2,016 thoughts on “Open Thread – Tues 16 Aug 2022”

  1. 2 dogs.

    It’s the pustules around your nether regions and then jumping up to try and lick peoples faces that’s getting you whacked.

    Actually I know the story is the gay blokes dog had mouth/ bum monkeypox and people are drawing the worst conclusions from it. Isn’t it just as possible it could have been the dog licking faces then licking its own arse?


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  2. Doubtful that the abortionists tell the mother and the father what happens to the body, the body parts, of the life that has been aborted.

    If they explained what happened, maybe even showed a video, most sane people would throw up, repent, and then if munty was around, proceed to beat the shit out of him for being a murderous imbecile.


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  3. 2dogs says:
    August 18, 2022 at 10:17 pm
    two dogs would get a belting with a piece of polypipe
    Well really … the threats I receive on this site. Whatever happened to civil discourse?

    You only have two dogs, my daughter has three huge wolf-like dogs who grovel to their five-foot nothing mistress. Admittedly, she has a generous supply of treats that she carries in her handbag.


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  4. Apparently the wise spastics of WA have banned fishing for dhufish and pink snapper for 3/4 of the year every year.

    You will eat the bugs.


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  5. TE, 6.10:

    Long on invective but short on detail:

    The good mail, the quite reliable mail is:

    The little girl in question was abducted by her mother, a member of a whackomundo full-steam, five-alarm SovCit crew up here that runs full Annie scenarios – ie, that everyone above minimum wage is an elite, dedicated to child trafficking, slavery and sexual servitude. Yes, in tunnels.

    Mummy abducted the child from a supervised custody visit. When mummies have to have supervised custody visits enforced by the court instead of daddies, you know that this particular chick is fully Ken Bruce. Mummy used another 50-ish tart in the abovementioned crew as a driver*.

    Local social media pages are being flooded with comments from the SovCit tunnel enthusiasts saying that Daddy has been raping dozens – yes, dozens – of young boys all over Darwin just this year. And hiding them in pits. And tunnels.

    That’s the ‘ideology’ the local jacks are talking about. They’ve dragged the Feds in because they reckon Mental Mummy has dragged the kid interstate somewhere, but the rest of the ‘multi-agency taskforce’ is fluff and padding.

    Incidentally, I heard that two days ago the jacks’ media genuises thought an appeal by a lady copper would get the job done – ignoring that both the people they’re searching for are ladeeeees, and the one they’ve got (so far) is also a ladeeee. Unfortunately the chick cop they picked displayed such a perfect example of resting bitch face they switched the day after to blokes.

    *Or, if you will, ‘traveller in a conveyance’.


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  6. thefrollickingmole says:
    August 18, 2022 at 10:25 pm

    Isn’t it just as possible it could have been the dog licking faces then licking its own arse?

    Are you volunteering for the clinical trial? Might be wise to see if you can get on the placebo track, though.


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  7. Mole

    Your theory is the most likely route (“phrasing”) of transmission.
    Don’t think we have to go to clinical trials.
    It is a pox virus and highly contagious.
    There are people here that only see the “root” of transmission.
    I used to think it wasn’t that sort of blog.


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  8. My point: eels are a doddle in comparison to insects. They are present on the Suchi-train that I regularly frequent, and I never chose them. Other can, and do.

    Just realised too that in my litany of things I consider edible I completely left out our avian friends.
    Starting with chicken and ending …. well, some still eat swan on highdays and holidays in Britain (all swans belong to Her Maj, btw). After chicken I do duck and stop at turkey; some still like pigeons.


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  9. In North America (U.S-Canada), Europe and Australia, there will continue to be massive increases in food prices as a result of the collapse in energy production. Beyond the western nations there will be food shortages as a result of lowered harvest yields and less industrial food production. This is not controversial.

    It is also not controversial that regions with harsh winter climates are going to be paying much more for scarce heating resources.

    That being accepted, what happens geopolitically, even militarily, when the entire global economy starts to feel the impacts from western nation economic contraction on a scale -created by collective action- that has never been seen before.

    I have no idea what that big picture consequence looks like, but whatever “that” is, will be happening at the same time as people everywhere will be more desperate as an outcome of their economic position. I don’t have the answers, but I sure as hell can see the problem coming.

    From the link above to Conservative Treehouse article.
    It’s how I’m feeling lately and I find it not at all up-cheering.
    My Polyanna nature says, along with most other people, ignore it and hope it goes away.
    My more sensible self says keep on worrying.


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  10. I shall rephrase that. I stop not at, but after, turkey.

    Christmas is just not Christmas without a full turkey dinner at the proper ‘dinner’ time. Lunch.


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  11. Daily Mail. Is this how low we are sinking? Year ONE Coloring in posters, FFS?

    Year 1 colouring-in posters saying ‘white Australia has a black history’ are slammed as ‘indoctrination’ and ‘propaganda’ by Mark Latham

    Colouring-in posters done by Year 1 school children have sparked debate
    The posters say ‘White Australia has a Blak History, No Pride in Genocide’
    Posters were part of the Indigenous culture NAIDOC Week at a primary school
    MP Mark Latham said ‘it’s wrong to be teaching six-year-olds to hate Australia’



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  12. Government-Funded Festival of Dangerous Ideas Endorses Sex With Animals

    These people are completely insane, and pushing insanity with our hard earned $.

    Going to be one heck of a revolution.


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  13. These people are completely insane, and pushing insanity with our hard earned $.

    Going to be one heck of a revolution.

    Something tells me you’re not completely into diversity and inclusion.


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  14. It’s not merely the past of Robert F Kennedy but the present.
    He has an agenda and as a notorious anti vaxxer is a long standing twister of truth.
    I respect his views on vaccines as much as I respect Monty’s on prenatal killing of the innocent.


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  15. Deliberately mis spelling ‘black’ doesn’t change the fact that it’s a European word written with Roman characters. Reeks of spiteful kindergarten marxism.


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  16. The IPA is still good.

    https://ipa.org.au/ipa-today/rain-bom

    The Bureau has a habit of closing inconvenient stations. It closed the Charlotte Pass weather station which holds the record of ?23.0 °C for the lowest daily minimum temperature in Australia, set on 29 June 1994. That weather station was closed in March 2015. Meanwhile, in June 2017, the Bureau opened several new stations in very hot western New South Wales. One of these stations, Borrona Downs, had a hardware fault and in August 2017 was spuriously recording temperatures as low as –62.5 °C. At the same time, in the cold Australian alps a limit of –10.4 °C had been set on how cold temperatures could be recorded.

    Which is funny because in the early 1980s lowland southern NSW has low temps like this. They’ve banned low alpine temperatures.

    I’d LOL but it ain’t funny.


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  17. Monty and all other enthusiastic supporters of abortion should be compelled to perform them.

    Incidentally would like to know the names of the seven Victorian upper house members who voted in support of compelling Catholic hospitals to perform abortions.
    I’m betting one is an ardent animal lover.


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  18. Psychopathic deadshits like Gen. Michael Hayden prove that so much of the military is just another branch of the pubic service. Look at the mess these people have caused over the last 120 years.


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  19. Rugby Skier, I’m thinking about doing a week at Perisher in the second week of September, worth it do you think?

    I gather you have an Epic pass for Hotham/Falls and want to use it over the border? September is spring skiing, so it’s ‘firm and fast’ (icy) early, sublime mid morning and heavy going after lunch. Perisher being a higher elevation has good spring skiing but be aware that the resort closes areas not due to lack of snow but to reduce costs when the demand starts to drop off. Blue Cow and Guthega are usually closed before the end of season. The snowfalls in the past week and forecast this week should set up the NSW resorts for a good cover in Spring.

    Are you going to stay up at Perisher or drive up daily from Jindabyne? This year has been hectic for commuting to the resorts. The carparks have been full by 8am and people turned around to go up the Thredbo road and take the Skitube. Although the numbers should start dropping off in September, a few warm days in Sydney stops them thinking about winter sports.


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  20. Just heard an ad on the radio for the Gardasil vaccine.

    Apparently it’s important for “women and people with a cervix”.

    Radio airtime is clearly too cheap if they can afford to air such ridiculous tautologies.


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  21. September is spring skiing, so it’s ‘firm and fast’ (icy) early, sublime mid morning and heavy going after lunch.

    How does that affect the boats?


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  22. Rugby Skier, thanks for the info, yeh Epic Pass. I’m looking to stay in Jindabyne and commute. I like spring skiing, I like the rock hard in the morning and the softer stuff mid morning, by lunchtime I’ve had enough and head off. I’ve heard that the access is difficult so I’d be up early. They’ve been closing access to Falls by 9.30am on weekends and I hear that Buller closes the gate at around 8am. Pity about them closing areas due to low visitor numbers in spring but I get it. I can get cheap accom in Jindabyne in Spring for one person, I looked at the on mountain but they’re dreaming if they think I’d pay thousands for four nights in spring.

    Cheers


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  23. Victim families say they aren’t notified of killers released from Melbourne psychiatric facility

    That seems to be a new lefty doctrine, since it surfaced in California.

    Los Angeles DA Gascón to disband unit that notifies victims of their assailant’s parole hearings (13 Jul)

    Gascon is of course the ultra-Soros DA who narrowly avoided a recall this week after funny business with the petition signatures.

    Someone it seems wants murderers and madmen out on the streets and is trying to avoid the victims’ families noticing.


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  24. Dot says:
    August 19, 2022 at 5:27 am

    The IPA is still good.

    Was speaking with my agronomist cousin last night re this.

    La Nina now predicted to extend into summer and given the extremely poor predictive abilities beyond three months who’s to say it won’t persist past the New Year?

    Things are staying wet here and we are falling behind with the in crop spraying program but I’ll take that any day over the alternative.

    I think it’s about time an article appeared re the construction of all the desal plants.
    The premise for their construction being it wasn’t going to rain enough in the future to fill dams.

    When it comes to desal plants and “green energy” ideology can only explain part of it, stupidity another part, the only other thing from there is corruption.

    “Only a scam if you’re not in on it”


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  25. Peter Smith has a good summation of the state of the Liberals at the moment. We are essentially in a one party state with different factions. Until the wet dreams about climate etc meet reality nothing is going to change. I reckon that when the wheels fall of the wet green dreams it will happen very quickly, the people will not be happy but the pollies won’t have any idea of what to do and things will get bad, quite bad for a while.

    In other times we could recover but with no political talent, no heavy industry, no energy and a demoralised population we will be ripe for someone to walk in and ‘Stabilise the Situation’, just who that will be will be critical to what comes next.
    https://quadrant.org.au/opinion/qed/2022/08/struck-dumb-by-pussyfoot-in-mouth-disease/


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  26. Someone it seems wants murderers and madmen out on the streets and is trying to avoid the victims’ families noticing.

    Stalin used the criminal class as part of his machinery. They were class allies…and useful.


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  27. I said I’d keep off Abbott but I must ask, why did he fold on his promise to have an inquiry into BOM? Does Hunt have a picture of him in an embarrassing situation? If so maybe other Libs had the same pic and used it to get him to renege on promises.


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  28. To the skiers out there, one of my mates is Canadian. Goes skiing at Whistler, they have the slopes lit at night. He’d skied all day until 10 pm, next day could hardly move. Out of condition. Most of the skiers I know go to NZ or Japan even for a short time.


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  29. GreyRanga, I’ve done night skiing at Niseko in Japan. It’s fun to do but bloody cold at -12. I organise a couple of small group trips to Japan each northern winter but obviously not since Feb 2020. Hoping to be back in 23 but Japan is reluctant to let gaijin back in without restrictions at this stage.


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  30. Solomon Islands mortgage themselves to China. What could possibly go wrong?

    Solomon Islands deal with Huawei moves ahead with massive AUD$96 million loan from Chinese investment bank (18 Aug)

    Just ask Sri Lanka about that, and many African nations. This is Darwinian evolution in action on a national level. Maybe Solomons peoples should start learning Mandarin.

    Btw this month it’s 80 years since the Americans paid in blood to recapture Guadacanal from the Japanese.


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  31. “The unhinged readership over at Crikey pass judgement on the Governor General.”

    Apparently Lachlan Murdoch is going to sue Crikey. Why? Crikey published a piece back in June, written by Bernard Keane (of course) where it said….“Trump is a confirmed unhinged traitor and Murdoch is his unindicted co-conspirator”. The SMH reported a few days ago that “The Crikey piece alleged that Lachlan and Rupert, through their control of right-wing TV network Fox News, were to blame for the January 6 attack on the Capitol, which attempted to prevent the congressional certification of President Joe Biden’s victory.”

    You see, this is where unhinged left-wing invective ends up. The left just can’t help themselves. They want to blame everything on their favourite devils, Abbott derangement, Trump derangement, Murdoch derangement. As Gad Saad says, it’s a parasite that infects minds. I hope Lachlan cleans them out.


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  32. What size am I? Too big, but shrinking fast across the beam due to much…much gardening. Better than the gym and you get a reward for labour.

    I think I got the “filthbot” term from either Dot or Bern a million years ago.

    Those poor kids in steaming hot Maccas kitchens in masks. The new Servant Class.


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  33. “I said I’d keep off Abbott but I must ask, why did he fold on his promise to have an inquiry into BOM? Does Hunt have a picture of him in an embarrassing situation? If so maybe other Libs had the same pic and used it to get him to renege on promises.”

    We were all disappointed in Abbott. But I tell who was more disappointing, and that was Morrison.

    And further to Abbott and his crushing electoral win in September 2013, it will never happen again.


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  34. Calli:

    Is “not wanting it” a good enough reason? I don’t think so – it is a child, her child. With all the potential of you or me or anyone else.

    I agree. The embryo is a person – incomplete, no doubt, but an adult without legs is also a person despite the incompleteness. The mother is the Guardian of the foetus and has responsibilities concerning that guardianship. One of those responsibilities is to protect the unformed child.
    Only incest and rape can deny that state of guardianship. That the child is inconvenient doesn’t remove that state of guardianship.


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  35. Cassie, agree completely but I believe there can be another crushing win, if and when the Libs rediscover those they have abandoned in their quest to go left.

    The big question is if there is another crushing win, will it be followed by another crushing disappointment?


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  36. ZK2A:

    Quite so. It was soon after that action that the powers that be realized that “Front line ammo” of 60 rounds for a SLR wasn’t really adequate.

    My understanding is that first line for 7.62 was 120 rounds, 5.56 180 rounds.


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  37. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, for the time being the climate wars are over*. The left won, and it was an easy win because the right refused to fight. Here in Oz it culminated in Morrison’s suicidal decision last year to adopt net zero emissions, no doubt at the behest of Rent Zimmerboy, Karma Sharma, Obama loving Katie Allen, Jason Foolinsky and others. And where are these people now? Gonski, purged from parliament.

    * until the blackouts start.


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  38. Night skiing, I see no point in it at all, freezing cold and it’s wasting good drinking and relaxing time. I usually ski alone and fairly fast, if I’m up for first lift as usual by lunchtime I’m knackered and head off, you start to hurt yourself when skiing when weary.

    I like NZ, the smaller areas and the club fields are great, but wary of going again after wuflu madness, Japan is off for the foreseeable future, again due to virus derangement. I always wanted to ski Kamchatka but I doubt my finances could handle it. If I was wealthy I’d live in Chamonix most northern winters, best place ever for skiing.


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  39. A tale of idiocy and personal responsibility:

    Territory Day here is celebrated with tonnes and tonnes of fireworks made in Asian sweatshops, and sold to the punters in uteloads by local bikies and anyone off the street, as long as they have one of the licences to do so that the government hand out like confetti.

    From 6.00 p.m. to 11.00 p.m. on 1 July (in theory) you can make them go bang anywhere you like. On the road out the front of your house, in your backyard, on the beach, in the scrub, on your boat. In your lounge room, if you want. Naturally, Territory Day is punctuated with scrub fires and trips to hospital, as was the case with this bloke (the NT News):

    ….. Mr Trouchet was celebrating with his kids in the rural area when a faulty mortar firework went off.

    “It exploded off at an angle, struck Duane in the face and then exploded again and caused major head trauma,” [his mate] said.

    What actually happened was that this monster cracker only went partially bang. Mr Trouchet, being an unemployed fisherman, tested his expertise on explosives by picking it up and staring at it intently from very close range. In true Wile E. Coyote fashion, it then went BOOM.

    Mr Trouchet was taken to Royal Darwin Hospital in a serious condition and put into an induced coma for three weeks. The explosion resulted in the loss of his left eye and significant burns to his face, but Mr Martin said his friend was now on the road to recovery.

    This bloke’s mates organised a fundraising fishing day from one of the local ramps to pay for the experience along with his family’s food bills. No suing the government, no ‘somebody else’s fault’, no whining about how someone should have stepped in and warned him fireworks were dangerous.

    Stupid, granted, but a laudable aftermath.


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  40. Indolent:

    Winston, those pups are only about 3 months old. Perfectly normal behaviour. Also for the cat, gazing with contempt on the peons below.

    Are you sure?
    They looked like about 2 years to me but in case I’m wrong, a loosely rolled up newspaper across the muzzle will do the trick.
    …and the damned cat as well – just because. Smug bastard of a thing.


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  41. Speaking of 80 year anniversaries, today is Dieppe Raid day:

    The World War Two suicide mission that went under the radar – Operation Jubilee (18 Aug)

    For decades, the Allied invasion of the French coastal town of Dieppe was seen by many historians as one of the most catastrophic failures of the Second World War. More than 3,500 of the 6,000 or so men who had landed on August 19, 1942, were captured or killed before survivors beat a hasty retreat.

    But with tomorrow’s 80th anniversary of Operation Jubilee, better known as the Dieppe Raid, this historical narrative is being reassessed. A new account reveals how a little-known British expert discovered vital information about top secret German radar under cover of the raid, information which saved thousands of lives on D-Day.

    Under heavy fire, RAF Flight Sergeant and electronics boffin Jack Nissenthall, then just 22, managed to cut off the Nazis’ Dieppe radar station by clipping through telegraph wires.

    He examined enough of its sophisticated electronics to understand how it functioned, and forced the enemy radar operators to communicate by radio, leaving their messages open to interception by British intelligence.

    It was a mission Nissenthall knew would very likely cost him his life. The 10 Canadian soldiers charged with protecting him had been ordered to shoot him dead the moment capture seemed likely. The risk of him giving away Britain’s radar secrets under Nazi torture was simply too high.

    His daughter, Linda Nissen Samuels, 73, has now written a book about his extraordinary war, called The Man Under The Radar. The story is brought to life with eye-witness accounts from her late father’s own unpublished war memoir, The Wizard War.

    A brigade of British soldiers suffered terribly in order to capture a German Wurzburg radar dish. How valuable such technology was became apparent when radar was extensively used by the Allies for naval and air warfare especially against the Japanese.


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  42. Wimmera gravel roads are thoroughly wet and in a bad state of repair.
    VicPlod brains trust says drivers aren’t driving to conditions and accidents are rising.

    The reality is these gravel roads have lost their form and look like two gutters running water after rain. They don’t shed water but hold it and as a result the gravel and base are regularly saturated and soft.

    This is entirely a maintenance issue and not bad driving. It might help if Plod actually spoke on the safety issue of bad roads but that would put them at odds with their pay masters.

    I’ll check the sheep this morning after 20mm of rain in the past two days. The exercise will involve driving on the edge of the wheel ruts and slowly ploughing through big wet big holes in the middle of the road every few hundred metres. The paddocks are better going than the roads.


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  43. Re Abbott:

    I often see him at the Sydney cafe we frequent – particularly on Sundays when he cycles with a local group. Locals generally are discreet & leave him to his recreation. However next time I see him there I think I will congratulate him on his latest warnings about China & also his fire fighting duties in our valley during the dreadful Gosper Mt fires.

    He is a remarkable individual – even if many of us were disappointed with his Prime Ministership. We should also not forget his successful mission to stop illegal immigration during those years. Pity, however, he didn’t resurrect our defence forces from years of neglect.


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  44. Like the ‘Great Barrington’ declaration, this too will be ignored in favour of the narrative and keeping hold of power. Is it the desire for grant money that makes scientists do dodgy work, maybe a desire to be loved and looked up to. Something is really wrong with nearly all science now, medicine especially. When the public realise they’ve been had, and they will it can take a long time, then I can’t see how the scientific establishment will recover.
    From the Daily Sceptic.

    https://dailysceptic.org/2022/08/18/1200-scientists-and-professionals-declare-there-is-no-climate-emergency/


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  45. Lizzie

    Starting with chicken and ending …. well, some still eat swan on highdays and holidays in Britain (all swans belong to Her Maj, btw). After chicken I do duck and stop at turkey; some still like pigeons.

    Once the “official” diet consists of insect meal, you will find that Australia’s rabbit, pigeon and Indian Mynah problems will rapidly reduce.


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  46. ….. Mr Trouchet was celebrating with his kids in the rural area when a faulty mortar firework went off.

    “It exploded off at an angle, struck Duane in the face and then exploded again and caused major head trauma,” [his mate] said.

    It seems that people called ‘Duane’ are over-represented in incidents of this kind.


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  47. Crossie:

    You only have two dogs, my daughter has three huge wolf-like dogs who grovel to their five-foot nothing mistress. Admittedly, she has a generous supply of treats that she carries in her handbag.

    Didn’t Krudd have a dog? And didn’t he have a pork chop in his pocket to keep it by his side?


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  48. Best place i skied was Telluride Colorado. Heated and fast chairlifts, no line ups, long long runs all corduroy early. Deep powder off piste. Great views.
    In the village sidewalks are heated so no ice or snow to worry about. Great bars. Best one had an outdoor spa size 20m x 10m at 36c. Downside is the high altitude. Headaches are a constant, can’t have too many beers.

    Got it see Holiday log cabins of Oprah, Tom Cruise and Al Gore. The logs were huge as were the cabins. You could fit a couple of Melbourne McMansions in each one. Reinforced my view of Al Gore, the inconvenient elite.

    Haven’t skied in Aus since.


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  49. sfwsays:
    August 19, 2022 at 7:04 am
    I said I’d keep off Abbott but I must ask, why did he fold on his promise to have an inquiry into BOM? Does Hunt have a picture of him in an embarrassing situation? If so maybe other Libs had the same pic and used it to get him to renege on promises.

    Need to check the timings.

    My vague recollection is that Turdballs made his move straight after that promise was made, and his first action after becoming PM was to cancel the plan.

    Open to correction if my memory is not up to scratch.


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  50. Cassie of Sydneysays:
    August 19, 2022 at 7:23 am
    “Stalin used the criminal class as part of his machinery. They were class allies…and useful.”

    As did Hitler.

    Of course. Communism and fascism are both feathers of the same left wing.


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  51. Let them eat insects.

    Gas Crisis Chaos: Minister Brands Unhappy Public ‘New Enemies of the State’ Amid Riot Warnings (18 Aug)

    Those taking the German government to task over the ongoing gas crisis have been branded the “new enemies of the state” by one government minister in the country.

    The minister — who is a member of former chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party — made the claim as authorities in the country begin to fear significant backlash for gas shortages in the winter, with one official saying that he is now expecting riots to occur if and when people are no longer able to heat their homes.

    According to a report by broadcaster NTV, Herbert Reul, who serves as the Interior Minister for the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia, has now labelled members of the public challenging the extremely poor handling of Germany’s energy, cost of living, and COVID crises by the political class as “enemies of the state”.

    Freezing pensioners are now terrorists. This sort of approach didn’t work too well in a certain next door country, as I recall.


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  52. monty did an excellent job in arguing against abortion restrictions yesterday.

    I am sure he sees himself as a sort of gadfly character – bane of the powerful, approaching by stealth and stinging them, irritating them, provoking them, and exposing them.

    We know him as more like a piece of dog crap on your shoe.

    But he does seem really fixated on abortion with that bizarre argument about extreme cases (not dissimilar to arguing that since you would be justified in speeding to escape an encroaching bushfire then you must concede it is alright to speed anywhere anytime – 100kph through an active school zone if you are late for golf because you slept in, for example).

    Normally the loud and feverish demands for unfettered access to abortion – even encouragement to it – comes from angry, gaudy, aged, and shall we say extreme endomorphic (sod it. Fat and blubbery), unhappy women.

    Well, he actually ticks all those boxes with the seeming exception of the last.

    But in these days of obsessing over all things ‘trans’, do you think perhaps there is something he is not telling us?


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  53. even if many of us were disappointed with his Prime Ministership

    It started badly with Abbott spending the first 3 months as a volunteer firefighter. That was not his job. His job was being PM and reversing the Krudd-Gillard-Krudd fup, but no, it was not to be. It was the mark of his government of do-nothing.

    Contrast this with the 30 laws rapidly passed by Parliament by Elbow, to further stuff up Oz.


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  54. monty did an excellent job in arguing against abortion restrictions yesterday.

    She has his number. Every year at Christmas she sends him a blanket, causing his race memory to kick in and fill him with dread. For a week after he does not know if all those sudden chills and waking in the night shivering in a cold sweat is smallpox or fear of it.


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  55. Winston Smithsays:
    August 19, 2022 at 8:03 am
    Crossie:

    You only have two dogs, my daughter has three huge wolf-like dogs who grovel to their five-foot nothing mistress. Admittedly, she has a generous supply of treats that she carries in her handbag.

    Didn’t Krudd have a dog? And didn’t he have a pork chop in his pocket to keep it by his side?

    He didn’t need anything in his pocket. KRudd is a pork chop.


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  56. “However next time I see him there I think I will congratulate him on his latest warnings about China & also his fire fighting duties in our valley during the dreadful Gosper Mt fires.”

    Abbott’s lucky. The next time I see Dave Karma Sharma, he won’t be so fortunate, the tongue lashing I’m going to give him will leave him reeling.


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  57. This is where Australia will be very soon, with worse to come.

    As UK’s energy crisis deepens new analysis finds that one-in-four people in the UK will not be able to pay for energy bills in October, when the new price cap will come into force.

    Citizens Advice suggests in January, when new price hikes are expected to come in, this figure could jump to one-in-three.

    The charity notes that more than half of the people predicted to be unable to pay their energy bills are not currently eligible for the government’s targeted support to people on means-tested benefits

    https://www.energylivenews.com/2022/08/18/one-in-four-britons-predicted-to-be-unable-to-afford-energy-bills-in-october/?mc_cid=c07dbd1e92&mc_eid=30fe4a4429


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  58. SFW,
    I was fortunate to have a mate who owns an apartment there. Cooked our own meals. We got some cheap flights. I hired really good gear there at below Aus prices. Another friend bought new ski gear from US online and had it delivered free to the apartment. Local shop fitted it all for him for small fee. Daily Lift prices marginally were less than Aus.
    Once the accommodation was taken care of it wasn’t that much more expensive than a week in Aus ski fields… where $100 notes are the new $20 note.


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  59. He has an agenda and as a notorious anti vaxxer is a long standing twister of truth.

    Sounds like a thorough evidence based refutation of his arguments there!


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  60. This is entirely a maintenance issue and not bad driving. It might help if Plod actually spoke on the safety issue of bad roads but that would put them at odds with their pay masters.

    That’s wrongthink, comrade.


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  61. Stalin used the criminal class as part of his machinery. They were class allies…and useful.
    Stalin used to rob banks for a living. Few politicians aren’t criminals or of the criminal mindset. Most don’t get caught is all.


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  62. The Letters to the Editor column in the Age are a constant source of amusement and, yes, contempt, despair and disgust. Today among the howling mob of leftist apparatchiks getting stuck into Morrison there is a letter from a Melbourne “Arts” identity complaining that among his other sins, Morrison has no respect for the Yarts because he didn’t appoint himself Arts minister as well as all the other portfolios.

    You can’t make this stuff up!


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  63. Duk at 8:27.
    Do you endorse RFK Junior’s position on vaxxes?
    All vaxxes?
    He is a fucking loon.
    No need for a detailed refutation of his lunacy line-by-line.
    When you look at the great stinking pile of grifters and crooks that is the Kennedy clan, he is at the top.


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  64. Indigenous voice ‘won’t lead to payments’
    Andrew Brown and Tess IkonomouAAP
    Thu, 18 August 2022 1:39AM
    Anthony Albanese is set to meet with Indigenous elders during a visit to the Torres Strait. (Aaron Bunch/AAP PHOTOS)
    Anthony Albanese is set to meet with Indigenous elders during a visit to the Torres Strait. (Aaron Bunch/AAP PHOTOS) Credit: AAP

    An Indigenous voice to parliament and other aspects of the Uluru Statement from the Heart will not lead to reparations for First Nations people, Prime Minister Anthony Albanese says.

    Speaking from Thursday Island, Mr Albanese was asked if the process would result in payments being made.

    “No, it won’t, it’s not about that at all,” he said on Thursday.

    “There’s nothing in the proposed wording of proposed constitutional change that would alter that at all.”

    The prime minister said the “misinformation” being peddled was by people who couldn’t find “good reasons that stack up” to oppose the voice.

    “The advice is it would have no impact whatsoever,” Mr Albanese said.

    Earlier, former prime minister John Howard said the voice might be “coercive”, and criticised Mr Albanese for his “contradictory” comments over what form it might take.

    In response, Mr Albanese said the voice would be an advisory body, and rejected it would become a “third chamber” of parliament, or that there was a lack of detail available.

    The Uluru Statement calls for an enshrined voice, and the Makarrata Commission to “supervise a process of agreement-making between governments and First Nations and truth-telling about our history”.

    In a meeting with the Torres Strait Regional Authority, Mr Albanese also reaffirmed his support for his government choosing to display all three national flags during press conferences.

    “We didn’t make a fuss, we didn’t put out a media release … we just did it,” he said.

    “We have flags that represent our entire nation. It’s an opportunity to speak about our full history.”

    Mr Albanese vowed his trip would not be his last to the region as prime minister, and told community leaders he wanted to leave “permanent footprints” and see real change.

    “That is why it is so important that Australians are given the opportunity to join that hand outstretched which is there in friendship,” he said.

    Dream on, Albo. Reparations, “in perpetuity” have been on the agenda since the draft Treaty of 1988.


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  65. Fair Shake, I do it on a shoestring, I live a 40 min drive from Falls, early bird epic pass (over65) plus early bird (over 65) car pass, $1k all up. Take my time driving up to save fuel and tyres, take a coffee and put on an audiobook or podcast and get there for first lift, I’m normally getting weary by midday so in the car, back home and do some work around the place. Usually ski 60 to 80 days a season but this year not so much. Plenty of snow but lots of days with poor visibility or rain and snow. I’m very much a fair weather skier in my old age.


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  66. This is where Australia will be very soon, with worse to come.

    This one today is pretty amazing.

    Sweden: Electricity Prices Up 400 Per Cent From 2021 (18 Aug)

    The rise in price is said to be linked both to high gas prices in the rest of Europe and low electrical output from Sweden’s own means of energy production such as wind power, broadcaster SVT reports.

    The fun thing about this paragraph is that Sweden has no gas power stations at all. Almost all it’s generation is due to either hydroelectricity and nukes (93%).

    The problem is the interconnectors – Swedish power generators are in hot demand providing CO2-free electricity to wastrel European countries. So poor Swedes are being financially raped by the EU: if the interconnectors were blown up the electricity price would go down.


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  67. So poor Swedes are being financially raped by the EU: if the interconnectors were blown up the electricity price would go down.

    A point not lost on Queenslanders.


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  68. Just got the latest electricity bill, it’s always big in winter but just staggering this time, it’s for four weeks, cost $389.78 most of that $257.06 is for off peak hot water. I’m putting in an LPG instantaneous system next week, looking forward to much lower bills. Until the gov bans LGP that is.
    That bill is for four weeks.

    Peak315.20 kWh 31.900 c/kWh 11 Jul 202210 Aug 2022 31 $100.55
    Off Peak 1,416.28 kWh 18.150 c/kWh11 Jul 202210 Aug 2022 31 $257.06
    Supply Charge 31 days110.000 c/day 11 Jul 202210 Aug 2022 31 $34.10
    Solar CreditRetail Feed-In Tariff (GST Excl)28.78 kWh-6.700 c/kWh11 Jul 202210 Aug 202231-$1.93
    Total New Electricity Charges (Including GST)$389.78 GST$35.61


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  69. Brett Baier again sounding like Chris Wallace, oozing anti-Trumpisms.
    Just reminded me why we don’t usually bother watching or recording his show.


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  70. Liberty Quote

    The skin cells on your nose might well be “potential human beings,” in the loose sense in which a rubber ball is a “potential eraser.” But a zygote is not a “potential human being” or a “potentially rational animal.” Rather, it is an actual human being and thus an actual rational animal, just one that hasn’t yet fully realized its inherent potentials.

    – Edward Feser


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  71. When you look at the great stinking pile of grifters and crooks that is the Kennedy clan, he is at the top.

    Thats a pretty big call.
    I take it you are restricting yourself to living Kennedys and not dead ones?


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  72. Duk at 8:27. Do you endorse RFK Junior’s position on vaxxes? All vaxxes?

    I have done a great deal of self education over the last nearly 3 years, including reading ‘The Real Fauci’ – all of it, and it is very detailed. I also read widely on immunology in general, and ‘compared and contrasted’ how big business ( Big Food, Big Pharma, Big Wind, Big Cholesterol etc etc etc) captured government and used it to push their dangerous products upon the people, irrespective of benefit and even risk.

    I see a pattern, this shit has been going on for a long time and has corrupted science and medicine to the enormous detriment of the people.

    I now question *everything*, including the great bulk of the vaccination programme, which, as I noted yesterday, has spread into the companion and large animal industry as well.

    Once you realise they have been lying to you about one thing, you realise they have been lying to you about everything… fiat currency, inflation, taxation, statins, the food pyramid, diversity, multiculturalism, immigration, democracy itself.


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  73. Charging Electric Cars Like “Spilling Liters of Petrol”…(Hidden) Losses During Charging Are Huge

    “Hidden gas guzzlers”…The wonders of electric cars are turning out to be pie-in-the-sky fantasies.

    Massive energy losses from generation, to transmission, to charging and during battery storage are turning electric mobility into a cost nightmare.

    “E-cars lose massive amounts of power during charging,” reports the online 24hamburg-de here, citing results of tests conducted on a variety of electric cars of different price classes and sizes by Germany’s ADAC automobile association.

    This makes electric cars even more expensive, and less affordable, than previously thought.

    The ADAC’s results show, “electricity consumption when charging electric cars is significantly higher than indicated on the consumption displays.”

    Manufacturers forgot to tell e-car buyers that lots of energy – about 10% – in fact gets lost during charging and battery storage.

    Wasting huge amounts of energy

    “The result is devastating,” reports 24hamburg.de.

    “With a gasoline-powered car, that would be like spilling a few liters when refueling,” says the ADAC.

    Apparently. significant energy gets lost by all the electrical systems, from the charging station, to the on-board charger and the drive battery in the car itself.


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  74. flyingduk, Mrs Eyrie( former RN) used to be a proponent of western science based medicine. After the last two and a half years and much reading, she’s much less convinced about vaccination than she used to be.


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  75. Once you realise they have been lying to you about one thing, you realise they have been lying to you about everything …

    I realised this decades ago – signal example being of course, gerbil worming, although the new Ice Age scare in the seventies was its precursor, followed by acid rain and the hole in the Ozone layer.

    Fact and evidence free anti-scientific horseshit, all of it. Hence my inevitable skepticism about bat flu.

    question *everything*

    A motto to live by.


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  76. Great to hear you out and about sfw. Its not that expensive for you. I wish I could go fly fishing but my neck causes too many problems. Never got into skiing. Love to watch it, got hooked when young seeing Jean-Claude Killy on the box. Too cold for me.


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  77. Breaking: Brian Stelter Finally Gets the Boot, CNN Cancels Notoriously Unreliable ‘Reliable Sources’.

    One fat man of paralysing stupidity gone, one more to go.


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  78. monty did an excellent job in arguing against abortion restrictions yesterday.

    She has his number. Every year at Christmas she sends him a blanket, causing his race memory to kick in and fill him with dread. For a week after he does not know if all those sudden chills and waking in the night shivering in a cold sweat is smallpox or fear of it.

    Shoulda been in response to:

    Stan Grant gives Plibbers another tongue bath.


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  79. Like selling candy to a baby.

    Candy Maker Mars Wins Lawsuit Against Marijuana Dealers Selling Drug-Infused ‘Skittles’ (18 Aug)

    In a federal court ruling on Aug. 12, three cannabis retailers were ordered to pay Mars a total of $144,600 after they were found infringing the candy maker’s trademarks by marketing and selling THC-infused edibles in Canada with logo and packaging “almost identical” to official Skittles products. … “Illegal edible cannabis products may be packaged to look like popular brands of candies, snacks, or other food products that are typically sold at grocery stores, gas stations, and corner stores,” Health Canada said on its website.

    The problem being not that sweets had THC in them but that it was infringing Mars’ copyright. Selling stoner sweets is OK. But it’s not OK if your lollies contain a substance which is haram to the Green-Progressive religion.

    FDA Warns Manufacturer Marketing Illegal Nicotine Gummies (18 Aug)

    “Nicotine gummies are a public health crisis just waiting to happen among our nation’s youth, particularly as we head into a new school year,” FDA Commissioner Robert Califf said in a statement.

    It’s fun that THC is holy to the new religion but nicotine666 is banned by it. Maybe they should write a holy book so we can know what is blessed by Gaia and what isn’t.


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  80. Four-time Hawthorn premiership coach Alistair Clarkson is the new coach of North Melbourne, where he was once one of the dirtiest backmen in the AFL – ending the coach roulette circus that has gripped Victoria for the past week, in which Essendon has also fired its hopeless coach Ben Rutten (who extraordinarily remains in the job), chased Clarkson and is now facing a new coach hunt (along with Greater Western Sydney).


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  81. The Frolicking Moll:

    When you look at the great stinking pile of grifters and crooks that is the Kennedy clan, he is at the top.

    Thats a pretty big call.
    I take it you are restricting yourself to living Kennedys and not dead ones?

    Damn fine question, TFM.


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  82. Government to impose penalties for dirty car emissions

    The Albanese government is resurrecting a contentious plan to impose carbon emissions rules on new car sales to boost electric vehicle take-up and avoid turning the country’s car yards into “dumping grounds” for redundant stock no longer able to be sold in other markets.

    In a coup for the electric vehicle industry and mostly European premium manufacturers such as VW, BMW and Mercedes, Climate Change and Energy Minister Chris Bowen will on Friday declare that “now is the time to have an orderly and sensible discussion” about the idea.

    At a function organised by the EV lobby in Canberra on Friday, which will include three teal independents, billionaire Mike Cannon-Brookes, and the head of VW Australia, Mr Bowen will argue that introducing penalties on the sale of traditional internal combustion engines will “address the cost-of-living impacts of inefficient cars”.

    – Utes to be hit hardest
    – A ‘game changer’, VW says
    – Teals push for more incentives
    – ‘Charging anxiety’

    The Greens on Thursday reiterated their support for a fuel efficiency standard – starting at 105 grams per km and ratcheting down to zero by 2030, when a “ban on new petrol and diesel” vehicles should take effect.

    “We also want to see a $10,000 subsidy on every first electric vehicle, decreasing over time as the take-up of electric vehicles increases,” said Greens Deputy Leader Mehreen Faruqi.

    Labor’s move adds to its Commonwealth fleet buying policy, which aims to reach 75 per cent EV leases and purchases by 2025, and a push to expand the charging station network density to an average interval of 150km on major roads.


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  83. Old Ozzie:

    Apparently. significant energy gets lost by all the electrical systems, from the charging station, to the on-board charger and the drive battery in the car itself.

    I’d always assumed these losses were being factored in to the calculations.
    Now you are telling us they weren’t?
    Does that mean the amount of work between the power station and the rubber on the road is <40%?
    (40% is a number I retrieved from a place the sun doesn't shine on – just a guess.)


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  84. Labor Lotto. How many stupid policies can they introduce?
    The Albanese government is resurrecting a contentious plan to impose carbon emissions rules on new car sales


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  85. Four-time Hawthorn premiership coach Alistair Clarkson is the new coach of North Melbourne

    Clarkson is a four-time premiership coach because of the almost unprecedented confluence of a) cattle at the time, and b) effective management by the Mayblooms*’ board.

    Being the King of Arden Street at present is like handing a bloke a broomstick and saying ‘Over there is a 7×5 trailer full of wet sand. Shovel it out using this stick. You have twenty minutes’.

    *Hawthorn’s original name.


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  86. re electricity prices (rounded):
    from end September: Off Peak 17 to 19.6 c/kwh
    Peak 34 to 40.8
    Supply 104 to 130 c/Day

    Total cost has risen over 15 years by a factor of 2.5.
    A twin element HWS was replaced by Instantaneous LPG so the relative increase is higher than 2.5.


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  87. The Greens on Thursday reiterated their support for a fuel efficiency standard – starting at 105 grams per km and ratcheting down to zero by 2030, when a “ban on new petrol and diesel” vehicles should take effect.

    As usual, green ideas are so good they have to be made compulsory and any anything outside their holy writ made illegal.


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  88. “Duk at 8:27.
    Do you endorse RFK Junior’s position on vaxxes?
    All vaxxes?
    He is a fucking loon.
    No need for a detailed refutation of his lunacy line-by-line.
    When you look at the great stinking pile of grifters and crooks that is the Kennedy clan, he is at the top.”

    Correct. RFK Jnr is not someone anyone should look up to . He is against all vaccinations and he’s a supporter of that disgraced fraud, Andrew Wakefield. For goodness sake, even his own wife has distanced herself from some of his ravings.


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  89. In a coup for the electric vehicle industry and mostly European premium manufacturers such as VW, BMW and Mercedes, Climate Change and Energy Minister Chris Bowen will on Friday declare that “now is the time to have an orderly and sensible discussion” about the idea.

    Politispeak for “the decision has already been made, but we’ll test the strength of the public backlash first so as not to damage our re-election propsects.”


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  90. I now question *everything*, including the great bulk of the vaccination programme, which, as I noted yesterday, has spread into the companion and large animal industry as well.

    The biggest problem I see is the desire of the pharma companies to switch entirely to mRNA vaccines. That is bad news for the same reason that the mRNA covid vaccines are bad news: they cause virus coat proteins and carbohydrates to be expressed on healthy cells, especially lining blood vessels and the heart. So you have the immune system attacking healthy cells causing inflammation. Which leads to the myocarditis issue and the clotting issue. Those problems are going to happen with all injected mRNA vaccines, to greater or lesser extent.

    You don’t get that so much with free floating vaccine particles, such as killed-virus ones. Thus conventional vaccines like fluvax and tetanus vaccine are much safer.

    Novovax is a bit of a special case since it is a free floating vaccine particle but one which supports the spike protein. Unfortunately the spike protein itself is bad news, and there’ve been official warnings of Novavax side effects similar to the mRNA vaccines, presumably for that reason. But the Novavax model is a good one, since other virus surface groups do not cause the biochemical harm the covid spike does.

    Unfortunately I see the whole vaccination industry becoming on the nose with the public because of the huge and seemingly fanatical drive towards the mRNA model. The side effects are going to kill all faith in vaccines in general.

    Already I’m concerned about getting fluvax anymore, after about 2 decades of getting it each year. That’s because the pharma companies are pushing hard to convert to mRNA fluvax, and away from the egg-cultured vaccine. How do you explain to a pharmacist or a GP that you want the latter not the former? They will get angry at you since you are implying you don’t trust them.


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  91. Clarkson is a four-time premiership coach because of the almost unprecedented confluence of a) cattle at the time, and b) effective management by the Mayblooms*’ board.

    Being the King of Arden Street at present is like handing a bloke a broomstick and saying ‘Over there is a 7×5 trailer full of wet sand. Shovel it out using this stick. You have twenty minutes’.

    *Hawthorn’s original name.

    I wonder if Hodgey is interested in an assistant coaching gig at North Melbourne. He just getting more chins being in the Channel 7 commentary box.


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  92. “Sam Harris just admitted he supported censoring the Hunter Biden laptop story because it helped Biden

    This man just set his entire career on fire”

    Dover, Gad Saad, who was once quite friendly with Sam, has overnight uploaded a short Youtube video re. Harris’ anti-Trump derangement. With this revelation, Harris has outed himself as a totalitarian who’s quite willing to silence the free speech of those he disagrees with.


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  93. Dover, Gad Saad, who was once quite friendly with Sam, has overnight uploaded a short Youtube video re. Harris’ anti-Trump derangement. With this revelation, Harris has outed himself as a totalitarian who’s quite willing to silence the free speech of those he disagrees with.

    . Yep, I’ve never taken to Sam Harris, always struck me as arrogant, humility is not in his character and the admission of his Trump Derangement Syndrome surprises me not a jot.


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  94. In a coup for the electric vehicle industry and mostly European premium manufacturers such as VW, BMW and Mercedes, Climate Change and Energy Minister Chris Bowen will on Friday declare that “now is the time to have an orderly and sensible discussion” about the idea

    Good luck with that.

    ‘No one’ in Australia wants to buy electrical vehicles (Sky News, 19 Aug)

    No one in Australia wants to buy electric vehicles, says Sky News host Caleb Bond.

    Mr Bond said Australia is a very big country. “A lot of people want to drive long distances,” he said. “Electric vehicles are simply not built to do that.”

    He’s right. Plus electricity is ludicrously expensive, no one wants to spend a vast amount for fast chargers at home, the street-level power infrastructure isn’t there, and owners don’t want to be time limited on charging because of grid overload issues. And the wretched things are a lot more expensive that conventional cars and are going to stay that way for many many years to come because of materials limitations like lithium and rare earths supply bottlenecks. The fire hazard is a cherry on top.

    Already there seems to be a general regard that Priuses are uncool and sanctimonious, driven by Greens. That’s going to hit even harder with EVs.


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  95. thefrollickingmolesays:

    August 19, 2022 at 8:59 am

    When you look at the great stinking pile of grifters and crooks that is the Kennedy clan, he is at the top.

    Thats a pretty big call.
    I take it you are restricting yourself to living Kennedys and not dead ones?

    Yeah, I know.
    I was including all Kennedys, past present and emerging.
    Let’s just say he’s on the podium.


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  96. Why Are We in Ukraine?

    A steep bill comes due for decades of democracy promotion.

    On March 24, a month after Russian tanks rolled across Ukraine’s borders, the Biden White House summoned America’s partners (as its allies are now called) to a civilizational crusade. The administration proclaimed its commitment to those affected by Russia’s recent invasion—“especially vulnerable populations such as women, children, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTQI+) persons, and persons with disabilities.” At noon that same day, Secretary of State Antony Blinken tweeted about the “massive, unprecedented consequences” American sanctions were wreaking on Russia, and claimed Russia’s economic “collapse” was imminent.

    Never has an official non-belligerent been more implicated in a war. Russia and its sympathizers assert that the U.S. attempt to turn Ukraine into an armed anti-Russian camp is what the war is about in the first place. Even those who dismiss this view will agree that the United States has made itself a central player in the conflict. It is pursuing a three-pronged strategy to defeat Russia through every means short of entering the war—which, of course, raises the risk that the United States will enter the war. One prong is the state-of-the-art weaponry it is supplying to Ukraine. Since June, thousands of computer-guided artillery rockets have been wreaking havoc behind Russian lines. A second prong is sanctions. With western European help, Washington has used its control of the choke points of the global marketplace to impoverish Russians, in hopes of punishing Russia. Finally, the U.S. seeks to rally the world’s peoples to a culture war against an enemy whose traditionalism, even if it does not constitute the whole of his evil, is at least a symbol of it.

    It would be foolish to bet against the United States, a mighty global hegemon with a military budget 12 times Russia’s. Yet something is going badly off track. Russia’s military tenacity was to be expected—bloodying and defeating more technologically advanced armies has been a hallmark of Russian civilization for 600 years. But the economic sanctions, far from bringing about the collapse Blinken gloated over, have driven up the price of the energy Russia sells, strengthened the ruble, and threatened America’s western European allies with frostbite, shortages, and recession. The culture war has found few proponents outside of the West’s richest latte neighborhoods. Indeed, cultural self-defense may be part of the reason India, China, and other rising countries have conspicuously declined to cut economic ties with the Russians.

    Anyone who watched the first Trump impeachment in 2019 will know that U.S. Ukraine policy—and the personnel carrying it out—did not change, in its essence, between the Obama and Trump administrations. Through steady deliveries of weaponry and military know-how, the failed state of 2014, defended by a ramshackle collection of hooligans and oligarch-sponsored militias, was transformed by 2021 into the third-largest army in Europe, fully interoperable with that of the United States. Ukraine, with a quarter-million men under arms, was outmanned only by Turkey and Russia. The real caesura came not with Trump’s arrival but with his departure. In the first weeks of 2021, Joe Biden committed his administration to a considerably more aggressive Ukraine policy. Last November 10, Blinken signed a “strategic partnership” that not only reasserted the Bush Administration’s commitment to admit Ukraine into NATO, but also reopened contested sovereignty questions, including that of strategically vital, culturally Russian Crimea.

    The Mearsheimer account culminates with an implicit question: What did you think Russia would do?

    For more than a century, the United States has entered world conflicts as a tertius gaudens. After two adversaries have bled and exhausted each other, big advantages can be won with a relatively small expenditure of blood and treasure. In this case, the U.S. is making the entirety of its contribution to the Ukrainian war effort in treasure, none of it so far in blood. On top of the armament and training provided over the past eight years, it has provided Ukraine with $50 billion worth of advanced weaponry in the last six months. Since the beginning of the war, the United States has also provided targeting information for drone strikes on Russian generals and missile attacks on Russian ships.

    What is new and reckless about these American sanctions is the threat they pose not to Russia but to the United States. The Biden Administration has been abusing—and thus undermining—the American position as custodian of the global economy.

    The measures against Russia, though, are of unprecedented scope. Both President Biden and Secretary of State Blinken have declared their willingness to seize those hundreds of billions in order to “rebuild Ukraine.” The United States has for a long time lived off the “exorbitant privilege” of its reserve currency and its role as the global regulator of first resort. Neither will survive for long if the United States manages the world’s assets in a non-fiduciary way.

    The people who make U.S. Ukraine policy were apparently incapable of thinking things through to this point. Rather than beg its way back into the U.S.-led global financial order, the Russians are trying to build a new one with new partners. They have a chance of pulling it off. In a speech at a June economic forum in St. Petersburg, Putin complained that the roughly $10 trillion that any trading country must hold in dollar and Euro currency reserves is being devalued at 8% a year by U.S. inflation. “Moreover,” he said, “they can be confiscated or stolen any time if the United States dislikes something in the policy of the states involved.” Putin called for a replacement for the SWIFT system. “The development of a convenient and independent payment infrastructure in national currencies is a solid and predictable basis for deepening international cooperation,” he said. Until recently such an appeal would have fallen on deaf ears. This time it did not.

    Power and Influence

    In part, the great story we see playing out is the fulfillment of a prediction that people have been making for a generation: power and influence are shifting away from the United States and Europe, and toward Asia.

    In 2020, the Hamburg-based Körber Foundation took a poll of German adults in their twenties and early thirties, and found that 46% backed closer ties between their country and China, versus only 35% who called for closer ties with the United States. In Italy, 36% of adults wanted ties to China, versus only 30% to the U.S. The difference may reflect that the United States is, on the international level, a police power. The U.S. not only claims a role in Russia’s near abroad; eight years ago it threatened to boycott Russia’s Olympics over its laws about teaching sexuality to schoolchildren. China (to take one example) made no such boycott threats.

    A guarantor of economic order, the United States has come to mistake itself for a promulgator of international law, able to consign any country, at any time, to the status of an international pariah. Rival great powers see the United States actively engaged in undermining them, and sometimes they are right to.

    Yes, the West “swiftly moved” against Russia, but six months in, these moves seemed surprisingly ineffective. The reason is that, no matter where you place the fulcrum and the lever, Russia, China, and India collectively are now too much for the United States to lift.

    The Italian writer Marco D’Eramo reported that, after a March 18 phone call between Biden and Xi Jinping, one Chinese anchorman joked that Biden’s message had been: “Can you help me fight your friend so that I can concentrate on fighting you later?”

    The attempt to isolate Russia from the American world system has had a striking unintended consequence—the possible founding of an alternative world system that would draw power away from the existing one.

    We are displaying an outright genius for identifying our most dangerous military adversary and solving its most pressing strategic challenge.


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  97. Problem is, so much of life is about trust; almost everything is built on some sort of trust. Scientific experts, though, can be something else again, and not in the least trustworthy when puffed up with hubris and disdainfully dismissive of hard-won common sense, even though that common sense is not contrary to science and capable of finding expression in science.


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  98. THE FBI’S REPUTATION HAS CRATERED

    It is a familiar pattern: the Left sees an organization or institution that is widely respected, and takes it over. It then politicizes, degrades and misuses that institution. The predictable result is that the public regard formerly enjoyed by the institution is lost.

    That is what has happened with the FBI. The Bureau once enjoyed near-universal respect, but in the wake of a series of scandals culminating in the Mar-a-Lago raid, Rasmussen finds the FBI’s favorability rating dropping to 50%, with 46% disapproving.

    This is the most startling finding:

    Roger Stone, an adviser to former President Donald Trump, has said there is “a group of politicized thugs at the top of the FBI who are using the FBI … as Joe Biden‘s personal Gestapo.” A majority (53%) of voters now agree with Stone’s statement – up from 46% in December – including 34% who Strongly Agree. Thirty-six percent (36%) disagree with the quote from Stone, including 26% who Strongly Disagree.

    It seems shocking to say that the FBI is run by “politicized thugs” who have turned the bureau into “Joe Biden’s personal Gestapo,” but that is the way a little over half of all Americans now see the FBI. Nice going, James Comey and Christopher Wray!


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  99. rugbyskiersays:

    August 19, 2022 at 10:00 am

    Already there seems to be a general regard that Priuses are uncool and sanctimonious, driven by Greens.

    I call them “Toyota Smugs”.

    The Toyota Pius.


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  100. FBI Unit Leading Mar-a-Lago Probe Earlier Ran Discredited Trump-Russia Investigation

    By Paul Sperry, RealClearInvestigations
    August 18, 2022

    The FBI division overseeing the investigation of former President Trump’s handling of classified material at his Mar-a-Lago residence is also a focus of Special Counsel John Durham’s investigation of the bureau’s alleged abuses of power and political bias during its years-long Russiagate probe of Trump.

    The FBI’s nine-hour, 30-agent raid of the former president’s Florida estate is part of a counterintelligence case run out of Washington – not Miami, as has been widely reported – according to FBI case documents and sources with knowledge of the matter. The bureau’s counterintelligence division led the 2016-2017 Russia “collusion” investigation of Trump, codenamed “Crossfire Hurricane.”

    Although the former head of Crossfire Hurricane, Peter Strzok, was fired after the disclosure of his vitriolic anti-Trump tweets, several members of his team remain working in the counterintelligence unit, the sources say, even though they are under active investigation by both Durham and the bureau’s disciplinary arm, the Office of Professional Responsibility. The FBI declined to respond to questions about any role they may be taking in the Mar-a-Lago case.

    In addition, a key member of the Crossfire team – Supervisory Intelligence Analyst Brian Auten – has continued to be involved in politically sensitive investigations, including the ongoing federal probe of potentially incriminating content found on the abandoned laptop of President Biden’s son Hunter Biden, according to recent correspondence between the Senate Judiciary Committee and FBI Director Christopher Wray. FBI whistleblowers have alleged that Auten tried to falsely discredit derogatory evidence against Hunter Biden during the 2020 campaign by labeling it Russian “disinformation,” an assessment that caused investigative activity to cease.

    Auten has been allowed to work on sensitive cases even though he has been under internal investigation since 2019, when Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz referred him for disciplinary review for his role in vetting a Hillary Clinton campaign-funded dossier used by the FBI to obtain a series of wiretap warrants to spy on former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page. Horowitz singled out Auten for cutting a number of corners in the verification process and even allowing information he knew to be incorrect slip into warrant affidavits and mislead the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act court.


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  101. Firstly, we aren’t specifically debating if the child in utero is a person so I can’t be begging the question anymore than you can be for assuming the child isn’t. Secondly, I already said yesterday that all that matters is that the child in utero is an individuated human being, and so far as I’m concerned, whether a human being is a ‘person’ is neither here nor there. And, thirdly, I’m not opposed to the use of the term fetus so long as it is understood to refer to an individuated human being at a particular stage of development. However, I will resist rhetorical attempts that use the term in order to dehumanise the child.

    We are always debating if the child in utero is a person. That’s the whole point of the argument. If it is a person then abortion is murder, full stop, the conservatives are steering the ship. If it is in some grey area between blastocyst and person, then there’s an ongoing argument to be had about the line where you say that abortion is wrong – a Roe-style compromise – and the left is in control of that backed by a large majority of the people.


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  102. Australia won’t be ‘dumping ground’ for clunkers: Bowen

    Bowen challenges electric vehicle ‘naysayers’

    Climate Change and Energy Minister Chris Bowen has vowed to stop Australia becoming more of a “dumping ground” for high-polluting cars other countries won’t take as he hits back at electric vehicle “naysayers”.

    Addressing an electric vehicle summit in Canberra, Bowen has been canvassing proposals to reduce the cost of electric vehicles including fuel efficiency standards.

    The minister said passenger cars accounted for nearly 10 per cent of Australia’s CO2 emissions. Yes, EVs were expensive, Bowen said.

    “Even if they could access the limited supply, they can’t afford it. The price sends them to petrol or diesel vehicles against their will.

    “Now, what the commentators and the naysayers who bag electric vehicles as unaffordable and unavoidable in Australia miss – and I suspect many most cases deliberately ignore – is this unaffordability and unavailability is a direct result of government policy.”

    Australia needed the right policy settings to attract electric vehicle imports currently directed towards other nationals with emissions standards, the minister said.

    He added now was the time for a “sensible discussion about whether fuel efficiency standards could help improve the supply of electric vehicles into our market”.

    This would help ease the cost of living burden from inefficient cars as well as slashing transport sector emissions.

    Apart from Russia, Bowen said Australia was the only OECD country not to have or be in the process of developing fuel efficiency standards.

    “The lack of standards in Australia is cited as one of the key factors impacting on the supply of EVs into Australia. Why? Because while Australia doesn’t show leadership, manufacturers will prioritise those markets that do.

    “It means that consumers aren’t getting the choice available internationally and as the world moves to more efficient and cleaner cars, we risk becoming even more of a dumping ground for older technology which can’t be sold in other markets.”


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  103. Hmm – So much for Made in Japan

    Mazda to reduce dependence on Chinese parts as sales stall

    Between April and June, deliveries of new Mazda vehicles in Australia dropped by almost 40 per cent, with Chinese parts suppliers given the blame.

    Japanese car maker Mazda says it plans to reduce its reliance on Chinese components, after blaming vehicle manufacturing delays on widespread parts shortages.

    The revelation comes as Mazda sales in Australia were down 39 per cent for the three months period from the start of April to the end of June 2022, compared with the same time last year.

    Parts shortages – triggered by interruptions to production due to employee absenteeism during COVID waves – have crippled most major automotive companies globally.

    However, Mazda appears to be taking a more drastic approach to boost production.

    Mazda has reportedly instructed its suppliers to increase parts stockpiles in Japan and diversify production outside of China, as reported by news agency Reuters from a recent Mazda investor presentation.

    As reported by Mazda executives late last week, pandemic lockdowns in China have meant ongoing supply disruptions for the carmaker, resulting in a $US144.4 million ($AU204 million) operating loss for the first quarter of the Japanese financial year (April to June).

    Contracts held with Japanese and European companies haven’t changed the outcome, with most businesses basing their parts manufacturing in China.

    Takeshi Mukai, a senior director at Mazda, says the company will be seeking manufacturing diversification outside of China when it negotiates future contracts with parts suppliers, as well as requesting higher inventory stocks within Japan to help offset supply disruption


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  104. The latest script they are all following is: “Mistakes were made and have to be acknowledged”.
    Obviously their polling is telling them they really, really are on the nose. Time to let a thousand flowers bloom.
    Of course, the major mistake, which was to suspend democracy for two years and unleash their thugs, will not be apologised for.
    ..
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1E0syZczEA8


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  105. Already I’m concerned about getting fluvax anymore, after about 2 decades of getting it each year.

    Yep, and even if it was safe, it’s not effective, and for the same reasons as the Covid shots – the virus mutates too fast, injecting the antigen (instead of inhaling it) results in the wrong sort of immune response, and cheap ‘injected immunity’ results in a weak, obsolete and under exercised immune system, which needs regular exposure to the real thing to keep it fit and up to date.


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  106. We are always debating if the child in utero is a person. That’s the whole point of the argument. If it is a person then abortion is murder, full stop, the conservatives are steering the ship. If it is in some grey area between blastocyst and person, then there’s an ongoing argument to be had about the line where you say that abortion is wrong – a Roe-style compromise – and the left is in control of that backed by a large majority of the people.

    I’ve already told you that for a large portion of the anti-abortion movement the argument doesn’t hinge on the human being being a person. It is enough that they are are human being. If you want to argue that personhood is determinative then you need to articulate what it is about personhood that confers dignity to the human being such that it only then becomes a subject deserving of the protection of the law. You also need to identify when personhood arises in the human being and given my knowledge of persoonhood arguments you are going to struggle not only limiting abortion to the first or second trimester but to the months after birth.


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  107. Sam Harris is so rational he supports a senile old man in charge of nuclear weapons.

    Only a science denier and charlatan who doubts the self absorbed, self loving “sceptic movement” (and a movement it truly is) would question the IQ of a personage making such a choice.


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  108. Dotsays:
    August 19, 2022 at 10:33 am
    Sam Harris is so rational he supports a senile old man in charge of nuclear weapons.

    Sam Harris clarifies that clip where he says he wouldn’t have cared if Hunter Biden had children’s bodies in his basement

    Neuroscientist, author, and podcaster Sam Harris made the rounds on Twitter Thursday in the form of a video clip in which he admitted that suppression of the Hunter Biden laptop story was a “left-wing conspiracy” but it didn’t matter because of the danger Donald Trump brought to the presidency.

    Here it is in case you missed it:


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  109. Dover Beach:

    Sam Harris just admitted he supported censoring the Hunter Biden laptop story because it helped Biden
    This man just set his entire career on fire

    This has blown up overnight.

    The timeframe is right:
    .1 It will take time for the Bidenshit to be impeached.
    .2 The incoming President will have <2.5 Terms to carry out their plan. Assume 10 years for the next Democrat President if they win the next 2 elections.
    .3 The gibbering dimwit Harris is NOT guaranteed the Presidency – while she is next in line, the Dems can put in anyone they like.
    .4 If you were an insurance company, would you insure either Harris, Biden, or anyone else against Hillary Clinton?


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  110. …at a function organised by the EV lobby in Canberra on Friday, which will include three teal independents, billionaire Mike Cannon-Brookes, and the head of VW Australia, Mr Bowen will argue that introducing penalties on the sale of traditional internal combustion engines will “address the cost-of-living impacts of inefficient cars

    As Mussolini said, fascism is best described as a marriage between the corporation and the state….


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  111. Arkysays:
    August 19, 2022 at 10:26 am
    The latest script they are all following is: “Mistakes were made and have to be acknowledged”.
    Obviously their polling is telling them they really, really are on the nose. Time to let a thousand flowers bloom.
    Of course, the major mistake, which was to suspend democracy for two years and unleash their thugs, will not be apologised for.

    Walensky Finally Admits CDC Made ‘Dramatic Mistakes’ in Pandemic Response

    In the wake of its numerous failures during the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will undergo a series of changes as it tries to modernize the agency and repair its embattled reputation.

    “For 75 years, CDC and public health have been preparing for COVID-19, and in our big moment, our performance did not reliably meet expectations,” CDC director, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, told agency employees in an email. “As a long-time admirer of this agency and a champion for public health, I want us all to do better.”

    To that end, Walensky, who said the agency made “pretty dramatic, pretty public mistakes” in its COVID-19 response, announced measures that would allow the CDC to respond better and more quickly to public health emergencies, including making sweeping changes to how the agency analyzes and shares data and how promptly it shares information with the public.

    “My goal is a new, public health action-oriented culture at CDC that emphasizes accountability, collaboration, communication, and timeliness,” she wrote in the statement.

    Changes in leadership and reorganization of staff will also occur.

    Walensky’s big announcement comes after two recent reviews on its pandemic response and agency operations by Health Resources and Services Administration official Jim Macrae and CDC Chief of Staff Sherri Berger.

    While acknowledging it failed is a step in the right direction, many argue the biggest change needs to be made at the top.


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  112. Problem is, so much of life is about trust; almost everything is built on some sort of trust.

    I learned in the MEAO that there are 2 basic styles of communication, based upon whether the society, and its institutions, are trustworthy or corrupt.

    (at the time), The West and its institutions was generally regarded as trustworthy by its citizens, hence conversations were more direct and focussed on ‘getting down to business’, whereas our Middle Eastern colleagues knew their societies to be corrupt (and treated the West the same – it seems they were right). As a result, they focussed on establishing trust first, and could not get down to business until this was done.

    As a result, the Westerners regarded the Middle Easterners as evasive and non commital, and they regarded us as rude and overly direct.


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  113. New Poll on Climate Change Offers Telling, Sobering Results to Those Making the Issue a Priority

    President Joe Biden and Democrats have made it no secret that a major priority of theirs is combating a so-called “climate emergency,” especially when it comes to the recent passage of the misnamed “Inflation Reduction Act.” Another poll has revealed that most Americans don’t have the issue as top of mind. In fact, their views of climate change are shifting away from the alarmist view that the Biden administration holds.

    The AP-NORC poll in question was released on Monday and conducted from June 23-27, surveying 1,053 adults with a margin of error of plus or minus four percentage points.

    A write-up from the Associated Press highlights a contrast between Americans’ attitudes now and in August 2019. While a plurality of respondents in both surveys say they are “extremely/very concerned” about climate change, it was by a much higher amount in 2019.

    In that survey, 44 percent said as much, while 29 percent said they were “moderately concerned,” and 25 percent said they were “not very/not at all concerned.”

    This time around, however, just 35 percent said they were “extremely/very concerned.” The other options made significant gains. Thirty-three percent said they were “moderately concerned,” while 32 percent said they were “not very/not at all concerned.”

    As the write-up acknowledged:

    Many climate scientists told The Associated Press that the shifts are concerning but not surprising given that individuals are feeling overwhelmed by a range of issues, now including an economy plagued by inflation after more than two years of a pandemic. In addition to being outpaced by other issues, climate change or the environment are mentioned as priorities by fewer Americans now than just a few years ago, according to the poll.


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  114. I now question *everything*, including the great bulk of the vaccination programme, which, as I noted yesterday, has spread into the companion and large animal industry as well.

    Once you realise they have been lying to you about one thing, you realise they have been lying to you about everything… fiat currency, inflation, taxation, statins, the food pyramid, diversity, multiculturalism, immigration, democracy itself.

    Cooked duk.


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  115. it is a familiar pattern: the Left sees an organization or institution that is widely respected, and takes it over. It then politicizes, degrades and misuses that institution. The predictable result is that the public regard formerly enjoyed by the institution is lost.

    aka ‘The fourth turning…’


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  116. I’ve already told you that for a large portion of the anti-abortion movement the argument doesn’t hinge on the human being being a person. It is enough that they are are human being. If you want to argue that personhood is determinative then you need to articulate what it is about personhood that confers dignity to the human being such that it only then becomes a subject deserving of the protection of the law. You also need to identify when personhood arises in the human being and given my knowledge of persoonhood arguments you are going to struggle not only limiting abortion to the first or second trimester but to the months after birth.

    What do you think is the difference between a person and a human being?


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  117. This has blown up overnight.

    I note that he justifies ignoring corruption on the part of Biden by claiming it pales in comparison to the sheer volume of Trump’s corruption.

    They have been trying to get Trump since 2015, threw enormous government resources into catching him out, and even now they are reduced to raiding his residence with a dodgy warrant which is coming back already to bite them in the butt. And all they can do now is ‘leak’ stuff to j’ismists – which is generally them tipping their hand and showing they have no proof: Leaks don’t have proof, just airy ‘claims’.

    This Harris guy should run to the DOJ and FBI. If he is able to demonstrate Trump was or is corrupt I am sure they would be grateful.


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  118. I hate to quote him, but this does tie into my belief the US is exporting its inflation because they have this odd belief “theres nowhere else to go”.

    In a speech at a June economic forum in St. Petersburg, Putin complained that the roughly $10 trillion that any trading country must hold in dollar and Euro currency reserves is being devalued at 8% a year by U.S. inflation.

    Thats not the only cause, nation states also devalue their own currencies over time, but the 10% leap by the US mucks up their own orderly money printing.


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  119. the food pyramid

    56 year old carnivore Dr Shawn Baker competes with a rowing machine that logs scores on line. He his ranked top for his age category globally and is ranked 4th overall globally.

    The food pyramid produced munty’s, clinically obese and cognitively challenged. The Perfect Man.


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  120. Teal ‘convert’ Nomi Kaltmann straddles political crossroads ahead of Victorian election

    The independent teal candidate in a crucial seat in the Victorian election ran for a series of Labor Party office-holder positions in February, sparking a backlash from the major parties over her loyalties.

    Internal Labor Party documents show lawyer Nomi Kaltmann nominated for five local positions including president of Labor’s Caulfield branch but soon after switched allegiances and jumped on the teal bandwagon.

    Ms Kaltmann, 30, said the leaking of the form was designed to discredit her in the race to win the marginal Liberal seat, which is crucial to the Coalition having any chance of forming government in its own right.


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  121. Sancho:
    Don’t you mean ‘pious’?

    Earnestly compliant in the observance of religion; reverent or devout.
    Showing or characterized by religious devotion.
    Expressive of or used in religious devotion; devotional.



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  122. Time to let a thousand flowers bloom.

    I hope you’re wrong on that. Wasn’t it just a pretext to allow critics of the regime to relax enough to out themselves, after which they got necked.


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  123. Not sure just how much difference an AFL coach can make. I had a mate playing for Carlton when Parkin came back towards the end of the 80s. Not many of them were sleeping too well before pre-season started. The Carlton-Malthouse experience wouldn’t fill you with hope.


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  124. Oliver’s Twist, Policymakers Legislating Against the People – It’s Not About Going Green, It’s About Going Without
    August 18, 2022 | Sundance

    Last Saturday’s weekly monologue by Neil Oliver was a tremendous hit, helping to awaken millions of people from multiple nations about the true intent of this new governing system as promoted by policymakers on behalf of corporate interests [SEE HERE].

    Earlier today (UK time) GBNews host Mark Steyn had Mr Oliver appear in studio to expand the conversation. What results from Steyn and Oliver is a brilliant segment outlining the nature of this new governing system. A system structured on the standard that disconnected policymakers are legislating to the needs of corporations.

    Video prompted at 13:45 (segment approx. 8 mins)


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  125. The food pyramid produced munty’s

    The kids call them Soyjaks these days, they sweat pure oestrogen. Not as valuable as adrenochrome but still worth putting them into battery farms for it.


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  126. Oliver’s Twist, Policymakers Legislating Against the People – It’s Not About Going Green, It’s About Going Without

    August 18, 2022 – Sundance

    Last Saturday’s weekly monologue by Neil Oliver was a tremendous hit, helping to awaken millions of people from multiple nations about the true intent of this new governing system as promoted by policymakers on behalf of corporate interests [SEE HERE].

    Earlier today (UK time) GBNews host Mark Steyn had Mr Oliver appear in studio to expand the conversation. What results from Steyn and Oliver is a brilliant segment outlining the nature of this new governing system. A system structured on the standard that disconnected policymakers are legislating to the needs of corporations.

    When you remove the old “representative democracy” scales from your outlook and replace the lens with an understanding that representation now means representing the needs of multinational interests, almost all of the contradictions reconcile.

    From that perspective, the Build Back Better or Green New Deal (climate change) agenda is not about replacing the system of energy production with a green system that duplicates the output. The intent of the new program is to produce less energy and then modify the uses of the now limited resource. In one of the examples given, 30 million gasoline powered cars are not expected to be replaced by electric vehicles, a personal transportation system of far fewer vehicles is the goal


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  127. Sure glad I am in the latter stage of my life than at the beginning.

    Western governments’, specifically western Europe, North America (U.S-Canada) and Australia/New Zealand, are intentionally trying to lower economic activity to meet the intentional drop in energy production.

    This is the core consequence of the Build Back Better agenda as promoted by the World Economic Forum.

    Anyone who says there is a reference point to determine both the short-term and long-term consequences is lying. There is no precedent for nations’ collectively and intentionally trying to reduce economic activity.

    https://theconservativetreehouse.com/blog/2022/08/18/something-is-looming-geopolitically-and-we-better-start-taking-it-seriously/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=something-is-looming-geopolitically-and-we-better-start-taking-it-seriously


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  128. There is no precedent for nations’ collectively and intentionally trying to reduce economic activity.

    Other than Pol Pot.
    That didn’t end well either.


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  129. Bruce of Newcastle says:
    August 19, 2022 at 11:27 am
    There is no precedent for nations’ collectively and intentionally trying to reduce economic activity.
    Other than Pol Pot.
    That didn’t end well either.

    ..
    It isn’t about reducing economic activity. Or climate.
    Or even about their global Marxist utopia.
    It’s about power and control, ownership and submission.
    They want to own you.


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  130. sfw says:
    August 19, 2022 at 8:52 am

    Just got the latest electricity bill, it’s always big in winter but just staggering this time, it’s for four weeks, cost $389.78 most of that $257.06 is for off peak hot water. I’m putting in an LPG instantaneous system next week, looking forward to much lower bills. Until the gov bans LGP that is.
    That bill is for four weeks.

    Peak315.20 kWh 31.900 c/kWh 11 Jul 202210 Aug 2022 31 $100.55
    Off Peak 1,416.28 kWh 18.150 c/kWh11 Jul 202210 Aug 2022 31 $257.06

    Something does not add up, this means 47.2 kWh a day, unless you are heating a pool or using the hot water for heating.


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  131. What do you think is the difference between a person and a human being?

    No, no, Monty, you are raising the importance of personhood here, not me. You can either answer the questions asked or simply admit you have no idea.


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  132. Bruce of N

    How do you explain to a pharmacist or a GP that you want the latter not the former? They will get angry at you since you are implying you don’t trust them.

    Even if they agree to do as you ask, how can you check what is actually injected?


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  133. Mr Panzer at 10.07:

    You can be sceptical about Kung Flu vaxxes without going the full RFK.

    You can be absolutely hostile towards mandated Kung Flu vaxxes without going the full RFK, or any of his comrades on that particular ‘it will turn your blood to sludge’ and/or 8 to 38 months until you all die, and those who survive will wish you were dead’ bandwagons.

    Or, for that matter, joining that up with the Sovereign Citizen/tunnel child enslaving red shoe-wearing lizard overlords.

    This is a recurring theme. These peanuts both hijacked and destroyed righteous protest movements against mandatory unproven covid vaccinations, and the life/business/soul destroying lockdowns that accompanied them.


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  134. Ms Kaltmann, 30, said the leaking of the form was designed to discredit her in the race to win the marginal Liberal seat, which is crucial to the Coalition having any chance of forming government in its own right.

    Chalk up a success then.


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  135. “The independent teal candidate in a crucial seat in the Victorian election ran for a series of Labor Party office-holder positions in February, sparking a backlash from the major parties over her loyalties.

    Internal Labor Party documents show lawyer Nomi Kaltmann nominated for five local positions including president of Labor’s Caulfield branch but soon after switched allegiances and jumped on the teal bandwagon.

    Ms Kaltmann, 30, said the leaking of the form was designed to discredit her in the race to win the marginal Liberal seat, which is crucial to the Coalition having any chance of forming government in its own right.”

    Ms Kaltmann is an opportunistic party hopper, looking for a political gig. I hope Southwick wins.

    Surely this must finally squash the stupid notion that the Teals are “Liberals”?


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  136. Speaking of Sovereign Citizen nuffies, they would appear to have found the missing five year old girl her lunatic mother abducted during a supervised custody visit 12 days ago.

    Excellent.


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  137. These peanuts both hijacked and destroyed righteous protest movements against mandatory unproven covid vaccinations

    These peanuts were made the “face” of the injections because it suited the media/wankers in charge to do so.
    Every movement attracts fringe mobs wanting to ride a cause to push their own barrow, but its passing curious how effective they are at garnering screen time well beyond their size.


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  138. Interesting that Neil Oliver and Katie Hopkins have both started talking about “rationing”.

    Hopkins was on about leisure time and holidays, but it’s going to spread a lot wider than that before it’s done. The energy rationing will be the big change – holidays and even certain foods are not deal breakers. Freezing in your home is.

    I’ll be in Scotland in October. Definitely packing some extra thermals.


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  139. Australians express strong support for abortion
    Published: 19 August 2022

    In countries allowing abortion on request, the most common gestational limit is 12 weeks, or the first trimester, but abortion is often permitted under a range of circumstances after this limit has expired.

    However, Australia has some of the most lenient abortion laws in the world, with states like Victoria pushing the accessibility period out to 24 weeks and after 24 weeks with the approval of two doctors.


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  140. Dover

    you are going to struggle not only limiting abortion to the first or second trimester but to the months after birth.

    A concept (post-birth abortion) that is, and has been for some time, the subject of “discussion” among “ethicists”. It was always to be the next step after abortion to full-term.


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  141. That didn’t end well either.

    And if their intentions are as stated, it wont end well for the politicians in this instance.

    Even the CCP fears a citizenry driven to civil disobedience by privation.


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  142. Monty may choose to look into personhood in terms of id quod and id quo, not that I understand it, although he might. This may give pause to temporarily avoid the ultimately revealed truth, Thou Shalt Not Kill.


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  143. Knuckle Dragger says:
    August 19, 2022 at 11:40 am

    ..
    My prediction is that you will have learnt nothing from the last three years, and when the next glaringly obvious boot falls you will again post 90% of your comments aimed at those who might have slightly over reacted or used a bit of poetic license or got too enthusiastic or bombastic, rather than oppose the actual tyranny in whatever form it comes.
    Enjoy a few months or a year or so of sunshine.
    The next iteration will make the last lot seem mild.


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  144. No, no, Monty, you are raising the importance of personhood here, not me. You can either answer the questions asked or simply admit you have no idea.

    The question of when a person is a person is a matter for philosophy. There is no definitive answer. Even such an august tome as the Bible didn’t lay it out in plain language.

    What I do know is (a) that declaring personhood for a cell at the moment of fertilisation is pretty dumb, and (b) the state dictating terms to a mother leads to bad outcomes for the mother.


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  145. Franksays:
    August 19, 2022 at 11:05 am
    Time to let a thousand flowers bloom.

    I hope you’re wrong on that. Wasn’t it just a pretext to allow critics of the regime to relax enough to out themselves, after which they got necked.

    Indeed it was. Soon to be followed by the Great Leap Forward, then the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution.

    As a result of those three campaigns, tens of millions died across China.


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  146. Cowardice comes in many forms.
    Maybe the most subtle is the instinct to appease your masters by urging restraint upon your fellows when the point of contention arrives.
    It’s a fine line between sensible restraint and craven self interest.
    I aim this at myself as much as others.
    I have pulled many punches and tempered many arguments.
    When I knew full well what was being done to us wasn’t right.


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  147. Franxsays:
    August 19, 2022 at 11:50 am
    Monty may choose to look into personhood in terms of id quod and id quo, not that I understand it, although he might. This may give pause to temporarily avoid the ultimately revealed truth, Thou Shalt Not Kill.

    My (limited) understanding is that the words in the original language were “Thou Shalt Not Murder”. This is a different meaning, allowing for just wars, self-defence, lawful police actions and judicial executions.


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  148. Top level coaching is basically getting dickheads to play together. By the the time the dickheads have got to the top level the coach doesn’t teach them new skills apart from what goes on in their heads and that ain’t a lot. Usually its all they can do. Look at Paul Green taking the Cowboys to a GF win. An average team plus JT. They played together well. Didn’t matter how well JT played if the rest of them hadn’t lifted. They didn’t give up. Bellamy for the Storm started off with no names and got them to play together and not give up. I don’t like team sports unless I see a team that doesn’t give up. All the fancy stuff doesn’t make up for not doing the basics right.


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  149. Frank Thorp V @frankthorp
    MCCONNELL in KY asked for his midterm projections: “I think there’s probably a greater likelihood the House flips than the Senate. Senate races are just different, they’re statewide, candidate quality has a lot to do with the outcome.”



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  150. Correct. RFK Jnr is not someone anyone should look up to .

    This is not about looking up to anyone. It’s about what is really going on.

    None of this should be a “Team This” or a “Team That”. We want the truth about what has happened. That’s why there are many calls from around the world for full inquiries into Covid and the pandemic including in Australia for a RC.

    But if you’re first willing to undermine a witness because you don’t like the “cut of his jib”, his family connections or because you identify some other human failing in him, then, it’s possible that you don’t really want the truth.

    This morning, one of Tom’s cartoons showed a depiction of Scummo as the Hydra. That is an apt description of Anthony Fauci, the NAIAD/CDC/FDA, the media, much of the medical journal industry and Big Pharma, and how previously with AZT and AIDS patients and now with mRNA vaccines, the undermining of Ivermectin and Hydroxychloroquine, these people operate.

    Don’t like Kennedy: fine. But as Molly once said, “do yourself a favour”; go and borrow Kennedy’s book (if you don’t want to spend your hard-earned) and then come back and give your informed opinion of his contribution to what’s going on.


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  151. My (limited) understanding is that the words in the original language were “Thou Shalt Not Murder”. This is a different meaning, allowing for just wars, self-defence, lawful police actions and judicial executions.

    Correct, although Hebrew words have a wide semantic range on account of the relatively small vocabulary. The word in question literally means to break in pieces, and/so it can also mean to kill accidentally. Needless to say, the rabbis applied the commandment to abortion.


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  152. The question of when a person is a person is a matter for philosophy. There is no definitive answer. Even such an august tome as the Bible didn’t lay it out in plain language.

    What I do know is (a) that declaring personhood for a cell at the moment of fertilisation is pretty dumb, and (b) the state dictating terms to a mother leads to bad outcomes for the mother.

    You haven’t articulated any reasons why the human being as an embryo or fetus is not a person, so calling it ‘pretty dumb’ is very dumb indeed. Why should anyone seeing this inability to articulate a moral argument take your position seriously?


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  153. you will again post 90% of your comments aimed at those who might have slightly over reacted or used a bit of poetic license or got too enthusiastic or bombastic, rather than oppose the actual tyranny

    No, I will do both.

    The spruikers of ‘oppose mandatory covid vaccines, and by the way you must also accept they will kill you all with the Death CamPs with the gas lines and the elites and peddler rings and children’s blood and by the way the Chinese PLA are going to land at Tullamarine on commercial flights and also aboriginal rights and burn it all down’ (and that is exactly what they were doing) did nothing but delegitimise possibly the worthiest cause in 80 years.

    It wasn’t a ‘slight over reaction’.
    It wasn’t ‘a bit of poetic licence’.
    It wasn’t ‘got too enthusiastic or bombastic’. It was stupid people with their own agendas trying to gee up others by either demanding people accept the worst scenario these people were coming up with – up to and including Holocaust events – or outright lying or both, AND then spending months and years stridently abusing those who declined to get on the Insane Train.

    You don’t attract people to your cause through overreaction, poetic licence or bombast. But perhaps, for these people at least, the cause wasn’t the end goal anyway.


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  154. Top level coaching is basically getting dickheads to play together. By the the time the dickheads have got to the top level the coach doesn’t teach them new skills apart from what goes on in their heads and that ain’t a lot.

    Definitely, applies to club management as well! .. LOL!
    Parramatta Eels not content with another stalemate season as their remote GF hopes become remoter have just signed one of “top” coachings most prolific loser’s for the 2023 season .. Trent Barrett .. failed at Manly, failed at Canterbury but, apparently, Parramatta can see something the rest of us can’t .. FFS!


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  155. You haven’t articulated any reasons why the human being as an embryo or fetus is not a person, so calling it ‘pretty dumb’ is very dumb indeed. Why should anyone seeing this inability to articulate a moral argument take your position seriously?

    Another logical fallacy. No, I don’t have to prove the negative that a blastocyte is not a person. Again you are assuming the conclusion that an embryo is a person, and putting the onus on me to prove otherwise.

    No society gives an embryo the full legal rights of a person. This is in part because the consequences of doing so would be ridiculous. You have to prove that society through all of history has been wrong. You are the one upsetting the status quo with your logic-free religious extremism.


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  156. “Correct, although Hebrew words have a wide semantic range on account of the relatively small vocabulary. The word in question literally means to break in pieces, and/so it can also mean to kill accidentally. Needless to say, the rabbis applied the commandment to abortion.”

    As someone who does know Biblical Hebrew, the Torah doesn’t say “Thou shalt not kill,” the Torah says explicitly that “Thou shalt not murder”. There is a whole theological argument behind this. The Hebrew words for “kill” and “murder” are different.


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  157. No, I will do both.

    ..
    Followed by again adding to the 90% of your comments directed mostly one way.
    You might have a point if you had a substantial body of work you could point to where you criticise our overlords re Covid.
    You don’t.


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  158. The name Trent might have something to do with it. Bit like Duane. Sports club hierarchy is always full of woulda shoulda coulda types but never did. I experienced that at the Brumbies. Its like having that twat Vlandies in charge of the NRL. Might be able to read a balance sheet but does nothing to get fans involved. Better off having ex players. Kids need to see their sporting heroes involved and as for talking heads commentating, don’t get me started. Trouble is, games have become business.


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  159. The classical (biblical) word for murder is Tirtzach and that is the word used in the Torah. Lo Tirtzach means “Thou shalt not murder”

    Yes; from the root I transliterated, with the addition of vowels.

    Harag – to kill -can have the saem meaning depending on verbal form and context.

    The meaning of the commandment is clear, though – it forbids unlawful killing (according to God’s law; abortion may be legal in man’s law, but it isn’t in God’s eyes). Since God elsewhere permits killing in justly waged warfare, personal self-defence and lawful execution for capital crimes, it is not a blanket prohibition on taking human life, as the pacifists maintain.


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  160. Rabbinical Judaism is not particularly comfortable with “killing” however it acknowledges that in order to protect and preserve life, an individual or a nation sometimes needs to kill…as in war, self defence and so on.


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  161. Ergo, it should be ad hominem in the singular and ad homines in the plural ?

    Right on the Latin, but remember that ad hominem is an aphorism, meaning ‘towards the man’, i.e. arguing against a man’s personna rather than his argumentation standards. Aphorisms can apply that singular examplar mode towards multiple people. The only changed I’ve seen used for modern tastes is to change it to ‘ad femina’ when it is a woman, but that is not strictly necessary, for the ‘man’ is a generic universal (a usage which feminists can’t stand).


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  162. I sat through many, many years of meetings where one individual posed time and time again as the “voice of reason” and as the moderate who was willing to find the sensible middle way.
    He went from classroom teacher to principal during that time.
    Nice bloke. Really. I consider him a friend. But gee, we gave away a lot of ground to the point the overlords transformed the school from a regular place into a woke fuckhole with “learning spaces” containing 100 students in a state of utter bedlam.
    Worked out good for him though.
    A group of staff opposed much of the crap you are now starting to see leak out into the real world.
    We lost.
    Remember that next time you hear of the insanity infecting schools.


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  163. Bruce of Newcastle says:
    August 19, 2022 at 9:43 am


    The biggest problem I see is the desire of the pharma companies to switch entirely to mRNA vaccines.

    I can see a quantum shift in acceptable side effects for vaccines.
    Previously no vaccine would be approved if myocarditis was a side effect. The situation now is that the forced vaccination of billions of people with side effects up to and including death was accepted (and mostly welcomed) by the general population.

    So future vaccines will be measured against the side effects of the Covid19 mRNA vaccine, rather than the much more stringent previous standard.

    The driver seems to be that mRNA vaccines are much more patentable. Traditional vaccine IP is largely in the manufacturing process. mRNA coding along with algorithmically generated mRNA variants can be protected wholesale and is much more difficult to circumvent. Hence more valuable to the patent holders, many of whom work in the CDC.


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  164. You might have a point if you had a substantial body of work you could point to where you criticise our overlords re Covid.
    You don’t.

    Actually, I do.

    You (and a small number of others) just focused on the extremely well-deserved ridicule.


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  165. Another logical fallacy. No, I don’t have to prove the negative that a blastocyte is not a person. Again you are assuming the conclusion that an embryo is a person, and putting the onus on me to prove otherwise.

    Stop pretending anyone apart from yourself is committing logical fallacies. You have either said or implied that the embryo and fetus are not persons without providing any reasons. You’ve merely asserted it. Not good enough.

    No society gives an embryo the full legal rights of a person. This is in part because the consequences of doing so would be ridiculous. You have to prove that society through all of history has been wrong. You are the one upsetting the status quo with your logic-free religious extremism.

    ‘Full legal rights’ is a red herring. The relevant right is protection from deliberate destruction, which was available even in pre-Christian Rome to some extent and was certainly afforded later and has certainly been a part of Western law for over a millennia. Pretending otherwise is just absurd.


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  166. But in these days of obsessing over all things ‘trans’, do you think perhaps there is something he is not telling us?

    too many phyto-estrogens in his soy milk?


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  167. Roger says:
    August 19, 2022 at 9:36 am
    In a coup for the electric vehicle industry and mostly European premium manufacturers such as VW, BMW and Mercedes, Climate Change and Energy Minister Chris Bowen will on Friday declare that “now is the time to have an orderly and sensible discussion” about the idea.

    Politispeak for “the decision has already been made, but we’ll test the strength of the public backlash first so as not to damage our re-election prospects.”

    Yep. The decisions were made several years ago. Probably the biggest ‘endorsement’ for EVs was COP21 in Glasgow in late 2015. At that point, the die was utterly and irreversibly cast although the history of transition to ‘low emission vehicles’ had been discussed and agreed well before that in the UN, EU and WEF.

    Australia has been slow to react by comparison with the rest of the world – probably because none of our previous politicians really wanted to be the one to pull the trigger. Now, good or bad, the US under Biden are getting in the game and Australia is probably the last (or one of the last) 1st world countries to have a plan, but it is now unavoidable. Now that we have a Labour govt who are entirely captured by the Green lobby, there will be no holding back. I fully expect a ban on the importation of new ICE passenger vehicles from 2035 whilst taxes will ramp up and apply punitive pressure to the ICE fleet from about 2030.

    As I said in one of my EV threads on the old Cat back in 2019: “the fundamental decisions have already been made and your input was not required”.


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  168. Actually, you don’t.

    Do so.

    I read you carefully and have for years.

    Greatly appreciated.

    And I have a good memory

    Apparently not. You do, however, tend to get focused on individual stoushes and forget the background discussions which kicked them off.

    Also, you would know – as a result of your readings – that not once have I taking the piss out of any bombastic, poetically-licensed over-reactor without having a couple of ill-timed haymakers hit the door frame in front of me first – as a direct result of the ‘substantial body of work’ you say I don’t have.


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  169. “A pox on both houses” and “the moderate middle way” are just tactics to manage you into where they want you to go.
    Or to get you past a sticking point before the inevitable march resumes.
    I have lived it for nearly two decades in schools.
    The new boss who comes in and they use him to crash through the horrible garbage they always wanted to. Then they discard him and the next guy says: “Hey, that stuff isn’t really important, you can make your own decisions (sunshine period, thousand flowers will bloom) only their little cadre keeps pushing away at it until the next tyrannical period comes and it’s again “You must do it. If you don’t like it you can leave”.
    And always, always, ultimately, they win.


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  170. My prediction is that you will have learnt nothing from the last three years, and when the next glaringly obvious boot falls you will again post 90% of your comments aimed at those who might have slightly over reacted or used a bit of poetic license or got too enthusiastic or bombastic, rather than oppose the actual tyranny in whatever form it comes.
    Enjoy a few months or a year or so of sunshine.
    The next iteration will make the last lot seem mild.

    LOL Leadership suggests Stuth is only slightly overreacting. Sweet.

    We’re still waiting for that intellectually overpowering opus how full retard protectionism is superior to open markets and while you’re there, you genius, perhaps you could explain why cheaper imported manufactured goods are trading below cost. Someone mentioned that you were over at the Lollipop Cat explaining that cheaper imported goods are priced “below cost”. You absolute Einstein.

    Go!


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