1,512 thoughts on “Open Thread – Weekend 24 Sept 2022”

  1. Dr Janet on the money yet again.

    The safety police are doing us damage

    JANET ALBRECHTSEN

    A Racism Not Welcome sign that is part of a wider campaign of rolling out such signs across Sydney. Picture: Richard Dobson

    2 HOURS AGO SEPTEMBER 24, 2022

    We have crossed the line from safety to harm by using the cloak of the former to ward off the latter.

    In short, the safety police are doing us damage. Whether the safety police are confecting some bogus harm or keeping us from managing the real risk of harm, they are controlling us, causing their own form of damage. Not just to our psyche, not just to our culture or our liberal character, but there comes a point when, to be functioning, responsible individuals, we need to face the threat of harm so we can better navigate making rational decisions that keep us safe. If someone is forever looking out for us, removing every scintilla of risk, we will soon be rendered incapable of managing risk for ourselves. We will become helpless, risible victims, infantilised all the way through life from child to teenager to adult.

    The damage is being done at all levels, up and down government, federal to local, across multiple spheres from the workplace to the footy field. We are assumed to be numbskulls, every tiny directive and law aimed at the lowest common denominator. Soon enough we will all fall within that lowest common denominator, idiots needing signs to tell us our dog should not pee on a tree because urine kills plants.

    I kid you not. Woollahra council in Sydney’s eastern suburbs has new signs to that effect on a selection of large trees spanning a block or so. If only dogs could sniff which trees were deemed verboten. Instead, we must bear the indignity of being told “urine kills plants”.

    Speaking personally, if I see an area fenced off, as these areas are, I keep the dog away. That is enough of a direction for a regular brain. But, no, if we were to be recognised as responsible adults, busybody local councillors would have nothing to do. So, they treat us worse than children.

    A few streets further on, there are different signs warning us about the existence of racists, as if we are living not in Australia but in apartheid era South Africa.

    The poor residents of Heeley Street in Paddington, Sydney, along with other nearby streets, have the equivalent of a council finger pointed their way, in the form of a bright red sign next to the street sign that says: “RACISM NOT WELCOME”. The sign appears to warn us that racists live in this street and tells nasty racists they are not welcome.

    Any way you read it, one must ask why a local council is spending ratepayers’ money perpetuating some critical race obsession that presumes the suburb is infested with racists.

    We might mock Iran and its morality police. We just do it with different words and in different ways from government down. But the common word is safety. Iran’s Gasht-e Ershad, or guidance patrols, claim they are keeping their people safe. How can women – or men – be morally and physically safe if a woman’s hair and figure are not hidden?

    Closer to home, the same safety ruse appears under different guises. As one of the most egregious abusers of “safety” to control Victorians during Covid, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews might have anticipated that, sooner or later, he would be targeted by a different platoon of the safety police.

    Victoria’s First Peoples’ Assembly claimed this week the Andrews government’s election promise to rebuild the Maroondah hospital and to rename it in honour of the late queen would render the place “culturally unsafe” for Indigenous people. This is the new power game in town. Attach the word culture to safety and your claim, in the minds of a few feeble and unthinking souls, sounds twice as powerful. Levelling the “culturally unsafe” allegation is the new way of asking: when did you stop beating your wife. Never mind that Andrews has committed $1bn to build a better hospital that will save lives. Are Indigenous people really so fragile that they will be harmed by the Queen’s name on the outside of a hospital? The boy who cried wolf resonates for a reason.

    A similar accusation of something being “culturally unsafe” was made recently during an arts industry board meeting. It was deployed to pursue a personal grievance. It seems one person didn’t like the chief executive. It didn’t appear to have anything to do with safety, cultural or otherwise. This brute weaponisation of cultural safety led one board member to resign, uncomfortable with the weaponised bullying that ran counter to a board’s duty of care towards its CEO, and concerned that this perpetuation of flimsy victimhood won’t help a single Indigenous person improve their lot in life.

    As Australian republicans gird their loins for a debate about what makes a free nation, it’s worth noting that the biggest danger to our polity doesn’t emanate from our status as a constitutional monarchy. The dangers come from within, from local council diktats, bureaucratic meddling, stifling university orthodoxy, government power grabs, from people who use safety as a ruse to exert power, to bully their way to an outcome.

    Australia once prided itself on being the land of the rugged, resilient, commonsense individual. Now we lay claim to a passive mindset. It came to the fore during Covid, when we accepted lockdowns and lockups long after we were vaccinated. But our compliance has lain latent in our national DNA long before the pandemic. The daily, mundane incursions into our lives before and after Covid illustrate how ubiquitous the safety ruse has become. If we are to speak about what is culturally unsafe, it is our lackadaisical attitude towards liberty and responsibility, our aversion to even sensible risks so we can live freely and responsibly.

    Remember when, as kids, after a footy match we could run on to the fields, kicking a ball as if we were champions too. The safety police have terminated that joy lest some poor little tacker trips on the grass and grazes their knee.

    When we lose all sense of proportion, there is risk of real harm being done. On a street adjacent to the new footy stadium in Sydney, there is a 40km/h speed zone. This is not a school zone. It is a 24/7 infantilisation of people going to the footy once a week. Frankly, if you’re going to down a few beers at the game and cross the road to fill your tank at the pub, use the pedestrian crossing at the traffic lights. Managing risk is part of being an adult. And if you don’t start learning that skill as a kid, you probably never will. I’ll bet London to a brick that the safety police who have mandated a snail’s pace speed limit look left and right when they cross the road. So why would they think so little of the rest of us?

    We have lost all sense of perspective, and none of it will make us stronger, as individuals or as a society. After the queen’s death, British police had to be reminded of the right to protest. What hypocrites we are, to revere the late queen’s values while we live by a set of values that are abhorrent to hers. Even taking a public holiday on Thursday seemed disrespectful. The 96-year-old monarch was working two days before she died, and we take a day off three days after her funeral. One wonders what the queen would have made of this: two English football teams that played the weekend after the queen died are being investigated and will be “dealt with in the strongest possible terms”. There is a phrase for our times – “dealt with in the strongest possible terms.”

    Indigenous NRLW player Caitlin Moran was suspended for one game, one-fifth of the NRLW season, for a social media post where she called the queen a “dumb dog”. The post was deleted eight hours later, but the NRL’s integrity unit, much like Iran’s mullahs, was on to it. For goodness sake, an NRLW player cops a two-match suspension for a dangerous shoulder charge. The NRL could have said Moran’s comment was disrespectful, and moved on. If only “keep calm and carry on” were the motto for our age. Instead, the Newcastle Knights star will have to undergo a re-education program. I guess that won’t include a unit on freedom of expression in a liberal democracy.

    Our hysterical overreactions provide the perfect breeding ground for bullies to use safety as a weapon to control people.

    The royal family may be replete with mind-numbing protocols, but they are nothing compared with the diktats we accept daily, ones that prevent us behaving like free and responsible people. Our unroyal traits tend towards playing the victim, infantilising fear, blindly following decrees from myriad power-hungry people.

    Every age has a cohort of curtain-twitching tut-tutters, those keen to impose their controlling morals on others. Today, they don’t need to hide behind curtains. We have empowered them to run every part of our lives.



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  2. I’m not persuaded. I’m still going to vote NO!

    In today’s Oz.

    Ten questions on the voice the ‘No’ side must answer.

    The fondest hopes of both sides have evaporated. On the Yes side – my side – the notion there would not be an organised No case, that it would all be a romp in the park, has collapsed.

    GREG CRAVEN

    2 HOURS AGO SEPTEMBER 24, 2022

    Referendums are much like marriages. Sooner or later, romance is confronted by reality.

    In the lead-up to a referendum campaign, both sides revel in their own rhetoric, the wickedness of their opponents and the certainty of victory. Then the grinding slog of the campaign begins.

    We have now fully entered the campaign phase over an Indigenous voice. Certainties and courtesies are stretched. Battle lines are fully drawn.

    The fondest hopes of both sides have evaporated. On the Yes side – my side – the notion there would not be an organised No case, that it would all be a romp in the park, has collapsed. This will be as much a fight as any other referendum.

    On the No side, the idea this referendum might be strangled before birth, that it could be argued away before even being put, is over. There really will be a titanic clash of constitutional wills.

    Being positive, this clash could at least be civilised. There will be good people on both sides. Debate certainly can be sharp but it should not be jagged.

    More challenging, this is a debate that matters profoundly, not a tiff about my symbolic republic. Particularly for Indigenous Australians, someone could get seriously hurt by both campaign and outcome.

    Oddly, few people realise there is not really a No side in any referendum. Rather, there are two Yes sides for different constitutional visions. In this case, one is for constitutional recognition, the other for a Constitution free of Indigenous emphasis.

    Critically, each group bears the same onus of proof in demonstrating their proposal is cogent, compelling and will not harm the Australian polity. There is no such thing as “Just vote No”. You vote Yes to one or the other.

    So, it is entirely reasonable for each side to ask genuine questions of the other.

    This is not insult but engagement. Until now, it has been those against constitutional amendment doing the interrogating.

    But here are 10 fair questions for these opponents.

    1 Most basic, why do you think the subject of a voice is not important enough to be in the Constitution? What is your principled criterion for any inclusion? If it is indeed one of basic importance – like the founding fathers – how does the position of Indigenous people not pass the test? If you are worried about repealing the voice, that is always open to the Australian people through further referendum.

    2 Why is it always wrong to have provisions about race in a constitution? Our own Constitution has always had race provisions. Why have you not demanded their repeal? How do you explain away race aspects of other constitutional settlements, including those of great functioning democracies such as the UK, the US and Canada?

    3 Is the definition of “Indigenous person” really such a problem? Why will it matter? The voice amendment would confer no new rights of benefits. If you really are worried, why not have a suitable definition in the supporting legislation?

    4 Indeed, why are we talking only about the constitutional amendment but not the surrounding legislation? The legislation will be completely under the control of parliament, and this is where multiple guarantees and failsafes could be placed. These could cover composition of the body, its powers, procedures and priorities, just as examples.

    5 How could the voice ever actually be a third chamber of parliament? It cannot initiate, amend, reject or pass laws. It may well be influential, but that is a different thing. We would want that. Many bodies are influential: lobby groups, parliamentary committees, business, unions and so forth. None dictates.

    6 Why does the election of Indigenous members of parliament invalidate the need for a voice? Those members do not compose an internal Indigenous voice because they are not elected to represent only Indigenous people. On the contrary, they must represent all their constituents. Anything else would be a basic breach of representative democracy.

    7 Why would the High Court run amok with an Indigenous voice? The constitutional provisions would be mechanical, not thematic. They would be very like the 1967 referendum insertions, which in 50 years have never excited the court. What would be dangerous in the Constitution are broad, sweeping values. This is where amending the preamble is dangerous. How can this be advanced as an alternative to recognition?

    8 Why must every Aboriginal body end up as a repetition of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission? We have absorbed ATSIC’s painful lessons. This is where legislation can deal comprehensively with qualification, membership, terms, accountability and removal. Let’s talk.

    9 Why are we so sure that a voice would make no difference “on the ground”? On the face of it, a body specially centred on Indigenous issues should at least focus attention. But again, what about the legislation? This is where practical inquiries, processes and outcomes can be mandated for the voice. This is a better debate than a battle of cliches.

    10 Finally, what will be the consequences if the referendum fails? This really is a question for each of the two Yes cases. The bottom line is that Indigenous souls would be broken. This is not an argument to pass a bad proposal. But those putting up a plan bear a huge responsibility in bringing it to a referendum. Those opposing it carry an at least equal responsibility in seeking to defeat it.

    The bottom line is that opponents of the voice face as many – or more – pointed questions as those favouring constitutional recognition. It would be good if we could engage around some convincing answers.

    Emeritus professor Greg Craven is a constitutional lawyer and former vice-chancellor of the Australian Catholic University.



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  3. I’m not persuaded. I’m still going to vote NO!

    I would have thought that’s a given. People are saying (yes I know) this will be like poofter marriage. I’m not so sure. As always, I may be wrong. Poofter marriage was only a plebiscite, which I’m sure was part of the plan. Not the case with the Voice. Just can’t see Mr 32% carrying this off.


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  4. I haven’t been here for a while, other things going on. Paypal has been going after Toby Young and other people who hold and/or promotes views that Paypal doesn’t like. I’m a non entity but they’ve come for me. They’ve suspended my account unless I provide them with political information about myself. I’m not going to, it’s none of their business, I can live without them. Instead of answering their impertinent questions I tried to close the account, they won’t let me do that either.

    The advent of CBDC’s will destroy free speech and every other freedom we have.


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  5. The advent of CBDC’s will destroy free speech and every other freedom we have.

    correct! Our wise rulers have long sought to massage our behaviour by indirect means – censorship, advertising, propaganda, fines, taxation etc. Now, with CBDCs, they will have the perfect enforcement tool.

    Buy guns, gold and BTC.


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  6. Snacho, below is the first page of questions, I couldn’t get past it as I won’t answer them so I don’t know what they ask after this.

    “Questions for politically exposed people
    Politically exposed people include:
    Current or former senior officials elected or appointed in the executive, legislative, administrative, military, or judicial branch of government.
    Senior officials of a major foreign political party or senior executives of a foreign government-owned commercial enterprise.
    You must complete this form if an immediate family member (including spouses, parents, siblings, children, or a spouse’s parents or siblings) or any individual publicly known to be a close personal or professional associate falls into one of the categories above.
    Questions for politically exposed people
    Politically exposed people include:
    Current or former senior officials elected or appointed in the executive, legislative, administrative, military, or judicial branch of government.
    Senior officials of a major foreign political party or senior executives of a foreign government-owned commercial enterprise.
    You must complete this form if an immediate family member (including spouses, parents, siblings, children, or a spouse’s parents or siblings) or any individual publicly known to be a close personal or professional associate falls into one of the categories above.
    Please answer the questions below.
    Do you hold a position of public trust or political office?
    Are you associated with or related to someone in the public trust or political office?”


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  7. Looks like Solar Flare Apocalypse has been postponed.

    The traditional way to deal with a failure to deliver the EOTW on time is to:

    1) Announce a new date after a recalculation of the numbers
    2) When it fails to arrive again, announce the apoca-lips is ‘coming shortly’ without giving a specific date.


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  8. We have not absorbed ATSIC’s ‘painful lessons’ we’ve diluted them, made them harder to see, the nepotism, corruption, doing nothing constructive just continues in hundreds of this and that corporations and councils.
    I’m just for democracy and fully engaging all Australians in one voice.


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  9. A bit sad this morning.

    Anticipating the Solar Flare Apocalypse we drank all of the wine-rack dry. And we’re still here.

    Alos missed the discussion of Ian Dury and the Blockheads. A magnificent band. Mrs TE hates them so I can’t play them too much. She also hates Supertramp, Jimmy Buffet, and – after one song – Led Zeppelin.


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  10. Top Endersays:

    September 24, 2022 at 7:09 am

    A bit sad this morning.

    Anticipating the Solar Flare Apocalypse we drank all of the wine-rack dry. And we’re still here.

    So it just feels like the EOTW?


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  11. It would be interesting if Osama’s family was involved in slavering out his wife’s ancestors, bern.

    It would also be totally impossible [if we accept that Obama Sr. was a Kenyan] since all the slaves sent to the Americas were from West Africa.


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  12. Zerohedge article on the financial trajectory of the west:

    math, history and common sense have shown us (from the Ming Dynasty or 3rd century Rome, to 18th century France, 20th century Weimar and 21st century America) that all debt-soaked, decadent and fiscally wayward nations destroy their fiat currencies without exception, and the “modern” West will be no exception.

    Not at all.



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  13. I longed for the EOTW in that immigration queue. And the taxi queue. And the queue at the hotel.

    Now I’ll have to queue up to enter dreamland. I just know it.


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  14. Duk, ammo is a better investment. Low value items for small purchases.
    I seem to recall arms are never in short supply only ammo. You can only shot with one weapon at a time. Rural people are in a much better position as their mindset is on doing real things not paper shuffling. Skills are much more valuable than things.


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  15. Looks like PayPal is using concern about forren influence to bypass discrimation laws. There are other alternatives that can’t afford to shed customers like they are.


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  16. The problem with the “NO” side is that Peter Dutton will have to lead it.
    Now, that woulda bin a good idea before he embraced Nuclear Power and pissed off all the Martha’s Vineyard type voters, plus everyone else with a brain.


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  17. Looks like PayPal is using concern about forren influence to bypass discrimation laws

    Or they could just be complying with Foreign Influence Law.
    There was no question of political belief. Just, “are you connected with a politician?”.


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  18. sfw, is that PayPal US or PayPal Australia?
    If you want to engage with any financial institution in Oz these days they put you through the wringer.
    I few years back I put money into a US private equity transaction via an Australian based feeder fund.
    That transaction is now in the harvesting stage & a few months ago I had to go through a whole questionnaire process that wasn’t in place when the money went in.
    Similar questions about being a politically exposed person, source of funds etc etc which had to be completed otherwise funds wouldn’t have been paid out.


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  19. Every institution (apart from the buy now pay later swamp) is running scared of an AUSTRAC knock on the door so are getting as much information as possible under the guise of the CRS & AML regulations.
    Not sure how comfortable one should be about that after the Optus balls up.


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  20. My cyber insurance premium was just over 2k, which was tacked on to the rest of the insurance package (PS which was up 20% over the previous year).
    Only six months in & the broker has already prepared us for that to be doubling next year.


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  21. FTB, PayPal Australia, I’ve had the account for many years, so why now? Have you or anyone you know had their account suspended and asked questions like this? Why me? I have dabbled around the edges of politics, unsuccessfully, I wasn’t selling what the voters wanted, but even if you had my name I doubt that anyone would know me.

    Sancho “There was no question of political belief. Just, “are you connected with a politician?”.” That’s the first question, who knows what comes after it, plus they would ask in such a way so as to avoid seeming to discriminate on the grounds of politics etc. They’re smart and cunning, whatever they do will be done in such a way that they can’t be accused of partisanship.

    Plus what does the above question have to do with foreign investment? No mention of anything like that.


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  22. GreyRangasays:
    September 24, 2022 at 7:25 am
    Duk, ammo is a better investment. Low value items for small purchases.
    I seem to recall arms are never in short supply only ammo. You can only shot with one weapon at a time. Rural people are in a much better position as their mindset is on doing real things not paper shuffling. Skills are much more valuable than things.

    Geeez, glad I went to Tech School rather than the fagggy high school back in the day.


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  23. flyingduksays:
    September 24, 2022 at 6:53 am
    The advent of CBDC’s will destroy free speech and every other freedom we have.

    correct! Our wise rulers have long sought to massage our behaviour by indirect means – censorship, advertising, propaganda, fines, taxation etc. Now, with CBDCs, they will have the perfect enforcement tool.

    Buy guns, gold and BTC.

    Wats the point of BTC when they turn your power off for misgendering a mentally ill person?


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  24. Distance from Mombasa Kenya to Dakar, main Slaving Port in West Africa:
    6,626.8 kilometres.
    So, no, Obama’s ancestors weren’t involved in trafficking his wife’s ancestors to the Americas.


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  25. Full disclosure, I have zero exposure to crypto.
    The fact that the crypto market has shrunk from $US3trill to around $US1trill and there have been zero liquidity issues or collapses within the banking universe demonstrates that crypto really is decentralised & outside the traditional/legacy ecosystem.


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  26. Trading slaves was a tradition across Africa long before European arrived.

    Perhaps, but trading slaves across Africa [6,626.8 k.],
    you’re not seriously suggesting that happened, are you?


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  27. Speaking of slavery, the father of the RAN, Admiral William Rooke Creswell, carried a bullet around inside him to the grave, received while in action against slave traders.


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  28. Same sex marriage vote was not a plebiscite, it was a dodgy opinion survey. 15.5m eligible voters, 10.5m counted, 6.5m “yes”. But wait, there’s more… Millions of votes disallowed for things such as writing “no” on the envelope or on the ballot paper but outside of the tick boxes. 6.5 of 15.5 is c.40% (so it’s a no) but 6.5 of 10.5 is c.64% so it’s a yes. And that 60+% is what “they” quote.
    In swift, back of the envelope calculations, 100% of pregnancies… and 0% from…
    Love is love but it certainly isn’t reproduction. And def not the thin end


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  29. She won against her rival, Senator Kristina Keneally, and delivered a punishing 18 per cent swing against Labor in a seat it has held without intermission since its creation in 1984.

    I live in FOWLER .. haven’t heard or seen, locally, one thing about/from her since she was elected ..!


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  30. Woke Commercials

    On a not wholly unrelated matter, catching a Gillette TVC had me wondering what
    the bloke with a Porsche and a pony tail from Marketing who thought up “lubra strip”
    will do if somebody woke notices.


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  31. Duk, ammo is a better investment. Low value items for small purchases.

    That base is covered…
    my rule of thumb, upon acquiring any firearm, is to simultaneously acquire enough ammunition to wear it out 😉


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  32. “I haven’t been here for a while, other things going on. Paypal has been going after Toby Young and other people who hold and/or promotes views that Paypal doesn’t like. I’m a non entity but they’ve come for me. They’ve suspended my account unless I provide them with political information about myself. I’m not going to, it’s none of their business, I can live without them. Instead of answering their impertinent questions I tried to close the account, they won’t let me do that either.

    The advent of CBDC’s will destroy free speech and every other freedom we have.’

    I agree sfw (and nice to see you). I blogged here about Toby Young and PayPal two days ago. Yes, it is shocking and we should be alarmed. The tech noose is tightening. I don’t use PayPay just like I don’t use Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or TikTok. But here’s the thing, Toby Young and his free FSU aren’t the first victims of malevolent big tech. PayPal has been going after “certain” people for the last six years, shutting down their accounts and terminating services. Why? Because almost all the people targeted are invariably on the right. You might ask who? Well, such people who are considered to be on the fringe, and are always on the right, names as Milo, Gavin McInnes, Alex Jones, Katie Hopkins, Tommy Robinson, Laura Loomer and so on.

    Yesterday Katie Hopkins uploaded a piece where she spoke about what happened to her account with PayPal. She was kicked off PayPal four years ago after Trump retweeted one of her tweets. Did Toby Young and the mainstream right come to her defence? Nope. You should listen to her Youtube piece sfw. Hopkins is very gracious to Young and yet I have no doubt she’s experiencing some schadenfreude and she’s right to do so. Why? Because Young and his Free Speech Union, who do great work and of which I’m a member, actually don’t stand up for all free speech. They’ve refused to stand up and defend the likes of Hopkins and Robinson. So in other words they’re cowards when it comes to some issues. Clearly, even to Young and his FSU, some issues and some people are verboten. However, either free speech means standing up for all free speech or it means nothing. Just like here, when Bettina Arndt was being slowly crucified in broad daylight, culminating in the infamous February 2020 senate censure of her, our so called free speech organisation, the IPA, stood by and said nothing. Roskam and his organisation refused to publicly defend Arndt. It is something for which I’ll never forgive the IPA for.

    As I’ve long argued here, when LINO’s, RINO’s, CINO’s and all the other cowards on the centre and the right have stood by, said nothing, shrugged their shoulders and even laughed when tech companies went after, shut down and silenced the “unpalatable” such as Milo, Katie and Tommy, they’ve simply emboldened the left and companies such as PayPal. Either one takes a stand for free speech, even for the “unpalatable”, or free speech is meaningless and the censors will end up coming for you and this is precisely what has happened with Toby Young, his FSU and his website “The Daily Sceptic”.


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  33. flyingduksays:
    September 24, 2022 at 8:11 am
    Duk, ammo is a better investment. Low value items for small purchases.

    That base is covered…
    my rule of thumb, upon acquiring any firearm, is to simultaneously acquire enough ammunition to wear it out ?

    What ammo is best?


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  34. “I live in FOWLER .. haven’t heard or seen, locally, one thing about/from her since she was elected ..!”

    So you would have preferred Eddie’s girl?


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  35. “I live in FOWLER .. haven’t heard or seen, locally, one thing about/from her since she was elected ..!”
    You’ve made this comment several times now.
    Why don’t you contact her office and get on her email list?


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  36. “You’ve made this comment several times now.
    Why don’t you contact her office and get on her email list?”

    Exactly.

    Oh and I haven’t seen or heard Princess Allegra since the election. However I will be contacting her office next week about an issue. I will report back.


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  37. Wats the point of BTC when they turn your power off for misgendering a mentally ill person?

    tongue on cheek, perhaps, but the ‘what if they turn the power off’ question deserves to be answered. Said answer being: BTC is a decentralised global network, and to kill BTC that way would require the abolition of *all* electricity – forever, and if that happens, your BTC is the last of your problems. Even ‘turning off the internet’ would only work if it’s done *everywhere, forever* so the same comment applies.


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  38. feelthebern says:
    September 24, 2022 at 7:32 am

    sfw, is that PayPal US or PayPal Australia?

    Similar questions about being a politically exposed person, source of funds etc etc which had to be completed otherwise funds wouldn’t have been paid out.

    That question, as far as I know, has been around for the last 8 to 10 years, at least, that’s when I was first asked the same along with a few others including tax file numbers.


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  39. Cassie, agree completely. I have seen the Hopkins video, I subscribe to her channel. I’m just amazed that they’re now looking at the bottom of the conservative/libertarian food chain. How far will they go?


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  40. flyingduksays:
    September 24, 2022 at 8:20 am
    Wats the point of BTC when they turn your power off for misgendering a mentally ill person?

    tongue on cheek, perhaps, but the ‘what if they turn the power off’ question deserves to be answered. Said answer being: BTC is a decentralised global network, and to kill BTC that way would require the abolition of *all* electricity – forever, and if that happens, your BTC is the last of your problems. Even ‘turning off the internet’ would only work if it’s done *everywhere, forever* so the same comment applies.

    BTC only derives its value in fiat bro. The true purpose of BTC is to get people like yourself use to it. Once they have us all on digital currency, they wont need to turn off the power. They will just turn YOU off.

    Cash is the only thing keeping them from doing this and the reason why they are trying to ban it. Martin North is fully aware of this.


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  41. I live in FOWLER .. haven’t heard or seen, locally, one thing about/from her since she was elected ..!

    Same experience down south. Love to turn up for photo op’s and express deep concern and do nothing else.


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  42. Gabor says:
    September 24, 2022 at 8:24 am

    That question, as far as I know, has been around for the last 8 to 10 years, at least, that’s when I was first asked the same along with a few others including tax file numbers.

    PS, It was a entity in the US, not PayPal.


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    Mombassa is a slaving port run by Arabs in Kenya. Kenya is on the right hand side.

    As for Obama’s ancestors, his tribe were referred to as the fish eaters because they lived on a lake and had no cattle. They get no respect in Kenya from the locals as a result. Latterly they were regarded as being no good for the public service as they weren’t equipped for the rigours of it. Sounds like the type that might get rounded up if you think about it.


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  44. “I live in FOWLER .. haven’t heard or seen, locally, one thing about/from her since she was elected ..!”

    What do you expect? Are there any burning local issues that she should intervene in? Other than self congratulatory glossy brochures every 6 months I haven’t heard of anything my local members have done for the last 30 years with the one exception of where I am now. He has been campaigning for the direct heavy rail link to Maroochydore since being elected.


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  45. The CDC is just plain evil……………

    The MIS debate has parallels to another vaccine injury, myocarditis, that claimed the life of Ernesto Ramirez Jr., 16, five days after his Pfizer mRNA shot. The boy’s father, Ernesto Sr., has campaigned to gain recognition for the condition, with an FDA official telling him at one point, “This is a situation we are all going through.” Maybe so.

    But as myocarditis cases piled up, the government’s denial of vaccine-caused heart damage was intense. A major paper was withdrawn under pressure, and a Centers for Disease Control article disputed the vaccine role in the deaths of two boys. Today, the CDC acknowledges the vaccine-myocarditis link, even if asserting it is “rarely” reported. Doctors know now to look for it. Research has suggested it is more prevalent than first thought.

    On multisystem inflammatory syndrome, the FDA Zoom meeting ultimately turned on a simple question: How many pediatric cases, of a condition that cripples multiple bodily systems, are too many?

    But here’s the rub. If a disabled child with MIS had a hint of having had Covid—a common reality of a highly imperfect vaccine—the case is tossed to the “not-the-vaccine” pile.

    https://www.trialsitenews.com/a/fda-to-vax-injured-we-got-nothin-4787d18b


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  46. Look, I don’t have any expectations that Spender will knock on every door in the electorate. I was on Sharma’s email list because I rang his office and gave them my email address. I also have run into Sharma on the street and have spoken to him about a number of issues. Goodness me, I didn’t even vote for Spender, however I would imagine that when I ring her office and provide her staff with my email address I will get monthly updates.

    shatterzzz, why don’t you do the same?


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  47. “I live in FOWLER .. haven’t heard or seen, locally, one thing about/from her since she was elected ..!”

    You’ve made this comment several times now.
    Why don’t you contact her office and get on her email list?

    She was puffed as an Independent, but there wasn’t anything independent about the very friendly question she asked a Labor Party Minister in Question Time.
    She’s a Labor Hack, people in Fowler woulda been better off voting Keneally in, and even more better off voting the Liberal in.


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  48. Jo Nova – PETA calls for female sex strike to save the planet from storms caused by steak and sausages

    The PETA-FemoNazi recipe to stop floods and hot weekends is to demand men give up meat or live without sex. There’s no more persuasion for civilization — according to PETA it’s their way or the highway, and most men must be too stupid to realize the PETA powers of climate prophesy are unquestionable. After all, there’s no chance that animal activists could be fooled by emotional soppy propaganda pushed by Global bankers, billionaires and UN industrial cartels, right? PETA can tell those moist adiabatic lapse rates from the missing tropospheric hot spots. If only men could too!

    PETA strays so far out their lane they end up in orbit. They alternately blame bad weather on meat-eating, then on men, on toxic masculinity and then they blame the babies too. It’s breathtaking in grandiose, overbearing, imperious intolerance. Apparently omnivorous men don’t deserve to have babies. A ban on procreation for meat-eating-men would be… purposeful. They actually say that. Your value to the world is measured in tons of carbon. A bit like a farm animal really? Except PETA select for small and obedient.

    Bottom line: It’s noble to treat your significant other as a cheap political toy, but remember, be nice to animals. That’s ethics the PETA way.


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  49. Big_Nambassays:
    September 24, 2022 at 8:32 am
    The CDC is just plain evil……………

    What’s got me fucked is that they fought tooth and nail to deny natural immunity even is a biological reality and the Sheep(TM) fell for it. The CDC would make snake oil salesmen blush with the amount of shit spewing out of their mouths.


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  50. A little boy was doing his maths homework.

    He said to himself “Two plus five, the son of bitch is seven. Three plus six, the son of bitch is nine…”

    His mother heard what he was saying and gasped “What are you doing?” The little boy answered “I’m doing my maths homework, mum”. “And this is how your teacher taught you to do it??” the mother asked. “Yes” he answered.

    Infuriated, the mother asked the teacher the next day “What are you teaching my son in maths?” The teacher replied “Right now, we are learning addition”. The mother asked “And are you teaching them to say two plus two, the son of bitch is four?”

    After the teacher stopped laughing, she answered “What I taught them was, two plus two, THE SUM OF WHICH, is four”.


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  51. My local member does regular meet and greets around the electorate at shopping centres, railway stations etc, I’ve seen him but never spoken to him.
    His office has responded to the three or four emails I’ve sent, a couple of times reply was from him personally.
    He’s alright.


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  52. “She’s a Labor Hack, people in Fowler woulda been better off voting Keneally in, and even more better off voting the Liberal in.”

    Dick Ed, go back to sleep.


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  53. Re The closing monologue from the BBC and so on…

    Anyone know of a TV compilation of the Queen’s funeral etc? We were flying back from the USA when it was on and Mrs TE wants to inspect it…


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  54. Bottom line: It’s noble to treat your significant other as a cheap political toy, but remember, be nice to animals. That’s ethics the PETA way.

    From the Comments

    I have a feeling this article will spawn a lot of hilarious comments.

    – In the interests of equality lady carnivores should note sausage is now off the menu.

    – I’m a member of the other group, People Eating Tasty Animals, as is my delightful wife.

    – Historical reminder …there are no cave paintings of salads.

    and Finally

    OK, I’ll do it seeing as nobody else has:

    If God didn’t want us to eat animals, why did he make them out of meat?


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  55. The UK actually has a good system where politicians have monthly meetings/meet ups with their constituents. It’s called “surgery”, if you want to meet your local member and have a word with him or her then you go along however, remember after what happened last year to Sir David Ames? Remember how he was slashed to death by one of those cockroaches* with “legitimate grievances”. I’m not sure if they have done any since.

    * I shouldn’t insult cockroaches.


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  56. What do you expect? Are there any burning local issues that she should intervene in? Other than self congratulatory glossy brochures every 6 months I haven’t heard of anything my local members have done for the last 30 years with the one exception of where I am now. He has been campaigning for the direct heavy rail link to Maroochydore since being elected.

    It was just a statement! .. but for expansion ….. that 18% was mainly due to the Cabramatta Vietnamese voting for one of their own .. something that hasn’t been available to them before .. also Dai Le was fully supported by Fairfield Council run by “Independent” Mayor, Frank Carbone, .. Fairfield Council is “independent” in name only .. it is fully LABOR but changed tack to try and shed the reputation gained in the Obeid/Tripodi era ..
    come the NSW State elections next year the Labor member for Cabramatta, Nick Lalich ( Fairfield Labor mayor before Carbone) is expected to retire and Carbone will run for the State seat .. to win he will need the Dai Le Vietnamese support backing …. quid pro quo! ..
    It’s all just a game of thrones out here .. the people are there to vote not want … LOL!


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  57. Top Endersays:
    September 24, 2022 at 8:44 am
    Re The closing monologue from the BBC and so on…

    Anyone know of a TV compilation of the Queen’s funeral etc? We were flying back from the USA when it was on and Mrs TE wants to inspect it…

    There is loads and loads of this on You Tube.


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  58. Ten questions on the voice the ‘No’ side must answer.

    Has anyone replied to Janet Albrechtsen’s questions on the voice? I refuse to capitalise voice as it does not merit it.


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  59. California Cannot Keep the Lights on, Now Wants to Ban Natural Gas Appliances

    Just two weeks ago, California Governor Gavin Newsom begged owners of electric vehicles not to charge their cars so that the power grid in the state would not be overwhelmed after days of record-breaking heat.

    Our governor is a running joke, and this debacle only added to the speed, as my colleague Sister Toldjah wrote:

    Connecting the dots is not a strong suit of Newsom or his appointees, so, despite reality throwing a roadblock, his administration is full-steam ahead on an emissions-free, fully electrified California by 2035. On the heels of CARB outlawing the sale of diesel-powered trucks because they are racist, the latest convenience to be eliminated because it supposedly impacts minority communities is natural gas appliances.

    Americans may think California and Newsom are a joke, but he is deadly serious about becoming president, so he can inflict his leadership on the rest of the country.

    Consider yourself warned.


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  60. The bottom line is that opponents of the voice face as many – or more – pointed questions as those favouring constitutional recognition.

    The bottom line, Dr. Craven, is that privileging one group over the majority on the basis of race is fundamentally inconsistent with our democratic principles.


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  61. Americans may think California and Newsom are a joke, but he is deadly serious about becoming president, so he can inflict his leadership on the rest of the country.

    Consider yourself warned.

    California will eventually end up in the Pacific Ocean and it can’t happen soon enough.


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  62. Americans may think California and Newsom are a joke, but he is deadly serious about becoming president, so he can inflict his leadership on the rest of the country.

    The west has grown wealthy and in the process has become soft, stupid and corrupt. That anyone votes for fuckwits like newsom is the end game of this process.


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  63. What ammo is best? All of them, but of course you knew that. For you .177.

    If you’re looking at worst case scenario’s and you’re not using 22LR, .223 and/or .308, your assessment is flawed.

    The reasoning is obvious.


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  64. H B Bear says:
    September 24, 2022 at 3:07 am
    I’m not persuaded. I’m still going to vote NO!
    I would have thought that’s a given. People are saying (yes I know) this will be like poofter marriage. I’m not so sure. As always, I may be wrong. Poofter marriage was only a plebiscite, which I’m sure was part of the plan. Not the case with the Voice. Just can’t see Mr 32% carrying this off.

    Yes, a referendum is far different from plebiscite, it will be scrutinised far more stringently and all voters will be required to attend, you can then vote or not or just mark your ballot with a rude message.

    The gay marriage plebiscite was voluntary and even then I think there was creative counting.

    Even so I think it’s going to be a near thing, the young people have been cowed into cultural compliance and a hatred of their own culture.


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  65. The bottom line, Dr. Craven, is that privileging one group over the majority on the basis of race is fundamentally inconsistent with our democratic principles.

    After the last idiocy of privileging one minute group(queers and the alphabet cohort) over another (normies) with the slippery slope of SSM, I’m convinced the majority of Australians are airheads. So don’t be surprised if this gets up.


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  66. President Trump MAGA Rally, Wilmington, North Carolina – 7:00pm ET Livestream

    September 23, 2022 | Sundance

    Tonight President Donald J Trump is holding a Save America Rally in Wilmington, North Carolina. The venue is the Aero Center at Wilmington International Airport and President Trump is scheduled to deliver remarks at 7:00pm ET.

    President Trump, is traveling to North Carolina to support Ted Budd, Republican Nominee for U.S. Senate from North Carolina, and the entire North Carolina republican ticket. Rumble livestream Links Below.


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  67. If the left want something it is always to increase their power over conservatives and move there agenda another step. For this reason alone, conservatives should vote no to their so called ‘voice’.


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  68. calli says:
    September 24, 2022 at 7:20 am
    I longed for the EOTW in that immigration queue. And the taxi queue. And the queue at the hotel.

    Now I’ll have to queue up to enter dreamland. I just know it.

    Calli, the longest immigration queue I was ever made to endure was when getting off a cruise ship in Fort Lauderdale. The queue started on the ship, over the gangway, though all the walkways and corridors and then the immigration hall. There were a lot of grumbles, one passenger even commented that we should have got in over the Rio Grande, no waiting there.


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  69. So don’t be surprised if this gets up.

    The reason for Craven’s piece is that he’s seen the polls and he’s realised it’s not likely to get up.

    Being a gentleman and a scholar he’s at least made an argument for his case; others will just shout “If you don’t vote Yes you’re a racist!”.


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  70. I’m convinced the majority of Australians are airheads. So don’t be surprised if this gets up.

    That’s a bit harsh, Makka.

    The circus is what puts people of from getting involved.


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  71. Biden’s America Is Running on Empty

    U.S. petroleum reserves haven’t been this low since 1984.

    Less than two years into his presidency, President Biden has released more oil from the nation’s Strategic Petroleum Reserve than all previous presidents combined. To date, Mr. Biden has allowed over 200 million barrels to be withdrawn—more than 30% of the total reserve he inherited, intended to be used in case of urgent need. The SPR is at its lowest level since 1984, when U.S. oil consumption was considerably less and the reserve was initially being stocked. Mr. Biden’s rapid depletion of the SPR is a national-security risk.

    Even before Russia invaded Ukraine in February, Mr. Biden had been aggressively tapping the SPR. There have been only three previous emergency releases: 17.3 million barrels during Operation Desert Storm in 1991, 20.8 million barrels following Hurricane Katrina in 2005, and 30.6 million barrels following military intervention in Libya in 2011.

    The SPR was established in 1975, following the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries’ oil embargo, to mitigate supply disruptions. The reserve is further enshrined in a multilateral agreement between the U.S. and 30 other countries of the International Energy Agency, with each country having “an obligation to hold oil stocks equivalent to at least 90 days of net oil imports.”

    America consumes about 20 million barrels of oil and other petroleum products each day. It produces 11.3 million barrels of crude oil domestically and imports another 8.5 million barrels of oil and petroleum products. As a slight net exporter of petroleum, U.S. trade fluctuations make it difficult to calculate an ideal amount of petroleum reserves. Mr. Biden’s rapid SPR depletion, however, means the current supply would cover only about 50 days if imports suddenly ceased, putting America’s economy and security at risk.

    Also troubling is Mr. Biden’s business with dubious regimes. He sold SPR oil to China and continued importing Russian oil weeks after the Ukraine invasion. He pandered to Saudi Arabia for oil, after promising to make the country a “pariah,” and courted Venezuela in a bid to increase the authoritarian regime’s production.

    Mr. Biden played a main role in creating this precarious situation with his campaign promise to “end fossil fuels.” This started with an executive order on Inauguration Day halting the Keystone XL pipeline, and it has continued with Mr. Biden essentially halting federal oil and gas leases. According to the Journal’s Sept. 4 analysis, this administration has leased fewer acres than any other administration since the end of World War II.

    This week, the White House announced plans to release another additional 10 million barrels from the SPR in early November. This could perhaps be an attempt to tamp down gasoline prices before the midterm elections.

    Mr. Biden should instead correct course by ending his war on fossil fuels and adopting an all-of-the-above approach that supports fossil fuels while also pursuing energy sources with low carbon emissions. Until then, he will be putting ill-conceived campaign promises before American energy security.

    Mr. Zemek formerly traded energy stocks as a licensed NASDAQ trader and served as a senior official at the U.S. Commerce Department from 2017-19.


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  72. Dickless

    So, no, Obama’s ancestors weren’t involved in trafficking his wife’s ancestors to the Americas.

    But were they involved in trafficking slaves to the Middle East, a trade that still continues?


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  73. An important and very well publicised murder trial was soon to begin.

    In preparation for the trial, the tiresome jury selection process took place, each side hotly contesting and dismissing potential jurors.

    One prospective juror, Dan O’Keefe, was called for his question session.

    He was asked “Property holder?” Dan replied “Yes, I am, Your Honour”.

    Then he was asked “Married or single?” Dan responded “Married for twenty years, Your Honour”.

    Then the judge asked “Formed or expressed an opinion?” Dan stated with certainty “Not in twenty years, Your Honour”.


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  74. So don’t be surprised if this gets up.

    I’m hoping I’m wrong, but I’m betting it will get up. There will be a long and maudlin “yes” campaign, urging us to heal the wrongs done to our indigenous brothers and sisters, how they were “flora and fauna” before 1967, not citizens, denied the right to vote and subjected to apartheid. Colour me surprised when it all turns into ATSIC Mark 2.


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  75. A third of vacancies within the city of Hanover will be reserved exclusively for migrant applicants, new proposals praised by the local Green party have revealed.

    “A green mayor makes the difference!” wrote Turkish-born Filiz Polat, the managing director of the Greens parliamentary group, in a tweet on Wednesday, which confirmed that “by the end of 2026, a third of all newly advertised positions in the city should be filled by applicants with a migration background.”


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  76. DOJ: 47 in Minnesota’s Somali Community Charged with Stealing $250M in COVID-19 Funds from Child Nutrition Program

    Forty-seven individuals, primarily in Minneapolis, Minnesota’s large Somali community, have been charged for their roles in allegedly stealing $250 million in COVID-19 federal funds meant for a child nutrition program.

    According to federal prosecutors, the 47 individuals charged across six indictments and three criminal informations committed conspiracy, wire fraud, bribery, and money laundering when they defrauded millions from the Federal Child Nutrition Program during the Chinese coronavirus pandemic.

    Specifically, the 47 individuals allegedly used COVID-19 changes to the Federal Child Nutrition Program to oversee the massive fraud scheme via the Minneapolis-based Feeding Our Future and the for-profit restaurants as well as the food distribution services sponsored by the nonprofit.

    From the Comments

    – Import third world savages and get third world problems.
    – I’m seeing a pattern in the names of these defendants, but I can’t quite figure out what it is.
    – Give out taxpayer money like candy and soon you will be saying…, “Some people did something.”.



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  77. Must be difficult for academics. Getting option pieces published that don’t make them look too foolish, support the team and still have their colleagues talk to them at morning tea in the common room.


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  78. Oh, and don’t forget “World’s oldest living culture” – despite the fact that the oldest living culture is actually that of the San bushmen of Southern Africa – over 100,000 years.


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  79. Stocks Plunge Again, Pushing S&P 500 Below Where It Was When Biden Took Office

    Investors sold off stocks on Friday morning, putting the major indexes on pace for another losing week and at levels below where they were when President Joe Biden took office on January 20, 2021.

    The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell more than 700 points on Friday, a 2.4 percent decline, to 29,371. If stocks were to close at these levels, this would be the first close below 30,000 since June. On the day Biden was inaugurated, the Dow closed at 30,930.52.

    The S&P fell 2.4 percent to 3,667, below the 3,799 level it hit on inauguration day. The Nasdaq Composite declined by around 2.4 percent to 10,808. When Biden took office it was at 13,197.


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  80. Razeysays:
    September 24, 2022 at 9:04 am
    If the left want something it is always to increase their power over conservatives and move there agenda another step. For this reason alone, conservatives should vote no to their so called ‘voice’.

    There is as yet nothing to vote on. No wording, no anything. So what is the Voice?


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  81. https://sfbike.org/resources/bike-security-and-locking/#considerations

    STOLEN BIKES

    Bike Theft and Policing:
    Black and brown people are often deeply harmed or even killed by interactions with the police, and the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition decided in 2020 to end any formal relationship with SFPD. Because policing is interwoven into nearly all current solutions to bike theft, some of our recommendations do involve minimal contact with the police, but we identify those and try to propose alternatives. We encourage everyone to consider the potential impact to human life of involving the police in any situation.


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  82. OldOzziesays:
    September 24, 2022 at 9:16 am
    Stocks Plunge Again, Pushing S&P 500 Below Where It Was When Biden Took Office

    Investors sold off stocks on Friday morning, putting the major indexes on pace for another losing week and at levels below where they were when President Joe Biden took office on January 20, 2021.

    The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell more than 700 points on Friday, a 2.4 percent decline, to 29,371. If stocks were to close at these levels, this would be the first close below 30,000 since June. On the day Biden was inaugurated, the Dow closed at 30,930.52.

    The S&P fell 2.4 percent to 3,667, below the 3,799 level it hit on inauguration day. The Nasdaq Composite declined by around 2.4 percent to 10,808. When Biden took office it was at 13,197.

    Dribbling Joe Biden is the Manchurian Candidate.


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  83. ” So what is the Voice?”

    The Voice is Lidia Thorpe’ Voice.

    The Voice is Marcia Langton’s Voice.

    The Voice is all the other race grifter’s Voice.

    Let’s call it what it really truly is….”Agenda”. It’s the Agenda from the Heart. It’s the Agenda to make non-indigenous Australians second class citizens. It’s apartheid. It’s racism on steroids.

    Vote NO to the Agenda.

    Vote NO to a republic.


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  84. Must be difficult for academics. Getting option pieces published that don’t make them look too foolish, support the team and still have their colleagues talk to them at morning tea in the common room.

    I disagree with him on this & the republic, but Craven is his own man.

    Wrote a character reference for Pell for his sentencing hearing.


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  85. 0.177 is best for cheap eating.

    If you mean 17HMR, I agree, if you mean the airgun pellet, not so much. I’ve lost plenty of rabbits after even 22LR hits, but none after 17HMRs.


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  86. Wrote a character reference for Pell for his sentencing hearing.

    Did not know that. I just lumped him in with the usual constitutional and bill of rights crew.


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  87. Yesterday Katie Hopkins uploaded a piece where she spoke about what happened to her account with PayPal. She was kicked off PayPal four years ago after Trump retweeted one of her tweets. Did Toby Young and the mainstream right come to her defence? Nope.

    Toby Young always gave off the holier-than-thou aura and only considered those he liked as deserving of free speech. Can’t say I really care what happens to him as in essence he did not promote free speech. Basically, he is a snob and real free speech practitioners like Katie and Tommy Robinson are just peasants, not “us”. Well Toby, now you are not “us” either.


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  88. Some contributors above think “The Voice” referendum will succeed.
    I can tell you from my location here, not many black fellas will vote yes, or bother voting at all. There are more pressing concerns, like work and caring for family.
    The only way I see the referendum succeeding is for white academics in leafy inner city enclaves and black fellas with many fingers in many pies (looking at you Tan Grant, Lidia Thorpe) to vote yes.
    Personally I will vote no. There are enough voices in Parliament to advocate for issues affecting Australians. They are called your local members you vote for every 3 years.


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  89. Hiden Biden Democraps and Intellectually suspect, linguistically incontinent, and verbally incoherent VP Heels Up Harris supporting PETA

    No more steak. Ordering out less. Here’s how inflation is squeezing American diets.

    John Harriger loves a good steak, but these days it’s an expense he can no longer afford.

    The 66-year-old Virginian has been living off Social Security since a work-related back injury in 1994. That’s $1,800 a month total for Harriger and his wife.

    With grocery prices up 13.5% over the past 12 months and gas prices above $3.39 a gallon, Harriger has had to make cuts. He’s down to two meals a day instead of three – typically a peanut butter and jelly sandwich for lunch and trout for dinner if a friend had a good day fishing.

    Inflation is hurting food budgets

    With inflation rates hovering near 40-year highs, Americans are feeling squeezed.

    August’s inflation levels were up 8.3% from a year ago. Meanwhile, the inflation-adjusted median U.S. household income was essentially unchanged from 2020 to 2021.

    Consumers are paying 11% more for overall food items than they did a year ago, according to the monthly Consumer Price Index report, released Sept. 13.

    But the prices of many staples rose much higher than that, particularly for items that used to be cheaper options for families looking to save.

    A sample of price increases from August 2021 to August 2022:

    Dairy and related products: 16.2%
    Cereals and bakery: 16.4%%.
    Eggs: 39.8%.
    Flour: 23.3%.
    Butter and margarine: 29.3%.

    And it will probably get worse before it gets better, the report said. Americans can expect to continue paying more for almost all food items, according to the USDA’s Food Prices Outlook for 2022, whether you cook meals at home, dine out or buy food elsewhere.


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  90. Sovereignty was never ceded. I accept the invitation extended to all Australians through the Uluru Statement from the Heart to walk with us in a movement of Australian people for a better future.

    From BB’s link.

    I could argue that a race that saw themselves as being of the land, not owning that land, might not have had sovereignty to cede in the first place….


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  91. on student rorts.

    a couple of years ago, the youngest got 2 credit points for going to a resort in Bali where she listened to a week of communist propaganda.

    they even paid for the flights and accommodation


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  92. Cohenite, I can’t understand why you would suggest to change the GG’s title to El Presidento.

    If I understand correctly what you said, the Australia Act of 1986 removes the GG’s powers to ceremonial only?

    Surely, the GG still has the reserve powers because of the connection to the Crown. And by changing the name that, presumably, would no longer require the Queen’s assent to the PM’s nomination – so a big change.


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  93. rosie says:
    September 24, 2022 at 7:43 am
    You can’t please all of the people all of the time.
    Murray-Darling Basin plan: Victoria will struggle to meet water delivery obligations by deadline

    The Barmah Choke is a geological feature that cannot be wished away by the green vote barrel stuffers in South Australia. It restricts flow to a maximum of 7,000 ML per day. The bulk of the water harvested and stored in Victoria is upstream of the choke.
    You either dig a big channel to swing water around the choke or you accept that starving downstream irrigators to please the house boat operators in Gawler is monumental stupidity.
    Stupidity is naturally the preferred option for the Murray Darling Basin quango.


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  94. MatrixTransform linked to a Herald Sun article. For those that don’t subscribe to da Evil Murdoch:

    Swinburne university students are being awarded points towards their degrees for working on the campaign for the Teal candidate in Hawthorn at November’s state election.

    The campaigning-for-credits deal has been endorsed by senior academics to support the candidacy of a fellow Swinburne employee, who is trying to unseat Labor MP John Kennedy who wrested the seat off the Liberals in 2018.

    Earlier this month Swinburne’s “manager of student equity” Melissa Lowe announced she was running as an Teal independent with the backing of Simon Holmes a Court whose Climate 200 group bankrolled this year’s successful Teal campaign by Monique Ryan that unseated federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg in the federal seat of Kooyong.
    The Lowe campaign operates from the same Glenferrie Rd office Dr Ryan’s campaign used.

    Within days of her announcement, politics students at the university received a message from Dr Rob Hoffman, a tutor in the Department of Social Sciences announcing that “Swinburne had lined up an interesting opportunity with Melissa Lowe” which “will combine a voluntary campaigning or research role” which would count towards their degrees.

    Students who volunteered on the campaign could be put to work doing research – including the voting records of other candidates – as well producing campaign material for Ms Lowe, in what he conceded will be an “inescapably partisan-political environment”.

    Interested students were encouraged to contact Associate Professor Christine Agius, who along with Professor Ruth Abbey, Department Chair of Social Sciences were in liaison with the Lowe campaign.

    Dr Hoffman’s message to the students said “Mel” was a running as Teal independent for the seat of Hawthorn in a campaign “focused on climate action, political integrity, gender and LGBTQI and inclusive communities, education, housing and health.”

    He said these were “themes you are already studying as part of your degree so you have expertise that can contribute to community messaging as part of Mel’s campaign!”

    Dr Hoffman’s message said the campaign was looking for two kinds of volunteers, those who had the capacity to get course credits by enrolling in a course over summer – after the election was over – and those who wanted to do general campaigning.

    Those who could enrol in the summer course would get credit by writing a report on what they had done during the election.

    The other volunteers would not get course credit but “we” are looking at aligning the volunteer work with Swinburne’s Emerging Leader Programme.

    A spokesman for Swinburne said the university was looking into the matter.


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  95. Steggles is an abomination- the slag has STUPID and NASTY written all over her. As Cassie said the former blue ribbon liberal seats and their many vile constituents (not all) are best abandoned. The future is in the outer suburbs and the regions. After all, that is where the wealth is created.


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  96. Vote NO for One Voice for All Australians!

    For shame, didn’t you read Greg Craven’s comment that “Indigenous souls will be broken” if there is no “Voice?”


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  97. Crossie, on eating & drinking and the cultures of want. Two things came to mind.

    In the other half’s early working life often he worked with a Ukrainian. He was a huge bloke. He said that as a young man he’d escaped the USSR by holding on under a train.

    He always brought to work huge amounts of food – food for more than one meal – because he said he was never sure whether on any day he’d be able to go home.


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  98. I don’t think my reasoning was flawed Mater. Yes those are obvious but you need to be able to trade with what people have in their stash.

    1. 223 and 308 are the standard military rounds, so ubiquitous and around in great quantity. Usable in military and civilian weapons.

    2. 22LR is by far the most popular of the smaller vermin weapons.

    3. From a strictly performance point of view, none of the ammo I listed is the best in its class, but they are very good, and logistics counts for a lot (if not all in an emergency).

    The Top 10 calibres across Australia

    If you have the gun, there’s plenty of ammo around for it. If you have the ammo, there is plenty of guns around in need of it.


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  99. I do not propose to comment on the Big Event that didn’t happen yesterday evening – other than to mention that if you inhaled the chemtrails, you were marked as safe.


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  100. Doesn’t China airspace appear unusually empty at the moment?
    I heard most flights have been cancelled. Coup?

    The guys here are saying there’s another massive round of COVID lockdowns underway.


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  101. sfw.
    I wasn’t doubting PayPal are arseholes, just trying to figure out what the premise of the change was.
    As I read it, if you are not a candidate or a polly, it’s a no.
    Occasional volunteers would not be the subject of Foreign Influence Laws.


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  102. duk at 6.58:

    The traditional way to deal with a failure to deliver the EOTW on time is to:

    1) Announce a new date after a recalculation of the numbers
    2) When it fails to arrive again, announce the apoca-lips is ‘coming shortly’ without giving a specific date.

    Yep. The tried and tested Faulty business model.


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  103. For shame, didn’t you read Greg Craven’s comment that “Indigenous souls will be broken” if there is no “Voice?”

    the intergenerational trauma will persist for a thousand years!


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  104. stupidity is the dna of the bugmen class

    Bright sparks in QLD Treasury implementing a land tax grab during a housing crisis.

    At the same time Palaszczuk wants people with granny flats to rent them out to strangers.


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  105. Flying Duk:

    math, history and common sense have shown us (from the Ming Dynasty or 3rd century Rome, to 18th century France, 20th century Weimar and 21st century America) that all debt-soaked, decadent and fiscally wayward nations destroy their fiat currencies without exception, and the “modern” West will be no exception.
    Not at all.

    That’s what I’ve been telling the Financial Wizard (J.C.) for the last 18 months.
    They all find different ways to get to the hyperinflation destination but they get there in the end.


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  106. Bar Beach Swimmersays:
    September 24, 2022 at 10:06 am
    Cohenite, I can’t understand why you would suggest to change the GG’s title to El Presidento.

    I suggested that to upset head prefect who I know wants to replace the GG with himself and he wants to be called the Grand Poobah.

    If I understand correctly what you said, the Australia Act of 1986 removes the GG’s powers to ceremonial only?

    No; I said the GG’s powers in the Constitution are well defined; his powers also include reserve powers which are powers by convention and have been recognised by the HC as flowing from his/her/gender inclusive’s explicit powers. Those powers do not flow from the Monarchy.

    Surely, the GG still has the reserve powers because of the connection to the Crown. And by changing the name that, presumably, would no longer require the Queen’s assent to the PM’s nomination – so a big change.

    The reserve powers do not flow from the Queen but are inferred from the explicit powers as defined in the Constitution. The HC recognises these reserve powers as being necessary to implement the explicit powers.

    The real point is The Australia Act severed all capacity for the UK to determine Australia’s laws and politics and made the Queen’s role symbolic.


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  107. H B Bearsays:

    September 24, 2022 at 8:46 am

    John Kerry looks like that weird muppet.

    Bwah ha ha ha.
    Every time his head pops up I start looking for Stadler and Waldorf.


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  108. Dude, oh no you DIDN’T: Man in Iran learns the hard way he cannot just SLAP a woman because things are DIFFERENT right now

    Maybe it was a trans woman, in which case all bets are off.


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  109. Johnny Rottensays:
    September 24, 2022 at 9:19 am
    Razeysays:
    September 24, 2022 at 9:04 am
    If the left want something it is always to increase their power over conservatives and move there agenda another step. For this reason alone, conservatives should vote no to their so called ‘voice’.

    There is as yet nothing to vote on. No wording, no anything. So what is the Voice?

    I dunno mate. Maybe its a vote for Jonny Farnham to be Prez?


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  110. flyingduksays:
    September 24, 2022 at 9:29 am
    0.177 is best for cheap eating.

    If you mean 17HMR, I agree, if you mean the airgun pellet, not so much. I’ve lost plenty of rabbits after even 22LR hits, but none after 17HMRs.

    Nahh was thinking of a sluggy. There just isn’t enough/any rabbits close to home, and I wouldn’t hunt them with an air gun anyway.

    Shit tons of Indian Myna’s around here to keep me fed for years.


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  111. Zipstersays:
    September 24, 2022 at 10:29 am
    For shame, didn’t you read Greg Craven’s comment that “Indigenous souls will be broken” if there is no “Voice?”

    the intergenerational trauma will persist for a thousand years!

    Their continual complaints about past trauma reflect a lack of resilience, an inability to walk towards the future. As dubious as happiness studies are one of the surprising findings is that individuals who go through massive trauma manage to lift themselves up and find new meaning and purpose in their lives. As Confucius says, “Our greatest glory is not in never falling but in rising every time we fall.” Or the Japanese proverb, “Fall down twice stand up three times”. Perhaps if indigenous people instead of being preoccupied with their own culture bothered to adopt lessons from other cultures they might find a way forward.

    In our social circles we soon tire of the person who keeps harking back to past grievances, who never forgives and never rises to the challenge. At some point we push them away because we know their attitude is a millstone around their neck. We either grab life by the throat and make it work for us or we fall into a pit of despair from which we can never see the light to lead us to a better future.


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  112. In the furthest corners of the net, and as duk predicted earlier this morning, there are revised dates for ‘the event’.

    Be watching between 21 and 25 September, apparently. Use bits of cardboard with pin holes in them.

    Hold a garage sale for your prepped-up excess dunny roll and chili cans at your peri;.


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  113. Knuckle Draggersays:
    September 24, 2022 at 11:07 am
    Peril. At your peril.

    Some form of electronic disturbance may have affected the keyboard.

    Spilled whisky into your keyboard again hey?


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  114. Perhaps if indigenous people instead of being preoccupied with their own culture bothered to adopt lessons from other cultures they might find a way forward.

    The most succesful indigenous people have done just that. Dare I say that assimilation was basically a sound and humane policy? No living culture stands still, as aboriginal activists seem to imagine, and we can’t go back to pre-1788 times and make it so.


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  115. Rockdoctorsays:
    September 24, 2022 at 11:12 am
    Wow Wong’s statement to UN full of aboriginal crap. Also referenecing Doc Evatt. Ukraine again…

    Yawn. Even Dodson couldn’t keep awake…

    Does any normal person really think this is a bout Aboriginals?


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  116. Wong’s statement to UN full of aboriginal crap.

    She flagged this “we have much to learn from the noble savages” nonsense at the beginning of her tenure.

    Mind you, on the diselines she told China to reign Putin in, so there is that.


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  117. John H. says:
    September 24, 2022 at 10:57 am

    the intergenerational trauma will persist for a thousand years!
    Their continual complaints about past trauma reflect a lack of resilience, an inability to walk towards the future. As dubious as happiness studies are one of the surprising findings is that individuals who go through massive trauma manage to lift themselves up and find new meaning and purpose in their lives. As Confucius says, “Our greatest glory is not in never falling but in rising every time we fall.” Or the Japanese proverb, “Fall down twice stand up three times”. Perhaps if indigenous people instead of being preoccupied with their own culture bothered to adopt lessons from other cultures they might find a way forward.

    In our social circles we soon tire of the person who keeps harking back to past grievances, who never forgives and never rises to the challenge. At some point we push them away because we know their attitude is a millstone around their neck. We either grab life by the throat and make it work for us or we fall into a pit of despair from which we can never see the light to lead us to a better future.

    Brilliant comment John H.


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  118. That column from (Dammit) Janet is great. It’s an idea that had crossed my mind before and doubtless others here as well.

    Another issue is that the transmission of knowledge previously done family or community is now being taken over by less invested and less competent ‘official’ bodies which offer standardised but less effective skills. Stuff you used to learn from your father or the lessons you and your friends blundered through growing up – the learning was as important as the lesson.

    And some things are not taught at all, especially if they have a whiff of masculinity about them. Because the authorities don’t like so no one may.

    As Janet says, Australians do like to think of themselves as rugged outdoorsman. They even love sitting outside rather than inside restaurants. But they were paralysed en masse by the risk of getting sick. Look at a different reaction was to SARS. This time people were terrified of a bug as if it was not a disruptive protein fragment, but instead a microscopic tear in the fabric of our universe that separates it from unlife, which wraps itself in malice and spread amongst us carried by mere words.

    Australians like to think they are still that mettle that forged the nation between the hammer of burning sun and an anvil hard dry land, or who won a reputation for martial prowess from the crumbling arid fortress of Tobruk to the vine choked muddy tracks of New Guinea.

    But those Australians had instincts and resources much regulated away now. Their lives had already been a proving ground, and indeed some had died along the way, but the rest were people we will likely never see again.


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  119. But those Australians had instincts and resources much regulated away now. Their lives had already been a proving ground, and indeed some had died along the way, but the rest were people we will likely never see again.

    Yes, the nanny state has much to answer for.

    Urbanisation has also been a big factor in diluting the Australian character.


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  120. For shame, didn’t you read Greg Craven’s comment that “Indigenous souls will be broken” if there is no “Voice?”

    So a rehashing of Turnbull’s – the nation’s my heart was broken, moment.

    Just like with the republic “debate,” it always comes down to trying to bully either with tears or abuse.


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  121. But those Australians had instincts and resources much regulated away now. Their lives had already been a proving ground, and indeed some had died along the way, but the rest were people we will likely never see again.

    This isn’t an accident.


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  122. She flagged this “we have much to learn from the noble savages” nonsense at the beginning of her tenure.

    She would be a very low rated chattel and wouldn’t get to pretend to be a bloke.


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  123. The most succesful indigenous people have done just that. Dare I say that assimilation was basically a sound and humane policy?

    Ask a progressive “why are you denying them the right to evolve, that’s racist”.


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  124. The most succesful indigenous people have done just that.

    I think Thomas Sowell has an excellent piece on the Scottish realising that their culture was largely shite in comparison to English culture.

    They went on to meticulously copy and improve English culture and essentially went on to become “Englands” greatest generation of scientists, engineers, inventors and industrialists.


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  125. Biden’s gas scam

    The essence is this: for passenger cars, which dominate the nation’s highways and city streets, ethanol alcohol is not fuel. It takes up space in your tank; over time, it corrodes the engine. Other than that, it evaporates. You will not get any mileage out of ethanol; diluted ethanol is simply vodka, and if you fill your tank with vodka, it will not run. The engines of our passenger cars are designed to run on petrol, a product made out of oil and not out of quickly fermented wheat, sugarcane, and the like, as is ethanol.

    The difference in mileage is quite significant — ca. 25%. Nobody notices because one cannot get pure gas anymore, and thus comparison of the mileage is eliminated.

    I drive a BMW x1, which takes premium gasoline, so I filled the tank with commercial pure premium 93 (at $9.20 per gallon), and verified the effect by driving from Mt. Shasta to Berkeley and back: it took a full tank of Bidengas versus ca. 5/8 of a tank of commercial pure premium. Upon further experimentation, I found that one gets approximately 25% less mileage out of a tank of Bidengas by comparison with mileage on pure gasoline, depending on the terrain.

    Rumor has it ethanol also corrodes the engine. The rumor, unsurprisingly, comes from those who have a bare view of what happens to car engines that run on ethanol — i.e., mechanics and those of us who often make basic repairs themselves — those who drive tractors, agricultural equipment, use gasoline-run small equipment for their yards, etc.

    The only way one can get ethanol-free premium nowadays is by purchasing it wholesale in cans, not at the pump. Incidentally, California eliminated the access of passenger car drivers to this gas by banning gas canisters that fit the passenger car tank snout. Crafty!

    From the Comments

    – The author needs to get out of California. I know several places where I can fill up my vehicle with pure gasoline without ethanol. It is more expensive, but I use it for my small engines. Maybe I will do that test.

    – Where I live in Kansas there are a couple of small mom and pop places that pride themselves on selling non ethanol gas. It averages about 30 cents higher than the ethanol blends but it’s well worth it because I do notice a significant improvement in my mileage when using it. I won’t use anything else in my mowers, weed eaters, etc.


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  126. The American 13% strike again

    Family of NYC domestic violence victim found dismembered in suitcases rips apartment building for not doing more

    The aunt of Dasia Johnson, 22, criticized the security guards at the Linwood Street apartment building for not prohibiting her abusive boyfriend from entering the location after witnesses saw him beating her in the hallways and the police were called numerous times, according to neighbors.

    “They dropped the ball here,” the aunt, who declined to share her name, said by phone.

    Johnson also had an active restraining order against her boyfriend and he’d previously been arrested for coming to the apartment in March to pick up his belongings, law-enforcement sources said.

    “They know their tenants. They opened the door for him,” the aunt added. “She didn’t have no other boyfriend. They didn’t do enough. They could have prevented him from coming in there… They’re security, they’re trained to put somebody down. There is ways to stop him from coming in.”

    From the Comments

    – The family blames the apartment building? She had shown signs of abuse for years. There’s no way they didn’t know about it. They didn’t do anything but they expect random strangers to.

    Personal responsibility seems to have gone on permanent vacation.

    – Sometimes its more constructive to take a look in the mirror. And ask yourself “Maybe i should of done more?”, than spending it on valuable time placing the blame on someone else… But no money from a lawsuit there!

    – Security won’t let someone in that doesn’t belong unless the tenant allows them. Blaming security is just pure laziness.

    And if they had a restraining order, they should have provided a copy to the security to make them aware.


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