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

  1. Excellent article, Beery. I love old maps and drawings – linking it to building detective work is the icing on the cake.

    Thanks, Calli. I’m still deciding whether to post his somewhat conspiratorial article on Australia, which isn’t as good, but interesting all the same.


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  2. Perth Tradersays:

    July 27, 2022 at 7:37 pm

    phuk me dead. Aust. needs to spend more on mental health cos’ I’ve never seen so many angry people with short tempers these last few weeks.

    Fuck you!!!


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  3. Cohenite, thanks for watching Blot so we didn’t have to. The Vic Libs will be lucky to retain 12 of their 21 seats in the next state parliament because they’re running on a Labor platform. They’ll be annihilated.


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  4. phuk me dead. Aust. needs to spend more on mental health cos’ I’ve never seen so many angry people with short tempers these last few weeks

    A lot of people labour under the misapprehension they are important or that people gives a shit what they think.


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  5. Why would you even bother to hand out HVTs for the Lieborals ? I saw them doing it for Trumble in 2016- talk about drinking the kool-aide.


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  6. A lot of people labour under the misapprehension they are important or that people gives a shit what they think.

    Reminds me of Kathy Shaidle’s take on those shrines on the side of the road built by loved ones to commemorate road fatalities.


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  7. Loved Spain when I was there in 1996. Drove into Figueres on the Mediterranean coast near the border with France after driving from Turin in the morning (we didn’t stop in France except when briefly accosted by a Mr Bean look alike who for some unknown reason had blown his stack while we were stopped at a toll booth). Highlights included:

    The Dali (Figueres), Picasso and Miro museums (Barcelona)
    Walking around Barcelona checking out the Gaudi works
    Catching the funicular to Montjuic for the fantastic views over the Mediterranean
    Climbing one of the Sagrada Familia’s spires
    Walking around Las Ramblas in the evening soaking up the atmosphere
    The nightlife in Madrid – and being denounced as an “Americano” after refusing to buy some drugs from some street hustlers in an alleyway
    The Prado (an all day effort and still felt like we’d barely scratched the surface)
    Driving from Madrid via Zaragoza across the Pyrenees into France, crossed the border around dusk headed for Toulouse

    Unfortunately I wasn’t a football fan back then so didn’t even see the Nou Camp or the Bernabau …


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  8. Reminds me of Kathy Shaidle’s take on those shrines on the side of the road built by loved ones to commemorate road fatalities.

    Get another tatt if you must.


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  9. Grate – the updates are still playing havoc, wiped my details and the comments towards the end of the previous page can’t be seen.

    The travelogue above is based on what seem now to be very distant memories. Thankfully there are many photos. Would help if I could find the bloody things.


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  10. I was in Figueres in February.
    Only had a week in Spain, so only Figueres and Girona.
    I’m planning to visit Spain in January February next year.
    Haven’t been to Cordoba.


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  11. Tomsays:
    July 27, 2022 at 7:44 pm
    Cohenite, thanks for watching Blot so we didn’t have to. The Vic Libs will be lucky to retain 12 of their 21 seats in the next state parliament because they’re running on a Labor platform. They’ll be annihilated.

    And they’ll then conclude that the problem was that they weren’t “progressive” enough.


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  12. phuk me dead. Aust. needs to spend more on mental health cos’ I’ve never seen so many angry people with short tempers these last few weeks.

    rats in a cage


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  13. Granada, Toledo & Cordoba are my favourites in Spain. Granada – not simply for the magnificent Alhambra, but because it is such a liveable city. It’s Basilica of Dan Juan de Dios also is staggering for the amount of gold decoration. Toledo is a quintessential ramparted city with the most marvellous exhibit, when I was there, of reconstructed & actual Ancient weaponry. And Cordoba? Well La Mezquita – the stunning cathedral that incorporates Islamic architecture, is unique. It was also a Roman town, with its magnificent stone bridge guarding the town.

    So many layers of history in Spain. From remains of Palaeolithic & Neolithic settlements and dolmen, to Roman & Medieval towns & cities.


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  14. Has Captain Co-Morbidity karked it yet from the coof? or is he still milking it for sympathy?

    Potential epitaphs:

    If he hadn’t spent his life locked in his basement eating donuts…..


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  15. Sancho Panzer says:
    July 27, 2022 at 7:02 pm

    Yeah. I’ve been around a bit and I’m usually more careful. Split the important stuff, take the minimum with you, the rest in the safe etc etc. All it takes though is to forget once due to any reason and you’re cursing about it for weeks.

    Cancelled all the cards afterwards then had to wait for replacements, the only card I got before I left Barcelona several days later was Amex. I had to pick the other cards up in London.

    Irony was that my wallet was found and handed in 3 days later sans cash but all cards intact but now useless. A ‘Chica Polaca’ found it not far from the station and did the right thing. I thanked her profusely but she wouldn’t take any of the money I borrowed off a fellow conference attendee.

    BTW there is now an option (that wasn’t available back then ) to suspend the card rather than cancel in case it turns up later.


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  16. she should continue her practice of missing most sitting days.

    Fact check – cherry picked subjective bullshit.

    Senator Hanson – Days Present 3, Absent 1, Absent With Leave 3.


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  17. Getting harder every day.

    I actually caught up with my old metal shop teacher at a BBQ recently.

    He was justifiably proud of the number of his students, from a modest country high school, that went on to be machinists, fabricators, electricians and engineers.

    The VIC Education Department brought a lot of steel for trailers and weapons!

    We both agreed that Australia is rooted.


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  18. Potential epitaphs:

    If only they had a vaccine for this…oh wait!
    If only they’d forced it on everyone…oh wait!
    If only they’d lockdown the entire State for months…oh wait!
    I guess those wing nuts on the Cat were right, after all.



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  19. I watched QT today… what a terrible performance by the opposition, what few there are left of them. A string of questions about the CFMEU, and nothing else. Obviously Dutton has learnt nothing from crushing defeat.


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  20. I have had a better day, no naps and have eaten a little more. Hopefully this mode lasts until the weekend is through.

    DILLIGAF?


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  21. I have had a better day, no naps and have eaten a little more. Hopefully this mode lasts until the weekend is through.

    No Monty, that was it. If you’re on the improve, it’s done.
    That was what you supported fucking up the country and our kids over.
    Hope you’re proud of yourself.


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  22. The Libs’ new mantra seemed to be, “why are you making a bad situation worse”, which is a massive own goal of a thing to say since they are the ones who made the situation bad in the first place, and it allows Albo to go off on their terrible record on every question.

    The new Speaker had to admonish the Libs to confine their interjections until after the government member started talking.


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  23. Mezquita – the stunning cathedral that incorporates Islamic architecture, is unique.

    Actually it is the vast mosque which incorporates the cathedral


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  24. I may get lucky, but COVID luck runs out for dozens of Victorians every day.

    Luck runs out for roughly 120 Victorians per day, everyday, 365 days a year, regardless of Covid.
    The only luck involved is that you’re not an 83 year old diabetic with dementia.


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  25. I’m guessing I’ve spent around five six months so far in Spain, still got a few places on my yet to do list, and a few on my revisit list.


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  26. No results found for “UAP election fraud Hinkler and Longman”.
    Safari.

    I like the Big Tech Censorship conspiracy theory best.


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  27. South Australia, the renewables state is currently operating on 7% renewables, 90% gas and 2% liquid fuels (probably kero). That is our future under the mad green mandates. It is all a chimera.


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  28. Hanson objects to smoking ceremonies and welcome to country: evil fascist racist. Greens and their organs in the woke media such as the ghastly Jenna Price sneer, in the most insulting and dismissive terms, at MPs taking oaths on the scriptures and reciting the Lord’s Prayer: ultra politically correct.


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  29. Harlequin earlier.

    BTW there is now an option (that wasn’t available back then ) to suspend the card rather than cancel in case it turns up later.

    Good to know.
    I was convinced we were going to get robbed in Naples a couple of years ago.
    Going to the railway station in a cab.
    Total gridlock so the cabbie said we may as well leg it the last 250 metres. Dragged our cases along the narrow footpaths, hand firmly on my wallet.
    I had read horror stories online about pick-pockets in the station and I remembered the dingy crowded station from twenty years before.
    Prepare to be mugged!
    Turned the corner around some construction hoardings and there it was … a brand new railway concourse about four acres in size lit up like a Christmas tree.
    A pickpocket’s nightmare.
    Some of the doomsayer online reviews were only weeks old. Obviously “stories my grandpa told me”.


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  30. FTB,
    If you’re ‘round, I’m 75 pages in on the Kennedy book on Fauci and I’m not giving him the benefit of the doubt. It should be grand jury time with firing squad to follow.


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  31. rosie says:
    July 27, 2022 at 8:09 pm
    I was in Figueres in February.
    Only had a week in Spain, so only Figueres and Girona.
    I’m planning to visit Spain in January February next year.
    Haven’t been to Cordoba.

    rosie,

    Love Figueres – Salvador Dali’s Museum amazing

    use Paradores – 1st discovered them in 1974 – (1970 Spain trip was 2 man pup tent driving Harry Potter Ford Anglia – as Airline Staff -Standby British Air Ferries Bristol 2 engine Freighter Lydd to Le Touquet return – as idiot boss would only allow 2 weeks holiday time accrued in UK, one week at a time – Parked Zurich Airport Sunday Night – slept in Airport – Terrorist alarm – thankfully we were through checks – Monday to LHR – back Friday night to pick up Anglia and complete European Tour)

    1974 trip with 18 Month old son basically around world, carried OZ Dollars – useless as hard to cash in Spain, so 1 night Paradores next night, 1 star Hotel usually outside Service Station on hill where every trick noise echoed in.

    Thereafter have done a number of trips to Spain using Eurolease (booked in France) and staying Paradores to Paradores – great as Seniors

    https://www.parador.es/en

    Have yet to stay in Parador de Granada

    Spend the night in the Alhambra complex, among gardens and fountains that evoke a past in which the Arab and the Christian intermingled.

    as you need to book a year ahead but on next to do list – which is a month 2 nights per Paradores – each Paradores has a 3 course local food menu reasonably price

    https://www.parador.es/en/paradores/parador-de-granada

    Unique and sustainable accommodation

    There are currently almost a hundred Paradores located throughout most of Spain. They usually have an average of 65 rooms, thus ensuring a personal, quality customer service. More than half of them are located in historical monuments and buildings; and many others offer accommodation in national parks and outstanding natural spaces. In addition, their restaurants serve a harmonious blend of traditional dishes alongside the latest culinary trends. All of this shows the Paradores’ commitment to sustainability, which translates into a management model where the protection of historical and cultural heritage, care for the environment and the promotion of the local economy always prevail.

    We on one trip had picked up Eurolease in Biarritz, started out in Parador de Hondarribia then paradores across north spain then inland to Leon – https://www.parador.es/en/paradores/parador-de-leon across to Parador de Santiago de Compostela, Parador de Pontevedra, Parador de Baiona down to Portugal back through Madrid to Coast backup to France


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  32. For fuck’s sake, m0nster, get a grip man.
    SitRep.
    You’ve got Kung Flu. Confirmed.
    From here, one of two things are going to happen.
    Most likely you will be back to normal (whatever the fuck that is) in a couple of days.
    Or there is a tiny, miniscule possibility your condition might worsen and you might die.
    I doubt it, but let’s deal with that contingency.
    Stop sooking about being too young for anti-virals. Get a bit resourceful. Find a relative who is over 65, get them to declare a positive RAT and get someone to grab some anti-virals from the chemist.
    Stop being a fucking rule-following socialist. Take a bit of control.
    You might even consider horse paste.
    Can’t do any harm.
    Might save you life, who knows?


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  33. Last Night of the Proms on ABC 22. Rather rotund Aussie tenor Stuart Skelton in cricket whites and floppy green leads the singing of Rule Brittania. Lots of bonhomie.

    When Britain first, at heaven’s command
    Arose from out the azure main
    Arose arose from out the azure main
    This was the charter, the charter of the land
    And guardian angels sang this strain
    Rule Britannia, Britannia, rule the waves
    Britons never, never, shall be slaves
    Rule Britannia, Britannia, rule the waves
    Britons never, never, shall be slaves
    Still more majestic shalt thou rise
    More dreadful from each foreign stroke
    More dreadful, dreadful from each foreign stroke
    As the loud blast, the blast that tears the skies
    Serves but to root thy native oak
    Rule Britannia, Britannia, rule the waves
    Britons never, never, shall be slaves
    Rule Britannia, Britannia, rule the waves
    Britons never, never, shall be slaves
    Still more majestic shalt thou rise
    More dreadful from each foreign stroke
    More dreadful, dreadful from each foreign stroke
    As the loud blast, the blast that tears the skies
    Serves but to root thy native oak
    Rule Britannia, Britannia, rule the waves
    Britons never, never, shall be slaves
    Rule Britannia, Britannia, rule the waves
    Britons never, never, shall be slaves
    The Muses, still with freedom found
    Shall to thy happy coasts repair
    Shall to thy happy, happy coasts repair
    Blest isle regardless, with countless beauty places
    And manly hearts to guard the fair
    Rule Britannia, Britannia, rule the waves
    Britons never, never, shall be slaves
    Rule Britannia, Britannia, rule the waves
    Britons never, never, shall be slaves



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  34. Stop being a fucking rule-following socialist. Take a bit of control.
    You might even consider horse paste.
    Can’t do any harm.
    Might save you life, who knows?

    In Monty’s book, if it’s not fucking up someone else’s life, it’s not an appropriate treatment/mitigation.


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  35. Get ready for a new strategy to get you masked up, since very few people are wearing them. The medico-industrio fascists are seeking to change the messaging. According to some ex-UN doctor on Sky today, masks are not to keep you safe – they’re to keep the people around you safe! So, it’s about embarrassing you until you concede that you have responsibilities beyond your own needs.


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  36. Daily Mail, on the subject of THAT fracas in Darwin – curious, they aren’t allowing comments.

    Frightening footage emerges of a ‘riot’ at a Woolworths supermarket as a brawl breaks out and one man runs around wielding a knife

    Witnesses describe seeing a ‘riot’ break out as people brawled at a Woolworths
    Video posted on social media showed several people brawling outside the store
    At least 10 people were involved, with reports of several knives being seen



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  37. Did anyone see reported in the Oz, Hugh Jackman received one of those alphabet guernseys in time for a photo-op and before the Manly players were informed of the club’s requirement for their own change of attire.


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  38. Intriguing book titles for the jaded:

    Don’t Look at Me: a child’s book about feeling different.
    “Help Lord: the Devil Wants Me Fat”: a scriptural approach to healthy eating.
    It Won’t Last Forever: a child’s book about living with a depressed parent.
    The Key to Femininity: always ask a man.
    Natural Bust Enlargement With Total Mind Power: how to use the other 90% of your mind to increase the size of your breasts.
    Make Your Own Sex Toys: 50 quick and satisfying projects.



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  39. Bar Beach Swimmer says:
    July 27, 2022 at 9:40 pm

    Get ready for a new strategy to get you masked up, since very few people are wearing them. The medico-industrio fascists are seeking to change the messaging. According to some ex-UN doctor on Sky today, masks are not to keep you safe – they’re to keep the people around you safe! So, it’s about embarrassing you until you concede that you have responsibilities beyond your own needs.

    Simple answer.

    I’m. Not. Sick.


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  40. I may get lucky, but COVID luck runs out for dozens of Victorians every day.

    Such a fucking drama queen.

    If it barely touched a fat fuck like you, any Victorian that croaks from Covid was weeks away from death anyway.

    Two years of destruction and forced experimental medication for a virus that can barely get munty of his food?!


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  41. According to some ex-UN doctor on Sky today, masks are not to keep you safe – they’re to keep the people around you safe!

    …so they can wear a mask all they like.

    Look if jellyback Parrot Head has said no and we’re past mid winter, the chance of this happening seems remote.


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  42. we’re past mid winter, the chance of this happening seems remote

    I’m not so sure, there has been a inexplicable maskening of vicdanistan over the last couple of weeks. Stupid government combined with stupid people, anything is possible.


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  43. we’re past mid winter, the chance of this happening seems remote

    But, Dot, it’s got nothing to do with our “great” leader and bringing back any health directive – because most people would be against any retrograde move now.

    Nor is it about the time of year – winter or summer, is not the concern. In these people’s minds, it’s an “embarrassment thang”. “We will look down on you because until you put it on, you’re a bad person!” (And done with a harpy’s shriek). The “how dare you!” contingent of the ABC with Norman Swan in the lead.


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  44. According to some ex-UN doctor on Sky today, masks are not to keep you safe – they’re to keep the people around you safe!

    If that’s the case, then masks work only when exhaling, but not when inhaling. Therefore, the masks must consist of little one way valves. Who knew?

    The solution then is simple. Rather than mandate everyone wear masks, just have the bed-wetters wear two masks – one facing in, one facing out! Normal people can just get on with their lives.


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  45. You are correct rick, masks everywhere near me including on young children.
    And now in addition to hoarding tissues (mum witnessed a lady buy 76 boxes at aldi which didn’t have a two box limit) now there is high demand for eggs, so local Coles has a two cartoon limit.
    I bought one cartoon.


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  46. Nor is it about the time of year – winter or summer, is not the concern. In these people’s minds, it’s an “embarrassment thang”. “We will look down on you because until you put it on, you’re a bad person!” (And done with a harpy’s shriek). The “how dare you!” contingent of the ABC with Norman Swan in the lead.

    I am embarrassed to be part of a species that loves being swindled.

    Next life: Ferengi, please.


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  47. I actually do see where the ‘Covid isn’t real’ folks are coming from. I think they’re wrong, but I get it. Imagine your current self telling your 2019 self about the terrible swathe Covid is cutting through the community – snuffing out the lives of those pushing 90 and the morbidly obese with cardiovascular and respiratory problems. And diabetes. It’s not as though such people are at a heightened risk of dying as compared with your average person. It’s so unusual.


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  48. I’ve seen that hotel in the Alhambra complex old Ozzie, but as I’ve visited the place twice no great desire to return unless I take a family member with me.
    Last time we rocked up early without a booking and were the last ones let in for the day, week day in January, I wouldn’t do that again.
    I’ll keep Paradores in mind if im travelling with someone else, I’ve always used Airbnb in Spain, lots of interesting apartments in different locations and usuall very reasonable prices.
    I think we stayed on Elvira? St the first time in Granada (had the original gate to the city?) and a place in a back street near the cathedral the second.


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  49. My own snapshot of mask wearers in Perth city gives a small amount of confidence that common sense is returning. About a week ago, I counted people passing me while I was waiting for my darling wife. About one in three were wearing a mask. Today I repeated the exercise, and it was about one in five.


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  50. Madrid Cordoba Rondo Cadiz huevla? then bus into Portugal is looking good.
    There are a couple of medieval walled cities starting with e in southern Portugal I want to visit and I wouldn’t mind visiting North Western Portugal and then a couple of the towns on the coast above Santiago de Compostela.
    Then maybe the train to San Seb and into France.
    Just have to be sure all is calm at home first.


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  51. I don’t really pay attention to masks unless someone is wearing them outside. Then I just think how sad it would be to be that uninformed.


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  52. Bye bye Trump.

    No one is voting for a death penalty for drug dealers in 2024.

    “China doesn’t have drug problems”

    They have a communism problem.

    Executing drug dealers is a step away from shooting pub owners and home brewers.

    Please. Less government power. Less killing.

    Bring on de Santis and repeal Clinton’s drug kingpin law too.


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  53. Think about it.

    Along with the drug Czar and President, who is going to make policies here?

    That’s right, a Health Czar.

    That will definitely work out well and be science based. Maybe even Scoience! based.

    Health freedom, but if you take the politically incorrect drug, we will shoot you if you make money on the side selling it, to save your life, bro.

    That sounds similar to “reasoning” made over the last two and a half years.


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  54. Something is definitely up,

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11049903/Matt-Gaetz-likely-prison-sex-trafficking-2024-Pence-aide-Marc-Short-says.html

    Interestingly:

    Gaetz has denied the sex-trafficking allegations against him, and no charges have been filed against him. The New York Times first reported the existence of the federal investigation into Gaetz in March 2021.

    I may have to eat crow and ask forgiveness from God (Trump).

    This seems to be the start of three months of rank propaganda.

    Followed by two years of full spectrum, maximum power indoctrination.


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  55. No one is voting for a death penalty for drug dealers in 2024.

    pity

    there never was a “war’ on drugs, if there was then possession of illegal drugs would result in summary execution on the sidewalk, like in Saudi Arabia.

    Was it Frederick Forsyth who wrote a book on what a real war on drugs looks like? (The Cobra I think)

    Instead, it was hardly a crime, and may as well be made legal.


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  56. will says:
    July 28, 2022 at 5:36 am

    No one is voting for a death penalty for drug dealers in 2024.

    pity

    there never was a “war’ on drugs, if there was then possession of illegal drugs would result in summary execution on the sidewalk, like in Saudi Arabia.

    Was it Frederick Forsyth who wrote a book on what a real war on drugs looks like? (The Cobra I think)

    Instead, it was hardly a crime, and may as well be made legal.

    Agreed, let Darwin’s law decide. Sad for some but it’s self-inflicted.


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  57. After what’s been happening over the past few years and still think it’s a good idea to give the government more power. All is lost.

    Geebus!


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  58. The US Democrats have turned up dirty tricks to 13 overnight.

    Biden is basically CGI now and endless leaks of fatuous and vexatious criminal probes against America first Repubs. Gaetz & Trump, etc.

    The funny thing is, Hillary will never be President.


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  59. LaborLotto!
    Senate president wants to ditch the Lord’s Prayer, says article in the Paywallian.

    And yet, from the instigator of the Acknowledgement of Country farce:

    Dingo brushes off accusations that the welcome to country has become an empty gesture or, worse, a form of tokenism. For him the ancient ceremony has the same religious purpose and spiritual weight as attending church. “You can’t kill spirituality. You can’t take somebody’s soul. You can’t kill the presence, the inner sanctums of spirituality. You can’t do that.”

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2016/feb/23/ernie-dingo-and-richard-walley-on-the-40th-year-of-their-welcome-to-country

    Hypocrisy perhaps?


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  60. David Llewelyn article at News website: Australia is Screwed!
    A lot of blather about interest rates and inflation, while not wanting to sheet home blame for kneecapping the economy with climate changey crap like wind and solar while building no new affordable and reliable power.
    Add the over-reaction to da virus and the excruciating expenditure (cheered on by state Labor premiers) and you have a Reserve Bank with a tendency to raise rates.
    Activists will continue to try and shut down our remaining major earners called Mining and Agriculture, so we would then be “totally screwed” for sure.


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  61. Mater at 7:05 am, it’s not a religion but it’s a religion.

    The fact that they perform in parliament the welcome to country rite straight after the prayer indicates absolutely that it is a religion.

    The welcome to country ritual is a handy stand-in for worship of environmentalism and Gaia. It is paganism, pure and simple. The mono-theistic religions tolerating it is akin to promoting it and therefore against their own beliefs.


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  62. The Beer whisperersays:
    July 27, 2022 at 7:40 pm
    Excellent article, Beery. I love old maps and drawings – linking it to building detective work is the icing on the cake.

    Thanks, Calli. I’m still deciding whether to post his somewhat conspiratorial article on Australia, which isn’t as good, but interesting all the same.

    interesting — but it seems likely to me that the building in question re-worked some facades which explains much of the ‘mystery’ he’s making up.

    The only real ‘unsolved’ part is the original stereoscopic photo, but the photo has been retouched or the M has fallen off.

    Better image here https://i.imgur.com/RvfPVHy.png


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  63. It is paganism, pure and simple.

    The worship of the creation rather than the Creator. The Christians in parliament should be especially worried – no point in asking for their work to be blessed and then baring their backsides to the Almighty as they bend down to sniff the magical smoke.


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  64. Unfortunately James Lovelock created a religion – the worship of Gaia. There is no other way to explain the religious fervour of so many Climate Change activists. And like other worshippers, some are more devout than others. But all seemingly elevate what they see as the health of the planet above all else – certainly above the well-being of the human species.

    The planet is an immensely complex and dynamic entity, & that complexity needs to be monitored, as we do. But to believe that our species can control or substantially influence those processes had always seemed ludicrous to me.


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  65. Duncanm, the other point he’s making though is the manufactured history of architect and date built. It’s curious that even relatively recent structures such as this have a “story” woven around them that doesn’t stand up to scrutiny.

    I liked the idea though that it might incorporate some much older elements, much the same as many buildings in Rome for instance.


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  66. Labor.
    Making energy significantly more expensive and less reliable.
    Strangle our main export earners, mining and agriculture.

    What’s not to like?


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  67. The welcome to country ritual is a handy stand-in for worship of environmentalism and Gaia. It is paganism, pure and simple. The mono-theistic religions tolerating it is akin to promoting it and therefore against their own beliefs.

    It also has the nasty undertone to all non-Aboriginal Australians that this is not your country. I don’t need to be welcomed into the land that I was born in, my parents were born in and my grandparents and great-grandparents were born and died in.


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  68. You know what the galleria looks like to me, two crossing streets that have been covered over with a glass roof, apparently the church of Santa Brigida is also incorporated.
    I might go Rome Naples Sicily Sardinia Barcelona.
    inside


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  69. “You can’t kill spirituality. You can’t take somebody’s soul. You can’t kill the presence, the inner sanctums of spirituality. You can’t do that.”

    Mmm…the prog-left would like to do just that to the Manly 7.

    They can’t even attend the match because of security concerns, which suggests credible death threats have been received.


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  70. It also has the nasty undertone to all non-Aboriginal Australians that this is not your country.

    If we’re welcome to country why all the talk abut Invasion Day and de-colonisation?

    Can’t we all just get along, as most Australians thought we were making genuine progress at?


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  71. There is clearly going to be a substitution of welcome to country for the Lord’s prayer.
    I’m not sure I care that much.
    We should be getting people back to church.


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  72. I’d be more supportive of the welcome to country prayer if it mentioned the goals of raising education standards & reducing domestic violence in all indigenous communities.


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  73. Dingo brushes off accusations that the welcome to country has become an empty gesture or, worse, a form of tokenism. For him the ancient ceremony has the same religious purpose and spiritual weight as attending church. “You can’t kill spirituality. You can’t take somebody’s soul. You can’t kill the presence, the inner sanctums of spirituality. You can’t do that.”

    I was at boarding school with Ernie Dingo in the early 1970’s. Pulling the legs of gullible white fellas was something he and his claque thought fine sport. They all considered an education fully funded by the whitefella taxpayer their rightful due – boarding fees, airfares home for holidays, textbooks, school excursions, pocket money, the lot.


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  74. Well even the Breakfast TV morons commented on it:
    Australian athlete WITH Covid (I believe a squash player) is being permitted to play when positive to Covid.

    It is breathtaking hypocrisy after the damage done to Djokovic in refusing to allow him to compete I. The Australian Open when he was NEGATIVE but unvaccinated.

    Ally Langton Ch9 said “it is a strange world”.

    Well HELLO- she was one the most vociferous against positions opposed to vaccination.

    But no – they will just say “we are moving on” – ignoring the terrible damage their stupidity did to families & friendships in supporting mandate& the rest of the totalitarian measure against the unvaccinated.


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  75. IMF Data, Global Output Contracted in Second Quarter
    July 27, 2022 | Sundance

    Notice the IMF does not generate a single word about the western industrialized nations using the climate change issue to justify their Build Back Better energy programs.

    The global pretending continues.

    It is very weird to keep seeing all of these global institutions ignoring the origin of the global economic issues. The World Bank will not say it directly, the EU central bank will not say it directly, the U.S. Federal Reserve will not say it directly, the U.S Treasury Dept will not say it directly, nor will the Australians, U.K. or E.U. Central Commission.



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  76. BTW the squash player is being permitted to play at the Commonwealth Games with Covid.

    In my outrage I forget to give the details – sorry.


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  77. School history ‘teaching national shame to our children’

    Natasha Bita
    Education Editor
    12:00AM July 28, 2022
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    “National shame’’ is being taught in school history lessons, a new Centre of Independent Studies ­report claims.

    British analyst Joanna Williams has charged into Australia’s culture wars, blaming a black-armband view of history for the rise in identity politics among young Australians.

    “History classes increasingly focus on past wrongdoings rather than a more positive view of the nation state,” she writes in a report for the CIS.

    “Successive generations of children have been socialised into negative feelings towards the ­nation. In response, we can see a rise in iconoclasm in Australia, and across the rest of the Western world, and a worrying trend of privileging the differences of identity groups above the potentially unifying notion of national citizenship.”

    Ms Williams, the founder and director of libertarian British think tank Cieo, said national history was often considered a “source of shame’’ in both Britain and Australia.

    “In both countries, history classes increasingly focus on past wrongdoings rather than celebrating national successes, and schools promote global citizenship rather than national citizenship,’’ she writes.

    Ms Williams argues history should be taught in a chronological and balanced way.

    “Ignoring past atrocities leaves young people ignorant and at risk of repeating immoral acts,’’ she writes. “But an increasingly prioritised focus on atrocities above all else robs a national story of its ­capacity to inspire and unite.’’

    Ms Williams writes that history teaching in recent decades has placed more emphasis on ­students’ analytical skills than knowledge.

    “This is premised on an understanding that the past is ‘messy’ and people need to be ‘trained’ to make sense of it,’’ she writes in the report.

    “Some Australian historians are keen to bring emotion into history. This focus on emotional responses empowers potentially activist teachers to promote their own inter­pretations, irrespective of the knowledge content of the ­curriculum.’’

    Ms Williams writes that successive generations of chil­dren in Britain and Australia have been taught a history curriculum that “substitutes identity for chronology and elite national shame for balance’’.

    “The legacy is cohorts of young adults who have grown alienated from their nation and its democratic process.”

    Australia’s revised national curriculum, which will be taught from next year, will teach Indigenous perspectives of a white invasion, alongside concepts of a Christian and Western heritage.

    A new “deep time” strand will focus on Aboriginal and Torres Strait ­Islander history and the impact of European ­arrival, including the concept of an “invasion’’.

    The impact of colonisation on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders – “for example, dispossession, dislocation and the loss of lives through frontier conflict, disease and loss of food sources and medicines” – is included in the new national curriculum.



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  78. For all of his faults, I can’t remember Obama talking all that much publicly about Bush once he was elected.
    I’m sure he did.
    But Biden just can’t stop talking about Trump or his “predecessor” as he calls him.


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  79. Social work academic whoworks with the NRL to help with their Pacific island players blames colonisation for the players’ stance.

    Evidently brown people have no moral agency of their own.


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  80. They all considered an education fully funded by the whitefella taxpayer their rightful due – boarding fees, airfares home for holidays, textbooks, school excursions, pocket money, the lot.

    Giving all indigenous kids the option of going to boarding school on the tax payer tab would save tax payers a fuck ton of money in the long term.
    But considering the industry around ensuring indigenous Australians are a permanent underclass that will never happen.
    Also, they’d scream stolen generation.
    It’s all about money.


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  81. Mmm…the prog-left would like to do just that to the Manly 7.

    They can’t even attend the match because of security concerns, which suggests credible death threats have been received.

    Roger, they also don’t want to risk the spectacle of them perhaps being applauded by average supporters.
    Someone touched on this the other day.
    The likes of Bandana Man hates them because their religion represents colonial and evangelist settlement of the Pacific. It irks him that it lives on through fervent Christian devotion.
    He would love to call them “Uncle Tom coconuts” but that is a bridge too far, even for him.


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  82. Giving all indigenous kids the option of going to boarding school on the tax payer tab would save tax payers a fuck ton of money in the long term.

    I don’t know what applies in other states but they’ve had that option in QLD for decades.


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  83. I love Pauline;

    “I’m furious about this, that chamber is a people’s chamber, the Australian people have never been asked to accept or vote on the Aboriginal flag.

    It was forced upon us, and given pride and precedent over our Australian flag. I’m furious. This is divisive.”
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  84. Roger, they also don’t want to risk the spectacle of them perhaps being applauded by average supporters.

    The NRL is going to do immense damage to itself over this issue.

    These players and their fans will walk away from the game rather than betray their beliefs.


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  85. Roger at 8:27.
    Yes.
    It is the colonial source of the religion which pisses off the SJW.
    If they were haka-hoppin’ Kiwis they would be tip-toeing around “culture and tradition”.


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  86. This is what they plan for us. Or rather, some ghastly facsimile. Buried alive.

    Oh, yay! Another Tower of Babel.

    How original.

    The translator of Orosius
    Intil his chronicle writes thus;
    That when the sun is at the hicht,
    At noon, when it doth shine maist bricht,
    The shadow of that hideous strength
    Sax mile and mair it is of length:
    Thus may ye judge into your thocht,
    Gif Babylon be heich or nocht.

    – Sir David Lyndsay



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  87. Giving all indigenous kids the option of going to boarding school on the tax payer tab would save tax payers a fuck ton of money in the long term.
    But considering the industry around ensuring indigenous Australians are a permanent underclass that will never happen.

    It was tried in Tasmania (by one of my ancestors) in Tasmania, as far back as 1835.

    https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/4181618?searchTerm=Hobart%20courier%20ten%20little%20aborigines%201835

    Also, they’d scream stolen generation.

    Yep, that’s what happened. Even back then.


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  88. That story about the train conductor being dismissed for suggesting there might be such a thing as Black Privilege – here is the text of the Tweet:

    With our help, Simon Isherwood has won his Employment Tribunal case against West Midlands Trains! The rail conductor was dismissed for gross misconduct after asking whether indigenous populations enjoy ‘black privilege’ in African countries during a diversity training course.

    Guy was not even suggesting it existed in the UK. Just that, if there is supposed to be White Privilege in ‘white’ countries, do ‘black’ countries have Black Privilege.

    Just think what West Midlands Rail must think that such a question is grounds for dismissal. What they must think so that White Privilege is accepted as a scourge beyond question, but the very thought of Black Privilege is nonsensical to the point of malice.


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  89. Iirc private indigenous scholarship scheme for non government schools biggest problem is that children from remote communities can’t cope with the dislocation.
    Urban children do much better so the scholarships programme may have ended up the way a lot of things do.


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  90. It is the colonial source of the religion which pisses off the SJW.
    If they were haka-hoppin’ Kiwis they would be tip-toeing around “culture and tradition”.

    Its’ revealing that the NRL would employ a cultural Marxist to advise them on their Pacific island players. No wonder they have no insight into their religious beliefs.

    It’s evident from the boilerplate that the coaches are now uttering publicly that they have all been to “workshops” on the gay issue, probably as a condition of their continued employment in the NRL.


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  91. From Anchor What’s link at 6:31am

    Trump thinks we can vanquish all comers if we just put our minds to it, and he’s right… Courage never demands perfection…

    Apart from agreeing with the article on Trump , this statement caught my eye for another reason. I thought of the soldier at war (or, maybe, my idea of what that person would be like in such circumstances) and I thought of everything that’s being thrown at Ben Roberts-Smith in the media and now in the courts over the past four years. And I repeat it because of that: courage never demands perfection.


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  92. China Insights

    In May and June of this year, Chinese warships took turns appearing outside the first island chain, including the Liaoning aircraft carrier in eastern Taiwan and Okinawa waters.
    The specific method of the CCP’s Anti-Access and Area Denial is to attack the U.S. aircraft carrier formation so that it does not dare to approach China’s surrounding waters easily.
    In June and July, the U.S. military launched counterattacks in the East China Sea and the South China Sea in response to the CCP’s weaknesses. It made clear that the Indo-Pacific strategy has become a priority for the U.S. in recent years.


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  93. Iirc private indigenous scholarship scheme for non government schools biggest problem is that children from remote communities can’t cope with the dislocation.

    That can happen, but just as many relish the opportunity to get away from those communities.


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  94. Iirc private indigenous scholarship scheme for non government schools biggest problem is that children from remote communities can’t cope with the dislocation.

    Still racist.
    Why are white kids, who are potentially in as much need, overlooked because of skin colour?

    Need, not breed.


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  95. These players and their fans will walk away from the game rather than betray their beliefs.

    Would now be a good time for a Kerry Packeresque swoop to start a “we dont give a shit, just play the game” league?


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  96. It sure is racist.
    But taxpayer money is getting pissed away on a million things.
    Breaking the cycle in indigenous communities is just as good a place as any.


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  97. Email from Drinking/Lunch Mate – slightly older

    Sardonic Senior Pearls of Wisdom

    I’ve learned that pleasing everyone is impossible, but pissing everyone off is a piece of cake.

    If you find yourself feeling useless, remember it took 20 years, trillions of dollars, and four presidents to replace the Taliban with the Taliban.

    I’m responsible for what I say, not what you understand.

    Common sense is like deodorant. The people who need it the most never use it.

    My tolerance for idiots is extremely low these days. I used to have some immunity built up, but obviously, there’s a new strain out there.

    It’s not my age that bothers me; it’s the side effects.

    I’m not saying I’m old and worn out, but I make sure I’m nowhere near the curb on trash day.

    As I watch this generation try and rewrite our history, I’m sure of one thing: It will be misspelt and have no punctuation.

    As I’ve gotten older, people think I’ve become lazy. The truth is I’m just being more energy-efficient.

    Turns out that being a “senior” is mostly just googling how to do stuff.

    I want to be 18 again and ruin my life differently. I have new ideas.

    God promised men that good and obedient wives would be found in all corners of the world. Then he made the earth round. . . and laughed and laughed and laughed.

    I’m on two diets. I wasn’t getting enough food on one.

    I put my scale in the bathroom corner and that’s where the little liar will stay until it apologises.

    My mind is like an internet browser. At least 19 open tabs, 3 of them are frozen, and I have no clue where the music is coming from.

    Hard to believe I once had a phone attached to a wall, and when it rang, I picked it up without knowing who was calling.

    Apparently RSVPing to a wedding invitation “Maybe next time” isn’t the correct response.

    She says I keep pushing her buttons. If that were true, I would have found mute by now.

    Sometimes the Universe puts you in the same situation again to see if you’re still a dumbass.

    There is no such thing as a grouchy old person. The truth is that once you get old, you stop being polite and start being honest.


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  98. Just think what West Midlands Rail must think that such a question is grounds for dismissal.

    Gross misconduct, no less.
    I suspect the rail union would’ve gone to the mattresses if he’d been merely
    hopped up on goofballs and got a couple of passengers killed.


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  99. The rail conductor was dismissed for gross misconduct after asking whether indigenous populations enjoy ‘black privilege’ in African countries during a diversity training course.

    Stolen…


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  100. Suprise!
    Redefined along with recession in the USA to mean “completely predictable, growing and looming”…

    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-07-28/us-rate-hike-75-wall-street-inflation/101276276
    “Inflation has obviously surprised to the upside over the past year, and further surprises could be in store,” chair Jerome Powell said.

    “My colleagues and I are acutely aware that high inflation imposes significant hardship, especially on those least able to meet the higher costs of essentials like food, housing, and transportation


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  101. Mother Lodesays:

    July 28, 2022 at 8:50 am

    That story about the train conductor being dismissed for suggesting there might be such a thing as Black Privilege

    Years ago I was press-ganged into a training session on diversidy, inclusion yada, yada, and set a little trap.
    I related the example Mrs P encountered in her employment of a chap refusing to shake her hand because he doesn’t shake hands with women.
    Much tut-tutting and “How dare he!”
    I then revealed that he was a Moosley and it was his cultural and religious beliefs which drove his stance, and the room suddenly went a bit quiet.
    I asked which set of values should prevail. Australian commitment to gender equality or his religious and cultural beliefs.
    “It’s complicated. Let’s park that one for now.”
    It never got un-parked. Of course, had I said he was a fundamentalist Christian relying on obscure Bible verses, I doubt it would have been a conundrum.
    The upside was that I was not asked to participate for the remainder of the course.


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  102. Indolent’s link at 8:34.

    In his article. Senger asks the question, why did western govts throw out their pandemic plans and, as one, institute lockdowns etc?

    For far too many years now, there seems to be too many frogs regularly visiting too many ponds, starting with the UN.


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  103. Would now be a good time for a Kerry Packeresque swoop to start a “we dont give a shit, just play the game” league?

    I tell you what, if Rugby Australia had any nous they’d be watching the situation closely.

    Most of the players would have no problem switching codes and would take the fans with them.


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  104. But taxpayer money is getting pissed away on a million things.
    Breaking the cycle in indigenous communities is just as good a place as any.

    And it’s odds on that a lot of aboriginal kids will be on top of the stack in terms of need, but let’s get rid of race being the determining factor in determining eligibility.

    I’ve seen these private (and public) scholarships go to some very privileged kids, based purely on some Aboriginality. It’s a disgrace.


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  105. The Alex Jones movie is being promoted on the Apple TV platform.
    It’s odd that a chap who’s been de-banked & de-platformed is having a movie/doco about him available via one of two of the biggest tech ecosystems in the western world.
    I smell a rat.


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  106. Bar Beach Swimmer:

    Get ready for a new strategy to get you masked up, since very few people are wearing them. The medico-industrio fascists are seeking to change the messaging.

    Got my latest T shirts back from Vistaprint.
    These ones have “Remove the Masks & Smell the Bullshit” on the front.
    A big hit in the docs yesterday, and the hospital this morning.
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  107. Who made the mistake? – Australian mountain climber Matthew Eakin’s body found on K2

    The Himalayan Times newspaper reported Mr Eakin and Mr Cartier went missing last week during their descent from Camp 2 to Camp 1.

    Rescuers found the two men’s bodies on Tuesday.

    Mr Dube-Fahmy had been keeping a log of the group’s K2 trek on Facebook and had last posted on July 21, stating that the trio was “pretty tired” after 16 hours of climbing.

    Today we touched lower C4 (76,000m). We are heading back to Base Camp tomorrow,” he wrote.

    “It’s starting to get cold. We are pretty tired after these two big days.”


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  108. Good support for Pauline and the Manley players from what I can see. I see the Speaker wants to do away with the Lords prayer.
    Credlin has a great article in the Oz today. One of her best.


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  109. thefrollickingmolesays:

    July 28, 2022 at 9:17 am

    Is that the same type of rugby that inflicted this on the world?

    I think you’re just being transphobic.


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  110. Facts no longer matter. This rejected comment I made at the Oz was in reaction to an article by AFP about recent research by Andersen and another, that suggests the virus not from a lab. Perfect example of how the game is being played.

    “Anybody who has followed the Wuhan story will recognise the name Kristian Andersen mentioned in this article. He was one of the first to email Fauci (1 February 2020) expressing concern that the virus was “engineered”. He subsequently backtracked and months later received a US$1.8m grant from NIH. He also deleted all his 5,000 Tweets and closed his account.

    See also Chapter 14 of Sharri Markson book What really happened in Wuhan. It would be interesting to see her comments about this latest research.

    This article is more of a press release for the research mentioned which is why none of his early involvement in the saga is mentioned”.


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  111. Trump in 2024 is the only answer against the political elites

    By Kelly Sadler – The Washington Times – Tuesday, July 26, 2022

    As Washington and New York City political pundits and politicians salivate over the Jan. 6 show trial and speculate whether former President Donald Trump still has a hold on the Republican Party, they’re missing one key point: The majority of the American electorate hates them.

    So much so, that many are willing to turn to Mr. Trump in 2024 no matter what because he’s a proven streetfighter who is unafraid to take on bureaucratic thugs and return the government to the people.

    According to a recent University of Chicago poll, 56% believe the government is corrupt and rigged. In a Quinnipiac poll, less than a third of the country approves of the jobs President Biden and Congress are doing. And Americans’ confidence in the news media has fallen to an all-time low, Gallup reported this month.

    The American public simply doesn’t believe what they’re being fed from the political elites, and why would they?
    On Sunday, former Vice President Al Gore compared so-called “climate-deniers” to police inactivity during the Uvalde, Texas, shooting.

    This man, whose net worth is estimated to be $300 million, once said the Arctic would be ice-free in the summer of 2013 and New York City and Miami would be underwater by 2015.

    Just 1% of Americans named “climate change” as the most important problem facing the U.S. in a recent New York Times poll. The vast majority agree economic issues are their top concern.

    Yet, according to the Biden administration, the economy is strong.

    Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, who last year explained inflation was merely “transitory,” is now working to change the definition of the word “recession” — which most economists acknowledge is two-quarters of GDP contraction.

    Last week, it was reported by Axios that, if reelected, Mr. Trump plans on gutting the federal bureaucracy. The elites in Washington shuddered.

    “How could unelected bureaucrats possibly lose their jobs?” they practically muttered out loud, fearing for their own futures.

    Yet, personnel is policy.

    A promise to reform a bloated administrative state that acts like unaccountable autocrats (look no further than Dr. Anthony Fauci) would be welcomed by many Americans who want the government to work for them, not the other way around.


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  112. thefrollickingmole says:
    July 28, 2022 at 9:17 am
    Is that the same type of rugby that inflicted this on the world?

    thefrollickingmole, warnings think about people drinking morning coffee


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  113. Roger most sports administrators stuff everything they touch. Its the scotty from marketing approach. National bodies made up of not quite good enoughs dictating terms and conditions. I walked from watching cricket and rugby union. I walked from martial arts after it was being made into a sport. I sought out others who thought the same. Having people tell me I needed a licence to teach certain things. F Off in no uncertain terms. Falling out with so called friends when I disagreed with the approach taken. C’est la vie.


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  114. Indolent:

    “Teenage killers are picking up their bad vibes from the general culture, because they are not stupid. They hear the adults screaming with rage, and then it becomes easier for them to act it out.”

    https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2022/07/narcissistic_rage_on_the_left.html

    I would say that something very similar is happening with blacks in the US. Generations of ugly music, made by ugly men, are appealing to an ugly black culture.


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  115. “Inflation has obviously surprised to the upside over the past year, and further surprises could be in store,” chair Jerome Powell said.

    what a lying sack of shit


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  116. “You can’t kill spirituality. You can’t take somebody’s soul. You can’t kill the presence, the inner sanctums of spirituality. You can’t do that.”

    If they remove The Lord’s Prayer from the beginning of Parliament I actually have no trouble with this. It doesn’t make them better people, as we see every day, and they defile it when they say it.

    Truth is, Australia is a secular country. Australians aren’t necessarily, but it is the posture that allows policy to best serve Australia’s Christians, atheists, and the various other creeds equally. Besides, I am not sure I would want to live in a country where the government had its own religious tenets that might be at odds with my own.

    But at the same time the magic and mythology of Aborigines should be kept out of Parliament. Rainbow Serpents and mystical connections to the land can be a topic elsewhere but no special rights, privileges or gifts should be granted on that basis because they are beliefs of a transcendent nature that cannot be shown to be real.

    Let them hold their ceremonies, recite their myths, let them have feelings that their hearts resonate in some special sympathy in certain places, as long as it is on the same basis as other people.


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  117. So we have moved on from a year of “silly hysterical wimmins and their bottom bits” to ‘Ok so it does affect periods, but its only mild’..

    And they wonder in heir darkest moments why the media/”science!” is having a reputational crisis.
    Does the Covid vaccine really affect your period? Here’s what our study found
    Viki Male
    The results are reassuring: the changes are small and short-lived, and other studies show the jab does not affect fertility

    Only another 2 years to ‘ok so it did affect fertility, but only in rare cases”…


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  118. Social work academic whoworks with the NRL to help with their Pacific island players blames colonisation for the players’ stance.

    Evidently brown people have no moral agency of their own.

    That is standard thinking. Surely it is racist to be speaking for the fuzzy wuzzies?


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  119. “National shame’’ is being taught in school history lessons, a new Centre of Independent Studies ­report claims.

    If there is national shame to be had and future generations warned against, sure. I think the Boche spent a fair bit of time on that sort of thing in the 20th Century’s latter decades.

    Not this country, though. Nowhere near it. Not unless ‘national shame’ includes introducing the written word, clothes, permanent structures, more than doubling life expectancy, rah rah rah.

    Best genocide ever.


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  120. On Senate President Sue Lines not wanting to repeat each day the Lord’s Prayer.

    The preamble of the constitution states the following:

    Whereas the people of New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Queensland, and Tasmania, humbly relying on the blessing of Almighty God, have agreed to unite in one indissoluble Federal Commonwealth under the Crown of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland,

    Lines is not being asked to believe what she is saying; she’s just required to say it for, if not legal precept – (perhaps that preamble has legal standing on this?) – then, at least historical and cultural respect of Australia and the institutions that founded this nation.

    As Australians, we are being asked to accept things we do not believe – sometimes for “diversity sake” – but all the time to allow those in charge to lord it over us.

    So we’re being pushed to sign up to things like, “a man can be a woman…a rainbow is important for the mental health of a bunch of …” and “always was, always will be…” Or , in the new medico-fascism, “face masks save lives”.

    I’ll let Lines off the hook when she, the MPs, and the bureaucrats let the people off the hook about every bull sh1t claim from them and their ilk. Until then…


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  121. Monty says at 8:47 pm:

    I have had a better day, no naps and have eaten a little more. Hopefully this mode lasts until the weekend is through.

    This is the third anxious post from Monty; a perfect illustration of the difference between the Right and the Left.

    Monty is ruled by the ABC who has told him to be very afraid, take the (so called) vaccines, covid is evil, covid is a killer (never mentioning that the average age of covid related deaths is 83). Isolate! Mask up! You’re going to die!

    The sensible Right take sensible precautions according to their age and health, then go about their daily business. If they catch covid, they’re free to use any of the treatments available – including Ivermectin – because they’re not brainwashed by the minions of big pharma. Some, myself included, actually expose themselves deliberately to covid. Few live in fear of it.

    The hysterical Left and the rational Right. Those who live by the ABC and those who scoff, ‘Is that true, or did your hear it on the ABC?’


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  122. Rosie:

    Monty if a frail wheelchair bound 92 year old can survive covid you can.
    You aren’t even sick enough to need more than a couple of panadol.

    One of our Aunty’s turned 100 a week ago, letter from the Queen and all.
    She had the Covid thingy a month ago – remarked to us that with luck, she wouldn’t have to put up with a cake decorated with 100 candles and a stack of people she couldn’t remember disturbing her afternoon nap….


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  123. As suggested above, Peta Credlin’s weekly Paywallian column is a ripper:

    The compulsory wearing of a rainbow pride jersey by Manly players in Thursday’s NRL game against Easts shows clearly who is and who is not discriminated against in modern Australia.
    The players who don’t want to wear the jersey – because of their religious or cultural beliefs – can’t play. Simple as that. All because the club’s management made a unilateral decision to force everyone to wear the jersey because they just assumed there’d be no opposition to turning the players into billboards for identity politics.
    Pity they didn’t consult the players affected before they turned a so-called inclusion push into a potent demonstration of the exact opposite.
    On full display here is the gulf between woke Australia and the rest of us: the class of academics, senior bureaucrats, public company executives, sports franchise owners and media personalities to whom traditional Christian beliefs (but not necessarily other faiths) are mostly incomprehensible; and those vast swathes of the population, including the working-class people who play and follow contact sport, that politically correct enlightenment has, as yet, largely passed by. Who knows which group is in the majority these days, although online polls of readers across this newspaper and others on Wednesday showed overwhelming support for the players’ right to refuse to wear the pride jersey.
    And before these Australians are labelled homophobic, let’s remember the same-sex marriage vote because supporting religious freedom and marriage equality are not mutually exclusive. Nor does every Christian share the views of the Manly players.
    Israel Folau, then the Australian rugby team’s best player was banned for posting Bible passages.
    What the zeitgeist fails to understand in this debate over cancel culture is the innate “fair-go” in the Australian character and the willingness of so many of us to want to reject being told what to think, what to say and now who we should worship. I don’t recall any great backlash against Haneen Zreika, the AFLW player who refused to wear a pride jersey earlier this year because her objections were based on her Muslim faith rather than a Christian one.
    Yet again and again, when people of traditional Christian beliefs come up against bastions of political correctness, they lose: whether it’s the seven Manly players who can’t play on Thursday; Israel Folau, then the Australian rugby team’s best player but banned for posting Bible passages; or the Australian Christian Lobby at least temporarily prohibited from hiring a venue from the Perth Theatre Trust.
    At least NRL boss Peter V’landys defended the Manly players’ right not to play and criticised their club for putting them in an impossible position.
    THEAUSTRALIAN.COM.AU04:09
    ‘I wouldn’t get on the field either’: Credlin
    Still, the fact remains that professional sports people routinely are expected to take ideological positions, on everything from LGBTQ pride jerseys to “taking the knee” for Black Lives Matter, and heaven help any who don’t conform. Yet despite rejecting the politicisation of sport, V’landys insisted that a full-scale “pride round” still would be considered for next year even though about 50 per cent of the players are of Islander background, mostly with strong Christian beliefs.
    Here’s the problem. By making inclusion mandatory we end up excluding all those who are happy enough to accept others’ beliefs but still want to be able to express their own.
    These players weren’t objecting to playing alongside someone wearing a pride jersey, they were objecting to being forced to wear it themselves because that’s when the brand would become personal. Would there be a similar outcry against an Indigenous player objecting to the Australian flag or a game on Australia Day – I don’t even need to answer that for you, do I?
    THEAUSTRALIAN.COM.AU07:57
    Pride jersey debate ‘doesn’t end Thursday night’
    Yet here we are: never more diverse as a nation but lectured constantly about diversity; never more equal but told we need to divide ourselves by race to achieve equality; and never more tolerant as we demand intolerance to prove it. This collision between the experience of who we are, as mainstream Australians, and who the cultural elites tell us we are is a phenomenon that has gathered pace in recent years.
    What was once a request for acceptance by various minorities has steadily morphed into a demand for recognition, celebration and even deference. Back in the 1960s, Martin Luther King famously dreamt his children would one day be judged by the content of their character rather than the colour of their skin. These days, being black (or gay or trans) is actually what’s most relevant because intergenerational injustice supposedly means equal treatment is inherently unfair.
    This week Tasmanian senator Claire Chandler finally received a response to her probing of bur¬eaucrats last October about official government documents that removed the term mother, replacing it instead with “birthing parent”, and changing terms such as “pregnant women” into “people who are pregnant” and “breastfeeding” into “chest-feeding” – even though biological fact makes this nonsense. Chandler’s point that political correctness now completely permeates officialdom was amply confirmed by the federal Department of Health’s answer: that it “seeks guidance from the Diversity Council of Australia (and) … Pride in Diversity … to support an inclusive workplace including use of inclusive language”. The department claims this is “engaging for the entire target audience” even though the result is that it cancels women.
    It really is extraordinary how the long and ultimately successful campaign for female access and equality is now under threat, not from an old-fashioned patriarchy but from the militant trans lobby, which doesn’t just want respect for trans people but insists on a complete equivalence, notwithstanding the science. Even though at the 2016 census (the last one for which figures have been published) fewer than 1300 people identified as “gender diverse”. Even if, as the Australian Bureau of Statistics speculates, the real number could be 50 times higher, that’s still only 0.2 per cent of the population. It’s a strange concept of equality that distorts language and denies biological reality to preference the ideological thinking of a tiny minority in ways that devalue almost everyone else.
    The word mother is more than a mere descriptor; it’s a word that holds profound significance for women, writes Peta Credlin. Picture: iStock
    The word mother is more than a mere descriptor; it’s a word that holds profound significance for my sex. As someone who tried for many years to be mother, I know not every mother gave birth to the child they raise, just as I know mothers who mourn the loss of their identity after the death of a child, which is why those who make these decisions need to understand the depth of feeling women have about the language used to describe us and its obliteration in the name of inclusion.
    This is deeply personal to voice in print even now, but I can’t imagine a more wonderful title to have than mother and that’s perhaps why I object so much to it being stripped away by activists, faceless bureaucrats and ultim¬ately gutless politicians, even though it will never be mine.
    Whether it’s footballers who can’t play because they don’t subscribe to LGBTQ pride or the cancellation of women to avoid transphobia, the risk is increasingly mandatory, politically correct, groupthink – with dissent possible at first – but ultimately compulsory for anyone who wants to participate fully in modern Australia.
    Cry my beloved country.



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  124. thefrollickingmole, warnings – think about people drinking morning coffee

    Sorry, I couldnt find a higher resolution pic for you to admire.


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  125. Then the COVID 19 crisis hit, and the central Banks had an excuse to print the largest amount of money in the history of the federal reserve, with an increase of M1 by 65% from 2019 to 2020 (M1 money supply encompasses physical currency and coin, demand deposits, traveler’s checks, and other checkable deposits).

    surprise! its inflation time


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  126. Manly-Warringah’s skillful handling of the Celebration of the QWERTY League has received quite a lot of international interest.

    Mostly it seems to have been reported straight (sorry). But luckily, WaPo has managed to find a link to White Guilt:

    In a phone interview, he [Jioji Ravulo, a professor of social work and policy studies at the University of Sydney] said nearly half of the players in the National Rugby League were of Pasifika heritage, and a “large proportion” of Pasifika people are Evangelical Christians.

    “Staunch views on sexuality are based on conservative family values that are paralleled with the Christian faith,” Ravulo said. “These views didn’t exist in Pasifika cultures before colonization.”

    Homophobia, he said, “was taught to us by White, Western views brought to us by colonization and the Christian church.”

    He said the “demonization of the queer community” was not historically a Pasifika ideal, but rather, “it’s homophobia in the context of the broader Evangelical church.” In many Pasifika communities, church is not just about religion, but a place to “connect recreationally and socially,” he added.

    And here we are.
    Apparently Pasifika people are deluded, ahistorical children who have forgotten about their traditional love of gayness…


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  127. Bourne1879 at 9:20
    Credlin has a great article in the Oz today. One of her best

    Agreed. Have to cut Mrs Loughnane some slack from time to time.


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  128. Thancho that’s a bit like being asked to reapply for your job because of restructuring. I said bye, oh that’s not what we meant for you. I left. Year later the manager got sacked, it got a motza spent on it only to close down a few years later.


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  129. Labor.
    Making energy significantly more expensive and less reliable.
    Strangle our main export earners, mining and agriculture.

    What’s not to like?

    Did I miss a part where SFLs did anything different to the above?


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  130. So-called aboriginal “massacre” debunked in new book. Main witness wasn’t there.

    The Edward White, that the old historians cite, is said to have arrived in Sydney, in July 1802, on the convict transport Atlas and was then transferred to Van Diemen’s Land, where he worked as a convict servant to one of the settlers. The authors demonstrate, through meticulous research, that the Edward White who embarked on Atlas in 1801 could not have been at Risdon Cove in 1804 because he never arrived in Sydney. He either died en route or was one of three who absconded in Rio de Janeiro.

    They then painstakingly identify the real Edward White who testified in 1830, and prove that he did not arrive in the colony until 1806.

    Truth Telling at Risdon Cove


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  131. Stand by for the Pink Backlash (the Hun):

    The world’s top public health agency has made the stark recommendation to shut down sex as monkeypox cases surge globally.

    The World Health Organisation, which declared monkeypox a global health emergency just days ago, has now called for abstinence as the top way to protect against infection and “reduce the risk of exposure”.

    A complete nookie ban for everyone, including nuns and eunuchs? Nope:

    WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a press conference that “anyone exposed can get monkeypox,” but that the group most affected should stop or reduce the amount of sex they’re having.

    “For men who have sex with men, this includes, for the moment, reducing your number of sexual partners, reconsidering sex with new partners, and exchanging contact details with any new partners to enable follow-up if needed,” he said.

    Attention all poofs! Stand, fight and if necessary fall! Be Pustule Proud!


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  132. Delta in your comment you’ve got three words that should never be mentioned in thesame comment. Monty, sensible and rational. Hope it helps.


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  133. Can I say how disappointing it is that Monty places no faith in his vaccination to reduce his risk of hospitalisation or death from covid?
    Incredibly disappointing.


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  134. epublicans think a “red wave” is inevitable in November. But the Democrats still have one big advantage: the ever-tightening grip of Big Tech censorship, which will be used to prevent undecided voters from encountering even the most mainstream conservative news in the runup to the next election. Republicans will have a strong message — but what if voters are prevented from hearing it?



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  135. Homophobia, he said, “was taught to us by White, Western views brought to us by colonization and the Christian church.”

    The left tribe’s backward rewriting of history summed up in one sentence: everything I hate must end in -phobia (especially with the Poofter Industrial Complex breathing down my neck).


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  136. As far as im concerned people can provide private scholarships on whatever basis they like, race, religion, financial disadvantaged old boys offspring, academic, musical or sporting ability, whatever.


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  137. Tomsays:
    July 28, 2022 at 9:42 am
    As suggested above, Peta Credlin’s weekly Paywallian column is a ripper:

    Thanks Tom, greatly appreciated as are Morning Cartoons


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  138. So-called aboriginal “massacre” debunked in new book. Main witness wasn’t there.

    Cite you “Mistake Creek.” “Eyewitnesses” describe the massacre party as being led by a man who had been dead for two years at the time.


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  139. As China has faced no repercussions for the damage that the Wuhan Coronavirus has imposed upon the world, Trump called for the creation of a commission to hold the country “accountable.”

    Nuke’m Danno


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  140. But Biden just can’t stop talking about Trump or his “predecessor” as he calls him.

    I think it is because 2016 was the last time his brain laid down any memories. He remembers a few people being angry about Trump (although exact reasons why were more intricate than geometry the of his synapses could retain for more than a few seconds). But he remembers that Trump is the reason for everything bad.

    He also remembers chocolate chocolate chip ice cream.

    And how pretty his daughter is when she steps out of the shower.


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  141. Homophobia, he said, “was taught to us by White, Western views brought to us by colonization and the Christian church.”

    Not that I care to find out about it, but I would have thought homosexuality in most hunter-gatherer tribes would not be that acceptable. Rationale being fathering kids is essential for the maintenance of the group.


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  142. Bar Beach Swimmersays:
    July 28, 2022 at 9:40 am
    On Senate President Sue Lines not wanting to repeat each day the Lord’s Prayer.

    Why are leftie women always so ugly?


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  143. The different response that Lines will get for her appeal to freedom of conscience over the Manly 7’s freedom of conscience appeals, will tell us, if we needed anymore telling, how things really work in Australia today.


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  144. Homophobia, he said, “was taught to us by White, Western views brought to us by colonization and the Christian church.”

    I think it’s time for a re-colonisation of the nihilists


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  145. As far as im concerned people can provide private scholarships on whatever basis they like, race, religion, financial disadvantaged old boys offspring, academic, musical or sporting ability, whatever.

    Except the only time you are allowed to discriminate in this country, is when the beneficiary is a member of the chosen few.

    Either we have anti-discrimination laws, or we don’t.

    In Australia, it is unlawful to discriminate on the basis of a number of protected attributes including age, disability, race, sex, intersex status, gender identity and sexual orientation in certain areas of public life, including education and employment.

    https://www.ag.gov.au/rights-and-protections/human-rights-and-anti-discrimination/australias-anti-discrimination-law

    I’ll agree with you when I can openly discriminate AGAINST Aboriginals. Until then, we have two standards.


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  146. This article below at the Oz is interesting in relation to comment feedback. Only 17 comments showing but many are approaching 1,000 likes. Clearly there is massive interest. It might be that the Oz mods are having a busy day as Credlins article was quick to rack up over 500 comments and my guess is should go well over 1000.

    “Atheist Senate president Sue Lines wants Lord’s Prayer ‘gone’”


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  147. Winston:
    These ones have “Remove the Masks & Smell the Bullshit” on the front.

    I remember a cartoon from early in “covid” – a mother with her young daughter – the photo taken out of a 1950s context – with the caption:

    “Mummy, why aren’t we wearing masks?”
    “Because bullsh1t comes in through your ears, honey, not your mouth”.


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  148. Bespoke:

    After what’s been happening over the past few years and still think it’s a good idea to give the government more power. All is lost.

    No, I don’t think so Bespoke.
    The political scene is going up and down, leaping from one crisis to the next. This is what ‘nudge politics’ is all about. We are being deliberately kept off balance by the swamp. No chance to settle down to an equilibrium, we are being tossed to and fro.
    That’s the plan.
    The trick is making sure we have something positive to do – something to keep us positive. That’s why I’m doing the prepper stuff. A good 20% of the food I have packed away will be chucked out in 3 years time if I haven’t eaten or drunk it.
    In the meantime, I will have gained control – of a sort – over my future.
    Not helpless. And a nice little start on a wine/beer/spirits cellar.
    Sliante!


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  149. Cohenite:
    Why are leftie women always so ugly?

    Because they can’t see the beauty in the world – a bit like “monkey see, monkey do”.


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  150. From the Queensland Government’s State Development, infrastructure, Local Government and Planning page:

    The Queensland Regional Accommodation Centre is Queensland’s first purpose-built accommodation centre located at Wellcamp, 15km from the centre of Toowoomba. It is an investment in keeping Queenslanders safe and supporting our economic recovery.

    The Centre forms part of Queensland’s Whole-of-Government Pandemic Plan and will play a critical role in the State’s isolation and quarantine network. It allows us to enhance existing quarantine and isolation arrangements and provide purpose built accommodation to safeguard Queenslanders against a range of public health scenarios.

    The project was announced by the Queensland Government on 26 August 2021, with delivery of the accommodation centre in two stages, with the first 500 beds now operational and available to receive guests from February 2022.

    This was still up this morning. The joint closed today.

    Cost to the punter: $235,000,000.
    Rail infrastructure in and out to accommodate the cattle cars: $0.
    Gas consumption: 0.
    Total deaths: 0.

    All this is fine, though, and to quote the Prophet: ‘Well what else would you have concluded.’


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  151. Dover – Just to let you know that for me the blog is not updating comments for hours on end.

    It’s not my machine settings as far as I can tell, although haven’t tried a different browser. Hard refreshes don’t do anything. Have tried two separate machines (both Win 10), cleared cache and history and tried different IP address. Nothing works.

    I put up the Lovelock comment earlier, there’d been no change in comments sine Rosie’s at 5:53am for a couple hours, and the comment didn’t appear. Nor any others. Stayed that way for another hour or so, but I see it did post at the time I submitted it.

    I don’t know what the issue is, but it’s a dead loss as far as I go. I dimly recall this happened once or twice on Sinc’s Cat, but I can’t recall any details.


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  152. Lines is not being asked to believe what she is saying; she’s just required to say it for, if not legal precept – (perhaps that preamble has legal standing on this?) – then, at least historical and cultural respect of Australia and the institutions that founded this nation.

    Hmm. I’m not sure about this. It’s similar at least to the Manly players being told to wear the rainbow jersey.
    One difference is that she can still get a great wedge at taxpayers’ expense as a Senator without being President. So she could boycott the Lord’s Prayer by going back to the ranks without her career being destroyed.
    But what if every Senator didn’t want to say the Prayer? I don’t think the President should be able to scrap it by unilateral fiat, but what if e.g. a majority wanted to do so?
    Even though I’m a Christian and would prefer that the Lord’s Prayer stays, I’m with Mother Lode on this – if the Senate decide to scrap it, so be it. But not so it can be replaced by divisive racist “indigenous” confections.


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  153. The Centre forms part of Queensland’s Whole-of-Government Pandemic Plan and will play a critical role in the State’s isolation and quarantine network.

    whole-of-government taxpayer dollars rapid disposal plans


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