Open Thread – Weekend 18 June 2022


Fishing Boats at Honfleur, Claude Monet, 1868

2,410 responses to “Open Thread – Weekend 18 June 2022”

  1. Miltonf Avatar
    Miltonf

    Good morning all

  2. Damon Avatar
    Damon

    Spend a lot of time in galleries?

  3. Top Ender Avatar
    Top Ender

    Evening all.

    From the old thread for anyone who’s a tankie-type:

    Darwin Military Museum has just acquired a Centurion.

    Some nice pix online of it reversing to its spot on the grounds under its own power.

  4. Bourne1879 Avatar
    Bourne1879

    From a Courier Mail article. Clearly their editors are idiots as allowed it to go up with the word experimental when talking about vaccine kids. They simply don’t care.

    “The US has approved the Covid vaccine for its youngest and final age group yet to receive experimental mRNA shots in a milestone decision expected to be followed worldwide”.

  5. H B Bear Avatar
    H B Bear

    From a Courier Mail article. Clearly their editors are idiots as allowed it to go up with the word experimental when talking about vaccine kids. They simply don’t care.

    Or maybe they figure their readers just don’t care. I suspect the latter. I have never seen the immunisation rates for the younger cohorts trumpeted in the same way as the adult 2nd and 3rd rates. Any parent getting a 6 month old jabbed is preaching to the converted.

  6. Gabor Avatar
    Gabor

    Nuclear Ukraine?

    Upon Ukraine’s 1991 independence, over 1,700 Soviet nuclear weapons were left on its territory. Ukraine never possessed operational control of the weapons, and all were removed to Russia

  7. Slim Cognito Avatar
    Slim Cognito

    Insomniacs are easy to spot at this time of night.

  8. JC Avatar
    JC

    Except operational control doesn’t mean what you think it means or meant to convey. It doesn’t mean Ukraine would not have been able to have understood how to operate those
    nukes.

  9. JC Avatar

    Sanchez reported on it. It’s just so much fun watching the litte beta Scott Scott Farquhar receive a crack over the ears.

    The bug is affecting Atlassian Data Center and Server, a collaborative “groupwork” software commonly marketed to businesses, and one of the company’s best-selling products. Confluence has been designed to enable and facilitate remote working, with its homepage on the Atlassian website emphasizing it as a “remote-friendly team workspace.”

    The company released a fix at 10 a.m. on Friday, less than 24 hours after the advisory as posted. But the recently-discovered bug impacts older versions of Confluence dating back to 2013, according to tech news outlet The Register.

    Atlassian has urged users not to expose their Confluence software to the internet until a patch is released.

    It isn’t the first time that weaknesses in Atlassian’s Confluence server have been considered vulnerable to hackers. Last year, the Australian Cyber Security Center issued an alert to Confluence users warning of a “serious vulnerability” in the product’s privacy protocols that could allow attackers to access the server and execute code remotely without authorization or authentication.

    Confluence’s security issues exemplify one of the persistent problems associated with companies allowing employees to work from home indefinitely: cybersecurity concerns. It has been a headache for CEOs throughout the pandemic, and for executives like Musk—who reportedly has a habit of destroying his phone once a year out of security concerns—security issues with essential remote-work products like Confluence are just another reason to ask employees to return to the office.

    That’s not out of the 1950s.

    LOl.. What a fucking idiot.

  10. jupes Avatar
    jupes

    Honfleurs. Lovely little French town. Probably hasn’t changed too much since Claude sat down and painted it. Good choice of painting Dover.

  11. jupes Avatar
    jupes

    Hahaha. John Spooner.

  12. JC Avatar

    Some interesting stats that came out of the CDC about guns in America.

    1. For 20 years, from 1993 to 2013 (period when the data was examined) gun sales increased by 56% while murder by guns fell by 40%.

    2. The higher up the income scale, the less murders by guns

    These stats and findings by the CDC.

    Gun control you can support. Set an income floor and don’t allow guns to be sold to income groups below.
    We all know what that means and obviously would not be something the Rats would support. As someone said, sometimes the stats take you to places you just don’t want to go. 🙂

  13. Gabor Avatar
    Gabor

    Brave Girl

    https://twitter.com/eefjerammeloo/status/1536290756171862016

    Victoria police have a lot to answer for.

    Oh! as you were.
    These are amateurs.

  14. bespoke Avatar
  15. bespoke Avatar
    bespoke

    BREAKING: SpaceX fires employees behind open-letter campaign against Musk

    Free speech does not give you the right to other people’s podiums.

  16. Rex Anger Avatar
    Rex Anger

    It doesn’t mean Ukraine would not have been able to have understood how to operate those
    nukes.

    Soviet Strategic Rocket Forces* does not and never did mean Russian Strategic Rocket Forces…

    *By 1991 they had silos and other facilities operated in Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Ukraine.

    #UnbreakableUnionOfFreebornRepublics

  17. bespoke Avatar
    bespoke

    Gun control you can support. Set an income floor and don’t allow guns to be sold to income groups below.

    No!

  18. Davey Boy Avatar
    Davey Boy

    from The Breaking Up: Australia’s history since 1788
    GIVING VOICE TO THE WRONG QUESTION
    16th June 2022
    by Antony Barraclough

  19. Gabor Avatar
    Gabor

    The codes the codes!
    Turkey has nukes, US ones.
    Wonder if they can use them?
    On the other hand, from what we learned about the sloppiness of the US in Afghanistan, they probably can.

  20. feelthebern Avatar
    feelthebern

    The 3 best league players of all time (IMHO) in order:
    1) Wally Lewis;
    2) Laurie Daley;
    3) Andrew Johns.

    If Cameron Munster continues this years form at club & Origin level, it will be on par with the above 3.

  21. Tom Avatar
    Tom

    Adam Creighton:

    America’s economy: building back broke

    “Build back better” was the slogan, championed by none other than US President Joe Biden himself.
    The end of pandemic restrictions was meant to usher in a stronger, richer US, with more electric cars, less dependence on fossil fuels, improved infrastructure and higher wages.
    “We need to build America from the bottom up and the middle out, not from top down with the trickle-down economics that’s always failed us,” Biden said in a speech in October last year, laying out his Build Back Better framework.
    Build back broke, though, has been a better description of the post-pandemic reality so far as the world’s biggest economy teeters on recession and living standards rapidly go into reverse for the first time in a generation.
    “We’re looking right now at a calamity, something quite unlike anything we’ve seen in our lifetimes,” Kevin Hassett, former chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers under Donald Trump, tells Inquirer.
    The costs of the giant and historically unprecedented economic experiment that was the US (and our) response to Covid-19 – shutting down swathes of the economy and propping up households and business with money created by the central bank – are starting to emerge as the Russian war in Ukraine wreaks havoc on global energy supply.
    Inflation has lurched to almost 9 per cent across the year to May, the fastest pace since early 1981 and more than quadruple the US Federal Reserve’s target level.
    “It’s already entrenched; just a question of how far up it will go,” says Hassett, who has little confidence in the Biden administration’s ability to steer the US through an economic crisis.
    The bird’s-eye view of the economy has deteriorated rapidly this year. The US stockmarket has tanked more than 20 per cent since January. This month, consumer confidence dropped to the lowest level since the 1940s, according to the University of Michigan’s closely watched index.
    That’s probably no surprise when shopping, travel and home ownership have become a more financially painful experience.
    Last week the price of petrol exceeded $US5 a gallon ($1.90 a litre) for the first time, more than double the level of a year ago.
    Grocery prices have risen almost 10 per cent, including a 30 per cent jump for eggs, a breakfast staple. Airfares have soared 40 per cent in a handful of months. Rents, which have little to do with energy prices, rose 5.2 per cent across the year to May, the quickest pace in more than 20 years.
    THEAUSTRALIAN.COM.AU02:37
    Wall Street tanks amid recession concern
    Most Americans fix their home-loan interest rates, but for new homebuyers the cost of owning a home has risen, too. The average interest rate on 30-year home loans – the most common in the US – have risen to almost 6.3 per cent, their highest level since 2008.
    Meanwhile the economy, still the world’s largest, has started to shrink, declining 1.5 per cent in the first three months of the year at an annual rate.
    “When you have decline of GDP of that size, then about 90 per cent of the time since the second world war you have had a recession,” says Hassett, a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution.
    He suggests it is inevitable Australia will fall into recession too if the US does.
    Inquirer spoke to three former chairmen of the Council of Economic Advisers, established by president Harry Truman in 1946 to advise the White House on economic policy: Hassett; Jason Furman, who held the position under Barack Obama; and Greg Mankiw, who was chairman under George W. Bush.
    “A recession’s more likely than not,” says Mankiw, who thinks high inflation, something no one born after 1980 has any serious recollection of, has become entrenched.
    “My best guess is inflation comes down to 4 or 5 per cent, and hovers around there for a few years.”
    Furman, a Harvard University economics professor with ties to the ruling Democrats, is more optimistic. “Confidence is extremely low, but consumer balance sheets are very healthy,” he says, alluding to the pile of cash US households accumulated throughout the pandemic, thanks to the trillions of dollars in stimulus heaped on them by the Trump and Biden administrations. Consumption, which makes up about 60 per cent of the US economy and propped it up during the pandemic, has begun to wobble.
    Last month, retail spending fell 0.3 per cent on the previous month, the US Census Bureau said this week. It was a bigger drop than expected, after rocketing up 8 per cent during the previous 12 months.
    “If incomes decline by 5 per cent then for output to go up you have to borrow a lot or have a lot of resources from which you can purchase,” Hassett says.
    “But people are running out of money.” Wages growth has picked up to 5.2 per cent but remains well short of inflation. And as real incomes fall, it’s inevitable Americans will buy less, while the Washington spigot has been turned off for good.
    The authorities, who only a year or two ago were worried about inflation being too low, are fretting, understandably, about a repeat of the late 1970s when central banks had to jack up interest rates in a bid to crush inflation, tipping their economies into recession in the process. The Federal Reserve, spooked by much higher inflation than it anticipated, lifted its federal funds rate (equivalent to the Reserve Bank of Australia’s cash rate) by 0.75 percentage points on Wednesday to 1.75 per cent, the biggest increase in a single meeting since 1994.
    “The US economy is in a strong position and well positioned to deal with higher interest rates,” Federal Reserve chairman Jerome “Jay” Powell said, suggesting the US economy would grow 1.7 per cent this year and putting as positive a spin on developments as possible. Yet only a few hours before Powell began his press conference, the Atlanta Federal Reserve Bank, one of the 12 members of the sprawling US central bank, updated its forecast for economic growth in the second quarter of this year to 0 per cent.
    THEAUSTRALIAN.COM.AU01:50
    Biden isn’t doing enough on economy, Americans say
    The Atlanta bank’s track record, especially so late in the three-month period, is good, suggesting the US is, in fact, already in recession.
    The jobs market remains the one significant bright spot in the US economy. The unemployment rate, after soaring to almost 15 per cent in the early part of the pandemic, has fallen back to 3.6 per cent, where it was in February 2020, when it marked the lowest point since the ’60s.
    When interest rates increase, the economy slows, and businesses lay off workers, reducing demand for goods and services and thus inflation, so the theory goes.
    “It takes a particular person to end inflation and I’m not sure if Jay Powell is temperamentally like Volcker, who, remember, was deeply hated, only a hero with the benefit of hindsight,” Mankiw says, referring to former Federal Reserve chairman Paul Volker, who induced two recessions in quick succession in the 1980s to snuff out inflation.
    Thomas Hoenig, who was president of the US Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City for 20 years until 2011, is similarly sceptical.
    “If the FOMC (Federal Open Market Committee) follows past patterns it will tend to back off if the unemployment numbers get out of hand, and they’ll do that even if inflation remains 6 per cent or so,” Hoenig says. “They will be under enormous pressure to ease off.”
    The Federal Reserve, created in 1913, is nominally independent but in practice is vulnerable to political influence. It has had a mandate since 2012 to keep US inflation at 2 per cent.
    “The problem for them is you can’t say 5 per cent is close to 2, as you could with 1.5,” Mankiw says, referring to the Fed’s failure to meet its target even before the latest inflation jump.
    The Fed, and other central banks, have a very fine line to walk: increase rates too fast and the cure becomes worse than the disease; not enough and inflation expectations become entrenched.
    US consumers’ expectation for future inflation across the next 12 months jumped to 5.4 per cent in April, the highest level since the early ’80s.
    “And here’s a chilling thought, and not just for the US but for Australia too, is that the central bank interest rate has to be above the inflation rate for the inflation rate to go down – think about that,” Hassett says.
    In both nations that is far from the case, with real interest rates still significantly negative.
    It’s easy to dismiss the impact of the seemingly small increases in official interest rates the Fed has initiated, but they can pack a huge punch when increasing from a low level.
    Basic mathematics implies a doubling of home-loan interest rates will halve the sum a household can borrow for a given monthly interest repayment. When households hoping to borrow $1m suddenly find they can afford only around $500,000, the impact on asset prices could be huge.
    US government debt, which has surged well beyond 100 per cent of gross domestic product, has another complication for the Fed.
    “It will become a factor very quickly; if the Fed isn’t funding it then the private sector has to, so rates will go up, and that interest part of government spending could go up very dramatically,” says Hoenig, who later became vice-chairman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, an independent agency of the US government.
    “There’s no immediate way of stopping inflation; you put all this stimulus out there, all this artificial demand created by significant increases in money printing – it’s going to take time.”
    The Democrats, naturally, have been eager to blame Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, supply bottlenecks as nations emerged from the Covid-19 pandemic, and even big oil and shipping corporations.
    “Some of this stuff is ridiculous,” Mankiw says. “Blaming oil companies for excess profits, it’s all politics.”
    Biden wrote a letter to seven US oil giants on Wednesday, demanding they increase oil production to reduce pressure.
    Even Furman, echoing the stronger criticism of Biden from former Clinton-era Treasury secretary Larry Summers throughout last year, agrees the Biden administration deserves at least some of the blame.
    “Policymakers – via a combination of extremely expansionary monetary and fiscal policy – tried to push the economy past where it could go,” he says politely, recommending greater fiscal restraint.
    Hassett is less charitable. “Right now you can basically go to Toys R Us, and go down the infant toy aisle and find a better president,” he says. “And once markets understand how devoid of talent the administration is, it’s going to be a very frightening time.”
    In 1948, American diplomat and historian George Kennan pointed out the US had 50 per cent of the world’s wealth but only 6.3 per cent of its people:
    “This disparity is particularly great as between ourselves and the peoples of Asia. In this situation, we cannot fail to be the object of envy and resentment,” he wrote.
    The people of Asia have since become vastly richer and more influential, especially the Chinese. Last year, the US, with about 4.5 per cent of the world’s population, held less than 30 per cent of the world’s wealth.
    But it still casts a long economic shadow, including over Australia, where it remains the largest foreign investor, even if China has become Australia’s largest trading partner.
    “Countries around the world borrow in dollars,” Furman says. “What happens to US interest rates and US exchange rates and US GDP matter more than any other country in the world.”
    Indeed, the Australian dollar is already languishing in the high US60c range, despite record iron ore and coal prices. Money is rushing back to the US to capitalise on the higher interest rates.
    The two nations’ economic cycles have tracked closely in the past. Both responded to the pandemic similarly (massive central bank-financed government spending), both have record low unemployment, rising interest rates and plunging consumer and business confidence.
    The best hope for the Australian and US economies might be the sudden worry about a recession. The economy rarely lives up the predictions of the consensus. “I’ve been around macro-economics long enough to know nothing is inevitable,” Mankiw says.

  22. calli Avatar
    calli

    Honfleurs. Lovely little French town

    It is, jupes. We stayed there a few years BC in a little B&B. Parked the car in a cupboard up the road, trundled our cases down only to find our room was in a turret at the top of a stone spiral. The spiral had a handrail of sorts – it was a piece of rope.

    Undismayed, the young lady at the desk whisked each case up at lightning speed as we gaped at her strength and obvious good humour. The view across the town and harbour from our little attic space was worth the climb. There is a church in the town that has an interior like an upturned boat. Also calvados. Much…much calvados.

    On leaving, the Beloved refused to allow the concierge to take those beastly cases down. Untying the rope handrail, he used it to lower them down the spiral, re-attached it and down we both came.

    Mr Ingenuity. 🙂

  23. Bruce of Newcastle Avatar
    Bruce of Newcastle

    Leak makes it into ZeroHedge.

    Australia’s Energy Crisis Worsens As Gov’t Ask People To Keep Lights Off To Avert Blackouts (17 Jun)

    Interestingly the cartoon is from the print version, so how that got into ZH is curious. And Aussie ZH writer?

  24. HT Avatar
    HT

    Stupid iPhone tiny screen! Sorry I “reported” someone’s post and can’t undo it.

  25. Rex Anger Avatar
    Rex Anger

    The codes the codes!

    And?

    The Soviet/Russian system allowed both centralised control of missile launch authorisation from the Soviet Premier and semi-independent release authority from the General Staff’s own Command Centres.

    Here is my source: https://nuke.fas.org/guide/russia/c3i/index.html

    As the source says:

    Physical control of the unlock and launch authorization codes resides with the military, the General Staff has direct access to these codes, and can initiate a missile attack with or without the permission of political authorities.

    The Russian General Staff has two methods for launching nuclear weapons. Following the American pattern, the unlock and launch authorization codes held by the General Staff at their command centers can be sent directly to individual weapons commanders, who would execute the launch procedures […] Or, the General Staff could direct missile launches directly from command centers in the Moscow vicinity or alternative facilities at Chekhov, Penza, and elsewhere. This is a remote launch of land-based strategic missiles would bypass the subordinate chain of command and missile launch crews.

    Given this information, clever clog, can you really and honestly say that the Ukrainian government could never have operated those ballistic missiles?

    Especially given, as per the wiki entry on the Ukrainian Strategic Missile Forces Museum at Pobuzke (formerly one of those aforementioned Command Centres):

    After the dissolution of the Soviet Union, Ukraine held about one third of the Soviet nuclear arsenal, the third largest in the world at the time, as well as significant means of its design and production.[1] 130 UR-100N/RS-18 intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM) with six warheads each, 46 RT-23 Molodets ICBMs with ten warheads apiece, as well as 33 heavy bombers, totalling approximately 1,700 warheads remained on Ukrainian territory.[2]

    Anymore pro-Rus and anti-Ukrainian apologia you want to drop, Gabor?

  26. Rex Anger Avatar
    Rex Anger

    Especially given, as per the wiki entry on the Ukrainian Strategic Missile Forces Museum at Pobuzke (formerly one of those aforementioned Command Centres):

    And here is the source entry for that:

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strategic_missile_forces_museum_in_Ukraine

  27. calli Avatar
    calli

    Speaking of dismay, I’m still struggling over the government’s attitude to the electricity suppliers. The whole kit and caboodle was sold off, the market was distorted with oodles of subsidies and the suppliers went with the most profitable option.

    What did everyone think they were going to do? Operate their businesses as a charity?

  28. Bruce of Newcastle Avatar
    Bruce of Newcastle

    It’ll be interesting to see what happens from this.

    Walmart pulls MyPillow products from stores (16 Jun. via Surber)

    Walmart said it pulled MyPillow products from its stores as the pillow company’s founder and CEO Mike Lindell continues to falsely claim the 2020 presidential election was rigged against former President Trump.

    A Walmart spokesperson confirmed the products’ removal after Lindell posted a series of live videos on his Facebook page in which he talked about the decision in interviews with conservative podcasters.

    When you get political and annoy about a third of the US population, a particular demographic which is highly prone towards a furious but quiet reaction to such things, the cratering of general sales will overwhelm any profit or loss you might have had on the pillows.

  29. calli Avatar
    calli

    Ahahaha! Warren Brown wins the cartoons!

    Perfect.

  30. calli Avatar
    calli

    Bruce, the My Pillows are part of Walmart’s “excess stock” that they were whinging about last week. 😀

    If you can’t move already keenly priced goods because the demographic you service has no discretionary spending money because of government policy…of course you would go even more political.

    It makes no sense in the real world of commerce, but perfect sense on Planet Woke.

  31. Bruce of Newcastle Avatar
    Bruce of Newcastle

    Blair’s Law sprouts wings.

    Bird Activists Team with Intersectional Drag Queen for Climate Change Music Video ‘Queering the Environmental Space’ (16 Jun, via Climate Depot)

    The Audubon Society has released a music video, featuring an intersectional drag queen, explaining how birds’ battle against climate change provides humans with a “message of hope.”

    The video, “Birds Tell Us: The Song of the Meadowlark,” featuring a drag queen dressed as a meadowlark bird-person, both honors LGBTQ “Pride Month” and addresses the issue of climate change

    I do hope it doesn’t encounter a wind turbine. That would be messy.

  32. GreyRanga Avatar
    GreyRanga

    Rex I wouldn’t be quoting 25 year old information about nuclear codes. Do you really think the Russkies left the security of these weapons to the Ukes in the intervening years.

  33. calli Avatar
    calli

    On the QWERTY Meadowlark, can’t help but think of this:

    Eccl 9:4 The hearts of people, moreover, are full of evil and there is madness in their hearts while they live, and afterward they join the dead.

    Particularly if they hit the rotors.

    The Audubon Society, founded in 1905, is the latest grisly intersection of three ineviabilities:

    – Blair’s Law
    – Conquest’s 2nd Law
    – Iowahawk’s (nyuk nyuk) Skinsuit Law

  34. calli Avatar
    calli

    inevitablities

  35. Rex Anger Avatar
    Rex Anger

    Rex I wouldn’t be quoting 25 year old information about nuclear codes.

    I think that in the context of Hohols could never control their nukes (They was Russian!), so the claim they should never have given them up is invalid, and with a follow-up of muh nuclear codes! when it was pointed out that not just Russians served in the Soviet Strategic Rocket forces, it is thoroughly applicable to the argument.

    Do you really think the Russkies left the security of these weapons to the Ukes in the intervening years.

    Yes. Before Vlad Bae, Russia was struggling to keep itself together and economically afloat. Except where it could closely exert control (and really, Transistra is an oddball thanks to a rogue Russian brigade that never really left Moldova after independence was declared), its former vassal states were left to fend for themselves.

    Hence the UN and US’ rush at the time to try and tidy all that mess up, before rogue states and folks with lethal agendas started helping themselves. There is a reason that most action thrillers in the period 1991-2003 were focussed around nuclear macguffins acquired by dangerous third parties from nonspecific-but-clearly-identifiable ex-Soviet Eastern European countries. It reflected the popular fears of the era.

    In trying to dismiss me, you also clearly missed the bit about Ukraine being left holding most of the means of the Soviet nuclear arsenal’s production.

    That means they could produce everything from the fuel valves and fasteners to the lockouts and safety mechanisms, and employed the folks who designed, engineered and used same.

    But for the fact that the Ukrainian government chose non-proliferation between 1994 and 1997, no doubt aided by the expense of maintaining such a large stock of Soviet weaponry, in a limited economy an uneasy wider world and many promises of economic aid if they did, they had all the capacity to continue being a de facto nuclear power.

    Stop making excuses for poor old Mama Russia- They left the kit and infrastructure behind when their latest empire collapsed. And a whole lot of people who knew what they were doing.

    And trying to argue after the fact that Russia really held all the strings, (Honest! 🙁 ) is like watching a lifelong member of Sinn Fein with a family full of Provos trying to tie themselves in knots in their efforts to explain how the IRA really didn’t inconvenience the lives of the average inhabitant of Northern Ireland all that much during the Troubles. Honest…

  36. Rockdoctor Avatar
    Rockdoctor

    LOL try this in Victoriastan, cops would threaten you with arrest while they faffed about wondering what to do with the protestors:

    https://twitter.com/RitaPanahi/status/1537571285714104321

  37. Rex Anger Avatar
    Rex Anger

    Anyway, have I offended some zeitgeist regarding the Bear?

    Or is the thought of a continent-spanning nuclear empire collapsing so thoroughly and abruptly it left arsenals of active WMD scattered like ruined castles throughout its and suddenly-ungoverned former territories so utterly appalling as to be unthinkable?

    Because 30 years ago, that’s exactly what happened. And praise God that nobody rushed to take advantage of that…

  38. Indolent Avatar
    Indolent

    But they’re approving it for babies.

    a tale of two regulators

  39. Eyrie Avatar
    Eyrie

    LOL try this in Victoriastan, cops would threaten you with arrest while they faffed about wondering what to do with the protestors:
    Should have thrown them bodily over the safety rails.

  40. duncanm Avatar
    duncanm

    rosiesays:
    June 18, 2022 at 5:58 am
    muclear beats solar, hands down.

    nice summary – where’s m0nty ?

  41. Bluey Avatar
    Bluey

    GreyRangasays:
    June 18, 2022 at 8:14 am
    Rex I wouldn’t be quoting 25 year old information about nuclear codes. Do you really think the Russkies left the security of these weapons to the Ukes in the intervening years.

    From what I’ve read on it, the Soviet launch permissions were very decentralised. Those who could tug the string of nuclear war were quite low on the totem pole, because they didn’t have the capability to call home.
    It’s very likely the weapon in Ukraine could have been used. Once they gave them up, after all parties got the assurances they wanted, I’m pretty sure they could’ve restarted so long as the personnel weren’t pinched by other powers.
    Hell, that was pretty much the announcement at the start of the year, that they were going to seek nuclear armament.

  42. Rex Anger Avatar
    Rex Anger

    Monkeypox? – U.S. Gov. Data proves Covid-19 Vaccines increase risk of suffering Shingles by at least 4925%

    So that’s why we’ve been bombarded with shingles vaccination adverts since the Coof booster was proposed.

    When was it, September or October last year? Or a bit more recently? I can’t be sure, but I do know the Talk to your Doctor about Shingles TV ad campaign picked right up about that same time.

  43. Eyrie Avatar
    Eyrie

    Here’s another bunch of Green scammers. Remarkably short of detail.

  44. Eyrie Avatar
    Eyrie

    Sorry, here’s the link: https://www.zeroavia.com/

  45. Rockdoctor Avatar
    Rockdoctor

    UK snapping it’s heels together and offloading Assage. Cynic in me says it is deliberate that he is being returned to Oz, easy way to exile him. Send him back to his country of citizenship and then the rest of the western world has him persona non grata. Can’t travel easily and one of the 5 eyes can keep a very close eye on him indeed:

    https://theconservativetreehouse.com/blog/2022/06/17/uk-agrees-to-extradite-julian-assange-to-u-s-after-assurances-he-will-be-imprisoned-in-australia/

    He actually has a small cult following on his former home Magnetic Is off Townsville among the alternative lifestyles out there.

  46. cohenite Avatar
    cohenite

    From the last thread:

    bespokesays:
    June 18, 2022 at 5:17 am
    BREAKING: SpaceX fires employees behind open-letter campaign against Musk

    Free speech does not give you the right to other people’s podiums.

    The more Elon does the more I like him.

  47. Rex Anger Avatar
    Rex Anger

    Sorry, here’s the link: https://www.zeroavia.com/

    I’ll be impressed to see how they get around the issues of storing gaseous hydrogen at altitude. And if they go liquid, I’m pretty sure hydrogen is a cryogenic liquid that is even more energetically excitable than a bogan chick on her seventh Bacardi at a Hen’s Night…

    (And ammonia isn’t much better)

    #Flashpoint

  48. Sancho Panzer Avatar
    Sancho Panzer

    A couple of days ago there was footage on the news of a midget light aircraft making an emergency landing in a paddock in Queensssland.
    We later see the pilot who had a couple of minor bumps and scrapes.
    An older tubby guy decked out in the full flying suit and aviators.
    Maybe forgot about fuel while he was checking out his Tom Cruise look in the mirror.
    Funny as.

  49. flyingduk Avatar
    flyingduk

    muclear beats solar, hands down.

    Solar IS Muclear!

  50. flyingduk Avatar
    flyingduk

    Speaking of dismay, I’m still struggling over the government’s attitude to the electricity suppliers. The whole kit and caboodle was sold off, the market was distorted with oodles of subsidies and the suppliers went with the most profitable option.

    Correct, the AEMO is NOT a ‘Market’, it is a centrally planned electricity supply and distribution system. I note the media are all reading the same talking point: the ‘free market’ has been suspended to deal with the ‘energy crisis’.

  51. cohenite Avatar
    cohenite

    JCsays:
    June 18, 2022 at 4:21 am
    Some interesting stats that came out of the CDC about guns in America.

    1. For 20 years, from 1993 to 2013 (period when the data was examined) gun sales increased by 56% while murder by guns fell by 40%.

    2. The higher up the income scale, the less murders by guns

    These stats and findings by the CDC.

    The same thing happened in NSW; from 2001 to 2015:

    Licence holders increased from 180,000 to 217000
    Registered firearms increased from 619000 to 850000
    Every measure of firearm violence from suicide, homicide to armed robbery declined.

    In the US if you take away black on black gun violence their rate of gun homicide is about the same as ours. In fact the rate of gun violence among black Americans is the highest by far of any ethnic group or nation in the world.

  52. Rex Anger Avatar
    Rex Anger

    Solar IS Muclear!

    Except that it happens far enough away from the average lefty that they feel virtuous about it.

    That’s the thing with lefties these days- If something they don’t like happens within their visual range, they fight tooth and nail to destroy it. But if they can’t see it, it’s perfectly alright.

    This is why export gas and coal and iron ore is kind of OK, but the sight of a water vapour tower at Lake Liddell or Eraring induces apoplexy…

  53. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha Avatar
    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Honfleurs. Lovely little French town

    It is. From memory, it was in Honfleurs that we were part of a group of tourists wandering around the town, and someone wanted to know why there was a restaurant selling Vietnamese food in a French town…

  54. Rabz Avatar
    Rabz

    America’s economy: building back broke

    An unrelenting horror show all courtesy of a stolen election and an incontinent geriatric imbecile who doesn’t know what day it is, who he is or what planet he’s on.

    But he’s got hairy legs (apparently) so it’s all hunky dory, ol’ glory.

  55. Eyrie Avatar
    Eyrie

    Rex, they are talking compressed hydrogen. I note the solar production by electrolyis, then you need to compress it, run it through a fuel cell to drive the electric motor. I might do some numbers on that later. Note also the truck carrying the hydrogen cylinders from point of production to aircraft. I wonder how much hydrogen that uses?
    Ammonia has its own problems. Can you use ammonia in a fuel cell? I know a car company was planning on using hydrazine. I can just see filling your car with that at the local servo!

  56. GreyRanga Avatar
    GreyRanga

    I’m not dismissing you Rex, I’m adding perspective. I think you have lost the plot. I doubt the nukes have been maintained. After this time they are more likely to be a danger to the Ukes. The nukes are remote controlled so can they be locked out remotely? There are more questions than answers and us thousands of km away haven’t a clue.

  57. sfw Avatar
    sfw

    My mothers pretty crook in hospital at the moment, likely she won’t get through this, anyway she’s in a lot of pain, but the only pain relief is paracetamol and some tablet under her tongue once a day. She is in agony for much of the day, the hospital won’t give her strong pain relief as she may get addicted to it. Mum’s 87, in poor health and unlikely to survive, surely addiction to pain relief is the last thing they should be concerned about.

    It wasn’t that long ago that you could buy Codral and strong pain relief from the shelf of a chemist shop, now there seems to be a concerted effort to let people suffer. I don’t get it.

  58. feelthebern Avatar
    feelthebern

    Thanks Tom.
    Creighton is producing some great columns.
    Hanging out with the Grayzone team has done him wonders.

  59. Rabz Avatar
    Rabz

    a music video, featuring an intersectional drag queen, explaining how the bird’s battle against climate change provides humans with a “message of hope.”

    Did fractional reserve banking get a mention?

    His greatest moment is still the “message of hope” he conveyed to poor ol’ Clive “suspend democracy” Hamilton.

    One for the ages that will never grow old.

  60. Bourne1879 Avatar
    Bourne1879

    If anybody listening to 4BC in next half hour would be interested in what Dr Paul Griffin has to say about why neceassary for Govt extension emergency health powers for another 90 days. May have missed it already.

  61. feelthebern Avatar
    feelthebern

    Tom Cruise is 59.
    The typical American 1o year old would have consumed more added sugar than he would have in the last 30 years.

  62. Rabz Avatar
    Rabz

    why necessary for Govt extension emergency health powers for another 90 days

    Fascists gotta fascist.

    Not to mention relevance deprivation syndrome. Even worse than “long bat flu”, apparently.

  63. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha Avatar
    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    From “The Age.”

    If we fail to prosecute war crimes, the law is a ‘dead letter,’ says inquiry judge
    By Nick McKenzie and Chris Masters
    June 18, 2022 — 5.00am

    The senior judge who led the biggest and most damning war crimes inquiry in Australian history has said that investigating and prosecuting war crimes is vital to preserve the nation’s “reputation and standing”.

    In a rare public foray, NSW Court of Appeal Justice Paul Brereton warned in a speech earlier this month that Australian laws prohibiting war crimes “are pointless if they are not enforced, and a law which is not enforced soon becomes a dead letter”. He also flagged “the risk that national chauvinism might trump justice according to the international law of armed conflict”.

    Brereton conducted the long-running military inspector-general’s inquiry into war crimes in Afghanistan, which issued its explosive public report in November 2020.

    His comments come as the Australian Federal Police’s (AFP) parallel war crimes inquiry passed its four-year anniversary this month, having not laid a single charge or absolved any suspect since beginning in June 2018. Since May 2020, the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions, Sarah McNaughton, SC, has been analysing interim briefs of evidence compiled by the police inquiry.

    Complicated investigations can take years for police and prosecutors to resolve, either by reaching a decision to prosecute or by concluding there is insufficient evidence to charge. But the four years and counting timeline of the AFP’s Afghan war crimes investigation is causing concern among lawyers and supporters of witnesses.

    According to sources dealing with police witnesses, some have not heard from the AFP in many months and they are concerned that, as more time passes, memories will fade.

    Concern about the AFP’s ability to handle the multiple war crimes allegations arising out of the Brereton inquiry led to the creation of a dedicated war crimes agency, the Office of the Special Investigator, in early 2021. While the OSI has launched its own inquiries, the AFP has retained carriage of the probes it began in 2018.

    In a lecture at the Military History Society on June 4, Brereton did not mention Afghanistan and spoke only of war crimes case studies dating back decades. But his public comments are significant because his investigation was the catalyst for the police inquiries into multiple Australian soldiers over allegations they executed prisoners in Afghanistan.

    The judge’s speech was made all the more remarkable by the attendance of another judicial heavyweight, Len Roberts-Smith, a former West Australian Supreme Court judge and the father of Victoria Cross recipient Ben Roberts-Smith. In his role as military inspector-general probing alleged war crimes, Brereton referred Roberts-Smith and two other former soldiers to the Chief of the Defence Force in May 2018, triggering the AFP’s ongoing inquiry.

    Roberts-Smith jnr has previously publicly attacked the work of the Brereton Inquiry, claiming it was based on rumours rather than evidence.

    Len Roberts-Smith, also a former judge advocate general for the Australian Defence Force, sat in the front row of the small auditorium, a few feet from Brereton, during the speech. Earlier this year, Roberts-Smith snr regularly attended the defamation trial launched by his son against The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald and The Canberra Times for implicating him in war crimes allegations.

    In June last year, Roberts-Smith snr issued a statement attacking the allegations. “We never expected that our son would be unfairly attacked in this manner after he served his country in Afghanistan with distinction and risked his life,” it said.

  64. P Avatar
    P

    UK Agrees to Extradite Julian Assange to U.S. After Assurances He Will Be Imprisoned in Australia
    June 17, 2022 | Sundance

    Apparently, the U.K. courts were sympathetic to the claims by Julian Assange lawyers that U.S. government assassins would kill him. However, after the DOJ assured the Brits that Assange would be imprisoned in Australia, not the U.S. after trial, the U.K. are ok with extraditing him. However, Assange still has six appeals and three courts left who will hear his appeals, so don’t expect anything to actually happen soon.

  65. Salvatore, Understaffed & Overworked Martyr to Govt Covid Stupidity Avatar
    Salvatore, Understaffed & Overworked Martyr to Govt Covid Stupidity

    Justice Paul Brereton warned in a speech earlier this month that Australian laws prohibiting war crimes “are pointless if they are not enforced

    Quite a lot of lawyers think in this manner.

    A component of studying law is the almost total neutering of the capacity to be logical.

  66. calli Avatar
    calli

    She is in agony for much of the day, the hospital won’t give her strong pain relief as she may get addicted to it.

    Sfw, I don’t understand this attitude. Pain relief helps healing.

    I have a bad feeling about where all this is heading. And by “all this” I mean the withholding of painkillers and the promotion of euthanasia because “excessive pain” and “dignity”. Palliative care shouldn’t be this way, and isn’t for many of the excellent and compassionate practitioners out there.

  67. Tom Avatar
    Tom

    Hanging out with the Grayzone team has done him [Adam Creighton] wonders.

    Bern, I think it’s more to do with the fact that:

    a) Creighton is actually curious about the world — a rarity in an industry which the vast majority of journalists see as an opportunity to push an ideology that makes them popular among their Green-voting friends, but which the plebs are too dumb to understand.

    b) He has an economics degree and (dare I believe?) understands that the Keynesian sheep who have overrun central banks and the economics profession have ZERO idea how economies actually work.

  68. Dr Faustus Avatar
    Dr Faustus

    Monkeypox? – U.S. Gov. Data proves Covid-19 Vaccines increase risk of suffering Shingles by at least 4925%

    The basis for the New Terror?

    According to a scientific study published in 1988, it’s virtually impossible to distinguish between monkeypox and chickenpox.

    The SCIENTIFIC study says:

    In Zaire in the period 1981-1986, 977 persons with skin eruption not clinically diagnosed as human monkeypox were laboratory tested. 3.3% of human monkeypox cases were found among 730 patients diagnosed as cases of chickenpox…

    So, 24 misdiagnoses, out of a sample of 730 chickenpox patients, in Zaire, across 5 years in the early 1980’s.

    Vax-related 4925% increase in shingles confirmed.

    The Exposé: the Benny Hill Show of trusted bloggers.

  69. Roger Avatar
    Roger

    Palliative care shouldn’t be this way, and isn’t for many of the excellent and compassionate practitioners out there.

    I concluded sfw’s mum wasn’t in pallaiative care, because if she was she wouldn’t be in pain.

  70. H B Bear Avatar
    H B Bear

    Creighton has long been one of the few Australian j’ismists worth reading.

  71. flyingduk Avatar
    flyingduk

    It wasn’t that long ago that you could buy Codral and strong pain relief from the shelf of a chemist shop, now there seems to be a concerted effort to let people suffer. I don’t get it.

    What you are seeing is the intersection of 2 trends

    1) ‘Safety Culture’ – Governments job is to protect you against any and all harms (irrespective of any and all harms said protection itself causes – Exhibit A: the last 2 years)
    2) The ‘Tyranny of Experts’ – you stupid proles are incapable of knowing what’s good for them, and its virtuous to force them to make the right ‘decisions’.

    In short, we have been forcibly infantilised, even our 87 year olds.

  72. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha Avatar
    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Swimming to bite transgender bullet
    Julian Linden
    swimming
    News Corp Australia Sports Newsroom
    6:37AM June 18, 2022
    1 Comment

    The most divisive issue world sport has faced since apartheid is about to boil over, with swimming officials set to make a historic ruling that could define transgender ­participation in women’s sport.

    Swimming’s world governing body FINA is set to confront the hot potato decision that sports officials around the world have been terrified of making at a landmark meeting in Budapest on Sunday.

    There is no simple win-win ­solution in the highly emotional feud between inclusion of transgender athletes and fair play for biological female athletes, but FINA is prepared to be the first sport to tackle the issue head on.

    Knowing that the first one through the wall will get a bloodied nose, no major sport has had the guts to make a definitive ruling, but highly placed sources have told News Corp that will all change this weekend – and the global response will be deafening.

  73. GreyRanga Avatar
    GreyRanga

    Best wishes for your Mum sfw. Here in Carnbra we have no trouble with pain relief.

  74. incoherent rambler Avatar
    incoherent rambler

    I know a car company was planning on using hydrazine.

    Now your talking.
    That dull glow on the horizon would be monty going for a drive.

  75. shatterzzz Avatar
    shatterzzz

    Complicated investigations can take years for police and prosecutors to resolve
    If an “investigation” can take years then there is NO crime .. just someone looking for a crime .. evidence does not take years to uncover .. it either there (for interpretation) or it isn’t! ..
    no if’s or but’s involved .. FFS!

  76. calli Avatar
    calli

    Palliative care in its broadest terms, Roger. Not just “end of life”.

    But yes, if it was true palliative care, pain relief would be a priority.

  77. Bruce of Newcastle Avatar
    Bruce of Newcastle

    UK Agrees to Extradite Julian Assange to U.S.

    Of course the European Court of Justice will now block his extradition because that’s what they did to the Rwanda deportation flights. The ECJ wouldn’t want to be applying their version of justice unfairly would they? They’d never ever be unfair, not in a million years, not even to class-enemies like Assange.

  78. Roger Avatar
    Roger

    Palliative care in its broadest terms, Roger. Not just “end of life”.

    I’d be preparing a formal complaint.

  79. Bruce Avatar
    Bruce

    Re the Musk caper:

    I learned at an early age that it is “poor form” to traduce one’s employer.

    Especially openly, on a global stage.

    Poor “form”, utterly arrogant and usually ends like this.

    Known as “an object lesson”.

  80. Hugh Avatar
    Hugh

    I am sorry to hear about your mother sfw. I agree that it is a dog act to withhold proper pain relief from a person who needs it.

    For anyone who is interested, there is a certain seed which is a popular bread roll topping… (you can probably figure out the rest)

  81. Eyrie Avatar
    Eyrie

    Here’s an article on using hydrazine in fuels for cars:
    https://www.greencarcongress.com/2007/09/daihatsu-develo.html
    It actually doesn’t seem all that unreasonable.

  82. shatterzzz Avatar
    shatterzzz

    He actually has a small cult following on his former home Magnetic Is off Townsville among the alternative lifestyles out there.
    He’d fit in in very well in Biloela .. they luvs “outcasts” and he can swap detention yarns over the BBQ wiv the “neighbours” .. LOL!

  83. Eyrie Avatar
    Eyrie

    But yes, if it was true palliative care, pain relief would be a priority.
    If it was they’d still be using heroin.

  84. dover0beach Avatar

    AZ OSINT
    @AZmilitary1
    ? Lost 50%: The Ministry of Defense of Ukraine for the first time announced the figures of losses of the Armed Forces in equipment during the war.

    “We lost about 50%. This is about 1300 infantry fighting vehicles, 400 tanks, 700 artillery systems,”

  85. H B Bear Avatar
    H B Bear

    FINA v the Trannies should be more fun than the wrestling.

  86. H B Bear Avatar
    H B Bear

    Feather boas at dawn.

  87. calli Avatar
    calli

    You mean morphine? Quite so.

  88. shatterzzz Avatar
    shatterzzz

    the hospital won’t give her strong pain relief as she may get addicted to it. Mum’s 87, in poor health and unlikely to survive, surely addiction to pain relief is the last thing they should be concerned about.

    Yet if she was in a prison hospital (at any age) and denied pain relief the “bleedin’ ‘eart” mobs woud be up in arms and their media “maaates” squealing about “barbaric” treatment …. FFS!

  89. shatterzzz Avatar
    shatterzzz

    “We lost about 50%. This is about 1300 infantry fighting vehicles, 400 tanks, 700 artillery systems,”
    And 20 BUSHMASTERS .. lest we forget .. LOL!

  90. Timothy Neilson Avatar
    Timothy Neilson

    There is no simple win-win ­solution in the highly emotional feud between inclusion of transgender athletes and fair play for biological female athletes, but FINA is prepared to be the first sport to tackle the issue head on.

    It’s actually easy.
    Just amend the rules to state that the sport is segregated between Y chromosome people and non-Y chromosome people.
    Announce solemnly that the sporting body is 100% committed to upholding and vindicating the trannies’ identities as “women”, but that “women” and “men” has nothing to do with how the sport is segregated.
    Sure, the Y chromosome “women” athletes will whine, but by doing so they’ll just make themselves an even more ludicrous spectacle than they are already.

  91. Eyrie Avatar
    Eyrie

    You mean morphine? Quite so.

    No, heroin. It is apparently better or so Mrs Eyrie R.N. tells me. She was involved with the last use of for medical purposes in NZ.

  92. Rabz Avatar
    Rabz

    20 Bushmasters

    The peddling of those mobile coffins to the poor li’l Ukes was first floated publicly by that waffling windbag Sheridan on Sky one evening (on Blot’s or Crudlin’s, can’t remember which).

    The sheer unrelenting idiocy and arrogance of our braindead politico/bureaucrat/meeja class strikes again.

  93. Nelson_Kidd-Players Avatar

    Voice for Victoria reporting in government vaccine mandates to be lifted for most industries (mainly excluding health care). Up to employers in other cases, who would be silly to keep anything in place beyond the regulations.

    Back to work, guys…

  94. OldOzzie Avatar
    OldOzzie

    HTsays:
    June 18, 2022 at 7:34 am
    Stupid iPhone tiny screen! Sorry I “reported” someone’s post and can’t undo it.

    Mea Culpa, dover0beach, I also sinned today – stupid fingers following little brain

  95. Rabz Avatar
    Rabz

    Just amend the rules to state that the sport is segregated between Y chromosome people and non-Y chromosome people

    No. I want to see them tying themselves in knots trying to justify wallies with todgers competing as women.

    I’d be surprised if there were any biologists in FINA anyway.

  96. calli Avatar
    calli

    Interesting Eyrie. On an another issue, happy to dispense druggies methadone from the pharmacy but incapable of giving the elderly pain relief.

  97. calli Avatar
    calli

    Salsa dancing for the disabled, but no pain relief for you!

  98. Rabz Avatar
    Rabz

    (pain relieving) Drugs are bad, mkay!

  99. Nelson_Kidd-Players Avatar

    Oh, and Calli, I still haven’t forgotten about you referring to rocket scientists in the context of yesterday’s lettuce discussion.

    I fear your conflation is just the tip of the iceberg…

  100. Zipster Avatar
    Zipster

    U.S. Gov. Data proves Covid-19 Vaccines increase risk of suffering Shingles by at least 4925%

    reactivation of shingles is caused by trashing t-cells. clearly this will result in increases in cancer and numerous other issues.

  101. shatterzzz Avatar
    shatterzzz

    After paying rent, Mr O’Brien has a little under $300 a week to survive off, which he said left him rugged up with all the lights off just watching the television most nights.

    Makes you wonder what he does with his money? .. I’m on OAP and in the same boat with a bit over $300 a week to “survive”on, after rent, and have no problems “surviving” & paying the bills .. in fact I very rarely spend it all!
    Methinx, these “journos” don’t listen properly or do their homework .. OAPs get paid fortnightly and most of us talk “fortnightly” when it comes to money .. out of habit .. LOL!
    https://www.msn.com/en-au/news/australia/cash-strapped-pensioners-reveal-desperate-measures-to-cut-back-on-power-as-cost-of-living-rises/ar-AAYzxQ6?li=AAgfLCP

  102. dover0beach Avatar

    Soviet Strategic Rocket Forces* does not and never did mean Russian Strategic Rocket Forces…

    *By 1991 they had silos and other facilities operated in Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Ukraine.

    As far as I understand it, the strategic nukes were under the complete control of Moscow. The only ambiguity is whether the tactical nukes in this or that region, like the military equipment, would grandfather to the newly created independent republics.

  103. Sancho Panzer Avatar
    Sancho Panzer

    My mother was in palliative care in 2010.
    She had her own portable morphine pump at home.
    I would complain in writing. I smell a naturopathic zealot in nursing middle-management.

  104. lotocoti Avatar
    lotocoti

    We lost about 50%. This is about 1300 infantry fighting vehicles, 400 tanks, 700 artillery systems

    Is he:
    A) Telling the truth.
    B) Under reporting, because the true numbers are a lot worse.
    C) Over reporting, to speed up deliveries of those NATO game changers.
    D) Over reporting, because they’re preparing to give the Russkis a fisting,
    Bagration style.

  105. Rex Anger Avatar
    Rex Anger

    GreyRanga, Ukraine gave up all its nuclear weapons (to Russia, no less) for disposal between 1994 and 1997. And received many guarantees from Russia and the US alike over maintaining its sovereignty.

    The warheads no longer exist. Which is why the statement that Ukraine would never have been pushed about the way it has been if it was still armed has remained. And gained greater currency since April 2014 and Feb 24th.

    As for telling me I’ve allegedly lost the plot, well, get in line. 🙂

    It’s a common claim when I say something here that runs counter to the Cat’s zeitgeist or Acceptable Salon Talk… 🙂 🙂 🙂

  106. Dr Faustus Avatar
    Dr Faustus

    I fear your conflation is just the tip of the iceberg…

    I romaine to be convinced…

  107. calli Avatar
    calli

    I smell a naturopathic zealot in nursing middle-management.

    Or…they are rationing drugs due to short supply.

  108. Nelson_Kidd-Players Avatar

    Can Soviet Strategic Rocket Forces solve the lettuce crisis?

  109. calli Avatar
    calli

    I fear your conflation is just the tip of the iceberg…
    I romaine to be convinced…

    Cos you’re just soooo smart. Soon you’ll go for an endive.

  110. OldOzzie Avatar
    OldOzzie

    miltonf
    says:
    June 17, 2022 at 6:09 pm

    As I’ve said before, the Ukraine has become a playground, money machine and doormat for the ‘rats and RINOs. They’ve been meddling there since at least 2014.

    The ‘rats, RINOs and their pals in the military-industrial complex need a bogie man and Putin gives them one. I don’t condone Russia’s invasion but I can understand their thinking to some extent.

    At least the Russians has a pro Russian leader unlike old poo poo pants. Disgusting old grub that he is. The Senator from MBNA.

    Trump Jr. Warns of Possible Blackmailing of Biden Admin — ‘Pretty Scary’ to Think About Videos that Haven’t Leaked

    Donald Trump, Jr., son of former President Donald Trump, on Thursday reacted to leaked audio of Hunter Biden reportedly saying his father was politically influenced by “anything that I want.”

    The younger Trump said on Newsmax TV’s “Eric Bolling the Balance” that it was “pretty scary” to think about what hadn’t been leaked yet about Hunter Biden and was being held over the Biden administration. He noted the United States under President Joe Biden was sending billions of dollars to Ukraine, where the younger Biden held a no-show board position.

    “Our press won’t even ask do you think — like, us being on the verge of World War III — do you think our decision-making could be being influenced by the fact that there’s plenty more out there that we don’t even know about? I mean, there doesn’t seem to be an enemy country of the United States that doesn’t somehow have a Hunter Biden laptop. ”

    Meanwhile

    Nolte: Report Says Sanctions Hurt Americans, Everyday Russians More than Putin

  111. dover0beach Avatar

    Soviet Strategic Rocket Forces* does not and never did mean Russian Strategic Rocket Forces…

    And

    Stop making excuses for poor old Mama Russia- They left the kit and infrastructure behind when their latest empire collapsed.

    These two statements exclude the other. You cannot at once argue that Soviet Union never meant Russian and also that the collapse of the SU was the disintegration of the Russian Empire.

  112. Winston Smith Avatar

    The SpaceX letter:
    We’ve spoken of this problem before – the tendency of the Woke Ones to think because they are employed by a company they have the inherent right to determine that company’s policies.
    Most often found in the PS, it is also found in large corporations. I take it as a sign of a weak management who refuse to stand up to dissident employees.
    It appears uncannily like the Woke mum and dad families where the parents want to be their kids friends, and allow the little bastards to decide how they will be brought up.
    It always ends in tears.
    Good on Elon. Sack the idiots – they’re not giving their best anyway, and you do not need that sort of culture growing in the boardrooms of your company.

  113. Makka Avatar
    Makka

    Or…they are rationing drugs due to short supply.

    Due to $$$$$$$

  114. Dr Faustus Avatar
    Dr Faustus

    Cos you’re just soooo smart. Soon you’ll go for an endive.

    That’s just radicchio ad absurdum

  115. incoherent rambler Avatar
    incoherent rambler

    Due to $$$$$$$

    street price is higher?

  116. Kneel Avatar
    Kneel

    “…the sight of a water vapour tower at Lake Liddell or Eraring induces apoplexy…”

    Err, not to put too fine a point on it, but neither Liddell nor Eraring have cooling towers – they just pump water from the respective lakes through the power station and dump heat that way.
    The “plug hole” at Eraring is quite a sight, and any fisherman on lake Macquarie knows exactly where it empties – good fishin’ there! The intake canal screens at the Eraring and Vales Point power stations are a great source of prawns if you know the right people at the right phase of the moon.
    Bayswater (across the NE Highway from Liddell) has cooling towers, as does Mount Piper, but in NSW at least, cooling towers are not that common – there’s almost always a large body of water near the coal fields, and those cooling towers are big and expensive things to build.
    Scale FYI: the “zig-zag” bit at the bottom of such towers (where the air goes in) is 4-5M tall.

  117. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha Avatar
    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    On an another issue, happy to dispense druggies methadone from the pharmacy but incapable of giving the elderly pain relief.

    My uncle suffered from diabetes for some time. He was furious that he had to pay for the hypodermic syringes he needed, yet the pharmacy offered an exchange programme for the local addicts.

  118. rickw Avatar
    rickw

    Voice for Victoria reporting in government vaccine mandates to be lifted for most industries (mainly excluding health care). Up to employers in other cases, who would be silly to keep anything in place beyond the regulations.

    Good job. The fucking arseholes in spring street forced people to be injected with experimental medication that didn’t work and now they’re having heart attacks.

  119. Rex Anger Avatar
    Rex Anger

    These two statements exclude the other. You cannot at once argue that Soviet Union never meant Russian and also that the collapse of the SU was the disintegration of the Russian Empire.

    I can’t?

    Why not?

    The first statement was aimed at Gabor’s assertion that the Soviet Nuclear arsenal was exclusively controlled by Russians (and thus Ukraine could never have used the warheads there, comrade!), when the Red Army military forces tended to homogenise its staff. Thus, Ukrainian troops did operate Sovoet nuclear weapons.

    Second, the latter statement has 30 years of historical fact behind it. Just because Vlad Bae started trying to reverse the trend after 2000 and the old communist satellites remained bound to Moscow out of sheer economic codependency does not lessen this.

  120. OldOzzie Avatar
    OldOzzie

    The True Cost of Solar and Wind Power? Having No Power at All

    You’ve probably already been made aware of the predictions that there will be numerous electric grid failures this summer, even in areas not normally prone to blackouts or brownouts.

    The reasons are complicated but at the top of everyone’s list is replacing reliable coal, oil, and nuclear-powered electric generating plants with far less reliable and less powerful wind and solar energy generation.

    Saving the planet is going to be annoying, dangerous, and far less of a smooth transition than we’ve been led to believe. In fact, green energy fanatics have lied about how easy the transition is going to be.

    CompactMag:

    Renewables are the least reliable form of power. But because of subsidies, they can outbid others in auctions that are supposed to encourage competition and deliver value to consumers. Faced with this subsidized competition, traditional power plants can’t make enough money to stay online. When people describe the Palisades nuclear plant as “uneconomic,” that’s exactly what they are talking about. It was shunted off of the grid by these dynamics.

    No one can be held responsible for keeping the grid running. Independent system operators, the authorities set up to oversee the RTOs, can’t tell power plants to keep fuel on-site or order them to prefer one type of generation over another. The federal government doesn’t allow them to, because that would create bias in the markets and entrench the “market power” of larger, more reliable plants. To work around this, various regions have created “capacity markets,” in which generators bid to be on call for seasonal peaks. But capacity markets often fail because they treat unreliable and reliable forms of power as if they are the same thing.

    In other words, renewable energy generation is just another racket subsidized by the federal government. It’s not that there isn’t enough energy to generate electrical power. There’s plenty of oil, plenty of coal and natural gas.

    But who can compete with subsidized energy like solar and wind?

    Take the Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO), which allocates power for the upper Midwest and parts of the South. It holds capacity auctions under which power plants guarantee they will be online during seasonal demand spikes—when everyone’s cranking their AC in summer or turning up the heat in winter. But MISO’s capacity market is horribly flawed.

    For one thing, wind power is treated the same as power generated by fossil fuels.

    Moreover, intermittent sources like wind are allowed to bid into MISO’s capacity auction. But wind is unreliable and can’t be dispatched—you never know when it will produce, and you can’t make it produce when you want it to. So, wind bids in at an average expected level of generation. A simple visual (left) reveals what a fatal flaw this is.

    As Orr, the energy analyst, points out, this model assumes that wind will blow at 15 percent capacity. But there is no guarantee that it will do so.

    In the end, it comes down to a simple, mathematical equation: will our company make a profit from generating electricity or not?

    It should be noted that this is a feature, not a bug of renewable energy. Making it too expensive to use fossil fuels to generate electricity is part of the charm renewable energy holds for green fanatics.

  121. Sancho Panzer Avatar
    Sancho Panzer

    Nelson_Kidd-Playerssays:

    June 18, 2022 at 10:44 am

    Voice for Victoria reporting in government vaccine mandates to be lifted for most industries (mainly excluding health care). Up to employers in other cases, who would be silly to keep anything in place beyond the regulations.

    The market will sort it out. In a competitive market for labour, go ahead and apply ridiculous employment conditions.
    No employees for you.

  122. Top Ender Avatar
    Top Ender

    I am a LEGAL immigrant – it’s why I’m keen on the Rwanda plan

    By AMANDA PLATELL FOR THE DAILY MAIL

    The asylum seeker was due to be on the first flight to Rwanda, having arrived on Britain’s shores in a flimsy boat after paying traffickers thousands of pounds to get here.

    As he candidly told the BBC this week: ‘If I’d known about the Rwanda scheme, I’d never have come to the UK.’ And that, surely, is the whole reason for the project temporarily thwarted by Leftie human rights lawyers and foreign judges based in Strasbourg, who made sure the flight never took off.

    It’s all about deterring those prepared to risk their lives by coming here illegally. About giving out the message that they will not automatically arrive in a land of milk and money, with unlimited benefits, housing, access to the NHS, et cetera.

    The Government is determined that no one thinks arriving in Dover automatically means they have a UK meal-ticket for life.

    And that is absolutely right. Let’s not forget how broken the system is. More than 50,000 migrants have crossed the Channel in the past five years, and the cost of putting migrants up in hotels all over the country is a staggering £5 million a day.

    Of course, those genuinely fleeing persecution must be cared for by this country. Yet one of the asylum seekers due to take the Rwanda flight, a Vietnamese man, said he sought refuge in the UK because he was being pursued by loan sharks. Another that he needed to be closer to his sister.

    We simply can’t let everyone in. A country is no longer a country if it gives up on its borders.

    More at the Daily Mail

  123. Rex Anger Avatar
    Rex Anger

    Also Dover, thank you for not reading any of the information Bluey or I put up about the functionally independent nature of individual command posts of the Soviet nuclear launch system before you jumped in on Gabor’s behalf.

    The USSR’s system was never built with the same interlinking communications networks like the latter-Cold War US. Their technology level was never the same.

    The independent command posts allowed them to respond to a nuclear strike if that central system was glassed in the initial strike- They never had the US military’s distributed proto-internet system DARPA developed to route commands around destroyed network nodes.

  124. rickw Avatar
    rickw

    the hospital won’t give her strong pain relief as she may get addicted to it. Mum’s 87

    I had an aunt of a similar age who was diagnosed with cancer, they put her on chemo because “she could beat it”. Fortunately my sister found out and put an end to their insanity, not after a significant amount of chemo induced ill health.

    Convince me that the Health Profession isn’t full of fucking Mongs.

  125. OldOzzie Avatar
    OldOzzie

    I Can’t Stop Laughing at Kamala Harris’ Latest Embarrassment

    Imagine being the Vice President of the United States and not being able to fill a room.

    If you’re Kamala Harris, you don’t have to imagine it, because, despite her position as Biden’s number two, a DNC Woman’s Leadership Forum fundraiser featuring Harris as the headliner had to be rescheduled because of slow ticket sales.

    I bet Amber Heard’s number two would have garnered more interest.

    “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.”

  126. Sancho Panzer Avatar
    Sancho Panzer

    As far as administering pain relief, the other thing I would insist on is seeing the records of drugs administered. You might find mum is getting lots of drugs on the charts but none in the IV.
    Nurse then takes drugs from cabinet for personal use.
    Reduced inventory matches drugs “administered to patients”.
    Sweet.
    Except for mum.

  127. flyingduk Avatar
    flyingduk

    Yet if she was in a prison hospital (at any age) and denied pain relief the “bleedin’ ‘eart” mobs woud be up in arms and their media “maaates” squealing about “barbaric” treatment …. FFS!

    I’m not so sure …. when I was in jail after the Canberra Convoy, they denied me Thyroxine for the first 5 days – another week or2 and I would have seen me comatose. Oh, and no Vit D either, despite being in ‘Covid Iso’ !

  128. cohenite Avatar
    cohenite

    Zulu Kilo Two Alphasays:
    June 18, 2022 at 9:30 am
    From “The Age.”

    If we fail to prosecute war crimes, the law is a ‘dead letter,’ says inquiry judge
    By Nick McKenzie and Chris Masters
    June 18, 2022 — 5.00am

    The senior judge who led the biggest and most damning war crimes inquiry in Australian history has said that investigating and prosecuting war crimes is vital to preserve the nation’s “reputation and standing”.

    In a rare public foray, NSW Court of Appeal Justice Paul Brereton warned in a speech earlier this month that Australian laws prohibiting war crimes “are pointless if they are not enforced, and a law which is not enforced soon becomes a dead letter”. He also flagged “the risk that national chauvinism might trump justice according to the international law of armed conflict”.

    Brereton is a POS; and so are the authors, McKenzie and masters.

  129. Makka Avatar
    Makka

    In fact, green energy fanatics have lied about how easy the transition is going to be.

    No shit, Sherlock.

    It’s the parasitic corruptocrats that took OPM to put into these horrendously expensive unicorn power grids that deserve the severest punishments. They knew this would be a clusterfk with no return but enriched themselves eagerly at our expense while waving the Green flag of gaia.

  130. rickw Avatar
    rickw

    Darwin Military Museum has just acquired a Centurion.

    Some nice pix online of it reversing to its spot on the grounds under its own power.

    Will someone think of The Children! The breach hasn’t been drilled and the engine filled with concrete?!

    My grandfather once owned a Stuart that didn’t have the breach drilled. I guess the drilling guys got sick of drilling!

  131. Sancho Panzer Avatar
    Sancho Panzer

    The senior judge who led the biggest and most damning war crimes inquiry in Australian history has said that investigating and prosecuting war crimes is vital to preserve the nation’s “reputation and standing”.

    So criminal cases are run not on the merits of the evidence but to satisfy “reputation and standing”.
    Reputation and standing with who exactly?
    It seems the only people internationally with an interest in this are Taliban hillbillies looking for compo and the associated ambulance chasers.

  132. Rabz Avatar
    Rabz

    Can Soviet Strategic Rocket Forces solve the lettuce crisis?

    Don’t give our beloved pollies any ideas, NKP …

  133. Winston Smith Avatar

    Calli:

    Speaking of dismay, I’m still struggling over the government’s attitude to the electricity suppliers. The whole kit and caboodle was sold off, the market was distorted with oodles of subsidies and the suppliers went with the most profitable option.
    What did everyone think they were going to do? Operate their businesses as a charity?

    The focus groups all agreed the Government was comprised of the Crème de la Crème of the Smartest People in the Room – themselves included – and so whatever they came up with would always be the superior way to do things.
    The last 40 years of Technocratic Government by the Brahmin Class have noisily demolished that idea.

  134. Rabz Avatar
    Rabz

    It seems the only people internationally with an interest in this are Taliban hillbillies looking for compo and the associated ambulance chasers

    Hang on to your wallets, it’s “legitimate grievance” time.

  135. OldOzzie Avatar
    OldOzzie

    Sancho Panzersays:
    June 18, 2022 at 11:19 am
    As far as administering pain relief, the other thing I would insist on is seeing the records of drugs administered. You might find mum is getting lots of drugs on the charts but none in the IV.

    Nurse then takes drugs from cabinet for personal use.

    Reduced inventory matches drugs “administered to patients”.

    Sorry Snacho.

    disagree – had 200ml? Morphine available to me in ICU post Op but did not use – Nurse called in Ward Nurse and they emptied Morphine into bin in front of me, each signing off as to the method of disposal

  136. Tom Avatar
    Tom

    Convince me that the Health Profession isn’t full of fucking Mongs.

    My GP told me I was her “most difficult patient” as I refused to get jabbed again (because the first two jabs didn’t work and didn’t prevent me getting Kung Flu about two months ago).

    I was too nice to tell her that her entire profession has become a mob of politically radical lunatics blind to the serious harm Kung Flu continues to inflict on those who trust their doctors.

  137. OldOzzie Avatar
    OldOzzie

    Oops Aapologies – Sancho not Snacho – stupid fingers again

  138. Roger Avatar
    Roger

    Reputation and standing with who exactly?

    Some very unsavoury types, generally known as “the international community.”

  139. Bluey Avatar
    Bluey

    Sancho Panzersays:
    June 18, 2022 at 11:14 am
    Nelson_Kidd-Playerssays:

    June 18, 2022 at 10:44 am

    Voice for Victoria reporting in government vaccine mandates to be lifted for most industries (mainly excluding health care). Up to employers in other cases, who would be silly to keep anything in place beyond the regulations.

    The market will sort it out. In a competitive market for labour, go ahead and apply ridiculous employment conditions.
    No employees for you.

    This is Victoria we’re talking about. No guarantee danny boy won’t slap it back on at the drop of a hat, or use the apparatus of government to force the issue and claim it’s employers.

  140. Tom Avatar
    Tom

    Woops.

    … blind to the serious harm Kung Flu vaccines continue to inflict on those who trust their doctors …

  141. Makka Avatar
    Makka

    Voice for Victoria reporting in government vaccine mandates to be lifted for most industries (mainly excluding health care).

    Election coming up, Dan doing his utmost to erase Sicktorians memory banks of the years of torment he and his Stasi inflicted on punters. He’ll probably succeed as the SFL’s are promoting such a small and silent target , they haven’t appeared on anyone’s radar. There is serious discussion around do they even exist?

  142. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha Avatar
    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    My grandfather once owned a Stuart that didn’t have the breach drilled. I guess the drilling guys got sick of drilling!

    Just after the Second World War, the Australian Army was selling off General Grant tanks, with the armament and radio’s removed, for the princely sum of ten pounds..

  143. calli Avatar
    calli

    You were a political prisoner, Duk.

    They must treat them differently.

  144. shatterzzz Avatar
    shatterzzz

    I’m not so sure …. when I was in jail after the Canberra Convoy, they denied me Thyroxine for the first 5 days – another week or2 and I would have seen me comatose. Oh, and no Vit D either, despite being in ‘Covid Iso’ !

    Aaaah! but you was a BAT FLU “sceptic” .. normal procedure would have been ignored and the “bleedin’ ‘eart” mob chorusing .. “Serves ‘im right” lesson adopted ..!

  145. Knuckle Dragger Avatar
    Knuckle Dragger

    Duk, at 9.59:

    What you are seeing is the intersection of 2 trends

    1) ‘Safety Culture’ – Governments job is to protect you against any and all harms (irrespective of any and all harms said protection itself causes – Exhibit A: the last 2 years)
    2) The ‘Tyranny of Experts’ – you stupid proles are incapable of knowing what’s good for them, and its virtuous to force them to make the right ‘decisions’.

    In short, we have been forcibly infantilised, even our 87 year olds.

    Bang on. The ‘expert’ disease is rife.

  146. Knuckle Dragger Avatar
    Knuckle Dragger

    You could very easily replace the word ‘experts’ with those of ‘interest groups’ and have a more accurate reporting result.

  147. Sancho Panzer Avatar
    Sancho Panzer

    disagree – had 200ml? Morphine available to me in ICU post Op but did not use – Nurse called in Ward Nurse and they emptied Morphine into bin in front of me, each signing off as to the method of disposal

    What you witnessed was the correct protocol for disposal of already issued drugs. Just because you saw it done properly doesn’t mean that happens every time. What I am talking about is the initial issue itself. Does the witnessing nurse stand there and watch it hooked up to the IV then witness it going down the tube over the next 12 hours?
    No.
    Think it can’t happen and drug addicted nurses won’t go to extraordinary lengths to conceal their crimes?
    Exhibit A – Roger Dean.
    From the link:-
    “Dean previously entered guilty pleas to two counts of larceny for stealing painkillers, and prosecutors previously rejected his guilty pleas to manslaughter charges.”
    And Dean’s mistake was just knocking stuff off. If he was smart enough to forge signatures on paperwork, it would have been way more difficult to track.

  148. Knuckle Dragger Avatar
    Knuckle Dragger

    Mr Panzer at 11.19:

    You might find mum is getting lots of drugs on the charts but none in the IV.
    Nurse then takes drugs from cabinet for personal use.
    Reduced inventory matches drugs “administered to patients”.
    Sweet.

    Sister used to be a palliative care nurse in the Valley. This exact thing started to appear among a group of said nurses, and the reduced inventory either went directly into those nurses or was sold to local scrotes for stupendous profit.

    She started to make some noise, and is now no longer a palliative care nurse.

  149. areff Avatar
    areff

    Convince me that the Health Profession isn’t full of fucking Mongs.

    My grandma had a fall at the age of 97, broke her hip and spent five hours in agony on the kitchen floor until a kid going home from school heard her moans via the open front door. She was delirious by the time the ambos arrived and her heart subsequently stopped at the hospital.

    Three times the bastards brought her back, “stabilised” her …. and she spent the last 34 months of her life stuck in a nursing home bed with a hip that wouldn’t heal and her wits damaged by the heart stoppages.

    All she knew was that she’d been cheated out of her exit from this life and consigned to a life of bored, baffled misery. She wasn’t the only one to suffer. Mum and dad, who were no spring chickens themselves, dutifully visited her every day, much to the disadvantage of their retirement plans.

    Yeah, a white coat doesn’t mean there is decent person inside it.

  150. vr Avatar
    vr

    JC,

    Did you see the article in the SMH about Sarah Ferguson heading back to OZ. That’s why you saw Jones on the plane back. Apparently, she was ‘reporting’ from there for the last 2 years. Apparently, concerned about the trajectory of democracy over there. No mention about the Russia gate debunking that ABC spent years ‘reporting on’.

  151. Roger Avatar
    Roger

    You could very easily replace the word ‘experts’ with those of ‘interest groups’ and have a more accurate reporting result.

    That experts are necessarily objective is one of the biggest lies being pushed atm.

    They all have their biases, whether they are aware of them or not.

    That doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be heard, but they aren’t oracles to whom we can outsource our decisions, as too many politicians seem to think.

  152. Knuckle Dragger Avatar
    Knuckle Dragger

    they aren’t oracles to whom we can outsource our decisions, as too many politicians seem to think.

    Bam. Exhibit A (the only exhibit ever needed for this one):

    ‘I have made this decision based on the best available health advice.’

  153. Knuckle Dragger Avatar
    Knuckle Dragger

    Blockquote fail.

  154. Roger Avatar
    Roger

    No mention about the Russia gate debunking that ABC spent years ‘reporting on’.

    Responsible for one of the biggest journalistic flops in Australian history, undertaken at enormous expense to the public broadcaster, she’ll now present the ABC’s flagship current affairs program, 7:30.

    Emma Alberici was sacked for much less…not that I have much time for her, but the comparison is an interesting one.

  155. GreyRanga Avatar
    GreyRanga

    Rex you are now saying the Ukes don’t have any Nukes. Make up your mind. If the Ukes don’t have any what was the point of your comment about control being in the hands of many people. Seems a bit counter intuitive. Your carryon about Ireland indicates you’ve got a dog in the fight. Its hard to know what’s going on without facts, which are very light on the ground. Hand waving doesn’t make facts. I try to make up my mind about things based on facts not what I would like to believe. That is supposition. Unless you’re putting forward a theory that is based on facts its pie in the sky. you’re taking this personally which its not meant to be. There are far more smart people here than Rex or Grey. Opinions are like arseholes, doctors and lawyers provide opinions, doesn’t make them right, but as events have turned out recently they’re arseholes.

  156. John Sheldrick Avatar

    Good job. The fucking arseholes in spring street forced people to be injected with experimental medication that didn’t work and now they’re having heart attacks.

    Of course these crazy mandates have to be lifted as they have impacted upon who can be employed and who cannot. Where did all the workers go? They are still around but not able to be employed cos’ of your farking mandate stupid rules. Same with the supply chain issues, but there are other factors at work there.

    Just stop ALL of this madness and let me for instance take a flight to the Philippines without having to have had a Jab (which I haven’t) or wear a poxy mask that doesn’t work as intended and that stops me from breathing properly.

    Finally these RSole “Pollies” are getting the message as they would like to be re-elected. If I had my way , they would…………………………………not.

    And as for all of the poor sods that got jabbed, well, I do wish you all of the best but I fear that your immune system’s have been greatly compromised.

  157. bespoke Avatar
    bespoke

    Gun control you can support. Set an income floor and don’t allow guns to be sold to income groups below.

    Have to say JC, I was shocked at such an autocratic solution coming from you. Taking away someone’s liberty just because they fit in some categorie leeds to segregations of the law.

    Hope ya just trolling if not then stuff you girly man…

  158. John Sheldrick Avatar

    ‘I have made this decision based on the best available health advice.’

    And if my decision turns out to be wrong, then I will blame the health advice. Courtesy of Paragraph 20B(S), Subsection (NFI) of the “Pollie” Playbook. Can’t wait for my Taxpayer funded Pension. Next?

  159. Winston Smith Avatar

    sfw:

    but the only pain relief is paracetamol and some tablet under her tongue once a day.

    Important question – what is the sublingual tab? This page may help identify it.

    She is in agony for much of the day, the hospital won’t give her strong pain relief as she may get addicted to it.

    The decision of pain relief isn’t the hospitals – it is her doctors.
    All the MD has to do is prescribe regular pain relief. It is then given.
    So why hasn’t the doc done so?
    Demand answers or change docs.

  160. Zipster Avatar
    Zipster

    Internet searches for “chest pain” have risen sharply over the past two years, coinciding with increased numbers of deaths from heart disease.

    Google Trends data show searches for “chest pain” by Australian internet users were relatively stable from 2017, but saw a large spike in early 2020 coinciding with the start of the pandemic.

    Searches dipped in December 2020 before climbing rapidly again throughout 2021, peaking in March this year.

    Other common health complaints such as “toothache” and “hip pain” saw a stable number of searches over the same five-year period.

    another great mystere

  161. Ed Case Avatar
    Ed Case

    The decision of pain relief isn’t the hospitals – it is her doctors.
    All the MD has to do is prescribe regular pain relief. It is then given.
    So why hasn’t the doc done so?
    Demand answers or change docs.

    Okaaayyy …
    You reckoned t’other day that you’ve been taking 4 grams of paracetamol a day every day for the past 4 years [with no ill effects], so why haven’t you taken your own advice?

  162. Nelson_Kidd-Players Avatar

    Rex Angersays:
    June 18, 2022 at 8:57 am

    Monkeypox? – U.S. Gov. Data proves Covid-19 Vaccines increase risk of suffering Shingles by at least 4925%

    So that’s why we’ve been bombarded with shingles vaccination adverts since the Coof booster was proposed.

    I’m prepared to be a bit Occam’s Razor on the shingles promotion in one respect: I understand the Federal Government through Medicare had a campaign to subsidise the rollout of the shingles booster, that may have been in the works before the link to the jab was apparent.

    My Mum (late 80s) got a bout of shingles immediately after being Covid jabbed. So quickly that I wasn’t sure the cause and effect was in the right order; the shingles could have been coming on already. No other long-term effects, but the shingles has left her with slightly-messed facial nerves.

    I’m more suspicious now.

  163. Ed Case Avatar
    Ed Case

    And as for all of the poor sods that got jabbed, well, I do wish you all of the best but I fear that your immune system’s have been greatly compromised.

    Gloating now, Schmendrick?

  164. Ed Case Avatar
    Ed Case

    Meet Agent Sancho’s latest Wacky Character-Schmendrick

  165. Boambee John Avatar
    Boambee John

    Gaborsays:
    June 18, 2022 at 5:54 am
    The codes the codes!
    Turkey has nukes, US ones.
    Wonder if they can use them?
    On the other hand, from what we learned about the sloppiness of the US in Afghanistan, they probably can.

    Unless the US is in flagrant breach of the NPT, those are under a dual “key” system (the key is probably a code, not a physical key), and can only be used with explicit US approval.

  166. Tom Avatar
    Tom

    Anyone who has been paying attention to US politics knows that Joe Biden — unlike the Creepy Porn Lawyer, who just ripped off his female clients — is a creepy child molester.

    It turns out the old creep molested his own daughter and took showers with her. Errrk!

    But that wasn’t enough. He has been using the FBI as his personal secret police to stop anyone, including Project Veritas, from publishing the daughter’s account of the abuse in her diary.

    Tucker Carlson Tonight ( via youtube and not yet available in the Google search of foxnews.com as Google is still protecting the puppet president).

  167. Franx Avatar
    Franx

    The lifting of Victorian ‘vaccination’ mandates seems to refer only to the requirement for the third jab.

  168. Winston Smith Avatar

    rickw:

    Convince me that the Health Profession isn’t full of fucking Mongs.

    I can’t do that, because it’s true.

  169. Boambee John Avatar
    Boambee John

    Calli

    What did everyone think they were going to do? Operate their businesses as a charity?

    And in breach of their fiduciary duties to their shareholders, and also of the Companies Act?

  170. Winston Smith Avatar

    ZK2A:

    Just after the Second World War, the Australian Army was selling off General Grant tanks, with the armament and radio’s removed, for the princely sum of ten pounds..

    Had they left the armament on – main guns and MGs, they’d have got twenty quid for them.
    They really missed out on doubling their money, ay?

  171. C.L. Avatar
    C.L.

    Is Joe Biden showering with his daughter too big for the forgettory?
    Of course not.

    Tucker Carlson on sickening new revelations:

    https://twitter.com/DailyCaller/status/1537967841458020352

  172. Bluey Avatar
    Bluey

    Franxsays:
    June 18, 2022 at 1:07 pm
    The lifting of Victorian ‘vaccination’ mandates seems to refer only to the requirement for the third jab.

    Nope, there’s no longer a requirement for vaccination to conduct work outside the home, bar aged care and healthcare.

    You just have to trust the Andrews government not to screw you another way, like through worksafe. And employers can do whatever.

  173. dover0beach Avatar

    I can’t?

    Why not?

    For the reason provided.

    The first statement was aimed at Gabor’s assertion that the Soviet Nuclear arsenal was exclusively controlled by Russians (and thus Ukraine could never have used the warheads there, comrade!), when the Red Army military forces tended to homogenise its staff. Thus, Ukrainian troops did operate Sovoet nuclear weapons.

    The Ukraine wasn’t an independent political entity in any real sense. No one during the Cold War worried about what the Ukrainian Socialist Republic would do with their armed forces as if they some how operated independently of the Soviet Union.

    Second, the latter statement has 30 years of historical fact behind it. Just because Vlad Bae started trying to reverse the trend after 2000 and the old communist satellites remained bound to Moscow out of sheer economic codependency does not lessen this.

    The thing is many of those old communist satellites were part of Russia pre-1917 for centuries and never existed as political entities prior to 1920. It wasn’t just economic dependency that bound them, but a shared history, often shared language and people.

    Also Dover, thank you for not reading any of the information Bluey or I put up about the functionally independent nature of individual command posts of the Soviet nuclear launch system before you jumped in on Gabor’s behalf.

    My statement doesn’t completely support Gabor’s position.

    The USSR’s system was never built with the same interlinking communications networks like the latter-Cold War US. Their technology level was never the same.

    The independent command posts allowed them to respond to a nuclear strike if that central system was glassed in the initial strike- They never had the US military’s distributed proto-internet system DARPA developed to route commands around destroyed network nodes.

    How does that contradict what I said? Not at all. It indicates that the individual command posts have been authorized by Soviet Command to launch their weapons in case of a successful strike by a foreign power. Nothing about that says that central command cannot reverse such a protocol or that they can independently launch a first strike.

  174. Bluey Avatar
    Bluey

    That should be: there will no longer be. From the 24th.

  175. Knuckle Dragger Avatar
    Knuckle Dragger

    Is Joe Biden showering with his daughter too big for the forgettory?

    In somewhat of a Captain Obvious moment – had he been Orange Hitler, every front page in the world would still be screaming about it.

    It says much for the socialists’ creativity that the best they could do were golden showers and the Gorilla Channel.

  176. rickw Avatar
    rickw

    You just have to trust the Andrews government not to screw you another way, like through worksafe. And employers can do whatever.

    My contacts in Worksafe tell me that this is the very angle that The Bat Eared Mong is working on.

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