Open Thread – Weekend 2 July 2022


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Colonel Crispin Berka
Colonel Crispin Berka
July 2, 2022 12:01 am

In like Flynn!

Digger
Digger
July 2, 2022 12:01 am

Wakey, wakey….

Rex Anger
Rex Anger
July 2, 2022 12:23 am

No, you can’t have my Snakey!

Armadillo
Armadillo
July 2, 2022 3:55 am

Hmmm….I’m hours late to the party, but I’m still one of the first in the door.

Tom
Tom
July 2, 2022 4:00 am
Tom
Tom
July 2, 2022 4:01 am
Tom
Tom
July 2, 2022 4:02 am
Tom
Tom
July 2, 2022 4:03 am
Tom
Tom
July 2, 2022 4:04 am
Tom
Tom
July 2, 2022 4:05 am
Tom
Tom
July 2, 2022 4:06 am
Tom
Tom
July 2, 2022 4:07 am
Tom
Tom
July 2, 2022 4:08 am
Tom
Tom
July 2, 2022 4:11 am
Tom
Tom
July 2, 2022 4:12 am
Tom
Tom
July 2, 2022 4:12 am
John Sheldrick
July 2, 2022 4:20 am

I was waiting for Tom. Not really as I was asleep………………………………

Ed Case
Ed Case
July 2, 2022 4:27 am

Go back to sleep, schmendrick.

Ed Case
Ed Case
July 2, 2022 5:07 am
Gabor
Gabor
July 2, 2022 5:26 am

Commentary by Robert C. Castel. about the Ukrainian ‘war’.

win
win
July 2, 2022 6:03 am

Thanks Tom. I have no idea who Neil Kerley is and what the barney was about but Broelmans’ St Peters desk lamp at the Kerley Gates took me back for a rerun.

Zipster
Zipster
July 2, 2022 6:12 am

Jordan B Peterson

Refusing to back down, Dr. Peterson calls out the “woke moralists” as he deconstructs the tweet that put him in the censors’ crosshairs.

Twitter censored him. But the voice of Dr Jordan B Peterson can still be heard with exciting new exclusive content on the brand new DailyWire+ platform. https://utm.io/ueJdK

Ed Case
Ed Case
July 2, 2022 6:35 am

Neil Kerley was a South Australian Footballer.
Sounds like he lived close to 90.

Dot
Dot
July 2, 2022 6:40 am

Well

If anyone’s appetite was teased by the DNA stuff on Aengla – land, I am still trying to dig up the notes on English and Irish Gaelic as close languages.

The “headshot” is that English uses a sentence structure that is closest to Irish.

I’ll keep on trying, for that and the two way migration to Sweden.

The old idea of a pre Renaissance Europe where things were static is almost certainly wrong.

The Anglo Saxon chronicle is almost certainly allegorical and an anchorism at best.

bespoke
bespoke
July 2, 2022 6:46 am

Grader

Ed Case
Ed Case
July 2, 2022 6:49 am

Neil Kerley died in a car accident.
He was 88.

GreyRanga
GreyRanga
July 2, 2022 7:00 am

Dot I’m mostly Scottish extraction. I have seen Scandi’s that I look like and a Swedish lady I was acquainted with asked if I was Swedish extraction. Yes I used to have red hair but my name is Germanic even though you would recognise it as a Scot’s name. I have cousins with Spanish names and also a lot of Jewish names. Who knows.

Dot
Dot
July 2, 2022 7:11 am

The eternal suffering of sinless western white women:

https://medium.com/fearless-she-wrote/tricking-men-into-fatherhood-isnt-female-privilege-610022ec5b80

Tricking Men Into Fatherhood Isn’t Female Privilege

Up next at Absurdity Today:

Raping female civilians is neither rape nor a war crime. Us poor lonely PLA soldiers have always had it tough.

If these women are so lonely, they need to get down from their cross.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
July 2, 2022 7:15 am

Thanks Tom! Ramirez is having one of his weird mental attacks again. Whenever Trump pops up he goes loopy, it’s funny. Anyone with a working brain (eg. Gorrell) knows that Cassidy is a femme fatale in the Blasey Ford mold. But not Ramirez, he appears to believe everything that the Dems smear Trump with however lurid and silly. One of the worst cases of TDS on the planet.

rosie
rosie
July 2, 2022 7:17 am

When certain persons respond with ire
You get a glimpse of hair on fire
epigenetic; nothing to do with intergenerational trauma

will
will
July 2, 2022 7:21 am
will
will
July 2, 2022 7:23 am
will
will
July 2, 2022 7:24 am
custard
custard
July 2, 2022 7:27 am
Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
July 2, 2022 7:27 am

I’ll keep on trying, for that and the two way migration to Sweden.

Dot – The Shetlands and Hebrides were Norwegian for several centuries, before the Scottish kingdom managed to get control. Norway and Sweden were also a single entity for a long time until the bust up of the Union of Kalmar.

Treaty of Perth; Kalmar Union (wikis)

The Union lost territory when Orkney and Shetland were pledged by Christian I, in his capacity as King of Norway, as security against the payment of the dowry of his daughter Margaret, betrothed to James III of Scotland in 1468.[9] The money was never paid, so in 1472 the islands were annexed by the Kingdom of Scotland.[10]

It’s a good example of bits being traded like loaves of bread! Daughters were expensive critters.

Mater
July 2, 2022 7:30 am

In the mid- to late 2000s, Brent Bezo and his wife were living in Ukraine, when Bezo began noticing a kind of social hostility and mistrust among the population. It was subtle, “not necessarily something you’d pick up on if you’d spent only a short time there,” says Bezo, a doctoral psychology student at Carleton University in Ottawa.

In his conversations with people, Bezo heard references to the Holodomor, the mass starvation of millions of Soviet Ukrainians from 1932 to 1933, considered by many to be an intentional genocide orchestrated by Joseph Stalin’s regime.

Wondering if and how this horrific event continued to resonate with the people, Bezo conducted a qualitative pilot study of 45 people from three generations of 15 Ukrainian families: those who had lived through the Holodomor, their children and their grandchildren. People spontaneously shared what they saw as transgenerational impacts from that time, including risky health behaviors, anxiety and shame, food hoarding, overeating, authoritarian parenting styles, high emotional neediness on the part of parents and low community trust and cohesiveness—what many described as living in “survival mode” (Social Science & Medicine, Vol. 134, 2015).

“Each generation seemed to kind of learn from the previous one, with survivors telling children, ‘Don’t trust others, don’t trust the world,’” says Bezo.

https://www.apa.org/monitor/2019/02/legacy-trauma

Gee, who’d have thought that the wisdom, advice and behaviour of parents would rub off onto their children’s thinking and drive certain knock-on behaviours?

Hand them taxpayers money!

Dot
Dot
July 2, 2022 7:43 am

1472

Bah! Modern! Arguably Renaissance!

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
July 2, 2022 7:47 am

Dot – I mentioned the end of the Roman Warm Period a couple days ago, and the migration of Saxons to England. Like that I suspect a big driver for migration from Scandinavia to Scotland was the end of the Medieval Warm Period. Scotland is at the tip of the Gulf Stream, which keeps the place in much better shape for agriculture and herding than somewhere like Sweden. The whole Baltic was freezing up by the time of the Maunder. Worse agriculture + difficult fishing = move to someplace warmer.

The climateers have been infamously disappearing the MWP for some time now. Can’t allow anyone to get the idea that warming could be both natural and good.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
July 2, 2022 7:50 am

Yes I used to have red hair but my name is Germanic even though you would recognise it as a Scot’s name.

MacCedes-Bends?

Ed Case
Ed Case
July 2, 2022 7:51 am

Gee, who’d have thought that the wisdom, advice and behaviour of parents would rub off onto their children’s thinking and drive certain knock-on behaviours?

Hand them taxpayers money!

Even amongst a panoply of Idiots, you’re still the standout.

miltonf
miltonf
July 2, 2022 7:52 am

Lowland Scots is certainly Anglo-Saxon

feelthebern
feelthebern
July 2, 2022 7:58 am

Jimmy Dore says the mall was empty.
The owner closed the mall in early 2022.
Who knows what’s true.
If you believe the Russians, you’re an idiot.
If you believe the Ukrainians, you’re a rube.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y6VwPkeK4iA

Mater
July 2, 2022 7:59 am

Even amongst a panoply of Idiots, you’re still the standout.

That you think so, is a source of pride for me.
One is judged by his enemies (and his allies).

feelthebern
feelthebern
July 2, 2022 8:01 am

The only thing that’s 100% certain is that US taxpayer funded wash has been spectacular.
It took years to ramp up the wash in Afghanistan.
They’ve been able to get it rolling immediately with Ukraine.

Top Ender
Top Ender
July 2, 2022 8:01 am

Zulu, from the old thread:

a new book “Truth Telling At Risdon Cove”, by Scott Seymour, George Brown, and Roger Karge makes the claim that the “eyewitness” to the massacre at Risdon Cove, in Tasmania – the start of the “genocide” in Tasmania – didn’t set foot in the colony until four years after the massacre…

I was living in Tassie in the 1970s, and chasing my first long-term girlfriend, who worked at the new Risdon Cove tourist establishment, as it was then. Used to pick her up there for lunch and got to know it a little.

There were two buildings of a curious design on the site. You went in and had a squiz at the displays, and then could go on a walk of 500m up the hill to view convict building remains and so on. Quite interesting.

In more woke times there was a big debate about the place, and it got handed over to some local aboriginal groups, who supposedly run a pre-school there. One Trip Advisor comment on the site said in 2017:

The very nice school building seemed almost unoccupied and the rest of the site seemed steeped in neglect. The fine words on the single information board about restoring the land to its original state seem to have been forgotten. The small replantings we saw were years old.

Ho hum.

Vicki
Vicki
July 2, 2022 8:02 am

Re: Jordan Peterson being banned from Twitter :

Just another blow in todays censorious web. What began as a technological triumph for knowledge and communication (ie the internet) is rapidly becoming a prism for “correct thinking”. I exaggerate – but that is how I am feeling.

I know that many people think Jordan has become a bit shrill of late, but the man is a continual fount of wisdom – in my humble opinion. I have a few words of his sitting on my desk which have transformed my tendency towards procrastination:

“The secret of your existence is right in front of you. It manifests itself as all those things you know you should do but are avoiding.” Simple but so true.

Yes – his voice can now be heard on Daily Wire. But if I subscribed to all the voices I want to hear on the internet, through Substack and so on, it would be literally hundreds of dollars. This is the price one has to pay for freedom now. It has been the trend of the last few years of Covid as so many voices of resistance are banned from Twitter, Facebook et al.

Mater
July 2, 2022 8:03 am

Paul Keating once had interest rates in the high teens.

Having experienced that, he advised me to never borrow beyond your means to repay in the event of high interest rates.

Consequently, I’m now genetically programmed not to loan money, or vote for Labor.

You know it makes sense.

feelthebern
feelthebern
July 2, 2022 8:03 am

Why is the BoM sending out “severe weather warnings” for Sydney & the surrounding region?
It’s raining.
So what.
Pack of Karen’s.

Bourne1879
Bourne1879
July 2, 2022 8:04 am

Leak cartoon concerns the push by entertainers Union, supported by Minister Bourke, to get a minimum gig payment of $250.

I suspect that will price many out of work as many venues will find it too much. If a guy plays for an hour three nights a week should he be able to accept $100 instead of the venue having to pay him $250 per 1 hour gig?

Would be interested in Sal’s opinion.

Dot
Dot
July 2, 2022 8:05 am

migration of Saxons to England

At least you didn’t say invasion.

John Sheldrick
July 2, 2022 8:07 am

The climateers have been infamously disappearing the MWP for some time now. Can’t allow anyone to get the idea that warming could be both natural and good.

Mother Nature knows best. Winter virus, coming soon to a place near you (maybe already there now).

calli
calli
July 2, 2022 8:08 am

On the dead thread there was some discussion about the age of invention, the C19.

I got to thinking about Babbage’s calculator and typewriters and the development of modern computers. There was one invention that appeared on the cusp of the new century that was developed and honed under the terrible times of the French Revolution – the Jacquard Machine.

Looms had been around since Adam was a lad, but this loom was something different. It used a series of punched cards to create the pattern – patterns that we still see in textiles to this day. Some of the cards still exist.

You know where this is headed. A punched card was used as a mechanical form of data entry for the first time. Later that method would be used in computers.

I wonder if soft times produce garbage like TikTok and Twitter, and hard times produce groundbreaking, worthwhile inventions. Aldous Huxley seemed to think so.

John Sheldrick
July 2, 2022 8:11 am

Just read in the Weekly Express that the UK State Pension is being increased by 10% or around 1,000 pounds sterling. How about the Age Pension going up here by 10%. ‘Albo’, are you listening? Chalmers, are you listening? No, I didn’t think so.

Vicki
Vicki
July 2, 2022 8:13 am

Re : lowland Scots are Anglo Saxon

Husband is a “low lander” of the Arbuthnot clan who still have the ancestral manor house north of Perth in Scotland. His (once!) black hair and thick black eyebrows are a dead giveaway. No Saxon genes there.

BTW why are so many Scots wonderful and instinctive engineering types? Husband is absolutely stereotypical. Rebuilt his first car at 14, & had tinkered with automobiles ever since . Raced them, had just about every desirable marque & thankfully, prospered from his natural obsession.

After the Scottish diaspora, all over Australia Scottish engineers have built so much infrastructure. They have also been determined farmers. Interesting.

rickw
rickw
July 2, 2022 8:15 am

The winner in a prolonged war between two near-peer powers is still based on which side has the strongest industrial base. A country must either have the manufacturing capacity to build massive quantities of ammunition or have other manufacturing industries that can be rapidly converted to ammunition production. Unfortunately, the West no longer seems to have either.

Back to concrete lathes! There’s a serious built in bottleneck to machinetool production, that’s aging of the castings, at least 12 months. A lot of research was done on this in WWII and no one really came up with a satisfactory answer.

Axelson in LA for example experimented with stress relieved steel fabrications, not really satisfactory. In the end they were buying up their old flat belt lathes and remanufacturing them. Re-grind the bed, re-scrape and re-fit the saddle, install a new geared headstock.

For artillery shell production it was not uncommon to use concrete. A cast as one headstock and bed with ground steel bar ways. Only really suitable for short bed machines.

Dot
Dot
July 2, 2022 8:15 am

Some inventions are more subtle than others.

Decimal fractions.
Catalytic cracking.
Heavy European plow.
Washing machines & vacuum cleaners.

Very profound, usually underrated compared to reinforced concrete.

Top Ender
Top Ender
July 2, 2022 8:15 am

Reasonaly interesting if you are contemplating an aged care home for a rellie or yourself…

Germaine Greer’s life as an aged-care ‘inmate’

CAROLINE OVERINGTON. LITERARY EDITOR

One fine day last July, residents of an aged-care home in NSW gathered to play a game called something like “word Bingo”.

It was frustrating because one new resident knew all the answers, and kept putting up her hand. They had to ask her to stop in the end, to give someone else a go.

It was Professor Germaine Greer.

“I’m supposed to win, aren’t I?” she says, amused. “I’ve got a PhD from Cambridge. I had to sit there, while they groped their way to the quite obvious answer. Probably they hated me. That’s fine, I’m here to be hated.”

Greer, 83, put herself into aged care last year, after returning to Australia to sell her home in the southeast Queensland rainforest, having judged herself too old to continue to properly care for it.

“I had to get out so that the new owner could get in, and I had nowhere to go,” she said. “I went down to Murwillumbah, which is just over the border and saw the aged-care centre, and said, please, can I come and stay with you? ­Because in a minute, I’m not going have anywhere to live. And when the room became vacant, I moved into it.”

Covid lockdowns came and went, and she was at times “not a patient, but an inmate”.

“They didn’t like that. We’re supposed to call ourselves ‘residents’, but you’re not in residence if you’re shut in. If you’re shut in and can’t get out, you’re an ­inmate,” Greer says.

She stayed 10 months. And yes, she has some thoughts about the experience.

“I got a good room where I had a view of rainforest, which was tremendously consoling,” she says. “When restrictions lifted, they had outings. People went out on the bus. It seemed to me that it always went to the same places. Not everyone realised that, of course.”

In terms of food and other services, well, Greer is of that generation that doesn’t complain about meals as offered.

“It helps that I went to a Catholic convent,” she said. “They put the food down, you eat it. It’s the same in aged care. Here is your meal. You could complain. I ate it.”

There were plenty of other residents, who did complain, about everything. “Oh yes, but you’ve got to be aware that the age group you’re dealing with. They are complainers,” she says.

“And they have these residents’ meetings where you can go and raise your concerns, but the complainers, they don’t go. The next day, they would complain all over again.

“Some people were quite ­depressed, but I mean, being ­depressed is fairly normal for people of my age. I’m 83. Now, what are we going to look for? Death, if we can manage it decently.”

She was impressed by the many visitors that came when ­restrictions were lifted, noting that “pretty much all were female. Daughters”.

At a guess, she says between 70 and 80 per cent of the other residents were also female, as were 90 per cent of the staff.

The frontline workers are poorly paid, which may be ­because they are female, “but it’s also the race aspect”.

“A lot of the people working at night were from Nepal. Many are keeping a family afloat in Nepal and living on restricted means themselves and turning up to work at god knows what hours,” Greer says.

“I liked them. They are the quiet ones. There was a good deal of ­fellowship – you might say ­raucousness – among the Australian staff. There were times when I could have shot some of them at four o’clock in the morning because of the noise they were ­making.

“The thing about the Nepali women is they didn’t make all this noise. Australians feel the need to show what great mates they were with each other in the middle of the night.

“But they were respectful of us the patients. And it is quite extraordinary that we don’t pay people properly, when they work in aged care.

“It takes skill, all kinds of forbearance and understanding of other people. I was appalled by how little they were paid.”

The cost of aged care attracted her attention: “People had to sell their homes (to pay the aged-care bond) and then, if they decide, no, this is not for me, they can’t break out, take a cruise, and jump over the edge of the ship, because their money is tied up.”

As to whether it was largely a positive or negative experience, Greer says: “I think oddly enough it was positive. I liked the people. Some of the old men broke my heart, actually.

“It is outrageous that we can’t treat their prostate problems. To see an old man sitting outside the toilet into the night because he could not predict the activity of his prostate was heartbreaking. Now that’s not so much the problem of aged care.

“It’s the problem of ­medicine. The worst thing you can do as a student is geriatrics. It will get you nowhere: you’ll make no money. That is not good enough.”

Greer left her peaceful room in April, adding: “They may not have noticed, since I left at 6am. I was there, and then I wasn’t.”

She is now living with her brother and his extended family outside Melbourne. “I’ve gone from being a solitary academic lady to living in the middle of a big communal family,” she says.

Is she enjoying it?

“It’s not easy for me. I do need quite a lot of quiet. I keep being startled by the evidence of other people. But they’re turning an old part of the house into a studio. I’ll probably soon be able to become reclusive.”

She is not writing a book ­“because there are too many books in the world, and so many of them are horrible”.

She is watching the fall of Roe v Wade with very little surprise, saying the original decision was ­always flawed.

“It was based around a woman’s right to privacy, which doesn’t exist in the US constitution, or with abortion,” she says.

She notes that women’s experience of abortion has changed radically over the past 20 years. For many women, abortion it is no longer a surgical procedure, but “swallowing a tablet, purchased over the counter”.

She doubts that Big Pharma will let those profits go.

“They’ve just found out that part of their business is now illegal, and they can’t let that happen. They have always been more powerful than women, and they will gather around, or else, abortion goes back into the hands of organised crime,” she says.

Having worked in the US, Greer understands “how religious ideas have real meaning to American people”.

“They’re not casually religious, they’re deeply religious, and never been happy about abortion,” she says.

She wonders if same-sex marriage, also sanctioned by the US Supreme Court, may be next to fall, “because that right is also not there in the constitution. Although, my position has always been, why would anyone want to get into marriage? It’s the worst system ever invented.”

Germaine Greer will discuss her experience in aged care as a guest at the Canberra Writers Festival on August 13.

feelthebern
feelthebern
July 2, 2022 8:16 am

Today I learned that Gore Vidal wrote & spoke substantially about Timothy McVeigh & attended his execution.
Would have been one the last bodies of work before he keeled over.

Dot
Dot
July 2, 2022 8:18 am

If the Anglo Saxon chronicle has any accuracy or credibility at all, then why do so many early (and some quite important) Kings have obviously “Celtic” names?

Cassie of Sydney
July 2, 2022 8:18 am

“Refusing to back down, Dr. Peterson calls out the “woke moralists” as he deconstructs the tweet that put him in the censors’ crosshairs.”

Peterson is right, of course

Please note this is how you do it…

1. Never shake, tremble and bend your knees to woke fascists.

2. Never apologise to woke fascists.

3. Never back down to woke fascists.

4. Always return fire to woke fascists.

Note how recently Mark Latham did the same here over his supposed offensive tweet during a campaign debate.

Never ever apologise and submit to the woke, if you do you’re gone.

rickw
rickw
July 2, 2022 8:19 am

I got to thinking about Babbage’s calculator and typewriters and the development of modern computers.

I think the development of the mathematical methods were far more important than the actual machines. eg. Gaussian elimination. The Germans did all their WWII rocket calculations using these methods and rooms full of women. Two perform the sequential calculations and then one checks both their work, and so on until you get an answer.

Vicki
Vicki
July 2, 2022 8:19 am

BTW a friend is also married to a Scot, but he is a Highlander – short, stocky, fairer than my bloke, & of a determined (pig headed?) disposition.

A few years ago they visited the area where he came from. She said all the men looked like him!

feelthebern
feelthebern
July 2, 2022 8:21 am

I’m surprised Greer didn’t have enough cash to move into a self contained retirement community.
That’s usually the step before aged care.

Dot
Dot
July 2, 2022 8:23 am

Gaussian elimination

Fond memories… 🙁

John Sheldrick
July 2, 2022 8:23 am

A Red Wave Is Coming

“After examining 12 months of data from 1.7 million Americans, the Associated Press (AP) has found that people are fleeing the Democratic Party. The Democrats enjoyed a slight edge while Trump was in power, as the outspoken president seemingly polarized voters who felt the two parties represented good v. bad. Inflation is running at a 40-year high, people cannot afford rent, crime has skyrocketed, the borders are open, and we are in the midst of an energy crisis – the list of issues that the Biden Administration has created is endless.

It is no wonder that 1 million voters in 43 states have switched to the Republican Party in the past year. The poll noted that middle-class suburban dwelling voters have been even more likely to switch parties, which spells trouble for the Democrats who previously relied on this demographic in swing states. In swing state Pennsylvania, for example, party changers switched to the GOP from 58% to 63%.

Biden’s popularity seems to diminish weekly. Democratic lawmakers have lost control of their cities and crime will continue to rise with poverty. COVID fear-mongering worked for only so long. Now, people are disgruntled with the “new normal” and are shifting their political beliefs to align with traditional American morals.”

https://www.armstrongeconomics.com/international-news/politics/a-red-wave-is-coming/

Cassie of Sydney
July 2, 2022 8:26 am

“Today I learned that Gore Vidal wrote & spoke substantially about Timothy McVeigh & attended his execution.”

I knew this. I remember reading a Vidal piece shortly after McVeigh’s execution which was somewhat sympathetic.

feelthebern
feelthebern
July 2, 2022 8:28 am

How’s this.
In late 2021, the RBA chief said rates were not going up until 2024.
That was said continually.
At the time, you could have locked in a 3 year fixed at at 2%.
But considering the official rate was 0.1% it was far better to stay variable.

Roll forward to mid 2022.
A 3 year fixed rate is now well over 5%.
And official rates are 0.8%.

So if you listened & believed the RBA chief, you have missed the opportunity to save at least 100k on a million dollar mortgage.

There really needs to be more scrutiny over what the RBA says.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
July 2, 2022 8:28 am

Can someone explain the origins of the fat, lazy, ginger-nut, dole-bludging, incessantly complaining Scot which seems to be the dominant sub-strain now?

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
July 2, 2022 8:28 am

Poll wars.

90% of Ukrainians support joining EU, 73% support joining NATO (1 Jul, via The Express)

The survey was conducted by the National Democratic Institute and the Kyiv International Institute of Sociology.

“Ukrainians are united in their wishes and expectations for joining the European Union and NATO. 90% of respondents at the national level want Ukraine to become an EU member. East and South show the lowest figures – 84%. The desire to join NATO supports the majority of respondents – 73% at the national level,” the report states.

Putin polls: Putin’s ratings in Russia ‘soar’ despite death march in Ukraine (1 Jul)

A VTsIOM poll said that 78 percent of Russians now think that their president is doing a good job, compared with 70 percent in February.

But while that seems like a major boost for the Russian strongman, the result is not to be fully believed as VTsIOM is a Kremlin owned polling unit.

Ukrainian pollsters say Ukrainians love NATO and Russian pollsters say Russians love Putin.
Colour me unsurprised.

feelthebern
feelthebern
July 2, 2022 8:29 am

The boomer who misses the point and refers to rates back in their day gets a prize.

sfw
sfw
July 2, 2022 8:30 am

I know that JC and some others here think that I’m an economic and fiscal idiot, because I question the creation of money by the Reserve banks and to whom they distribute it. It seems to me that the banks and the central banks look after their elite friends and when inflation finally hits the proles pay the bill. Well here’s another example, the US Fed is paying $250 mill a day in interest payments to banks that have reserves at the Fed, these reserves are essentially money that was created by the Fed and given to banks, who then put them back in the Fed. Seems dodgy and corrupt to me, but what would I know?

https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/fed-quietly-handing-out-250-million-handful-happy-recipients-every-single-day

feelthebern
feelthebern
July 2, 2022 8:31 am

The survey was conducted by the National Democratic Institute and the Kyiv International Institute of Sociology.

Check out who funds these guys.
Grayzone has reported on it continually since the start of the war to ensure the googlers-in-chief don’t get too caught up in the polls.

Vicki
Vicki
July 2, 2022 8:32 am

Thank you TopEnder for posting the Germaine Greer article of her experience in the aged care facility. It was truly humbling and a little shocking in view of Greer’s formidable life and intellect.

It reminds us all of the often indignities of aging. In view of the choices of her life, she is fortunate that her family is providing for some intimacy in her later years. But I am surprised, given her life, that she hadn’t been able to provide more comfort for herself at this time.

GreyRanga
GreyRanga
July 2, 2022 8:35 am

Necessity begats invention Calli.

feelthebern
feelthebern
July 2, 2022 8:36 am

McVeigh’s execution which was somewhat sympathetic.

It turned my stomach a little bit when I read it.
Malice interviewed Greenwald the other day & Greenwald referred to it.
Greenwald was referring to the modern media & how they go out of their way to not speak with people they don’t like.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
July 2, 2022 8:36 am

Back in my day rates were 18%.
I remember it well.

feelthebern
feelthebern
July 2, 2022 8:40 am

Panzer wins the “pants” that used to be handed out on the Q&A threads.

feelthebern
feelthebern
July 2, 2022 8:42 am

Not sustainable.

Very sustainable dover.
The US taxpayer will foot the re-stocking bill once all the current NATO supplies are stripped.
At lot higher margins for the defence contractors.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
July 2, 2022 8:43 am

feelthebernsays:

July 2, 2022 at 8:40 am

Panzer wins the “pants” that used to be handed out on the Q&A threads

Donate them to HB Bear.
“To each according to his need”.

Cassie of Sydney
July 2, 2022 8:45 am

“It turned my stomach a little bit when I read it.”

Vidal was a malicious and very bitchy man. A good writer but frequently motivated by spite and nastiness. He was also, to the very end, a condescending and patronising snob.

You should check out Vidal and William Buckley debating each other back in 1968. They loathed each other. Both were elites, from uber wealthy east coast families and terribly snobbish. I love their accents….the drawn out vowels.

Vidal was an classic American isolationist.

feelthebern
feelthebern
July 2, 2022 8:47 am

I’m really looking forward to the DNC presidential circus for 2024.
I love the idea of Hillary having a crack.
And if Newsom runs, it will be a west coast/east coast DNC fight all over again like 2008.
Even though BHO also had the Chicago machine, he was sucking down the Silicon Valley money while poor old Hillary had to settle for Wall Street.

Rockdoctor
Rockdoctor
July 2, 2022 8:49 am

Casssie your rant at the kiddy gloves treatment of Blockade Australia threw up an interesting tid bit while I was trying to research the Magistrate. They seem to be very coy on reporting the magistrate, just makes you wonder if they have form on this sort of leniency.

The lawyer representing the grubs is one Mark Davis, he apparently was caught up with Xenophon and has been a lefty journalist for SBS. He wouldn’t be cheap:

https://sydneycitycrime.com.au/

That said again Police and State Gov MIA. No appeal on bail being allowed, no injunctions, nothing again. Interesting Aussie Cossack has been a right royal PIA to Police and the state, names a paedo and gets 10 months after remand. As you described a man punches a horse get a week remand. If the legal system was consistent I wouldn’t be so critical but it seems endemic even here in Queensland.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
July 2, 2022 8:50 am

don’t get too caught up in the polls

Words to live by! I’ve been amused by pollsters in the US who lately are trying to boost De Santis over Trump by finding the former is “neck and neck” with the latter in the primary polls.

Then another poll comes along the same week with Trump having four times the number that De Santis has. I tend to believe the latter ones when they get reported, given the way the MSM are these days.

Nothing from polls can be believed at all now, at least not without serious digging into the raw data. Everything is slanted for political advantage.

feelthebern
feelthebern
July 2, 2022 8:53 am

You should check out Vidal and William Buckley debating each other back in 1968

I have.
Before I stumbled upon Malice I used to think Buckley was a superstar.
But then once I read Malice’s work on Buckley and what Buckley openly said what his motivations were I felt like such a fool.
Buckley was fake opposition & openly said it to the dinner party scene.
That’s why he was tolerated.

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
July 2, 2022 8:54 am

Back in my day rates were 18%.
I remember it well.

Like it was yesterday. Hard times, not seen today by younger people with their Twitter machines and watches that are phones that count your heartbeat.

John Laws says they’re part of the Chinese plan to invade us and take our fruit.

feelthebern
feelthebern
July 2, 2022 8:54 am

That said again Police and State Gov MIA.

The police are not your friend.

feelthebern
feelthebern
July 2, 2022 8:56 am

The cases the police run dead on versus the cases the police turn shit up to eleventy tells you everything you need to know.

H B Bear
H B Bear
July 2, 2022 8:57 am

Imagine being dumped in some decrepit old peoples home to see out your days in peace and quiet and somebody wheels in Germain Greer. Thank God for assisted dying.

feelthebern
feelthebern
July 2, 2022 8:57 am

LOL, eleventy doesn’t get the underlining prompt anymore.
It’s now accepted by DoverCat.

Roger
Roger
July 2, 2022 8:59 am

If the Anglo Saxon chronicle has any accuracy or credibility at all, then why do so many early (and some quite important) Kings have obviously “Celtic” names?

The Celtic language survived longer in the west country, hence the Celtic names in the House of Wessex. Between the 6th & 7th centuries an assimilation seems to have taken place with the Anglo-Saxons.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
July 2, 2022 9:00 am

I’m really looking forward to the DNC presidential circus for 2024.
I love the idea of Hillary having a crack.

The DNC is still chasing the Wookie.

Michelle Obama Is Running for President in 2024 (American Thinker, 30 Jun)

If I were her I’d stay far far away from this mess. Her life would be pure torture in the WH, with Klain greasily manipulating and the Bernie Bros screeching at her endlessly. She’d be like a performing bear at a circus.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
July 2, 2022 9:00 am

A grisly example of the royals’ obsession with a good press

Michael Sexton
Contributor
12:00AM July 2, 2022
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George V sat on the British throne between 1910 and 1936. The title of this new biography reflects the fact that the King was considered rather dull but presided over a tumultuous period in his country’s history.

George was born in 1865 and, in the best traditions of the Windsors, had almost no education and was put into the navy at the age of 15 where he spent the next decade, including a voyage of two years around the globe. In 1893 he married Princess May of Teck who had been promised in an arranged marriage to his elder brother, Prince Eddy. Eddy, however, died at the age of 28 and Princess May was passed on to George in another arranged marriage.

George’s great passion was shooting, of which he kept minute records, noting that in the 1896/97 season he had shot a total of 11,006 game birds. As Harold Nicholson, one of George’s early biographers, wrote: “George V never mentioned in his diary the outbreak of the South African War. It is all about pheasants.” When Queen Victoria died in January 1901, Edward VII came to the throne and George became the Prince of Wales. Apart from shooting, his other great interest was stamp-collecting, illustrated by his purchase of a single stamp in 1904 for $300,000 in today’s money.

As the book makes clear, George’s political views were deeply conservative. When Herbert Asquith became prime minister in a Liberal government in 1908, George expressed the view that Asquith was not a gentleman. Unfortunately he said this to Winston Churchill who repeated the comment all over London. George and May had five sons but, except for the second son, Albert, his relations with the others were generally bad, not helped by the fact that, like himself, none of them had any proper education. His son Henry said that his father was “the most terrible father you can imagine.”

In May 1910 Edward VII died and George succeeded to the throne. He faced almost immediately one of the great political confrontations in British history as the House of Lords continued to reject Liberal legislation passed by the House of Commons, naturally including legislation to curtail the power of the Lords. Eventually the Lords surrendered after the King agreed to create enough new peers to swamp its Tory majority. George had agreed to Asquith’s demands to give the guarantee but he never forgave the prime minister for this. These violent political disputes between the parties continued over the question of home rule for Ireland and only ceased with the outbreak of the Great War in August 1914. In 1917 the question arose in the aftermath of the Russian Revolution as to whether the Tsar might seek refuge in Britain. It may be that it was too late for the Tsar to escape from Russia but, as the book makes clear, George vetoed the proposal on the basis that it might encourage republican sentiment in Britain. Hardly a kindly gesture to his dear cousin, as he used to call the Tsar!

Over the next two decades George continued to oversee great events – the first Labour government in 1924, the General Strike in 1926 and the Great Crash in 1929. George’s last years were marked by still worsening relations with his eldest son and heir apparent, David, who had taken up with Mrs Wallis Simpson. He made it clear that he much preferred his second son, Albert, to succeed him. As it happened, David, who became Edward VIII, did abdicate in late 1936 to marry Simpson and Albert became George VI.

In addition to shooting and stamp-collecting, George seemed to have an obsession with dress codes. He was deeply concerned when Labour ministers declined to wear court dress of white breeches and white stockings at palace functions. On one occasion he instructed his private secretary to write to the lord chancellor, Lord Birkenhead when he was shown in a newspaper photograph attending a meeting in Downing Street wearing a soft hat instead of morning dress. Birkenhead, famous for his rudeness, was not intimidated, responding that “it was never the custom to appraise the adequacy or dignity of lord chancellors in terms of head-gear.”

George died in January 1936, his death slightly accelerated by a shot of morphine from the royal doctor so that it could be announced in the morning edition of The Times rather than the evening tabloids – a rather grisly example of the Windsors’ obsession with a good press.

This book is meticulously researched but eminently readable and makes a very useful contribution to modern history. At first blush it appears to provide further evidence for removing the Windsors from the Australian political system but the republican alternative for Australia now seems to assume an elected head of State who would very likely be some kind of celebrity and a potential rival to the prime minister. Hobson’s choice, some might say.

feelthebern
feelthebern
July 2, 2022 9:00 am

PS, whichever Cat posted the Van Steenis Tedtalk, many thanks.
Only got around to watching it this morning.

Mater
July 2, 2022 9:02 am

Back in my day rates were 18%.
I remember it well.

Consider yourself genetically modified.

Boambee John
Boambee John
July 2, 2022 9:04 am

Even amongst a panoply of Idiots, you’re still the standout.

Dickless has destroyed every mirror in his home.

Indolent
Indolent
July 2, 2022 9:05 am
H B Bear
H B Bear
July 2, 2022 9:06 am

The DNC is still chasing the Wookie.

I hate those Star Wars reruns.

duncanm
duncanm
July 2, 2022 9:07 am

feelthebernsays:
July 2, 2022 at 8:03 am
Why is the BoM sending out “severe weather warnings” for Sydney & the surrounding region?
It’s raining.
So what.
Pack of Karen’s.

the other stupidity the BOM has is prematurely declaring El Nina over — then one weather system rocks in and suddenly we’re back in El Nina again?

FFS — El Nina/Nino is a longer term phenomenon.

Boambee John
Boambee John
July 2, 2022 9:08 am

Calli

I wonder if soft times produce garbage like TikTok and Twitter, and hard times produce groundbreaking, worthwhile inventions. Aldous Huxley seemed to think so.

If you are correct, the Patent Office is going to be busy for the next decade or so.

Rockdoctor
Rockdoctor
July 2, 2022 9:08 am

ftb, agreed that woman in Ballarat during the lockdowns is case point. Similar to the woman protesting in the middle of the Sydney lockdowns.

As for Cossack, I enjoyed his needling but he was going to be pinched sooner or later. That was obvious, too many red faces in the blue line and government.

local oaf
July 2, 2022 9:10 am

calli says:
July 2, 2022 at 8:08 am

On the dead thread there was some discussion about the age of invention, the C19.

Jim Al-Khalili covered the Jacquard loom in his two part doco, Order and Disorder (2012)

Available at youtube and quite interesting

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
July 2, 2022 9:10 am

Fun in South Australia (the ‘Tiser):

A man who escalated an intense neighbourhood brawl ended up shooting himself in the chest after he accidentally aimed the firearm towards himself, a court has heard.

Scott Aaron Glacken, 29, was jailed for more than three years after his choice to grab a gun in the heated dispute went horribly awry. The Adelaide District Court heard a fight broke out between Glacken, who was carrying a metal pole, his neighbour and his neighbour’s brother on May 10, 2020 at Elizabeth Park.

“The fight was captured on CCTV and the footage shows you all pushing and punching each other,” Judge Joanne Tracey said during sentencing. “You threatened your neighbour’s brother with the pole before headbutting him.

Probably a fight over who had the most barrels.

Later that night, Glacken’s neighbour had some guests over and abuse was being hurled between the two houses. Two of the men at Glacken’s neighbour’s house walked over and invited the two men in his driveway to fight.

At this point, and having already fought, the Elizabethan male is without choice. He cannot decline, lest he be shunned forevermore at Payday Pokie Thursday. At the same time, he cannot fight at the same level he fought before. This is unacceptable to the herd, and signals that his previous ‘level’ of fighting is in fact his ceiling.

No. He must escalate.

Glacken then walked out of the garage holding a firearm. “Another man at your address yelled ‘just shoot him, just shoot him’,” Judge Tracey said.

“At this point you discharged the firearm but it seems you managed to shoot yourself.”

Police arrived and found an improvised single-shot 12-gauge slam-fire shotgun. They also searched Glacken’s house and found marijuana plants and weapons in his bedroom which he said were “for his enemies”.

Almost four years in the bin he got, with two years on the bottom. On the upside, he won’t have to not mow his front lawn.

feelthebern
feelthebern
July 2, 2022 9:11 am

Should I get out of bed & go to the post office to pick up a package?
First world problems.

lotocoti
lotocoti
July 2, 2022 9:13 am

The dijk fingerers probably wouldn’t let Bob Moran dig, plant, sow, grow.

Boambee John
Boambee John
July 2, 2022 9:14 am

She is watching the fall of Roe v Wade with very little surprise, saying the original decision was ­always flawed.

“It was based around a woman’s right to privacy, which doesn’t exist in the US constitution, or with abortion,” she says.

Germaine Greer is much, much, smarter than m0nty-fa.

But who (apart from m0nty-fa) would be surprised?

feelthebern
feelthebern
July 2, 2022 9:15 am

KD, if he shot himself in the chest with a shot gun, how did he make it to hospital, let alone trial?

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
July 2, 2022 9:17 am

Still too early, it seems, for accuracy in blockquoting.

Portents of doom for the rest of the day.

shatterzzz
July 2, 2022 9:17 am

Thanx TOP ENDER .. that Germaine Greer article was excellent!
I live on my own at 74 but the kids (4) are always on at me to go live with one or the other .. they can’t grasp that some folk enjoy being “loners” .. LOL!

GreyRanga
GreyRanga
July 2, 2022 9:18 am

That was good Thancho, closer than you can imagine as the etymology throws up roots in Japanese as well. Language is fascinating.

Roger
Roger
July 2, 2022 9:19 am

The dijk fingerers probably wouldn’t let Bob Moran dig, plant, sow, grow.

Coming soon to Australian agriculture.

H B Bear
H B Bear
July 2, 2022 9:19 am

Elizabeth Park

It not all wine and cheese in Radelaide.

Eyrie
Eyrie
July 2, 2022 9:20 am

The police are not your friend.

The State is not your friend. It is obvious the police work for the State, not the people.

P
P
July 2, 2022 9:23 am

Germaine Greer on rock culture
Date of broadcast: 1 Jan 1971

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
July 2, 2022 9:24 am

KD, if he shot himself in the chest with a shot gun, how did he make it to hospital, let alone trial?

There’s pic in the piece showing the entry. It’s at about (the very generous) nipple level on the outside of the chest. Probably smacked a few of the ribs around, plus the flesh etc. Maybe some outside lung damage. Survivable in that case. Obviously.

Saw a bloke shoot himself point blank in the side with a shotgun once. He hadn’t counted on the weatherbeaten and extremely old shell he used, and which was also birdshot instead of buck. The X rays showed teensy pellets scattered through his chest. Not one hit anything important, and none made it out the other side. Was pretty funny in the end.

Dot
Dot
July 2, 2022 9:24 am

You try chumming some of this shit!

Oh, fins sighted, good sharking lads.

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
July 2, 2022 9:26 am

It not all wine and cheese in Radelaide.

It’s vodka cruisers, West End Draught and a different sort of cheese.

feelthebern
feelthebern
July 2, 2022 9:27 am

Thorium sharks.

Would you like to know more?

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
July 2, 2022 9:27 am

I still like ethology and evolutionary biology though.

Oh yea, how does one conduct an experiment to scientifically prove an assertion in evolutionary biology?

Read Matt Ridley’s ‘The Red Queen’ for a start, JC, on how organisms, including our own, have evolved via sexual reproduction, and the chromosomal race that involves. Always useful to have some scientific evolutionary backup for the existence in humans of only two sexes – for a start. Evolutionary biology is a useful set of arguable propositions, using scientific methods where appropriate. Imprinting in early development would be one of those, for instance, something which can be shown in human experimentation as well as in Konrad Lorenz’s early animal behaviourist work. The main point is that EB can show how very like other animals we are as well as how different and offers informed speculations about how we came to be that way. The earth is not only 4000 years old, the now-metaphoric biblical claim, and nor is our own species. Lots to see there in our species as it evolved – anthropo-archaeology.

Indolent
Indolent
July 2, 2022 9:27 am

For the more technically minded. This purports to prove that Covid 19 was man made. This is a twitter thread with plenty of links.

Charles Rixey, MA MBA (c)
@CharlesRixey
[1] (of 12)
Want to see a SARS-CoV-2 magic trick?

Rockdoctor
Rockdoctor
July 2, 2022 9:28 am

duncanm

Negative IOD is in play atm I believe resulting in wetter weather. I do believe the strength of La Nina has waned, NQ actually is getting a Winter this year.

As for stormageddon being run by newscorpse we got under 1mm overnight and the BOM has backed of from on Thursday predicting rain to yesterday Showers to today shower or two. Wait and see I suppose, plenty of rain as usual off shore and it is cool and dark day…

Salvatore, Understaffed & Overworked Martyr to Govt Covid Stupidity

Bourne1879 says: July 2, 2022 at 8:04 am

Leak cartoon concerns the push by entertainers Union, supported by Minister Bourke, to get a minimum gig payment of $250.

The cartoon is spot on.
For the reason given in the cartoon, it’d be circa 15 years since I’ve engaged a live act.

Except for new entrants to the industry (who soon learn some hard lessons) there’s probably been nobody in town run a live act in more than ten years, possibly a lot longer.

There’s all sorts of desperation tricks being tried now that the post-covid honeymoon has ended – however precisely zero of these tricks involve engaging a live act.

My favourite vicarious desperate trick is currently being pulled by one of the corporates: Giving away free beer.

feelthebern
feelthebern
July 2, 2022 9:29 am

As for stormageddon being run by newscorpse we got under 1mm overnight

Stay safe.

132andBush
132andBush
July 2, 2022 9:29 am

Even amongst a panoply of Idiots, you’re still the standout.

Ed,

Calling Mater a big “poo bum” does not advance your argument.

Salvatore, Understaffed & Overworked Martyr to Govt Covid Stupidity

Codicil: (here beyond the black stump) It’s been about thirty years since a live act was $250 or lower, & even then it would have been a duo or soloist.
I’ve never seen a 4-piece band under $1,000 – $1,200

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
July 2, 2022 9:31 am

Elizabethan Man!
Gold.
Are the components for “an improvised slam fire shotgun” …
– a piece of pipe welded to a steel rod,
– a spring,
– a nail
– an idiot.

Indolent
Indolent
July 2, 2022 9:33 am
cohenite
July 2, 2022 9:34 am

Top Endersays:
July 2, 2022 at 8:15 am
Reasonaly interesting if you are contemplating an aged care home for a rellie or yourself…

Germaine Greer’s life as an aged-care ‘inmate’

CAROLINE OVERINGTON. LITERARY EDITOR

One fine day last July, residents of an aged-care home in NSW gathered to play a game called something like “word Bingo”.

It was frustrating because one new resident knew all the answers, and kept putting up her hand. They had to ask her to stop in the end, to give someone else a go.

It was Professor Germaine Greer.

I had a mate who was at Cambridge when Germaine was there. He said she was a stunner but was on the spectrum and very promiscuous. But then so was he. So who knows.

Indolent
Indolent
July 2, 2022 9:34 am
Eyrie
Eyrie
July 2, 2022 9:35 am

Lizzie, also read Richard Dawkins popular books on the subject. The Dawk knows his stuff although he’s a dork on political stuff and “The God Delusion” was weak I thought.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
July 2, 2022 9:36 am

It is obvious the police work for the State, not the people.

And are going to need a lot of biologists.

Canadian Police Describe Person with Full Beard as ‘Missing Woman’ (1 Jul)

French Judges To Decide Whether Trans-Men Eligible For Artificial Insemination (1 Jul)

Arlo Guthrie sang about blind justice and inscrutable policing in Alice’s Restaurant. I doubt that song could ever be written today.

GreyRanga
GreyRanga
July 2, 2022 9:36 am

Salvatore you could hire Ken Worth for $250 for the nights work. Only problem him being a dead shit wouldn’t qualify as a live act.

MatrixTransform
July 2, 2022 9:36 am

Why is the BoM sending out “severe weather warnings” for Sydney & the surrounding region?

I think everybody reckons the trough is gonna deepen and spin off a nasty low

we’ll see

Rockdoctor
Rockdoctor
July 2, 2022 9:36 am

Seen a few improvised shotties in the Indonesian archipelago and Pacific Islands. They look even dodgier in real life, I wouldn’t touch them with a barge pole. Darwin’s Awards comes to mind.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
July 2, 2022 9:38 am

feelthebernsays:

July 2, 2022 at 9:27 am

Thorium sharks.

Would you like to know more?

Indeed I would.
Could a Thorium reactor be scaled down and put in a train locomotive, for example?

GreyRanga
GreyRanga
July 2, 2022 9:38 am

Cohenite was your mate a stunner or one of the others?

Winston Smith
July 2, 2022 9:39 am

Still catching up…
Colonel Crispin:

How did we let the LGBs capture the whole freakin’ rainbow?
That thing belongs to everyone, dammit.

The stupid, stupid, organisers are still trying to work out why the crowds aren’t filling the stadia.
Stupid, stupid, people.

H B Bear
H B Bear
July 2, 2022 9:39 am

Even amongst a panoply of Idiots, you’re still the standout

A ringing endorsement.

Diogenes
Diogenes
July 2, 2022 9:40 am

I wouldn’t touch them with a barge pole. Darwin’s Awards comes to mind.

Same as that pistol printed in WA on a hobbyist 3d printer, as opposed to one of the metal sintering 3d printers. Supposedly “capable of firing 15 rounds”. I want to see the plod who made that claim fire 15 shots from it.

Roger
Roger
July 2, 2022 9:41 am

Why is the BoM sending out “severe weather warnings” for Sydney & the surrounding region?

I think everybody reckons the trough is gonna deepen and spin off a nasty low

Yes, the BOM appears to have been spooked by a few major east coast lows they’ve failed to accurately forecast in recent years.

Now they go to eleventy on the warning scale as a matter of course. The press loves it, too.

feelthebern
feelthebern
July 2, 2022 9:42 am

Could a Thorium reactor be scaled down and put in a train locomotive, for example?

What about a thorium powered truck?
You can see where this is going.

Indolent
Indolent
July 2, 2022 9:43 am

What began as a technological triumph for knowledge and communication (ie the internet) is rapidly becoming a prism for “correct thinking”.

I don’t think you exaggerate but do think that “prison” would be a better word than “prism” in this case.

They just turned the screws this morning (at least on me, I’m not sure if its universal) so that you can’t even read tweets beyond a certain point without joining. Therefore, if you’re banned we are reaching the point where you can’t even read what others say. I have not joined and have no intention of doing so, at least until Musk takes over and shakes up the place.

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
July 2, 2022 9:46 am

Re the ‘desert Fathers’ in Christianity; yes, there was a major ascetic movement in the early Christian church, and I have no critique of that – the ascetic impulse in relgious belief is important and can be admirable. Great Christian works were written in that time. But during the last times of the Roman Empire, especially in Egypt and other Greek-influenced centres of intellectual life, iconoclastic behaviour became at times quite out of hand, causing huge disruption and almost total destruction of the philosophic and cultural heritage around which Greece and Rome had arisen. This literary civilisation as we know it today was seriously at risk. The Irish monks saved the day with their copying.

Charles Freeman’s ‘AD 381: Heretics, Pagans and the Christian State’ (Pimlico, 2008) covers the matters that led up to this disarray and some of its after effects. Obviously, not all agree with Freeman’s viewpoint, which is secular and dismissive. The movie Hypatia, based on the life of a female Greek mathematics scholar teaching in Alexandria, draws on this vision of regressive ascetic monkish behaviour and destruction as hyped-up desert dwellers came to town bent on creating mayhem. Probably overstated in the movie, for dramatic effect, it was nevertheless real enough, as historians can demonstrate, and shows ideological cancelling behaviour of the sort humans are prone to throughout history, behaviours which are sadly being repeated in our own times.

H B Bear
H B Bear
July 2, 2022 9:46 am

It was frustrating because one new resident knew all the answers, and kept putting up her hand. They had to ask her to stop in the end, to give someone else a go.

I would like to think I would win at our facility. I did try to teach a few people to play Euchre but apart from one young guy who had played previously in the mines (where I learnt) didn’t get too far.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
July 2, 2022 9:47 am

What about a thorium powered truck?
You can see where this is going.

With 25,000 years between re-fueling, what do you do about toilet stops?
Hay! You can’t do that there!

feelthebern
feelthebern
July 2, 2022 9:48 am

Ahh yes, the poop hole in the floor story.
One of the best.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
July 2, 2022 9:50 am

What about a thorium powered truck?

Why didn’t you do anything about the Reactor Overheat Warning?
There were so many Bing-Bongs going off I couldn’t hear myself think. That’s when I threw my trousers out the window.

H B Bear
H B Bear
July 2, 2022 9:50 am

It’s vodka cruisers, West End Draught and a different sort of cheese.

With Magna380s up on blocks in the front garden.

MatrixTransform
July 2, 2022 9:54 am

Never ever apologise and submit to the woke

never negotiate with terrorists

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
July 2, 2022 9:55 am

With Magna380s up on blocks in the front garden.

‘Because I’m gonna make a drifter out of it one day.’

MatrixTransform
July 2, 2022 9:56 am

Gaussian elimination

you just reminded me of those Numerical Methods classes.

thank Hewie for Matlab

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
July 2, 2022 9:57 am

I’ve had a few MRI’s. The modern machines are better than the ones of ten years ago, but full insertion into a coffin-like tube where you can’t get out and must keep perfectly still is never a pleasant experience – especially because you also feel, as Hairy’s brother put it, as though you have also been placed in the midst of a whirling concrete mixer.

Next week I have to have a Cardiac Calcium CT scan of my heart as on the stress test I had last week I am throwing out a few extra beats and have had a few other heartbeat symptoms. Not looking forward to that either because of the injectable dye. Last lot of that I had I could feel a weird warmth from it throughout my body as it coursed around.

Needs must though. Sympathies, Dr. Faustus and I am hoping for you it’s nothing too serious.
Your sensible voice around here is always a pleasure to read.

Carpe Jugulum
Carpe Jugulum
July 2, 2022 10:03 am

That’s when I threw my trousers out the window.

Cool, so i’m not the only one who does that.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
July 2, 2022 10:03 am

Yep.

Stellantis Says EU’s 2035 Combustion Engine Ban Means Auto Industry Is “Doomed” Unless EVs Get Cheaper (1 Jul)

Today in “saving the environment while destroying the entire global economy news”, major European auto manufacturer Stellantis is warning that unless EVs start to get cheaper, that the industry is “doomed” thanks to new deals to try and phase out internal combustion engines.

The company said it is looking to cut the cost of making EVs 40% by 2030, according to a new report from Bloomberg/MSN. This week, the EU pushed forward its agenda to stop the sale of all internal combustion vehicles by 2035.

Chief Manufacturing Officer Arnaud Deboeuf said Wednesday that “the market will collapse” if electric vehicles don’t get cheaper. He called it a “big challenge”.

They aren’t going to get cheaper anytime soon. That’s because too many people are chasing the limited supply of lithium and cobalt, and mines take a long time to get going. Lithium processing needs basically a large smelter due to the low grade of spodumene ores, so the mine has to be built AND a smelter has to be built too. And the smelter uses a lot of gas too, to run the kiln pretreatment step.

Then the limited life of the batteries means that just as the lithium supply starts to catch up with new demand the existing EV stock will be at their end of their effective ten year life (or their batteries will be). So all those batteries have to be replaced too. A whole industry will have to be built from scratch to recover the lithium and cobalt from the dead battery packs, with vast amounts of waste plastic and etc. Nobody knows how to do it yet, either, it’s all too new a processing area. And I also doubt recycling the lithium is going to be economic unless the price goes very high.

So Europe’s car industry is going to die. Or pollies will get an attack of the backflips, which is more likely when the reality starts to sink in.

John Sheldrick
July 2, 2022 10:03 am

Knuckle Draggersays:
July 2, 2022 at 8:54 am
Back in my day rates were 18%.
I remember it well.

Our home mortgage went to a variable interest rate of 19% pa as we were with the Advance Bank. Keating allowed the Big 4 Banks a subsidy of the 1% which meant that anyone with the Big 4 were paying 18% and not the 19% pa that we paid. Bloody cretin.

John Sheldrick
July 2, 2022 10:11 am

Ed Casesays:
July 2, 2022 at 4:27 am
Go back to sleep, schmendrick.

Piss Off Head Case, Nut Case, Pencil Dick Case, Suitable Case for Treatment and get back in that Packing Case. I’ll send around the Delivery/Collection people later on for your all expenses paid one way trip to Antarctica.

Shy Ted
Shy Ted
July 2, 2022 10:15 am

Can’t have been easy for Germaine’ carers, what with not having worn a bra for 60 years. Those poor Nepalese would have never seen anything like it/them/they.

Rockdoctor
Rockdoctor
July 2, 2022 10:15 am

I hate MRI’s especially the head. Very claustrophobic experience. I had one after injuring my neck trauma to C4 & 5 vertebrae and another to investigate hearing loss. I never want to go through that again. The MRI on my knees that confirmed an ACL tear wasn’t nearly as uncomfortable.

Injectable dye when I had angiogram was a weird sensation even after the doc had sedated me with midazolam & fentanyl. I don’t know if it was actual or my body playing ticks on me.

Missed the post on Doc Faustus. It’s amazing what they can do these days if early enough diagnosed. My heart blockage was found before I had a heart attack so my prognosis is pretty good provided we keep the cholesterol down. If I had heart damage already different story according to the Cardio. Hope it works out well for you.

local oaf
July 2, 2022 10:16 am

Knuckle Dragger says:
July 2, 2022 at 9:26 am

It’s vodka cruisers, West End Draught and a different sort of cheese.

What is this cheese of which you speak?

I’m visiting Air-delight and would sample the local delicacies

Roger
Roger
July 2, 2022 10:19 am

I hate MRI’s especially the head. Very claustrophobic experience.

Had one last year.

They play music in them now.

Unfortunately, it’s the radiographer’s choice as to what gets played.

Top Ender
Top Ender
July 2, 2022 10:23 am

Might give this one a swerve, but amazing what publishers will go for:

Pen and Sword Books

Upcoming release: Nazi UFOs ?

Nazi UFOs tells the strange tale of how, following the first alleged flying saucer sightings made in the USA in 1947, a series of fantasists and neo-fascists came forward to create a media myth that the Nazis may have invented these incredible craft as a means for winning the Second World War, a plan which was tantalisingly close to completion before the Allies conquered Berlin in 1945.

Today, the fantasy of Nazi UFOs has grown into an entire mythology in books, on TV and online. This book features an appealing cast of con-men and spies, complete madmen, real-life Nazis and completely made-up ones, operating right across the globe from South America to wartime Europe and Japan.

One I looked through a few years ago – given I collect edged weapons – was on “fake Nazi daggers”.

Roger
Roger
July 2, 2022 10:26 am

Imagine being dumped in some decrepit old peoples home to see out your days in peace and quiet and somebody wheels in Germain Greer.

I don’t know; at least you’d get some decent conversation out of her.

My dad was in one of those places and ended up taking his meals in his room.

He said going to the dining room was too depressing.

Winston Smith
July 2, 2022 10:27 am

rickw:

There’s a serious built in bottleneck to machinetool production, that’s aging of the castings, at least 12 months. A lot of research was done on this in WWII and no one really came up with a satisfactory answer.

Is this what I think it is?
The bases of the machines don’t stop distorting for 12 months after manufacture?
Got a video?

H B Bear
H B Bear
July 2, 2022 10:32 am

I’m visiting Air-delight and would sample the local delicacies

Central Markets is your friend. Possibly the best markets in Oz and one of a handful of things worth saving if SA was on fire.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
July 2, 2022 10:36 am

Injectable dye when I had angiogram was a weird sensation 

The CT dye is strange.
In sequence, a very strong metallic taste, followed by a warm sensation through the torso and finally a very convincing feeling that you have pissed your pants.
I swear, if they didn’t warn you about it, you’d be looking around for a mop and bucket.

GreyRanga
GreyRanga
July 2, 2022 10:39 am

local oafsays:
July 2, 2022 at 10:16 am
Knuckle Dragger says:
July 2, 2022 at 9:26 am

It’s vodka cruisers, West End Draught and a different sort of cheese.

What is this cheese of which you speak?

I’m visiting Air-delight and would sample the local delicacies

Pyne cheese.

feelthebern
feelthebern
July 2, 2022 10:39 am

Small benefit of living in a degenerate place like Sydney.
One can go to the post office in ones pyjamas and no one cares.

John Sheldrick
July 2, 2022 10:41 am

GreyRangasays:
July 2, 2022 at 8:35 am
Necessity begats invention Calli.

Necessity is the Mother of Invention –
– A person who is in great need of something will find a way to get it.

GreyRanga
GreyRanga
July 2, 2022 10:41 am

feelthebernsays:
July 2, 2022 at 10:39 am
Small benefit of living in a degenerate place like Sydney.
One can go to the post office in ones pyjamas and no one cares.

Haven’t had pyjamas for the last 50 years.

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
July 2, 2022 10:41 am

What is this cheese of which you speak?
I’m visiting Air-delight and would sample the local delicacies

Ah. The cheese of Elizabeth (and Salisbury), and of which I speak may not be the cheese you envision.

This cheese, according to folklore also gets an airing on Centrelink pay days.

Struth
July 2, 2022 10:42 am

Never ever apologise and submit to the woke

FMD.
No self reflection here by the jabbed is there?
Still.

You come back for a look see and here is the same old Same old…..Indolent and a few others pouring information regarding the deadliness of the jabs, and the jabbed here ignoring it all.
Meanwhile people are short staffed everywhere because the fucking imbiciles who got themselves jabbed are catching every little thing going around and it’s knocking them out, VAIDS…as you were told it would do before many of you got jabbed…morons, arrogant morons…….what an exercise in Darwinism….the overall death rates are going through the roof of the working age, pregnancies failing, sperm counts lowering, and so the Ukraine is grasped with desperation as a subject to delude one’s self with.

Now we hear Notafan thinks there will be more deaths of old people from a lack of electrickery than ever died of covid.
Yet that lack of electricity and the food scarcity we will all get to enjoy would not have been possible without the quick and immediate compliance of all who took the jab.
After all, your job was at stake.
I mean YOUR job.
Resisting could have affected YOU.
Now, back to the Ukraine………

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
July 2, 2022 10:42 am

One can go to the post office in ones pyjamas and no one cares.

Give my regards to Germaine if you find your way back.

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
July 2, 2022 10:42 am

Pyne cheese.

Closer to the mark.

GreyRanga
GreyRanga
July 2, 2022 10:43 am

Thanks John it was rattling round my head but too many other things loose in there.

calli
calli
July 2, 2022 10:43 am

That’s fine, I’m here to be hated.

Poor Germaine. At least she’ll go down swinging…a little bit.

With all her advantages of brains, wit, education, adulation and position, she couldn’t do any better at 83? And now she lives with her brother. Who, like all good brothers, realises his job in life is to annoy her into her own studio.

Nothing wrong with seclusion, a garden and a library. You could do worse.

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
July 2, 2022 10:44 am

the fucking imbiciles

*imbeciles*

Speaking of South Australian cheese.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
July 2, 2022 10:44 am

And a hearty good morning to you, Oh Mighty Wordwaller.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
July 2, 2022 10:49 am

Nine months to twenty-nine months.
I am thinking about taking a multi, bracketing peak vax deaths at thirteen months with Brisbane for the flag, Russia for the win by Christmas and Angus Brayshaw for a top three Brownlow finish.
It’s paying $666.
Should I take it?

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
July 2, 2022 10:51 am

… sperm counts lowering …

My count is fine.
Maybe it’s just you.

GreyRanga
GreyRanga
July 2, 2022 10:52 am

Sancho Panzersays:
July 2, 2022 at 9:50 am
What about a thorium powered truck?

Why didn’t you do anything about the Reactor Overheat Warning?
There were so many Bing-Bongs going off I couldn’t hear myself think. That’s when I threw my trousers out the window.

Do you need Adblue with a thorium powered truck? Asking for Ken Worth.

calli
calli
July 2, 2022 10:55 am

Still not sick unto death. I’ll inform you when I am.

But I sense a deepening depression in others that I am not croaking as predicted.

Meanwhile, not a single person I know has never ending reinfections with anything. And I know many…many people.

MatrixTransform
July 2, 2022 10:55 am
Salvatore, Understaffed & Overworked Martyr to Govt Covid Stupidity

GreyRanga says: July 2, 2022 at 9:36 am

Salvatore you could hire Ken Worth for $250 for the nights work. Only problem him being a dead shit wouldn’t qualify as a live act.

I don’t even know what this means.

local oaf
July 2, 2022 11:00 am

calli says:
July 2, 2022 at 10:43 am

That’s fine, I’m here to be hated.

Poor Germaine. At least she’ll go down swinging…a little bit.

She never minded offending,

“This place is jumping with freckle punchers,” she told me confidentially, so that only about thirty of them choked on their drinks.

Clive had a way with words.

calli
calli
July 2, 2022 11:00 am

Interesting, Matrix.

A reactor for every street! That’ll make the greenies howl.

I’m always interested in the “emissions” figures. Are they the total emissions (including set-up) or just the energy production?

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
July 2, 2022 11:14 am

the Nazis may have invented these incredible craft as a means for winning the Second World War

Whereas the US really did invent these incredible craft for winning WW2. ( 😀 )

Second World War lost RAF bomber is finally found (1 Jul)

A LOST bomber which crashed off the coast of Italy during the Second World War has been found on the seabed of the Mediterranean. Salvage experts say the craft is in almost pristine condition, despite languishing at 1,600ft beneath the sea, near Sicily, for more than 80 years.

The Martin Baltimore bomber ditched while carrying two RAF crew, an Australian airman and a Canadian gunner out of Malta on June 15, 1942. One of the Britons died but his three crewmates were rescued by fishermen before the US-built craft sank to its resting place.

Interesting that our Lockheed Martin F-35s are distantly related to the Glenn L. Martin Company who built these tactical bombers.

Roger
Roger
July 2, 2022 11:16 am

Aris Roussinos on Ukraine’s pragmatic & optimistic “war anarchism”.

This corresponds with something an acquaintance familiar with that part of the world sad to me early on in the current phase of this conflict…Ukraine, unlike Russia, has a nascent civil society which was already pushing for reforms from the central government, including reining in the oligarchs and – ironically – a peace deal for the Donbas (Zelensky, regarded at the time as pro-Russian, was elected principally for this reason). The time for that has seemingly passed, but if Ukraine manages to survive the grinding from the Russian military machine there are yet bright prospects that may come into view for its people. (And I don’t think being an American proxy again will be one of them.)

Roger
Roger
July 2, 2022 11:17 am
Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
July 2, 2022 11:19 am

Do you need Adblue with a thorium powered truck? Asking for Ken Worth.

They are looking at brewing it up using extracts from the onboard composting toilet.

Mater
July 2, 2022 11:26 am

Mater, if you’re still around.
Do you know how the world’s most awesome thesis is going?

Sorry FTB, my interest in that clown evaporated the moment he stopped lying on this blog (read: stopped commenting).

As long as it’s not infesting this blog, neither he, nor his dross, is worth my time. Said thesis will join a growing collection of academic junk mail.

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
July 2, 2022 11:29 am

Paul Kelly in today’s Oz, writing about the results of the census

The backdrop to the demise of Christian religion in the census is no surprise. Every moral axiom on which our shared culture rested is dismantled, disputed or lost – we cannot agree on freedom of speech, on how we should live, on how we should die, on how children should be raised, on what is a woman, on what is a man, on the meaning of marriage, on what our schools should teach, on our nation’s history, on the limits of privacy, on whether religion should be allowed in the public square and, ultimately, on what is virtue.

The public demands more attention to the moral order – but once an issue arises in that moral order there is invariably little real agreement on its settlement.

The point is not that religious people have a superior morality to non-religious people. The point is that the shared basis of the moral order is falling apart. Confronting the US dilemma, American writer George Weigel said: “The first step is to recognise that American politics is in crisis because our public moral culture is in crisis.” Listening to the current hearings about the invasion of the Capitol can anyone doubt this proposition?

It was US Democratic senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan who said: “The central conservative truth is that it is culture, not politics, that determines the success of society.” This statement opens the door to the bigger truth – that it is the Christian heritage that essentially shaped the culture of the democratic West, and the demise of that heritage will inevitably lead to entrenched dispute over culture and the what constitutes a virtuous society.

His view on the Capitol ‘invasion’ enquiry seems to come down rather heavily on the left-liberal view of that process, but in general he is accurate in identifying a moral crisis due to a decline in Christian beliefs. His approach seems rather neglectful though of the strong Christian backing given to President Trump.

Struth
July 2, 2022 11:29 am

Pathetic….you do the deluded no favours blocking me Dover.

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
July 2, 2022 11:33 am

you do the deluded no favours blocking me Dover

He said, while clearly not being ‘blocked’.

Just ticked over 20 degrees. Freezing, but will brave some outdoor pursuits anyway.

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
July 2, 2022 11:34 am

Interesting to see in today’s Oz too the view of Germaine Greer (after living temporarily in an aged-care home in Murvillembah), commenting on Roe vs Wade, that Americans have a special type of religiosity, quite different to that found in other anglosphere countries.

She spent time in the area selling her rainforest property and lived out Covid lockdown for nearly a year in an aged-care place, where she seems to have stirred things up a bit.

She’s now living in a studio being prepared for her in her brother’s home in Melbourne.
Back to the bosom of ‘the family’ in her older age of 83 years after having decried the value of marriage (still decrying it btw) for most of her life.

Ed Case
Ed Case
July 2, 2022 11:38 am

Having experienced that, he advised me to never borrow beyond your means to repay in the event of high interest rates.
huh?

Consequently, I’m now genetically programmed not to loan money, or vote for Labor.

So why did you vote for them this time?

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