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Top Ender
Top Ender
July 5, 2022 11:22 pm

A mass rat migration is quietly taking place across the suburbs of Sydney and the final destination is the roof in your family’s home, veteran rat catchers have warned.

Sneaky Norwegian sewer rats are escaping their beloved complex tunnel systems, which have been flooded with water, and are seeking refuge in warm roof cavities of suburban houses.

Inner West Pest Control owner Paul Errington said he had been inundated with calls this winter as rats seek to escape the cold and wet weather.

“What has been happening is the Norwegian rats, they love to tunnel and build underground networks and they have been flooded with the rain and migrate to the roof,” he said.

He said some rats were brazenly living in plain sight at certain properties but said also loved to live in the roof of the family house out of sight thanks to the insulation.

The rats are all across Sydney but some parts of Sydney are worse than others.

“There are certain areas in the inner west where I heavily bait numerous houses in the same street,” he said.

Primal Pest Control owner Adam Chakas has also had numerous calls for help from householders facing a rodent invasion but said the problem was not confined to the city.

“Inner city Sydney does have a large Norwegian rat problem — they’re all your sewer rats basically,” he said.

But southwest Sydney suburbs such as Camden, Oran Park, Narellan have a problem with mice at the moment.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
July 5, 2022 11:44 pm

So.
The Ruddster is on the Ukraine advisory thingy.
What has he offered up so far?
A pink batts program?
Cash for clunkers on redundant Bushmasters?

Bourne1879
Bourne1879
July 5, 2022 11:54 pm

Just tried to post article from CM about 4th shot and Moderna Omicron variant likely to be approved by TGA within weeks.

Wont let me post it. Will try again in the morning.

Bourne1879
Bourne1879
July 6, 2022 12:06 am

Just a few of the comments from CM article.

Just waiting in line for my 56th booster shot to stop the 89th variant that comes with the 23rd wave.

What????? no chance on Gods earth will I be vaccinating my kids even though Im fully vaxed. Something I will regret for ever.

Omicron Season already? I’ve still got my Ukraine decorations up….

Just in time for the peak of Omicron to. Oh wait, it’s come and gone.

Laughable how this big rock with a tiny dot of the world’s population also contains the world’s most gullible population. 94% of them have no idea.

perhaps we could change our national symbol from kangaroo to guinea pig

Bourne1879
Bourne1879
July 6, 2022 12:10 am

For Brisbane radio listeners from CM

In one of the biggest commercial radio overhauls in decades, 4BC announced on Monday that former 4KQ breakfast presenters Laurel Edwards, Gary Clare and Mark Hine would shift as a team to 4BC breakfast in a change from the traditional shock jock format – pushing Neil Breen to drive and Scott Emerson to a new role as a political contributor.

Bourne1879
Bourne1879
July 6, 2022 2:28 am

Test as 2 hours no posts made

Bourne1879
Bourne1879
July 6, 2022 2:28 am

Damn I could have gone nuts and gone for the consecutive posts record.

rickw
rickw
July 6, 2022 2:36 am

Go on!

rickw
rickw
July 6, 2022 2:43 am

Where is the security? This has happened three times now.

On diversity training.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
July 6, 2022 3:22 am

Bourne1879says:

July 6, 2022 at 2:28 am

Test as 2 hours no posts made

This used to be the “Midnight to Dawn with ussr and Gonzo” show.
They moved to 4FS Couch Radio in Queensssland.

Tom
Tom
July 6, 2022 4:01 am

Johannes Leak (… is now at least as good as his old man).

Tom
Tom
July 6, 2022 4:02 am
Tom
Tom
July 6, 2022 4:03 am
Tom
Tom
July 6, 2022 4:05 am
Tom
Tom
July 6, 2022 4:05 am
Tom
Tom
July 6, 2022 4:06 am
Tom
Tom
July 6, 2022 4:08 am
Tom
Tom
July 6, 2022 4:09 am
Tom
Tom
July 6, 2022 4:10 am
Ed Case
Ed Case
July 6, 2022 4:41 am

Johannes Leak (… is now at least as good as his old man).
At drawing Labor Party agitprop?
Albanese is 10,000 miles away from the Sydney floods.

John Sheldrick
July 6, 2022 4:43 am

Zipstersays:
July 5, 2022 at 11:03 pm
Norwegian oil and gas workers start strike, cutting output | World Business Watch | WION News

Crude Oil on the the way to over $US200 a barrel next year. That should help Inflation along nicely.

Ed Case
Ed Case
July 6, 2022 4:44 am

Broelman is another one.
Dutton isn’t on holidays in the sun, though the Murdoch Press is trying to pretend he doesn’t exist, except as a cartoon.

John Sheldrick
July 6, 2022 4:48 am

Sancho Panzersays:
July 5, 2022 at 10:36 pm

Have you ever met the man on the Clapham omnibus?

Yes I have and when he walks he’s called the ‘Man in the Street’.

John Sheldrick
July 6, 2022 4:53 am

“Inner city Sydney does have a large Norwegian rat problem — they’re all your sewer rats basically,” he said.

Quite appropriate for all of those ‘Laybore’ and Green Voters in Inner Sydney and the Inner West. A very good mix methinks. Sewer Rats…………………lol.

Winston Smith
July 6, 2022 5:02 am

Shy Ted:
Thanks for the link to the loser shooter.
What a freak!

feelthebern
feelthebern
July 6, 2022 5:04 am
feelthebern
feelthebern
July 6, 2022 5:06 am

EU voting over the next 24 hours to effectively make nuclear part of the ESG family.
Larry Fink rejoicing.

Winston Smith
July 6, 2022 5:12 am

Dover Beach:

Where is the security? This has happened three times now.

I bet the security don’t have legal protection for stopping them. Probably need coppers there to do that.

John Sheldrick
July 6, 2022 5:15 am

Lizzie:

I am contemplating adding a mask when I go to Bunnings, plus my sunglasses, in order to avoid their facial recognition software.

When I go the Bank ATM, I make a point of wearing my beanie, sunglasses and face mask, then draw out my money. I look at the camera and smile. I’d like to know if the ATM camera is any use in these sort of situations.

bespoke
bespoke
July 6, 2022 5:37 am

rickwsays:
July 5, 2022 at 8:20 pm
Peta Credlin: “ People are screwed”

Interesting given that this is only just getting started.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rbgk86KiVdA&t=17s

Thanks

duncanm
duncanm
July 6, 2022 6:25 am

Ed Casesays:
July 6, 2022 at 4:41 am
Johannes Leak (… is now at least as good as his old man).
At drawing Labor Party agitprop?
Albanese is 10,000 miles away from the Sydney floods.

I kind of think that’s the point, don’t you?

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
July 6, 2022 6:47 am

I want Leak to draw Albo in a Hawaiian shirt.
For revenge.

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
July 6, 2022 6:53 am

And speaking of obnoxious, Nick Krygios’ ex- misso reckons he smacked her up once.

Naturally, if true he deserves to be paraded around a la Andrew O’Keefe.

No way she’d have ginned up a charge to be heard in a criminal arena where the standard of proof is beyond a reasonable doubt (the man on the Clapham omnibus, if you will) as a precursor to a civil action for battery, where the standard of proof is much lower.

And cash much easier to obtain as a settlement.

Cassie of Sydney
July 6, 2022 6:56 am

Interesting case…..given what will be happening in Canberra later this year.

“Mark Cameron acquitted in rape trial

A married army sergeant charged with allegedly raping a colleague at her home following a drunken Christmas function has learnt his fate after a week-long jury trial.

A married Australian Army sergeant has been acquitted of raping a female military colleague following a boozy Christmas function after a week-long jury trial in the District Court.

Mark Anthony Cameron, 43, was charged with sexual intercourse without consent in November 2020 – almost two years after the alleged assault in December 2018.

Cameron consistently denied the accusation and faced a trial at Sydney District Court presided over by Judge Penny Musgrave, where he was found not guilty and acquitted on July 5.

The Crown and Cameron’s defence – high profile silk Margaret Cunneen – agreed the complainant and Cameron had sexual intercourse following a boozy social function they attended with several military colleagues in the Sydney CBD on December 1, 2018.

The court heard the woman was refused service by bar staff at the final venue and was given water before she and Cameron took a taxi to her home, where the encounter occurred.

The trial centred around whether the woman could consent to having sex due to her level of intoxication at the time, and whether Cameron also knew she was not consenting.

The defence submitted the complainant invited Cameron into her home and initiated kissing before the sexual encounter occurred.

But the woman gave evidence she had no memory of inviting Cameron into her home, before she became lucid, realised she was naked, and understood Cameron was having sex with her.

The woman testified that she said “what are you doing, I don’t want to do this, stop” and Cameron replied “just let me finish”.

Multiple Crown witnesses – including some military colleagues – confirmed the woman had conveyed a similar account shortly after the incident, in which she said she had asked what Cameron was doing and he had reportedly responded “just let me finish”.

The woman told the court she felt “disgusted” after Cameron left, explaining “I did not choose to do that … because I was so drunk”.

The court further heard the woman never had a sexual interest in Cameron – who was married and a father – and though she did not remember inviting him in or kissing him, and did not think it was something she would do, she conceded she may have done so.

But Cameron was steadfast in his own version of events, insisting the sex was both consensual and initiated by the complainant.

“The defence says she said come in, and she started kissing him at the front door … she led him to the bedroom and undressed him and herself,” Judge Musgrave said in her summary of the defence case to the jury.

“(The defence says) the complainant did not say stop, and he did not say ‘shut up’ or that he wanted to finish – he says she invited him in and initiated the sex.”

The defence said the encounter concluded only when Cameron’s wife called him around 2am – which was reinforced by call charge records – to ask where he was.

“In his mind, there was no doubt she was consenting,” Judge Musgrave said.

“He says she initiated the kissing and the sexual intercourse … if you believe him, you must acquit the accused.”

In her closing argument, Ms Cunneen had urged the jury not to get caught up in the “Me Too movement” and believe all women and disbelieve all men.

“Yes, he was unfaithful to his wife in circumstances many men wouldn’t be able to withstand – the sexual temptation offered to him quite freely from an disinhibited, young, usually talkative woman,” Ms Cunneen said.

“It was a soon-regretted by both parties sexual event, probably fuelled by a reasonable amount of alcohol, but it was not sexual assault – this woman didn’t feel any pain, there were no bruises, she didn’t fight back, she didn’t scream.”

Ms Cunneen also highlighted the fact the woman had texted a friend hours after the incident to say the drunk version of herself “made poor choices”– rather than characterising the incident as rape.

The friend then responded “that sounds like rape”.

“A woman with her training, background and maturity, if she got raped she would know about it,” Ms Cunneen said. “It wouldn’t take some friend to tell her.”

On June 30, Judge Musgrave instructed the jury their verdict must turn on three key points.

In order to find Cameron guilty, they had to be convinced beyond a reasonable doubt he had sex with the complainant – which was not in dispute by either side.

The jury also had to be convinced the complainant had not consented to sex, and that Cameron knew she was not consenting – otherwise they had to find him not guilty.

It took the jury seven hours and 35 minutes of deliberation to ultimately find Cameron not guilty – following a note earlier in their consideration indicating they could not come to a unanimous conclusion.

For five days of the trial, Cameron was flanked by two male supporters and his legal team – and in the final two, also his wife.

Ever the soldier, he stood sharply at attention in the dock every time the judge and jury entered and exited the room.

His wife – who cannot be legally identified – gave evidence her husband had always been respectful of women, and testified to his good character despite his infidelity to her.

She was stoic through multiple recounts of her husband’s actions, though was seen to shed a tear the first day the jury could not come to a verdict.

At another point, Cameron’s wife brought a copy of Ms Cunneen’s newly released biography – The Boxing Butterfly – for the barrister to personally sign.

Ms Cunneen had earlier told jurors her client did the “wrong thing morally” when he cheated on his wife with another soldier, but he was not guilty of a crime.

“Mr Cameron is a good husband and father but he is still a man – men in circumstances can be tempted by perfectly consensual sex, it is as common as anything,” Ms Cunneen said at one point in her closing argument to the jury. “This is not a court of morals.”

Cameron has one final date in the Local Court – July 20 – to address issues pertaining to an apprehended violence order previously sought by police.”

sfw
sfw
July 6, 2022 7:04 am

JC likes to disparage me for me thinking that the Reserve Banks enrichen their mates first and that us proles pay for it. He cans my links to zerohedge rather than explaining why whatever is said is wrong. Well now he can tell me why Terry McCrann gets it wrong as well.

“The RBA was quite happy to directly give the banks $188bn of free money – an interest rate of just 0.1 per cent – and ensure they got even bigger sums of $2 trillion or so from ordinary depositors and the money market, at zero from the ordinary punter, a little more from the pros.”

https://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/rba-rate-rise-means-depositors-finally-get-a-break/news-story/2c1830e6fe61504252a422495f3c9dec

H B Bear
H B Bear
July 6, 2022 7:08 am

Leak Jr drawing and penmanship will probably never be the equal of Leak (remember the gimp) but his manner and observations are certainly getting close. Still miles ahead of any contemporary Australian cartoonist.

calli
calli
July 6, 2022 7:21 am

Johannes Leak (… is now at least as good as his old man).

The caricature is perfect and captures the old Albo prior to the recent rebuild and detailing.

He appears to be elusive to other cartoonists. As was Morrison.

rosie
rosie
July 6, 2022 7:24 am

Don’t worry, prices are still ridiculously expensive
The Melbourne neighbourhoods where property values are falling as interest rates rise

calli
calli
July 6, 2022 7:33 am

Norwegian sewer rats (Rattus norvegicus).

I just call them rats. And if they were in my roof I’d want them pining for the fjords too. Brrrrrrr.

rosie
rosie
July 6, 2022 7:34 am
calli
calli
July 6, 2022 7:39 am

We’re saved! Albo’s BACK!

Those floodwaters don’t stand a chance as he wades through them with his mighty thews and palms extended shouting, “Begone, oh pessssthky tide! And take ttthy thsskyvapourthsss wiv you!”

A sorrowing look at the destruction, a quick drive through Pitt Town Bottoms and he’s off for an intersectional chicken and avo pizza at Leichhardt.

rosie
rosie
July 6, 2022 7:45 am

We’ve had a rat problem since I moved here a long time ago because of very close local creeks, and they’ve always come into the roof for winter warmth.
Haven’t heard any for a few years as we trimmed the trees back that I’ve seen them climb to get on the roof and have blocked any holes we could find.
I’ve seen them help themselves to dog food at a neighbour’s during the day and they are the reason I don’t have a compost bin either.
They must help keep the numerous local fox population fed though.

rosie
rosie
July 6, 2022 7:50 am

Reducing inspections seems a great way to improve quality.
Plan to lower nursery staff-to-child ratio in England angers parents and providers

feelthebern
feelthebern
July 6, 2022 7:56 am

Another interesting thing I’m reading about this morning.
The nuclear power plants in Ukraine that the Russians now control, they continue to pump out electricity into the grid.
And one of the ones under construction appears to have continued to be constructed.
It’s a bizarre old war when the baddies (Russia) continue to provide energy directly to the goodies (Ukraine).
Even more bizarre when construction of additional capacity continues.

miltonf
miltonf
July 6, 2022 7:59 am

Yes I gave up composting because it was attracting rats. Flinders Street stn seems to infested with them btw- vile and loathsome.

Slugs come in and eat the dog’s food here- easy enough to deal with.

rosie
rosie
July 6, 2022 8:01 am
rosie
rosie
July 6, 2022 8:06 am

Oh reminds me local council gave me a gift while I was away, a ‘food caddy’ to put on my kitchen bench into which I must place compostable materials (handy list in English and Chinese provided) inside a lavender? liner which is then supposed to go in the recycling bin, I think.
I wonder what they’ll decide ratepayers should be required to do next.

Wally Dalí
Wally Dalí
July 6, 2022 8:09 am

Give it a week, and we’ll hear that Norwegian rats (remember when they were just called “rats”?) are a significant reservoir for Hendra/batflu/Japanese Encephalitis, and lotsa food depots will have to close until they can comply with new work orders to mitigate the dangers of botulism/listeria/bubonic plague.

rosie
rosie
July 6, 2022 8:12 am

Didn’t someone say banks limit lending to buffer against interest rate rises?

woe is me, at least I can whinge at the ABC

Farmer Gez
Farmer Gez
July 6, 2022 8:16 am

It’s a bizarre old war when the baddies (Russia) continue to provide energy directly to the goodies (Ukraine).

Pure self interest.
Vlad wants to run the show and not have to spend billions reconstructing basic utility infrastructure.

rosie
rosie
July 6, 2022 8:18 am

Assume Putin is billing Zelensky for the electricity and Zelensky is paying?

Boambee John
Boambee John
July 6, 2022 8:22 am

Psays:
July 5, 2022 at 10:06 pm
Single mums from Marrickville

Do you know any? Why single out Marrickville or give Marrickville as an example?

Isn’t that the location and circumstance under which AnAl claims to have been brought up?

Big_Nambas
Big_Nambas
July 6, 2022 8:22 am

“Selfies, they call ’em, and that makes sense ’cause even though they’re sending these pictures to others, it still smells like selfish to me.

Is that why they call it an “I phone”?

‘Cause it’s all about me me me. Like talking to hear yourself talk.”
David Duchovny

Dr Faustus
Dr Faustus
July 6, 2022 8:26 am

The Express steps onto the Playing Field of Stupid:

Ukraine may develop its own horror nukes in huge threat to Putin: ‘Only way forward!’

UKRAINE may develop its own horror nuclear weapons in a major show of force against Russian President Vladimir Putin, an expert has said.

Kyiv could be tempted to either build its own arsenal, or even opt to purchase powerful weapons from other nations to deter a Russian attack. The US may even opt to sell Ukraine some of its weapons at a reduced cost, an expert has suggested.

Dr Paul Maddrell, a war expert from Loughborough University, said: “If I were the president of Ukraine, I’d strongly be considering developing nuclear weapons.

Well, obviously.
Particularly the lo-cost buy from Walmart option.

Farmer Gez
Farmer Gez
July 6, 2022 8:26 am

Interest rates are rising: Is the RBA at fault for allowing Australians to take on too much debt?

From the same ABC who urged governments to borrow more money to pay for social welfare, public housing and renewables before the “pandemic”.
Putting up taxes for the plebs to repay that debt was naturally not going to cause financial pressure for families.
The ABC misleads and misinforms.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
July 6, 2022 8:30 am

Mystery?
Or is it?

Boambee John
Boambee John
July 6, 2022 8:33 am

duncanmsays:
July 6, 2022 at 6:25 am
Ed Casesays:
July 6, 2022 at 4:41 am
Johannes Leak (… is now at least as good as his old man).
At drawing Labor Party agitprop?
Albanese is 10,000 miles away from the Sydney floods.

I kind of think that’s the point, don’t you?

Dickless doesn’t think, he babbles random thought babbles.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
July 6, 2022 8:33 am

Interesting case…..given what will be happening in Canberra later this year.

Interesting post, Cassie, thank you. I will bet good money that the transcript will be studied with interest, indeed.

feelthebern
feelthebern
July 6, 2022 8:34 am

Another odd thing.
The US strategic reserve is back at lows not seen since 1986.
And some of those reserves (5m barrel) ended up in Europe.
At the moment the energy puzzle is harder to understand than ever.

Farmer Gez
Farmer Gez
July 6, 2022 8:35 am

John Constantine, the oracle of the bush is missed.
The TaliDan immigration/construction Ponzi scheme is imploding as predicted.

duncanm
duncanm
July 6, 2022 8:38 am

rosiesays:
July 6, 2022 at 8:12 am
Didn’t someone say banks limit lending to buffer against interest rate rises?

woe is me, at least I can whinge at the ABC

maybe they’ll learn that you should never trust the government or its instruments.

lotocoti
lotocoti
July 6, 2022 8:43 am

The show marks Ten’s second attempt at a breakfast-marketed program …

If you don’t count GMA with Gordon Elliott & Co., which only ran for a decade.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
July 6, 2022 8:43 am

rosiesays:
July 6, 2022 at 8:12 am
Didn’t someone say banks limit lending to buffer against interest rate rises?

woe is me, at least I can whinge at the ABC

#968 in the ABC series, “Something’s Gone Wrong. Who Do I Blame?”.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
July 6, 2022 8:44 am

Charges against organisers of Melbourne’s Black Lives Matter march to be dropped
Erin Pearson
By Erin Pearson
July 6, 2022 — 5.00am

Organisers of a Black Lives Matter rally held in Melbourne during COVID-19 lockdown restrictions will no longer face prosecution, with all charges against them expected to be dropped by Victoria Police.

Crystal McKinnon and Meriki Onus had been due to appear in court this month to fight charges of breaching the chief health officer’s directions over their role in planning the June 2020 march against Aboriginal deaths in custody, which attracted about 10,000 people.

McKinnon, an Amangu Yamaji woman and Indigenous research fellow at RMIT, and Onus, a Gunai and Gunditjmara woman and activist, said the action against them should never have been taken.

“The Victorian government presents itself as a progressive government committed to addressing past and ongoing violence against First Nations peoples through various initiatives, while at the same time trying to silence the voices who have had enough of our people dying in custody and who demand change,” they said.

“At the time of the Black Lives Matter rally, a significant number of our people had died in custody since the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody. That number has only increased. The message is not getting through.”

The pair’s lawyer, Ali Besiroglu, from Robinson Gill Lawyers, confirmed on Tuesday that the charges would be dropped.

Mother Lode
Mother Lode
July 6, 2022 8:48 am

Ms Cunneen also highlighted the fact the woman had texted a friend hours after the incident to say the drunk version of herself “made poor choices”– rather than characterising the incident as rape.

The friend then responded “that sounds like rape”.

So the woman told her friend that she had been stupid, and the friend responded by saying it was a man’s fault and a crime.

Still at least the finding concede that not only can a woman have her judgement clouded by alcohol, but a man can have his impaired, and misappraise the situation, as well.

In much of the talk about Brittany’s case there has seemed to be an implied principle that while a woman might say ‘yes’, if she is inebriated, it cannot be taken as ‘yes’ because of the effect of the alcohol, but men must have lucid judgement for both himself and the woman, even if he is intoxicated.

duncanm
duncanm
July 6, 2022 8:48 am

woe is me, at least I can whinge at the ABC

FMD – its gets worse. This is a (presumably well paid) lawyer who has made a stupid financial decision, and it now pleading that she’s ‘middle class’ after forking out $1.7M+ for a house and finding she’s in a bit of a pickle now interest rates have risen less than 1%.

Watch out baby, that was just the first increase. At least double that is to come. If you don’t have a buffer for a further 2-3% increase (and that is very much on the lower end of estimates, I reckon), then you’re screwed.

duncanm
duncanm
July 6, 2022 8:49 am

“At the time of the Black Lives Matter rally, a significant number of our people had died in custody since the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody. That number has only increased. The message is not getting through.”

That’s ‘cos its a lie.
Aboriginals do not die in custody at a higher rate than anyone else.

Mater
July 6, 2022 8:51 am

Didn’t someone say banks limit lending to buffer against interest rate rises?

One might hope so, and I’m no economist or financial advisor, but I don’t see it.

Even as a dumb grunt, I’ve only needed to look around my friends, family, colleagues and neighbours to see something was wrong.

When I look at what they are paying for real estate, and line that up against their rough earning capacity, it’s troubling.

It’s taken longer than I thought to start impacting, but this is not going to end well…and probably neither should it.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
July 6, 2022 8:53 am

The show marks Ten’s second attempt at a breakfast-marketed program …

Morale must be high at Ten at the moment.
Cutting back on tea-bags and saving the used copy paper for notepads whilst Mrs Bandana sits at home on $2 meg a year whingeing about pay-gaps.

flyingduk
flyingduk
July 6, 2022 8:55 am

End of a 13-year boom’: Australia’s largest super fund posts fall for first time since GFC

Inflation adjust those returns (for the REAL rate of inflation) and it wouldnt be the first time.

Mater
July 6, 2022 8:57 am

I mean, heaps of people were forced onto welfare during Covid (for an undefined period), and the housing market boomed!

Work that out.

John Sheldrick
July 6, 2022 8:57 am

Farmer Gezsays:
July 6, 2022 at 8:16 am
It’s a bizarre old war when the baddies (Russia) continue to provide energy directly to the goodies (Ukraine).

Pure self interest.
Vlad wants to run the show and not have to spend billions reconstructing basic utility infrastructure.

Exactly, which is why Putin doesn’t want the whole of the Ukraine. He only wants those Eastern and SE bits (link to the Crimea). Otherwise he would have used the US War Playbook which is to knock out all of the Electricity Grid, the Water supply and the Communications Network when invading a smaller country. He hasn’t done that. I guess he still wants the rest of the Ukraine to be neutral though.

feelthebern
feelthebern
July 6, 2022 9:00 am

Dover, can you please ban anyone posting the photos of Pelosi at the Italian beach resort?

shatterzzz
July 6, 2022 9:01 am

Dutton isn’t on holidays in the sun, though the Murdoch Press is trying to pretend he doesn’t exist, except as a cartoon.

harsh! .. but fair!.. background should be Biloela & he is a cartoon .. LOL

H B Bear
H B Bear
July 6, 2022 9:02 am

No rats in Perf. Just Dalkeith possums.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
July 6, 2022 9:02 am

Rosie at 8:12.
Looks like the Lawyer With a Mortgage is an ABC go-to.
From a month ago.

Bruce
Bruce
July 6, 2022 9:02 am

@Calli:

“What’s an Albo?

Is it a car?”

Akin to a Trabant.

Indolent
Indolent
July 6, 2022 9:03 am
rosie
rosie
July 6, 2022 9:04 am

If people default on their loans, the banks will foreclose and sell their houses at mortgagees auctions.
I remember someone picking up one after that Geelong mob went belly up, Pyramid?

Boambee John
Boambee John
July 6, 2022 9:05 am

The US may even opt to sell Ukraine some of its weapons at a reduced cost, an expert has suggested.

Dr Paul Maddrell, a war expert from Loughborough University, said: “If I were the president of Ukraine, I’d strongly be considering developing nuclear weapons.

A war eggspurt who has apparently never heard of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, and seems completely ignorant of (or indifferent to) the likely Russian reaction. He also seems completely ignorant of the processes involved for designing and building nuclear weapons.

The quality of eggspurts is highly strained these days.

Dr Faustus
Dr Faustus
July 6, 2022 9:06 am

We had some discussion last week about the timing of public rage as energy prices go mad.

Confidence collapses as desperate consumers vent fury at failing National Electricity Market

It is a theme borne out by the latest six-monthly survey by the body that represents household and small business electricity customers, Energy Consumers Australia (ECA).

According to the survey, to be released this morning, 88 per cent of those questioned were “highly concerned or somewhat concerned” that energy would become unaffordable over the next three years — a marked jump compared with earlier results.

A bit late in the day, but fair enough.

Unfortunately, the ECA’s outraged punters have absolutely no idea about markets and how they operate:

“The outcome of all of that is only four in 10 Australians say they have confidence that the energy market is acting in their interests.”

Anybody who thinks “the energy market is acting in their interests”, or ever would, or should is sadly deluded.

The market is doing exactly what it should do – maximising profit for the owners of its capital. Unfortunately for Mr and Mrs Punter, the [ahem] ‘competitive environment’ has been systematically gamed over the past 25 years allowing owners of generating assets to make massive excess returns.

What we are experiencing is payola for years of lobbying and and cajoling and strategic positioning.

The failure is the fact that governments and the [ahem] ‘regulators’ have actively encouraged the process of handing out control of an undifferentiated essential service to our very own Aussie Oligarchs.

So, sorry, a big fuck you everyone for sitting back, slack mouthed and dull-eyed, expecting someone else to work in your interests. Go and talk to Zali, or any of the other useless fuckers you’ve just voted into power over your lives.

duncanm
duncanm
July 6, 2022 9:06 am

Sancho Panzersays:
July 6, 2022 at 9:02 am
Rosie at 8:12.
Looks like the Lawyer With a Mortgage is an ABC go-to.
From a month ago.

Lawyer Sarah Ibrahim says the racism she observed at Legal Aid NSW included people being excluded, overlooked and “seen as a problem”.(ABC News: Jerry Rickard)

I can see she would be a problem.. red flags all over from a hiring perspective with a media profile like that.

No wonder she’s started her own practice.

shatterzzz
July 6, 2022 9:07 am

And cash much easier to obtain as a settlement.

Couldn’t happen to a “nicer” fella .. LOL!

Mother Lode
Mother Lode
July 6, 2022 9:07 am

We’re saved! Albo’s BACK!

Those floodwaters don’t stand a chance as he wades through them with his mighty thews and palms extended shouting, “Begone, oh pessssthky tide! And take ttthy thsskyvapourthsss wiv you!”

A real King Cnut*.

(Yeah, I know the modern interpretation of the waves story is that he was a wise king pillorying his lackeys for their excessively lavish praise – showing that he did not have power over the tides.)

* Cnut is the spelling proper to the time. That, or Knut. They did not spell it ‘Canute’.

Boambee John
Boambee John
July 6, 2022 9:09 am

“At the time of the Black Lives Matter rally, a significant number of our people had died in custody since the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody. That number has only increased. The message is not getting through.”

The number is not likely to decrease, unless Pascoe has re-discovered some indigenous “science” for the restoration of life, sadly lost after Cook’s arrival.

rosie
rosie
July 6, 2022 9:10 am

I always wonder about how people are selected to air a grievance at the ABC.

H B Bear
H B Bear
July 6, 2022 9:10 am

If you’re working at Channel 10 just swallow your pride, put on a brave face and get on with it. And bank your cheques quickly and take your holidays regularly.

Fair Shake
Fair Shake
July 6, 2022 9:11 am

rosie says:
July 6, 2022 at 8:06 am
Oh reminds me local council gave me a gift while I was away, a ‘food caddy’ to put on my kitchen bench into which I must place compostable materials (handy list in English and Chinese provided) inside a lavender? liner which is then supposed to go in the recycling bin, I think.
I wonder what they’ll decide ratepayers should be required to do next.

I can tell you what they do next in Melbourne…You will be made to put all food scraps in with green bin collections. This will be collected weekly …cos we are throwing out so much food apparently. The recycling bin remains a two week cycle and the small red bin – general rubbish – goes out to a two weekly pick up. ‘Victoria , land of the never ending idiots’

Oh and then your local councillors go on overseas jaunts and tell anyone who will listen how they forced ratepayers to kowtow and saved the world.

calli
calli
July 6, 2022 9:13 am

I can see she would be a problem.. red flags all over from a hiring perspective with a media profile like that.

First port of call after a quick perusal of the résumé (which might contain elements of truth).

So much for the “smart” people.

shatterzzz
July 6, 2022 9:13 am

Oh reminds me local council gave me a gift while I was away, a ‘food caddy’

Hope it was the PC yellow & blue version .. LOL!

Indolent
Indolent
July 6, 2022 9:14 am
shatterzzz
July 6, 2022 9:16 am

Isn’t that the location and circumstance under which AnAl claims to have been brought up?

Naaah! .. Camperdown where the real “housos” fought their way up .. via private schooling! .. LOL!

Fair Shake
Fair Shake
July 6, 2022 9:17 am

Why haven’t the cartoonists drawn Albo in Napoleon attire ?

Indolent
Indolent
July 6, 2022 9:17 am
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
July 6, 2022 9:17 am

That number has only increased. The message is not getting through.”

The message about staying out of the tronk in the first place?

Fair Shake
Fair Shake
July 6, 2022 9:18 am

Or the usual safari coat with foreign city stamps all over it overladen with cameras. Tourist style.

Zipster
Zipster
July 6, 2022 9:18 am
H B Bear
H B Bear
July 6, 2022 9:19 am

The NEM enabled the rest of the East Coast to benefit from lower prices through excess generating capacity built by the Queensland government in the 80s. Now that’s gone it’s time to pay the carpet baggers. Unsurprisingly anyone caught owning a coal plant has decided they are uneconomic whatever strategy they may employ under current (and future) RET and market access rules.

rosie
rosie
July 6, 2022 9:20 am

Not everyone has a green bin, they cost extra, and unless you have a larger garden, a waste of money.

miltonf
miltonf
July 6, 2022 9:21 am

The RET brought to us by John Howard iirc possible copied from Germany? Idiots.

H B Bear
H B Bear
July 6, 2022 9:25 am

Rats are a fact of life in the city and suburbs. I hear them rattling around in my mulberry tree over summer and running along the top of the fences. In winter they come in for the warmth of the roof cavity which would probably be quite pleasant.

duncanm
duncanm
July 6, 2022 9:26 am

rosiesays:
July 6, 2022 at 9:18 am
and then you look at her twitter feed and realise she’s a perfect fit at the ABC, left of the greens, the perfect upper middle socialist

Exactly!

What a dimwit. She argues for immediate ‘climate action’ emissions targets while simultaneously whining about her ” strugg[ling] with the cost of living”.

calli
calli
July 6, 2022 9:28 am

Looks like they’re still publishing data.

Not quite sure what the Exposé writer is on about. The relevant page (vaccines/hospitalisation) was last updated on May 25. Knowing how glacial government statistic publishing can be, I would expect a six week lag.

It’s possible I’ve missed something, so have a look.

Eyrie
Eyrie
July 6, 2022 9:30 am

The RET brought to us by John Howard

Another of the little fool’s poor decisions. Along with defence helicopter acquisitions and expansion of middle class welfare instead of tax cuts.

rosie
rosie
July 6, 2022 9:30 am

“Not quite sure what the Exposé writer is on about”
I’m pretty confident I know.

Mater
July 6, 2022 9:30 am

If people default on their loans, the banks will foreclose and sell their houses at mortgagees auctions.

To a point, then there might be more sellers than buyers.

My concern is that when people start being thrown out on the street, the government will revert to it’s Covid tactics of denying the ability to charge rent, cancelling mortgage repayment requirements, etc.

Covid proved that nothing is off the table, and there’s nothing in the statutes to protect us from them when they ‘declare an emergency’.

Yes, I know, I’m a doom sayer. However, what do you think the government will do when all the single mums from Marrickville start losing their homes…on bulk?

The heavy hand of government will come down, and it will be wielded in a clumsy, ill-considered and most damaging manner. And it’ll be cheered by those who are losing their homes. A modern version of class warfare.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
July 6, 2022 9:31 am

duncanmsays:

July 6, 2022 at 8:48 am

woe is me, at least I can whinge at the ABC

FMD – its gets worse. This is a (presumably well paid) lawyer who has made a stupid financial decision

Much as I think Lowe is a dick, he didn’t explicitly say “interest rates won’t rise until 2024”.
He said interest rates wouldn’t rise until certain employment and inflation triggers were met, which the RBA predicted wouldn’t be until 2024.
OK, they got that wrong.
But what we got here is a lawyer who can’t read fine print.
Given she has started her own firm, what odds the income history might have been tricked up?

Dr Faustus
Dr Faustus
July 6, 2022 9:33 am

Not quite sure what the Exposé writer is on about.

Money, money, money.
Whoever writes this utter crap does so for one reason: to convert public uncertainty and anxiety into subscription income.

Zipster
Zipster
July 6, 2022 9:33 am

Idiocracy
p.j.watson

H B Bear
H B Bear
July 6, 2022 9:34 am

3 bins are a fact of life in the Perth Wester Suburbs – yellow, green and red. 140l only for general waste unless you put you hand in your pocket for a 240l one. I don’t mind doing my own composting and have a worm bin that can swallow an extraordinary volume of kitchen stuff. Plants go bananas over the worm stuff and any organic stuff is an improvement on Perth sand.

duncanm
duncanm
July 6, 2022 9:35 am

callisays:
July 6, 2022 at 9:28 am

Calli,

Although the UK has been very open with their data – I wouldn’t put it past them do be pulling a swifty like NSW has.

Data such as hospitalisation and death vs. vaccine/boosters is obviously available, but critical subsets of the data are missing from their (NSW) weekly updates.

The UK has previously published raw data.. but no government in Aus ever seems to. Just views into the data.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
July 6, 2022 9:35 am

Dr Faustussays:

July 6, 2022 at 9:33 am

Not quite sure what the Exposé writer is on about.

Money, money, money.
Whoever writes this utter crap does so for one reason: to convert public uncertainty and anxiety into subscription income

Otherwise known as The Gonzalo Peso model.

Roger
Roger
July 6, 2022 9:38 am

dover, I think that Liberty Quote from Solzhenitsyn is of dubious origins.

Zipster
Zipster
July 6, 2022 9:40 am
Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
July 6, 2022 9:43 am

Rogersays:

July 6, 2022 at 9:38 am

dover, I think that Liberty Quote from Solzhenitsyn is of dubious origins.

Alexander Soldaschnitzel of Hervey Bay?

John Sheldrick
July 6, 2022 9:46 am

Zipstersays:
July 6, 2022 at 9:18 am
BA.5 causes more severe disease

Dr. John Campbell

The Queensland Health Authority (QHA) has now identified a new Virus strain called the XXXX strain which only seems to affect brewery workers at certain Queensland Breweries. According to Professor Bullshitstein of the QHA, the brewery workers described their symptoms as to feeling a little bit ‘tipsy’ and happy. The QHA are quite puzzled by all of this and have now instigated further investigations.

rosie
rosie
July 6, 2022 9:46 am

Most of the mortgage complaints have been, I’ve been forced to cut back international travel, uber, eating out, takeaway, gym memberships, I’m not seeing catastrophe at 6%.

John Sheldrick
July 6, 2022 9:52 am

Indolentsays:
July 6, 2022 at 9:43 am
Gonzalo Lira
@GonzaloLira1968
They only know how to double down. Because they lack the humility and the decency to admit they were wrong.

They always move the Goalposts to suit their narrative. However, it appears that the population at large is no longer going to play that game. ‘Cherry Kant’. Go and get farked.

Roger
Roger
July 6, 2022 9:52 am

Alexander Soldaschnitzel of Hervey Bay?

White supremacist and anti-semite David Duke.

Boambee John
Boambee John
July 6, 2022 9:56 am

That lawyer seems to be a semi-literate hypocrite, based on her first Tweet in rosie’s link.

Mak Siccar
Mak Siccar
July 6, 2022 9:57 am

Viktoriastan will soon have four bins, with the new one for glass only.

John Sheldrick
July 6, 2022 9:58 am

Sancho Panzersays:
July 6, 2022 at 9:31 am
duncanmsays:

July 6, 2022 at 8:48 am

woe is me, at least I can whinge at the ABC

FMD – its gets worse. This is a (presumably well paid) lawyer who has made a stupid financial decision

Much as I think Lowe is a dick, he didn’t explicitly say “interest rates won’t rise until 2024”.
He said interest rates wouldn’t rise until certain employment and inflation triggers were met, which the RBA predicted wouldn’t be until 2024.
OK, they got that wrong.
But what we got here is a lawyer who can’t read fine print.
Given she has started her own firm, what odds the income history might have been tricked up?

Billing rates being charged to Canberra Government Departments will now have to go up. It’s all due to inflation, don’t cha’ know.

Mater
July 6, 2022 10:01 am

I’m not seeing catastrophe at 6%.

Me neither, but is it going to stop there?
That said, 6% plus the incredible rise in cost of living, might cause a lot of stress amongst the none jet-setting types.

Some people have been incredibly irresponsible with their borrowing, and they expect government to be their safety net. Why wouldn’t they? They’ve been raised above said safety net and never been subject to the true consequences of their choices.

Mater
July 6, 2022 10:02 am

Viktoriastan will soon have four bins, with the new one for glass only.

Already there.
The side of my house looks like a celebration of gay pride.

Roger
Roger
July 6, 2022 10:04 am

Viktoriastan will soon have four bins, with the new one for glass only.

They’re getting you to do the sorting and charging you for the privilege.

calli
calli
July 6, 2022 10:04 am

My own view is that infection rates and hospitalisations are getting away from the powers that be regardless of vaccination status.

In other words the mutation cycle has made a mockery of any attempt to vaccinate against the virus and thus put much…much egg on the faces of those who pushed for mandates and all the other vicious, useless tactics.

The choice is clear – to double down or to abandon containment except in the most vulnerable settings. The second is the sensible, much touted route, pushed here ad infinitum.

The first is the typical political response from low intelligence, but highly hubristic numpties.

calli
calli
July 6, 2022 10:07 am

Speaking of Russian writers…

😀

Roger
Roger
July 6, 2022 10:08 am

You must understand. The leading Bolsheviks who took over Russia were not Russians.

The one that begins, “You must understand. The leading Bolsheviks who took over Russia were not Russians….”.

David Duke claimed Solzhenitsyn said it to him in an interview, but there is no record of it. The anti-semitic tone of the comment contradicts Solzhenitsyn’s views expressed in his two volume history of the Jews in Russia.

Boambee John
Boambee John
July 6, 2022 10:09 am

Rogersays:
July 6, 2022 at 10:04 am
Viktoriastan will soon have four bins, with the new one for glass only.

They’re getting you to do the sorting and charging you for the privilege.

While their chosen “market” partners profit from reduced staffing costs.

And who are the biggest pushers of this capitalist exploitation? None other than Liars/Slime local gummints. So much for solidarity with the wukkas.

Roger
Roger
July 6, 2022 10:09 am

Format fail…that one.

Old School Conservative
Old School Conservative
July 6, 2022 10:10 am

Oh frabjous day.
The Wallabies have confirmed they will wear the First Nations jersey and sing the national anthem in Yugambeh language as part of the second Test in Brisbane.
England to win.

shatterzzz
July 6, 2022 10:12 am

Rats are a fact of life in the city and suburbs.

My back fence borders the local shopping centre when the lockdowns that closed the food outlets happened the “centre” rats started foraging further .. I ended up having to chicken wire the screen doors as they could squeeze thru the standard widths plus keep windows shut as they learnt to climb .. my cats (3) were no help as most of the rats were bigger than them .. LOL!

Roger
Roger
July 6, 2022 10:15 am

Speaking of Russian writers…

It is said that when he was a military engineering student Dostoevsky designed a fortress that he proudly claimed was impregnable.

Someone then pointed out that it had no point of entry or exit!

Zipster
Zipster
July 6, 2022 10:15 am

Nations Are Manufacturing Food Shortages With Regulation; the Globalists’ Agenda Against Fertilizers

the fake meat section of your local supermarket will soon replace the soon to be rare luxury $1000/kg meat section

Eyrie
Eyrie
July 6, 2022 10:15 am

My concern is that when people start being thrown out on the street, the government will revert to it’s Covid tactics of denying the ability to charge rent, cancelling mortgage repayment requirements, etc.
Why it isn’t a good idea to be a residential landlord.

Eyrie
Eyrie
July 6, 2022 10:17 am

Plants go bananas over the worm stuff
Mrs Eyrie tells me that coffee grounds nicely turbocharge the worms.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
July 6, 2022 10:19 am

The Wallabies have confirmed they will wear the First Nations jersey

First Nations? What First Nations? It’s a concept, copied from the Canadians.

Zipster
Zipster
July 6, 2022 10:21 am

I’m not seeing catastrophe at 6%.

Return on property has fallen to around 2% in most suburbs. If rates go to even 4% the results are going to be interesting.

shatterzzz
July 6, 2022 10:21 am

The Wallabies have confirmed they will wear the First Nations jersey and sing the national anthem in Yugambeh language
Geez..! Jimmy has a lot to answer for not only destroyed the 251s civilization completely but also consigned their “national anthem” to the dustbin of history ..!
Thank God! .. some scholar at Pascoe University has found and restored the long, thought, forgotten “anthem” in time for a test against the “invaders’ .. it’ll make a great prelude to the “Goodeszy” spear chuckin’ dance! .. LOL!

Dr Faustus
Dr Faustus
July 6, 2022 10:24 am

He said interest rates wouldn’t rise until certain employment and inflation triggers were met, which the RBA predicted wouldn’t be until 2024.
OK, they got that wrong.

Stupidly not anticipating that the Poot would send his tanks over the Go Line – and that the rest of the Western World would go the full economic hara kiri in response.

Actionable, I would have thought.
Especially to a switched-on commercial lawyer with Standing.

False and misreading.
Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Warsaw Concerto.

Zyconoclast
Zyconoclast
July 6, 2022 10:26 am

Prison food must be good

An exonerated Florida man who was sprung from prison after wrongfully serving 33 years is back behind bars for attempted murder, authorities said.

The incident in Jacksonville Beach was caught on camera and police found bullet holes in Taylor’s car during an attempt to question him about the shooting.

Cops said the video showed Taylor walking toward the victim and blasting him in the chest.

Mother Lode
Mother Lode
July 6, 2022 10:26 am

What a dimwit. She argues for immediate ‘climate action’ emissions targets while simultaneously whining about her ” strugg[ling] with the cost of living”.

When I was at uni I remember all the lefty clubs and ‘action’.

They were always demanding ‘ACTION’. They demanded action ‘NOW’. There was even a group, as I recall, called ‘LEFT ACTION’.

Their barely restrained urgency made me think of a kid with extremely acute diarrhea desperate to get to the toilet but who has to wait until the end of class. Clenching their sphincters, eyed screwed up, sweating, fidgeting in their seat and tapping their feet, racked with pain, the one imperative straining their mind like a boiler about to blow.

I wonder if that is why all their actions were considered part of a movement.

John Sheldrick
July 6, 2022 10:30 am

Indolentsays:
July 6, 2022 at 9:14 am
Dr. Vernon Coleman

Finally! Medical Proof the Covid Jab is “Murder”

https://rumble.com/v1b2iq9-finally-medical-proof-the-covid-jab-is-murder.html

This short video should be watched by every ‘Pollie’, Health Official and Doctor in Australia.

Well done Indolent for posting this video. Everyone here watch it too.

duncanm
duncanm
July 6, 2022 10:35 am

rosiesays:
July 6, 2022 at 9:46 am
Most of the mortgage complaints have been, I’ve been forced to cut back international travel, uber, eating out, takeaway, gym memberships, I’m not seeing catastrophe at 6%.

I am.

That’s a tripling of the interest many started their loans with at 2.5% to ~8-9%

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
July 6, 2022 10:38 am

Calling the Wallabies by that name is marsupialist.
PETA will be onto them before long.

cohenite
July 6, 2022 10:49 am

Some video of flannel’s absolute madness; from Chris Kenny:

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

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
July 6, 2022 10:49 am

Media Ignores Yearly Fourth of July Carnage in Chicago to Focus on Suburban Shooting: Wonder Why?

Police arrested 22-year-old Robert Crimo III (AKA Awake the Rapper). Lefty media was pleased to learn the shooter is white, but he doesn’t look like any conservative I know. He looks a lot like Antifa. And who were his victims? Patriots celebrating the Fourth of July.

The tragic shooting has gotten a lot of press coverage. It was one of seven mass shootings on July 4 and 17 over the holiday weekend that started on July 1. But the press hasn’t given much coverage to shootings in other cities. The mainstream media also seems to have missed the weekend carnage in Chicago, a mere 27 miles away.

Why isn’t the media focusing on the weekend mass shootings in Boston, Kansas City, Chicago, and the Queens neighborhood of Corona in New York City? Aww, you know!

Rather than take a good, honest look at the people who commit most of the gun crimes, the left focuses on two things: mass shootings committed by white men and those big, scary AR-15s.

As I’ve reported in the past, black people commit most mass shootings. Also, as the FBI tells us, semi-automatic rifles aren’t even in the top three weapons of choice for murderers.

Not only is the media ignoring the butchery in Chicago (and the 24 people shot in NYC on the Fourth), but lefty social media clowns are also engaging in mental gymnastics, hoping to convince people that Crimo is a “right-wing conservative.”

Heather the Ultra MAGA??
@heatherj513

Top 2 pics.. Crimo.. bottom 2 pics LIBERALS… the similarities are deafening….he was not a conservative.

Leave it to lefty jackpuddings to try to pretend a pink-haired freak-show with tattoos on his face gunning down Fourth of July revelers is a conservative while simultaneously ignoring the ritual slaughter taking place in America’s large, blue cities every weekend.

Oh come on
Oh come on
July 6, 2022 10:53 am

First Nations? What First Nations? It’s a concept, copied from the Canadians.

It’s interesting how the indigenous groups around the world adopt and incorporate the grievance measures and practices of their foreign counterparts. Apparently the Canadian Inuits have started performing ‘welcome to country’ ceremonies. Also, higher caste woke Canucks are now distinguishing themselves from their lower caste woke peers by acknowledging traditional ownership of the land at the start of meetings and speeches, to the bemusement of other Canucks.

Geez, I wonder where that idea came from? Give it a year or two and the acknowledgement of country will be a compulsory feature in every email signature of all government and corporate accounts. I’m sure it makes all the difference.

feelthebern
feelthebern
July 6, 2022 11:03 am

So, sorry, a big fuck you everyone for sitting back, slack mouthed and dull-eyed, expecting someone else to work in your interests. Go and talk to Zali, or any of the other useless fuckers you’ve just voted into power over your lives.

Liberty quote.

miltonf
miltonf
July 6, 2022 11:04 am

multiculturalism was copied from Canada by Whitlam and Grassby

rosie
rosie
July 6, 2022 11:14 am

I have no doubt there will be a cohort who will be in diabolical trouble who may even have underwater mortgages.
How many in that category, the banks must have an idea.
Lot of government lockdown induced mortgage stress in 2020.
Banks bent over backwards to assist iirc.
Because didn’t seem to be any major fallout in the end.

feelthebern
feelthebern
July 6, 2022 11:15 am

Regardless of the politics, I like the Wallabies indigenous jersey.

132andBush
132andBush
July 6, 2022 11:16 am

How about Flannery’s eyes in that video?!
Those of a mad man.

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
July 6, 2022 11:16 am

EnergyAustralia lifts tariffs by up to 18.9pc

EnergyAustralia has become the latest major electricity and gas supplier to announce steep increases in power prices for its customers, lifting tariffs by as much as 18.9 per cent in response to the surge in wholesale prices that is putting retailers under huge pressure.

Tariffs will increase by 18.9 per cent on average for households in Queensland, equating to about $312 a year. As is the case for some other retailers, the percentage increase is greater than the increase allowed in the reference price as the squeeze on suppliers force them to reduce discounts, as expected.

Price increases in the other states range from 17.9 per cent in NSW, or $362, to 5.5 per cent in Victoria, equating to $111 a year, said EnergyAustralia, which announced similar increases in tariffs for small business customers.

The tariff increases echo those already announced by Origin Energy and AGL Energy, the other two of the “Big 3” power and gas retailers, which are better placed than their smaller rivals to withstand the impact of soaring wholesale prices.

Some smaller retailers have announced bigger increases, or told customers outright to switch to another supplier to avoid tariffs that would roughly double. Last week a group of 10 smaller retailers wrote to federal and state energy ministers and regulators calling for urgent support to prevent more companies going under.

EnergyAustralia’s chief customer officer Mark Brownfield said the price increases “reflect the more than doubling of wholesale electricity and gas costs that we pay to supply our customers”.

St Vincent de Paul Society manager of policy and research Gavin Dufty said EnergyAustralia’s price hikes were in line with the other big retailers, Origin and AGL.

“The price increases are similar to the Default Market Offer, but not quite up to the DMO,” he told The Australian Financial Review.

Mr Dufty said most smaller retailers were trying to “fly below the radar” with their increases and waiting for the big players to move.

“What we’re seeing is they are waiting to reprice to see what the big incumbents have done. It’s a bit of a cat and mouse game at the moment,” he said.

“A lot of them are trying to shut up shop and keep prices as low as they can to hold their portfolio together so when this craziness finishes they can come out the other side.”

EnergyAustralia, owned by Hong Kong-listed CLP Group, suffered a heavy loss in the first five months of 2022 after accounting for out-of-the-money electricity forward contracts that were expected to drag the whole group into the red for the June half.

The Australian Energy Regulator in May ruled that benchmark prices for electricity, called the Default Market Offer, could be increased by up to 18 per cent in NSW and 12 per cent in Queensland from July 1.

Since then, retailers have been finalising the increases for their competitive supply contracts, some of which are increasing by more than the increase in the benchmark price as they shrink discounts for customers that have historically been as much as 20 per cent or more.

Momentum Energy, the retail arm of Hydro Tasmania, is increasing prices for household customers in NSW by an average of 32.2 per cent, while its Queensland prices will rise by 32.4 per cent. It has temporarily stopped taking on new customers on market offers.

The retailer pointed out that the percentage increases are not always comparable because it depends on the actual amount of the original tariff.

“Even after these price increases, the vast majority of our residential and small business customers will be at or below the Default Market Offer (in NSW, Queensland and South Australia) or the Victorian Default Offer,” a Momentum spokesman said.

Powershop, now owned by Shell since its takeover from Meridian Energy in 2021, has increased prices for household customers in NSW, Queensland and South Australia by an average of 17-19 per cent.

Red Energy and Lumo Energy, owned by the Commonwealth’s Snowy Hydro, have increased their contract prices by the greatest percentage in Queensland, where prices are rising about 16 per cent. Prices are going up in NSW by about 11 per cent on average, in South Australia by about 9 per cent and in Victoria by about 5-6 per cent.

“The price increases for market offers are competitive for our largest customer bases (in NSW and Victoria),” a Snowy spokesman said.

Meanwhile EnergyAustralia said it has paused billing for customers in flooded areas of NSW. It also announced increases in gas tariffs, of 7.9 per cent in South Australia and 8.9 per cent in NSW and the ACT for customers not on fixed price contracts.

The announced tariffs suggest that an average household customer of EnergyAustralia in NSW will pay about $444 more on average each year for electricity and gas.

feelthebern
feelthebern
July 6, 2022 11:17 am

EnergyAustralia lifts tariffs by up to 18.9pc

Go Australia !!

feelthebern
feelthebern
July 6, 2022 11:18 am

Where’s that ACOSS group that used to pipe up every time there was a price hike for anything ?

H B Bear
H B Bear
July 6, 2022 11:20 am

Provided unemployment doesn’t take off property prices shouldn’t suffer too much. Might be a few people going hungry but that is a useful lesson. In a real recession you see offers 30% under asking prices – and being accepted.

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
July 6, 2022 11:21 am

Lurpak now a luxury in the UK as price hits $16 a pack

London – It’s long been one of Britain’s favourite shopping list staples, a simple spread that claims “to make good food great”.

But tubs of ordinary Lurpak spreadable butter have become the target of thieves as the soaring price of dairy has whipped up its price.

One Asda store has resorted to protecting the costly 500g tubs of Danish butter, which were on sale for £6 ($10.55), with electronic security tags.

It comes as retailers have reported a surge in shoplifting as the soaring price of food has turned many supermarket staples into high-value goods.

The average price for 500g of Lurpak has increased by 33 per cent compared with June last year – far ahead of the current rate of inflation at 9.1 per cent, according to data analyst Trolley.co.uk.

So pricey now are the tubs that Twitter users have joked that they would need to take out a loan to purchase it.

Security tags are usually reserved for expensive products, often electricals, that are prone to theft. Martyn James, a consumer rights campaigner, said: “I have never seen a case of basic necessities being tagged like this. It is extraordinary.”

Shoppers took to social media to express shock at Lurpak prices at supermarket Iceland where a 1kg pack of the spreadable butter is on sale at £9.35. At Sainsbury’s, a 750g pack is on sale for £7.25.

One user on the social media website tweeted a picture of a 750g pack of Lurpak listed at £6.75, captioned “Bank: Purpose of loan? Me: LURPAK”.

Another tweeted: “My mum’s got #lurpak in her fridge. There goes my inh”eritance.”

Andrew Bailey, the Governor of the Bank of England, has previously warned of “apocalyptic” food price rises, as the war in Ukraine, a major crop grower, disrupts the wheat and cooking oil supply chains.

This disruption has rippled into the dairy industry, as farmers must pay higher prices for the feed, fertiliser and fuel needed to produce milk. The price of a pint of milk has increased by 13 per cent since the start of the year, according to the Office for National Statistics.

The price of rapeseed oil, a key ingredient in Lurpak spreadable butter, has risen by 7 per cent since the outbreak of war in Ukraine, according to the oil refining company Neste.

A Lurpak spokesman said: “While we don’t set the prices on the shelves, we do work closely with the retailers to ensure our farmers receive a fair price for the milk they produce.

feelthebern
feelthebern
July 6, 2022 11:22 am

In a real recession you see offers 30% under asking prices – and being accepted.

Buying property under replacement value is always a good thing…for the purchaser, not the vendor.

feelthebern
feelthebern
July 6, 2022 11:23 am

The punters are stealing butter?
What a time to be alive.

John Sheldrick
July 6, 2022 11:25 am

cohenitesays:
July 6, 2022 at 10:49 am
Some video of flannel’s absolute madness; from Chris Kenny:

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

I love it when his eyeballs roll down to show more of the white eye area above the pupils. Very alarmist and creepy actually. And what are his Climate Scientist credentials?

Timothy Fridtjof Flannery is an Australian mammalogist, palaeontologist, environmentalist, conservationist, explorer, author, science communicator, activist and public scientist. He was awarded Australian of the Year in 2007 for his work and advocacy on environmental issues. Wikipedia

Nowhere does it mention what degree or anything that his qualifications are. I do believe that he has qualifications in Botany. Maybe that means Botany Bay. And what is a science communicator and public scientist? Can you get a degree in Climate Change? The mind boggles.

Don’t let him get a job at the BOM (Bunch of Muppets) as they already have more than enough Muppets who aren’t very good at predicting the weather.

Mother Lode
Mother Lode
July 6, 2022 11:29 am

Identity politics is a joke, isn’t it?

Any trait a person has, if it coincides with a trait someone else has, there is an assumption that they have a inherent connection that is impenetrable to anyone who does not share the trait. And more to the point of the identity fluff, this trait is therefore somehow defining.

As if my orange Dyson vacuum cleaner has a special bond with an orange that a lemon simply cannot share, and it negates the existence of my Dyson to group oranges and lemons together as citrus fruits.

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
July 6, 2022 11:30 am

Canada’s Health Minister:”You Will Never Be Fully-Vaxxed”

This is the new ‘right way’ to think about vaccinations…

Despite increasingly compelling data and peer reviewed studies coming out detailing the harms and side-effects of vaccinations, Canada’s Liberal-Socialist coalition government is doubling down on vaccinations, and appear ready move the goalposts on what constitutes vaccine compliance.

As reported via Blacklocks Reporter (@mindingottawa on Twitter),

Canadians will be required to get a Covid shot every nine months for the foreseeable future, says Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos. Previous definitions of “fully vaccinated” made no sense, he told reporters.

“Nine months is very clear and will help people understand why ‘up to date’ is the right way to think about vaccination now,” said Duclos.

“‘Fully vaccinated’ makes no sense now. It’s about ‘up to date.’ So am I up to date in my vaccination?

Have I received a vaccination in the last nine months?”

Duclos previously called for the provinces to make vaccinations mandatory and when asked by reporters if mandates would return this fall, he replied “We must continue to fight against Covid.”

Canada seems to be one of the few countries outside Communist China who is frantically clinging to the COVID narrative, relentlessly pushing largely ineffective (and arguably dangerous) vaccines on an increasingly fed up population.

The Trudeau regime is increasingly unpopular, a recent Angus Reid poll finding those who “strongly support” the government falling into single digits. The largest single category was “strongly disapprove” at 41%,

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
July 6, 2022 11:30 am

Former attorney-general to represent Mick Gatto in High Court defamation bid
Erin Pearson
July 6, 2022 — 9.54am

Underworld identity Mick Gatto has added former attorney-general Christian Porter to his legal team as he looks to take his defamation case against the ABC to the High Court.

Gatto lost his defamation case against the ABC in February 2021 after a Supreme Court judge dismissed the proceedings, finding in favour of the national broadcaster.

At the time Gatto said he believed the ABC had “crossed a line” when it published an article containing suggestions he was a “murderer, hitman and one of the most violent men in Australia”.

He alleged the ABC article also falsely accused him of threatening to kill gangland barrister-turned-informer Nicola Gobbo after learning she was providing information to police.

But Supreme Court Justice Andrew Keogh subsequently dismissed Gatto’s case, finding the ABC’s report was based fairly and accurately on court proceedings.

Gatto has since applied for special leave to appeal the decision in the High Court and will be represented by Porter alongside barristers Guy Reynolds and Daniel Ward.

Porter himself had previously sought to sue the ABC for defamation following an article they published. The case was later settled in May 2021.

Months later he announced he would quit politics at the next election.

Mother Lode
Mother Lode
July 6, 2022 11:31 am

Sorry, that outburst was prompted by something I saw on an email.

H B Bear
H B Bear
July 6, 2022 11:34 am

A mate built a new house in a beachside suburb. Reckons it’s been underwater about a million bucks for years. He’s not planning on selling, could clear the mortgage tomorrow if needs be and is pretty relaxed. Contrast someone renting and who needs a tenanted property to make their negative gearing payments.

feelthebern
feelthebern
July 6, 2022 11:35 am

Mick Gatto has never been convicted of murdering anyone.
How could the ABC report/publish/report that?
How could the judge rule otherwise?
If Newscorp did it would the judge have ruled otherwise?

H B Bear
H B Bear
July 6, 2022 11:37 am

You know the pips are beginning to squeak with partially built mansions on 1500sqm blocks start coming onto the market.

H B Bear
H B Bear
July 6, 2022 11:40 am

The High Court is a bit of a step up from Porter’s last gig at the Rockingham Magistrates Court. Which I think he lost.

Mother Lode
Mother Lode
July 6, 2022 11:41 am

Canada’s Health Minister:”You Will Never Be Fully-Vaxxed”

It is like one of Zeno’s paradoxes, where Hercules is in race against a tortoise. The tortoise is given a 10 pace head start. By the time Hercules has caught up those 10 paces the tortoise has advanced the length of one and is still ahead of Hercules. By the time Hercules catches up that one, the tortoise has advanced a further distance. By them time Hercules…you get the picture. It would look like Hercules never overtakes the tortoise.

We are Hercules (some of us more than others, if you must know) and the vaccines are the tortoise. The way these politicians think, the way that every required procedure turns out not to work requires more procedures, and by the time people catch up to that the requirements have advanced yet again.

Vicki
Vicki
July 6, 2022 11:45 am

Canada seems to be one of the few countries outside Communist China who is frantically clinging to the COVID narrative, relentlessly pushing largely ineffective (and arguably dangerous) vaccines on an increasingly fed up population.

Well, from the announcements this morning from hysterical medical bureaucrats about the need for a 4th “shot” you can add Australia to that. Apparently, 70% have had 3 shots. My prediction is that only 30% will be persuaded to have a 4th. This figure will correlate with the 30% in the Milgram experiment who will believe anything a person in a white coat tells them.

Top Ender
Top Ender
July 6, 2022 11:59 am

Viktoriastan will soon have four bins, with the new one for glass only.

We house swapped with some people in Beverley, a village near Hull in the UK. They had at least six small “bins” – really trays, to be put out according to a complicated cycle. In the local council people without valuable positions are nicknamed “jobsworth” by those who hate them – they must have divisions of jobsworths for recycling in the UK.

However they didn’t police bike helmets; everyone drove faster than us – at the speed limit – on the motorways, and you could stand on the pavement and drink beer outside a lot of pubs.

Vicki
Vicki
July 6, 2022 12:04 pm

My concern is that when people start being thrown out on the street, the government will revert to it’s Covid tactics of denying the ability to charge rent, cancelling mortgage repayment requirements, etc.

That is a concern, although it did not happen in the Great Depression of the 1930s. But then, government sentiments have changed since then.

On the other hand, if some renters are allowed to remain rent free, those who are still paying would, I would think, create an uproar and even default. If every renter of accomodation defaults & claims exemption, then you will have a collapsed economy. Doubt if the governments, however stupid, will go down that path.

thefrollickingmole
thefrollickingmole
July 6, 2022 12:06 pm

I have no doubt there will be a cohort who will be in diabolical trouble who may even have underwater mortgages.
How many in that category, the banks must have an idea.
Lot of government lockdown induced mortgage stress in 2020.
Banks bent over backwards to assist iirc.

Banks can afford to be extremely comfortable as long as the asset is an appreciating one.
During the last downturn I strongly suspect a lot of people didnt receive “pay now” letters from banks because it would have caused the bubble to pop and banks left with a large surplus of foreclosed properties that actually owed them money after resale.

Indeed it would be an interesting exercise for some sort of price fixing agency to investigate just why so much property remained buoyant around that time.
A cynic might almost think banks would deliberately manipulate the market to protect themselves.

Also is all very well to criticise people for coming up short on mortgage payments after small increases in rates. But dont forget, we have 5% (ha ha) inflation and power and other prices are hitting double digit increases as well.
An allowance for a doubling of interest rates unfortunately doesnt include a doubling of other expenses as well.

Oh come on
Oh come on
July 6, 2022 12:07 pm

Another recently developed genuflection to the Aboriginal grievance gods is the claim that Indigenous Australia contains ‘the world’s oldest continuously existing cultures’. I have never heard this challenged. It should be. Those who state it need to prove it. Where’s the evidence that this is the case?

It seems that the clock measuring the age of Aboriginal culture started when the continent was first occupied by humans; the assumption apparently being that those people were isolated from the rest of the world and thus are the oldest continuously existing cultures on the planet.

Where’s the evidence that the Indigenous Australian cultures discovered by European explorers and settlers of the Australian landmass are sufficiently related to the cultures of the continent’s original human inhabitants? My understanding is that there were several waves of immigrants to what is Australian territory today that occurred over many millennia. To what extent did each new population wave incorporate, disrupt or extinguish the cultures of the existing inhabitants? We don’t know. It’s very possible – nay, probable – that at least one of those population waves exterminated the people and cultures they encountered. Genocide is a common component of human population migration since the emergence of our species. I don’t see why pre-history Australia would be an exception.

It could be argued that an invading population subjugated the existing inhabitants and their cultures, that these were incorporated into a new dominant culture – something that surely occurred at least once and probably several times over the period of human occupation of Australia – and thus the supplanted cultures live on through their influence on the culture that subsumed them. This could be backward-chained to the cultures of the very first inhabitants of Australia, and there’s your ‘continuously existing cultures’.

Well, okay. But I don’t see why any number of ethnicities and cultures that currently occupy the continent of Africa can’t use the same rationale to claim their ‘continuously existing’ culture’s connection to that continent’s first human culture, which is widely accepted as the origin of humanity. Hence, these ‘continuously existing cultures’ in present-day Africa would be considerably older than the ‘continuously existing cultures’ of Indigenous Australia.

If people want to claim that Indigenous Australian cultures are the oldest in the world, it is incumbent upon them to prove this rather remarkable claim. I don’t think it’s nearly as easy to prove as they assume it to be, and it’s quite easily challenged.

Boambee John
Boambee John
July 6, 2022 12:08 pm

Vicki

Doubt if the governments, however stupid, will go down that path.

Twenty years ago, I probably would have agreed. Now, stupidity reigns.

thefrollickingmole
thefrollickingmole
July 6, 2022 12:10 pm

Dot..

Your dose of Copeium for the day.
Its a hell of a drug.
https://shanisilver.medium.com/start-blaming-single-men-right-now-ed732ade0ec1
Ladies, I know you want revenge. I know you want these toxic scales balanced, and I do too. I believe balance is coming. Someday, not too long from now, single men’s time will run out. What, you boys didn’t think you had a clock, too?

You’re going to age, and you don’t have the money to make women ignore that. You’re going to stop being physically attractive to 27 year old women—soon. The pool of people you can use is going to dry up like the last tissue in a box. The only old men who can date 27-year-olds have a lot of money—actor money. Mogul money. And at some point you’re going to realize that most of us don’t have date-bait money, most of us are normals, earning perfectly normal livings. Our normal incomes are completely valid and wonderful. But they’re not going to get you pussy. Not at 48, babe. And 48s coming.

I don’t worry about single women aging in the slightest. Have you seen how well we’re doing? Have you seen how our homes and vacations and dinner parties look? We did it, we grew up. We learned how to be real people who do things and have rugs on our floors. You think that Golden Girls life is a joke but by the time we hit retirement age having never been married or mothers (watching others do it instead) we are going to be smart as hell, have zero patience for men’s low level behavior, and we’re going to buy mansions—together.

And cats… lots and lots of cats…

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
July 6, 2022 12:12 pm

Electric police cars are ‘running out of puff’ on their way to countryside emergencies, police chief claims, as officers struggle to find rural charging points

. Electric police cars are running out of juice before they can reach crime scenes
. A police chief said that officers in rural areas often have to change vehicles
. In the countryside there can be issues finding recharging facilities for the cars

Responding to questions from County Councillor Steve Robinson, from Nailsworth, the commissioner accepted the future of the force was with electric vehicles.

Asked if he backed the move to electric vehicles, he explained: ‘We’ve all got to go towards electric vehicles moving forwards,

‘We have the largest fleet by percentage size, that has brought its problems.

‘The design options available for electric vehicles for operational uses are not perhaps as advanced as I would like them to be.

‘So, let’s put it like this, I’m cautious about going any further down that road at this stage.

‘I’d like to see more operational choice so that, for instance, if an officer is out in a rural area on a road traffic accident and his lights are on, his radio is on, his heater is on, I wouldn’t want him to run out of power for all of those different facilities, simply because he or she is in an electric car.

‘I’ve heard lots of problems with officers driving around in electric vehicles having problems trying to find recharging facilities.

‘Running out of puff and then having to get another vehicle.

‘So, although the world is going down that road and I fully understand and support climate controls and green areas, it’s definitely an important thing but my first priority is to fight crime.

‘And therefore, I have to take the operational effect into account.’

Boambee John
Boambee John
July 6, 2022 12:15 pm

OCO

It seems that the clock measuring the age of Aboriginal culture started when the continent was first occupied by humans; the assumption apparently being that those people were isolated from the rest of the world and thus are the oldest continuously existing cultures on the planet.

The propagandists ignore the reality that, if it is actually the oldest existing culture, it is also the most static, regressive, stick-in-the-mud culture ever. No evidence is offered by the propagandists (other than the ludicrous fantasies of Pascoe) of any significant advances. No writing, poetry plays, science, technology, high culture, medicine, nothing. Just an unchanging procession of years.

Boambee John
Boambee John
July 6, 2022 12:18 pm

Via mole

You think that Golden Girls life is a joke but by the time we hit retirement age having never been married or mothers (watching others do it instead) we are going to be smart as hell, have zero patience for men’s low level behavior, and we’re going to buy mansions—together.

Farewell to the gene pool forever,
Farewell to our genes bye, bye,
For we’ve got our cats and Kitty litter,
And goodbye to the future, good bye.

Winston Smith
July 6, 2022 12:19 pm

feelthebernsays:
July 6, 2022 at 8:34 am

Another odd thing.
The US strategic reserve is back at lows not seen since 1986.
And some of those reserves (5m barrel) ended up in Europe.
At the moment the energy puzzle is harder to understand than ever.

No, it’s simple. The Xi/O’Biden/Harris Admininistration is destroying the Free Worlds defensive potential.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
July 6, 2022 12:20 pm

If people want to claim that Indigenous Australian cultures are the oldest in the world, it is incumbent upon them to prove this rather remarkable claim. I don’t think it’s nearly as easy to prove as they assume it to be, and it’s quite easily challenged.

I was under the impression that the “Bushmen” of South Africa were the oldest culture in the world.

FWIW, in the 1960’s, Aboriginal culture was 20,000 years old.

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