2,058 thoughts on “Open Thread – Tue 30 Aug 2022”

  1. The great replacement.

    I don’t think I’ve mentioned this before, my shit weasel former boss was one of these “replacements”.

    I spent two years cleaning up his fucking mess, incompetence, fabrication and bullshit. Then he lied to my face about events that were unfolding.

    My new boss has some contracts with my old boss. My advice to new boss: Manage everything like you’re dealing with a fucking thief and a liar, and you should be ok.


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  2. m0ntysays:
    September 2, 2022 at 7:01 pm
    Give it a rest Cassie, I’m defending your mob.

    Suuuure you were. With a defender like you, who needs enemies.


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  3. if there is one thing big pharma can do it is to produce drugs to uniform standards.

    I don’t believe they can control the integrity of all the mRNA in a shot and it’s not clear what happens when the mRNA degrades, are strange proteins produced?

    The motives behind going this route rather than a normal vaccine have yet to make the light of day. What is rather disturbing is this insistence in creating a bivalent version to include a virus that no longer circulates. The original spike protein has numerous nasty tricks up its sleeve and someone still wants to shoot up everyone with it. why?


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  4. My new boss has some contracts with my old boss. My advice to new boss: Manage everything like you’re dealing with a fucking thief and a liar, and you should be ok.

    I haven’t been in that world for over twenty years – I have never missed it – never!


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  5. who did it better, Akerman or Professor Bunyip?

    Perfesser Bunyip, daylight second.

    Of course, he is amongst us, as anyone with an especially inquisitive mind would have already realised (and hopefully, many moons ago).

    One of the highlights of this year for me (not that grate as it has been) was a three way conversation at a Cat BBQ at my place in January (after hoovering the cooked products and many, many beverages) featuring jupes, myself and that mysterious personage (the latter dialling it in via a phone).

    Magickal stuff. 🙂


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  6. Watt announces new voice to tackle issues plaguing farming
    Jess Malcolm
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    @jessmalcolm1
    An hour ago September 2, 2022
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    Agriculture Minister Murray Watt has announced a tripartite working group to bring together unions, peak agricultural groups and government to work through issues plaguing farming.

    The group will meet every month to thrash out key issues including skills shortages, pay standards and working conditions. Announcing the new group, Mr Watt said it was rare to get unions and agricultural entities working together after years of disagreement.

    The deal came as tensions emerged between the National Farmers Federation and Nationals leader David Littleproud after he accused the peak agricultural organisation of acting like “cowards … as soon as this government was elected”.

    Mr Littleproud has been pushing the government to reintroduce an agriculture-specific visa to alleviate labour problems on farms. The Coalition government introduced its agriculture visa after years of lobbying by the NFF, but Labor abolished the visa when it took office.

    NFF president Fiona Simson said the comments were “very disappointing” and accused the ­Nationals leader of “deliberately distorting the facts”.

    She called on Mr Littleproud to be “more collaborative”.

    “He is either seriously misinformed and not across his brief about our submission and our 40 recommendations or else he’s perhaps deliberately distorting the facts to get a bit of media ­attention and clickbait,” Ms Simson said.



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  7. Dutton agrees migration number ‘needs to be higher’

    the birth rate never dropped below replacement till gender equality became a thing. how about these stupid liberals develop a plan to fix the root of the problem rather than importing incompatible hordes. What are we going to do with all these chicoms if war breaks out??

    differentiating left from right these days becomes harder and harder


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  8. Cats – let’s have some nominations for your favourite live rock ‘n’ roll performance* for tomorrow night’s radio show.

    I’ll be out tomorrow evening, so will not be able to comment much, if at all. Having two film clips to include the introductory spiel would be much appreciated – subject to some weighing of their various merits – if they have any.

    I love seeing bands live and going to “big band gigs”, but I’ve never been a fan of hearing my favourite songs butchered live – especially by the performer or band best associated with them.

    Live studio versions also count.

    Suggestions, please.

    *One song, preferably – lengthy live performances can be posted in the comments


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  9. Delta I don’t think you’d get much for him on a trade in anyway.

    I dunno, Ranga. The mileage might be high and the bodywork a tad rough, but the engine still purrs like a dream.


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  10. It seems to me that Trump needed the last 20 months or so to let the people discover the fraud of the 2020 election.

    Now we are seeing the declassification of everything. We certainly haven’t seen anything yet but I’m pretty confident that what is about to be revealed will be a game changer in the narrative.

    What is bigger? Epstein client list or the Iran deal?


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  11. Bespoke:

    Waited till I least expected.
    Sneaky old fart.

    “There’s no point of getting old if you don’t get bloody cunning as well.”
    Quotes From Winston Smiths Mothers Best seller – “I Knew Him When He Was a Baby!”


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  12. I have a suggestion for the jobs summit.

    We have two problems
    – an exploding debt and government expenditure
    – lack of people for important jobs, such as farming and service industries.

    I suggest we sack 60% of public servants forthwith. It’ll solve both.


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  13. lack of people for important jobs, such as farming and service industries.

    The problem in Australia is the perception of a farmer as being someone who lives a long way from anywhere, owes the bank a lot of money, and is farming on land stolen from the Aborigines.


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  14. Rabzsays:
    September 2, 2022 at 9:27 pm
    Cats – let’s have some nominations for your favourite live rock ‘n’ roll performance* for tomorrow night’s radio show.

    not rock n roll per. se., but an astonishing live performance that should have won an Oscar (but she’s not black, or a lesbian AFAIK).

    The movie’s quite good, too.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UamELF1MyN0


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  15. I suggest we sack 60% of public servants forthwith. It’ll solve both.

    You could eliminate any real or imagined labour shortages by bringing the Traffic Management boondoggle to an end. How did we survive for a hundred years with a couple of tin signs and some witches hats?


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  16. Dutton agrees migration number ‘needs to be higher’

    Don’t understand the urge, nay mania, among politicians & trade unions, for making citizens asap of as many underqualified scrawnies as we can.

    What the heck is wrong with temporary entry (2 or 4 yr) skilled or labouring visas?


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  17. To boost navy recruiting, sailers to spend more time on shore using simulators and virtual reality.

    Who wants to be jammed in a sardine can with angry lesbians and a woke chain of command?


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  18. Clearly I’m very out of date.

    How did we survive for a hundred years with a couple of tin signs and some witches hats?

    Do you mean there’s more than a Stop&Go sign at each end of roadworks? Manned by a bloke who’s struggling to stay awake?


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  19. via Sky News

    Elbow 5 seconds earlier: “One of the lessons of the pandemic is that we need to have more security and more reliance upon ourselves.

    Elbow 5 seconds later: “But I say very unashamedly that my starting point is in favour of giving people the security that comes with a path to permanent migration, a path to being an Australian citizen.”

    *facepalm*

    How to keep the short-term cheap labour advantage of migration while claiming to become self-reliant; Redefine what “self” means.


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  20. To boost navy recruiting, sailers to spend more time on shore using simulators and virtual reality.

    How do you simulate rum, sodomy and the lash?


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  21. Turnbull son Alex lied to us, says judge

    Yoni Bashan
    Margin Call Editor
    @yoni_bashan
    An hour ago September 2, 2022

    Alex Turnbull’s multimillion-­dollar legal action against fund manager Russel Pillemer has been thrown out of a NSW court, with a judge making damaging findings against the former prime minister’s son, including that he told lies and gave false evidence.

    In a judgment handed down on Friday, Supreme Court judge Kate Williams found Mr Turnbull “lied” about messages sent to Mr Pillemer, rejected large segments of Mr Turnbull’s evidence, and called out inconsistencies with his recollection and other shortfalls with his accounts as he pursued at least $12m in losses.

    Mr Pillemer, the chief executive of fund manager Pengana Capital, had been sued by Mr Turnbull for engaging in “misleading and deceptive conduct” over the firm’s reverse merger with another investment house, Hunter Hall, in 2017.

    Mr Turnbull, the son of former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull, held a stake in Pengana through his company, Maurtray, and claimed he had been induced to sell his shares to Mr Pillemer for $6.1m, an amount lower than what they would have been worth if he had kept them.

    In a case predicated on distant conversations, claims, counterclaims and foggy recollections, the issue of witness credibility remained central to the outcome of the matter, especially when wildly differing accounts of conversations were provided to the court.

    But in a searing set of findings, Justice Williams appeared to sharply criticise Mr Turnbull’s evidence far more than that of Mr Pillemer, agreeing with submissions that he was “unreliable in several respects” and provided evidence that reflected “very poorly on (his) credit”.

    In her judgment, Justice Williams said Mr Turnbull’s move to blame his lawyers for a drafting error in his affidavit demonstrated “an unwillingness to acknowledge the objective truth”.

    Mr Turnbull has 28 days to lodge an appeal against the judgment. He declined to comment when contacted, but Mr Pillemer told The Weekend Australian: “I am very happy with the result. The judgment speaks for itself.”

    While Mr Turnbull’s father gave evidence during the hearings last year, the case itself was largely devoid of his involvement in Pengana, save for the contextual background that led to his son’s dispute with Mr Pillemer



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  22. Elbow 5 seconds later: “But I say very unashamedly that my starting point is in favour of giving people the security that comes with a path to permanent migration, a path to being an Australian citizen.”

    All (or it seems like all) the lefty types with any connection to immigration, visas, etc have been pushing this line for several months & pushing it hard.

    Dunno where it came from, though clearly it has come from above, as the types pushing it usually have a default position of:
    1/. They’re taking our jobs.
    2/. Employers deserve to be without staff.


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  23. WSJ via Zero Hedge

    US Army Grounds Entire Fleet Of Chinook Helicopters After Reports Of “Engine Fires”

    WSJ reported one of the US Army’s top heavy-lift helicopters was grounded in the last 24 hours due to a risk of engine fires.

    US officials said the Boeing CH-47 Chinook helicopter fleet (about 400 helicopters) had been grounded after numerous engine fires were reported. One of the officials said no injuries or deaths occurred during any of the incidents. They said the latest occurred a few days ago.

    The US Army Materiel Command grounded the fleet of CH-47s “out of an abundance of caution.” Officials have narrowed down more than 70 helicopters that contained a part that could be the source of the fires.


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  24. The Tele:

    A Canberra satellite communications station will be crucial to this weekend’s NASA lift-off, which will land a woman on the moon for the first time.

    Good. It could do with a clean.


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  25. Things already packed for the ladeee moon shot:

    1. Little pot pourri bowls;
    2. Colour charts;
    3. Oversize faux railway station-style clocks; and
    4. 14 outfits.


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  26. UN rep reacting to Russian defence statement of the alleged incident.
    Hardly conclusive.

    No, that’s the Head of UN mission to #Zaporozhye speaking in the clip. He was at the nuclear plant and had just returned.


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  27. the Traffic Management boondoggle

    I do miss those alluring Irish backpackers who twirled the signs pre house arrest/ban on freedom of international movement.
    Those lovely girls certainly made driving slowly a pleasure.


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  28. US Army Grounds Entire Fleet Of Chinook Helicopters After Reports Of “Engine Fires”

    Believe it or not, half the USAAC P-47’s in Europe were grounded at one stage due to engine failures. Turns out one of the engine plants was doing a shit job of cleaning castings.

    Grounding aircraft until you get to the bottom of a problem, even in wartime, isn’t unprecedented.


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  29. land a woman on the moon for the first time

    Humans are sending people to the moon again?
    That’s huge news.
    Seems to have flown under the radar.


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  30. rickwsays:
    September 2, 2022 at 11:49 pm
    US Army Grounds Entire Fleet Of Chinook Helicopters After Reports Of “Engine Fires”

    Believe it or not, half the USAAC P-47’s in Europe were grounded at one stage due to engine failures. Turns out one of the engine plants was doing a shit job of cleaning castings.

    Grounding aircraft until you get to the bottom of a problem, even in wartime, isn’t unprecedented.

    See also the RAAF Beauforts, grounded after a series of mysterious crashes. Dismantling one revealed that exhaust gases were being sucked into the cabin warming system, causing Carbon Monoxide poisoning.


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  31. Super fun seeing Turnbull copping treatment that true conservatives have endured for decades on our marxist campuses.
    The real issue of course is not Turnbull but the University. No Govt action demanding that the University produce and implement effective free speech strategies. No demand for sanctions against the offenders.
    Yeah I know, dream on.


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