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

  1. I keep on hearing how this power crisis is self-inflicted. I’m sorry but I bear no responsibility for this, nor do the majority of Australians. It isn’t “self-inflicted”, rather it’s been imposed on us by self-serving cultish elite scum, a timid, weak-kneed parasitic political class, particularly those utterly coward and craven politicians on the right who, in almost two decades, have never bothered manning up to confront the lie that is the climate change scam.

    The more I think about the demise of the Morrison government, the more I laugh, in fact I can’t stop laughing. Just think, last November Morrison and the Coalition threw away their sole piece of political ammunition to fight the left with and which might have won them another term, opposing the disaster that is net zero emissions ideology. A reckless and disastrous decision pushed by the likes of Trenty Zimmerboy, Karma Sharma, Katie (I love Barack Obama) Allen, Fiona (call the police) Martin, Jason Foolinsky and other supposed Liberals…..and then they all lost their seats! It’s akin to a Grimm Fairy Tale. When you dance with the devil, the devil will come a knocking for his dues. Somebody, someday should write a ballad called “The Liberals who got Tealed”. The US has its “Big Steal”, we’ve our “Big Teal”.

    In the meantime, people are shivering in their homes and told to ration electricity but, like a circus during Roman times, a celebration of light from electricity called Vivid still goes on here in Sydney. You couldn’t make this up. Dark days, dark times, literally and figuratively.


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  2. KD.
    This “flickbaiting” and “squidgering”.
    Will I need a boat?
    Because I got one.
    16 footer.
    Bought it cheap.
    One careful owner.


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  3. The more I think about the demise of the Morrison government, the more I laugh

    A Bernardi Government would have been more effective.


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  4. Knuckle Draggersays:
    June 17, 2022 at 6:54 am
    Mention was made yesterday of a ‘mansion’ in North Melbourne. Hugely entertaining.

    It was an extremely bitter pill to swallow, to admit to living in North Melbourne.
    But, in the greater interests of getting the flickbaiting game started, it had to be done.


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  5. Rex Anger says:
    June 17, 2022 at 7:48 am

    Your mind is closed, and your knowledge of the history of the area in question is next to nil.
    Can’t be bothered.

    (I was tempted to say “stick to trains” but that would have been childish)


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  6. SARS-CoV-2 T-cell infection and HIV similarity – COVID-19 vaccines update 46

    A new discovery that the SARS-CoV-2 virus can infect T-cells via LFA-1 protein which is also how HIV can infect T-cells. We also discuss the fact that the spike protein has been known to contain fragments also found in HIV proteins. However, it is not the spike protein that interacts with LFA-1 on the T-cells to allow infection and we discuss the alternative mechanisms of how SARS-CoV-2 infects T-cells, appearing to mimic what HIV viruses do.


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  7. I remember the salad days when Mater would confuse Liability Bob by posting various message of support to him from ‘foreign countries’.

    Dunderheads gotta dunderhead.


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  8. Dot says:
    June 17, 2022 at 8:12 am

    What reading would you recommend Gabor?

    All you can access and have time for, do not restrict yourself to one source, that’s all.
    If you only read what suits your preconceived dogma, you get what you ask for.

    Trite advice I admit but true nonetheless.


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  9. Knuckle Draggersays:

    June 17, 2022 at 8:09 am

    I remember the salad days when Mater would confuse Liability Bob by posting various message of support to him from ‘foreign countries

    Beat me to it.
    Spud was claiming a “worldwide audience” when it was one chap in the Central Highlands playing with his head.
    Funny as.
    I just wish Mater had played on and set up a few fake pen-pal relationships with Spud.
    No Nigerian princes, just some good old fashioned piss-taking.


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  10. What reading would you recommend Gabor?

    These days after a crazy day or week I’m escaping into reading, re-reading, some Sherlock Holmes.


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  11. If you only read what suits your preconceived dogma, you get what you ask for.

    I.E. If you’re reading anything other than RT, Izhvestia or Sputnik, you’re not a serious scholar of Ukraine-Russian relations.

    And you aren’t allowed to make allowances for any change in Ukraine’s internal political dynamics or the strategic situation since April 2014 (or that of Imperialist Western Spy America, for that matter), because that kind of ruins the whole ambit…


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  12. These days after a crazy day or week I’m escaping into reading, re-reading, some Sherlock Holmes

    My favourite is “Sherlock Holmes and the Strange Case of the Shifting IP Addresses.”
    Top read.


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  13. This “flickbaiting” and “squidgering”.
    Will I need a boat?

    Young and naïve.
    An obvious candidate for a Monkeypox jab from a Jolly Jack Tar.


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  14. Old and busted: Vaccine Passports
    New hotness: Household Electricity Consumption linked to your MyGov / ServicesNSW/VIC App account.

    Want to fly overseas – sorry, your power usage has exceeded 1kWh/person/day
    Power usage too high, OK you must now work from home to pay off the debt in petrol MJ equivalent.
    Working from home? – no you can’t have the lights or heating on.
    Violating the Keeping You Safe from Carbon laws? – your employer must dismiss you for OHS safety violations.

    Infrastructure is there. The model is there. All your fellow citizens will applaud as you are led to the electric chair for endangering their future health from carbon poisoning.

    Remember, if your death saves just one koala, it will be worth it.


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  15. Drawcard news.

    Report: DNC Reschedules Fundraiser with Kamala Harris for Lack of Ticket Sales (14 Jun, via Surber)

    The Democrat National Committee (DNC) reportedly had to reschedule its Woman’s Leadership Forum fundraiser on May 25 and 26 with Vice President Kamala Harris for lack of ticket sales.

    “The event was rescheduled last minute for the autumn, when the event is traditionally held, after the event couldn’t sell enough tickets,” Status Coup News reported. “When the invites were sent out on May 5, it was hyped as an incredible opportunity to mingle in person after two years of virtual events and meetings.”

    Ticket prices range from $250 to $50,000, according to the report.

    DNC spokesperson Daniel Wessel is on record claiming Kamala Harris is a huge draw for events but did not give a reason why the event was rescheduled.

    Given how Joe is going she may get to be President soon. I can think of lots of jokes about that, but all are rude.


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  16. Rex Anger says:
    June 17, 2022 at 8:22 am

    Rex, my family, comes from and still has relatives in that forsaken bloody place, allow me to have a better perspective.
    As I said before that’s it, can’t be bothered.


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  17. It isn’t “self-inflicted”, rather it’s been imposed on us by self-serving cultish elite scum, a timid, weak-kneed parasitic political class, particularly those utterly coward and craven politicians on the right who, in almost two decades, have never bothered manning up to confront the lie that is the climate change scam.

    Agree Cassie and, as I remarked yesterday, there has been no thumping landslide win in any ferral election since 2013 when there seemed to be some promise of push
    back against this stalinist economy wrecking.
    Yes November was the final nail in the coffin of that wishy washy excuse of a government- I remember the special wrap around of the local murdoch rag to ‘celebrate’.


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  18. Coal companies will be directed to provide power generators with fuel at below market costs in New South Wales – under emergency regulations to alleviate the escalating energy crisis.

    Probably not at “below market costs”. Might be below market price – although that is debatable, unless the NSW coal-fired generators are buying coal like wood ducks, on the spot, or under an export parity price contract.

    The odour of bullshit is strong.


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  19. Blame the previous government!

    Yep, Calli. That takes care of the first year — because Elbow isn’t a leader’s bottom and was gifted his job by rich doctor’s wives in suburbs where house prices start at $2 million.

    The real action will be in watching the mad stuff Elbow’s left faction and the Filth force through.

    For example, Australia will be declared an open borders free-for-all before the end of the year.


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  20. Rex, my family, comes from and still has relatives in that forsaken bloody place, allow me to have a better perspective.

    By all means. But a foreign power invading someone else’s territory in response to it expelling a vassal leader, regardless of who you say was or is Nazis and who was or is not, and telling me my reading and understanding of the history and events does not count cos you allegedly have blood involved is going to leave my rolling my eyes.

    And you still haven’t addressed the fact that Ukraine’s political direction has somewhat changed since 2014. Unless said family falls on the eastern side of Russia’s 2014 claim line. Then I understand your perspective perfectly.

    As I said before that’s it, can’t be bothered.

    And yet you did…


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  21. Old Lefty says:
    June 16, 2022 at 8:05 pm

    Here is the Australian Bolshevik Collective having a gloat at the political demise of Senator Abetz, almost the only parliamentarian who was prepared to stand up to it:

    https://youtu.be/GX7A2ponMjc

    Tasmania has elected a new crossbench member to the Senate, with Tammy Tyrell of the Jacqui Lambie Network to join the upper house, at the expense of Liberal stalwart Eric Abetz.

    “You have no idea how surreal this feels,” Tyrrell tweeted soon after the result was announced.


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  22. Dark Emu overshadows the truth Editorial

    12:00AM June 17, 2022
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    Dark Emu is the speculative book by the genial Bruce Pascoe, which has had extraordinary popular success. Dark Emu has been promoted as the secret history revealing the unguessed sophistication of Indigenous farmers long before James Cook fiddled with a sextant.

    The book has been debunked by critics; they say the evidence doesn’t support the story it tells. Readers may recall Nyunggai Warren Mundine’s review last year of a new book, Farmers or Hunter-Gatherers? The Dark Emu Debate, by anthropologist Peter Sutton and archaeologist Keryn Walshe. In Friday’s newspaper we report that the Sutton-Walshe work has been added to an optional resource list for Victorian history teachers to use in the classroom as a counterweight to Dark Emu, also on the list. It would have been better for Dark Emu not to find its way into the classroom, where it could mislead both teachers and students. But at least a solid critique is also on offer. It is to be hoped that teachers encourage their students to read it.

    There is nothing wrong with imaginative flights of fancy in book form. Critics can chase down footnotes, poke holes in reasoning and hold up inconvenient evidence that has been ignored. All this has been done with Dark Emu. For the reading public to refuse to give up the illusion of an Indigenous squattocracy is one thing; for institutions to give this narrative their imprimatur is quite another.

    Pascoe has been given the title enterprise professor in Indigenous agriculture by the University of Melbourne. His book took out the 2016 Indigenous Writers’ Prize in the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards. Young Dark Emu (for the kids) was gonged by the Children’s Book Council of Australia.

    Careful scrutiny of Pascoe’s thesis has had little effect because it reaches an audience galvanised by identity politics. For them, Dark Emu tells a story that empowers Indigenous people, that celebrates their mastery. Unfortunately, it’s a backhanded compliment because it suggests Indigenous people weren’t good enough as hunter-gatherers, that to be valued they had to be moved up the civilisational hierarchy to farmer status.

    This kind of thinking sets Australian history back many decades. The clue is in the title of Geoffrey Blainey’s 1976 book, Triumph of the Nomads. His contribution was to popularise a new wave of academic work seeking to understand, in its own terms, the achievement of hunter-gatherer Indigenous people in a harsh land. Dark Emu casts a shadow over that truth.



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  23. Poor fella my country.

    Labor Prime Minister summed up in 8 Min 01 Secs by Chris kenny

    Albanese has ‘signed his political death warrant’

    Sky News Australia 2.54M subscribers

    Prime Minister Anthony Albanese signing a deal to prioritise “climate gestures” amid an energy crisis could be “signing his own political death warrant,” says Sky News host Chris Kenny.

    Mr Albanese and Climate Change Minister Chris Bowen signed a letter to the United Nations promising to deliver cuts to Australia’s emissions by at least 43 per cent by 2030.

    “So that’s it, rather than ensure you have enough electricity, no greenouts, and that your electricity is affordable,” Mr Kenny said.

    “Albanese and Bowen, in the middle of an energy crisis, have bowed to the UN and promised to cut our emissions by even more.

    “The political timing is unthinkable.”


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  24. Their ABC casts around and spots the low hanging fruit: price control…

    Family owned vegetable store calls for big supermarkets to cap prices of fresh produce

    “I was paying $7 an iceberg lettuce and that’s what I was selling it for,” she [independent greengrocer, Ms Lunn] said.

    Ms Lunn said if supermarkets were not willing to make similar sacrifices on their profit margins for fresh produce, the federal government should intervene, similar to how energy prices were capped this month.

    “I think there could be some sort of capping, especially at times like this,” she said.

    Obviously sympathetic to a retail business trying to navigate Shit Creek.

    However, it’s worrying that government intervention is becoming the new hotness. They don’t need any encouragement – particularly not from the 100% price-insulated ABC.


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  25. Old Ozzie:

    “Albanese and Bowen, in the middle of an energy crisis, have bowed to the UN and promised to cut our emissions by even more.

    The Brahmin Class live within a mirrored bubble where all this makes sense – unfortunately, when the bubble bursts, reality takes over.
    HoP time.


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  26. The Stupidity of Teals/Greens in Australia

    Chris Bowen isn’t having any of Uhlmann’s ‘wind doesn’t always blow’ rhetoric.

    “the rain doesn’t always fall either, but we manage to store the water – we can store the renewable energy if we have the investment”

    (((hippocrates shrugged)))
    @Goldy1970
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    I enjoy seeing Chris Uhlman spoken to like this
    SwissMama ?? ??
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    Me too ?
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    Bloody good analogy. I’m keeping that.


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  27. “The political timing is unthinkable.”

    And entirely unsurprising, given the foul staggeringly stupid utterly incompetent tin eared knobheads concerned.

    We may as well resign ourselves to the fact that we will never have access to affordable reliable electrickery in this country again. Every summer and winter we’ll be subjected to the same offensive idiotic screeching about rationing our power use (if the grid hasn’t completely collapsed) in a reality more suited to the third world – actually, I take that back – there are third world countries that have more reliable power grids than we do.

    I’ve not written anything on this week’s developments due to being simply too angry and depressed to do so.

    Is there nothing our braindead politico/bureaucrat/meeja class can’t completely stuff up?

    Execution worthy imbeciles, the lot of them.


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  28. Turtle Head’s “ we store the rain that falls” will join Flim Flammery in the halls of idiocy. I don’t think the laws of physics would have bothered The Great Man either.


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  29. “I was paying $7 an iceberg lettuce and that’s what I was selling it for,” she [independent greengrocer, Ms Lunn] said.

    Wonderful gesture! .. but you ain’t gonna be open long using this as a business model .. LOL!


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  30. Rat face bowen – formerly the minister for illegal immigration, now the minister for no energy.

    That we’re now cursed with these monumental f*ckwits for at least the next three years is entirely the fault of the gliberal party.

    Grate work, you inveterate onanists.


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  31. Price controls, threatened brown outs, market interventions. All happening a bit quicker than I thought it would.

    only 7.5 years to utopia year zero


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  32. What is it with lunatics and paper product shortages?

    Apparently there’s panic buying of facial tissues now. Aldi was swept bare and I wondered why.


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  33. Is there nothing our braindead politico/bureaucrat/meeja class can’t completely stuff up?

    One thing: they’re very, very good at making sure no dissident voices are ever heard in their cubbyhouse


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  34. “I was paying $7 an iceberg lettuce and that’s what I was selling it for,” she [independent greengrocer, Ms Lunn] said.

    Mz Lunn will soon be independent of owning a business.

    If there’s no margin…don’t stock it! Replace the shelf with something you can make money on.

    This isn’t rocket surgery.


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  35. Former Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage joined ‘Fox & Friends First’ to discuss Novak Djokovic being banned from the U.S. Open over his vaccination status.


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  36. The attitude of the “turtle” to criticism of his energy policies makes you wonder why AnAl gave such a ministry to someone so unsuitable ..
    “turtle” is the Federal member for McMAHON one of the lowest income per head electorates in Oz due to high unemployment and “rorters” pension recipients ..
    elected in the, usual, landslide for this rusted-on labor fiefdom yet instead of operating ( as in affordable energy pricing) for the vote-herd that granted him his over-the-top salaried job as their representative he prefers to toe-the-company-line and push them further into poverty by advocating policy that drives energy costs up .. FFS!


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  37. Also, Mz Lunn…stock some icebergs and add a hefty margin. Have plenty of alternatives nearby that you have a good margin on already. If someone really, really can’t live without iceberg…they will buy it.

    Otherwise, they will substitute with those “keenly” priced other lettuces and thank you for it!

    It’s called merchandising for fun and profit.


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  38. Apparently there’s panic buying of facial tissues now. Aldi was swept bare and I wondered why.

    Dr Faustus’ Home Hints: Soaked in iced water and crisped up in the freezer, shredded tissues make a good substitute for Iceberg lettuce.


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  39. Or…the subtext.

    I’ve bought a shedload of iceberg that I can’t make money on and have to refrigerate each evening. Now I have to sell at cost to clear the shelves.

    Help me government! Protect me from me!


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  40. Genuine question.
    A lot of these pro-life places that are getting vandalised or fire bombed, I’m seeing security cameras in the footage & I’m sure most of them would have more discreet ones you don’t see.

    Why aren’t they releasing the footage of the attacks?


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  41. Paying $7 a lettuce wholesale is a hell of a punt even if you are running the Cottesloe boatshed. Shades of $15/kg bananas. Remember them?


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  42. Dr Faustus’ Home Hints: Soaked in iced water and crisped up in the freezer, shredded tissues make a good substitute for Iceberg lettuce.

    I would not suggest using iceberg lettuce as tampons.


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  43. Courtesy of Westprint Maps.

    Friday Funnies

    Contemplations of a Senior.

    My tolerance for idiots is extremely low today. I used to have some immunity built up, but obviously there is a new strain out there.

    As I watch this generation try and rewrite our history, one thing I’m sure of, it will be misspelled and have no punctuation.

    Turns out that being a “Senior” is mostly just googling how to do stuff.

    Do you ever get up in the morning, look in the mirror and think “That can’t be accurate?”

    I want to be 14 again and ruin my life differently. I have some new ideas.

    Apparently, responding to a wedding invitation “Maybe next time,” isn’t an acceptable response.

    I felt uncomfortable driving into the cemetery, especially when the GPS blurted out “You have reached your final destination.”

    It’s hard to believe that I once had a phone attached to a wall, and when it rang, I picked it up without knowing who was calling, and I’m still alive.



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  44. You have mh (who’s decent enough) and the old sneerer, Raghead, talking to each other and that’s it.

    I drop off some memes and Geller and Jihad every now and then head prefect. I don’t post them here because you guys have enough to worry about.


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  45. Russian Oil Revenue Returns to Pre Sanction Levels in May
    June 16, 2022 | Sundance

    Western sanctions against Russia have been used primarily to obfuscate the cause of western inflation and keep the citizen pitchforks from reaching various government offices. So far, the strategy -assisted by western media- has been mostly successful.

    However, the International Energy Agency (IEA) is reporting that despite the western sanctions against Russia, the Russian energy sector is having no trouble finding customers for its oil sales. With global oil prices at their highest rates in years, in part driven by the energy policy of the same western leaders who triggered the sanctions, Russia is getting just as much economic benefit as it was before the sanctions regime was triggered.



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  46. Bowen filth’s utterances reveal his ignorance and contempt of science, engineering and the challenges of the real world. Why does our society nurture such people? Unis with their bludge courses have a lot to answer for.


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  47. News of a US Navy ship ‘swarmed’ by a ‘fleet of drones’ emerges

    “It’s emerged recently that a US Navy ship was approached by a swarm of drones,” he told Sky News host Chris Smith.

    “Now, China’s the global king in merchant marine … it’s also the king of drones – of drone making.

    “And so, when they’re looking at future technologies that might be deployed in times of war.

    “Then these are the things that we need to anticipate in the future.”


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  48. NFA

    I just saw your comment. Don’t blame me US stocks are going down. Blame the fucking idiot in the White House and the other Rats. I think it would be the first time ever a political party is doing cartwheels, ecstatic the market is falling and fossil fuel prices are spiralling out of control.


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  49. Northern Beaches Council

    Young people have “had their say”; here’s the issues they care about the most

    1. Mental Health

    2. Climate Change

    With the growing threat of climate change exemplified by the increase in severe bushfires and floods in recent times, young people are understandably worried about what the future holds.

    Students revealed large amounts of ecoanxiety within young people on the Northern Beaches as a result of the climate emergency.

    Jess, 17, said that “There is no denying that our generation faces, and will continue to face, more exposure to world events than any other generation has before.

    “Climate change is on our door. The effects are taking place now.”

    The same sentiment was shared between all schools discussing this issue; we want to help.

    Schools came up with a variety of creative initiatives to help fight climate change at their schools.
    Initiatives included second-hand fashion stalls at lunch time, upgrading bins to be enclosed, and the development of an app where students from schools across the state can submit their environmental plans for other schools to be inspired by and incorporate others into their own schools.

    According to the students however, the onus for climate action is still on the government.

    Northern Beaches Council has developed the Protect. Create. Live Northern Beaches Environment and Climate Change Strategy 2040, and have been working to make the community more sustainable, including moving all Council sites to 100% renewable energy as of January 2021.

    3. Teacher Shortages

    4. Educational Discrepancy between Rural and Metro Schools


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  50. I’m quite upset, which is unusual for me. Must be getting old and feeble. I have just learnt of an old family friend, 90 yrs old, has been defrauded of her Trust fund by her son. Her daughter who is a reformed junkie discovered this. No notice was taken of her because of being a junkie. Eventually the son was removed as trustee and another son made trustee. As it turned out, both of them were in cahoots. The new trustee built a new house. They had their Mother in the cheapest home as she has dementia and thought she wouldn’t notice. The home were malnourishing and physically abusing her. The daughter eventually got a court order, is now trustee. Her Mother is now in an upmarket facility. The daughter only works 17 hours a week giving advice on drug dependence and how to get off it. The rest if the time is spent with her Mother caring for her. The daughter had been a junkie for 30 years. How can people treat others like this, especially family?


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  51. None of America’s involvement anywhere in the world in the last 40 to 50 years was justifiable.

    I would say that whilst poorly executed, Korea and Vietnam were justified. Particularly now when you can readily read about the conflicts from the USSR’s perspective.

    SE Asia would look a lot more like Africa and South America today if it weren’t for Vietnam pretty much ending the USSR’s SE Asian ambitions.

    Also important today when it looks like SE Asia might be the one area with some surviving remnants of what was The West.


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  52. Bowen filth’s utterances reveal his ignorance and contempt of science, engineering and the challenges of the real world. Why does our society nurture such people? Unis with their bludge courses have a lot to answer for.

    “[Bowen] attended …the University of Sydney, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Economics in 1994. One of his tutors was the future Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis.” -Wikipedia

    It would appear that since graduating Bowen has never had a job in the real economy, treading instead the familiar Labor path from local councillor to federal member.


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  53. US stocks are going down. Blame the fucking idiot in the White House and the other Rats

    I just hope the arse doesn’t completely fall out of it before 1 July!


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  54. I’m old enough to remember when Biden said he’d turn the Saudis into a pariah state.
    I wonder how many retards actually believed this.


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  55. Anal is similar to turdle- just ten years ahead and a ‘job’ in Uren’s office instead of the council. Both side of the unipardy are similar (minus the union sinecures for the lieborals). At least Uren did experience real hardship and actually had a real job for a while iirc.


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  56. JCsays:

    June 17, 2022 at 10:09 am

    NFA

    I just saw your comment. Don’t blame me US stocks are going down. Blame the fucking idiot in the White House and the other Rats. 

    And Bird.
    With his multiple trading accounts.


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  57. Zippy that fleet of drones only need to have binary explosives which can be very small to wipe out the radar guidance systems and the ship is blind. They could be passively drawn to the guidance systems therefore not emitting a signal for countermeasures.


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  58. Anal is similar to turdle- just ten years ahead and a ‘job’ in Uren’s office instead of the council. Both side of the unipardy are similar (minus the union sinecures for the lieborals). At least Uren did experience real hardship and actually had a real job for a while iirc.

    Suggests both lack the smarts to stack the branches.


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  59. the rain doesn’t always fall either, but we manage to store the water – we can store the renewable energy if we have the investment

    This will age as well as “There will be no carbon tax under a government I lead”.


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  60. In June, Shanghai conducts citywide nucleic acid tests and 5 districts are once again under lockdown
    t’s mid-June and Shanghai hasn’t yet seen the expected full lifting of the lockdown and resumption of production and work. The outbreak is still spreading and it seems more likely that the lockdown might be reintroduced.
    Authorities in Shanghai acknowledge that the outbreak has spread in 13 of the city’s 16 administrative districts. Currently, people in 15 of Shanghai’s 16 districts are being asked to take the nuclei acid test and residents in 5 districts aren’t allowed to leave their homes.
    Many supermarkets in Shanghai were crowded with people, especially in the vegetable and meat sections, and there were scenes of frantic buying.” Don’t be afraid of stocking too much, but fear for not having enough” has become a guideline for stockpiling by some people.


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  61. “Kenny was suprisingly good last night.”

    I think Chris Kenny is consistently good on most issues. He falls down on the “voice” but nobody’s perfect. I’ll take Kenny any day over Blot.


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  62. I think Chris Kenny is consistently good on most issues. He falls down on the “voice” but nobody’s perfect. I’ll take Kenny any day over Blot.

    His columns in the Weekend Paywallian are usually on the money. Hindmarsh Island in Mainland Tasmania is one of the few victories along the way.


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  63. Following the stalled Iran nuclear talks, the IAEA reprimanded Iran for its failure to explain traces of uranium found at undeclared sites and Iran turning off 27 surveillance cameras from nuclear sites across the country. Satellite images have now shown Iran reportedly making preparations for a space rocket launch

    Where’s Jane Bond when we need her?


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  64. Latho nails it again…

    NSW Labor MPs voted 85 times for Matt Kean’s reckless plan to drive coal out of the electricity market.
    That’s how we got to this point.
    The coal plants are closing so companies don’t do maintenance on them. Their units break down.
    It’s obvious



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  65. I think Chris Kenny is consistently good on most issues. He falls down on the “voice” but nobody’s perfect. I’ll take Kenny any day over Blot.

    I generally don’t watch either but I was on YouTube last night when his piece appeared in the feed.


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  66. NSW Labor MPs voted 85 times for Matt Kean’s reckless plan to drive coal out of the electricity market.

    To what end?

    There are 350+ new coal generators being built in the world today.


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  67. GreyRanga, sadly these families exist, and you wonder why. I know of one where:

    – dad, a serious alcoholic, died young. Apparently an excellent maths teacher
    – the four kids and mum returned to Scotland from Oz
    – son 1 became a heroin addict and died from an overdose
    – son 2 became a heroin addict; got out of it, and is apparently now a worker in a drug clinic
    – daughter 3 became a light druggie and returned to Oz for a lifetime on the dole
    – son 4 became a heroin addict and died from an overdose
    – mum was in Oz for a long time on the left over family money doing nothing much; now back in Scotland

    What a shambles. And all through “poor choices” unless you are one of those who say society done them wrong.


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  68. They could be passively drawn to the guidance systems therefore not emitting a signal for countermeasures.

    This tech already exists for anti-radiation missiles used in SEAD/DEAD air taskings.

    Applying it to an anti-shipping missile or drone system would not be impossible, depending on its size and mission profile.


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  69. 43% emissions reduction by 2030?
    Easy-peasy when you consider all the jabbed will be dead in 10 to 40 months from now.

    I thought it was 9 to 39 months now?


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  70. Mutatis mutandis, the political relationship between Perrottet and Kean reminds me of Palaszczuk & Trad. But there’s no union heavies involved to tap Dom on the shoulder and say Kean has to go.


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  71. callisays:
    June 17, 2022 at 9:22 am
    What is it with lunatics and paper product shortages?

    Apparently there’s panic buying of facial tissues now. Aldi was swept bare and I wondered why.

    Same in our local Wu Lee’s on Wednesday.


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  72. Rex Angersays:

    June 17, 2022 at 11:04 am

    43% emissions reduction by 2030?
    Easy-peasy when you consider all the jabbed will be dead in 10 to 40 months from now.

    I thought it was 9 to 39 months now?

    I know.
    But I am a DeNIaliSt.


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  73. Where’s Jane Bond when we need her?

    Ease up, she was a Captain (& DSO) in the Queen’s Land Forces at 17, I’d like to see you get anywhere near that, you misogynist!

    Also the top sniper and fighter pilot to come out of the Special Boat Services.


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  74. Neil Mitchell 3aw has decided to grow a set and declared Dan Andrews will possibly go down as the worst premier in Victorian history.
    Joan Kirner has been headed on the socialist table of unworthiness. Joan was incompetent but she wasn’t a vindictive troll as well.


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  75. I would say that whilst poorly executed, Korea and Vietnam were justified. Particularly now when you can readily read about the conflicts from the USSR’s perspective.

    What’s been written, in the past twenty years, with access to the North Vietnamese archives, bears that out. The latest is that the South Vietnamese forces of the despised No Dinh Diem came far closer to crushing the Viet Cong then they were ever given credit for, and the North Vietnamese couldn’t believe their luck when the Americans went along with the coup that overthrew him..


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  76. Apparently there’s panic buying of facial tissues now. Aldi was swept bare and I wondered why.

    I don’t know if it panic buying. I went through 2 boxes last week and this because of this godforsaken cold I just can’t shake – 5 weeks and counting


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  77. Also the top sniper and fighter pilot to come out of the Special Boat Services.

    not to mention a black belt in Portulacaria bonsai and an undefeated macrame champion


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  78. Neil Mitchell 3aw has decided to grow a set and declared Dan Andrews will possibly go down as the worst premier in Victorian history.

    The question – to be decided 26 November – is how masochistic is the Victorian electorate?


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  79. Eric Abetz demoted to third on the LNP ticket and gets booted. Good.

    I see he’s having a massive sook about it. Even better.

    That you’re delighting in his demise is testimony to his effectiveness.


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  80. OldOzzie says:
    June 17, 2022 at 10:10 am
    Northern Beaches Council. Young people have “had their say”.
    Jess, 17, said that “There is no denying that our generation faces, and will continue to face, more exposure to world events than any other generation has before.

    Jeezus. “There is no denying that our generation faces……more exposure to world events than any other generation has before”. Seriously? What a bizarre comment. Displays a singular lack of awareness of even the last 80 years. Is this really the standard of the upcoming generation. Me, me, me……it’s all about meeeee.


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  81. The super sleuths over at The Conversation have identified the person responsible for the energy shortage in the east of the continent.

    You can thank Margaret Thatcher for the gas supply crunch Australia’s east coast has been plunged into.

    Well, I didn’t see that one coming. Who knew someone who never held a leadership position in Australia and has been dead for the best part of a decade could be such an influential person?


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  82. m0ntysays:
    June 17, 2022 at 11:31 am
    Eric Abetz demoted to third on the LNP ticket and gets booted. Good.

    I see he’s having a massive sook about it. Even better.

    m0nty-fa again displays the hatred inherent in leftism. He is doing well over the last couple of days, having also covered envy in that period.


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  83. Neil Mitchell 3aw has decided to grow a set and declared Dan Andrews will possibly go down as the worst premier in Victorian history.

    Unwise. You know what happens to heretics, Neil.


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  84. You can thank Margaret Thatcher for the gas supply crunch Australia’s east coast has been plunged into.

    Surely they meant Julia Gillard, whose government rejected a domestic gas preservation policy?


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  85. Problem is there’s no opposition in Vicco. Just look what the so called opposition did to Bernie Finn.

    Agree though that Andrews is the worst. There was one called Bent who was supposed to be pretty awful.


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  86. Surely they meant Julia Gillard, whose government rejected a domestic gas preservation policy?

    Meanwhile, half of Elbow’s Cabinet were in on that decision.

    I wonder if we’ll hear any mea culpas from them?


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  87. As the cook in the house, I also do the food shopping. It has been thus for many years.
    Just went to buy fresh veggies at my usual fruit and veg shop, probably the cheapest in our city, where I have shopped for years and …
    Broccoli. $14 / kg
    Green beans. $20 / kg
    Snow peas. $30 / kg

    God how I hate politicians!


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  88. FACHA! FACHA! REEEE!

    These retards are dangerous idiots.

    Margaret Thatcher was lukewarm as a right winger, she didn’t end the welfare state and begat climate policies )she was pro nuclear).


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  89. Who is Tasmania’s likely new senator, Tammy Tyrrell

    I was wondering if she’s linked to the Tyrrell Corporation and can pass the Voight-Kampff test, which, by a fairly long cultural train is related to Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick. We should ask Ms Lambie what she thinks about electric sheep.

    /sf geekdom


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  90. Interesting factoid.
    Mrs P just bought a carton of eggs.
    It says on the pack “90 hens per hectare”.
    OK.
    What does that mean?
    If the average suburban block is now 500 sq mtrs that is 20 blocks to the hectare.
    If each house in an estate houses 4 people, that is 80 people per hectare.
    Humans just ahead of chooks.


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  91. Roger, a lot depends on whether the useless Libs will realise that Labor has a good chance in Vic because the Libs have crapped and are continuing to crap on their base. The Libs won’t of course, they are essentially the same people as Labor and want the admiration of the Labor luvvies. Andrews himself maybe gone before the election or shortly afterwards but either way we will have Labor or Labor Lite in control. The UAP said that they are looking to run in every seat in the Vic state election however after they way they lied and preferenced the Libs in many Vic seats I doubt that those who did support them will do so again. I’m off to the LDP, good people but underfunded and under organised.


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  92. I realise your options are limited down there, sfw. Will there be an anti-Andrews protest vote? Or have those who would have done so already voted with their feet? November is going to be an interesting month politically.


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  93. I get the impression that Andrews isn’t overly popular with his MP’s and party members but has enough strength and ‘influence’ to get his own way. He could probably fall fairly quickly if the media turn on him, don’t know if that would be a good or bad thing for Vic. He’s managed to concentrate enormous power in the office of Premier with the ’emergency’ legislation. I doubt that any successor would be willing to get rid of the power, they will probably say that they will never use it but if you have a hammer….


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  94. I get the impression that Andrews isn’t overly popular with his MP’s and party members but has enough strength and ‘influence’ to get his own way. He could probably fall fairly quickly if the media turn on him

    Some parallels with QLD under Joh.

    Only I’d suggest VIC is more rotten, given how your judiciary has been stacked.


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  95. There are 350+ new coal generators being built in the world today.

    Indeed, and if we include those given permission, those in pre-permit and those announced, the total rises to 951.


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  96. Dotsays:
    June 17, 2022 at 7:37 am
    This early childhood education shit is crazy.

    Remember though, Federal Labor wanted it to go to down to kids as young as THREE.

    Great, institutionalise society from 0 – 22.

    Do you even have a society at that point?

    Err 0-grave.
    Some smart nerd (no offence) only has to look into the policies of places like the DCP and Centerlink to find out what’s being trialed for the rest of us.


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  97. Neil Mitchell 3aw has decided to grow a set and declared Dan Andrews will possibly go down as the worst premier in Victorian history.

    Just wait a while Gez.
    He will get a tap on the shoulder over the weekend and Monday he will issue a grovelling apology, declaring that he had forgotten about Bolte and Kennett.


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  98. Indeed, and if we include those given permission, those in pre-permit and those announced, the total rises to 951.

    Thanks for that, local oaf…I suspected as much but couldn’t locate a figure.

    Something to raise at the next dinner party when the lights go out!


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  99. Satellite images have now shown Iran reportedly making preparations for a space rocket launch

    There once was a special name for a space rocket that went up, and then fell back down to land somewhere other than where it was launched.

    A ‘naughty rocket’?


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  100. interesting.
    https://www.theguardian.com/science/2022/jun/16/stunning-anglo-saxon-burial-site-found-along-hs2-route
    An Anglo-Saxon burial site containing the remains of more than 140 people interred with some of their most favoured objects, including jewellery, knives and even a personal grooming kit, has been discovered by archaeologists working on the HS2 route.

    The site, near Wendover, Buckinghamshire, contained a “stunning set of discoveries”, said the historian Dan Snow. “Traditionally, this period has been dismissed as a dark age. But archaeology has filled the gaps.”


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  101. Malcolm Turnbull and wife Lucy roasted over comments on improving Western Sydney

    Furious western Sydney residents have blasted Malcolm and Lucy Turnbull over a “tone-deaf” interview where the pair called for the outer suburbs to be transformed to be more like the inner city and east.

    The former prime minister and his wife advocated for the transitioning of Western Sydney to mimic the more densely populated and “pedestrian-friendly” environment of the city’s east.



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  102. Eastern States Uniparty at work.

    Prepare your angus!

    The Victorian premier, Daniel Andrews, has hailed a new era of cooperation between the states and commonwealth, while revealing it was former prime minister and “mutual friend” Paul Keating who recommended he and the New South Wales premier work closely together on a reform agenda.

    Speaking exclusively to Guardian Australia ahead of Friday’s national cabinet meeting – the first since Anthony Albanese became prime minister – Andrews said he was hopeful that the country’s leaders could agree on a program of reform for health, energy and skills after a wasted decade under the former Coalition government.

    Andrews, who along with his NSW counterpart, Dominic Perrottet, announced a shake-up of preschool education on Thursday, said he had contacted Perrottet at the urging of Keating.
    “After [Perrottet] became premier Paul rang me and said, ‘oh, you should reach out he is serious about doing some things’, and I said, ‘OK no worries’, so of course I did, and it went well,” Andrews said.

    “We don’t necessarily agree on everything, but we get along well, in that he’s focused on outcomes and trying to leave the place better than he found it and there’s no shortage of challenges to tackle.”

    Andrews said the two leaders “talk quite often”, and had discussed the need for health and economic reform, both of which will be on the agenda of Friday’s meeting in Canberra.

    “Coming out of the pandemic, there is a greater understanding among state and territory leaders that there are big levers to be pulled that make profound differences in people’s lives that can unlock productivity, unlock potential that would go unfulfilled if we didn’t step up and make some of these changes,” he said.

    He said he believed there was an appetite for cooperation among state and territory leaders, and that Albanese would be a “great Labor leader”, who was willing to work cooperatively to achieve meaningful change for Australians.

    “That’s what’s so refreshing about the new government,” Andrews said.

    “I’ve known Anthony for 25, 30 years and he didn’t run just to win, he ran to do the work and there’s a big difference between politicians who are just about winning and defeating their opponents v people who want the challenge,” he said. “They want the opportunity as well as the obligation of the office.

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    “He is not going to sit around occupying the office. He’s going to try to get things done. And he can count on Victoria and I think increasingly, he can count on all of us … as partners to do that important work.”


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  103. Billions spent on wind turbines and they’re providing 2% of the country’s energy needs at the moment according to AEMO. Time to build more and shut down our coal plants!


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  104. said he was hopeful that the country’s leaders could agree on a program of reform for health, energy and skills

    What a truly terrifying prospect.


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  105. “Coming out of the pandemic, there is a greater understanding among state and territory leaders that there are big levers to be pulled that make profound differences in people’s lives …”

    If only someone would pull the lever on Andrews.


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  106. Albanese to outline climate plan at summit
    AAP
    PM Anthony Albanese will detail Australia’s new emissions target to a forum of major economies.
    Mr Biden will on Friday night host a virtual leader-level meeting of what is know as the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate.

    “I will be a speaker at the forum being convened by President Biden where we will be further announcing our program of the new commitment that we’ve submitted to the UNFCCC,” Mr Albanese told reporters.



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  107. PM Anthony Albanese will detail Australia’s new emissions target to a forum of major economies.
    Mr Biden will on Friday night host a virtual leader-level meeting of what is know as the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate.

    Let’s hope there’s a blackout wherever Elbow’s logged on.


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  108. Let’s hope there’s a blackout wherever Elbow’s logged on.

    The battery in his earpiece ran out during an interview this morning.

    His brain sucked the life out of it.


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  109. The CM online has an article up about medical people who are planning to protest at Parliament next week over Vax mandate.

    Below is my comment that was rejected. Their moderators are proving my point about only one side of the debate being allowed.

    “In the past 2 years pretty much the only Dr’s / experts we have heard from have been the vaccine ones. Pretty much all have pushed to get people to take the next jab or booster when it is clear they wane. The waning was not part of the original plan but this was due to the urgency of creating and approving them.

    I don’t recall seeing any articles involving cancer specialists talking about the delayed treatments, or cardiologists talking about effects of the vaccine.

    It has been very obvious alternative medical voices have been suppressed as nothing must be allowed to deter from the Vax narrative.

    We now have a situation where different Qld Government Departments have different Vax policies. In NSW you can’t be a lifesaver if unvaxxed but across the border you can. It no longer makes sense to have any mandates.

    If you agree with mandates then how many Vax do you think the Govt should be able to coerce you into getting. Loss of job/income is coercion.

    Ever notice how the Vax pushers always fail to mention that the average age of those dying with Covid is 84 and that they also have co-morbidities. Happy to mention how many have died with Covid but never give all the relevant information”.


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  110. There is a circular to NSW Transport staff responding from a request from AEMO asking them to WFH to save energy demand.

    Some mad lad has questioned it on the intranet face space, I hope he is looking for work now, before he gets sacked directly from the Secretary of Transport (Rob Sharp)!

    What a shit show of a third world country.


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  111. Looking at getting private hospital cover, had nearly all my life but had to drop out around ten years ago due to finances at the time. If we use my wifes and make it for two of us, it’ll cost another $180 a fortnight, if I go as an individual on ‘silver’ level it’s around $112 a month, BUT I have to pay the 2% a year LFT extra, government imposed. So around a 20% premium for me, how the hell does the gov think this encourages people to take out health insurance?

    Lifetime Health Cover (LHC) loading is a 2% government charge on your hospital cover for every year you are aged over 30 if you do not have private hospital cover on the 1st of July following your 31st birthday. The maximum loading is 70%. For example, if you join at 45 you pay 30% more for your health insurance than someone who joined at age 30. The sooner you get cover the less you’ll have to pay.


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  112. Dotsays:

    June 17, 2022 at 2:15 pm

    There is a circular to NSW Transport staff responding from a request from AEMO asking them to WFH to save energy demand

    Err, how does one person working in a 2-3 bedroom house save energy as against hundreds of worker bees in an office at a density of one bee per 10-12 sq mtrs?
    An office which is probably still open, heated and lit up with servers running.
    I smell a push to normalise WFH.


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  113. sfwsays:

    June 17, 2022 at 2:19 pm

    Looking at getting private hospital cover, had nearly all my life but had to drop out around ten years ago due to finances at the time.

    Obviously you have had a “self insured” mindset for ten years.
    Look beyond the headline premiums for plans with high excess payments. I think we’ve got a hospital excess of $1500 (maybe $2k) in exchange for lower premiums. A little bit of pain if we have to use it, but not as bad as shelling out $20 – $30 k or waiting years on a public list.


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  114. Andrews, who along with his NSW counterpart, Dominic Perrottet, announced a shake-up of preschool education on Thursday, said he had contacted Perrottet at the urging of Keating.
    “After [Perrottet] became premier Paul rang me and said, ‘oh, you should reach out he is serious about doing some things’, and I said, ‘OK no worries’, so of course I did, and it went well,” Andrews said.

    Yet another reason why I do not intend to vote for Perrottet at the next state election. These Liberals are just rolling over. And there’s the old scumbag (to use Keating’s own inimitable language) pulling the strings!

    We are SO dead!


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  115. PFurious western Sydney residents have blasted Malcolm and Lucy Turnbull over a “tone-deaf” interview where the pair called for the outer suburbs to be transformed to be more like the inner city and east.

    The former prime minister and his wife advocated for the transitioning of Western Sydney to mimic the more densely populated and “pedestrian-friendly” environment of the city’s east.”

    LOL. Well of course. Just remember how, back in 2016, during that most dismal election campaign, when the great Malcolm the Most Miserable and Malignant, who was supposed to be the Liberal’s second coming, except that the only people who’d ever liked him were the very same people who’d never vote Liberal in a heartbeat, would retire everyday during the campaign at 1.00 p.m. and remember how he would regularly set himself and Luce (rhymes with Puke) for photo ops on the Edgecliff to Martin Place train line, getting off at Martin Place, not for him or Luce (rhymes with Puke) the great train trek out along the western line to campaign amongst the great unwashed in swinging electorates like Lindsay, a seat which was lost in the great Turdbull electorate wipe out of 2016*.

    Anyway I digress, there are many beautiful liveable places in the western suburbs of Sydney, something of course that Maltrud and Luce (rhymes with Puke) wouldn’t know because I doubt very much that either of them have spent much time, if any at all, visiting and touring Sydney’s great west…but that doesn’t stop these two shrivelled up, bitter, nasty, toxic pieces of elitist scum from Point Pier lecturing ordinary Australians..

    * By the way, Lindsay was won back in 2019 by Morrison and on 21 May 2022 it was held by the Liberals, with an increased Liberal vote. It was once a bell-weather. No more. And if this doesn’t tell you where the Liberals need to go in the future, nothing does. In the meantime, it’s time Malturd and Luce (rhymes with Puke) and his two ghastly entitled sprogs need to be told, once and for all, to FUCK OFF.

    I intend to read “Ego”, Aaron Patrick’s new book about Turdbull. It’s an apt title. Apparently it’s very good and Patrick, who was on Kenny’s show last night, says that Turdbull, without a doubt, engaged in treachery and perfidy to bring down the Liberal government as well as Sharma’s tenure as the member for Wentworth. Oh and he was up to his eyeballs in the Christian Porter allegations.

    But just remember, he’s still a member of the Liberal Party, the party being too gutless to expel him. Says it all really.


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  116. Hugh:

    Wife is cooking roast pork tonight. My contribution is that I have sharpened the carving knife.

    Good man. Don’t encroach on the kitchen citadel – she’ll never forgive you.
    Ditto the washing up.
    …and the vacuuming.
    …and dusting.
    …you know, the girly stuff.
    Trust me on this.


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  117. Wife is cooking roast pork tonight. My contribution is that I have sharpened the carving knife.

    On our intermittent visit to Sydney husband and I visited Chatswood today, had a delicious bowl of Vietnamese Pho for lunch, and brought home a BBQ’d duck, 2 dozen pancakes & cartons of plum sauce. Will take it to daughter’s house tonight to put together Peking Duck pancakes.

    What a simple joy it was to visit a favourite spot without the crazy impositions of the past two years. As usual, an older Chinese lady in the queue insisted on going through the correct procedure to make the pancakes.

    At least on this occasion, all was right in the world. For now.


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  118. Meanwhile, half of Elbow’s Cabinet were in on that decision.
    I wonder if we’ll hear any mea culpas from them?

    Or anything from the j’ismists writing at the time. Gladstone was the Trojan horse that brought world parity pricing to the East Coast gas market. Most of the NWS gas is contracted into Asian power markets which underwrote the development in the first place.


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  119. The new Panther?
    That’s one hell of a shot trap there.

    Thought the same thing.

    The wedge-shaped mantlet armour pieces on late-model Leo turrets and the new Panther are hollow, spaced armour pieces of a milder steel, intended to slow kinetic projectiles and disrupt shaped charge plasma jet formation before it strikes the actual composite armour plate. Both types of incoming round will punch holes clean through it, and not be deflected into the turret ring or towards the thinner cheek plating.

    From the wiki, we have a nice image of the back of one of these wedge plates as fitted to German Army’s Leo 2A5. 🙂


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  120. Green beans. $20 / kg

    Beans are very easy to grow. Out of season at the moment. Labour would be an issue growing them commercially but a few plants would give you a couple of feeds a week.


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  121. “Obviously you have had a “self insured” mindset for ten years.
    Look beyond the headline premiums for plans with high excess payments. I think we’ve got a hospital excess of $1500 (maybe $2k) in exchange for lower premiums. A little bit of pain if we have to use it, but not as bad as shelling out $20 – $30 k or waiting years on a public list.”

    Correct, I have an excess of $500.00. I didn’t have a problem paying that when I had to go to hospital last December.


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  122. WTF?

    The lunatics are in charge.

    #RebelNews #AviYemini #Ahpra
    Australian healthcare regulator to PERMANENTLY mandate vaccines
    Jun 17, 2022

    Rebel News
    1.57M subscribers

    *EXCLUSIVE: A medical practitioner is speaking out after the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (Ahpra) ‘sneakily’ updated the entire industry’s code of conduct to mandate vaccines even after the pandemic.*

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ium2EwnyP9w


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  123. Roger at 12:22 – I’d say Chairman Dan is finished as soon as the Liar Left think he cannot win the next election. I thought this may be before the next one but it looks like this may be wrong. Victoriastan really is another country.


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  124. Rex Anger:

    The wedge-shaped mantlet armour pieces on late-model Leo turrets and the new Panther are hollow, spaced armour pieces of a milder steel, intended to slow kinetic projectiles and disrupt shaped charge plasma jet formation before it strikes the actual composite armour plate.

    Yep – understand that, but is the armour above the driver/upper hull still thick enough to deflect a sabot round/or a disrupted primary dual shaped charge warhead?
    (Not trying to be a smartarse, but there are a lot of sophisticated munitions out there.)


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  125. Neil Mitchell 3aw has decided to grow a set and declared Dan Andrews will possibly go down as the worst premier in Victorian history.

    Hard to go past Cain/Kirner.


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  126. Out of season at the moment.

    That’s like…I don’t know…some sort of clue. 🙂

    Reminiscing the other day about in/out of season in my yoof. Remember when tomatoes were impossible to get (unless someone, somewhere, had a glasshouse)? I do. And the end-of-summer glut? Strawberries ditto.

    Salads in summer, steamed veg in winter and all stops in between. It’s mandarin season now, and they are cheap and plentiful. And avos are as cheap as chips. Enjoy the bounty as it arrives, and thank the Lord that you have good food to eat.


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  127. Yep – understand that, but is the armour above the driver/upper hull still thick enough to deflect a sabot round/or a disrupted primary dual shaped charge warhead?

    That I couldn’t tell you- The Leopard 2 does not seem to have been combat tested after 30+ years of fielding in the same way the Chally 1/2 and M1A1/2 have. I suspect it probably does, as the only recorded penetrations from a tandem-charge AT weapon on any of the post-1970 Chobham/Burlington armoured MBT designs have not been aimed at the glacis plate, mantlet or turret front.

    The first recorded case was a Chally 2 in Basra in 2006- An RPG-29 was fired at it, which struck and penetrated the ERA-protected underside front hull plate (about where the idler wheels are located) and maimed the driver. The tank was recovered under its own power, despite the injuries suffered by the crew. RPG-29 strikes and penetrations (with subsequent crew injuries) against M1A2s at the same time were recorded against the thinner turret sides and rear. The Israelis had a bad time with RPG29 penetrations against their Merkavas in 2006, but by 2014 their effectiveness was nullified by the Trophy Active Protection System.

    I’ve seen some relatively recent images of burnt-out Turkish Leo 2A4+ from northern Syria, but am pretty sure they weren’t killed by frontal penetrations.


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  128. Don’t you just love come council’s priorities. This proposal was absurd, regardless of where you stand on Russia/Ukraine…

    “Fullerton Street: Woollahra Councillors vote on Ukraine Street renaming

    Councillors have voted on plans to rename an eastern suburbs street to Ukraine Street after attracting hundreds of submissions including concerns over property prices.

    Sydney’s Ukrainian community say they have been left disappointed after a council backflipped on plans to rename a leafy eastern suburbs street to Ukraine Street.

    Woollahra councillors have unanimously rejected a proposal to change the name of Fullerton Street which is home to the Russian Consulate, along with homes and several businesses.

    The proposal was designed to serve as a symbolic protest against Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and had been supported by 13 of 14 councillors at a meeting just six weeks ago in early May.

    But the planned rename drew battlegrounds closer to home with hundreds of residents signing a petition against the move, while a fortnight of community consultation generated 840 submissions – of which 44 per cent were in support and 56 per cent opposed.

    A bulk of objections came from residents living on Fullerton Street with just 11 per cent of occupants supporting the name change.

    Objectors said the proposal could have left locals having to change postal details on “every document, utility, licence” while others feared it “could also affect property valuations from a name being of such a political nature”.

    Will Berry, who runs a video production business on the street, said was happy the name was staying the same. Other opponents described the renaming as “tokenistic” and a “symbolic gesture that will do nothing to help or even stop the Ukrainian war.”

    “Council’s job is to control rates, rubbish and roads. It should not think it has any authority over international politics,” another submission stated.

    Supporters of the renaming said it would be a “small but powerful” way for the council and community to stand by the citizens of Ukraine.

    “It will be a daily reminder to those writing to, working in, arriving at and supporting the consulate that Russia’s brutal and catastrophic aggression towards Ukraine is not and never will be acceptable,” one supporter wrote.

    The proposal dominated debate during this week’s council meeting. Councillor Nicola Grieve said the council had to respect the community feedback – noting that the “people who will be carrying the burden and will be massively inconvenienced are the residents of Fullerton St”.

    The meeting also had councillors suggest other ways to express support for Ukraine such as flying a Ukrainian flag on a council building, supporting a Ukrainian inspired public artwork or renaming another public area to ‘Ukraine Square’ or Ukraine Place.

    Councillor Mary-Lou Jarvis said the measures could present further challenges for the council.

    “I’m mindful this is not going to be the only war in the world – if we have a Ukraine Place then perhaps we need a Taiwan Place and I just don’t want to create a precedent because there’ll be other atrocities elsewhere the our world and we must then create places all over the municipality. Where’s it going to end?” she said.

    Councillors ultimately voted to take no further action on the renaming of Fullerton Street, while at the same time reaffirming its condemnation of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

    The council will also write to the Federal Government requesting an increase to the number of humanitarian visas arising from the conflict, and investigate other ways to demonstrate community support for Ukraine.

    Stefan Romaniw – chair of the Australian Federation of Ukrainian Organisations – said he was disappointed with the council’s decision not to proceed with the name change.

    “We would have liked the change and we’ve written to the council to try to find alternatives,” he said.

    “Obviously we’re disappointed because the situation in Ukraine warrants a change in the street name given the Russian Consulate is there.

    “The most important thing is to send a strong message that the community supports the people of Ukraine.”

    The proposed name change came after the council’s traffic committee voted to strip the consulate of three dedicated carparking spaces on Fullerton Street in May and instead made them available for wider community use.

    Consul-General of Russia Igor Arzhaev – in a rare address to the council this month – said the removal of parking spaces, which are monitored by police, had caused security concerns for the consulate officials.

    “The building has been a Soviet building for over 50 years and until this time we had good relations with your municipal council and respected all municipal rules,” he said.

    “The council has an obligation under the Vienna Convention to ensure proper conditions for the consular general.

    “We really need these parking spaces. It’s important for our security and it’s also strongly needed for the security of all those Australian citizens who attend us and visit here.

    “We continue to receive threatening and offensive messages and regard it very seriously. ””

    Whatever happened to councils just concerning themselves with rates, roads and rubbish?


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  129. Some angry people about energy over at the Oz:

    Fiona fumed:

    “Australians will rise up like never before, when deprived of cheap, reliable, baseload power.

    Politicians from both sides of the aisle, with the exception of a few, had better DO something about this nonsense, and soon.”

    Kim was cross:

    “AEMO has conceded, publicly, the current east coast power crisis is partly due to lower than needed solar/wind power. Yet Labor, the ABC, Pocock, Teals, The Guardian, The Project, Turnbull, Holmes a Court and business leader sell outs all ignore this fact.

    “All the bumbling green energy mob can say is get more batteries but where do these come from, are they reliable AND what’s the carbon foot print on making them and the cost environmental cost of disposing of them?”

    TrustMe said:

    “Have all the targets and aspirations you want but do NOT legislate them. Doing so will hand activists a huge advantage when they take coal and gas infrastructure projects to court. They will win every time as the courts will have no choice but assess if such projects breach or are likely to breach the law.

    “Or is that the intention? Let the activists and courts do Labor’s dirty work and they sit back saying, ‘nothing to do with us it was a court decision’.”

    Mark agreed:

    “They don’t need to legislate it to do it. They should get on with what they promised to do. Ramp up solar and wind ASAP! Turn off reliable coal and gas ASAP. The electorate needs to feel the full ramifications of their decision at the recent election. We need to see clear outcomes prior to the next election so this can be put to bed once and for all. Everyone needs to turn everything on!”

    Sir James of Punchbowl complained:

    “OMG, this article actually made me feel sick … where will we be in 2024? In caves burning sticks?”

    J. Locke replied:

    “Sorry, stick burning will be unlawful. The CO2 emissions caused by said burning will prevent the achievement of these so called climate targets. You will sit in your dark cave, cold simply thinking warm thoughts.”

    John T looked back in anger:

    “I understand we have an energy crisis because nothing has been done for the past 15 years. If the market had been allowed to work back in the late noughties, secure renewable supply would likely be in place.”

    Vaughan had questions:

    “ ‘Firmed renewables’? There is nothing ‘firm’ about energy sources whose intensity waxes and wanes at nature’s whim. And that energy is not, strictly speaking, ‘renewable’ it will only last until the giant nuclear reactor in the sky runs out of energy.”

    Jessie J worried:

    “An iron foundry In Adelaide has stood down 170 employees due to the energy crisis.

    What chance the foundry’s customers will be guaranteed supply by Chinese foundries (using electricity reliably generated by coal)!”


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  130. Thanks Sancho and Cassie, the plans I’ve been looking at are $750 excess, however I’d be happy to have a $3k excess, maybe more, I’m more concerned about a catastrophe rather than normal hospitalisations.


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  131. “Fiona fumed:

    “Australians will rise up like never before, when deprived of cheap, reliable, baseload power.

    Politicians from both sides of the aisle, with the exception of a few, had better DO something about this nonsense, and soon.””

    Yeah…just like, over the last two years, they rose up when locked up, bashed up and deprived of their liberty by various state governments.

    I’m not holding my breath.


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  132. More on the Northern Beach yoof concerns.

    It may help if they spoke English. Hannah is heading straight to politics!

    Hannah, 17, says “the acceleration of teacher shortages demonstrates its [the education system’s] culpability to inaction.



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  133. Whatever happened to councils just concerning themselves with rates, roads and rubbish?

    Last one was somewhere in SA, and it was during the Jurassic period.


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  134. Cassie

    Whatever happened to councils just concerning themselves with rates, roads and rubbish?

    Not enough opportunities for grandstanding.


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  135. Stefan Romaniw – chair of the Australian Federation of Ukrainian Organisations – said he was disappointed with the council’s decision not to proceed with the name change.

    Go back then.


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  136. Cassie of Sydney:
    June 17, 2022 at 3:16 pm

    Whatever happened to councils just concerning themselves with rates, roads and rubbish?

    The council my wife used to work for employed some person as a “well-being officer”, whose job included sending “wellness Wednesday” emails to all staff. Very productive use of ratepayers’ money.


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  137. Supporters of the renaming said it would be a “small but powerful” way for the council and community to stand by the citizens of Ukraine.

    Not as powerful as showing the Ukies how to find Javenella’s cooling button.


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  138. Not enough opportunities for grandstanding

    Quite so.

    There was a time when government concerned itself with serving the people who paid them.

    Now they only serve themselves.


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  139. Monkeypox Has a New Name…and It Doesn’t Sound Any Better

    I’ve got a few suggestions-how about Shirtlifter Sores or, if alliteration is preferred then Bum Bandit Boils.

    There are one or two more but they are a bit vulgar so probably not acceptable.


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  140. A Catholic private school in Massachusetts has been excommunicated by a local bishop after ignoring orders to remove pride and BLM flags.

    The Nativity School of Worcester has been sanctioned by Robert J. McManus, the Bishop of the Diocese of Worcester, for their refusal to take them down.

    He says the facility – the only tuition-free private school in the region – cannot continue to call itself Catholic while flying in the face of key church teachings.

    The school, run by Principal Emily Kent is the only tuition-free private middle school in the region and serves about 60 students.

    It took McManus over a year to respond to the school flying the two flags in front of the campus, stating the two symbols represent specific agendas or ideologies [that] contradict Catholic social and moral teaching.’

    The objection to the pride flag is over rules regarding same sex marriage in Catholic teaching, with the church saying that being gay itself isn’t a sin – but that gay relationships are.

    McManus also clarified that the opposition to Black Lives Matter is in terms of the controversial organization, not the anti-racist sentiment behind the slogan.

    Daily Mail


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  141. Both types of incoming round will punch holes clean through it, and not be deflected into the turret ring or towards the thinner cheek plating.

    Thats a little good to know, if it was solid then youd be looking at a German space program similar to the one the Russians are running for their tanks.


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  142. My mate (last week heart attack) had another appointment yesterday, Dr indicated that heart attacks are through the roof.

    He then told me one of his mates, of a similar vintage, dropped dead of a massive heart attack yesterday while at work. Minimal warning, gee, I feel a bit crook, bang, lights out.


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  143. Thats a little good to know, if it was solid then youd be looking at a German space program similar to the one the Russians are running for their tanks.

    Yes indeedy, given that the Leopard 2 stores the majority of its 42 main gun rounds in the hull, and only about 15 or so in the turret’s ready rack…


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  144. You know the old saying ‘You can stick that where the monkey sticks his nuts”.

    I think they are doing the same with bananas.

    Im not saying its monkeypox related… but its obviously monkeypox related.

    Devastating banana freckle disease found in Northern Territory
    Industry scrambles to limit infestation from spreading to Queensland

    Stop doing freckle things with bananas you degenerate NT swine!

    The first case of the new outbreak was discovered two weeks ago in the Batchelor-Rum Jungle area, about 105km south of Darwin. At least two more cases have since been discovered.

    Batchelors-gay obviously.


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  145. They do Bear. But how often do we find stone fruit that has been picked way too early to facilitate transport, only to find it resembles a hand grenade? The shot sits piled up on the supermarket benches, ready to load.

    So, in hope, we leave the fruit out on the counter to ripen. And it turns to mush because it has been too deeply chilled somewhere in the process.

    That’s what amazed me in Europe, even in the larger cities. Fruit would be brought in from the regions a couple of times a week to the market, you would select a peach or three (I loved those flat ones, handy for picnics) and they were ripe and warm and delicious and smelled of the sun.


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  146. Whatever happened to councils just concerning themselves with rates, roads and rubbish?

    It’s hard to save the world if you only do it one pothole at a time.


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  147. “When we get in, we will just change everything”.

    A political utterance that will never lose its currency.

    Anthony Albanese backflips on national cabinet secrecy and refuses to say why
    PM opts to continue to prevent release of documents related to meetings with state leaders despite his previous criticism of the practice

    Anthony Albanese has backflipped on national cabinet secrecy, opting to continue to prevent the release of documents related to meetings of the prime minister and state and territory leaders, despite strident criticism of the practice in opposition.

    At a press conference after his first national cabinet meeting as prime minister, Albanese confirmed the commonwealth had not proposed ending the practice, despite his accusation that Scott Morrison was “obsessed with secrecy”. Albanese refused to answer questions about why he had backflipped on the matter.

    Morrison established national cabinet in March 2020, replacing the Council of Australian Governments with the new body, which his government claimed was exempt from freedom of information laws because it was a subcommittee of federal cabinet.

    In opposition, after having his own FOI requests denied, Albanese told Guardian Australia the decision to block his request was “extraordinary” and warned that the prime minister’s department was “not above the law”.

    “Mr Morrison’s obsession with secrecy has undermined the law that protects all Australians’ right to know and, if left unchecked, threatens other fundamental rights,” he said in December.

    In September, the then shadow attorney general, Mark Dreyfus, said the Morrison government had not appealed the AAT decision because it would have faced “another humiliating rebuff”.

    In March, Dreyfus told the Canberra Times Labor would unwind the secrecy scheme in government. “As [the ACT chief minister] Andrew Barr has observed, ‘national cabinet is reaching the end of its fairly limited lifespan’,” he reportedly said.

    “But Labor’s position is that it was never subject to cabinet-in-confidence rules for FOI requests, and we would adhere to this in office.”

    On Friday, Albanese was asked if he had proposed ending national cabinet secrecy and if so what had changed from his earlier criticism. He replied “no”, refusing to answer the second half of the question by stating “you got to ask one question”.

    UNIPARTY!!!

    The Queensland premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, said that national cabinet was “really important” and “served the people really well when we dealt with the pandemic for two years”.

    “If we keep that format in terms of making decisions in the best interests of the country I think we’ll get a lot of things done,” she told reporters in Canberra.

    Asked if secrecy and solidarity would remain, the Western Australian premier, Mark McGowan, said: “I would expect so … I know people always look for points of difference but it’s actually been pretty good over the last two and a half years. And I certainly support those sorts of things.”

    The New South Wales premier, Dominic Perrottet, said national cabinet can have constructive discussions “as long as the states have buy-in and it’s not an us versus them mentality, which I think it has been in the past”.

    “It’s important, which I’ll be raising today, that the states have capacity to engage and put their own agenda into the national cabinet meeting. It can’t just be a top down approach.”

    Asked about secrecy and solidarity, the Victorian premier, Daniel Andrews, said: “It’s a matter of fact that if you want cabinet government to work you need cabinet rules – they’re the rules that apply to national cabinet and should apply, so we can continue to get things done.”


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  148. Mole, the Guardian is a bit out of date (nyuk, nyuk).

    The ABC reported that outbreak back on June 1. And they had the intelligence to post a photo of a diseased banana, not a normal one.

    Malturd is not getting value for money. Not in agricultural news, anyway.


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  149. I don’t understand Australians preoccupation with health insurance. We cancelled our insurance many years ago after being ripped off by dodgy doctors. We had very good cover which can now only be considered top cover at an exorbitant rate. We dropped it to hospital only to get out of the levy, then dropped it completely when I retired. We put the premiums aside for if we need a quick fix, did it once. Recently I had an operation done on medicare before I could get an appointment to see the specialist of choice. Do you worry about who is operating on you in an emergency, I doubt it. I had a friend drop dead 2 days after a knee replacement with a surgeon of choice in a private hospital. I’ve had both knees done, one was good, one not, by the supposed top guy in a private hospital on medicare. What I do now is pay for the specialist to look at me straight away, get on the list and wait. This is the same guy who has done 3 operations on me (not the knee guy) on medicare. If its an emergency who cares. As for an obstetrician, most of them don’t arrive in time anyway apart from presenting the bill. They don’t hang round waiting for baby to present itself, there’s golf to be played, mistresses to be attended to.


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  150. Calli – often the problem with stonefruit is that they have been hybridised to within an inch of their lives. Even if you find a good one two weeks later you are eating a different one. Grrrrr.


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  151. I do wish Gonzalo Lora would share his ‘Chemical Weapons’ with the rest of us…

    Speaking of which, whatever happened to those biolabs?


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  152. Nobody tell Gonzalo Lira that the US Army’s Chemical Corps is a CBRN defence and monitoring organisation, and hasn’t offensively deployed anything nastier than obscurant smoke for the last 40 or so years…


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  153. China launches new domestically designed and built Fujian aircraft carrier, increasing fleet to threeChina has launched its third aircraft carrier, the first such ship to be designed and built entirely within the country.

    The 003 new-generation aircraft carrier, christened Fujian, left its dry-dock at a shipyard in Shanghai in the morning and tied up at a nearby pier, state media reports said.

    State broadcaster CCTV showed assembled navy personnel standing beneath the massive ship as water jets sprayed over its deck and multi-coloured streamers flew and colourful smoke was released.

    The launch comes as China seeks to extend the range and power of its navy.

    Equipped with the latest weaponry and aircraft-launch technology, the ship’s capabilities are thought to rival those of Western carriers, as Beijing seeks to turn its navy, already the world’s largest, into a multi-carrier force.



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  154. An Australian man killed last month while helping Ukraine’s war effort declared how he wanted Russian forces “eradicated” from the country, just days before he too died in the conflict.

    In May, Tasmanian father Michael O’Neill became the first known Australian to die while assisting Ukraine, in what Prime Minister Anthony Albanese described as a “tragedy”.

    they sure make them smart in tassie


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  155. Leftism.

    Its a brain parasite.

    Now is the perfect time to increase coal royalties to fund Australia’s energy transition
    John Quiggin

    The usual trade-off between maximising revenue while protecting industry’s long-term future no longer applies

    What a slimy shitbag.
    ” Because we are deliberately trying to send you broke it doesnt matter if we skin you faster”…

    What the sub-mong says

    For most commodities, the high prices we are now observing would be a signal of favourable prospects. For coal, it’s the opposite. World coal consumption peaked in 2014, and is predicted to decline steadily over the next decade. Many countries have already ended the use of coal to generate electricity, or will do so in the next few years. Metallurgical coal, used in making steel, will last a bit longer. But the coal-based blast furnace technology is already facing the prospect of replacement by coal-free techniques using renewable hydrogen.

    What the WEF says… also consider we have just had a 2 year experiment in nation wrecking undertaken globally to suppress demand.


    But the same analysis applies to royalties, the price paid by miners to the public as owners of the coal resource. Usually there is a trade-off in setting royalty rates, between maximising revenue while protecting the long-term future of the industry. However, this no longer applies. Investment in new coalmines is in long-term decline, whether or not royalty rates are increased.

    Queensland’s focus must be on gaining additional revenue while export demand remains strong and using it to transform our energy system. The transition to a carbon-free energy system will require big capital expenditures. In particular, public investment in carbon-free energy through CleanCo needs to be greatly expanded.

    As well as decarbonising our own electricity grid, the government needs to plan for the future of regions which currently rely on coal exports as a major source of employment. Many of these are well suited to produce solar, wind and hydrogen.
    From the government’s viewpoint, the impending decline of coal is both a challenge and an opportunity. The challenge is the need for a transition to a future beyond coal, both as a source of energy in Australia and as a major export commodity. The opportunity is to use the current period of high coal prices to finance the transition to a decarbonised economy.

    John Quiggin is an Australian laureate fellow* in economics** at the University of Queensland***. He is prominent**** both as a research economist***** and as a commentator****** on Australian economic policy.

    * retarded mong, raised by a collective of sub normal gnomes
    ** A science without scientists.
    *** How embarassment
    **** On speed dial to the ABC
    ***** Uses numbers to explain why his last predictions were fucked
    ****** Will speculate for food/recognition/soggy cigarette butts fished from Kings Cross gutters


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  156. Rex Angersays:
    June 17, 2022 at 4:16 pm
    I do wish Gonzalo Lora would share his ‘Chemical Weapons’ with the rest of us…

    Speaking of which, whatever happened to those biolabs?

    The US got around to admitting they were funding them, but they were innocuous. Honest. Trust us. Would we ever lie to you?


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  157. Jared Goldstein | One Nation Team

    One Nation leader Pauline Hanson has retained her seat in the Senate for a second consecutive term, pledging to hold the new Albanese government to account and work constructively to ensure it puts Australia and Australians first.

    Senator Hanson thanked voters in Queensland for supporting her bid to represent them for another term.

    “It has been a considerable challenge for One Nation to field more than 160 candidates in lower and upper house seats across Australia,” she said. “It would not have been possible without the great support from our members, supporters and volunteers.

    “I thank Queenslanders for entrusting me to continue to represent them in Canberra, and I thank all those Australians who supported our party and lifted our national vote.

    “I also congratulate Mr Albanese on Labor’s win. I’ve said in the past he probably wouldn’t make a good Prime Minister however I sincerely hope he proves me wrong.

    “Australians need representation which puts them and their country first more than ever. The costs of living are skyrocketing. We have an energy crisis created by the major parties that One Nation has been warning about for many years. We’re in the middle of a housing crisis. We have significant security challenges. We have a new government seemingly all too ready and willing to sacrifice the Australian economy and countless Australian jobs on the altar of climate change.

    “We need urgent reform to ensure multinationals operating in Australia pay their fair share of tax – I acknowledge and welcome Mr Albanese’s commitment to achieve this. We need to lower immigration to reduce demand for housing and catch up with our trailing infrastructure. We need more reform in our family law and child support systems. We need a Royal Commission into the management of the COVID-19 pandemic by Australian governments.

    “One Nation will pursue these objectives in the interests of Australia and Australians. I look forward to the resumption of Parliament and getting to work.”

    Kind regards,
    Jared Goldstein


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  158. Very productive use of ratepayers’ money.

    Port Phillip Council some years ago hired a white witch on, if memory serves, a six-figure salary to lift employee morale and make their auras glow.


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