2,156 thoughts on “Open Thread – Tue 26 July 2022”

  1. Monkey Pox alternatives…….

    Vegemite Drilling Pox
    Poo Denters Pox
    Brokeback Mountain Pox
    Mardi Gras Pox
    Oxford Street Pox
    Liberals Pox
    Non Hetero Pox
    Rainbow Pox

    Pride Pox


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  2. The six Aboriginal seasons and running naked through the desert. That’s all they’ve got. What else can they teach our kids of any use?

    The endless taboos, and the brutal and savage tribal punishments?


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  3. But the Monkey Pox is prevalent in the gay community because of their notorious promiscuity, isn’t it. So it would be a sub-demographic, and the more staid and sober, monogamous old fruits would be relatively safe.


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  4. Was told by a locksmith that they can’t sell a remote key because a new law prevents devices with removable lithium button batteries being sold and compliant keys

    That screws up desktop/tower computers as well.


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  5. Looking at the ACCC web sight, it looks legit. https://www.accc.gov.au/media-release/businesses-on-notice-as-mandatory-button-battery-laws-commence

    This is the zombie apocalypse. In real time. The modern zombies, unlike their traditional version, can read, write, and make up regulations and rules. So they do. The consequences are loony, but that’s irrelevant; what’s important is that they got to make them up.

    We have m0nty here to show what the modern zombies are like. They are incapable of thought, but they simulate it by repeating each other’s talking points no matter how detached from reality. To a zombie, reality is what other zombies proclaim. The idea of a universe which doesn’t give a damn about their opinions is too horrible to be considered.


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  6. All we can really say is that when Europeans turned up this is how Aborigines lived, and that somehow they managed to cling on when likely anyone else would have perished.

    And there is much of value in that appraisal.

    As many on this blog may know, I have an abiding interest in Aboriginal pre-settlement life and especially their art. In many ways, the interest in their adaptation to their surroundings in their relationship laws (“skin” marriage rules & post initiation changes to relationships etc) is primarily an anthropological interest.
    But I find great pleasure in their art – in the colours of this great country and their very diagrammatic way they express and define the symbols of the landscape. I guess it is a personal thing.

    I have mentioned before that we are fortunate in having many relics of their existence on our property, which is in a sheltered valley that provided good opportunities for hunting game and capturing feels and fish in the river. I may be a romantic, but I feel their long ago presence, especially in the still remaining ceremonial ground. At the risk of total ridicule on this blog I will confess that sometimes I think that “the old ones sang me here”. No doubt many will counter with the old warning that “they will claim your land if you don’t watch out”. Maybe. But we are just as concerned about mineral rights claims from energy companies as Aboriginal claims. Neighbours destroyed all evidence of Aboriginal relics on their property after the Mabo decision, and I think that was a great shame.

    In my long life I have known Aborigines – including full bloods from the APY lands in Central Australia. I understand the full catastrophe of contemporary life in a lot of the artificially constructed communities where intertribal atrocities proliferate. It is horrific and is perpetuated by “whitey” do-gooders who know nothing of the realities of Aboriginal relationships – even though the horrors are now recently mainstream news.

    But in spite of my great interest and concern for recognition of their long existence here, I absolutely oppose the proposition, through the so-called “Voice to Parliament” of an alternate government for Aborigines. It would be an absolute disaster for everyone in this land.


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  7. In my previous post I amusingly wrote “feels” instead of “eels”. It is ironic, because there is nothing more horrible than “feeling” an eel when swimming in a waterway!


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  8. Is anyone here sick of the endless virtue seeking?

    I’ve just taken Mme Zule to a clinic at a certain Perth hospital -first thing you see, inside the main door ,is a huge billboard reminding you you are on Noongar country!


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  9. The endless taboos, and the brutal and savage tribal punishments?

    Maybe modern women can learn a thing or two about their place in society too.
    Bring it I say.


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  10. Actually BJ, my mistake – the rest stops are WWII VCs and beyond. Called the “Remembrance Drive”.

    Which actually will be interested if there is one for Ben Roberts-Smith, and if not why not?

    Also I can’t see why the WWI chaps were left off. Might be an interesting campaign for me.


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  11. Justice Alito made an interesting point in Rome last night about the horrors of the Roman Empire and how we see similar mistreatment of Christians in China (as in the West).

    However, he’s aptly remarked that, despite this, Christians are actually more numerous in China than they are in France and Germany combined.

    Obviously population is a factor, but I do like his point that no totalitarian, ever, has extinguished Christianity (despite their best efforts).


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  12. I went to primary school in South Auckland. We had a small creek run down one side. It was common for us to jump in the creek barefoot and go after eels. They scared the shit out of me but I wasn’t going to show fear in front of my mates. I recall trying to grab the slippery things and they were big ( to me at the time) and grey. My mates were able to get them up onto the creek bank. More dangerous for us were the broken beer bottles under foot.
    Years later I went past the school and saw it was all fenced in and the creek was piped and landscaped over. I wonder what happened to the eels.


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  13. But I find great pleasure in their art – in the colours of this great country and their very diagrammatic way they express and define the symbols of the landscape. I guess it is a personal thing.

    We just bought a pole. A thick one.

    Their art was at the forefront of abstract art around the world throughout the 90s. It’s making a huge comeback again with large galleries such Gagosian promoting it like crazy. Some of it is just amazing. We saw some of actor, steve Martin’s collection in NY and it was beyond words to describe how wonderful it was. Again, Gagosian had the exhibition about three years ago.


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  14. Don’t see that button batteries are prohibited. Must be in childproof packaging which seems to be the case for a while now and makes the damn things very difficult to get out of the packaging. Devices seem to need a “secure” battery compartment, whatever that means. I guess the battery compartment secured by a lid with a screw or screws in it, maybe of one the weird “security” heads on the screw.


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  15. Don’t see that button batteries are prohibited

    No, buttons not prohibited, just devices that don’t prevent kids getting into them. Current stock of remote keys with replaceable batteries don’t seem to cut it.


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  16. The Courier-Mail is running a poll:

    Has the Wellcamp white elephant made you less likely to vote Labor?

    Yes, it was the last straw -33 %
    No, I already wasn’t voting for them – 64 %
    No, I’ll be voting for them regardless 3 %
    420 votes

    Looks a bit grim for Palachook then – 97% of those who gave their opinion are going to vote against her. Must be some sort of record.


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  17. Russians With Attitude
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    Uh, the DPR Deputy Minister of Information Bezsonov says that AFU hit the prison in Yelenovka with a HIMARS missile. That’s where Ukrainian POWs are held. He says 40 dead, 130 wounded so far.



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  18. Funniest article headline of the day… oh wait, they were serious, let me laugh more.

    From the AFR of all places.

    its the stpidest article of the year…so far..

    The world had high hopes, but where did Joe Biden go wrong?

    At rip to Washington DC this year during the US summer can seem like a visit to the scene of a disaster foretold. Having removed Donald Trump from office, and with majorities in both chambers of Congress, the Democrats began last year with high ambition and the eyes of the world upon them. A year and a half later, they are facing political ruin.

    A combination of bad luck, ineptitude, internal divisions, the structures of US politics and the ruthlessness of their enemies has put not only the future of the Biden administration, but the republic itself, in danger.

    The overturning of Roe v Wade enables the reactionary denial of reproductive rights across red-state America. The Supreme Court is also set on demolishing the legal bases for key environmental regulations.

    How can the US function when one party is not only devoted to overturning key compromises and institutions that have sustained society and government for more than half a century, but is willing to do so by any means necessary, whether or not it has majority support?

    His administration can claim some achievements. It has overseen a remarkable recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. It passed a $US1 trillion infrastructure package, which will improve the country’s degraded transport and communications networks. Unemployment is at record lows in a number of states.

    Hopes for Biden were high in early 2021. His promise to “Build Back Better” evoked comparisons with FDR. The $US1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan that passed in March last year was larger than any stimulus measure attempted in the world. Combined with the Federal Reserve’s expansive monetary policy and a dramatic rebound in the private sector, the US experienced a historic recovery.

    But Biden’s agenda was even bolder. In the US spring of last year, he introduced a succession of plans – on infrastructure, climate and welfare – aimed at ensuring a greener future. It was the Democrats’ version of Trump’s promise to “Make America Great Again” and it embodied a theory of political change. As with the New Deal in the 1930s, Biden’s triple push on jobs, climate and welfare would build constituencies that entrenched long-term support for the Democratic Party.

    Through the summer and then into the autumn in the US last year, Biden’s signature Build Back Better Bill dragged through Congress. This delay proved costly when, in the second half of 2021, the White House was blindsided by a dramatic economic shock: a surge of inflation not experienced since the 1980s. From December, inflation has defined the political agenda. It now presents an insuperable obstacle to anything resembling expansive government spending.

    The most vocal critic
    Many blame the Biden administration for the inflation. His approval ratings stand at only 37 per cent, despite the success in administering the most rapid economic recovery of recent times.

    The fiscal stimulus of early last year supercharged US economic growth. But that alone does not explain why inflation has surged to more than 9 per cent.

    Backing Ukraine in the war is a historic opportunity to shift the balance of power in Eurasia against the Sino-Russian alliance. It is also one policy on which a bipartisan majority in Washington is easy to find. On May 9, Victory Day in Moscow, Biden signed into law the Ukraine Democracy Defence Lend-Lease Act of 2022, which expedites the delivery of billions of dollars of aid to Ukraine. It was passed with near unanimity in both chambers of Congress.

    The impression of weakness created by the messy withdrawal from Afghanistan in August last year remains.

    In 2020, the military command chain became dangerously unstable as US soldiers struggled to insulate their domain against the chaos of the final months of the Trump administration.

    Poor Joe…its not his fault hes a stuttering clusterfuck of a miserable failure.


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  19. Women Cycling Crashes continue

    From the Comments (Apologies Ladies in Advance)

    – True fact: this was all caused by one rider who started daydreaming about getting her nails done
    – We all know they can’t drive a car, so who thought they could ride a bike????
    – First, they are bad drivers. Now they are abysmal cyclists. You couldn’t make this up if you tried.
    – Left..I mean right ! Oh there’s too many choices !
    – What comes of putting your lipstick on in the mirror
    – The price of stabilisers shot up on Amazon.
    – It looked like the bottom of an Amsterdam canal



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  20. Looks a bit grim for Palachook then – 97% of those who gave their opinion are going to vote against her.

    “I’ll stand on my record,” she says.

    Please do…

    I think the last straw for many was her deputy attempting to shift blame for the $230m+ debacle to the previous CHO.


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  21. However, he’s aptly remarked that, despite this, Christians are actually more numerous in China than they are in France and Germany combined.

    There are more Anglicans in Nigeria than there are people in England.


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  22. What a cuck kenny is: he attacks our Pauline about this fucking 3rd nations voice while being deferential towards that bigot langton who can barely disguise her disdain for white Australians. Langton acknowledges Jacinta with a curl of her lip and doesn’t mention her name while lying that a voice would have stopped the hideous rate of domestic violence within 3rd nation society because women would have had a direct link to government.


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  23. …a voice would have stopped the hideous rate of domestic violence within 3rd nation society because women would have had a direct link to government.

    Ms Langton should explain why the current representative method, a federal member of parliament, is not a “direct link” to government.


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  24. …a voice would have stopped the hideous rate of domestic violence within 3rd nation society because women would have had a direct link to government.

    What does she think a local member does?

    Besides which, policing is a state responsibility, as is dealing out justice to dv offenders.

    Be that as it may, it’s heartening to hear that Jacinta may have gotten under Langton’s skin.


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  25. As much as I find ‘Womens Cycle Racing’ utterly boring I must say that riding in big bunches on narrow roads is difficult. There’s heaps of stacks in the Mens race, most don’t make it to TV. Still I find the whole concept of Womens sport as a spectator event mystifying.


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  26. Sticks and stones can break your bones,
    But names can never hurt you.

    Or

    Sticks and stones may break my bones …

    But whips and chains excite me!


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  27. Still I find the whole concept of Womens sport as a spectator event mystifying.

    Beach volleyball is worth watching. Fit lasses in bikinis.


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  28. Mind boggling that most of these subsidies and discounts described below wouldn’t be needed if we weren’t subsidizing renewables. And this is just Victoria. For other states search here:https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-07-07/energy-rebate-discounts-australia-available/101205414#vic
    Victoria
    Victorian households that hold a concession benefit may be eligible for:

    Power Saving Bonus: $250
    The one-off payment can be applied for via the Victorian Energy Compare website.

    Pensioners, veterans and Health Care Card holders may be eligible for the following:

    Annual electricity concession: 17.5 per cent discount
    Excess electricity concession: 17.5 per cent discount (for annual bills over $2,973)
    Excess gas concession: 17.5 per cent discount (for winter bills above $1,644)
    Controlled load electricity concession: 13 per cent discount
    Service to property charge concession: For very low electricity use
    Electricity transfer fee waiver: For moving house
    Winter gas concession: 17.5 per cent discount (between May and October)
    Medical cooling concession: 17.5 per cent discount (between November and April)
    Concession card holders who use non-mains energy for heating, cooking and hot water may be eligible for:

    Non-mains energy concession: Varied discounts


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  29. Spot of spacechooking for Cats with a interest in military history -Halik Kochanski’s book “Resistance – The Underground war Against Hitler.’ makes damnfine reading.

    – Why resist at all?

    – Who is the real enemy?

    – What kind of future are we risking our lives for?

    Lastly, a question distinct to our times

    -“What would I have done?”

    Mme Zulu’s father had served in the Dutch Resistance. He was betrayed to the Gestapo by a Dutch collaborator, survived a “Welcome to Country” administered with a rolled up, wet, newspaper – doesn’t leave any marks – survived a spell in a concentration camp. He maintained that no – one could say how they would react, until they found themselves in that predicament…


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  30. (until Kournikova left)
    Meh. Kournikova looked like a boy and played an unloveable Williams-esque baseline game.
    Justine Henin, however…
    Chicks’ Beach Volleyball is indeed good. Not as good a sport as the nine-a-side indoor women’s game, but allows more focus on the individuals.


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  31. Top Endersays:
    July 29, 2022 at 4:47 pm
    Actually BJ, my mistake – the rest stops are WWII VCs and beyond. Called the “Remembrance Drive”.

    Which actually will be interested if there is one for Ben Roberts-Smith, and if not why not?

    Also I can’t see why the WWI chaps were left off. Might be an interesting campaign for me.
    The most recent names are two (of the four) Vietnam era VCs – Wheatley and Badcoe.

    I forgot, there is one WW I VC, MacNamara, just outside Canberra (but in the ACT). I suspect that it was named under pressure from AM David Evans, when he had a senior (post-RAAF) job in the ACT.


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  32. Pauline on Sky tonight…..

    We have ONE flag

    We are ONE nation

    We are ALL Australians

    Say it, sing it, shout it, scream it. Give me Pauline Hanson any day over Amanda Stoker.


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  33. Mind boggling that most of these subsidies and discounts described below wouldn’t be needed if we weren’t subsidizing renewables.

    This is just the beginning.

    Market watcher on the ABC this morning said we’re heading for pricing territory where households simply won’t be able to afford power and governments will have to bail them out.


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  34. Every subsidy is a department full of mongs to oversee it.
    Every subsidy is a chance for a maaaaate to wet their beak on someone elses money.

    More mongs in departments means more luvvery union dues and guaranteed votes at the next election.

    It a self infecting monkeypoxed penis of parasites preying on the public.


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  35. It a self infecting monkeypoxed penis of parasites preying on the public.

    governments have been growing out of control for decades. legions of bugmen making busy work for other bugmen


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  36. After all those subsidies and building of windmills and solar panels only 4% of energy in total is being supplied by wind and solar for the five eastern seaboard states at this time. A total of 63% is being provided by coal power ( black coal 48%, brown coal 15%) with gas supplying 19% and hydro 13%. So Albo and the Greens want to turn off coal? They are risking peoples’ lives and livelihoods. It is a nonsense that they could replace the coal without firing up more gas and even then it won’t be sufficient to keep the grid running.


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  37. Rich Rebuilds Built a V8 Tesla

    A V8 Tesla would be a thing of beauty, exploding lefty heads wherever it went.
    A thing not of beauty is the Apple EV.

    Apple Nabs Key Lamborghini Executive to Work on Its Electric Car (28 Jul)

    The thing looks like a cross between a slightly squashed Trabant and a bar fridge. I haven’t seen a car that ugly since Elon smashed the unbreakable window on his electric ute (which has now been cancelled here in Oz).


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  38. …a voice would have stopped the hideous rate of domestic violence within 3rd nation society because women would have had a direct link to government.

    Nonsense. Aboriginal society was always intensely patriarchal – in spite of matrilineal lines determining which women could be claimed by a man. This is at the basis of male violence endorsed by old beliefs. It should be remembered that some Aboriginal women actually opposed “The Intervention” begun under the Howard government.


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  39. Black cars with low profile mags is code for dodgy pricks. All the crims from the best postcodes in Melbourne have black Mercs and Beamers tricked up.

    We have what I think are ‘low profile mags’ on the new sporty beamer and they are a bloody nuisance.
    I have already put a big scrape along the rim of the rear passenger side by misjudging a curb on a left turn, and lo! I see there is a similar scrape on the rear driver’s side that is not of my making. Someone who is nameless must have done a sharp roadway three-point turn and tossed into the curb on that side too. It didn’t take long, I say philosophically inspecting the various damages. Easily done.

    Friends of ours had these scrapes machined out on their beaut new merc SUV, and soon after he was forced into a concrete edge by an inconsiderate driver, creating a brand new scrape on the just repaired wheel, whereby his curses could be heard from here to New Zealand, according to his wife.


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  40. We just bought a pole. A thick one.

    JC – I am very envious. I have some wonderful Aboriginal paintings, but I have always wanted a Tiwi totem pole – especially a pukamani pole. So beautifully painted.


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  41. Looks a bit grim for Palachook then – 97% of those who gave their opinion are going to vote against her. Must be some sort of record.

    And that’s in the CM, one of the Murdoch wokies further left “conservative” papers


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  42. Orwell was correct. Those in power control language. Slime-bag biden’s government (sic) now states a recession is NOT 2 successive quarters of negative growth despite all of them saying it was during Trump’s presidency. That black lesbian press vomiter helpfully advises that 2 quarters of negative growth is merely a transition. Fair enough; why shouldn’t a recession be able to identify as whatever it wants.


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  43. Defloration with a stone dildo is well-attested for young aboriginal girls in traditional life, as was gang rape within the tribe by appropriate ‘skin’ categories. Anthropologists recorded how women were often maltreated when men fought over them because they were seen as the ’cause’ of the ruction. Taboos were also strong, and women managed childbirth alone, which must have been terrifying. Section systems of kinship allocated individuals into marrying and non-marrying groups and these marital taboos could not be broken. Traditional aboriginal society was not only patriarchal but strongly gerontocratic, with older men having preferential access to younger women and younger men fighting over secret sexual access to women as a result.

    This was not a culture that was kindly to women. Watkin Tench’s 1789 diary records the head scars most tribal women in the Sydney region bore on their heads, from continual thumpings with a nulla-nulla wooden clout. Women did have their ceremonies and ritual life, which probably compensated in minor ways, but fear was culturally endemic for women in these often economically marginal and inward-looking cultures. That said, children were generally well-treated and the situation for women was probably somewhat variable across the continent, but male anger and flare ups were common everywhere, integrated into the broad set of cultural understandings and often unrestrained by these – as they still are, enhanced in this world by alcohol.


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  44. Boambee Johnsays:
    July 29, 2022 at 6:23 pm
    Top Endersays:
    July 29, 2022 at 4:47 pm
    Actually BJ, my mistake – the rest stops are WWII VCs and beyond. Called the “Remembrance Drive”.

    Which actually will be interested if there is one for Ben Roberts-Smith, and if not why not?

    Also I can’t see why the WWI chaps were left off. Might be an interesting campaign for me.
    The most recent names are two (of the four) Vietnam era VCs – Wheatley and Badcoe.

    BJ. The two Vietnam era VCs – Wheatley and Badcoe were the two that were awarded posthumously. I wonder posthumous award was a criteria for the tree planting. Rae Simpson died in the 1970’s but Keith Payne is still with us, though getting on.

    All four Vietnam VC’s were awarded to AATTV. That units 60th Anniversary will be commemorated tomorrow.

    TE. Can you also campaign for recognition of George Raymond Dallas Moor? Moor was as Aussie as vegemite. Born in St Kilda. The award of his Victoria Cross preceded, Shout’s by some weeks. Shout is generally regarded as the first Australian awardee of the Victoria Cross, but that’s not the case.

    Interesting the way Moor won his.

    If BRS knew, I bet he would piss himself laughing.

    Worth a google
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  45. Eyrie says:
    July 29, 2022 at 4:59 pm

    Don’t see that button batteries are prohibited. Must be in childproof packaging which seems to be the case for a while now and makes the damn things very difficult to get out of the packaging. Devices seem to need a “secure” battery compartment, whatever that means. I guess the battery compartment secured by a lid with a screw or screws in it, maybe of one the weird “security” heads on the screw.

    The ‘problem’ is with discarded ones. Dogs (yes, Labradors, I’m looking at you) eat them out of household garbage, and if they are lying around in public places like parks, or in slovenly households, kids can eat them too.

    Not sure how much of a problem it really is. Labs ingest potentially fatal stuff all the time, and kids in slovenly households have multiple risks anyway. I’m taking a pass on parks.


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  46. I’ll correct that to children who survived were generally well-treated. Infanticide was rife, especially if births were not well spaced, as a woman nursing a child till age three couldn’t nurse and carry another as the tribe moved of its territory in search of food. Leaving old people to die is also recorded.


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  47. It is a nonsense that they could replace the coal without firing up more gas and even then it won’t be sufficient to keep the grid running.

    Elbow specialises in ideological nonsense.

    If he sticks with it he’ll be a one term PM.


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  48. cohenite:

    No, it’s just matured. Trump revealed it and the patina of democracy the swamp operated under was discarded and the swamp now operates in the open with impunity.

    Nelson_Kidd-Players:

    Rigging shall have to be stepped up a notch and may still fail.

    I think you are both right – with heightened visibility of the process, and cheating being increased to a level unseen in the past, the danger of a Constitutional Crisis in the US past the mid terms from whatever cause is unavoidable.


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  49. Latham on Bernardi, well done Bernardi. Now there’s a clear lesson here. Back in early May, when Latham made that joke on Twitter during one of the campaign debates, a joke for which he was crucified, and a joke that even saw so called conservatives such as the dribbler Andrew Blot, unforgivably, join in the pile on of Latham, and Blot even disgracefully wondering on his programme whether Latham was a “racist” (I haven’t watched Blot since and have no intention of ever doing so again). Latham didn’t apologise, he didn’t grovel and he didn’t prostrate himself before the woke MSM, instead he held his ground. That’s what you do…..because the moment you apologise is the moment you lose ALL credibility.


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  50. Dogs (yes, Labradors, I’m looking at you)

    One of my favourite labrador stories – true or not, I can imagine it happening.

    Beautifully trained guide dog leading its owner down the supermarket aisle. Mum pushing a kid in a pusher towards them. Kid eating an ice cream. Same level as the dog.

    As they pass, lab goes yoink, kid realises at the end of the aisle and the howling begins.

    Lab keeps on guiding. Having one of those precious pup cartoons muffled chortle.


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  51. Leaving old people to die is also recorded.

    My family ran, and worked on, cattle stations in the North West of Western Australia from the 1860’s, until the last retired in the 1970’s. They recorded the practice of leaving the old people behind to die when the tribe moved on. They recorded the practice that the old men got first pick of the young girls, and any of the young girls who objected to being given to a man old enough to be her grandfather was likely to have her legs broken, and, likewise, left behind to die, to serve as an example.


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  52. A total of 63% is being provided by coal power ( black coal 48%, brown coal 15%) with gas supplying 19% and hydro 13%.

    Hazelwood used to provide about 5% of Australia’s electricity, powered by non-exportable brown coal. If expensive gas is driving up power bills, look no further than the closing down of Hazelwood and other coal fired stations.


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  53. Kid eating an ice cream. Same level as the dog.

    As they pass, lab goes yoink…

    I’ve seen that exact thing happen on several occasions. The chances of the guide-dog/supermarket tale being true are strong.


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  54. I have already put a big scrape along the rim of the rear passenger side by misjudging a curb on a left turn

    Yep. If you don’t judge the width of the turn, the dog trailer/s will do that.

    Beamers. Every time.


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  55. My family ran, and worked on, cattle stations in the North West of Western Australia from the 1860’s, until the last retired in the 1970’s. They recorded the practice of leaving the old people behind to die when the tribe moved on. They recorded the practice that the old men got first pick of the young girls, and any of the young girls who objected to being given to a man old enough to be her grandfather was likely to have her legs broken, and, likewise, left behind to die, to serve as an example.

    Yes – similar practices recorded from many sources. In droughts babies also left to die. It was often marginal existence in an unforgiving environment. Providing matrilineal lines were observed, the old men had priority in choosing wives. Violent payback was invoked when young men were found to be interlopers.

    Re leaving the old and infirm to die: not uncommon in many societies. As I recall in American Indian nomadic tribes the very old went out into the wilderness to perish.


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  56. The new Labor government all masked up for the cameras yesterday and nude nosed today.
    To be expected but good god it’s a slimy start and they know the media is on side without question.


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  57. any of the young girls who objected to being given to a man old enough to be her grandfather was likely to have her legs broken, and, likewise, left behind to die

    You’d think they would have used their phones to whistle up CareFlight to take them to the nearest indig neuro and plastic surgeons.

    I suspect the answer to ‘why not?’ will be lost in the mists of time.


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  58. ACT senator David Pocock denied Auslan interpreter for first speech in Senate

    We can look forward to Pat Cummins carrying on with the same sort of horseshit the week after he retires.

    It’ll be the same failure trigger though – they don’t realise people currently cheer them because they’re good at sport, not because of their ideology.


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  59. In Look at Meeee news:

    ACT senator David Pocock denied Auslan interpreter for first speech in Senate

    Independent ACT senator David Pocock has had his request for an Auslan interpreter in the Senate to translate his first speech denied by the major parties, who are worried about the “precedent” it would set.

    Pocock, who will deliver his first speech to the Senate on Monday, had agreed to have an Auslan interpreter stand by his side, live translating his words for the hearing impaired.

    Pocock has certainty set a precedent.


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  60. Wally Dalí says:
    July 29, 2022 at 6:19 pm
    (until Kournikova left)
    Meh. Kournikova looked like a boy and played an unloveable Williams-esque baseline game.
    Justine Henin, however…

    Read this and then double checked photos of both.
    Acid will stunt your growth Wally.


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  61. https://www.breitbart.com/health/2022/07/28/san-francisco-state-emergency-declared-monkeypox/

    For some reason, Poof Central is also Monkeypox Central. Just like it was AIDS Central in the 1980s.

    Bath-houses are boss. Disease is liberation. Or something.

    As someone upthread mentioned, there are plenty of homosexual men (including rich old queens in Paddington and tradie couples in western Sydney) who have nothing to do with the activists, and would prefer that they disappeared.

    But, just like the Aboriginal activists, they usurp the identities of others and claim to speak for them.

    And stupid politicians and digital ‘influencers’ listen. These people have no roots in the real world – as Brendan O’Neill said, they live in cyberspace.


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  62. Gez… ok fair cop.
    I googled Henin, and I must have had a glamour cast upon me. She looks very manly in the face…
    Kournikova still has the head of a year 12 boy though


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  63. Halik Kochanski’s book “Resistance – The Underground war Against Hitler.’ makes damnfine reading.

    Thanks for the tip – just ordered one online


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  64. governments have been growing out of control for decades. legions of bugmen making busy work for other bugmen

    Correct, and like all cancers, will grow until they kill the host…


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  65. And not trying to score point Gez, but Labradors like yours keep vets like my wife in work. There’s a resident hairy golden number in town who will eat any sock it can wrangle, and will do so to the tune of getting opened up every two years or so.
    In defence of expense-
    x-ray to find out where they are and best target the incision (esp important after repeat laprosections)
    Anaesthetic
    Pre-op shave, sterilize and isolate the site
    An hour op minimum, opening up the part of animals which should not be opened up, three sets of hands
    Anti-inflammatories
    Antibiotics
    … all with no Medicare or PBS subsidies


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  66. China, Indonesia hail ‘win-win’ cooperation after rare Beijing summit

    The commitment by China, Indonesia’s No.1 trading partner, to deepen trade relations and fully back Indonesia’s chairmanship of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) next year is an economic and political win for Jokowi, as the Indonesian president is widely known.

    Indonesia criticises submarine loophole in nuclear non-proliferation treaty that underpins AUKUS deal

    Indonesia has issued a forceful warning about the dangers of sharing nuclear propulsion technology ahead of a high-profile United Nations meeting that is expected to scrutinise Australia’s plans to develop nuclear-powered submarines under the AUKUS pact.

    Win-win-win.


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  67. Hot Button Sutton in the Hun:

    Victoria’s chief health officer says it’s likely the state’s Covid wave has reached its peak, but warns around half of all cases are going unreported.

    How does he know?

    “Hospitalisation numbers will probably plateau in the next week or two. I think we’re probably capturing around half (of cases) but it is difficult to know.”

    Oh. He doesn’t.


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  68. Some thoughts on the AEMO crisis:
    The WA grid is separate from the Eastern grid.
    Would an incoming W.A. Government think of telling the rest of Australia to piss off and install multiple 1 – 5 GW Nukes, and not treating them as cash cows for governments milking the excess?
    How much industry would move from East to West?
    If we are having smug meters installed over here, and the suppliers of power are able to turn off individual lots/sites/homes/shops, this suggests there is a flow chart of who and when. Has this question been asked in Parliament?


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  69. Would an incoming W.A. Government think of telling the rest of Australia to piss off and install multiple 1 – 5 GW Nukes, and not treating them as cash cows for governments milking the excess?
    How much industry would move from East to West?

    They are at least as ‘smug’ as the East.

    AEMO welcomes the certainty for the Western Australian (WA) energy market provided by today’s announcement from the WA Government on its intention to close the existing fleet of Synergy-owned coal-fired power stations, the Collie Power Station and Muja D Power Station.

    The announcement will enable new investment to proceed with confidence and confirms the energy transition underway in WA.

    https://aemo.com.au/newsroom/media-release/aemos-response-to-the-closure-of-synergys-remaining-coal-fired-generation-fleet


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  70. AEMO welcomes the certainty … to close … coal-fired power stations
    We are being governed by clowns.
    As Neville and Gavin Oz would say, this country’s stuffed.


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  71. We are being governed by clowns.
    As Neville and Gavin Oz would say, this country’s stuffed.

    Products of Unis- a pestilence of BAs, Lawyers and economists. The expansion of hiya ejucashun since the Murray report has been a disaster.


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  72. The UK plod’s priorities….protecting pedophiles and arresting everyone except for actual criminals.
    We’re seeing the other side of the rainbow. It isn’t nice, is it?

    No, Cassie. It’s not, and people who tried to tell us it was, are filth of the lowest order. You would think the people already bound up in the lies and deceptions of the movement would – at least – show some compassion for the potential victims they try to embroil into the misery of the industry.
    But they just don’t seem to have any, do they?


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  73. Anyway, Sliante to all you mob.

    Mme Zulu is calculating that it has been seven weeks since her last G and T, and she’s calculating how soon the next will be…


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  74. From mem

    It is a nonsense that they could replace the coal without firing up more gas and even then it won’t be sufficient to keep the grid running.

    Question for the technically knowledgeable, can a coal fired generator be converted to gas?


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  75. Took Attapuss to the vet today for his yearly shot against feline enteritis etc, and a worming tablet given via a neat little gadget that saves the usual bloodbath. His teeth are starting to get tartar, she notes, and lectures me that gingivitis will set in unless he has dental attention which will require a full anaesthetic and a day in hospital. Cost of this will be $800 she cooly announces with a few clicks on her computer. This, plus today’s shot and ‘health check’ cost $165 (I seem to recall last year it was around $130 – that’s ‘inflation’ at work I guess). I hear an anxious ‘mummy’ being given expensive news about her Cavoodle as we wait for Hairy to pick us up. Where I was growing up, our animals lived and died by home treatments. Perhaps I could have a go at Attapuss’s teeth, I suggest to Hairy on the way home. He suggests that is simply a recipe for adding further medical bills to the household with me ending up at the doc’s myself and on antibiotics for cat scratch fever.

    You have ’em, you love ’em, you pay up; that’s how it works, he says. Guess so.


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  76. I was given some pink gin for my birthday. Hoeing into it now.

    Very nice it is too. Surprising actually, as I am something of a gin purist.


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  77. Winston Smith of ///logical.raccoons.signpostsays:
    July 29, 2022 at 8:42 pm
    Some thoughts on the AEMO crisis:
    The WA grid is separate from the Eastern grid.
    Would an incoming W.A. Government think of telling the rest of Australia to piss off and install multiple 1 – 5 GW Nukes, and not treating them as cash cows for governments milking the excess?
    How much industry would move from East to West?

    I rather like the idea of WA installing nuclear to power up its grid. And indeed it might attract significant business if energy costs were cheaper and more reliable.


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  78. Re leaving the old and infirm to die: not uncommon in many societies. As I recall in American Indian nomadic tribes the very old went out into the wilderness to perish.

    Recorded among the Bakhtiari in central Asia in the 1970’s in “The Ascent of Man” by Jacob Bronowski.

    judge not lest ye be judged in relation to letting people die when not all can survive. It’s the other aspect of Z2KA’s narrative that’s repellent, and a difference between civilisation and barbarism.


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  79. Question for the technically knowledgeable, can a coal fired generator be converted to gas?

    I don’t know but lets assume they can.
    I’m guessing with the current demand/supply situation we’d run out of gas in very short order.

    The sooner the bloody better.


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  80. It’s the other aspect of Z2KA’s narrative that’s repellent, and a difference between civilisation and barbarism.

    It’s the attempts by present day activists to paint pre settlement Australia as some sort of Garden of Eden that make ma laugh.

    “Aborigines have a rich tradition of sharing. Everyone would sit around the campfire, making sure that all got a fair share of any game being cooked..”

    “Bullstyte.” snarled one relative. “I’ve seen them. The men got first pick, the dogs got next, the women got what scraps were left over.”


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  81. Some NRL players have courage and commonsense:

    Manly captain warns NRL about FORCING players to accept inclusion
    Sea Eagles captain Daly Cherry-Evans has warned the NRL and other clubs not to force players to back specific causes such as inclusion and diversity.
    (Daily Mail)


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  82. It’ll be the same failure trigger though – they don’t realise people currently cheer them because they’re good at sport, not because of their ideology.

    Stop cheering them
    Sportzball must die.


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  83. Question for the technically knowledgeable, can a coal fired generator be converted to gas?

    Broadly, yes.
    Many coal fired units already use gas for cold starts and co-fire gas/coal to give better control of output.


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  84. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare says: July 29, 2022 at 9:15 pm

    I was given some pink gin for my birthday. Hoeing into it now.
    Very nice it is too. Surprising actually, as I am something of a gin purist.

    You’ve not had pink gin, or not this particular pink gin?

    Pink gin now outsells regular gin at my place by three to one. (This is a recent development, a few years ago pink gin was something I couldn’t even give away to people)
    That is bottle sales.

    In the bar I carry about Sixty different gins. (Not counting basic kero like Gilbeys/Gordons/Bombay Sapphire, & the like)
    There’s just about every type of gin there one can imagine. Whatever your preferred style, I’ll likely have it .

    Finding quality & exotic gins isn’t too hard – frustrating me is the impossibility of stocking quality tonic water. There is no supply chain here for anything but basic Schweppes etc.


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  85. Vicki says: July 29, 2022 at 7:45 pm

    … similar practices recorded from many sources. In droughts babies also left to die. …

    Or eaten so they could be born again in a good season.


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  86. News from Sydney (the Tele):

    One of the AFL’s brightest young stars has been targeted in a nude photo scandal.

    Dozens of images of Sydney Swans young gun Chad Warner began circulating online on Friday, depicting him naked and performing sex acts.

    In a statement, a Sydney Swans spokesman said the club was “aware of the images circulating without Chad’s consent”.

    Warners. Every. Single. Time.


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  87. Dozens of images of Sydney Swans young gun Chad Warner began circulating online on Friday, depicting him naked and performing sex acts.

    Rainbow acts?


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  88. Maybe this is not the week for AFL Approved journos to trot out that well-worn myth that the Sydney Swans has a “no dickheads policy”.


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  89. Winston Smith of ///logical.raccoons.signpostsays:
    July 29, 2022 at 6:49 pm
    Old Ozzie:

    Test Winston The Tree of Knowledge Barcaldine

    That’s.Wrong.Tree!

    Shows up as sloth.locker.recall – like the square next door dainty.cheeky.socialite

    Only that.wrong.tree shows up as River Gipping near Bamford Road Claydon


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  90. Or eaten so they could be born again in a good season.

    For shame, Sal, do you want to give Lydia Thorpe and Marcia Langton heart failure?


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  91. Anthony Albanese’s Indigenous voice: simple yes or no
    Paige Taylor
    Indigenous Affairs Correspondent, WA Bureau Chief
    @paigeataylor
    6 minutes ago July 29, 2022
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    Anthony Albanese will put a ­“simple” yes-or-no question to a referendum to create an Indigenous voice in the Constitution to make recommendations on Aboriginal issues to parliament but with ­politicians retaining the power to define its functions.

    At the Garma Festival on Saturday, the Prime Minister will for the first time outline how the Constitution should be changed to ­accommodate a voice – a key part of the 2017 Uluru Statement from the Heart – amid a debate over whether the final design of the body should be unveiled before a referendum.

    Mr Albanese will also suggest the wording of a referendum question to be put to the public, calling the draft proposal the “next step in the discussion about constitutional change”.

    “We should consider asking our fellow Australians something as simple as: Do you support an alteration to the Constitution that establishes an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander voice?” Mr Albanese will say.

    “A straightforward proposition. A simple principle.

    “A question from the heart. We can use this question – and the provisions – as the basis for further consultation.



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  92. For shame, Sal, do you want to give Lydia Thorpe and Marcia Langton heart failure?

    You can imagine how much I care about their feelings & what influence that pair have on my objective attachment to Aboriginal culture.


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  93. One of France’s most senior defence figures is warning Australia that acquiring nuclear submarines will be “much more difficult” than the now scrapped plan to build a new fleet of conventionally powered boats.

    Vice Admiral Nicolas Vaujour has travelled to Sydney for talks with Australian Defence Force Chief General Angus Campbell and other military leaders at the high-powered Indo-Pacific Chiefs of Defence (CHODs) Conference.

    The visiting French military chief said although the matter had now been settled with an $835 million compensation deal, he was “surprised” at Australia’s decision and warned the new AUKUS venture would be very challenging

    As owners of nuclear-powered submarines, Vice Admiral Vaujour said France knew “very well” the workforce and logistical challenges involved in maintaining the complex technology

    “There is a lot of advantage to [having] a nuclear submarine, you can stay a long time at sea, but it means you have to have big industry, supply chains and so on inside your country to be able to operate that”.


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  94. Dozens of images of Sydney Swans young gun Chad Warner began circulating online on Friday, depicting him naked and performing sex acts.

    The Swans.
    Are they stunning and brave sex acts?


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  95. The visiting French military chief said although the matter had now been settled with an $835 million compensation deal, he was “surprised” at Australia’s decision and warned the new AUKUS venture would be very challenging

    The French do some things very well. Breeding admirals is not one of them.

    I’d have been more impressed if he’d preceded his remarks with ‘Listen carefully. I shall say zis only once.’


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  96. Anthony Albanese’s Indigenous voice: simple yes or no

    No.

    Albanese will then be able to paint Australians as racist swine, totally undeserving of his great leadership….


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  97. haven’t seen this mentioned here yet but did we just get shafted by US/UK re nuclear subs and now we are renegotiating with the French?

    French navy warns AUKUS nuclear submarine plan will be ‘much more difficult’ for Australia

    The visiting French military chief said although the matter had now been settled with an $835 million compensation deal, he was “surprised” at Australia’s decision and warned the new AUKUS venture would be very challenging


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  98. Albanese will then be able to paint Australians as racist swine, totally undeserving of his great leadership….

    Albanese would be correct.


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  99. French navy warns AUKUS nuclear submarine plan will be ‘much more difficult’ for Australia

    Yes, but I’ve seen it also reported that the US is decades behind on its own replacement program so this is likely to leave us up the proverbial creek.


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  100. Where I worked in Kalgoorlie in the 80s overlooked a cleared area/park near a treatment plant where the locals liked to gather.

    I recall watching a “ritual fight” between two women there. They were stripped to the waist and plastered with red mud. Their hair was coated in semi-dried mud, inches thick.

    They each had a heavy null-nulla and took turns in belting the other in the head. One would lower her head and take the blow; then shake her head and take her swing at her opponent. It continued until one fell to her knees and couldn’t continue. Head streaming blood, the “victor” was led off. The vanquished was left to her own devices.


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  101. Looking after a friend’s BMW and just had the rims rid of their “Kerb rash”.

    Best quote was $250 a wheel. That’s a grand, and only that “cheap” because the wheels didn’t need any welding touch-ups.


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  102. Doc Faustus:

    Indonesia has issued a forceful warning about the dangers of sharing nuclear propulsion technology ahead of a high-profile United Nations meeting that is expected to scrutinise Australia’s plans to develop nuclear-powered submarines under the AUKUS pact.

    How about either:
    .1 The UN minds its own damn business;
    .2 We leave the UN.

    The commitment by China, Indonesia’s No.1 trading partner, to deepen trade relations and fully back Indonesia’s chairmanship of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) next year is an economic and political win for Jokowi, as the Indonesian president is widely known.

    China wants the Irian Jaya minerals:
    .1 China pisses off;
    .2 Indonesia pisses off.


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  103. Madame Lash (Mrs BiWA) and I were on a cruise a couple of weeks ago. She had one bad night with coughing and headache. Tested positive next morning. I was negative. Ship separated us into different cabins for remainder of cruise. I stayed negative (5 tests in 6 days). Both of us were isolated.

    After 7 days she was still +ve, so while I could fly home, she had to spend another two days in an isolation motel. She came home Tuesday night, and only today tested -ve.

    She’s feeling great. But I have a problem.

    What’s this “bonking” she keeps talking about?? 😀


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  104. Anthony Albanese will put a ­“simple” yes-or-no question to a referendum to create an Indigenous voice in the Constitution to make recommendations on Aboriginal issues to parliament but with ­politicians retaining the power to define its functions.

    That would be pure Kabuki theatre.
    If the supposed Constitutional amendment simply said Parliament could determine what the “Voice” was and could do, that would be no different to the myriad indigenous rent-seeker gravy trains that already exist.
    Though perhaps that wouldn’t be a bad outcome, apart from the utter waste of yet more taxpayer money.


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  105. China wants the Irian Jaya minerals:
    .1 China pisses off;
    .2 Indonesia pisses off.

    A given.

    I think the main message is that China is arranging for Australia to be surrounded by ‘unfriendlies’.


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  106. Boambee John:

    Question for the technically knowledgeable, can a coal fired generator be converted to gas?

    My understanding is that once the water has bee brought to the boil, under high pressure, it doesn’t matter how it boils just as long as it does.
    So if you wanted a cheap upgrade, pull down the old coal fired part and build a new HELE boiler, add the appropriate extra turbines and Bobs your Auntie. All the other infrastructure is still there, just add more transformers and switch gear.
    But I’m no Engineer, so there may be a reason – not enough tribute to Gaia?


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  107. Zyco:

    As owners of nuclear-powered submarines, Vice Admiral Vaujour said France knew “very well” the workforce and logistical challenges involved in maintaining the complex technology

    Vice Admiral Vaujour can go and shit in his silly hat.
    We’ll lease a dozen Ohio Class off the US and outfit them with torpedos and other good explodey stuff.


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  108. And while we’re telling Foreign Powers to mind their own business, I shall be writing to the PM demanding we rename one of our plane carrying thingyies as the “HMAS Hello Kitty”, fitting it out as a mobile disco and karaoke platform with its own laser and fireworks show.
    Add a couple of Blackhawks dangling 100 meter disco lights, and cruising the entire lot up and down the Taiwan Strait in a Freedom of Navigation Exercise.
    …and dress all the sailors in frocks and feather boas rendering honours with bare bottoms.


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  109. Winston Smith says:
    July 30, 2022 at 5:19 am

    There is only one gin worth drinking and that is, BOLS.

    Surprisingly good value, if you are not a snob who thinks price = value.


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  110. Republican Party Threatens President Trump – If He Announces He’s Running in 2024 GOP Will Stop Paying Legal Fees

    The GOP leadership doesn’t want the truth behind the 2020 Election to be revealed. Neither do the Democrats. America and President Trump are the victims. Now top US politicians all want to prevent President Trump from ever running again.

    https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2022/07/gop-threatens-president-trump-announces-running-2024-gop-will-stop-paying-legal-fees/?utm_source=Email&utm_medium=the-gateway-pundit&utm_campaign=dailypm&utm_content=2022-07-29


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  111. Winston Smithsays:

    July 30, 2022 at 6:31 am

    German City of Hanover Shuts Off Hot Water

    A questioning mind asks “Does Hanover have mains hot water throughout the city?” and, if so, how do they do that?
    Well, not quite. Second last paragraph:-.

    In a bid to save energy, Germany’s northern city of Hanover has decided hot water will no longer be available for hand washing in public buildings, or in showers at swimming pools, sports halls and gyms.

    Not apartment buildings.
    Rationing, to be sure, but not as dramatic as the headline suggests.


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  112. Winston Smithsays:
    July 30, 2022 at 5:30 am
    Zyco:

    As owners of nuclear-powered submarines, Vice Admiral Vaujour said France knew “very well” the workforce and logistical challenges involved in maintaining the complex technology

    Vice Admiral Vaujour can go and shit in his silly hat.
    We’ll lease a dozen Ohio Class off the US and outfit them with torpedos and other good explodey stuff.

    I like the way you think but we are getting Virginia class boats. The Ohio’s are the retiring ballistic missile subs. A few new Columbia class missile boats with Virginias for cover would be great.

    Non-proliferation has been a failure. Look at the nations who have nukes now. The Indos are having whinge about AUKUS but I think they can trust us more than China.

    The frogs can go jump. If we are genuinely serious about a nuclear capability, then we can do it and do it well. Just need to keep the union scum away from it as they’ll sabotage it at every turn a la WW2.


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  113. Winston; it is worse than you think:

    ” propaganda arm of the Democratic party.”

    The grim reality is that the LSM is the mangy tail wagging the rabid mongrel of the body politic.

    GLOBALLY.


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  114. Lifes good. At Centenary Hotel for lunch. One of those blue collar pubs hidden in in back streets of Pimlico.

    Old and dated, food basic but doing roaring trade, especially with families. Great atmosphere.

    Reintroduced a couple of weeks back when I was dining with someone up from Mackay. Mrs said we have to come back & here we are. Enjoy your Sunday Cat’s…


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