1,978 thoughts on “Open Thread – Weekend 2 July 2022”

  1. Eyriesays:
    July 2, 2022 at 6:19 pm
    One Solution Against Tyranny Is Creating State Guards
    Known as a stroppy, heavily armed population.

    It would certainly meet the definition of a “well regulated militia”.


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  2. Rex Anger says:
    July 2, 2022 at 7:02 pm

    Which I will now refer to as Königsberg out of deference to my Prussian ancestors, and to upset Dover… ?

    Rex, are you one of those Teutonic Knights?


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  3. Australians top the list of most meth users across the world

    Lauren Ferri
    Reporter
    NCA NewsWire
    2 hours ago July 2, 2022

    Australia dominates the global consumption of methylamphetamine, topping the list of 24 countries for heaviest users.

    Meth consumption across Australia was found to be the highest per capita when compared to other countries in Asia, Europe and Oceania, the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission’s latest report has found.

    For the first time since April 2017, the use of meth, cocaine and MDMA had higher use in Australian capital cities than regional areas.

    Meth has been found to be most popular in Perth among the capital cities.

    However, regional NSW are using the drug more than any other rural area.

    ACIC chief executive Michael Phelan APM said most of Australia’s organised crime surrounds the use of illicit drugs.

    “Serious and organised crime groups profit from the importation, manufacture, trafficking and sale of drugs that cause harm to the community,” Mr Phelan said.

    “Through wastewater analysis we gain insight into the serious and organised crime groups that supply illicit drug markets.”

    Australia has been ranked the highest users in terms of meth, cocaine and MDMA when compared to other counties including New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Portugal and South Korea.

    Those living in major cities are using cocaine, MDMA and even heroin more than people in regional areas.

    But alcohol, fentanyl and nicotine are more prevalent in regional towns.



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  4. Zulu Kilo Two Alphasays:
    July 2, 2022 at 6:40 pm
    Whitefella Jump Up: The shortest way to nationhood
    Germaine Greer
    Out of stock
    $17.99

    In Whitefella Jump Up, Germaine Greer suggests that embracing Aboriginality is the only way Australia can fully imagine itself as a nation. In a wide-ranging essay she looks at the interdependence of black and white and suggests not how the Aborigine question may be settled but how a sense of being Aboriginal might save the soul of Australia.

    In a sweeping and magisterial essay, touching on everything from Henry Lawson to multiculturalism, Germaine Greer argues that Australia must enter the Aboriginal web of dreams.

    Everyone should “identify” as indigenous?


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  5. Rogersays:
    July 2, 2022 at 7:37 pm
    Russell died relatively young in 2016 from too much hard living

    That’s rock ‘n’ rollers for you, Tommy.

    Hang about…he was 74.

    That is “relatively young”.


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  6. But if I hit my head, I sometimes suffer a Teutonic daze…

    I now realise that this should have been a Titanic daze.

    But a good punchline is like a guided missile- Once it’s gone downrange, there are no takesies backsies…


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  7. Rosie at 5:41

    Victoria to scrap mandatory gas connections in new home developments

    Saw that on the TeeVee news.
    Developer talking himself up as clean and green.
    Well, he would be keen on it, wouldn’t he.
    Just saved buckets on development costs, not having to run gas mains and service lines.
    Of course, it makes s.f.a. difference. The “saved” gas will be used to generate the additional electricity.
    Net zero difference.


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  8. The Rugby, tonight from Perf.
    The obligatory Welcome to Country – tiresome and false.

    BTW, agree completely with Cassie and others about the hypocritical comparison about border security by our supposed leaders.

    Over it all.


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  9. Rex Anger says:
    July 2, 2022 at 7:44 pm

    No.

    But if I hit my head, I sometimes suffer a Teutonic daze…

    People have been shot for jokes like that, go and stand in the naughty corner for 30 mins.


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  10. Rockdoctor, try this:

    When the demand to log in or register comes up, press login. A new window appears wanting your details. Close it.

    You will find the feed is now open and you can see the comments.


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  11. Sancho Panzer says:
    July 2, 2022 at 8:07 pm

    Saw that on the TeeVee news.
    Developer talking himself up as clean and green.
    Well, he would be keen on it, wouldn’t he.
    Just saved buckets on development costs, not having to run gas mains and service lines.

    Next week there will be a ban on electricity connections to new houses, and no mains water connections and no sewerage connections. The builders will make massive profits on their new houses, the purchaser will have to dig a well though and a latrine trench.

    Best to keep the last two separate.


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  12. Funny how so many Western leaders, such as Blowjob, AnAl, Poodle Micron, Turdeau and the Sniffer in Chief aren’t particularly interested in securing their own borders but are obsessed with securing Ukraine’s borders.

    I think that the Brits are a lot more serious in securing their border now that they have Brexit. And Australia still is although the new Laybore Gov’ment will be continually tested on this. The worst culprit is Biden who has NFI what he is doing. But the people pulling his strings know exactly what they are doing.


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  13. Where’s Albo? Where’s Albo? Where’s Albo? Perhaps he needs to stop fellating Macron and return to Oz…

    “Defence force prepared to help NSW against flood threat on Sunday

    A pair of Australian Defence Force helicopters and 100 personnel will be at NSW’s disposal on Sunday as flash flooding, up to 150mm of rain in six hours and dangerous winds loom ahead.

    A rainband some 2,800km long extends from the NT Top End to southeast QLD today, and an East Coast Low is set to drench the NSW coast this weekend – Meteorologist Alison Osborne has the details.

    Two ADF helicopters and 100 troops will be provided by the federal government tomorrow morning as NSW prepares for the possibility of another major flood.

    The night-time choppers and on the ground troops mainly help with evacuations and clean-up if required.

    “We hope these resources won’t be needed, but the point is we are making sure they are ready if they are needed so those resources will be on standby when the NSW government deems they are necessary,” minister for Emergency Management Murray Watt said.

    It comes as the Hawkesbury Nepean SES prepares for the worst.”

    If Morrison, on his watch, was forced to “own” natural disasters, the same applies to Albanese. The precedent has been set.


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  14. “I think that the Brits are a lot more serious in securing their border now that they have Brexit.

    No. Illegal and legal migration continues unabated. Africans and middle easterners are illegally crossing the channel everyday. The British people continue to be let down by their government.


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  15. Rabzsays:

    July 2, 2022 at 6:54 pm

    Are we doing “Maudlin Dirges for Absinthe Friends”

    Pancho, if that isn’t a topic for a future thread then I’m an extra terrestrial space lizard.

    This makes me happy.
    Nothing more joyous than a good wallow in self pity.


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  16. SCOTUS to Hear Case That Could Give State Legislatures, Not Judges, Power to Regulate Elections
    Democrats are going to go nuts when their tame judges aren’t allowed to over rule the Legislature.

    “The U.S. Constitution is crystal clear: state legislatures are responsible for drawing congressional maps, not state court judges, and certainly not with the aid of partisan political operatives,” Moore said in March when he launched an appeal of the Supreme Court of North Carolina’s order redrawing the state’s electoral map against the wishes of the state’s GOP-majority legislature.
    “We are hopeful that the Supreme Court will reaffirm this basic principle and will throw out the illegal map imposed on the people of North Carolina by its highest court. It is time to settle the elections clause question once and for all.”



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  17. Of course, it makes s.f.a. difference. The “saved” gas will be used to generate the additional electricity.
    Net zero difference.

    Worse than that. The gas is used in your house directly for heating at high efficiency.
    The power station is a heat engine and gets maybe 30 to 40% efficiency at turning gas into electricity and you then turn the electricity into heat. Actually generates *more* CO2 for given heat delivered to you. But then Dan obviously never did high school physics or was asleep in class.


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  18. What’s the point of today’s abortion protest in Melbourne? Is it just performative? Is it simple solidarity with libs in US?

    What is the point?
    State election campaigning in the tradition of Mediscare.
    Even though the Vic Libs position on abortion is indistinguishable from the US Dimocrats, Dan’s dogwhistlers will be out in force:-
    “If they get in they will probably ban abortion. It’s the sort of thing they would do.”
    The breakfast show types will join the fray:-
    “Victorian women fear …”
    “There are growing concerns … “



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  19. But then Dan obviously never did high school physics or was asleep in class.

    With those ears of his he should have been a good listener. But then again, there doesn’t appear to be much in between the ears.


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  20. The power station is a heat engine and gets maybe 30 to 40% efficiency at turning gas into electricity

    Open Cycle Gas is pretty atrocious … or near the limit of “somebody’s” heat engine

    Closed Cycle Gas is better getting maybe 60% and that’s really just a way of recovering shit heat for shit work

    CCGT isn’t nimble so they dont use it like they use OCGT

    they use OCGT because it helps cope with the stupid dynamics of having ruinables in the grid
    ie. its nimble but inefficient

    either way the gas, or at least the existing gas infrastructure, has been shunted toward a more inefficient use case to prop up a shit system

    best sly marketing campaign ever

    started noticeably about 3 years ago

    and we are up shit creek


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  21. When the demand to log in or register comes up, press login. A new window appears wanting your details. Close it.

    You will find the feed is now open and you can see the comments.

    Thanks, Calli, that seems to work well. It was very frustrating.


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  22. The power station is a heat engine and gets maybe 30 to 40% efficiency at turning gas into electricity and you then turn the electricity into heat.

    Actually is closer to 60% for most modern gas fired plants.

    Typical thermal efficiency for utility-scale electrical generators is around 37% for coal and oil-fired plants, and 56 – 60% (LEV) for combined-cycle gas-fired plants.

    Actually generates *more* CO2 for given heat delivered to you.

    As an ongoing source of emissions and it’s material? How so?


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  23. No. Illegal and legal migration continues unabated. Africans and middle easterners are illegally crossing the channel everyday. The British people continue to be let down by their government.

    There is nothing wrong with legal migration. At least this Rwanda effort is a start in deporting the illegals and sending them a message. Not perfect I know and there needs to be a better way. The French being typically french are not helping matters by not joining up with the Brits to stop the Channel crossings. All they do is pay lip service to the issue. All IMHO.


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  24. A friend of mine put together the financing and all the wherewithal for a gas plant in Pennsylvania. The plant was completed about 5 years ago. He took partial ownership of the plant in lieu of fees and his share is worth about US$80 million now.


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  25. I think that the Brits are a lot more serious in securing their border now that they have Brexit.

    if only that were true- it’s shocking the number of hotels that have been taken over to house illegals


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  26. Next week there will be a ban on electricity connections to new houses, and no mains water connections and no sewerage connections.
    When I moved into my “houso” estate (69 houses in 5 cul-de-sacs) the estate had just been finished a week before the building contractor went bankrupt, fortunately, all the houses were completed except for the gardens being cleaned up from building material .. no big deal! .. but very quickly folk realised they couldn’t make telephone calls even though all the phone plugs were installed in-house..!
    Turned out that no one at Housing or the contractors had arranged with Telecom to have phone access via cables, wires, conduits or anything layed .. the existing phone stuff went straight past the outside of the estate .. LOL!
    Took nearly three years before Housing agreed to pay for the connections to be dun .. all walkways and driveways had to be dug up to lay the lines ……!


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  27. Sancho Panzersays:
    July 2, 2022 at 8:07 pm
    Rosie at 5:41

    Victoria to scrap mandatory gas connections in new home developments

    Saw that on the TeeVee news.
    Developer talking himself up as clean and green.
    Well, he would be keen on it, wouldn’t he.
    Just saved buckets on development costs, not having to run gas mains and service lines.
    Of course, it makes s.f.a. difference. The “saved” gas will be used to generate the additional electricity.
    Net zero difference.

    We had three weeks without electricity last year due to storm damage and another ten days early this year. At least we could cook on top of stove and had hot water due to gas. You would have to be dead stupid to buy a house without alternative power source. I suppose this is one way to make housing cheaper.


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  28. JCsays:
    July 2, 2022 at 9:18 pm
    The power station is a heat engine and gets maybe 30 to 40% efficiency at turning gas into electricity and you then turn the electricity into heat.

    Actually is closer to 60% for most modern gas fired plants.

    Typical thermal efficiency for utility-scale electrical generators is around 37% for coal and oil-fired plants, and 56 – 60% (LEV) for combined-cycle gas-fired plants.

    Actually generates *more* CO2 for given heat delivered to you.

    As an ongoing source of emissions and it’s material? How so?

    The difference between Open Cycle and Closed Cycle. See comment by Matrix at 2116.


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  29. this monkeypox thing is a bit odd. for something that doesn’t spread easily it still seems to be spreading at about 10% a day.

    uk 1235
    germany 1035
    spain 800
    franc 498
    us 458
    portugal 402
    canada 287

    you would think the gay population would take it easy by now or is there something else going on…


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  30. I have a plonker on with efficiency lately and I’ll you why.

    the overall efficiency has a direct relationship with Co2

    and all this bullshit that goes in any direction except the most efficient is a lie


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  31. Vaccines, the cure you have when you’re not having a cure.
    Sixty million covid shots delivered in Australia and yet 94% of all cases and 77% of all deaths are in the first six months of this year.
    Are we winning yet doctor?


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  32. Bit rich to demand every woman of child bearing age to have four children.

    She, the representative, was grossly misquoted.
    She cited statistics as to what would require to reach a slight growth or equilibrium in population numbers, not demanding anything.

    The fact that she happens to have 4 children of course was a convenient excuse for her detractors to claim the above.


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  33. Iran is set to be the first country to roll out a food rationing scheme based on new biometric IDs. Where vaccine passports failed, food passports will now be eagerly accepted by hungry people who can’t afford rapidly inflating food prices. This is the realization of a longstanding agenda by the Rockefeller/UN/WEF crowd to, as Kissinger put it, “control food, and control people.”



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  34. Americans and Canadians may see about two billion crickets swarming local grocery store shelves for self and pet consumption thanks to a Canadian food group that recently completed the world’s largest “alternative protein” manufacturing facility



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  35. Cracker night in the NT was last night. For a period during the day you can buy as many big-arse crackers as you like from one of the multitude of pop-ups, and from between 6.00 p.m. to 11.00 you can let them off anywhere – on the beach, in your backyard, in your front yard, on your roof.

    No real dramas – for most people. The NT News:

    A MAN is fighting for his life in the Royal Darwin Hospital after having a firework “explode in his face”. It was one of five Cracker Night-related call outs across the Territory, three of which were in the Top End.

    St John NT ambulance services director Andrew Thomas said the man, in his 50s, went to relight the “large” cracker when it exploded.

    Strike one. Relight them at your peril.


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  36. crickets swarming local grocery store shelves for self and pet consumption thanks to a Canadian food group that recently completed the world’s largest “alternative protein” manufacturing facility

    You will own nothing
    You will exist in a pod
    You will eat the bugs
    You will be happy

    Or else


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  37. Thermal efficiency not really relevant when considering domestic heating costs. When you are looking at grid level generation every % point is worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.


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  38. I think that the Brits are a lot more serious in securing their border now that they have Brexit.

    According to the latest estimates by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), net migration from overseas to the UK in the year ending March 2020 totalled 313,000 – the highest in four years and approaching the all-time record of 331,000 in the year to March 2015.
    Total long-term immigration by those of all citizenships (715,000), and total immigration by non-UK citizens (633,000) were both at the highest levels ever recorded.
    Net migration to the UK from outside the EU nearly tripled since the year to March 2013 (when it was 106,000) to its highest level ever – 316,000.
    Net migration to the UK from the EU has fallen, from 219,000 in the year to March 2015, to 58,000 in the most recent year.
    There was a net departure of 61,000 British citizens to other countries.


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  39. Rockdoctor says:
    July 2, 2022 at 6:57 pm

    OK I am at a dead end. Twitter blocking me from reading posts unless I log in…

    A few months ago I found that happening for the first time and switched to viewing Twitter feeds (such as the delightful Rita Panahi‘s) in a private browser tab. It appears to have no restrictions for a non-logged-in viewer. It worked as of this afternoon but may not work forever.


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  40. Nelson_Kidd-Players says:
    July 3, 2022 at 12:15 am

    A few months ago I found that happening for the first time and switched to viewing Twitter feeds (such as the delightful Rita Panahi‘s) in a private browser tab. It appears to have no restrictions for a non-logged-in viewer. It worked as of this afternoon but may not work forever.

    Not working for me, after a few scrolls down the message appears.
    Tried both private and open browsers, VPN, and without, no luck.
    Doesn’t matter not going to join.


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  41. saving on electricity

    As the electrician said, ‘it’s a bizarre way to do it.’
    Just leave the switches inside the house off.
    + the fridge uses less energy if it’s on all the time, strange as it may sound.


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  42. France’s Media have suppressed this Speech by Pierre De Gaulle on Russia Day, June 14 2022.
    Excerpt:
    Do we need to recall the recent slap in the face suffered by France in the brutal and unilateral breach of the contract for the purchase of Australian submarines by Australia, a member of the Commonwealth, which was orchestrated by the British and the Americans?

    H/T: Reminisces of the Future


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  43. Milton – I quite liked Lily Allen’s songs when she first started. Then she went all political and foul, so I can’t listen to them any more. Put me right off.


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  44. It’s the promotion and celebration of nastiness and ugliness that I find extraordinary Bruce. Cultural marxism I suppose. I regard Marx as one the most evil men ever.


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  45. MiltonF:

    It’s the promotion and celebration of nastiness and ugliness that I find extraordinary Bruce. Cultural marxism I suppose. I regard Marx as one the most evil men ever.

    He wasn’t pretty, either.


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  46. Marx: I have this great theory about all economics and how it will eventually lead to arcadia.

    Not a mong: Really what do you base it on

    Marx: Well I imagined, despite it never being observed in even the most primitive of societies, that everyone lived communally and peacefully and thought that would be nice.

    Marx literally starts from this.
    The rest of his book is a “lets go back to that, but with industrialization thrown in as well”.
    Hes the Bruce Pascoe of politics.


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  47. We had three weeks without electricity last year due to storm damage and another ten days early this year. At least we could cook on top of stove and had hot water due to gas. You would have to be dead stupid to buy a house without alternative power source. I suppose this is one way to make housing cheaper.

    A camping stove that runs on gas cartridges (we keep six spare) is a good idea; and your bottled gas BBQ is always useful too. We use both during blackouts or during extended electricity disruptions which happen in our street when people do electrical renos. You can boil hot water to wash in as well as cook, and with some LED lights and a few candles for ambience, you can still get by. Oh – you can charge your phone in the car (always keep the tank over half full) or get a small solar charger with a USB on it (I have one that cost $20 on a special at the Post Office). With a supply of tinned food, some matches, heavy pain killers (or a stocked cellar) and a few big containers of water (we also have a run-off tank to plunder), you can survive an urban collapse for a week or so.

    A mattock and crowbar for urban defense.

    Hairy thinks this is all crazy talk, but he still takes a camping gaz cup of tea or coffee in a blackout.


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  48. It’s his hatred of the middle classes that I also find repugnant iirc he called for their ‘elimination’. Stalin and Mao tried to oblige.


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  49. The new “gulf” states.
    A massive and highly valuable resource that we can’t simply do without.
    You can’t synthesise phosphate and there’s no alternative.

    Morocco and Western Sahara

    Mine production: 37 million MT

    Despite producing significantly less than China in 2020, Morocco and Western Sahara have the largest phosphate reserves. With 50 billion MT stockpiled, the region’s phosphate reserves account for over 70 percent of the global number. Together they produced 37 million MT of phosphate in 2020.

    Western Sahara is disputed territory between Morocco and the Polisario political movement. In 2017, a European court ruled that Western Sahara should not be considered part of Morocco in European Union and Moroccan deals. Morocco’s Office Cherifien de Phosphate mines phosphate in the Moroccan-held part of Western Sahara, and that has led to disruptions in phosphate shipments in the past.

    The EU once again fucking things up.


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  50. A couple of decent reads on the Roe overthrow.

    The truth about Dobbs is—or ought to be—anticlimactic. Anti-theatrical, too: what the Court has done is to try, at last, to take the difficult, painful subject of abortion out of the hands of baby boomers and their heirs-in-performance and allow it to be sorted out, democratically, in the legislatures of the 50 states.


    Nevertheless, these passages in Dobbs are the best of the dissenters’ contribution in these cases. Like the majority, they offer a clear view of what the American polity should be. It is, in their view, a nation where judges wield substantial discretionary authority independent of the text’s original meaning—a juristocracy. In contrast, the vision of the majority is a republican democracy, where voters make decisions within the textually bounded limits created by a previous consensus of citizens.

    And one on the kick in the nads for agencies overreaching.
    “This decision properly keeps the EPA in its lane and rejects the agency’s efforts to usurp national energy policy from Congress,” Jones Day partner Yaakov Roth, who argued the case in front of the Supreme Court on behalf of the plaintiffs, told me. “It is a very important step toward political accountability and economic certainty” Indeed, the case has far-reaching implications for other agencies that could currently be exceeding their statutory remits. The Securities and Exchange Commission, for example, recently proposed requirements for companies to disclose their exposure to climate risk and to provide details about the climate effects of their operations. Meantime, the National Labor Relations Board is considering making franchise businesses such as McDonald’s accountable for the actions of local franchises. Such rules could find themselves on the wrong side of the Court’s approach, which found the EPA’s rulemaking to be an example of “agencies asserting highly consequential power beyond what Congress could reasonably be understood to have granted.”


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  51. to take the difficult, painful subject of abortion out of the hands of baby boomers and their heirs-in-performance

    Seriously.

    Is there nothing my generation can’t do? *twirls mustachios and cackles evilly*


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  52. Howling winds coming over the Dover Heights cliff are hitting us hard here on the edge of South Head and Watsons Bay at Vaucluse. It’s fueling the urban angst in me, expecting our wonky electricity pole to go at any moment (we are in the process of replacing it; new pole up but not yet attached – the street will suffer a temporary blackout while that is being done).

    Another wet and miz and cyclonic east coast low. La Nina is really giving us a belting this year.


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  53. The EU once again fucking things up.

    Gez – A fun bit of fallout from that is that Algeria isn’t talking to Morocco, since Algeria host Polisario.

    When Russian gas suddenly became naughty the Euroweenies went off to find supplies from elsewhere. One elsewhere is Algeria.

    There’s a pipeline from Algeria to Spain. Just one small teensy problem…the pipeline goes through Morocco. Hence the Eurocrats are suddenly desperately trying emergency diplomacy to solve the problem after not bothering for nearly fifty years. It’s totally typical in a black comedy sort of way.


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  54. Winston Smith says:
    July 3, 2022 at 8:13 am
    Bank of America Issues Chilling Forecast: No GDP Growth
    It makes you wonder if the Democrat Party itself is going to survive the next election

    That’s not chilling , turtlehead. You irredeemable dunce. What’s chilling is that your stupidity has been allowed on two versions of the blog now.


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  55. The escarpment copped it last night. Now it’s our turn.

    Looking at the pool, I have an instant negative edge. As for the lake, it will soon meet the long bunker. No kangaroos lounging in there this morning, for all the world like drinkers at a bar. They will be up under the trees, trying to stay dry.

    The tamest of the birdlife have been using the back porch as a shelter. It comes with its own waiter service, like an upmarket B&B.


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  56. I don’t see Marx as the Satan like athers do. His idea’s weren’t original. The blaming is a little intellectually lazy sometimes compared the effort it takes to demonstrate alternatives.


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  57. Such rules could find themselves on the wrong side of the Court’s approach, which found the EPA’s rulemaking to be an example of “agencies asserting highly consequential power beyond what Congress could reasonably be understood to have granted.”

    A thousand petty wannabe woke tyrants were heard bawling


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  58. From The Oz….

    At least 4,000 people in low-lying areas of southwest Sydney have this morning been told to evacuate before they are cut off by rising floodwaters.

    Residents of Camden, Woronora, Chipping Norton, Lansdale, Moorebank, Warwick Farm and Georges Hill have been told to leave.

    One hundred troops and 2 ADF helicopters are on standby with the weather bureau warning there is worse to come. Overnight, the SES responded to 500 calls for help and carried out 16 flood rescues.

    The Bureau of Meteorology’s Jane Golding said the agency was expecting conditions to worsen.

    “What we’re expecting to see over the next 24-48 hours is the trough continue to deepen and a potential east coast low to develop within that by tomorrow night or early Monday morning,” said the Bureau of Meteorology’s Jane Golding.

    “The rainfall rates will increase, we’ll start to see the wind increase as well. We’ll start to see the seas whipped up, and we’ll see rivers respond to the rain that’s falling.”

    Ms Cooke warned of riverine flooding, especially for areas around the Hawkesbury-Nepean river.

    “Our dams and river channels are also full,” she said. “In addition to flash flooding, there is a very real risk of riverine flooding occurring over the days ahead.”

    “The river system of most concern at this point is the Hawkesbury-Nepean which may reach major flood levels overnight.””

    Where’s Albo? Has he returned from hobnobbing with Macron in Europe? Is the MSM and are social media sewers awash with screams, cries and shouts of “where’s Albo”? Or is he still too busy prostrating himself before Macron?

    Where’s Princess Allegra and why isn’t she spruiking hysteria about “da cliiiimaaaate”, just like she did earlier this year, during the floods? Oh that’s right, Princess Allegra is simply remaining true to her shallow campaign slogan “A better climate for Wentworth”. She’s only concerned about the climate in Wentworth, in Sydney’s leafy eastern suburbs. In fact, I doubt she’s ever heard of suburbs called Camden, Woronora, Chipping Norton and Lansdale.

    Here’s my take, Albanese and Spender are hypocrites but we all knew that. But you know who’s worse? Our media, who’ll never hold them to account for their lies and spin and the stupid fucking Liberals, for doing nothing to fight this “cliiiimaaaate” hysteria, despite being in power for nearly ten years.


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  59. The next case to go to the US Supreme Court should be a challenge to those multi-thousand page Bills that are debated for a derisory time. There is a clear argument that they do not in any realistic way reflect the intentions of Congress, and that therefore the administrative state cannot use them as the basis of regulatory action.

    The same applies here, where long Bills are passed without any realistic time for consideration.


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  60. the Bureau of Meteorology’s Jane Golding.

    “The rainfall rates will increase, we’ll start to see the wind increase as well. We’ll start to see the seas whipped up, and we’ll see rivers respond to the rain that’s falling.”

    Perfesser Tim Flummery was not available for comment about river levels (or dam levels).


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  61. Residents of Camden, Woronora, Chipping Norton, Lansdale, Moorebank, Warwick Farm and Georges Hill have been told to leave.

    All sitting on saturated, heavy clay soil. There is absolutely nowhere for all that water to go, much like areas in Sydney’s northwest that should never have been developed.

    Along with a full-throated cry, “Where’s Albo?” should be, “Where’s Flannery?”.

    Liars and charlatans, the lot of them.


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  62. “Liars and charlatans, the lot of them.”

    Yep…but you know who’s worse? The scum in electorates like Wentworth who vote for charlatans like Spender.


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  63. Do we need to recall the recent slap in the face suffered by France in the brutal and unilateral breach of the contract for the purchase of Australian submarines by Australia, a member of the Commonwealth, which was orchestrated by the British and the Americans?

    Who gives a flying ?


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  64. It’s his hatred of the middle classes that I also find repugnant iirc he called for their ‘elimination’. Stalin and Mao tried to oblige.

    Both Stalin and Mao were very good at starting major Famines. Stalin’s 5 Year Plans were useless and he stole grain from the Ukrainians. Hmmmmmmm. A bit of a ‘todo’ in the Ukraine right now. History repeats and all that. The Gulags and Purges didn’t help either. Many, many people died.

    Mao tried to kill all the Chinese sparrows and that backfired as then the insects got out of hand and destroyed more crops than the sparrows ate (especially the plagues of locusts). The sparrows were useful for keeping the insects under control. They were/are useful in pollination as well as are bees.
    His 5 Year Plans didn’t help either as they were useless.

    There’s a lot, lot more but these two men were evil. Communism only works in theory and it has a very bad track record in practice.

    Now it’s the West (including Australia and NZ) wrecking their Economies (Climate Change BS, expensive food and energy, etc.)


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  65. Gavin Newsom signed two gun control laws yesterday prohibiting the marketing of firearms to minors and bolstering restrictions on ghost guns.

    The bill, AB 2571 , bars gun manufacturers from marketing guns in a way that “reasonably appears to be attractive to minors.” The ghost gun bill tightens requirements for the microstamping of unserialized firearms.

    Oh, the gun makers have ads selling say handguns using baby talk? How that hell would you be able to describe in law an ad that is attractive to minors?


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  66. Whoa. Sudden blast of wind and rain has just detached the large skylight from next door.

    I’d better go check our new conservatory/terrace room for any damage. That part of our buiding has always been in the line of fire for these sorts of sudden blasts we occasionally get and I did warn the builders to make it all extra strong against winds. Before we had that area glassed in we had external blinds which broke loose from the pergola and the heavy end bar thrashed a small fridge to bits. Before we had a fixed pergola we had a Bunnings pergola there, which survived most weather but in cyclonic conditions like today it became twisted into a modern art sculpture.

    *returns*

    Hmm. Water all over the floor on that side, looks like the roofer didn’t quite get the gutter leak fixed.
    Or the gutter’s come loose again and is tipping once again into the ceiling now dripping. Buggeure.

    Have laid some old towels around to soak it up.

    The perils of living on the ocean one side and the Sydney heads on the other. Line of fire.


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  67. Roger says:
    July 3, 2022 at 8:56 am
    “Our dams and river channels are also full,” she said.
    This just can’t be.

    It would be hilarious if Flannery’s house got flooded out.


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  68. Residents of Camden, Woronora, Chipping Norton, Lansdale, Moorebank, Warwick Farm and Georges Hill have been told to leave.

    IT WILL NEVER FLOOD AGAIN!

    Flannery, Oh Flannery, ‘Wherefore art thou’?

    Yes, lots of ‘flannery’ in the Sydney basin this weekend and for early next week. Last Friday was a nice day too. Not!


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  69. “Our dams and river channels are also full,” she said.
    This just can’t be.

    Lol

    Not only that but the dry land cropping areas west of the divide are all at or very close to “field capacity” and have been for months.

    And because this was to become “a thing of the past” poor old Lofty feels it necessary to turn off his power every day, basically so he can afford to eat.


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  70. Mum said bucketing down at Lake Mac. Looks like a stereotypical ECE which wouldn’t be so bad but for the wet year NSW has already had. Looking at the totals already in the Blue Mountains if I was on the Colo R or Hawksbury area especially in lower areas I’d be thinking to get out. Though looks like it is easing in Sydney suburbs. Small mercies.

    As for Queensland epic overreaction. Todays forecast downgraded to shower of two, less than a mm overnight. Third upper trough due through tomorrow, the first 2 decayed without too much fanfare. Just a feeling the third will do same looking at satellite image today. Mackay and the Pioneer Valley has had some good falls but anywhere west of Nebo it falls right off.

    Some mentioned gas, I have no choice where I live and we are in a Cyclone prone area. We have 2 9.5kg gas bottlers for the bbq, a butane stove with canisters and a 3.8KVa generator. That seems to last us through blackouts due to extreme weather.


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  71. ‘You will live in the pod.’

    It’s Happening! (the Hun):

    Desperate Melbourne renters happy to skimp on space could rent a single bed space shuttle-style pod, for a jaw-dropping $900 per month.

    Listing images show six pod-style beds are stacked on top of each other in one of the bedrooms, while the three remaining upstairs bedrooms contain space for normal-sized beds.

    Features for those who choose to rent a capsule for $250 per week include a “single bed equipped with own mirror, ventilating fan, USB ports, digital control panels, adjustable colour reading lights, safe locker, clothes hanger and curtain door for privacy.

    The images attached to the piece look a bit sci-fi, and they’re described as ‘space shuttles’.

    Landlord Frank Chan

    Chinese pods!

    highlights aspects that may be appealing to budding renters are there are ‘No bills to pay, no bond, and no minimum stay’ and that it is ‘cheaper the longer you stay’. There is also daily housekeeping and ‘24/7 staff’.

    Apparently ‘no overcrowding is allowed’. Ominous.


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  72. Cali 😉

    Cassie, one other you might want to ask is where is Sam Clench leading the screeching pack of Murdoch minions calling for Sleazy’s head. Na the sound of silence…


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  73. Hairy blissfully still sleeping the sleep of the just while the elements roar around us.

    My study window looks out over next door’s tiled roof. They are a little further down the hill.
    I will have to let them know what has happened and they can come over and view it from ours.


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  74. Do we need to recall the recent slap in the face suffered by France in the brutal and unilateral breach of the contract for the purchase of Australian submarines by Australia, a member of the Commonwealth, which was orchestrated by the British and the Americans?
    Pierre De Gaulle in a Speech on June 14 in Paris

    Who gives a flying ?
    Some Clown

    The Breach of Contract was orchestrated by the British and Americans, which appears to indicate that decisions about Australia’s Defence are made in London and Washington.


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  75. Grass is green. Water’s wet. The sky is blue (the Hun):

    Militant construction union the CFMEU has repeatedly shut down sites across the West Gate Tunnel, threatening further delays on the already beleaguered project.

    Police and WorkSafe visited construction crews on the project most days last week, as union officials caused chaos and forced lengthy shutdowns that risk more cost blowouts.

    The West Gate Tunnel Project is already three years late, while its budget has soared from $6.7 billion to $10.8 billion.

    And:

    The CFMEU’s construction division state secretary, John Setka, was unapologetic about the latest tactics saying they were all about safety, and dismissed demarcation dispute concerns.

    Even more unsurprisingly:

    Last week, the Herald Sun revealed businesses were being threatened and their workers dumped from government projects over CFMEU demands, with accusations the Andrews Government was enabling the behaviour.

    Insiders have labelled it blatant industrial coercion.



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  76. These SCOTUS decisions are worthwhile just to laugh at the funny, outlandish leftist crap like this. In the Guardian.

    The US supreme court has declared war on the Earth’s future

    Hahahahahahaha


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  77. Residents of Camden, Woronora, Chipping Norton, Lansdale, Moorebank, Warwick Farm and Georges Hill have been told to leave.

    Echoes of my question why do people live in Sydney? You shouldn’t need to be told to leave, just do it.


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  78. Watching Outsiders. Rowan Dean doesn’t mince words, he’s just said….

    “I’ve got to tell you, increasingly, the legacy of Scott Morrison is a joke, an absolute joke.”

    Spot on Rowan, spot on.


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  79. Rita highlighting TaliDan’s ambulance debacle.
    An eighty four year old woman in our town had to wait four hours for an ambulance when she fell and broke her hip two weeks ago. This is not an isolated case either.


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  80. Armchair Warlord
    @ArmchairW
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    UK continuing to cut troops despite increased budgets and bellicose rhetoric from their generals.

    As expected, most of the increases in European defense budgets lately seem to be going towards inflation rather than troops and hardware.

    Watch what they do, not what they say.


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  81. Echoes of my question why do people live in Sydney?

    It’s the centre of univers, Bear.

    You shouldn’t need to be told to leave, just do it.

    Shut up!


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  82. Chipping Norton especially down by the end of Bankstown Airport runways is in a floodplain. Ditto parts of Moorebank & Macquarie Fields. Goes under regularly.

    That said agreed BOM was right about Sydney basin this time.


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  83. So Vic Libs are promising hundreds of thousands for gay radio

    Because the libs haven’t attracted enough mincing poofs yet.

    This statement, or part thereof, perfectly encapsulates the Liberal Party of Australia.


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  84. She’s only concerned about the climate in Wentworth, in Sydney’s leafy eastern suburbs.

    Oi, Cass. What’s she doing about my guttering gone and water on the floor? And next door’s skylight? Wentworth’s heartland of Vaucluse is suffering, I tell y’all, totally suffering.

    Where’s that ‘better climate’ now, Allegra? It’s also freezing cold.
    Get a move on, Princess. Step on the gas. Pour on the coal. We need Climate Action Now!!


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  85. “I’ve got to tell you, increasingly, the legacy of Scott Morrison is a joke, an absolute joke.”

    SloMo’s legacy is the Albanese government.


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  86. Oi! Don’t diss the western burbs! I’m a Proud Cabramatta Woman.

    I hope Shatterzzz is tucked up warmly out there at Fairfield. I suspect the main source of flooding will be from the Orphan School “Creek”. The big problem though is that it’s all a clay basin just waiting to be filled, much like a dam. The teeny, twisty watercourses running through it just don’t drain fast enough, and even if they did, all that happens is that floodwater is delivered at speed lower down.

    Add high tides into the mix for extra floody goodness.


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  87. So the Biden administration has picked a woman to be the next US ambassador to Brazil who said this…

    “she claims the “Jewish lobby” exerts undue influence over the Democratic Party with its “major money.”

    Hmm, here in Australia the electors of Goldstein recently voted for a woman who wrote this back in 2017….

    “US president Donald Trump has declared Jerusalem Israel’s capital as a way of “satisfying his wealthy Jewish ­donors”.”

    Ahhhhhh…..the left and anti-Semitism. Must be their “legitimate grievances”.


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  88. My weekly ritual is to read the Sunday Tele.
    Can I please have one week where Richard Wilkins offspring doesn’t get a full page spread ?


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  89. Get a move on, Princess. Step on the gas. Pour on the coal. We need Climate Action Now!!

    well at least in UnZed they can throw another virgin into the volcano…


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  90. What’s the thought process behind this?

    A pair of immaculately colour-coordinated, exfoliated and coiffed young men in a Volvo, bopping along to George Michael songs and going ‘Thanks Matthew Guy!’?

    Are they sponsoring monkeypox yet?


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  91. Ahahaha, Bern! The Beloved said exactly the same thing moments ago.

    Slow news day.

    Things will be better tomorrow when they can shriek about the floods. But carefully avoid calling upon the PM to return to his ravaged state to offer succour and comfort.


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  92. The Breach of Contract was orchestrated by the British and Americans, which appears to indicate that decisions about Australia’s Defence are made in London and Washington.

    Head Case. Are you now an ‘eggs spurt’ in Contract law and how major Contracts are structured and administered? Major Contracts are split up into various Sections and non-performance of any one Section could mean the whole Contract being cancelled, or, compensation, or…………The French just found it too difficult to perform and meet the Contract conditions. Blame ‘TurnBullShit’ as it seems to be his idea to convert a Nuclear Sub to Diesel power. LOL. Aren’t we supposed to be moving away from Fossil Fuels according to the ‘Climate Alarmists’. How hypocritical and what an engineering nightmare.

    The French got compensation money so they can STFU.

    Just like you are an ‘eggs spurt’ on the geography of the Baltic Sea region and nearby Russia. Your estimates of distances from A to B in the Baltic Sea region yesterday were way off beam as pointed out by enlightened Posters on this Blog. Just like you are an ‘eggs spurt’ on loads and loads of other stuff apparently. Not!!

    You can now go back to sleep and dream about whatever.


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  93. Agony aunt time. I almost didn’t post this.

    I will try not to be invidious or mean.

    I know a very fat chick who went to the Melbourne abortion rally. In my mind, she is physically revolting. She is also loud and opinionated. No sane men would touch her. She has a boyfriend, but he is weak and effeminate.

    The idea of this chick ever needing an abortion is absurd like when on those fatty shows on pay TV, where the 700 lb woman has a boyfriend. I’m not trying to be mean. 40 years ago, a woman over 100 kg would be laughed out of a dating service.

    I feel guilty. We have friends in common, but I can’t stand this person. I know her older bother and sister well and they are very productive members of society. The younger sister has a soft social science degree that is only marketable because of the scope of the welfare state.

    I have vented to about four blokes in our social group how I can’t stand this woman. One was her brother (!), one was a guy who just got licensed at the time as a clinical psychologist. “I know this is going to annoy you, but just be nice is the best way to deal with your problem” was the advice.

    I don’t get how this chick is so popular. She has a very negative, mopey personality. Is everyone else faking it? I am about the oldest in the social group. I would say I am friends – actual friends with just about everyone else except for one guy her age with a similar whiny personality. I asked my psych friend – I can’t stand these people, they are popular but they make me irate.

    Why can’t I slap sense into these people?

    Worst thing in my mind when she was giving life advice at 21.

    Sure, some people might be able to, but no kids, no husband, no career and no home ownership or financial independence. I was just infuriated. She used to meddle in things. One night I turned down a drunk chick. She had to intervene. For “safety”. Fuck off.

    I cannot fathom how she has any social cache. Are these poor saps all too afraid to look like an arsehole?


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  94. Can I please have one week where Richard Wilkins offspring doesn’t get a full page spread ?

    It’s to remind Dickie where they all are for Fathers Day.


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  95. A pair of immaculately colour-coordinated, exfoliated and coiffed young men in a Volvo, bopping along to George Michael songs and going ‘Thanks Matthew Guy!’?

    The fuck do we need gay radio? The entertainment industry was always a “safe space” for talentless gays, look at how Coldplay were tolerated.


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  96. JC, I report from behind enemy lines here in Teal Assoluta, aka Wentworth.

    Same as you do from Toorak and whatever piece of the Upper East Side NY you’ve purchased.

    I grew up in Housing Commission in St. Mary’s, then a run-down backlot in Mt. Druitt, and went to school for three years in Penrith High when the collecting area spread from Warragamba to Plumpton to Glenbrook and to Seven Hills/Blacktown.

    Sydney is my city. I’ve lived all over the place in various suburbs of it at one time or another and have rellies spread from Newcastle to Nowra.

    You and KD can go and have fun with that now.


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  97. The SFL’s in Vic would get thousands more votes by simply saying ” when in Gov’t we will not squander your hard earned by frittering it away on vanity projects such as gay radio”. And it won’t cost them or us a razoo.

    With that announcement, they get not one single vote. It’s a wonder people that dumb can breathe.


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  98. P says:
    July 3, 2022 at 9:09 am

    Residents of Camden, Woronora, Chipping Norton, Lansdale, Moorebank, Warwick Farm and Georges Hill have been told to leave.

    Lansvale.

    Correct.

    And Georges Hall, FFS. Why would a hill be flooded?

    As usual, ‘journalists’ who have never been west of Leichhardt, and can’t be bothered checking.


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  99. I bet Richard Wilkins, when he was hosting a Saturday morning music clip show for regional Victoria’s BTV6, never thought he’d have a trash tache-owning son wearing a dress in public.


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  100. Knuckle Draggersays:

    July 3, 2022 at 9:29 am

    I think it’s Mount Druitt.

    I reckon she said Penrith once. That might be it.

    I think it was that fancy French sounding suburb.
    Is it Brighton-Le-Sands?
    Although, the description above sounds a bit like Kurnell.


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  101. Bennett’s Phylactery
    @extradeadjcb
    Not another one

    This will make things so much worse for the ones who haven’t been caught yet
    Quote Tweet

    Hodgetwins
    @hodgetwins
    · 6h
    A Pennsylvania drag queen who counseled children has been arrested and charged with 25 counts of child pornography

    LOL


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  102. JC, won’t don’t you sell your place in NY & move to the lower west side.
    A loft in Chelsea or Greenwich.
    Where all the cool kids hang out.


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  103. Lisichansk fell overnight.

    That’s nothing.
    Putin has been humiliated again, according to the Daily Snail.
    A landing craft hit a sea mine.
    I’m really looking forward to a Putin Humiliated As Ukraine Destroys Last Dniepr Bridge headline from them.


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  104. The Liberal Party used to be known as the Poofters Party, a coupla hundred grand is a small price to pay to nudge the LBGTs into abandoning the
    Right Wing in the form of Labor/Greens.


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  105. Weather has quietened down a bit here on the edge of the known universe.
    (we’ve only recently managed to achieve a half-way decent mobile phone coverage)

    White water rising high as surf bashes in from between the heads onto the harbour shores opposite us.

    Just as it has always done when the Pacific oscillation is oscillating floods not droughts.


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  106. Bern

    We looked around there, but wifey wanted a place close to pals and we’re familiar with where we are.

    We almost bid on a joint in east 10th street but decided against it.

    Upper east side is nice and very boring, which at our stage in life is how we like it.


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  107. soooooo after a cozy hug-athon wiv Macaroon Tanzy has mooved onto Portugal! .. what on earth sort of dealings do we have with Portugal that requires a personal visit by our Environment minister or for that matter “any” Oz minister?
    AnAl is still in France .. for some reason, as well!


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  108. Witless Dickless

    The Breach of Contract was orchestrated by the British and Americans, which appears to indicate that decisions about Australia’s Defence are made in London and Washington.

    The contract included a clause allowing it to be terminated.

    But please do carry on with your paranoia.

    PS, I do love your comment over at CL’s blog:

    “The Dems are the Right Wing of the Repubs,”

    It is right (sic) up there with your opinion that the Slime and Liars are both right wing parties.


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  109. feelthebernsays:

    July 3, 2022 at 9:59 am

    JC, won’t don’t you sell your place in NY & move to the lower west side.
    A loft in Chelsea or Greenwich.
    Where all the cool kids hang out

    Not a good idea.
    The ironed jeans and tasseled loafers would stick out like a dog’s sore thumb.


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  110. What’s the thought process behind this?

    I would expect they’re matching or promising more than what Andrews is.

    It’s thew new sectionalism.

    Social identity groups are indulged by politicians at the expense of the common weal.


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  111. Portugal and Australia = the East Timor issue, which is still bubblin’ 47 years after Portugal bailed.
    What’s Plibersek doing there instead of Wong?
    Catholic Issue, perhaps


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  112. Rogersays:
    July 3, 2022 at 9:36 am
    “I’ve got to tell you, increasingly, the legacy of Scott Morrison is a joke, an absolute joke.”

    SloMo’s legacy is the Albanese government.

    Thus confirming the original statement.


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  113. what on earth sort of dealings do we have with Portugal that requires a personal visit by our Environment minister

    She’s there to announce to the world that we’ll be giving millions of $ to “blue carbon” projects in developing countries.


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  114. Ed Casesays:
    July 3, 2022 at 9:59 am
    The Liberal Party used to be known as the Poofters Party, a coupla hundred grand is a small price to pay to nudge the LBGTs into abandoning the
    Right Wing in the form of Labor/Greens.

    ROFLMAO. I hardly finish commenting on Dick Ed’s political drivel, and he regurgitates it!

    Hey, Dickless, you spent most of the election period touting for “Scotty” and the Libs (that left wing party founded by Menzies, in your judgement). Now you say they were known as the Poofters Party. Is there something you wish to tell us? Flamer? (Not that there’s anything wrong with that, just that it is not everyone’s preference.)


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  115. What a about daddy’s race cars?

    Another story, Bespoke, and a true one.
    He was uncultured but became well-off as a young man in England, where he drove racing cars.
    He suffered from delusional grandiosity in Australia. Spent his money wildly on car racing.
    He insisted on learning to fly, at Bankstown aerodrome. I went up with him a few times.
    We, his family, suffered for it. We were left very poor, and unacceptable in the town.
    My mother was a coal-miner’s daughter, couldn’t cope, became psychiatric, like him.
    She had a family background that encouraged a retreat into the paranormal.
    You’d have to know my father and of his younger days to understand it. An unusual man.
    He didn’t exactly come voluntarily to Australia; he was sent here, in 1945. A black sheep.
    We followed in 1946. I am finding out more as I investigate our ancestry and family church.


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  116. Years ago, I remember the ABC made available transcripts of all its political shows, like Sunday’s Insiders. It mat still do.

    It occurs to me that Sky News should make available the written scripts already in its possession of Sunday’s Outsiders — especially the scripts delivered by Rowan Dean (who’s also the Australian editor of The Spectator magazine).

    Dean is one of the few original thinkers in the Australian media. His rant today on the need for a royal commission into the overreaction to Kung Flu by Australian federal and state governments was first-class.

    I’m sure there is a niche publishing market for the writings of Sky news commentators who swim against the trash tide of Australian politics.


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  117. No Escape! Recession Will Destroy Wealth. Period.
    In today’s show, we review the weeks market action, starting in the US – by far the most influential market, followed by Europe, Asia and Australia. There is no place to hide. Wealth is being destroyed. And there is no end in sight. Data is flagging recession, as central banks continue to raise rates and given the astronomical debt burden out there this is a big deal.

    Even conservative investment strategies are being hit. “This is a train wreck,” says Alex Dunnin, executive director of research house Rainmaker Group. “When a traditionally conservative strategy is getting the worst returns then all bets are off. It doesn’t matter where you go, almost everyone will be in pain.”


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  118. Reducing liquidity and or increasing the risk free rate will take some excessiveness out of a lot of asset classes.
    How one defines excessiveness is in the eye of the beholder.


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  119. Upper east side is nice and very boring, which at our stage in life is how we like it.

    lol. Just like harbourside Vaucluse, JC. That’s how we like it too. 🙂


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  120. Dot:
    Why can’t I slap sense into these people?…

    You should already know the answer to this, Dot.

    Change the context for a minute, Dot. Think about changing the minds of the global warming
    cohort who believe that the would is ending. Even when the lights finally go out will they wake up. It’s a bit like lemmings who crave the sea.

    Are these poor saps all too afraid to look like an arsehole?

    It starts with not wanting to be excluded – and the loudest, most obnoxious ones control that process.

    Take a look at a bit of that Mark Dice in the USA, on youtube, go out into the streets and ask questions of the people he meets. Even the most outrageous subjects will find these saps too afraid to stand up and argue against the obvious stupidities that are given credibility in the media and elsewhere. They’ve been brought up on equity/diversity, feelings-and-welcoming-everyone mindset, no matter what it is – think drag queen story time.

    Post modernism, in all its glory, combined with moral posturing has brought this about. So many people today are too afraid to stand up and say what is right because they fear censure and exclusion. As long as the bullying by these fools is not actually being directed at “me” it’s nothing to worry about.

    But that’s how the world changes; little by little, as the common-sense of a few generations ago withers on the vine. The don’t want to change; they want to get on.


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  121. OK I am at a dead end. Twitter blocking me from reading posts unless I log in, that one they can go eat a big bag of hairy male appendages. They have always been free to see till recently.

    They seem to have clamped down on access via pc/ipad. Access via mobile phone seems to work. But, you might need to clear history occassionally.


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  122. He suffered from delusional grandiosity in Australia.

    LOL!

    LOL indeed, Bespoke. Don’t look at me for that, I am far too self-aware.

    Strikes me you may well have a touch of it though.
    You are always going on as Mr. Smartypants. Truly delusional, imho.


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  123. There’s nothing quite as dangerous to Australia’s security and economic prosperity than freshly minted Labor party ministers on overseas junkets, having high level discussions with foreigners and signing whatever piece of paper a greasy new world order grifter puts under their noses for a photo op.


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  124. America, as the world’s only successful multiracial democratic republic, was always fragile. It was and is always one generation away from disappearing—should any cohort become so foolish as to mock its past, dismantle its institutions, revert to tribalism, redistribute rather than create wealth, and consume rather than invest…

    Joe Biden took a strong economy—albeit one that after three serial spendthrift presidencies faced huge national debt and a rendezvous with fiscal sobriety—and has utterly ruined it.

    America’s bounty was predicated on each generation following the prompt of the prior, modulating when change was necessary, but not daring to tamper with the foundational principles and values that explained our singular wealth, power, and leisure.

    This generation in its arrogance tested fate. It felt itself smarter and morally superior to its betters of the past. It lost that wager and now we the public are paying for its foolishness. To destroy America as we have always known it, there was far less necessary to ruin than our elite believed.

    Victor Davis Hanson, America is more fragile than the Left understands.


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  125. Not a good idea.
    The ironed jeans and tasseled loafers would stick out like a dog’s sore thumb.

    Even the homeless are college educated whites, Sanchez.

    A funny story. I had a pack of cigs and didn’t want to take them home as I’d get a double cause of grief from wifey and the kid. I offered them to a homeless white dude. He didn’t want them because they weren’t his brand!True.


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  126. It starts with not wanting to be excluded

    Ainsley Kellow’s excellent article on the climate cult (this month’s Quadrant magazine) makes this point about the cognitive dissonance that people, particularly the Teals, try to avoid about climate beliefs vs real world evidence, which makes them unable to leave the cult.


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  127. On Sky Outsiders, James Morrow just invented a new phrase worthy of Muddy’s Catictionary: a priesthood of experts.

    Splendid! Well done, James.


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  128. There’s nothing quite as dangerous to Australia’s security and economic prosperity than freshly minted Labor party ministers on overseas junkets, having high level discussions with foreigners and signing whatever piece of paper a greasy new world order grifter puts under their noses for a photo op.

    Very true. They need to be tethered to Canberra where they can do no more harm than usual.


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  129. On Sky Outsiders, James Morrow just invented a new phrase worthy of Muddy’s Catictionary: a priesthood of experts.

    Splendid! Well done, James.

    Yes. I am also quite fond of the term ‘clerisy’ although it has a slightly broader meaning and is less well known in popular usage.

    James’ Sky show on the US, which we watched on Friday, has started well. Not boring, full of info.


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  130. bespokesays:

    July 3, 2022 at 8:57 am

    83% chance of 5 o’clock Charlie buzzing around today.

    Faulty hasn’t issued today’s talking points yet.
    Not that they’ll be a lot different to all the days which have gone before.


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  131. JC wife offered homeless outside shopping centre food instead of money. Not hungry.

    The homeless just walk into a supermarket, pick up something edible like a kilo of cheese and walk out while munching into it.
    Then discard what they don’t want in the parking lot.
    Been happening for years, it’s the reason derros hang around Shopping Centres.
    Best advice in this situation?
    Don’t leave home without a pocketfulla change!


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  132. GreyRanga says:
    July 3, 2022 at 10:42 am

    JC wife offered homeless outside shopping centre food instead of money. Not hungry. Tells us a lot.

    Is that what I said? Huh?


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  133. I’m two or three episodes into Terminal List.
    It’s up & down.
    A 40 year old SEAL team leader?
    I think Jocko said he led his last mission at 36.


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  134. So, JC.
    Is the plot-free “Maverick” worth a look?
    I am thinking it might strike a chord with me because I do identify as a Maverick myself.


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  135. Sanchez

    If you can stomach the rest of the Hollywood bullshit like the crash and escape then it’s worth it just for the jet scenes.
    I trust though that like me, you will be wishing Tom Cruise and the others died in a slow, painful, firey crash halfway through the movie.

    Jennifer Connelly is appalling as all she does in the movie is give a stupid fucking loving smile when talking to Cruise.

    And give me a fucking break, the enemy countryside looks eggsactly like the forests around the Rockies.


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  136. I don’t get how this chick is so popular. She has a very negative, mopey personality.

    Personality dynamics within a group can be strange and difficult to untangle. Everyone gets something different out of it, and some people are happy to be the lowest in a pecking order which groups tend to develop; and groups need someone who is lowest, so maybe that’s why she is tolerated. Or perhaps people just feel sorry for her. Hard to say without knowing her myself. It could also be that she has other more positive characteristics that you don’t see, Dot. Or other relationships with group members in other contexts.

    How to cope with it? Follow Aunt Mary, advisor on The Spectator. She always comes up with something good from left field.

    Or you could simply pick on her. Bespoke can advise on that.


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  137. On Monday three days after the Supreme Court issued its groundbreaking decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, Dr. Caitlin Bernard, an Indianapolis obstetrician-gynecologist, took a call from a colleague, a child abuse doctor in Ohio.

    Hours after the Supreme Court action, the Buckeye state had outlawed any abortion after six weeks. Now this doctor had a 10-year-old patient in the office who was six weeks and three days pregnant.

    Could Bernard help?

    Indiana lawmakers are poised to further restrict or ban abortion in mere weeks. The Indiana General Assembly will convene in a special session July 25 when it will discuss restrictions to abortion policy along with inflation relief.

    Dobbs already causing the worst case scenario: a 10-year-old rape victim who risks jail for trying to seek an abortion under Republican law.

    Everyone involved in the project to repeal Roe hates women.


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  138. Questions:

    If the US is going to go through an unhealthy period of high inflation, then why is the 10 year bond yeild rallying to below 3% after going close to touching 3.5%? If there’s going to be a sustained period of high inflation then why is the Aussie in the toilet at around 68 cents and commodities are copping it up the rear?

    Perhaps we’re heading into a recession and the Fed and others will be easing monetary policy or at least signalling the tightening phase is over.


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  139. I’m two or three episodes into Terminal List.

    “The Tunnel” on SBS isn’t a bad series at all. Many layered onion plot and decent acting. Starting S3 now. Fkg cops.


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  140. Lizzie, just released from the paywall:

    Terrific, areff. It deserves to be widely read and distributed.

    It contains all the quick info you need to demolish a Teal’s case and show what they are up to.


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  141. I trust though that like me, you will be wishing Tom Cruise and the others died in a slow, painful, firey crash halfway through the movie.

    Err, that has been my fervent hope since 1985.

    And give me a fucking break, the enemy countryside looks eggsactly like the forests around the Rockies.

    That’s so audiences in NYC and LA can fantasise about the USN strafing MAGA-people in flyover country.


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  142. then why is the 10 year bond yeild rallying to below 3% after going close to touching 3.5%?

    I said as much earlier.

    Absent anything stupid going on with WTI, I think the market sees the worst has passed or now passing and the risk is definitely much lower growth.

    why is the Aussie in the toilet at around 68 cents and commodities are copping it up the rear?

    The USD is on a tear and will go higher yet I expect. But when it flames out, the AUD will be a buy for years. Back to the .8000’s


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  143. JCsays:
    July 3, 2022 at 10:59 am
    GreyRanga says:
    July 3, 2022 at 10:42 am

    JC wife offered homeless outside shopping centre food instead of money. Not hungry. Tells us a lot.

    Is that what I said? Huh?

    If you give money then it will likely go on drugs. For the homeless, there are loads of places around Sydney where they can get a good feed and help. They just need to get off their arse and look. I would just buy them a cup of coffee/tea/hot chocolate if anything.


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  144. Perhaps we’re heading into a recession and the Fed and others will be easing monetary policy or at least signalling the tightening phase is over.

    I’m with the Kouk on this one, I don’t know why people are pulling their hair out over a coming recession.

    Apart from war and short-term factors, inflation is high partly because the labour market is tight, and the labour market is tight because immigration is way down post-COVID. The price of everything is going up in Western countries, including labour, because there isn’t a supply of immigrants to do the low-paid crappy jobs that help run the economy.

    This situation is not supposed to be the precursor to a recession. It causes some problems, but a recession should not be one of them… unless the stock market busts for some reason.


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  145. On Monday three days after the Supreme Court issued its groundbreaking decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, Dr. Caitlin Bernard, an Indianapolis obstetrician-gynecologist, took a call from a colleague, a child abuse doctor in Ohio.

    Hours after the Supreme Court action, the Buckeye state had outlawed any abortion after six weeks. Now this doctor had a 10-year-old patient in the office who was six weeks and three days pregnant.

    Your link doesn’t appear to mention that story.
    Sounds like Doctors and Ob/Gyns will be under even more Legal scrutiny though, that isn’t going to help Republican candidates anywhere.


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  146. Apart from war and short-term factors, inflation is high partly because the labour market is tight, and the labour market is tight because immigration is way down post-COVID. The price of everything is going up in Western countries, including labour, because there isn’t a supply of immigrants to do the low-paid crappy jobs that help run the economy.

    No. Government hiring is booming.

    Inflation is always a monetary phenomenon.


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  147. The price of everything is going up in Western countries, including labour, because there isn’t a supply of immigrants to do the low-paid crappy jobs that help run the economy.

    Might raising the Minimum Wage help solve that problem?
    Albanese was gung ho about raising the Minimum Wage before he got Elected, he’s gone to water since.


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  148. Why can’t I slap sense into these people?

    You can bash ’em but not for the purpose of inducing sense. These people are genetic dead-ends. Without the social infrastructure they would have been eaten by sabre tooths; but with the social infrastructure they survive and are destroying that infrastructure.


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  149. The USD is on a tear and will go higher yet I expect. But when it flames out, the AUD will be a buy for years. Back to the .8000’s

    The US Dollar is up because of Capital flows into the USA especially Capital Flows from Europe resulting from the Russian ‘Police Action’ in the Ukraine. International Capital votes with its feet and the USA Markets are the safest right now especially the US Currency. All IMHO and my brief outlook on the situation.


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