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Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
August 5, 2022 8:54 pm

The Hiroshima/Nagasaki attacks unit. I wonder if any of their aircraft is named Enola Gay or Bocks Car?

Could you imagine the inter generational trauma, that that would cause the “woke?”

hzhousewife
hzhousewife
August 5, 2022 8:54 pm

The Treasury’s answer to economic problems seems to be to increase
GDP (ie tax base) via increased immigration

Putative immigrants will soon work out that they are being welcomed solely as a source of taxes, and stay home. Even the poor ones are not stpid.

rosie
rosie
August 5, 2022 8:55 pm

They got one lot of legal fees for the youngest. Haven’t heard of any compensation. The parents and the oldest daughter exhausted all their legal avenues and lost.

Zyconoclast
Zyconoclast
August 5, 2022 8:55 pm

For the general public, SFA. For the “connected” ones, opportunities for grift and graft.

It’s worse than SFA.
Pushes up the cost of housing,
Depresses salaries and greatly reduces the amenity, increased crime rate.

hzhousewife
hzhousewife
August 5, 2022 8:55 pm

stupid.
but you all could work that out, eh !

rosie
rosie
August 5, 2022 8:56 pm
Patrick Kelly
Patrick Kelly
August 5, 2022 8:56 pm

Rosie.
These are the same people that converted coal fired stations to wood fired stations with imported fuel harvested from wood chips reaped from virgin North American hardwood forests. Spare my days!

Patrick Kelly
Patrick Kelly
August 5, 2022 9:01 pm

hzhousewife
Sorry wifey, but they will prefer to be relatively poor here rather than genuinely poor in Sri Lanka.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
August 5, 2022 9:02 pm

The Hiroshima/Nagasaki attacks unit. I wonder if any of their aircraft is named Enola Gay or Bocks Car?

“Hiroshima Tower, this is USAF aircraft “Enola Gay” requesting clearance to land..”

hzhousewife
hzhousewife
August 5, 2022 9:19 pm

Sorry wifey, but they will prefer to be relatively poor here rather than genuinely poor in Sri Lanka.

The truly poor from refugee camps are a different kettle of fish from the applicants via Dept of Immigration, vetted by people recently immigrants themselves.

cohenite
August 5, 2022 9:22 pm

Nuclear is too expensive and scary (except in France and other countries that have nuclear already) and one day uranium will run out, or perhaps not, depending on technology advances.

Complete and utter bullshit. New generation nukes use much less fissionable material greatly increasing known stock life which even with old nuke tech was measured in millennia. Same with new gen coal.

hzhousewife
hzhousewife
August 5, 2022 9:23 pm

I’m interested to know what the wait time is currently for family reunion status for immigrants – it was getting quite long pre-covid, my guess is that things have settled down with inability to travel for a couple of years, and elderly parents getting older by the day. Any one know?

rosie
rosie
August 5, 2022 9:26 pm

Iirc she claimed sixty years if nuclear was increased by a factor of 10 ie to provide 100 percent of energy needs using current technology.

Rabz
August 5, 2022 9:38 pm

OK – I’m going to blunder into a “contested space”, here, Cats.

If you can’t define what a “woman” is, then you are clearly too stupid to be on the public payroll.

Miss Planet, on the other hand … 🙂

Yo 🙂

Rabz
August 5, 2022 9:41 pm
Frank
Frank
August 5, 2022 9:48 pm

Everything’s gone green.

Thought you were referencing that line from Death at a Funeral that got delivered whenever anyone took the not paracetamol tablets. Second only in the memorability stakes to “I have uncle Monty’s shit in my mouth”.

Patrick Kelly
Patrick Kelly
August 5, 2022 9:49 pm

hzhousewife

I’m interested to know what the wait time is currently for family reunion status for immigrants – it was getting quite long pre-covid, my guess is that things have settled down with inability to travel for a couple of years, and elderly parents getting older by the day. Any one know?

Interesting question wifey. Family reunion has always been problematic to me. For every approved entrant, how many entrants do we actually get? We have approved refugees from places that they “were in danger” known to have gone back to their places of origin in apparent safety. They also have ‘rights’ to bring their extended families here. Hence the massive congestion of enclaves in areas such as where I live.

Patrick Kelly
Patrick Kelly
August 5, 2022 9:53 pm

Quite frankly, I have always believed that if you want to reunite with your family, you are welcome to go home. This is a crock emanating from UN treaties.

DrBeauGan
DrBeauGan
August 5, 2022 9:56 pm

This bloke does not get how implacable the radical left is.

He’s a silly wet. He liked the Jungian fluff and the sense of insight which is spurious and leads nowhere, while struggling for neutrality. Staying neutral when someone is hellbent on destroying your civilisation isn’t noble and brave. It’s blackest treachery.

hzhousewife
hzhousewife
August 5, 2022 10:08 pm

Interesting question wifey. Family reunion has always been problematic to me.

The Indian subcontinent diaspora would be interesting to watch in this regard. I suspect quite a few will end up going home when their aspirations are not fulfilled to the satisfaction of their dreams, and as the mortgage interest rates climb.

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
August 5, 2022 10:19 pm

blog is so rooted

Only for people with monkeypox.

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
August 5, 2022 10:23 pm

Wonder how long they’ll be calling Biloela home before the “big smoke” beckons?

And:

They’ll be in Brissy or Sydney within a month.

I doubt they’ll go back in Biloela. The ‘outpouring of community support’ – that I saw, at least – was from a couple of whiny tree-changers yapping about the family having settled into the bedrock of the town.

Depends on what you mean by ‘settled’. Small towns like that have long wait times before you’re considered part of it.

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
August 5, 2022 10:26 pm

In fact, they’ll be absorbed into one of the big city Sri Lankan communities. After the obligatory brief stay in one of the million dollar single-fronted townhouses with ‘Refugees Welcome Here’ signs out the front.

Which will be a bit shambolic, because they’re not refugees.

Rabz
August 5, 2022 10:27 pm

OK Cats, I’m going to get all controversial.

Fatty Trump needs to stand down for the next election.

This bizarre US Gerontrocracy needs to be brought to a long overdue end.

If the DeSantis runs for the presidency, it will be all over bar the election shenanigans.

Politicians of the Farage and the DeSantis Style are needed here, desperately.

Everywhere I look, it’s imbeciles busily selling this mighty country down the nearest euphemism.

This needs to stop, Cats. 😕

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
August 5, 2022 10:33 pm

Holocaust twins turning 100 are living proof miracles happen

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Phillip Maisel says he has enjoyed two miracles in his life. The first was during the war when both he and his twin sister Bella survived the Nazi extermination camps of the Holocaust. The second was in Melbourne this week, when they both turned 100.

Or did they? The letters of congratulation that these living treasures received from the Queen, the Governor-General, the Prime Minister and the Premier say their birthday is not until August 15. But that is an 80-year lie which Maisel told to the Nazis – a lie that was never corrected.

“When I was in the concentration camp I needed to hide my identity in case I escaped, so I changed my birthday from 31st July to 15th August. When we both came to Australia in 1949, I never bothered to change it back,” Maisel says with a grin.

So Phillip and Bella and their family celebrated their real 100th birthday last Sunday, July 31 – and now they will have to wait until Monday week, August 15, for it to become official.

There was also a third miracle in Phillip’s large life that could have been taken straight from the script of a Hollywood movie.

Having somehow survived a series of concentration camps, Phillip found himself stranded and alone in Germany in the months after the war with no knowledge of whether his family, including Bella, was still alive.

One day a man approached him and commented on his unusual Yiddish accent, saying he had just been at a displaced persons camp in another part of Germany where he had met a woman with a similar distinctive accent.

Phillip knew it was a “one in a million” chance that it was his twin sister Bella but he had to find out. So he took his 250cc motor­cycle that he had bought from the Soviet Red Army in exchange for fuel and rode more than 150km across Germany to the camp in Landsberg to search for the girl with the strange accent.

Bella, who had assumed Phillip was dead, says she was dumbstruck when her twin brother suddenly appeared in front of her.

“I couldn’t believe it. We looked at each other and we couldn’t talk. I was just so incredibly happy,” she says. “Then after a while we started to tell our story.”

Their family in Vilna, which was then a part of Poland, had been ripped apart by the Germans who placed Phillip and his father in a Jewish ghetto.

Two years later, Bella watched as soldiers arrested Phillip and dragged him away. They never saw each other for the rest of the war. Bella was arrested and charged with being a member of the Polish underground and was thrown into a concentration camp. Phillip was moved to a ­series of concentration camps for years, narrowly escaping death numerous times.

They learned after the war that their father was put to death by the Nazis just one day before his camp was liberated.

After the war, Phillip and Bella moved together to Melbourne, where they had an uncle, and started a new life. They both married, raised families and were happy, but in 1992 Phillip felt an itch that he knew he had to scratch.

“In my concentration camp there were three of us who made a vow,” he says. “We promised one another if we survive even for five minutes we will tell the world what the Germans have done to Jews. And because I survived I could help fulfil the promise.”

So, at the age of 70, Phillip ­devoted four days a week for the next 29 years to recording the ­testimonies of Holocaust survivors at Melbourne’s Jewish Holocaust Centre.

He has recorded 1400 of them, adding richly to Australia’s understanding of what these immigrants went through before starting a new life here.

Phillip says he loved recording the testimonies so that future generations would understand the stories of Holocaust survivors, but he admits that sometimes the horror and the heartbreak of their tales got to him.

“When I would come home (from recording) I would often think about it and feel the pain of the person,” he says. “But there was one very important thing that made me feel better – they survived. That was a very positive thing.”

Despite the horrors of the Holocaust, both Bella and Phillip still believe that humans are fundamentally decent.

“I believe that human beings are good,” says Bella.

“Unfortunately, during the war, the propaganda and the politics forced them and they lost sight of what was right.”

Phillip says: “In general I try to be positive but very often I am disappointed. Take Ukraine, for example. People are not bad but they can be misled so that even good people commit terrible atrocities. People have to be educated so that they are not willing to believe in false gods.”

Both Phillip and Bella admit that in the dark days of 1941 they could never have imagined in their wildest dreams that they would both survive the war, emigrate to Australia together and then live to see 100. “These are miracles,” says Phillip.

So is there a secret to their ­longevity and luck?

“Just be positive,” he says.

“Always be positive.”

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
August 5, 2022 10:34 pm

Yaaaahaaaaaa!

The Pies! Eleven straight wins!

Rabz
August 5, 2022 10:35 pm

Alex Antic
Gerard Rennick
Matt Caravan

Deserving of minor honourable mentions.

However, to paraphrase Cap’n Kiesel, “if they’re the last of us, then god help us!” 😕

feelthebern
feelthebern
August 5, 2022 10:50 pm

The Bill Gates funded ProPublica says that the spike in still births was caused by peopled not getting jabbed.
Top shelf gas lighting.

https://www.propublica.org/article/covid-maternity-stillbirth-vaccines-pregnancy?utm_source=sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=majorinvestigations&utm_content=feature

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
August 5, 2022 10:53 pm

The blog has been misbehaving ever since it went to large font in the blockquotes.

Zyconoclast
Zyconoclast
August 5, 2022 11:04 pm

214k go fund me

If the if the two white people are grifters and nicked the money then fair enough.
If the money was actually used to help keep the others…

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
August 5, 2022 11:15 pm

Perhaps larger blockquote font would fix it.

Rabz
August 5, 2022 11:23 pm

The blogue has been misbehaving ever since it went to large font in the blockquotes

Pancho, the large font blockquotes haven’t been in evidence since last weekend or possibly earlier.

If it’s any consolation, Doves, everything appears to be working as expected (for a change).

You deserve better than trying to satisfy a bunch of very loud “commentaters*” …

*Deliberate, you pedants. 🙂

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
August 5, 2022 11:24 pm

Matt Canavan very good in that clip above. He may be a Senator but he could be drafted in for a run as Liberal leader if the going got tough. Hawke was drafted in, late, and won hugely. After two and a half more years of Labor and the Greens, who knows what might be in the minds of the voters and who will become heir to the political throne, the person they seek to change directions? I think it will need to be someone like Canavan, who has fire and says what everyone is thinking. Pauline does that, but she’s a muddling communicator. Matt speaks well, easily, and cuts through strongly.

I feel as do Calli and Cassie; a sense of rejection and hopelessness and a desire to retreat into my own world and my own concerns. I think I will do so for a while; feel less involved and be less involved. Each of us must find our own accommodation to these mad times. This small holiday is doing me good.

feelthebern
feelthebern
August 5, 2022 11:27 pm

They are claiming he folded in order to get back on Twitter.

He kind of did.
Berenson is shooting from the hip at the moment.
Needs to get back to long form data analysis.

feelthebern
feelthebern
August 5, 2022 11:30 pm

Berenson is going out of his way to dump on anyone who supported him over the past two years.

Rabz
August 5, 2022 11:33 pm

Greenfilth:
No electrickery
No carbon
No existence

Boneheads:
No hair
No brain
No pain

Spot the difference.

Hint: There isn’t any.

Salvatore, Understaffed & Overworked Martyr to Border Closure

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare says: August 5, 2022 at 11:24 pm

Matt Canavan very good in that clip above. He may be a Senator but he could be drafted in for a run as Liberal leader if the going got tough.

Matt Canavan is not a Liberal.
Matt Canavan is a National.

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
August 5, 2022 11:39 pm

Small holiday fun tonite. We decided to use the little kitchen in this one-bedroom apartment and have a good home-cooked meal of steak and salad with sweet potato chips, and relax ‘at home’. The pub meal last nite had been disappointing. There is a fully equipped kitchen but the induction stove is one of those ones with obscure modes of operation, sliding your finger and tapping lightly and hopefully in the right place, for nothing was apparent. The stove got greasy, the tapping stopped working, the steak was on high and we couldn’t turn the damn hotplates down, the extractor fan was feeble and the fire alarm went off just after I had raced to open the doors to the balcony and started waving a tea-towel around to dispell the fug. This is a very large resort complex and I was feared we would call the place out, with everyone having to troop downstairs.

But the alarm stopped, I continued waving my teatowel getting a through draft via the entrance door to the open balcony door, and soon there appeared a security man and a housekeeper woman. They were very nice. Cooking? they enquired. Those stoves are so difficult to work, consoled the woman. No worries, said the security, you’ve got the extractor fan on and the doors open, the alarms off on the main console downstairs, and we’ve investigated, but next time, don’t open the door to the corridor as this can bring out the whole building.

He thought there would be a next time! I’m never coming back to this stove again.

feelthebern
feelthebern
August 5, 2022 11:43 pm

Strong jobs number.
Seems too strong.
Pity about the participation rate.

feelthebern
feelthebern
August 5, 2022 11:46 pm

In two research reports this week I’ve seen the following numbers quoted.
As at end of Dec 2019 debts to the ATO were 10bill.
As at end if June 2022 debts to the ATO were 60bill.
Can’t seem to find the data behind it but a few parties are now quoting each other.
If true, that’s a pretty penny.

feelthebern
feelthebern
August 5, 2022 11:47 pm

end of June.

feelthebern
feelthebern
August 5, 2022 11:49 pm

Very DB.
Berenson is on the spectrum.
That’s why his long form data analysis is so good.

Rabz
August 5, 2022 11:50 pm

Barking mad ideologues, peoples – before the Albansleazey#, there just weren’t enough of them obnoxiously blundering into our existences, you know it to be factual*

#A poverty stricken houso (BIRM) from Shamperdown who’s been dining out on his own mediocrity ever since he was able to blame his alleged problems on anyone except himself …

*For the time being, until reviewed by MiniTru

Barking Toad
Barking Toad
August 6, 2022 1:15 am

ATO went through an unannounced process to take debts off the record as “uncollectable” 3-4 years ago. Reduced the amount of unpaid tax to buggery for government reporting.

Of course, the debt was easily resurrected especially if a tax return was lodged with a refund result.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
August 6, 2022 8:13 am

I can’t see naffink after Toad at 1:15.
Blog broken.

sfw
sfw
August 6, 2022 8:33 am

Nothing between
Barking Toadsays:
August 6, 2022 at 1:15 am

and
Sancho Panzersays:
August 6, 2022 at 8:13 am

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
August 6, 2022 8:54 am

Matt Canavan is not a Liberal.
Matt Canavan is a National.

Yes, I know. I momentarily forgot but he could still be drafted. Nats might be the main game by then, or the Libs may have to give way and invite him in. I don’t have a crystal ball. He just seems a likely bright spark in a very dim picture right now.

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
August 6, 2022 9:14 am

Rosie, at 8.45 last nite, German warmie lady realising that coal is best.

Gives one hope, as does the set of Jewish twins turning one hundred.

Thanks Cats. Very upcheering. And thanks for the site, Dover.
Appreciate a man who stands up for the C19th social theorists (apart from Marx).
They did useful work in providing a focus on social stability and the changes of modernity.

ps The Cat is working well from Mooloolabah on my laptop.
Haven’t ever had any problems on it in Sydney either.

Top Ender
Top Ender
August 6, 2022 9:55 am

You’re posting on the old thread, Lizzie.

Mother Lode
Mother Lode
August 6, 2022 11:02 am

Glad you enjoyed the link, Rosie.

Sad she is a warmie, but there you are.

Economics and resource extraction are a little out of her wheelhouse but she still makes a robust case for nuclear on environmental grounds and the human cost, and she is alive to the fact that whatever the economics now she is still open minded, seeing that things evolve with time – a concept greenies and most warmies are determined to remain blind to.

Typically greenies will insist that nuclear is not economic and then sit smugly back as if they have delivered the last word (this is when talking to someone open to nuclear despite all the ooga-booga that greenies, hippies, and other luddites have been prattling on with since the 60s). But she acknowledges that nuclear would get cheaper, and then went on to discuss new forms of nuclear already heading that way.

One of the commenters is a lecturer at UNSW on a mining discipline who points out to her that the estimate of uranium available to us would be severely limited by the reluctance to search for and identify new reserves in these benighted ‘green’ times. But if, for example, the reserves of copper as known in 1980 happened to be all their was, we would have run out in the 2010’s (or thereabouts).

Clearly we haven’t.

And I love the way she pronounces Einstein – in German!

Winston Smith
August 6, 2022 2:33 pm

The blog is so rooted with tech problems.

The blog needs updating and its own site?
So how about we take up a collection?
I’ll donate the $2 that JC owes me for the bet he lost about inflation and growth that he is trying to weasel out of by moving the goal posts with reference to year on year rolling averages.
squeak squeak …sounds of flagposts moving…

JC
JC
August 6, 2022 3:21 pm

Wow, just at clorox putting it all down.

Rabz
August 6, 2022 3:25 pm

Hey Doves, check your email, Squire.

Thought tonight’s radio show would involve a brief introduction and now I feel like I’ve just written a bloody essay.

Prepare some figurative ‘erb, peoples! 🙂

JC
JC
August 6, 2022 3:33 pm

Dover

Clorox thinks he’s doxed me.

Clorox if you think this intimidates me in any way, you have to wrong person, you sad fucker.

It could be the Thought Leadership again wanting to take over the blog.

JC
JC
August 6, 2022 3:34 pm

Look at Clorox try and go for it. He actually thinks this scares me.

JC
JC
August 6, 2022 3:35 pm

Tacked me down? How sad are you clorox – tracking people down.

JC
JC
August 6, 2022 3:38 pm

Okay

That’s a threat and first thing Monday morning I’ll speak to my lawyer and get advice. I’m sure he’ll then take it to the federal police. I’m not stopping now until I find out who you are, Clorox.

Winston Smith
August 6, 2022 3:45 pm

Timothy Neilson:

A Voice to parliament would be an advisory body only and would not involve reparations to Indigenous Australians, Prime Minister Anthony Albanese says.

We don’t trust these bastards.

Then why does the referendum wording give parliament the ability to determine the “powers” of the “voice”?

And this is one reason why.

…and which states of Australia are still in a State of Emergency?

JC
JC
August 6, 2022 3:46 pm

You made a threat Clorox and attempts at doxing people is illegal.

After an attempt at doxing you made this threat.

Glycocalyx says:
August 6, 2022 at 3:35 pm

I know you.

Next step is turning off your lights.

Let’s see how it works out for you, you lowlife.

JC
JC
August 6, 2022 3:50 pm

Oh now, you’re sucking up Clorox? I don’t care how much it costs. You made a threat and that’s not going away.

JC
JC
August 6, 2022 3:56 pm

Bigger man than you’ll ever be, you coward. Attempting to dox and threaten people over the internet because you don’t like what they’re saying and doing so under a covered name. I don’t care how much it costs. You don’t make a threat toward me and get away with it, you pathetic turd.

JC
JC
August 6, 2022 3:58 pm

Glycocalyx says:
August 6, 2022 at 3:54 pm

Neither am I

I know you

Another threat? You’re pathetic.

Winston Smith
August 6, 2022 3:59 pm

Eyrie:

They built 21 B-2’s. One was crashed on takeoff leaving 20. Knew a lady who worked on the wind tunnel when they were building it. Have a genuine Northrop model shop display model of one on the shelf above me .

I loved building these kits when I was a kid, but eyesight and coordination are preventing me from taking up the hobby again.
Any machinists know how difficult it would be to carve one out of aluminium on, say, a 5 axis machine?
I appreciate the difficulty would be in the programming but.

JC
JC
August 6, 2022 4:01 pm

Lol How about repeating this.

You’re honour, I don’t know what came over me, making threats like that over the web. It was the medication, I think.

Go on, repeat that Glorox. Repeat that me.

JC
JC
August 6, 2022 4:03 pm

Glycocalyx says:
August 6, 2022 at 4:01 pm

Um a lowlife cunt that picks on people because my parents were shit

Say it

But did I ever pick you Glorox? Did I make you unhappy?

JC
JC
August 6, 2022 4:05 pm

What other threats do you have in mind, Glorox? Shooting me in the back?

Winston Smith
August 6, 2022 4:09 pm

Patrick Kelly:

The Treasury’s answer to economic problems seems to be to increase
GDP (ie tax base) via increased immigration. This has been an ongoing policy under all governments. What does it do for Australians?

The increased cost of the immigrants lurks and perks mean our people are taxed harder and cannot afford as many kids.
It’s about replacement, essentially.

JC
JC
August 6, 2022 4:10 pm

Yes, you are a low life, Clorox. I’m happy to say it.

But, what about the threats? Stop ignoring all those threats you want to make.

Winston Smith
August 6, 2022 4:11 pm

ZK2A:

The Hiroshima/Nagasaki attacks unit. I wonder if any of their aircraft is named Enola Gay or Bocks Car?

Could you imagine the inter generational trauma, that that would cause the “woke?”

Worthwhile doing for that purpose alone.

JC
JC
August 6, 2022 4:12 pm

Anymore threats clorox? Yes I agree, about your parents too.

JC
JC
August 6, 2022 4:15 pm

Everyone knows who you are

Sure, and I choose. You coward, get out of my face.

JC
JC
August 6, 2022 4:17 pm

The increased cost of the immigrants lurks and perks mean our people are taxed harder and cannot afford as many kids.

Detail the costs, Turtlehead. We’d like to see a breakdown of the costs you’re asserting.

Go!

JC
JC
August 6, 2022 4:20 pm

Why would I respond to a piece of shit on the web about parents, who makes threats and tries to dox people you disgusting lowrent cunt, Clorox. You don’t count. You dox people and threaten them.

If you think you’ll get away with the threat you’re in turnip land.

JC
JC
August 6, 2022 4:22 pm

Threats and now lies about parental abuse, Clorox.

You’re very basic.

Winston Smith
August 6, 2022 4:25 pm

Dover Beach:

I’m going to text my friend Alex Jones how much I, along with countless millions of people, are proud of him for that answer.

I couldn’t understand his answer and there are no subtitles.
What did Alex Jones say?

Winston Smith
August 6, 2022 4:27 pm

Knuckle Dragger:

Depends on what you mean by ‘settled’. Small towns like that have long wait times before you’re considered part of it.

Barcaldine requires three generations buried in the local cemetery before you’re considered a local.
🙂

Dot
Dot
August 6, 2022 4:47 pm

WTF?

JMH
JMH
August 6, 2022 4:58 pm

WTF?

Where’s the popcorn, Dot?

Kneel
Kneel
August 7, 2022 8:48 am

“I have a vague memory of someone being able to create an EMP without nuclear weapons …”

IIRC, a linear array of single-loop coils and some conventional explosive at one end.
Coil spacing, current interruption and explosive shock wave velocity arranged such that all the “edges” of the magnetic field collapse in each coil align, creating the desired sharp-edged pulse in one direction (opposite end to explosive).
Obviously less intense than nuclear, but also can be a “focused” attack too – you can take out radar, comms etc at the military sites without wiping out all the civilian infrastructure too. And of course, no radioactivity issues either. And presumably can be assembled with minimal training and little “restricted” materials.

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