2,471 thoughts on “Open Thread – Weekend 22 Oct 2022”

  1. dover0beachsays:
    October 24, 2022 at 10:16 pm
    No link then. OK.

    Here, not sure if this is their source but it is the same claim.

    He also added that all males liable for military service under the age of 60 need to wait for a summons. Maximov also confirmed that raids will continue in Kyiv, during which summonses are issued. He added that the summons can be served anywhere and at any time of the day.

    Earlier, captured fighters of the Armed Forces of Ukraine said that in Ukraine everyone is sent to the front. The authorities have relaxed the requirements for the state of health of those liable for military service. For service, they take almost any disease, and even veterinarians come to the medical board.

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  2. Exactly Roger.
    It’s a narrative shift when they saw the wind blow the other way.
    I don’t believe Wallam could have known about Hancock’s comments prior to this excuse making, why would she?


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  3. “It’s only since public sentiment turned against them that the race thing has come to the fore.”

    Even that’s not working, and having the likes of thugs like Anthony Mundine and the grotesque millionaire amphibian of Mosman, aka Mrs Pirate, joining in the pile on of Gina, doesn’t help the Netties’ cause.


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  4. China Boasts of Soaring Demand for Its Solar Panels During Europe’s Self-Inflicted Energy Crisis

    China’s state-run Global Times boasted that the Chinese solar panel industry has “gained a historic foothold in Europe” thanks to European environmentalist policies that deprived the Continent of reliable energy after Russia shut down its gas pipelines.

    “Demand for PV [photovoltaic] products has reached a new high, driven by surging natural gas prices amid the Russia-Ukraine conflict and the damaged Nord Stream pipelines. Lately, Chinese solar panels have gained growing popularity among European consumers in addition to electric blankets and hand warmers,” the Global Times wrote, providing a grimly amusing snapshot of energy-dystopian Europe on the edge of winter.

    “Chinese insiders” quoted by the Global Times predicted Europeans will buy up to half of the solar equipment China exports this year, thanks to “geopolitical changes in Europe and the region’s green push.”

    China’s $35.77 billion in photovoltaic exports for the first eight months of 2022 already exceed the entire export volume for 2021, and Chinese solar companies are reporting revenue gains of 40 percent to well over 100 percent.

    “Chinese insiders” said revenues are climbing even higher because high demand is pushing up PV prices, and heavy European demand is prompting Chinese manufacturers to hire more workers, increase production, and add more warehousing and delivery capacity.


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  5. Banks are discovering that holding cash can be lucrative again

    Rising interest rates are reviving dim memories of what it means to live without free money

    Suddenly, everybody wants your cash.

    As recently as last year, many US and European banks were actively trying to get out of holding clients’ ready money because they were awash with deposits.

    The trend was quite extreme in Europe where central bank rates had been negative for years. UBS and Credit Suisse, among others, were charging their wealth management customers as much as 0.6 per cent simply for the privilege of having a large balance in their accounts. But US banks too kept cutting the interest rates they paid on corporate deposits in the hope of getting customers to go elsewhere.

    Money market funds and institutional cash management products, meanwhile, were paying next-to-nothing returns, and global asset managers were still having to subsidise them to keep the business going.

    Now the worm has turned. Apple and Goldman Sachs are teaming up on a no-fee high-yield savings account. Some UK banks are offering regular clients special savings accounts that pay as much as 5 per cent. UBS has finally scrapped its cash balance fees, and institutional cash managers are telling me that they are actively plying corporate treasurers with other services to make their offerings more attractive.

    This, of course, is monetary policy in action. Rising interest rates and the rolling off of central bank bond buying are reviving dim memories of what it means to live without free money.

    Lenders profit by charging more for loans and credit lines than they pay out to get deposits. But this “net interest” income has been squeezed by years of rock bottom rates. Now it is now shooting up as banks immediately pass on higher rates to their mortgage and corporate loan customers, but move more slowly to raise rates for savers.

    Wall Street giants and scrappy fintechs alike this week have reported substantial jumps in net interest for the quarter that ended on September 30, and the main UK banks are expected to report a similar bonanza. Slow moving custodian Bank of New York Mellon was among the biggest winners, with a 44 per cent increase year on year.

    Now that holding cash can be lucrative again, of course more financial institutions want it.


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  6. I don’t believe Wallam could have known about Hancock’s comments prior to this excuse making, why would she?

    If I were a betting man, I’d wager she’d never even heard of Lang Hancock.


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  7. “This was and is about mining and climate change; see the original interviews with the chief agitator, Ms. Norder.”

    And her politics. Gina is known to be a contributor to the evil, sinister, far-right IPA. That makes her a target.


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  8. Netball Australia sponsorship crisis: Anthony Mundine accuses Gina Rinehart of $15m cop out

    Anthony Mundine is one of those half-caste troublemakers Lang Hancock was talking about all those years ago.

    No wonder he’s squealing like a pig.


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  9. Even that’s not working, and having the likes of thugs like Anthony Mundine and the grotesque millionaire amphibian of Mosman, aka Mrs Pirate, joining in the pile on of Gina, doesn’t help the Netties’ cause.

    Nor the inVoice cause, I would add.


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  10. Here we go again – 1,900 passengers in Covid scare on board Coral Princess cruise ship as 100 holidaymakers are hit by new outbreak off idyllic hotspot

    . Covid-infected holidaymakers on cruise ship have been put into lockdown
    . 100 passengers and crew already made to isolate for five days due to outbreak
    . Around 1900 are believed to be on board the affected luxury liner
    . The cruise ship was the first to enter WA waters in more than two years

    The ship was the first luxury liner to enter Western Australian waters in more than two years because of the pandemic when it docked in Broome on Monday morning.

    But around 100-infected passengers and crew are unable to leave and must stay in isolation for the next five days after the virus was discovered circulating on the ship


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  11. I was not asked for any vaxx information before checking in to flights to either Dubai or Japan, and definitely not at the final destination. This might be because I was a transit passenger.

    The digital vaxx “passport” is, supposedly, not linked to my digital passport chip, so there’s no way of knowing at the check-in desk.

    I’m struggling to know how something can be enforced if they don’t even ask.


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  12. When I transited through Dubai in December 2021 it was either vaxx or negative test, can’t see why that would have changed.
    Singapore on way home was closed except to those who had booked prior to the shut down, I don’t know about their transit rules now.


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  13. Here we go again – 1,900 passengers in Covid scare on board Coral Princess cruise ship as 100 holidaymakers are hit by new outbreak off idyllic hotspot

    Yet the Princess line of ships are the most rigorous in mask enforcement, to the point of regular users vowing never to return.

    Just. Give. Up.


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  14. In an extremely crowded field, Australia greatest fuckhead reverts to type as the sun starts to set on this career (Will Swanton in The Hun):

    Dave Warner came and went quicker than Liz Truss. He only faced six deliveries but still showed why the Australian captaincy should always be directed elsewhere.

    He has multiple admirable qualities as an athlete but on-field statesmanship ain’t one of them. The way he snapped and snarled and told Trent Boult to get stuffed … you can’t do that when you’re national skipper.

    The incident – this time:

    First ball, Warner was beaten all ends up by Boult. Soon enough, he nicked one straight down the gullet of second slip. Straight into the old bread basket, it went. Second slip couldn’t drop it if he tried … except there wasn’t a second slip and the ball skipped away for four.

    Fluke. Warner responded by walking down the pitch and screaming (like a juvenile) at Boult. Attempts at lip-reading have failed but we know what he said, more or less. Something along the lines of get a dog up ya, probably with an F-bomb thrown in for good measure. Boult laughed because again, it was just Warner being Warner. Post-match commentary ignored it as par for the course.

    That was the other day. This is an analysis, made by one of the game’s classiest and most polite legends:

    It was after Warner screamed at Indian Rohit Sharma to “speak English” that [Martin] Crowe took the long handle via his laptop and a column for ESPN.

    “As Ian Chappell has said often recently, that soon enough someone will get king-hit on a cricket field,” Crowe wrote.

    “Warner may just be the one who gets pinned by someone in retaliation. And if it is him who gets hammered, it will be overdue, if wrong. No one, let alone an umpire, who has enough on his plate in the international game, wants to have to reprimand or babysit a bunch of boorish, childish adults during play for these ugly spats that are becoming commonplace. But they need to.

    “Before things escalate the ICC needs to arm the officials with everything possible to stop the idiots who are ruining our enjoyment of the game. My concern in the immediate future will be that Warner will be in the centre of an ugly on-field fight during the upcoming World Cup.”

    “Watching from the luxury of my couch and after hearing numerous accounts from respected cricket people, there is a growing concern that David Warner’s thuggish behaviour has gone too far,” Crowe wrote.

    “Soon one day it will lead to an incident that will sully the game for good. Warner can play, but he is the most juvenile cricketer I have seen on a cricket field. I don’t care how good he is: if he continues to show all those watching that he doesn’t care, he must be removed, either by Cricket Australia or definitely by the world governing body.

    “The more he gets away with it, the more others will follow his pitiful actions. Already we see one or two of his teammates enjoying being close to his hideous energy.”

    Crowe wrote that in 2016, prior to Sandpapergate. Nothing – nothing – has changed.


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  15. “We should be living in peace and harmony, and working together and learning to own your actions.”

    – Sun Mundine

    The Zircons are presently learning to own their own actions.


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  16. Well Well, reported days ago on NewCattallaxy Blog finally makes Mainstream Media

    EXCLUSIVE: Joe Biden was ‘complicit in SIX alleged white collar crimes’ including tax evasion, using nonpublic info for financial gain and illegally utilizing his alias email’ – 634-page watchdog report on contents of Hunter’s laptop claims

    . A report by Marco Polo claims Joe Biden is complicit in tax evasion, violated the Presidential Records Act, and used nonpublic information for financial gain
    . The six incidents involving Joe listed in the report span from June 2010 to December 2016
    . A 2016 email shows the then VP’s senior advisor sent a schedule for his call with then-Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko – and copied Hunter in the message
    . Copying his son in the VP’s schedule constitutes a use of nonpublic information from a government job for financial gain, the report claims
    . The advisor had also sent the message to an alias email address Joe used under the name ‘Robert Peters’
    . The report claims Joe also ‘illegally utilized his private, alias email address’ under another pseudonym in a 2012 conversation with Secretary of State Antony Blinken



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  17. A group of 30 Democrats are reportedly pushing Biden to change tact regarding Ukraine.

    It’s the first time since the Russian invasion that there’s been any pushback from within the DNC machine.

    The Dems strategy for the 2020 coup relied on having 99% of the news media in their pocket to sweep popular opposition to the coup and the Marxist revolution that followed under the carpet.

    The only media organisation putting the Dems under scrutiny is the top-rating Fox News, which has built its commercial success on the fact that no-one else in the mainstream media speaks for middle America.

    Tucker Carlson has been front and centre in doing the job the rest of the media is supposed to, but refuses to do. With lots of middle America watching.


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  18. Do the Diamonds realise how diamonds are acquired?
    They might have to consider a name change, zirconias no good either, how bad is that manufacturing process for the environment.
    I propose they rebadge as the Muds.
    It’s all natural.


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  19. If you are travelling at the end of this year, you may find things changed in exiting Melbourne. It makes sense to do the checks front end, before embarkation, as it prevents the possibility of a messy turn around at the destination.

    Nothing was required of me on embarkation either in Sydney, Zagreb or London. As pointed out up thread, nothing will stop a Covid bed-wetter pulling the pin when you’re mid-flight. Best thing to do is to make sure your destinations are reasonably sensible, something nigh impossible in this day and age.


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  20. Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ‘mocks Biden, 79, by making fun of his gaffes and questioning his mental acuity’, shocking report claims after Kingdom rejected US bid to delay oil deal until after the midterms

    . MBS has told advisers he has not been impressed with Biden since his time as vice president and ‘much preferred’ President Trump
    . MBS’s disdain was on full display when he led OPEC+ in a decision to cut oil production by 2 million barrels per day, jacking up gas prices
    . Biden during a CNN interview last week that there would be ‘consequences’ for the decision led by Riyadh
    . The Saudis now too say they are looking to reevaluate their relationship with the U.S.
    . One drastic option that has been suggested is the selling of U.S. Treasury bonds if Congress passes anti-OPEC legislation, with the Saudis holding nearly $120B


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  21. Remember this whenever he talks about making “tough decisions” that working class people will pay for.

    Mind you, ‘working class’ leaders have a pretty bad record too and ‘working class’ parties sprout and nourish endless crops of socialists, communists, as well as people whose sole remedy is more money from da bosses and da rich for da wukkaz.

    At grass roots they produce revolutionary types who want to bring down the status quo and replace it with some ill-thought out utopia cobbled together by an economic nonce from the small limited set of economic concepts they have heard about but not even experienced. How many workers’ revolutions have their been? Look at their promises? How many have delivered?

    But the ones who run for government are not even these. They are cynical and manipulative, and coopt the envy of those they purport to champion for their own ends. How many jobs (and businesses that provide jobs) have been destroyed by those two?

    The Greens are a slightly newer creature where the revolutionaries go into parliament. They came into existence when the more base imperative of money for wukkaz had been satisfied to a large extent. So they aren’t in it for the money. They are in it for power. Power as an ends, not a means. They really don’t care how much they make despondent and impoverish wukkaz. Or anyone other than themselves. But they are aberrations in every possible human dimension and are more psychological phenomena, not economic. And more psychiatric than psychological.

    On the other hand someone whose wealth derives from economic activity will likely prefer policies that increase just that. While the socialists think it is a zero sum game we know better. How else is it that there are more people alive now than 200 years ago and yet we are still wealthier. A zero sum would mean limited wealth spread out more thinly. And no, it is not from plundering the third world (a desperate excuse from earlier marxists to explain how life was improving in Europe). How much could those poor countries have yielded?

    The old idea that rich people spend their every waking hour scheming for ways to pay their workers less, while those workers live in grimy hovels with their broken wives who have long since shed their youth, beauty and optimism, and whose sickly emaciated kids sit huddled in the corner with dead eyes, their ashen faces and tired rags blending in against the drab walls – is frankly cartoonish.

    The only modern example of the former I can think of is Jeff Bezos.

    And the latter? Well in the past life wukkaz did live in cramped homes, the wives were tired, the kids wore hand-me -downs, and the furniture was threadbare, creaking, and mismatched. We look at that with horror. But for them it was natural, and likely part of a steady trend of improvement in the conditions of the working class.

    Can’t trust rich leaders? They can’t be trusted with the conditions of the wukkaz?

    I give you Trump and Bernie.


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  22. Cassie sez:

    Ah…yep. Last night, when talking to Nick Cater, I asked him whether he really thinks the likes of Dave Sharma, Trent Zimmerman and Dr Katie Allen had ever bothered reading Menzies pivotal “Forgotten People” speech.

    Katie Allen was my local member and I sent her Menzies’ “Forgotten People” speech last year.

    Never got a reply.

    I sent her an “I told you so” email on election night.

    Never got a reply either.


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  23. Thanks Calli and Rosie,

    as unvaxxed, just about to start renewing Passport, as looking to see son in Milan and Switzerland next year and resume International Travelling


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  24. Fox News, which has built its commercial success on the fact that no-one else in the mainstream media speaks for middle America.

    Aspiring political parties in this country may wish to take note.

    Also note that Fox News does not run hour-long specials featuring Hank from Nebraska and his views on chemtrails, tunnels and the effects of little magnets that the Government put under his kitchen sink.


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  25. At grass roots they produce revolutionary types who want to bring down the status quo and replace it with some ill-thought out utopia cobbled together by an economic nonce from the small limited set of economic concepts they have heard about but not even experienced. How many workers’ revolutions have their been? Look at their promises? How many have delivered?

    *golf clap*


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  26. CDC’s Child Vaccine Move Puts Dem Candidates on the Hot Seat

    The CDC just made the closing weeks of 2022 campaigns a lot more volatile for some shaky Democrat candidates, especially for incumbent, pro-mandate Democrat governors like JB Pritzker, Kathy Hochul, and Gretchen Whitmer.

    Why?

    Well, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention just delivered a stark rebuke to America’s parents. In a unanimous decision, its Committee on Immunization Practices voted to add COVID-19 vaccines to the regular immunization schedule for all children, starting at the age of 6 months old.

    Clearly, American parents do not concur, as a mere 3.5% of parents have injected their babies and toddlers, aged 6 months to 5 years old. For school age children, a recent Kaiser Family Foundation study shows that only one-third of children aged 5-11 have received at least one shot.

    Contravening the CDC, The Florida Department of Health issued guidance that the data suggest that “healthy children from ages 5 to 17 may not benefit from receiving the currently available COVID-19 vaccine.” For young people of more advanced age, Florida’s Surgeon General Dr. Joseph Ladapo went further, announcing that he “recommends against the COVID-19 mRNA vaccines” for young men starting at age 18, due to myocarditis risks.

    The analysis of Dr. Ladapo, a scientist with two separate doctorates from Harvard, proves that science is, indeed, never “settled.” Moreover, the prevailing majority of American parents clearly agree with Florida’s skeptical approach on child vaccinations, and for valid data-based reasons. For example, after reviewing the relevant evidence, some European countries now actually forbid the injections for young people. Denmark’s Health Authority determined that because “children and adolescents rarely become severely ill from the Omicron variant of covid-19,” that child COVID vaccination is no longer possible except for “a very limited number of children at particularly higher risk.”

    With compulsory childhood vaccinations now clearly on the ballot, Pritzker and other pro-lockdown, pro-mandate Democrats face political peril, especially among the supermajority of mothers who have clearly opted out of vaccinating their children. Similar scenarios play out in New York, where Rep. Lee Zeldin remains locked in a tight race with Gov. Kathy Hochul. There, Zeldin smartly promised to protect New York parents from such intrusion: “As governor, I will oppose mandating the COVID vaccine.”


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  27. Katie Allen was my local member and I sent her Menzies’ “Forgotten People” speech last year.

    Never got a reply. I sent her an “I told you so” email on election night. Never got a reply either.

    Count yourself lucky she didn’t report you to police.


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  28. “Katie Allen was my local member and I sent her Menzies’ “Forgotten People” speech last year.

    Never got a reply.”

    Of course not Vagabond. Why would Allen read Menzies’ Forgotten People speech? Instead she was reading books by the Mr and Mrs Obama. She was proud of it, whenever she was interviewed on Sky News, her backdrop was always a book written by some left-wing creep.

    She deserved to lose, and Allen can’t even use the excuse of the Teals in her electorate. She was so bad that she lost her seat to Labor.


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  29. Meanwhile, thanks to commodity prices, our budget deficit will be about half what was forecast.

    Perhaps the Diamonds should refuse to play with ‘Australia’ on their uniforms?


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  30. “Are you kidding me? China is a hostile and aggressively spoken power that wants to control the Pacific. You’re equating China with Australia in relation to these Pacific countries.”

    No, I’m pointing out that different people see things differently.
    Are you OK with the scenario, or do you think it would threaten Australia? If you think it wpould threaten Australia (I do!), then why can you not see that the Ukraine joining NATO is just as threatening to Russia?

    Russia learnt the hard way that it is not intentions that matter, it is capabilities.
    They won’t make that mistake again – at least, Putin won’t.

    How would the US react to China having a military alliance with Mexico, and supporting it financially?
    The answer is “badly”.
    What happened in Ukraine is no different – it threatened Russia’s national security interests, and not in a small way. They may be paranoid, they may be wrong, but they have a legitimate right to be concerned. And when we ignore that concern, when we actually make it worse, it’s our fault that things spiral out of control and war happens. We laughed at them and ignored them, thinking they would never dare react as we could easily have predicted they would. That’s just being a bully.

    The US political class has been extracting cash and fomenting anti-Russian sentiment in the Ukraine for decades, while ignoring Putin’s complaints about that – something that they would never tolerate were it done to them. They would (and have!) threatened massive military responses to such threats – and actually carried them out, as well. Hypocrisy, much?


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  31. IS TRANSGENDERISM JUST A PHASE?

    I didn’t say it, Britain’s National Health Service did. The Telegraph reports:

    Most children who believe that they are transgender are just going through a “phase”, the NHS has said, as it warns that doctors should not encourage them to change their names and pronouns.

    NHS England has announced plans for tightening controls on the treatment of under 18s questioning their gender, including a ban on prescribing puberty blockers outside of strict clinical trials.

    Not only are surgery and puberty blockers out, the NHS is even recommending against milder measures:

    NHS England says that the interim Cass Report has advised that even social transition, such as changing a young person’s name and pronouns or the way that they dress, is not a “neutral act” that could have “significant effects” in terms of “psychological functioning”.

    The NHS notes a 40-fold increase in use of “gender identity services” over the last decade. The service announces a different approach to treating young people, noting “evidence that in most cases gender incongruence does not persist into adolescence” and pointing out that “doctors should be mindful this might be a ‘transient phase’”.


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  32. YOU CAN’T FAKE ENTHUSIASM

    Remember during the 2020 presidential campaign, when Joe Biden would give a speech in front of a vacant lot to a handful of people who were in cars, one or two per vehicle, spaced widely apart? The Democrats pretended that Biden ran a basement campaign because of covid, but really it was because he can’t draw a crowd. There are plenty of people willing to vote for a nonentity like Biden, often for reasons of self-interest. But hardly anyone is proud of it.

    By way of contrast, check out these video clips of Ron DeSantis making a surprise appearance before 20,000 country music fans over the weekend. It was the Country Thunder fest in Kissimmee. Sure, it was a predictably friendly audience. But you can’t fake this kind of enthusiasm, and no one on the Democrat side inspires it:


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  33. Europe has bigger fish to fry this winter.

    I’ll add to that. The vast piles of firewood I saw in Croatia, Slovenia and Bosnia bore witness to the intelligence of the locals – despite all the “greenwashing”, they know they’ll be cold if there’s no gas for heating.

    Likewise that bagged coal being delivered to households in pre-dawn Glasgow – they know too.

    The clue-hammer may not fall before Christmas, but it won’t wait until April. The February freeze will do the trick.


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  34. The Green Energy Profiteering Scam

    “Green” Profits Can Only Rise if Citizens’ Freedoms Fall

    . When governments limit drilling and mining for hydrocarbons in the ground, they manufacture scarcity.

    . When only certain wealthy individuals and companies can afford artificially expensive hydrocarbon energies as regular business costs, then budding entrepreneurs and small firms can no longer compete. Those at the peak of society’s wealth pyramid have a much easier time staying on top when the same natural sources of hydrocarbon energy once used to amass fortunes are now denied to those who would do the same.

    . A war on “fossil fuels” is a superb tactic for protecting private market share. It is a profitable ideological cause for fattening government revenues. And it is a constant source of income for environmental “nonprofits” and other special interests….

    . Can plastics, heating oil, and most synthetic materials found around a home be magically manufactured without petroleum?

    . Can the global population stave off famine and starvation if farmers are forced to overhaul agricultural and livestock production methods in order to abide by “green” laws limiting the use or release of carbon dioxide, methane, nitrogen, and phosphate — molecules and compounds essential to basic farming and high crop yield fertilizers?

    . Ideology hijacks the market’s natural direction toward an objective and transparent “meeting of the minds.” There is an unspoken but unmistakable fraud. Until governments, including hostile adversaries such as Russia and the United States, conspired to limit the use of hydrocarbon energy and “go green,” the idea that anybody could turn a profit from the wind or sun would have seemed as absurd as a vendor selling rocks freely available all around us.

    . Are electric vehicles as powerful as their internal combustion engine counterparts? Can wind and solar energies really provide nations with reliable power grids robust enough to avoid rolling blackouts? Can plastics, heating oil, and most synthetic materials found around a home be magically manufactured without petroleum?


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  35. A party whose members do not treat said party as nothing more than a vehicle to bloated superannuation packages and a networking orgy for future bloated sinecures.

    Oh.
    So not the Faulty model, then?


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  36. Top Ender:

    “Yes it is a danger because I think he is toxic and obnoxious, they’re all about saying and celebrating everything that’s wrong in the world, and they’re trying to make it worse.” Mr Readford said.
    Although hated by some groups Dr Peterson has built a large following, with many fans supporting the author any chance they can get. Dr Peterson is expected to sell out both Sydney shows.

    And that shows you just what will happen at the venue and to the venue.
    Is it looking like there will need to be some security issues dealt with?
    Will the government want to be ‘paid’ to stop it getting out of control from those who have ‘legitimate grievance issues’?


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  37. Ukraine faces ‘worst winter in history’ – gas boss

    Public warned of “constant power outages” amid ongoing airstrikes by Russia

    Ukraine is facing its harshest ever winter, which will be marked by ongoing blackouts, Yuri Vitrenko, the head of the state-owned energy giant Naftogaz, has said

    In an interview with German outlet Handelsblatt, published on Monday, Vitrenko claimed that “about 40% of the power generation plants were destroyed” by recent Russian airstrikes.

    “It will be the worst winter in our history. We expect constant power outages and problems with heating,” Vitrenko stated, adding that Moscow has also hit refineries.

    Ukraine is preparing for winter blackouts, the Naftogaz boss said, admitting that “it is impossible to 100% prevent problems” and the country therefore needs help from its backers.

    In an interview with The Guardian in late August, long before Russia launched its offensive against Ukrainian energy infrastructure, Vitrenko admitted that without Western financial support, Ukraine would “lack gas” and, consequently, might see its power system going down.

    In September, the Naftogaz boss urged Ukrainians to stock up on blankets and warm clothes, noting that this year’s heating season will start later and end earlier, while winter temperatures in apartments will be set at 17-18 degrees Celsius (62-64 degrees Fahrenheit), four degrees below the standard temperature.


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  38. Knuckle Dragger says:
    October 25, 2022 at 8:25 am
    In an extremely crowded field, Australia greatest fuckhead reverts to type as the sun starts to set on this career (Will Swanton in The Hun):

    Dave Warner came and went quicker than Liz Truss. He only faced six deliveries but still showed why the Australian captaincy should always be directed elsewhere.

    He has multiple admirable qualities as an athlete but on-field statesmanship ain’t one of them. The way he snapped and snarled and told Trent Boult to get stuffed … you can’t do that when you’re national skipper.
    The incident – this time:

    First ball, Warner was beaten all ends up by Boult. Soon enough, he nicked one straight down the gullet of second slip. Straight into the old bread basket, it went. Second slip couldn’t drop it if he tried … except there wasn’t a second slip and the ball skipped away for four.

    Fluke. Warner responded by walking down the pitch and screaming (like a juvenile) at Boult. Attempts at lip-reading have failed but we know what he said, more or less. Something along the lines of get a dog up ya, probably with an F-bomb thrown in for good measure. Boult laughed because again, it was just Warner being Warner. Post-match commentary ignored it as par for the course.
    That was the other day. This is an analysis, made by one of the game’s classiest and most polite legends:

    It was after Warner screamed at Indian Rohit Sharma to “speak English” that [Martin] Crowe took the long handle via his laptop and a column for ESPN.

    “As Ian Chappell has said often recently, that soon enough someone will get king-hit on a cricket field,” Crowe wrote.

    “Warner may just be the one who gets pinned by someone in retaliation. And if it is him who gets hammered, it will be overdue, if wrong. No one, let alone an umpire, who has enough on his plate in the international game, wants to have to reprimand or babysit a bunch of boorish, childish adults during play for these ugly spats that are becoming commonplace. But they need to.

    “Before things escalate the ICC needs to arm the officials with everything possible to stop the idiots who are ruining our enjoyment of the game. My concern in the immediate future will be that Warner will be in the centre of an ugly on-field fight during the upcoming World Cup.”

    “Watching from the luxury of my couch and after hearing numerous accounts from respected cricket people, there is a growing concern that David Warner’s thuggish behaviour has gone too far,” Crowe wrote.

    “Soon one day it will lead to an incident that will sully the game for good. Warner can play, but he is the most juvenile cricketer I have seen on a cricket field. I don’t care how good he is: if he continues to show all those watching that he doesn’t care, he must be removed, either by Cricket Australia or definitely by the world governing body.

    “The more he gets away with it, the more others will follow his pitiful actions. Already we see one or two of his teammates enjoying being close to his hideous energy.”
    Crowe wrote that in 2016, prior to Sandpapergate. Nothing – nothing – has changed.

    Martin Crowe was a class person as well as a class cricketeer . . . and never a word written about Warner was so apt.

    I actually played against him at a secondary schools cricket game – he hit a quick fire 50 before retiring and then played for Auckland seniors that afternoon. No arrogance just a wonderful player who was quite modest.

    Such a shame he was taken so young.


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  39. The clue-hammer may not fall before Christmas, but it won’t wait until April. The February freeze will do the trick.

    Heating oil is already being rationed in the north east US, leading to calls today by Democrats for Biden to tap the strategic oil reserve yet again.

    Let’s hope our barrels are clearly marked “Keep for Australia.”


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  40. Ex-Russian president warns Western analysts on weapons stocks

    Moscow is set to significantly increase the production of arms, Dmitry Medvedev explains

    Russia is about to greatly enhance its military arsenal, the country’s former president, Dmitry Medvedev, said on Monday, adding that output of tanks, high-precision missiles, drones, and artillery pieces is growing “multifold.”

    He made the statement after inspecting the production lines of Russia’s leading arms manufacturer, the Uralvagonzavod tank plant.

    Medvedev, who is currently the deputy head of the Russian Security Council, posted a video on Telegram showing him touring the production halls of the plant together with a delegation of government officials. The video also featured dozens of modern T-72B3 and T-90M battle tanks under construction at the facility, including ones that appeared to be in the final assembly stage.

    The official said he has repeatedly seen claims by Western analysts “that Russia will soon run out of military equipment and weapons.”

    “Don’t hold your breath,” he wrote. “The production of weapons and special equipment is increasing multifold in all directions: from tanks and guns to high-precision missiles and drones. Wait!” Medvedev added.


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  41. Some UK banks are offering regular clients special savings accounts that pay as much as 5 per cent

    So less than half the rate at which inflation melts its purchasing power then?

    And of course, said ‘income’ will be taxable.


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  42. The weather held good, even sunny for the most part, for our passage over the mountains except for a wet-season arvo squall just as we made the last lock, so we fled upstairs to a glass-in area to see the final exit. You think of the Panama crossing like those little play stairs they have in supermarkets for the under threes. You go under the Bridge of the Americas and up the stairs (ascending lock systems up a mountain range) to a flat surface (the man-made lake on a filled-in set of gorges making a plateau) and then down the stairs (descending lock systems) into the rest of the channel cut early on by the French, passing by the 2019 stupendously large suspension bridge just opened to take vehicular traffic over the canal on that side. The scope of the engineering of the whole canal both in the past and now is truly stunning. A silent moment collectively announced and taken on board as we passed out into the bay in memory of those who lost their lives making the system we had all just enjoyed, which was a nice touch.

    I got the costing wrong, btw. The US$30k paid by the ships is just a place-holding charge; the full charge for tonnage and passengers (not even at full complement on this cruise) was today about $US450K. I heard some talk that road transport might now be getting more competitive for cargo.

    But cruise ships will always have the bucket-listers willing to pay a premium. And why not? It was magic watching four Panama eagles with their six foot wingspan that end in slot-feathered wing-tips rise on the thermals to soar down over the last lock in an effortless aerobatic display, while next to us if your eyes looked down a container ship, coming the other way and not in the new wider lock, passed perilously close to its right hand side lock wall. Paint scrapes on that ship and some broken bits of concrete on the wall showed that some panel damage wasn’t too infrequent and suggested why the newer container lock was needed. Seems those nifty little electric engines running alongside holding attachments to pull the thing to mid-lock didn’t always work as planned when the tolerances were so thin.


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  43. What? Trouble it Trudeau’s socialist paradise?

    During the United Conservative party’s annual general meeting, Alberta’s new Premier Danielle Smith is seeking legal advice on pardoning those that got arrested or fined for violating COVID-19 rules such as not having a vaccine passport.

    “We are human beings,” said Smith. “We are not QR codes,” she said, adding that she wanted to “purge” the QR database.

    “I believe that Alberta Health Services is the source of a lot of the problems that we’ve had,” she said.

    “They signed some kind of partnership with the World Economic Forum right in the middle of the pandemic; we’ve gotta address that. Why in the world do we have anything to do with the World Economic Forum? That’s got to end.”

    https://reclaimthenet.org/alberta-premier-danielle-smith-vaccine-passports-amnesty/


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  44. ‘Face the Nation’ focus groups of GOP, Democrat parents sound off on ‘woke culture’ overtaking US education

    Parents say having control over children’s education has become main priority

    Meanwhile in America

    Nation’s report card shows largest-ever drop in math scores

    The biggest score declines were in math, which the National Center for Education Statistics said in a press release was the biggest decline ever recorded. For fourth graders, math scores declined by 5 points to 236 from their 2019 number of 241, while eighth grade scores plummeted 8 points from 282 to 274.

    In reading, both fourth and eighth graders saw 3-point declines from 2019. Fourth grade scores fell from 220 to 217 and eighth grade scores from 263 to 260.

    “The results show the profound toll on student learning during the pandemic, as the size and scope of the declines are the largest ever in mathematics,” Peggy Carr, the commissioner of the National Center of Education Statistics, said in a press release. “The results also underscore the importance of instruction and the role of schools in both students’ academic growth and their overall wellbeing. It’s clear we all need to come together — policymakers and community leaders at every level — as partners in helping our educators, children, and families succeed.”

    Not a single state saw an increase in scores for either subject, although a handful of states saw no change in their results. In all, 51 out of 53 states or territories saw declines in eighth grade math scores, with Delaware, West Virginia, and Oklahoma registering the largest declines. Only Utah and the Department of Defense Education Activity, which provides public schooling to military families, did not register declines in eighth grade math scores.

    For eighth grade reading, scores declined in 33 states and territories, remained even with previous results in 18, and rose within DOD schools by 2 points. Maine, Delaware, Oklahoma, and Oregon saw the largest declines in reading scores, with scores dropping by 8 points in Maine, and 7 points in the other three states.


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  45. China’s state-run Global Times boasted that the Chinese solar panel industry has “gained a historic foothold in Europe” thanks to European environmentalist policies that deprived the Continent of reliable energy after Russia shut down its gas pipelines.

    You don’t need anything more stark to show the extent of degeneracy in the European countries, particularly the larger ones, than to see how they have completely ignored the possibility of natural or man made disasters.

    If it’s not stupidity then it is hubris to not even consider the possibility that anything could go wrong. Do they think of themselves as gods whom nothing can challenge? Nemesis has come in the form of Putin to put them straight.

    As always, the people who will suffer will be the little people, the decision makers are the rich and powerful who will never be cold or lack anything. The Europeans’ delusion was that they were actually egalitarian. That is not the case nor was it even in 1789 when the concept was invented.


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  46. At some hubs gas in Europe went negative overnight.
    Meaning if you owned as gas contract & had no where to store it, you had to sell.
    The same thing happened in the US with the oil contract at expiry of the April 2020 contract when the oil price went negative.


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  47. What’s driving the rich world’s falling fertility?

    This will be a global problem as the whole planet becomes wealthier, healthier and better educated

    Some say the world will end in fire. Others in ice. But from looking at demographic trends in the developed world, I hold with those who favour stairlifts. Or, as Tesla chief Elon Musk puts it, “civilisation will indeed die with a whimper in adult diapers”. 

    Richer states have ageing populations and lower birth rates. That isn’t all bad news: older societies tend to have lower levels of violence and political instability than younger ones. But they also have lower economic growth rates, and are not always good global citizens. The UK, for example, produces fewer doctors than it needs per head of population. Skilled professions like medicine will always be geographically mobile, but when meeting your own healthcare needs are predicated on poaching staff from poorer nations, it’s hard to claim you are a responsible or compassionate nation.

    More importantly, we should be preoccupied by the cause of the rich world’s falling fertility rates because we should assume it represents the future of our planet if, as we hope, the whole world continues to become wealthier, healthier and better educated.

    Some of the causes of falling fertility are obviously benign. In much of the rich world, the number of pregnancies carried to term in early adolescence is now so low as to be statistically insignificant.

    Globally, the proportion of young women who give birth before 18 is just 15 per cent. Given that maternal conditions are among the top five killers of girls aged 15 to 19 worldwide, this is an unalloyed positive, and it springs from greater reproductive freedom and easier access to contraception.

    But in the rich world, not all causes of falling fertility rates are as positive. In the UK, the introduction in 2017 of the two-child limit for child benefit claims was, according to the British Pregnancy Advisory Service, “important” in the decision-making of women. That has led many British left-wingers to argue that the country’s falling fertility rates are a result of its socio-economic divides. Small wonder fewer people are choosing to have children if they can’t afford homes and face heavy childcare costs.

    That makes intuitive sense, but some data suggest the fall in fertility in the rich world has proved resistant to greater spending on family incentives and other welfarist measures. In the UK, what is driving the fall in the birth rate is actually growing childlessness among the middle and upper classes.

    It’s true that household formation has slowed in Britain, but it is far from clear that this is primarily driven by poverty or inequality.


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  48. To join this cruise you did have to show you had received two vaxx shots. Not more than that, and no-one asked or cared about the dates you had them. They did ask if you were feeling ill before boarding but there was no temperature taking and no fuss made about masking, even though until we arrived in Puerto Vallarta masking indoors was claimed to be mandatory, but hardly anyone did it. After Puerto Vallarta the CDC, which the ship was bound to follow, removed the mask mandate indoors everywhere back to advisory not mandatory and the staff thankfully were free to remove their masks after that.

    Now a few nervous nellies are masking up because there’s a koff going round, but most do what used to be the sensible gay thing in the US military: don’t ask, don’t tell.


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  49. And her politics. Gina is known to be a contributor to the evil, sinister, far-right IPA. That makes her a target.

    Cassie, yes it is about Gina’s politics.

    It’s also about the dirt and cleanliness. Those that work with dirt to provide the building blocks of our civilisation are raping Gaia but those who use the benefits of that dirty work to be able not to work in dirt are noble.


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  50. Bizarre situation in Europe where storage across the continent is closing in on 100% & LNG cargoes at several terminals are queuing up for days.
    But the problem is these networks are not meant to work at 100% storage capacity.
    At the very same time gas has gone negative & storage is maxing out, the total cost of taxpayer subsidies on retail energy is projected to hit around $US900billion for 2022 for Europe & the UK.
    What an absolute mess.


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  51. Do they think of themselves as gods whom nothing can challenge?

    It’s the new religion for millenial athiests, doncha kn0w. These gods on earth have the power to change the weather with government taxes.


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  52. Someone yesterday suggested Elbow May jump in with funding for Netball Oz. That would be an interesting move. He would get early cudos from the luvvies but here is the thing. It’s taxpayer money. One of the largest taxpayers is Gina. So effectively Gina’s money once again goes to NA.

    Or Elbow should take a stand with NA and reject Gina’s tax payable. I’m sure she would understand it’s all about principle.


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  53. Spent most of yesterday dealing with our workmen who went into a psychotic state after the sudden death of a friend.

    He’d gone off his pils, as they do. I drove him to town to get his script. Quite some trip with a very big man, crying, laughing and raging next to me. I was very glad to get out of the car.

    A few of us comforted him for three hours until we could get into a doctor for sedation. He should be in hospital but there’s no beds available because of the overflow from flooded towns.

    Like the weather, I’m a bit washed out today.


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  54. Sergey Poletaev: As winter approaches, both Russia and Ukraine bulk up their forces in preparation for decisive battles

    Moscow’s military mobilization means that Kiev is set to lose its vast numerical advantage. How will this play out on the battlefields?

    By Sergey Poletaev, co-founder and editor of the Vatfor project.

    Russia’s failures on the frontlines of its conflict with Ukraine in September were followed by organizational conclusions: A partial mobilization was announced on September 21; on October 8, all Russian forces in Ukraine were united under General Sergey Surovikin; and on October 19, a kind of defense committee headed by Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin was created and elements of martial law were introduced in a number of western and southern regions.

    The effect of these measures, however, has yet to manifest itself, so since early autumn, the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) have had the initiative on almost the entire front, except in the area of Artyomovsk (Bakhmut) in the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), where the Wagner Group’s forces have continued their leisurely offensive.

    As we anticipated, in the north of the front, at the junction of Kharkov Region and the DPR, the enemy built upon its September success, and by the start of October, had taken the strategically important town of Krasny Liman, which had fallen under Russian control back in May.

    Although the Ukrainian army’s offensive stalled and the Russians managed to counterattack and liberate several settlements afterwards, the event was symbolic. For the first time, not just a major city, but a Russian city was surrendered to the enemy – on the very day after the four new regions were incorporated into our country.

    On the Kherson front, after a month of bloody failures, Kiev’s forces eventually unlocked the Russian defenses. The direction of the main strike shifted to the northeast, where a strike was launched on October 2-4 along the Dnieper riverbank, forcing Russian troops to retreat 20-30km to the Dudchany-Davydov Brod line. Again, the same tactics used in Kharkov worked: Taking advantage of the numerical edge and the fact that Moscow did not have a solid front but rather a number of garrisons on the line. The Ukrainians broke through to the rear, flooded the area, and forced a Russian retreat.

    For the Ukrainians, this style of attack is a double-edged sword: If successful, it means a very quick breakthrough; but if unsuccessful, it leads to very heavy losses.

    Since then, the front has been stabilized, but the position of the Russians here remains vulnerable. All supplies for the group, and the regional center, depend on road transport via the Kakhovskaya Dam, which has been subjected to missile attacks by Kiev on more than one occasion. Temporary military bridges have been erected to replace the broken passes over the sluice, which itself has been backfilled to allow passage, but this does not fully solve the supply problem.

    So what’s next?

    It appears that Kiev is preparing a major offensive on Kherson with the aim of taking both the city itself and the entire right bank part of the region. General Surovikin has openly admitted the gravity of the situation, not ruling out “difficult decisions.” In recent days, Russia has been conducting a hasty evacuation of the right bank, and it appears that the main battle of the autumn is about to begin here.

    In addition, we should expect an attack by the AFU in the north, in Svatovo and Rubezhnoye-Severodonetsk. A large Ukrainian grouping has also assembled in the area, and the Russian Armed Forces are actively setting up defensive lines.

    Another area under threat is Energodar and the Zaporozhye Nuclear Power Plant. New attempts at landing via the Kakhovka Reservoir and an overland strike via Vasilievka along the southern bank of the Dnieper can be expected here, but the latter does not appear to be realistic at the moment.

    Ukraine needs to hurry. Time is working against it. As mobilized troops from Russia arrive at the front, the AFU’s advantage in numbers will come to an end and the tactic of breaking through with light units will no longer work. In addition, in November, the last of the green grass will vanish, snow will fall, and the troops will become more vulnerable from the air.

    Russia will apparently continue its strikes on infrastructure while reinforcing the front. The immediate task is to repel an offensive by the AFU, inflicting maximum defensive damage. A joint Russian-Belarusian grouping in Belarus has also been announced. It can hardly be expected to launch an offensive from the north, but instead, its aim is probably to draw in as many Ukrainian forces as possible from the front to cover the border.

    Kiev seems to be well aware of the limits of its capabilities, as in recent days, there have been reports of new waves of mobilization in Ukraine. Whether Russia will have to respond in the same manner, or whether the first autumn draft will be enough, we will see in the coming months.


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  55. Moscow is set to significantly increase the production of arms, Dmitry Medvedev explains

    Well, they’d have to be doing so to replace what they’ve lost while honouring foreign contracts.

    I doubt they’d have much spare capacity though.


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  56. This was and is about mining and climate change; see the original interviews with the chief agitator, Ms. Norder.

    It’s only since public sentiment turned against them that the race thing has come to the fore.

    Spot on Roger. NA thought they had stitched up a deal over the weekend and Gina walked. Lot of subtle changes – which tends to happen when the media advisors get involved.


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  57. The biggest score declines were in math, which the National Center for Education Statistics said in a press release was the biggest decline ever recorded.

    Maths is a discipline – you achieve levels of competency by building on platforms of acquired skills. Difficult to wing it, very little nuance, fairly unforgiving- there are no prizes for not quite getting it.

    Add in the proven fact that maths is now racist as fuck – and suddenly it’s no longer a desirable accomplishment. Everyone can take a sigh of relief and stop worrying about it.


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  58. Gez, that was one of the worst experiences I had as an employer – dealing with employees’ personal crises. It wasn’t enough to have to do the debtor’s and deal with the bank and the council…no, no, no. Or even design and build stuff.

    It was the marriage troubles, the breakups, the kiddies in clink or on drugs. Or not having enough fuel in the car to get to work, or get home from work or some other shyte.

    If only we could have businesses that employ no one. No wonder robotics is so popular.


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  59. HAVANA, Feb 19 (Reuters) – Russia and Cuba will deepen ties and explore collaboration in transportation, energy, industry and banking, Cuba’s Foreign Ministry said late on Friday following a visit from Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov.

    In a statement, Cuba’s communist-run government expressed support for Russia as tensions mount in Ukraine, and accused long-time rival the United States and its allies of targeting Moscow with what it called a “propaganda war” and sanctions.

    ..
    According to the logic of Russiaphiles, the US would be entitled to go into Cuba, do a proper job of it, or at least break shit and blow up power plants and factories.
    Good for Russia to do it in their region right?
    Russia may not be nominally communist right now, but it sure remains firmly in that bloc.


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  60. Amazing how 40+ years of journalists were unable to uncover this ‘secret”…
    Almost like they loved having a fantasist Walter Mitty Indian who happened to be photogenic rather than a real indian.
    Shades of Aboriginal identity being closely tied to being able to grow a bushy white beard…

    Can you imagine the sheer quantity of bullshit the media have gotten away with pre-internet? We like to imagine their agenda pushing and lies as new, but what if its always been this way?

    Sacheen Littlefeather faked Native American ancestry say family
    Having stood in for Marlon Brando to refuse his Oscar, the actor and activist championed Native American rights

    Sacheen Littlefeather, the activist who famously stood in for Marlon Brando to refuse the best actor Oscar in 1973, faked Native American ancestry, her family have said.

    In an article in the San Francisco Chronicle, Littlefeather’s sisters Rosalind Cruz and Trudy Orlandi said that their sister’s claim to have Apache and Yaqui ancestry through her father was “a lie” and “a fantasy”.

    Orlandi told the Chronicle: “It’s a lie. My father was who he was. His family came from Mexico. And my dad was born in Oxnard [California].” Cruz added: “It is a fraud. It’s disgusting to the heritage of the tribal people. And it’s just … insulting to my parents.”

    Littlefeather died in October shortly after receiving a formal apology from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (Ampas), the body who organises the Oscars, for the way she was treated at the 1973 ceremony. Littlefeather responded at the time with a statement saying: “Regarding the Academy’s apology to me, we Indians are very patient people – it’s only been 50 years! We need to keep our sense of humour about this at all times. It’s our method of survival.”
    However, the article’s author Jacqueline Keeler reports that Littlefeather’s birth name was Marie Louise Cruz, and that she has found no evidence of any connection or claim that her father, Manuel Ybarra Cruz, had to Native American ancestry.

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    Cruz and Orlandi also refuted Littlefeather’s claims of childhood poverty and parental abuse. Cruz said: “My father was deaf and he had lost his hearing at nine years old through meningitis. He was born into poverty. His father, George Cruz, was an alcoholic who was violent and used to beat him. And he was passed to foster homes and family. But my sister Sacheen took what happened to him.”

    “The best way that I could think of summing up my sister is that she created a fantasy. She lived in a fantasy, and she died in a fantasy.”

    Orlandi added: “My father’s father, George, he was the alcoholic. My dad never drank. My dad never smoked. And you know, she also blasted him and said my father was mentally ill. My father was not mentally ill.
    “Sacheen did not like herself. She didn’t like being Mexican. So, yes, it was better for her that way to play someone else.”



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  61. FBI and DOJ Switch Tactics, Now Claim 2022 Election is Vulnerable to Manipulation

    October 24, 2022 – Sundance

    With the majority of American voters now positioned to rebuke the political efforts of Joe Biden and federal Democrats, the narrative from the DOJ and FBI does a 180° reverse course. The transparency of a corrupt and manipulative political justice system is beyond obvious.

    ?Old Message to support the 2020 Democrat vote initiatives (ballot harvesting, mail-in voting, precinct manipulation): The 2020 election was the most secure election in American history.
    ?New Message to support the Democrat 2022 vote initiatives: The 2022 election is not secure, subject to manipulation by disinformation and misinformation, and likely to encounter interference by domestic and foreign adversaries.

    The transparency of the FBI/DOJ agenda is obvious.

    15 days before the 2018 midterm election the FBI promoted a “MAGA mail bomber”, Cesar Sayoc case, claiming the suspect mailed “energetic material that could become combustible when subjected to heat or friction.”

    15 days before the 2020 presidential election, the FBI promoted the Gretchen Whitmer kidnapping case, claiming a group of Michigan extremists were foiled in their plot to kidnap the Michigan Governor. Inside the plot the FBI had used more than a dozen agents, informants and sources to literally construct the events and facilitate the claims.

    Today, not coincidentally a repeat of 15 days before the 2022 midterm election, once again the FBI/DOJ is promoting an election interference narrative:


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  62. Whether Russia will have to respond in the same manner, or whether the first autumn draft will be enough, we will see in the coming months.

    word on the ground is the numbers have been dramatically understated


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  63. Sailing into the Caribbean sea now, headed for Aruba.

    Have to buy Hairy some new shorts there, or here on board, where I bought mine.
    US shorts have very commodious sizings, so they are very up-cheering as you go down two sizes.
    Hairy’s spare pair (he insists on packing lite) can no longer be worn in polite company.
    They have the arse out of them, I inelegantly point out to him, indicating where they have finally worn through when they came back in the washing. He doesn’t think they are too bad, but I have relegated them to gardening status.

    No washing, ironing, cooking or cleaning is needed on cruises. No wonder I am fond of them. Live the Downton life and dine with good food served in style every night, and add extra style in the specialty restaurants, which are genuinely gourmet at very little extra cost. Japanese last nite. We regularly order the free breakfast in bed too, especially when we have to get up early for a tour in a furrin place.

    Cruising’s so easy. It’s everyone’s crack at easy street. Very democratic.
    A year or two of saving will get most people the fare for a cruise if they really want one.
    And retirees ski of course.

    I don’t mind at all if youse want to call me the Cruise Queen. Go right ahead. 🙂


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  64. Yes, Bear. The New Broom has had his baptism of fire with it too.

    It just seems to be getting worse though. I don’t recall having any of my personal life intruding on work, apart from taking leave for a honeymoon and sick leave for one thing or another. No boyfriend troubles, nothing. They seem to want to transfer their inadequacies to the employer to “fix”. The latest is an out of control spiral because marriage problems. Bugger off.


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  65. He’d gone off his pils, as they do. I drove him to town to get his script. Quite some trip with a very big man, crying, laughing and raging next to me. I was very glad to get out of the car.

    Not easy.
    Had one a couple of years back, with hindsight making the last stop to pick up his chefs knives was a mistake.


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  66. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare says:
    October 25, 2022 at 9:50 am
    Sailing into the Caribbean sea now, headed for Aruba.

    Have to buy Hairy some new shorts there, or here on board, where I bought mine.
    US shorts have very commodious sizings, so they are very up-cheering as you go down two sizes.
    Hairy’s spare pair (he insists on packing lite) can no longer be worn in polite company.
    They have the arse out of them, I inelegantly point out to him, indicating where they have finally worn through when they came back in the washing. He doesn’t think they are too bad, but I have relegated them to gardening status.

    No washing, ironing, cooking or cleaning is needed on cruises. No wonder I am fond of them. Live the Downton life and dine with good food served in style every night, and add extra style in the specialty restaurants, which are genuinely gourmet at very little extra cost. Japanese last nite. We regularly order the free breakfast in bed too, especially when we have to get up early for a tour in a furrin place.

    Cruising’s so easy. It’s everyone’s crack at easy street. Very democratic.
    A year or two of saving will get most people the fare for a cruise if they really want one.
    And retirees ski of course.

    I don’t mind at all if youse want to call me the Cruise Queen. Go right ahead. ?

    Cruise Queen ! ! !
    Cruise Queen ! ! !
    Cruise Queen ! ! !


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  67. KD earlier.
    I saw the Warner incident as it happened.
    Even by the cheating ranga’s already low standards it was cringe-worthy.
    Even if Boult had (ahem) “complimented him on his good fortune” a better response would have been to just laugh it off.


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  68. Ted Cruz Schools ‘The View’ During Visit in Epic Exchange

    We’ve seen Democrats ducking debates throughout this election season, the most notable with the most ridiculous excuses has been Katie Hobbs, as I reported earlier. Even with an assist from ABC trying to cast Republican Kari Lake as the “bully,” Hobbs still looked like a coward for failing to put herself out there for the voters. It says a lot about her character, or the lack thereof.

    Compare that with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) — who isn’t even running for office this year — doing an interview on the liberal den of crazy, “The View,” as he did on Monday. That takes bravery when you start with people who are dead set against you and fail to give the opposing view a fair hearing.

    Cruz explained how he was doing a bus tour across America and people were hurting because of the record inflation under Joe Biden, that his Administration was a “trainwreck.”

    But as he was talking about inflation, protesters began shouting from the audience. They were cursing so when you hear blanks here on the video, that’s them being bleeped out.

    Cruz didn’t just take on Biden, but he reminded people how much better it had been under President Donald Trump and a sane Republican approach to the economy.

    Then Cruz took the ladies of “The View” to school on two big issues, showing how ignorant they are and what duplicitous games they play.

    Cruz pointed out how they didn’t give a darn about Democrats like Hillary Clinton and Stacey Abrams questioning elections, although now they’re throwing all kinds of fits about “election deniers.” In the process, Cruz gets Whoopi to exactly prove his point, when she claims that the 2016 election was illegitimate.

    Then when Whoopi claimed that the left doesn’t “storm” things, Cruz went to town on her with a little truth, revealing that she’s either a liar or was asleep for the last two years, with all the leftist/Antifa rioting. Whoopi said that she didn’t know what an “Antifa riot” was. That’s the problem — they don’t report on the leftist violence that has raged since 2016 (and before) from the left. They’re fully focused on the one riot they want to tag the right with, yet ignoring hundreds if not thousands of violent riots with people killed, billions in damage, and hundreds of cops and other people injured. They completely ignored the anti-Trump/Antifa inauguration day riots on Jan. 20, 2017, for which 200 people were arrested. Then, most had their charges dismissed. “The View” ignored the BLM/Antifa riots that lasted three days outside of the White House, not to mention for months across the country when the Secret Service had to rush President Donald Trump to a bunker. They ignored the months of attacks on federal property when Antifa “stormed” the Portland federal courthouse night after night.

    When they say, “What Antifa riots?” they’re discounting all the people who were killed and hurt in those riots. They’re discounting people like Secoriea Turner and her family.


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  69. American DemoCraps at Work – Career criminal, who’s own family knows he’s a menace, busted for NYC subway shove

    Brooklyn career criminal has been busted in Friday’s caught-on-video subway shoving — and the suspect’s kin say they were even so fed up with him that they posted signs outlawing him from their home.

    Lamale McRae — who previously did 20 years behind bars for attempted murder — was identified as a suspect in last week’s attack with the help of the surveillance footage and facial-recognition technology, police sources said.

    The 41-year-old suspect was arrested by the Queens Warrants Squad on Monday near his Brooklyn home, sources said.

    Relatives told The Post that they were already far too weary of McRae’s antics and finally posted a sign on the stairwell in their Brooklyn building urging anyone who spotted him to call the cops.

    “If you see a brown skin guy sleepin [sic] in the hallway please call the police he is trespassing,” the sign reads.

    McRae’s cousin said the last straw for the family was when he allegedly stole $50 from them.

    From the Comments

    – ……after being released with no bail, the perp asked his legal aid lawyer for an Uber voucher because the subways aren’t safe


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  70. Trump was right on TikTok threat: leading Democrat

    China’s growing technological dominance should “scare the heck” out of democratic nations such as Australia and is a more worrying short-term threat than its rapid military build-up, says the head of the high-powered United States Senate intelligence committee.

    Mark Warner, one of the most senior Democrats in the US Congress, said he harboured deep concerns about the privacy and national security risks of popular Chinese-owned social media app TikTok.

    “This is not something you would normally hear me say but Donald Trump was right on TikTok years ago,” Warner said during a visit to Australia to meet with local intelligence chiefs, politicians and business people.


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  71. H B Bearsays:

    October 25, 2022 at 9:45 am

    calli, sooner or later, whatever business you are in you are in the people business. For better or worse. Generally worse.

    This is true.
    Using Mr Pareto’s principle (yes, Pareto, not potato) a large proportion of management time is consumed by the real or imagined woes of a tiny minority.
    The trick is to not be consumed by it and ignore the quiet achievers.


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  72. The telling truth about the ‘bank of mum and dad’

    Economic researchers have long taken an interest in the subject of “intergenerational earnings mobility”. That is, to what degree does a parent’s income determine their child’s future income?

    Turns out the apple can still fall quite far from the tree.

    If it’s home ownership you’re after, the best strategy, increasingly (and sadly) for aspiring buyers is clear: choose your parents wisely.


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  73. Salvatore:

    My favourite quote from a XXXX rep in recent years: “I’m not interested in your sales volume, only your compliance with our directives”
    This was the state sales manager. Easy to see why Carlton are going gangbusters.

    I mentioned on several occasions, the current attitude of “Now I’ve got this job, I get to own the company and it will enact my personal whims.”
    It’s a form of personal arrogance that seems particularly immune to reason and responds only slowly to dismissals of the individual holding those views.


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  74. A guy goes into a confession booth.

    He starts with the obligatory “Forgive me father for I have sinned”. Father says “What did you do my son?” The man says “I used some awfully foul language on the golf course”.

    “Continue” says the priest.

    “Well, I hit the ball of the tee on the first hole… I hit it as hard, as straight and as true as I’ve EVER hit a drive in my life… but it hit a power line and dropped 50 yards in front of me”.

    The priest says “Is that when you swore, my son?”

    The guy says “No father… I was walking up to make my second shot when a squirrel grabbed my ball and headed back into the trees with it!”

    “That’s when you used the foul language?”

    “No father… an eagle grabbed the squirrel… with the ball… and flew off way over the trees with it!”

    “Surely that’s when you used the profanity then?”

    “No father… the squirrel dropped the ball… the ball hit a rock, bounced off a tree, and rolled 10 inches from the hole!”

    The priest shifts in his seat and says “You missed the fucking putt, didn’t you!?”


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  75. Eyriesays:

    October 25, 2022 at 10:15 am

    I can’t imagine anything worse than being locked up on a ship for weeks with a couple of thousand other silly old farts.
    FIFY.


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  76. What a nonsense this confected outrage over what Lang Hancock said four decades ago.

    Comments over on the Hun website –

    Who made the indigenous player aware of what Lang Hancock said four decades ago?

    Are they expected to reject Labor Party funding because of a certain immigration ministers comment about “Two Wongs?”


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  77. “Are they expected to reject Labor Party funding because of a certain immigration ministers comment about “Two Wongs?””

    Wasn’t that certain person leader of the Labor Party?


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  78. Is Marburg the Next Pandemic?

    TB.

    The World’s Biggest Infectious Killer Regains Its Deadly Lead (24 Oct)

    As a result, the number of annual TB deaths swelled for the first time in a decade in 2020. ?”We went from what I honestly consider to be unbelievably slow progress, but at least progress, to a reversal,” Spigelman said. ?”It has been a major setback,” he said.

    I’m wondering if there might be a contribution from reduced immunity, but the cited reason is entirely plausible.


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  79. Presumably the silly bint in the Diamonds who was “offended” told everyone else – so then they had to be offended too. If she’d kept schtum then they’d still have the dosh.


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  80. Won’t someone think of the vegetables?

    Climate protesters throw mashed potato at Monet’s Haystacks before gluing themselves to the wall in Potsdam, Germany.


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  81. I was amused by the stinkies who rubbed chocolate cake onto the waxen face of Charles III in Mme. Tussaud’s. They obviously didn’t know that he’s on their side.

    Also amusing is it turns out that Just Stop Oil is being bankrolled by…wait for it…oil billions.


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  82. The Beloved loves the laundry room on cruises. Much better than Attenborough and animals devouring other animals.

    Nature red in tooth and claw when it comes to the dryers.


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  83. Presumably the silly bint in the Diamonds who was “offended” told everyone else – so then they had to be offended too. If she’d kept schtum then they’d still have the dosh.

    Discussion earlier this morning….odds-on the girl had no idea what Lang Hancock had said nearly 40 years ago. Someone decided to gin up the racism angle [no pun intended!] because the climate change protest was backfiring.


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  84. Climate protesters throw mashed potato at Monet’s Haystacks before gluing themselves to the wall in Potsdam, Germany.

    Wonder how those Porsche protestors are doing, on the floor looking for a bedpan still?


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  85. Hyacinth leading her best life.

    Bullshit, Bear. People like Hyacinth are most certainly on board, and good luck to them if being poseurs is their thing. There’s room for all sorts in my world, although I’d avoid them at dinner.

    I am my own person and not anyone’s Hyacinth. That is ridiculous.
    I assess people on character and that alone.

    ps you seem like a nice guy. lol. See you at dinner.


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  86. Vic inquiry to hear more Indigenous voices
    Callum GoddeAAP
    Tue, 25 October 2022 12:32AM

    All Indigenous Victorians will be able to share their stories of racism and injustice as the state’s truth-telling inquiry expands submissions.

    Australia’s first formal truth-telling inquiry, the Yoorrook Justice Commission is launching an online submissions portal on Tuesday open to all of Victoria’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

    Indigenous elders led off the commission’s public hearings in April to ground the process in their experiences, but the inquiry now wants to hear other voices.

    Submissions can relate to any kind of systemic injustice, forced removal from home and land, massacres, forced labour, cultural loss, intergenerational trauma, economic disadvantage or stolen wealth.

    They can take the form of audio or video recordings, artwork, filmed song or dance performances, or a written statement.

    “Sharing these truths will help Yoorrook hold the government, state and other entities to account for past and ongoing injustice and, recommend real changes to the systems and laws affecting First Nations people,” the commission’s chair Eleanor Bourke said.

    Yoorrook has been tasked with creating a public record of colonisation’s impacts on First Nations people in Victoria.

    The inquiry released its interim report in June, calling for a two-year extension of the deadline for its final report to 2026.

    It was set up as part of Victoria’s commitment to truth and treaty elements from the 2017 Uluru Statement from the Heart, with negotiations on a statewide treaty set to begin next year.



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  87. Ooops…they’ve upset the art luvvies:

    “As someone who used to run a museum, this is concerning. It’s not guaranteed that glass will protect a priceless work of art from liquids. They weren’t designed for that. Also, this will drive up insurance and security costs for museums. A lot.”


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  88. Navigating when GPS goes dark

    by Troy Rummler, Sandia National Laboratories

    Words like “tough” or “rugged” are rarely associated with a quantum inertial sensor. The remarkable scientific instrument can measure motion a thousand times more accurately than the devices that help navigate today’s missiles, aircraft and drones. But its delicate, table-sized array of components that includes a complex laser and vacuum system has largely kept the technology grounded and confined to the controlled settings of a lab.

    Jongmin Lee wants to change that.

    The atomic physicist is part of a team at Sandia that envisions quantum inertial sensors as revolutionary, onboard navigational aids. If the team can reengineer the sensor into a compact, rugged device, the technology could safely guide vehicles where GPS signals are jammed or lost.

    In a major milestone toward realizing their vision, the team has successfully built a cold-atom interferometer, a core component of quantum sensors, designed to be much smaller and tougher than typical lab setups. The team describes their prototype in the academic journal Nature Communications, showing how to integrate several normally separated components into a single monolithic structure. In doing so, they reduced the key components of a system that existed on a large optical table down to a sturdy package roughly the size of a shoebox.

    “Very high sensitivity has been demonstrated in the lab, but the practical matters are, for real-world application, that people need to shrink down the size, weight and power, and then overcome various issues in a dynamic environment,” Jongmin said.

    The paper also describes a roadmap for further miniaturizing the system using technologies under development.

    The prototype, funded by Sandia’s Laboratory Directed Research and Development program, demonstrates significant strides toward moving advanced navigation tech out of the lab and into vehicles on the ground, underground, in the air and even in space.


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  89. The Beloved loves the laundry room on cruises. Much better than Attenborough and animals devouring other animals.

    Nature red in tooth and claw when it comes to the dryers.

    Yes. We noted that on Cunard. Amazing how proprietorial people got over washers and dryers. Holland America does not have laundry rooms, which was a bit of a shock. But then I got used to it. US$20 for a bag wash, as much as you can fit into a fairly smallish bag. You would be surprised how much I can get into it. You get it back the next day all done, and pressed for extra if you ask for it. Suits me. No Lady’s Maid here though so I do my own ‘smalls’. Couldn’t bear the thought of other having to handle those. Or Hairy’s. There’s a pull out line over the bath for those, washed in the sink. 🙂


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  90. Roger says: Count yourself lucky she didn’t report you to police.

    An assumption that may be wrong. We’ll never know. Until we do.

    Signs to watch out for:

    – Police car comes down your drive on a weekend
    – Plod gets out, pretends he wants to do a ‘random’ gunsafe check
    – Plod then adds ‘and discuss another matter’.

    This is when you say ‘Given the thuggery carried out by police over the last couple of years, I am going to have to film this interaction for my protection – you agree to that don’t you?’


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  91. “Yes it is a danger because I think he is toxic and obnoxious, they’re all about saying and celebrating everything that’s wrong in the world, and they’re trying to make it worse.” (Community Action of Rainbow Rights member) Mr Readford said.

    You demonstrate a complete lack of self-awareness, Mr Readford.
    As far as I am concerned, you represent everything that is wrong and broken with the modern (first) world. I think many others share my sentiment.


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  92. Wonder how those Porsche protestors are doing, on the floor looking for a bedpan still?

    they should have dosed the food they gave them with laxative. You give us the shits, we give you the shits.


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  93. The was one stall at the South Melbourne markets that just sold potatoes. As a Western Australian in the Potato Marketing Board era it was quite disconcerting and most weeks I just walked past.


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  94. H B Bearsays:
    October 25, 2022 at 11:10 am
    Mashed potato (with butter and pepper) is too valuable to waste. Pro tip – buy a ricer. The one stupid one use kitchen gadget you will actually use.

    Using old woolies cheap fork, my main/major tool – mash, then Iodised Salt, a little full cream milk then butter mashed with specialfork to smooth consistency

    Grandkids (as well as self) love it


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  95. Rosie – The soccer world cup starts next month in Qatar. I suspect there’s a bit of angst in the Gulf States right now.

    Qatar World Cup Attendees Reportedly Being Asked To Install Spyware On Their Phone (22 Oct)

    If you’re excited to visit Qatar for the football World Cup, avoid carrying your smartphone with you. This is according to a series of analysis conducted by cybersecurity experts at NRK — the Norwegian broadcasting corporation — for the two apps the Qatar government will force visitors to download on their smartphones.

    As per their analysis, the two apps, Ehteraz and Hayya gain deep access into a user’s phone and have the ability to track user location as well as browsing history and app activity.

    Ehteraz is essentially a COVID-19 tracking app, whereas Hayya is the official World Cup app that allows users to keep track of their tickets as well as access free Metro in Qatar.

    Covid is a useful excuse for a lot of other stuff.


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  96. “I’m wondering if there might be a contribution from reduced immunity, but the cited reason is entirely plausible.”
    As they are appear to referring to total TB deaths in 2020 ‘reduced immunity’ presumably a reference to covid vaccines seems an unlikely culprit.

    from 14 October 2021 ‘tuberculosis deaths rise for first time in a decade due to the covid 19 pandemic
    one of multiple almost identical articles published in the last couple of days “The number of annual TB deaths grew in 2020.”


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  97. If it’s home ownership you’re after, the best strategy, increasingly (and sadly) for aspiring buyers is clear: choose your parents wisely.

    Which is why our wise masters are progressively (snigger!) preventing parents transferring wealth (death taxes) wisdom (state now gets to educate your children from younger and younger ages) and even genes (gay and trans propaganda, economic
    – and now health – policies which reduce fertility) down to your children and grandchildren.


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  98. Top Ender:

    Police arrest Just Stop Oil activists ‘who smeared cake’ on waxwork model of King Charles in front of shocked half-term crowds at Madame Tussauds in eco mob’s 26th stunt this month

    The crowds did nothing, therefore they were implicit in the vandalism.


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  99. Just trying to imagine what I’d do if I caught a vandal in the middle of vandalising. Too short to crash tackle them, too wary of litigation to ferrule them with the brolly. And mean words wouldn’t stop them.

    Probably best to alert security with a shout of “Fire!”.


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  100. Coming to a State/City near you…

    Portland’s new charter could declare it sits on stolen land

    It reads, in part, “Portland is located in the unceded territory of the Aucocisco Band of the Wabanaki … European colonizers displaced Wabanaki people by force and went on to displace and harm indigenous peoples throughout what is now Maine and the United States.”

    It goes on to say, “We acknowledge that displacement and that harm with sorrow, even as we celebrate and honor the Wabanaki knowledge and culture that continue to thrive in the Tribal Nations that have and always will call this place, the Dawnland, their home.”


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  101. If the team can reengineer the sensor into a compact, rugged device, the technology could safely guide vehicles where GPS signals are jammed or lost.

    Jolly good, but it makes you wonder how we ever managed with just a map and a compass.


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  102. Face masks no longer mandatory at Dubai airports

    Burquas and niqabs okay.

    The only people I saw wearing face nappies over two months ago were foreigners, and definitely not all of them. The locals…meh.


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  103. ““Yes it is a danger because I think he is toxic and obnoxious, they’re all about saying and celebrating everything that’s wrong in the world, and they’re trying to make it worse.” (Community Action of Rainbow Rights member) Mr Readford said.”

    When you do a google search of “Owen Marsden-Readford” (the double barrelled surname is a clue), it has him attending Arden Anglican School, located on Sydney’s leafy North Shore. So clearly Marsden-Readford didn’t grow up in suburbs like Macquarie Fields, or Bankstown, or Mt Druitt or even Parramatta.

    Marsden-Readford was also behind the CPAC protest, I recall him on the Sunday morning being talked to by the police. Given Marsden-Readford’s privileged background, it confirms what I said when I confronted the two young zombies putting up posters five days before the CPAC event here on Oxford Street, I confronted them, tore down the posters and I pointed at them and said that “come the revolution, middle class scum like you will be dealt with”. Their reaction? They run a mile because they’re cowards, and Marsden-Readford is no different.

    You see, that’s how you deal with the likes of scum like Marsden-Readford.


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  104. “Fits. Face masks are unhelpful for facial recognition software.”
    You’ve never been to Dubai?
    Full face coverings were de rigueur there long before covid.


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  105. Netball boss takes a brutal swipe at players after Gina Rinehart terminated $15MILLION sponsorship deal with over racism scandal: ‘Money does not grow on trees’

    . West Coast Fever CEO hits back at players who saw $15million deal withdrawn
    . Her team lost major $2million deal with Roy Hill – owned by Hancock Prospecting
    . Concern over Hancock Prospecting logo raised in support of Aboriginal player
    . Donnell Wallam objected to logo due to racist comments made by Lang Hancock
    . Mining company announced on Saturday they would be terminating the deal
    . CEO of the Australian Netball Players Association also broke silence this week
    . Kathryn Williams said Diamonds had agreed to wear uniform with Hancock logo

    Meanwhile

    Lisa Wilkinson is savaged over her criticism of Gina Rinehart pulling $15M sponsorship for Netball Australia as viewers say she should ‘stop pointing the finger’ and ‘fund the sport herself’


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  106. Calli:

    The arrivals hall at Schiphol was a nightmare, packed with many planes’ worth of passengers- if anyone was going to pass on any airborne infection, that was the place. There were no mask rules there at all, and we looked at each other wondering what the idiotic “vaxx” rule was all about given the obvious slackness within the airport itself.

    Imagine, if you would, that formidable mob of old bulls and heifers just saying “Fuck this for a lark”, and just pushing through the barriers.
    What would happen?


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  107. it has him attending Arden Anglican School, located on Sydney’s leafy North Shore.

    Beecroft and Epping. Definitely didn’t take the school motto to heart – “In God My Joy”.

    I know the primary school…well. 🙂


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  108. Full face coverings were de rigueur there long before covid.

    The dangerous ones aren’t women. As I said I think the Gulf States security services will be on edge for the next few months. Covid stuff is a convenient excuse for a lot of stuff they’d want to do, without generating as much pushback as might otherwise happen.


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  109. The Guy is Totally Ga Ga

    Joe Biden gets lost in his own garden: More worrying footage shows president ask ‘where do we go?’ and look confused after tree planting event for White House groundskeeper

    . President Joe Biden, 79, appeared confused as he tried to make his way back to the White House following a tree-planting event for the groundskeeper Monday
    . Biden and First Lady Jill Biden planted an elm tree in honor of Dale Haney, the chief White House groundskeeper who marked 50 years on the job
    . Footage posted on Twitter showed the president being turned around after he was going the wrong way on the White House grounds
    . It’s just one of several awkward moments Biden has had in the past few months, some of which have called his declining health into question
    . Last week, the president struggled to get off stage after his speech in Pittsburgh
    . In September, Biden was seen wandering about the UN stage after a speech and in August, he struggled to put on his coat and his wife had to help him

    Comments not Kind

    – I can’t believe the entire country watches the Demonrat Party commit elder abuse on a daily basis and we don’t do anything about it. We need our vibrant healthy President Trump back in office.

    – He must be removed from office. This is outrageous

    – My god.

    Where’s the Easter Bunny when you need him?


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  110. Have to laugh!

    Optus stadium will only be half full (or is that half empty) for Australia’s cricket clash against Sri Lanka tonight.

    Most people ringing into talkback cited: Langer sacking, Cummins wokeness and several (including myself) said they now go for anyone but Australia!!! 😛


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  111. I went through Dubai airport in the early 90s before much of the development really took off. No lanes through passport clearance you just crowded around the desk and waved your passport in the air. Fortunately the Arabs are pretty racist so a whitey got ahead of the Africans and Asians. No complaints from me.


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  112. rosiesays:
    October 25, 2022 at 11:43 am
    I used to hate Singapore too, far more orderly than Dubai but the gun toting military were intimidating.

    Rosie,

    you know, I never noticed them in Singapore or Dubai

    In Dubai, have only ever been transit and do priority security then up to Emirates 1st Class Lounge which is really peaceful, only problem is as travelling – Economy, lift down to flight stops at A380 upper level 1st & Business, and have to go down stairs to Economy Loading

    Coming back through Dubai usually arriving from Europe around 1100, have taken to taking Airport Hotel for a great sleep – most comfortable beds, then up 1 floor to 1st Class Lounge for Breakfast and 1030 Flight Y to OZ


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  113. I didn’t mind Singapore. Gun toting security aren’t really an issue unless there is a real probability they will actually shoot you. Likewise 50 machine gun toting gendarmes when you are enjoying your morning croissant.


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  114. Kneel

    How would the US react to China having a military alliance with Mexico, and supporting it financially?
    The answer is “badly”.

    The Zimmerman telegram led to the US entry into WW I soon after.


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  115. Singapore security staff tried to force my then late seventies mother to strip to her singlet in public, not impressed.
    I think I was thinking of that Australian Vietnamese man who got caught with drugs transiting Singapore and was executed around the time we were passing through one year. Drugs were intended for Australia and here he would have spent a few years in prison.
    Gun toting military everywhere in France were actually a welcome sight, much better than a furious muslim v Frenchman confrontation a few inches from you cafe au lait.


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  116. What’s all this about….

    Attorney General Merrick Garland will hold a news conference Monday afternoon to discuss “significant national security cases addressing malign influence schemes and alleged criminal activity by a nation-state actor in the United States,” the Justice Department announced in an advisory.



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  117. Yeah… I hate being right all of the time! 😛

    JUST IN – Biden admin set to warn about “threats to nation’s election infrastructure” ahead of midterms — an intelligence bulletin is slated to be issued this week, Politico reports.



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  118. The DoJ/Biden Crime Syndicate are going to blame the Kleptocrapts biggest loss in US electoral history on election hackings… And they’ll throw Trump in there somehow too (perhaps by paying another person a million bucks to Make Shit Up Again.


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  119. I used to hate Singapore too, far more orderly than Dubai but the gun toting military were intimidating.

    Worst I have seen is Heathrow. Policewoman flicking the safety on and off on her MP5 while chatting with fellow officers.

    Kinshasa is also not great, visa on arrival they make a point of giving you a look up the wrong end of an AK-47 before taking you off to a side room.


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  120. Mrs TE wants to “break the flight” in a trip to Europe next year by stopping for two days in Doha.

    Is there anything of interest there for a chap who’s not interested in modern buildings built on sand or Mussie museums?


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  121. Is there anything of interest there for a chap who’s not interested in modern buildings built on sand or Mussie museums?

    I hear that ISIS are a real hoot! 😛


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  122. my plastic straws come via eBay, now all I need is a supplier of microbeads to make sure my clothes actually get washed in phosphate free detergent in minimal water washing machines


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  123. Top Endersays:
    October 25, 2022 at 12:37 pm
    Mrs TE wants to “break the flight” in a trip to Europe next year by stopping for two days in Doha.

    Is there anything of interest there for a chap who’s not interested in modern buildings built on sand or Mussie museums?

    THE TOP 10 Doha Tours & Excursions in 2022 – Viator

    Desert Safari with Camel Ride, Sand Boarding & Inland Sea Tour in Doha 64 Venture away from Qatar’s capital and explore the desert on this half-day adventure from Doha. Travel into the towering dunes, passing Sealine Beach along the way, and enjoy several activities throughout the day.


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  124. Worth repeating:

    Cassie of Sydneysays:
    October 24, 2022 at 10:25 pm
    Tonight I attended a wonderful talk at the Centre of Independent Studies. I will write a post on that later. Nick Cater was there and I decided to have a chat with him about the state of the Liberal Party. I asked Nick about the SMH piece by Brandis the Bigot. He said he hadn’t read the piece. We continued to talk and he started saying that “we need to look forward”. I responded, “that’s all very well Nick but first the Liberal Party needs to learn the lessons of the past nine years”. He then said “Morrison is no longer PM, it’s all in the past”. I was left flummoxed and I said “I know Nick but if we don’t learn from the past then the party is bound to make the same mistakes”. I asked him “where are the conservatives in the party?” He said that the Party is a broad church. I said “yes, but to be a broad church it needs to have some moderates and conservatives and yet Turnbull and Morrison purged the conservatives. He then asked me if I liked Dutton and I said I did like him but he referred to CPAC attendees such as myself as “extreme right”. Nick said that wasn’t true and I said YES IT WAS. I then said “Dutton better say no to the Voice”. Cater didn’t answer.

    They haven’t got a clue. They still huddle around little johnnie’s broad fucking church, manners and a pip, pip approach to dealing with the left as the left wheels out the machine guns. As has been noted there are very few left in the lnp who can be relied upon: Antic, Rennick, Canavan, Chandler; there are none in the liars/filth. Then there is PHON and a few independents. Politically Australia is stuffed.


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  125. Expert speaking about Xi and his congress from a few days ago is actually talking about Biden???

    A person drunk on power often makes catastrophic decisions. When that person is in charge of a country that isn’t afraid to be openly adversarial with the rest of the world, these events may portend a dangerous moment.

    The other thing I didn’t understand from the CCP congress was why everyone had masks on, except all of those in the front row. Why’s that? Cos, science?


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  126. The other thing I didn’t understand from the CCP congress was why everyone had masks on, except all of those in the front row. Why’s that? Cos, science?

    China, by decree of Xi, is still officially chasing covid zero as its policy.


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  127. Cohenite
    I had lunch with James McGrath about two years ago and he was absolutely scathing of the Wets in the Libs so there’s at least one more solid citizen there…


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  128. Yes FM
    I get that but why do front benchers not wear masks and the other 500 did?

    Btw – I’ll wave to you next week as I fly overhead to Carnarvon… **ugh**


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  129. Researchers find key to keep working memory working

    The new study shows that these prefrontal cortical circuits depend upon the neurotransmitter acetylcholine stimulating muscarinic M1 receptors aligned on the surface of neurons of the prefrontal cortex.

    Another example of why I have been warning people about the potential dangers of anticholinergic drugs. Tricyclic antidepressants can have an anticholinergic effect. Mirtazapine is one such drug and is a potent anticholinergic. It is also prescribed for older people as a sleep aid. The general advice these days, in the literature at least though probably not yet in the clinic, is that older people (>55 years), should if possible avoid anticholinergics.


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  130. Lysandersays:
    October 25, 2022 at 12:56 pm
    Cohenite
    I had lunch with James McGrath about two years ago and he was absolutely scathing of the Wets in the Libs so there’s at least one more solid citizen there…

    Yeah, I’ve heard that; but if push comes to shove is he going to be like Antic or Rennick and do it publicly and aggressively. Even Canavan isn’t mincing words anymore and he used to be circumspect. And what has happened to big Pete; little simon in his ear?


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  131. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Bearesays:

    October 25, 2022 at 11:09 am

    Hyacinth leading her best life.

    Bullshit, Bear. People like Hyacinth are most certainly on board, and good luck to them if being poseurs is their thing

    I couldn’t agree more.


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  132. Be very careful of McGrath. He was the Turd’s hit man in QLD and is a power broker (UK trained). His protestations regarding the Moderates do not ring true.
    It was McGrath who lowered the boom on my branch after the coup.


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    H B Bearsays:

    October 25, 2022 at 11:10 am

    Mashed potato (with butter and pepper) is too valuable to waste. Pro tip – buy a ricer. 

    Essential tool for making potato gnocchi.


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  134. I am absolutely banned from even considering transit through Dubai.
    Madam was thoroughly touched-up by a crow at a supposed random security check in the transit lounge.
    The Business lounge was up in arms with a crowd of Aussie women being very voluable in announcing that they will never be back.
    A town best left to Brit banker wankers.


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  135. @zyconoclast
    Statements like that are already included under the email signature block of most of the QLD government employees. And also ‘path to treaty’


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  136. Rosie:

    It’s a narrative shift when they saw the wind blow the other way.

    It’s something the Left is VERY good at. Listen carefully and when they do it, it becomes very obvious. It will also tell you where their weak spots are.
    Focus on ‘where is the money going’ – that’s their vulnerability.


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  137. I couldn’t agree more.

    I love you too, Sancho. You poseur, you.

    After dinner Hairy says do I want to see someone identifying as a comedian in the theatre?
    So we trundle along to try to identify as an audience.
    Actually, it wasn’t too hard as he was quite good, laid back with good timing.
    Warm up stuff about fatherhood and teaching the kids sports and then onto more meaty themes.

    He was about amusing loving thy neighbour and turning the other cheek.
    Jesus, he notes, was never stuck in traffic.

    He was hilarious acting out being made by modern life to work for them not them work for you.
    Supermarket self-check in stuff. He reckoned it was about time he got an employee discount.
    And more like that. We the audience lapped it up. We’ve all been there.


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  138. Face masks no longer mandatory at Dubai airports

    Fits. Face masks are unhelpful for facial recognition software.

    Each time I re-entered the UAE on previous ‘government business’, I was required to submit to a retinal scan….. I wonder if thats a ‘freedom sack’ workaround for the Arab World?


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  139. I just made a wasted 180km round trip to Bunnings to find the item listed as ‘In store’ on their website was actually not available – I told them I was disappointed by their error (not my exact words).

    On the way back, I filled the car at the local chain servo – and was aghast at the price of the pies: $7.50 for a standard meat pie and $6.30 for a sausage roll;

    Are you fcuking kidding me?? If this is what %7 inflation looks like (sarc), ghod help us!


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  140. I see that tennis chap Williams is making a comeback before retiring. Just can’t let Margarets record stand. Going around one more time to take defence and offence to a new level.


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  141. Bruce O’Newk:

    I’m wondering if there might be a contribution from reduced immunity, but the cited reason is entirely plausible.

    A very large component is the fact spitting isn’t dealt with by a good punch in the mouth, as well as the invasion of diseased no hopers who expect instant cure from us and refuse to take the entire treatment course of :
    If you have latent tuberculosis, you might need to take only one or two types of TB drugs. Active tuberculosis, particularly if it’s a drug-resistant strain, will require several drugs at once. The most common medications used to treat tuberculosis include from the Mayoclinic:

    Isoniazid
    Rifampin (Rifadin, Rimactane)
    Ethambutol (Myambutol)
    Pyrazinamide
    If you have drug-resistant TB, a combination of antibiotics called fluoroquinolones and injectable medications, such as amikacin or capreomycin (Capastat), are generally used for 20 to 30 months. Some types of TB are developing resistance to these medications as well.

    Some drugs might be added to therapy to counter drug resistance, including:

    Bedaquiline (Sirturo)
    Linezolid (Zyvox)



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