2,850 thoughts on “Open Thread – Tues 11 Oct 2022”

  1. And just how many contagious wards are there? One for every single sick person? Otherwise, what’s the point as they would just get each other more sick wouldn’t they?

    I think if there’s one thing the last 2 years have taught us, its that whether you get an infectious disease or not depends MUCH MORE on the state of your own immune defences than on whether you can duck and weave and avoid exposure.

    In retrospect, it was ever thus – ICU are full of (sick, immune compromised) patients with MRSA, Pseudomonas etc etc but the staff dont fall ill – they will regularly swab + for these infections, but they dont actually get sick. ( I have had both MRSA and multi resistant pseudomonas back in the day).

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  2. Tories plot to replace Liz Truss with Rishi Sunak and Penny Mordaunt

    You know, these fucks could be out for a generation at the rate they’re going. Truss needs to be replaced because she’s stupid but boy, what a late term abortion.

    Senior Conservatives are holding talks about replacing Liz Truss with a joint ticket of Rishi Sunak and Penny Mordaunt as part of a “coronation” by MPs.

    Truss and Kwasi Kwarteng, the chancellor, are expected within days to make a humiliating climbdown over corporation tax in an effort to calm the markets and see off a mounting revolt.

    However, the uncertainty has fuelled fears that Truss will not be able to salvage her premiership, especially in the wake of an acrimonious meeting with the 1922 Committee of backbenchers.
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    Party grandees are in discussions about replacing Truss with a “unity candidate” only weeks after she became the fourth Conservative leader in six years. Unlike the summer leadership contest, MPs would propose just one person to succeed the prime minister.

    and

    One Conservative MP who backed Truss throughout the leadership election now believes she will be ousted by “Christmas at the latest”.

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  3. The truth is harmful and should be censored according to UK government agency Ofcom

    Dr. Naomi Wolf is being silenced because the truth is harmful, not because what she is saying is wrong. They don’t even bother to fact check her or ask for her sources.

    Watch this video where Dr. Naomi Wolf describes how censorship by a UK government agency is based on whether you agree with the narrative or not. Facts do not matter.

    The proof? They don’t ask for evidence to support your statements. Check out 1:22 into the video.

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  4. Winston Smithsays:
    October 14, 2022 at 11:12 am
    Cohenite:

    There will be a criminal referral to the DOJ. Trump will be arrested.

    They have to know this will have dire consequences, don’t they?

    More dire then raiding Mar-a-lago? That went sideways for them but you have to understand these people have no scruples or rules so upping the ante is their way forward. Trump is the key to controlling the US. With him incarcerated the mobs will be easily controlled.

    JCsays:
    October 14, 2022 at 11:05 am
    Cronkite
    If they arrest Trump why would that have an impact on the mid terms?

    Trump is the key. The next best thing, DeSantis, doesn’t have Trump’s money, contacts or sheer force.
    With Trump in jail anything can happen but it will be under the dems control.

    And just because I’m replying to you doesn’t mean I’ve forgiven you for your hussy ways.

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  5. This is an except from a Barron’s article which is paywalled.

    Someone Is Betting That the Market Will Collapse

    Amid the gloom, one trade looms so unusually pessimistic that it is hard to process because the world would likely need to end, or come close to it, for it to prove profitable. The trade is predicated on the Cboe Volatility Index, or VIX, hitting 150 by March, a level that has never before been realized.

    In recent sessions, an investor bought 50,000 VIX March $150 call options, paying about 19 cents per contract. The trade is so large, and so unusual, that it was almost certainly made by a wealthy investor worried about a massive stock market decline, perhaps triggered by Armageddon, or something approaching it. Since then, other investors have bought similarly situated upside VIX calls, including more than 5,500 January $120 calls.

    Larry McMillan of McMillan Analysis notes that the VIX has never reached 150, though Cboe determined it would have traded above 150 during the 1987 crash. (It was created in 1993.) During the financial crisis, the VIX hit a closing peak of 80.86 in November 2008. The Covid-19 pandemic saw it close as high as 82.69 in March 2020.

    Buying VIX calls with strike prices that are so far above the index’s current level could conceivably prove profitable even if the world didn’t end, if there were a dramatic increase in volatility triggered by a stock-market collapse. If the VIX hit 90—say, because Russia’s invasion of Ukraine sparks another world war—VIX $150 calls might even double in value, or more.

    “Another possible extreme tail event would be nuclear war,” McMillan wrote in a note to clients. “I can’t think of much of anything else. In the case of nuclear war, though, the markets might not even be open, and this trader might not even be able to cash in on his ‘bet’ if he survived.”

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  6. H B Bearsays:
    October 14, 2022 at 3:23 pm
    Would be fascinating to know how these rubbish people got their ‘advisor’ jobs.

    Young Liars, Young Lieborals, Mummy & Daddy, undergraduate politics. Choose one (or two).

    Not wearing underwear under a short white dress for the interview?

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  7. Your history of ‘debanking’ prominent people with conservative views has hurt your brand, and now your ‘mistake’ in threatening to unilaterally fine users thousands of $ was the last straw. You didnt add that to your terms in error, its how paypal now ‘thinks’. I dont trust you any more.

    You can now buy an anti-woke ETF in the US.

    The God Bless America ETF (YALL US) has been listed on NYSE Arca with an expense ratio of 0.65%.

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  8. Winston

    The detail – thank God – escapes me, but this is all adding up to something really unpleasant in the corridors (and waiting rooms) of power.

    A reminder, Parliamentary staff are not employed under the Public Service Act.

    The Members of Parliament (Staff) Act 1984 (MOP (S) Act) is the legislative basis for the employment by Parliamentarians of staff to work in their electorate and parliamentary offices. Staff are engaged on behalf of the Commonwealth, but are selected by, and are responsible to, their employing Parliamentarian.

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  9. Yep, stopping mining will certainly end flooding in Kensington.
    I remember driving though Kensington in the rain once, storm water wasn’t coping and each grate was a mini water fountain, Kensington has gotten more and more build up since then.
    So no surprise there’s some flooding.

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  10. You blindly trusted past incarnations of the likes of Anthony Fauci and Dan Sutton and assumed all their data was valid.

    Name what advances in science they have contributed that I trust.
    Go!

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  11. I’m sure my seriously immuno compromised relative would have been way better off being unvaxxed that triple vaxxed when they got covid, for which their only symptom was a slight headache one evening.

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  12. Boambee John says:
    October 14, 2022 at 4:12 pm

    Not wearing underwear under a short white dress for the interview?

    Many years ago I was conducting interviews for a role in the company I was working for at the time. I was interviewing a young lady and as the interview was concluding she said “This is a great job and I’d do anything to get it”. I looked straight at her and she said “anything”.

    It wasn’t quite a Sharon Stone Basic Instinct moment but there was absolutely no misinterpreting her meaning.

    (No, she didn’t get the job nor did I see her again).

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  13. I’m sure my seriously immuno compromised relative would have been way better off being unvaxxed that triple vaxxed when they got covid, for which their only symptom was a slight headache one evening.

    Rosie, Australias largest purchaser of tiger rocks…

    It was all worth the coercion, lockdowns, global trade dislocations and general bastardry because Rosies immunocompromised rellie may not have got as sick as they otherwise would have.

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  14. Britnah apparently decided to go commando and leave the cottontails in the undies drawer before heading for a night on the piss.

    Suggests to me she had a hankering want for the field to be ploughed.

    A knock back can drive the revenge bus.

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  15. Rosie, Australias largest purchaser of tiger rocks…

    Much of what we do everyday is an act of faith or reliance on a multitude of unknowns. That one was just a bit too far for many of us.

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  16. I remember driving though Kensington in the rain once, storm water wasn’t coping and each grate was a mini water fountain,

    sounds like Stubbs St

    runs along the moonee ponds creek edge and all the storm-water falls downhill to that location

    we had a factory and it was under a metre of water 2 years running

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  17. I heard a really disturbing story from my cardio during a regular consult yesterday. Boy oh boy, it’s shocking. He’s a really good guy and a top notch cardio with a Phd having also trained in NYC at a major teaching hospital. If you manage to obtain a residency at such a well known hospital you’re at the top of the league.

    Anyway, he told me that last year he saw a very uncomfortable number of young men with myocarditis and other older folk with blood clots. Myocard was associated with Pfizer and clotting with the Astra Z.
    He reported his findings to the relevant medical supervisory board associated with the government. He subsequently received a phone call telling him not to report these cases to them even though it was protocol. He was told to report it to the vaccine specialist unit at a major hospital. He did and received a phone call.. note there was no letter.. He was told to stop reporting this information and just treat people as they come in. The Doc told the caller that he wanted to do a study on these cases but was told in no uncertain terms that if he did, it would threaten his medical license as he would be considered an anti-vaxxer by the medical establishment. He was also told no-one would publish the findings anyway.

    Doc is a happy sort of dude, but he really sounded sad and dejected by what happened telling me he had become very disenchanted with the medical profession in oz.

    This is fucking wow to me.

    Look, his caseload could also be a statistical cluster, but Lysenko medicine is beyond intolerable.

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  18. Back in my old lecturing days at uni, I gave one (extremely attractive) student a credit. She texted me and asked what her score was. I looked it up and she had 69%. 1% short of a distinction (which she need to get in order to do a higher degree).

    I let her know via text and the response from her was “I would do anything for that 1%”

    I ignored it until the second text arrive: “Anything.”

    I said “I’d review your essay again to see if the score could/should move.”

    And so I did. I texted her and said “I’ve reread your essay and, upon review I have revised your score to 65%.”

    She asked for an independent Professor to review it, I agreed, and he agreed with me on the score. 🙂

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  19. Winston Smithsays:
    October 14, 2022 at 4:36 pm
    Cohenite:

    And just because I’m replying to you doesn’t mean I’ve forgiven you for your hussy ways.

    Huh?

    That was meant for head prefect who is nothing if not a male hussy.

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  20. Is gaslighting all you have moley?
    I politely responded to your question regarding the efficacy of the vaccine for someone who was very seriously ill and I get this crap.
    Have you any idea of what it was like for someone (and their family) who got their first diagnosis of an aggressive cancer a few days before lockdowns started, had to endure all their treatment and surgery in lockdown and then had the thing metasise with another major surgery, also during a lockdown?
    No, I didn’t think so.

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  21. Teh Paywallian has a rundown of the witnesses heard in Brittany’s time off. Some inconsistencies but again hard to draw any real conclusions unless you’re in court alongside them.

  22. Quelle surprise: Biden renews COVID “emergency” for another 90 days

    Never let a crisis go to waste, Rahm Emanuel once advised. Add to that this new axiom: Never let your emergency powers expire. As incompetent as Joe Biden might otherwise be, he’s proven adept at following both.

    Again:

    The Biden administration extended the Covid-19 pandemic’s status as a public health emergency for another 90 days, preserving measures such as expanded Medicaid and higher payments to hospitals.

    The decision follows comments President Biden made in September describing the pandemic as over. Some Republican lawmakers said afterward that the administration should wind down its pandemic response and the emergency designation.

    Er … yeah, didn’t Biden make that clear at the time? In his 60 Minutes interview with Scott Pelley less than four weeks ago, Biden walked around the Detroit auto show without a mask, and remarked about how normal it seemed, and how “everybody seems to be in pretty good shape“:

    That was just three weeks ago. What makes this an “emergency” now? Even with the CDC still reporting correlative data rather than causative, ER visits with COVID diagnoses are near a year-long low and dropping. Reported cases are bottoming out as well, as are correlated deaths (still no breakout for causation), as are correlated hospital admissions. Even wastewater surveillance — which would take place regardless of emergency status — shows a decline in prevalence despite the addition of many new sites in the mix.

    So why is the pandemic over but not the emergency? For one thing, Biden still wants emergency cash from Congress:

    In other words, Biden’s extending the emergency to answer demands that Biden has no plans to unwind the emergency — even after admitting on national TV that “the pandemic is over.” Only in Washington would that make any sense at all, and even then only in an administration as addled as Biden’s.

    The emergency is over. The emergency powers should be rescinded, and Biden should seek funding through the normal budget process.

    Biden’s extension of emergency status is about power, not public health. It’s high time Congress acts to bring this to an end, and that should be a much broader impulse to check executive power than limited to just “some Republican lawmakers.”

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  23. JC, youve hit upon a perfect term for the last 2 years.
    but Lysenko medicine

    Political science, not enough to bend reality, but enough to disguise it.

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  24. She asked for an independent Professor to review it, I agreed, and he agreed with me on the score.

    Gosh Lysander. How to put your job in jeopardy. These women are pure poison.

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  25. JC, youve hit upon a perfect term for the last 2 years.
    but Lysenko medicine

    If the medical establishment is playing this shit, then they should be sent to the gulags. Seriously, these scumbags should be treated in the same way they would be if they messed up in the old Soviet Union.

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  26. flyingduksays:
    with over 1000 peer reviewed articles to his name

    But how many of those was he first author? In my experience, the Professors get to but their name on a paper even if they just glanced at it (with their names further down the list).

  27. Have you any idea of what it was like for someone (and their family) who got their first diagnosis of an aggressive cancer a few days before lockdowns started, had to endure all their treatment and surgery in lockdown and then had the thing metasise with another major surgery, also during a lockdown?

    Gee, imagine if all that had taken place without a lockdown caused by political malice and panic.

    So which is it, was the panic and lockdowns all worth it, or did they exacerbate your friends case?
    If you say they were worth it then your friends suffering was a small price to pay.
    If you say it wasnt then the rationale (such as it was) of 2+ years of bullshit is gone.

    You cant praise the vaccine without praising the bastardry inflicted on people as well.

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  28. hefrollickingmolesays:
    You cant praise the vaccine without praising the bastardry inflicted on people as well.

    I agree. My cousin (same age) killed himself during on of Dan’s disgusting lockdowns. That cunt is a fucking murderer.

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  29. In my experience, the Professors get to but their name on a paper even if they just glanced at it

    In my experience, you travel, network and socialise with other “very agreeable” Perfessors, (further) develop a groupthink and then do deals to “review” each other’s works. It’s a scam.

    When I was going my PhD*, I chose 3 academics that I was mates with to review my work.

    *Like many, family came along and my unfinished degree is cackling at me from the bookshelf. In fact, if I can gloat (as I never got the chance anyway), it was on Libertarianism (well before anyone really knew what this was) and predicted future electoral success in Australia. So… too late now that that has happened anyway….

    I had managed to trace Scottish Economic thought and how it got into Australia via UWA and Ed Shann (whom Statist drunkard Curtin hated) and the rest is history…I could go on like a Bruce McAvaney but I won’t… 🙂

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  30. You cant praise the vaccine without praising the bastardry inflicted on people as well.

    Rubbish . Just because you took the vaxx does not at all mean you agree with or praise the Govt scum who inflicted the lockdowns and it’s accompanying brutality on us. The fact is, comapanies in Vic complied with Dan’s mandates and refused entry to work places unless vaxxed. That doesn’t mean you praise the lockdowns. Also, there are those that due to age or their medical/health situation felt more comfortable taking the vaxx BUT wholeheartedly opposed the lockdowns. So a myriad reasons why an individual could choose to take the vaccine and oppose the scumbag Govts. And I’m one of them.

    The vaccine and the Govt scumbags brutalizing citizens are 2 separate issues.

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  31. Lysandersays:
    October 14, 2022 at 5:09 pm
    When I was going my PhD*

    Mine also was not completed, stopped it after 2 years. Mine was on using neural networks to try and predict O&G pipeline corrosion. The big O&G companies were all keen on providing data to use, but the lawyers got nervous, so kind of ended the project.

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  32. callisays:

    October 14, 2022 at 2:04 pm

    An “informal job interview” involves a pub crawl and getting hammered.

    How very professional.

    I am as fond of a drink as the next person, but I find this bizarre and a total anachronism.
    Every company I have worked for this century had a strict no alcohol policy.
    .1 Don’t bring it to work.
    .2 Don’t come to work pissed (or, in latter years registering above 0.0% BAC*).
    .3 If you go out for a boozy lunch (which was very rare) do not come back.
    Admittedly I had one “interview” about 15 years ago where we met in a bar and had a beer, but this was a company I had worked for previously and was friends with the guy who was interviewing me.

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  33. Razey – from hanging around such circles, I have often heard 50% of PhDs are not fails, but incompletes.

    Life happens…

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  34. The vaccine and the Govt scumbags brutalizing citizens are 2 separate issues.

    Quite so. Had the vaccines been as advertised “safe and effective” they’d be praised to high heaven.

    The rank opportunism and brutality of our governments could easily be triggered by another manufactured “crisis” (I’m looking at you Climate “Emergency”).

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  35. callisays:
    The rank opportunism and brutality of our governments

    I like this wordage. Very fitting.

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  36. Democrat Virginia state lawmaker to introduce bill making it a crime for parents not to affirm their LGBT child

    Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin introduced updated ‘model policies’ on transgender students last month

    As the battle over parental rights and protections for LGBT students heats up in Virginia, one state delegate said she will introduce a bill in the legislature’s next session that would make it a crime for a parent or guardian not to affirm their child’s sexual orientation or gender identity.

    The move is in response to Republican Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s updated “model policies” on transgender students, which require students to use bathrooms and join sports teams based on their sex at birth, as opposed to their gender identity.

    Democratic Virginia Delegate Elizabeth Guzman told WJLA on Thursday she will introduce a bill that will expand the state’s definition of child abuse and neglect to include parents and guardian who do not affirm their LGBT children.

    Guzman did not respond to questions from Fox News Digital about the details of her legislation.

    In her interview with WJLA, Guzman did not explain what she meant by affirming LGBT children.

    “This is about restoring power to parents,” Youngkin told Fox News last month.

    “And let’s just be clear, children do not belong to the state. They belong to families. And when a child is wrestling with this kind of decision, a parent should absolutely be the primary counselor adviser and help her in wrestling with this decision.”

    Comments not kind to Democratic Virginia Delegate Elizabeth Guzman & Democrat Party

    Meanwhile

    Mom rips school district’s plans for ‘family-friendly’ Halloween drag show: ‘They’re pimping out our kids’

    TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT

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  37. “Kyiv is well aware that such a step would mean a guaranteed escalation to World War Three,” TASS quoted Alexander Venediktov, the deputy secretary of Russia’s Security Council, as saying.

    Venediktov, who is deputy to Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev, a powerful Putin ally, said he felt Ukraine’s application was propaganda as the West understood the consequences of Ukrainian membership of NATO.

    If Putin is forced “to spend more time with the family” or suddenly falls ill and pass away peacefully in his sleep, Patrushev is a very hot contender for the Big Chair. I interpret this comment to be a shot across the bow of Putin, to hold the line. Patrushev’s a thoroughly ruthless snake.

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  38. Every company I have worked for this century had a strict no alcohol policy

    Must have changed since my time. Friday drinks was certainly on the endangered list – I did my best to keep uphold traditions. Mining cos we’re always sui generis and had gone that way for years.

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  39. Rogersays:

    October 14, 2022 at 3:01 pm

    In answer to your first question, they are too young and immature for their jobs.

    One shudders to imagine the quality of the advice they provide.

    Which brings me neatly to this point.
    On the night in question they were on the piss with “colleagues and defence contractors”.
    I’ll bet the defence contractors coughed up for drinks an amount roughly similar to that which cost Fatty O’Barrell his job.
    Would that be put on a register of interests anywhere?
    Would an eyebrow be raised when one of these pissheads starts advocating for a contract variation for their drinking buddies?

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  40. And don’t forget the Red Screen media’s involvement in panic mongering.

    Even now it’s hard to process what was done to us. I had some interesting conversations with Republican voters during my travels. What we concluded was an orchestrated, lock-step approach by most governments. Their saving grace was the fragmentation in the US because State legislatures amongst other factors. They were very aware of what was happening in Australia.

    We are usually of little interest over there. No longer. They knew all about what happened in Victoria. I did manage to raise eyebrows of disbelief when quoting The Chook on hospitals and describing Fathers’ Day 2021 on the border barrier.

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  41. flyingduk says:
    October 14, 2022 at 10:21 am

    Same with statins, which also have bad side effects in many cases which are denied by the medical profession. We have a good friend who was a pharmacist who had many clients complain.

    Went down that rabbit hole myself many years ago after being badgered by GP into taking a statin. Felt like shit, got gaslit, changed to another one, still felt like shit. GP denied it was a problem. I did my own research and stopped worrying about cholesterol.

    Duk, the cholesterol theory was disproved by the 1980s, but we have to wait for a generation of cardiologists and those quacks in the diet field and their many hangers on to die.

    Told this one before. For newbies.

    All the years I was growing up, I remember the old man enjoying his boiled egg for breakfast. It was a highlight of his day – seriously.

    In his 50s, he had a heart attack and was put on The Diet. Stupid doctors (who are not scientists) decided that because eggs contained cholesterol, the old man couldn’t eat them, or he’d die quite soon. To describe this is ‘science’ is like describing Greta Thunberg as a babe.

    It spoiled his mornings for decades.

    10-15 years ago, The Powers That Be announced that it would be OK for him to have an egg once a week. It is part of the long. slow backpedal from the nonsense that they have been inflicting on the public about how eating eggs translates into clogging your arteries.

    Aside from the obvious, modern advocacy ‘medicine’ and the voodoo surrounding diet are very much about the pharmaceutical industry, with a handy sideline in the metal and plastic bits and pieces inserted by surgeons.

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  42. JCsays:
    October 14, 2022 at 4:54 pm
    JC, youve hit upon a perfect term for the last 2 years.
    but Lysenko medicine

    If the medical establishment is playing this shit, then they should be sent to the gulags. Seriously, these scumbags should be treated in the same way they would be if they messed up in the old Soviet Union.

    Unfortunately, it was those who disagreed with Lysenko who ended up dead or in the Gulags.

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  43. the first one is always free, then you are hooked.

    Elon doesn’t want his nice new satellites shot down.
    The cost is next to nothing – a few thousand dishes and terminals is some millions. Chickenfeed. And a couple thousand per year each for the data, more chickenfeed.
    But replacing satellites ain’t henfood, and those orbits filled with very fast pieces of ex-satellite would not be nice either.

    I wonder when a space war will happen? Can’t be far away.

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  44. 10-15 years ago, The Powers That Be announced that it would be OK for him to have an egg once a week.

    Today is World Egg Day!

    I suspect they started it to counter some of the bad publicity eggs have gotten in the past.

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  45. Lysandersays:
    October 14, 2022 at 5:17 pm
    Razey – from hanging around such circles, I have often heard 50% of PhDs are not fails, but incompletes.

    Life happens…

    Worked with a (non-PhD) physicist for some time. His judgement was that a PhD was someone with a degree who had three spare years available.

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  46. The fact is, comapanies in Vic complied with Dan’s mandates and refused entry to work places unless vaxxed. That doesn’t mean you praise the lockdowns.

    Id disagree.

    The rationale for the lockdowns was (long, long time ago) to protect the community until a vaccine became available.
    The holding out for vaccines was the sole legitimising factor for the whole clownworld/shitshow we inhabit now.

    They are inseparable.
    It in no way condemns people for being forced to make choices between poverty or grudging compliance.

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  47. Light up, America and cast your ballot this year on Biden’s terrible record

    It took a fake news anchor on “Saturday Night Live” to finally ask the question the fake political media in Washington has been ignoring for years.

    Is President Biden high? Or just senile? Or has he always really been this stupid?

    The spoof began with the fake news anchor sitting at a fake TV news desk. The screen behind him showed an image of Mr. Biden and a giant leaf of marijuana.

    The audience laughed before the fake news anchor even opened his mouth.

    Then he started his joke.

    “This week, President Biden pardoned thousands of convicted marijuana users and it feels like maybe he celebrated with them a little because yesterday Biden gave a speech at a car factory and opened with this,” the fake news presenter said, setting up a video clip of the president of the United States talking.

    More laughter.

    “Let me start off with two words,” Mr. Biden began. “Made in America.”

    Sometimes it is hard to know whether Mr. Biden is dumber at words or numbers. To be fair, Mr. Biden has never held a real job and he has spent his entire career in Washington where nobody knows math.

    The audience roared. The fake news anchor continued.

    “Let me respond with two words: Jesus H. Christ.”

    Borderline blasphemy, sure. But it may have been an earnest prayer. Even a fake news presenter on an unfunny comedy program can see the country is going down the toilet under this president.

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  48. johannasays:
    October 14, 2022 at 5:32 pm
    flyingduk says:
    October 14, 2022 at 10:21 am

    Same with statins, which also have bad side effects in many cases which are denied by the medical profession. We have a good friend who was a pharmacist who had many clients complain.

    Went down that rabbit hole myself many years ago after being badgered by GP into taking a statin. Felt like shit, got gaslit, changed to another one, still felt like shit. GP denied it was a problem. I did my own research and stopped worrying about cholesterol.

    Duk, the cholesterol theory was disproved by the 1980s, but we have to wait for a generation of cardiologists and those quacks in the diet field and their many hangers on to die.

    A neuroscientist has recently published a paper arguing the problem isn’t LDL but low HDL. Of course his ideas are not welcome. Don’t expect the medical profession to endorse this quickly. While there has long been a cholesterol network of doctors fighting against the status quo they have buckley’s chance of gaining traction. Science progresses one grave at a time? We’re gonna need thousands of graves.

    USF professor: Statin use not justified for healthy people with high cholesterol

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  49. Makka says:
    October 14, 2022 at 5:28 pm
    Patrushev is a very hot contender for the Big Chair. I interpret this comment to be a shot across the bow of Putin, to hold the line. Patrushev’s a thoroughly ruthless snake.

    Indeed he is.

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  50. Worked with a (non-PhD) physicist for some time. His judgement was that a PhD was someone with a degree who had three spare years available.

    Or a geologist who graduated during a market downturn.

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  51. H B Bearsays:

    October 14, 2022 at 3:29 pm

    Witnesses getting chucked overboard like sandbags from a hot air ballon. Would be interesting to have an off the record talk with a few people inside the DPP.

    Bear, it was discussed here at some length as to what the likes of Mrs Bandana could add as credible evidence. In fact, I was of the view that she would add bugger all to the prosecution, but they would run a yuuuge risk of her blowing them up in cross-examination.
    I wondered if they never had any serious intent to call these peripheral witnesses, and they were just pre-trial “colour and movement” to create a public impression of a strong prosecution case.
    “Well, they’ve got 20 witnesses, so … “

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  52. Assuming everything that Lehrmann said is accurate why is he doing 2 hours of work in the middle of the night whilst pissed.
    I am sure his advice was top shelf.

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  53. a PhD was someone with a degree who had three spare years available.

    And a big, cheery hello to Liability Bob, who is no doubt watching.

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  54. The Good News – Journalists and TV News Anchors will have to learn How to Code

    Corporate media in death spiral because consumers are looking elsewhere

    Polls show trust in newspapers and television is at an all-time low

    Gannett, which operates its flagship USA Today and over 200 local daily newspapers, shocked the media establishment with a blunt assessment of its financial standing on Wednesday. The company abruptly announced a hiring freeze, a mandatory five-day unpaid vacation, a six-month sabbatical, a stoppage of 401(k) matches by the company for employees, an optional four-day workweek, and voluntary separation packages for those interested in retiring.

    Gannett’s CEO made no secret of the fact that the moves were motivated entirely by financial concerns — the company is sinking, and these actions were designed to keep it afloat. Only two months ago, Gannett already laid off 400, or 3%, of its workers in the U.S.

    And the news giant isn’t alone.

    Earlier this year, CNN endured the embarrassing spectacle of the cancellation of their much-heralded streaming service, CNN+, which closed its doors only a month after its launch. Despite some high-profile hires, fewer than 10,000 subscribers were using the service every day.

    Inside CNN, more layoffs have followed and there has been a reshuffling of the on-air talent – not related to the departure of star host Chris Cuomo, who left after a highly publicized scandal that also involved his disgraced brother, former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. CNN’s new leadership is actively trying to correct the network’s leftward tilt and dismal ratings.

    Nationwide, newsroom staffing has dropped 26% since 2008, according to the Pew Research Center.

    What is happening?

    But when you look at polls about public attitudes toward the legacy media, there is ample proof that the corporate news media has had a hand in doing themselves in. According to Gallup, only 16% of American adults say they have “a great deal” of trust in newspapers, and only 11% have faith in television news. Both numbers are all-time lows.

    The polling does show that, while the numbers are still low, Democrats are far more likely to trust the news media than Republicans, and why would that be?

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  55. Sancho – I guess we’ll just have to wait for the book(s). Court is better than any TV drama.

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  56. And a big, cheery hello to Liability Bob, who is no doubt watching.

    He’s over on Michael Smith, trying to start a stoush.

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  57. Venediktov, who is deputy to Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev, a powerful Putin ally, said he felt Ukraine’s application was propaganda as the West understood the consequences of Ukrainian membership of NATO.

    Didn’t Zelensky try this on when the annexations occurred only to get firmly rejected by NATO, or is this Zelensky trying it on again?

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  58. I wondered if they never had any serious intent to call these peripheral witnesses, and they were just pre-trial “colour and movement” to create a public impression of a strong prosecution case.
    “Well, they’ve got 20 witnesses, so … “

    Wonder who is making these calls?

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  59. flyingduk says:
    October 14, 2022 at 3:54 pm

    And just how many contagious wards are there? One for every single sick person? Otherwise, what’s the point as they would just get each other more sick wouldn’t they?

    I think if there’s one thing the last 2 years have taught us, its that whether you get an infectious disease or not depends MUCH MORE on the state of your own immune defences than on whether you can duck and weave and avoid exposure.

    In retrospect, it was ever thus – ICU are full of (sick, immune compromised) patients with MRSA, Pseudomonas etc etc but the staff dont fall ill – they will regularly swab + for these infections, but they dont actually get sick. ( I have had both MRSA and multi resistant pseudomonas back in the day).

    As someone (old) who has never even had a flu shot, I think it is a bit of both. Fact is, there are unfortunates who appear to be healthy but, as we said when I was growing up, ‘get everything that is going around.’

    Like calli and others here, if I ever got some version of COVID, it was not noticeable.

    Tell you what, pollen overload here. I’m not usually affected, but my nose is running and people who see me on the street must think that a close relative has died as they watch the tears running down my cheeks. 🙂

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  60. ‘Kill All Christian Nationalists’: Vandals Trash Michigan Catholic Church With Pro-Abortion Graffiti

    Security cameras caught the cowards in the act. I’m shocked they didn’t make any references to handmaids.

    From the Comments

    – “I’ve lost count of how many Catholic churches people have targeted since SCOTUS overturned Roe v. Wade.”

    But all hail satan that the FIB has executed dozens of swat raids with guns brandished against pro-life pastors and peaceful activists who dare to pray on the sidewalk in front of abortuaries.

    Rest easy. The republic is in good hands of ‘devout catholic,’ Joe Biden.

    – No FBI raids on the perpetrators I am very sure

    – As sure as the Sun will rise. Total carte blanche for these thugs to act with impunity and without fear of arrest or prosecution, just as previously occurred with the Dumb-o-crats’ goose-stepping, brownshirted “Anti-fa” and “Black Lives Matter” terrorist thugs, after their 2020 insurrection and orgy of nationwide murder, assaults, destruction and desecration of synagogues.

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  61. World Egg Day!

    been having data problems all day with machine data.
    turns out my data was word little-endian AND byte little-endian

    or … arse -backwards in my opinion

    Danny Cohen in 1980 in Internet Engineering Note 137

    He borrowed them from Jonathan Swift, who in Gulliver’s Travels (1726) used them to describe the opposing positions of two factions in the nation of Lilliput. The Big-Endians, who broke their boiled eggs at the big end, rebelled against the king, who demanded that his subjects break their eggs at the little end.

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  62. LEHRMANN, HIGGINS AT PARLIAMENT HOUSE

    Mr Lehrmann said he needed to return to Parliament House that night for keys to his apartment that he shared with his then girlfriend Alexandra Hall.

    He said Ms Higgins also said she needed to pick up something from work but didn’t say what and he didn’t ask her.

    Ms Higgins did not say in evidence she needed to collect anything, only that Mr Lehrmann told her he did and she had agreed to stop at work on the way home.

    Mr Lehrmann said he lived five minutes from Parliament House and offered to share an Uber with Ms Higgins because he was “trying to be a gentleman”.

    The pair arrived at about 1.40am on Sunday March 23 in 2019.

    Mr Lehrmann said they were dropped off at the rear entrance of Parliament House before they had to pass through security, buzzing the on duty officers because neither had their pass.

    In audio previously played to the court Mr Lehrmann said he was at Parliament House to collect documents, not keys as he told police, and he is not carrying documents when he’s recorded on CCTV leaving Parliament House at about 2.30am.

    Mr Lehrmann said he and Ms Higgins were both able to sign themselves through security although he said she had trouble with her black high heels and belongings as she went through the scanner.

    He said they discussed Mr Wenke and Ms Gain “hooking up” as they entered parliament but said Ms Higgins seemed fine as they went through security and said their intoxication level was both “moderate”, putting them both at seven out of 10.

    Ms Higgins has told the jury she was “obliterated” alcohol at that point and remembers signing in but when she saw the form it was not her handwriting.

    Mr Lehrmann said if he thought Ms Higgins she was too drunk he would have put her back in the Uber but said she seemed all right.

    “There was nothing in my mind that said I need to be looking after her,” he said.

  63. The FBI framed Trump and saved Hunter Biden: it’s time to clean house, for good

    By Post Editorial Board

    Denial is no longer possible: FBI headquarters not only pumped up the Russiagate scandal knowing none of the “evidence” held up, it then turned around to help deep-six actual evidence of Hunter Biden crimes that tainted now-President Joe ahead of the 2020 election.

    The latest revelations come from special counsel John Durham’s prosecution of “Steele dossier” gofer Igor Danchenko. Specifically, disgraced FBI analyst Brian Auten testified that the FBI dangled $1 million for Christopher Steele to verify at least part of his package of allegations against Trump — all of which, we now know, came from Danchenko’s water-cooler gossip with pals in DC.

    That is, the FBI was on a hail-Mary quest to verify the dossier even as it was touting the specious material as evidence of Trump’s Moscow misdeeds, including getting a national-security court OK to surveil ex-Trumpie Carter Page. The FBI and Justice Department were lying in sworn documents shared with the court and other federal agencies.

    Even after Danchenko admitted he’d made it all up, the FBI still relied on the dossier to get the court to extend its surveillance warrants in the spring and summer of 2017. And FBI chief Jim Comey practically got down on his knees and begged retired DNI James Clapper not to blow up the fact that the dossier was unverified.

    Worse still, Auten got called on the carpet for his role in these dirty deeds — yet was nonetheless tapped to work up a 2020 analysis of the amply corroborated financial shenanigans of Hunter Biden. He baselessly disparaged them as disinformation; the FBI then used his “analysis” to stall the Hunter investigation, while various intelligence-community shills used it to help suppress our reporting on Hunter’s laptop.

    FBI headquarters intervened deceptively to shield Hunter (and Joe), after illegally intervening to kneecap Trump. It’s there in black and white. But Durham’s only exposed the rot; it’s up to the American people to demand to house clean.

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  64. dover0beach says:
    October 14, 2022 at 5:52 pm
    Didn’t Zelensky try this on when the annexations occurred only to get firmly rejected by NATO, or is this Zelensky trying it on again?

    Again.

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  65. I’m told that NE VIC copped 3” of rain and that my shed had 3” of freeboard left.

    Going to need a bigger dam plus a diversion pipe up and over the hill to the lower dam!

    2
  66. The Brittany Higgins courtroom bombshells we weren’t allowed to publish, until NOW: From a dress with no semen to the testimony of a female parliament security guard – here are ALL the major moments

    1
  67. The rationale for the lockdowns….

    mole,
    Your rationale as stated was that to praise the vaccines (which I take to mean agree or choose to take the vaccine) is to praise the lockdowns. That’s completely wrong and makes no sense. So we’ll agree to disagree here.

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  68. Just watched the Seven news report on the rape trial.

    Everything, every point made was prejudicial towards Luhrmann. Nothing at all about Higgins’ testimony and inconsistencies.

    He’s finished. He’s been Pell-ed.

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  69. Yes they are degenerates, and it appears to be fairly general and has not improved over time.
    As a youngun, I somehow wound up at a function (pissup really) in Rockhampton. Populated by pollies and bag carriers who were on a fact finding tour. It was like a uni grope. A certain deputy PM was playing slap and tickle with a girl of daughter age. Shocked? Yep.
    Subsequently, working in Paris, the company asked me to squire a bunch of wives from a polliwaddle fact finding and chrissy gift buying tour of Europe. They were nice women, but what they had to say about the ‘life’ was eye opening for an innocent such as me. A couple of beaujolais truth pills and it all came out. I felt sorry for them.
    Countering that, I spent a shortish time working with Arch Bevis, a man of impeccable integrity and grace. Which probably explains why the Liars dumped him.

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  70. “You know, these fucks could be out for a generation at the rate they’re going. Truss needs to be replaced because she’s stupid but boy, what a late term abortion.”

    Yep, the Tories have been in power for 12 years, done nothing to fight the culture wars, squandered massive goodwill, particularly from the white working class who gifted them an 80 seat majority in 2019, meanwhile both illegal and legal immigration is out of control and you’ll be arrested for liking a tweet or meme on social media.

    The only hope is that there are strong rumours Nigel Farage is about to set up a new party. We must hope so.

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  71. Didn’t Zelensky try this on when the annexations occurred only to get firmly rejected by NATO, or is this Zelensky trying it on again?

    Again.

    I can’t see anything being reported. Venediktov appears to be referncing what happened in late September, noting that the proposal was received coolly by NATO.

  72. the first one is always free, then you are hooked.

    Maybe in Reefer Madness: The Devil’s Weed from Hell

    In real life, not so much

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  73. JCsays:
    October 14, 2022 at 4:39 pm

    Thanks for your post, JC.

    Previously, you have said that you’ve been ‘vaxxed’ and that you don’t suscribe to the alarmism re increased incidence of heart and other problems due to the vax. Now you relate the concerns of your emminent cardiologist who supports the ‘conspiracists’, ie, that the ‘vaxx’ can cause terrible – even life-threatening – damage.

    This is why, for all your stirring and stoushing, I value your posts. You are open-minded and honest in analysis of contentious issues. And if you don’t know the topic or answer, you usually say so. You can be a pain in the butt, but you are honest.

    That counts.

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  74. under a bit of water in Vikko today.

    was just listening to some j’ismist that the Crazy Old Mole was watching on her phone.

    apparently the water gushed, filled, inundated, devastated, swept, rushed, and touched(eeyeew)

    the magnitude of the catastrophe was apparently greater than the whole thesaurus

    but despite the reporter’s sogginess …the water never ‘seeped’

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  75. Roger,
    Venediktov was responding to Zelenskiy’s comments after the annexation speech by Putin.

    LONDON, Oct 13 (Reuters) – If Ukraine is admitted into the U.S.-led NATO military alliance, then the conflict in Ukraine would be guaranteed to escalate into World War Three, a Russian Security Council official was quoted as saying on Thursday.

    Just hours after Russian President Vladimir Putin formally proclaimed the annexation of up to 18% of Ukraine on Sept. 30, President Volodymyr Zelenskiy announced a surprise bid for fast-track membership of NATO.

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  76. “He’s finished. He’s been Pell-ed.”

    That’s how I feel calli. I don’t want him to go down but I reckon he will.

    I’ve long thought and I’ve written here more than once that the case will end up in the HC.

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  77. Nothing But Welfare Queens: American Aid to Zelensky and Tsai Ing-wen

    As it pertains to the American public, Ukraine’s response to the Russian invasion can be summed up with two words: “Zelensky demands.”

    To date, Washington elites and their politicians have been happy to provide—at public expense—lining their own pockets in the process.

    As of this writing, U.S. aid for Ukraine has reached approximately $67.5 billion, a figure greater than Russia’s entire 2021 military budget. According to the State Department, this support includes $15.2 billion in direct military assistance. The support comes although 60-70% of lethal aid never reaches the front lines, according to a now-redacted CBS interview with on-the-ground activists.

    Not only is the American taxpayer supporting much of the Ukrainian military, it is also supporting the Ukrainian government. The same working class Americans who were deemed “nonessential” in 2020—who saw their businesses shuttered and burned down—now have to pay entitlement programs both at home and in Ukraine. As of September 30, 2022, the U.S. has provided $13 billion in “direct budget support,” which is ostensibly used;

    …to pay government salaries, meet pension obligations, maintain hospitals and schools, and protect critical infrastructure[,] support continuity operations at the national, regional, and local levels, support for [sic] the health sector, agricultural production, civil society, [and enable] programs to hold Russia and its forces accountable for their actions in Ukraine.

    Although American taxpayers have already matched Russia’s 2021 military budget, Ukrainian president Vlodomyr Zelensky only demands more. During a Tuesday phone call, President Biden reviewed Washington’s latest $625 million dole to Zelensky. It includes, inter alia, four additional High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS), 16 155mm Howitzers, 75,000 155 mm artillery rounds, 500 precision-guided 155mm artillery rounds, 16 105mm Howitzers, 30,000 120 mm mortar rounds, and 200 MaxxPro Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicles.

    This latest boon notwithstanding, in the same phone call, Zelensky urged Biden to provide Ukraine with air defense systems that would be used to shoot down Russian planes.

    Much like Washington’s response to COVID-19, a no-holds-barred approach to Ukraine is so widely supported, it is a foregone conclusion. Despite this, some Republicans have valiantly opposed this rampant and provocative spending. Noteable dissenters are: Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MS), Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY), Rep. Marjorie Taylor-Greene (R-GA), and Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL).

    Republicans like Taylor-Greene, Gaetz, and Hawley understand the cost of empire: endless warfare, a decaying homefront, and a beclowned international reputation. They understand that a war between the U.S. and Russia will be unlike anything Americans have ever experienced. Although they cloak their condemnation of war with Russia in criticism of “weak Joe Biden,” they understand it is the West that provoked this conflict and seeks to prolong it “to the last Ukrainian.”

    They know that the conflict—even if it remains by-proxy—is a cost war-weary working class Americans do not want and cannot afford.

    They must, then, realize that the same Washington elites waxing American fat off the Ukraine conflict are cultivating Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen as a Zelensky in-waiting.

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  78. The Brittany Higgins courtroom bombshells we weren’t allowed to publish, until NOW: From a dress with no semen to the testimony of a female parliament security guard – here are ALL the major moments

    A couple of things:

    1. Not nearly enough has been made (yet) of the very clear intent by Brih-nee et al to ‘drop’ the story just before Parliamentary sitting were set to commence; and
    2. It is abundantly clear from the images in that link that Brih-nee has spent the past two years undergoing intensive training to realise her new dream – becoming the Australasian Chiko Roll eating champion.

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  79. that the case will end up in the HC

    I don’t think he has sufficient money to take it to the High Court.

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  80. Duk, the cholesterol theory was disproved by the 1980s

    It was Ancel Keys who started it. The 7 nations study seemed to show that countries with higher saturated fat consumption had higher rates of heart disease. Magnificent case of cherry picking as it was a 22 country study and he simply ignored what didn’t support the hypothesis. The real curve was actually slightly the other way when all 22 were considered. Keys got himself into a position of influence and acted as gatekeeper. Any dissenters were not published or simply denigrated (sounding familiar?). By the early 1970’s Yudkin and others had figured out that sugar (actually carbs of any kind, they all turn to sugar quickly once ingested) was the problem, not fat.
    There never was any real evidence for the fat/cholesterol theory. Ain’t “science” wonderful.
    Read Malcolm Kendrick for more.

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  81. The Doc told the caller that he wanted to do a study on these cases but was told in no uncertain terms that if he did, it would threaten his medical license as he would be considered an anti-vaxxer by the medical establishment.

    I hope this fuckers in the medical establishment realise that they’re cruising towards some serious prison time.

    In the end, there will be justice.

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  82. From my recollection, Zelensky was asking NATO for rapid acceptance of Ukraine’s application to join in mid February (prior to Russian action). Then, in June/July, after Finland and Sweden were admitted as members, he asked again. Now, most recently, he has asked yet again.

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  83. It is a powerful point Cassie.
    The failure of conservatives in the anglosphere to recognise and fight the culture wars is the primary reason for our current distress in Oz, Canada, NZ and UK, and US.
    Political king makers are not entirely to blame. Venal creeps seeing four terms and a pension as their life goal have enabled the perversion to a much greater extent than universities, the media or unions.
    The memorable take from Farage’s party was the very public display of courage by his people. They spat on the elite, and the people loved it.

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  84. JK Rowling not worried about losing fans, says her ‘royalty cheques’ help her sleep

    Famed Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling said she’s not worried about losing fans thanks to her hefty stacks of cash.

    Rowling — who has been repeatedly called out for making what many believe to be anti-trans remarks — shot back at a Twitter user who criticized her Thursday by citing her fortune from the Harry Potter franchise.

    “How do you sleep at night knowing you’ve lost a whole audience from buying your books?” the person tweeted at the author.

    Rowling signaled that she has no issues with insomnia.

    “I read my most recent royalty cheques and find the pain goes away pretty quickly,” she said in a sizzling comeback.

    Rowling’s net worth has been estimated to range from $650 million to $1.2 billion, according to Business Insider.

    Rowley has been labeled a TERF, an acronym for “trans-exclusionary” radical feminist, by critics for her beliefs and has faced death threats since her remarks.

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  85. This is why, for all your stirring and stoushing, I value your posts. You are open-minded and honest in analysis of contentious issues. And if you don’t know the topic or answer, you usually say so. You can be a pain in the butt, but you are honest.
    LOL! You forgot the \sarc tag.

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  86. Zulu Kilo Two Alphasays:
    October 14, 2022 at 5:51 pm
    And a big, cheery hello to Liability Bob, who is no doubt watching.

    He’s over on Michael Smith, trying to start a stoush.

    Has anyone (apart from Numbers) visited his blog lately?

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  87. As I write there’s another case being heard in NSW Courts, a case that reeks of the satanic panic hysteria of the 1980s and 1990s, which saw many innocent men and women’s lives destroyed in the US, UK and here in Oz. Again, this young man’s life is on the block.

    From the Oz…

    Witness evidence slammed in Kyle Daniels trial

    The lawyer of former swim teacher Kyle Daniels has torn into allegations the 24-year-old sexually touched his underage students.

    Defence barrister Leslie Nichols continued closing remarks in Sydney’s Downing District Court on Friday as the almost two-month trial neared its end.

    Mr Nichols questioned the reliability of evidence given by the students and their parents, describing many of the claims as “implausible” and some as “impossible”.

    Mr Daniels is facing 21 charges relating to sexually touching nine young girls he taught at the Mosman Swim Centre on Sydney’s lower north shore between 2018 and 2019.

    He has pleaded not guilty to all of the charges and denies ever deliberately touching the girls in an inappropriate manner.

    Mr Daniels’ parents and twin brother sat in the back of the court for Friday’s hearing that coincided with his birthday, having supported him throughout the trial.

    Drawing on expert testimony regarding child memory given during the trial, Mr Nichols questioned the girls’ recollections of events and asked in some cases if they had “adopted” versions that never occurred.

    Mr Nichols also relied on changes to the testimony of some of the parents whom he said might have been motivated by the nature of the offences to act in a way more likely to secure a conviction.

    He suggested one of the fathers of the alleged victims had adapted his testimony based on that of the mother, in violation of orders given by presiding judge Kara Shead not to discuss their evidence.

    “Because of the nature of the offences, the abhorrent nature – the ‘how could someone do that to a child?’ – they wanted him convicted,” Mr Nichols said.

    “They were prepared to do things they otherwise wouldn’t do because they believed he’d done something to their daughter.”

    Police also provided one of the parents with a partially pre-written “script” that would become her statement and was changed by police before she signed it, Mr Nichols told the court.

    “Can you rely on it?” he asked the jury.

    Allegations against Mr Daniels only came to light after his 2019 arrest, which was widely publicised in the media.

    Mr Nichols said the parents were aware of the allegations being aired in the media and approached their children with questions based on allegations that were already out there.

    He said according to expert witness testimony, children were susceptible to adopting memories of events that didn’t occur through suggestibility.

    Mr Nichols said this may have been the case with one of the alleged victims who initially denied to her father that anything had occurred.

    “No matter how many times she told her father that nothing happened at swimming lessons, he was not going to accept it,” Mr Nichols said.

    “When you consider the expert opinion … does that not raise a question of reliability with such a young child?

    “There came a point where the child says what the father expected to hear.”

    Mr Nichols described one of the alleged incidents as “so unlikely and unbelievable” that the jury would have no trouble concluding it didn’t happen.

    Mr Daniels is accused of touching one of the complainants under her swimming costume during a swimming lesson that Mr Nichols said was “impossible” without her reacting in a way that would have been noticed.

    “It’s impossible to envisage that happening to a consenting adult who is ready, willing and able to do it, let alone a seven-year-old child in a costume,” he said.

    “But the Crown case is that happened based on what she said.

    “An acquittal is the only possible verdict for that count.”

    Closing statements will continue next week, with the jury expected to adjourn for deliberation on Tuesday.

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  88. Anyway, he told me that last year he saw a very uncomfortable number of young men with myocarditis and other older folk with blood clots. Myocard was associated with Pfizer and clotting with the Astra Z.
    He reported his findings to the relevant medical supervisory board associated with the government. He subsequently received a phone call telling him not to report these cases to them even though it was protocol.

    Kudos to your man, JC.
    The problem is, he’d underplayed it when it really mattered.

    JC says:
    January 18, 2022 at 6:27 pm

    Ive yet to find a cardiologist who knows that the vax are a cause of myo/pericarditis.

    Have far down the list have to looked, Duk? Mine is in the “H’s”. He told me that he’s seen a very big increase in young men coming in with those two heart issues. Not a single one was near death and according to him, it’s something to keep a watch but not hugely serious. He also mentioned that young men in their 20s are at their fittest and don’t ever have anything wrong with them so they panic with those two side effects.

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  89. Delta has one helluva impish sense of humour:

    … And if you don’t know the topic or answer, you usually say so. You can be a pain in the butt, but you are honest.

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  90. Just looking at some data on the lithium -ion battery supply chain.

    China supplies only 13% of the raw materials but as a consequence of other miners sending their raw material to China for processing and eventual manufacture, China ends up manufacturing 70% of global battery cells.

    And 78% of all cathodes and 91% of all anodes are produced in China.

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  91. Salvatore, Understaffed & Overworked Martyr to Govt Covid Stupidity says:
    October 14, 2022 at 6:36 pm

    Delta has one helluva impish sense of humour:

    Hurts huh? Spending days dissembling to protect a plagiarist gives the dissembler a sense of envy.

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  92. “I read my most recent royalty cheques and find the pain goes away pretty quickly,” she said in a sizzling comeback.

    How do you sleep at night Mr Trump”…
    “With a supermodel, thanks for asking”….

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  93. The failure of conservatives in the anglosphere to recognise and fight the culture wars is the primary reason for our current distress in Oz, Canada, NZ and UK, and US.

    As I said in the For Whom the Bell Tolls post, the LNP is no where near reflecting the views of the majority of their constituency in the culture wars issues, and this true across the Anglosphere. The reason for that is because they are largely liberal and they are very sensitive to the current ideological trajectory of liberalism in the Anglosphere; indeed, they find it irresistible. This is true not merely in the LNP, it is true of all the major parties, as it is across all the major institutions, whether bureaucratic, business, cultural, educational, legal, medical, or scientific.

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  94. Mater

    I hadn’t seen him since Jan and forgot I mentioned it then. This was the update. There’s no gotcha though is there as I don’t see it?

    The doc may have been retelling the story about events in the past months so he may not have underplayed things.

  95. The reason for that is because they are largely liberal and they are very sensitive to the current ideological trajectory of liberalism in the Anglosphere; indeed, they find it irresistible.

    I put this down to a few things.

    1: Imperial cities: Scaberah! is a leftist scumhive populated by civil serpents who worship at the altar of big government. Every conservative statement will be against orthodoxy.
    2: ABC: almost without saying, the pollies allow themselves to be gatekept by a leftist propaganda outfit, because they are too worried they will lose ‘profile” (and therefore their seats) if they had to rely on getting their faces on commercial FTA instead. It makes them feel important.
    3: Credential creep. Being a pube requires a degree, all those wimmins studies grads have to go somewhere.

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  96. All is can say is that Parliamentary attendants/security are no saints in the watches of the night.

    Seen some things I’ll take to my grave.

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  97. There’s no gotcha though is there as I don’t see it?

    No gotcha.
    I appreciate that you’ve relayed the story. It rings true with my experience.

    However, it is another example of people who should have been kicking up a very big stink, only doing so after it really doesn’t matter. Like the 100s of thousands of supposed French Resistance fighters who appeared AFTER the war.

    Good people, who had the integrity to make a noise, have been completely ostracised over the last 18 months and it’s been aided and abetted by Doctors and Specialists who knew what was going on, but stood on the sidelines and watched.

    It’s not exactly backtracking to come out now, but it’s bloody close. The Pandemic order are now gone. Given their positions of trust, such people should be included in any criticism, alongside those who actively shilled for the vaccines. He knew.

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  98. “The failure of conservatives in the anglosphere to recognise and fight the culture wars is the primary reason for our current distress in Oz, Canada, NZ and UK, and US.”

    Yep, and in fact they run from culture wars, example was Morrison’s glib statement about free speech,” ‘It doesn’t create one job’. For that statement alone he should be hanged, drawn and quartered.

    There are only two men in the West who refuse to run away and who are willing to fight the culture wars, one is Donald Trump and the other is Ron DeSantis.

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  99. The third match in the Soapdodger vs Straya T20 crikkit series is about to begin. In Canberra.

    Early mail is that the half time entertainment consists of a nude Brih-nee spewing all over the pitch, and on a good length too.

    I would imagine the discussion on whether they need to get the roller back out afterwards will be robust.

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  100. Yep, and in fact they run from culture wars, example was Morrison’s glib statement about free speech,” ‘It doesn’t create one job’. For that statement alone he should be hanged, drawn and quartered.

    You’re kidding, he really said that? Lord.

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  101. The doc may have been retelling the story about events in the past months so he may not have underplayed things.

    And, no.
    The VAST majority of vaccines had been administered before Jan 21.
    Most of the heart problems came with the 2nd Pfizer shot, and most had been hit with that before then.
    He saw what he saw before he spoke to you in January. He just feels free to express it now.

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  102. Just looking at some data on the lithium -ion battery supply chain.

    Amusingly there seems to be a coming realization that lithium is extremely dirty and unGaialike.

    LITHIUM mining for electric vehicles is incredibly destructive to the environment and about as far from “green” as you can imagine (13 Oct)

    lithium mining for electric vehicles is incredibly destructive to the environment, and is about as far from “green” as one could imagine. Not to mention, most of the lithium-ion batteries produced today come from China and require water-intensive mining operations that ravage natural environments throughout Australia, Argentina and Chile. The process depletes ground water, and leaves behind toxic wastewater that contaminates fields and harms wildlife. The mining process is not carbon dioxide free, either. The mining process releases 15,000 kilograms of carbon dioxide emissions for every ton of lithium that is extracted.

    Be fun when the mining-phobic Greens wrap their heads around this. Do I buy a very expensive electric golf cart and destroy the environment or do I risk getting mugged on public transport?

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  103. “JCsays:
    October 14, 2022 at 7:09 pm
    You’re kidding, he really said that? Lord.”

    Yep, he said that.

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  104. Brown Scare, Red Scare, Fake Scare, Who’s Scared?

    The demands of the American empire have been used throughout the twentieth century to influence domestic politics and popular opinion on foreign affairs. The exaggerated threat of foreign agents and alien ideologies in league with one’s political opponents has long been used to constrain the Overton Window on foreign policy, and its one of the few bipartisan institutions in Washington. Offenders from across the political spectrum have participated in a “scare cycle” that has hampered our politics and narrowed our minds.

    Such is the case today, with supporters of the foreign policy status quo routinely leveling accusations of disloyalty and duplicity upon those who advocate for a negotiated end to the Russian-Ukrainian war. As in the past, these attacks obscure the deeper roots of discontent and longer histories of antiwar activism in America. Their continued use threatens to hamper the reassessment of current foreign policy and the formulation of new approaches beyond this crisis.

    The current cycle of accusation and attack arguably began during the interwar period with a phenomenon historian Leo P. Ribuffo called the Brown Scare. The Brown Scare was a moral panic over domestic right-wing extremism that conflated disparate domestic political groups with the threat of overseas fascism. At home, New Deal liberals in the press and politics conflated odious groups like the Silver Shirts or the American Bund with more mainstream conservative organizations like the America First Committee (AFC), which sought to prevent an active American entry into the Second World War.

    Supporters of American intervention used the Brown Scare to discipline those voices who sought to stay out of the wars raging in Europe and the Pacific.

    The Second Red Scare was partially engineered by the political survivors of the preceding Brown Scare

    As with the Brown Scare, the Second Red Scare disciplined future foreign policy debate, but this time on the Left. The McCarthy era incentivized Democratic aspirants to high office to take a harder line on the Soviet Union. This motivation, coupled with the Democrats’ desire for political payback, solidified the culture of liberal hawkishness within the party and helped to set the stage for the deepening of American commitment in Vietnam.

    The scare boomerang narrowed the range of acceptable foreign policy opinion in the United States. Individual dissent remained outside government and within shrinking pockets of Congress, but the political power for restraint waned throughout the early Cold War.

    Since 2001, political actors from both parties have used scare tactics in their foreign policy rhetoric. The Global War on Terror (GWOT) incentivized politicians and their mouthpieces in the corporate press to use external threats to discipline their political opponents.

    As with previous scares, interventionists are using the immediacy of the crisis to mask more extensive histories of foreign policy dissent. Interventionists often accuse those who point to a long history of hostile Western-Russian relations visa vie NATO expansion of repeating “Putin’s talking points.” In the myopia of the moment, interventionists ignore that such “talking points” circulated within national security circles for decades, were previously espoused by President Obama, and debated in Congress long before the ascent of Vladimir Putin.

    Similarly, interventionists have used this crisis to deflect domestic criticisms of American institutions. Rather than own up to decades of failed policies, interventionists have shifted blame to “Russian disinformation” as the cause of American discontent. As in the past, interventionists cast dissenters not merely as earnest Americans tired of war and empire but as enemies within.

    American society is dangerously close to repeating the mistakes of the past. As with the Brown and Red scares, the obscurantist rhetoric of “democracies vs. autocracies” is being used to shape domestic politics and narrow American attitudes on foreign policy. As in the past, interventionists are recasting legitimate criticisms of America’s role in the world as dangerous and alien ideologies in need of suppression. Tragically, if the past is any guide, the United States government will continue its interventionist policies if these efforts succeed.

  105. I see some Cats don’t like my acknowledgement of JC’s reevaluation of previously held opinions. Would they prefer that we all adopt a position and stand by that come what may?

    Can we not assess new information and alter our opinions accordingly? Must we stick doggedly by our initial beliefs, without studying new and contrary evidence? Is it truly macho or intelligent to carp and criticise because we dislike the poster, if not the post?

    Some people need to learn the scholarly art of argument.

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  106. JC — Biden has made that claim many times including during the 2020 campaign. He was asked a tough question at diner and this what he used to get out of that tight spot.

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  107. He saw what he saw before he spoke to you in January. He just feels free to express it now.

    Yea, but he didn’t sound like he recalled we’d spoken in January. I hadn’t seen him since then. As I recall, he appeared not to be hugely certain then and sounded like he was forming an opinion unlike yesterday’s chat.

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  108. “Can we not assess new information and alter our opinions accordingly? Must we stick doggedly by our initial beliefs, without studying new and contrary evidence? Is it truly macho or intelligent to carp and criticise because we dislike the poster, if not the post?

    Some people need to learn the scholarly art of argument.”

    Nicely said Delta.

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  109. Ms Higgins was asked whether she told Lisa Wilkinson on January 21, 2021, that Lehrmann removed her underwear.

    ‘No. I didn’t wear underwear that night with the dress on the basis that it had lines. I’m a 20-year-old girl, we care about stuff like that.’

    Ms Higgins was shown a Q&A between her and Channel 10 TV host Lisa Wilkinson on January 21, 2021 – before her interview on The Project was recorded.

    Mr Whybrow asked if she recalled being asked by Ms Wilkinson: ‘So he removed your panties?’

    ‘And you said “Yeah”. Do you recall giving and answer to that question?’ he asked.

    Ms Higgins responded: ‘Yes. yes I do but it was wrong. I didn’t wear underwear and I was embarrassed but that wasn’t the interview itself and there was no stat dec [statutory declaration] on that… I was embarrassed by it… I continue to be embarrassed by it in front of a court.’

    Why did Whybrow ask that series of questions?
    Because he knew the answer.
    How did he know that?
    I’d say Higgins has been stitched up by Lisa.

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  110. Well I think i will retire to the couch now and watch England beat Australia 3-0.

    Ever since they sacked Langer, because they’re petals, I find myself going for whoever is playing them.

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  111. Ed Casesays:
    October 14, 2022 at 6:53 pm
    Jacarandas blooming in New Farm Park today.

    This would be the best post you’ve made since I’ve been reading here.

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  112. Germany’s Apokalypse Now

    The worst nightmares of Europe’s sleeping giant are coming true all at once

    Being a Germany watcher in the early 21st century can often feel like being an expert on ancient Greece: You kind of missed all the exciting bits. Alas, that seems to be changing. At the same time an economic cyclone is threatening to wreck one of the world’s more deceptively combustible societies, Germany is also emerging as the fulcrum of Vladimir Putin’s strategy to salvage his war in Ukraine by breaking Western solidarity—a gambit that now involves a credible nuclear weapons threat. For a country with an almost uniquely pathological fear of inflationary shocks, populist politics, and nuclear technology, the winter of 2022 is shaping up to be a horror show.

    What is currently grist for German nightmares may also turn out to be a genuine tragedy for the entirety of Europe, as well as the United States. For several decades, Germany was able to build strong domestic cohesion, a solid social welfare system, and limited income inequality on the back of a strong manufacturing sector and competitive exports. This kept unemployment low, wages stable, and politics bland. Their high quality of life often came at the expense of poorer members of the eurozone, but few Germans could argue with the result: the world’s fourth-largest economy and one of its most steady and apparently sane political societies.

    But the last two years, and the last seven months in particular, have revealed this model to be something of a Ponzi scheme. The entire German system, it turns out, depended on a never-ending supply of cheap Russian gas, immaculate just-in-time Chinese supply chains, and ever-expanding foreign markets. No other country bet more on the end of history, and we all know how that turned out.

    Until the end of September, there had been widespread speculation that Chancellor Olaf Scholz was willing to trade sanctions relief in exchange for a revival of the halted Nord Stream gas pipelines. Now that the pipelines have exploded, the loss of the cheap energy that underpinned modern Germany is all but irreversible. Meanwhile, the Chinese market is becoming tighter and more hostile, even as Chinese firms have started to outcompete German firms in everything from cars to machine tools. Because Germany depends so disproportionately on foreign markets, remains ideologically committed to large savings surpluses, and suppresses wages to keep exports competitive, Germans themselves cannot consume enough of what they make—while German workers make things that are especially vulnerable to inflationary pressures. Baseline inflation forecasts for Germany are now in double-digit territory. Steel, fertilizer, chemical, and toilet paper plants are shutting down or on the brink of closure, and German automakers are threatening to shift more production to places like South Carolina and Alabama. The anger and frustration of a large number of increasingly nationalist voters—the worst fear of the German establishment, for obvious reasons—has benefited the far-right Alternative für Deutschland (AfD), which now polls as the most popular political party in all five states of the former East Germany.

    In response to all this, Berlin resolved last week not to reverse course on nuclear power or invest in economic modernization—both of which remain poisonous in German domestic politics—but to embrace a 200-billion-euro national energy subsidy that whipped a majority of the European Union into a frenzy. By opposing an EU price cap while unveiling a surprise domestic relief package to keep its own voters warm and its factories from shutting down, Germany was seen as sabotaging EU state aid programs, efforts to build a unified response to the energy crisis, and attempts to ensure that poorer member states can bid for gas on a level playing field—the union’s core reasons for existing. The German national subsidy, which has since been slightly downscaled, could still make energy more expensive for its neighbors—none of whom have forgotten that Germany’s two big contributions to Europe over the last 15 years have been the cult of fiscal austerity and dependence on Vladimir Putin.

    Berlin has taken a Wilhelmine attitude to its allies’ fury. At a meeting of EU leaders last Friday, Scholz dismissed Polish, Italian, and other provincial frothing about his subsidy—which he refers to, approvingly, as a “double ka-boom”—as simple “misunderstandings.” Economy Minister Robert Habeck meanwhile recently appeared to accuse the United States of war profiteering by putting Germany in the position of having to buy expensive U.S. liquefied natural gas exports, now that its rightful cheap Russian gas is spilling into the ocean.

    NATO could officially break along the lines Putin knows it is already broken.

    Confidence that the Western sanctions regime will outlast Russia’s financial resources likewise overlooks the fact that the Russian central bank can print money if it needs to, which it currently doesn’t. EU countries have paid more than 100 billion euros to Russia for fossil fuel imports since the invasion began. Russia will record a current account surplus this year of some $200 billion; the West’s hit to its foreign exchange reserves, while unprecedented, was still relatively modest. Many of Russia’s Western imports are being rapidly substituted by China and even U.S. allies like India, South Korea, Taiwan, and Japan, while markets for Russian energy are being expanded all over Asia and the Middle East.

    This would almost certainly trigger some sort of NATO attack on Russia—to which Germany would never, under any circumstances, ever agree. Berlin would instead lead a small dissenting bloc within NATO, including Hungary, refusing any use of its funds, communications, weapons, or territory. In other words, Germany would violate its treaty obligations—as Putin has likely judged.

    NATO would thus officially break along the lines Putin knows it is already broken. The EU’s commitment to Ukraine would also fracture. The U.S.-German alliance would be no more. Even a small nuclear explosion would send markets crashing, and the German economy would grind to a halt. All of Europe would enter a depression more severe than anything Russia has experienced to date. It would no longer make sense to speak of “the West.” This, as much as reclaiming lost territories, would be Putin’s life’s work.

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  113. vr says:
    October 14, 2022 at 7:19 pm

    JC — Biden has made that claim many times including during the 2020 campaign. He was asked a tough question at diner and this what he used to get out of that tight spot.

    Okay, I didn’t know. Imagine if Trump had lied like that.

    Interesting stuff with the demonrats. They have a brain damaged president and they’re keeping silent on Fetterman, the Pennsylvania Demon candidate, who is also brain damaged from a severe stroke.

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  114. Delta Asays:
    October 14, 2022 at 7:18 pm
    I see some Cats don’t like my acknowledgement of JC’s reevaluation of previously held opinions. Would they prefer that we all adopt a position and stand by that come what may?
    Can we not assess new information and alter our opinions accordingly? Must we stick doggedly by our initial beliefs, without studying new and contrary evidence? Is it truly macho or intelligent to carp and criticise because we dislike the poster, if not the post?
    Some people need to learn the scholarly art of argument.

    Jesus wept, how unaware can you get? JC is VERY late to the party on this. This has been mentioned by many here for a very long time only to be denigrated, harangued, stalked and generally belittled by him in the most uncouth terms possible. The last couple of days with the Pfizer exec’s testimony to the European Parliament provide a perfect example. She wasn’t an exec. She’s a disgruntled former employee etc et. All bullshit and no apology.

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  115. “Colonel Crispin Berkasays:
    October 14, 2022 at 7:30 pm
    Cassie muses:

    Is this how they conduct business at PH?”

    Colonel, I’m very flattered to be compared to calli but alas I didn’t wrote those words.

  116. Interesting stuff with the demonrats. They have a brain damaged president and they’re keeping silent on Fetterman, the Pennsylvania Demon candidate, who is also brain damaged from a severe stroke.
    Woody Wilson had a complete Mental breakdown after the Versailles Conference in 1919, his wife conducted cabinet meetings until Harding was sworn in 18 months later.
    FDR was a Paraplegic, his driver carried him in and out of cars and up and down stairs, there are photos but the Press stayed silent.
    Supposedly he died in his GF’s bathtub, but I’d say that was misdirection.
    More likely, he was a [closeted] Flamer.

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  117. Lol Cassie.

    Just watching the incomparable Mrs Robinson seducing poor Benjamin.

    At least she’s wearing underwear.

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  118. Ever since they sacked Langer, because they’re petals, I find myself going for whoever is playing them.

    The ‘no dickhead rule’, also essential when undertaking footy and cricket end-of-season trips, went out the window.

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  119. I cancelled Paypal today

    Been meaning to for yonks as well. Finally did it just now.

    I’ve been trying for 2 days and am now trapped in a PayPal Catch 22 somewhere crazily lurching between The Matrix and The Labyrinth. Wasted several hours on it. Still cannot make sense of it.
    Only solution seems to be escalation to the Financial Services Ombudsman.

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  120. “At least she’s wearing underwear.”

    Underwear can be sexy, it’s called “lingerie” and I have quite a collection. Men love lingerie.

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  121. Ed Casesays:
    October 14, 2022 at 7:35 pm
    She wasn’t wearing pants, eh?
    Heheheheh, fucking good on her.

    The question is really, “How does she define “underwear?” We already know it includes knickers, but does it include a bra? Half-slip?

    If those are included, all she was wearing was a white cocktail dress. Are they still a somewhat short length?

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  122. Oh look Hallward’s triggered.

    Jesus wept, how unaware can you get?

    Citing Denninger as a source, making ridiculous scientific claims, pretending a 1970’s science degree with a focus on weather offers a monopoly on discussing science. Ignoring all that and he’s telling people they’re unaware.

    JC is VERY late to the party on this.

    That’s good right? Oh hang on that’s bad.

    This has been mentioned by many here for a very long time only to be denigrated, harangued, stalked and generally belittled by him in the most uncouth terms possible.

    Denigrated, belittled and referring to him uncouthly sure, but stalking him, naaa. Hallward is lying again.

    The last couple of days with the Pfizer exec’s testimony to the European Parliament provide a perfect example. She wasn’t an exec. She’s a disgruntled former employee etc et. All bullshit and no apology.

    Of course there was no apology because the entire basis of my argument was in reference to the very first comment that didn’t accurately report what was said. Roger later offered an accurate description. I’ve caught you many times making stupid assertions and you’ve never apologized. Your battery claims being one example… You’re a very negative influence on this blog.

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  123. Just watching the incomparable Mrs Robinson seducing poor Benjamin.
    In the entire history of Movie scenes, that, and the Moon Landing of 1969 are the most unbelievable.

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  124. I take great comfort in Mr Darcy loving Brigette Jones’ nanna pants. 😀

    *let’s see if IT is lurking*

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  125. Ladies football and sponsor NAB have their star daubed in the rainbow colours. FMD I must be a masochist for watching this tripe. Lasted 5 minutes which is 4 minutes longer than usual

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  126. Ed Case says: October 14, 2022 at 6:53 pm
    > Jacarandas blooming in New Farm Park today.
    > [https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/6/6e/Jacaranda255.jpg]

    Bluey says: October 14, 2022 at 7:28 pm
    > This would be the best post you’ve made since I’ve been reading here.

    The photo Ed linked to is not only from Wikimedia but was taken in Islamabad Pakistan in 2012.

    https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-B03uyfs0O8g/T6o5nEY_LcI/AAAAAAAAAAU/fRVuSVHxduQ/s1600/Islamabad+Spring+Jacarandas+%282%29.JPG

    Just sayin’.

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  127. If those are included, all she was wearing was a white cocktail dress. Are they still a somewhat short length?

    Don’t bend over to pick up anything less then a fifty dollar note…

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  128. The question is really, “How does she define “underwear?” We already know it includes knickers, but does it include a bra? Half-slip?

    Who gives a fuck?
    What’s the point of sheilas wearing undies anyway, it’s not like there’s anything hanging there?

  129. If you were a Doctor getting strong armed by health officials, wouldn’t you be fucking pissed off enough to take some action?

    Establish a means of recording the conversation and get them to repeat their guidance. Make as a minimum an anonymous complaint to the health ombudsman. This is a fucking massive ethnics violation that is clearly aimed a covering a fucking massive problem with these vaccines.

    https://www.nhpo.gov.au/make-a-complaint

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  130. So, it appears Yellen is jawboning the Fed in preparation for them to backstop USG debt, again. Perhaps the Fed is like the BoE and BoJ after all. Snookered? On the one hand ratcheting up the cash rate and the debt service costs , while on the other providing liquidity by buying treasuries ,lowering bond yields and debt servicing costs. Noteworthy is that US debt servicing costs are now more than 12% of the Federal Budget. ;

    Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen cited concerns about the potential for a breakdown in trading of US Treasuries, as her department leads an effort to shore up that crucial market.

    “We are worried about a loss of adequate liquidity in the market,” Yellen said Wednesday . The balance-sheet capacity of broker-dealers to engage in Treasuries market-making hasn’t expanded much, while the overall supply of Treasuries has climbed, she noted.

    Yes Janet. God forbid the USG would reduce the supply of debt.

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  131. The photo Ed linked to is not only from Wikimedia but was taken in Islamabad Pakistan in 2012.
    Yeah.
    Islamabad was where the fake Osama Bin Laden hit never happened.
    Looks like a nice place for a game of Cricket.

  132. Who gives a fuck?
    What’s the point of sheilas wearing undies anyway, it’s not like there’s anything hanging there?

    You never told us you’re virgin, Mr. Ed.

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  133. “Only solution seems to be escalation to the Financial Services Ombudsman.”

    Megan, that’s what I’m thinking, I can’t close my account and I’m getting very, very irate.

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  134. Roger,
    Venediktov was responding to Zelenskiy’s comments after the annexation speech by Putin.

    That’s what I thought.

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  135. If you were a Doctor getting strong armed by health officials, wouldn’t you be fucking pissed off enough to take some action?

    Congratulations, the qualification in ‘x” specialty you spent the last 8 years getting has been revoked by the bureaucracy.
    I hear Maccas are hiring.

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  136. I’ve been trying for 2 days and am now trapped in a PayPal Catch 22 somewhere crazily lurching between The Matrix and The Labyrinth. Wasted several hours on it. Still cannot make sense of it.

    Let me know when you crack the code!

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  137. cBrittany Higgins: I was responsible for my actions

    The former ministerial worker told her chief-of-staff she was ‘responsible for what I drink and my actions’ days after she was allegedly raped by a colleague in the office of a cabinet minister.

    By Sarah Ison and Remy Varga
    Former Liberal Party staffer Brittany Higgins. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Gary Ramage
    Former Liberal Party staffer Brittany Higgins. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Gary Ramage

    From Nation
    October 14, 2022
    8 minute read

    Former ministerial staffer Brittany Higgins told her chief-of-staff she was “responsible for what I drink and my actions” days after she was allegedly raped by a colleague in the office of a cabinet minister.

    The accounts Ms Higgins gave to friends and colleagues in the aftermath of the alleged assault have been aired on the sixth day of the trial of Bruce Lehrmann, who has pleaded not guilty to raping her in the office of their then boss Linda Reynolds.

    The ACT Supreme Court on Tuesday heard Ms Higgins initially said she was fine before later saying she was so intoxicated in the early hours of March 23 in 2019 it would have been “like f..king a log”.

    Friends said Ms Higgins went from being bubbly and excited about work to withdrawn around the time of the alleged rape, failing to socialise and letting dirty dishes accumulate unwashed in her bedroom.

    Ms Higgins’ former chief of staff, Fiona Brown, said she was alerted to the alleged incident in Senator Reynolds office by a call from the Department of Finance about three days after the fact.

    Ms Brown, who had only been in the role for about two weeks, said she was “shocked” upon learning Ms Higgins and Mr Lehrmann had entered parliament drunk and asked security for access to Senator Reynolds’ suite.

    She told jurors after Mr Lehrmann left Ms Higgins was discovered naked on the couch in Senator Reynolds’ office.

    “Lauren described it to me that she was naked,” said Ms Brown.

    “She was woken up. She woke up, she – Lauren told me that she asked – the security guard asked Brittany was she okay, would she like an ambulance or any medical assistance.

    “Brittany said no, turned over and went back to sleep.”

    Ms Brown said when she had a meeting with Ms Higgins about the incident, the then 25-year-old said she’d been out that evening and had quite a lot to drink.

    “I said, ‘Is there something – is everything okay? Did something happen you didn’t want to have happen?’” said Ms Brown.

    “She [Higgins] just sort of shook her head and ‘No,’ she said, ‘I’m responsible for what I drink and my actions.”

    Ms Brown reminded Ms Higgins of her obligations laid out in the ministerial statement of standards, which Ms Higgins was asked to read, sign and return.

    At another meeting two days later on Thursday March 28, Ms Brown said Ms Higgins told her she remembered Me Lehrmann “being on top of her”.

    “I said, ‘Oh. Oh my god,” said Ms Brown.

    “I said, ‘Are you all right? Has – has something happened you didn’t want to have

    happen?’

    “And she just sort of looks at me and sort of goes like this, with her – so I can’t say the word, but she’s shaking her head as a ‘no’.”

    Ms Brown said Ms Higgins seemed composed and said she just wanted to speak with her dad and didn’t want to make a report.

    She was woken up. She woke up, she – Lauren told me that she asked – the security guard asked Brittany was she okay, would she like an ambulance or any medical assistance.

    “Brittany said no, turned over and went back to sleep.”

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  138. “Who gives a fuck?
    What’s the point of sheilas wearing undies anyway, it’s not like there’s anything hanging there?”

    Eddy, do you like something hanging there?

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  139. Probably best to get advice from those who’ve successfully closed accounts before bothering the Ombudsman.

  140. Congratulations, the qualification in ‘x” specialty you spent the last 8 years getting has been revoked by the bureaucracy.
    I hear Maccas are hiring.

    Something like what happened to the thousands that have already taken a stand?

    Why the fuck shouldn’t they being stepping up? Even an anonymous complaint would be useful and relatively safe.

    If you were the ombudsman and you received 50 anonymous complaints about exactly the same ethics violation what would you do?

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  141. The photo Ed linked to is not only from Wikimedia but was taken in Islamabad Pakistan in 2012.

    An easy mistake to make.

    If you’re not familiar with New Farm Park.

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  142. Knuckle Dragger says: October 14, 2022 at 7:49 pm

    Brittany Commando.

    Is there room on that choppah for Brittany Terminator?

    Aahl be on my baarck.

    (Also tip ‘o’th’hat to the lady in number plate SXK.)

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  143. Interesting argument by Alex on the Duran re this business with Truss and the Conservatives. He is arguing that the establishment/ deep state have had it with both, and they are actively being spiked by BoE to make them dump their mini-budget which will be politically disastrous for them. Establishment/ deep state now just biding their time for Keir Starmer and Labour who they think will be a steady as she goes government.

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  144. So, Nicola Hamer gave Evidence that Brucie asked her to hire Higgins to Reynolds office because she “is good looking”.
    The Defence hasn’t challenged that.
    A few days later Brucie takes an extremely drunk Higgins to Parliament House, rings a Uber, and exits 22 minutes later, leaving the naked Higgins sleeping on the couch.
    Yeah, the Jury is going to buy that.

  145. JC-The media always goes silent when it comes to left-wing politicians. They smother the story by completely ignoring it. Look at how they are treating the nbc reporter who said that it wasn’t clear that Fetterman understood the reporter was saying.

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  146. Maybe the accuser was worried and withdrawn because she was in danger of losing her job, and had told a lie to her employer which had very serious implications.

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  147. NotHunterBiden
    @Dosmasdos618
    1/
    The “Slava Ukraini” Slogan

    Slava Ukraini is not an old mantra from an ancient era, but a fascist cry created in 1941 by the genocidal OUN (Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists)
    Well, not exactly created, but adopted; Slava Ukraini is an adaptation of…

    Fascinating thread. RTWT.

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  148. Yep, and in fact they run from culture wars, example was Morrison’s glib statement about free speech,” ‘It doesn’t create one job’. For that statement alone he should be hanged, drawn and quartered.

    What an absolute disgrace of a human being. America has a booming entertainment industry because of free speech (in part).

    As they embraced cancel culture, some franchises became unpopular.

    Morrison is objectively wrong. The hollowest of men.

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  149. Bulla from Fiji.

    Been catching up on current events on this thread and it’s been terribly depressing.

    I’d like to comment more but I have the worst internet connection here and could drop out at anytime.

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  150. Establishment/ deep state now just biding their time for Keir Starmer and Labour who they think will be a steady as she goes government.

    Keir Starmer was once the editor of the journal of a Marxist sect called the Pabloites.

    It’s Monty Pythonesque.

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  151. Morsiesays:

    October 14, 2022 at 5:45 pm

    Assuming everything that Lehrmann said is accurate why is he doing 2 hours of work in the middle of the night whilst pissed.
    I am sure his advice was top shelf.

    Morsie, these wankers are everywhere.
    Sending emails in the middle of the night to all and sundry to show what fucking hard workers they are.
    And fellow wankers can’t resist joining in with a banal reply to show their level of “commitment” too.
    I had one of these deadshits working for me who used to do it all the time. Always with the vague “I have concerns, but no answers” question in the middle of the night (but pretty much a deadweight 9-5).
    I raised it during his review. I could tell he thought I was going give him a pat on the back for being a 24/7 kinda guy.
    I told him I was concerned about his effectiveness, having to work all hours. Offered to take a couple of plum tasks off him if it was all too hard. Threw in the “Oh, and don’t ask questions without proposing at least one possible solution” for good measure.
    It stopped.

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  152. Maybe the accuser was worried and withdrawn because she was in danger of losing her job, and had told a lie to her employer which had very serious implications.

    If – IF – that is the case, then perhaps the accuser who is a grown adult should put her hand up, say she lied, learn from the experience, pay the costs in instalments for the rest of her life and get a job at Bunnings.

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  153. Marty says:
    October 14, 2022 at 8:03 pm
    Undies, knickers, underpants, pants all good, but “panties” – yuk!

    Go back to Engerland (Airstrip One), pinko.

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  154. cancelled my paypal with a single click the other day

    a bit puzzling why some are having troubles

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  155. Sending emails in the middle of the night to all and sundry to show what fucking hard workers they are.

    The exact subject of a recent Dilbert cartoon.

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  156. Maybe the accuser was worried and withdrawn because she was in danger of losing her job
    And maybe she was behaving like a Rape victim
    and had told a lie to her employer which had very serious implications.
    Huh?

  157. Today in court Brittany Higgins said to Bruce Lehmann that “Nothing was fine after what you did to me‘”

    I’m sure Kathy Sheriff would relate to Brittany’s comment. You see, for Kathy, it’s been over thirty years of “nothing being fine”.

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  158. If – IF – that is the case, then perhaps the accuser who is a grown adult should put her hand up, say she lied, learn from the experience, pay the costs in instalments for the rest of her life and get a job at Bunnings.
    Look out, Idiot O’clock at the Cat has arrived.
    Only a Psychopath could sustain a lie like that through to Trial and an experienced barrister would destroy her on the stand.
    That hasn’t happened.

  159. I’m sure Kathy Sheriff would relate to Brittany’s comment. You see, for Kathy, it’s been over thirty years of “nothing being fine”.

    Ironic, considering Brittany was one of the “You Go, Giiiiirl” brigade that snubbed Kathy Sheriff at a rally at Parliament House, not so long ago!

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  160. Only a Psychopath could sustain a lie like that

    Ed.

    Walk me through your moon landing philosophy.

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  161. I’m sure Kathy Sheriff would relate to Brittany’s comment. You see, for Kathy, it’s been over thirty years of “nothing being fine”.
    Yeah, and she took 29 years to go to the cops, something you don’t have a problem with.
    Brittany Higgins is lying because she didn’t go to the cops that same day, also according to you.

  162. Bunnings is reportedly scaling down its inventory in expectation of ongoing disruptions to supply from Chinese factories. Seems the post-covid return to normal didn’t happen & they’ve had enough.

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  163. I’ll walk you thru your Moon Landing Hoax philosophy:
    1. Guy asks Buzz Aldrin if he really went to the Moon
    2. Aldrin punches guy in the face
    3. Knuckle Dragger swoons
    4. Moon Landing yay!
    5. That’s it

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  164. Bunnings is reportedly scaling down its inventory in expectation of ongoing disruptions to supply from Chinese factories. 

    I better complete my inventory of Ozito tools.

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  165. Bunnings is reportedly scaling down its inventory

    sales down-turn imminent

    nothing like tax on shit you haven’t sold yet to fortify the directors resolve.

    …must.not.impact.dividends

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  166. They’ve got neither Stanley knife blades or Mickey Pins.
    If you wanna Electric Ride-on Mower, yeah, they’ve got those.
    [awaiting kerbside collection in 2023.]

  167. Ed Casesays:
    October 14, 2022 at 7:53 pm
    The question is really, “How does she define “underwear?” We already know it includes knickers, but does it include a bra? Half-slip?

    Who gives a fuck?
    What’s the point of sheilas wearing undies anyway, it’s not like there’s anything hanging there?

    Hmmm. Richard Cranium seems unfamiliar with the purpose of a bra.

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  168. Bunnings is reportedly scaling down its inventory in expectation of ongoing disruptions to supply from Chinese factories.

    Huh?
    I thought they would be increasing stock if they were expecting supply chain issues

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  169. nothing wrong with Ozito.

    got an Ozito electric plane here that’s a decade old.
    adjusted the cutters the day I bought it and it works like any other.

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  170. Ed Casesays:
    October 14, 2022 at 7:56 pm
    The photo Ed linked to is not only from Wikimedia but was taken in Islamabad Pakistan in 2012.
    Yeah.
    Islamabad was where the fake Osama Bin Laden hit never happened.
    Looks like a nice place for a game of Cricket.

    No, Richard Cranium. That would have been Abbottabad. The name gave rise to one or two laughs at the time.

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  171. Don’t forget the solar garden lights

    Shhh! the wife is hooked on them and fairy lights, Roger.

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  172. Huh?
    I thought they would be increasing stock if they were expecting supply chain issues

    I deduce they’ve had a lot of unhappy customers ordering items in inventory that never turn up, Dio.

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  173. Probably best to get advice from those who’ve successfully closed accounts before bothering the Ombudsman.

    OK. Who was saying they had successfully closed their account? I’d rather deal with a successful Cat than yet another government bureaucrat but here is the shortest summary of the ridiculous situation with PP.

    Back in February I recieved a communication from them telling me I must provide photo ID – passport or drivers licence – in order to continue as a PP customer. Reason? Useless excuse for an Aus Govt has new legislation that PP must comply with. To prevent money laundering apparently.

    Clearly I was channelling Madame Molotova, Fairground Psychic, reading the crystal ball and seeing the Optus data breach in my future, because my first response was f*ck that for a Joke. I’ve been a customer since 2005, I don’t keep money, or have money coming into the account or sitting idle in the account, my average transaction spend would be less than $20 and mostly on dangerous things like art supplies.

    So in my usual ignore it and it will go away approach to ridiculous government over-reach (obviously I had already forgotten the pandemic) I carried on using it until the day arrived when I couldn’t. When I selected PP as an option it logged me in and then displayed a message telling me my account had been limited. Because obviously I am a dangerous non- complier.

    Ignoring it continued. I just used my Internet only credit card and stopped using PP altogether. Then the PP policy stupidity of last weekend happened and I thought…well, what am I waiting for? Might as well formally quit and be done with it.

    But, as Cassie noted earlier in the week, hitting the ‘Close My Account’ button simply deleivered the same idiot message I had been getting since last March…my account is limited and I must contact them in order to progress further.

    Predictably I am connected to American accented call centre robot in the Phillipines.

    Short version –
    Me: I want to close my account because I don’t want to give you photo ID.
    Them: I understand your frustration. Provide us with photo ID so we can close your account.
    Me: You want me to provide the photo ID I object to giving you in order to close my account?
    Them: Yes.
    Me: OK then, just remove my credit cards from that account and I don’t need to close it.
    Them: Certainly madam. But we need you to provide photo ID in order to remove your credit cards from your account.
    Me: ?????????????????WTAF?????????????

    This confusion then gets progressively worse over the next couple of days. Stay tuned for the next steps into Alice’s upside down Wonderland as your fearless correspondent encounters how PP has erected barriers to me paying a $4.20 library fine which results in many, many rude words and slamming of doors at Villa Megan.

    Time wasted to this point: In excess of 3 hours
    Patience rating: deep into negative territory
    Vindictiveness rating: into the stratosphere
    Progress: Less than zero

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  174. rickw says:
    October 14, 2022 at 7:54 pm
    If you were a Doctor getting strong armed by health officials, wouldn’t you be fucking pissed off enough to take some action?

    It works the other way.
    An anonymous complaint was made to the state health ombudsman and forwarded to AHPRA regarding my vaccine advice.
    The complainant was never identified and from the story related by AHPRA, the entire episode was fiction.
    However, one must respond.
    The regulatory offices ensure that doctors comply, not report.
    Of course, this is all just a conspiracy theory.

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  175. Shhh! the wife is hooked on them and fairy lights, Roger.

    Ideal time to get in her good books, bespoke!

    “I bought before the great solar garden light drought of 2023.”

    😀

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  176. On This Day:

    1943 – World War II: The United States Eighth Air Force loses 60 of 291 B-17 Flying Fortresses during the Second Raid on Schweinfurt.

    One chopper down and three damaged in a raid, which was apparently what was inflicted on the Ivans by the Western Ivans the other day, does not rate as a tipping point.

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  177. Bunnings is reportedly scaling down its inventory in expectation of ongoing disruptions to supply from Chinese factories.

    Huh?
    I thought they would be increasing stock if they were expecting supply chain issues

    My local store has a notice on its website saying it is re-arranging the store to accomodate more inventory as supply chain issues are resolving.

  178. 1943 – World War II: The United States Eighth Air Force loses 60 of 291 B-17 Flying Fortresses during the Second Raid on Schweinfurt.

    Going after the bearing factories in Schweinfurt IIRC.

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  179. Knuckle Draggersays:

    October 14, 2022 at 8:20 pm

    Sending emails in the middle of the night to all and sundry to show what fucking hard workers they are.

    The exact subject of a recent Dilbert cartoon.

    Unfortunately, not as rare as it should be.

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  180. Teh Paywallian has an opinion column from George Williams at UNSW that is always worth ignoring.

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  181. “But, as Cassie noted earlier in the week, hitting the ‘Close My Account’ button simply deleivered the same idiot message I had been getting since last March…my account is limited and I must contact them in order to progress further.”

    Thanks Megan, that’s exactly the message I keep on getting. I tried again this afternoon to close my account and could not.

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  182. was me Megan

    literally logged into paypal
    went to accounts
    hit close/cancel
    you sure?
    yep
    done !!

    here’s an interesting thing.

    immediately got a flurry of emails …

    This email confirms that you have cancelled your payment agreement with
    — eBay Marketplaces GmbH.
    — Dick Smith
    — Google
    — Village Cinemas Australia Pty Ltd

    and finally

    — You’ve closed your PayPal account.
    — If you didn’t close your PayPal account, please contact us by clicking Help at the bottom of our website.

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  183. My local store has a notice on its website saying it is re-arranging the store to accomodate more inventory as supply chain issues are resolving.

    Would be interesting to know what they put on the shelves, Megan.

    With China’s zero covid policy & Xi being reappointed, supply chain issues are not being resolved any time soon.

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  184. I deduce they’ve had a lot of unhappy customers ordering items in inventory that never turn up, Dio.

    I suppose it depends on definition of reducing stock… Deleting items or reducing the amount of an item

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  185. rickwsays:
    October 14, 2022 at 8:03 pm
    Congratulations, the qualification in ‘x” specialty you spent the last 8 years getting has been revoked by the bureaucracy.
    I hear Maccas are hiring.

    Something like what happened to the thousands that have already taken a stand?

    Why the fuck shouldn’t they being stepping up? Even an anonymous complaint would be useful and relatively safe.

    If you were the ombudsman and you received 50 anonymous complaints about exactly the same ethics violation what would you do?

    If it’s anything like the bureaucracy in Vic, it’ll do the level best to ignore it, and if pressed find any reason to delay and then rule nothing to see here.

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  186. Unfortunately, not as rare as it should be.

    San Cho
    and San Cho alone
    know’s exactly what’s going on in somebody’s personal life when they send an email

    he’s collated the stats
    done the multi-variant maths
    cogitated on it deeply

    and the results are in and published on The Cat OT

    ffs, I preferred it when you used to just bark at cars

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  187. MT Vassal knows exactly the office dynamics going on in Sancho’s workplace over a twelve month period.
    The late night texter/emailer is a thing.
    Sending inconsequential “look at me” messages at 10:30 p.m. or on a Sunday afternoon, copying 36 people unnecessarily, but then doing fuck all when required in normal work hours?
    Not behaviour to be encouraged.

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  188. Thanks Matrix.

    I knew my PP account was connected to eBay as I originally opened it to use on the site. What I discovered today is that if an e-commerce site uses PP as their payment gateway then naughty customers such as my good self are now shut out from purchasing using their credit card, something that was previously the customer’s choice.

    I suspect that PP has taken the governments’s money laundering legislation and developed an internal ‘Process’ that has added far more restrictions than originally intended. Because they can.

    Here’s the thing – I cannot provide them with photo ID because my passport is currently stuck in the long and winding DFAT passport department awaiting renewal and not likely to reappear anytime soon.
    My currrent driving licence expires tomorrow and that too is stuck in the Victorian bureaucratic swamp awaiting renewal. Given the Optus debacle and affected customers also requiring new passports and licences it could be an extremely long wait.

    Ombudsman’s office recommends you try to resolve it directly with the company and provides a helpful link to a PP page that lists the euphemistically named Customer Advocacy Officer based in PP head office in Sydney. When you call the (02) number given to connect to her….you get the freaking unhelpful call centre again. Where I had an identical conversation to the one I reported on previously. With a still unclosed account.

    Unless I escalate, I’m effectively snookered and not at all happy about it.

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