Open Thread – Tue 1 Nov 2022

All Souls’ Day, Jules Bastien-Lepage, 1882

2,428 responses to “Open Thread – Tue 1 Nov 2022”

  1. dover0beach Avatar

    Julie Kelly ??
    Wow I bet her feelings are really hurt
    Quote Tweet
    Fanone: And, you know, I also support the fact that Kari Lake is a piece of shit

    Dems, MSNBC, but I repeat myself, still repeating the lie that Sicknick was killed on J6. Disgusting people. The worst.

  2. OldOzzie Avatar

    Elizabeth (Lizzie) Bearesays:
    November 2, 2022 at 10:52 am
    Endless Summer

  3. H B Bear Avatar
    H B Bear

    The grassy knoll replaced by a greasy knob. Even the conspiracy theories are worse these days.

  4. Winston Smith Avatar

    Johnny Rotten:

    I remain jab free and healthy at nearly age 70 years with my immaculate immune system.


  5. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha Avatar
    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Apparently some lions escaped from their enclosure at Taronga this morning

    One of those experiences in South Africa, years ago, was being at close quarters, to a pride of lions, in a safari jeep. To the lions, a safari jeep is just a big noisy object that poses no threat, but, if someone in the jeep stands up, showing they have two legs, then they are on the menu…

  6. duncanm Avatar

    One of those experiences in South Africa, years ago, was being at close quarters, to a pride of lions, in a safari jeep.

    Sydney african lion safari.

    1995 – Lion escaped and killed a local dog.

  7. Shy Ted Avatar
    Shy Ted

    On one side of the courtroom is Mr Lehrmann’s chief defender, barrister Steven Whybrow.
    Mr Lehrmann’s junior counsel for the trial is another former ACT prosecutor, Katrina Musgrove
    Also on the defence is Rachel Fisher, a solicitor at leading Canberra firm

    The main man needs to be a woman. Nobody notices the underlings.

  8. Winston Smith Avatar


    Successive Labor governments have spent the best part of 15 years stacking the place with lefties.
    If there was a change of government they would have to rip the top 3-4 ranks out of the place.

    Double wrong, Sancho.
    The East German Stasi was an interesting exercise in the pliability of ideological fervour, they put on scores of ex Abwehr/Gestapo agents after the war. Ideology wasn’t an issue, the Communists only wanted thugs who knew the territory and the people and were as happy as pigs in shit just carrying out their orders.
    Apparently the two sides got on quite well.

  9. Tom Avatar

    And Sky have sent over Rita Panahi and James Morrow who will balance the reporting of Laura Jayes and Annelise Neilson.

    Neilson is just made for America – as a Hollywood reporter.

    On Sunday our time, she giggled along with a Never Trump Republican from Arizona totally opposed to election integrity and all efforts to examine 2020’s presidential election results.

    Like 99% of Australian journalists, Neilson has no problem with the Democratic Party’s radical anti-American agenda and is not even curious about how they’re trying to sell it.

  10. OldOzzie Avatar

    Appoint a Watchdog for Ukraine Aid – Bloomberg

    More transparency over how billions are being spent would protect US taxpayers and sustain political support for the war.

    Since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February, the Kyiv government has received more than $60 billion in security and humanitarian assistance from the US, making it by far the world’s biggest annual recipient of such aid. Now some Republican leaders want to toughen oversight over how those funds are being spent. They’re right to do so.

    The scale of the aid effort is unprecedented. In just seven months, the US has provided Ukraine with nearly double what it gave all of western Europe on an annual basis during the Marshall Plan in real terms. Support for Ukraine’s military this year equals what the US provided Israel, Egypt and Afghanistan combined in 2020. Washington has accounted for two-thirds of all military and humanitarian assistance offered to Ukraine since the start of the war; in dollar terms, it has contributed twice as much as the entire European Union.

  11. calli Avatar

    Shy Ted says:
    November 2, 2022 at 10:11 am
    Those offended lady lawyers need to offer their services to Bruce L, pro bono, for his defence, at the next trial. Go get ‘er, girls, as they say. Claws out!
    His current lawyers, if he is acquitted, having done it pro bono, could win bigly going after the Morrisons, Wilkinsons, Fitzsimians, BH Pty Ltd and many others for their perversion of the legal process.
    That’s why the system wants him convicted.

    An interesting take on the whole imbroglio, Ted.

    Does a conviction mean no recourse to damages? If so, there’s a whole pile of influential people who will want the “correct” verdict.

  12. OldOzzie Avatar

    Fully Vaccinated and Boosted Food Writer Julie Powell, Author of ‘Julie & Julia,’ Dead From Cardiac Arrest at 49

    The writer had also tweeted about being vaccinated and boosted several times.

    “So, as a vaccinated, boosted person, I’ve not been tested for Covid. Is it possible for me to be at this point? The Long Covid thing worries me, but also keep in mind that I’m a hypochondriac,” Powell tweeted in June.

    Powell also tweeted about not allowing unvaccinated relatives into her home.

    “My cousin won’t get vaccinated and I don’t want to allow him in the house with my niece and nephew who are too young to be vaccinated,” she wrote in October, 2021.

  13. OldOzzie Avatar

    Megyn Kelly throws shade on Paul Pelosi investigation: ‘The SFPD has egg on its face’

    Megyn Kelly isn’t buying the San Francisco Police Department’s version of events as it investigates the assault on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband.

    “I know enough to smell a rat,” the former Fox News and NBC star said during her podcast on Monday.

    During an interview with Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) on her SiriusXM podcast on Monday, Kelly blasted any notion that the attack on Paul Pelosi, 82, was politically motivated, pointing out that the suspect, David DePape, 42, is a “lunatic.”

    “I feel like at a minimum, the SFPD has egg on its face because even under the most generous story to Paul Pelosi and to the San Francisco police, they were in the house when this guy attacked Paul Pelosi with a hammer,” Kelly said.

    “I’m not sure how that happened,” the former Fox News primetime star continued. “How do you have police officers on site and an 82-year-old gets attacked with a hammer in front of you when you have a gun as a police officer?”

    Kelly added: “It’s one of the many questions here. As you point out, there are security cameras all over that house. You can see them from the outside – were they turned on?”

    “If not, why not? She’s the speaker of the House.”

    Kelly noted that “far less known public figures than Nancy Pelosi have taken extra security measures in and around San Francisco, given how high the crime rate is there, it would be insane for them not to have their cameras on.”

    She agreed with Cotton’s call for the police to release bodycam footage of officers’ arrival at the home.

    “Let’s see it,” Kelly said. “Let’s see it all. I don’t know what went on. I know enough to smell a rat. There’s something going on here that they’re not telling us. I just don’t know what it is.”

  14. OldOzzie Avatar

    Elon Musk reveals price of ‘Twitter Blue’ after viral Stephen King tweet, slams ‘lords and peasants’ system

    Twitter boss Elon Musk slammed the social media platform’s “blue check” verification system on Tuesday, calling it “bulls–t” for effectively creating what he likened to a caste system among users.

    Musk criticized the blue checks while touting his planned changes to the subscription service “Twitter Blue.” The billionaire said he plans to charge users $8 per month to receive verified status and receive other perks.

    “Twitter’s current lords & peasants system for who has or doesn’t have a blue checkmark is bulls–t,” Musk tweeted. “Power to the people! Blue for $8/month.”

    Musk, who is currently serving as Twitter’s CEO, detailed several other notable tweaks to the “Twitter Blue” service. He noted that subscribers will get “priority” placement in “replies, mentions & search” — a feature he described as “essential to defeat spam/scam.”

    The $8-per-month figure will be “adjusted by country proportionate to purchasing power parity,” according to Musk.

  15. Razey Avatar

    November 2, 2022 at 11:53 am
    Fully Vaccinated and Boosted Food Writer Julie Powell, Author of ‘Julie & Julia,’ Dead From Cardiac Arrest at 49

    “Doctors are baffled”.

  16. OldOzzie Avatar

    “You Murderous Hypocrites”: Outrage Ensues After The Atlantic Suggests ‘Amnesty’ For Pandemic Authoritarians

    The Atlantic has come under fire for suggesting that all the terrible pandemic-era decisions over lockdowns, school closures, masking, and punishing an entire class of people who questioned the efficacy and wisdom of taking a rushed, experimental vaccine – for a virus with a 99% survival rate in most, should all be water under the bridge.

    “We need to forgive one another for what we did and said when we were in the dark about COVID,” writes Brown Professor Emily Oster – a huge lockdown proponent, who now pleads from mercy from the once-shunned.

    “Let’s acknowledge that we made complicated choices in the face of deep uncertainty, and then try to work together to build back and move forward,” she continues.

    Except, they weren’t “in the dark” about Covid. There were numerous sources pointing out the actual science that ran contrary to the mandate claims, and they were deliberately silenced by a vast media campaign. Evidence suggests that media platforms worked in tandem with Big Tech, the CDC and the Biden Administration. It was not a simple matter of overreaction, there was collusion to remove all counter-information.

    Nice try, Emily.

    As the Daily Sceptic’s Michael P. Senger puts it: “There’s a lot wrong here. First, no, you don’t get to advocate policies that do extraordinary harm to others, against their wishes, then say, “We didn’t know any better at the time!” Ignorance doesn’t work as an excuse when the policies involved abrogating your fellow citizens’ rights under an indefinite state of emergency, while censoring and cancelling those who weren’t as ignorant. The inevitable result would be a society in which ignorance and obedience to the opinion of the mob would be the only safe position.”

    And look at that ratio:

    In one epic Twitter thread, Claremont Institute Senior Fellow Matthew J. Peterson (@docMJP) excoriates Oster’s entire premise;

  17. OldOzzie Avatar

    In one epic Twitter thread, Claremont Institute Senior Fellow Matthew J. Peterson (@docMJP) excoriates Oster’s entire premise;

    Hey—sorry you lost your job b/c of the vax that doesn’t work and your grandmother died alone and you couldn’t have a funeral and your brother’s business was needlessly destroyed and your kids have weird heart problems—but let’s just admit we were all wrong and call a truce, eh?

    It’s too bad we shut the entire economy down & took on tyrannical powers that have never been used before in this country—looking back, you should have been able to go to church and use public parks while we let people riot in the streets—but it was a confusing time for everyone.

    Hey I’m sorry we scared the hell out of you & lied for years & persecuted & censored anyone who disagreed but there was an election going on & we really wanted to beat Donald Trump so it was important to radically politicize the science even if it destroyed your children’s lives.

    OK, yes we said unvaccinated people should die & not get healthcare while never questioning Big Pharma once but we are compassionate people which is why even though we shut down the entire economy we also bankrupted the nation & caused inflation. You’re welcome! Let’s be friends.

  18. GreyRanga Avatar

    Anders I disagree with Soviet propaganda got us here. I doubt even the Soviets could have imagined such a scenario as we collectively have brought upon ourselves. I am as guilty as the left are for letting them get away with the drivel spouted by them. We used to ignore this sort of maniac. All it has done is encourage them. I was brought up by one, how I avoided the indoctrination I do not fully understand. Being a lateral thinker may have been a big part of it. As an 8yr old it didn’t make sense.

  19. Boambee John Avatar
    Boambee John

    Trying in parts to beat the “internal server error”.

    On the subject of damages after a conviction, if the DPP eventually had to pay the defendant’s full costs for each stage at which the prosecution was unsuccessful (trial, any re-trial, appeals all the way to the High Court), some of the sillier “political” cases would not get far.

  20. Boambee John Avatar
    Boambee John

    Next bit.

    Imagine eventually sticking the Victorian DPP with the costs of two Pell trials, the Vicco Supreme Court appeal and the High Court appeal. Though, under this, the DPP would only become liable for the costs of the first trial and the Supreme Court appeal after the final, successful, appeal. Then, they pay for the lot.

    How’s that for a “you lot”, m0nty-fa?

  21. OldOzzie Avatar

    Ten stocks to own for the next decade

    Emma Rapaport – Markets reporter

    WiseTech, REA Group and Suncorp have been named among the 10 stocks to buy and hold for the next decade according to UBS, as foreign investors seek the attractive return profile of Australian equities amid a more challenging global outlook.

    Although foreign investors have been dismissive of the local market, UBS equity strategist Richard Schellbach believes this apathy is “set to dissipate” as offshore allocators recognise that Australian equities exhibit the characteristics to stand out in an inflationary and low-growth environment.

    This, he says, will propel Australian equities to a “decade of outperformance”, even as global growth continues to track below historical trend rates.

    “Over the last 20 years, Australia has largely shed its long-held image as a sleepy former colonial backwater, by firmly integrating itself onto the global stage,” he said.

    “But despite Australia’s major cities now being filled with a remarkably talented workforce drawn from all around the world, the investor landscape on the ASX has remained relatively static.

    “We believe foreign investor apathy towards Australia is set to dissipate, as offshore investors recognise that Aussie equities have many of the characteristics required to stand out over the next decade.”

    In the near term, Mr Schellbach says Australia’s mineral-rich economy and equity market stand out amid inflationary pressures as investors seek overweight exposure to the “causes of inflation as opposed to the victims”. Meanwhile, the resilient Australian consumer continues to spend thanks to huge savings built up during the COVID-19 era.

    Longer-term, he says the Australian equity market is exposed to four foundations that can propel it to a decade of outperformance: fast and strong population growth, dividend yields almost double the global average, concentrated industries supporting high-profit margins and companies relatively detached from the global economic cycle.

    On income, Mr Schellbach notes that Australian companies pay outsized dividends compared with global peers, with yields typically double that of global equities, giving the income they offer great appeal in a lower equity return world.

    Australia’s concentrated industry structure is also likely to appeal to foreign investors – a product of a vast country with a dispersed population, which makes it a hostile environment for new entrants. This translates into less competition, higher prices and higher profit margins.

    “For consumers, the outcome of this is bad, ie less choice and expensive prices. But for the businesses already here, this is great, ie less competition and higher margins,” he said.

    This year, the Vanguard Australian Shares ETF has outperformed the Vanguard MSCI Index International Shares ETF, with a negative 5.7 per cent return versus negative 11.4 per cent to September 30.

    Over a 10-year period, the global fund’s benchmark is ahead, at 8.6 per cent for the local basket and 13.6 per cent for the MSCI World ex-Australia (net dividends reinvested).

    Stagnant interest

    Foreign ownership of Australian equities witnessed a steep decline in the mid-1990s thanks to the cumulative impact of compulsory superannuation, with Australian workers’ wages pouring into local stocks.

    Ownership has recovered somewhat off early-2000 lows of 35 per cent, but remained static for the past two decades, and is currently at 40 per cent.

    Mr Schellbach puts that down to foreign investors worrying that overvalued property and the heavily indebted consumer would lead to Australia experiencing a “day of reckoning” akin to the US economy through the 2008 sub-prime crisis.

    However, he says housing market fears have largely dissipated alongside rising property prices globally while the Australian consumer has “continued to astound the sceptics”.

    “A decade ago, Australia was an outlier in having overvalued property, this is no longer the case with the rest of the world having caught up,” he said.

    With a 10-year outlook, UBS has highlighted 10 quality and non-cyclical ASX-listed growth companies to “comfortably own” for the next decade.

    Apart from WiseTech, REA Group and Suncorp, included on the list are index heavyweights BHP and Commonwealth Bank of Australia, retail conglomerate Wesfarmers and toll road operator Transurban.

    UBS analysts favour international student services and language testing business IDP Education, Tabcorp spin-off Lottery Corp and global engineering group Worley among the small to mid-market caps.

  22. rosie Avatar

    It’s amazing how pre covid people died for all sorts of reasons but now there is only one.
    The vaxx, all sorts.

  23. Vicki Avatar

    Dr Tess Lawrie has posted a commentary on the ubiquitous growing power of the multi, multi millionaires. It is, pardon the pun, “right on the money”.

    Who wants to be a billionaire?
    On breaking the invisible chains that bind us

    Dr Tess Lawrie, MBBCh, PhD?

    Today is the last day it’s possible to watch The Real Anthony Fauci movies free of charge. If you haven’t watched these yet, I cannot recommend them enough. We owe Robert F. Kennedy a great debt of gratitude for his lifelong endeavour to bring the pharmaceutical cartels to account and ease the pain of the many casualties of their insatiable greed.

    The movies expose the relative ease with which a small elite has manipulated systems of governance to meet their own psychopathic ends. This elite is currently on a strange crusade of colonisation, where the territory being invaded is no longer just land, but people’s bodies and minds. Author of the book 180 Degrees, Feargus O’Connor Greenwood calls them THEY, a handy acronym for ‘The Hierarchy Exploiting You’, this crusading minority. This minority is not faceless, however, and their aims are self-serving, anti-nature and anti-human.

    So why are their horrible agendas met with minimal opposition?

    In part, because they are rich enough to be able to buy influence and control the media, so they manage the public perception of who they are and the motives behind their insatiable hunger for power. But it’s also because we are conditioned to worship money, and to regard those that make it at all costs as geniuses. Is genius now the ability to make money through rape, pillage, plunder and cunning without detection?

    These people are insanely wealthy. Their annual income exceeds that of many countries. In a world where so many of us have become slaves to debt, we have been led to believe that the ability to make money is a quality of utmost importance – if only because we fundamentally long for the freedoms the super-rich apparently possess. Wishing to have what they seem to have, threatens to blind us to the terrible things they do with their money.

    We have come to equate money with freedom. That is, the more money you have, the freer you are. We also have an unconscious belief that money equals worth. That is, the more money you have, the better you are.

    What a con.

    What a breathtakingly ludicrous lie.

    We all know this, of course. Fundamentally, we know that money does not bring worth, happiness or freedom. On the deepest level we know that these are our birth right and not tied to money in the slightest. Freedom is a state of being, and cannot be bought and paid for. It doesn’t take a genius to see that these billionaires are far from free.

    And yet. Somehow, the conditioning is such that we still aspire to the trappings of wealth. Ubiquitous cultural programming instructs us to base our worth on our pay cheque, to indebt ourselves in order to have the bigger house, the flashier car, and so on. This programming also influences the courses we take, the qualifications we strive for, and facilitate a mental hierarchy in terms of what one has and what one feels entitled to. This is the basis for a class system based on a person’s earning power, the wealth they have come from and the wealth they have amassed.

    In such a materialist system, it is only logical that we should celebrate the one per cent who has the most money of all. The glorification of money is so pervasive it’s hardly surprising we fall for the con. There is no blame here – but it’s worth asking ourselves why money has such a powerful hold over us. We would also benefit from being more critical about the medium and long-term aspirations of these misanthropes.

    Bill Gates has managed to reinvent himself as a great philanthropist. But his obsession with vaccinating the world has left untold millions harmed and many dead. His influence pervades public health, agriculture, environment and international development, and his actions are hugely damaging, as evidenced in this report from Navdanya International.

    Prison Gates 300.jpg
    This misanthropic man should be held to account. Instead, he’s lauded as the great benefactor of the world. Equally, there’s been an air of excitement on Twitter since Elon Musk took over. Many are wondering whether he will reinstate all of our suspended accounts, and some see his leadership at Twitter as a victory for free speech. Many seem to look to him as something of a saviour figure – is this a good idea?

    Musk may be in the absurd position of having the power to bestow the gift of speaking freely on a social media platform, but this does not make him a great benefactor. He has spoken about incorporating shopping, ecommerce and more into Twitter, which would make it a goldmine in terms of harvesting people’s personal data. He is also littering our skies with thousands upon thousands of satellites, without ever having asked whether this is what we the people would wish for Nature’s ceiling. Is he just a victim of the presumption of billionaires? That money has bought him the freedom to do what he likes, and we should be grateful for whatever this may be?

    Let’s stop glorifying money and pierce the veil. These billionaire “philanthropaths”, as Margaret Anna Alice calls them, do not want to help us, they want to enslave us. They want our bodies, our thoughts, our feelings and our data. Rather than glorify them, we can pity them for being so evidently impoverished in spirit. A truly wealthy person would never feel the need to gain more, and certainly not at the expense of others. These poor men clearly have no peace and seek satisfaction in all the wrong places.

    How strange, then, that they should see themselves as rich and powerful. How strange that we should aspire to be like them, uncompassionate, anti-human and unloved. We have forgotten the truth written in our very bones: that we are born free and in the lap of nature’s luxurious bounty. Our wealth is our spirit, our relationships, and our connection with our extraordinary planet. We quite literally shine with the light of life itself.

    The elite look to us to satisfy their lack and depend on us for power – so let’s stop handing it over. This may be hard to believe, on a personal note, I do feel grateful to Bill Gates et al for pushing me to wake up, recognise my complicity in serving a dysfunctional system, and change my ways. We can blame and bemoan the damage to humanity caused by these men, or we can see this as an opportunity to embark on an exploration that will benefit all who come after us. We can make more conscious choices about where we spend our money, time and attention. We can keep asking ourselves whether we are judging someone on their own merits or their material wealth. And we can take steps to ensure our actions are contributing to the world we wish for, not the one a tiny few have planned for us.

    Given the state of the financial system and the ridiculous money printing and spending by our governments, it’s also time to imagine a world where money doesn’t even exist in the way it does now. What might that be like? Having never experienced such a world, it can be hard to imagine. But in the imagining, we start to make it possible.

  24. OldOzzie Avatar

    Recipe for cheaper power is stop treating gas as the enemy

    Energy Minister Chris Bowen must set ideology aside and support the critical role of gas in delivering lower emissions, improved reliability and lower prices.

    Amanda Stoker – Columnist and former senator

    The recipe for cheaper energy in Australia is remarkably simple. But it seems Energy Minister Chris Bowen either can’t – or won’t – do what is necessary to deliver it.

    Labor promised cheaper energy and higher wages before May’s election.

    October’s budget shows it will deliver neither; its promise for energy bills to be $275 a year cheaper for households and businesses incongruent with budget papers telling Australians to expect a 56 per cent increase in the price of energy over the next two years.

    Although Labor is keen to blame the conflict in Ukraine for higher prices, the demand that it has produced is only one part of the story. Let’s face it, Europe’s energy woes were well and truly apparent at the time of May’s promise.

    The rest of the cause is home-grown. The good news is that the solution can be too.

    The bad news is that it will take a government willing to stop demonising gas and support the role it can play in delivering lower emissions, improved reliability and lower prices.

    There are three elements to achieving this goal.

    Possible solutions

    First, it is vital that our nation does not over-invest in transmission. As state governments have learnt the hard way, the effect of over-building or “gold-plating” networks creates a high fixed component in the price of energy, undermining the benefits of lower energy prices when they are achieved.

    It seems from recent announcements that the Albanese government is yet to learn this message. It announced in the budget a $20 billion investment in transmission networks and seeks a further $58 billion of private investment.

    Upgrading transmission networks is expensive, and the need to do so is created by over-investment in renewables with insufficient firming capacity; that is, too little gas.

    Second, downward pressure is required on the price of gas in the domestic market.

    In the USA, there is clear price separation between the export market and the domestic market. The same was emerging in Australia before the last election. The key to ensuring a lower domestic price than is achieved for exported gas is to pump more gas than can be exported through local terminals. A pro-gas attitude from governments is key to achieving this objective.

    This is the deal that will deliver prices below $10 a gigajoule, which former ACCC chairman Rod Sims said Australia should be targeting.

    But the Albanese government continues to treat gas like the enemy.

    The obvious next question is: how do we get gas companies to pump more gas?

    It will take more than politicians beating their chests.

    There is a practical, sensible deal to be done between the big gas producers – Shell, Origin and Santos – and governments to ensure Australians get what they need for a reasonable price.

    Australians need more gas pumped into the network. Gas producers need assistance with the carbon capture and storage pathways that will help them become the low-emission operations they want to be. They need assurances that governments won’t create an adverse environment for investment by changing the rules of the game too wildly or too often, and they need help to work through barriers such as moratoriums on the development of gas fields and unbalanced project approval processes.

    Replacing supply

    This is the deal that will deliver prices below $10 a gigajoule, which former ACCC chairman Rod Sims said Australia should be targeting.

    The third element is to ensure there is enough dispatchable energy in the market. As coal is leaving the market it must be replaced by dispatchable, rather than just intermittent, energy sources.

    In the short term, that means removing disincentives to get gas and hydro projects underway, and in the long term it means getting over the dated and ill-informed opposition to nuclear energy.

    Any government serious about addressing the cost of living needs to be serious about getting dispatchable energy projects off the ground. Extreme environmental approval processes and dogmatic moratoria might appease the political left, but their effect is to cruelly put the cost of energy out of reach for average Australian households.

    The most recent AEMO report into the energy dynamics of the quarter ending September 2022 shows the practical harm done by too little dispatchable energy investment.

    It shows that as renewables penetration increases, the intraday demand swing is increasing – in some states to record levels. This means that even though household solar creates an excess of supply (and low cost) in the daytime, consumers in the evening and night market feel massive cost pressure from shortages. At night, with no solar input and variable wind input, gas and hydro sources must meet most of the demand. It is what makes pumped hydro profitable, because it collects the solar surplus from the day market and offers it at a premium at night.

    Night consumers suffer from the way that hydro suppliers let the price run up. In the low-competition environment they face, it is no surprise hydro suppliers go for the gouge. But again, more gas is the answer. Lowering the gas price with more supply so that it can add competition in the night market will make a substantial difference for the consumer.

    Together, these three measures will lead to reduced emissions, improved reliability and lower prices. It is what Australians of all walks of life want and need.

    The only question is whether Bowen can set his pride and ideology aside and act in the national interest.

  25. Vicki Avatar

    Apparently some lions escaped from their enclosure at Taronga this morning

    Yes – we are in Sydney this morning & it has been a source of local interest. Apparently they had a loudspeaker urging residents adjacent to Taronga to “leave your houses”. While that may have been a reasonable instruction for those staying in the tented camp within the zoo, it seems over-the-top for residents as it would seem impossible for lions to escape the confines of the actual zoo.

    Everything these days is intended to install maximum fear in people. No wonder the level of anxiety is at an all time high.

  26. Perplexed of Brisbane Avatar
    Perplexed of Brisbane

    November 2, 2022 at 10:29 am
    we see what is happening in the Western countries, it is with puzzlement that we see the practices Russia used to have and that we left behind in the distant past

    This is like an arsonist being puzzled why the fire he started in the basement is now engulfing the whole edifice. There is no coincidence or puzzle why the West is following in the footsteps of Soviet Russia – it is Soviet propaganda that brought us here.

    I wonder what direction Russia will take in the future once they see how their propaganda has managed to destroy the west? Will they go the same way or will they take a different tangent and preserve their society and culture? Will Putin or whoever jump up one day and yell, “April Fool’s!”

  27. GreyRanga Avatar

    Winston according to Markus Wolf, the head of Foreign Intelligence in the Stasi, the East Germans were terrified of the Nazi’s. This is one of the reasons they resisted unification for so long. They knew there were too many Nazi’s in the West German Government. The Stasi had an agent as advisor to then Chancellor Willy Brandt. At the time he was being used to check on the honesty of negotiations about a possible reunification. Wolf was overruled in exposing of the agent for political purposes as there was a power struggle in the political leadership.

  28. OldOzzie Avatar


    Before Being Ritually Sacrificed, This Nazca Child Was Drugged With Psychedelics.

  29. Miltonf Avatar

    The Demorat-rino establishment is more evil than I ever imagined

  30. Bruce of Newcastle Avatar
    Bruce of Newcastle

    The vaxx?

    5-jabbed CDC Director Walensky tests COVID-positive for a second time (31 Oct)

    Obviously very effective then.

  31. OldOzzie Avatar

    November 2, 2022 at 12:37 pm
    Apparently some lions escaped from their enclosure at Taronga this morning

    Apparently they had a loudspeaker urging residents adjacent to Taronga to “leave your houses”. While that may have been a reasonable instruction for those staying in the tented camp within the zoo, it seems over-the-top for residents as it would seem impossible for lions to escape the confines of the actual zoo.

    Everything these days is intended to install maximum fear in people. No wonder the level of anxiety is at an all time high.

    Zoo executive director Simon Duffy said one adult lion and four cubs were spotted outside their main enclosure at 6:30am Wednesday – but did not get past the second 1.8-metre fence that separates them from the rest of the zoo.

    “At no time did the lions exit that area or exit Taronga Zoo,” he told reporters.

    “Four of the lions calmly made their way back into their main exhibit and dens and one lion cub was safely tranquillised,” he said.

    There were no injuries and all the lions were back in their enclosure within minutes.

    They did breach the (first) containment fence. We don’t have the exact details of how and why that occurred,” Mr Duffy said.

    “That is very much a focus of our incident response and the review that will be conducted now.”

  32. Vicki Avatar

    Who is right on number of Australians vaccinated against Covid ? Government says 95%, a newscom
    sample survey of 45,000 found that 37% claimed they had not been vaccinated against Covid.

  33. Jorge Avatar

    Re the Cup yesterday, I caught Wayne Hawkes opining just before the race, explaining that he didn’t much fancy the spruiked Europeans.
    His advice was to look at local and recent winning form, mentioning three races, the Caulfield cup, Bendigo cup and Geelong cup.
    Stacked up fairly well:
    1st Gold Trip (2nd in Caulfield Cup)
    2nd. Emissary. (Winner, Geelong Cup)
    3rd. High Emocean. (Winner, Bendigo Cup)

    Naturally, I ignored everything Wayne said.

  34. Boambee John Avatar
    Boambee John

    November 2, 2022 at 12:37 pm
    The First Amendment bars the government from deciding for us what is true or false, online or anywhere.

    Our government can’t use private pressure to get around our constitutional rights.

    But they do.

    The ACLU getting ready for a Republican Congress?

  35. duncanm Avatar

    November 2, 2022 at 12:35 pm
    Ha ha

    Pelosi Reportedly Refuses To Hand Over Security Footage, as Neighbors Question Details of Incident

    Residents of tony Broadway Street in San Francisco are used to fleets of black SUVs surrounding the Speaker’s red brick mansion 24/7, a heavy police response to any disturbances, and even their computers getting scrambled by alleged security measures to protect the nation’s Number Three.

    So when Marjorie Campbell read that her old neighbor had to call 911 himself while negotiating with a hammer-wielding madman, she was deeply perplexed.

    ‘There were black cars outside that house, particularly up on Normandie Terrace, all of the time,’ the 66-year-old, who lived opposite the Pelosis for a decade, told

    yes, yes there are. I count three.

  36. OldOzzie Avatar

    November 2, 2022 at 12:54 pm
    Who is right on number of Australians vaccinated against Covid ? Government says 95%, a newscom
    sample survey of 45,000 found that 37% claimed they had not been vaccinated against Covid.

    As Unvaxed I would find the 37% hard to believe – given the pressures I endured, 95% would be correct

    Had my hair cut this morning by my Australian/Philippines Hairdresser and she took my advice – when she had to get Vaccination Certificate to go to Philippines, she had Novavax

    Philippines still require Vaccination Certificate as do Japan and US

  37. duncanm Avatar

    “They did breach the (first) containment fence. We don’t have the exact details of how and why that occurred,”

    maybe a kid kicked out a drain grate

  38. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha Avatar
    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Austraila must ‘build and maintain a strong deterrent’ to regional aggressors: Hastie

    Ben Packham
    16 minutes ago November 2, 2022
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    Opposition defence spokesman Andrew Hastie says Australia needs to invest in bombers, be prepared to spend “well above” 2 per cent of GDP on defence, and appeal to young people’s sense of duty to build a stronger military.

    The former SAS captain and former assistant defence minister told a business breakfast in Perth on Tuesday that “the window is closing fast” for Australia to prepare for a major conflict.

    As the government’s defence strategic review chairs prepare to hand Richard Marles their interim report this week, Mr Hastie said the nation needed to “build and maintain a strong deterrent” against “unilateral military adventurism” by any regional aggressor.

    “I don’t want to discuss particulars here today except to make clear that we need to build strike capabilities that can hold an adversary at risk beyond the archipelago to our north,” he told the Business News breakfast.

    “(We need) strike bombers, precision guided missiles and unmanned autonomous vehicles – in the skies and in the seas below.”

    Mr Hastie said he remained hopeful the government’s defence strategic review, due to be completed in March, would deliver good outcomes.

    But he said last week’s budget, which saw inflation wipe $2.8bn from Defence’s purchasing power in just 12 months, did not inspire confidence.

    “If we are serious about the strategic challenges and the capabilities we need, we must have an honest conversation about what we need to spend – and it must be well above 2 per cent of GDP,” Mr Hastie said.

    “The lesson of Ukraine and its lion-hearted defence is that we must first be prepared and able to defend ourselves if we expect the support of our allies and neighbours.”

    He said the bipartisan commitment to expand the size of the ADF by 18,500 by 2040 would be a “huge task” to achieve, given the tight market, ageing population and declining fertility rate.

    Mr Hastie said the key to appealing to “Gen Z” and the younger “Gen Alpha”, which Defence needed to recruit, was to develop “a message that appeals to young hearts and minds searching for purpose”.

    “Emphasising the service ethos is critical. Duty, honour and country,” he said.

    “They may seem antiquated, but they are values and principles that call people to stand and fight for something bigger than themselves. Aren’t these values we would all want to see in our employees?

    “Kids are waiting to be inspired and challenged by traditional values of service to country and to their fellow Australians.”

    “Duty, honour and country?” What are they?

  39. Lysander Avatar

    Well, hello…. from Carnarvon….


  40. Vicki Avatar

    Maybe we should not be so convinced that the Green Left have control of the energy agenda:

    I have been writing for a long time that the alleged transition from fossil fuels to “green” energy is not happening, will not happen, and can not happen. At Watts Up With That, Vijay Jayaraj notes that the opposite is true. Links omitted:

    Despite the fanfare surrounding wind and solar, the world’s dependency on fossil fuels is increasing. Last week, Saudi Aramco CEO Amin Nasser said that the world is now “transitioning to coal.”

    Not a headline you are likely to see in the New York Times.

    Saad al-Kaabi, Energy Minister of Qatar, says, “Many countries particularly in Europe which had been strong advocates of green energy and carbon-free future have made a sudden and sharp U-turn. Today, coal burning is once again on the rise reaching its highest levels since 2014.”

    They are right. Global coal demand will reach an historic high in 2022, similar to 2013’s record levels. According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), “Global coal consumption is forecast to rise by 0.7 percent in 2022 to 8 billion tons…. Coal consumption in the European Union is expected to rise by seven percent in 2022 on top of last year’s 14 percent jump.”

    Coal will continue to be a sought-after energy source as “rising gas prices after 2030 will make existing coal-fired generation more economic,” the IEA says. Global energy demand will grow by 47 percent from now through 2050, and oil is expected to be the major source of energy.

    Happily, the United States has vast, almost endless, reserves of coal. In recent years there has been a transition, not from coal to renewables, but from coal to natural gas. But that could change:

    Analysts are projecting “a huge gas-to-coal fuel transition in power and industrial sectors” of Europe. Yes, not gas to renewables, but gas to coal. In fact, the European Union’s coal consumption grew 16 percent year-on-year for the first half of 2022. European countries imported 7.9 million tons of thermal coal in June, more than doubling year-on-year. Annual coal imports are expected to reach 100 million tons by the end of the year, the highest since 2017.

    Even in the most developed economies of the West like Germany and the UK, fossil fuels continue to dominate as the only dependable source of energy. Germany is set to become the third highest importer of Indonesian coal in 2023, ranked just below coal-guzzling China and India.

    AP says, “Coal, long treated as a legacy fuel in Europe, is now helping the continent safeguard its power supply and cope with the dramatic rise in natural gas prices caused by the war.” Rather than wind or solar, it is coal that is keeping the lights on in Europe.

    More at the link, concluding with this:

    Qatar’s Saad Al-Kaabi says that European ”green” policies are responsible for high energy prices and that leaders in the West “don’t have a plan.” Energy shortages have forced them to return to the most dependable sources — coal and oil. They are now scampering to ensure energy security for winter, when many believe likely that there will be power blackouts in the UK and Germany.

  41. Bruce of Newcastle Avatar
    Bruce of Newcastle

    On the remaining bit of 21stC science that actually, like, works, I’m very happy Elon’s rocket went well overnight.

    SpaceX nails booster landings after foggy military launch (1 Nov)

    SpaceX launched its mega Falcon Heavy rocket for the first time in more than three years Tuesday, hoisting satellites for the military and then nailing side-by-side booster landings back near the pad.

    Both side boosters peeled away two minutes after liftoff, flew back to Cape Canaveral, and landed alongside one another, just a few seconds apart. The core stage was discarded at sea, its entire energy needed to get the Space Force’s satellites to their intended extra-high orbit.

    This story answered a question I’d had: were they going to recover the central booster? Sounds like they needed all the delta-V they could get, so no. It’d be nice to know if they used an old booster for the core though; a 14-times used rocket going to its final grave in the Atlantic would be a fine epitaph to a good and faithful servant.

    Here’s SpaceX’s tweeted vid of the side boosters landing, like ballet:

  42. duncanm Avatar

    Bolsonaro is playing a very strategic game.

    Notice he hasn’t said squat since the election. He knows anything he says will be twisted to be a ‘call to arms’ by the MSM.

  43. Big_Nambas Avatar

    OldOzzie says:
    November 2, 2022 at 1:08 pm

    November 2, 2022 at 12:54 pm
    Who is right on number of Australians vaccinated against Covid ? Government says 95%, a newscom
    sample survey of 45,000 found that 37% claimed they had not been vaccinated against Covid.

    I don’t know who is correct but 95% is unbelievable! I meet lots of people in Perth who tell me they are unvaxxed, far more that 5% of the people that I meet.
    When you look at other countries a figure of 75% looks more like the truth. I don’t believe anything the government says about anything.

  44. rickw Avatar

    “leave your houses”

    Mongocracy Emergency Response

    Lions perspective: Not much to eat around here, oh hang on! All those boxes just started releasing snacks!!!

  45. Bruce of Newcastle Avatar
    Bruce of Newcastle

    Before Being Ritually Sacrificed, This Nazca Child Was Drugged With Psychedelics.

    We should ask Bruce Pascoe about that.

    Ancient DNA analysis sheds light on the early peopling of South America (, 1 Nov)

    Researchers also found strong Australasian (Australia and Papua New Guinea) genetic signals in an ancient genome from Panama.

    “There is an entire Pacific Ocean between Australasia and the Americas, and we still don’t know how these ancestral genomic signals appeared in Central and South America without leaving traces in North America,” said Andre Luiz Campelo dos Santos

    I know. They were Aboriginal sailors who jumped ship from the world’s first nuclear aircraft carrier 30,000 years ago. Bruce will give a detailed account in his next book, I expect.

    (Actually the finding of significant neanderthal heritage in NE Brazil especially is really interesting. That sounds like the neanderthals might’ve crossed the ice from Europe to N America in the last ice ages, via Iceland, then moved down the east coast.)

  46. rickw Avatar

    and appeal to young people’s sense of duty to build a stronger military

    You need to have something worth defending. The rebranding to “unpredictable shithole” may have been short sighted.

  47. Miltonf Avatar

    Yes the whole COVID shit show was political terrorism.

  48. Miltonf Avatar

    The political meja class making ’em jump. How I loathe and despise them.

  49. OldOzzie Avatar

    With whom does Emily Oster want an amnesty? Moms, so they will return to the democratic fold

    Just another cynical attempt to ask women to forget the harms of the last few years.

    Emily Burns – Nov 1

    We are still a long ways from a place where a COVID amnesty can be granted.

    The political establishment—left and right—want desperately to move on, to pretend the last 30 months didn’t happen. With very few exceptions (Ron DeSantis, Kirsti Noem, Rand Paul, Thomas Massie, Ron Johnson, and a few others, later), they betrayed their core values. Many Republicans and so-called Libertarians quickly capitulated the primacy and importance of individual liberties. Whereas supposedly equality-loving democrats embraced policies that in no uncertain terms screwed women, children and the poor. The 2020 democrat campaign slogan might as well have been “protect the rich, infect the poor.” Or “only the rich need to learn.” They’d all very much like that you forget about that. They’d like to go back to the fights they know how to fight, the golden oldies that turn the bases out, and turn us against each other. But COVID policies turned the whole thing on its side, jumbling us all up and causing all sort of hitherto unheard of alliances. And when your business is maintaining the status quo, that is very dangerous.

    Which is why Emily Oster is pleading for an amnesty.

    First, let’s be clear to whom Emily Oster is speaking. She’s speaking to the furious well-educated suburban women who are swinging towards Republicans in this cycle, even in the bluest of states.

    Because it was the bluest of states that were hit hardest by these policies. It was in blue states that the schools were closed longest, that the economic devastation was worst, that crime spiked the most, where masks were required longest. The damage done by these policies is at its beginning, not its end. Dr. Oster, would like these women to believe that it was all just a mistake, a mis-understanding, and remember that it is the Republicans who are looking to limit their freedoms. That while democrats had no problem sacrificing the well-being of your living children for three years in support political power, it is Republicans that pose a true threat to you as a woman.

    The problem for Emily is that while the hardcore democrat base of women voters never questioned any of these policies, others did—and they incurred significant personal costs for doing so.

    An embarrassing portion of well-educated women acted as the regime’s stormtroopers. They sicced social media mobs on any who dared to voice a question, much less dissent. The pain of having family, friends and neighbors turn on you for voicing an opinion or asking a legitimate question caused many women to seek out others with similar questions.

    In so doing, we found a smart, snarky, data-driven community pushing back hard on the totalizing power of a government trying to re-define reality. In some cases women were the generals, in others we were the infantry, going forward and taking constant fire from above, so that some recently discredited truth might once again retake its rightful place in the sun of acceptable opinion.

    Emily Oster would like us to forget that. But we can’t—and I hope we won’t—because we were there bringing the government’s own data to shine a light on the lies it so ceaselessly manufactured. These weren’t lies of omission, they were lies of commission. They were lies that were wrought by smelting the credibility of science and medicine in the fires of politics to create weapons wielded by the powerful against us. They literally called us terrorists for our opposition.

    Now, after having been called terrorists by our governments for arguing for the well-being of our own children, Dr. Oster wants us to forget that. In asking us to forget, she beseeches those who strayed from the flock to return, to believe that it is not their shepherd who takes them to slaughter that would do them harm, but the wolf lurking unseen in the shadows of the wood.

  50. Johnny Rotten Avatar

    November 2, 2022 at 8:37 am
    Good Mourning.
    There are thousands of news items coming out now.
    Everyone talking about the death rates sky rocketing, even on MSM….even by some who were jabbed.

    Then we find ourselves here.
    Where it isn’t happening and any other theatre provided takes priority.

    So the question is….now that the truth comes out…’s always been there, is the denial greater here than with your average Joe because you prided yourselves on being right wing and a bit more clued in?
    Is that what is making you dig your heels in like the evil Rosie, and just clutch at straws?

    Why do you keep rabbiting on like this? Did you get jabbed and you didn’t want to or what? I never got jabbed and never will. Maybe go to another website and crap on. Here, you are just a big farking bore…………………So STFU and move one you Tosser…………………………..

  51. Eyrie Avatar

    BoN, here’s a good discussion on hydrogen/oxygen vs methane /oxygen as rocket fuel.
    Five pages of it.

  52. Bourne1879 Avatar

    That news com au survey was interesting.

    However it is not beyond Govt to mislead with stats. Not looked for a while but Qld health had a figure for vaxxed at 90% something plus. However the triple jabbed figures showed over 30% not triple jabbed. The 90% plus is now misleading (deliberately ?) as the definition of fully vaxxed is 2 plus booster. I had my 2nd in Sept last year so now considered unvaxxed.

    Despite a huge amount of negative information from overseas we still have police and many corporates still requiring triple Vax. It is criminal that if people make their own informed decision it may affect their employment.

    The media have failed the country and bear a huge responsibility for what is happening.

  53. Johnny Rotten Avatar

    Despite a huge amount of negative information from overseas we still have police and many corporates still requiring triple Vax. It is criminal that if people make their own informed decision it may affect their employment.

    The media have failed the country and bear a huge responsibility for what is happening.

    Which is why there are not enough workers as like me I have just said FARK you and wait until they wake up to themselves. And, lots of workers who have been jabbed are dying………….What a Clever Country this is. NOT…………………………

  54. OldOzzie Avatar

    The Changing World Order Is Approaching Stage 6 (The War Stage)

    Ray Dalio – 1 Nov 2022

    In this post, at the beginning I will show you how what is now happening is tracking the archetypical Big Cycle, and near the end I will show you how wars typically change how the systems work and how the markets and economies behave. In these 4,500 words, I will be packing in a lot to explain the mechanics of what is happening. While I tried to make it simple, if you find it too dense, just scan to the next section. I promise you that it will be worth it.

    – The Big Cycle

    – How The Big Cycle Works and What’s Now Happening

    To review, the Big Cycle is most importantly made up of three big cycles: 1) the long-term debt-money-economic cycle, 2) the internal order-disorder cycle, and 3) the external order-disorder cycle. Together, they determine the levels of financial stability, internal stability (within countries), and international stability (between countries). These levels change via intertwined cycles that reinforce each other, producing both improvements and deteriorations in conditions that together make up the Big Cycle.

    – Where We Are in the Three Cycles That Make Up the Big Cycle

    As far as where the world is in these three cycles:

    1) The long-term debt-money-economic cycle
    2) the long-term internal order-disorder cycle.
    3) the long-term order-disorder external cycle.

    – How the Big Cycle Transpires in Stages

    In brief, whether it is an internal or external order cycle, the progression from each order to the next typically progresses in the following sequence of steps:

    . Stage 1 is when a) the new order begins after a war, b) the new leadership consolidates power, c) debts are restructured or monetized so debt burdens are reduced, and d) wealth gaps and conflicts over them are reduced, which leads to…

    . Stage 2, which is when there is a further consolidation of power and the building of resource allocation systems, which leads to…

    . Stage 3, which is when there is peace and prosperity, which leads to…

    . Stage 4, which is when there are great excesses in spending and debt and a widening of the wealth and political gaps, which leads to…

    . Stage 5, which is when there are bad financial/economic crises and intense conflicts between comparably powerful parties within countries and between countries, which leads to…

    . Stage 6, which is when there are wars, which leads to…

    Stage 1, Stage 2, etc.

    – The Wars

    “There are five major kinds of fights between countries: trade/economic wars, technology wars, capital wars, geopolitical wars, and military wars” The first ones on this list tend to come before the last ones and they all tend to become increasingly intense.

    – What Do Military Wars Look Like?

  55. Bruce of Newcastle Avatar
    Bruce of Newcastle

    hydrogen/oxygen vs methane /oxygen as rocket fuel

    Eyrie – Hydrogen embrittlement would be a nightmare for the SpaceX engineers, so methane would make eminent sense for a reusable booster.

    That there’s only 6 K between the hydrogen melting and boiling point is a thing I hadn’t thought of before. Having to maintain two separate temperature control systems in a one-use rocket would really suck. Good stuff.

  56. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare Avatar
    Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    This story answered a question I’d had: were they going to recover the central booster? Sounds like they needed all the delta-V they could get, so no. It’d be nice to know if they used an old booster for the core though; a 14-times used rocket going to its final grave in the Atlantic would be a fine epitaph to a good and faithful servant.

    Here’s SpaceX’s tweeted vid of the side boosters landing, like ballet:

    Great show, thanks Bruce of Newc. Amazing to see it landing back at Canaveral where we had been looking just two days ago. We did think of staying to watch, but our schedule was too tight; however, we will make an effort to see the Artemis launch on Monday 14th at quarter past midnight by coming back to Canaveral a little earlier than planned. We have picked out a spot to watch it where we won’t be charged the $US250 they wanted to admit you to the SpaceX viewing platform. Artemis in Greek myth was the female twin of Apollo.

  57. GreyRanga Avatar

    The media have failed the country and bear a huge responsibility for what is happening.

    The owners of the media were brought, plain and simple. They didn’t have to pay the government for license fees.

  58. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare Avatar
    Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Rabz is the Keeper of the Great Email Seals for Cat Meet-ups at the Pub.
    Anyone interested could ask Dover to send Rabz a message or whatever.

  59. Bourne1879 Avatar

    The police in particular have lowered their standards and now almost bragging that they are wanting school leavers. However any male taking 3 jabs to get a job is risking more from the Vax than from the virus. It is criminal that it is a requirement and recruiting obviously not making a connection it may be affecting applications.

    Who exactly is the triple jab protecting as whoever they are are already mixing with various unjabbed and there is no way of knowing who they are. Then there are the inconsistencies where other Govt Depts don’t require triple jabs or have allowed unvaxxed back to work (ie. SA POL in March).

  60. Bruce of Newcastle Avatar
    Bruce of Newcastle

    Lizzie – The chance that Artemis will launch on schedule is verging on zero, unfortunately. I hope you will be lucky, and NASA likewise, but I suspect you’ll be disappointed. The thing seems to be a very expensive lemon.

    (On the other hand if landed on you due to a launch mishap it would be a truly epic way to go out.)

  61. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha Avatar
    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    You need to have something worth defending

    A country where you have no right to be, because it was stolen from the indigenous?

  62. Johnny Rotten Avatar

    A Japanese company and a North American company decided to have a canoe race on the St. Lawrence River. Both teams practiced long and hard to reach their peak performance before the race.

    On the big day, the Japanese won by a mile. The North Americans, very discouraged and depressed, decided to investigate the reason for the crushing defeat.

    A management team made up of senior management was formed to investigate and recommend appropriate action. Their conclusion was the Japanese had 8 people rowing and 1 person steering, while the North American team had 8 people steering and 1 person rowing.

    So, North American management hired a consulting company and paid them a large amount of money for a second opinion.

    They advised that too many people were steering the boat, while not enough people were rowing. To prevent another loss to the Japanese, the rowing team’s management structure was totally reorganised to 4 steering supervisors, 3 area steering superintendents and 1 assistant superintendent steering manager. They also implemented a new performance system that would give the 1 person rowing the boat greater incentive to work harder.

    It was called the “Rowing Team Quality First Program” with meetings, dinners and free pens for the rower. There was discussion of getting new paddles, canoes and other equipment, extra vacation days for practices, and bonuses.

    The next year the Japanese won by two miles. Humiliated, the North American management laid off the rower for poor performance, halted development of a new canoe, sold the paddles, and cancelled all capital investments in new equipment.

    The money saved was distributed to the Senior Executives as bonuses and the next year’s racing team was outsourced to India.

  63. Zatara Avatar

    Musk post regarding the $8 per month ‘Blue’ option on Twitter:

    Price adjusted by country proportionate to purchasing power parity

    You will also get:
    – Priority in replies, mentions & search, which is essential to defeat spam/scam
    Ability to post long video & audio
    – Half as many ads

    And paywall bypass for publishers willing to work with us

    There will be a secondary tag below the name for someone who is a public figure, which is already the case for politicians

    Sounds like he is going after the Youtube/Facebook market.

  64. Johnny Rotten Avatar

    There is no instance of a nation benefitting from prolonged warfare.

    – Sun Tzu

  65. Winston Smith Avatar


    This subject about male nurses murdering patients suddenly arrived on the thread – where did it come from?
    I’m suggesting, Sancho, that you brought it up with the sole intention of linking me with a psychotic killer. That’s the only reason. And I’m also suggesting that you didn’t think of this yourself – someone else suggested it to you.
    I’ll take this to the Duelling Thread.

  66. Bruce of Newcastle Avatar
    Bruce of Newcastle

    First launches are always extremely iffy. SpaceX are due early next month to attempt a Superheavy launch:

    Elon Musk’s SpaceX expects first Starship launch to orbit this year -NASA (1 Nov)

    WASHINGTON, Oct 31 (Reuters) – SpaceX is targeting early December to launch its giant Starship rocket system into orbit for the first time, a pivotal demonstration flight as it aims to fly NASA astronauts to the moon in the next few years, a U.S. official said on Monday.

    I think Superheavy is even bigger than Artemis, iirc. So far the development of the booster and the Starship second stage have had plenty of problems and failures, as often occurs with new launch systems. Artemis is no different.

  67. incoherent rambler Avatar
    incoherent rambler

    In God’s good time down came the rain;
    And all the afternoon
    On iron roof and window-pane
    It drummed a homely tune.
    And through the night it pattered still,
    And lightsome, gladsome elves
    On dripping spout and window-sill
    Kept talking to themselves.
    It pelted, pelted all day long,
    A-singing at its work,
    Till every heart took up the song
    Way out to Back-o’Bourke.
    And every creek a banker ran,
    And dams filled overtop;
    “We’ll all be rooned,” said Hanrahan,
    “If this rain doesn’t stop.”


  68. Winston Smith Avatar

    From a link provided by Rosie:
    I bet none of us thought we’d see the day we’d see this for real – two of Elons rockets coming back for refurbishment.

  69. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha Avatar
    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    “We’ll all be rooned,” said Hanrahan,
    “If this rain doesn’t stop.”

    My late father always claimed that Hanrahan was the patron saint of marginal area farmers, in the Eastern Wheatbelt of Western Australia.

  70. Arky Avatar

    Workers flee Zhengzhou Foxcon factory.

  71. Speedbox Avatar

    November 2, 2022 at 1:08 pm
    Philippines still require Vaccination Certificate as do Japan and US

    Russia as well. When Mrs Speedbox checked in for this trip to Russia, the Emirates check-in staff wanted to see the Vac Certificate for both her and Ms Speedbox.

    (which was redundant as both were travelling into Russia on their Russian passports and Russian citizens are exempt from the requirement – weirdly, the check-in staff agreed but said it was Emirates policy as they were exiting Australia on their Australian passports.)

  72. Zipster Avatar

    ccp goes after apple

    Zhengzhou Foxconn Factory: 10,000+ workers flee covid lockdown/Apple iPhone Production Plunges
    China Insights
    Foxconn Zhengzhou is one of Apple Inc.’s largest foundries in Asia, with a peak workforce of 300,000 employees at one point. From Oct. 29th to 30th, a large number of employees broke out of the plant after a fierce clash between the employees and the anti-epidemic workers. Some employees told overseas Chinese media that they witnessed batches of workers being hauled away from the dorm and quarantined. It’s exposed that abnormalities are found in the nucleic acid test results of nearly 20,000 people who are quarantined in an Evergrande’s rotten-tail building. Once workers are placed in quarantine, they are left unattended, without medical care or food.
    All these have scared the remaining workers. First, they are still afraid that they will be dragged away for quarantine; second, they are also afraid that the number of positive cases in Foxconn factories will continue to increase, and that eventually they will be infected.

  73. WolfmanOz Avatar

    Cassie of Sydney says:
    November 2, 2022 at 8:20 am
    From The Oz..

    Journalist’s speech to women lawyers ends in tears


    Superbly written Cassie – passionate and to the point, albeit rather depressing.

    There’s lots to be angry about in the world today. It’s also a lot to be tired being constantly angry about.

    What’s the solution? I wish I knew. The challenges we face are serious; we can’t ignore them or laugh them away. The world today is already much different than what it was twenty years ago; give it another twenty and you won’t be able to recognise it, and not for the better.

    Anger and stress can be good in moderate amounts as they motive us to do things and try to change the things we don’t like. In larger amounts, they are counterproductive because self-defeating and deadly because (our) self-destroying. We need to be warriors, but we also need to work at trying to be happy warriors.

  74. feelthebern Avatar

    And paywall bypass for publishers willing to work with us

    It’s taking on the Apple News model too.

  75. Zipster Avatar

    The Changing World Order Is Approaching Stage 6 (The War Stage)

    anyone who thinks the ccp will stop at taiwan is in for a rude awakening

  76. Mother Lode Avatar
    Mother Lode

    Before Being Ritually Sacrificed, This Nazca Child Was Drugged With Psychedelics.

    I saw the photo. Looks like the poor suffering mite may have had a rope through its head. Psychedelics and an obsidian knife across the throat was probably intended to relieve symptoms.

    I don’t know why you people cannot be open to alternative knowings*.

    * This is just my attempt to introduce a pointless nuance in the way post-modernists do to pretend they are profound. Like ‘lived experience’. Here I would be arguing that knowledge is a body of concepts separate from the individual people who know it and meaningless without them. What we call knowledge is only what people know and knowing is the true nature of knowledge.

  77. Mother Lode Avatar
    Mother Lode

    You know?

  78. GreyRanga Avatar

    Winston Smithsays:
    November 2, 2022 at 2:13 pm
    From a link provided by Rosie:
    I bet none of us thought we’d see the day we’d see this for real – two of Elons rockets coming back for refurbishment.

    The things Elon has done in such a short time is amazing. How does he get the right people. I’d love to spend a week with him, observing. I guess he doesn’t pay people to sit around having meetings all the time. Interesting man.

  79. Bruce of Newcastle Avatar
    Bruce of Newcastle

    Wolfman – It’s only humans being nutty, the rest of the world is doing just fine.

    Everything I see suggests the natural planet and the denizens upon it are in rude health. Walked down to the shops this morning for some more bird mince for the Cafe patrons and wine for the proprietor. Bottleshop lady was rugged up, complaining that it’s freezing in November! So much for global warming. On the way there I was bailed up and demanded to stand and deliver: by a willy wagtail. He recognized me. So I did deliver. I tossed some tiny bits of mince in the air which he adeptly caught and ate. He’s learned that I will do that for him. It’s amazing how such a tiny creature can tell different humans apart.

  80. Salvatore, Understaffed & Overworked Martyr to Govt Covid Stupidity Avatar
    Salvatore, Understaffed & Overworked Martyr to Govt Covid Stupidity

    Journalist’s speech to women lawyers ends in tears

    Louise Milligan made a bunch of lawyers cry?
    Never thought I’d see redeeming features in ole Louise, but there you go. She’s got her good points after all.

  81. OldOzzie Avatar

    Global Warming Continues

    Big freeze strikes Australia: Antarctic blast lashes the east coast and SNOW dumps just outside Sydney as temperatures plunge to single digits in Melbourne – just four weeks out from summer

    . Aussies have woken to a chilly morning as the coast is lashed by icy weather
    . Antarctic winds have been dragged north by a bend in the polar jet stream
    . The polar jet stream has clashed with the subtropical jet stream across Aus
    . Snow has fallen outside Sydney as flood warnings are issued for inland NSW
    . Temperatures have plummeted to single digits in Canberra and Melbourne

  82. Sancho Panzer Avatar
    Sancho Panzer

    I’m suggesting, Sancho, that you brought it up with the sole intention of linking me with a psychotic killer.

    Well, don’t feed it by sounding paranoid.
    (Are you an “elf care perfessional”?)
    The discussion was prompted by someone commenting on “The Good Nurse” TeeVee show about a male nurse/serial killer (based on a true story) and someone else observing that this case was not an isolated one. If discussions of popular culture in film and television upset you I can’t help that.
    Have you considered that it is not all about you all the time?

    I’ll take this to the Duelling Thread.

    Off you go.

  83. Boambee John Avatar
    Boambee John


    When you look at other countries a figure of 75% looks more like the truth. I don’t believe anything the government says about anything.

    When the left were out of power, or did not have a stranglehold on it (think 1960s/1970s), this was one of their slogans. Now they have power, they want everyone to believe that everything is hunky-dory. Unfortunately, they lie habitually, and the lies are often plainly obvious, so now they have to overcome popular cynicism. And the reality of their actions does not help them.

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