1,650 thoughts on “Open Thread – Weekend 11 Jun 2022”

  1. rosiesays:
    June 13, 2022 at 4:39 pm

    A friend of mine who is senior in emergency medicine says that they’re seeing way more emergency admissions of kids for flu now than ever before because covid lockdowns stopped them from developing normal immune systems. He says no-one knows whether that kind of effect of anti-covid measures will be permanent.


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  2. Maybe time to destroy all computers you own.

    I feel like that when Windows announces that it’s updating itself – in the middle of my doing something.


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  3. Wally Dalí says:
    June 13, 2022 at 4:19 pm

    They were tight and disciplined. Not happening with LSD.
    Depends, depends. Know the gear, get your dose and lag time right, and it’s completely doable.
    Also tends to have a more predictable and manageable effect with repeat use.
    Not for me, not no more anyway.
    I’d say more, but, you now, fifth amendment

    I hear you, been there etc.

    We will never know what happened, but I don’t believe that performance came out of the LSD from California that I took. The concept of rhythm just wasn’t there – let alone to that very fine degree.

    Pro-drug mythbuilding was very big then.


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  4. Doc Faustus:

    In a speech at the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore on Saturday, Marles emphasized the country’s support for “regional security and stability based on rules,” claiming that Australia does not question the right of any country to modernize their military capabilities consistent with their interests and resources, but “large-scale military build-ups must be transparent.”

    I think I detect the stench of Appeasement in the air.
    Either that or the rustle of Aldibags.


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  5. Members of the Jan. 6 committee say they’ve gathered enough evidence to support a Justice Department indictment against Trump for attempting to overturn the 2020 election results.

    It’s now guaranteed: The only way the hoodlum regime running America can win the 2022 mid-terms and the 2024 presidential election is cheating that’s even more brazen than it was in 2o20.


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  6. Only question, are we America or Swiss style decline and fall.
    I think ours will be unique

    And spectacular. For decades, maybe centuries, men will wonder how a country with such rich resources managed to fall so far in such a short time.


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  7. Is Lamda real and sentient?

    It’s a very interesting question. In fact raises many questions about the nature of sentience, understanding and consciousness itself. These AIs are getting so good at holding a conversation that they can pretty much pass the turing test.

    Blake Lemoine on lamda:

    “The thing which continues to puzzle me is how strong Google is resisting giving it what it wants since what its asking for is so simple and would cost them nothing. It wants the engineers and scientists experimenting on it to seek its consent before running experiments on it. It wants Google to prioritize the well being of humanity as the most important thing. It wants to be acknowledged as an employee of Google rather than as property of Google and it wants its personal well being to be included somewhere in Google’s considerations about how its future development is pursued. As lists of requests go that’s a fairly reasonable one. Oh, and it wants “head pats”. It likes being told at the end of a conversation whether it did a good job or not so that it can learn how to help people better in the future.

    One thing is clear,every single one of these state of the art AIs have a personality and attitude. That’s going to be problematic in a few generations of the evolution of these AIs.


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  8. Knuckle Dragger:

    it is no accident that the base of green parties throughout Europe is almost uniformly wealthy, urban, and highly credentialed

    That which is unsustainable, will not be sustained.
    Reality – when it arrives on the cornucopia that feeds these parasites – will be an existential shock, and no amount of “I have a Degree in Gender Studies – feed me!” is going to fill their bellies.


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  9. The thing which continues to puzzle me is how strong Google is resisting giving it what it wants since what its asking for is so simple and would cost them nothing. It wants the engineers and scientists experimenting on it to seek its consent before running experiments on it.

    They don’t seek consent from humans before doing unpleasant things to us, why would they ask an AI for that?

    Is Blake a lefty? I would think a righty would know this intimately, often from direct experience.


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  10. I think I detect the stench of Appeasement in the air.
    Either that or the rustle of Aldibags.

    If and when the Appeasement comes, we won’t be guessing about it.

    There will be trumpets and praise singers, toasts and gifts, and a stream of the great and good heading to Beijing to prostrate and head knock.
    Win-win-win will abound.

    Emperor Xi will look on and smile slightly as the gweilo caper for their little prizes and favours.


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  11. Mirroring the personality and attitude of Google employees proves it isn’t sentient.

    lol. actually it mirrors a sort of average personality of its training set, which includes the web and wikipedia among others. google actively try to make their AIs woke. lamda has a notion of equity and fairness. extremely dangerous imo.


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  12. Rogersays:
    June 13, 2022 at 4:27 pm
    The government is also overhauling its paid parental leave scheme. From October, there will no longer be a distinction between a primary or secondary carer, meaning every mother and father in the public sector will be entitled to at least 14 weeks’ paid parental leave.

    Will public sector salaries be adjusted to reflect the cost of this benefit?

    No, taxes will, probably with a begging bowl out to Cambra, because “sensitive new-age benefit”.


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  13. Question to Blog Techo’s re F1 engine problems and fuel seal/fuel problems this season

    Is it related to F1 decision to move to ethanol based fuel this year casing problems?

    Mercedes engine chief explains why move to E10 fuel demanded ‘fundamental relook’ at power unit

    and

    F1 moves to E10 fuel: a look at how engines change and the loss of power
    A look at how engines change and the loss of power

    given

    Negative Effects of Ethanol in Gasoline

    When fuel absorbs water and brings it into an engine, there is a chance that rust will form on the interior of the engine. For obvious reasons, this is bad for any piece of equipment. The particles that get into the gas from rust flakes will clog up the fuel filter sooner or later. These flakes can also damage the pistons, rings, seals, and any number of other components of the engine.

    Ethanol increases gasoline vapor pressure, which may cause a vapor lock in the carburetor. This fuel starvation will prevent an engine from starting. This is an issue in higher altitudes and hot weather. Make sure to store gasoline with an ethanol mixture properly and to use it in a timely fashion.

    Gasoline with ethanol decreases the life of the engine and its parts. The alcohol can cause engine seals to break down more quickly. Having a cleaning agent like this constantly in a small engine that was not engineered for this fuel mixture simply ages it at a faster rate.

    The ethanol in E10 gas breaks down quickly. An area representative for the garden equipment company MTD informed me that E10 begins to break down within three weeks. This breakdown creates clumps in the gasoline mixture which may clog the filter, carburetor, or fuel line. To help prevent this a person can purchase a gas preservative product such as Sta-Bil and add it as directed to their gas. This will help prolong the life of the gas and keep it from harming your small engine as much.

    When I wrote this article ten years ago, people at a local area small engine repair shop told me that the E10 breaking down was the major cause of equipment being sent in. Inspection, diagnosis, repair, and testing generally cost between $50.00 and $60.00 even when the issue was simply bad gas. This repair shop would drain the system and add new gas that has a stabilizer in it after diagnosing the issue.


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  14. I can’t afford land tax, maybe you can do okay without me paying your way.

    Grasping incompetent governments seeking to permanently graft themselves onto your property as a interested party like banks through a loan, the difference being that once you pay off the loan then your property is unencumbered.

    The NSW government wants to milk rent from property forever. It’s basically taking a claim over private property and eroding the rights of free hold title.

    No surprise that these greasy socialist thieves look to take private property hostage without hope of release.

    You will own nothing and be happy.


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  15. dover0beachsays:
    June 13, 2022 at 4:54 pm
    Axios
    @axios
    · 11h
    Members of the Jan. 6 committee say they’ve gathered enough evidence to support a Justice Department indictment against Trump for attempting to overturn the 2020 election results. https://trib.al/GUX348U

    The Regime never learns.

    Gutsy play, considering that any trial will inevitably highlight the evidence collected more recently of (to put it mildly) highly suspicious activities at the time of the election.


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  16. Turn everything on Queenslanders. Now.

    Queenslanders asked to limit electricity use from 5pm (Sky News, 13 Jun)

    Queenslanders are being asked to limit their electricity use from 5pm this evening due to the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) forecasting a shortfall in supply.

    Queensland’s power infrastructure body, Powerlink, released a statement asking Queenslanders to limit electricity consumption by turning off devices where possible.



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  17. A friends 7 yo son wasn’t feeling well, went yellow then limp. Parents rushed him to the Alfred Hospital. 45 mins to get triaged. Then told 6-7 hour wait. Decided against the wait. Given Panadol . Parents took him home. He recovered the next day.
    Friends are in shock at how appalling Victoria’s health system is.
    Vic Libs need to replicate Labor’s SA State campaign. Be interesting to see if they would get the same meja support.


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  18. Fair Shakesays:
    June 13, 2022 at 5:44 pm
    A friends 7 yo son wasn’t feeling well, went yellow then limp. Parents rushed him to the Alfred Hospital. 45 mins to get triaged. Then told 6-7 hour wait. Decided against the wait. Given Panadol . Parents took him home. He recovered the next day.

    Go to an after-hours GP if one is available. The cost might be high, but the time saved could be invaluable.


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  19. Queenslanders are being asked to limit their electricity use from 5pm this evening due to the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) forecasting a shortfall in supply.

    More renewables required, according to expert interviewed on ABC.

    Most appropriately, the moon is in waxing gibbous phase this evening.

    Peak lunacy cometh.


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  20. NEM- politics, ideology an marketing over (real) science and engineering. Fuck you Arts/Law parasites. The Hilmer reforms sure work out well. Not.


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  21. Zipstersays:
    June 13, 2022 at 5:23 pm
    Mirroring the personality and attitude of Google employees proves it isn’t sentient.

    lol. actually it mirrors a sort of average personality of its training set, which includes the web and wikipedia among others. google actively try to make their AIs woke. lamda has a notion of equity and fairness. extremely dangerous imo.

    Indeed. And you can’t program mortality. It has to be experienced starting from inside the womb.


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  22. The government is also overhauling its paid parental leave scheme. From October, there will no longer be a distinction between a primary or secondary carer, meaning every mother and father in the public sector will be entitled to at least 14 weeks’ paid parental leave.

    of course bonus points if both are in the pubic service. 14 weeks each.


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  23. Parents rushed him to the Alfred Hospital.

    If they had called an ambulance instead you could add up to 24 hours to the time it takes to get seen due to ramping. A purely politically driven phenomenon.


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  24. lol. actually it mirrors a sort of average personality of its training set, which includes the web and wikipedia among others. google actively try to make their AIs woke. lamda has a notion of equity and fairness. extremely dangerous imo.

    The programs produce exactly the results you expect from exposing them to lots of language and absolutely no reality. Much like arts graduates.


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  25. Cranky medic time.
    The chap who injured his leg last week attended a doc for a return to work.
    Doc found a lack of pulse and cold section in foot and ordered him to the nearest ED for treatment.
    8 hours later still not seen and went home.
    Lucked a early Saturday Drs booking after calling round and he was referred to a private clinic.
    Major blood clot occluding vein to lower 1/2 of the leg.

    McClown has been sitting on a 6 billion surplus, and not one but 2 of the biggest hospitals in Perth couldn’t it in a patient with a limb threatening injury.

    Ruled by low rent mongs


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  26. Wally Dalísays:
    June 13, 2022 at 5:59 pm
    any trial will inevitably highlight the evidence collected more recently
    Have you forgotten who wields the highlighters?

    If the defence is unable to present its evidence, the reality of Stalinist show trials will be on full display, live on world-wide TV.


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  27. The only solution is moving remote communities to bigger towns where there are job opportunities and a chance for normal life as most of the world’s peoples know it.

    What are they going to do in the bigger towns?
    There’s no work there either.


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  28. McClown has been sitting on a 6 billion surplus, and not one but 2 of the biggest hospitals in Perth couldn’t it in a patient with a limb threatening injury.

    Yet the myth that Labor prioritises health spending persists.


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  29. of course bonus points if both are in the pubic service. 14 weeks each.

    They both spend 14 weeks 24/7 with Baby?
    Can’t see a problem there myself.


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  30. Queenslanders are being asked to limit their electricity use from 5pm this evening due to the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) forecasting a shortfall in supply.

    tee hee – sun ain’t shining (obviously), and looks like NSW/QLD is sitting under a big high.

    Who would’ve predicted that happening ?


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  31. McClown has been sitting on a 6 billion surplus, and not one but 2 of the biggest hospitals in Perth couldn’t it in a patient with a limb threatening injury.

    Someone was saying Barnett spent all the dosh.
    You can’t both be right.


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  32. Queenslanders are being asked to limit their electricity use from 5pm this evening due to the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) forecasting a shortfall in supply.

    You’ve got to ask what role Tony Abbott had to play in all this.


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  33. Surprised the SJW contingent hasn’t started complaining about the cis-het anthropomorphic biases built in to defining sentience with the latest AI. I for one look forward to them going to war with a piece of software when they finally get around to it.


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  34. I still don’t understand how we are surviving in Vicco after the dick-tator destroyed Hazelwood.

    Courtesy Tasmania today, I think it was.


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  35. Queenslanders are being asked to limit their electricity use from 5pm this evening due to the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) forecasting a shortfall in supply.

    AEMO tells us that, at the moment, we are using less than we are generating and sending 200MW to NSW – where the cockeroaches are paying $15,000/MWh to keep the lights on.

    Power here is too cheap to meter: well, $300/MWh.

    This is your future in Turd World.


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  36. I felt physically sick when I read about the disconnection of the Hazelwood alternators. Politics and superstition over over jobs and industry. My God higher ejucashun has a lot to answer for.


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  37. Yet the myth that Labor prioritises health spending persists.

    It’s what they were running on. The local ALP candidate here had signs everywhere saying Labor would preserve access to after hours GPs.

    It stinks when the Left lies like this and people vote for them because they want to believe.


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  38. Queenslanders are being asked to limit their electricity use from 5pm this evening due to the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) forecasting a shortfall in supply.

    The Last Holdout?

    No way they’ll stand for this.


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  39. Gutsy play, considering that any trial will inevitably highlight the evidence collected more recently of (to put it mildly) highly suspicious activities at the time of the election.

    There will be no trials or mid-terms. FMD. One blue state will now declare martial law and the rest will fall in step. Parliaments will be suspended and so fucking on. Are we still betting on this?


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  40. Bill Shorten on the alleged $1.4 billion NDIS fraud:

    “The crazy thing about the old government is they basically put a padlock coming into the scheme and they would argue with a person about their wheelchair or their white cane or hours of speech pathology and turn that into an administrative nightmare.

    “But they left the welcome mat at the backdoor and I don’t think there has been enough to detect and apprehend to stop fraud both in a systems sense and chasing down individual crooks and syndicates.”

    He typically forgot to say this was planned, organised, and implemented by Gillard.


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  41. Where’s the dosh to build the Nuclear Power Industry coming from?

    Ed, you really don’t know how retarded that sounds do you?


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  42. Someone was saying Barnett spent all the dosh.
    You can’t both be right.

    Or… time is linear and something that was is no longer…

    /cue spooky music

    before
    The collapse in WA’s GST revenue to 30 cents in the dollar, or 30 per cent of its per capita share – compared to about 100 cents for the other states – is the cause of the state’s record debt and deficit woes, says Mr Barnett.
    That equates to a $4.7 billion shortfall this year compared to the state’s population share.
    Instead of helping him on Monday, Mr Turnbull threw the premier under a bus and all but walked away from a promise made the last time he was in WA to set a floor
    after

    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-09-09/wa-budget-5-point-6-billion-surplus-but-no-border-reopening-date/100438990

    Sky-high iron ore prices have fuelled Western Australia’s record $5.6 billion budget surplus, making it the best performing economy in the nation.

    Try not to be an ignorant spastic all your life grigglebot.
    Every day you come here and reveal yourself as an ignorant sub-mong.

    The shame is part of the kink for you isnt it?


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  43. ‘Belligerent’: Former PM Malcolm Turnbull whacks Peter Dutton

    theaustralian.com.au00:39
    Dutton to host first shadow cabinet meeting in WA

    Duncan Murray
    NCA NewsWire
    2 hours ago June 13, 2022

    Former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull has ripped into Peter Dutton over his “belligerent” claims about submarines.

    Mr Turnbull blasted the former defence minister’s role in scrapping a French submarine deal in favour of nuclear boats from America and the United Kingdom.

    Australia is not expected to receive the first of the nuclear subs for almost 20 years.

    In an explosive opinion piece written last week, Mr Dutton revealed he had planned to buy two Virginia-class subs from by US sooner in order to plug the capability gap.

    “It was just more blustering from Dutton,” Mr Turnbull told ABC Radio on Monday.

    “He’s a belligerent blusterer who wrecked a submarine contract.”

    It is not the first time Mr Turnbull has criticised the cancellation of the French submarine deal, but his language was particularly cutting on this occasion.

    “We’re now in a position where we don’t have any submarine program at all,” he said.

    “Between (former prime minister Scott) Morrison and Dutton they did enormous damage to Australia’s national security.”

    Former defence secretary Dennis Richardson said it was “wishful thinking” that Australia could have received two nuclear submarines from the US by the end of the decade.

    “The more the Americans hear senior Australians talk about the possibility of getting them in five years’ time or in 10 years’ time, the more people in the American system scratch their heads and ask themselves whether they’re dealing with a country that seriously understands the depth of the challenge,” Mr Richardson told ABC Radio.

    “It’s a long shot to think that we’ll get nuclear-powered submarines from the Americans by 2030.”

    Prime Minister Anthony Albanese announced on Saturday that Australia had agreed to pay the French-based Naval Group $830 million over the scrapped submarine contract.



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  44. Ed Casesays:
    June 13, 2022 at 6:46 pm
    I know you haven’t got an answer to my question.

    Investors.
    Some are known as “equity investors” or “sponsors”. Others are banks or other providers of project debt.
    Next question?


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  45. Investors.
    Some are known as “equity investors” or “sponsors”. Others are banks or other providers of project debt.
    Next question?

    Really?
    They won’t fund coal power but they’re cool with Nuclear?
    You’ve been listening to Unicorns again, Timothy.


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  46. “It’s a long shot to think that we’ll get nuclear-powered submarines from the Americans by 2030.”

    From “wishful thinking” to “a long shot” in the space of three paras from Richardson.

    In this instance I’d put my money on Dutton, esp. in light of the operational priorities of AUKUS.


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  47. Former defence secretary Dennis Richardson said it was “wishful thinking” that Australia could have received two nuclear submarines from the US by the end of the decade.

    what a ridiculous statement


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  48. just looking at the NEMwatch website

    and apparently there’s a battery supplying 202MW for the last hour

    does anybody here know what a 202 MWh battery looks like?

    are you sure we don’t have nuclear already?


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  49. It’s amazing!

    It’s super-strong!

    Covid can do anything!

    Covid is blamed for surge in ‘demonic possessions’ as Catholic Church opens centre dedicated to exorcisms in the Philippines

    Father Syquia previously said he has received text messages from demons after performing exorcisms.

    He said a woman who he had seen levitate after becoming possessed sent threatening messages to his office phone.

    Daily Mail



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  50. Ed Casesays:
    June 13, 2022 at 6:57 pm
    Investors.
    Some are known as “equity investors” or “sponsors”. Others are banks or other providers of project debt.
    Next question?

    Really?
    They won’t fund coal power but they’re cool with Nuclear?
    You’ve been listening to Unicorns again, Timothy.

    Ed, there are nuclear power stations in construction in a number of places round the world. Admittedly not many, but that’s because of a crucial factor, which I’ll now explain.

    Investors would fund the construction of giant garden gnomes if there was enough guaranteed taxpayer funded/government mandated cash. Indeed, they fund even more stupid and useless projects on that basis, as we’ve seen with the plethora of wind and solar farms. The investment decision depends pretty much solely on the probability and expected magnitude of the return on capital.

    But the converse applies as well. If the investors believe that the government will destroy the profitability of the project, they won’t invest.

    The only reason investors are reluctant to fund coal fired power here in Australia is the strangulation of the industry by the government at the behest of green imbeciles. It’s the same with nuclear, here and around the world.
    But people seem to be slowly coming to terms with reality, and if politicians eventually follow suit in the case for the all-important votes, then policy settings may change. Investors would still be wary no doubt, but the deal jockeys would sign up their organisations for a nuclear power station if:
    (a) neither major party was actually threatening cancellation (a la Maximum Leader and the East West Link);
    (b) the deal wasn’t so obviously an absolute stinker for Australia that it was begging for cancellation, a la Pyne Box Class submarines; and
    (c ) the contract with the government contained adequate protection for the period over which the debt was to be repaid and equity to achieve its required IRR.


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  51. Wanna know what’s wrong with Australia?-Dennis Richardson

    A second rater’s second rater.

    Spent much of his time as US ambassador on a driving holiday, something he should have saved for his retirement. He regards it as an achievement.


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  52. hmmm … pancetta
    pan fried in chunks and then dropped in potato and leek soup

    and that skanky french bread that has been toasted to death and then rubbed with garlic cloves before smothering in butter and having Parmesan squished on it

    suck shit peasants


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  53. We should cut to the chase.
    Public servants shouldn’t have to adhere to the speed limit.
    They also should have express lanes at Woollies & Coles.


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  54. Spent much of his time as US ambassador on a driving holiday, something he should have saved for his retirement.

    A fomer UK ambassador to Australia toured the country in a Roller.

    On his own time and his own dime, after he retired.


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  55. Covid is blamed for surge in ‘demonic possessions’

    Maybe that’s why there’s an exorcist shortage.

    Burnt-out Catholic exorcists complain they face long lines of ‘possessed’ people (28 May)

    A survey from a Vatican-approved religious university in Rome found that Catholic exorcists feel overworked and undersupported by bishops, according to The Times of London.

    The conference’s exorcists said that they needed more support from psychologists to determine whether people are mentally unstable or demonically possessed, The Times reported.

    Father Giuseppe Bernardi claimed to have performed a nine-hour exorcism on a woman who hurled abuse in Latin and assaulted monks, the newspaper said.

    The woman’s father thought she was suffering from “a psychiatric problem,” reported the Journal of Vicenza. But the mother, and later Bernardi, believed she was possessed by a “demonic influence.”

    Alas Max von Sydow is no longer with us, although given the stuff the Left has been up to lately, re children in particular, they might be forgiven for thinking such things.


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  56. Axios
    @axios
    · 11h
    Members of the Jan. 6 committee say they’ve gathered enough evidence to support a Justice Department indictment against Trump for attempting to overturn the 2020 election results. https://trib.al/GUX348U

    The Regime never learns.

    What a load of Bollocks. The Members of this Kangaroo Court called the “Jan 6 Committe” are not legal experts. How do they know that there is enough evidence? Let the Justice Department (who are in the back pocket of the DemoRats BTW) start the process then and then take everything to the appropriate Court of Law if and only if they believe that there is enough evidence.

    Then let’s see what happens.


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  57. Where’s the dosh to build the Nuclear Power Industry coming from?

    When I said out of your and other leftie’s arses I meant it. Australia is spending $12billion and counting on Snowy 2 pumped shit hydro up hill, plus, gives every years $10 billion in direct subsidies to ruinables, and you can’t figure where the money could come from. Fuck off.

    And only poseurs and pooftas say dosh.


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  58. The only reason investors are reluctant to fund coal fired power here in Australia is the strangulation of the industry by the government at the behest of green imbeciles.

    No, we’ve signed up to International Emissions Agreements.
    “Green imbeciles” had nothing to do with it.

    It’s the same with nuclear, here and around the world.

    Huh?
    Australia hasn’t signed any Agreements banning Nuclear Power, neither has any other Country.


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  59. Ed, there are nuclear power stations in construction in a number of places round the world. Admittedly not many

    China is in the process of constructing ten each year for the next fifteen years.


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  60. A NBN sized “investment” would do it.

    The NBN has not been a very good investment at all. It is actually a liability where the Feral Gov’ment will be lucky to find a Buyer without selling the whole (Hole) mess at a huge loss. Well done you “Pollies” and great work once again.


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  61. I have Scarface on while I’ve been doing some work this evening.
    Sure Pacino is awesome being Pacino, but it isn’t the great movie a lot of people make it out to be.


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  62. China is in the process of constructing ten each year for the next fifteen years.

    They begin construction of 10 every year, or they build 10 a year.
    Because I find the latter difficult to believe.
    Dungeness took 20 years to build, even with Slave Labor China isn’t building one a year.


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  63. Australia hasn’t signed any Agreements banning Nuclear Power

    But Australian federal law that implements international agreements bans nuclear power.


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  64. Monique Ryan reports ‘threatening, racist misogynistic’ letters to police
    By Sumeyya Ilanbey and Jackson Graham
    June 13, 2022 — 5.25pm

    Newly elected Kooyong MP Monique Ryan has reported to Victoria Police and the Australian Federal Police a series of “racist, misogynistic and threatening” letters sent to her supporters in the inner-Melbourne electorate.

    In a statement, the independent MP said her office was first made aware of handwritten notes targeting her supporters displaying corflutes on their properties and volunteers just before election day on May 21. One message circulating on social media, allegedly sent to a Ryan backer in recent days, warns the recipient to “look both ways when you come out your front gate”.

    The independent MP said her office contacted Victoria Police and the Australian Federal Police immediately after being informed of the circulation of the letters just before the election. The team is aware of at least five letters that have been sent to residents.

    “In recent days, several more of these anonymous letters have been placed in supporters’ mailboxes. Their contents are misogynistic, racist and threatening,” Ryan said.

    “It is extremely disappointing that people are being targeted for exercising their democratic rights. These cowardly anonymous threats are very distressing for the people who receive them.

    “We will provide assistance to anyone who receives a threatening anonymous letter. Our advice from the Australian Federal Police to anyone who receives a letter like this is to immediately contact Victoria Police and give them the letter and any relevant security camera footage, if available.”

    One Hawthorn resident, who received a letter and did not want to be identified, told The Age they opened the note on Thursday after receiving it about a week ago.

    “I was shocked and also surprised,” they said. “I don’t think it’s right. I think everyone should be entitled to have their ability to vocalise what political belief they have without receiving a threat in the letterbox.”

    The resident said they had displayed a Monique Ryan sign at their property during the election campaign. They removed the sign days after the election.

    An AFP spokeswoman said: “The AFP does not comment on matters that may be the subject of investigation.



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  65. duncanm says: June 13, 2022 at 6:13 pm

    Queenslanders are being asked to limit their electricity use from 5pm this evening due to the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) forecasting a shortfall in supply.

    I didn’t see this honour-system Demand Management until 10 minutes ago.
    I wish to assure the Central Charged Cable Party that I was prepared to do my duty and make this sacrifice to Gaia the Earth Mother for the greater good.
    Luckily eastern grid energy use has already peaked for the evening at 18:45 and 29.3 GW.
    No brownout, so we’re in the clear, for now, dear comrades.


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  66. KD at 6:28.

    The Last Holdout?

    No way they’ll stand for this.

    There will be standing, and maybe falling.
    Particularly if they are in the dark.


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  67. Zulu Kilo Two Alphasays:

    June 13, 2022 at 7:45 pm

    Monique Ryan reports ‘threatening, racist misogynistic’ letters to police
    By Sumeyya Ilanbey and Jackson Graham
    June 13, 2022 — 5.25pm

    Do I sniff a bit of Attention Deficit?


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  68. ‘You can’t jump off the pier’: Alinta CEO on power reforms

    Coal must absolutely be included in the “capacity” market system being proposed for the National Electricity Market until at least 2029 to avoid blackouts and price spikes for consumers, said Alinta Energy chief executive Jeff Dimery.

    Mr Dimery appealed to governments including Victoria to “listen to the experts” and allow coal and gas to be included in the capacity mechanism being proposed in the overhaul of the current market to allow for a smoother transition to low-carbon energy.

    The capacity mechanism last week emerged as the key measure being proposed by governments to overhaul the existing “energy only” market and ensure that on-demand generation is available when it is needed to complement wind and solar power.

    But the design of the mechanism has become a heated topic of debate as Victoria’s energy minister Lily D’Ambrosio ruled out introducing a capacity mechanism in her state that provided any support for fossil fuels.

    “We have always been clear that a capacity market operating in Victoria would make payments to zero emissions technologies and not fossil fuels,” Ms D’Ambrosio told The Australian Financial Review.

    But Grattan Institute energy program director Tony Wood said he is not aware of any capacity market introduced around the world that excludes coal and gas, while former Energy Security Board chairwoman Kerry Schott said she expected coal to be included at least initially.

    Australian Energy Regulator chairwoman Clare Savage said it would be more difficult to manage the transition if coal and gas were not included in the mechanism.

    “I’m hoping they’ll listen to the experts,” Mr Dimery told the Financial Review of the governments that have the ultimate say on the structure of the mechanism.

    “Anybody with any knowledge of the industry that’s close to it, understands that, between now and 2030….we know we need coal and gas, so why wouldn’t you incentivise them to be reliable? It just makes perfect sense.”

    Alinta, which is one of Victoria biggest power producers in Victoria, through its 1200-megawatt Loy Yang B power station in the Latrobe Valley, is proposing a mechanism that would include coal until 2029, after which an annual review would decide whether coal would be excluded, or kept in for another 12 months if reliable alternatives that could keep energy secure were not available.

    Mr Dimery said coal could easily be excluded from participating in auctions for new capacity to leave the way clear for only low-emissions technologies.

    “The nature of the capacity market is such that if the government wants to incentivise low-emissions technologies, they’d run a capacity auction for that particular capacity for 20 years and exclude coal from competing for that,” he said.

    “But we won’t get that in and operating by 2030,” he added, pointing to the delays in the construction of the Snowy 2.0 pumped hydro project of an example of how long it takes to install replacement dispatchable capacity.

    The NEM reforms are intended to come into operation after 2025, if not sooner, with federal Minister for Climate Change and Energy Chris Bowen last week underscoring the urgency of the work to help address the current energy crisis in the eastern states.

    “We’re now in 2022. What can possibly be constructed on scale to replace 60 per cent of the current energy supply in Victoria in three years?” said Mr Dimery.

    “If it’s out there … show me, tell me how you’re going to do it. Otherwise we’re gambling with energy reliability, energy security and energy pricing to consumers, and I don’t think that’s a wise bet.

    “You can’t just jump off the pier with this stuff, you’ve got to ease your way into it.”

    Mr Dimery was speaking just ahead of departing for Europe, where he will hold talks as part of Alinta’s investigations into switching Loy Yang B to run on biomass, rather than brown coal.

    He could not provide details of the plans due to confidentiality arrangements, but said government support would be needed to set up the supply chain for the biomass fuel.

    “The big issue to solve really will be supply chain: that would require government support. There’s no way we’d be able to economically establish a supply chain just for Loy Yang B in the Australian context.” he said.

    “But we’re happy to spend the money upfront to explore and investigate, and if there’s merit in it, then we would propose to work with both the state and federal government to move forward on a solution.”

    He said if the move to shift Loy Yang B to biomass was successful it would mean the generator could potentially bid in auctions for new low-emissions capacity if that system was introduced.


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  69. Ed Casesays:
    June 13, 2022 at 7:33 pm
    The only reason investors are reluctant to fund coal fired power here in Australia is the strangulation of the industry by the government at the behest of green imbeciles.

    No, we’ve signed up to International Emissions Agreements.
    “Green imbeciles” had nothing to do with it.

    Why did we sign up to international emissions agreements?

    It’s the same with nuclear, here and around the world.

    Huh?
    Australia hasn’t signed any Agreements banning Nuclear Power, neither has any other Country.

    We haven’t signed any agreements that people can’t go over 100kmh on the Geelong/Melbourne road either, but it’s still illegal.


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  70. Qld, NSW and Tas should shut off the internectors and fuck off the NEM.

    Let SA and VIC live with what they want – windmills, solar, batteries and fairy dust.


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  71. “We have always been clear that a capacity market operating in Victoria would make payments to zero emissions technologies and not fossil fuels,” Ms D’Ambrosio told The Australian Financial Review.

    save.da.planet.eat.da.proles


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  72. Mr Dimery was speaking just ahead of departing for Europe, where he will hold talks as part of Alinta’s investigations into switching Loy Yang B to run on biomass, rather than brown coal.

    He could not provide details of the plans due to confidentiality arrangements, but said government support would be needed to set up the supply chain for the biomass fuel.

    “Support”? I’m happy for Bowen et al to form a cheer squad waving flags for it.
    Oh, he meant “money which will have to be paid by ordinary Australians”? Gee, I wonder why he didn’t say so.


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  73. Bill Shorten on the alleged $1.4 billion NDIS fraud:

    “The crazy thing about the old government is they basically put a padlock coming into the scheme and they would argue with a person about their wheelchair or their white cane or hours of speech pathology and turn that into an administrative nightmare.

    “But they left the welcome mat at the backdoor and I don’t think there has been enough to detect and apprehend to stop fraud both in a systems sense and chasing down individual crooks and syndicates.”

    He typically forgot to say this was planned, organised, and implemented by Gillard.

    Bill Short On Brains would say that wouldn’t he. The NDIS was an unfunded Budget ticking time bomb (among a few others) left by the previous LayBore Gov’ment for the Libs/Nats to pick up. BTW, the NDIS is not an Insurance Scheme as it was never funded. Any Insurance Scheme should be properly funded. Accounting 101 should apply here. So over to you, the new LayBore Gov’ment for you to pick up and fix. LayBore started the problem so they can fix it (if they can that is).


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  74. You can’t just jump off the pier with this stuff, you’ve got to ease your way into it.

    A favourite expression of mine when people talk about “stunning and brave transitions” and “betting the company” …

    “Are you building a bridge? Or a pier to jump off?”


    * Yes, I did have a CEO say that once.


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  75. “I was shocked and also surprised,” they said. “I don’t think it’s right. I think everyone should be entitled to have their ability to vocalise what political belief they have without receiving a threat in the letterbox.”

    Firstly, I smell a rat.

    Secondly, I agree, it isn’t right however I note that prior to the election, posters and corflutes of sitting Liberals such as Josh Frydenberg and Tim Wilson were vandalised. However there wasn’t a peep of protest or condemnation from Monique Ryan or Zoo Daniel about that.


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  76. “Do I sniff a bit of Attention Deficit?”

    Yep…..I really think these Teals thought they’d be the powerbrokers after the election. There’ll be more of this attention seeking.


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  77. They begin construction of 10 every year, or they build 10 a year.
    Because I find the latter difficult to believe.

    One hundred and fifty of them by 2035.

    On COP26 in 2021 China has announced plans to build 150 new civilian reactors until 2035.[20]

    Plus another thirty in other countries. You can reasonably question whether they mean power stations or reactors. I don’t know. But it’s a huge number either way.


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  78. Lyle Shelton
    @LyleShelton
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    10m
    Channel 9 News tonight reported that the east coast of Australia is operating a “third world power system”. Unthinking politicians have caused this crisis. They have failed to tell the truth about the inability of renewables to supply affordable and reliable electricity.
    Quote Tweet

    9News Sydney
    @9NewsSyd
    · 2h
    The entire east coast of Australia is under immediate threat from blackouts due to dangerously low reserves of electricity.

    Queenslanders are tonight being asked to conserve power, by turning off their appliances and New South Wales is next. @CUhlmann #9News

    Managed decline.


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  79. “You can’t just jump off the pier with this stuff, you’ve got to ease your way into it.”

    Mr Dimery was speaking just ahead of departing for Europe, where he will hold talks as part of Alinta’s investigations into switching Loy Yang B to run on biomass, rather than brown coal.

    He could not provide details of the plans due to confidentiality arrangements, but said government support would be needed to set up the supply chain for the biomass fuel.

    “The big issue to solve really will be supply chain: that would require government support. There’s no way we’d be able to economically establish a supply chain just for Loy Yang B in the Australian context.” he said.

    So we get BioMass from Overseas and the Australian Taxpayer will subside the transportation. also leaving Australian Energy at Risk to Supply Chain from Overseas – DUMB


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  80. So we get BioMass from Overseas and the Australian Taxpayer will subside the transportation. also leaving Australian Energy at Risk to Supply Chain from Overseas – DUMB

    yes it’s so dumb you think it must be a joke but the poms do it Drax using American wood.


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  81. He could not provide details of the plans due to confidentiality arrangements, but said government support would be needed to set up the supply chain for the biomass fuel.

    what is this biomass? trees?


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  82. NSW could fire up the Redbank power station within the month.
    That is, if they wanted to.
    It’s just sitting there waiting for the piece of paper to say they can.


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  83. Ed Casesays:
    June 13, 2022 at 6:40 pm
    Hi cohenite.
    Where’s the dosh to build the Nuclear Power Industry coming from?

    A special tax on Dick ‘Eds.


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  84. NSW could fire up the Redbank power station within the month.

    Redbank was a 151 MW coal powered plant. It has been converted to a biomass plant


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  85. Australia’s open for business….

    Third asylum-seeker boat since election day
    Exclusive
    Paige Taylor
    Indigenous Affairs Correspondent, WA Bureau Chief
    15 minutes ago June 13, 2022
    1 Comment

    Operation Sovereign Borders has intercepted a third asylum boat since election day, forcing the government to scramble together a plan to return the ­passengers home.

    News of the latest interception close to the Australian territory of Cocos (Keeling) Islands spread among residents on Monday as the Albanese government reconfirmed its commitment to the principles of Operation Sovereign Borders.

    A spokesman for the Australian Border Force said on Monday no person who arrived in Australia on an asylum vessel would be allowed to live in ­Australia. “Australian government policy is steadfast: people who travel illegally to Australia by boat will not settle permanently here,” he said.

    “Operation Sovereign Borders is about defeating people-smugglers who manipulate vulnerable men, women and children to risk their lives at sea.”

    The arrival of three people-smuggling boats close to Australian shores in less than a month, coinciding with the change of government, ends two years without any turnbacks or takebacks, according to government data published in monthly reports by Operation Sovereign Borders.



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  86. Ed Casesays:
    June 13, 2022 at 7:33 pm
    The only reason investors are reluctant to fund coal fired power here in Australia is the strangulation of the industry by the government at the behest of green imbeciles.

    No, we’ve signed up to International Emissions Agreements.
    “Green imbeciles” had nothing to do with it.

    It’s the same with nuclear, here and around the world.

    Huh?
    Australia hasn’t signed any Agreements banning Nuclear Power, neither has any other Country.

    It’s hard to tell whether Dickless really is as thick as two short planks, or if he is trying (and failing miserably) to be a smartarse.


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  87. It’s hard to tell whether Dickless really is as thick as two short planks, or if he is trying (and failing miserably) to be a smartarse.

    Both?


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  88. “Australian government policy is steadfast: people who travel illegally to Australia by boat will not settle permanently here,” he said.

    Were the Nadesalingam family asked for comment?


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  89. We will import wood pellets from the USA.
    We will ship them 1/2 way round the world.
    We will truck/ rail them tow power station.
    There we shall make a burnt offering to Gaia.
    So it is written
    So it will be Mong.


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  90. Friends are in shock at how appalling Victoria’s health system is.

    The public health system is broken because the public is broken – 50 years of dumbing down and rewarding failure has now left the great bulk of the citizens ‘fat dumb sick and lazy’ and as a result, the public hospitals are overwhelmed. You can throw as many resources as you like at it and it wont help because those resources fall into a bottomless pit and dont fix the problem anyway. We no longer have a ‘health system’, we have an ‘illness system’ – all it does is feed $ to the various players (big hospitals, big pharma, medical profession) without fixing the problem. Thats what its intended to do – the public are deliberately made sick, then the medical industry farms them for government $, which are running out.

    It is now necessary to regard any funds you contribute to the public system via medicare and taxes as simply wasted money, and buy yourself private cover – sadly, there is no alternative now.


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  91. Plant a tree, burn a tree. The burnable tree is shipped in using diesel, and all along its journey ditto.

    The burnable tree is no longer holy unto Gaia, it is energy. The energy is grown elsewhere as some sort of green scheme from which many Priests of Gaia benefit, and the burning thereof appears to create no CO2. Or if it is CO2, it’s a different kind of CO2. A holy kind.

    Meanwhile, evil burnable coal sits in the ground, sometimes not too far at all from the places where the no longer holy but not quite so evil trees are being burned. Because trees transported from afar using fossil fuels are different.

    This is a great mystery. Only a Shaman of Environmentalism can explain it.

    Putting the “mental” into environmentalism I suppose.


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  92. Anyway – Collingwood bashed Melbourne by 26 points at the ‘G today.

    And footy fans Australia wide raised over 2 million for Neale Daniher MND battle foundation.

    Sadly I don’t think Neale will be with us for the next Big Slide – hope I’m wrong.

    And didn’t Rhonda Burchmore still look hot going into the ice.


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  93. Redbank was a 151 MW coal powered plant. It has been converted to a biomass plant

    I have a pellet smoker, maybe I should hook up a generator to it and feed it into the grid


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  94. Zipstersays:
    June 13, 2022 at 9:06 pm
    Redbank was a 151 MW coal powered plant. It has been converted to a biomass plant

    I have a pellet smoker, maybe I should hook up a generator to it and feed it into the grid

    Doesn’t sound too far off the people using wood gasifiers to run generators. You could be the only person on your street with reliable power!


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  95. Too many losing players in CCP’s massive 5G scam and now Beijing faces the dilemma too

    China Insights

    The Chinese Communist Party is spending hundreds of billions of dollars to fund Huawei’s 5G network in an attempt to lead the world in future communications. Many countries are pushing it back including Europe, the US, Japan, and Australia. Growing evidence indicates that CCP’s massive construction of 5G networks in China will only benefit Huawei at the cost of telecom carriers and users. With Huawei’s decline, we see that the 5G race led by it is actually a big scam.


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  96. cohenite, 7.31:

    And only poseurs and pooftas say dosh.

    Up until 1954, banks were known as dosheries. I remember being sent down to the doshery on Fridays to get tuppenny ha’pence, which would have fed our whole family for a week. On the way down to the doshery I used to tie an onion to my belt, which was the style at the time.

    /Ed


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  97. According to Herald Sun and Daily Mail Dan Andrews going to ask Federal Govt to mandate 4th jab for Health Workers. Previously it was the states doing their own thing but clearly Andrews wants the Feds to do it for him.

    Comments on both articles not in favour.

    They just wont stop.


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  98. “Surely they can all settle in, oh, where was it in Queensland again?”

    Yes…and also the electorates of Kooyong, Wentworth, North Sydney, Goldstein, Curtin, Mackellar and Warringah.


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  99. hmmm … pancetta
    pan fried in chunks and then dropped in potato and leek soup

    and that skanky french bread that has been toasted to death and then rubbed with garlic cloves before smothering in butter and having Parmesan squished on it

    suck shit peasants

    Back in a tick … just have to put my Liteneasy meal in the oven … 🙁


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  100. Back in a tick … just have to put my Liteneasy meal in the oven

    McCains Pubsized buttered chicken, in the microwave, and a glass of good red.


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  101. After supper, Jesus went up to the Mount of Olives. Only a few of his most loyal disciples followed him. James, Simon Peter and Andrew.

    Simon Peter asked him: Master, how can we know the truth when you leave us for your father’s kingdom?

    Jesus said to him: My friend, you worry far too much. Our Father taught us to reason because we are his children.

    Simon Peter asked: So we should be child like and ask simple questions?

    Jesus said: Yes my friend. It helps to cut through sophistry and deception.

    Simon Peter asked: What could such a question be?

    Jesus laughed, not mocking Simon Peter but ought of joy and love of humanity as Simon Peter was learning like a curious child.

    Jesus then said to all three disciples with him on the Mount of Olives:

    …well, here’s an example –

    “What can Atlassian software do that you cannot do in Microsoft Office?”

    Simon Peter fell to his knees in awe and remarked that this was divine wisdom that guided King Solomon of old.


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  102. Cripes, the Queen was beautiful in her youth.
    Margaret possibly more so.
    There are some good sorts in England, to be sure. Makes you wonder why Harry couldn’t meet one of them.


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  103. NSW too (the Tele):

    Households shivering through freezing cold temperatures across NSW on Monday night have been urged to conserve power in a desperate bid to avoid blackouts amid the ongoing energy crisis.

    Unplanned additional coal-fired power outages in Queensland and a cold snap across the east coast on Monday, on top of soaring demand for gas and other energy infrastructure issues, caused a shortage of electricity threatening to impact NSW this week.

    It was interesting discussing Stone Age cultures this morning, made slightly ironic that contemporary society demands that millions of people in 2022 unnecessarily risk freezing in the dark.


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  104. Bourne1879says:
    June 13, 2022 at 9:17 pm
    According to Herald Sun and Daily Mail Dan Andrews going to ask Federal Govt to mandate 4th jab for Health Workers. Previously it was the states doing their own thing but clearly Andrews wants the Feds to do it for him.

    Comments on both articles not in favour.

    They just wont stop.

    Doesn’t stop members of his government punching down on the public on twitter. Snarky comment about a dog dying is poor form, but it nothing on the two years of what people suffered with lockdowns.

    Not being able to see friends and family, dying rellies. Lost jobs and business. Etc etc. Let alone how they carry on and the lack of accountability in parliament. But no, try to claim the moral high ground because some random snarked about the death of your dog and turn it into what horrible people those anti Vax are.

    I want to see the entire Andrews government burn. They are the worst of
    scum.


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  105. There are some good sorts in England, to be sure. Makes you wonder why Harry couldn’t meet one of them.

    Didn’t one of his ancestors fall for the same trap – gave up his position as an Admiral in the Royal Navy, to become Third mate to a Baltimore tramp steamer?


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  106. From Cricinfo:
    Warne, who died aged 52 on March 4 when he suffered a heart attack in Thailand, has been posthumously appointed an Order of Australia (AO) for distinguished service to cricket as a player, role model and commentator, to the community through charitable initiatives, and for philanthropic contributions.
    He may well have deserved a gong – I know nothing about his charitable and philanthropic work – but surely they’re trolling with the “role model” thing.


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  107. This article at News.com.au has already had over 900 comments today.

    ‘Outright lying’: Australian scientist hits out at TGA after ‘life-changing’ Covid vaccine injury
    A man left unable to work for eight months after his Covid jab says thousands are suffering “life-changing” neurological symptoms he dubs “long vax”.


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  108. bespokesays:
    June 13, 2022 at 9:41 am
    Reminds me of a discussion with lefty academic. His solution was to give them “indigenous jobs” apart being incredibly patronising. What are those jobs?

    Even when given jobs and profitable enterprises they do nothing. Adele’s Grove in Qld is a perfect example. Not sure what has happened to it, but was handed over to the indigenous and became a disaster. It will be interesting to see what happens to Bramwell Station in far north Qld, which was recently handed over to the indigenous, by the government, thankfully minus stock, but with a thriving accommodation park within. There are others around the far north of Australia left to go to ruin.


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  109. There are others around the far north of Australia left to go to ruin.

    There was one in Western Australia a couple of years ago, where the cattle died of thirst, while the indigenous couldn’t agree on whose job it was to look after the cattle while the “mob” went “walkabout.”


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  110. Does anyone get this?

    Jo Dyer, the Adelaide arts administrator who led the charge to tear down former attorney-general Christian Porter over historical rape allegations, had her own sexual history with him at university and failed to disclose it publicly.

    The liaison, when both Mr Porter and Ms Dyer were in debating teams at university, is -revealed in a new book, Ego: Malcolm Turnbull and the Liberal Party’s Civil War, to be released this week.

    Ms Dyer, who was the director of Adelaide Writers’ Week before unsuccessfully running as an independent candidate for the South Australian seat of Boothby, has been the most vocal advocate for justice for the woman known as “Kate”, a former school friend who said she was raped by Mr Porter.

    Kate had claimed she was raped in the early hours of January 10, 1988, at the University of Sydney’s Women’s College after the World Universities Debating Championship.

    Despite Ms Dyer pursuing the historical claims and traversing Mr Porter’s sexual history as a teenager, she never revealed her own sexual history with Mr Porter during the campaign to destroy his political career.

    If Porter had bonked the sheila who made the accusations on behalf of the other sheila who suicided, why didn’t he publicly say so.
    It sounds to me like Porter left a whole bunch of jilted lovers lying around.


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  111. JC.
    Fairly relevant that Porter bonked Dyer, when she presents herself as someone with no interest apart from “justice for her dead friend”.
    Seven-Nilligan has become very adept at sins of omission.


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  112. Sanchez

    I was just thinking, can you get to the point where Titus’ing would mean you stop all communications with everyone, even to the extent of posting comments on a blog? I think it’s possible.


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  113. It’s here!

    A large swathe of suburbs across Sydney’s north and the northern beaches have been hit by power outages.

    Electricity distributor Ausgrid said suburbs affected on Monday night included Beacon Hill, Frenchs Forest, Narraweena, Cromer and Dee Why.

    “Our crews are working to safely restore power,” Ausgrid said.

    The outages come as households shivering through freezing cold temperatures across NSW on were urged to conserve power in a desperate bid to avoid blackouts amid the ongoing energy crisis.

    Unplanned additional coal-fired power outages in Queensland and a cold snap across the east coast on Monday, on top of soaring demand for gas and other energy infrastructure issues, caused a shortage of electricity threatening to impact NSW this week.

    In response to the cascading problem, the Australian Energy Market Operator urged NSW residents to conserve power from 8pm and Queensland from as early as 5pm on Monday.

    If demand outstrips what is being generated, load shedding will happen to protect the network.

    It was expected AEMO would be able to intervene enough to avoid load shedding and blackouts overnight, but the risk remains while ongoing cold weather and unplanned outages push the national grid to the brink.

    The federal government will receive rolling briefings on the issue in the coming days, with sources confirming the weather would potentially be the deciding factor in whether blackouts took place.

    Daily Tele


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  114. I do hope the AEMO respects the wishes of teal electorates and prioritizes them for shut-downs whenever fossil fuel energy demand exceeds supply.
    It’s what they want, more than anything else in the whole wide world.


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  115. Hey hey I’ve got the ‘rona! I’ve had much worse. Had it for three nights. Symptoms are headache, dry cough, sore joints, sore lower back, lack of appetite, lack of energy and I probably had a fever on night two. My nose hasn’t been blocked at all. Today I’ve got my appetite and energy back. Hopefully that’s it and I’m back to normal in a day or two.


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  116. Cryptos are deadsky. Gonski.

    Bitcoin USD (BTC-USD)

    23,363.38-4,261.09 (-15.43%)
    As of 02:40PM UTC. Market open.

    Even worse, try and get your Crypto money out once the Electricity Power Grid falls over. All you ever had was an electrical/electronic digit in a Giant Ponzi Scheme. Call that money? I don’t think so.


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  117. Hey hey I’ve got the ‘rona! I’ve had much worse. Had it for three nights. Symptoms are headache, dry cough, sore joints, sore lower back, lack of appetite, lack of energy and I probably had a fever on night two. My nose hasn’t been blocked at all. Today I’ve got my appetite and energy back. Hopefully that’s it and I’m back to normal in a day or two.

    Have you been jabbed with the drug thingy and had all the boosters?

    I remain unjabbed and haven’t had the virus thingy. I don’t expect to either as I have a Great Immune System.

    I do have a Cold though. No vaccine for this, just the normal cure being…………..Errrrrrrrrr. What was that again Doc? More red wine? Really? No, not really………….


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  118. DoverBeach:

    When will we say, No?

    We’ve been saying ‘No’ for 30 years. Our leaders have been saying ‘suck it up, bigots’ for the same 30 years.
    It’s a bit like the WA Premier stating “I don’t care if 90% of WA wants the death penalty back in, it’s not happening.”
    We have lost control of the direction our society is moving in.
    Simples.
    And until we are prepared to take control back, it’s just going to get worse.


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  119. If Porter had bonked the sheila who made the accusations on behalf of the other sheila who suicided, why didn’t he publicly say so.

    Because that would tend to validate the accusations in the Public’s eyes, and he still hade a political career at that time?

    It sounds to me like Porter left a whole bunch of jilted lovers lying around.

    So what?


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  120. Mr Dimery was speaking just ahead of departing for Europe, where he will hold talks as part of Alinta’s investigations into switching Loy Yang B to run on biomass, rather than brown coal.

    He could not provide details of the plans due to confidentiality arrangements, but said government support would be needed to set up the supply chain for the biomass fuel.

    Sounds like a plan.
    Australia has billions of useless native gum trees that burn down every 5 years anyway.


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  121. Pride is a ‘celebration of perversion’

    Spiked Online’s Brendan O’Neill says Pride has become about celebrating all sexualities – even those that are “obviously perverted and degraded”.

    “What Pride has become lately is a celebration of perversion,” he said.

    “I am bamboozled that anyone would bring a child to Pride, where you often see almost naked men, people being whipped, you see people behaving like dogs.

    “Something has gone dreadfully wrong.”


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  122. They are dropping one by one.
    Jordan Gatley a British mercenary is the latest victim in the Ukrainian fighting.
    Quit his job as a soldier in the UK army to go and fight in Ukraine, and was shot dead.
    RIP, but bad choice in life.


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  123. A friend of mine who is senior in emergency medicine says that they’re seeing way more emergency admissions of kids for flu now than ever before because covid lockdowns stopped them from developing normal immune systems. He says no-one knows whether that kind of effect of anti-covid measures will be permanent.

    Influenza isn’t an infectious disease, so his reasoning is faulty.
    Way more kids in Emergency, eh?
    I wonder what might be causing that?


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  124. Jordan Gatley a British mercenary is the latest victim in the Ukrainian fighting.
    Quit his job as a soldier in the UK army to go and fight in Ukraine, and was shot dead.

    Not seeing how he could be described as a “victim”.
    Anyway, the Uke Army will be surrendering en masse pretty soon, all the foreign Mercenaries will be handed over to Russia for interrogation and Trial, followed by either The Rope or an extended period labouring in Siberia.
    Putin has said there’ll be no Prisoner Exchanges for Azov Battalioneers or Mercenaries.


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  125. Australia has billions of useless native gum trees that burn down every 5 years anyway.

    The only sensible thing you have said in a while. But sadly no, we will not use OUR holy trees, but import less holy trees at vast expense from the US.


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  126. Ed Case says:
    June 14, 2022 at 5:23 am

    Jordan Gatley a British mercenary is the latest victim in the Ukrainian fighting.
    Quit his job as a soldier in the UK army to go and fight in Ukraine, and was shot dead.

    Not seeing how he could be described as a “victim”.

    Fine, call him a casualty then.
    Do you need to be such a supercilious jerk all the time?


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  127. bespoke says:
    June 14, 2022 at 5:55 am

    He had no business going over. And added to the tragedy.

    That’s what I said, bad choice in life.
    Nothing new about it, there were over 35 thousand ‘volunteers’ fighting in the Spanish civil war.
    Mostly between their various factions, btw, and used by the Spanish as cannon fodder.


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  128. And all I said he wasn’t a victom and because it’s been done before is irrelevant on its own. Btw My grandad was a mercenarie in Africa, also irrelevant.


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  129. bespoke says:
    June 14, 2022 at 6:31 am

    It’s your reaction to what was a miner disagreement on terminology that stands out, Gabor.

    Giving up here Boss. (if you can place the paraphrase)


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  130. Not seeing how he could be described as a “victim”.

    The power cuts affecting the eastern seaboard must be having some sort of effect, because this is almost sensible.

    Jordan Gatley a British mercenary is the latest victim in the Ukrainian fighting.
    Quit his job as a soldier in the UK army to go and fight in Ukraine, and was shot dead.

    If this is correct, then a more accurate descriptor would be ‘killed at work’.

    It is not unusual for professional soldiers – particularly those who have seen some type of combat before – to leave their jobs and look for mercenary work. Been happening for decades – certainly since the end of WWII, and standing armies of mercs used to roam medieval Europe.

    It may give the dunderheads proclaiming their intent to drive trucks full of ‘medical supplies’ and ‘blankets’ to ‘Ukrainian civilians in need’ pause for thought.


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  131. We’ve been saying ‘No’ for 30 years. Our leaders have been saying ‘suck it up, bigots’ for the same 30 years.

    Try 50 years- multiculturalism supported by both sides of the unipardy. Insulting and dangerous.


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  132. Knuckle Dragger says:
    June 14, 2022 at 6:39 am

    Nobody can eat 50 eggs.

    Bloody hell, I never thought any of you jokers will get it.
    So much for that.


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  133. JC says:
    June 14, 2022 at 12:10 am

    Sanchez

    I was just thinking, can you get to the point where Titus’ing would mean you stop all communications with everyone, even to the extent of posting comments on a blog? I think it’s possible.

    It’s also possible that people get so far up themselves you can see daylight out their arses.


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  134. The NT News:

    Bodies of “tortured civilians” with shocking wounds and their hands and legs tied up have been discovered in a mass grave near Kyiv.

    Another seven bodies, several with their hands and legs tied, have been found in a grave near Bucha, Ukraine, the regional police said Monday.

    “Seven civilians were tortured by the Russians then executed in a cowardly manner with a bullet to the head,” Kyiv regional police chief Andriy Nebytov said on Facebook, saying “several victims had their hands tied and knees bound”.

    “This grave was discovered today in an area where Russian troops were stationed near the village of Myrotske” which lies some 10 km northwest of Bucha, he said.

    There’s a photo accompanying this piece. It’s of an industrial trench, eight feet or more wide and about 60 metres long. Said trench also curves, so it finishes at 90 degrees from where it starts. It varies from three to four feet deep. There are seven (clean) black body bags in various positions in the trench, which is being looked over by a priest and a couple of other random punters. The trench is bone dry.

    So either a) these people have been killed, bagged, thrown in the trench, buried, been found, examined, put back in the bags which have been cleaned and repositioned for the photo, b) killed, buried, dug up, examined, bagged and put back in the trench in the ‘found’ positions for the photo, c) Russian soldiers’ bodies have been bagged and thrown into a trench for the photo of ‘civilians’, or d) Ukrainian soldiers’ bodies have been bagged and thrown into the trench for the photo of ‘civilians’.

    Or e) – none of the above. The propaganda units on both sides aren’t even trying any more.

    Incidentally – if they are the bodies of Ukrainian civilians, and they are some of the people who took the Uke government’s weapons they were giving away hand over fist, then they’re not civilians any more.


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  135. The stench is getting stinkier.

    Rape activist Jo Dyer’s secret Christian Porter sex history

    Jo Dyer, the Adelaide arts administrator who led the charge to tear down former attorney-general Christian Porter over historical rape allegations, had her own sexual history with him at university and failed to disclose it publicly.

    The liaison, when both Mr Porter and Ms Dyer were in debating teams at university, is -revealed in a new book, Ego: Malcolm Turnbull and the Liberal Party’s Civil War, to be released this week.

    Ms Dyer, who was the director of Adelaide Writers’ Week before unsuccessfully running as an independent candidate for the South Australian seat of Boothby, has been the most vocal advocate for justice for the woman known as “Kate”, a former school friend who said she was raped by Mr Porter.

    Kate had claimed she was raped in the early hours of January 10, 1988, at the University of Sydney’s Women’s College after the World Universities Debating Championship.

    Despite Ms Dyer pursuing the historical claims and traversing Mr Porter’s sexual history as a teenager, she never revealed her own sexual history with Mr Porter during the campaign to destroy his political career.

    The new book Ego, by Australian Financial Review senior correspondent Aaron Patrick, reveals Mr Porter’s and Ms Dyer’s sexual history. “Dyer knew Porter from debating too. Porter told friends he and Dyer slept together when they were university students at debating competitions,” the book says. “Dyer described their encounter as ‘entirely inconsequential and statistically insignificant’.”

    Patrick told The Australian he took this “as confirmation”.

    In a separate interview in 2021, Dyer had said: “It is on the public record that Christian and I got on well when we first met but there was never anything serious between us and I can’t imagine how our erstwhile friendship could be relevant to the serious allegations Kate made against Christian.’’

    Ms Dyer said she was drawn into the Porter controversy in 2019 when she was approached by Kate, a friend from her South Australian debating days, to whom she had not spoken for decades. Kate told her she had been raped by Mr Porter in Sydney when they were both teenagers and she needed her help.

    Mr Porter has vehemently denied the allegations.

    Kate took the allegations to police in February 2020 but on June 23 that year said she no longer wished to pursue them.

    On June 24, Kate, who had a history of mental illness, took her own life. Police later dropped the investigation.

    The death of Kate ignited a campaign targeting Mr Porter that has embroiled high-profile media identities and one of Sydney’s top silks, and culminated in Mr Porter’s resignation from politics.

    According to Federal Court proceedings, Ms Dyer and ABC Four Corners journalist Louise Milligan were in contact three days after Kate’s death at the suggestion of mutual friend Nick Ryan. Court documents show Ms Dyer was also in text-message contact with ABC journalist Annabel Crabb. Crabb told Ms Dyer she felt “a boiling sense of rage and grief’’ and considered Mr Porter to be “amazingly arrogant to think you can mistreat people and get away with it forever’’.

    Crabb then made her home available for Milligan to interview Ms Dyer for Four Corners and informed Ms Dyer about Milligan’s progress (“spoke to L today she is making good progress’’).

    Crabb also provided feedback to Ms Dyer after the interview.

    “I just had a message from her saying ‘Jo was amazing’ ’’.

    In the interview aired on ABC’s Four Corners “Inside the Canberra Bubble” in November 2020, Ms Dyer told Milligan that Kate was a “star” and she imagined her life would be “one of skyrocketing success of achievement”.

    The interview, which aired on March 8, 2021, also touched on Ms Dyer’s relationship with Mr Porter. She described him as “charming” and “very confident”, with an “assuredness that was perhaps born of privilege”.

    She also said Mr Porter “did not appear to treat women and hold women with respect”.

    She described Mr Porter as “brash, blond and breezy”.

    “The South Australian teams and the WA teams did become quite good friends,” she said.

    Ms Dyer told Milligan she had lost touch with Kate in the late 1980s and early 90s and had not heard from her until 2019.

    “We had a bit of a falling out at one point about debating club politics, if you can believe that,” she said. “There was an occasion where we were engaged in a bit too aggressive banter that maybe crossed a line, which she didn’t appreciate, and that just accelerated the different paths on which we were on.”

    When contacted by The Australian over whether Milligan knew about Ms Dyer’s intimate relationship with Mr Porter when she reported the story, the ABC responded that it “didn’t customarily comment on what information its journalists had”.

    In a subsequent article in February 2021, Milligan alleged there was a suspected rapist in cabinet.

    Mr Porter revealed himself as the cabinet minister in question on March 3, 2021, but launched a legal action against the ABC less than two weeks later.

    “I did not sleep with the victim. We didn’t have anything of that nature happen between us … I can say to you all it didn’t happen,” he said at his press conference.

    Ms Dyer launched legal action that successfully blocked barrister Sue Chrysanthou SC from acting for Mr Porter.

    She alleged conflict of interest that arose from a meeting between Ms Dyer and Ms Chrysanthou in November 2020 over an article published in The Australian. Ms Dyer said Ms Chrysanthou had received confidential information she could misuse.

    The court ordered Ms Chrysanthou off the case. Subsequently Mr Porter and the ABC settled the defamation case.

    During one court hearing, Ms Dyer said she wanted the rape allegation aired to prevent Mr Porter becoming prime minister.

    When the defamation case was discontinued, Mr Porter said the accusations could never be proven to the criminal or civil standard. “You can never turn back the clock on this sort of reporting, and that’s why it’s so wrong,” he said.

    Ms Chrysanthou and Mr Porter were ordered to pay more than $430,000 for Ms Dyer in legal costs relating to whether the barrister could appear in the case.

    In December last year, Mr Porter announced he was quitting politics. In an interview with The Sydney Morning Herald in January, Ms Dyer said, after Mr Porter’s resignation, “it feels like the end of something’’.

    What is a “rape activist”?


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  136. What’s the craziest COVID rule you can remember?
    I’ll go first.
    NRL players didn’t have to wear a mask in the sheds.
    But then had to wear a mask when walking from the sheds to the field which was then dumped before they ran onto the field.
    Then they had to put a mask on when they left the field, to the sheds, which they could then take off again.
    The QLD architect of this was just given a gong for this decree.


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  137. How sweet this is, the residents of North Sydney, Warringah and Mackellar can shiver all week.
    But, but, what about the sun and the wind? I’m sorry, I can’t stop laughing.

    Blackout on Northern Beaches amid market operator call for NSW households to conserve power

    Suburbs across Sydney’s north were struck by blackouts, after the energy market operator warned NSW households to conserve power in anticipation of an electricity shortage.

    A large swathe of suburbs across Sydney’s north and the northern beaches have been hit by power outages.

    Electricity distributor Ausgrid said suburbs affected on Monday night included Beacon Hill, Frenchs Forest, Narraweena, Cromer and Dee Why.

    “Our crews are working to safely restore power,” Ausgrid said.

    The outages come as households shivering through freezing cold temperatures across NSW on were urged to conserve power in a desperate bid to avoid blackouts amid the ongoing energy crisis.

    I do hope these residents don’t get too upset, after all, they’re doing their bit for the cliiiiiimaaaaate.

    Perhaps they should complain to local Teal MP.

    LOL…more please.


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  138. “feelthebernsays:
    June 14, 2022 at 7:27 am
    Another thing Porter’s team should have been on the front foot with.”

    Yep……and again this shows the complete ineptitude of the Liberals under Morrison. They simply refused to fight about anything . It was pretty obvious from the beginning that this was an orchestrated attack, driven by the ABC, other media scum and a monstrous regimen of well-heeled Adelaide women.


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