1,289 thoughts on “Open Thread – Weekend 25 June 2022”

  1. I tend not to ride it these days since the shared path there is very busy. It’s a nice boardwalk though and the view is excellent.

    On riding these days I find the bike tracks I use are going back to pre-BAT FLU usage .. can count other bikers on one hand most days and “mums wiv bubs” & walkers almost disappeared, no joggers (but never was many!) .. could be the cold weather but more likely folk getting back to normal .. exercise is effort, after all! .. except for face nappies still lotza those around Fairfield .. LOL!


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  2. incoherent ramblersays:
    June 26, 2022 at 11:18 am
    on waking up from surgery …

    Circumcision circumcision!
    Dyslexia is dangreous

    One of my favourites like that is –

    “Is that a full bottle in front of me or have I had a full frontal lobotomy?”


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  3. Read the SCATHING Boomer responses to ‘lazy and entitled’ young Aussies who complained ‘toxic’ old-style managers are making their working lives hell: ‘We have reared a generation of selfish wimps’

    – Older generations erupt at Millennials calling then ‘weak and lazy’ at work
    – Business guru Kathy McKenzie said Gen Z and Y hate ‘being told what to do’
    – Australia is in midst of a major jobs crisis with businesses struggling to find staff

    We Are Witnessing What Happens When Unrestrained Youth Gets Power

    When most of us think of the worst emperors in Roman history we think of names like Commodus, Nero, Caligula, and Elagabalus. To a man they were vain, self-centered, bloodthirsty hedonists who took what they wanted and tortured and killed many thousands of Romans and provincials.

    All emperors, including the great ones like Augustus, Trajan, and Aurelian had blood on their hands to one degree or another but most tried to maintain or grow the empire. Commodus et al didn’t. Their goal was to satiate their lusts, whether literal lust or gluttony or, sadly, bloodlust. While there were other bad emperors, these four are among the worst.

    What makes this relevant today is the fact that all four of these “men” were spoiled, pampered, entitled sadists who were given free rein when they were still essentially children. Commodus was the oldest at 19, while Nero was 17, and both Elagabalus and Caligula were 16.

    They were overindulged brats who never faced consequences for their behavior. They were given virtually anything they wanted or, just as often, allowed to take what they wanted with impunity. And at those ripe young ages, and with that upbringing, they were literally given the keys to the kingdom and unleashed on the Empire—and virtually everyone in it suffered as a result.

    Every day in America we see modern-day Commoduses or Caligulas wreaking havoc on our streets and in our stores, restaurants, schools, and more. Instead of a single entitled Emperor, America in 2022 is being ravaged by a generation of young men—many of whom have grown up fatherless—who have been told that they can do and say anything they want and that, regardless of what they do, there will be no consequences for them.


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  4. The only way to stop the proverbial slave from being beaten and killed is a federal ban on abortion.

    Which could only happen by Federal legislation, which would probably struck down by SCOTUS under the very principles outlined in Dobbs.
    That is, that this is a state matter.
    It could become a Constitutional matter if the Constitution was amended, of course.
    Good luck with that.


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  5. Neither side thinks this is or could be the end of the issue. No one opposed to abortion is satisfied with a regime where it is available in any state, or where private employers or the federal government, or an NGO fund an out-of-state trip to so they can kill their child in utero. It can only end with the entire country one way or the other. Just like the issue of slavery. There is simply no half-way house.

    It’s one of those F Scott Fitzgerald things where two opposing truths can be true.

    I’ve said here and at Sinc’s that I oppose abortion being criminalised. Other than that, I refuse to get involved in endless, pointless, circular arguments.

    The only point I choose to make is that, according to some, millions of women who have had abortions are murderers.

    What are you going to do, put them in jail?


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  6. A man has said he had his sex organs removed on the NHS, before regretting it later the same day.

    Reminds me of the old joke. “Appeal upheld”, said the Saudi judge throwing the man his hands.


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  7. Abortion may well be morally an equivalent issue but it just doesn’t raise the same purely constitutional problems that slavery did.

    We will see how states legislate the issue and the response.

    The 14th Amendment argument is plausible but suffers one major problem. The citizenship clause hinges on a “person” being “born” in the USA. The pro-life argument thus requires a Court to interpret “person” elsewhere in the 14th Amendment in a way in which it simply couldn’t be applied to the citizenship test.

    Craddock and George:

    Another mistaken argument claims that the unborn cannot be protected by the 14th Amendment because it begins by declaring that “persons born or naturalized in the United States are citizens of the United States.” But that provision establishes which persons are citizens, and therefore entitled to the privileges and immunities of citizenship; it does not say that only citizens are persons. Indeed, it clearly acknowledges persons who are not citizens. And the due process and equal protection provisions of the amendment expressly protect all persons — not just citizens.



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  8. Which could only happen by Federal legislation, which would probably struck down by SCOTUS under the very principles outlined in Dobbs.
    That is, that this is a state matter.

    Not at all. There is no such ratio. The only thing close to this is Kavanugh’s concurrence which no one joined.


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  9. You’ll Have to Wear a Raincoat to Read These Spittle-Flecked Tweets From Lefties about the End of Roe

    Wow. Just wow.

    About the only thing missing from these exploding leftist heads’ tweets after the Dobbs decision was announced is some nutcase setting themself on fire.

    I don’t want to give anyone any ideas, but really guys. Get a grip.

    – And don’t forget the transgender women/men/nonbinary — oh, to hell with it.

    Please don’t cut trans men and nonbinary people out of the conversation today. This is not just a women’s rights issue, anyone who can get pregnant is affected.

    – It would exhaust me if I had to keep track of all the toes I couldn’t step on, all the people I would have to include or exclude, all the apologies I’d have to make in advance, all the apologies I’d have to make after realizing there was still a chance someone might be offended…

    STOP THE SILLINESS AND JUST LIVE!

    – Then there are the people who are incoherently nuts. This poor sot thinks the world is about to end.

    – Jesus. And the left thought the Trump supporters who rioted at the Capitol were unhinged?

    – Finally, something from my old (former) friend Jennifer Rubin. She wasn’t always a screaming harpy, parroting radical left talking points. She was actually a human being once.

    – Joel Barry, Managing Editor of the Babylon Bee, had the tweet of the day.

    I see everyone suddenly remembered what a woman is


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  10. No runaway slave was being beaten in free state.

    A Texan woman going to a blue state for an abortion wouldn’t be either. Neither would she be terrorized leaving the state openly to obtain an abortion. What’s your point?

    It was the decision in Dredd Scott that permitted that to continue in slave states.

    Yea and?


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  11. Guy is obviously a flake of the first order, unstable. If he had asked them to cut off his leg (yes, this is a thing) would they have done that as well?

    Johanna. I don’t think society NOT laughing at this insanity has helped the situation at all.

    Society told this individual what he was doing was ok. NHS told this individual what he was doing was ok.

    Then when his bits landed in a kidney bowl reality suddenly hit him.

    Ridicule is a powerful tool. I think we need to stop being nervous about using it. Being sympathetic to these peoples mental illness hasn’t helped them.


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  12. The only point I choose to make is that, according to some, millions of women who have had abortions are murderers.

    What are you going to do, put them in jail?

    Yes, they are but since the law permitted it I would not retrospectively prosecute them. Also, charity requires me to conclude that a significant minority, given the prevailing culture, did not fully comprehend the enormity involved.


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  13. Another American Loony – Strange Analogy

    Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA): We’re Talking About Outlawing Abortion ‘on the Heels of a Baby Formula Shortage’

    From the Comments

    – Seriously… that’s where she goes with this? We should abort Babies due to a formula shortage. Guess we might as well have stopped crapping when there was a toilet paper shortage. Or stopped voting for liberals when there was an intelligence shortage, oh wait, that last one is a good idea.

    – Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) looks like a discarded mannequin from a boutique in East St. Louis.

    – The mannequin is much more honest and intelligent because it knows the Supreme Court DID NOT OUTLAW ABORTIONS. It transferred it to state control AYANNA PRESSLEY IS LYING.

    – Appears the leftist Dumpofcraps think if abortion were legal, there wouldn’t be a formula shortage


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  14. Indolentsays:
    June 26, 2022 at 9:01 am
    Austria Scraps Coronavirus Vaccine Mandate Law

    As I said on another thread the other day – What a shame that the heading doesn’t say –

    Australia Scraps Coronavirus Mandates.


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  15. NASA hasn’t been covering itself in glory much lately.

    NASA asteroid mission on hold due to late software delivery (25 Jun)

    NASA put an asteroid mission on hold Friday, blaming the late delivery of its own navigation software.

    The Psyche mission to a strange metal asteroid of the same name was supposed to launch this September or October. But the agency’s Jet Propulsion Lab was several months late delivering its software for navigation, guidance and control—a crucial part of any spacecraft. Engineers “just ran out of time” to test it, officials said Friday.

    Now the space agency is going to step back, and an independent review will look at what went wrong, when the spacecraft could launch again and even if it should go ahead, NASA planetary sciences chief Lori Glaze said.

    NASA has already spent $717 million on Psyche and its projected total cost, including the rocket to launch it, is $985 million. The small car-sized spacecraft was originally supposed to arrive at its asteroid in 2026 after a journey of more than 1 billion miles.

    Maybe if they didn’t spend so much time on lefty politics and suchlike they’d have enough people to do some actual work.

    NASA Juneteenth Event Celebrates Black Space Explorers Past And Future (22 Jun)


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  16. Climate Change In West Virginia v. Environmental Protection Agency, the court will decide how aggressively the E.P.A. may regulate carbon emissions from power plants.

    This has been going on for nearly 20 years where the EPA’s capacity to determine social and economic parameters because of gerbil warming has seen a lot of court time. In 2011 SCOTUS qualified the EPA; see A.E.P. v. Connecticut. Ginsberg noted “Congress could hardly preemptively prohibit every discharge of carbon dioxide unless covered by a permit. After all, we each emit carbon dioxide merely by breathing.”


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  17. Fester

    No kidding, you interpret and post stuff in the same exact what leftwingers do. It’s just so basic and binary… and annoying. Go feed those magpies or have they too rejected you?


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  18. Quadrant magazine.

    In 2019, the Victorian government of Premier Daniel Andrews announced it would set up a First People’s Assembly to prepare for “treaty negotiations” with Aboriginal “sovereign First Nations”. One can only assume that “sovereign First Nations” is another way to describe citizens who are descendants of Aborigines who lived in what is now Victoria when the first settlers arrived.

    It appears to have escaped Mr Andrews’ attention that an Australian state has no power nor authority to enter into a formal treaty of the kind recognised by international law. States or provinces cannot enter into treaties, it’s that simple. Mr Andrews should know this from bitter experience, having seen his secret Belt & Road pact with Beijing scuttled by the Morrison government. Only sovereign nations can enter into treaties recognised by international law.


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  19. Not at all. There is no such ratio. The only thing close to this is Kavanugh’s concurrence which no one joined.

    Did they not talk about “returning this matter to the people and their elected representatives” or somesuch?
    Whether this is ratio or obiter is only a matter to be considered when it comes to precedent. But it is a clear indication of where the SC thinks this belongs.
    Let’s say they meant this to mean Federal Congress as well as state houses. What if a conservative congress passes a law prohibiting abortion and there are conflicting state laws? What happens then?
    Of course, the Feds won’t pass such a law. The whole point of Roe was avoidance of political accountability. Federal congressmen will be loath to grasp that nettle again.


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  20. A Texan woman going to a blue state for an abortion wouldn’t be either. …. What’s your point?

    The Texan woman here is not the runaway slave, the child in utero is, and the latter will be beaten and killed in a blue state. That is the point.

    Yea and?

    And that is why this can only be a waypoint between either abortion being legal or banned across all states.


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  21. LPG powered gensets, a good sized lpg tank

    8kVA gas gen is about 6.0 litres/hr at full and about 3.5 at half load

    1kg of LPG is about 0.5 cubic metres

    a 210kg fatboy LPG Gas Bottle is about 750mm diam and 1500 high and contains about 400 cubic metres

    I think LPG is just under a dollar per litre at the moment.

    not sure but I think you either need a deposit on the bottles you rent them.

    what’s that work out to? … 3 or 4 days per fatboy.

    not bad I suppose


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  22. Any talk of retrospective prosecution for those engaged in abortions which were legal prior to Dobbs is fraught – both legally and morally.
    And be careful of unintended consequences when you go down that path.


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  23. The Texan woman here is not the runaway slave, the child in utero is, and the latter will be beaten and killed in a blue state. That is the point.

    Oh no it’s not. Please.

    And that is why this can only be a waypoint between either abortion being legal or banned across all states.

    Not really. We don’t have that much experience of it, but living in a state is more recognizable to an individual than it is in Australia. For instance nearly all medical insurance policies are state based in the US and it’s burdensome going from one state to another for medical assistance. There is much less national uniformity than there is in Australia and much more acceptance of that too.


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  24. dover0beach says:
    June 26, 2022 at 1:12 pm

    The only point I choose to make is that, according to some, millions of women who have had abortions are murderers.

    What are you going to do, put them in jail?

    Yes, they are but since the law permitted it I would not retrospectively prosecute them. Also, charity requires me to conclude that a significant minority, given the prevailing culture, did not fully comprehend the enormity involved.

    Format faill.

    So, murder was OK because something or other,


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  25. Did they not talk about “returning this matter to the people and their elected representatives” or somesuch?
    Whether this is ratio or obiter is only a matter to be considered when it comes to precedent. But it is a clear indication of where the SC thinks this belongs.
    Let’s say they meant this to mean Federal Congress as well as state houses. What if a conservative congress passes a law prohibiting abortion and there are conflicting state laws? What happens then?
    Of course, the Feds won’t pass such a law. The whole point of Roe was avoidance of political accountability. Federal congressmen will be loath to grasp that nettle again.

    Unless Dobbs specifically excludes it, it doesn’t, why foreclose that avenue? And why assume a future federal legislature would not venture a federal ban? Few people 5 years ago imagined Dobbs was possible.


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  26. I mean! .. who really wants to get out of bed in winter for a measly $217 + freebies a year .. LOL!

    Mr Albanese has refused to bring back parliament until July 26 – more than eight weeks since the May 21 election.
    One of the extraordinary excuses he gave was that he wanted his MPs – who are paid $217,060 by taxpayers – to enjoy the school holidays.



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  27. Preamble to Week in Pictures.
    A valuable lesson in the comsequences of personal hubris (RGB) and politically expedient corner cutting (Harry Reid):-

    THE WEEK IN PICTURES: LIBERAL HUBRIS EDITION

    The cunning and contingency of history played out in magnificent style this week. If the left hadn’t lionized “Notorious RGB” and let her celebrity get to her head, maybe she would have stepped down when President Obama wanted her to retire back in 2014. If Harry Reid hadn’t been so desperate to protect the administrative state at the DC Circuit Court of Appeals that he decided to end the Senate filibuster for judges, Trump couldn’t have installed so many good judges. And who could have believed that after 50 years of Republican presidents botching their Supreme Court picks, the one who finally got it right turned out to be . . . Donald Trump. And a week later, it appears that Biden’s fall from a bike was an omen for the week to come for the left. But above all, this week was Justice Thomas’s Moment: he’s the true intellectual leader of the Court now.



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  28. One of the extraordinary excuses he gave was that he wanted his MPs – who are paid $217,060 by taxpayers – to enjoy the school holidays.

    There’s a good side. They’re doing less damage being away.


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  29. So, murder was OK because something or other

    No, of course, not, that is why I support the extension of the protection of the law to the child in utero. However, I also think retrospective prosecution is wrong, all the more so given the actual murderer is the doctor, and because these acts were aided and abetted by many, including, importantly, the state.


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  30. Looks like Chairman Dan’s regime isn’t going to end in violent overthrow but rather Ffffffffade away Who-style. Well done Victoriastan Lieborals we didn’t expect anything less from you.


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  31. One of the extraordinary excuses he gave was that he wanted his MPs – who are paid $217,060 by taxpayers – to enjoy the school holidays.

    Send them all to Antarctica on a ‘fact finding’ mission.


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  32. shatterzzz

    These days “mental issues” seem to be the catch-all media cover for lotza problems .. reading most stories involving CENTRELINK/welfare issues and 9 times out of 10 you get the “victim” is suffering some sort of “mental” issue ……

    Workophobia?


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  33. Another mistaken argument claims that the unborn cannot be protected by the 14th Amendment because it begins by declaring that “persons born or naturalized in the United States are citizens of the United States.” But that provision establishes which persons are citizens, and therefore entitled to the privileges and immunities of citizenship; it does not say that only citizens are persons. Indeed, it clearly acknowledges persons who are not citizens. And the due process and equal protection provisions of the amendment expressly protect all persons — not just citizens.

    Fine, but that’s not the point I was making.
    It is clearly correct that “citizen” (within the meaning of the 14th amendment) is a subset of “person” (within the meaning of the 14th amendment), not a synonym for it. (Actually I’m not aware of anyone denying that – the thing you’ve quoted looks like a classic case of strawman.)
    But that in itself doesn’t tell us what a “person” is, or isn’t, in the context of the 14th amendment.

    Within a week or two of arriving at law school, a law student realises that statutory interpretation isn’t just a matter of using a dictionary properly, or imposing preconceptions onto legislative documents. The meaning of a word in a legislative document can be ascertained only by supplementing pure linguistic analysis of a word or phrase with logical analysis of how a proposed interpretation fits in with the rest of the relevant document and the legal regime of which it forms part.

    If “person” (within the meaning of the 14th amendment) includes someone who hasn’t yet been born, then the straightforward meaning of the words of the 14th amendment require that a foetus in utero is a “person” but cannot be a “citizen”. If the Court is doing its job properly it will demand that the party asserting that a foetus in utero is a “person” (within the meaning of the 14th amendment) explain how that interpretation makes sense in relation to the rest of the Constitutional framework of the USA and its states.
    That is, they’ll need to be persuaded that foetuses being non-citizen “persons” for 14th amendment purposes can actually work under the entire Constitutional framework, not just to give pro-lifers what they want, but in every other respect. (To take a rather flippant example, would a pregnant US citizen returning from an overseas trip need to get a visa for the foetus? Presumably not, but issues like that would have to be addressed if foetuses were 14th amendment “persons”.)

    There may be satisfactory explanations. But foetuses not being recognised as 14th amendment “persons” has clearly worked just fine in a purely legal/administrative technical sense (yes, I know, except for the aborted foetuses…), and the Court will be reluctant to make an open ended change without being satisfied that that interpretation can be given effect without making it impracticable to give proper effect to other settled Constitutional principles.


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  34. if you think the current SCOTUS is going to be constrained by logic or precedent

    What appears logical can be a subjective matter, and reasonable minds may disagree on this (as will morons). However, whether the current – or any – SCOTUS bench is constrained by precedent is not a question of opinion. SCOTUS is literally the only US court that is not constrained by precedent established by the prior decisions of other courts, including prior SCOTUS decisions.

    Roe was bad law. It invented a right out of nothing. It was particularly vulnerable to being overruled at some future point, and this should surprise no one. A deeply and broadly polarising decision arrived at via the weakest of reasoning is inherently unsafe.


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  35. Oh no it’s not. Please.

    How is the child in utero not analogous to the runaway slave? Both are being denied the protection of the law. The Texas woman’s child is analogous to Dredd Scott, arguing that his or her conception in Texas affords them not only the protection of the law in Texas, but in all US states.

    Not really. We don’t have that much experience of it, but living in a state is more recognizable to an individual than it is in Australia. For instance nearly all medical insurance policies are state based in the US and it’s burdensome going from one state to another for medical assistance.

    Come on, no one opposed to abortion believes this is just a medical procedure like hip surgery so this stuff about insurance has no legs.


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  36. As I said on another thread the other day – What a shame that the heading doesn’t say –

    Australia Scraps Coronavirus Mandates.

    At least it probably made Dickhead Dan do a double take.


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  37. If “person” (within the meaning of the 14th amendment) includes someone who hasn’t yet been born, then the straightforward meaning of the words of the 14th amendment require that a foetus in utero is a “person” but cannot be a “citizen”. If the Court is doing its job properly it will demand that the party asserting that a foetus in utero is a “person” (within the meaning of the 14th amendment) explain how that interpretation makes sense in relation to the rest of the Constitutional framework of the USA and its states.

    From the same article:

    The 14th Amendment, similar to the Civil Rights Act of 1866 it was meant to support, codified equal protection of the fundamental rights of persons — including life and personal security — as these had been expounded in William Blackstone’s “Commentaries on the Laws of England” and leading American treatises. The Commentaries began with a discussion of unborn children’s rights as persons across many areas of law. Based on these authorities and landmark English cases, state high courts leading up to 1868 declared that the unborn child throughout pregnancy “is a person” and hence, under “civil and common law,” “to all intents and purposes a child, as much as if born.” By the end of 1868, three-quarters of the states had enacted criminal laws against abortion at all stages. These statutes classified abortion as an “offense against the person,” and nearly all described the unborn victim of abortion as an “infant” or “child.”



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  38. I think LPG is just under a dollar per litre at the moment.

    not sure but I think you either need a deposit on the bottles you rent them.

    what’s that work out to? … 3 or 4 days per fatboy.

    not bad I suppose

    LPG powered engines have some issues of their own, but not the long term storage ones. I recently turned on some lpg powered equipment that hadn’t been used for 15 years, no problems. If you were doing that with diesel or mogas then your chances of that happening without pulling apart the fuels system and cleaning are close to zero.


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  39. Which could only happen by Federal legislation, which would probably struck down by SCOTUS

    Nonsense on stilts. The commerce clause is interpreted so broadly that it wouldn’t be at all difficult to construct federal legislation preventing states from banning abortion as a form of regulating interstate commerce.

    There will be no such federal legislation because any bill proposing it will die in the Senate even if it gets through the HoR, and this won’t change any time soon.


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  40. dover0beach says:
    June 26, 2022 at 1:40 pm

    So, murder was OK because something or other

    No, of course, not, that is why I support the extension of the protection of the law to the child in utero. However, I also think retrospective prosecution is wrong, all the more so given the actual murderer is the doctor, and because these acts were aided and abetted by many, including, importantly, the state.

    Gosh, Jesuits can explain anything, 🙂

    Look, here’s the problem you have, have always had.

    Either abortion is murder or it is not. Under all and any circumstances. That’s it. On and on they go.

    Start rounding up the murderers,
    Fanatics on both sides can continue to argue about ir,


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  41. Roe was bad law. It invented a right out of nothing. It was particularly vulnerable to being overruled at some future point, and this should surprise no one. A deeply and broadly polarising decision arrived at via the weakest of reasoning is inherently unsafe.

    Even RBG agreed that the foundation of R v W was very weak.


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  42. How is the child in utero not analogous to the runaway slave?

    Because a kid in utero is NOT a 6’8′ Mandingo trying to cross the border into the north on foot.


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  43. Come on, no one opposed to abortion believes this is just a medical procedure like hip surgery so this stuff about insurance has no legs.

    Surgical abortion is a medical procedure.


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  44. Just moved on AAP. Honestly, this is the age when despair is the only option open to the sane.

    One of the world’s oldest living cultures is helping scientists understand galaxies and stars with the launch of the first of three NASA rockets from the Northern Territory.

    The rocket is scheduled to launch from the Arnhem Space Centre on the Dhupuma Plateau, near Nhulunbuy, about 10.44pm on Sunday.

    It will carry an X-ray Quantum Calorimeter, allowing University of Michigan scientists to measure interstallar X-rays with precision to provide new data on the structure and evolution of the cosmos.

    About 75 NASA personnel are in Arnhem Land for the launch, which is the agency’s first in Australia in 27 years and first-ever from a commercial spaceport outside the US.

    The Yolngu helped build Arnhem Space Centre, which is owned by Equatorial Launch Australia, on their land.

    They’re also taking part in the upcoming launch, including retrieving rocket modules when they return to Earth.

    And thus does it continue through further paragraphs of patronising, condescending piffle.


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  45. Little ship that went down fighting is the deepest wreck yet
    Divers tell Jacqui Goddard that the USS Sammy B, lost in a heroic Second World War battle, still has its guns loaded far beneath the sea
    Jacqui Goddard
    Sunday June 26 2022, 12.01am BST, The Sunday Times

    It was known as “the destroyer escort that fought like a battleship” — a small but mighty Second World War vessel whose crew put up a heroic stand against the Japanese during the largest naval engagement in history.

    Now, nearly eight decades after it was lost, the battle-scarred hulk of the USS Samuel B Roberts — known as the Sammy B — has been found and surveyed by explorers in the depths of the Pacific Ocean, making it the deepest shipwreck ever identified.

    “This wreck is testament to a ferocious battle and incredible heroism — really one of the most extraordinary stories in naval history,” said Victor Vescovo, a former US navy commander who piloted his submersible, Limiting Factor, to the sea floor.

    The wreck was found resting on a slope at a depth of 6,895m (22,621ft) in the Philippine Sea, in the North Pacific, where the US navy fought the Battle off Samar in October 1944 — noted by historians as one of the greatest “last stands” in naval warfare.

    It was the final engagement in the broader Battle of Leyte Gulf, in which a handful of lightweight American ships prevailed over the imperial Japanese navy’s powerful Centre Force — in the face of overwhelming odds.

    Despite having half as many guns and one-third the number of torpedoes as Fletcher-class destroyers such as the USS Johnston — and less speed — the Sammy B ploughed into action against three Japanese vessels: the largest battleship ever built, the Yamato, and the heavy cruisers Chokai and Chikuma, which were significantly damaged.

    “The Americans were outnumbered and outgunned. This was a destroyer escort designed to guard convoys — it was never meant to go ship-on-ship against Japanese heavy cruisers, but they flung themselves against these vastly superior ships. The Sammy B was an underdog but my God, did it put up a fight,” said Vescovo, speaking from the expedition ship, Pressure Drop.

    The Sammy B and her sister escorts inflicted so much damage that the Japanese commander, Admiral Kurita, turned away and fled for home.

    The Sammy B’s captain, Lieutenant Commander Robert W Copeland, was awarded the Navy Cross and rose through the ranks to become a rear admiral.

    Of the Sammy B’s 224 crew, 89 were killed, including the gunner’s mate third class Paul Carr, who was awarded a Silver Star posthumously for gallantry in action.

    His family requested Vescovo take a photograph of the aft gun mount where he was last seen by shipmates lying mortally wounded, still trying to load the last available round of ammunition into the breach. “You think of these families whose loved ones were lost. They never got a body. Seeing the ship on the sea floor where their ancestor made that ultimate sacrifice gives some sense of closure,” Vescovo said.



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  46. The workers ripped apart my $12,000 horse hair mattress — but I’m not mad at them because their job was hard and this type of collateral damage is to be expected.

    I’ve never heard of a mattress stuffed with horse hair. Really?


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  47. Areff

    Don’t be so arrogant. The current launch pad is on the exact same site Yolngu dudes sent their space ships into deep space hundreds of years ago .. that is up until the white man came and destroyed it.


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  48. dover0beachsays:
    June 26, 2022 at 1:56 pm

    One hates to have to repeat oneself, but…
    Within a week or two of arriving at law school, a law student realises that statutory interpretation isn’t just a matter of using a dictionary properly, or imposing preconceptions onto legislative documents. The meaning of a word in a legislative document can be ascertained only by supplementing pure linguistic analysis of a word or phrase with logical analysis of how a proposed interpretation fits in with the rest of the relevant document and the legal regime of which it forms part.

    Whether or not a foetus in utero was regarded as a “person” in other statutes is not irrelevant (because the history of an amendment can shed light on its interpretation), but it’s secondary to whether such an interpretation can work in harmony with the rest of the legislative document in which it appears. And that’s not determined by referring to the use of the word in other contexts, no matter how venerable.


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  49. Mr Albanese has refused to bring back parliament until July 26 – more than eight weeks since the May 21 election.

    Sounds like someone getting cold feet about the situation he has got himself into. Probably means we are screwed.


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  50. Nonsense on stilts. The commerce clause is interpreted so broadly that it wouldn’t be at all difficult to construct federal legislation preventing states from banning abortion as a form of regulating interstate commerce.

    Err, OCO, the argument was about the Feds introducing laws banning abortion nationwide, not Federal laws frustrating cross border abortion.


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  51. Gosh, Jesuits can explain anything, ?

    Look, here’s the problem you have, have always had.

    Either abortion is murder or it is not. Under all and any circumstances. That’s it. On and on they go.

    I guessed your entry here would involve a poor effort at trickery but what you claim doesn’t follow. No one believes that a change in a law that doesn’t also retrospectively involve the prosecution of past acts that infringe the new law undermines the proponent of the new law. The chutzpah of that ‘argument’ would make even a Jesuit blush.


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  52. Because a kid in utero is NOT a 6’8? Mandingo trying to cross the border into the north on foot.

    They’re both human beings in the relevant sense being denied the protection of the law.

    Surgical abortion is a medical procedure.

    Is it? What disease does it remedy?


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  53. Just been browsing on the internet. Here’s one for Johanna. She may know about him, but I didn’t before reading it:

    Simon Stevin (wiki)

    Simon Stevin (1548–1620), sometimes called Stevinus, was a Flemish mathematician, physicist and military engineer.

    Stevin is responsible for many discoveries and inventions. He was a pioneer of the development and the practical application of (engineering related) science such as mathematics, physics and applied science like hydraulic engineering and surveying. He was thought to have invented the decimal fractions … Stevin’s work in the waterstaet involved improvements to the sluices and spillways to control flooding, exercises in hydraulic engineering. Windmills were already in use to pump the water out but in Van de Molens (On mills), he suggested improvements including ideas that the wheels should move slowly with a better system for meshing of the gear teeth. These improved threefold the efficiency of the windmills used in pumping water out of the polders.[8] He received a patent on his innovation in 1586.[7]

    Bookkeeping by double entry may have been known to Stevin, as he was a clerk in Antwerp in his younger years, either practically or through the medium of the works of Italian authors such as Luca Pacioli and Gerolamo Cardano. However, Stevin was the first to recommend the use of impersonal accounts in the national household. He brought it into practice for Prince Maurice, and recommended it to the French statesman Sully.[14][6]

    The Dutch Republic started in 1588 as a successful rebellion led by Prince Maurice, who was advised and tutored by Stevin, and became a great trading nation, as well as being very good at pumping water around. All three things, it seems, due very much to this guy.


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  54. Err, OCO, the argument was about the Feds introducing laws banning abortion nationwide, not Federal laws frustrating cross border abortion.

    Actually OCO has a point under current US authorities.
    A bloke who grew wheat on his own farm and made his own bread was held to be subject to the commerce power, even though he hadn’t bought or sold anything or even offered to do so (Wickard v. Filburn (1942)). Things have fluctuated a bit since then but the Court might have to bring the interpretation of the commerce clause back to within a trillion light years of reality to strike down a federal law about abortion.


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  55. dover0beachsays:
    June 26, 2022 at 3:18 pm
    One hates to have to repeat oneself,

    How did that work out in Bostock?

    Huh?
    If you’re referring to the Bostock Title VII decision, that’s either:
    (a) a proper application of interpretation principles, in which case any complaint should be about the legislation; or
    (b) not, in which case the fault is with the failure to apply the interpretation principles properly, which doesn’t invalidate the principles.


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  56. One of the world’s oldest living cultures is helping scientists understand galaxies and stars with the launch of the first of three NASA rockets from the Northern Territory.

    Areff – I’m sure you will read about aboriginal supercomputers in Bruce Pascoes’ next book.

    Claim: Australia’s Supercomputer Gadi will Solve the Climate Crisis (WUWT, 24 Jun)

    From the original Canberra Times report, which is linked in the story:

    New funding will unlock powerful Australian simulators to give the world’s scientists a better chance of tackling climate change.

    Canberra-based supercomputer Gadi, meaning “to search for” in the language of the Ngunnawal people, will do the number crunching.

    The $7.6 million research centre unveiled on Thursday will share its computing power with citizen scientists, industry, international organisations, government agencies and university researchers.

    So there you go, the Ngunnawal were computational climate scientists long before the rest of us started talking about the weather. Or something.


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  57. Failure of intellectual ability to identify and use basic contraception methods?

    What are your basic contraception methods , SpongeBob?

    The Pill has been a proven disaster for women’s long term health,
    Frenchies are a stupid idea, Controids contain Mercury, ever heard of the Dalkon Shield and the Copper 7 [?], the Rhythm Method doesn’t work, the Bates Method is rubbish, DepoProvera is a fucked idea, etc.

    Over to you, Dr. SpongeBob MD.


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  58. And thus does it continue through further paragraphs of patronising, condescending piffle.

    I’m reading a history of the Royal Australian Air Force. There’s a two page spread on World War 11’s “First Nation” flyers, which repeats the old myths about “Indigenous Australians were not even counted in the national census” and “were not recognized as citizens of their own country.” WFM.


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  59. There’s a two page spread on World War 11’s “First Nation” flyers …
    Give the readers a rundown on Len Waters then Zulu.
    Many may not know his story?


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  60. From the Oz on Roe v Wade.
    About halfway down the article there is a photo of a placard from a protest in Portland (where else?):-

    SERIOUSLY?!
    MY MOM ALREADY MARCHED FOR THIS.
    #EVERYBODYISSACRED

    Apart from the epic lack of a sense of irony, it typifies the left. Once a gain is made we ratchet ever upward. Once gained, any leftist article of faith can ever be rescinded.
    I honestly had to re-check the caption to see whether the placard was pro or anti abortion.


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  61. The way I hear it is that abortion is another way of practising ‘care’. The practice of destroying life is then not a cause of regret or grief or contrition but just another one of the many fashionably puritanical virtues.


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  62. Read the SCATHING Boomer responses to ‘lazy and entitled’ young Aussies who complained ‘toxic’ old-style managers are making their working lives hell: ‘We have reared a generation of selfish wimps’

    Who are their parents?


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  63. Was it seriously suggested that removing a Federal case law ruling on abortion is the same as…slavery?

    Careful now. What if the six declare that a fetus gets equal protection per Amendment XIV?


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  64. DepoProvera is a fucked idea…

    I have a friend who has an autoimmune condition that this effectively treats.

    The pill has horrendous side effects for her.

    Over to you Dr Gargoolery, PhD (Taxidermy).


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  65. Err, OCO, the argument was about the Feds introducing laws banning abortion nationwide, not Federal laws frustrating cross border abortion.

    Actually, the argument was about whether such a federal law would be held to be constitutional. It seems you are only reading the text of the clause and have not considered the jurisprudence that has established the extremely broad scope of its application in federal legislation that goes far beyond the regulation of interstate commerce.

    The question is whether the ability to ban abortion is a power reserved by the states, or does Congress have an enumerated power to regulate abortion at the federal level. I’m saying the commerce clause could easily be cited as that enumerated power and this would likely be upheld by the courts.


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  66. I’m saying the commerce clause could easily be cited as that enumerated power and this would likely be upheld by the courts.

    Jeez that’s bullshit though.

    Originalism please.


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  67. (a) a proper application of interpretation principles, in which case any complaint should be about the legislation; or
    (b) not, in which case the fault is with the failure to apply the interpretation principles properly, which doesn’t invalidate the principles.

    What about (c) the principles of interpretation themselves are inadequate? This is evidenced by the varieties of originalism.


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  68. The Pill has been a proven disaster for women’s long term health,
    Frenchies are a stupid idea, Controids contain Mercury, ever heard of the Dalkon Shield and the Copper 7 [?], the Rhythm Method doesn’t work, the Bates Method is rubbish, DepoProvera is a fucked idea, etc.

    Over to you, Dr. SpongeBob MD.

    Thank you for that negativity, Perfesser Dickless. Can we take your comment as a ringing endorsement of unlimited access to abortion at all stages of pregnancy?


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  69. Here y’ar Zulu, looks like it would kill you to give an abo any credit.
    Yeah, it’s Wikipedia and the Black Armband version, but until someone writes the story without the spin, that’s all we got.


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  70. What’s worse?
    The US lying to itself.
    The US filleting its own institutions.
    Or the US always looking for the easy way out when it comes to the legislations process.


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  71. Can we take your comment as a ringing endorsement of unlimited access to abortion at all stages of pregnancy?

    No, you can take it that I’ve demolished your argument, SpongeBob.
    For all anyone here knows, you support abortions up to and after birth.


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  72. We are still having trouble with Optus and our outgoing emails. It is doing my head in. Worse than damn Covid….

    We access NBN via satellite – Activ8, and our internet server is Optusnet. Suddenly all outgoing emails are being sent to “Spam” on Webmail. Local computer guru can’t correct it & reckons the problem is between Optus & Activ8. Both of the latter deny this – of course – and say there is no blocks at any port.

    It’s starting to look like we may have to consider connecting to Starlink for NBN. I guess that means keeping Optus for mobile connection. I heard somewhere that Optus mobile users are still having trouble when connecting to Starlink for internet. Has anyone had any experience with the two together?

    BTW the computer “guru” was next to useless, and persuaded us, in our lousy headspace, to upgrade running systems of our IMAC, MacAir & iPad. The IMAC is slower than it was before!!!


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  73. Or the US always looking for the easy way out when it comes to the legislations process.

    Who cares?
    The United States is a failed State.
    The best we can hope for is that Albanese doesn’t commit Troops to Ukraine while he’s sucking Macron’s cock.


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  74. Someone in my family is fully off grid, in a very large country home (40 50 squares plus garage shed etc ) with air con and some under floor heating and a couple of wood fires for winter.
    I don’t think it cost anything like 100k when set up about five years ago. .
    Solar panels with some battery storage.


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  75. It is bullshit. Thank FDR for that.

    Hell, the commerce clause was used to justify the federal prosecution of someone growing their own weed for medicinal purposes under the Controlled Substances Act, even though this was legal in their state, even though no commerce had occurred, even though the weed didn’t leave the state. If an activity has even a faint commercial component to it that could arguably have an effect on interstate commerce (this effect can be very faint and very indirect), the Feds are likely to be able to stick their beaks in, should they choose to.

    I have seen little discussion over whether it would be constitutional for the Feds to prevent states from restricting access to abortion. I suspect it would be found to be constitutional. There is no way such legislation would make it through Congress.


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  76. Vicki – I’ve been an Optus customer for a couple decades, unfortunately the email function has always been iffy. As a result I got a Gmail account, as gmail was much more reliable. Like that emails you sent through it would actually arrive, which wasn’t the case with Optus.

    Then on 1 Jun three weeks back they, that is Gmail, went nuts and enforced two factor authentication for access to it. Which doesn’t work on the very widely used software that I also use. So now my Gmail doesn’t work at all.

    The moral to this tale is you should have several email avenues, as any one of them could go feral at any time. I had four emails, now three after Gmail’s brainfart. Thinking of setting up another one.

    Btw Optus is making noises about authentication too. So far hasn’t extended to email, but they sent an email out a couple weeks ago flagging a security tightening. Which is fun since when cold called by them they never bother to authenticate themselves to me. So I hang up.


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  77. No rosie generally that is about 50k, about the same time for my friends.

    I am talking about a fully self sufficient renewables system that is reliable that can feed back into the grid and can supply natural gas AND liquid fuels.

    You must remember some politicians and activists want to shut down all coal & petroleum extraction.


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  78. Inclined to agree OCO, the constitutional right to abortion was plucked out of thin air.
    Congress ought to be the place to make federal law.


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  79. You can go off grid for a few thousand bucks. The cost in fuel will be substantial though. 😀

    Project financial analysis is more than just the up front capital cost though, which is why we use tools like NPV for comparison of options. Excel has a simple NPV function that is easy to use for such things.


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  80. “Is that a full bottle in front of me or have I had a full frontal lobotomy?”

    Sheldo – the quote is as follows:

    “I’d rather a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy”

    And no, I haven’t read back if somebody has already posted the quote above. 🙂


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  81. JC – your ongoing argumentation with Bruce of Newcastle is not something that needs to continue.

    The latter can look after himself, but really – you think he’s a fraud?

    Why?


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  82. I’d rather a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy

    Rabz, you’ve reminded me of a band, so I stirred myself to check out their channel:

    Los Lobos – Jamaica Say You Will (Dec 2021)

    They’ve been going forty years and are still producing decent tracks like this Jackson Browne cover. Well done guys!


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  83. Ed Casesays:
    June 26, 2022 at 4:43 pm
    Here y’ar Zulu, looks like it would kill you to give an abo any credit.
    Yeah, it’s Wikipedia and the Black Armband version, but until someone writes the story without the spin, that’s all we got.

    If you had bothered to check on the AWM website, you could have found the story. While you are there, look up Reg Saunders.


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  84. Dickless

    No, you can take it that I’ve demolished your argument, SpongeBob.
    For all anyone here knows, you support abortions up to and after birth.

    If you seriously believe that the crap you wrote demolished anything, then your ignorance is off the scale.


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  85. While you are there, look up Reg Saunders.

    Why don’t you look up Reg Saunders, dumbarse, and post the result, if it’s such a big issue for you?


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  86. rosiesays:

    June 26, 2022 at 5:05 pm

    Inclined to agree OCO, the constitutional right to abortion was plucked out of thin air.
    Congress ought to be the place to make federal law.

    The odds of Federal Congress passing anything but pro-abortion bills are something approaching zero.
    The Senate?
    Any abortion bill which isn’t late term (say 15-16 weeks) would probably get up.


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  87. Timothy Neilsonsays:
    June 26, 2022 at 1:43 pm

    And the due process and equal protection provisions of the amendment expressly protect all persons — not just citizens.

    Illegal immigrants are not citizens or persons under not only due process afforded to citizens/persons in the US but also Australia. One of the ironies of the Roe v Wade being over turned is the biden administration is affording more than due process to illegals while removing them from foetuses and ordinary persons/citizens.

    Roe based it’s Judgment on a confected, unconstitutional privacy right to pregnant women. There is no such right afforded in the constitution so at it’s base this is Judge made law. That should have been the end of Roe but there are wider federalist issues and human definitions at stake. DB has already mentioned William Blackstone’s Commentaries on the Laws of England and it’s plain that a foetus was considered a person at quickening, usually occurring at 12-16 weeks. The 3 month rule was a compromise recognition of that. Roe ignored that long precedent and also medical advances in providing life outside the womb at earlier times while simultaneously creating an expansive privacy right for women which included being able to abort, increasingly, well after quickening.

    The federalist issue is part of the decentralised structure of the American federal system where the states have much greater constitutional autonomy then Australian states. The 14th Amendment is really not relevant to abortion as a women’s rights issue because it was introduced to constitutionally enshrine the rights of black Americans after the civil war. This was not a deprivation of state rights because the civil war was about some persons, ie blacks, having secondary citizen status. The 14th codified the result of the civil war. To argue the 14th codifies the equal rights of one class of person while it can also be used to remove the rights of another, ie foetuses, has always been a distortion of its intent and purpose.


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  88. I’ve been an Optus customer for a couple decades, unfortunately the email function has always been iffy. As a result I got a Gmail account, as gmail was much more reliable

    I’m a shloptus customer and if anyone wants to trawl through my gmail emails, then have at it. 🙂


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  89. Ed Casesays:
    June 26, 2022 at 5:52 pm
    While you are there, look up Reg Saunders.

    Why don’t you look up Reg Saunders, dumbarse, and post the result, if it’s such a big issue for you?

    I don’t need to look up Reg Saunders, fuckwit, because I know his story, and have known it for very many years. You on the other hand, don’t even know how to find your own arse, as it is not to be found via Google.


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  90. Bruce, ta for the reply. However precedent has been set, for 2/3rds that price BMD did similar near the stadium hence why us ratepayers are questioning this and noting the contract winner despite being self proclaimed so called a “God fearing” family has tried to rip off us ratepayers once before with the Adani Airport. Below is from someone else but amplifies my questions in light of years of massive rate rises hidden in waste charges or valuation increases:

    Proof of the Townsville Bulletin’s cosy protection arrangement with Jenny Hill number 2376.
    Last Monday I sent a text to the editor regarding the staggering $6.2 million being paid to the Wagners (of Wellcamp fame,) for the boardwalk that will go from nowhere to nowhere along Ross Creek.
    I pointed out that the $6.2 million for 280 metres of boardwalk seemed a tad expensive compared to the more realistic $2.39 million paid to BMD for the 440 metre boardwalk in Central Park that links the Cowboys stadium to Victoria Bridge and the CBD, and asked why the difference. Pretty reasonable question, I thought, to which there may be a plausible answer (or not).
    I also requested an explanation as to just who will use the new boardwalk, and why. Again, surely ratepayers are entitled to know the reason this new extravagance is so urgently needed at a time of record council debt.
    Needless to say my text hasn’t seen the light of day.
    Obviously Jenny didn’t approve it.



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  91. The odds of Federal Congress passing anything but pro-abortion bills are something approaching zero.
    The Senate?
    Any abortion bill which isn’t late term (say 15-16 weeks) would probably get up.

    This Congress? Sure. What about Congress after the mid-terms? Say with a substantial number of new America First Republicans. A bill that limited abortion to the first 3 months or fetal heartbeat would have a chance especially if there are a significant number of states with the same laws on the books. More so after several years.

    DOMA was enacted under Clinton and was supported across the floor. It was a dead letter a decade later under Obama with the Feds not even defending their own legislation.


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  92. Dover,
    Looking at the twatter feed. My staffroom (Qld) are pissed off because the refusers got a term being paid for doing nothing and causing a massive amount of inconvenience. Nobody is worried about catching it from them.
    .


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  93. Neil Oliver – ‘we’re definitely moving towards a one world government’

    Never since 1991 was such a proposition less likely.

    We’re moving towards multipolarity.

    Love your work, Neil, but stick to popular history.


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  94. Boambee Johnsays:
    June 26, 2022 at 4:37 pm
    The Pill has been a proven disaster for women’s long term health,
    Frenchies are a stupid idea, Controids contain Mercury, ever heard of the Dalkon Shield and the Copper 7 [?], the Rhythm Method doesn’t work, the Bates Method is rubbish, DepoProvera is a fucked idea, etc.

    Thank you for that negativity, Perfesser Dickless. Can we take your comment as a ringing endorsement of unlimited access to abortion at all stages of pregnancy?

    This is why the culture in some countries is for the woman to take it up the bum. They can’t get an unwanted pregnancy that way.


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  95. The Pill has been a proven disaster for women’s long term health

    Well, duuuuhhhh …

    One word – cellulite.

    Non existent until the pill.

    Thanks, collectivists, you monstrous morons. 😡


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  96. Television Review: Channel-hopping tonight, I came across something on Sky called Inside The News. Caleb Bond plus Daisy Cousins as hosts. No problem listening to Caleb but I cannot stomach the roaring mouse voice of Daisy. I know she is intelligent and across her brief but squeaky renditions don’t cut it with me. Cant’s stand it. NITV’s Undiscovered Vistas won my eyeballs.


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  97. Neil Oliver – ‘we’re definitely moving towards a one world government’

    I think what needs to be brought home to those supporting such an idea, is who is likely to win government in world elections.

    They are clearly projecting what is true for Western countries onto the rest of the world.

    They would be quite shocked at the type of person who would be elected world president. Someone like Putin.


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  98. Anal sex is not a cultural thing but a degeneracy within any culture.
    As for contraception, I think it is underestimated that giving birth itself is a form of contraception since fertility does not return for some time after delivery and then usually some time after the end of breast feeding.


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  99. I don’t need to look up Reg Saunders, fuckwit, because I know his story, and have known it for very many years.

    One of a newly arrived reinforcement draft to Korea is supposed to have looked about him, and said
    “Bloody Hell, this is no country for a white man.”
    Reg Saunders is alleged to have relied
    “It’s no country for a black man, either.”


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  100. Pomplamoose – If you go to Mars
    “If you go to Mars, pack your guitar”

    Reminds me of an old Allen Steele story – Live from The Mars Hotel


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  101. cellulite

    Are you sure it was just the pill, Rabz?

    Or could the sheer advances in food production and the corresponding calorific quality and density between 1945 and 1965 have made a contribution?

    #FatBottomed…Errrrr…Persons

    #NotABiologist


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  102. Some poor dirt bags had a very stressful time last night.

    They drove into the edge of the forest and got bogged to the axels just near the pile of logs I cut last weekend.

    Pity they got it out. The burned out wreck of whatever heap of shit they were driving on top of the dam bank would have made a nice art installation.


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  103. dover0beachsays:
    June 26, 2022 at 4:44 pm
    Sounds like judicial activism.

    Please. No backsliding.

    Again, Bostock.

    dover, what makes you think Bostock was a proper application of interpretation principles?


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  104. Pity they got it out. The burned out wreck of whatever heap of shit they were driving on top of the dam bank would have made a nice art installation

    I agree that heads on pikes is a bit passé as an anti-trespass warning these days. 🙂


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  105. Or could the sheer advances in food production and the corresponding calorific quality and density between 1945 and 1965 have made a contribution?

    Nein.


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  106. Ed Case says:
    June 26, 2022 at 4:43 pm

    Here y’ar Zulu, looks like it would kill you to give an abo any credit.
    Yeah, it’s Wikipedia and the Black Armband version, but until someone writes the story without the spin, that’s all we got.

    Still waiting for you to report about the African slaves who were sent east.
    And who ended slavery?

    Looks like it would kill you to give the West (U.S in particular) any credit.


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  107. John Sheldricksays:
    June 26, 2022 at 6:45 pm
    Boambee Johnsays:
    June 26, 2022 at 4:37 pm
    This is why the culture in some countries is for the woman to take it up the bum. They can’t get an unwanted pregnancy that way.

    I may have witnessed a POM leading a toast with “up the the bum”, followed by “NO BABIES!” at a wedding. With various red faces.

    Although it might have been a heavily military wedding.


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  108. As for contraception, I think it is underestimated that giving birth itself is a form of contraception since fertility does not return for some time after delivery and then usually some time after the end of breast feeding.
    Yeah, that’ll work.
    She’s having a kid every 15-20 months, then?


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  109. dover, what makes you think Bostock was a proper application of interpretation principles?

    Gorsuch wrote the majority. He’s supposed to be a reliable originalist. Let’s say he erred. Where? Let’s say he didn’t. Originalism subsumes sexual orientation into sex.


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  110. The BBC (cousin of our GayBC) has a ‘news’ item today celebrating Pride Scotland. Are the star performers Ben Doon and Phil MaCavity?


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  111. Are the star performers Ben Doon and Phil MaCavity?

    Nah. They were sent to Re-Education last week for saying something deemed transphobic.


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  112. I was not surprised with the SCOTUS decision on Roe v Wade (inevitable, it was always a bad ruling), it will be regarded, rightly, as President Trump’s greatest legacy. I believe the SCOTUS decision is the right one. However my personal feelings around this debate are somewhat more nuanced and I’m always reluctant to get into a debate because it is so emotive. However, I’ll dip my toe into the sea and set out some of my views….

    1. The SCOTUS decision has nothing to do with whether abortion is right or wrong, it is simply saying that Roe v Wade is not constitutional and thus returning it to the individual states to enact laws about abortion.

    2. I have a Jewish perspective on abortion, a perspective which does not entirely accord with the Christian perspective so, as I said above, I tend to avoid disputations about abortion. Judaism forbids abortion except in one circumstance…which is if the mother’s life is in danger then her life takes precedence over the life of the unborn child. I think this is the same view in Islam and Hinduism.

    3. Late last night, after a wonderful Catallaxy catch up, I came home and watched a woman interviewed on Fox News. This woman had once run a Planned Parenthood centre, had two abortions and is now pro-life. She echoed what I think about the SCOTUS ruling, she said that the left have brought this on themselves. As she said, most Americans are willing to tolerate abortion in the first trimester but that was never good enough for the progressive left (and it’s the same here in Oz) and have pushed for abortion later and later in the pregnancy cycle so that now you can access abortion in some states right up to birth (something now also legal here in NSW since 2019, thanks to a Liberal government that shamefully capitulated to a putrid progressive inner city independent Green homosexual). There is now even talk about post-birth abortion and if that isn’t murder, I don’t know what isn’t.

    4. The issues around abortion in the West, since the 1960s, aren’t just one of legality or illegality. If we’re going to talk about banning abortion, we also need to talk about the issues that go hand in hand with the dramatic surge in abortion since 1960s, and most of these issues are of course tied up with the sexual revolution and how catastrophic that “revolution” has been to sex, to relationships, to intimacy, to marriage, to family, to males and females taking responsibility.

    5. Dover has posted a link on the side bar to a Twitter thread by a man named “Edward Feser”. I think Mr Feser nails the issues around abortion and they echo my own thoughts.


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  113. I don’t need to look up Reg Saunders, fuckwit, because I know his story, and have known it for very many years.

    Using an Aboriginal Soldier to try and win a point on a Blog is a new low, even for the likes of you.

    One of a newly arrived reinforcement draft to Korea is supposed to have looked about him, and said
    “Bloody Hell, this is no country for a white man.”
    Reg Saunders is alleged to have relied
    “It’s no country for a black man, either.”

    What’s the significance of this anecdote, Zulu?
    Are you trying to prove something?


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  114. Using an Aboriginal Soldier to try and win a point on a Blog is a new low, even for the likes of you.

    Grigs is clearly feeling his gypsum today, and the childlike attempts at projection are merely the tip of the iceberg…


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  115. Judaism forbids abortion except in one circumstance…which is if the mother’s life is in danger then her life takes precedence over the life of the unborn child.

    There’s more than a few Christian perspectives say the same, Cassie.


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  116. What’s the significance of this anecdote, Zulu?
    Are you trying to prove something?

    No. Merely passing on an anecdote which those Cats who had heard of Reg Saunders may not have heard.


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  117. I know she is intelligent and across her brief but squeaky renditions

    Then turn the sound down, Squire.

    She is pale, beautiful and brunette, leavened with those 50s hausfrau influences.

    A diamond in the all pervasive dirt.


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  118. Then turn the sound down, Squire.

    She is pale, beautiful and brunette, leavened with those 50s hausfrau influences.

    A diamond in the all pervasive dirt.

    Yep, our Daisy is up there with our Jane.


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  119. Rex Angersays:
    June 26, 2022 at 7:48 pm
    Are the star performers Ben Doon and Phil MaCavity?

    Nah. They were sent to Re-Education last week for saying something deemed transphobic.

    LOL. Then there is always John Fitzpatrick and Patrick Fitzjohn.

    BTW, I always thought that ‘transphobic’ was a fear of travelling on Public Transport.


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  120. Cassie, we are pretty much in agreement. Re 2, the difference is simply in how Christians characterize that circumstance. Which is that we don’t think the mother takes precedence, we simply accept that in that instance it is entirely legitimate for the mother to take steps that will protect her but whose side-effect could endanger the child (principle of double effect as Rosie says). That doesn’t constitute the deliberate killing of the child in much the same way that self-defence isn’t murder.
    Re 4, yes, indeed. This is why I marvel at proponents that think they strike a blow at opponents by saying they will engage in less promiscuity and impose obligations on fathers. This is music to the ears of most opponents of abortion.


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  121. As she said, most Americans are willing to tolerate abortion in the first trimester but that was never good enough for the progressive left (and it’s the same here in Oz) and have pushed for abortion later and later in the pregnancy cycle so that now you can access abortion in some states right up to birth …

    Spot on.
    Overreach is what done them in.
    As I said upthread, a Federal law based on first trimester terminations plus incest and rape exceptions would probably get through.
    And there is also a lesson in this for pro-lifers (as I am). If we believe that State laws which have been in a cryogenic chamber as long as Walt Disney will stand public scrutiny in 2022, that would be a yuuuge mistake.
    I don’t believe a majority are going to accept laws which:-
    – set cut-offs at six weeks;
    – provide no exemptions for rape and incest;
    – criminalise everyone involved including the mother and right down to hospital orderlies;
    – apply penalties which far exceed those for almost any other crime.
    To be clear, these are not necessarily my views, just what I believe will fly (or not) in the US in 2022.


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  122. Dr Oz Conservative ????????
    @embritts1
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    I find it “funny” Oz States are not required to report on #Abortions stats? In WA (in last 3yrs) up to 20 babies who were born after failed abortions in hospital were left in dark rooms, on metal trays, to die.

    Any meaningful attempt to reverse the enormity of abortion in Australia has to first reckon with this disgrace. Both the darkness with which the practice occurs, and why children now beyond the womb are left to die alone in the dark on a tray. No words.


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  123. Dickless

    Yeah, that’ll work.
    She’s having a kid every 15-20 months, then?

    As well as not knowing how generations are described Post-WW II, it seems that you know less than nothing about demographic change in that period.


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  124. As I said Blackstone referred to the quickening. 12 weeks, that’s it. But like 3rd nations, climate change, every fucking virtue signalling issue there is no end to them. The left never stop. So you may as well ban abortion except for very limited exceptions: incest, rape, physical harm to the mother.


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  125. Dickless

    Using an Aboriginal Soldier to try and win a point on a Blog is a new low, even for the likes of you.

    Sez the fool who tried to use an aboriginal airman (pilot) to try to win a point on a blog, then tried to brush away the existence of an aboriginal soldier. But it isn’t a “new low even for the likes of you”, because you are so low you have to reach up to touch a snake’s belly.


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  126. Hahahaha, if you think the current SCOTUS is going to be constrained by logic or precedent, you’re a fool.

    WTF would you know about logic, M0nty?


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  127. Both the darkness with which the practice occurs, and why children now beyond the womb are left to die alone in the dark on a tray. No words.

    also shows that many psychopaths are attracted to the medical ‘profession’. Seem to be incapable of remorse or shame. Wainer, Bayliss, Davis- anti heros of the late 20th century


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  128. WTF would you know about logic, M0nty?

    He certainly isn’t constrained by his precedents.

    His lot had plenty of time to make a logical, precedent based case against the sc decision. Did they even try? No, they fell back on screaching, chanting, waving banners and threatening violence. It was exactly as a cynic would have predicted.


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  129. No, they fell back on screaching, chanting, waving banners and threatening violence.

    They can hardly wave photos of the children they so desperately want to kill. Even if they tried the argument that they are a different sort of creature to the little ones cruelly murdered in their classroom so recently.

    The fall back position must, of necessity, distance itself as far from an actual child as it can. So far, the “clump of cells” garbage has worked. No longer.

    The only option is sideshow distraction and deflection. “We demand you let us kill children” is a derg that won’t hunt.


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  130. JC – your ongoing argumentation with Bruce of Newcastle is not something that needs to continue.

    Yes boss.

    It’s not really an argument as such. I’m just getting very sick of his fucking bullshit and frankly other people agree with me too who have contacted me privately. I’m not kidding. He makes shit up and is blindly biased to the point where he attempts to mislead people.

    1/ The Titus stuff is just sanctimonious crap. He tried that on a couple of weeks ago to avoid answering some dodgy bullshit he posted or agreed with about chemicals in the vax miraculously turning into metal. When he was questioned about that again recently, he titused a response by making it appear as though I had first tackled him on this, but I didn’t and he’s well aware of that.

    2/ The climate stuff he posts on is complete crap. There is no evidence we’re heading for a cooling period as he’s suggested. If Fester makes such an extraordinary assertion it requires heavy duty evidence.

    3/ The battery stuff was supposed to be right up his ally as a metallurgist. He either has no fucking idea or is too biased or stupid to recognize there is serious innovation going on in that space.

    4/ I posted an example of his other bullshit. One day he told us that he wasn’t talking to his neighbors because they’re left-wing. I’m not kidding, the very next day, the idiot posted a criticism of leftwingers for refusing to engage with the right. He’s a nutball.

    The latter can look after himself, but really – you think he’s a fraud?

    To some extent I believe he is a fraud. To some extent means exactly that, so don’t come back and suggest to some extent means 100%.

    Why?

    See above.


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  131. It’s all over

    Climate pledges abandoned as Putin sparks global coal crunch

    There could be some really serious money to be made in the coal space. Demand is going up to some extent while supply is constrained.

    I bought some Glencore on the UK market a few weeks ago. It’s trading at 446ish pounds a share. There’s a good possibility they actually pay a dividend for 70 pounds a share around the beginning of quarter 3. They’ve raked in the cash.


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  132. There is no evidence we’re heading for a cooling period as he’s suggested. If Fester makes such an extraordinary assertion it requires heavy duty evidence.

    We’re heading for a cooling period. Is that heavy duty enough for you.


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  133. Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III
    @SecDef

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    Jun 25

    United States government official
    The Department is examining this decision closely and evaluating our policies to ensure we continue to provide seamless access to reproductive health care as permitted by federal law.

    Show this thread

    Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III
    @SecDef
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    Jun 25

    United States government official
    Nothing is more important to me or to this Department than the health and well-being of our Service members, the civilian workforce, and DOD families. I am committed to taking care of our people and ensuring the readiness and resilience of our Force.


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  134. If the world isn’t careful we could end up being short of coal too as demand is going up.

    It’s truly a unique situation we’re in – one I’ve never seen in my lifetime of trading. We’re seeing an elitist noose being around coal’s neck. Stupid governments, evil money managers like Blackrock etc who in turn are limiting banks to lend to coal producers and on it goes. Meanwhile demand is actually heading higher with very limited possibility of major new supplies coming on stream. It’s a pretty incredible pickle we’re in.


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  135. I bought some Glencore on the UK market a few weeks ago. 

    Whenever Adam Bandit gets om the telly bitching about “evil corporations profiteering off power shortages”, I am on the phone to my broker with a “BUY” before he is halfway finished his rant.


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  136. Cronkite

    Okay, present the evidence and explain why someone like Judith Curry, Murray Butsten, Shellenberger and Lomborg are wrong.

    I’ll wait.


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  137. I’ll also add the Climate Audit dude, whose name I’ve forgotten and MIT’s Richard Lindzen to this group of luke warmers who think that the world is warming due to man , but benignly so.

    Cronkite, don’t come back at me with bullshit the alarmists are predicting and make your case against them. Just explain why these luke warmers , who believe the world is better off with 2 degs of warming are wrong.
    I’d also include David Friedman in the mix.


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  138. Meanwhile demand is actually heading higher with very limited possibility of major new supplies coming on stream.

    who new, heh?

    if only Putin hadn’t turned off the siberian solar


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  139. His lot had plenty of time to make a logical, precedent based case against the sc decision. Did they even try? No, they fell back on screaching, chanting, waving banners and threatening violence. It was exactly as a cynic would have predicted.

    Steven Crowder live streamed the decision the other day, he has an excellent “rant” about people accepting responsibility, feminism etc.
    The left’s arguments are popped with the slightest touch.


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  140. Elisabeth Epps
    @elisabethepps

    Please let’s be attentive with our language. The fall of Roe v Wade is not just about a “woman’s right to choose.”

    Women aren’t the only people who need abortions.

    As women, we lose nothing when we speak of pregnant *people.* But in doing so we gain inclusivity


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  141. JC, I don’t think you understood the Titus stuff. It was BoN’s polite way of telling you that he doesn’t want to talk to you because he thinks you’re an ignorant arsehole. I don’t say he’s right about that, but I can see why he’d think it.


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  142. Doc

    I don’t think you’ve understood the Titus stuff, even though I was pretty clear with what I said before. A few weeks ago, Uncle Fester told Sanchez Titus prevented him from answering to Fester’s assertion where he suggested human bodies were acting as steel foundries. I never started that back and forth either at the beginning or recently. In other words, Fester is a lying kunt through inference. Is that clear now. Try to answer me in the affirmative and don’t slink away without saying you understand this now.

    I don’t say he’s right about that, but I can see why he’d think it.

    Doc, honestly, I really don’t give a shit what you think of me and hopefully you’re not concerned I really don’t give a shit about your views on these matters either. Let’s just try to co-exist.


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  143. Okay, present the evidence and explain why someone like Judith Curry, Murray Butsten, Shellenberger and Lomborg are wrong.

    They’re not wrong; you just don’t understand them. Start with with a Sunspot graph.

    Then read what Dr Evans, Jo’s hubbie, has to say.


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  144. In any event Doc, you’re not exactly Mr Easy-Going yourself. Try to see it from my perspective, which should help you understand. Think of it this way. Uncle Fester’s bullshit triggers me approximately to the same extent that Fatboy does you. Both trigger me.


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  145. Cronkite

    look, I don’t really want to argue with you. We don’t have 400 years of accurate sunspotting. The chart is made up crap.

    Then read what Dr Evans, Jo’s hubbie, has to say.

    I have in the past and think it’s misguided crap.
    I’m happy to send you to:
    Judith Curry,
    Murray Butsten,
    Shellenberger
    Lomborg
    Rich Lindzen
    Mr. Climate Audit
    David Friedman

    Tell us why these people (who are benign luke-warmers) are wrong.


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  146. Lisa Wilkinson’s high-priced lawyer is being paid $11,000-a-day following her disastrous Logies speech.

    Will he be defending her against a charge of “contempt of Court?”


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  147. They not wrong. You just don’t understand them. And stop belittling your betters. Even I defer to David Evans. And sunspots are the best way of predicting GAT.

    Here’s a graph of temperatures from the beginning of the Holocene, the current interglacial; look carefully; they’re going down.

    The Holocene is an interglacial. Here it is compared to previous ones. Look carefully because our interglacial, the Holocene, is smaller then the previous ones.


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  148. They not wrong.

    Great. We’re getting somewhere.

    You just don’t understand them.

    Now it’s two steps back. Why do you suggest I don’t understand them?

    And stop belittling your betters.

    Fatboy and Fester? 🙂

    Even I defer to David Evans.

    Dude, we can’t chart 400 years of sunspots for the simple reason no one was cataloging 400 years ago.

    And sunspots are the best way of predicting GAT.

    What do those luke-warmers think about sunspots?

    Here’s a graph of temperatures from the beginning of the Holocene, the current interglacial; look carefully; they’re going down.

    Tell me, were they using tree rings when working their way through the holocene? 🙂

    The Holocene is an interglacial. Here it is compared to previous ones. Look carefully because our interglacial, the Holocene, is smaller then the previous ones.

    Cronkite, we don’t have accurate information to go back that far in the same way NORAD doesn’t have accurate information to be telling us this is the “warmiest” for the past 2000 years.
    Knock it off.

    And by the way, you’re massively contradicting yourself.

    You tell me the names I brought up aren’t wrong, then progress to suggesting the world is cooling. Both can’t be right. Luke warmers and coolers are not both right.


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  149. A pal has a vacation home in Ct and there legally buys gummy bear-like jellies that have marijuana in them. I guess it’s the essence.

    They’re only about a buck a gummy bear. I bought some back in an Altoids box stuffed deep in my case as apparently the stuff is still illegal here. I was worried sniffer dogs would get the scent but I suspected altoids would negate it. I get them through . I’ve had two, boy they’re fun and give you such an easy sleep.


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  150. Dude, we can’t chart 400 years of sunspots for the simple reason no one was cataloging 400 years ago.

    FMD. 2 words: Galileo

    Tell me, were they using tree rings when working their way through the holocene?

    Ice-cores. This is getting embarrassing.

    WTF has NORAD got to do with climate. They’re too busy Lgbtqing.

    Luke-warming is a description of folk who think humans contribute a minute amount to the warming which occurred over the last 150 years. Even if you accept this the natural cycles I’m talking about, all well measured, completely overwhelm them.

    Forget it; your mind is closed. I’ve done my best. A word of advice: don’t short proven energy sources or investments in animals with fur.


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  151. You can get the gummy-bears here too – illegally of course.

    I have to say, they’re great.

    Cannabis edibles being popped among Sydneysiders as concerns grow over their use

    THERE’S a new drug on the scene that’s posing a real concern for police and parents because it looks like a lolly or a vitamin.

    A NEW drug is making its way into Australia’s drug scene and it’s even harder to detect.

    Edible cannabis-derived gummies are reportedly being taken by anyone from Sydney’s elite social circles to the waiters who serve them because of their inconspicuous appearance.

    The cannabis edibles, which can have both THC or CBD oil in them, look like gummy bear lollies or soft multivitamins.

    With significant concerns in the United States the gummies are appealing to children, NSW Police is also echoing those fears.

    While there are yet to be reports of children taking them in Australia, hospitality workers told news.com.au they are rampant among Sydney’s restaurant scene.

    “A lot of the staff on the floor take them or know where to get them,” said one worker at one of Sydney’s most exclusive restaurants.

    “You also see them being passed around by customers because it just looks like they’re having lollies if you don’t know what they are.

    “We know but a lot of people wouldn’t, and I guess they do it because it’s less obvious than doing lines of cocaine.

    “This is a different high too, one that can get you through the day without frying your brain.”

    In the US, CBD has been described as “the drug you can do at work” where people have reported popping a gummy when they arrive at the office each morning because CBD is the mellowing component of a high.

    THC is responsible for the psychoactive effects of marijuana such as lethargy and the munchies.
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    Hi joe, Get the answer to all your dating, sex and relationship questions, in one location.
    Marijuana plants with their buds covered in white crystals, called trichomes, are nearly ready for harvest at a medical marijuana cultivation centre in the US. They can be turned into oils, creams, buds, chocolates and gummies. Picture: Seth Perlman/AP
    Marijuana plants with their buds covered in white crystals, called trichomes, are nearly ready for harvest at a medical marijuana cultivation centre in the US. They can be turned into oils, creams, buds, chocolates and gummies. Picture: Seth Perlman/AP

    Gummies in the US even come in chic packaging and range anywhere between $20-$45 for a small box.

    Some contain 25mg of CBD which is not considered a small dose but is said to curb anxiety and stress, promote sleep and reduce muscular inflammation and pain, which is why they are also used among cancer patients.

    In Australia, imported medicinal cannabis products can only be used if prescribed by a doctor.

    Doctors need to be able to show the drug would be of benefit for a patient and states and territories can make access available to specific types of patients.

    Australia’s budding medicinal cannabis sector has been given approval to begin exports, which patients hope will help the developing domestic market grow.

    Last month, Greens leader Richard Di Natale said it was time for Australia to get serious about legalising cannabis and even suggested a national vote on the issue.

    A NSW Police spokeswoman said it was aware of a variety of cannabis edibles, which were widely available in the US in locations where the sale and possession of marijuana was legal.

    “These products — and any consumable made with cannabis — are illegal in NSW,” she said.

    “While we have not seen much of these ‘edibles’ in NSW, we continue to monitor trends in this space.

    “We will continue to work with our law enforcement partners to target illegal drugs on all fronts — trafficking, supply, and manufacture — but real and lasting cannot be achieved without change from within the community.

    “As much as anything we need to reduce the demand. Whenever someone is willing to buy drugs, there will be criminals willing to supply it for profit.”

    A NSW Health spokeswoman said the department had no reports of cannabis gummies being used in the state.

    “Cannabis and cannabis products cannot be legally used or supplied in NSW unless they

    are a medicine that has been approved for use as a medicine by the Commonwealth

    and lawfully prescribed by a medical practitioner,” she said.
    Gummies are disguised to look like lollies, multivitamins or chocolate.



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  152. A pal has a vacation home in Ct and there legally buys gummy bear-like jellies that have marijuana in them. I guess it’s the essence.

    I don’t know why we don’t have them but I think they’re popular in the States because of no-smoking laws in apartments.


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  153. Dude, we can’t chart 400 years of sunspots for the simple reason no one was cataloging 400 years ago.

    FMD. 2 words: Galileo

    Oh yea, he was charting and accurately measuring the strength of these sunspots, was he?

    WTF has NORAD got to do with climate. They’re too busy Lgbtqing.

    What I said they said. That it’s the hottest its been in 2000 years.

    Luke-warming is a description of folk who think humans contribute a minute amount to the warming which occurred over the last 150 years. Even if you accept this the natural cycles I’m talking about, all well measured, completely overwhelm them.

    You’re as freaking bad as the alarmists. They say the arrow is point directly up whereas you’re saying it’s pointing directly down.

    Forget it; your mind is closed. I’ve done my best.

    Actually I really don’t give a shit one way or another because humanity’s existence is based on our ability to control our destiny through technology. It’s the prevention of using technology that would have me really concerned.

    A word of advice: don’t short proven energy sources or investments in animals with fur.

    Okay.


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  154. I don’t know why we don’t have them but I think they’re popular in the States because of no-smoking laws in apartments.

    Dunno, but they’re just great and you just great. I was a mule… LOL. I thought about it if the fuckers caught me. I’d just tell the truth and say I was given them legally and didn’t think it would be a problem here seeing they’re legal in CT and for my own personal use.

    I watched the movie The Mule and I recalled he killed the dogs’ scent with peppermint.


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  155. Lisa Wilkinson’s high-priced lawyer is being paid $11,000-a-day following her disastrous Logies speech.

    Typical.
    The Bandanas beat everybody to Net Zero 28 years early.


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  156. I don’t know why we don’t have them but I think they’re popular in the States because of no-smoking laws in apartments.

    So you don’t smoke the gummy bears then?
    That explains a lot.


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  157. you could ask a fat fucking mole at Bunnings how to sharpen a chisel
    she’d tell ya to buy some old piece of shit from their range
    there’d be maybe one piece of kit that possibly gets close to what you need
    but it’d still be rubbish
    and there’s no way that dumb mole would have the slightest clue what was needed, how to achieve it, or why a primary bevel of 25° and a secondary of 35° is the customary way.

    it’s gone … lost … we dont do that anymore … just buy new chisels says the mole

    and that, is a parallel for where we are in the climate debate

    bunnings’ opinions
    bunnings’ batteries
    bunnings’ solar
    bunnings’s wind
    bunnings’ global warmening

    be careful where you get your opinions

    experts aren’t what they used to be


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  158. Michael Shellenberger is CIA*. I don’t know what his angle is exactly – I think he was sent out to join the pompously-titled ‘Intellectual Darkweb’ and try to influence its direction, but it imploded before he could really make his mark there.

    Why do I say he’s CIA? Well, his old man Shelly Shellenberger, is confirmed CIA and these people like to keep it in their families. Michael spent much of his 20s in Central America (not at all a place of interest for the CIA, no, never) working on his anthropology Ph.D – the study of anthropology being a favourite cover for higher-end CIA operatives, as it allows them to get up close and personal with people all over the world. He didn’t complete the anthropology Ph.D as he made a somewhat inexplicable move from anthropology straight to the heights of the TED Talk scene (without genuine bona fides, you need connections to make that kind of shift) as an evangelical advocate for nuclear energy. He has subsequently branched out into numerous fields and seems to be posturing himself as a based liberal (‘I’m a classical liberal!’) intellectual. Dude’s CIA. Not to be trusted.


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  159. JC
    Can you please just stop being such an awesome dude, I’m trying to get some sleep

    Sure, because I want to be just like you, waly. I may be awesome but you’re awsomer. If you can’t sleep try a gummy bear.


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  160. Lisa Wilkinson’s high-priced lawyer is being paid $11,000-a-day following her disastrous Logies speech.

    Since it’s ended her well paid Media career, what was in it for Lisa to make the speech?


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  161. and that, is a parallel for where we are in the climate debate

    bunnings’ opinions
    bunnings’ batteries
    bunnings’ solar
    bunnings’s wind
    bunnings’ global warmening

    be careful where you get your opinions

    experts aren’t what they used to be

    No need for all of this endless opinion’ stuff. Just do what Mother Nature does and adapt. No need to piss trillions and trillions of dollars of borrowed money up the wall either. Mother knows best. Just adapt. A heck of a lot easier and cheaper in the long run.

    Then there will be more time and borrowed money to get on with the next World shattering objective. Which is, developing a ‘vaccine’ that eradicates all left wing nut job ‘opinions’ from Humanity forever…………………….

    All IMHO and no ‘ex spurt’.


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