Open Thread – Tues 2 Aug 2022


The Colossus, Francisco Goya, 1812

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OldOzzie
OldOzzie
August 2, 2022 8:47 pm

IN OTHER NEWS, UNICORN FARTS NOT RELIABLE SOURCE OF ENERGY: Green Nightmare: Aussie Power Prices Rising Out of Control.

Aussie Prime Minister Anthony Albanese Fiddles While Australia’s Energy Security Burns. Note this is a satirical photoshopped image.

Aussie PM Anthony Albanese testing to destruction the fallacy that renewable energy can reduce power bills.

Electricity prices rose to their highest on record – and the nightmare is set to continue

‘Australians haven’t seen a fraction of what’s coming.’

Millions of Australian households are being warned their power bills will continue to rise after the country’s energy market operator reported record-high costs.

In a report on Friday, the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) said wholesale power costs soared in the three months to June.

Our Prime Minister’s response to this crisis is to stand by his modelling that renewables will bring down power prices. But even if renewables were capable of bringing down power prices, which they aren’t, by staying the course our PM is condemning ordinary Australians to years of excruciating electricity bills.

Remembers those coal plants various Aussie governments celebrated shutting down? Any of them could have taken the edge off today’s spiralling energy prices.

Remember those nuclear plants Australia refused to consider building? Nuclear plants are immune from short term price fluctuations, they only have to be refuelled every two years, and the next batch of fuel can be prepared ahead of time, ready for use. Australia has vast reserves of Uranium.

The one thing which won’t save us is renewables. If a nation of engineers like Germany can’t make renewables work, if Germany can’t sever their dependency on Russian gas through all the billions they have invested into renewables, nobody can.

There is plenty Australia could do to increase gas availability – just getting out of the way, lifting fracking bans, and letting entrepreneurs cash in by building desperately needed gas wells would be enough.

But I don’t expect a sensible response to our energy price crisis from our current crop of politicians. The Aussie Government’s response so far has been to pin their hopes on renewables saving the day, while demonising gas companies, and threatening to expropriate their gas, under emergency powers.

Mater
August 2, 2022 8:58 pm

Hey Bob,
I replied to your comment over on my latest thread.
I know you’ve since been banned by Dover, and can’t reply, but do feel free to wander over and give me an uptick. You can still do that.

It’s nice to know you still care. Very touching.

Zipster
Zipster
August 2, 2022 9:04 pm

The former Wallabies star, who decided not to have children in a bid to save the planet,

now that’s what I call evolution in action

feelthebern
feelthebern
August 2, 2022 9:06 pm

Have a hankering for a roast chicken.
I might be pregnant.

Eyrie
Eyrie
August 2, 2022 9:07 pm

The one thing which won’t save us is renewables. If a nation of engineers like Germany can’t make renewables work, if Germany can’t sever their dependency on Russian gas through all the billions they have invested into renewables, nobody can.

There’s nobody else but Germans who can run with a bad idea and make it almost work. WW2, the DDR and communism, now renewable energy. I’m now worrying about Australians only we won’t be as competent and it won’t even come close to working.

Dot
Dot
August 2, 2022 9:08 pm

So sorry I accidentally posted this elsewhere.

——————

What an incredible story from Dr Mark Felton.

Baldur von Schirach, Hitler’s American Minister.

All I knew was he was the leader of the Hitler Yoof.

https://youtu.be/mf_-nzylppc

cohenite
August 2, 2022 9:08 pm

Tucker was depressing today. Under the old dead pervert the US military is as rooted as an Oxford st trannie identifying as a vagina. Apparently they are now taking recruitments with drug problems, low IQs and other ferals; even so their staffing is much lower then it was 1 year ago. It makes you cynical about their recent success with the al Qaeda fuck knuckle they blew up. Maybe they did it as publicity.

Anyway the chunks have a navy much bigger then the US and Tucker reckons the old pervert, who is so far up the chunks’ arse they call him polyp, is deliberately running down the US military on orders from the red devils.

Apparently you can learn functional Mandarin in about a year. Probably a good investment.

feelthebern
feelthebern
August 2, 2022 9:09 pm

Tucker was depressing today.

DMT will fix that.

Zipster
Zipster
August 2, 2022 9:13 pm

Apparently you can learn functional Mandarin in about a year. Probably a good investment.

great to explain which of your body parts are still fully functional

JC
JC
August 2, 2022 9:13 pm

There’s nobody else but Germans who can run with a bad idea and make it almost work. WW2, the DDR and communism, now renewable energy.

Hallward, are you freebasing crack now as it wouldn’t surprise.

1.WW2, the lunatics tried to sprint in what turned out to be a marathon.
2. DDR, it never even went close to working.
3. Communism? See 2
4. Renewballs? Doofus, the Germans are recommissioning two old nuclear reactors.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
August 2, 2022 9:17 pm

Apparently you can learn functional Mandarin in about a year. Probably a good investment.

great to explain which of your body parts are still fully functional

And which are in CCP officials?

Glazov Gang: The Slaughter – China’s Organ Harvesting (FPM, 1 Aug)

feelthebern
feelthebern
August 2, 2022 9:24 pm

This shows what’s in store regarding monkey pox.
Adams declared a state of emergency on Monday NY time.
But on the weekend Fire Island had one of the biggest gay festivals of the summer.
Which means a massive gay fuck fest & Adams doesn’t declare a state of emergency until AFTER it was on.
Also, it’s only NY, CA & IL have declared monkey pox state of emergencies.
They have it on the back burner ready to use in November.

Boambee John
Boambee John
August 2, 2022 9:27 pm

Eyrie

There’s nobody else but Germans who can run with a bad idea and make it almost work. WW2, the DDR and communism, now renewable energy.

During the Cold War, it was said that the East Germans were the only ones who could make communism work, but even they could not make it popular!

cohenite
August 2, 2022 9:40 pm

Learning Mandarin will be the least of our worries:

Canberra: where electricity is a luxury the poor can’t afford
Tina Faulk

1 August 2022

‘Where do you go?’

They are all older women, retirees from the federal and territory public services, the ASO 5 and 6 level officers who kept the wheels of government turning – carrying out the programs, and watching their section heads and directors take credit for their work.

They’re not talking about where to eat lunch. They’re discussing where (and if) they should go to spend a few hours in heated premises to escape Canberra’s freezing weather after temperatures dropped 2 and 3 degrees below.

One who recently ‘VR-ed’ (Voluntary Retired) still goes back to her old workplace, usually late morning, when the security guard who remembers her gives a nod and a smile as she settles into one of the comfortable settees in the reception area.

Another heads for Canberra institution, the Southern Cross Club in Woden, where you can sit over newspapers and a coffee for half a day. The Hellenic Club is another popular choice.

It’s an old government service tradition in Canberra that, when winter sets in, people start arriving at their desks early. It isn’t unusual to find a roomful of people working away by 7 am. And if you rode your bike to work, braving the fog, or can convince your colleagues you have, you might even be entitled to take a quick hot shower, courtesy of the taxpayer.

Public libraries in the National Capital are now considered, by staff and patrons alike, to be ‘community centres’ where people come to read, use the computers, charge their phones, and use the toilets. It’s where clients of the NDIS, escorted by carers, are brought and propped up in their wheelchairs in front of computers or seated in deep armchairs by the magazine stands. Some, abandoned by their carers, shout incoherently for attention. Newly arrived migrants – Somalis, Iraqis, Syrians – jostle for attention of the library staff, asking for translation assistance with various forms and declarations.

Our libraries, warm and welcoming, have a crowd at their doors before the 10 am opening. A couple of those outdoor heaters that restaurants use were given a try-out a week or so ago, but vanished after a day, considered to be too expensive in use. Still, as the territory government has promised an upgrade for Woden public library, the heaters may re-emerge.

We are reaching a point where clean water and electricity are considered luxuries.

Retail electricity bills in the ACT will rise by around $333 a year for most families, the ‘typical households’ with a couple of kids and people who take hot showers and wash their clothes. And, of course, in winter, need their heating.

Residential gas bills are expected to rise by around $247 on average, adding hundreds of dollars to power bills.

Wood stoves, once officially banned, now simply disapproved of, have returned. The wood-burning pot belly stove, once a feature of many older Canberra homes, once considered illegal, is making a comeback, though the territory government has issued a plea for users of wood burners to use only dry, seasoned wood.

How, as ‘Macca’, perhaps the most-loved voice on ABC Canberra radio asked once morning, has it come to this in Australia?

That electricity that most of us as a taken-for-granted household utility, has become something that only the affluent may be able to afford is frightening. That hot water may be rationed in households – by householders themselves, if not by authorities – is alarming.

Living in Hong Kong in the late Sixties, when water pipelines were blocked by China during the madness of the Cultural Revolution, our Yau Yat Chuen apartment block was much visited, due to the fact that we, and our neighbours, had a well in the garden.

As a journalist in Jakarta, I had to remember to fill the large plastic tubs in the bathroom to cover our washing and drinking needs for the day, when the water was turned off for a couple of hours to conserve energy.

Australia’s cities, including Canberra, may be headed for similar occurrences with the shutting down of coal-fired stations and unrealistic dependence on wind, solar, and battery energy. This country is not – not yet – heading down that road. But it may soon do so.

Excuse me while I head to the local library to grab a seat before they’re all taken.

WolfmanOz
August 2, 2022 9:41 pm

Dot says:
August 2, 2022 at 9:08 pm
So sorry I accidentally posted this elsewhere.

——————

What an incredible story from Dr Mark Felton.

Baldur von Schirach, Hitler’s American Minister.

All I knew was he was the leader of the Hitler Yoof.

https://youtu.be/mf_-nzylppc

Yes it was a top video.

Mark Felton’s channel is an excellent treasure trove of historical snippets, especially from WWII.

rosie
rosie
August 2, 2022 9:43 pm

I dont understand, in a climate emergency coal and oil plants are getting fired back up but lowest carbon of all nuclear is a bridge too far?
Germany wants to shut off gas to electricity power because 45 million homes have gas for heating and cooking, what to do, greens wring hands

rosie
rosie
August 2, 2022 9:47 pm

In 2011 Germany got 25% of its electricity from nuclear.
They really are the smartest.
No, actually, they are the world’s biggest country of green nililists.

Real Deal
Real Deal
August 2, 2022 9:51 pm

Bob was mentioned upthread. After the Manly pride jersey drama, I got really annoyed with Bandana Man. To feel better I went to YouTube to watch the replays of him getting clobbered by the French rugby forward in 1990. Of course in reading the mostly approving comments underneath, there was one pompous and miserable comment from you guessed it, Bob. An insufferable and windy bore.

John H.
John H.
August 2, 2022 10:13 pm

Dot,

And so it goes, further back in time. It is why I think the conventional explanation for the peopling of the Americas doesn’t add up. If it rings true @35,000 years, how did they get there?

https://phys.org/news/2022-08-mexico-mammoths-evidence-early-humans.html

Bruce in WA
August 2, 2022 10:13 pm

JC, did you give me a tip on NY Sim cards? If so I missed it.

Definitely use Vodafone roaming. $5 a day and same as if you are calling from Oz. Only activates if you make a call/text. We have never had a problem with it.

Top Ender
Top Ender
August 2, 2022 10:27 pm

Thanks for the phone tips all.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
August 2, 2022 10:35 pm

Real Dealsays:

August 2, 2022 at 9:51 pm

Bob was mentioned upthread. After the Manly pride jersey drama, I got really annoyed with Bandana Man. To feel better I went to YouTube to watch the replays of him getting clobbered by the French rugby forward in 1990.

What is so funny about that is the muted reaction by the other Wallabies.
There was a bit of token push and shove, but hardly a spirited defence of a teammate who had just been coat-hangered.
I think one bloke just turned away and re-tied his bootlaces.

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
August 2, 2022 10:41 pm

using commercial jets with surprise landing at Melbourne Airport

The old ‘Hey, I heard there are thousands of UN troops in RAAF Darwin secret hangers that got flown in over the last few nights. Mate of a mate reckons they’re getting ready to deploy further south but it’s all secret’ hasn’t had a run in almost a year or so.

A Trusted Blogger or two would have to be thinking of running it up the flagpole again.

Salvatore, Understaffed & Overworked Martyr to Border Closure

H B Bear says: August 2, 2022 at 7:31 pm

Pocock sounds like he’s captured the Zeitgeist. Another $200k++ well spent. Only 6 years till he can be turfed.

Bear, I bring good news for you. Pocock is a Senator for the ACT.
Senators for the Territories are elected for three year terms, unlike Senators for the States.

Do you now feel any better?

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
August 2, 2022 10:50 pm

From the Oz on the elimination of Zawahiri:-

US officials say the Taliban took active steps to conceal Zawahiri’s presence. In other words, the Taliban was providing safe harbour to the al-Qa’ida leader in breach of the 2020 Doha agreement with the US that states that the Taliban government must not harbour or support terrorists.

What?
Taliban?
Breached a contract?
I cannot believe it!

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
August 2, 2022 10:57 pm

Mate of a mate reckons they’re getting ready to deploy further south but it’s all secret’ hasn’t had a run in almost a year or so

If you are looking for a smorgasbord of ‘in the know’ hangers-on and ‘strong silent ex-military special ops types’ (who can’t stay silent for five seconds in front of an open mike), watch the four-part* D B Cooper doco on StanFlix.
Absolutely dripping with transparent fraudsters of that ilk.
….
* A comfortable two episode series with a bit of padding, excruciatingly stretched to a four-part series.

Top Ender
Top Ender
August 2, 2022 11:01 pm

They breed ’em stupid in Tassie:

TWO men who held up the Foreshore Tavern at gunpoint, stealing nearly $90,000 in cash before splashing around a bottle of vodka to clean the scene of their DNA, have been jailed.

Damien Steven Matthews, 41, and Daniel Joseph Williams, 43, were both found guilty by a jury of attempted aggravated burglary, aggravated burglary and aggravated armed robbery dating back to the early hours of January 30 and 31, 2020.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
August 2, 2022 11:14 pm

They breed ’em stupid in Tassie:

Cite you the fool who walked into a country bank in Western Australia, discharged a shotgun into the ceiling and yelled “Right, Freeze, everyone, this is a stickup!”

One of the customers turned around and said “Yeah, and that’s a double barreled shottie, and you’ve just let both barrels go..”

Local cops are alleged to have finished their smoke-oh, before they wandered down and rescued the would be bandit from a group of angry staff and customers…

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
August 2, 2022 11:39 pm

In the late 1970’s an Army Reserve unit held a recruiting display at a shopping centre in Perth – weapons on display, soldiers with SLR’s patrolling, the works.

There had been an attempt to rob the bank there quite recently, and the rumor was doing the rounds that the Army had been called in to provide beefed up security….

Nelson_Kidd-Players
August 2, 2022 11:40 pm

rosie says:
August 2, 2022 at 5:25 pm

I was born, literally, in a triple fronted orange brick veneer* built by my dad with help from friends and family.
Now gone as the suburb gentrified.
*what could be lamer

My Mum was born less than 200 m from where she lives. She’s come a long way. :-p

Nelson_Kidd-Players
August 2, 2022 11:48 pm

I’m named for my place of birth, of course.

JC
JC
August 3, 2022 12:00 am
feelthebern
feelthebern
August 3, 2022 2:42 am

NATO-backed network of Syria dirty war propagandists identified

https://mate.substack.com/p/nato-backed-network-of-syria-dirty?utm_source=substack&utm_medium=email

You can see where the Gray Zone is going with this.
Showing the blatant lies about Syria.
Then making the jump to Ukraine.
This will get them deplatformed.

Tom
Tom
August 3, 2022 4:00 am
Tom
Tom
August 3, 2022 4:01 am
Tom
Tom
August 3, 2022 4:02 am
Tom
Tom
August 3, 2022 4:04 am
Tom
Tom
August 3, 2022 4:05 am
Tom
Tom
August 3, 2022 4:05 am
Tom
Tom
August 3, 2022 4:08 am
Tom
Tom
August 3, 2022 4:09 am
feelthebern
feelthebern
August 3, 2022 4:35 am

Thanks Tom.

feelthebern
feelthebern
August 3, 2022 4:43 am

This Biden wall building isn’t getting the coverage it really needs.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ofQ0BTuT3XI

I wonder when Pope Franky is going to come out & say he’s against walls, like he did when the previous chap was doing it.

Tintarella di Luna
Tintarella di Luna
August 3, 2022 4:49 am

Ciao, buongiorno gatti – testing

rosie
rosie
August 3, 2022 5:58 am
rosie
rosie
August 3, 2022 6:00 am

What do we want?
Higher gas, electricity and fuel bills.
When do we want them?
NOW!
Places where most Aussies face mortgage stress, as almost half of households spend more than they earn

Top Ender
Top Ender
August 3, 2022 6:08 am
Eyrie
Eyrie
August 3, 2022 6:22 am

Truly heartwarming story, TE. Pity the miscreants survived.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
August 3, 2022 6:26 am

Matt Margolis.

Thanks Tom! Well she’s arrived in Taiwan. West Taiwan is predictably unhappy.

Pelosi Arrives in Taiwan, Voicing ‘Unwavering Commitment’ (Newsmax, 2 Aug)

No sign of anything more substantial than squawks of outrage yet. I hope that’s all Xi’s bunch do.

Gabor
Gabor
August 3, 2022 6:34 am

Is Tom late or given up?

Daren’t mention that I am at work already, someone might construe it as a demand.
Some people take things too literally when it suits them.

feelthebern
feelthebern
August 3, 2022 6:36 am

If you haven’t seen Gray Man, spoiler alert.

Honest Trailers | The Gray Man

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=beUzQ8te4mU

I look forward to the critical drinker’s take.

2dogs
2dogs
August 3, 2022 6:36 am

Dover, could you let numbers back on

It would be interesting to hear what the anti-conscription Numbers has to say about Ukraine.

Gabor
Gabor
August 3, 2022 6:37 am

Gabor says:

August 3, 2022 at 6:34 am

Is Tom late or given up?

Apologies.
Looks like it was only me, didn’t see anything new, and refresh didn’t work.

Mater
August 3, 2022 6:38 am

(Not in Oz.)

Colour me surprised.
We’re so anti-gun, the 2026 Victorian Commonwealth Games has (unless something changes) excluded shooting sports from the program…just as Birmingham has just done.

feelthebern
feelthebern
August 3, 2022 6:39 am

Dover, more than a handful of serious (ie non deep state surrogates) have picked up on the Biden administration feeding Friedman & the NYT the Zelensky story you first posted yesterday.

One view is the administration was floating a balloon to see how the blue ticks with the Ukrainian flag in their profiles would react.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
August 3, 2022 6:42 am

Looks like it was only me, didn’t see anything new, and refresh didn’t work.

Gabor – I was lucky and got in just before the turn of the page. Now I can’t see Tom’s toons. For some reason the previous page is only displaying up to 12 midnight.

Gabor
Gabor
August 3, 2022 6:44 am

2dogs says:
August 3, 2022 at 6:36 am

Dover, could you let numbers back on

It would be interesting to hear what the anti-conscription Numbers has to say about Ukraine.

It’s simple and predictable, he would say, ‘they are fighting for their homeland, not a foreign war’
and actually, he would be right.

Mater
August 3, 2022 6:45 am

It would be interesting to hear what the anti-conscription Numbers has to say about Ukraine.

He was never anti-conscription (he even wanted to conscript Australian youth to work in remote camps), he was just anti-conscription to fight his fellow communists.

It’s all in his blog, if you’ve got the stomach for it.

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
August 3, 2022 6:46 am

Surely that wrinkly old skank is setting herself up for a crack at being POTUS.

It’s been said before by others, but she’ll run this as a ‘sniper fire in Bosnia’ moment.

Dot
Dot
August 3, 2022 6:46 am

We’re so anti-gun, the 2026 Victorian Commonwealth Games has (unless something changes) excluded shooting sports from the program…just as Birmingham has just done.

Disgusting.

It has always been a legitimate sport, what about the brave Ukies blowing away the evil gopniks?

Gabor
Gabor
August 3, 2022 6:47 am

Bruce of Newcastle says:
August 3, 2022 at 6:42 am

Looks like it was only me, didn’t see anything new, and refresh didn’t work.

Gabor – I was lucky and got in just before the turn of the page. Now I can’t see Tom’s toons. For some reason the previous page is only displaying up to 12 midnight.

Thanks BoN, I was going a bit paranoid being locked out, the last post I saw was by JC, yes about midnight.

Fair Shake
Fair Shake
August 3, 2022 6:48 am

Gabor and BON,
Similar experience here. Several refresh attempts. No sign of posts from midnight to 6:30am. I have trouble with this site over the previous week.

Dot
Dot
August 3, 2022 6:49 am

Moanin’ traitors.

Cyberdyne Systems Model T-101.

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
August 3, 2022 6:52 am

It would be interesting to hear what the anti-conscription Numbers has to say about Ukraine.

Every sentence would start with ‘Welllllll, when I was a malingering incompetent tent-shooting blame-shifting publicity-hound cameraman masquerading as a victim, I….’

There’s years of this shit taking up space on the internet that would be better served as tentacle porn storage.

Dot
Dot
August 3, 2022 6:53 am

Hello NSW inlanders!

This week, remember, it will never flood again on your traditional owner’s lands, you bigots!

feelthebern
feelthebern
August 3, 2022 6:55 am

Happy birthday Tom Brady.
The greatest of all time about to start his 23rd season.

Mater
August 3, 2022 6:58 am

There’s years of this shit taking up space on the internet that would be better served as tentacle porn storage.

Part of it is:

“She was small and lithe, but not an enthusiastic performer and we were through in a few minutes. Her breath smelled of whisky, and her face was covered by acne or smallpox scars, previously hidden by a combination of make up and dim light in the bar. As soon as she dressed, she said, “You go now – soon my brother come.”

Mater
August 3, 2022 6:58 am

More like Penthouse Forum than actual Porn, but hey…

Fair Shake
Fair Shake
August 3, 2022 7:00 am

FTB The Gray Man

That is a very accurate description of The Gray Man

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
August 3, 2022 7:02 am

Happy birthday Tom Brady.
The greatest of all time about to start his 23rd season.

How dare you mention the one who must not be named!

NFL Suspends Dolphins Owner for Tom Brady Contact (2 Aug)

They’ve accused the Dolphins of breaching the rulz, but I wouldn’t at all be surprised if Brady’s past history with the Orange Bad Man has something to do with it too.

PeterM
PeterM
August 3, 2022 7:06 am

Missing Tom’s Toons

Stephen Williams
Stephen Williams
August 3, 2022 7:13 am

Just testing, it’s 0711 am and the latest comment I can see is from JC posted at 1200am. Refreshed the page several times and left it alone for a half hour but still reverts to that same comment. Using a pc with Brave and a VPN.

Barry
Barry
August 3, 2022 7:14 am

Re: site problem>

I can only see Tom’s toons if I trick the cache by adding an arbitrary PHP assignment to the url to trick the cache:

https://newcatallaxy.blog/2022/08/02/open-thread-tues-2-aug-2022/comment-page-1/?hu=90

Replace the “hu” with any short text string, and change the number to generate a unique url that forces the cache to load the whole page.

Stephen Williams
Stephen Williams
August 3, 2022 7:16 am

After posting above comment page refreshed to this page but if I go back to older comments nothing after midnight.

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
August 3, 2022 7:16 am

The site’s working perfectly on my Commodore 64.

Smooth as catshit. Love your work Dover.

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
August 3, 2022 7:18 am

not an enthusiastic performer

Liability Bob’s family motto – ‘Someone Else’s Fault.’

Visitant
Visitant
August 3, 2022 7:20 am

Test

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
August 3, 2022 7:24 am

I can only see Tom’s toons if I trick the cache

Thanks Barry, that works for me!
So it is some sort of caching issue then.

Mater
August 3, 2022 7:25 am

not an enthusiastic performer

Having a whinging, slobbering communist draped all over me would hardly inspire optimal output.

She clearly just went through the motions and pretended…much like Bob did throughout his tour.

Cassie of Sydney
August 3, 2022 7:26 am

“Dover, could you let numbers back on

It would be interesting to hear what the anti-conscription Numbers has to say about Ukraine.

It’s simple and predictable, he would say, ‘they are fighting for their homeland, not a foreign war’
and actually, he would be right.”

Firstly, I don’t want Numbers here.

Secondly, with Numbers his attitudes are always selective, it depends on the homeland and who’s fighting for their homeland. Israel and Jews don’t count.

Cassie of Sydney
August 3, 2022 7:27 am

“Missing Tom’s Toons”

Tom’s toons are here.

feelthebern
feelthebern
August 3, 2022 7:30 am

Niall Ferguson
@nfergus

Trump liked to point to one of his Sharpies and say, “This is Taiwan,” then point to the Resolute desk in the Oval Office and say, “This is China. … Taiwan is like two feet from China. We are 8,000 miles away. If they invade, there isn’t a f***ing thing we can do about it.”

The only people that benefit from Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan are her donors.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
August 3, 2022 7:32 am

Battery news.

Netanya fire caused by lithium battery (2 Aug)

A Monday morning apartment fire in the coastal city of Netanya was caused by a lithium battery, Kikar Hashabbat reported, quoting the Fire and Rescue Services.

The Fire and Rescue Services added that since the start of 2022, approximately 121 fires broke out in Israel due to batteries, most of them causing severe damage to the apartment and the surroundings (stairwells). In 2021, a total of 214 such fires broke out, leading to the deaths of six people. That year, over 200 apartments were burned due to unsafe use of lithium batteries.

While the story is a local Israel one, I thought the last para was pretty breathtaking. Israel isn’t a big place yet there were 214 serious lithium battery fires and six dead in just 2021. Wow.

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
August 3, 2022 7:34 am

Look, I don’t want to alarm anyone but this is apocalyptic.

Obviously The Great Censorship has begun, as warned of time and again by Trusted Bloggers.

Only two days left to Save DoverCat! Donate now!

Farmer Gez
Farmer Gez
August 3, 2022 7:35 am

Memo to Matthew Guy:

Nancy Pelosi is threatened by China for daring to even visit Taiwan.
Dan Andrews was willing to sign a Belt & Road deal with China and had to be stopped by the Federal government for national security reasons.

Kick Andrews in the nuts every time he opens his stupid mouth. Target the man and you will win.

calli
calli
August 3, 2022 7:37 am

Site is working just fine for me.

And thanks Tom. Without your toons I would have not known about the terrible floods in east Kentucky.

johanna
johanna
August 3, 2022 7:38 am

Site froze at midnight for me as well – plus my ID below the comment box vanished after I tried to refresh the page. The last comment I could see was Rabz’ at 12.00.

I still can’t get anything if I try to refresh from that comment. Managed to get back through a new tab and clicking on the latest comment on the sidebar – although I tried that last night and it didn’t work.

feelthebern
feelthebern
August 3, 2022 7:40 am

Quality Jimmy Dore.

CNN Denies We’re In A Recession To Boost Biden

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

It’s great to see so many alleged experts proven to be such liars.

calli
calli
August 3, 2022 7:41 am

Yes, the site has “forgotten” my name and address a few times.

Although it was a little hurtful, I don’t blame it. 😀

Cassie of Sydney
August 3, 2022 7:44 am

“Kick Andrews in the nuts every time he opens his stupid mouth. Target the man and you will win.”

Indeed but such action needs to come from a man. Groundhog Guy ain’t no man. Far easier for him to target low hanging fruit like Bernie Finn.

rosie
rosie
August 3, 2022 7:45 am

Numbers, being a teacher, thought he should give a prostitute a performance report, being so dissatisfied rankled for so long, he had to write about it in a book.

His tell it warts and all excuse remains pitiful.
I’m surprised he didn’t write and ask for a refund, if only she had an email address.

rosie
rosie
August 3, 2022 7:47 am

I’m on my phone.
Other than that little hiccup a couple of weeks ago with an error message, and having to sign in again once a few days ago, zero problems.

Mother Lode
Mother Lode
August 3, 2022 7:53 am

Pelosi will leave Taiwan with millions of dollars worth of shares for a Taiwanese company that only that morning had a large contract award announced, the Taiwanese strategic reserve of ice cream depleted, and everyone in Taiwan astonished that she did it so brazenly – unaware that those strange hand movements of hers are actually a method of hypnosis.

Meanwhile CCP agents will have infiltrated the staff at the hotel where she stayed, taking samples of the toilet water to test trace chemicals for her state of health, replacing her medications with stronger prescriptions, and replacing her spare skin-suits (which frankly don’t hang that convincingly upon her – and the faces don’t move at all) with new ones that are resistant to chemical and biological agents, as well as radiation, holy water, and crucifixes.

Why waste a missile blowing one plane out of the air when they can let her go home and get the Americans to ground them all. Besides, the last thing they would want is to create a situation where the harder heads in the military would be strengthened while the likes of Thoroughly Modern General Milley are sidelined.

Fair Shake
Fair Shake
August 3, 2022 7:55 am

I joined the Vic Libs 2 years ago when lockdowns kicked in with the single aim of getting rid of Dictator Dan. Since then all the Libs have done is kick me in the nuts. Between Treaties and Emission targets I’m stuck between a rock and shit place.

rosie
rosie
August 3, 2022 7:56 am

I think we can safely predict numbers views on any subject.
He’s the classic pseudo Catholic hypocrite
ssm, good
abortion (I wouldn’t have one hawhaw), good
Priestesses, good
Israel bad
Palestine good
Coal bad
Nuclear bad
Wind sun good
Electric car good
Petrol car bad (except for my miata fleet cos I’m special)
International travel bad (except for me cos I’m special)
Profit bad (except mine because I’m special)
Capitalism bad
Communism good (cheerful squalor for little brown and black people but not for me because I’m special)
And so on

calli
calli
August 3, 2022 7:56 am

That meme of Ike and Milley tells you all you need to know about military decline.

Farmer Gez
Farmer Gez
August 3, 2022 8:00 am

Pelosi will leave Taiwan with millions

Nancy will probably make a profit from the missile that shoots her down.

Wally Dalí
Wally Dalí
August 3, 2022 8:06 am

Tinta, you’re still coming through?
Grazie mille for typing out the true story re Catholic Ed v Ed, I’ve put it in the memory bank.

Megan
Megan
August 3, 2022 8:16 am

Yes, the site has “forgotten” my name and address a few times.?

That’s the only glitch I’ve experienced on the good old Android using Chrome.

Mother Lode
Mother Lode
August 3, 2022 8:21 am

It has always been a legitimate sport, what about the brave Ukies blowing away the evil gopniks?

Is Javelin throwing, shotput and discus tossing still in there? They were first included in the original Olympics because they were martial skills.

What about wrestling? Or better – boxing. How to beat someone up. We have now mentally separated the skill from its use, why can’t they do that with shooting?

rosie
rosie
August 3, 2022 8:24 am
Dot
Dot
August 3, 2022 8:27 am

Mother Lode says:
August 3, 2022 at 8:21 am
It has always been a legitimate sport, what about the brave Ukies blowing away the evil gopniks?
Is Javelin throwing, shotput and discus tossing still in there? They were first included in the original Olympics because they were martial skills.

What about wrestling? Or better – boxing. How to beat someone up. We have now mentally separated the skill from its use, why can’t they do that with shooting?

Yep.

I like bacon, cigars, women, dogs, martial arts, fast cars, whiskey, rugby, hockey, shooting, fishing.

Some little brat somewhere – a “Someone Crapman” has a reason why all of those should be banned, also including things I like but don’t do myself like soccer (Arsenal!) and moto bikes.

This is why the anti gun thing is so shitful. It’s the first stop to a safety obsessed world of misery.

The kind of idiots that would make the military useless so it can become “a safe working ‘nvironmemt”…

Mother Lode
Mother Lode
August 3, 2022 8:30 am

CNN Denies We’re In A Recession To Boost Biden

Ha! The only people who watch CNN are the poor inmates of airport lounges around the US. On weekday a lot of those people are flying on business. They will know first hand the parlous state of the US business and the Biden economy.

What a sight CNN is. A confirmed liar that is still lying, ever more transparently, because it thinks it is getting away with it.

shatterzzz
August 3, 2022 8:30 am

Just in case anyone doubts that 251s don’t have a “voice” have a look at this list of 51 organizations funded by the mug tax-payers for the benefit of 251s ..
no wonder LIDIA can afford, culturally approved, designer clothing for her “we-lives-in-poverty” protests! ..
and this is on top of the $30billion already poured into the bottomless pit, yearly ……. FFS!

https://ibb.co/swr2k0B

Helen Davidson (nmrn)
Helen Davidson (nmrn)
August 3, 2022 8:32 am

Gabor and BON,
Similar experience here. Several refresh attempts. No sign of posts from midnight to 6:30am. I have trouble with this site over the previous week.

I’ve been having the same problem. Both using Chrome on my android phone and using Safari on my IPad.

rosie
rosie
August 3, 2022 8:34 am

A longer article on the long battle of the schools.
I remember the crowded classrooms, the, to five year me, inexplicable, bullying by state school students and later, my mother complaining my sister was being taught by a girl who had failed fourth form the year before.
FROM THE ARCHIVE
The educational consequences of the peace
We’re still living with the legacy of Labor’s decision to support public funding of non-government schools

GreyRanga
GreyRanga
August 3, 2022 8:36 am

Dot you and I are very similar in our likes, except I can’t smoke and I support Liverpool.

lotocoti
lotocoti
August 3, 2022 8:42 am

Kameltoe discovers wire.

Roger
Roger
August 3, 2022 8:45 am

Pelosi Arrives in Taiwan, Voicing ‘Unwavering Commitment’

I didn’t realise Pelosi has long been a thorn in China’s side over Taiwan and that this visit is the culmination of standing up to China’s bullying.

That’s one positive contribution she’s made, at least.

Mother Lode
Mother Lode
August 3, 2022 8:47 am

I must say that I think Numbers’ contribution to education could have been a great one.

Unfortunately they made him a teacher, instead of a lesson.

Put him in a soundproofed glass trolley and wheel him into class rooms where the teacher could give a bit of a summary of the miserable crotchety old goose while the kids look at his eyes bulging in his red-hot face, arm flailing about, just within hearing the edge of his rancorous shouty fulminations. At the end the kids could get T-shirts with a picture of him railing at…stuff, above which is written “Cranky Conscription Man Is Always Angry”, and beneath “Don’t Be Cranky Conscription Man”.

He could be a guest on Romper Room for the littlies. “Do-Bee a friend and a helper. Don’t-Bee a Cranky Conscription Man.”

Do they still make football cards?

lotocoti
lotocoti
August 3, 2022 8:54 am

The state of UK plod.
‘He was singing to me, calling me names, commenting on my hair, making it difficult.
So much for We’re the Sweeney son and we haven’t had any dinner.

Indolent
Indolent
August 3, 2022 8:54 am
feelthebern
feelthebern
August 3, 2022 8:59 am

The furious up ticking of Dover saying no to numbers is indicative of what a useless old hooker banger the turd from toowoomba is.

Indolent
Indolent
August 3, 2022 9:01 am
Indolent
Indolent
August 3, 2022 9:02 am
Indolent
Indolent
August 3, 2022 9:04 am

UK Government confirms Fully Vaccinated Young Adults are 92% more likely to die than Unvaccinated Young Adults

And if you don’t like the messenger you can click through to the data set and judge for yourself.

Zipster
Zipster
August 3, 2022 9:10 am

Hurry up! When you can still take out cash/China’s banks have the lowest capital levels in 30 years
China Insights

According to reporters from the Shanghai Morning Post, in addition to the Agricultural Bank, the field assessment of 20 bank ATMs of 14 leading banks found that only 5 function normally, 7 have restricted functions, some have shortened hours, and more than half of the banks ATMs are paralyzed and not working.
The storm of unfinished buildings has already started and people have decided to stop repaying their mortgages; the rest of the consumers have no intention to buy homes and take out loans. The capital chain in the financial system of the Chinese Communist Party has suddenly broken.
The international environment is no longer rosy either. For years, China has benefited from a business cycle that has kept pace with the US. However, with inflation nearing double digits, the U.S. is now rapidly tightening its monetary policy. As interest rates in China and the U.S. converge, there is more incentive for capital to flee China, and while China’s banks have tightened restrictions on dollar outflows, this has not stopped the outflow.

feelthebern
feelthebern
August 3, 2022 9:11 am

If Pelosi thinks she’s got a shot at the top job or VP she’s been sniffing her own farts for too long.

Similar to when Randy moved the family to San Fran from South Park.

Roger
Roger
August 3, 2022 9:14 am

Numbers only came to the old Cat to generate publicity and sales for his book. Said so – even bragged about it – on at least one occasion.

H B Bear
H B Bear
August 3, 2022 9:23 am

For the record, at the request of a number of delegates NamBobwill not be attending this year’s Woomba Helldrivers AGM.

Tom
Tom
August 3, 2022 9:23 am

If Pelosi thinks she’s got a shot at the top job or VP she’s been sniffing her own farts for too long.

Next to the Bidens and the Clintons, the Pelosis are the peak crustaceans of the corrupt American gerontocracy.

Americans have had enough of the old codgers. The country needs to be run — and actually elected by voters, not nominated by Democratic Party election cheats — by someone from the median age group. #DeSantis in 2024.

Graham
Graham
August 3, 2022 9:28 am

Pocock sounds like he’s captured the Zeitgeist. Another $200k++ well spent. Only 6 years till he can be turfed.

Territory senators are elected at each election. If the electors of the ACT come to recognise that Pocock is an idiot then they will have the chance to boot him next time. However given the mendicant nature of most electors in the ACT that is a long shot.

Mother Lode
Mother Lode
August 3, 2022 9:29 am

In these dismal days when with each headline the inky blackness edges one step closer to us and we wait in a shrinking circle of light, resigned to the inevitable, there are still heroes whose deeds give us some strength to fight back against the encroaching darkness.

A hero for our times!

Top Ender
Top Ender
August 3, 2022 9:30 am

Also from The Sweeney – Det. Insp. Jack Regan:

I sometimes hate this bastard place! It’s a bloody holiday camp for thieves and weirdos – all the rubbish. You age prematurely trying to sort some of them out. Try and protect the public, and all they do is call you fascist. You nail a villain and some ponced-up pinstripe Hampstead barrister screws it up like an old fag-packet on a point of procedure, then pops off for a game of squash and a glass of madeira. He’s taking home thirty grand a year, and we can just about afford ten days in Eastbourne and a second-hand car. It’s all bloody wrong, my son.

Roger
Roger
August 3, 2022 9:30 am

Public health “experts” caught out, again…

For decades, skimmed and semi-skimmed milk has been advised as a way of reducing weight and helping to prevent heart disease. However, these guidelines were introduced before rigorous research was carried out to see if the theory was true.

In recent years, research has been carried out [at the University of Copenhagen] to test whether eating low fat has scientific validity. So far, the research suggests that full fat dairy is no worse than low fat dairy and may be healthier. Previous studies have shown full fat dairy to be associated with lower risks of type 2 diabetes, for example.

via Diabetes.co.uk

Boambee John
Boambee John
August 3, 2022 9:37 am

Tom

Americans have had enough of the old codgers. The country needs to be run — and actually elected by voters, not nominated by Democratic Party election cheats — by someone from the median age group. #DeSantis in 2024.

And Trump appointed for a limited two year term as “Swamp Draining Tsar”.

Zipster
Zipster
August 3, 2022 9:38 am

I hope that’s all Xi’s bunch do.

The ccp is a cancer on humanity, there is no co-existing with this regime. The longer we leave the inevitable the greater the human toll.

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
August 3, 2022 9:42 am

Bruce of Newcastlesays:
August 3, 2022 at 6:42 am
Looks like it was only me, didn’t see anything new, and refresh didn’t work.

Gabor – I was lucky and got in just before the turn of the page. Now I can’t see Tom’s toons. For some reason the previous page is only displaying up to 12 midnight.

BON,

again no problems – opened open thread realised time and went back to older comments

Thanks Tom for Cartoons

On 2019 Imac, Chrome/Firefox/Safari all work

Roger
Roger
August 3, 2022 9:45 am

The longer we leave the inevitable the greater the human toll.

If the West disengages from China the regime will collapse of its own accord.

Bringing Communist China in from the cold was one of the worst foreign policy decisions of the post-war years.

Old School Conservative
Old School Conservative
August 3, 2022 9:51 am

A couple of good news stories coming out of links above:

1. The 80 year old store owner who shot an armed intruder was working at 3am, and despite a slight heart attack after the incident is raring to get back to work. Superman!
2. A great sense of humour from the terminally ill university lecturer – not just mooning a speed camera because it was on his bucket list, but also singing “Always look on the bright side of life” as the gestapo crash tackled him to the ground.

rickw
rickw
August 3, 2022 9:52 am

Public health “experts” caught out, again…

I have been watching Shawn Baker MD’s YouTube channel. He’s a big advocate of a carnivore diet, eating beef in particular.

What I have found interesting is the number of people in the comments claiming that going carnivore had rescued them from serious ailments.

I think the whole public health edifice is rotten to the core. I remember to food triangle from when I was in primary school, breads, grains and pasta at the base, a recipe for getting fat.

rickw
rickw
August 3, 2022 9:55 am

According to reporters from the Shanghai Morning Post, in addition to the Agricultural Bank, the field assessment of 20 bank ATMs of 14 leading banks found that only 5 function normally, 7 have restricted functions, some have shortened hours, and more than half of the banks ATMs are paralyzed and not working.

There are reports out of the US that some of these banks have branches in Sydney, and that similar restrictions have been applied?

Roger
Roger
August 3, 2022 9:56 am

As for Pelosi, if I were an American elector my view would likely be less measured. However, I’m looking at her Taiwan visit from an Australian perspective.

The strategy of the CCP is to drive the US from the region and become the local hegemon. Needless to say, that does not augur well for our prospects.

I therefore welcome any American politician who is willing to stand up against CCP bullying in the region.

And, as a welcome bonus, she’s got Paul Keating in conniptions.

The Beer whisperer
The Beer whisperer
August 3, 2022 9:56 am

After Pelosi’s arrival, China announced military drills in nearby waters.

With live fire, this is a blockade. I doubt they’ll invade, but what happens when a cargo ship gets sunk?

Tom
Tom
August 3, 2022 10:00 am

Bringing Communist China in from the cold was one of the worst foreign policy decisions of the post-war years.

A billion Chinese didn’t choose communism. The Marxist dictatorship of the proletariat was imposed on them by force from above by the zealots of the CCP (for whom the Kung Flu they designed to kill Americans was nevertheless another excuse to give their own people another dose of the dictatorship good and hard).

H B Bear
H B Bear
August 3, 2022 10:09 am

And, as a welcome bonus, she’s got Paul Keating in conniptions.

That doesn’t take much these days.

Mother Lode
Mother Lode
August 3, 2022 10:12 am

After Pelosi’s arrival, China announced military drills in nearby waters.

America will have to compress their schedule of discoveries of Ukrainian transgressions and duplicity that compel them to abandon Zelensky, if they are going to rally to the defence of rotting-in-life borderline-dead that is Pelosi.

Top Ender
Top Ender
August 3, 2022 10:12 am

Any hints on flying via United to the States – apart from “don’t”?

rickw
rickw
August 3, 2022 10:17 am

And, as a welcome bonus, she’s got Paul Keating in conniptions.

The CCP gets value for money from their Australian assets.

Mother Lode
Mother Lode
August 3, 2022 10:17 am

Damn. I mistyped above.

“Cranky Conscription Man Is Always Angry” shoulda been:

“Cranky Conscription Man Is Always Cranky”

I have previously said that one day I would proof read – might be time to choose a second day.

rickw
rickw
August 3, 2022 10:18 am

Any hints on flying via United to the States – apart from “don’t”?

Check out the seating configuration to make sure you’re not in one of those weird backward facing seats.

feelthebern
feelthebern
August 3, 2022 10:22 am

Any hints on flying via United to the States – apart from “don’t”?

Fly into Dallas.
Not Texas.

feelthebern
feelthebern
August 3, 2022 10:22 am

Fly midweek.

zyconoclast
zyconoclast
August 3, 2022 10:23 am

A ‘ racist ‘ group has sparked fury after hanging banners reading ‘White Lives Matter’ over landmarks in Glasgow.

With this applying to 88% of Glasgow and 95% of Scotland, you would think it was fair enough.

Zipster
Zipster
August 3, 2022 10:23 am

Australians will be warned of the risk of state-on-state conflict in an urgent review of the nation’s defence amid fears that $44.6 billion in annual spending is not doing enough to prepare the country for growing threats to its security.

Defence Minister Richard Marles will call in two external experts to conduct the snap review while the government considers pivotal decisions on nuclear submarines, a fleet of guided-missile destroyers and plans to build a bigger army.

Zipster
Zipster
August 3, 2022 10:27 am

If the West disengages from China the regime will collapse of its own accord.

I don’t think thats a workable solution. Look at the USSR, its collapse just led to a mafia state armed with nukes. Japan on the other hand worked out far better.

jupes
jupes
August 3, 2022 10:32 am

Imagine living in a world where ‘Black Lives Matter’ is a respected slogan but ‘White Lives Matter’ is racist. How does that work?

areff
areff
August 3, 2022 10:40 am

Dover, if you can read this, the site is stuffed again. But you probably know that.

Boambee John
Boambee John
August 3, 2022 10:40 am

zyconoclastsays:
August 3, 2022 at 10:23 am
A ‘ racist ‘ group has sparked fury after hanging banners reading ‘White Lives Matter’ over landmarks in Glasgow.

With this applying to 88% of Glasgow and 95% of Scotland, you would think it was fair enough.

Reminds of the horror that greeted signs saying “All Lives Matter” a couple of years ago. Do these people ever reflect, even for a moment, on the stupidity of what they say? Or are they actually calling for a genocide of whites?

JC
JC
August 3, 2022 10:41 am

Ender

My kid flies Ununited and says they’re fine. As with most things American you have to get used to the conveyer belt service. I flew them domestically and you had to order through an app.
Their planes are the Dreamliner.

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
August 3, 2022 10:45 am

Top Endersays:
August 3, 2022 at 10:12 am
Any hints on flying via United to the States – apart from “don’t”?

Your bonus is, as my kids found out when their UA flight was cancelled and the new UA flight transfer in SFO to MCO was 75 mins, as UA had loads of options to MCO via alternate US cities and the US Flights were all UA, they were changed at no cost to LAX with direct MCO and 3 1/2 hour transfer time

If you arrive on QF 1st leg, and are on US carrier next leg, your problem and extra cost if first leg changed or cancelled

Bruce in WA
August 3, 2022 10:45 am

Dover, if you can read this, the site is stuffed again. But you probably know that.

+1000

Mother Lode
Mother Lode
August 3, 2022 10:46 am

The problem with disconnecting from China (laudable though an objective) is that our leaders are at least as stupid as the Europeans who thought that blocking the trade in gas from Russia would only hurt Russia (because they were bad) and not themselves (because they were good), and who looked on uncomprehending when they started to run out of gas.

We regrettably rely on Chinese manufacturing for a great many things. Much of our manufacturing went to China partly because our government made production all but impossible in Australia, and partly because Australian consumers were unswervingly loyal to whichever was the cheapest brand at the time – even if they then complained about quality.

Disconnecting from China will mean re-building a manufacturing base that was long ago left to fend for itself against China or go to the wall.

The country that is most agile in lowering barriers to allow a manufacturing resurgence within their own borders will reap proportionately the greatest benefits as other countries look to source products from places other than China.

This will not be Australia. Our politicians will do nothing to seize the opportunity. The MSM will not let them.

With the mid-terms in the US coming up, and an innate entrepreneurial spirit we can only envy, coupled with a political structure where some states can move in directions opposite to their Federal government, I would hope the US takes this on. We saw how quickly they pivoted from suffocating gloom under Jug-Ears into rapid growth under Orange Man Bad.

In Australia all we’ll get is government ‘investment’ so we end up with Victory Gin, Victory Cigarettes, Trabants, and The People’s Parsnip Stew.

areff
areff
August 3, 2022 10:46 am

No point in giving advice to Matthew Guy, Farmer G.

Even if not too stupid to grasp it, he’d still be too dumb to implement it.

I’m praying the scandal involving his CoS will inspire a revolt against his leadership. There is still four months before the election. A new leader might gain some ground. Guy will only lose more seats.

calli
calli
August 3, 2022 10:46 am

Americans have had enough of the old codgers. The country needs to be run — and actually elected by voters, not nominated by Democratic Party election cheats — by someone from the median age group. #DeSantis in 2024.

Tom, they’re old, but most importantly, they think old.

The view isn’t outwards, but inwards. Not possibilities, innovation, growth. It’s preservation of self, of assets, of position and power. Not the betterment of the underprivileged, but the use of same to achieve the goal.

Although he’s old, I never saw Trump as a geriatric-style thinker. In fact his mental processes are more acute than many half his age. Although at this stage, he may be better off behind the curtain than in front of it.

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
August 3, 2022 10:50 am

Why Is Saying Monkeypox Is a Disease Primarily Suffered by the Homosexual Community a Problem?

Our society suffers from a very odd disease, and no, it’s not Monkeypox or COVID-19. It’s the absolute refusal to admit the truth when it’s staring you in the face.

For a time, you couldn’t say the vaccines didn’t work. You couldn’t even discuss how other medications might help your COVID-19 infection along. You can’t call a man a man when he thinks he’s a woman. You can’t even call a recession a recession.

Now, our society refuses to label the monkeypox outbreak what it is; a disease primarily suffered by the homosexual community.

Here are the facts.

The Beer whisperer
The Beer whisperer
August 3, 2022 10:51 am

Reminds of the horror that greeted signs saying “All Lives Matter” a couple of years ago. Do these people ever reflect, even for a moment, on the stupidity of what they say?

In their extreme bias, it is an expression of white supremacy, when it clearly isn’t. Again, they promote BLM under the false assumption it only effects white people on the right.

calli
calli
August 3, 2022 10:51 am

What have you guys done to your computers? Throttled them?

Since the problems are clearly on individual devices and others are a-okay, is it something in your settings that’s strangling the way the site refreshes?

calli
calli
August 3, 2022 10:54 am

Now, our society refuses to label the monkeypox outbreak what it is; a disease primarily suffered by the homosexual community.

It’s because they’ve suddenly gone all coy about the risks of their sexual choices.

Guys…we know what you do to each other. And why you do it.

feelthebern
feelthebern
August 3, 2022 10:59 am

That should read, Dallas not LAX.
Only about the 10th time I’ve tried posting.

Bar Beach Swimmer
August 3, 2022 11:02 am

Hello

Oh come on
Oh come on
August 3, 2022 11:02 am

The ABC runs with the ‘pox on both their houses’ angle:

Mark McGowan, Clive Palmer fight out dull draw in court stoush that left both with black eyes

From my perspective, there is a key difference between the legal cat fight between these two thin-skinned betas – Cloive paid for his self-indulgent moral crusade out of his own pocket, whilst McClown got the taxpayer to pay for his.

Also, McClown is a head of government, and being defamed is pretty much part of the job description. Screw McClown.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
August 3, 2022 11:03 am

Knuckle Draggersays:

August 3, 2022 at 7:16 am

The site’s working perfectly on my Commodore 64.

#metoo.
Going beautifully on the Commodore 64 and the Nokia 3310.
Of course, I am using my Nazi pass to log on, which gives me diplomatic immunity from interference by the Powers of Klaus.

Delta A
Delta A
August 3, 2022 11:05 am

I, too, was suffering acute toons-withdrawal when I first logged onto The Cat this morning: hands shaking, heart racing – the works. Nothing after JC at midnight.

Happily, Dover has hauled the hamsters into gear and now everything is working perfectly again. Thanks for this site, Dover. And thanks, Tom, for the daily toons.

Very much appreciated.

P
P
August 3, 2022 11:05 am

If I go to ‘Older comments’ on this page I get
JCsays:
August 3, 2022 at 12:00 am

There is no ‘Older comments / Newer comments’ at the end of that page.
To get back to the current page I go to new post ‘Open Thread – Tues 2 Aug 2022’.

H B Bear
H B Bear
August 3, 2022 11:05 am

Tom, they’re old, but most importantly, they think old

You see the same thing with the geriatrics making tea for GetUp. Old farts worry about everything.

thefrollickingmole
thefrollickingmole
August 3, 2022 11:06 am

Nice grotty looking western.

https://youtu.be/6OnQWJPgSrc

Needs more cocksuckers though.

areff
areff
August 3, 2022 11:08 am

Dover, until about 5 minutes ago, the open threat stopped on JC’s midnight comment about ‘some nifty guitar work’, likewise the recent posters box on the home page.

I have no idea what I did, but it’s now working (or so it seems).

areff
areff
August 3, 2022 11:09 am

thread, not threat

P
P
August 3, 2022 11:10 am

Works now for me.

Yesterday at 5am it didn’t work. Came back at 10am and it was working!

Muz
Muz
August 3, 2022 11:16 am

Dover,
On the desktop I must close the Cat link, reopen, scroll to current OT (sidebar link to OT not reliable), click on comments, scroll down (sidebar recent comments goes back to previous page or hours earlier, not what was displayed at the link).
Come back a couple of hours later, do the banking, pay the gas, refresh the Cat’s last comment, it gives me hours earlier.
Close link, reopen …
I used the phone for a day but that’s not my preference.

P
P
August 3, 2022 11:19 am

It worked today with no action on my part. So it would appear that I do not need now to do anything other than enjoy.

thefrollickingmole
thefrollickingmole
August 3, 2022 11:19 am

Another in the never ending series ‘why are women so shit”?

‘Mind-blowing’: Why do men’s paintings cost 10 times more than women’s?

How have we got here? Frances Morris, director of Tate Modern, says: “Women artists have fared very poorly because there’s been an unconscious collusion between the marketplace, art history and the institutions. Everybody lacks confidence, everybody’s looking for confirmation. So there’s been a sort of confirmational history, which you could call the canon. And, of course, convention and history were framed by patriarchy.”

..

Whines about prices of art, but is perfectly comfortable and glosses over a 20% underrepresentation by blokes in the arts schools.
For some time, women have made up 70% of students in art college, selected on merit, and the art world prides itself on its liberal, progressive values. Yet it presides over the biggest pay gap I can think of.

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
August 3, 2022 11:20 am

https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2022/07/russian-embassy-just-released-new-video-mocking-west-time-move-russia-traditional-values-christianity-no-cancel-culture/

The clip published on the embassy’s Twitter account, called “Time to move to Russia,” touts Russia’s cultural values.

“This is Russia,” a narrator speaking English with a Russian accent says in the 53-second ad. “Delicious cuisine, beautiful women, cheap gas, rich history, world-famous literature, unique architecture, fertile soil, cheap electricity and water, ballet, cheap taxi and delivery, traditional values, Christianity, no cancel culture, hospitality, vodka.”

Russia’s economy, “can withstand thousands of sanctions,” continues the voiceover.

“Time to move to Russia. Don’t delay, winter is coming, ” the viral ad concludes, quoting the ominous line from Game of Thrones.

johanna
johanna
August 3, 2022 11:20 am

Dover, I have done all those things and it makes no difference.

Until the latest round of tinkering I and others had no problems. Now, across a range of devices and browsers, we all have the same problem.

At the time that areff commented that it was stuffed, mine was frozen as well.

Muz
Muz
August 3, 2022 11:25 am

Dover, not the cache. Same as Johanna said.
I imagine I will feel like this in a few years time when I have to give up my deep freeze because of the erratic power supply.

Top Ender
Top Ender
August 3, 2022 11:26 am

Sweeney #2:

Det. Sgt. George Carter:
I’m trying to lose some weight.

Det. Insp. Jack Regan:
Listen, if you’re really serious about that, you ought to try the onion diet.

Det. Sgt. George Carter:
I’m trying to lose a few pounds – not all my friends!

Det. Insp. Jack Regan:
You haven’t got any friends.

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
August 3, 2022 11:27 am

Why is Pelosi in Taiwan?

by Byron York, Chief Political Correspondent

WHY IS PELOSI IN TAIWAN? It is not common practice for senior U.S. government officials to visit Taiwan. The last time a really high-ranking official visited Taiwan was 25 years ago, when then-Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich traveled there. Gingrich remained the highest-ranking U.S. official ever to visit Taiwan until today, when House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) arrived in Taipei.

That is not to say U.S. officials don’t visit Taiwan. They do. Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) traveled there in July, and Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) was there in June. But they weren’t super high-level affairs. Duckworth took along Illinois’s first assistant deputy governor for public safety, infrastructure, environment, and energy, along with the state’s first assistant deputy governor for budget and economy, according to a press release from her trip. They’re not exactly in the line of presidential succession.

But Pelosi is. And her trip comes at a time of high tension internationally, stirring intense, over-the-top antipathy from the Chinese. And the Biden administration did not want her to go. Given that, Pelosi’s reason for being in Taiwan is not exactly clear.

It is clear that the White House — the president, who has the constitutional authority to conduct foreign policy — does not want her in Taiwan. The main reason is that the president is trying to make sure China does not offer aid to Russia in the war in Ukraine.

The “tough meetings,” according to Friedman, included Biden personally telling Chinese President Xi Jinping that the U.S. would isolate China economically if it helped Russia. The result, again according to Friedman, is that China has refrained from helping its “ostensible ally,” Russia, even as the U.S. and other NATO countries have been sending tons of advanced weaponry to Ukraine.

“Given all of that,” Friedman asks, “why in the world would the Speaker of the House choose to visit Taiwan and deliberately provoke China now, becoming the most senior U.S. official to visit Taiwan since Newt Gingrich in 1997, when China was far weaker economically and militarily?”

Friedman does not have an answer. Neither does anyone else.

rosie
rosie
August 3, 2022 11:28 am

“art world prides itself on its liberal, progressive values. Yet it presides over the biggest pay gap I can think of.”
What are they going to,
cap auction prices for art produced by men?
Force people to buy women’s art they don’t want?
Lobotomise art lovers?

Crossie
Crossie
August 3, 2022 11:29 am

With respect to the Pelosi/Taiwan debacle I think the CCP will do nothing apart from shooting their mouth off. If they actually harm Pelosi or attack Taiwan the US, even weakened as they are by the Ukrainian misadventure, are strong enough to hit back hard.

If the CCP wait a few years for the US military to degrade further there most likely will be a different and stronger president, whether Trump or De Santis, with the same result.

For all I know, the Democrats are daring the CCP to do something stupid so they can appear strong and thus show how they saved the world from communism.

P
P
August 3, 2022 11:31 am
rickw
rickw
August 3, 2022 11:34 am

“This is Russia,” a narrator speaking English with a Russian accent says in the 53-second ad. “Delicious cuisine, beautiful women, cheap gas, rich history, world-famous literature, unique architecture, fertile soil, cheap electricity and water, ballet, cheap taxi and delivery, traditional values, Christianity, no cancel culture, hospitality, vodka.”

Has AusGov realised that despite their best efforts, Australian’s aren’t prisoners? Australia’s international competitiveness as a place to live is rock bottom.

As an example, who the fuck would look at the Bat Eared Mong and his Militarised Police force and decide that they wanted to live in Victoria?

Tom
Tom
August 3, 2022 11:38 am

It was the horsies’ birthday on Monday (August 1) and, just like clockwork, the spring winds have arrived. Bring on the spring!

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
August 3, 2022 11:41 am

Beijing’s response to Pelosi’s Taiwan visit will likely show that revenge is a dish best served cold

Here’s why Nancy Pelosi’s visit is such a big deal in Beijing – and how Chinese officials might respond

That’s why the 1992 line by the ROC recognized itself – not the People’s Republic of China (PRC) – as the legitimate government of the whole of China. It saw itself as a government in exile. However, this line was still admissible by the mainland, e.g., the PRC, because it recognized that there is one China and that Taiwan is a part of China.

It wasn’t until 2019 that current Taiwan leader Tsai Ing-wen, of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), completely rejected the established 1992 Consensus. That was when things changed and when Beijing started to refer to the Taiwan government under the DPP as “Taiwan independence forces.” It was at this point that an independent “Taiwanese” identity started to emerge.

So, Gingrich’s visit was not seen as a recognition of separatist forces – because the ruling KMT saw itself as de jure rulers of China – and Pelosi’s is seen as an attack on China’s national sovereignty. China also sees the behavior of the administration as tacit approval of this attack on its sovereignty.

First of all, Pelosi took an official US government plane to Taipei which implies an official connection between officials in Taipei and Washington. Estimates put the cost of this trip for US taxpayers at about $90 million dollars. Part of the US’ ‘One China’ pledge is that it will only maintain unofficial ties with Taiwan.

At the same time, the US military – part of the administration – reportedly made plans to protect Pelosi’s plane in any emergency event and, to top it off, both Pelosi and US President Joe Biden are members of the same political party. This only underscores China’s insistence that the administration supports Pelosi’s actions.

In terms of how China will hit back at the main perpetrator – Washington – this will likely be in the realms that it really hurts and where the US is already seeing the most destabilization – the economic and trade spheres. The US supply chain is infinitely intertwined with China and the ongoing trade war between the two sides has already been a major source of inflation.

With the flick of a pen, Chinese officials could seriously upset the US economy, exacerbate inflation and send Biden’s Democrats packing in this year’s midterm elections, which would also mean dethroning Nancy Pelosi as speaker. It’s anyone’s guess how things progress but this seems the most likely, in my view.

Anchor What
Anchor What
August 3, 2022 11:41 am

Mask mandates might return.
It’s a theatrical nonsense to see parliament sitting with all those Labor virtue signallers in masks, with a bit extra on the side in the shape of Teal (nee Labor) Ryan. But that’s what you get with LaborLotto; the count is on the increase.
My local bulk-billing medical centre has mandated masks because they say there are various things around, including covid and influenza, and their staff gets less sick since masks were in use. That would seem to be a reason for the staff to wear masks.
My local Chemist Warehouse doesn’t ask for masks, and not even the staff are wearing them. Given the number of The People who go in there day after day, you’d reckon that if the medical centre was correct the bulk chemist would want at least their staff to mask up, but no. They are (at present) too sensible to do that.
Let’s just do a brief revue of how many strictures and prescriptions didn’t work!
Masks, Compulsory so-called vaccines and boosters, compulsory Lockdowns, Travel within City, Travel within State, Travel interstate.
And that’s before we get to the punitive fines, the out-of-control police in some states knocking people down, kneeing them, spraying them with pepper spray, using rubber bullets, arresting a mum for something she said on Facebook!
The Pollies and the “Health Authorities” should both be taken to the cleaners by a special commision, but no. They are too busy worrying about Barrel-aro’s job application.
None of these

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
August 3, 2022 11:42 am

Twenty to thirty mils of rain well into the West Australian wheatbelt…….

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
August 3, 2022 11:42 am

Psays:
August 3, 2022 at 11:31 am
Meme

Love it – The Drunk’s Husband approves

Real Deal
Real Deal
August 3, 2022 11:45 am

The furious up ticking of Dover saying no to numbers is indicative of what a useless old hooker banger the turd from toowoomba is.

True ‘bern, but as the comments demonstrate, he certainly still has a presence in the minds of people here.

From a mostly lurkers point of view here, I simply enjoyed the spectacle of seeing Bob routinely dismembered by Mater, Cassie, KD and others. The regular rake stepping by him was a joy to behold. Dover I’m sure is correct, but watching a pompous old git like Numbers beclown himself was enormously entertaining.

Timothy Neilson
Timothy Neilson
August 3, 2022 11:47 am

For some time, women have made up 70% of students in art college, selected on merit, and the art world prides itself on its liberal, progressive values. Yet it presides over the biggest pay gap I can think of.

Maybe, but what are the overall numbers of female applicants and male applicants?
If 80% of the applicants are women and “on merit” selection results in 70% female students, the figures would provide a prima facie case for the pay gap, not against it.
Is there some law against people making a token effort to use statistics properly?

In any case, as I understand it, a million years of human evolution in male hunter/female gatherer groups resulted in the average man having better spatial awareness than the average woman, and about ten thousand years in post hunter-gatherer societies hasn’t produced any converse evolutionary pressure. (I’ve seen that suggested as a reason why there have rarely been women chess grandmasters, and they now have to have separate wymminses grandmaster titles becoz equalidee.) If that’s so there’s no need to look for any other reason why women are less prevalent in the visual arts than they are in, say, literature.

feelthebern
feelthebern
August 3, 2022 11:49 am

China has already announced a range of sanctions on Taiwan.
Pelosi goes home to her $US20k fridge.
The punter in Taiwan gets screwed.

H B Bear
H B Bear
August 3, 2022 11:55 am

.. but watching a pompous old git like Numbers beclown himself was enormously entertaining

Real Deal, would you be interested in a guest speaker invitation to this year’s Woomba Miata Helldrivers AGM or a commemorative knob?

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
August 3, 2022 12:05 pm

feelthebernsays:

August 3, 2022 at 8:59 am

The furious up ticking of Dover saying no to numbers is indicative of what a useless old hooker banger the turd from toowoomba is.

+ 468.7.

Dot
Dot
August 3, 2022 12:08 pm

“This is Russia,” a narrator speaking English with a Russian accent says in the 53-second ad. “Delicious cuisine, beautiful women, cheap gas, rich history, world-famous literature, unique architecture, fertile soil, cheap electricity and water, ballet, cheap taxi and delivery, traditional values, Christianity, no cancel culture, hospitality, vodka.”

Could be the west too if we weren’t hell bent on cutting off our nose to spite our face.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
August 3, 2022 12:10 pm

H B Bearsays:

August 3, 2022 at 10:09 am

And, as a welcome bonus, she’s got Paul Keating in conniptions.

That doesn’t take much these days.

It’s the default factory setting.

thefrollickingmole
thefrollickingmole
August 3, 2022 12:10 pm

Interesting vessel we have berthed at the moment…

While tying up some of the landside crew could hear flowing water when the engines stopped.

3 holes in the hull where the ballast water was pissing out. (being unloaded means the water in the ballast tanks is higher than the ocean level)

Loading has stopped while the 3 holes are above water.
Significant numbers of email exchanges are taking place regarding how much we would like this ship to go away and just how that is to be done in light of once its underway the water may come back into the ship instead of out of it.

/anyone looking for a 30,000 tonne houseboat?

Franx
Franx
August 3, 2022 12:11 pm

Covering mouths and noses with ‘medical’ masks are punitive measures – long used on prisoners at Guantanamo.

Slim Cognito
Slim Cognito
August 3, 2022 12:12 pm

Pelosi goes home to her $US20k fridge.

It’s only worth $20k due to the amount of vodka in it.

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