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Tom
Tom
September 30, 2022 9:55 am

Levin Torches ‘Dummy’ Biden Forcing U.S. to Commit ‘National Suicide’ Over Climate Change

Joe Biden really is the American left’s (and communist China’s) ultimate useful idiot — no ideology of his own and therefore endlessly corrupt and corruptible, the ventriloquist’s dummy that can be relied on to deliver his master’s voice 24/7/365, cheered on by the news media (in Australia as well as the US), which long ago gave up its role as the public’s eyes and ears to campaign for the subversion of everything.

FMD, the US media is even politicising the Florida hurricane — the first big storm in America for an eon because storm activity is decreasing, not increasing.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
September 30, 2022 9:55 am

You’ll end up paying entrance fees for the privilege of enjoying “national” parks.

I’ll bet good money on it!

Mother Lode
Mother Lode
September 30, 2022 9:55 am

about to arrive at their common destination in the month of RED OCTOBER.

Ah, that explains it. Why this Q stuff seems so hush hush.

They are using the Caterpillar Drive.

I think the most frightening part of the movie has to be near the end when Alec Baldwin is holding a gun.

Hell, my heart skipped a beat earlier in the movie when he was holding a comb!

Roger
Roger
September 30, 2022 9:59 am

What is the point of Dominic Perrottet?

Other than providing cover for Matt Kean, that is.

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
September 30, 2022 10:00 am

A cut above the rest! The world’s best steak revealed as a ‘melt in the mouth’ piece of Japanese Wagyu beef at prestigious awards

. The awards were presented at a ceremony in Dublin following blind judging from a panel of 60 experts
. The Akune Gold steak that took the grand prize is from a cow that was raised on the Japanese isle of Kyushu
. Ireland took the most medals overall with a total of 54, followed by England with 36 and Finland with 28

The gong for World’s Best Rib-Eye, meanwhile, went to a Wagyu steak by Australian beef producer Jack’s Creek made from a 32-month-old pure-bred cow that had been grain fed.

Judges praised the piece of meat as ‘tender, juicy and full of buttery flavour’. Jack’s Creek has form when it comes to bagging prizes – last year it took the award for Best Fillet, Best Rib-Eye and Best Grain-Fed.

Eyrie
Eyrie
September 30, 2022 10:01 am

You’ll end up paying entrance fees for the privilege of enjoying “national” parks.

At the Head of the Bight there is a whale watch platform built by government. The local indigenes charge for tourists to use it.

JC
JC
September 30, 2022 10:06 am

Her degree is I think in Political Economy, I think. It’s just Marxist economics by another name.

Johnny Rotten
September 30, 2022 10:07 am

Climate Models: Worse Than Nothing?

When the history of climate modeling comes to be written in some distant future, the major story may well be how the easy, computable answer turned out to be the wrong one, resulting in overestimated warming and false scares from the enhanced (man-made) greenhouse effect.

Meanwhile, empirical and theoretical evidence is mounting toward this game-changing verdict despite the best efforts of the establishment to look the other way.

https://www.aier.org/article/climate-models-worse-than-nothing/

Diogenes
Diogenes
September 30, 2022 10:10 am

What if it were Germany that sabotaged NS1&2? The German govt , emphasis govt, has almost as much to gain as the US even if it screws the people.

My thinking is this, there have been calls by influential Germans to declare themselves ‘neutral’ to get the gas flowing again. The German people are getting very restless about the increasing problems with rationing, reliability and the industrial shutdowns caused by the lack of gas.

The govt can head off protests and ‘heads on pikes’ time by pointing at the sabotaged pipes.

Yes I do believe they are evil enough to do this.

Johnny Rotten
September 30, 2022 10:11 am

Tomsays:
September 30, 2022 at 9:55 am
Levin Torches ‘Dummy’ Biden Forcing U.S. to Commit ‘National Suicide’ Over Climate Change

Joe Biden really is the American left’s (and communist China’s) ultimate useful idiot — no ideology of his own and therefore endlessly corrupt and corruptible, the ventriloquist’s dummy that can be relied on to deliver his master’s voice 24/7/365, cheered on by the news media (in Australia as well as the US), which long ago gave up its role as the public’s eyes and ears to campaign for the subversion of everything.

FMD, the US media is even politicising the Florida hurricane — the first big storm in America for an eon because storm activity is decreasing, not increasing.

Dribbling Joe is The Manchurian Candidate.

Dot
Dot
September 30, 2022 10:15 am

potential handback of title to all NSW national parks – covering nearly 10 per cent of the state – over a 15 to 20-year period

Truly they are the 1%.

Roger
Roger
September 30, 2022 10:16 am

What if it were Germany that sabotaged NS1&2?

Slight problem with that theory.

I understand most of their commandos are on maternity leave.

Roger
Roger
September 30, 2022 10:17 am

😀

Eyrie
Eyrie
September 30, 2022 10:18 am

What if it were Germany that sabotaged NS1&2? The German govt , emphasis govt, has almost as much to gain as the US even if it screws the people.
Agree, they are evil enough for that.

Old School Conservative
Old School Conservative
September 30, 2022 10:18 am

JC says:
September 30, 2022 at 9:18 am
Mater- ……….
And you really need to try harder if you want to be funny.

Nah. Keep it up Mater. I’m getting a good chortle.

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
September 30, 2022 10:23 am

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11264547/Who-DID-blow-Nord-Stream-gas-pipelines-Russia-America.html

Who DID blow up the Nord Stream gas pipelines… Russia or America? Finger of blame is now being pointed at President Biden amid riddle of blasts in the Baltic

. Nord Stream pipelines 1 and 2 were both severely damaged earlier this week
. But was it the act of self-sabotage by Vladimir Putin that the world assumes?
. Joe Biden promised Nord Stream ‘would end’ if Russia invaded Ukraine

It may appear fanciful to look anywhere other than Moscow to find the perpetrators. However, these incidents occurred in areas of the Baltic Sea belonging to the US’s allies Denmark and Sweden.

While Russian vessels are entitled to enter these ‘exclusive economic zones’, the US and its friends would be expected to closely monitor their activity. Perhaps the US stood by, permitting the plot to be actioned?

The thinking in Washington DC might have been that such an incident would convince those European states with the greatest reliance on Russia for energy supplies to redouble their efforts to achieve energy-independence.

It is no coincidence that these states, such as Germany, have been the most reluctant to actively challenge Russia’s military supremacy in Ukraine and the keenest for President Volodymyr Zelensky to negotiate with President Putin.

But whose long-term strategic goals are achieved by the attacks, Russia’s or the US’s? The plot thickened on Tuesday when a former Polish minister thanked the US for the Nord Stream explosions.

The attacks also highlighted the vulnerability of the underwater cable networks relied on by Britain and other countries.

m0nty
m0nty
September 30, 2022 10:25 am

Nostradamus had the excuse that he was tripping balls when he wrote his quatrains. Hunter S. Thompson had nothing on Noz’s drug habits. His sessions were basically long bucket bong hits.

Whoever it was who invented Q knew exactly what they were doing. It is a cynical exercise in manufacturing modern myth. Its followers are trained to be pure consumers and revel in their passivity, not even bothering with false consciousness. Truly a cult for the most stupid in society.

Diogenes
Diogenes
September 30, 2022 10:25 am

The attacks also highlighted the vulnerability of the underwater cable networks relied on by Britain and other countries.

Imagine what the UK would be like if the big extension cord(s) from France were cut.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
September 30, 2022 10:27 am

You’re right. Blaming Arky for everything (without reason or evidence) does sound pretty fucking stupid and childish…doesn’t it!

Oh?
I must have missed it.
What was he wrongfully accused of?

feelthebern
feelthebern
September 30, 2022 10:30 am

YouTube has just uncensored Taibbi.
They said they made a mistake.

Roger
Roger
September 30, 2022 10:33 am

The collapse of Europe will take place because Europe no longer has access to sufficient energy for its economic needs…

Like us, they have access to plenty of energy – but are following the green dream instead

That is one of the weaker points in his analysis.

There’ll be massive civil unrest that brings governments down if they persist on their present course.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
September 30, 2022 10:34 am

They wouldn’t sabotage Turkstream would they?

The Poms are getting a tad worried.

We could be next! Putin may target Norway pipelines that supply 60% of UK gas (29 Sep)

As war on gas pipelines escalates, Britain faces national security crisis (28 Sep)

Oil Rigs In Norway’s North Sea Buzzed By Mysterious Drones (29 Sep)

Interesting how there’s a sudden road to Damascus conversion going on in Europe energywise – admittedly against great opposition from the usual suspects.

P
P
September 30, 2022 10:37 am
Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
September 30, 2022 10:41 am

‘Q’ is not actually pronounced ‘-ku’

No no.

‘Kewl’.

bons
bons
September 30, 2022 10:41 am

I can’t find any worthwhile reference. How does an obvious creep like Alex Greenwich wield such power? Sufficient power to force the Libs to destroy themselves.
I will never understand NSW politics. McArthur and the Rum Corps continue to reign supreme.

Shy Ted
Shy Ted
September 30, 2022 10:41 am

At the Head of the Bight there is a whale watch platform built by government. The local indigenes charge for tourists to use it.

When I lived in Ceduna we went there several times. Luckily I only chose days when the ticket collector was having a day off. Chatting to others it seems they too only chose days when the ticket collector was having a day off. The lucky country.

MatrixTransform
September 30, 2022 10:42 am

Truly a cult for the most stupid in society.

why do I get the feeling that mUnty genuinely thinks this to be true?

was it because it spills from his keybored™ without a hint of irony?

or because the pUnters being trolled by Q don’t even get that they’re being trolled

its a master-stroke and it’s hilarious

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
September 30, 2022 10:43 am

YouTube has just uncensored Taibbi.
They said they made a mistake

.

They said that too about Meloni’s vid that weirdly was recently taken down 3 years after she posted it.

Google Claims Censoring Italy Election Winner Meloni’s Speech Was a ‘Mistake’ (29 Sep)

I wonder if the antitrust bills before Congress today has anything to do with Goolag’s sudden rectifying of mistakes? Surely not.

m0nty
m0nty
September 30, 2022 10:46 am

The more this goes on the more it looks like Ukraine bombed the pipes. They were the ones with the least to lose, as they are already in a war where their civilian infrastructure is being bombed. Everyone else in Europe will suffer if this turns into a tit-for-tat series of reprisals.

It would be a major escalation if Putin starts blowing up gas lines, but that seems a plausible course of action he would take. Not good.

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
September 30, 2022 10:51 am

Queensland scraps controversial land tax

The Queensland government has scrapped its controversial multi-jurisdictional land tax.

Ahead of National Cabinet meeting in Canberra this morning, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk told The Courier Mail newspaper it was dead in the water.

The land tax change – where land-holders properties in other states was used to determine their tax rate in Queensland – was opposed by investors and the property sector.

A spokesman for Treasurer Cameron Dick confirmed the tax change, which was due to start next year, was not going ahead.

Scrapping of QLD land tax a ‘huge relief’, says investors council

Property Investors Council of Australia chairman Ben Kingsley says the Queensland government’s decision to scrap the new land tax rule set to come into effect next year was a huge relief and should immediately restore investor confidence back in the state.

“We’re really thrilled that common sense has prevailed and it’s going to be a massive relief for all Queensland renters.

“The new land tax was going to be diabolical not only for the renters but also for economic activity in Queensland.

“So I think the greater good has been served here, now there’s confidence in wanting to invest in property in Queensland again, and that’s obviously going to be good for not only the economic development of Queensland, but also increasing the critical supply that’s needed for all those people who want to live in Queensland.

“Investors don’t like uncertainty. We will continue to hold off if we’re unsure about what’s going to be happen and the fact that the state government can listen, and it’s clear that they have listened on this occasion, that gave us confidence back.”

m0nty
m0nty
September 30, 2022 10:52 am

If the UK helped bomb the pipes they have shit for brains, as they are extremely vulnerable to reprisals.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
September 30, 2022 10:52 am

Truly a cult for the most stupid in society.

You been watching Sky News these days Monty? That’s an amazing development.

‘Elite left’ assume working class people are ‘stupid’ (Sky News, 28 Sep)

Fortunately neither Dr Dunning nor Dr Kruger are dead yet, so they obviously aren’t doing rapid rotations in their coffins.

JC
JC
September 30, 2022 10:54 am

Bern

I thought about the UK gilts conundrum. The UK government put through tax cuts without a corresponding cut in spending. That’s a fiscal expansion and therefore bond yields should rise. The pound is holding in against the euro pretty much so there’s no weakness in that major currency cross. The market believes the Old Lady will set off with tighter monetary policy. Gilt yields go higher .What do you think?

bespoke
bespoke
September 30, 2022 10:54 am

Yes mam!

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
September 30, 2022 10:54 am

See youse at the Duelling Thread!

rickw
rickw
September 30, 2022 10:54 am

The collapse of Europe will take place because Europe no longer has access to sufficient energy for its economic needs…

Actually because the joint is full of idiots.

m0nty
m0nty
September 30, 2022 10:56 am

No one watches Sky News, Bruce.

Salvatore, Understaffed & Overworked Martyr to Govt Covid Stupidity

No one watches Sky News, Bruce.

Is this the Aussie version of the US (stupid) line: “No one watches Fox News”

bespoke
bespoke
September 30, 2022 11:00 am

PM is more fruity then last time I watched him years ago.

Big_Nambas
Big_Nambas
September 30, 2022 11:03 am

No one watches Sky News, Bruce.

I do.

m0nty
m0nty
September 30, 2022 11:05 am

Like I said, no one.

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
September 30, 2022 11:05 am

Why is the Bank of England buying long-term debt?

London – At first glance, the Bank of England seems to be trying to run in two different directions at the same time: raising interest rates on one hand, while buying bonds and driving down yields on the other. But all is not quite as it might appear.

True, Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng’s stimulatory tax-cutting plans have created a monetary policy headache for the Bank of England, which is trying to destimulate the economy.

But the problem the bank was trying to solve on Wednesday was not a monetary policy problem – it was a financial stability problem.

The problem also begins with Kwarteng’s statement, which prompted a massive bond sell-off, driving down prices and pushing up yields at the steepest rate in decades.

Nowhere was the impact felt more than at the long end: 20-year and 30-year government bonds.

This has had a worrying consequence within the market itself: a clamour of margin calls on highly leveraged players in the gilt market.

Liability-driven investment funds (LDIs), backed by pension funds, were looking in real financial peril. And if they started going under, the BoE’s worry was that they could start sucking the rest of the system, and even the real economy, down with them.

LDIs are a £1.5 trillion ($2.5 trillion) corner of the pension market that works to help defined-benefit pension schemes to hedge their liabilities – pensioners’ retirement incomes – against inflation and interest rate risk.

One of the most popular LDI strategies has been to buy long-dated gilts, repo them to investors (that is, sell with an agreement to repurchase later), and use the effectively borrowed cash to buy more gilts. About two-thirds of the LDIs’ holdings are in bonds.

As the price of the long-dated bonds – the funds’ assets – began to fall precipitously, the LDIs were having to find cash to meet margin calls. They had to find more collateral to support their hedging. So, they had to sell the bonds to cut their leverage and stump up the cash.

In an illiquid market with few buyers – nobody would buy when prices looked set to keep falling and falling – these bond sales only drove the price down further.

This was creating a vicious circle of margin calls, sales, and price declines, pushing the LDIs into negative equity and threatening eventual insolvency.

By stepping in as a purchaser of the LDIs’ forced sales, the BoE isn’t just buying bonds. It is buying pension funds time to sell other assets, such as stocks, to raise cash and shore up their LDIs.

A stressful stress test

The BoE isn’t trying to target a particular yield, just steady the ship. This is why the BoE expects that it won’t need to keep buying much beyond the middle of next month, because a modicum of order and stability will have been restored.

In fact on day one, the BoE did not have to shell out as much as some had expected. It is understood they bought about £1 billion worth of gilts.

Some in the market have been asking whether there’s a whiff of 2008 about all this – hidden pockets of leverage that can metastasise into bigger and more systemic problems with frightening speed.

The BoE and the Pensions Regulator are likely to have a close look at the resilience of LDIs – ideally market-based finance would be as resilient as banks.

That said, it is hard to be resilient when your bond portfolio halves in value over a four-day period. You don’t often get a stress test quite as stressful as that.

Old School Conservative
Old School Conservative
September 30, 2022 11:05 am

As you wish, Dover.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
September 30, 2022 11:07 am

Climate Models: Worse Than Nothing?

The Russian climate model does a reasonable job of matching temperature this new millennium. It’s the best of them. Of course it also has the lowest number for 2XCO2 entered into it.

Bjorn Lomborg and John Christy Shred Climate Alarmism (2019)

Christy sums up the test results:

“You can also easily see the difference in warming rates: the models are warming too fast. The exception is the Russian model, which has much lower sensitivity to carbon dioxide, and therefore gives projections for the end of the century that are far from alarming. The rest of them are already falsified, and their predictions for 2100 can’t be trusted.”

Maybe that’s why Russia is so cool with selling lots and lots of coal, oil and gas to clueless westerners.

rosie
rosie
September 30, 2022 11:08 am

Charging people to enter National parks just gives people more reason to holiday in Bali.

incoherent rambler
incoherent rambler
September 30, 2022 11:10 am

No pun intended.

A lie.

Mother Lode
Mother Lode
September 30, 2022 11:15 am

A lie.

Every cause these days is looking for ‘Allies’.

I will take you as now being one.

Of course, now I have to define my cause. And even though it may formulate a cause, I do not want to be caustic.

That would be ‘a lye’.

Boambee John
Boambee John
September 30, 2022 11:18 am

Whoever it was who invented Q knew exactly what they were doing. It is a cynical exercise in manufacturing modern myth. Its followers are trained to be pure consumers and revel in their passivity, not even bothering with false consciousness. Truly a cult for the most stupid in society.

“Cynical exercise in manufacturing modern myth”? Sounds like the DemonRats at work.

Note also that m0nty-fa, a devotee of the DemonRats, seems very knowledgeable about the internal workings of Q. Definitely a “cult for the most stupid in society”.

Boambee John
Boambee John
September 30, 2022 11:20 am

feelthebernsays:
September 30, 2022 at 10:30 am
YouTube has just uncensored Taibbi.
They said they made a mistake.

ROFLMAO, not even leftists are safe from Big Censor.

Boambee John
Boambee John
September 30, 2022 11:25 am

Salvatore, Understaffed & Overworked Martyr to Govt Covid Stupiditysays:
September 30, 2022 at 10:59 am
No one watches Sky News, Bruce.

Is this the Aussie version of the US (stupid) line: “No one watches Fox News”

But more “no-ones” watch Fox/Sky than watch CNN.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
September 30, 2022 11:28 am

No one watches Sky News, Bruce.

I could’ve sworn that you have been Monty, since what you opined was so close to that story.

It’s fun btw that kids are starting to wise up that uni is a lefty sewer and that degrees in lefty doctrinaire are increasingly worthless. Uni enrollments are down. Tradie $/hr rates are up.

Students shun unis in favour of trades, vocational courses (SMH, 29 Jun)

How amazingly stupid these students are, to not want to learn four years of lefty propaganda and embark upon a stellar career as a barista?

Eyrie
Eyrie
September 30, 2022 11:28 am

If the UK helped bomb the pipes they have shit for brains, as they are extremely vulnerable to reprisals.
They and the US leadership are just arrogant and stupid enough to do this.
I bet the FSB and GRU are working overtime.
Next question: if the Russians come up with proof the UK/US did it, what then?

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
September 30, 2022 11:30 am

IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Fact Sheet on U.S. Security Assistance to Ukraine
September 28, 2022 – 2 page PDF

In total, the United States has committed approximately $16.9 billion in security assistance to
Ukraine since January 2021, including more than $16.2 billion since the beginning of Russia’s
unprovoked and brutal invasion on February 24.

United States security assistance committed to Ukraine includes:

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
September 30, 2022 11:33 am

Serbia may be punished over sanctions refusal – US state media

Lawmakers will urge the EU to freeze accession talks with Belgrade, unless it toes the line, report claims

The European Parliament may call on the EU to freeze accession talks with Serbia and funding for Belgrade over its ties with Moscow, US state-run broadcaster RFE/RL has reported.

Previously a group of MEPs stated that a country that does not sanction Russia cannot hope to join the bloc.

“The EU cannot continue accession talks with Serbia if they don’t align with EU sanctions against Russia. That’s what we will say in the Parliament’s upcoming enlargement report,” the Socialists and Democrats Group (S&D Group) tweeted on Monday, after Belgrade and Moscow inked a plan for bilateral consultations for the next two years.

The statement referred to a draft report on the EU’s enlargement strategy, the details of which were made public by RFE/RL on Wednesday. The station, which reviewed the document, said it includes wording calling on the EU to punish Serbia for not following Brussels in its relations with Russia.

In addition to freezing talks on joining the EU, MEPs want to recommend cutting Belgrade off from EU funding for the development of the Balkans, according to the article. Brussels needs to spend money “fully in line with the EU’s own strategic goals and interests,” the draft was quoted by RFE/RL as saying.

Cassie of Sydney
September 30, 2022 11:34 am

“YouTube has just uncensored Taibbi.
They said they made a mistake”

Yeah…….codswallop.

Overnight PayPal have reinstated Toby Young’s three accounts, his private PayPal, his Daily Sceptic PayPal and his Free Speech Union PayPal accounts. PayPal have said it was an “error” but again I say….codswallop. PayPal made a big mistake with Toby Young because the company’s ill advised censoring of Toby Young’s accounts didn’t quite work out the way the progressives running amok at PayPal envisaged. They managed to incur the wrath of many MPs and there were bipartisan calls for legislation to curb PayPal and other big tech’s ability to censor at will.

However, Toby Young has said he’s going to set up alternative payment processes.

Cassie of Sydney
September 30, 2022 11:35 am

“No one watches Sky News, Bruce.”

Many people watch Sky News.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
September 30, 2022 11:36 am

But more “no-ones” watch Fox/Sky than watch CNN.

The numbers for Chris Wallace on CNN have been fun.

Nolte: Chris Wallace’s CNN Show Debuts to Humiliating Ratings (27 Sep)

Wallace of course had always been the lefty Murdoch kiddies’ guy intended to get knuckle-dragging Fox watchers to become kinder and less knuckle-dragging. So when CNN picked him up it was with great fanfare and expectations! Sadly that optimistic future of vast numbers of new viewers has not turned out for them.

m0nty
m0nty
September 30, 2022 11:36 am

Next question: if the Russians come up with proof the UK/US did it, what then?

Credible evidence would be hard to find, let alone verify in this world of propaganda and deepfakes. I could certainly see Putin using some flimsy pretext to escalate. After all it was good enough for America to invade Iraq based on bullshit about pipes.

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
September 30, 2022 11:40 am

Who wins from demolishing the EU’s gas lifelines?

Past covert ops and sabotage provide clues to the apparently deliberate destruction of Nord Stream pipelines

Rachel Marsden is a columnist, political strategist, and host of independently produced talk-shows in French and English.

Speculation abounds, and typically in a direction colored by the preexisting biases of the person speculating – which is hardly helpful.

Let’s start with the end result and work backwards. The outcome ultimately means that Europe’s economic impetus for ever seeking peace with Russia has been seriously undermined, if not literally destroyed. Someone has taken it upon themselves to demolish the remaining bridges between the two.

Until now, there was always a chance of reconciliation. Russian President Vladimir Putin said himself recently that all the EU needed to do to pull itself out of its self-imposed energy crisis was to push the button on its gas supply from Russia and drop the anti-Russian sanctions that prevent it from doing so.

People in the streets of German cities protesting against Berlin’s blind following of Brussels’ anti-Russia sanctions also knew that was the answer. But now that option has been taken off the table. The EU is now adrift amid a deepening energy crisis and someone burned its last sails. It’s clear that Europe itself wouldn’t benefit from that. Nor does it benefit at all from any of its own anti-Russian sanctions. But who gave Brussels that idea, to harm its own economy in the first place?

At the onset of the Ukrainian conflict, it was Washington that egged on the EU to mirror measures that Washington itself had adopted in an effort to deprive Moscow of revenues to fuel its interests and objectives in Ukraine. The problem is that the EU’s economy was far more entwined with Russia’s than America’s. Any sense that US President Joe Biden and his administration may have given EU leaders, that they’d be there to help the bloc soften the blow of its self-sacrificial sanctions, has since been replaced by a harsh, pragmatic reality. US shale executives have explained to Western media that they simply lack the capacity to ramp up production for Europe’s winter crunch, even amid the growing rationing, deindustrialization, and risk of blackouts.

So, pressure has recently been increasing on EU member states to achieve a rapid diplomatic, peaceful resolution. But any reconnection of Nord Stream gas would have been a blow to US economic ambitions, which eventually include turning the EU into a dependent liquefied natural gas client. To that end, US officials have even tried to market their natural gas in the past as “freedom molecules,” in contrast to the “authoritarian” Russian gas.

Biden himself said of Nord Stream 2 during a press conference on February 7, before the Ukraine conflict had even popped off, that “we will bring an end to it,” despite it being out of American control. But even long before that, the US was sanctioning and bullying European companies into halting construction on Nord Stream 2 under the pretext of saving Europe from Russia.

It’s worth noting that Europe didn’t really have problems with Russia this century until the US decided to make Ukraine an outpost for the State Department.

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
September 30, 2022 11:40 am
GreyRanga
GreyRanga
September 30, 2022 11:45 am

BoN I think Knuckles has been watching CNN with his admiration of WA media, its all I can come up with.

bespoke
bespoke
September 30, 2022 11:49 am

KD sold out to big media.

-agent 99

Diogenes
Diogenes
September 30, 2022 11:51 am

The more this goes on the more it looks like Ukraine bombed the pipes. They were the ones with the least to lose, as they are already in a war where their civilian infrastructure is being bombed. Everyone else in Europe will suffer if this turns into a tit-for-tat series of reprisals.

OTOH they benefit as Germany now has no incentive to declare ‘neutrality’.
OTOH if the German economy, and by extension the EU, economy collapses they will not receive much aid from Europe.

feelthebern
feelthebern
September 30, 2022 11:53 am

Update.
After uncensoring one video, YouTube has censored the follow up video from the Taibbi community.

Razey
Razey
September 30, 2022 11:56 am

Rogersays:
September 30, 2022 at 10:33 am
The collapse of Europe will take place because Europe no longer has access to sufficient energy for its economic needs…

Like us, they have access to plenty of energy – but are following the green dream instead

That is one of the weaker points in his analysis.

There’ll be massive civil unrest that brings governments down if they persist on their present course.

Rubbish.

The Sheep(TM) will do nothing. Just like they accepted mRNA gene therapy that doesn’t work and is poisonous, they will accept what ever the overlords do without a peep.

Boambee John
Boambee John
September 30, 2022 11:57 am

Cassie of Sydneysays:
September 30, 2022 at 11:35 am
“No one watches Sky News, Bruce.”

Many people watch Sky News.

In the usual style of the fascist left, m0nty-fa dismisses all of them as “nobodies”, to be excluded from the society of the great and the good (self-selected).

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
September 30, 2022 11:59 am

All this speculation is fun!

China Says Nord Stream Pipeline ‘Accident’ May Be ‘Forever Mystery,’ Blames U.S. Anyway (29 Sep)

Usually when China says something will forever be a mystery it means they did it. 😀

feelthebern
feelthebern
September 30, 2022 12:00 pm

Hats off to Craig Foster.
After being notably silent about the slavery going on in Qatar he has turned it up to eleventy over the past week.
He will still be part of the coverage from Sydney but donating his pay to a range of human rights organisations & will use his platform to highlight the abuses.
Here’s the thing, FIFA have final say over coverage of the World Cup on all contracts so can demand him sacked if they choose to.
FIFA says nothing, Foster can continue his crusade on their official coverage.
FIFA has him sacked, Foster can continue his crusade but just not via the official broadcaster.

feelthebern
feelthebern
September 30, 2022 12:02 pm

Well done Craig Foster.
Walking the walk against the one of the most influential, corrupt organisations on the planet.
The next time he goes to Europe he’ll be flying via the US.

feelthebern
feelthebern
September 30, 2022 12:07 pm

China & Singapore co-invest with the Indonesian sovereign wealth fund to build infrastructure in the country.
Nothing to see here.

feelthebern
feelthebern
September 30, 2022 12:09 pm

Jeebers, the espresso I just had must have had adderall in it.

Jannie
Jannie
September 30, 2022 12:13 pm

Wir sind nicht dumm. Warum sollten sie sich den eigenen Fuß schießen?

Wer profitiert davon? Nicht wir. Nicht der Russkis.

Jannie
Jannie
September 30, 2022 12:14 pm

Next thing the Russians are going to Nuke Moscow to make the Yanks look bad.

Mother Lode
Mother Lode
September 30, 2022 12:14 pm

How amazingly stupid these students are, to not want to learn four years of lefty propaganda and embark upon a stellar career as a barista?

Yup!

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
September 30, 2022 12:15 pm

Hats off to Craig Foster.

Qatar seems to be falling over itself right now in great gushes of taqiyya.

HALF QAT England fans can drink up to 17 HOURS a day in Qatar after World Cup chiefs draft in Glastonbury event promoters (29 Sep)

Women referees at World Cup in Qatar a ‘strong sign’ (30 Sep)

Qatar says World Cup fans do not need Covid vaccination (29 Sep)

Always entertaining to watch the kinder, gentle side of Islam on display. I suggest that boozy Pom fans shouldn’t stray down any dark alleys though.

m0nty
m0nty
September 30, 2022 12:17 pm

I doubt the pipe bombing would be “zee Germans” in the sense of the German government, as they represent industrialists who were being extremely recalcitrant at weaning themselves off the Russian gas. Could have been non-government Germans engaging in some scorched earth domestic politics. Long shot compared to the obvious UKR/US culprits.

Jannie
Jannie
September 30, 2022 12:18 pm

Bruce of Newcastle says:

Usually when China says something will forever be a mystery it means they did it.

That is so true. But how would they get into the Baltic under the nose noses of the Yanks who were uhh, conducting routine manoeuvres at the time?

Speedbox
September 30, 2022 12:22 pm

It is extremely unlikely that Ukraine had the capacity to blow the pipes by themselves. That action would require sophisticated technical and organizational capabilities which (no offense to the Ukrainians) they just don’t possess at this time. And even the dimmest Ukrainian official would recognise the implications if they were caught sabotaging the gas supply to much of Europe.

It is well known that the gas was not flowing at the time but it is also well known that Germany was negotiating for the gas to be turned back on. Further, the German government were under increasing pressure by various (internal) groups to certify Nord 2 which would act as a ‘backup’ if Nord 1 needed maintenance (as was claimed by Putin). It is self evident that Putin was using the gas supply as a blunt tool.

In any case, the current theories are: USA alone; USA/UK; USA/UK/Ukraine. Other theories implicate Poland or France but the most common denominator, and most widely believed, is the USA played a significant, and probably dominant, role. Only the truly lunar believe Russia blew up their own pipes. One thing is clear: whomever is responsible took care to ensure that the pipes were ruptured in international waters (outside the 12 mile limit) so as not to impinge any nation’s territorial waters.

There are many more pipelines and cables, both undersea and on land that, if damaged, could cripple other gas supplies and communications around Europe. We should ponder whether it was a crude attempt to goad Russia into retaliating against European infrastructure thereby invoking a NATO response.

But as far as Nord 1 & 2 are concerned, it will be difficult to determine who was responsible but it won’t be impossible. For example, if the pipes were destroyed by undersea drones, it is very likely that portions of those drones could be found in the surrounding sea floor. Any identifying marks or circuit boards will be proof of origin which leads to proof of ownership. You can bet your socks that Russian navy divers will scour every square centimetre of the area for any clue.

This incident is arguably the biggest whodunnit in recent memory.

Roger
Roger
September 30, 2022 12:23 pm

The Oz…

‘Annastacia Palaszczuk kills off Cameron Dick’s land tax’

Le that be a lesson to you, Cameron.

In Anna’s cabinet, success is shared…but failure is borne alone.

flyingduk
flyingduk
September 30, 2022 12:23 pm

Who DID blow up the Nord Stream gas pipelines… Russia or America? Finger of blame is now being pointed at President Biden amid riddle of blasts in the Baltic

Fact check- false, they deny it – so there!

Johnny Rotten
September 30, 2022 12:23 pm

The parents ran a nail store, and their son was a marketologist. One day the father said “We’re going on vacation, look after the store while we’re gone”. Son says “Dad, I’m a marketologist, how can I sell your nails? I know nothing about them!” Dad replies “I know you can handle it. Maybe make an ad for our store or something”. 5 days pass by, the father calls up the son to check up on him, and the son announced that the storages are empty, and they have to buy more. Dad asks in disbelief “What on Earth did you do?” Son says “I just made an ad, like you told me to. You can look at it if you want”. Dad looks at the ad the son sent him and sees a picture of Jesus on the cross, and below it says “Jackson’s nails, holding on for more than 2000 years”. Dad yells “You idiot! We’re Orthodox, take it down immediately!” The son did what he was told, and another week passes by. Dad calls again, and finds out that the storages are empty again. He asks angrily “What the hell did you make now?” Son replies “You told me to take down the last ad so I did and made a new one, look”. Dad looks at the new ad. It is now a picture of the cross without Jesus on it. Below it says “If only they had Jackson’s nails…”

Old bloke
Old bloke
September 30, 2022 12:23 pm

Eyrie says:
September 30, 2022 at 11:28 am

Next question: if the Russians come up with proof the UK/US did it, what then?

Germany has announced that they will conduct an investigation into the sabotage. Gazprom announced that they would like to participate in the investigation as they are part owners of the damaged infrastructure. Germany told them to bugger off.

The investigation will, of course, rule that the Russians did it.

Alexander Mercouris – Attacks on Nord Stream Pipelines Escalates Conflict; Russia to Announce Annexation Regions Next Week

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
September 30, 2022 12:24 pm

intended to get knuckle-dragging Fox watchers to become kinder and less knuckle-dragging

You know what? That hurts. That really hurts. I happen to be very kind, thank you very much.

I watch Sky sometimes, you bullying blogwreckers. I demand my feelings take precedence over any narrative-wrecking, rational, evidence-based analysis you care to mention.

feelthebern
feelthebern
September 30, 2022 12:26 pm

‘Annastacia Palaszczuk kills off Cameron Dick’s land tax’

The new QLD land tax was unproductive.
The new VIC land tax will be productive.

Johnny Rotten
September 30, 2022 12:28 pm

If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.

– J. R. R. Tolkien

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
September 30, 2022 12:28 pm

Daily Mail.

Extraordinary moment Stan Grant silences Alan Jones for bringing up Jacinta Price’s campaign against violence against Aboriginal women – as Q&A panellist says Indigenous players should QUIT the AFL

Conservative broadcaster Alan Jones shut down on ABC’s Q&A panel program
Raised Northern Territory senator Jacinta Price’s domestic violence campaign
Labor minister Ed Husic argued violence against women ‘cuts across all colours’
Q&A host Stan Grant shut down Jones because Aboriginal woman in audience

bespoke
bespoke
September 30, 2022 12:29 pm

KD denied it
That’s proof enough it’s true.
-agent 69

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
September 30, 2022 12:29 pm

But how would they get into the Baltic under the nose noses of the Yanks who were uhh, conducting routine manoeuvres at the time?

Hookers and blow, Jannie. 😉

Roger
Roger
September 30, 2022 12:30 pm

The Poms are getting a tad worried.

We could be next! Putin may target Norway pipelines that supply 60% of UK gas (29 Sep)

And just like that, national energy security mattered.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
September 30, 2022 12:32 pm

xclusive
WA Police remove pre-selection workbook as part of its detective selection process
Phil HickeyThe West Australian
Fri, 30 September 2022 2:00AM
Comments
Police bosses have scrapped a key qualifying test for detectives as part of a revamp of training programs as the force struggles to fill vacancies amid an ongoing exodus of senior cops.

The West can reveal uniformed officers aspiring to become detectives are now no longer required to complete a “pre-selection workbook” to measure their suitability and aptitude to make the grade.

Rank and file cops claim the move lowers the bar for detective appointments and is the latest example of declining standards in WA Police recruitment.

It’s understood the workbook component required officers to document and complete “tasks” which demonstrate their ability relating to search warrants, interviewing suspects and compiling court briefs — each of which is a vital part of investigative police work.

The workbook was typically signed off by a detective “mentor” as part of the selection process for what has traditionally been one of the most coveted roles in WA Police.

The decision to scrap the workbook component was announced in a recent internal police broadcast calling for new detective applicants to fill about 30 positions.

Instead assessment of officers will now be done via interviews.

Several officers told The West the move reflected a drop in standards in the face of massive retention issues within the agency.

“The standard has been slipping for about five to six years now and the response is to make it easier to become a detective to fill the void,” one said.

Another veteran officer said too many junior cops with not enough frontline experience were becoming detectives — or “demons” as they’re known in police circles.

“The problem is that junior officers graduate from the academy, spend minimal time on the road, get onto an inquiry team to get off the road and then put in for detective training. As a result, they haven’t really learnt how to be a police officer,” the veteran cop said

m0nty
m0nty
September 30, 2022 12:34 pm

At least we know where the opening sequence for the next Bond film will be set.

Pedro the Loafer
Pedro the Loafer
September 30, 2022 12:38 pm

If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.

Rubbish.

Hoarding gold is a Good Thing.

Roger
Roger
September 30, 2022 12:41 pm

And just like that, national energy security mattered.

It’s a good thing our strategic fuel reserves are stored in Texas.

Under the watchful eye of Joe Biden.

Johnny Rotten
September 30, 2022 12:41 pm

The Independent Daily Cartoon

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P
September 30, 2022 12:42 pm
Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
September 30, 2022 12:42 pm

Police bosses have scrapped a key qualifying test for detectives as part of a revamp of training programs as the force struggles to fill vacancies amid an ongoing exodus of senior cops.

The new test is only three questions.

What is your name?
What is your quest?
What is your favourite colour?

The last is the only important one. Any answer other than black is disqualifying (unless they know the difference between the airspeed of African and European swallows whilst carrying a coconut.)

flyingduk
flyingduk
September 30, 2022 12:47 pm

That was a sophisticated operation, carried out in stealth in the shallow depth of the Danish straits. That would in principle rule out submarines (ships entering the Baltic are limited to a draught of 15 meters). As for prospective “invisible” vessels, these could only loiter around with permission from Copenhagen – as the waters around Borholm are crammed with sensors, reflecting fear of incursion by Russian submarines.

Another interesting take on Nordstream, suggesting Denmark *must know* who did it.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
September 30, 2022 12:49 pm

At least we know where the opening sequence for the next Bond film will be set.

Oxford Street, Sydney.

Nolte: Producers Promise Next James Bond Will Be ‘More Sensitive’ (22 Sep)

The next James Bond films will have bigger roles for women and a more sensitive 007, according to the producers, who said, “Bond is evolving just as men are evolving.”

Barbara Broccoli said that the next actor to take the role will continue the work of Daniel Craig, who “cracked Bond open emotionally.”

Maybe 007 should get a monkeypox vaccination. I hear it’s very effective.

duncanm
duncanm
September 30, 2022 12:49 pm

The collapse of Europe will take place because Europe no longer has access to sufficient energy for its economic needs…

its already started. 50% of Al and Zinc refining capacity has shut down, and others will be soon

shatterzzz
September 30, 2022 12:54 pm

This incident is arguably the biggest whodunnit in recent memory.

I think the Russians will already know who did the deed! .. all it comes down to is what they want to do about it .. retaliate or sit on it .. until the right moment comes along …..
Shirley, no one, in this day & age, seriously believes that something on this scale could go unsolved! ..
if they do i’ve got a bridge for sale .. cheap! ..

Speedbox
September 30, 2022 12:55 pm

Roger says:
September 30, 2022 at 12:30 pm
And just like that, national energy security mattered.

Indeed. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken sought to drive home that point by saying the incident represents “a very significant opportunity” for the EU to finally end its dependence on Russian gas and “accelerate the transition to renewables.”

The stupidity of Blinken’s comment is worth an entire post, all by itself.

m0nty
m0nty
September 30, 2022 12:55 pm

We have not canvassed the real possibility that Nordstream was sabotaged by Blofeld.

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
September 30, 2022 12:59 pm

Bruce of Newcastlesays:
September 30, 2022 at 12:49 pm
At least we know where the opening sequence for the next Bond film will be set.

Oxford Street, Sydney.

Maybe 007 should get a monkeypox vaccination. I hear it’s very effective.

San Francisco: No Free Healthcare For Straight White People

The San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH) hosted monkeypox vaccine pop-up clinics in the city’s South of Market region this past Sunday and the weekend prior. A flyer for the event, posted on the SFDPH official Twitter account, stated that in order to be eligible for the free shot, participants must “belong to one of the following priority populations: Black, Indigenous, people of color, gay, bisexual, transgender, or a current sex worker of any gender and orientation.”

duncanm
duncanm
September 30, 2022 1:00 pm

You’ll end up paying entrance fees for the privilege of enjoying “national” parks.

we’re pretty close to that already. .. lots of charging for camping spots, access to tracks is continually reduced / blocked, activities restricted.

Handing money (and policy control) to the indigenes just means most places will go the way of Ayer’s Rock and Mount Warning.

We’ll all have to sneak into National Parks via the boundaries and remote camp.

shatterzzz
September 30, 2022 1:02 pm

“The problem is that junior officers graduate from the academy, spend minimal time on the road, get onto an inquiry team to get off the road and then put in for detective training. As a result, they haven’t really learnt how to be a police officer,” the veteran cop said

Yep! .. without the specialized thuggery & pepper spraying old folks course ya just can’t get the experienc ereqired for ‘real” plodding ..!

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
September 30, 2022 1:02 pm

We have not canvassed the real possibility that Nordstream was sabotaged by Blofeld.

He fell into a smokestack.
Dropped from helicopter.
Do pay attention Monty.

feelthebern
feelthebern
September 30, 2022 1:02 pm

You’ll end up paying entrance fees for the privilege of enjoying “national” parks.

More like party members only.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
September 30, 2022 1:02 pm

feelthebernsays:

September 30, 2022 at 12:02 pm

Well done Craig Foster.
Walking the walk against the one of the most influential, corrupt organisations on the planet

I normally regard him as a bit of a flog, but credit where credit is due.
Compare and contrast the Sydney Swans who run their gay pride banner promos alongside Qatar Airways adverts.
Qatar is hardly a gay-friendly holiday destination.

bespoke
bespoke
September 30, 2022 1:04 pm

Barbara Broccoli

Chuckle!

m0nty
m0nty
September 30, 2022 1:04 pm

Blofeld may be a Timelord. He does seem to have staying power.

feelthebern
feelthebern
September 30, 2022 1:05 pm

I normally regard him as a bit of a flog,

High flog content.
Zero consequences for his previous actions.
But having a crack at FIFA & the gulf states is career limiting especially if your bread & butter is football (soccer to the colonials).

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
September 30, 2022 1:10 pm

A HeartBeat or 25th Amendment Certification away

KAMALA HARRIS: “The United States shares a very important relationship, which is an alliance with the Republic of North Korea.”

Kamala also was using binoculars to view North Korea from 50 meters.

You really can’t make this stuff up.

God help us.

Kamala Harris reacts to seeing the DMZ: “It’s so close!”

“It’s 50 meters away, ma’am.”

shatterzzz
September 30, 2022 1:10 pm

You’ll end up paying entrance fees for the privilege of enjoying “national” parks.
I thought we already did pay to get into a lot of them or are NSW gummint declared “parks” a separate thing?

Johnny Rotten
September 30, 2022 1:11 pm

m0ntysays:
September 30, 2022 at 12:55 pm
We have not canvassed the real possibility that Nordstream was sabotaged by Blofeld.

Sounds like complete fiction to me. It was really CHAOS.

JC
JC
September 30, 2022 1:11 pm

Speed b

Wouldn’t a state actor know not use equipment that could be traced?

feelthebern
feelthebern
September 30, 2022 1:12 pm

Maybe 4 corners will dust off the work they did on Qatar a year or so ago.
Maybe they are waiting right before the World Cup starts.
Time will tell.
To remind everyone, the ABC had a crew booted from Qatar who was covering the slave labour conditions.

Boambee John
Boambee John
September 30, 2022 1:14 pm

I see that m0nty-fa’s trolling remains very low energy.

Sad!

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
September 30, 2022 1:14 pm

Fauci’s Net Worth Doubled During Pandemic, As Americans Struggled to Make Ends Meet

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director Dr. Anthony Fauci made out like a bandit during the Covid-19 pandemic, nearly doubling his net worth when millions of Americans were struggling to put food on the table.

According to watchdog group OpenTheBooks, Fauci and his wife saw a $5 million net worth growth, expanding from $7.5 million in 2019 to $12.6 million by the end of 2021.

While Dr. Fauci has been a government bureaucrat for more than 55 years, his household net worth skyrocketed during the pandemic… Fauci’s soaring net worth was based on career-end salary spiking, lucrative cash prizes awarded by non-profit organizations around the world, and an ever-larger investment portfolio,” OpenTheBooks CEO Adam Andrzejewski revealed to Fox News Digital.

Fauci has continued to be the highest paid federal employee, making $456,000 in 2021 and $480,000 in 2022, out-earning the president, the vice president, and about 4.3 million other federal bureaucrats.

Johnny Rotten
September 30, 2022 1:14 pm

God help us.

Kamala Harris reacts to seeing the DMZ: “It’s so close!”

“It’s 50 meters away, ma’am.”

She can go to the South Korea/North Korea DMZ but NOT to the southern USA Border with Mexico………..

m0nty
m0nty
September 30, 2022 1:15 pm

Sounds like complete fiction to me. It was really CHAOS.

KAOS, joo idiot!

feelthebern
feelthebern
September 30, 2022 1:16 pm

JC re the UK bonds.
I think due to the average duration of UK bonds & the stupid UK pension system based on LDI strategies were a scenario waiting to be exploited.
The budget was the catalyst.
We’ll find out who killed the pig over the next quarter.
Just like we found out who was short oil into May 2020.

JC
JC
September 30, 2022 1:17 pm

There’s a money angle to this. Isn’t anything nuclear now a screaming buy? Anything with nuke tech should be bought though not uranium producers just yet, but any firm in nuke tech is a serious medium term goer, I think.

All strategic pipelines and undersea cables are at risk.

Kneel
Kneel
September 30, 2022 1:17 pm

” It was really CHAOS.”

You mean KAOS – “missed it by that much!”

Johnny Rotten
September 30, 2022 1:17 pm

Boambee Johnsays:
September 30, 2022 at 1:14 pm
I see that m0nty-fa’s trolling remains very low energy.

Sad!

His Battery needs constant recharging from all those solar panels on his roof and the windmill on top of his head.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
September 30, 2022 1:18 pm

Blofeld may be a Timelord.

Not possible Monty. Blofeld is an old white male. He has to be because he’s the villain.
Both 007 and Dr Who have recently become quite um, diverse.

Black, gay Dr Who

Yep, that’s who the new Doctor is. You couldn’t make this up.

shatterzzz
September 30, 2022 1:19 pm

But having a crack at FIFA & the gulf states is career limiting especially if your bread & butter is football (soccer to the colonials).

depends on who he is working for, these days, if he’d still been with SBS he wouldn’t be wafflin’ out loud! .. SBS (WC), Paramount/Channel 10 (non WC)/Optus (PL) hold the main Oz “fitba” contracts anyone else is just a bit player …….!

Johnny Rotten
September 30, 2022 1:21 pm

m0ntysays:
September 30, 2022 at 1:15 pm
Sounds like complete fiction to me. It was really CHAOS.

KAOS, joo idiot!

LOL. I used the English spelling and not the American………………………..

shatterzzz
September 30, 2022 1:22 pm

She can go to the South Korea/North Korea DMZ but NOT to the southern USA Border with Mexico………..

She doesn’t have to worry about meeting any irate voters at the DMZ ……..

Johnny Rotten
September 30, 2022 1:23 pm

What is wonderful about great literature is that it transforms the man who reads it towards the condition of the man who wrote.

– E. M. Forster

rickw
rickw
September 30, 2022 1:24 pm

Licensing and registration reckon they’re sending out letters and reminders. But maybe not.

Australia Post claims to deliver letters, but maybe not.

Either way, for the average punter, Australia is a hellscape of masses of rules and regulations coupled with massive bureaucratic incompetence.

Johnny Rotten
September 30, 2022 1:24 pm

Two wives go out for girls’ night. Both got drunk, started walking home when they had to pee. They stopped at a cemetery but had nothing to wipe with. One used her panties, the other grabbed a wreath off of a grave. The next morning one husband called the other and said “No more girls nights out! My wife came back with no panties”. The other husband said “You think that’s bad? Mine came back with a card in her crack that read, ‘From all of us at the fire station, we’ll never forget you’!”

rickw
rickw
September 30, 2022 1:30 pm

All strategic pipelines and undersea cables are at risk.

They always were! Our pipeline marking identification was always walking a line between “don’t dig here!” And “Here’s something very interesting to blow up!”

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
September 30, 2022 1:32 pm

Rogersays:

September 30, 2022 at 12:30 pm

The Poms are getting a tad worried.

We could be next! Putin may target Norway pipelines that supply 60% of UK gas (29 Sep)

And just like that, national energy security mattered.

Someone mentioned upthread about the same sort of thing state-by-state here.
Happy to blow up coal power stations but import dirty fossil power from over the border.
Now, that works OK with our interstate trade provisions in the Constitution.
Between Wussia and Western Europe? Not so much.

rickw
rickw
September 30, 2022 1:34 pm

BTW: a grand total of 2+ hours on hold to licensing, can’t imagine what the bill is going to look like.

Endlessly listening to:

“Sorry but we currently have reduced capacity, and we are experiencing a higher volume of calls.”

bespoke
bespoke
September 30, 2022 1:35 pm

Waiting for an anti globalists terrorist group to be blamed.

JC
JC
September 30, 2022 1:35 pm

Sure Rick, but this really focuses attention at plus a million.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
September 30, 2022 1:37 pm

KD at 12:24.

I watch Sky sometimes, you bullying blogwreckers. I demand my feelings take precedence over any narrative-wrecking, rational, evidence-based analysis you care to mention.

Take it to the “Nobody Gives a Fuck” Thread.
Oh?
What’s that?
There isn’t a “Nobody Gives a Fuck” Thread?
That’s how little we care.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
September 30, 2022 1:39 pm

I’m now uncertain whether Monty works for SMERSH or SPECTRE.
Maybe he’s Rosa Klebb.
Or a Timecop.

Eyrie
Eyrie
September 30, 2022 1:42 pm

Now, that works OK with our interstate trade provisions in the Constitution.
Ah, yes. The Australian Constitution. Interesting historical document, no longer in use.

rickw
rickw
September 30, 2022 1:43 pm

Sure Rick, but this really focuses attention at plus a million.

Definitely! Reality is most service infrastructure that is taken for granted is quite vulnerable. But most don’t appreciate this or think about it until something happens.

If more appreciated the complexity and inherent weaknesses, they’d be far less comfortable with the green dream monkeying.

feelthebern
feelthebern
September 30, 2022 1:47 pm

FMD the Sydney weather is shit today.

duncanm
duncanm
September 30, 2022 1:50 pm

Surely Blofeld would have used a satellite-based laser to earthquake Nord Stream into oblivion.

That – or sharks with lasers.

rickw
rickw
September 30, 2022 1:53 pm

She can go to the South Korea/North Korea DMZ

Did you see the speech where she started talking about “our strong trade relationship and military treaties with North Korea”.

The memologists did great work interspersing it with quizzical and confused looks from Kim.

m0nty
m0nty
September 30, 2022 1:57 pm

Uncle George is all the Bond villain I need.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
September 30, 2022 2:02 pm

WA Greens Senator Dorinda Cox accused of bullying her electorate staff in official complaint
Headshot of Josh Zimmerman
Josh Zimmerman
The West Australian
Fri, 30 September 2022 2:00AM
Josh Zimmerman

WA Senator Dorinda Cox has been accused of bullying her electorate staff — including reducing employees to tears during the Federal election campaign — in an official complaint lodged both with the Greens and Parliament’s independent workplace support service.

The complaint — sighted by The West and sent earlier this year — comes from an ex-staffer to Ms Cox, who was first elected to Parliament to fill a Senate vacancy last September before retaining her seat at the May election.

It was sent to both Greens Leader Adam Bandt and the Parliamentary Workplace Support Service, which is charged with independently investigating serious incidents, misconduct and workplace conflict within Parliament House.

The allegations against Senator Cox come in the same week it has been reported a former adviser to Greens Senator Lidia Thorpe sent an email to two indigenous community leaders apologising for her “appalling conduct” during a meeting at Parliament House last year

What is it about Greens Senators and bullying people?

Speedbox
September 30, 2022 2:10 pm

JC says:
September 30, 2022 at 1:11 pm
Wouldn’t a state actor know not use equipment that could be traced?

If a drone was used, I don’t expect it will have a USA flag emblazoned on the side. The clues I’m taking about are pieces of circuit boards, metal fragments that can be x-ray tested to suggest manufacture origin, ditto parts of wires etc. Any portion, no matter how small can be examined to help build a ‘diagram’ of the device used – and that is traceable.

The added complication of course is that it was conducted underwater and currents along the sea floor will expand the search area substantially. But, those currents are a known feature and their movement is well documented.

To be fair, in the absence of a “Made in USA” or “Proudly made in the United Kingdom” metal plaque, any surviving evidence will likely be circumstantial (or have plausible deniability). The other problem is, who will believe Russia if they have only circumstantial evidence? Short of irrefutable proof rendering any denial ridiculous, no nation will confess involvement. We may think we know – or even be personally certain – but given the lies and misdirection routinely used by governments the world over (covid anyone), I expect it will be many years before the truth is slowly revealed.

CrazyOldRanga
CrazyOldRanga
September 30, 2022 2:14 pm

I’ve been off work crook the last couple of days and have been looking at the Russo/Ukrainian conflict via YouTube. Wow, what a rabbit hole I fell down. The best that I can figure, Ukraine is winning but Russia is also winning. In fact everyone is winning, except those that are losing. Which is the Russians, but really the Ukrainians.

As we know, YouTube is a most trustworthy and reliable source. I have no doubts that someone will win, at some stage, in the future or thereabouts.

Best I can figure, the whole shebang is a setup of Russia. For what purpose? Shrug.

Razey
Razey
September 30, 2022 2:14 pm

It’s gonna take time to restore chaos – Bush.

Johnny Rotten
September 30, 2022 2:18 pm

Nord Stream: Sweden finds new leak in Russian gas pipeline

Sweden has found a new leak in a major undersea pipeline carrying Russian natural gas to the EU – making it the fourth discovered this week.

Denmark and Sweden reported gas leaks in the Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines earlier this week.

Nato said the incidents were the result of “deliberate, reckless and irresponsible acts of sabotage”.

Russia dismissed suggestions that it had attacked its own pipelines as “predictable and stupid”.

Instead, the Russian foreign ministry said the blasts had occurred in “zones controlled by American intelligence”.

The German ambassador to the UK, Miguel Berger, told the BBC it was clear that a non-state actor could not have been behind the incidents – in other words, a country must have been responsible.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-63071552

Razey
Razey
September 30, 2022 2:19 pm

CrazyOldRangasays:
September 30, 2022 at 2:14 pm
As we know, YouTube is a most trustworthy and reliable source.

Bro bro. Only the NZ gov is the true sauce of knews!

bons
bons
September 30, 2022 2:20 pm

I wonder if the note in the bottle found floating in the Baltic could have anything to do with the NS2 plumbing failure.
“So you thought that you could sneer at me you Stasi Ho; love Don”.
Strange message, I wonder what it means?

Bar and taxi talk here in Wyoming is that Sleepy Jo wouldn’t have the balls. Maybe not, but his owners would if there was even a sniff of a chance to set the EU onto Vlad. Win win for the US.

Speedbox
September 30, 2022 2:25 pm

Johnny Rotten says:
September 30, 2022 at 2:18 pm
Sweden has found a new leak in a major undersea pipeline carrying Russian natural gas to the EU – making it the fourth discovered this week.

What a hoot if this fourth hole is a consequence of only a partial (misfire) detonation and the explosive device is largely intact and sitting alongside the rupture pipe.

God I hope so.

Tom
Tom
September 30, 2022 2:29 pm

Uncle George is all the Bond villain I need.

LOL. Like all the other lesbian toddlers of the global left, everyone Monty doesn’t like is Hitler, but Monty also has a crush on out-and-proud fascist George Soros.

Monty should be a gymnastics instructor.

Old School Conservative
Old School Conservative
September 30, 2022 2:44 pm

Sleepy Jo wouldn’t have the balls

Possibly not.
But he’s not running the joint.

shatterzzz
September 30, 2022 2:48 pm

Breaking news: Nordstream pipe saboteur caught on pix .. LOL!
https://ibb.co/MgtDDgb

Boambee John
Boambee John
September 30, 2022 2:50 pm

Tomsays:
September 30, 2022 at 2:29 pm
Uncle George is all the Bond villain I need.

LOL. Like all the other lesbian toddlers of the global left, everyone Monty doesn’t like is Hitler, but Monty also has a crush on out-and-proud fascist George Soros.

Monty should be a gymnastics instructor.

That’s “out-and-proud fascist and NAZI collaborator George Soros”, thank you very much.

Boambee John
Boambee John
September 30, 2022 2:51 pm

The one NAZI that m0nty-fa doesn’t want someone to punch.

Johnny Rotten
September 30, 2022 2:51 pm

Biden’s Brain is Deteriorating

From Martin Armstrong –

“President Joe Biden recently thanked Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-IN) for her recent work. “Jackie, are you here? Where’s Jackie?” he asked. “She must not be here,” he continued. The problem is that Jackie is dead. She died in a car accident over the summer. White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre tried to cover up Biden’s gaffe by saying Joe simply had her at “the top of mind.”

A reporter went further and asked Jean-Pierre why the president of the United States was actively searching the room for a dead woman. “I have John Lennon on top of mind just about every day, but I’m not looking around for him,” a reported rebuffed. Other reporters shouted to ask follow-up questions, demanding that the American people deserve to know if the man leading the country is suffering from cognitive impairment.

Another “gaffe” happened again a few days later. Biden was speaking at FEMA headquarters. He refused to speak with Governor DeSantis as the hurricane was approaching Florida. I could only imagine what would occur if those two had to debate. During this incident, Biden suddenly walks away from the podium as his handlers whisper, “Mr. President!” He tried to pull it off by shaking hands with people in the room, but this man was clearly lost. It is time we demand that Biden takes a cognitive test to determine if he is fit to lead.”

https://www.armstrongeconomics.com/international-news/politics/bidens-brain-is-deteriorating/?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=RSS

Old School Conservative
Old School Conservative
September 30, 2022 2:52 pm

Nah shatterzzz, Russia done it. The Oz tells me so.

“Putin’s deep sea sabotage can unleash havoc at will.”

Speedbox
September 30, 2022 3:02 pm

Old School Conservative says:
September 30, 2022 at 2:44 pm
Sleepy Jo wouldn’t have the balls.
Possibly not.
But he’s not running the joint.

Two weeks ago the US lifted an arms embargo on Cyprus because Cyprus had “met the necessary conditions ” and the restrictions will stay lifted as long as Cyprus co-operates with US anti-money-laundering regulations and, continues to deny Russian military vessels access to its ports. Needless to say, the Turks were far from impressed.

So, Biden may not have balls but somebody is making decisions.

JC
JC
September 30, 2022 3:07 pm

Two weeks ago the US lifted an arms embargo on Cyprus because Cyprus had “met the necessary conditions ” and the restrictions will stay lifted as long as Cyprus co-operates with US anti-money-laundering regulations

Just after the GFC, and I think just after the Green abortion, Cypriot banks went under and the EU didn’t protect them. The undergrowth story is that a great deal of Russian money was parked with Cypriot banks ultimately belonging to Rasputin (and he was as angry as hell). Officially, the Russian government was very upset that the ECB didn’t bailout those banks.

Kneel
Kneel
September 30, 2022 3:14 pm

“Take it to the “Nobody Gives a Fuck” Thread.”

Oh – similar to the “You’ve made a mistake” conversation:

OP: “I need you to do X”
U: “I think you made a mistake”
OP: “No, I really do need X and everyone says your are the one to do X”
U: “Well, there’s your problem – you’ve confused me with someone who gives a fuck.”

Lee
Lee
September 30, 2022 3:15 pm

No one watches Sky News, Bruce.

No one watches the ABC.
But taxpayers still have to pay for it, unlike Sky News.

feelthebern
feelthebern
September 30, 2022 3:17 pm

I’ve watched about three 4 corners over the past couple of years.
That’s the extent of my ABC watching.

I’ve watched about 30mins of Sky during 2022.

There’s nothing new on either of them. Stale, tired, repetitive.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
September 30, 2022 3:18 pm

Kneel.
That was the impression I was trying to gently get across to KD.
“Your search for someone who cares is not yet at an end.”

JC
JC
September 30, 2022 3:20 pm

I was just told by a pal in Europe that .. get this.. Germany does not have a single import terminal for LNG freighters. Not a single one. This is very ungood.

rickw
rickw
September 30, 2022 3:20 pm

What a hoot if this fourth hole is a consequence of only a partial (misfire) detonation and the explosive device is largely intact and sitting alongside the rupture pipe.

Are you sure you wired in all the detonators? Um, yeah, totally…. How many were there?

Johnny Rotten
September 30, 2022 3:21 pm

Matteo Renzi Defends Rival Giorgia Meloni

From Martin Armstrong –

“The media is clearly in the wrong when politicians from the other end of the spectrum are coming out to condemn fake news. Former Italian PM Matteo Renzi (2014 to 2016) is putting his political views aside and defending newly-appointed PM Giorgia Meloni. Countless articles have compared her to Benito Mussolini, claiming she would bring fascism back to Italy. Renzi said that this is fake news.

Renzi took to CNN, a platform that immediately compared Meloni to the deceased fascist dictator, and defended her character. Renzi admitted that Meloni is his rival and that they will continue to fight in the political realm. “There is not a danger for Italian democracy,” Renzi said on CNN. “She’s my rival, I’m her rival, we will continue to fight each other, but the idea now that there is a risk of fascism in Italy is absolutely fake news.”

Renzi said that Italy has not changed its position on Russia and that NATO should not worry about any problems from Italy. Does the media recall what the Italians did to Mussolini in the end? They hung him and his mistress in the streets and brutalized their corpses. Italians certainly do not want a repeat of Mussolini’s fascist reign, nor do they want to give the government more control. They also do not want to give the EU control or abandon Italian culture for a melting pot of European values set forth by Brussels. Renzi is more in favor of the EU than Meloni but admits she is a sovereigntist, which is precisely why she is the new prime minister.”

For the video, refer to the weblink below –

https://www.armstrongeconomics.com/international-news/politics/matteo-renzi-defends-rival-giorgia-meloni/?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=RSS

rickw
rickw
September 30, 2022 3:23 pm

Germany does not have a single import terminal for LNG freighters. Not a single one. This is very ungood.

Wow. If I was fritz I would be thinking about buying some LNG freighters and using them as floating storage terminals.

feelthebern
feelthebern
September 30, 2022 3:26 pm

Not sure about that JC.
Not a patch on what they need but they’ve got some import capacity.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
September 30, 2022 3:27 pm

True Crime Australia
Police & Courts NT

Zach Rolfe to be grilled on use of force if last ditch legal bid in Kumanjayi Walker inquest fails
Jason Walls
@jas_walls
6 min read
September 29, 2022 – 8:43PM

Zach Rolfe will be forced to explain his alleged “tendency to want to get his man, no matter what” at an inquest into the death of Kumanjayi Walker next month, if a bid to have the evidence excluded fails.

Constable Rolfe was acquitted on all charges by a Supreme Court jury in March following Mr Walker’s shooting death during an attempted arrest in Yuendumu in 2019.

The first month of inquest hearings wrapped up in the Alice Springs Local Court on Thursday, where Constable Rolfe’s lawyers applied to have eight categories of evidence scrubbed from the agenda before he takes the stand.

Counsel assisting Peggy Dwyer told the court the categories included “the honesty of Constable Rolfe’s application to join the NT Police”, his use of force and disciplinary history, and “alleged discrimination by NT Police against Indigenous persons”.

Dr Dwyer said they also included “the possibility of prior recreational drug use by Constable Rolfe while a serving member of the police force” and drug and alcohol testing, saying “those two are related”.

In arguing for all the evidence to be received, Dr Dwyer read from a report from NT Police use of force expert, Senior Sergeant Andrew Barram, who found Constable Rolfe “failed to use effective communication” and “appears to prefer to go hands on”.

“In those five incidents, Constable Rolfe chose to use a tactical option that was not reasonable, necessary, proportionate or appropriate, and his choice of option in those cases had resulted in injuries to subjects and the potential to injure to himself, which could easily have been avoided,” she said.

“In his opinion, Constable Rolfe demonstrated a tendency to want to get his man, no matter what, and paid little or no regard to the consequences of his actions, which had resulted in quite severe and totally unnecessary injuries to subjects in some cases.

“That opinion, in my respectful submission is likely to be relevant for your honour’s consideration and, of course, it is likely to be relevant to be able to put those matter to Constable Rolfe so that has every opportunity to respond to them.”

Dr Dwyer said, if permitted, she would also be asking Constable Rolfe about racist text messages between him and other police officers to find out “how did it, in fact, reflect in his behaviour, if it did”.

She said Constable Rolfe’s application was a “transparent attempt to relitigate” the admissibility of the messages after Territory Coroner Elisabeth Armitage ruled they were obtained legally earlier this month, and hit out at “fake news” to the contrary on social media.

“It is not fair on the public and not appropriate for the public to continue to think that those text messages were unlawfully obtained, they were not,” she said.

I would have thought a tendency to want to get his man, no matter what, a fairly admirable quality in a police officer?

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
September 30, 2022 3:27 pm

JCsays:

September 30, 2022 at 3:20 pm

I was just told by a pal in Europe that .. get this.. Germany does not have a single import terminal for LNG freighters. Not a single one. This is very ungood.

Get into 40′ gas canister containers, quick.

Ed Case
Ed Case
September 30, 2022 3:32 pm

I would have thought a tendency to want to get his man, no matter what, a fairly admirable quality in a police officer?

Yeah, but you’re an idiot.

Ed Case
Ed Case
September 30, 2022 3:33 pm

You’ve been BucketBonging Judge Dredd comics again.

Speedbox
September 30, 2022 3:37 pm

JC says:
September 30, 2022 at 3:07 pm
Just after the GFC, Cypriot banks went under and the EU didn’t protect them.

2012/13. The EU did eventually provide support but yes, you’re correct that heaps of the money was reputedly owned by assorted Russians – some of whom had very dubious personal reputations.

Another rumour was that the Bank of Cyprus briefly opened its London branch, and only its London branch, and this limited opening was made known only to very few. The story goes that the Bank’s board and senior management were informed, in the strongest possible terms, that if the money disappears, so will they. According to rumour, the depositors, or their associates, were able to withdraw large sums from the remaining cash supplies of the Bank.

I’ve never known whether the story is true but I am certain that vaporising a Russian gangsters cash is a life altering action.

Razey
Razey
September 30, 2022 3:50 pm

I would have thought a tendency to want to get his man, no matter what, a fairly admirable quality in a police officer?

‘Police’ are government thugs only after a paycheck.

Gabor
Gabor
September 30, 2022 3:55 pm

Bruce of Newcastle says:
September 30, 2022 at 1:18 pm

Black, gay Dr Who

Yep, that’s who the new Doctor is. You couldn’t make this up.

I watched about two or three episodes past Tom Baker playing the Doctor.
He was the last and possibly the best, at least for me, worthy of watching, all downhill from there.

Johnny Rotten
September 30, 2022 3:57 pm

A motorist was stopped for speeding on the freeway by traffic cops and asked to give his name and address.

“My name is William Walter Wankin-Brake and I am the Sales Manager for the Bigger Ball, Better Ball, Ball-bearing Company” he replied. “Come along, sir” answered the traffic cop “this is no time to be silly. What’s your name and address?”

With that, the motorist pulled out his business card, which confirmed that he was indeed William Walter Wankin-Brake from the Bigger Ball, Better Ball, Ball-bearing Company.

After writing out a speeding ticket the traffic cop then returned to his station and gave his copy of the ticket to the desk sergeant, who took one look at it and said, with a pained expression “Somebody’s taking the piss here. I’m going to check this out”.

With that he picked up the telephone and dialled the number that had been given to his colleague.

“Is that the Bigger Ball, Better Ball, Ball-bearing Company from Bungay?” “Yes” was the reply. “My name is Clare. How can I help you?”

“Have you got a Wankin-Brake at your place?” asked the desk sergeant. “Wanking break? You’re joking!” exclaimed the receptionist “the boss is that tight, we don’t even get a tea break!”

Johnny Rotten
September 30, 2022 4:04 pm

Surely the only sound foundation for a civilization is a sound state of mind.

– E. M. Forster

Boambee John
Boambee John
September 30, 2022 4:09 pm

Zulu

I would have thought a tendency to want to get his man, no matter what, a fairly admirable quality in a police officer?

Wasn’t that once the motto of the RCMP? The Mounties always get their man?

H B Bear
H B Bear
September 30, 2022 4:10 pm

You’ll end up paying entrance fees for the privilege of enjoying “national” parks.

Already happening in WA. Everyone just buys an annual pass to go for a surf and business as usual.

Indolent
Indolent
September 30, 2022 4:11 pm
Razey
Razey
September 30, 2022 4:11 pm

ndolentsays:
September 30, 2022 at 4:07 pm
“Globalists Are Marching Us Relentlessly Toward This Nuclear Armageddon” – EXCLUSIVE with Retired Colonel and Former Virginia State Senator Richard Black

Build Back Better.

Indolent
Indolent
September 30, 2022 4:12 pm

Florida: At least 17 dead from Hurricane Ian, hundreds rescued

Sad to say, but it would be a miracle if only 17 people died.

Indolent
Indolent
September 30, 2022 4:15 pm
Razey
Razey
September 30, 2022 4:15 pm

Indolentsays:
September 30, 2022 at 4:12 pm
Florida: At least 17 dead from Hurricane Ian, hundreds rescued

Sad to say, but it would be a miracle if only 17 people died.

Would have been worse if they weren’t clot shotted.

Razey
Razey
September 30, 2022 4:18 pm

CBS notes that Giorgia doesn’t support adoption or surrogacy for same-sex couples.

I agree. Perverts like these have no business being any where near children.

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