2,081 thoughts on “Open Thread – Tues 5 July 2022”

  1. The remoaners still want to knock away Brexit.

    Boris will have to join forces with Farage if that happens.

    Surprising where people can sometimes end up. cf. Mark Latham.


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  2. Sad to hear about Abe. I met him briefly five years ago at the unveiling of a plaque to the crew of the submarine I-124, and we had a conversation about its history – I wrote the book on it.

    He seemed a pleasant fellow, and worked his best for Japan as far as I could see.


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  3. he Duke of Sussex claims his offer to pay for his own security was not passed on to decision-makers by the Royal Household, the High Court has heard.

    Why should the Royal Household care? This pair have ditched being Royal.

    Private security is available. You just call them and arrange it.
    Your security company can liaise with Palace funkeys if necessary.


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  4. New Zealanders could be given voting rights in Australia
    Anthony Albanese will ask federal parliament’s elections committee to consider what changes could be made to extend voting rights to some New Zealanders.

    No way did Jacinda WEFbeater Adern propose this idea.
    It’s just another way to bump up those lefty uniparty votes here.
    Jacinda just has to pretend like she asked for it.


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  5. New Zealanders could be given voting rights in Australia
    Anthony Albanese will ask federal parliament’s elections committee to consider what changes could be made to extend voting rights to some New Zealanders.

    Cool, when do we take over and disestablish the illegitimate Ardenist Wellington junta?

    Don’t cry for me New Zeeland!


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  6. Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, remains sixth in the line of succession to the British throne.

    He’s not a Royal with Royal duties and lives in California, spruiking his title for money.

    In the event of a need for a remote succession, the Palace and Crown could move on to number seven.


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  7. Colonel I reckon this is testing the waters at party level. The fact no media organisation has allowed comments is telling, IMO this is kryptonite and they know it. Hell it got my back up just reading it.

    The real game however is to see what is going on under the shell. Apparently a path to easier citizenship. Could be an opening of the back door from NZ for who don’t meet our standards but do in NZ. Another way to keep chipping at that strong border protection in ways that aren’t obvious perhaps?


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  8. Quote of the week for me.

    I voted no because “hell no was not an option”.

    The vote went 19-2 and he was one of the two.

    What were they voting on ? Will give answer a bit later this evening.


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  9. callisays:
    July 8, 2022 at 7:40 pm
    A 13.5kW battery can keep the fridge running overnight.

    Good for you but it is not going to keep the refrigerators going for our local greengrocer, or the traffic lights operating, or the heating running here in Victoria where it is brutally cold. Batteries are stop gaps on a small scale. And why should we be pushed into purchasing home batteries when we have abundant available resources to fire up generators. Oh it’s to save the planet chant the Greens and the energy subsidy scammers. After the millions of dollars spent on reducing global temperature I would like to know has it worked? Even a fraction? Garbage in garbage out!


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  10. IMHO one nation one citizenship.
    My two best friends and their families avail themselves of dual passports where it helps, and I have discussed this issue with both, and they agree they take advantage and it isn’t “fair”.
    But they would not give up the privilege until forced by legislation. Humans, after all.


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  11. Interesting, Japan still has the death penalty.
    You don’t get a date for the noose over there, you just languish on death row not knowing until someone comes to collect you one day.

    Personally, I’m not happy for government killing it’s citizens judicially – mainly because I don’t trust government, or its agents, getting it right.

    In this case, no doubt involved and the only interesting question is, why?

    Frankly I don’t give a fuck if Mr Home-Made-Shotgun suffers horribly with uncertainty for 15 years, before he’s necked.


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  12. Jeez, in certain parts Sydney real estate went up an enormous amount over a year. FMD.

    Cricketer Steve Smith and his wife Dani Willis have sold their home in Sydney’s eastern suburbs for almost double what they paid for it two years ago.

    The couple bought the four-bedroom, three-bathroom pad on Kings Road in Vaucluse for $6.6million in 2020, and it sold at auction on Thursday for $12.38million.

    That’s awfully close to a 90% increase. Just wow.


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  13. C

    arpe, are you at home in Japan? Our media have reported Abe’s death for quite a few hours now.

    Yes i’m at home, i was working and was following the news on the radio, got a bit caught up in the moment.

    People are genuinely sad here in sunny Arima, Abe was very anti-communist/socialist (which still has a presence here), very hawkish over the Senkaku Islands, not a great friend of the Norks or China.

    Not loved but respected, the latter has more cache here.


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  14. I don’t know Sydney well, JC.
    Where exactly was McCheaty’s house?
    I know real estate has been hot, but really?
    Why would it double?


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  15. chook says:
    July 8, 2022 at 9:07 pm
    IMHO one nation one citizenship

    ..
    You are a fucking moron.
    My ancestors could live and travel anywhere in the English speaking world without a single document, probably so could yours. Good one, let them further carve us up into tiny authoritarian enclaves.
    Fuck this blog is full of spastic dumb shits.


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  16. Good for you but it is not going to keep the refrigerators going for our local greengrocer, or the traffic lights operating, or the heating running here in Victoria where it is brutally cold. Batteries are stop gaps on a small scale. And why should we be pushed into purchasing home batteries when we have abundant available resources to fire up generators.

    I couldn’t agree more, mem.

    There are plenty of better things to spend money on.


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  17. A potted history of the most legendary footwear in human history.

    My first pair of Docs cost two weeks wages in 1984 and didn’t have the air wear soles. Winklepickers.

    Currently possess nine pairs, three of which are brand new (unworn) and made in Asia as noted in the video above. The collection includes a pair of Brogues bought in 1996 which are still going strong, a pair of black ten holes bought in late 1999 for a fancy dress party (going even stronger), a pair of suede desert boots, black leather work boots and two pairs of Chelsea Boots.

    But don’t believe me, ‘ere’s a fat communist bastard singing their mighty praises 🙂


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  18. cohenite says:
    July 8, 2022 at 9:55 pm
    That’s awfully close to a 90% increase. Just wow.

    I often doubled my purchase price with houses.

    Dude, “often” as in a year?


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  19. Dude, “often” as in a year?

    No, but the things are earning rent in the meantime. But this was back in the day before the Rent Tribunal at NCAT became infested with pink mohawk haired lesbians and other commies.


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  20. Cronkite

    I’ve always considered rent to roughly approximate depreciation of the structure. Rent is about 3.5% whereas I estimate depreciation to be roughly around 2.5%. Add in taxes, agents fees and the 1% is eaten away.

    It’s land value that improves I think.


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  21. This interview popped up on my Youtube.
    Omicron Boosters, Kids’ Vaccine & More (w/Dr. Paul Offit) – Youtuber – ZdoggMD

    It has a full 14 page transcript below the clip. I have just cut and paste a few bits but lot of technical stuff, plus a lot more discussion. My extract is mainly covering his thoughts on the meeting.

    There are a lot of previous interviews from previous 2 years with this Dr. Had Covid himself and last dose was a year ago.

    Part of the FDA vaccine advisory committee. One of two dissenting votes about an Omicron specific updated vaccine.

    – [Paul] So let’s look at the data. So Moderna and Pfizer both presented at our meeting last Tuesday, June 28th, and the data were not compelling. And I guess the thing that is most upsetting to me is normally when you get something from the FDA, when we have these meetings, so you usually get it a few days before you meet, you usually get a couple hundred pages. And actually before the June 14th meeting about pediatric vaccines, we got 440 pages to read about three days before the meeting. They assume that you don’t have a life, which is true, but I don’t think that they should assume that. So in any case here on the other hand, normally you get the EUA submission from the company, which is 85 to 100 pages long, and then you get the FDA’s review of all those data. It really, really is heartening. I mean, it is a very thorough review. Not here, here it was 22 pages from the FDA, which included 1/2 a page on Pfizer’s data and 1/2 a page on Moderna’s data. You could get that from the press release. In fact, it was no more detailed frankly than the press release. So I just thought the question we’re being asked is in the end always, is do the benefits outweigh the risks, even though the risks are generally small and sometimes unknown, that’s always the question. Do the benefits of this vaccine outweigh the risk? I didn’t see the benefits. I was surprised actually, frankly, that of the 21 voting members, 19 voted yes, ’cause I just didn’t see the evidence for that. And we’ll see how this plays out. I mean, this was something that I think they, that was desired by this administration. I could be wrong, but the way that this, the other thing that was odd about this meeting was that we’re an advisory committee. We’re being asked for our advice. So normally what happens is they just present the data. Here’s the data, what’s your advice? And people can ignore our advice. I mean I’m in academic medicine, people ignore my advice all the time, but to make the best advice. So here on the other hand, however, they had somebody from the WHO, Kanta Subbarao, who presented their opinion about this. And their opinion was they thought this was a good idea. And then you had the FDA presenting where they also had an opinion. That’s unusual. And then the next day, you know, you read a public health announcement from the, a press release from HHS Health and Human Services that says that the government has decided to purchase at least 105 million doses from Pfizer with up to 300 million doses. It was a little unclear from that press release, but they mentioned that we had just made this decision the day before. So you just sort of felt like the fix was in a little bit here. Maybe that’s not the right phrase, but it was something that they wanted. And I felt like we were being led here with a critical lack of information. So we’ll see how this turns out. But I didn’t like this.
    – [Paul] if we’ve been taught anything over the last 2 1/2 years, it’s the humility of introducing a new product. I mean, no one would’ve predicted myocarditis associated with mRNA vaccines. I don’t think anybody would’ve predicted this clotting problem, so-called thrombosis with thrombocytopenia syndrome. So be humble. And if you, if you’re gonna, you know, if you clearly have evidence of benefit, great. But if you clearly don’t have evidence of benefit then say no. And it just surprised me that we were willing to go forward with this with such scant evidence of benefit. I think that the phrase that I used was uncomfortably scant was what I said during the meeting.

    [Paul] I am curious to see how this plays out regarding the bivalent vaccine, because we really need much better data, I think before we move forward on this and I can only hope that it’s coming. Because I feel very strongly about my no vote there. In fact, the only reason I voted no was because hell no was not a choice. That’s how I felt about this. It’s just we need more data.


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  22. US added 372k jobs last month. I’m not making a prediction but what if inflation has peaked just as the TIPS market is saying?

    Stocks would go spastic to the upside. The market isn’t ready to be thinking about this possibility.


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  23. One the most magnifique examples of femininity in the public eye remains this li’l goil – yet she’s a collectivist.

    It has to stop. Massively cellulite laden buzz cut fluoro haired crazies are not remotely acceptable, whatever gender they might be imagining themselves this week.

    Otherwise, we are not men, we are Siberian Hamsters. 😕


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  24. Everyone is saying “spastic” tonight

    Except my good self, Squire.

    It is a term that indeed appears to have no currency in this day and age.

    Yet if there is a better descriptor of the personages that make up this country’s government, then good luck mining and essaying one.


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  25. Justice Kavanaugh ate dinner at the downtown steakhouse, protesters were tipped to his presence. The protesters showed up out front, called the Morton’s manager to tell him to kick Justice Kavanaugh out.

    Same attitude as the Abe shooter, just a different outcome. This time.


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  26. Pretty piss poor Patriots in the States – get your shit together, peoples.

    You are existing under a tyranny.

    Of course, not like us here in Australia, who sold our national identity down the the nearest toilet for what, I still can’t figure out.


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  27. I’ve always considered rent to roughly approximate depreciation of the structure. Rent is about 3.5% whereas I estimate depreciation to be roughly around 2.5%. Add in taxes, agents fees and the 1% is eaten away.

    That makes no sense. Real estate, properly invested, appreciates. I’ve had property bought for $50k, which after 15 years was renting gross $60k PA and was worth $750k.

    The only times I’ve lost from real estate was when a woman was involved. And even then I had the memories.


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  28. The dulcet tones of someone who absolutely does not give a fuck (the Hun):

    Rex Hunt has hit out at footy bosses for caving to gender quotas. The legendary broadcaster fired off a passionate response on Facebook when his friend John Locco referred to Daisy Pearce and Wayne Carey on Channel 7 on Thursday night.

    He said the removal of commentator Carey from prime time coverage was “weak”.

    And:

    “Call me a fossil or whatever. But our game has been ruined by people who are making rules to appease soft penises. For gods sake … give us some biff. Give us some spice.

    “And Daisy … just let Carey say a few words … please.”

    And:

    “The air conveyance scientist who gave Carey the lemon to Saturday night on Channel Rex and gave Daisy … a wonderful lass … the main gig on Fridays is a gun,’’ Hunt wrote.

    “He … I assume … was forced into such a weak-gutted sit down and piss decision by pressure to have equal genders everywhere. We, you and I, came from an era that is only a memory now.

    “Tough … relentless football. The game is a robotic, pre-planned … keeping’s off affair. The do-gooders have won.”

    Gold. Just… gold. McLachlan’s ‘fan’ survey results in eleven sentences.


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  29. News bulletin just mentioned flooding and potential evacuations ’round that way. Family friends live there, with a nice outlook from their driveway. Once it was over the plains near the river – green pastures. On a later visit the outlook was over many many new roofs on said plains. Wouldn’t want to be buying in there, I thought at the time.


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  30. Why were we oppressed and locked down, again?

    NKP – don’t get me started.

    Hitlerists. Because they’re back and what are you and me and the rest of us going to do about it?


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  31. Wokdoctor:

    Another way to keep chipping at that strong border protection in ways that aren’t obvious perhaps?

    Of course. If we aren’t allowed to discriminate against a Kiwi with multiple convictions for violent assault, how can we not refuse citizenship to a boatload of Nigerian males, all from the same gang?
    That would be racist!


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