1,910 thoughts on “Open Thread – Tues 14 June 2022”

  1. just as wood work, metal work and Tech. drawing were for boys.
    Did the Poms ever do that

    I did all three (with little enthusiasm*) at Grammar School back in County Durham late50s/early 60s ..
    When you finished year 2 (High) we had the choice of those 3 or sciences (chemistry, biology & physics)..
    Believe it or not file: .. at my school Latin was a compulsory like English, history & geography .. LOL!

    * wasn’t until I became a single Dad that I realised how good I was at working with my hands around the house .. should have paid a lot more attention way back when .. LOL!


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  2. feelthebernsays:
    June 15, 2022 at 12:34 pm
    Lowe didn’t do shit in March 2020 until Australian banks started tapping the Fed Reserve.
    Only then did the RBA pull the trigger on a range of measures.
    Then it was late 2020 before they actioned a whole comprehensive suite of tools.

    What a nerve bern expecting the RBA to interrupt lunch to actually do some work that a 10 y.o. could understand.


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  3. Eyrie says: June 15, 2022 at 12:01 pm

    They note that the gun could fire 15 rounds.
    Where did the kid get the 9 mm rounds?

    Quite so.
    Had a couple of coppers standing around the station workshop one day (as you do) conversation turned to guns & illegal guns (this was before the Port Arthur false flag operation)

    Of course cops know far more about illegal & modified guns than does a simple station hand.

    Yahs, what them coppers didn’t know weren’t worth printing, yahs.
    Amongst other things they stated that making an illegal firearm was really difficult, only for experts. blah blah blah.

    I pointed to the station scrap metal pile & said “I can make a shotgun from that in under 15 minutes”

    Much contumelious snorting ensued from the blueshirts.

    So with the aid of the vice, an angle grinder (de facto cutting wheel) welder, using a total of 6 pieces of metal, I put together (in under 10 minutes) a shotgun while talking to them, they didn’t realise I was even doing it.

    Under controlled conditions I fired one 12-gauge round. That shut ’em up & they didn’t say much after that – especially as they were able to grasp this design’s superior functionality as a booby trap.

    While they were absorbing this & deciding if they could arrest me, in about 30 seconds I dismantled the “firearm” to the point it was again scrap metal.

    They weren’t smiling when they departed, 2 x grim faces.

    It really is that easy to make a working firearm.
    Ammo, not so easy to procure.


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  4. What can it do you can’t do in MS Office?

    It plugs into fulfilment for a pretty diverse range of industries that apparently gets decent reviews.
    But a lot of start ups are now able to do the same thing for a fraction of the price.


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  5. Live Monitor
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    Democrats will be in crisis mode after tonight… a +13 Biden district just flipped
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    Election Wizard ??
    @ElectionWiz
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    RACE CALL: Mayra Flores (R) is projected to win tonight’s special election in south Texas, flipping an 84% Hispanic district to the GOP. The district voted Biden +13 in 2020.

    People like Monty thought that Latinos were a Democratic lock.


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  6. JC says: June 15, 2022 at 12:51 pm

    The Bobbsey Twin’s stock (Atlassian)

    Except there were Four Bobbsey twins.


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  7. Bonza airline unveils flight attendant uniforms with groundbreaking non-gendered dress code

    Australia’s new low-cost airline Bonza is giving its flight attendants the freedom to mix and match uniform items as they please, regardless of gender, in an Australian airline first.

    The carrier has debuted a ‘wear it your way’ range, with non-traditional uniform options including white sneakers, crew-neck T-shirts and tailored shorts.

    “We won’t dictate what lipstick to wear – or whether you have to wear lipstick at all,” said Carly Povey, chief commercial officer at Bonza.

    As part of the inclusive policy, the airline additionally won’t ask crew to cover up tattoos, or require female staff to wear a skirt.

    “If you’re non-binary, pregnant, work in the office or onboard, we have options for you,” said Povey.


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  8. Was everyone else as surprised as I was when you clicked on the story and saw that the group wasn’t Amish?

    BBBB But they identify as Amish.


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  9. The Bobbsey Twin’s stock (Atlassian) was $202 last Thursday ( they must have been doing cartwheels), today it’s 167. 17% down.

    I’m guessin’ they’ve cashed in enuf not to be rejoicing at Woolies “frozen” prices extravaganza .. LOL!


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  10. Without knowing more about parental backgrounds it’s hard to generalise about the problem in the UK, not all cultures toilet train, let alone use nappies though they might have started to do so after arriving in the UK. And these articles don’t seem to discuss potential causes of lack of school preparedness.
    In my playground lurking I never see toddlers and above drinking from baby bottles. Sippy cups are king.


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  11. dover0beach says: June 15, 2022 at 12:59 pm

    Live Monitor @amlivemon 25m
    Democrats will be in crisis mode after tonight… a +13 Biden district just flipped

    Tucker Carlson’s opening story today was US citizens of Mexican ancestry, moving to Mexico to live, due to the crime in California – Mexico is actually a safer place to live.


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  12. It looks like every race that Trafalgar was in the field on, they predicted.
    I wonder how they got Pennsylvania, Arizona & Georgia so wrong in 2020?
    @sarc


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  13. m0nty says: June 15, 2022 at 11:41 am

    … unemployment is not a problem at all. Most business are gagging for workers, there are staff shortages everywhere.

    Please explain then, why there is even one person on the dole.


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  14. ‘It’s interesting to look at the audience and not see any black people there’: Sir Lenny Henry questions lack of diversity at Glastonbury and says he is ‘always surprised’ to see so few black and Asian faces in festival crowds

    Be like that clown Bono, Lenny. Remember when he was causing babies to die in Africa by slow clapping, until someone told him to stop? Just don’t look.

    Daily Mail – comments are not kind


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  15. Roger, I’m not so sure Woolworths will be swallowing a price increase. I’ve seen some of the rubbish suppliers will sign up to so that they get on the Colesworths’ teet.

    Are you privy to something to the contrary?


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  16. Spectator UK writer says:

    FLAT WHITE

    The Dark Ages for Australian energy
    Alexandra Marshall

    When the sun finally sets on the West, the English-speaking peoples will find out that they are as fragile and expendable as the starving third-world children used by aid organisation to pick pockets.

    Modernity is held together by cheap energy, not the rainbow-padding nonsense of progressive politics that does little but catch fire on the frayed wires of civilisation, much like Rudd’s notorious pink batts.

    Yesterday, millions of Australian homes on the east coast were told to switch off non-essential appliances after blackouts began and extended short-falls loomed. Energy suppliers cautioned the affluent Teal-heartland of Sydney’s Northern Beaches that they were at risk of losing power as temperatures plunged. Suggestions such as ‘consider how many rooms need to be heated’ were made, presumably targeted to the mansion-dwelling community who voted to put ‘Climate Change’ above energy security.

    Green-tinged Queensland suffered a similar problem, with the situation so concerning that the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) put in place a $300-per-megawatt-hour price cap.

    As a result, everyone is turning to gas suppliers in a panic, demanding that gas companies ‘find gas’ and offer it at ‘low prices’ – or else? This would be after the government went out of its way to deny the gas industry in favour of their preferred ‘renewables’ mates. The gas industry is unsurprisingly reluctant to help out, considering they require $500-per-megawatt-hour to profit.

    As a side note, the climatecouncil.org.au insists, ‘Output of oil and gas in developed nations needs to be cut by 74 per cent by 2030, with a complete phase-out by 2034.’ That is going to be tricky with renewables leaning on gas to cover the giant voids in output. Basically, if you’re still breathing, somewhat warm, and well-fed – you’re probably a burden to the climate goal.

    Back in the real world, if governments and energy suppliers are begging people to turn off their toasters, it’s a good thing the Australian population ignored Labor’s demands to switch to electric vehicles or we’d be waking up to streets littered with expensive, useless cars.

    The price cap has created its own problem, with the Australian Energy Regulator issuing a letter to power generators instructing them to ‘bid capacity into the market’ regardless of the cap as blackouts threaten across the country. The existence of price caps causes energy providers to withhold supply to protect revenue – which is why socialist-style intervention on market prices rarely works. The government gives ‘stuff away for free’ but businesses can’t do that or there will be nothing for tomorrow.

    According to an article in The Australian, AER chair Clare Savage had this to say:

    ‘Recently the AER has observed that following the application of administered pricing in the NEM, generators are withdrawing available capacity from the market. This behaviour may be motivated by generators seeking to avoid the administered pricing compensation process in favour of the AEMO directions compensation process. As you know, market participants must not, by any act or omission, whether intentionally or recklessly, cause or significantly contribute to the circumstances causing a direction to be issued, without reasonable cause.’

    New Energy Minister Chris Bowen has done a lot of theatrical waving of his hands, pretending that there’s ‘nothing to see here’ as the country faces an energy crisis.

    ‘The operator tells them there is no need to be concerned about blackouts in the immediate future,’ Bowen said, giving a speech that should never have to be made in a responsible, first-world nation. ‘Nobody should turn off any power usage that they need, that they are using for their comfort or their safety. Nobody should do that.’

    When the energy grid was truly competitive, Australia had reliable, cheap, and plentiful energy. The interference of government has had disastrous consequences, with public money being tossed at ‘renewables’ to make them look more ‘profitable’ when in reality, they are propped up by taxes. Productive energy sources have been punished by severe restrictions on access, expansion, and investment. Banks have gone so far as to consider denying loans in the fossil fuel sector to keep green-themed shareholders happy.

    The same people who did their best to demonise and dismantle the fossil fuel grid are now complaining about the shutdown of coal-fired plants. Well kids, this is a glimpse of the future promised by Labor, the Greens, Teals, and Liberal moderates.

    There is a solution to both ‘climate woes’ and energy security in the form of nuclear energy – a technology for which Australia is uniquely placed to benefit. Labor has given a definitive ‘no’ on nuclear, almost certainly because they felt their green investment portfolio shudder in terror. The introduction of nuclear to the Australian grid erases the need for solar, wind, and battery storage – destroying profits for the ‘green economy’.

    At the same time as federal Labor has been out – quite literally – begging coal-fired plants to increase their operation to stave off disaster, Western Australia Labor Premier Mark McGowan has promised to close all state-owned coal-fired plants by 2030 and gift renewables barons $4 billion in public money. He complains that the ‘glut of excess power’ produced by them is costing money – so one is left to wonder why McGowan’s idea of saving $3 billion over ten years involves spending $4 billion.

    ‘We’re standing at a point where to continue business as usual would lead to around $3 billion of losses by the end of the decade. Those losses either have to be covered by taxpayers or would lead to dramatically higher power bills for West Australians – while still continuing to emit higher levels of carbon emissions. Either way, it’s simply not sustainable in the long term.’

    Why not just close the power stations and let the renewables sector expand on its own? Or is it not profitable without a drip attacked to the state coffers…?

    No, don’t bother looking for the Liberal Party. It was former-Liberal Leader Zak Kirkup’s idea in the first place. The great news is that Western Australia doesn’t have an extension cord long enough to cross the desert, so McGowan will have nowhere to hide when it all goes horribly wrong.

    All this is taking place while bored billionaires purchase coal-fired power stations for fun and shut them down unnecessarily.

    The result of closing power plants is a sudden and drastic reliance on gas – of which there isn’t an infinite amount to go around. Shortages are being flagged, even if resources are expanded. Gas was meant to prop renewables up for decades, but the determination for ‘climate action right-now’ is resulting in the ridiculous culling of gas reserves which will, in turn, limit the lifespan of the renewables industry.

    This is all complete madness when a few strategically placed nuclear plants could permanently solve the energy crisis with next-to-no emissions. For those who say, ‘oh nuclear is expensive!’ weren’t they telling us that ‘no expense is too much to save the world from extinction?’ We’re not told the total green price tag, but subsidies for renewables alone were set at $11.6 billion in 2021.

    The answer is sitting in front of Australia, but governments, the energy industry, and mining companies have no interest in pursuing nuclear until they have dug up and sold every last dollar from other resources that are set to be devalued when the ‘Nuclear Age’ arrives.

    Energy supply doesn’t care much for virtue-signalling politics or the ambitions of career politicians. It is a world of engineering absolutes, brick walls, and fail points. Reliable, stable power is essential to sustain the lives of millions of people where even short-lived blackouts pose a serious threat.

    Hippy colonies can get away with a few cold nights or a failed market garden by collapsing around a campfire for a bit of weed-induced ‘Kumbaya’ followed by a sneaky trip to the local shops. When the same thing happens to a city, panic takes hold. Investors pull out. Businesses close. The elderly freeze to death.

    Covid was not an emergency. Sustained blackouts and a ruined power grid is an emergency.

    Any government that chooses to play politics with energy is reckless to the point of criminal. Finally (and just for fun) what happens if Australia finally gets its 100 per cent magnificent wind and solar grid backed up by battery power during the night when there’s no wind?

    Uh, blackouts…

    Alexandra Marshall is an independent writer. If you would like to support her work, shout her a coffee over at donor-box.


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  17. Top Endersays:
    June 15, 2022 at 12:51 pm
    From the Herald-Sun link above:

    Victoria’s ENERGY MIX
    The figures provided in the report for wind and solar are averaged out and do not reflect the reality that at night there is no solar and that when there is no wind which happens frequently Victorians are reliant on brown coal and gas and energy being imported from coal power in NSW or Qld and hydro via the Tassie cable link. The more turbines that are installed the greater the risk when they fluctuate or drop out.


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  18. My daughter has gone private this time. Choose Your Own obstetrician.
    Public hospital would have already sent her home.
    Quiet, private room, lactation advise, regular observations and a chance to get a rest before facing the toddler at home.
    Anyone contemplating having a baby is well advised to stump up for private cover.


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  19. Tucker Carlson’s opening story today was US citizens of Mexican ancestry, moving to Mexico to live, due to the crime in California – Mexico is actually a safer place to live.

    That’s just a little drama queening. It’s fakenews but fine peddling it. People moving to Mexico are doing so because they can arbitrage a less expensive life in California Baja and the weather is basically the similar as the perfect weather in San Diego.

    I suspect that if you’re not in the Cartel and don’t annoy the Cartel, it’s also relatively safe in Baja too.


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  20. Top Endersays:
    June 15, 2022 at 1:04 pm
    ‘It’s interesting to look at the audience and not see any black people there’: Sir Lenny Henry questions lack of diversity at Glastonbury and says he is ‘always surprised’ to see so few black and Asian faces in festival crowds

    Be like that clown Bono, Lenny. Remember when he was causing babies to die in Africa by slow clapping, until someone told him to stop? Just don’t look.

    From the Daily Mail Article

    He cited statistics showing that the number of BAME people working in the British television industry had fallen by a staggering 30.9% between 2006 and 2012.

    ‘I also love increased monitoring, as that’s how I can tell you the stats and figures that reveal that since my last speech in 2008, despite all those mentoring and training programmes, despite these easy to roll-out solutions, the fact is the situation has deteriorated, badly,’ Sir Lenny said.

    ‘Between 2006 and 2012, the number of BAME’s working in the UK TV industry has declined by 30.9%. Creative Skillset conducted a census that shows quite clearly that Black, Asian and minority ethnic representation in the creative industries in 2012 was just 5.4% – its lowest point since they started taking the census.

    ‘That’s an appalling percentage – more so because the majority of our industry is still based in and around London, right here, where there’s a BAME population of 40%.’

    Daily Mail – comments are not kind

    Ethnic Make Up UK 2022

    Ethnic groups in the UK

    Ethnic Group Population Percentage
    White 55,010,359 87.1%
    Asian or Asian British 4,373,339 6.9%
    Black or Black British 1,904,684 3.0%
    Mixed / Multiple ethnic groups 1,250,229 2.0%


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  21. Uncle Fester:

    I’m guessing Titus prevents you from explaining the reasons why you believe the Liar’s foreign policy at this point in time is terrible. We’ll just live with the assertion and accept it as gospel.


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  22. Salvatore, Understaffed & Overworked Martyr to Govt Covid Stupidity says:
    June 15, 2022 at 12:59 pm

    JC says: June 15, 2022 at 12:51 pm

    The Bobbsey Twin’s stock (Atlassian)

    Except there were Four Bobbsey twins.

    Yea, you’re right again Driller. Twins come in four.


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  23. Next time you happen to tune in, watch how much is propaganda paid for by the taxpayer.
    It is the same for the “freebie” regional papers.

    There used to be 2 local papers in Fairfield, NSW .. one went, fully, onl;ine about 6 months ago but the other still has a print copy .. about 85% of the content is Fairfield Council related or Council advertising .. rarely more than 2 pages involve local “news” anymore and the rest is commercial advertising, mainly, real estate …….


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  24. Reserve Bank governor has warned Australians to be prepared for higher interest rates, saying inflation will likely reach 7% by the end of the year and it must be brought under control

    Fair Work Dunderheads: “Hold my beer …”


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  25. JC says: June 15, 2022 at 1:26 pm

    Australian banks no longer cash exchange foreign currency

    This is correct.


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  26. Australian banks no longer cash exchange foreign currency (US Dollars).

    Time to head to a filthy kiosk to get your pants pulled down.


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  27. Lotocoti:
    I wonder if the losses they make in lost sales will cover the profits they made outsourcing production?
    I wonder if the Sales people will return the bonuses they made from this stuff up?
    So many questions.
    So many chooks returning to the coop.
    So much mirth, laughter & bonhomie.


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  28. Drills, you should become the FNQ Snopes. Marry a hooker and you’d be exactly just like Mr. Snopes.

    How would you know they are exchange FX cash for cash. I mean you’re not eggactly living a area considered to be a tourist magnet.


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  29. In the old thread, silver coins were mentioned as a fairly safe investment. This makes some sense to me, but for the premiums. For example, silver kangaroos carry a $6/oz premium over the spot price, and that is the lowest I have seen in Australia. Seems like the spot price would have to increase considerably before you could even get your money back, let alone profit.


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  30. Bern

    Since about 7 years ago, when both my cards were turned down in the US because I didn’t notify the banks and the card provider that I was overseas, I’d never consider going unless I have a reasonable amount of cash on me. I converted Aussie at the airport and was shocked how much TravelX took from me in commish. I came home with a load of US Dollars and went to the bank today. My bank was closed and have no idea why. I went to another bank and was told they don’t exchange anymore. I haven’t been to a branch since covid. There’s nothing left in the branches except the step guides on the floor to ensure you’re appropriately distanced and one turkey behind a counter. That’s it.


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  31. At least somewhere like Thailand you can get seen at a hospital if you’ve got money instead of the whole system collapsing like what seems to be happening here.

    Missus is from there and she can absolutely confirm that even if you’re a dirt poor Aussie, you’re much better being in Thailand.

    Her recent experience in Australia required queuing outside in 6’C weather for more than an hour while sick.

    What a fucking shithole.


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  32. I remember a trip to Sydney a million years ago when as a youngster I walked into the lobby of a bank & saw a fellow shining shoes.
    People pay to have their shoes shined I says?
    Couldn’t believe me peepers.


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  33. Been thinking about getting a generator for home, can anyone tell me how many kva I need to run a house? This site has a wide range but the pricing seems all over the shop. A while ago someone said to get one that runs on gas but there’s few available and I’d have to use bottled gas so either diesel or petrol are the options.

    https://www.revolutionindustrial.com.au/promo/revo-end-of-financial-year-sale-2022/power-generators-eofy-2022?utm_source=Revolution+Industrial&utm_campaign=ed8eed71b5-2022-06-15-revo-vip-weekly-update&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_9eb41d297f-ed8eed71b5-358744562&mc_cid=ed8eed71b5


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  34. sfw, buying a generator now is like buying BTC at 60k.
    Or buying a house in Sydney in Dec 2021.
    Wait for some of the heat to come out of the market.


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  35. I think the last shoe shine guy in Sydney was in the Strand arcade.
    No idea if he’s still there.
    Or if there are others around the traps.
    There used to be one under Gateway at the Quay.
    No idea if that’s still going.


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  36. China has signalled it is unlikely to meet Anthony Albanese’s request to drop trade sanctions on Australian exports with the two countries locked in a stalemate over how to reset bilateral relations.

    Responding to Mr Albanese’s latest request for Beijing to drop politically motivated trade bans, a Foreign Ministry spokesman blamed Australia for the state of the relationship and said the new government must show “mutual respect” to China.

    on ya knees and open ya mouth albo, ya can do it


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  37. JC, couldn’t you pre load your Qantas club card with cash and use it as a debit card?
    I think they had a multi currency account linked to it.
    I can’t remember how it all works anymore.


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  38. Barrysays:
    June 15, 2022 at 1:04 pm
    Wage-price spiral here we go.

    Hold on a minute, until Monty denies it could happen we cant be sure it will.


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  39. The World Health Organization (WHO) says it is working with experts to officially rename monkeypox, amid concerns over stigma and racism around the “discriminatory” name of the virus.



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  40. A few things from these primaries & elections in the US.
    Regardless of how she has to re-contest the seat in Nov, Flores winning in Texas is big.
    Baris is intimating that primaries in Nevada are being fixed.
    And more important than who’s winning, the turnout numbers for these primaries are shitting all over the turnouts for the primaries ahead of the 2018 midterms.
    Luntz got nothing right.
    Trafalgar got everything right.
    And there is bugger all msm/legacy/corporate media coverage (apart from Mace beating a Trump backed challenger).


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  41. From a Courier Mail article about latest research done on UK health workers

    “Researchers found that regardless of previous infections, immunity against Omicron waned a few weeks after third Covid jab”.

    Not mentioned in the article but Oz experts would no doubt take above news as confirmation we need to take a 4th jab to boost the exact same 3rd jab that wanes after a few weeks.


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  42. I see PM Horseface from NZ sees no problem with the choggies in the Pacific. Brought and paid for. What about the PLA given free rein to conduct military action to protect choggie interests overseas. Time to move Knuckles, thats Darwin gone unless we can get the ADF matching handbags.


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  43. Old Ozzie:

    The House passed a bill Tuesday to increase security for Supreme Court justices’ immediate families, with 27 Democrats voting against, less than a week after a man was arrested for allegedly plotting to kill Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

    I don’t know about you, but I’m still wondering how he managed to get that nice little arsenal from California to Maryland. It being 4597 Km, ‘n all. Did he fly?


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  44. Time to move Knuckles, thats Darwin gone

    No. NO!

    The New Last Holdout will forever, ah, hold out. I’ve been prepping for years for this, tripping over surplus bog rolls (and canned chocky eclairs) wherever I go.

    Not once have I seen one of – you know, those people – make hearty Aussie tucker like a schnitzel or mixed grill. Time to stand, fight and if necessary fall in defence of Something Something.


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  45. Electricity from wind turbines. How is that working out?
    Lotsa extra super cheap power?

    Working out very nicely, thank you.

    Currently making up 24% of power supplied to the NEM. Being sold to mug punters in NSW at $266/MWh.

    Too cheap to meter.
    We need more, much, much more…


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  46. Anyone concerned about central wage fixation would take little comfort from mUnty appearing with his pom poms. Expect to see Albo on tonight’s news applauding the decision. Ghost of The Great Man rises.


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  47. SFW, depends what you want your gennie to run. Had some experience of it in the 2002 bushfires, when Navy gave us one between every two houses at the shore base HMAS Creswell/RAN College in Jervis Bay. Was rather painful “educating” kids, and some brain-dead adults, into what they could plug in and couldn’t – stopping teenage girls from using hairdryers for example. After a bit we got one gennie each.

    But with most gennies – say delivering 2000w average load – you could run:

    all together:

    a large frige/freezer
    a TV
    3/4 small standing lights
    a laptop charger
    a phone charger

    plus ONE of
    a kettle
    a microwave
    a washing machine
    an electric stove element…but see below

    We had gas cookers at the time, but if you wanted to run a portable leccie stove – you can’t run an installed one in most houses, as they are main wired – maybe one element at a time on medium to high.

    Most modern gennies have a meter showing how close they are to maximum – eg: 1850 out of 2000 watts, and they have a surge capacity – maybe 2500 before they trip out. Of course, it’s usually parked around the back of the house to get the noise away.

    The above figures are pretty general. Some friges pull a lot and some don’t. Also depends how you run them…eg: if some moron has stood there letting all the cold air out while wondering what to eat they have to use a lot of power getting the air cold again quickly. Chest freezers are quite a good idea as they don’t let the cold air fall out as friges do. Microwaves range in wattage from 500w up to 1200 IIRR.

    Hope this helps. (Don’t forget to buy extension leads.)


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  48. I’ve just gotten back from a walk and ran into someone I know who is also a very well known media figure. We chatting for a while about the election, Morrison, Labor and so on. We then got onto Porter, Pell, Higgins, Tudge and Laming and how Morrison handled each case. This person said that Laming, who apparently was on Sky the other day and said the same thing, received no help from Morrison and that Morrison refused to stand by him and effectively abandoned him. I think this was Morrison’s shtick. He refused to stand by Porter, he refused to stand by Tudge, he refused to stand by Laming. What a disgrace.

    Morrison is not missed.


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  49. just as wood work, metal work and Tech. drawing were for boys.
    Did the Poms ever do that

    Gordon Bennett ! Wot’ a “Plonker” comment to make. The GB and in particular England was the start of the great Industrial Revolution. We did all three (and French which I hated) in Technical School along, with Physics, Chemistry, Ordinary Mathematics and Applied Mathematics in the mid to late late 1960s.

    What the fark were you doing while the Brits built Concorde and Nuclear Submarines? SFA I suspect. Probably a Cubby House or two with Barbie in it………………………..


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  50. I am not an expert on electricity markets, but I am told that the AEMO suspending the market will mean no blackouts. Which is nice.

    Well, you don’t quite have that right as usual. However, having no Blackouts is usually very nice.


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  51. Currently making up 24% of power supplied to the NEM. Being sold to mug punters in NSW at $266/MW

    Price per MWH nuclear power.

    You know, if ruinables are “too cheap to meter” then nuclear is half to a 5th the cost of too cheap to meter.
    https://www.powermag.com/u-s-nuclear-industry-shaved-generating-costs-by-7-6-compared-to-2018/

    The U.S. nuclear power fleet last year achieved its lowest recorded average total generating costs in two decades—$30.42/MWh—though it ran at a record-high 93.4% average capacity factor. Total generating costs were 7.6% lower last year compared to the prior year, and have fallen nearly 32% since 2012.


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  52. Read the numbers and be afraid, taxpayers:

    NDIS: used or abused?
    Graham Pinn / The Spectator

    It is one of life’s sad realities that, as soon as there is an attempt to improve the population’s welfare, unscrupulous individuals take advantage of the best of intentions.

    Our welfare system could be said to discourage work and self-reliance, it also tests the ability to pay for it.

    Over the years, we have seen solo parent support encourage more pregnancies for financial gain, without financial input from fathers. The unemployment benefit was established as temporary support for those out of work, for some it has become a permanent and sometimes multi-generational way of life; while jobs in agriculture and hospitality are unfilled, we have an unemployment rate which, although temporarily improved, is high by OECD comparison.

    Accident Compensation is another scheme that has become blighted by ‘permanent invalids’, who seem capable of mowing the lawn whilst incapable of work. The cost of aged care continues to rise, whilst their children expect the government to pay the bills – and complain when they consider care to be substandard. Welfare demands are still higher in the Aboriginal population, with average benefits at $40,000 per capita, compared with $20,000 for non-Aboriginals.

    The cost of these good intentions has risen rapidly, from $160 billion in 2017, to currently $200 billion, with an increasing proportion funded by the federal government.

    The latest addition to the welfare bill is the NDIS, a scheme introduced by the Gillard government designed to support those under 65 with significant, permanent disability.

    The scheme was initially trialled in 2013, in Tasmania for young adults, in South Australia for children, in Victoria for general groups, and in New South Wales for older adults. It was formally launched in July 2016 and, by year’s end, covered 30,000. West Australia joined in 2020.

    The initial cost was estimated at $4 billion for the year 2016-17, with funding provided by an increase of half a per cent in the Medicare levy. It was planned to cover Musculoskeletal conditions, cancer, visual and hearing impairment, and neurological conditions such as stroke, Parkinson’s disease, and spinal cord injury.

    In August 2017 mental health disorders, including anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, and autism, became eligible; by November that year, the number of enrolments had increased to 120,000.

    At the completion of enrolment, it was estimated that 400,000 would be supported at a cost of $14 billion. By 2019-20, the first full year of operation, the cost had ballooned to $22 billion (1.1 per cent of GDP). By June 2021 there were 463,000 claimants, now 480,000, with an average individual cost increasing to $71,000.

    Forward estimates now suggest a spiralling increase to $42 billion by 2024-25 (1.5 per cent of GDP), and $46 by the following year; future figures up to $60 billion have been suggested, with as many as 860,000 supported. The government is rightly concerned as to why this has occurred, and what can be done to control costs.

    One aspect of the increase is the increasing inclusion of behavioural disorders, once considered the result of bad parenting, now reclassified into the psychiatric domain as new conditions are invented. Autism is a clear-cut diagnosis, autism spectrum diagnosis in Australia increased from 30,000 cases in 2003, to 60,000 by 2009 and 120,000 by 2012; as diagnostic boundaries expand, the latest estimate is 230,000 cases (approximately 1 per cent of the population), with around half being children.

    The same increase has been noted in other countries: in Canada, it expanded from 4 per 10,000 in 2003, to 20 per 10,000 and by 2020 to 1 per cent (100 per 10,000). In the UK, the incidence was 5 per 10,000 in 1990, now increased to 1 per cent of children and 2 per cent of the general population. The estimated incidence in India remains low at 3 per 10,000 (0.03 per cent), and worldwide 60 per 10,000 (0.6 per cent). A recent Japanese study suggests this increase in incidence may be a consequence of exposing children to excess screen time at a young age; the study also revealed that 90 per cent of 1-year-olds were exposed to between 1 and 4 hours daily. The WHO has advised total bans on use in the very young.

    Projections are the total number here will continue to rise, to 1.5 per cent, 350,000 cases, as diagnostic criteria are refined and milder degrees are included. With no specific test the diagnosis is subjective and, as milder degrees are added, the autism spectrum becomes a major cost. The proportion claiming NDIS support because of mental or behavioural problems has progressively increased, reaching 66,000 by the end of 2021 and predicted 90,000 by 2030; other, new psychological disorders have the potential to add further to the numbers.

    Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCDC) is now estimated at 3 per cent of the Australian population, around 500,000; attention deficit disorder (ADHD) is now found in 5 per cent, and Asperger’s syndrome has now been reclassified as part of the autism spectrum. The latest behavioural problems to add to the diagnostic alphabet are oppositional defiance disorder (ODD) and conduct disorder (CD).

    It seems that bad behaviour, as well as being a problem in the classroom, is becoming a cost to the taxpayer and a source of income for some parents and psychologists.

    The latest conditions are not, as yet, included in the NDIS list, but parents of children with ADHD are being encouraged to explore the additional diagnosis of the autism spectrum to qualify for payment. As of June 2019, one-third of those funded by NDIS for psychological disorders had autism spectrum as their primary diagnosis; evidence is accumulating that the explosion in numbers is due to young children having excess screen time exposure, instead of parental input. Care now involves psychology, counselling, and even art and music therapy.

    Since the Covid pandemic disability diagnoses have soared with up to one in five now eligible for assistance. Claims relate to ‘social-emotional’ disability (7 per cent), cognitive disability conditions (12 per cent), and physical disability (3 per cent). Since the start of the pandemic, an extra 43,000 children have been added, a 12 per cent increase; the increase in ‘lockdown’ Victoria was even more pronounced at 17 per cent.

    Another explanation for the cost blowout is the increasing severity of disability classification, with individual payments increasing by an average 12.5 per cent annually.

    After an increase of 23 per cent in 2 years, the federal government has become concerned about spiralling costs: attempts to rein in costs have reduced per capita spending from $71,200 in 2020 to $68,500 in 2021.

    The states, (who had historically been responsible for the disabled) had initially been responsible for 50 per cent; their contribution had been limited to a 4 per cent annual increase, meaning the federal proportion is rising to 60 per cent of the total.

    Following a revue this year, it wanted to introduce an independent assessment of both diagnosis and severity of both current and future eligibility. This review and subsequent planned legislation, has inevitably produced an outcry from the welfare lobby groups, as well as the left of politics who are always happy to spend other people’s money. A simple (but unlikely) solution would be to revert to the original premise and exclude psychiatric disorders.

    Welfare and disability advocates demand yet more support for the NDIS, and even suggest it saves money! Currently, the Australian government spends around 40 per cent of GDP gross domestic product, with around half that amount spent on welfare. The leaders in welfare are the Swedes at around 25 per cent, now overtaken by the French who spend 30 per cent of their GDP on welfare. Not only has the proportion spent on welfare increased, but the total spending is now increasingly supported by borrowing and accumulated debt; this has increased from about 40 per cent of GDP to nearly 100 per cent since the Covid lockdowns.

    Future projections of NDIS costs are heading toward $60 billion, with a new Labor government the problem remains the same- how to pay for it. They need to grasp the nettle and assess the worth of this and other welfare schemes – ultimately, we must accept what we can afford, rather than what we want.


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  53. I don’t recall seeing the Paul Pelosi DUI charges being dropped in the media .. must have missed it!

    His last pleas for clemency were summarily dismissed and they heartlessly released him so he had to go back to the befuddled wrist-rubbing talking-to-plants tottering lush.

    It was a bit scary in the jail the first night. This big bloke called Gangsta-Jay said he was going to make him his bitch, but after 5 minutes of talk he had his arm around Paul’s shoulder and, with cheeks scalded by tears he could hardly hold back, G-J was assuring him that everything was going to be alright.


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  54. Cassie of Sydney says: June 15, 2022 at 2:43 pm

    Morrison is not missed.

    The signs were there for all to see.
    When in 2019 then Senator Fraser Anning spun on a sixpence & instinctively jabbed a bloke who’d hit him in the back of the head, Morrison declared that full legal consequences should be faced by….. Senator Anning.

    I’m still


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  55. Currently making up 24% of power supplied to the NEM. Being sold to mug punters in NSW at $266/MW

    How do you know what price it’s being sold at if AEMO suspended spot pricing at 2pm?


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  56. Considering spot pricing is kaput for the foreseeable future it means the business model of every battery farm in eastern Australia is kaput.


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  57. Short of a quantum leap in battery storage I don’t see how this gap can ever be closed

    Hang on.
    Haven’t we been assured the technology is going ahead in leaps and bounds!?
    I mean look how far an EV will get you these days!


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  58. Yep, females never referred to themselves as ‘the girls’ before trans became a thing

    In the mid-90s in Melbourne there were three or four flaaaaaaaming trannies who used to congregate at a tram stop in North Melbourne (I think it was Errol Street, on the end closest to the markets).

    Some of the day’s hilarity would be to cruise up along the tram tracks, come to a stop next to that crew, lean out the window and go ‘G’day you blokes. What’s going on?’ or similar, and to drive off accompanied by the trannies’ screeching and our own hearty laughter.

    Simpler times. Better times.


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  59. Knuckles the ADF should employ you to give the inscrutable drycleaners a free poorly cooked smallgood as they get off the troop ships. Mind you it may be better quality than they are used to. The other thing, you can dress up as a cock in a frock, I love you long time sailor. Do away with them back home. See, I’m an idea’s man, got plenty more where those two came from.


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  60. Err. That is not Aussie tucker. It is from another country

    Yes. Yes it is JS.

    However, there is a lurker lurking who will be discombobulated because I used that line specifically to annoy him.


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  61. The mini-riot in the DC restaurant is readily dismissed as a ‘black’ thing. But it is not really a ‘black’ thing as much as a ‘Democrat demographic of especial focus’ thing.

    A demographic which has been been told over and over like the foetuses in the conditioning rooms of Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World in a mild but insistent voice that they are victims, that they are rightly entitled to whatever they can get by any means, that violence is a quick answer, that other people are there to be used, that laws don’t apply, that self-control is a sort of denial, that education is pointless etc.

    Well there are white folks here who think not so differently. I am thinking of the creation of the multi-generational welfare dependent, expecting everything be given them, hostile to productive people who keep their cut of their own wages to live a nicer life, drifting in and out of consciousness on drugs, always willing to go along with crime, dishevelled, slovenly, out of shape, improvident, and hedonistic. Our generous welfare would seem to be a big difference between them and the inner-urban ghettos in the US.


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  62. How do you know what price it’s being sold at if AEMO suspended spot pricing at 2pm?

    AEMO is still publishing a 5-minute dispatch price. The generators are not bidding that price – and will argue the toss about how much they should be compensated for being paid that lowly amount.

    It will presumably be a shitfight for the ages. Hard to see how renewables, hydro, and coal are going to be able to argue ‘out of pocket’.


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  63. I am thinking of the creation of the multi-generational welfare dependent, expecting everything be given them, hostile to productive people who keep their cut of their own wages to live a nicer life, drifting in and out of consciousness on drugs, always willing to go along with crime, dishevelled, slovenly, out of shape, improvident, and hedonistic

    One of the funniest programs on FTA TV is Highway Patrol when the cops stop some dero in his unregistered Commodore on the way home from the pub, pissed while his missus carries on f’ing and blinding off camera how unfair it is.


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  64. sfw:

    Been thinking about getting a generator for home, can anyone tell me how many kva I need to run a house? This site has a wide range but the pricing seems all over the shop.

    I’ve bought a couple off Able Sales.
    Both 7Kva, diesel. Both around the $1.2k range, but since then prices have increased substantially. Look at doubling.
    Diesel because fuel stores better for longer.
    Get one with a sound shroud – you don’t need to advertise your electron goodness to those who may be jealous of your investment.
    Speak to a sparky before you decide the size and power leads. Some have 15 amp/ some 30/amp. Get one to install a transfer switch – either manual or automatic. Auto means if you are away, the unit turns on by itself and your freezers don’t defrost.
    Remember that you will pay through the nose for a supply and install jobbie. The sparky will get you one that fits his profit margin – not yours.
    Think about how you are going to store and transfer fuel. A 20l jerry can takes an average of 40 seconds to decant into a fuel tank and if your back is no longer 21 years old, it gets annoying.


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  65. I’d laugh if it wasn’t so serious. Supposedly Belgian brewers are running out of bottles, the glass was sourced from Russia as it’s too expensive to make it in Europe. The suggestion of moving to cans made from aluminum is a no go, as it also comes from Russia.

    I’d say Melbourne hipsters will not be crying into their beers, but I think they go IPA’s rather than Belgians.


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  66. Dan Cass @DanJCass

    Angus Taylor’s refusal to plan the transition from coal has led to AEMO flicking the NEM switch to Cuba mode.

    His refusal to facilitate the renewables transition has forced the system operator to command the energy economy. Comrade Angus, well done.



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  67. Think about how you are going to store and transfer fuel. A 20l jerry can takes an average of 40 seconds to decant into a fuel tank and if your back is no longer 21 years old, it gets annoying.

    Exactly the reason why we recently bought a 1,000 litre tank for diesel. We are lucky to have the space on the farm & the company that delivers to large rural operations near us is, thankfully, willing to deliver to us at the same time.


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  68. The suggestion of moving to cans made from aluminum is a no go, as it also comes from Russia.

    Belgian beer in cans? The very thought is repugnant to human civilisation.

    IPA? Woefully overrated. Apparently brewers like it because it is quicker and easier to make – and therefore cheaper. Put some kooky label on it, send it off, and the first guy that buys it tells his mates about his ‘discovery’ and they drink it almost like they discovered a cache of Margaux they landed in France in WW2.

    Then they start seeing it more in shops – but by then it is time for the next kooky label and the next discovery, thus the whole endless, soul-crushing, cycle plays out again.


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  69. sfw,
    I’ve just placed an order for one of these

    Electrician son can wire up the house with a three position switch and a pure sine wave inverter and 32 amp outlet on the generator.
    Anticipating being the “first off, last on” in our location so not going to buggerise around.
    I’m more worried about summer blackouts to be truthful and need to run air con and multiple fridges.


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  70. It will presumably be a shitfight for the ages

    Lawyers will be licking their lips and thinking about upgrading the holiday house.

    Personally, if I were an energy lawyer, I’d be looking at Caribbean islands big enough to land a Bombardier Global.


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  71. Dan Cass @DanJCass

    Angus Taylor’s refusal to plan the transition from coal has led to AEMO flicking the NEM switch to Cuba mode.

    His refusal to facilitate the renewables transition has forced the system operator to command the energy economy. Comrade Angus, well done.

    More Cowbell!


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  72. Mother Lode:

    I am thinking of the creation of the multi-generational welfare dependent, expecting everything be given them, hostile to productive people who keep their cut of their own wages to live a nicer life, drifting in and out of consciousness on drugs, always willing to go along with crime, dishevelled, slovenly, out of shape, improvident, and hedonistic.

    The ant and the grasshopper – Aesops Fables.
    Simple and true.


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  73. Australian Energy Market Operator says electricity spot market across the eastern states suspended
    The national electricity market has been suspended across all eastern states for the first time after AEMO said it was ‘impossible to operate’ in accordance with the rules.



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  74. Quite so.
    Had a couple of coppers standing around the station workshop one day (as you do) conversation turned to guns & illegal guns (this was before the Port Arthur false flag operation)

    Sal,
    Care to expand on this?


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  75. “SFW, depends what you want your gennie to run.”

    Indeed.
    And while there is a difference between kVA and kW, most appliances will have some sort of power factor correction in them anyway, meaning these are close enough to make no difference.
    So just read the product labels for power consumption, add it all up, and if your gennie has some left over, you’re good. If not, you’ll need to decide what you can do without and what you can’t.
    Ovens, stove-tops, clothes dryers and air-conditioners will be the biggies – these create or move large amounts of heat, and that takes large amounts of power. Check your garage for old appliance like kettles – the new “30 second” ones are fast, but consume more power, the older ones take longer but consume less power (they both consume the same amount of energy to boil the same amount of water, but for a gennie instantaneous power is more important than the total energy required). In the same vein, a small “portable” air conditioner might struggle to cool more than a single room of your house, but with a gennie it might actually be possible to run it – new ones are quite efficient.
    In short, collect the data on power usage, do your sums, and make your trade-offs between what you need, what you want and what you can afford to buy.

    Don’t forget to also consider fuel usage and tank capacity – more power = more fuel needed. You should probably make sure you can run the thing for 8 hours or so without a refill, just so you can actually manage to have a sleep without your freezer defrosting itself.

    As for the actual fuel, LPG is not such a bad choice – you can get a “house sized” tank of a couple of hundred litres and get it filled as a “delivery”. With appropriate jetting, your stove-top and heater can use LPG direct – plenty of people already do this.

    Good thing about LPG is that it doesn’t go “stale” like petrol does, and there’s little to no risk of it being contaminated by water or other junk, so much better as a “prepper” solution. And there are plenty of places around that do the “Swap and Go” thing with 9kg (about 12L) bottles, which you can steal if the zombie apocalypse arrives. 🙂 Transport and storage is safe and “mature” – tanks are certified for 10 years, and how many times have you seen a rusty old gas bottle that still has usable gas in it get used when the normal barbie bottle runs out?

    Good thing about diesel is you can “make your own” from (used or not) cooking oil and alcohol.

    Good thing about petrol (and diesel) is the wide availability.


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  76. His refusal to facilitate the renewables transition has forced the system operator to command the energy economy. Comrade Angus, well done.

    LOL, the ‘refusal’ to command the energy economy to transition to renewables has forced the ‘system operator’ to command the energy economy. Indeed.

    What has indeed happened is that two decades of ‘renewable’ focus has left our baseload generators seriously underinvested and poorly maintained.


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  77. It’s about time gender equality came to the Predator universe.

    I saw The Critical Drinker’s take on it (based on what they have told us about it to date).

    He is none too optimistic. In fact, he thinks they just want to make sure the franchise’s corpse is really dead.


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  78. Bluey:

    I’d laugh if it wasn’t so serious. Supposedly Belgian brewers are running out of bottles, the glass was sourced from Russia as it’s too expensive to make it in Europe. The suggestion of moving to cans made from aluminum is a no go, as it also comes from Russia.

    I’ve done more for the environment by buying wine with Aluminium enclosures (Apart from the cork ones, that is) than any Greenwit gluing themselves to the road outside a fast food joint.
    I should put that on a T shirt.


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  79. Winston Smithsays:
    June 15, 2022 at 3:56 pm
    Bluey:

    I’d laugh if it wasn’t so serious. Supposedly Belgian brewers are running out of bottles, the glass was sourced from Russia as it’s too expensive to make it in Europe. The suggestion of moving to cans made from aluminum is a no go, as it also comes from Russia.

    I’ve done more for the environment by buying wine with Aluminium enclosures (Apart from the cork ones, that is) than any Greenwit gluing themselves to the road outside a fast food joint.
    I should put that on a T shirt.

    I’m sure you’re guilty of wrongthink, so it doesn’t count.


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  80. m0ntysays:
    June 15, 2022 at 3:29 pm

    m0nty, thanks for pointing out that shining example of just how fuckwitted homo sapiens can be.

    During decades of campaigning the left wing green activists have succeeded in blocking vast amounts of fossil fuel development, reducing Australia’s coal fired generating capacity significantly (e.g. Hazelwood alone provided over 5% of Australia’s demand), and creating a regulatory regime which incentivises the owners of the remaining coal units to spend only the absolute bare minimum on repairs and maintenance.
    Conversely they’ve had the country plastered with taxpayer-subsidised wind and solar farms.
    And when the blackouts start, they claim that the problem is too much coal, or too few wind and solar farms.
    Never mind that we had >99% system reliability for many decades when the system was overwhelmingly coal with a bit of gas and hydro, and that all the problems started only when we had significant wind and solar “capacity” introduced to the grid. Never mind that wind and solar frequently produce 0.0000 [recurring to infinity] power, and we’ve got zero control over when that happens. Reliability problems are all about fossil fuels.


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  81. I am not an expert on electricity markets, but I am told that the AEMO suspending the market will mean no blackouts. Which is nice.

    Surprised munty wasn’t crowing about “market failure”, after the market had been tinkered with in every way imaginable.


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  82. 132andBush says: June 15, 2022 at 3:48 pm

    Had a couple of coppers standing around the station workshop one day

    Sal,
    Care to expand on this?

    It was the local cop & the one from one of the surrounding towns.
    They’d come out to arrest one of the workers of the contract harvester. Poor reconnaissance by Plod, as nobody was there to be arrested.

    I suggested that they use an invention known as the telephone to check with me if anybody was around. This prompted a round of contumelious snorts toward me.
    Like as if I was going to side against the local copper in favour of some visa overstayer or drug-user.

    We chatted a while & they left. They refused a cup of tea & didn’t ask any casual-but-inquisitive questions about anything.

    The firearm manufacture demonstration seemed to ruin their day.


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  83. Angus Taylor’s refusal to plan the transition from coal has led to AEMO flicking the NEM switch to Cuba mode.

    His refusal to facilitate the renewables transition has forced the system operator to command the energy economy. Comrade Angus, well done.

    Old radio interviews age like milk.

    CALLER: Hello, good morning Prime Minister.

    PM: Good morning.

    CALLER: Just want to you know, a lot of Australian homes doesn’t have gas connections at their home, because the gas providers doesn’t want to give connections. Now during the winter we use a lot of electricity just for heating purposes.

    Why don’t the Government give some sort assistance to these providers to give gas connection to every home? We have plenty natural gas in Australia, so we should utilise that resource. HOST: Okay, thank you for that.

    PM: We do have plentiful gas and there are some constraints at the moment about moving it around the nation so that it does get where it’s needed and where people want it.

    I was a little bit earlier this week, when I made my first speech that started this electricity price debate, I was at an energy institute where we were also talking about some of the constraints on gas supply.

    So yes, that is an issue too and one that we need to be thinking through, and our Minister Martin Ferguson is thinking that issue through in the context of the Government delivering an energy white paper, which will be about all sources of energy, not just electricity.

    But whilst we’re working through those issues, we can’t miss the moment for acting on power prices, electricity prices for the future, which is why I’ve been so focused on that this week.

    HOST: Prime Minister, in terms of this discussion about receiving now a gold-plated distribution network, as it’s being described, that is over-investment in poles and wires. Should Australians wind back their expectations of the reliability of supply, and perhaps be willing to tolerate brown-outs, perhaps even black-outs on those few days a year when power demand peaks?

    PM: We’ve got to have a reliable energy supply. There’s some silly commentary around today about this whole debate is all about brown-outs and people not being able to put their air-conditioning on. Of course it’s not about that – I want people to have a reliable energy supply and I made that point very strongly when I gave the speech a little bit earlier in the week.

    But experts in the area are pointing to the fact that we are seeing very costly investment is poles and wires – some of it over-investment – above and beyond what we need for a reliable energy supply.


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  84. Have just read terrifying article on the state of our armed forces in today’s Australian Spectator:

    ww.spectator.com.au/2022/06/china-rising-the-adf-have-nothing/?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=MDS%20%2020220615%20%20AL&utm_content=MDS%20%2020220615%20%20AL+CID_e70d8dd41e681fb30b8e676f08464659&utm_source=CampaignMonitor_Australia&utm_term=China%20rising%20the%20ADF%20has%20nothing

    Are we THAT unprepared???? Holy cow!!!


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  85. Drills

    Nothing at all personal, but most of your stories are a little hard to believe. There’s just that little bit more of very unnecessary blowharding.

    Let’s examine the last.

    1. Cops never heard of the telephone.
    2. Cops should have used you because.
    3. Didn’t ask anything considered inquisitive or helpful as judged by you.
    4. The firearm thing ruined their day? Why?

    It’s always the smartest, coolest guy in the room with you. And you’re not.


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  86. Angus Taylor’s refusal to plan the transition from coal has led to AEMO flicking the NEM switch to Cuba mode.

    His refusal to facilitate the renewables transition has forced the system operator to command the energy economy. Comrade Angus, well done.

    Stand-alone, this is just ploppy political abuse. Taylor was Minister for three years – whereas the course of events that have led us to Cuba stretch way back, 15+ years.

    That said, the past decade of Coalition governments stand in the naughty corner; along with the alphabetscape of regulators and ‘market operators’, and every east coast State government.

    The events that will consume Australia for the next years were wholly predictable – and were clearly and expressly predicted. This is a fuckup of responsible government writ large across all political boundaries.


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  87. BTW, we have had population growth in the last forty years. How many generators have been constructed in that time?

    Same number constructed as new dams over the period.

    They want their population ponzi without even the slightest bit of responsible investment associated with it.


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  88. Jarrod Brady, author of today’s Spectator article on our woeful defence capability, hit the nail on the head:

    The result is an ADF with little modern capability – truly an impoverished third-world force of antiquated equipment owned by the complacent taxpayers of the world’s 13th largest economy, who demand the world’s best standard of living, but are unwilling to defend it.




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  89. Reliability problems are all about fossil fuels.

    But, but, but we have to get rid of fossil fuels because otherwise we’re all gonna fry!


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  90. Thanks everyone for the advice and info re generators. Have to consider it carefully. Fortunately my eldest son is a sparkie and will do a switch for me.


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  91. whereas the course of events that have led us to Cuba stretch way back, 15+ years.

    It goes back to 1998 when the whole system was put together.
    Then from there, not enough interconnectors.
    Then not enough dams.
    Not enough battery storage.
    The current shit show is on all states & territories & federal governments since 1998 (ex WA & NT).


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  92. Doc Faustus:

    He’s guilty of XXXX worship.

    I plead guilty on that count, yer onna.
    Meant to buy some more fresh stuff when I went a’hunting this morning, but I’d filled the boot on the Mighty 380 with an extravagant amount of victuals for the food dump.
    Tomorrow will suffice for another half a dozen slabs.
    Mind you, I received a carton of Red wine this morning from the Red Wine Fairy at Naked Wines.
    All aluminium enclosures – doing my bit for the planet.


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  93. His refusal to facilitate the renewables transition has forced the system operator to command the energy economy. Comrade Angus, well done.

    Think of it the other way M0nty: if he had given in to the climate crazies and closed a couple of coal fired power stations, like Eraring and Loy Yang, we’d’ve had blackouts all up and down the coast last night.

    Instead we now have green as grass Matt Keen begging the operators to keep the coal plants going. Amazing what reality can do to you when it decides to mug you.


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  94. “Researchers found that regardless of previous infections, immunity against Omicron waned a few weeks after third Covid jab”.

    Not mentioned in the article but Oz experts would no doubt take above news as confirmation we need to take a 4th jab to boost the exact same 3rd jab that wanes after a few weeks.

    Didn’t I see Daniel Andrews suggesting just that for health workers?


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  95. m0ntysays:
    June 15, 2022 at 3:29 pm
    Dan Cass @DanJCass

    Angus Taylor’s refusal to plan the transition from coal has led to AEMO flicking the NEM switch to Cuba mode.

    Translation: His refusal to sign a blank cheque for subsidies for ruinables has made the subsidy farmers unhappy, and they are going to take their windmills and go home.


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  96. Are we THAT unprepared???? Holy cow!!!

    Not only that, but they have been spending money working their way through destroying equipment that should have been in war emergency reserves.

    130,000 SLR’s melted down (really really dumb now that 5.56 resistant body armour is now relatively common).

    I had a mate who got to destroy all of the previous generation of body armour. The problem with it was not that it was no longer effective against modern ammunition, but rather that it was to heavy for petite blonde ADF members.

    Generally I would say that they have been more concerned about leakage of older military equipment into the Australian Community than they have been about the need to store it for a future conflict.

    If you wanted to pull Australia’s pants down and bend it over in readiness. This is exactly what you would be doing.


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  97. That slimy shit bowen now advocating reduction of demand for electricity as the solution to the shortage created by his advocacy of renewables. Green groups in Europe are now demanding this is the solution to climate change: humans have to use less power. There was an article a couple of days ago about this; has anyone got a link?


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  98. now advocating reduction of demand for electricity as the solution

    Cut the cables from NSW to the ACT.
    How does he like those apples?


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  99. rickwsays:
    June 15, 2022 at 4:10 pm
    I am not an expert on electricity markets, but I am told that the AEMO suspending the market will mean no blackouts. Which is nice.

    Surprised munty wasn’t crowing about “market failure”, after the market had been tinkered with in every way imaginable.

    See my question, now on an earlier page, about the number of organisations “regulating” this capitalist free-for-all market.


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  100. That slimy shit bowen now advocating reduction of demand for electricity as the solution to the shortage created by his advocacy of renewables.

    Sorry to say I predicted this earlier today.

    “Closing the gap” has taken on a new meaning.


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  101. BoN,

    Think of it the other way M0nty: if he had given in to the climate crazies and closed a couple of coal fired power stations, like Eraring and Loy Yang, we’d’ve had blackouts all up and down the coast last night.

    Interesting exercise there.
    What if those two were not spinning at over 100% capacity and were, indeed, not there at all.
    Would that be enough to black out the grid?
    And if it did, how long to “Black start” ?


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  102. Australia in 2022…..

    1. We exports most of our high grade coal.

    2. We export most of our gas.

    3. We export ALL of our uranium.

    We’re a country governed by clowns.


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  103. Re household gennies

    I installed a 7000w fuel injected petrol Honda after SAs 2nd ‘3 day black’.

    Learnings from that

    1) When the house is ‘quiet’ its drawing little power, less than 1000w
    2) The 7000w was more than enough to run pretty much everything, although you wouldnt want to run the water pump, oven, aircon, microwave, kettle etc all at once – just be a big judicious
    3) Because the ‘base draw’ is so low, its not really suited to a big diesel because they dont like low load running – hence why I went for the petrol honda, which was very quiet and reliable… indeed it needed a ‘pilot light’ to let me know it was running
    4) I went the full ‘auto switch over’ rolls royce system, which was great, but pricey and, a trap for young players…when the battery on the genny died, it turned the whole house off because it somehow required the ‘signal’ from the genny, even when running off the street


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  104. Didn’t I see Daniel Andrews suggesting just that for health workers?

    Yes, but Dickhead Dan and his Fellow Travellers are now in a very deep hole that’s in the wrong place. Last thing these fucking imbeciles will do is admit a mistake. Fucking Dickhead Dan will be singing his own praises as the saviour of Victoria right up until the moment someone pulls the lever on the trap door.


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  105. That slimy shit bowen now advocating reduction of demand for electricity as the solution to the shortage created by his advocacy of renewables.

    EVs will have to be on the back burner for another couple of decades while storage catches up to demand.


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  106. But experts in the area are pointing to the fact that we are seeing very costly investment is poles and wires – some of it over-investment – above and beyond what we need for a reliable energy supply.

    And now AnAl wants to put $20 billion of taxpayers’ hard earned up to “stimulate” a further $58 billion of private “investment” in more poles and wires.

    These Laybore types really are slow learners, almost as slow as m0nty-fa.


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  107. Nothing at all personal, but most of your stories are a little hard to believe.

    They don’t match your feminine life-experience?
    What. a. surprise.


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  108. Learnings from that

    I would also add that it gets extremely complicated if you have solar panels and want to try and use them to contribute.

    The jenny power can be used to trick the solar panel inverter into thinking that mains power is still available (and therefore supplying), BUT, you need to have an automatically adjustable load bank because minimum jenny output plus solar panel output can easily exceed the load available from the house.


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  109. callisays:

    June 15, 2022 at 8:08 am

    The language delay – parents do not seem to speak to their children normally, if they speak to them at all. 

    Happens with twins alot, every one thinks it cute.


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  110. So much of this is on the regulators too.
    They’ve complained about the alleged “gold plating” of networks for 20 years which has flowed through to what the regulated rates of return on the networks could be.
    Meaning underinvestment.
    Meaning a grid that is not fit for purpose when adding renewables to the mix.
    There are so many parents to this abortion of an energy policy.


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  111. If the retarded “national energy guarantee” that Josh was balls deep in promoting was in place, the gaming of the system would had lead to this kind of discombobulation sooner.
    Macquarie & every rat with a gold tooth would have made buckets of dosh.
    At the expensive of the punter.


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  112. My earlier question about energy regulation in Australia. Anyone (including the idiot m0nty-fa) who thinks that we are operating a capitalist generation system is off with the fairies (no, not those fairies).

    Boambee Johnsays:
    June 15, 2022 at 10:56 am
    Can someone put together a list of the organisations and regulations governing the electricity system (it is clearly a lie to call it a “market”) in Australia.

    In one post above, we had the Australian Energy Regulator, the Australian Energy Market Operator, the Australian Energy Market Commission, the National Electricity Rules, the Cumulative Price Threshold, and the Australian Energy Operator.

    There also is the LRET. What else is there?


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  113. They don’t match your feminine life-experience?
    What. a. surprise.

    Drills, you purport to own a motel. Every male at the front desk of a hotel is mostly gay, so stop it with the attempt to upgrade yourself to some sort of Croc Dundee. It only works with the feeble minded. Go make sure the toilet rolls have the neat little triangle patterns. That is if you still own the truck-stop. You don’t appear to.


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  114. And if it did, how long to “Black start” ?

    I think it took one South American country a month to do a black start. I wouldn’t dismiss this as incompetence either. Very tricky thing starting a massive machine that has never been completely stopped and restarted before.


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  115. What has indeed happened is that two decades of ‘renewable’ focus has left our baseload generators seriously underinvested and poorly maintained.

    What has happened is that government asset provision was privatised – i.e. flogged off to foreign governments – and then turned into a market, a project which has now failed comprehensively. This system has been neglected for years by the Coalition and has devolved to the point where it leads to deliberate shutting down by certain providers as a protest that their exorbitant margins aren’t supporting their inflated share price. AEMO has had enough and has invoked the last resort.

    As usual, Labor has to clean up the mess created by LNP abandonment.


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  116. Not only that, but they have been spending money working their way through destroying equipment that should have been in war emergency reserves.

    At least the BUSHMASTERS can feel “proud” they went down fighting .. LOL!


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  117. Uranium goes to Kazakhstan to be processed into fuel anyway.
    So even if we had a Nuclear Power Industry, it wouldn’t be working due to AntiRussia Sanctions.


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  118. you purport to own a motel

    I have never claimed that.
    Dumbass.

    Ed Case or M0nty, which one are you?


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  119. They’ve complained about the alleged “gold plating” of networks for 20 years which has flowed through to what the regulated rates of return on the networks could be.

    I’ve had very little to do with power generation. However, IMHO, suburban substations that are predominantly equipped with 1950’s Metrovick Transformers which are leaking transformer oil doesn’t look very gold plated to me.


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  120. There are so many parents to this abortion of an energy policy.

    Only one parent.
    The ideology of AGW.

    Everything else is the bastard child of it, post modernist thought and Marxist doctrine.


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  121. AEMO has had enough and has invoked the last resort.

    Why didn’t they do that during the last 9 years of Coalition Government?
    Not game to?


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  122. Of course, there’s no doubt the Liars are going to make the energy situation worse. But at this exact point in the accounting cycle, you’d have to say that the Libs totally fucked things up. They royally screwed it up.

    In the cab this morning I was listening to the news and the stupid cow on the ABC was reporting on the energy issue. It was Virginia Trioli (troll in Italian :-). She had this piece of shit expert on suggesting the reason we have an energy shortage is because the system isn’t owned by the government. As a kid I recall regular , rolling strikes in that sector as the unions treated the plants as captured capital. Also, governments have threatened the owners to ban coal plants causing a writedown to zero. Why would they bother running these assets with care and a view to the long term? Also, the amount of regulation since the privatizations has been immense.
    Never an objective view at their ABC. Never.


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  123. Why didn’t they do that during the last 9 years of Coalition Government?

    Chris Bowen was in the media recently saying they would back AEMO to the hilt, something I reckon was instrumental in today’s move. Not sure that was ever said by an LNP minister.


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  124. Meaning a grid that is not fit for purpose when adding renewables to the mix.

    Something in the news today about a “sun tax” on domestic solar inputs to the grid in QLD to reflect the cost of upgrades. No longer a money spinner, it would seem.


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  125. As usual, Labor has to clean up the mess created by LNP abandonment.

    Wrong.
    The Coalition makes the Corporations play the game,
    Labor says:

    Hey, if you wanna make Billion$$ paper shuffling, it’s fine with us.
    We’ll spend the next ten years blaming it on the Liberal Party anyway.



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  126. feelthebern says:
    June 15, 2022 at 4:27 pm

    whereas the course of events that have led us to Cuba stretch way back, 15+ years.

    It goes back to 1998 when the whole system was put together.

    Wouldn’t argue. In fact I could take it back to 1995 and privatisation for peanuts.

    My comment went back to 2007/08, the rejection of additional HELE stations to Kogan Creek, and the start of the CCS fantasy by JW Howard and Kevin Fucking Rudd.

    The indecision rot started there.


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  127. Angus Taylor’s refusal to plan the transition from coal has led to AEMO flicking the NEM switch to Cuba mode.

    Yes, nuclear.

    His refusal to facilitate the renewables transition has forced the system operator to command the energy economy. Comrade Angus, well done.

    Because he didn’t choose communism, we have Communism.

    You chuckleheads.


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  128. Salvatore, Understaffed & Overworked Martyr to Govt Covid Stupidity says:
    June 15, 2022 at 4:53 pm

    you purport to own a motel

    I have never claimed that.
    Dumbass.

    It’s motel, Drills. There may be or may have been a liquor license but it’s a hinterland setup, so it’s basically a motel.

    In any event, picking up soiled sheets is hardly an alpha male task. I hope you wear gloves.

    Do you still own it as I want to be accurate with the tense?


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  129. Vicki:

    Are we THAT unprepared???? Holy cow!!!

    Yes.
    …and yes.
    The failure in delivery and planning of every aspect of our National and State governments is appalling.
    Realistically, what is needed – and I am deadly serious about this – a purge of the Brahmin Class in Australia, with first prizes of a firing squad (after a trial of course) along with lengthy prison sentences for the remainder.
    There is not one area of governance that has been efficiently executed over the last 40 years. The failures have been monumental and the successes invisible.
    The Nation is bankrupt and our industrial sector hollowed out by avaricious plutocrats who have amassed obscene levels of wealth and influence.
    The fish is rotting from the head down – it’s time to amputate the diseased organ.
    NADT – 🙂


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  130. m0nty finds a guardian opinion piece, picks out the lunatic bits and pastes here. He’s a fucking troll, no sane person could believe the shit he posts.

    Our energy sector is a bureaucratic shit show. Over regulated, over governed, handcuffed by international treaties, investor nightmare, stupid rules, price fixed, the list is fucking endless.

    Anyone who thinks its a free market is a chin dribbling fucking spastic.


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  131. Been thinking about getting a generator for home, can anyone tell me how many kva I need to run a house?

    here’s my test
    – my joint is all electric except for the hot water.
    – induction cooktop
    – electric oven
    – 20 kW(r) of heat-cool installed and about 1/2 of that runs at any given time
    – if the missus is home alone then every light, fan and split system is on with setpoints of 25°C
    – there’s 6kW of solar on the roof

    10 days ago I installed a check meter in the switchboard and linked it to the solar inverterer so that I could log generation and consumption data minute-by-minute
    Data gets stashed up the cloud so that I can inspect visually later as charts and make programmatic calculations on the data stream.

    so … mostly we are averaging about 2500W during the day with 4000W peaks
    depending on when when the missus gets up, there are solid peaks of around 8500W
    that’s her set-point change, the lights and the kettle and toaster.

    So my best guess at this point is that if we had a 8000VA genny we probably wouldnt need to change our habits much for it to cope with near everything.

    A 3500VA would handle lights and cooking or lights and heating but probs not handle both at the same time …

    any way I havent bothered logging the power factor because pretty much all your rotating motors are inverter driven and the their power factor will be very high. This means for the most part that Watts and VA are pretty near the same thing for most people.
    unless youre running you swimming pool pump or a fan for ducted heating, just allow say 10% to go from VA to W

    youse should be able to work out you own home pretty easily with some rules-of-thumb …

    your kettle is prolly 1200W(e) on its own (read the label).
    a cooktop or oven is about 4kW(e) but remember that would be maximum if all burners ON
    lights are bugger all if they’re LEDs, in either case use the rating in watts printed on the globe.

    for people with split systems.
    If you have a 8kW (r) split then for heating you can divide that by about 4 to get electrical power required for heating, divide by 3 for cooling.

    This is because of whats called Coefficient Of Performance (COP) … for a splitty on heating it will prolly have a COP of 4.0 ish. This means it takes 1kW of electrical power to move 4kW of heat form outside to inside your lounge room

    I’ll wager most others homes will come in at or around 8kVA for dont-care backup or, 3500VA for limp-along backup.

    (except for JC whose mansion prolly needs its own nuclear reactor)


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  132. Chris Bowen was in the media recently saying they would back AEMO to the hilt, something I reckon was instrumental in today’s move.

    Okay.

    Not sure that was ever said by an LNP minister.

    Not unless he was on drugs at the time.
    Next weeks headlines:

    Bowen:
    The Era of The Refrigerator is over



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  133. Why did they buy them in the first place, knowing that was the future?

    Yes, they were purchased at very reasonable prices in the 90s. NSW tried to sell theirs around 2005 and they could only get a couple of nickels as the threats were becoming quite real. There were no threats in the 90s and the idea miserable fucking morons like the greens and yourself would be trying to close them down every day wasn’t contemplated.


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  134. Nut case Australia could have a nuclear industry from cradle to grave. The only problem being sooks like you. Australia is full of them, we’re standing in it. Pathetic! Australia is so shit at doing processing coz every lazy turd wants everything without working for it. Fuck Labor, fuck the SFL. In the early 80′ I did some work for Power Nuclear Co. Japan. Then Labor got in, sook, sook we’re all gonna die. Nothing. If Labor weren’t so shit they’d have nothing. I’ve had enough.


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  135. As usual, Labor has to clean up the mess created by LNP abandonment.

    Hard to feel sorry for a burglar finding the house is already trashed.


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  136. Yes, they were purchased at very reasonable prices in the 90s. NSW tried to sell theirs around 2005 and they could only get a couple of nickels as the threats were becoming quite real. There were no threats in the 90s and the idea miserable fucking morons like the greens and yourself would be trying to close them down every day wasn’t contemplated.

    So you’re saying it’s Jeff Kennett’s fault. Fair enough.


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  137. Why did they buy them in the first place, knowing that was the future?

    I ask myself that Monty every time I see a windmill or a solar panel.
    Totally unnecessary & ridiculously costly to the grid and customers.
    And then there’s the massive carnage on wildlife and forests.


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  138. PS.
    if you have electric hot water systems, read the label in Watts and then add all of it to your power demand. that load will be on full for quite a while after somebody takes a bath.

    before my Nanna died she used to tell me about the depression years and how the used have what they called Susso-Showers.
    When you were hard of luck you’d get to stand in a bucket of warm soapy water.
    Do just your under-arms and crutch and that was it.

    Susso-Showers … get used to em

    and enjoy yr bugs


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  139. You know who really buggered up a first-world energy market? The Republicans in Texas. What a shyte show that was last northern winter

    At least we’ve got an AEMO to bring some semblance of order to a SNAFU.


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  140. Question: Does anyone know just how many “Institutes” there are in Australia, or even where one might find out?

    I seem to hear and read a lot things where obscure name Institutes are constantly supplying commentary or representatives, particularly to mobs like the ABC. They don’t sound like research institutes as you might find affiliated with an educational facility.

    Is it just me or do some of these sound like one person bands (!) who pony up an Institute name for some kind of associated credibility and indirect obfuscation?

    What’s the criteria?
    Is there any criteria?
    Can we all call ourselves representatives of Institutes?

    I know the more famous and respectable one is the Sydney Institute, been around for donkey’s years, Gerard Henderson, and long may he reign. (I would hate to be the subject of his literary attention)

    It seems to be the habit now, if you want your source or guests to be more impressive than Joe Bloe, consultant, you have Joe Bloe from the Far Kurnell Institute, expounding gems of wisdom.


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  141. I know, I posted this a few times before.

    We’re in the top three or four gas exporters and the top coal exporter in the world. We could be short of energy causing blackouts.

    It’s hysterically funny actually.


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  142. You know who really buggered up a first-world energy market? The Republicans in Texas. What a shyte show that was last northern winter

    No it’s not, you lying obese idiot. The biggest shit show or at least the big clown show is always California. Texas ended up fucking themselves because they placed a ceiling on short term pricing when sudden demand causes a spike.


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  143. The Nation is bankrupt and our industrial sector hollowed out by avaricious plutocrats who have amassed obscene levels of wealth and influence.

    Australian industry right now has zero barrel hammer forging machines, probably 15 WWII era Pratt and Whitney deep hole drills, probably around 20 button rifling machines, 10 cut rifling machines and maybe 5 sine bar cut rifling machines. There are probably about 5 people in Australia who have the know how and machinery to grind the tooling for these machines.

    Some time ago ADI contacted a mate trying to track down deep hole drills that they had sold off a decade prior. Their barrel hammer forging machine had chucked a wobbly and they had gone through their auction records to try and track down their old machinery.

    Australia has less domestic firearm manufacturing capacity than Hawaii.


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  144. At least we’ve got an AEMO to bring some semblance of order to a SNAFU.

    my gawd you’re a fool

    they have their version of the same … they just reached the logical destination before we did.

    only a fool* would believe that we aren’t in the same boat going the same place

    * or j’ism grad who failed all econ, science, and eng


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  145. Ok
    I’ve checked with the dealer and in an emergency the generator I’m getting can run on Woodstock, apparently no adjustments necessary.


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  146. except for JC whose mansion prolly needs its own nuclear reactor

    From memory he’s running one of those Lockheed Martin Compact Reactors. Why he’s not worried about buying a Tesla.


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  147. When you were hard of luck you’d get to stand in a bucket of warm soapy water.
    Do just your under-arms and crutch and that was it.

    Top and tailing.

    Did that when the river cruise ship’s water system went buggarup back in 2007 just outside Nuremberg. Complimentary water from the fridge is cold! 🙂

    Others just grumbled and went stinky. It helps to have lived in the third world without instant water and the electricity to pump it through the taps.


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  148. I think the biggest problem with the Texas blackout was gas lines freezing up (because of global warming) and many gas generators having to go offline at a critical time.
    No wind or solar because they were already frozen (because of global warming) and useless, grid dropped to 59.4hrtz and nearly everything had to be dropped very quickly to avoid total blackout.


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  149. I’ve checked with the dealer and in an emergency the generator I’m getting can run on Woodstock, apparently no adjustments necessary.

    Starting to think that Dover needs to put up some “Surviving The Australian Clusterfuck” threads. One on Generators would be a starter. I’ll volunteer to help out with the “Using your neighbours KIA to build a machine shop from scratch.” thread.


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  150. Someone left this at Scott “Fartquar” twitter page. One the Bobbsey co-founders of Atlassian.

    @scottfarkas
    Hi Scott. Is there any chance explaining what your software does that cannot be easily replicated on MS and therefore why is your shitty stock worth more than zero? Thanks



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  151. MatrixTransformsays:
    June 15, 2022 at 5:06 pm
    Been thinking about getting a generator for home, can anyone tell me how many kva I need to run a house?

    here’s my test

    Gas or diesel generator?


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  152. You know who really buggered up a first-world energy market? The Republicans in Texas.

    A fucking troll and arse clown of the highest order.

    Was in the gym earlier (google it m0nty), one of the TV’s had their ABC on. The glee on the decrepit old bints face as she reels off socialist triumphs; Stock market crashes, Inflation to hit 7%, blackouts over east, food shortages, energy market collapse, shut down coal mines, Ukraine war is great, none of this is Bidens fault……. a lefty wankfest


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  153. Former Liberal MP Tim Wilson said he was in the “foetal position crying” the morning after the May 21 poll.

    Doing it is bad enough. Admitting it in public is something else.

    Now he reckons he’ll be a “constructive voice” on climate. Whatever that means.


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  154. Which brings me to a rear view of a charming Tesla exiting the shops this afternoon.

    How soon will it be that, while everyday Aussies are struggling for power for cooking, heating and lighting, the owners of “free” electrickery let them eat cake EVs are targeted for a little percussive therapy?

    And they can’t be parked inside…because explodey batteries.

    When reality hits Magic Dust.


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  155. Gas or diesel generator?

    dunno

    I’m not convinced that we will even have gas if we hit 100% buggarup
    but could work on bottles I suppose

    diesel goes off and as rick pointed out, the fuel is variable in quality

    petrol goes off too

    dunno

    think I’ll go petrol cos its cheap, quiet and ubiquitous


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  156. I’m not convinced that we will even have gas if we hit 100% buggarup
    but could work on bottles I suppose

    I’m on bottles now. I’m going to ramp up the panels plus a battery plus a generator. The neighbours have inground gas reservoirs so I’ll look at that.

    This is fucked. Heads need to roll. Still cannon-brookes is coming to the rescue:

    Tech billionaire Mike Cannon-Brookes says Australia has itself to blame for the current energy crisis.

    “At some point we have to admit we have made this problem ourselves,” he told a business summit on Wednesday.

    “We got into this with 10-plus years of inaction.”

    He said the cause is simple – not enough renewable energy in the grid, broken generators, and coal and gas are very expensive .


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  157. It’s motel. There may be or may have been a liquor license but it’s a hinterland setup, so it’s basically a motel.

    Does it hurt when you step on rakes this hard?


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  158. Matrix: Re induction stovetops. Are they are electricity hungry as I’m led to believe they are?


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  159. Remember, as the lights go out in Viccostan, that whirring noise you hear is John Monash doing 3600 subterranean rpm.

    We need his type again. Sadly it took a world war to fashion him.


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  160. Susso is short for Sustenance …

    Correct

    ie the dole

    Incorrect.
    Susso was a voucher for various items to be redeemed at the local store.
    Issued fortnitely at a Police Station, the recipient couldn’t claim it twice in the same town.


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  161. m0ntysays:
    June 15, 2022 at 5:13 pm
    Yes, they were purchased at very reasonable prices in the 90s. NSW tried to sell theirs around 2005 and they could only get a couple of nickels as the threats were becoming quite real. There were no threats in the 90s and the idea miserable fucking morons like the greens and yourself would be trying to close them down every day wasn’t contemplated.

    So you’re saying it’s Jeff Kennett’s fault. Fair enough.

    You narrow minded parochial nitwit, what did Jeff Kennett have to do with the Liars government in NSW?


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  162. monty-fa

    At least we’ve got an AEMO to bring some semblance of order to a SNAFU.

    ROFLMAO. A bunch of lawyers and yartz graduates, who couldn’t even spell “electrical engineering”, much less understand it.

    The only thing worse would be a graduate in j’isming. Oh wait, that’s who is praising them!


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  163. I’m going to ramp up the panels plus a battery plus a generator.

    Vicco are offering rebates on batteries
    however, there’s an income threshold on getting the rebate
    also if you already got a rebate for something else, I think yr disqualified.

    I checked out batteries too
    real cost is about $2 per Wh

    the reality with batteries is that you need the sun shining for extended periods to produce enough energy to fill the buggers so that means realistically theyre only good from say november to march.

    still, if you’re living off you own stored electro-watts then you aren’t paying retail prices for at least part of half the year.

    my aim is to take the data I gather and try to make a case for risking an expensive bomb being attached to the wall outside my house.

    gut feeling at this point says touch and go as to whether or not it stacks up.

    depends on how much future energy costs
    and whether or not sinking $15k now will be worth it later


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  164. they have their version of the same … they just reached the logical destination before we did.

    only a fool* would believe that we aren’t in the same boat going the same place

    That is kind of my point, Matrix.

    Texas and Australia, both ruled for too long by complacent and corrupt conservative politicians who flogged off public assets to their corporate maaaates and do nothing to prevent blatant blackmail by rentseekers defending their bloated profit margins. Capitalism!

    At least in Australia we get a Labor government to clean things up occasionally. No such luck in Texas in recent decades.


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  165. We’re in the top three or four gas exporters and the top coal exporter in the world. We could be short of energy causing blackouts.

    It’s hysterically funny actually.

    It’s the equivalent of a policy induced sand shortage in the Sahara desert.


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  166. That is kind of my point, Matrix.

    Texas and Australia, both ruled for too long by complacent and corrupt conservative politicians who flogged off public assets to their corporate maaaates and do nothing to prevent blatant blackmail by rentseekers defending their bloated profit margins. Capitalism!

    At least in Australia we get a Labor government to clean things up occasionally. No such luck in Texas in recent decades.

    Note that monty-fa completely ignores the (far worse, extending also to water supply) California (DemonRat) clusterfuck. No bias, no agenda.


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  167. Can anyone tell me if I can get a gas log heater with fan and electrical ignition to work without electricity and without snuffing people or blowing up house? Genuine question.


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  168. induction stovetops. Are they are electricity hungry as I’m led to believe they are?

    yeah but, nah

    if your cook-ware is induction happy (ie used cast-iron you mongs) then nearly all the energy goes straight into the pan.

    you dont have to wait for the element and stuff to get hot and of course, after cooking it doesnt stay hot and then give that energy up to the atmosphere.

    so yeah, power-wise it’s high current but time-wise it’s much faster and targeted.

    I love it … nearly as good as gas

    missus hates it


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  169. Usually when demand goes up for something, further production is encouraged and prices come down.

    In the case of energy, demand has gone up and production has gone down.

    Blind freddy (including Slomo and Elbow) could have seen this coming and you have to ask if deliberate.


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  170. “Turn stuff off to avoid blackouts”

    I hear this and think, “I better warm everything up so that I’m cosy when the blackout hits.”


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  171. So you’re saying it’s Jeff Kennett’s fault. Fair enough.

    Kennett is a genius. He raised billions on assets that today are worthless. My old boss did a consulting job for Telstra that recommended privatising the Yellow Pages around the same time. You couldn’t give it away now.


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  172. Texas and Australia, both ruled for too long by complacent and corrupt conservative politicians who flogged off public assets to their corporate maaaates and do nothing to prevent blatant blackmail by rentseekers defending their bloated profit margins. Capitalism!

    j’ismist is begging the question again


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  173. We’re a country governed by clowns.

    We are a country governed by traitors.

    The decisions they arrive at make more sense when you think of it that way.


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  174. Can anyone tell me if I can get a gas log heater with fan and electrical ignition to work without electricity and without snuffing people or blowing up house? Genuine question

    yes … but would be much better with a fan


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  175. Rowan Dean standing in for Credlin gave a good serve to the green/teal/kean mob over electricity.

    Didn’t miss governments of all persuasions either for their failures and bowing to the green mantra over 20 years.


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  176. At least in Australia we get a Labor government to clean things up occasionally.

    Fat boy shitting out his mouth. The thing is this crap is de rigour amongst the greenie cult. Rowan Dean very good tonight, taking the place of Credlin, in describing the cultish nature of alarmism which has no science but merely gospel like failed predictions, there will be no more snow, virtue signalling egos and ideological agendas.

    This shit is going to get worse, much worse, with useful idiots like fat boy and scrunchie kunts like cannon-brookes on the prowl.


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  177. Fark me the socialists are out in force today!

    Calling for the nationalisation of power via reneweballs*. Apparently, this crisis is evidence “that capitalism has failed**.”

    *Such a move would still take us beyond 2050.
    **Capitalism in the energy market is where government makes the cheapest and most widely available fuels the hardest to get exploration, drilling, digging, mining, selling licenses for while ensuring that consumers are tarriffed at every electric socket for killing the planet while putting taxpayers’ dollars into new “solutions” that just don’t work.


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  178. Salvatore, Understaffed & Overworked Martyr to Govt Covid Stupidity says:
    June 15, 2022 at 4:53 pm

    you purport to own a motel

    I have never claimed that.

    Sorry, but your previous posts gave every indication that you did.


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  179. m0ntysays:
    June 15, 2022 at 5:13 pm
    Yes, they were purchased at very reasonable prices in the 90s. NSW tried to sell theirs around 2005 and they could only get a couple of nickels as the threats were becoming quite real. There were no threats in the 90s and the idea miserable fucking morons like the greens and yourself would be trying to close them down every day wasn’t contemplated.

    So you’re saying it’s Jeff Kennett’s fault. Fair enough.

    Poor old illiterate zero comprehension m0nty beclowns himself again.
    It’s been explained with crystal clarity that the privatised system worked extremely well for a number of years till the green leftists succeeded in introducing “renewables” and the regulatory regime necessary for the renewable spivs to rake it in, and only after that did we start to get the macro-fuckups we’re seeing now.
    But poor old shiteating m0nty is just too stupid to understand.


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  180. For the last fifteen years, I’ve been researching a wide range of subjects. Full-time for the last seven years. I’ve traveled the world to interview intellectuals for my podcast, but most of my research has been in private. After careful examination, I have come to the conclusion that we’ve been living in a dark age since at least the early 20th century.

    Our present dark age encompasses all domains, from philosophy to political theory, to biology, statistics, psychology, medicine, physics, and even the sacred domain of mathematics. Low-quality ideas have become common knowledge, situated within fuzzy paradigms. Innumerable ideas which are assumed to be rigorous are often embarrassingly wrong and utilize concepts that an intelligent teenager could recognize as dubious. For example, the Copenhagen interpretation in physics is not only wrong, it’s aggressively irrational—enough to damn its supporters throughout the 20th century.

    Whether it’s the Copenhagen interpretation, Cantor’s diagonal argument, or modern medical practices, the story looks the same: shockingly bad ideas become orthodoxy, and once established, the social and psychological costs of questioning the orthodoxy are sufficiently high to dissuade most people from re-examination.

    This article is the first of an indefinite series that will examine the breadth and depth of our present dark age. For years, I have been planning on writing a book on this topic, but the more I study, the more examples I find. The scandals have become a never-ending list. So, rather than indefinitely accumulate more information, I’ve decided to start writing now.


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  181. useful idiots like fat boy and scrunchie kunts like cannon-brookes on the prowl

    I love the way Cohenite uses technical jargon in a way that makes the message accessible to the layman


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  182. Unlike Monty and his fellow adolescent socialist shills, when I apportion blame for this current energy fiasco, I don’t just reserve my scorn for the left. I also blame the weak, spineless, cretinous Liberals and Nationals who’ve governed us federally for the last nine years and here in New South Wales, have governed us since 2011. For decades, the right in this country, Liberals and Nationals, did nothing to curb this lunacy, instead they have either fed the lunacy or worse, they’ve fled from confronting the lunacy.

    I’ll just quote Chris Kenny from tonight’s Kenny Report…..

    “The reason we have an energy crisis is because we’ve had deliberate policies, both state and federal, both Labor and Liberal , aimed at driving out of the energy market the energy supplies that are dispatchable, that is coal and gas generators that provide energy when we need it and we have replaced reliable energy this with unreliable intermittent power that’s there sometimes and not there at other times and more than often is not there when we most need it.”

    I think that sums it up very well.

    Quite frankly, the whole thing is a disgrace, fueled by ideological nonsense, progressive cultish hysteria about saving the “planet” and lies, lies and more lies.


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  183. Texas and Australia, both ruled for too long by complacent and corrupt conservative politicians who flogged off public assets to their corporate maaaates and do nothing to prevent blatant blackmail by rentseekers defending their bloated profit margins. Capitalism!

    At least in Australia we get a Labor government to clean things up occasionally.

    Which State Governments (one of which you reside in, Fat Man) detonated their last coal-fired power stations in recent years?

    And why is it we did not see a renationalisation of critical baseline generation capacity under Kevni and Julia? I seem to recall a lot of Albospeak about GoLd-PlAtEd transmission and distribution capacity under their 2 terms of power, but the instigation and acceleration of the policies that have led us to today.


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  184. That is kind of my point, Matrix.

    Texas and Australia, both ruled for too long by complacent and corrupt conservative politicians who flogged off public assets to their corporate maaaates and do nothing to prevent blatant blackmail by rentseekers defending their bloated profit margins. Capitalism!

    At least in Australia we get a Labor government to clean things up occasionally. No such luck in Texas in recent decades.

    Fatboy, the policy difference between Libs and the Liars was that the Liars thought carbon free 2050 was too slow, you fat useless donut eating idiot. In other words they would have caused this mess too.
    Leave Texas out of this discussion.
    Get back in the basement right now.


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  185. And to prove we live in a manipulated world (so you can’t {entirely} blame morons like Fat Man Fat “Boy” Head) do the following:

    -Do a google image search for Tony Abbott: Result: Lots of scowns, onions and budgies;
    -Do a google image search for Kamala: Lots of smiles, rainbows and unicorns.

    My latest search “irregularity:”

    -Do a google word search for: what’s can’t renewable energy do

    The top responses from google:

    Advantages of Renewable Energy

    Fuck me.


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  186. Gabor says: June 15, 2022 at 6:18 pm

    you purport to own a motel

    I have never claimed that.

    Sorry, but your previous posts gave every indication that you did.

    Sorry. You misread & made assumptions. Incorrect assumptions.

    Sorry.


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  187. Money deposited in the bank is evaporating, China’s financial crisis is approaching…

    China Insights

    A growing number of Chinese people now feel that it is getting harder to get cash out of their banks.
    The Chinese possess the spirit of not fearing hardship and enduring it. But the current situation is breaking their bottom line. That is, their money in the bank is gone, and it’s not a small amount.
    The Chinese banks have taken these measures without informing the public in advance. Many people in China, even if they are slow to notice, are already aware that a debt crisis and a financial crisis is coming.


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