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  1. The Winter Gatekeeper Hypothesis (VII).

    Posted on September 22, 2022 by curryja | 19 Comments

    by Javier Vinós & Andy May

    “On the other hand, I think I can safely say that nobody understands climate change.” J. Vinós, paraphrasing Richard Feynman’s words about quantum mechanics.

    7.1 Introduction

    This plain-language summary has been written at the request of some readers of our series of articles on the Winter Gatekeeper hypothesis:

    (I) The search for a solar signal
    (II) Solar activity unexplained/ignored effects on climate
    (III) Meridional transport
    (IV) The climate shift of 1997
    (V) A role for the sun in climate change
    (VI) Meridional transport as the main climate change driver

    Climate is extremely complex, and people, including scientists, have a natural tendency to look for simple explanations. The Occam’s Razor principle is a good first approach but climate change cannot have a simple answer. Over the past seven years, one of the authors of this series (JV) has been laboriously reading many thousands of scientific articles and analyzing hundreds of climate datasets trying to understand how Earth’s climate changes naturally. This is a first step to understanding the human impact on climate change.

    The outcome of this work is the book “Climate of the Past, Present and Future.” It is a graduate-student level academic book that discusses many controversial issues about natural climate change over the past 800,000 years. In this book, a new hypothesis on natural climate change is presented. It relates changes in the strength of the meridional (poleward) transport of energy with climatic changes that have taken place, both in the past and recently.

    The book can be downloaded here (open access) Vinos-CPPF(2022)


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  2. I always rely solely on one off comments by random German politicians about future world events.

    When did anyone suggest to relying solely on anything any politician said?


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  3. Are Democrats Deliberately Choosing Impaired Candidates?

    Once could be excused. Twice is suspicious. Three times seems like a strategy. Are Democrats choosing infirm, intellectually challenged, feeble people to run for office so that they can be easily manipulated?

    Joe Biden was and is clearly infirm, physically, psychologically, and cognitively.

    John Fetterman is also clearly infirm due to two things: He has had a recent stroke which seems to have left him cognitively impaired, and he also has a rather prominent swelling on the back of his neck, which could be the sign of several very serious conditions.

    Kamala Harris is intellectually suspect, linguistically incontinent, and verbally incoherent. Why are these people being chosen by the Democrat Party for the highest offices?

    My observation leads me places I would rather not go. With Joe Biden in the White House, he is clearly doing what he is told by others.

    This much is clear; he simply does not have the stamina, the wisdom, or the political acumen necessary to be an effective President of the United States. His gaffes, his verbal dyslexia, his delusional prevarications, his garbled verbiage, and his ability to reliably make statements his handlers have to mop up afterward, are all deeply troubling.

    No political party would run such a candidate unless two things were happening: One, the election would be guaranteed to affect a win for the candidate, and two, the candidate would simply be a figurehead for the real powers behind the throne. Biden would have to know that others would be running his presidency. Were he and Jill that easy to roll?


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  4. JCsays:
    September 23, 2022 at 12:31 pm

    Sorry, overlooked responding to this.

    Do I have to explicitly tell him not to pass it on?

    If you’re worried that I passed your email address on to anyone I can assure you I haven’t. That would be wrongful.


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  5. Lays out Dot bait..

    This might be the best bit of sour grapes ive read…

    An open letter to a real “Libertarian with an Asian wife” I’ve had the misfortune of working under.

    Dear sexpat,
    ..
    Its all downhill from there..
    ..
    Assassinating leaders, couping governments, carpet bombing villages and farmland, building military bases, nuking cities, arming terrorists, and backing fascist dictators. The comfort you grew up with in your own life as a white man is a direct result of western imperialism.

    Yup, those brown and yellow people are just completely without agency… also Chairman Maos grave just started chuckling, any idea why?

    At some point in your miserable white life, you married an Asian woman. She’s probably decades younger than you. Speaks very little English. She might be your second, or even third Asian wife. You were married to a white woman at one point, but divorced ages ago because white women are just so liberated and demanding! The Asian women know their place. They are submissive, docile, and replaceable. You don’t spare much thought for your Asian ex-wives. Maybe you met your Asian wife online or in a magazine catalogue. You and your racist friends probably call her a “mail order bride” right in front of her. It’s fine though, she doesn’t understand English anyway.

    Holy leaping assumptions batman, theres some A grade “tell us what you are bitter about without saying anything” in that package.

    But make no mistake. You’re nothing but a tool for a working class Asian woman to get some payback for what your country did to her people. She doesn’t give a shit about you and now she’s living in the US with a nice immigrant visa or citizenship. She’s already brought over her brother who works in a restaurant, her niece who’s applying to college, and her nephew who’s just starting Kindergarten. She’s sending loads of your money back to her elderly parents. She’s doing some leisurely travelling for the first time in her life, bringing her teenage niece to see NYC or the Golden Gate Bridge, famous sights they’d only seen in pictures. She might even go to college herself, an opportunity she was denied because your country bombed her country to the stone age. And the best part is, she and her friends at karaoke are trash talking you and your sexpat friends harder than you know. But you’ll never understand her because you never planned on learning her language. It was all on her to learn English, obviously. I speak her language though. I had this conversation with her while helping her with the dishes, right in front of you in your own kitchen. It’s our little secret code, one of the most widely spoken languages on earth.
    ….
    Ill take “things which I imagine would happen” for $60 Bruce…

    Your imperialist country will never pay reparations to the people of Asia. To the contrary, it demands payment for the amount it spent invading Asian countries. Vietnam and Cambodia spent the better part of a century paying back war debts. It’s the price of their liberation from the clutches of the French and the Americans. Your country continues to destroy Asian lives today through its bombings on countries in the Middle East and sanctions on countries like the DPRK, Afghanistan, and Iran. When you and your sexpat friends die, some of that money will be returned to Asian hands. Your Asian widow will spend that money improving her own life and the lives of her family. In the absence of reparations, I critically support the looting of sexpats for our own gain. Asian people are survivors. We’re simply helping ourselves to a little bit of that wealth you stole from our people.

    Somehow she skips the Japanese, Chinese, Thai etc wars Vietnam had as well. Apparently they were ok because they had slanty eyes as well…

    Followed by a ” oh shit” moment…

    Note to readers: I don’t want to imply in any way that Asian women are gold diggers, nor to encourage these kinds of marriages as “good”. This specific anecdote is from my own experience, where I wanted to highlight the material conditions that push Asian women into marriages with much older white men in imperialist countries. While they are obviously the victims of imperialism, I also want to push back on the narrative that Asian women are solely victims lacking agency. Many women in these highly exploitative, unbalanced marriages indeed have their own plans to draw benefit for themselves and their families. Each dead sexpat can provide the wealth to sustain a number of working class Asian family members as we fight to survive in a white supremacist world.

    Now to sit back and watch as Dot, lured by the scent of bitter, bitter tears, empty boxes of cask wine and soiled cat litter stumbles into the trap..


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  6. Dessau of course wanted to board first so everyone had to walk past her and see this is the important person who everyone had to wait for.

    Her official bio makes no mention of these slight annoyances, at Wiki:

    In August 2016, Dessau was embroiled in an expenses scandal, which saw her personally repay the expenses of lunches at a Gordon Ramsay restaurant (Pétrus) and Harrods, which had originally been paid by the Victorian taxpayer. In 2016, the level of expenses for capital works and ongoing maintenance requested by Dessau were alleged to be excessive, and a former Government House employee told the Herald Sun that the working environment there was “toxic”.


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  7. JCsays:
    September 23, 2022 at 1:09 pm

    So you helped them about that strong , but loose association of course. Got it.

    Sorry, where did that come from?


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  8. rickwsays:
    September 23, 2022 at 1:10 pm
    Beijing is not a regional threat but a global one.

    If they run wars like they run projects we’re pretty safe.

    You mean by just chucking bodies at it?

    I dont think we are safe. They have 1.2 billion.


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  9. Gee, marry a white western “woman”?

    Yeah, sounds like a real treat.

    I’d rather try the Smith and Wesson retirement plan than end up married with a a woman who takes advice from:

    More from braised pork blog
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    The thoughts of a Chinese American Marxist Leninist stuck in the empire

    What a pathetic loser. Get a real job you fuckwit.


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  10. Zipstersays:
    September 23, 2022 at 1:23 pm
    An Indian perspective
    Possibly, NATO’s last ever military misadventure

    Contrary to Western belief, most of the world hates them and their LGBT woke bullshit. They are just biding their time until the US is weaker. BRICS is part of this process.


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  11. I always rely solely on one off comments by random German politicians about future world events.
    It’s perfectly rational.

    Yes it is, random German pollies have been causing mayhem for quite a while now.
    No let up appears to be in prospect anytime soon.

    Uniper: Germany Nationalises Largest Gas Importer (21 Sep)

    Similar calls in the US and UK. Looks awfully like a planned strategy, although we’ll see if the ordinary people swallow it or not.

    Collapse of energy, food, transportation systems prompt calls for government nationalization of industries – Echoes 1930s push for Great Reset style reforms (21 Sep)


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  12. ” Biden is evil. He may be gaga but that evil is still there…”

    It’s enough to make you wonder if he walks off-stage after a speech and says “Did they buy it?”, then rubs his hands together and twirls his metaphorical mustache, before saying “Fools! If I can’t rule the USA, then I’ll destroy it – bwahaha! Epstein Island – bah! I’m going to own Martha’s Vineyard and declare my own country. Make sure that artillery piece and the tactical nukes are at my summer house by next week, or there’ll be trouble! Now – where’s my strawberry daiquiri and smoked salmon nibbly things?”


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  13. What a pathetic loser. Get a real job you fuckwit.

    Come on dot, why dont you man up and take one for the team, wife her properly.

    The list of the other articles extolling the virtues of Cuba, China etc and decrying the lies the Ughiers tell about genocide are awesome as well.


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  14. India is just as woke.

    Dark coloured Indians need to check their privilege, constantly.
    Men must respecc wahmen so it’s cool to force men into marriage at gun point.
    Trees and otters and other critters are more important than human life.

    Very woke, believe me.


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  15. Local media reported that officers were exploring potential links to Nordic far-right groups and that the police were the central target.

    Police worldwide have been “playing stupid games”. They have a much more serious problem though than this, if they find themselves in trouble, very low chance of the general public intervening on their side.

    When your ranks are full of nasty betas and angry fat lesbians, my guess is that you are very likely to need public help.


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  16. I had a friend who married the daughter of a NVA general. (His second failed marriage).

    His parents were lunar left, but I didn’t know how much they were committed to the cause!

    Laughably, both sets of parents are probably wealthier than most families in Mosman.

    (My mates Mum was from olde money and incidentally looked like Natalie Imbruglia when she was young – yes she was a model in swinging London. Her family were very establishment, Sandringham, British India posts, etc).


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  17. Friday mirth from Westprint Maps.

    Later in life

    I used to be able to do cartwheels. Now I tip over putting on my underwear.

    I told my wife she should embrace her mistakes… so she hugged me.

    My wife says I only have 2 faults. I don’t listen and something else….

    At my funeral, take the bouquet off my coffin and throw it into the crowd to see who is next.

    I thought growing old would take longer.

    I came, I saw, I forgot what I was doing Retraced my steps, got lost on the way back. Now I have no idea what’s going on.

    I think the reason we are born with two hands is so we can pet two dogs at once.

    Day 12 without chocolate. Lost hearing in my left eye.

    Scientists say the universe is made up of protons, neutrons and electrons. They forgot to mention morons.

    The adult version of “head, shoulders, knees and toes” is “wallet, glasses, keys and phone.”

    A dog accepts you as the boss… a cat wants to see your resume.

    Oops…. did I roll my eyes out loud?

    Life is too short to waste time matching socks.

    Wi-fi went down for five minutes, so I had to talk to my family. They seem like nice people.

    If you see me talking to myself, just move along. I’m self-employed; we’re having a staff meeting.

    I won’t be impressed with technology until I can download food.

    My doctor asked if anyone in my family suffers from mental illness. I said, “No, we all seem to enjoy it.”

    I really don’t mind getting old, but my body is having a major fit.

    Project Manager…because Miracle Worker isn’t an official job title.

    I told my wife I wanted to be cremated. She made me an appointment for Tuesday.

    Measure once, cuss twice..

    I don’t care who dies in a movie, as long as the dog lives.

    The world’s best antidepressant has 4 legs, a wagging tail and comes with unconditional love.

    Love is how excited your dog gets when you come home.

    I’ve reached the age where my train of thought often leaves the station without me.

    If you’re happy and you know it, it’s your medication.



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  18. The Woke HomoGlobo(TM) media are shitting their collective pants over a potential Giorgia Meloni win.

    Who do you think has more security services assets directed at them.

    a: Beardie weirdie bombers and chicken truck drivers.
    b: Any remotely right of center politician who might be against globohomo.

    Id expect the well worn path of “moderated her views once in office” (eg: shown her browser history and the “private” stuff she kept on her laptop)


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  19. Opinion

    Is it time to give Putin an off-ramp?

    The Russian president’s nuclear threats have changed the acceptable cost of his defeat. It may be repugnant but necessary to make some concessions to him.

    Clive Crook – Political commentator

    From the outset of Russia’s war on Ukraine, the crucial question hasn’t changed: Can Vladimir Putin be defeated at an acceptable cost?

    Despite all we now know about Russia’s military incompetence and the courage and skill of Ukraine’s forces, the answer is still uncertain.

    This leads to an uncomfortable conclusion, one that President Joe Biden showed no trace of understanding in his speech at the United Nations on Wednesday: planning for the end of this conflict needs to weigh outcomes that are disappointing, even disgraceful, for the sake of avoiding those that are catastrophic.

    The idea of an off-ramp for Putin strikes many as repugnant – and now, for good measure, entirely unnecessary. Ukraine is winning! Why help Russia snatch so much as a partial victory from the jaws of defeat?

    The “Ukraine must win” chorus never clearly sets out what Russia’s defeat really involves.

    Perhaps it means that Russia is pushed back behind its pre-2014 borders and then just comes to terms with it.

    Or maybe Putin’s humiliation causes domestic opposition to explode, and he’s removed; his successor is someone the West can do business with; Russia’s claims to superpower status collapse; and its demotion to second-tier status is acknowledged and accepted by Moscow.

    All good stuff, to be sure, and nothing is impossible. But, to put it mildly, these futures aren’t assured.

    Thinking about Armageddon

    As governments gathered for the UN meeting, Putin announced his intention to prolong the war with a “partial mobilisation” that in due course will field another 300,000 soldiers.

    And he underlined his threat to use nuclear weapons: “Russia will use all the instruments at its disposal to counter a threat against its territorial integrity. This is not a bluff.”

    Soon that notion of territorial integrity might include areas Russia currently occupies and intends to annex.

    I keep reading that one should be aware of Putin’s nuclear threats but not intimidated by them. Call me a coward, but I find it difficult to think about Armageddon without being a little intimidated – and I ask the same of my political leaders.

    What’s needed now is a settlement that lets Putin claim a victory that everybody else understands to be a defeat.

    If at all possible, it’s better to avoid than invite mass death and destruction. Of course, simply surrendering in the face of such threats would assure defeat – but one can be rationally intimidated, and respond accordingly, without surrendering.

    That’s what mutually assured destruction is supposed to mean.

    Am I exaggerating the danger? Won’t Putin be deterred from using nuclear weapons if he’s threatened with a proportionately drastic response?

    Again, maybe – but what’s the deterrent, exactly? It’s hard to see how sanctions could be made much tougher, not least because they’re already causing great damage beyond Russia.

    Having gone to such lengths to support Ukraine without putting any of its own forces at risk, can the United States credibly threaten (as some advise) to attack Russia in response to a tactical nuclear strike – let alone credibly threaten a nuclear response?

    Supposing the threats and counter-threats evolve in that direction, I note a worrisome dissonance in much of the analysis of Putin’s calculations.

    His attack on Ukraine was judged to be not just deplorable but also reckless. Yet he is expected to parse the pros and cons of “escalating to de-escalate” as prudence demands. What could possibly go wrong?

    Ukraine’s remarkable battlefield successes create an opening to bring the war to a close without running these extraordinary risks. What’s needed now is a settlement that lets Putin claim a victory that everybody else understands to be a defeat.

    This could emerge from negotiations in a variety of different forms. But imagine, to begin with, a ceasefire that set borders according to current battle lines, with a longer-term outcome that ceded some territory to Russia while admitting most of today’s Ukraine into NATO.

    Until recently, Putin would have deemed this unacceptable. Now it might not look so bad.

    Of course, Ukraine and its most ardent supporters would hate it too. Rewarding Russia’s hostility with territory and sustaining Putin in power seem unconscionable.

    But it has been a grave mistake throughout for the US and its friends to defer as much as they have to Ukraine’s judgment of what’s at stake and how much risk to run. Ukraine’s interests and calculations of warranted sacrifice are aligned with those of the West, but not identical to them.

    Most of the world would see a negotiated outcome not as Ukraine might, but as a salutary defeat for Russia.

    The suggestion that Putin would simply pause, gather strength, and then renew his wars of expansion in pursuit of Greater Russia is a stretch. The course of the war has underlined the limits of Russia’s power, tested the patience of its allies, and cemented the capacity of the West to challenge its actions.

    The total humiliation of Putin, or his removal from power, isn’t necessary to drive this home.

    Accepting this deeply unsatisfying result would reduce the risk of a catastrophic wider conflict. It’s a price worth paying.

    Bloomberg Opinion

    Clive Crook is a Bloomberg Opinion columnist. He was chief Washington commentator for the Financial Times, a correspondent and editor for the Economist and a senior editor at the Atlantic.


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  20. I was quite shocked at the time of 9 11.I was at a party with a lot of Chinese people mainly Taiwanese or Malay Chinese.
    The general feeling expressed quite forcibly by some was that the US had it coming.
    No sympathy at all.
    I suspect that this view was quite widespread.As mentioned above BRICS is a manifestation of the anti US feeling out there.


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  21. Cronkite
    Can I respond to a few of the points:

    1 Previous levels of CO2 were much higher than today and correlated with temperatures higher, the same and lower than today.

    Previous as in when? How can we reliably and accurately surmise this when we’re talking about tiny movements presently for which there was no precise data say at the beginning of the Holocene?

    2 Movements of CO2 do not correlate with movements in temperature; during the 20th Century from 1940-1976 CO2 increased but temperatures dropped; the same from 1998. Generally, throughout geologic history CO2 follows temperature movements.

    Can you prove this. Also, how do we know there weren’t any other factors that were impacting?

    3 According to the IPCC the Climate sensitivity of a doubling of CO2 will result in a temperature increase of 3.2C. Since 1900 CO2 has increased 40% which should have produced a temperature increase of 1.3C. However temperature has only increased by 0.7C. Of that 0.7C increase solar influence has been 0.1-0.4C and natural variation at least 0.3C.

    Explain in some details what has been the solar influence and how has it been measured?

    4 The mechanism by which CO2 causes heating has never been adequately explained.

    Is C02 a greenhouse gas or not? Detail please.

    5 Optical depth, which is as good a measure of the ‘greenhouse’ effect as any, has not increased in 60 years of measurement.

    Is it the only marker or one of many? Which others are there? Going back to Uncle Fester’s chart, snowfall hasn’t recovered to the preceding 25 years albeit it’s flatlined.

    6 The amount of radiation leaving from the top of the atmosphere has increased which means CO2 is not trapping heat.

    Why would the heat be trapped only at the top and not somewhat below. Why is this a good marker and what are the others?

    7 Solar radiation at the surface increased during the crucial period of AGW warming from 1983-2001 and this by itself can explain the warming which took place during this period.

    Any detailed evidence for this?

    8 Clouds are a negative feedback which means they are a brake to any warming.

    So what? Are there more or less clouds than usual on average? What’s the point?

    9 Water vapour has not increased as required by AGW theory.

    Evidence please

    10 The Medieval Warming Period was at least as warm as today which means that the centre-piece of AGW, the hockey-stick, is wrong.

    The hockey stick was complete bullshit and we most certainly have no idea of previous temps otherwise the hockey may have a point. Stay away from this one as it makes zero sense.


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  22. The WEF is committed to a totalising world view, so every problem will be solved by more globalisation, more migration, more universal regulation, more destruction of tradition.


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    Timothy Neilsonsays:

    September 23, 2022 at 1:16 pm

    JCsays:
    September 23, 2022 at 12:31 pm

    Sorry, overlooked responding to this.

    Do I have to explicitly tell him not to pass it on?

    If you’re worried that I passed your email address on to anyone I can assure you I haven’t. That would be wrongful.

    I can’t speak for JC, but that certainly wasn’t the thrust of my question?
    I didn’t ask “Did you pass it on?”
    I was asking, “When a person contacts a professional services firm for advice, do they have to explicitly state the limitations on the use of their contact details?”
    I think the answer is no.
    So what are the limits, either set down in privacy law, or by professional ethical standards?
    I suspect subsequent contact is not verboten per se, but I think the subject matter would have to be carefully considered.
    Example:

    “Hi JC, Just reaching out to see if you are still in need of advice re yada, yada, yada. Please feel free to call should you need anything.
    Warmish regards,
    TN.”

    Tick. No probs.
    But anything of a private nature might be considered to be a bit of a foot fault.


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  24. I don’t want to be the resident conspiracy nutter on this site (read “St Ruth”) but I can’t help thinking that the world is being pushed toward nuclear conflict thanks to PedoJoe’s “affinity” (read “business dollars”) with Ukraine coupled with the fact he prolly really does believe Putin got Trump elected…


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  25. Does anyone believe the allegations of racism Eddie Betts made?

    Betts confessed that he continues to encounter intolerance, declaring that he doesn’t feel like he belongs in Australia.

    “I find myself being followed by security guards in a shop,” he said.
    This year, I was in a pool. And the lifeguard came up to me and told me that I needed to get out of the pool. I was holding my kid, my baby in my hand.

    “I found out that two old white elderly people told the lifeguard to tell me to get out of the pool because I was making their grandchild uncomfortable.

    I call bullshit on the pool allegation. He either made it up entirely, or there’s additional context he’s leaving out. It’s such a stereotypical racist encounter – get outta tha pool, boy! Yer kind ain’t welcome ’round herr. I mean, come ON. If you built a time machine, Eddie, why did you choose to travel back to the 1950s antebellum south? Surely there’d be more interesting places and periods in history to witness?

    As for being followed around a shop – more likely to be true, but even then I’d like to know the context. If he’s in a shop in a rough neighbourhood or town, it’s possible. But he really ought to know why.

    Just over 20 years ago and fresh out of year 12, I got my first real job in a large, busy bottle shop in a rough neighbourhood (Midland, for the Sandgropers. Say no more). It was an eye-opener for a middle class, private school kid. We sold a lotta booze to people from all walks of life – we had a huge wine range at very sharp prices so loads of big dollar wine buyers, lots of wealthy farmers who would fill up their new VX Landcruisers with cartons of beer, premix and boxes of spirits before driving back to their Wheatbelt properties. Also plenty of regular people, and of course Midland’s charming welfare-funded/criminal community – a large proportion of this cohort being Aboriginal.

    You could split the vast majority of the Aboriginal customers into three main groups: the law-abiding, employed/employable people, the city-raised criminal types and the park drinkers. It was easy to tell the difference between the three. The law-abiding, employed Aboriginal customers talked, dressed and conducted themselves in the way law-abiding, employed/employable people did. The city-raised criminal types conducted themselves in the way non-Aboriginal city-raised criminal types did. There were plenty of this type in Midland (probably still are but I don’t go to that shithole anymore), Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal alike. You needed to keep a close eye on them – especially when they were in the spirit aisles.

    The park drinkers were an easily identifiable bunch. They stank, they wore raggedy clothes, they spoke very little and were difficult to understand when they did speak, they usually travelled in groups who waited outside the shop bar one sent in to buy the inevitable bags of goon with a fistful of notes and coins (except on pension day, when it was all crisp pineapples fresh from the ATM and requests to call taxis etc).

    The thing about the park drinkers was that you *had* to follow them around the shop – and be seen by them to be watching them – otherwise they *would* try to steal stuff. I saw this over and over. As a relatively sheltered private school educated 18yo, I bristled inwardly when I was told I had to trail the park drinkers around the store – so racist! At first, I pretended to do it if I was being watched myself, but if I wasn’t, I didn’t do it. But I discreetly watched them. And *every freaking time* they weren’t openly ‘escorted’ around the store by a staff member, they would stuff bottles and cans down pants or in bags or prams before coming up to the counter to buy their box of fruity lexia. Was I supposed to deny this plainly obvious reality in order not to be racist?

    But I’d be surprised if Eddie Betts could be confused for a park drinker by a shopkeeper who has to make split second profiling decisions of the people who enter their store in order to protect their stock. Some of the people I worked with were racist as hell when it came to Aboriginal customers and weren’t that smart – they would unnecessarily trail Aboriginal blokes who had pretty clearly (to me, anyway) just knocked off their manual labour job and thus looked a bit scruffy, but had no criminal intentions. Of course that was wrong and I would be pissed off if I were in their shoes.

    But there were loads of Aboriginal customers that no one followed around or kept an eye on – and for the same reasons why non-Aboriginal customers weren’t followed around or kept an eye on – their appearance, their age and the way they carried themselves suggested they weren’t shoplifting types.

    Of course, the art of judging the intentions of the various people who enter a shop is far from perfect – some are better at it than others, and prejudice can play a role. Young people in particular are often regarded with suspicion merely because they are young. But mostly it’s pretty easy to spot light fingered types.

    I don’t deny that, if I walked into a shop, I’m less likely to be regarded as suspicious by the staff than an Aboriginal man who is otherwise identical to me in other respects. With that said, the Aboriginal me is still very unlikely to be regarded as suspicious. Far less likely than the 21yo me.

    And yet, mistakes are made – a while back, I was amused to note I was being shadowed by a security guard whilst browsing at JB Hi-fi – have absolutely no idea why I was receiving this attention, not that it bothered me. Kinda made me feel young again, when I would not infrequently be tailed by staff in shops. Looking at Eddie Betts, I’d be surprised if him being monitored by a security guard while shopping was anything more than an aberration, much like I experienced at JB Hi-Fi.

    Point is, if someone like Betts walks into a store, it’s highly unlikely he’s going to arouse suspicion solely because he’s Aboriginal. There’s almost always going to be something else at play as well, such as being young or being dressed like a dero or a gangster or sketchy behaviour. However, if you believe Australia is a terribly racist place, as Betts apparently does, an aberrant event can easily confirm that belief – a mistaken belief in my view, but a sincere one.

    Alternatively, Betts could be talking a load of bullshit about his in-store drama. Maybe it’s as phony as the public swimming pool outrage he described. Either way, he’s mining the rich vein of white guilt in Australia, and production is booming. I really hate this shit.


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  26. Lysandersays:
    September 23, 2022 at 2:12 pm
    I don’t want to be the resident conspiracy nutter on this site (read “St Ruth”) but I can’t help thinking that the world is being pushed toward nuclear conflict thanks to PedoJoe’s “affinity” (read “business dollars”) with Ukraine coupled with the fact he prolly really does believe Putin got Trump elected…

    That isn’t a conspiracy.


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  27. Explain in some details what has been the solar influence and how has it been measured?

    Solar influence?

    If it wasn’t for the Sun this joint would be a frozen lifeless rock.

    Solar doesn’t “influence”. It drives the whole thing.

    To suppose that a colourless and odourless gas has significant influence is an utter failure of logic.

    Fundamentally, the burden of proof should not be on those claiming that AGW is BS, but rather those claiming that AGW is real.

    The fact that the “system” is essentially stable around conditions which are generally habitual is evidenced by the fact that we’re all here.


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  28. Two old Yorkshiremen, Ted and Frank, have been mates for as long as either can remember.

    They are now both in their nineties and throughout their friendship they have shared a love of cricket, both as players in their youth and now as devoted spectators.

    One day while they are sitting at Headingley watching a county game, Ted turns to Frank and says “You know Frank, me and thee have been friends for more than eighty years and we’ve enjoyed our cricket all that time”. “Aye” replies Frank.

    “Well” Ted continues “we’ve both had a decent innings and are now getting towards the point where we’ve got to carry our bat for the last dignified walk back to the pavilion”. Aye” replies Frank.

    “Do you think they have cricket in Heaven?” asks Ted. Frank says “I don’t know, lad. But if one of us takes the walk to the pavilion before the other, let’s promise that if it’s at all possible, we will come back and let the other know”. “Sounds good to me” says Frank.

    A couple of months later Ted gets ill and unfortunately a few days later takes the long walk back to the pavilion.

    About a week after Ted dies, Frank is asleep in bed and is woken by a voice he recognises as his old deceased mate.

    Franks says “Ted, is it thee?” “Aye” says Ted. “We agreed that the first one would come back and let the other know if there was cricket in Heaven”. Frank answers “Aye”.

    “Well” says Ted “there is some good news and some bad news, which would you like first?”

    Frank considers his options for a moment. “I’ll have the good news first, please”.

    So Ted starts with the good news “There is test match cricket in Heaven and the weather is always a warm summer afternoon. All of our old friends are here and you have the strength and vitality of your youth so that you can bat and bowl all day without getting tried. And Frank, the afternoon teas are to die for”.

    “That’s great” says Frank “but, what’s the bad news then?” Ted replies “You’re opening the batting for us next Monday”.


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  29. Holding Ground, Losing War

    Douglas Macgregor – Sep 22, 2022

    Zelensky’s strategy of defending territory at all costs has been disastrous for Ukraine.

    At the end of 1942, when the Wehrmacht could advance no further east, Hitler switched German ground forces from an “enemy force-oriented” strategy to a “ground-holding” strategy. Hitler demanded that his armies defend vast, largely empty and irrelevant stretches of Soviet territory.

    “Holding ground” not only robbed the German military of its ability to exercise operational discretion, and, above all, to outmaneuver the slow, methodical Soviet opponent; holding ground also pushed German logistics to the breaking point. When holding ground was combined with endless counterattacks to retake useless territory, the Wehrmacht was sentenced to slow, grinding destruction.

    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, (presumably with the advice of his U.S. and British military advisors), has also adopted a strategy of holding ground in Eastern Ukraine. Ukrainian forces immobilized themselves inside urban areas, and prepared defenses. As a result, Ukrainian forces turned urban centers into fortifications for what became “last stands.” Sensible withdrawals from cities like Mariupol that might have saved many of Ukraine’s best troops were forbidden. Russian forces responded by methodically isolating and crushing the defenders left with no possibility of either escape or rescue by other Ukrainian forces.

    Moscow’s determination to destroy Ukrainian forces at the least cost to Russian lives prevailed. Ukrainian casualties were always heavier than reported from the moment Russian troops crossed into Eastern Ukraine, but now, thanks to the recent failure of Ukrainian counterattacks in the Kherson region, they’ve reached horrific levels that are impossible to conceal. Casualty rates have reached 20,000 killed or wounded a month.

    Despite the addition of 126 howitzers, 800,000 rounds of artillery rounds, and HIMARS (U.S. rocket artillery), months of hard fighting are eroding the foundations of Ukraine’s ground strength. In the face of this disaster, Zelensky continues to order counterattacks to re-take territory as a means of demonstrating that Ukraine’s strategic position vis-à-vis Russia is not as hopeless as it seems.

    The recent Ukrainian advance to the town of Izium, the link between Donbas and Kharkiv, seemed like a gift to Kiev. U.S. satellite arrays undoubtedly provided Ukrainians with a real-time picture of the area showing that Russian forces west of Izium numbered less than 2,000 light troops (the equivalent of paramilitary police, e.g., SWAT and airborne infantry).

    The Russian command opted to withdraw its small force from the area that is roughly 1 percent of formerly Ukrainian territory currently under Russian control. However, the price for Kiev’s propaganda victory was high—depending on the source, an estimated 5,000 to 10,000 Ukrainian troops were killed or wounded in a flat, open area that Russian artillery, rockets, and air strikes turned into a killing field.

    Given Washington’s inability to end the war in Ukraine with the defeat of Russian arms, it seems certain that the Beltway will try instead to turn the ruins of the Ukrainian state into an open wound in Russia’s side that will never heal. From the beginning, the problem with this approach was that Russia always had the resources to dramatically escalate the fighting and end the fighting in Ukraine on very harsh terms. Escalation is now in progress.

    In a public statement that should not surprise anyone, President Putin announced the partial mobilization of 300,000 reservists. Many of these men will replace regular Russian Army forces in other parts of Russia and release them for operations in Ukraine. Other reservists will augment the Russian units already committed in Eastern Ukraine.

    Washington always mistook Putin’s readiness to negotiate and limit the scope and destructiveness of the campaign in Ukraine as evidence of weakness, when it was clear that Putin’s aims were always restricted to the elimination of the NATO threat to Russia in Eastern Ukraine. Washington’s strategy of exploiting the conflict to sell F-35 fighter jets to Germany—along with large numbers of missiles, rockets, and radars to Central and East European allied governments—is now backfiring.

    The defense establishment has a long record of success in tranquilizing American voters with meaningless clichés. As conditions favorable to Moscow develop in Eastern Ukraine and the Russian position in the world grows stronger, Washington confronts a stark choice: Talk about having successfully “degraded Russian power” in Ukraine and scale back its actions. Or risk a regional war with Russia that will engulf Europe.

    In Europe, however, Washington’s war with Moscow is more than just an unpleasant subject. Germany’s economy is on the brink of collapse. German industries and households are starved for energy that grows more expensive with each passing week. American investors are concerned because the historical record indicates that Germany’s economic performance is often the harbinger of hard economic times in the U.S.

    More important, social cohesion in European States, especially in France, and Germany, is fragile. Berlin’s police force is reportedly drawing up contingency plans to cope with rioting and looting during the winter months if the “multi-cultural” city’s energy grid collapses. Discontent is growing making it quite plausible that governments in Germany, France, and Great Britain will likely follow the path of their colleagues in Stockholm and Rome, who lost or will lose power to right-of-center coalitions.

    As of this date, Kiev continues to oblige Moscow by impaling Ukraine’s last reserves of manpower on Russian defenses. Washington, insists President Biden, will support Ukraine “as long as it takes.” But if Washington continues to drain America’s strategic oil reserve, and ship American war stocks to Ukraine, the ability to protect and provision the United States will compete with supporting Ukraine.

    Russia already controls the territory that produces 95 percent of Ukrainian GDP. It has no need to press further west. At this writing, it seems certain that Moscow will finish its work in Donbas, then, turn its attention to the capture of Odessa, a Russian city that saw terrible atrocities committed by Ukrainian forces against Russian citizens in 2014.

    Moscow is in no hurry. The Russians are nothing if not methodical and deliberate. Ukrainian forces are bleeding to death in counterattack after counterattack. Why rush? Moscow can be patient. China, Saudi Arabia, and India are buying Russian oil in rubles. Sanctions are hurting America’s European allies, not Russia. The coming winter will likely do more to alter Europe’s political landscape than any action Moscow might undertake. In Zakopane, a town of 27,000 souls in the extreme South of Poland, the snow is already falling.

    Douglas Macgregor, Col. (ret.) is a senior fellow with The American Conservative, the former advisor to the Secretary of Defense in the Trump administration, a decorated combat veteran, and the author of five books.


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  30. The fact that the “system” is essentially stable around conditions which are generally habitual is evidenced by the fact that we’re all here.

    Yes but not everyone here is all here. The Men in white coats will be along soon to round them all up.


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  31. Campaigning as a Catholic Mother, Giorgia Meloni Could Be Italy’s First Woman Prime Minister

    It might seem blasé to emphasize that a 45-year-old Italian politician is a Catholic mother, but this identity has been a central part of Giorgia Meloni’s campaign — and appeal — as she leads the conservative Brothers of Italy (Fratelli d’Italia, known by the acronym FdI) political party to anticipated victory in national elections on Sept. 25.


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  32. Oco

    Lost the link. But the ABC had list of coincidental every day occurrences dressed up as racism. Such as going back and checking if your car is locked.
    I wonder if the author would be so ‘enlightened’ walking the streets of Johannesburg.


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  33. OldOzziesays:
    September 23, 2022 at 2:32 pm
    Holding Ground, Losing War

    You’re still swallowing Western propaganda.

    Zelesnky is not in charge of anything. A simple moment of thinking for yourself will reveal who really is running the show.


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  34. This is from Asia Times. It shows what we are actually facing as a result of short sighted and unrealistic oversight of the war in Ukraine. It is also a reality check on the crowing in the West that they have halted the Russian bear, let alone China:

    Vostok 2022: the military convergence of Eurasia

    Asia Times, Sept 22, 2022

    “The actual centerpiece of the military show was the strong participation of the Chinese forces”

    Although a considerable number of purveyors of the old order would want us to believe that the most important developments that will significantly impact the world we know are associated with the largely insignificant military offensive recently carried out (as Scott Ritter put it) by a “NATO army manned by Ukrainians” in Kharkiv, this cannot be further from the truth – if we accept a much broader outlook than the one offered by Western parochialism.

    In fact, while a large part of the Western world was cheering the Pyrrhic victory that serves as a catalyst to escalate further the conflict that has been initiated by US neocons and has been successfully protracted by Washington and its vassals, the rest of the world was paying close attention to the military exercises that took place early this month in Russia.

    The Vostok 2022 drills ran from September 1 to 7. They were conducted under the command of the chief of Russia’s General Staff, Valery Gerasimov, at nine training grounds in the territory of the Eastern Military District, as well as maritime and costal zones of the Sea of Okhotsk and the Sea of Japan.

    The purpose of the war games, as the Defense Ministry emphasized in a statement, was “to ensure military security of the Russian Federation and its allies.”

    “Today, soldiers and officers of 10 states are standing in a single formation, and a total of 14 countries are taking part in the exercise,” said Deputy Russian Defense Minister Colonel-General Yunus-Bek Yevkurov at the opening ceremony at the Sergeyevsky training ground in the Primorsky Region.

    “Tens of thousands of servicemen and thousands of units of equipment are performing combat training missions according to a single plan at nine training grounds in real time.”

    So what were these states? Well, participants of the maneuvers included Armenia, Algeria, Azerbaijan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Syria, Nicaragua, Laos, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Belarus, China, India and, of course, Russia.

    Some are members of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO). In total, they accounted for more than 50,000 servicemen and women who were training in accordance with the 1996 Treaty on Military Confidence-Building Measures.

    But let us be honest, the actual centerpiece of the military show was the participation of the Chinese forces, which formed the second-largest contingent of the participating parties. While the Middle Kingdom has participated in Russian strategic war games four times so far, notably, this was the second time the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) took part in the Vostok drills, and for the first time, it was represented at the exercises by its ground, naval and air force branches.

    In a manifestation of deepening combat coordination between two powers, the navies of the Russian Pacific Fleet and PLA joined forces in sea ranges in the Sea of Japan and the Sea of Okhotsk on September 2 with the aim of practicing the defense of sea lanes and areas of maritime economic activity and assist ground forces in maritime directions – with a particular emphasis put on a threat posed by the US in the region (something that was clearly laid out in Moscow’s new Naval Doctrine that I analyzed in detail at Asia Times).

    What was the result? “The Pacific Fleet’s naval groups successfully accomplished missile and artillery firings against aerial targets,” Russia’s Defense Ministry announced the same day. And all of this was in defiance of Japanese objections to holding drills near the southern Kuril Islands.

    However, the main phase of this year’s Vostok chapter took place on September 6 when, as Reuters reported, “Smiling Putin” arrived at the Sergeyevsky training ground in the Primorye Region. The Russian president joined Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and the chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Russia, Valery Gerasimov (including more than 170 observers from 35 countries), to watch the military exercises in person.

    The joint strategic operation that involved an international coalition group consisting of troops from Russia, China, India, Belarus, Mongolia, Azerbaijan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Armenia and Algeria was divided into three stages and was crowned with the defeat of the hypothetical enemy.

    Since it is believed that “Washington plans to gain military strategic supremacy in the Asia-Pacific region” at the expense of Moscow and Beijing, those two countries are growing even closer together in a military, economic and diplomatic sense.

    This has been recently proved in the Pacific Ocean, where the two countries held joint patrols – and all of this amid the first meeting since the Covid-19 outbreak between Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of a summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in Samarkand, Uzbekistan.

    “The tasks of the patrols involve the strengthening of naval cooperation between Russia and China, upholding peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region, coastal monitoring and safeguarding Russian and Chinese nautical economic sites,” reads the Russian Defense Ministry’s statement.

    Adding ever-growing tensions in Ukraine and Taiwan, it is hard to disagree with Henry Kissinger, who believes “We are at the edge of war with Russia and China on issues which we partly created.”

    With no hope in the immediate future to “split them off and turn them against each other,” the collective West has two choices: It can either listen to Kissinger and not “accelerate the tensions and … create options,” or it can risk a two-front war that would in effect pit “America against the resources of nearly half of the Eurasian landmass,” as former US diplomat A Wess Mitchell warned in The National Interest magazine last year.

    The correct answer to this question will determine whether human civilization will survive or perish in a war the scope of which the world has never seen before.

    The last two paragraphs of this article are strong words.

    The last sentence implies that the “west” risks a second war if they don’t come to the negotiating table with the countries leading the Vostok 2022 drills.

    The primary question is – how is the “west” (NATO? WEF? UN?) going to respond? How is the USA going to respond?

    The second question – how serious is this threat and what are the implications of The Vostok 2022 drills. Is this truly a threat to the (new…) world order?




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  35. I can’t speak for JC, but that certainly wasn’t the thrust of my question?

    no, the thrust of your question
    if it can be called a question
    was to deliver a veiled threat

    another dog act


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  36. Our teacher asked what my favourite animal was, and I said “Fried chicken”.

    She said I wasn’t funny, but she couldn’t have been right, because everyone else laughed.

    My parents told me to always tell the truth. I did. Fried chicken is my favourite animal.

    I told my dad what happened, and he said my teacher was probably a member of PETA.

    He said they love animals very much. I do, too. Especially chicken, pork and beef.

    Anyway, my teacher sent me to the principal’s office. I told him what happened, and he laughed, too. Then he told me not to do it again.

    The next day in class my teacher asked me what my favourite live animal was. I told her it was chicken. She asked me why, so I told her it was because you could make them into fried chicken.

    She sent me back to the principal’s office. He laughed, and told me not to do it again.

    I don’t understand. My parents taught me to be honest, but my teacher doesn’t like it when I am.

    Today, my teacher asked us to tell her what famous person we admire most.

    I told her “Colonel Sanders”.

    Guess where I am now…


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  37. “E.Michael Jones”

    E Michael Jones is a notorious anti-Semite who routinely smears Jews and claims Jews are behind and run the pornography industry.

    Enough. Get some sunlight Custard, you need it.


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  38. It’s time for people to admit that the main stream media’s job is to not tell you the truth.

    Their job is to get us to accept what their owners want to do to us.


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  39. In Victoria, the Chief of police can allow foreign police force members to police Victorians.

    Razey.

    I am aware this will be an unpopular view in some quarters – namely, quarters full of people who believe that China’s various police forces will descend – via commercial airports and the RAAF bases in Darwin and Katherine – en masse, to begin ‘policing’ the citizenry in their own inscrutable style.

    Special Constables exist in every State and Territory (I believe) except Tasmania. The reason is that fuckwits cross borders, so the jacks near State and Territory borders are sworn into the jurisdictions on the other side of those borders. If they’re not close enough to the borders they don;t become Special Constables.

    For example: In Victoria, right now, right this minute every jack in Mildura, Robinvale, Echuca, Yarrawonga and Wodonga are NSW Special Constables. The NSW jacks in Albury, Moama and whatever barren wasteland lurks north of Mildura are VicJack Inc Special Constables.

    In the NT, and because geography is a factor most of the Alice Springs jacks as well as those in Kulgera to the south and Docker River and Kintore to the west are SA and WA Special Constables. The SA jacks in Marla and WA ones in Warakurna are NT Special Constables.

    The ‘foreign country’ bits are for individual cops from other countries – Singapore, PNG and sometimes NZ – who are here on secondments.

    Aaaaaand so on. None of this is new, nor surprising. I’ll say it again – this has been the case for 70 years or more.

    Seriously though, sound off about it as much as you’d like. As custard would say, it might be a marker.
    Hiding in plain sight. Secret plans for a globalist takeover by the WEF World Police. Whatever you like.

    Start your prepping with cans of chili and dunny roll. Repost screamy twitter warnings from nerds finding sinister developments in absolutely everything because they don’t know what they’re looking at.

    Not telling you what to do.


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  40. An 85-year-old man is having his annual check-up.

    The doctor asks him how he’s feeling. “I’ve got an 18-year-old bride who’s pregnant with my child. What do you think about that?”

    The doctor considers this for a moment, and then says “Well, let me tell you a story. I know a guy who’s an avid hunter. He never misses a season. But one day he’s in a bit of a hurry and he accidentally grabs his umbrella instead of his gun. So he’s walking in the woods near a creek and suddenly spots a beaver in some brush in front of him! He raises up his umbrella, points it at the beaver and squeezed the handle. BAM! The beaver drops dead in front of him”.

    “That’s impossible!” says the old man in disbelief “Someone else must have shot that beaver!”

    The doctor says “My point exactly”.


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  41. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha says:
    September 23, 2022 at 12:47 pm

    Alleluia! The BHP deposit has just gone into my bank account!

    Zulu, not trying to be a spoil sport and am happy for you, but are these announcements of you being well off really necessary?

    I’m sure some here are probably as if not more wealthy too but not crowing about it.

    Or is it that you live hand to mouth between those dividends?


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  42. Mmmyes Kamala, tell me more! Her latest tweet via Tim Blair:

    “We invested an additional $12 billion into community banks, because we know community banks are in the community, and understand the needs and desires of that community as well as the talent and capacity of community.”

    FMD


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  43. A twitter friend asks me “why are all indigenous AFL stars, celebs and pollies not married to their own kind” and “married to whiteys?”

    I didn’t want to answer that as I’ve been in twitter gaol a few times now.

    However, I did look up Lidia Thorpe and there is no partner, but there are three (“whitey”) kids…

    I don’t raise it out of being racist, but hard to hate “the whites” when you’ve elected to marry/sleep with one…


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  44. I was quite shocked at the time of 9 11.I was at a party with a lot of Chinese people mainly Taiwanese or Malay Chinese. The general feeling expressed quite forcibly by some was that the US had it coming.

    I was with some Europeans…the same sentiment was expressed.


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  45. Also when I tell them I’m a proud Tomandjeri woman—my great-aunt had a first nations partner
    From an article over at Quadrant online ….. 10/10 .. LOL!


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  46. MatrixTransformsays:

    September 23, 2022 at 2:51 pm

    I can’t speak for JC, but that certainly wasn’t the thrust of my question?

    no, the thrust of your question
    if it can be called a question
    was to deliver a veiled threat

    another dog act

    Woof!
    And what is the “veiled threat”, pray tell?
    I wasn’t aware Dover had appointed you to the role of blog traffic director to arbitrate on what questions are appropriate to be asked.
    Tim seems happy to politely engage on the subject, so I am not sure what you add to the debate.
    But thanks for reaching out, champ.


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  47. Here’s a few names as examples:

    -Ernie Dingo
    -Buddy Franklin
    -Eddie Betts
    -Nova Peris (x 3 hubbies)
    -Goolagong
    -Goodes
    -Bonner
    -Wanganeen
    -Thorpe
    -Jetta
    -Freeman
    -Price

    I note Warren Mundine “does not fit.”


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  48. The ‘foreign country’ bits are for individual cops from other countries – Singapore, PNG and sometimes NZ – who are here on secondments.

    Says who? You? You can prove there are limitations/definitions on exactly what foreign cps this refers to?

    Explaining away your arsehole low life cop maaates – again.


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  49. Sancho Panzersays:
    September 23, 2022 at 2:10 pm

    Is everyone who circulates a meme to people via email addresses that the meme sender has got via being the personally addressed recipient in a work context doing wrong just because those people didn’t expressly consent to receiving a meme?
    If someone replies that they’d prefer not to get that kind of thing, sure the meme sender would have to desist.


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  50. Zulu, not trying to be a spoil sport and am happy for you, but are these announcements of you being well off really necessary?

    Gabor, BHP is a widely held stock, held by many “mum and dad” investors, so we don’t know if receipt of a dividend implies extreme wealth.
    Zulu might be celebrating a cash drop which buys him a new Roller, or he might be rejoicing that he can have a schnitty and pot at the RSL and buy a six pack of Johnny Walker and Coke on the way home.
    Receiving a dividend does not mean he is Twiggy Forrest.


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  51. And what is the “veiled threat”, pray tell?

    you honestly believe that after your recent behaviour
    that you have any credibility?

    what did I tell you about pissing on the carpet?

    it wasn’t because I care for “standards” … i’m just worried about your reputation.


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  52. Massachusetts Energy Companies Announce 64% Increase in Electricity Rates Beginning November 1st

    September 22, 2022 | Sundance

    National Grid and Eversource are the two major electricity providers for Massachusetts. Both companies have notified the Department of Public Utilities (DPU) that rates for electricity are about to skyrocket.

    National Grid has announced a 64% increase in electricity rates effective November 1st. While Eversource is on a different schedule, they too have announced an increase in natural gas rates of 38% on November 1st and the January 1, 2023, electricity rate will be announced in the next few weeks. Eversource is anticipated to announce a similar rate increase to National Grid. WATCH:


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  53. local oafsays:

    September 23, 2022 at 3:46 pm

    Windows on screen keyboard emojis no work 

    First they came for our upticks.
    Then they came for our emojis.


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  54. America Could Face A Beer Shortage Due To Mississippi Underground Volcano Gas Leak

    According to scientific experts, the United States is experiencing a CO2 shortage due to contamination that is showing up in CO2 being sourced from an extinct underground volcano in Mississippi. No, I haven’t been drinking. This isn’t #fakenews. The Jackson Dome, which sits 2,900 feet beneath Jackson, Mississippi, has provided CO2 to the restaurant and beer industries going all the way back to 1977, but this summer, the supply was contaminated by raw gas which means the CO2 is useless and has led to a shortage of the gas that is critical to the brewing industry. You know where this is going: the supply chain is being wrecked and prices have jumped as a result.



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  55. Oh come onsays:
    September 23, 2022 at 2:15 pm
    Does anyone believe the allegations of racism Eddie Betts made?

    The pool story sounds a bit flimsy to me. No chance I guess that Betts was asked to leave because he was in the water holding a baby which was liable at any moment to poop or wee in its pants. Those water-tight plastic covers only do so much before it becomes a poonami and I for one wouldn’t want to be swimming around in it.
    I’m sure the media will be checking this out; but maybe not for a little while.


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  56. Waleed needs to get off the gunja…

    What if, instead of a monarch or a president, we had an Australian Elder? That is, a recognised Indigenous elder, appointed as our head of state for life. This figure already comes anchored in a long history, and a culture replete with ceremony. But one of the great things about some Indigenous ceremonies – like, say, welcomes to country – is that they are often endearingly informal.



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  57. custardsays:

    September 23, 2022 at 3:57 pm

    Look at the window on the right behind Biden at the 50 second mark. Who is that?
    Then walks past the left window!

    It looks a little like Charlie Manson to me.
    Which proves my point.


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  58. The Jackson Dome, which sits 2,900 feet beneath Jackson, Mississippi, has provided CO2 to the restaurant and beer industries going all the way back to 1977, but this summer, the supply was contaminated by raw gas which means the CO2 is useless and has led to a shortage of the gas that is critical to the brewing industry. You know where this is going: the supply chain is being wrecked and prices have jumped as a result.

    BUT i fought’ that there was so much CO2 in the Atmosfere’. Can’t they get it from there?…………LOL


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  59. Turnip

    Just an opinion. If they cheated last time… well they did.. then the close senate races are baked in. Senate races are state wide, so I would assume the count is done in a similar way to the prez race. That’s where there could be an issue. It would be much harder to cheat in the house races. And look at the evidence from last time. The house swung towards the GOP and the senate didn’t.


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  60. JC

    I think your overall theory is correct. A large number of the ballots for Biden did not have any votes at all in the down ticket races as it takes too long for forgers to fill them all out. So big ticket races are more likely to be fudged than the lesser ones.


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  61. If you built a time machine, Eddie, why did you choose to travel back to the 1950s antebellum south?

    Heheh, just a sample of the wrongology, and he keeps on in that vein for 2,000 words.
    Any chance of a “More” button as well as a downvote button?


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  62. I suspect so Zat and the house and senate pattern also suggests it was possible.

    The other thing they did to mask this charade, I think, was the 81 million votes. The fraud to up the popular vote tally was most likely committed in the blue states where GOP supervision is very weak for the obvious reason relating to resource management. They padded the popular vote too and did so to mask the cheating in the so-called marginals.

    I have to tell you, it looks like an incredibly well planned heist. However, it looks so because the MSM is in their pocket. Very impressive.


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  63. Lysandersays:

    September 23, 2022 at 3:56 pm

    Waleed needs to get off the gunja…

    What if, instead of a monarch or a president, we had an Australian Elder? That is, a recognised Indigenous elder, appointed as our head of state for life.

    I think I said here a couple of weeks ago that “The Republic” and “da Voice” were becoming intertwined.
    And predicted that the Republic would replace the Monarch with a Council of First Nations Aunties and Uncles.


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  64. The Incompetence of Democrats and the US Government Administration

    To Quote an Australian Vernacular “Couldn’t run a Piss-Up in a Brewery”

    US watchdog admits $46 BILLION in pandemic unemployment benefits was stolen by fraudsters using the SSNs of DEAD people and prisoners – year after saying it was just $16billion

    . The inspector general for the Labor Department on Thursday published a report into fraud during the pandemic, finding billions in false unemployment claims
    . Some 205,000 Social Security numbers that belonged to dead people were used to claim benefits
    . Other criminals took the Social Security numbers of criminals and used them to make claims
    . The office has opened 190,000 investigations related to unemployment insurance fraud, they said in the report
    . Separately, the Justice Department on Thursday said 1,000 people have now been charged for fraudulently claiming unemployment during the pandemic

    Fraudsters stole nearly $46billion in unlawful unemployment claims during the pandemic, the Labor Department concluded on Thursday – while warning that the actual figure may be even higher.



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  65. I think I said here a couple of weeks ago that “The Republic” and “da Voice” were becoming intertwined.

    Please Mr. Elbow…can we have two referenda for the price of one?


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  66. I think I said here a couple of weeks ago that “The Republic” and “da Voice” were becoming intertwined.

    I don’t get this. How is the FTA TV program The Voice, always mentioned with Australian political events? I thought the show was about finding a great singing voice.


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  67. Old Ozzie..

    Let’s be fair about this. It wasn’t just the demonrats, but the GOP and the Trump administration set up the payment scheme. Obviously well intentioned.

    The reality is that the US Government that is federal government apparatus is no good. You don’t know and you cannot figure just how shockingly inept, useless, stupid, disgustingly inefficient it is until you’ve experienced it. One cannot conceive this is the government of a first world country.


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  68. But one of the great things about some Indigenous ceremonies – like, say, welcomes to country – is that they are often endearingly informal.

    Endearingly Informal: It’s hard to do it the proper way when it’s all just made up BS!


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  69. The pool story sounds a bit flimsy to me

    Just a bit. Can you imagine a staff member asking an Aboriginal guy to get out of the pool because an old couple claimed he made them feel uncomfortable? It’s laughably preposterous.


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  70. welcomes to country – is that they are often endearingly informal.

    The overwhelming majority of welcomes to/acknowledgements of country are acknowledgements of country. And virtually all of the acknowledgements of country are repetitive, robotically scripted and sanitised, hollow and performative.


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  71. JCsays:
    September 23, 2022 at 4:37 pm
    Old Ozzie..

    Let’s be fair about this. It wasn’t just the demonrats, but the GOP and the Trump administration set up the payment scheme. Obviously well intentioned.

    The reality is that the US Government that is federal government apparatus is no good. You don’t know and you cannot figure just how shockingly inept, useless, stupid, disgustingly inefficient it is until you’ve experienced it. One cannot conceive this is the government of a first world country.

    You could be talking about the RBA

    Mired in red ink: Turns out the RBA’s money printing was no free lunch

    The Reserve Bank’s $37 billion loss shows there was no free lunch in its extraordinary monetary interventions during the pandemic. Just as well the RBA can’t go bankrupt.

    John Kehoe Economics editor

    If the Reserve Bank of Australia was a commercial bank or hedge fund, it would be bankrupt.

    The RBA reported on Wednesday that it plunged into negative equity of $12.4 billion last financial year after reporting an accounting loss of $36.7 billion

    The RBA posted huge mark-to-market paper losses on its purchase of $300 billion of government bonds and actual cash losses related to the $188 billion term funding facility that provided super-cheap loans to commercial banks during the pandemic.

    Sharp interest rate rises have smashed its financial portfolio.

    Consequently, the federal government will not receive the customary circa $2 billion annual dividend and could miss out on perhaps $20 billion over the next decade.

    To Treasurer Jim Chalmers’ relief, advice from the RBA and Treasury is that there is no need to repeat former treasurer Joe Hockey’s $8.8 billion capital injection into the RBA.

    Fortunately, a government-backed central bank that can print money cannot be insolvent and bankruptcy is somewhat of a theoretical concept.

    Nevertheless, the loss shows there was no free lunch in the RBA’s extraordinary monetary interventions during the pandemic.

    Printing money was not costless. Quantitative easing advocates who accused the RBA of under-doing QE and tried to pressure it to buy even more bonds should reflect on this.

    As interest rates continue to rise, the RBA’s balance sheet losses could hit $58 billion under a worst-case scenario disclosed by the bank.

    The RBA borrowed short and lent long when interest rates were rising.

    The RBA term funding facility (TFF) lent money to commercial banks at a fixed rate as low as 0.1 per cent for three years.

    The RBA is now paying those same banks a higher floating – and rising – rate of 2.25 per cent on $452 billion of deposits parked at the RBA.

    The TFF has become a wealth transfer from the public balance sheet to commercial banks and homeowners, who benefited from the TFF underwriting fixed mortgage rates of less than 2 per cent and turbocharging house prices.

    It will be years before we discover the full benefits and costs of the RBA’s pandemic interventions, particularly with inflation out of control from too much money supply.

    To be sure, deputy governor Michele Bullock and a published RBA review of the bond purchase program also pointed to other benefits of QE.

    Federal and state government borrowing costs were estimated to be $7 billion lower between November 2020 and February 2022 as a result of the RBA buying bonds.

    The exchange rate declined and helped Australia’s international competitiveness as foreign central banks were devaluing their currencies via huge QE programs.

    But weakening the exchange rate was less useful when the international border was closed for two years of the pandemic and foreign tourists couldn’t travel here.


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  72. GMH appears to be really obsessed with feces. It appears to be all he writes about. There’s something more to this he’s not telling but we really don’t want to know.

    I agree with …… insert name..


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  73. Yeah, the story goes back to Charles’ Perkins Freedom Bus that went to Moree to protest segregated bathing in the town.
    The Australian is always getting het up about it.
    So, yeah, i’d say the story is made up, but Eddie isn’t the author, just the mouthpiece.


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  74. Thinking about a project, daughter needs a car soon, buy repairable write off Peugeot RCZ and fix it up?

    They seem to have a pretty good reputation for reliability, built by Steyr in Austria.

    The one I’m looking at would seem to be a good candidate for a bit of paint free dent removal. Although there’s a bit of a nasty crease low down on one of the doors.


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  75. Ozzie

    There’s nothing at all surprising to the market about the RBA. Bond yields rose and the RBA has a heap of bonds on the balance sheet. When yields rise there’s a corresponding drop in the price/value of bonds.

    It’s not necessarily a bad thing and would have been expected. Think of it this way. Bond yields are rising because the economy isn’t in the huge soup.

    The RBA balance sheet is essentially an arm of the government anyway. At some stage the government will do a book entry on the budget to replenish the RBA balance sheet. The loss will be recognized in the budget. It’s not really a cash loss.


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  76. rickwsays:
    September 23, 2022 at 4:54 pm

    Thinking about a project, daughter needs a car soon, buy repairable write off Peugeot RCZ and fix it up?

    A Benz in similar condition might be worth a thought.


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  77. Maldives … wait, what, you can get paid for working in paradise?

    Yep! My kind of work to, blazing hot with lots and lots of challenges!

    The main mission at the moment is to get people to cooperate with each other. Yesterday evening I had two of the protagonists working together bolting up a pump coupling, it was a beautiful moment!


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  78. A Benz in similar condition might be worth a thought.

    I was thinking about that, will need to do more research, no BMW, I don’t want to give her a ticking Bavarian time bomb!


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  79. The Bank of England All but admits a Recession

    From Martin Armstrong –

    “The Bank of England (BoE) all but admitted the UK is officially in a recession. Bank Governor Andrew Bailey stated weeks ago that there was nothing the central bank could do to prevent a recession at this stage. The Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) voted to raise rates by half a percentage point to 2.25%, marking the highest level since 2008. The markets were expecting a 75 bps hike, but the central bank is moving slowly and aiming to avoid panic.

    The central bank foresees a 0.1% drop in GDP over the next three months after experiencing a 0.1% decline last quarter. The CPI report for August came in at 9.9%, which is only a slight drop from July’s 10.1% reading. Winter is coming, and that is when the full impact of the energy crisis will be felt. The BoE believes inflation will rise to 11% in October when energy caps are altered. Like the Federal Reserve, the BOE is a long way from its 2% inflation target and relied on QE for far too long.

    The dollar’s strength continues to cause a devaluation in sterling as the USD is seen as the last safe haven.

    https://www.armstrongeconomics.com/international-news/britain/the-bank-of-england-all-but-admits-recession/?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=RSS


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  80. rickwsays:
    September 23, 2022 at 5:05 pm
    Maldives … wait, what, you can get paid for working in paradise?

    Yep! My kind of work to, blazing hot with lots and lots of challenges!

    The main mission at the moment is to get people to cooperate with each other. Yesterday evening I had two of the protagonists working together bolting up a pump coupling, it was a beautiful moment!

    But, but, but………I was led to believe from the UN, KRudd, Malcolm Bullshit Stein, Elbow, Turtle Head Bowen, Mr Flatulence and many many others that the Maldives were under water………………………….

    Sink me, said the Scarlett Pimpernel (Anthony Andrews)………………..lol


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  81. TAXES TORCHED Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng to ignite bonfire of taxes ‘to make families better off within six weeks’

    CHANCELLOR Kwasi Kwarteng will today light a bonfire of taxes to boost the economy and make families better off within six weeks.

    Promising a “new era” for Britain, he will announce 38 low-tax zones to get business booming.

    He will also speed up 100 major infrastructure projects as he and PM Liz Truss spearhead the largest package of tax cuts since Margaret Thatcher in the 1980s to achieve their mission of 2.5 per cent growth.

    Ahead of today’s mini-Budget, Mr Kwarteng confirmed last April’s 1.25 percentage point rise in National Insurance will be axed from November 6.

    It will save 28?million people an average of £135 this year — and £330 next year.

    The planned rise in Corporation Tax from 19 to 25 per cent will also be scrapped. Stamp duty is set to be cut to help home buyers.

    The Chancellor will tell MPs: “Growth is not as high as it needs to be, which has made it harder to pay for public services, requiring taxes to rise. We are determined to break that cycle.”

    Environmental red tape will go, so 100 major projects like roads, rail and power stations can be built quicker.

    Thirty-eight “investment zones” will offer time-limited tax cuts for businesses in a bid to create jobs.

    The Sun understands ministers are looking at radically slashing business rates in the zones, with the lowest rates axed altogether. Planning rules in these areas will also be relaxed.


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  82. Meekatharra: Nurse used ‘hairspray and lighter’ to fight off alleged intruders who ambushed her and colleague
    Jessica MoroneyGeraldton Guardian
    Fri, 23 September 2022 2:00AM

    A local nurse in the Mid West outback was reportedly forced to defend herself with a makeshift flamethrower using hairspray and a lighter during a terrifying home invasion this week.

    Police say a man and two teenagers broke into a home on Haveluck Close in Meekatharra just after midnight on Tuesday.

    The WA Country Health Service confirmed a “violent break-in” had occurred at staff accommodation in Meekatharra.

    Meekatharra Shire president Harvey Nichols is demanding urgent action, saying enough is enough amid fears vital workers will choose to leave town if this sort of offending continued.

    Mr Nichols said this was the last thing the town needed at a time when health services were already strained in regional and rural WA.

    Cr Nichols told the Geraldton Guardian there was speculation the shocking incident involved attempted assault and threats of sexual assault against the two nurses inside the home.

    “Two local criminals broke into the hospital complex, climbed in, drank some beers and waited until (they thought) she was alone,” he said.

    Strikes me that this lady would make a damnfine Kitteh.


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  83. JCsays:
    September 23, 2022 at 2:02 pm
    Cronkite
    Can I respond to a few of the points:
    1 Previous levels of CO2 were much higher than today and correlated with temperatures higher, the same and lower than today.
    Previous as in when? How can we reliably and accurately surmise this when we’re talking about tiny movements presently for which there was no precise data say at the beginning of the Holocene?
    2 Movements of CO2 do not correlate with movements in temperature; during the 20th Century from 1940-1976 CO2 increased but temperatures dropped; the same from 1998. Generally, throughout geologic history CO2 follows temperature movements.
    Can you prove this. Also, how do we know there weren’t any other factors that were impacting?
    3 According to the IPCC the Climate sensitivity of a doubling of CO2 will result in a temperature increase of 3.2C. Since 1900 CO2 has increased 40% which should have produced a temperature increase of 1.3C. However temperature has only increased by 0.7C. Of that 0.7C increase solar influence has been 0.1-0.4C and natural variation at least 0.3C.
    Explain in some details what has been the solar influence and how has it been measured?

    You understand head prefect I wouldn’t do this for anyone else.

    1 CO2 is very accurately measured over all time spans including the recent geologic period of the Holocene; here is a CO/2 temp graph for the last 500 million years:

    http://www.co2science.org/articles/V21/sep/a13.php

    The Holocene did not have tiny movements; temperature variation just prior to the H featured global movements, hot and cold of up to 15C in 50 years. This were called Heinrich and D-O events. There was no correlation with CO2
    2 At best CO2 follows temp but often there is NO correlation:

    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=993521367330814&set=gm.371633609671471&type=3&theater&ifg=1

    Lansner sums it up: http://icecap.us/images/uploads/CO2,Temperaturesandiceages-f.pdf

    3 TSI or total solar irradiance is the measure; read David Stockwell’s paper:

    https://vixra.org/pdf/1108.0004v1.pdf

    I’ll have to do the rest later.


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  84. rickwsays:
    September 23, 2022 at 5:08 pm
    A Benz in similar condition might be worth a thought.

    I was thinking about that, will need to do more research, no BMW, I don’t want to give her a ticking Bavarian time bomb!

    The strength in the chassis – and probably all over is worth consideration with regard to keeping her relatively safe should she ever have a bingle. Merc would be my choice.


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  85. Ed Casesays:
    September 23, 2022 at 5:27 pm
    Here’s why broke people buy Mercedes Benz and rich people buy cheap cars.
    Scotty Kilmer

    Gordon Bennet Head Case and a Suitable Case for Treatment. That must be the worse Web link that I have ever seen here. Two stupid Adverts to start wiv’ and then A Yank going off like a pork chop. Was that you on the video Ed? I switched orf’ after 10 seconds. Wot’ a load of BS………………….


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  86. Good to see the Brits have decided that the way to grow an economy is to cut taxes and let people decide where their money delivers most value, rather than government taking the money and ‘investing’ it in areas no one wants and which offer no real return.


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  87. Ed Casesays:
    September 23, 2022 at 5:35 pm
    Merc would be my choice.

    Downvote button required.

    Head Case you are so silly. Mind you every time you comment I would give you 100 down sticks……………………………..


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  88. China’s Blockade Will Trigger Response: US Navy; Russia, China Meeting After Putin’s Nuclear Threat
    China in Focus – NTD
    00:55 Russia, China Meeting After Putin’s Nuclear Threat
    02:25 U.S. Banks to Leave China If Beijing Invades Taiwan
    03:49 China’s Blockade Will Trigger Response: U.S. Navy
    04:28 Chinese Business Owner Fled Country Over Harassment
    08:01 European Group Warns of Loss of Confidence in China
    09:13 Q&A on Falun Gong’s Image Inside, Outside China


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  89. Then there’s always the local Merc wreckers!

    Google and wreckers are your friend. Had a BMW that had the engine and transmission apparently stop talking to each other. Forums say oxygen sensor. Replaced oxygen sensor for $20. All fixed.

    (That doesn’t get you away from the initial reaction that something horrible and expensive has gone wrong!)


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  90. Mother Lodesays:
    September 23, 2022 at 5:37 pm
    Good to see the Brits have decided that the way to grow an economy is to cut taxes and let people decide where their money delivers most value, rather than government taking the money and ‘investing’ it in areas no one wants and which offer no real return.

    Very well said and that is what I like to hear on a True Libertarian Website.


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  91. But, but, but………I was led to believe from the UN, KRudd, Malcolm Bullshit Stein, Elbow, Turtle Head Bowen, Mr Flatulence and many many others that the Maldives were under water………………………….

    They don’t believe it unless there’s some Mong Western politician with an open cheque book.


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  92. Good to see the Brits have decided that the way to grow an economy is to cut taxes and let people decide where their money delivers most value, rather than government taking the money and ‘investing’ it in areas no one wants and which offer no real return.

    Yeah, Schmendrick, CornHolio and SpongeBob can pool all the dosh they saved in Taxes and build a few Ports, a half dozen bridges, 3 Highways, etc.
    Wake up to yourself.


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  93. Rosie – The vibes are interesting seeing that Liz Truss is an ex-LibDem.

    We have another Margaret Thatcher on our hands – it’s about time! says FREDERICK FORSYTH (23 Sep)

    I certainly wouldn’t be so effusive myself, although the Mogg has been exploding lefty heads as her newly appointed Business Minister. Rees-Mogg’s the guy who OKed fracking and the Left is not at all happy.

    He’s also quite complimentary about Charles. Mr Forsyth is quite a Cattish righty I think, although I haven’t read many of his columns for the Express. About the only thing some Cats would dislike is he’s barracking for Ukraine a fair bit – but then his novels reflect a lifetime writing about such stuff, so that’s probably forgivable.


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  94. We saw what happened with Fraser and Thatcher, they cut Taxes, stopped building stuff, Unemployment skyrocketed, half a Generation got left behind on the Dole.
    That’s the reality of Tax Cuts, those on the bottom end up with the Green Dream.


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  95. Why I Joined Mike Lindell’s Legal Team

    Respect for civil liberties and the Constitution is more important than partisan differences.

    By Alan M. Dershowitz

    I disagree with My Pillow founder Mike Lindell about a lot of things, including his belief that the 2020 election was stolen from Donald Trump. I’m a liberal Democrat; he is a conservative Republican.

    Yet I am enthusiastically representing him in his lawsuit against the Justice Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation over the recent search and seizure of his telephone.

    As soon as it was announced that I would be joining his defense team, people asked why I would be representing somebody they believe is trying to destroy American democracy. It’s a good question.

    It is important for Democrats who support Joe Biden’s legitimate presidency and object to Mr. Trump’s violations of constitutional norms to resist unconstitutional efforts by Mr. Biden’s administration and supporters to abuse the law, particularly the criminal-justice system, against our political opponents. It is easy for Republicans to criticize the Justice Department for overreaching, just as it was easy for Democrats to criticize the Trump administration. What is difficult is to criticize officials of one’s own party when they go too far. Yet it’s essential to keep politics out of the justice system—for principled Democrats and Republicans alike to advocate strict compliance with constitutional norms, regardless of whose ox is being gored. This principled attitude was exemplified by Republican leaders who condemned Mr. Trump for his dangerous electoral shenanigans. Democrats should follow their example.

    In my view as a lifelong civil libertarian, the Justice Department went too far in seeking a search warrant against Mr. Trump’s property at Mar-a-Largo. It could have asked the court to enforce the subpoena it issued and taken other less intrusive measures. It was also wrong in opposing a special master and demanding that the department’s own lawyers be the only ones to determine whether privileged material was seized.

    I also believe the department exceeded its constitutional authority by seeking and executing a search warrant against Mr. Lindell’s telephone, which gives investigators access to his computer files and other private and business data. The Framers of the Constitution abhorred the British practice of issuing general warrants, which empowered the government to search entire homes and businesses. The seizure and search of a cellphone in today’s connected world is more of a general search than rummaging through a home. Your entire life is stored on electronic devices.

    Although the warrant in the Lindell case specified files that could be searched, it didn’t specify a protocol for separating the searchable from the private and privileged, thus leaving it to the discretion of Justice Department officials to make these constitutionally critical determinations. This is why we seek judicial relief, including the appointment of a special master and an injunction against Justice Department lawyers now combing through Mr. Lindell’s files. We are also trying to unseal the affidavit that accompanied the warrant request and to learn whether the FBI found Mr. Lindell at a Hardee’s restaurant in Mankato, Minn., via electronic surveillance performed without a warrant.

    The power of the government to surveil and search its citizens shouldn’t be an issue that separates Democrats from Republicans or liberals from conservatives. All Americans should be concerned about limiting the power of the government. Tragically, we live in an age when partisanship determines which side of an important constitutional issue most people take.

    If the Trump administration had done to a prominent Democratic supporter precisely what the Biden administration has done to Mr. Lindell, many Democrats would be outraged and support judicial relief. But today few Democratic lawyers will represent Trump Republicans whose constitutional rights have been violated. This is a tragedy that endangers the neutrality of our Constitution and the legal profession. I will continue to defend the Constitution equally on behalf of Democrats and Republicans.

    Mr. Dershowitz is a professor emeritus at Harvard Law School and author of “The Price of Principle: Why Integrity Is Worth the Consequences.”


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  96. Actually where I am right now is a great example of the “sinking islands” BS.

    Hulhumale

    The original land are of this atoll is where the airport is. All the rest of the land area you see within the lagoon perimeter is reclaimed. Basically they tripled the land area of the island. They simply sped up a process that was naturally occurring.

    For most coral atolls, very large amounts of land area can be reclaimed relatively cheaply if you work within the lagoon. Very little protection against the sea required as the reef already does that which is why the atoll started to form in the first place.


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  97. Mogg is an opportunist.
    He jumped on the Johnson bandwagon early on, Johnson now discredited but Rees-Mogg has ended up with a better job.
    Fracking is vandalism, it doesn’t stack up, but there’s a quid in it for someone.


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  98. Good to see the Brits have decided that the way to grow an economy is to cut taxes and let people decide where their money delivers most value, rather than government taking the money and ‘investing’ it in areas no one wants and which offer no real return.

    They did this during the Great Depression as well, and came out of it far more rapidly that the US did. For all their libertarian foundation, the US has a long history of government help screwing things up.


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  99. Ed Casesays:
    September 23, 2022 at 5:49 pm
    Good to see the Brits have decided that the way to grow an economy is to cut taxes and let people decide where their money delivers most value, rather than government taking the money and ‘investing’ it in areas no one wants and which offer no real return.

    Yeah, Schmendrick, CornHolio and SpongeBob can pool all the dosh they saved in Taxes and build a few Ports, a half dozen bridges, 3 Highways, etc.
    Wake up to yourself.

    Head Case and a Suitable Case for Treatment. You are a Dinosaur and have no place on a Libertarian Blog. Go and play in the traffic you Economic Cretin.

    People vote with their feet and the money in their pockets can be spent the way that they want to. Guv’ments should just get out of the way and downsize. Even better as it saves tax money all round……………………..Freeeeeeeeeedom


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  100. 4 The mechanism by which CO2 causes heating has never been adequately explained.
    Is C02 a greenhouse gas or not? Detail please.
    5 Optical depth, which is as good a measure of the ‘greenhouse’ effect as any, has not increased in 60 years of measurement.
    Is it the only marker or one of many? Which others are there? Going back to Uncle Fester’s chart, snowfall hasn’t recovered to the preceding 25 years albeit it’s flatlined.
    6 The amount of radiation leaving from the top of the atmosphere has increased which means CO2 is not trapping heat.
    Why would the heat be trapped only at the top and not somewhat below. Why is this a good marker and what are the others?

    4 CO2 is a GHG; all that means is that CO2, like H2O, CH4 and the other rare gases, can absorb radiation at Earth frequencies, which means in the IFR. The principle of AGW is that when the radiation is emitted from the CO2 (it is not trapped or stored) it can go up or down (which is called isotropy). This is not correct. The radiation goes all over the place and can be transferred as energy by collision to the non-GHGs, such as N and O2 which make up 98% of the atmosphere. IFR also can’t penetrate the ocean and therefore heat the ocean.

    5 OD is THE measure of the greenhouse effect as it measures the number of times CO2 absorbs and emits IFR. Since CO2 has increased over the last 150 years you would expect with more CO2 that the OD would increase. it hasn’t because of a slight decline water vapor which shows water vapor is a much more important GHG. Forget the fucking snow.

    6 Heat rises and the measure at the top of the atmosphere which is called outgoing longwave radiation, OLR, is crucial because if OLR is leaving it can’t be converted to heat in the atmosphere, hence the term missing heat.


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  101. Here’s some context re the Mogg exploding heads.

    ‘Extremely disappointed!’ Speaker lashes out at Rees-Mogg for disrespecting Parliament (22 Sep)

    New Business Secretary Jacob Rees-Mogg was called to the Commons to explain the Government’s policies on energy bills and fracking.

    Furious Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle expressed his “extreme disappointment” as he publicly berated Jacob Rees-Mogg for disrespecting Parliament. The new Business Secretary had announced a new policy on energy bills and fracking without bothering to come to MPs to answer questions. Instead, he was hauled into the Commons chamber with an urgent question from Labour.

    Sounds like he’s upsetting all the right people.


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  102. Ed Casesays:
    September 23, 2022 at 5:57 pm
    Mogg is an opportunist.
    He jumped on the Johnson bandwagon early on, Johnson now discredited but Rees-Mogg has ended up with a better job.
    Fracking is vandalism, it doesn’t stack up, but there’s a quid in it for someone.

    Head Case you are a fracking nut job. And you talk a load of BS. Gas is gas and ever more shall be so.


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  103. Cats – on the subject of the next Radio Show, Saturday 1 October – following a suggestion by good ol’ Rog:

    Psychedelia

    Break out the twelve strings, mellotrons, granny glasses, striped stoves, suede Chelsea boots, corduroy Levi’s jackets and paisley shirts* after imbibing various mind altering substances …

    You know you want to … 🙂

    *Audible in space … 😕


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  104. Who appointed a woman barely out of her teens as CEO of Optus? Who thought a company that size would be safe in her hands? I hope the board has learnt and the next CEO is somebody with more business and life experience.


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  105. Ed Casesays:
    September 23, 2022 at 5:53 pm
    We saw what happened with Fraser and Thatcher, they cut Taxes, stopped building stuff, Unemployment skyrocketed, half a Generation got left behind on the Dole.
    That’s the reality of Tax Cuts, those on the bottom end up with the Green Dream.

    Go back to Skool and do your homework. In May 1979 when Maggie was elected, the UK was broke. Broke because of Laybore Guv’ments pandering to the Unions. It was the Winter of Discontent prior to May 1979. The British people had had enough. And booted out Laybore.

    Maggie then had to give the British some tough medicine which did not go down very well as a Recession was happening at the same time. However, the UK came out of it a heck of a lot stronger and better for it.

    So you left wing Nut Job just suck it up………………………….


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  106. 7 Solar radiation at the surface increased during the crucial period of AGW warming from 1983-2001 and this by itself can explain the warming which took place during this period.
    Any detailed evidence for this?
    8 Clouds are a negative feedback which means they are a brake to any warming.
    So what? Are there more or less clouds than usual on average? What’s the point?
    9 Water vapour has not increased as required by AGW theory.
    Evidence please
    10 The Medieval Warming Period was at least as warm as today which means that the centre-piece of AGW, the hockey-stick, is wrong.
    The hockey stick was complete bullshit and we most certainly have no idea of previous temps otherwise the hockey may have a point. Stay away from this one as it makes zero sense.

    7 Pinker et al. Jo Nova explains it for you: https://joannenova.com.au/2010/02/lamberts-pinker-tape-ambush-pr-stunt/

    8 Clouds are a negative feedback to both warming and cooling. In a 2007 paper Roy Spencer and Danny Braswell undertook empirical measurements of cloud radiative forcings which are a net result of blockage by clouds of solar radiation coming into the atmosphere [cooling] and blockage by clouds of long-wave radiation leaving the atmosphere [warming]; they concluded that

    “the net radiative effect of clouds…is to cool the ocean atmosphere system during its tropospheric warm phase and warm it during its cool phase.”

    https://weatherstreet.com/weatherquestions/Spencer_07GRL.pdf

    9 section 4 here: https://australianclimatesceptics.com/?p=111

    10 I don’t have to stay away from the Hockey Stick; it was eviscerated by this paper https://arxiv.org/PS_cache/arxiv/pdf/1104/1104.4002v1.pdf


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  107. That’s the reality of Tax Cuts, those on the bottom end up with the Green Dream.

    Ed-Mong pining for the days of 83% tax, death duties and closed shop industries producing Amiga 500s in the Iphone world.
    In the 1970s, the highest rate of income tax on earned income was 83 per cent.

    Its also just lived through a period where government power was used to destroy thousands of businesses and violate civil rights on a scale not seen outside wartime and thinks to itself “gee, they seem a little starved for cash, wed better give them more so they can do it harder”…

    Maroon


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  108. Thinking about a project, daughter needs a car soon, buy repairable write off Peugeot RCZ and fix it up?

    Got a Mini for my daughter….she absolutely loves it. She even resprayed it during her covid isolation. Replacing the clutch was a bit of a pain but not difficult.


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  109. Welcome to Country is utterly infuriating.

    Compelled speech, which we have no protection against in this country.

    The compelled speech doctrine sets out the principle that the government cannot force an individual or group to support certain expression. Thus, the First Amendment not only limits the government from punishing a person for his speech, it also prevents the government from punishing a person for refusing to articulate, advocate, or adhere to the government’s approved messages.

    Yet here we are. A load of ahistorical bollocks, invented by a dodgy z-grade hypocrite (BIRM) in the seventies.


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  110. Ed Casesays:
    September 23, 2022 at 5:53 pm
    We saw what happened with Fraser and Thatcher, they cut Taxes, stopped building stuff, Unemployment skyrocketed, half a Generation got left behind on the Dole.
    That’s the reality of Tax Cuts, those on the bottom end up with the Green Dream.

    Ed Casesays:
    September 23, 2022 at 5:57 pm
    Mogg is an opportunist.
    He jumped on the Johnson bandwagon early on, Johnson now discredited but Rees-Mogg has ended up with a better job.
    Fracking is vandalism, it doesn’t stack up, but there’s a quid in it for someone.

    The real Dickless comes out from behind the mask.


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  111. OldOzzie at 1:16 pm,

    Are Democrats Deliberately Choosing Impaired Candidates?

    It’s not only the Democrats, the Republicans in McConnell’s camp are trying their hardest to choose non-MAGA candidates. McConnell wants to be a leader but without responsibilities while MAGA candidates want to represent their voters and their interests and to actually be effective. As things are at present neither party gives a damn about their voters or the country.


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  112. The welcome to country ceremonies have even infected Catholic schools. I went to a high school graduation this week and the MC did the whole acknowledgement spiel before the awards ceremony. Granted a Mass was said first but I’m pretty certain that going along with this at all is bowing down to paganism.


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  113. The real Dickless comes out from behind the mask.

    He is an economic moron and a waste of space. Head Case and a Suitable Case for Treatment. What a left wing nut job with the cheek to come onto this Blog with his nonsense. Please put him back in his case or box or whatever.


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  114. Looks like the voting machines in the 2020 election are indeed questionable.

    Pennsylvania County Sues Dominion Voting Systems Over ‘Severe Anomalies’ In 2020 Election (23 Sep)

    Officials cite a report from earlier this month which revealed that “security measures necessary to harden and secure” Dominion’s systems had not been performed, and that “external USB hard drives had been inserted in the machines on several occasions” when there was “no known list of approved external drives that could have been or were used or inserted into the machines.”

    The county allegedly discovered that a “python script” had been installed on one device, which was “connected to an external device on an external network” reportedly located in Canada.

    The script “can exploit and create any number of vulnerabilities including, external access to the system, data export of the tabulations, or introduction of other metrics not part of or allowed by the certification process.”

    How odd…


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  115. PETA’s sex strike demand designed to get meat-eating men to ‘sit up and take notice

    Nice to see PETA helping men dodge a whole bunch of bullets. Never stick it in crazy.


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  116. So Vic Govt has the spigot open
    they’re giving away money like crazy

    apparently you get 25% of your entertainment and take-away food bill
    until the money runs out.

    got a daughter collecting our Thai food receipts

    the missus tells me there’s another movement afoot
    punters are claiming the 25% rebate and and then donating it iCook for the slug-gate battle

    and what a beautiful thing it is


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  117. A guy dies and wakes up to find he is in hell.

    He’s really depressed as he stands in the processing line waiting to talk to an admittance counsellor. He thinks to himself “I know I led a wild life but I wasn’t that bad. I never thought it would come to this”. Looking up he sees that it is his turn to be processed into hell. With fear and a heavy heart, he walks up to the counsellor.

    COUNSELLOR: “What’s the problem, you look depressed?”

    GUY: “Well, what do you think? I’m in hell”.
    COUNSELLOR: “Hell’s not so bad, we actually have a lot of fun. Do you like to drink?”
    GUY: “Sure, I love a drink”.
    COUNSELLOR: “Well then, you are going to LOVE Monday’s. On Monday’s we drink up a storm. You can have whiskey, rum, tequila, beer, whatever you want and as much a you want. We party all night long. You’ll love Monday’s. Do you smoke?”

    GUY: “Yes, as a matter of fact I do”.
    COUNSELLOR: “You are going to LOVE Tuesday’s. Tuesday is smoke day. You get to smoke the finest cigars and best cigarettes available anywhere. And you smoke to your heart’s desire without worrying about cancer because you are already dead! Is that great or what? You are going to love Tuesday’s. Do you do drugs?”

    GUY: “Well… in my younger days I experimented a little”.
    COUNSELLOR: “You are going to LOVE Wednesdays. That’s drug day. You can experiment with any drug you want and you don’t have to worry about overdoses or getting hooked because you are already dead. You are going to love Wednesdays. Do you gamble?”

    GUY: “Oh yes, I like to gamble”.
    COUNSELLOR: “You are going to LOVE Thursday’s because we gamble all day and night – Blackjack, Craps, Poker, Slots, horse races – everything! You are going to love Thursday’s. Are you gay?”

    GUY: “Well, no I’m not”.
    COUNSELLOR: “Oh dear, you’re gonna hate Friday’s…”


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  118. What could possibly go wrong?

    Sri Lanka Mulls Taking On More Debt From China, India To Pay For Energy (23 Sep)

    Sri Lanka is considering purchasing solar panels through a credit line from India and China to offset rising electricity tariffs, Power and Energy Minister Kanchana Wijesekara said on Tuesday.

    Buying solar panels on credit from China? When already in hoc to them for billions that you can’t repay? Oh dear, better start learning Mandarin on the internet while it’s still operating Sri Lankan elite peoples, you may need it.


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  119. I don’t want to be the resident conspiracy nutter on this site (read “St Ruth”) but I can’t help thinking that the world is being pushed toward nuclear conflict thanks to ….

    The Obama/Clinton 16 year plan. Does anyone have a copy of the simple meme laying this out. Because Obama followed the first part to the letter. Trump then interrupted the plan but I clearly remember that it included nuclear war. They want nuclear war.


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  120. To suppose that a colourless and odourless gas has significant influence is an utter failure of logic.

    Well it does, to the extent that there would be no life on earth without it. But certainly not in terms of driving the weather.


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  121. What could possibly go wrong?

    Sri Lanka Mulls Taking On More Debt From China, India To Pay For Energy (23 Sep)

    This will happen here; as the fossils end and the renewables fail despite their IC being many times peak demand the idiots will say the solution is have even more renewables. The definition of madness etc.


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  122. Some good news in the energy world:

    1) Jacob Rees-Mogg lifts fracking ban and says we must tolerate tremors ‘in the national interest’
    The Daily Telegraph, 22 September 2022

    2) Government discussing plans to designate shale gas sites as nationally significant infrastructure projects
    The Guardian, 22 September 2022

    3) Jacob Rees-Mogg right to say Putin backed anti-fracking campaigns
    Guido Fakes, 22 September 2022

    4) Back to black: Britain extends the life of its coal power plants
    Bloomberg, 13 September 2022

    5) Back to black: South Korea turns to coal to meet energy needs
    Bloomberg, 21 September 2022

    6) China announces it has enough coal reserves to last another five decades (and it’s going to use them, no doubt)
    Bloomberg, 21 September 2022

    7) High natural gas prices push European manufacturers to shift to the U.S.
    The Wall Street Journal, 21 September 2022

    8) Europe’s deepening energy crisis pushes bill to $500 Billion
    Bloomberg, 21 September 2022

    9) US banks threaten to leave Mark Carney’s green alliance over legal risks
    Financial Times, 21 September 2022

    https://mailchi.mp/dae22722be2b/uk-government-lifts-shale-gas-moratorium-191303?e=170323d89f


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  123. Rabzsays:

    September 23, 2022 at 7:16 pm

    Pancho – you’ve missed it, Squire – I’m spruiking next Saturday’s radio show, which, guess what – is not until next Saturday. 

    Spruiking?
    As in advertising?
    My Cat subscription says “Ad free”.


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  124. Sancho Panzer says: September 23, 2022 at 7:20 pm
    Cohenite at 7:14.
    1-4 will have heads popping off in the UK.

    Here is point#3:

    3) Jacob Rees-Mogg right to say Putin backed anti-fracking campaigns
    Guido Fakes, 22 September 2022

    Was it here (or another site) that someone linked to a middle-aged Labour party doxxy & the incredulous facial expression when she realised Rees-Mogg was telling the truth?

    And also a measure of how fucking useless BloJo was.

    Factcheck status: Bloody true!


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  125. Pancho – my definition of “spruiking” is not the same as yours.

    The next time you see a billboard next to a Disasterstanian tollway screeching the virtues of my radio shows, then get back to me. 🙂


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  126. Fun to read the background to songs. So I did as you do and played this one after I ran Gimme Shelter earlier:

    You Can’t Always Get What You Want (Remastered 2019)

    The wiki is fun. I didn’t realize the single was actually a B side. Whoa the Stones’ B sides are everyone else’s classic anthems. But the best bit of the wiki was right at the end:

    Donald Trump played the Rolling Stones’ recording of the song at campaign appearances during the 2016 Republican primaries and the presidential election, including his nationally televised acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention in July.[17] Although the campaign had attained a blanket licence from ASCAP,[18] after the convention, the band said publicly that they do not endorse Trump and requested that he cease all use of their songs immediately.[19] Despite the requests to stop, Trump continued using the song at campaign rallies before and after the 2016 election.[20] According to Jagger, the band considers the use of the song as a play-out at rallies to be “odd,” given that it is a “sort of doomy ballad about drugs in Chelsea.”[21] The Trump campaign continued to use the song during 2020, the most recent use being to close his political rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma on June 20, 2020.[22] Trump was again warned by the Stones not to use their music. They said they were working with the performing rights organisation, BMI to prevent unauthorised use.[23] The Trump campaign stopped using the song soon after and began playing “Y.M.C.A.” by Village People to end his rallies instead.[24]

    LOL, I wonder what both the Stones and the Village People think about that? Maybe he should start doing Prince or George Michael tracks, as at least since they’re dead they can’t complain so much.


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  127. Daily Mail.

    Australian anti-monarchy protesters are left red-faced as it’s revealed they smeared fake blood on the WRONG coat of arms during disrespectful rampage on Day of Mourning

    Melbourne anti-monarchy protesters smeared fake blood on the wrong emblem
    Demonstrators gathered on the national day of mourning for Queen Elizabeth
    Greens Senator Lidia Thorpe gave a speech before the coat of arms was attacked
    Protesters smeared fake blood on the Portuguese coat of arms, not the British



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  128. Rabzsays:

    September 23, 2022 at 7:29 pm

    Pancho – my definition of “spruiking” is not the same as yours.

    Ah.
    In 2022 management speak you are “consulting stakeholders”.


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  129. Australian anti-monarchy protesters are left red-faced as it’s revealed they smeared fake blood on the WRONG coat of arms during disrespectful rampage on Day of Mourning

    These cockheads not noted for their research skills.


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  130. UN Human Rights Committee finds Australia violated Torres Strait Islanders’ rights by failing to protect them from climate change
    Posted 53m ago, updated 12m ago – ABC/Reuters

    Judge Mordy is now chairing UN committees?


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  131. UN Human Rights Committee finds Australia violated Torres Strait Islanders’ rights by failing to protect them from climate change

    Let them seek refuge from the rising seas in Martha’s Vineyard.


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