036 thoughts on “Open Thread – Weekend 28 May 2022”

  1. Zulu Kilo Two Alphasays:
    May 29, 2022 at 8:59 am
    In her first interview since conceding defeat to independent Dai Le, Keneally said she was still deciding whether she would continue living in the electorate – despite vowing to do so whether she won or lost.

    “Daily Mail” has an article showing her moving back into her mansion. Anyone willing to bet that she’ll be back in the Senate at the first opportunity?

    Right there. US Ambassador or UK High Commissioner, cut in pay but no costs. Sinodinos in the US will be replaced and the UK position is vacant I think.


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  2. This footage from Davros is truly horrifying.

    A bunch of insane power crazed fascist idiots imbibing their own urine and inhaling their own flatulence.


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  3. From the “West Australian” regarding an exhibition of “indigenous art” in Singapore. Words fail me, they honestly do.

    It comes at an important time of renewed hope for Australia to move forward in its relations with Indigenous people, according to Gough.

    “There’s a heavy leaden bleakness that is always going to overshadow our continent unless Aboriginal people are respected and held in high regard as the original peoples of this country,” she said.

    “We’ve got a lot of work to do for Aboriginal people to be in control of our own future.”

    Ever Present: First Peoples Art of Australia opened at the National Gallery Singapore on Friday and continues until September 25.



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  4. Monty
    I noticed your poverty was self inflicted after you apparently chose to go on the dole to develop your business.
    Sounds a little dishonest, on the face of it.


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  5. shatterzzz, what’s the story re stamp collecting? I gave mine to one of the daughters years ago, just because she liked it. Wasn’t a lot of good in mine but a few that were worth a few quid back in the 90’s.


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  6. US Ambassador or UK High Commissioner, cut in pay but no costs. Sinodinos in the US will be replaced and the UK position is vacant I think.

    Looks like she’s put her hand up for the Vatican.
    Sounds about right.
    No homework, swish digs in Rome, all expenses paid, and an opportunity to curry favour with the usual suspects by attacking the church (Pell in particular).


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  7. I heard Matt Kean’s a big RHCP fan:

    Give it away, give it away, give it away now
    Give it away, give it away, give it away now
    Give it away, give it away, give it away now
    I can’t tell if I’m a kingpin or a pauper

    Greedy little people in a sea of distress
    Keep your more to receive your less
    Unimpressed by material excess



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  8. When this “new” Federal “watchdog” comes into being does anyone reckon it will have the power to investigate how lifelong Parliamentary “troughers” accumulate their vast fortunes on Public Service salaries .. eg .. AnAl; .. $10million, BRADBURY $53million, Shorter Willie $61million .. or is it just coincidence and they had lotza rich rellies who luvved ’em .. dearly! ….. FFS!


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  9. Military history needs to be specialised, eg Australian unit histories can be quite valuable.
    If the books have an isbn, have a quick squiz on abebooks, you’ll get a reasonable idea if they are worth trying to sell.
    I bought a Spanish dinner set for $10 at an opshop a few years ago, one of daughters requisitioned it, now she wants to sell what she hasn’t broken plate by plate because individual pieces sell for $30 plus. You never know.


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  10. I have google images scrolling on my TV which I sometimes leave on because I hate the planet.
    Lots of fine art, including offerings from the NSW gallery. Tempted to go to Sydney just to visit same.
    Like going to Davos, only better.


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  11. Please, please please – and apropos of the Western Sydney’s wise voters – let Kenneally have a leaked ‘ratfuckers’ moment.


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  12. I doubt Shorten is worth 61 mill

    Shorten was AWU National Secretary while a lot of shady stuff was happening between the Union and Big Business.
    $61 mil. might just as easily be a gross underestimate.


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  13. Keneally has had a charmed run through life, so she’s probably a Spook.
    Plus, it would makes sense to send a Gayboy as Ambassador to Ireland and the Holy See.
    Have any Flamers ever been appointed?


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  14. Rabz says: May 29, 2022 at 9:36 am

    OK, it’s a Sunday morning, so deep thought is all too difficult, but here we go:

    When I saw the warning sign my first guess was: The Avalanches.


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  15. It comes at an important time of renewed hope for Australia to move forward in its relations with Indigenous people, according to Gough.

    “There’s a heavy leaden bleakness that is always going to overshadow our continent unless Aboriginal people are respected and held in high regard as the original peoples of this country,” she said.

    “We’ve got a lot of work to do for Aboriginal people to be in control of our own future.”

    a parallel society, no better way to entrench grinding poverty and make them permanent clients of the welfare state


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  16. What a stinker she is.

    Quite possibly the most repulsive woman to have blighted public life in this country’s history.

    The sense of entitlement is disgusting.


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  17. Tim Smith sidesteps a question about Guy being the leader to take up the fight in November. In fact he sidestepped a few questions that no-one on the panel pressed on.

    After watching Andrews on Vic Parl question time obfuscate a question of an apology to those failed by the health system and his smug arrogance these guys (no pun intended) aint winning Jack in November.


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  18. johannasays:

    May 29, 2022 at 10:24 am

    The Eagles image also covers The Byrds

    Yes.
    Some things in the cartoon cover multiple bands.
    I think the flag is Texas and Lone Star.


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  19. I’m still coming to terms with mUnty Burns life story. How moving and uplifting. If only he could discard that reverse pivot and get accepted at a golf course more befitting to a man of his status. I will ask some chaps at the club if they can help.


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  20. shatterzzz, what’s the story re stamp collecting? I gave mine to one of the daughters years ago, just because she liked it. Wasn’t a lot of good in mine but a few that were worth a few quid back in the 90’s.
    I disd say DON’T get me started on stamps .. you was warned!LOL!
    The computer age caught up .. that’s all! .. kids aren’t getting into stamps cos they is paper and button pressing ain’t involved …… prices are, generally, low .. in my Oz decimal collection, for convenience, I have a lot of Oz Post year books and most cost less than the Post Office issue price .. I bought the 2021 book on Ebay last week .. free post &$10 less than it’s original release cost ..
    A sheet of 25 .. Christmas 1971 stamps , nowadays, can be had for $19 .. back between 1972 & 2010 the same sheet was averaging $100 .. The 71 Xmas stamps set 7 and block of 25 were for years the most expensive of the decimal stamps .. the creme de la creme of dOz decimal .. now none of the decimal are rated better than each other ..
    Lotza folk make the mistake of thinking OLD is rare but most aren’t ..!
    A few of the pre-decimal still prop up the market but the rare Kangaroos & George’s are for serious collectors not your average hobbyist . thankfully, modern duplicates have been issued to cover the average collector market
    The one that remains the most sort after tho is the Sydney Harbour Bridge 5shilling you aren’t gonna get one (used) under $150 or a mint for less than $250 ..
    My TITANIC themed collection is, probably, the largest all-in-one-place collection in the world has cost me a fortune not only because there are NO cheap Titanic issues but they all had to come from O/S .. the postage costs, in a lot of purchases, exceeded the stamp prices but one of my Grandees is Titanic mad and it’s the mainstay in a massive assorted Titanic odds & ends I’ve put together .. I can only hope he doesn’t lose interestfor anothe rcoupla years .. LOL! ..
    on today’s prices and factoring in they are all in the same place I’d reckon $10 000 cheap for the stamps but, realistically, like lotza other things you have to find the right interest on the right day in the right place ….. a near impossibility but dreamz is dreamz .. LOL!
    On thematics I have 14 different collections so I won’t bother listing ’em ,, but take it from me there won’t be many private collectors in Oz that can match my stuff .. maybe on price but not on imagination and size .. 26 BIG albums, bursting ..!
    lotza years, lotza money & lotza fun gone into it .. LOL!


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  21. When times get tougher people vote for Extremists, and things have been tough in Victoria for a Generation now.

    What do you want Matthew Guy to do?

    Promise a Caste System to get Indian Labor Voters, introduction of The Death of a Thousand Cuts to entice Chinese Labor Voters, legalise Machine guns and hand grenades to lure the Arab Labor voters, bring back the Black and White Minstrel Show to fool the Redneck Labor voters?


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  22. What’s M0nty’s background?
    If he’s the son of a Doctor or a Bank Manager, then he was born into the Middle Class and his claim of belonging to the Upper Middle Class by virtue of success in business may stack up.


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  23. If only he could discard that reverse pivot and get accepted at a golf course more befitting to a man of his status.

    By ‘living in the western suburbs’ he probably means Millionaires’ Row in Maidstone, or eastern Yarraville, Seddon or one of the harbour view Williamstown arrangements.

    Hard to get a membership at Kingston Heath or the Victoria Golf Club from there, unless he commutes across the bay in his yacht.


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  24. On the side of the shed…
    The Vines are an Australian rock band formed in Sydney in 1994.

    That’s 27, or 28 if the Arctic Monkeys was was supposed to be The Monkeys + Icehouse.


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  25. H B Bearsays:
    May 29, 2022 at 10:52 am
    I’m still coming to terms with mUnty Burns life story. How moving and uplifting. If only he could discard that reverse pivot and get accepted at a golf course more befitting to a man of his status. I will ask some chaps at the club if they can help.

    Surely you can send your man around to do it?
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EqU6lz8bGhA


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  26. Where is Fat Cloive’s fillem of election fraud?

    They’re probably compiling it all for release in one package, complete with sinister music..

    Stolen freedom votes‘ was the cry. Presumably, this means that votes were voted and then stolen.

    Which means vote counting people across the nation would have to have identified votes as ‘freedom’ votes, and then discarded them – thus eliminating them from the counting process.

    Thousands upon thousands of vote counter-ers throughout this wide brown land would have to have been in on the giggle. Not one has said anything to date. Klaus must have spent up big to keep all those traps wired shut.

    What does one do with tens (or hundreds) of thousands of voted votes one needs to get rid of? Chuck them in the nearest bin? Burn them out the back of the voting booths? Stuff them all in your pockets and walk out like Paddington Bear?

    A mystery for the ages. Looking forward to the doco.


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  27. Pacific islanders are deeply confused, rubntug sends out that homosexual wong chap as honeypot without suitcases full of crips benjamin franklin’s


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  28. Cold Chisel and AC/DC makes it 30.

    No, because there are no chisels or electrical outlets in the picture.
    And we still haven’t named the witch so what we’ve named can’t add to 30 yet.


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  29. It’s basically down to the witch and the music coming from the grass.

    I was going to say Soundgarden but if it were a garden it would be drawn with more variety than a few blades of grass.


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  30. Interesting how the chatterati declare ‘the culture wars’ (and its new sibling, ‘the climate wars’) won whenever a Labor government is elected. And whenever a coalition government is elected, these wars reignite. This is a revealing perspective into the mentality of these people. When they feel their side is in charge, their opponents need to shut up and sit down because the election is proof that they lost the war. However, when the political party that purports to represent their opponents win office, do they sit down and shut up because they lost the war? Quite the opposite – a lost election prompts them to start fighting like hell.

    The people bleating endlessly about culture wars start them, fight them and decide when they’re over. Pure theatre.


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  31. Somebody said “Johnny Chester and Jigsaw” and I had written it down, but got to take that out because there is nothing like that in the image.
    We’re still at 26 (or 27).

    The Eagles
    Radiohead
    Smashing Pumpkins
    Arctic Monkeys (Or maybe The monkeys + Icehouse)
    Garbage
    Thompson twins
    Pet shop boys
    Oasis.
    T-Rex
    Four Tops
    Alice in Chains.
    Texas OR Lone Star
    The Police.
    Guns & Roses
    Salt n Pepper
    Cream
    Pearl Jam
    Beach Boys.
    One Direction
    Red Hot Chilli Peppers
    Tool.
    Stray Cats.
    The Avalanches OR The Rolling Stones.
    The Dunes???
    The Vines
    The White Stripes


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  32. It is not easy for mercenaries in the forests of Ukraine
    think we must have been spotted by drones beforehand and they had set up their lines… so as we went in the mass firefight broke out where you see (in the video) what we saw
    Fazkuruni
    9 hours ago
    Son of Conservative MP Helen Grant, is a former Royal Marine. Ben Grant.
    He said: “I think we must have been spotted by drones beforehand and they had set up their lines… so as we went in the mass firefight broke out where you see (in the video) what we saw.

    “We were walking in single file as the contact happened, Deano was at the end of my team, when he went to take a knee… we were shooting, getting our heads down and shooting them. I was terrified but driven to complete my most important goal, which at the time was getting him and my team out of the danger.
    What was so scary was being so limited by trying to carry someone, when I can’t pull my weapon up, while there are attack helicopters overhead and tanks firing through the woods. It was unreal – I’ve never experienced anything like that in my life


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  33. There is apparently a band from Detroit called The Witches who released an album in 2015, but I’ve never heard of them, so if anyone can think of a more famous band that fits the witch, go ahead.


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  34. Thousands upon thousands of vote counter-ers throughout this wide brown land would have to have been in on the giggle. Not one has said anything to date. Klaus must have spent up big to keep all those traps wired shut.

    What does one do with tens (or hundreds) of thousands of voted votes one needs to get rid of? Chuck them in the nearest bin? Burn them out the back of the voting booths? Stuff them all in your pockets and walk out like Paddington Bear?

    I made similar points a few days ago. You only need a cursory knowledge of how the AEC collects and counts the votes to realise it is not at all a simple matter to carry out what Clive is alleging. Also, it is not evident to me what the motive would be to carry out such a massive fraud. I can’t see thousands of people across the country willing to risk criminal prosecution to assist in getting rid of some milquetoast pseudo-conservative government in favour of a Labor-lite government that won’t deliver enormously different outcomes. If Morro was a polarising figure like Trump, then sure. But he wasn’t. People were sick of him, absolutely. But sick enough of him to be willing to risk jail time to bring about his downfall? Nope.


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  35. Know the area of Seymour Monty was referring to, over to the SE of the town round Chittick Park/Tuckerbag Complex and up an area we used to quip as “Cyprus Hill”. Did a quick search Real Estate, $400K for a dig in Martindale cres, wowee. I lived in a couple of places near there after leaving school and with a housemate we were able to more than afford the rent and boozy weekends on a labourers wage.

    Ed, for what it is worth present course isn’t winning Government. Bit like the squeaky voice kid from the Simpsons who drops the taco into the fryer then tries to retrieve over & over again…


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  36. We can’t really tell what’s in that bowl, but I guess it could be cranberries, sure why not, fits the picnic table theme.

    Up to 29 now, just need to figure out the musical grass in the middle.


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  37. Ben Grant must be lying or delusional. He obviously isn’t keeping up with the news here. Brave Ukrainian defenders have shot down most of the Russian attack helicopters and destroyed most of the Russian tanks. And those remaining are almost out of ammo. He couldn’t have seen tanks or attack helicopters because they weren’t there. So let’s not hear any more of this defeatist enemy propaganda from the victorious battlefields of Ukraine!


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  38. Oh sorry, someone already said The Grass Roots. I’m going with that one.

    The Eagles
    Radiohead
    Smashing Pumpkins
    Arctic Monkeys (Or maybe The monkeys + Icehouse)
    Garbage
    Thompson twins
    Pet shop boys
    Oasis.
    T-Rex
    Four Tops
    Alice in Chains.
    Texas OR Lone Star
    The Police.
    Guns & Roses
    Salt n Pepper
    Cream
    Pearl Jam
    Beach Boys.
    One Direction
    Red Hot Chili Peppers
    Tool.
    Stray Cats.
    The Avalanches OR The Rolling Stones.
    The Dunes???
    The Vines
    The White Stripes
    The Beatles
    The Cranberries
    The Witches
    The Grass Roots.

    30.


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  39. First recorded case of destruction of the Bushmaster armored vehicle donated by Australia to Ukraine

    In all honesty, I’m surprised any have made it into battle. The entire exercise was such a token gesture, anyway. 20 Bushmasters aren’t going to make a lick of difference over there. The cost of flying them over by C-17 was likely considerably more expensive than the units themselves. Can we just write a cheque next time?


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  40. ‘Stolen freedom votes‘ was the cry. Presumably, this means that votes were voted and then stolen.

    This is where we had a schism in the Fweedom Movement the other day.
    (Using Jeremy Clarkson voice) … Some say it was a voter boycott.
    Others insist the voters voted but the votes were stolen.
    All we know is … there is bugger all proof of anything being produced.


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  41. (Using Jeremy Clarkson voice) … Some say it was a voter boycott.

    (Bobcat Goldthwaite voice) … Uhhhh yeahhhh arrraight I mean you peeeple.. uh the votes ahhhhgghh

    Wordwall compilation imminent. I must away to outdoor thingies.


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  42. Five main groups in the British class system

    Lower class
    This is a controversial term to describe the long term unemployed, homeless etc.

    Working class
    Basic low level unskilled or semi-skilled workers, such as those with no university or college education. This includes occupations such as factory workers and labourers.

    A popular slang to describe this group is “chav” which focus on the negative stereotype of young people from this group who are perceived to be brash and loutish that wear real or imitation designer clothes.

    Middle class
    The vast majority of British people fall into this category, such as shop owners, white-collar professionals (literally those who wear a white collar like businessmen and office workers), teachers, journalists, nurses and the list goes on.

    A slang used sometimes for this group is “champagne socialists” because they are comfortable financially but have socialist views.

    Upper class
    This is where it gets juicy. A popular slang for this group is “toffs” which has both negative and positive connotations. A toff is someone that may think they are superior to others but someone from a working class background may think a toff is someone that has no clue about real life and lacks practical skills.

    Someone with a good job such as being a barrister can be considered upper-class but if their parents were working class they may be considered to have “new money” by those that come from families were they have “old money” which means they have been rich for a long time.

    Aristocrats
    The royal family and those with titles, such as lords or barons, fall into this group. They are often referred to as “blue blooded,” a phrase that originated in France. The term originally referred to people who were so rich that they didn’t have to work and rarely went out into the sun. This kept their skin very pale – so pale, in fact, that their veins (which appeared blue) were visible under their skin.

    Link. Then again this article suggests seven classes:


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  43. it is not at all a simple matter to carry out what Clive is alleging.

    I’ve never heard any allegation from Clive and don’t care to look up what it is. Just on principle though, I was thinking about how anyone could rig the election and get away with it yesterday, and I could not figure out how it would be possible. If you don’t have every scrutineer in your pocket, you can’t do it. The scrutineer knows what the first preference counts were (for at least 85% of votes) in their particular polling place when they left on election night, and they can check the figure on the AEC tally web site for that particular polling place is what they heard counted and phoned in. From that point it is down to preference distribution, which are not so easy to see and certainly not on election night. But the published 1st prefs at least prevents the TCP result from overruling a candidate that was more popular in #1 than the AEC’s guess had predicted.

    Maybe between the election night count and the “fresh scrutiny” there is two days where substitute ballots can be manufactured, but you still can’t hide a strong 1st preference vote for an upstart party because 1st pref has been published on election night. I’m not terribly interested in imagining how the exact balance between two arms of the uniparty can be fiddled when that is not the contest of interest.


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  44. Colonel Crispin Berkasays:

    May 29, 2022 at 11:21 am

    Somebody said “Johnny Chester and Jigsaw” and I had written it down

    Er, guilty, yer ‘onner.
    I threw that one in to get people squinting at every corner of the picture looking for something that wasn’t there.
    Which is … a Cheap Trick.


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  45. I’ve never heard any allegation from Clive and don’t care to look up what it is. 

    He claimed last Saturday night that he had film of an AEC employee taking votes home in one electorate.
    He doubled down mid-week with some plurals … it became “employees” and “electorates“.
    So far, no fillem.


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  46. Bwah ha ha ha.
    Leon Muks has gone the full Paul “It’s the recession we need to have” Keating.

    “It’s been raining money on fools for too long.”



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  47. KD.
    It’s none of the above.
    Used to be a very working class suburb with a couple of tiny patches of very nice houses for old landowning families and local boys made good, I guess with housing prices as they are the arrival, enmasse, of middle class professionals was inevitable.


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  48. Turnbull is a Right Winger too, it was obvious from the way that Tony Abbott won the leadership off Turnbull that Abbott was an opportunist and wouldn’t last long.

    The “sage” of Australian politics perverts the language again!


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  49. shatterzzz

    and don’t get me started on my stamp collection that was meant to benefit the grandees … duuuuuuuuh!

    A lot of our similar collection ended up on envelopes and parcels.


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  50. THE COVID POST MORTEM. WHO WHY WHEN AND BY WHOM

    By Wayne Allyn Root -May 29, 2022

    We are in the middle of the biggest scam and “get-rich-quick” Ponzi scheme in world history. Some might call it mass murder on a grand scale.

    Open your eyes- see the remarkable number of famous actors, politicians and athletes who are dropping dead, or suffering heart attacks, strokes, blood clots, as well as dramatic increases in cancer. Is it coincidence?

    In only the past week we saw famous acting icon Ray Liotta die at age 67…famous rocker Andy “Fletch” Fletcher of the band “Depeche Mode” die at age 60, and Alan White the drummer for the rock band “Yes” die at age 72.

    Famous Americans are dropping like flies. Is it all coincidence? Is it all about “old age.” Or is something terrible happening that needs to be investigated? Why are so many famous people dying?

    Could it be because lots of average people are dying too? Life insurance executives are reporting non-Covid deaths are up a staggering 40% across the USA- the largest increase ever seen. Ask any funeral home director- business is booming like never before.

    Something is very very wrong. Yet no one is reporting it. No one is investigating. We’re not even allowed to ask questions for fear of being slandered, ostracized, or banned from social media.

    This scam I’m talking about is not Covid-19. Covid is real- it’s a flu pandemic. This isn’t the first flu pandemic. It won’t be the last. As a matter of fact, many Americans are sick again with Covid.

    The strange this is, every single person I know who is experiencing Covid again is triple vaxxed. How’s that work? If I told you everyone I met with Polio had gotten three Polio shots, would you consider the polio vaccine a success? Or a miserable failure?

    This world-class scam is easy to see…

    It’s the the response by government, President Biden, Democrat politicians, Dr. Fauci, the CDC, and the media regarding the Covid vaccines. Something is very wrong. Something has gone very bad. We are off the rails.

    And not only does no one want to talk about it, or discuss it, or debate it…

    Not only is the media and social media involved in the biggest blackout, whitewash and cover-up in history…

    Our government, medical experts and the media- all the powers that be- are all still pushing this dangerous and deadly jab, despite the evidence of massive injuries and deaths. Does this make sense? Can anyone explain this?

    Here is a real-life healthcare story that I think goes a long way to explaining it all…

    About two weeks later the bill came. 22 hours in the hospital. Not even one full day. Nothing wrong- so, no treatments of any kind were given.

    The bill was $115,000.


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  51. How can there be both a covid baby boom causing consternation in Melbourne (and no doubt other places) and 84% of pregnant women miscarrying.
    I think someone is lying.


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  52. Shaterzz thanks, mine were mainly pre decimal inc Kangaroos and Harbour Bridge etc but all low value stamps.

    Re Ralph babet, met him a few times, thought he was ok but he let me down badly a few weeks ago. I reckon he will do as Clive says, plus all the UAP candidates had to sign papers saying that they had to payback their share of the advertising budget for the campaign if they left the party after being elected. I didn’t sign or see this paper but that’s what I was told.


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  53. There is hope yet.

    The “experts” are worried about their jobs.

    Education experts concerned Queensland high school students abandoning arts subjects over ATAR result

    Eden Gray got into university this year with an impressive ATAR, achieved partly with high school arts subjects, but her path is becoming rarer as students turn to science-based subjects in the belief they will deliver a higher ranking.

    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-05-29/qld-school-student-enrolment-arts-subjects-decline-over-sciences/101077754


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  54. If you don’t have every scrutineer in your pocket, you can’t do it. The scrutineer knows what the first preference counts were (for at least 85% of votes) in their particular polling place when they left on election night

    Have you ever scrutineered, bro?

    , and they can check the figure on the AEC tally web site for that particular polling place is what they heard counted and phoned in

    Ha ha, no you haven’t.

    From that point it is down to preference distribution, which are not so easy to see and certainly not on election night.

    What do you think the 2cp is, then?

    But the published 1st prefs at least prevents the TCP result from overruling a candidate that was more popular in #1 than the AEC’s guess had predicted.

    Good grief.

    Maybe between the election night count and the “fresh scrutiny” there is two days where substitute ballots can be manufactured,

    Strawman.

    but you still can’t hide a strong 1st preference vote for an upstart party because 1st pref has been published on election night

    huh?

    I’m not terribly interested in imagining how the exact balance between two arms of the uniparty can be fiddled when that is not the contest of interest.

    Really?
    If you’re still talking about Hinkler, the issue was:
    A Candidate that didn’t win or place second at any Booth was included in the 2CP count.
    Now, fair enough, numbers from the PrePoll Booths weren’t available and Dempsey was tipped to Poll much better in Bundaberg than he did,
    but the fact is that the 2CP shoulda been between Pitt and Scanes, since LNP & ALP were 1 & 2 in 2019, and that’s where they finished in 2022.
    Dempsey’s preferences weren’t awarded in the 2CP as a consequence, but it’s reasonable to assume they favoured Scanes, who improved his vote while Pitt went backwards.


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  55. So far, no fillem.

    What’s the verdict, Agent Sancho?
    Anthony Green opined that Pauline Hanson wasn’t elected and UAP wouldn’t get a Senator.
    That was then.
    Now it seems Hanson is elected, she might get 1 or 2 others, and UAP looks good for a couple.
    Whaddya think?
    Any connection?


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  56. Outcome of three undecided seats likely known on Monday
    Max Maddison
    MAX MADDISON

    The outcome of the three undecided seats from the federal election will likely be known on Monday, with no further counting happening today.

    Melbourne’s McNamara and Deakin, and Gilmore, on the NSW south coast, remain uncertain with the ebb and flow of voting creating headaches for psephologists. But the outcomes in these seats won’t be known on Sunday.

    “The three seats left in doubt will have no fresh counting today. Staff will be processing declaration envelopes to be ready for a big count on Monday. That should clarify the final result – unless the three seats remain ultra-close,” ABC political analyst Antony Green wrote on Twitter.



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  57. There was a group in the ’60s called Harmony Grass.

    I was wondering if the sign pointing upwards is referring to Sky. That’s pretty obscure too, but the sign’s there for something. Can’t think of another band it could be about.


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  58. Zipstersays:
    May 29, 2022 at 11:27 am
    It is not easy for mercenaries in the forests of Ukraine
    think we must have been spotted by drones beforehand and they had set up their lines… so as we went in the mass firefight broke out where you see (in the video) what we saw
    Fazkuruni
    9 hours ago
    Son of Conservative MP Helen Grant, is a former Royal Marine. Ben Grant.
    He said: “I think we must have been spotted by drones beforehand and they had set up their lines… so as we went in the mass firefight broke out where you see (in the video) what we saw.

    “We were walking in single file as the contact happened, Deano was at the end of my team, when he went to take a knee… we were shooting, getting our heads down and shooting them. I was terrified but driven to complete my most important goal, which at the time was getting him and my team out of the danger.
    What was so scary was being so limited by trying to carry someone, when I can’t pull my weapon up, while there are attack helicopters overhead and tanks firing through the woods. It was unreal – I’ve never experienced anything like that in my life

    Strange, he’s huffing and puffing but everyone else is stationary or moving slowly. Can’t hear any helicopters, tanks or ordnance. The drones must have had infra-red, which is possible to see through the woods. Couldn’t hear them either. Puff piece for mummy.


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  59. I made similar points a few days ago. You only need a cursory knowledge of how the AEC collects and counts the votes to realise it is not at all a simple matter to carry out what Clive is alleging.

    What’s he alleging?

    Also, it is not evident to me what the motive would be to carry out such a massive fraud.

    Is he alleging “Massive Fraud”?
    As for motive[s] how many do you want?
    Labor still hasn’t got to a Majority, there’s a lot of difference between a 75 Seats Minority Government, a bare 76 Majority, and a 77 and a 2 seat buffer after electing a Speaker.
    Then there’s the issue of the Liberal Party leadership.
    The longer the AEC drag out the count for Gilmore [and now Deakin], the more time it givers Scotty Morrison to find some dope to run against Dutton and organise the numbers.

    I can’t see thousands of people across the country willing to risk criminal prosecution to assist in getting rid of some milquetoast pseudo-conservative government in favour of a Labor-lite government that won’t deliver enormously different outcomes.

    Huh?
    Been on the Mushrooms again?


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  60. I was wondering if the sign pointing upwards is referring to Sky. That’s pretty obscure too, but the sign’s there for something. Can’t think of another band it could be about.

    I think Faustus nailed that – One Direction.

    He’s got all their albums.


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  61. Gotta luv the pre Cook shipping industry the 251s were running, seawalls, wharfs even asbestos ..
    ” Jimmy” should be villified & statues torn down over his total destruction of “our cultural” roots .. LOL!

    “A big part of my commitment is ensuring the island is remediated before it’s transferred to the Aboriginal community,” he said in a statement.
    the funding will help repair seawalls and buildings, improve wharf access, upgrade services and remove contaminants like asbestos over the next four years.



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  62. I have to agree with Bewitched since the witch is the cartoon witch from Bewitched. Engraved into my brain from years of watching repeats after school. Never heard of the Bewitched band though.


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  63. Makkasays:
    May 29, 2022 at 12:36 pm
    There is hope yet.

    The “experts” are worried about their jobs.

    Education experts concerned Queensland high school students abandoning arts subjects over ATAR result

    Eden Gray got into university this year with an impressive ATAR, achieved partly with high school arts subjects, but her path is becoming rarer as students turn to science-based subjects in the belief they will deliver a higher ranking.

    I am having difficulty identifying a cause for concern. It sounds like very good news, if true.


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  64. The two cocktails on the table…did we get that?

    I thought it might be the Cocteau Twins, but that’s a stretch. And I thought the beetles on the tablecloth edge might be who else but… I don’t know who the bowl above them is though. Did we get the vine on the shed with the purple flowers? The cartoon is a bit too fuzzy to pick out some of the details.


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  65. The way that the Libs can get the working class on board is to use worker cooperatives:

    You mean like in Germany?

    Yes.

    I can see no reason why they are not available as a possible form of incorporation in this country. Other than some cynical reason.


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  66. Grey Ranga, a mate of mine who served in Afghanistan said a lot of these militia guys wouldn’t be used to their side not having air superiority or an adversary at least in parity and the cover that allows one freedom to manoeuvre. He said same about what he calls high angle hell, mortars being adjusted on to target by a fire controller. For whatever the Russians failures with combined arms manoeuvre, basics like these they possess.


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  67. I don’t know who the bowl above them is though.

    Cranberries was suggested…looks close enough.

    Did we get the vine on the shed with the purple flowers?

    Grapes? A few contenders if so.

    The cartoon is a bit too fuzzy to pick out some of the details.

    For a while I thought the monkey on top of the igloo was a black swan! In my defence I’m not wearing my glasses.


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  68. I am having difficulty identifying a cause for concern. It sounds like very good news, if true.

    More kids dropping out in year 12 as they realise it’s really hard, and they have to devote lots time to something they are not interested in is a good thing ?


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  69. Regarding the kid who did Yartz and avoided sciences.
    She described the music subjects as a “de-stress”.
    Great.
    She enjoys music.
    Just don’t expect the world to pay for your hobby.


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  70. Boambee Johnsays:

    May 29, 2022 at 1:32 pm

    Diogenes

    More kids showing an interest in science is a good thing. All kids finishing Year 12 is not necessarily a good thing.

    I heard the other day that school leaving age is 17.
    Doesn’t sound right to me.


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  71. The longer the AEC drag out the count for Gilmore [and now Deakin], the more time it gives Scotty Morrison to find some dope to run against Dutton and organise the numbers.

    A female dope?
    Bridget Archer said she wanted to run for Deputy, the Liberals have got a fair few female dopes, that’s for sure.
    On the Labor side, they’ve lost 2.
    Scotty might be thinkin’ of doin’ a Howard?


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  72. I heard the other day that school leaving age is 17.
    Doesn’t sound right to me.

    It’s the year you turn 14 in Queensland, permission required.


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  73. All kids finishing Year 12 is not necessarily a good thing.

    Didn’t they make Year 12 leaving (NSW) compulsory when they were taking a hammering over rising “dole” numbers .. too many 15 thru 18s showing up in the unemployed numbers & the media whingeing?


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  74. I was wondering if the sign pointing upwards is referring to Sky. That’s pretty obscure too, but the sign’s there for something. Can’t think of another band it could be about.

    One Direction?


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  75. TN – I’ve never had the slightest inclination to buy a One Direction album. Nor I hope will I ever. Have had several Sky LPs though. Went to a gig of theirs at the Opera House once, which is the only time I’ve been to it for actual music.


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  76. Didn’t they make Year 12 leaving (NSW) compulsory when they were taking a hammering over rising “dole” numbers .. too many 15 thru 18s showing up in the unemployed numbers & the media whingeing?

    No, must complete year 10, then either earning (25 hours a week or more) or learning (TAFE or school) until 17

    All kids finishing Year 12 is not necessarily a good thing.

    Many employers want an HSC


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  77. It’s the year you turn 14 in Queensland, permission required.

    Nope same as NSW except compulsory until year 10 or you turn 16 – whichever happens first. This is national and was either a Gillard or Rudd brainfart.

    Under special circumstances you can leave earlier, but it requires a gazillion forms and exemptions and ultimately the school has the final say.


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  78. H B Bearsays:
    May 29, 2022 at 2:30 pm
    When it comes to matters of class I suggest consulting Groogs Peerage.

    Groogs Peerage sounds like an instruction book for Peeping Toms!


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  79. Under special circumstances you can leave earlier, but it requires a gazillion forms and exemptions and ultimately the school has the final say.

    What I said [edited]:

    It’s the [start of the] year you turn 14 in Queensland, permission required from a Magistrate.



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  80. The band would be Tin Tin.

    Certainly fits the style of the puzzle, P, although I’d never heard of the Tin Tin band until searching just now. Wiki.

    I was leaning towards Pink Floyd since they like guys in bowler hats but I think you are on the money. (I’m avoiding Rosie’s link…it’s very very tempting to just read the real answers, aargh.)


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  81. For the eighth time this weekend, AFL teams are being led onto the arena by white blokes pretending to be black, exhorting the crowd with didgeridoos to celebrate a culture of violent nomads beating up and raping their women. For 40,000 pucking years, brother.


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  82. Double standards’: Wong attacked by Chinese media
    Max Maddison
    MAX MADDISON

    Foreign Affairs Minister Penny Wong has been attacked by Chinese state-run media, accusing her of “double standards, arrogant colonialism and imperialism”.

    Referring to remarks made in Senator Wong’s first solo trip to Fiji, asserting the security of the Indo-Pacific should be determined by the region itself, the Global Times editorial accused her of hypocrisy, saying the remarks should be directed towards Australia and the United States.

    The editorial pointed to Australia’s involvement in Afghanistan, Iraq and the South China Sea, arguing “Australia has no right to intervene, and it has even less excuse to do so if taking Wong’s statement into account”.

    While the Albanese government had sought to make a difference on climate change, the Global Times said: “it does not change the fact that Canberra has for a so long time casted a cold eye to the issue”.

    Snork, snork….


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  83. While the Albanese government had sought to make a difference on climate change, the Global Times said: “it does not change the fact that Canberra has for a so long time casted a cold eye to the issue”.

    indeed, double down and destroy your own country, what do you think chairman Xi is paying you for?


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  84. Wealth is foundational and has to see through to the next generation which tends to purchase heritage, but wealth alone is not as such a class indicator until it is ‘routinized’ in Weberian terms into land, property, renown and heritage.

    Care to translate this gobbledegook into English?

    Yes, Ed, for the brainless I will do just that. Others can work it out for themselves.

    It means that money alone doesn’t create class position until other things happen, which may take a generation or two. Also note I said that this is the traditional view, and that these days huge amounts of money are what mostly counts. Die-hards might disagree, but money can buy most of the aspects and privileges of a higher class, for those who care about such things.


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  85. didn’t Thompson Twins get their name from Thompson & Thompson in Tin Tin?

    Rockdoctor I think wins it! From wiki:

    The name of the pop group the Thompson Twins was based on Thomson and Thompson.

    That’s a very neat clue, even though I could never get into Tin Tin comic books.


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  86. Sorry, late primary I was into Tin Tin & Asterix. Soon as I saw it after scrolling up to the link it jogged memories. Incidentally even though the image was crap I got 17 out of 30.


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  87. Thompson Twins was one I picked straight off. Love Thompson and Thomson.
    My link is really just a bunch of other people guessing.
    Pretty sure they got the grass with the notes above right.


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  88. Anyway, suppose an unvaccinated person catches COVID for the first time. Their body develops both types of antibodies and fights it off. The second time that person catches COVID, they are likely to be asymptomatic. They now have robust, long-lasting natural immunity.

    Now, suppose a fully vaccinated and boosted person catches COVID (which is happening a LOT). The first time, they fight it off fairly effectively due to their spike protein antibodies. But, whenever that person catches a subsequent strain of COVID (which is happening a LOT), they are far more likely to be hospitalized with a serious case, and far more likely to die from it.

    The vaccinated person never develops nucleocapsid antibodies. NEVER. Therefore, subsequent infections keep getting worse, rather than becoming milder. Scientists are not quite sure why this is happening, but that’s what the data proves.

    In both Canada and the UK, 91% of all COVID deaths in March and April were among the fully vaccinated. It seems incontrovertible now that the long-term effects of these so-called “vaccines” is that they weaken the immune system, rather than strengthening it. Natural immunity remains far superior to these experimental mRNA shots. Moderna and NIH both admit this now.

    But good luck convincing any of the people in charge that this is true.

    Or the denialists at Dover’s who I note just ignored the link these passages are to be found in.

    VAIDS.
    As we have been telling you all along.

    All the people getting sick around here have all been jabbed.

    I am not gloating or happy about being right, FFS, my own son is still crook and can’t battle his way back to health………
    But it’s about time some serious mature responses to this situation are taken by a few here, and to face up to the truth.
    Those that scoffed and went hysterical , therefore not considering others should have the decency to apologise so we can all move on and fight the bastards that did this to you.


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  89. Oh NOW the wall has hit actresses care about older ladies on screen.

    https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2022/may/28/actors-call-for-better-onscreen-representation-of-women-over-45
    “Today’s in-demand young actress is tomorrow’s unemployed middle-aged actress,” it said, adding: “We are fighting to ensure that our generation of excluded women is the last generation of excluded women.”

    Women in the UK only have a “shelf life” on screen while their male colleagues have a “whole life”, it claims.

    And if you want to look at pretty young things instead of old boliers then sucks to be you.
    They demand quotas!

    Among the recommendations are that all onscreen fictional content and light entertainment programmes with male and female leads or presenters should have 50:50 equal gender and age representation.

    It also calls for writer/performer dramas and comedy commissioning to feature 50:50 age and gender parity in programming, and for all broadcaster diversity initiatives to incorporate age.

    In news, it says presenters of documentaries should be represented equally, with 50:50 gender initiatives to include age parity between women and men who are 45-plus. It also calls for age parity in political panels, discussions, news packages and studio guests. “A panel of only middle-aged men and young women is dated and unrepresentative,” it states.

    Additionally, it states that news pieces on women’s physical and mental health and violence against women “shouldn’t have exclusive bias towards young women”. While celebrity and entertainment news should feature women and men over 45 equally and use recent photographs.

    “This isn’t an attack of artistic freedom,” the letter states. “This is highlighting that too often excluding older women is enabled through the cloak of artistic choices.”

    And those pretty up and coming young things,,,, well they should have been born 20 years ago the big silly gooses.


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  90. It’s odd. Actresses like Dench, Redgrave and Mirren seem to have no trouble with roles. Perhaps because they’re good.

    If the PYTs are being dropped, it’s because they were selected because a PYT. Career change recommended.


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  91. Call for fourth boosters to keep Victorians out of hospital
    The number of triple vaccinated people being struck down by debilitating long Covid has been revealed, amid calls for fourth booster jabs to keep Victorians out of hospital.

    keep pumping that liferaft


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  92. Women in the UK only have a “shelf life” on screen while their male colleagues have a “whole life”, it claims.

    let’s defeat evolutionary biology, kommunism uber ales!


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  93. How about movies about older women aren’t that popular at the box office so movies featuring them in droves don’t get made that often.
    I’m betting the simple fact is there are more mature women scrabbling for increasingly fewer available roles.
    In what industry do people successfully demand jobs where no-one wants to buy that particular product?
    Time to join the public service ladies.


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  94. And if you want to look at pretty young things instead of old boliers then sucks to be you.
    They demand quotas!

    qantarse has got this


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  95. I am continuing on just as usual with my BBC listener friend of forty years standing after our rather intense email back and forth about ‘climate change’. I am making it clear to her that I do not see our relationship has to change, with our common interest in archaeology and many shared memories, just because we have different views on political matters. I haven’t suddenly grown horns and nor has she. So she gets my usual updates on the quirks and follies we meet in our travels, as she has always requested, and she has taken to replying in kind as previously. I do the same in Sydney with a couple Hairy and I have been friends with since the early 1980’s (his male friend originally). As they are both in dubious health I can’t see why our love and support should fail them now, even though they live in Wentworth and had the hide to ask me if I’d join them in supporting Allegra. I said no quite promptly to that one and gave my reasons too. We’ve seen them since that time and we simply all avoided politics and enjoyed our birdlife and recalled memories.

    I do miss my birdlife. Yesterday we drove around the Howardian Hills where our pigsty is located, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (as they designate them in England) and called into the town of Helmsley for an ice-cream and a look-see. There, in the lands of mellow Dunscombe House and its rolling green parklands, is the National Centre for Birds of Prey. We paid up and watched them ‘flying’ some of the Owls, Hawks, Falcons, Eagles and Kites, and what a treat it was to see these birds, all ‘imprinted’ on their handlers, swoop and fly in their natural patterns. They are quite individual and even in cases I found respond well to cooing and petting sounds. One falcon simply doesn’t like men. We even considered shaving Tom (a male handler with a beard) and putting him into a dress, joked one of the female handlers ‘flying’ this particular bird, saying too that the bird could always tell the difference and it wasn’t just due to dress styles.

    That of course just set me off missing my cat Attapuss, who also hates men. My son minding him for this month does his best, but the cat responds more to my son’s female partner who visits weekends. Apparently when the daughter of an old friend arrived a few weeks ago from the US, caught Covid, and needed a Covid quarantine retreat for a week, we offered our place with my son’s agreement, and Attapuss went into paroxisms of delight – a longer-term female at last! He must really be missing me as I miss him. He merely tolerates Hairy, as with any male family member. Any female visitor though is quite accepted.


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  96. even though I could never get into Tin Tin comic books.

    That’s sad.

    Apart from the greatness of the original books there is a whole industry devoted to producing faux Tintin covers.

    I have all the originals and I’m talking to someone to produce some of the better covers.


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  97. To be fair I was thinking yesterday that action fillums would soon require zimmer frames. Harrison Ford is completing the fifth Indiana Jones movie at age 79 and Tom Cruise is a nearly 60 year old fighter pilot in Top Gun Maverick. Can’t they find anyone younger who isn’t a wuss?

    Helen Mirren btw was strutting her stuff at Cannes on Friday. Not doing too badly herself at 76, certainly spritely.


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  98. let’s defeat evolutionary biology, kommunism uber ales!

    Tried to explain evolutionary biology to my 16 year old granddaughter when she complained bitterly about unwanted attention in public places from young males. I said extremely revealing outfits will have that effect – it is kind of involuntary.

    At that point – at an Easter gathering – she flounced off into her room, and I got a lecture from daughter about “lecturing, rather than supporting.” Tried to explain that erroneous ideas were not “supportive’. Had no effect at all. I remain an often painful person in family gatherings, it seems.


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  99. That’s sad.

    No it’s not Cohenite. In school I soaked up Asterix comics, yes, but did J.E. Macdonnell books instead of the boring Belgian. I also didn’t like Tin Tin’s dog, which is an annoying yappy thing.

    Can’t beat the Asterix fondue sequence.


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  100. All you need to do now Notaclue is grow up, and consider what your reaction to this has been, and how how you have promoted the jabs as safe, as a personal choice with no effect on others, and how irresponsible and hysterical it was to take that approach, as you will never know how many people may have been convinced by your pro jab stance to take it.
    You’ll never know how many you have killed.
    It sounds over the top, but you made, as an adult, the decision to argue for the jab, that it was fine, and a person with any thought about what the decent thing to do would never do that knowing they could be wrong (and it works out you were deadly wrong) and knowing it might tip somebody under duress from tyrannical government to take it, to give in and get it.
    Disgusting behaviour on your part.
    People wonder why I single you out.
    You are irresponsible, selfish, with no moral compass and no decency , you display nothing but contempt toward your fellow man.

    You are a child.
    A badly behaved child, a spoilt brat.


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  101. Bruce of Newcastlesays:
    May 29, 2022 at 4:33 pm
    That’s sad.

    No it’s not Cohenite. In school I soaked up Asterix comics,

    Gerard Depardieux makes a good Obelix in a couple of films.


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  102. In 1983 Honi Soit was running. modified Tin Tin comics on the back page.

    The dog, Snowy, got his name from his involvement in the cocaine trade. He always appeared with a pair a black sunglasses and a cigarette at the corner of his mouth.

    Other than that the only frame I recall is where Tin Tin, Captain Fishface, and Snowy are in a helicopter pursuing their quarry who are in a fast boat. Tin Tin says “We’re overhauling them fast. A couple more minutes and we’ll napalm the c*nts”


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  103. St Floyd, George be his name…
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/may/25/george-floyd-racism-two-years-on-from-murder-black-lives-matter
    Instead of being born impoverished, Floyd could have come into the world as a wealthy scion of an industrious great-great-grandfather, if racism had not stripped his hardworking ancestors of their landholdings in North Carolina at the turn of the 20th century. He could have been able to pursue his second-grade dream of ascending to the supreme court, if underfunded public schools and dilapidated public housing had not defined his adolescence in a segregated slum. His lyricism and poetic nature could have elevated him to prominence in the world of arts, if his struggles with addiction and mental illness had been met with treatment rather than the unforgiving cruelty of the US’s mass incarceration complex. His less ambitious goals later in life – to become a truck driver or to open a small restaurant and provide jobs for the downtrodden – could have been achievable if Derek Chauvin had not ignored his pleas for mercy on that fateful day two years ago.

    If wishes were horses beggars would ride.


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  104. “There’s a heavy leaden bleakness that is always going to overshadow our continent unless Aboriginal people are respected and held in high regard as the original peoples of this country,” she said.

    well.. they are recognised as the people(s) who were here when Europeans arrived, but there is clear evicence they weren’t the ‘first’ people.

    .. as as for being ‘held in high regard’ for the feat of being here at settlement by Euroweenies – WTF ?


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  105. NSW returns landmark to Aboriginal owners
    Agency writers
    AGENCY WRITERS

    The NSW government is returning a historic landmark nestled in Sydney’s harbour to the Aboriginal community, with the official transfer process beginning for Me-Mel Island.

    The initiative is accompanied by a near $43m revamp under the 2022-23 state budget to help revitalise Me-Mel, also known as Goat Island.

    The transfer is a “personal priority” for Premier Dominic Perrottet.

    “Returning Me-Mel to the Aboriginal community is the right thing to do, and it helps deliver on my commitment of improving outcomes and opportunities for Aboriginal people across all parts of Government,” he said.

    “A big part of my commitment is ensuring the island is remediated before it’s transferred to the Aboriginal community.”

    This will be done through a $42.9m package spread over four years, with the money going towards works such as repairing seawalls and buildings, improving water and sewer services, and removing contaminants like asbestos.

    The state heritage site is the biggest island in Sydney Harbour and is located north west of the CBD.

    Me-Mel is known for its rich Aboriginal heritage and value with more than 30 buildings and other structures from the 1830s to the 1960s.

    It was once inhabited by Wangal man Bennelong and Cammeraigal woman Barangaroo.

    Bennelong said the island was his inheritance after his father left it to him, with colonial documents showing his dad was born on Me-Mel.

    Its transfer was a 2015 election promise by the NSW Labor Party, with the process now officially beginning under the state Liberal government over seven years later.

    The move has been welcomed by Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council Deputy Chair Yvonne Weldon who said the transfer will help heal and progress Indigenous issues.

    “Me-Mel is a place where we can go to be within our culture, pass culture on to our younger generations and share with other people,” she said.



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  106. What I said [edited]:

    It’s the [start of the] year you turn 14 in Queensland, permission required from a Magistrate.

    Yeah, nah.
    [edited] = I inserted the word “Magistrate” which wasn’t there before.


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  107. unless Aboriginal people are respected and held in high regard

    Not until they start having a high regard and respect for themselves. Stop the endemic comminidy violence against your women and children and get off your arses and earn.


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  108. Tried to explain evolutionary biology to my 16 year old granddaughter when she complained bitterly about unwanted attention in public places from young males. I said extremely revealing outfits will have that effect – it is kind of involuntary.

    Try reverse psychology. Tell her to be ugly and it want happen.


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  109. Cats – you are true Rock ‘n’ Roll Obsessives. The definitive list as of when I stopped counting. We have nominated 36:

    Radiohead
    Smashing Pumpkins
    Arctic Monkeys
    Garbage
    Thompson twins
    Pet shop boys
    Oasis
    T-Rex
    Four Tops
    Alice in chains
    The Police
    Texas
    Guns and Roses
    Salt ‘n’ Pepper
    Cream
    Pearl Jam
    Johnny Chester and Jigsaw
    Beach Boys
    One Direction
    Rolling Stones
    Red Hot Chili Peppers
    Tool
    The Monkees
    Icehouse
    The Eagles
    The Byrds
    Stray Cats
    The Avalanches
    The Grass Roots
    The Dunes
    The White Stripes
    The Vines
    The Beatles
    The Crickets
    The Cranberries
    The Witches


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  110. I rate Tintin above Asterix which is not to say Asterix is not good. When I worked as a librarian if I needed cheering up I usually read Asterix whereas Tintin was good over a leisurely lunch. Tintin is more subtle then Asterix and the supporting characters in Tintin are more interesting. Asterix appears to be still going whereas unless they can get around Herge’s will Tintin is finished.


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  111. The initiative is accompanied by a near $43m revamp under the 2022-23 state budget to help revitalise Me-Mel, also known as Goat Island.

    The state heritage site is the biggest island in Sydney Harbour and is located north west of the CBD.

    FMD – if they can’t get that one fact right.

    Goat – 13ha
    Cockatoo – 18ha


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  112. Tried to explain evolutionary biology to my 16 year old granddaughter

    Try reverse psychology. Tell her to be ugly and it want happen.

    Sigh. I’ve two youngish nieces who were ugly as. They’re now nephews. Still ugly as.
    Kids, it doesn’t work. Find a different way to fulfill your psychological needs.
    I suggest reading the Bible. God doesn’t care about what you look like, or what gender you think you are.


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  113. Well spotted Duncanm. The parrot is another useless squish- a good Catholic would have resigned in protest at Gladishocklian’s abortion ambush. Worse than Carr-Iemma and that’s saying something!


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  114. mole

    Instead of being born impoverished, Floyd could have come into the world as a wealthy scion of an industrious great-great-grandfather, if racism had not stripped his hardworking ancestors of their landholdings in North Carolina at the turn of the 20th century. He could have been able to pursue his second-grade dream of ascending to the supreme court, if underfunded public schools and dilapidated public housing had not defined his adolescence in a segregated slum.

    Didn’t another black man overcome such disadvantages to reach the Supreme Court, despite an attempt at “the high tech lynching of an uppity black”.


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  115. Cockatoo Island

    A mate of mine had a magnificent (2 foot by four) photo of Sydney taken about 1965 centred on Cockatoo Island. The dry docks were still operational.

    For those of us who wonder “why anyone would reside in Sydney” it’s not a way of existence, it’s a state of mind. I missed it terribly for the six and bit years I existed in Canberrastan.

    That’s why I’ve now been back for over five years.

    The place gets into your bones. The mighty Azure Skies, the landmarks, that glittering jewel that is the Harbour. Playing cricket on Birchgrove Oval on a Saturday morning before adjourning in the late afternoon to the Sir William Wallace for many, many beeries.

    Birth right stuff. 🙂


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  116. Roger gave b’witched as the witch is a ringer for the character in the TV series of almost the same name.
    Also shed seven is a cert.
    Grass with musical notes sounds like …


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  117. I rate Tintin above Asterix

    No one ever read the history of Belgium because of Tin Tin.
    I read Gibbon and Julius Caesar because of Asterix.
    And as a teen my mum gave me Liddell Hart.
    Ok I wasn’t a normal kid, I admit it.


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  118. Dim Smith sidesteps a question

    Unlike the suburban fence that necessitated his (temporary) retirement from public life.

    The Gliberals – a figurative drunken wallie driving a BMW into a suburban fence while wondering why the Ozzie people just can’t seem to appreciate their boundless born to rule genius.

    See also Dave Sharma, Joshi Frydchickenberger, the Zimmbecile and various erstwhile others.


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  119. Remember in 1980’s Dad getting me and siblings a ride on a LARC around Cockatoo Is from Woolwich when the Water Transport Squadron was based there. Unsure how he swung but probably the beer currency as the ADF at the time were drinkers.


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  120. Zipster says:
    May 29, 2022 at 4:08 pm

    Call for fourth boosters to keep Victorians out of hospital
    The number of triple vaccinated people being struck down by debilitating long Covid has been revealed, amid calls for fourth booster jabs to keep Victorians out of hospital.

    keep pumping that liferaft

    This is the thing I do not get and makes me think of the insanity definition.

    Why peeps believe in the vax now?

    First have a jab and all will be well, fine, I can understand that despite myself not trusting in experimental vaccines developed at short notice, but it didn’t work so have another one.
    Nope, didn’t work either, we need a booster, and so on and on, how many boosters do we need?


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  121. BoN said:

    but did J.E. Macdonnell books instead of the boring Belgian.

    Snap! Dad bought just about every single title and I read them avidly while I was still in primary school. Fancied myself as a Dutchy Holland when I grew up, ’cause I thought Peter Bentley was a bit of a “toff”. Was highly annoyed when he got the VC and poor “old” Dutchy only got the DSO. Still enjoy going back to reread them, though sadly their numbers have diminished over the years.


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  122. Went to see All Tomorrows Parties festival on Cockatoo Island. Now over a decade ago. Virtually another era. Was a good day out (even for Sydney).


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  123. Unlike the suburban fence that necessitated his (temporary) retirement from public life.

    The Gliberals – a figurative drunken wallie driving a BMW into a suburban fence while wondering why the Ozzie people just can’t seem to appreciate their boundless born to rule genius.

    See also Dave Sharma, Joshi Frydchickenberger, the Zimmbecile and various erstwhile others.

    Harsh but fair. Unfortunate for Australia though.


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  124. but did J.E. Macdonnell books instead of the boring Belgian.

    J.E. MacDonnell books were standard reading fare in every shearers quarters in the Western Australian Wheatbelt.


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  125. Call for fourth boosters to keep Victorians out of hospital

    Keep repeating the same action often enough and – well, you know the rest.


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  126. Milts – there’s nothing like a ferry trip (be it to Manly, Balmain or Drummoyne) to enjoy a quintessential Sydney experience.

    Catching the filthy imbecile laden trains from my local station into the CBD is another experience altogether. Which is why I no longer do it.

    Thanks, Beryl G.


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  127. the funniest part about all this vax gibber is that we will all still be posturing about while we drop off the perch from anything but covid

    … or mankey-pox


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  128. Matrix – I still have much to do. Dropping off the twig is not on the radar (well, at least any time soon).

    A list needs to be checked off first. Just wish it would stop growing ever longer by the day. 😕


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  129. Theodore Dalrymple never writes anything bad, more likely he hits the subject n exactly the right place.

    “In England, in practically every railway station, and in the trains themselves, a horrible female voice, halfway between that of a slut and a harridan (if it is permissible these days for a woman to be described other than as a genius or a saint), intones the following over the public address system: “If you see anything that doesn’t look right, tell the staff or text the British Transport Police.” And then Ms. Slut-Harridan utters a slogan, of which presumably the uncouth dimwit inventor is probably very proud: “See it. Say it. Sorted.””

    https://www.takimag.com/article/the-meek-have-inherited-the-earth/


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  130. From what I can see going on around me, regarding my friends, loved ones, including my own son, aquaintances and work collegues and general talk about the place.

    The jabbed are getting sick, and quite sick, often.
    Work is being delayed, things are going tits up , disorganised, as “we’re having a bad run of covid through here at the moment…we’ve got a few off” is heard everywhere.

    My new boss is great, unjabbed himself and already keenly aware of the unreliability of the jabbed.
    Ironic, isn’t it.

    Of course they’ve got colds and flus.
    They think they have covid.
    But they have what they once could fight off but no longer can.
    Tits on a bull obvious.
    VAIDS.
    As told to us by experts …the real experts…..back at the start of the vaccine roll outs.


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  131. 41, with the addition of B’Witched.

    Magnificent work, Cats. ?

    We hit it out of the ball park.

    But I confess I had to look up B’witched /Bewitched.

    Girl bands of the 90s aren’t exactly my forte.


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  132. Posted up thread about the fools who put out the eternal flame, at the R.S.L. memorial. in Kings Park, in Perth. The fvcking idiots put it on social media, the cops have the images and one of them has his face all over the “West Australian” website….


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  133. It’s Pizza* Time, Cats. Spirit Cookin’, I tells ya.

    Ingredients:
    Thinly sliced Mushies (no, not the magick ones)
    Cherry tomatoes
    Kalamata olives (seedless)
    Jalapeños
    Chilis
    Tomato paste
    Very hot chili sauce
    Ground pepper
    A protein source of your choice (e.g. Chorizo, Pepperoni, etc)
    Mozzarella (if you must)

    Nom, nom, nom … 🙂

    *Note the absence of a certain sweet tropical fruit.


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  134. Me-Mel is known for its rich Aboriginal heritage and value with more than 30 buildings and other structures from the 1830s to the 1960s.

    Er…they didn’t build those.


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  135. I’m disappointed, Rog. Very, very disappointed (again).

    Yes…um; sorry ’bout that.

    But I must say Dr. Faustus’s knowldge of boy bands is most impressive…not to say unexpected.


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  136. Pizza* Time

    my favorite pizzas are from left-overs.

    #1
    lamb back strap pan-fried with garlic, mustard, rosemary and preserved lemon
    becomes pizza when diced with, sugo, baby spinach, diced onion, oregano, feta and lemon juice and a home-made tsatziki

    #2 Mexi spiced ground beef from tacos
    becomes pizza with sugo, mexi-beef, olives, onion, jalepenos, manchego cheeese chunks and cheddar.
    crack an egg in the middle and spread it around.

    wood-fired in the Big Green Egg of course


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  137. Mexi spiced ground beef from tacos

    hint … if you buy those tacos that come with the mexi spice pack and salsa …

    chuck the mexi-spice in the bin and make yr own
    then do the beef (not lean mince, it will taste like shit) with finely diced onion
    and chuck the salsa pack in (take the salsa out of the plastic)


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