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The Temptation of Adam, Tintoretto, 1552


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rosie
rosie
November 15, 2022 12:00 pm

Hola media dia

rosie
rosie
November 15, 2022 12:01 pm

I did it!

incoherent rambler
incoherent rambler
November 15, 2022 12:02 pm

slipped in here

Cassie of Sydney
November 15, 2022 12:03 pm

Top ten.

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
November 15, 2022 12:04 pm

Republican Leaders Have A Choice: Roll Back Early Voting And Mail-In Ballots Or Learn To Take Advantage Of Them

There isn’t just one reason for the midterm shortcomings but none are more important than the party’s neglect in adapting to our new jungle of an election process.

Republicans apparently learned very little from the 2020 election which turned voting and vote counting into a chaotic multi-week affair, all to the great advantage of Democrats.

After finding their party blown out of the water by early votes and mail-in ballots, both vastly expanded to accommodate the pandemic hysteria, elected GOP leaders seem to have thought to themselves, “Well, better luck next time!”

And here we are. In an election year that should have seen major gains for Republicans across the board, the party failed to take the Senate, could still (a week after Election Day) fail to secure the House, and is now on life support for the governorship in Arizona. There isn’t just one reason for the shortcomings

but none are more important than the party’s neglect in adapting to our new jungle of an election process.

For the past two years, every Republican should have been either attempting to beat back the flood of “no excuse” mail-in ballots saturating swing states, or building up a party network that could adapt to it. There were some efforts to manage the mail-in voting problem in Arizona and Georgia but otherwise the party said its prayers and hoped for the best heading into the midterms.

We see how that strategy turned out. Democrats once again turned on the ignition and their army of activists began knocking on doors and dialing up their reliable voters to be sure that every single one of them knew the time to vote was now. Whether it was three weeks or a month before actual Election Day, it didn’t matter. Now. In response, Republicans donned a toothy smile and told their voters to keep Tuesday open. Wait in line— no matter how long it takes.

True, Republicans tend to be a lot more motivated than Democrats to vote in a non-presidential campaign year. They’re happy to drive to the booth and wait their turn. But the new reality is that elections are happening for weeks before the designated day for official in-person voting. That’s a lot of time for dedicated activists to call or visit the homes of their voters, no matter how unmotivated they are, and tell them that they don’t have to wait at all. They can cast their ballot right now. Want me to do it for you?!

Where is Republican National Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel on this? Where is National Republican Congressional Committee Chair Tom Emmer? Where is National Republican Senatorial Committee Chair Rick Scott? They’re the ones responsible for leading on these things but they did nothing.

Now they’re cheerfully making plans for their future leadership positions and fundraising operations.

If elected Republicans aren’t prepared to roll all of it back to the pre-pandemic way of doing things — I know, the media will call you racist, boo-hoo — then they’ll have to adapt and develop their own way of pushing their voters to cast ballots for weeks leading up to Election Day. That’s what Democrats are doing and it’s workin

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
November 15, 2022 12:06 pm

An in-depth analysis of the F1® Sao Paulo GP 2022

Thanks to Versor, the official AI Partner of the Australian Grand Prix.

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
November 15, 2022 12:10 pm

We Need To Talk About What Didn’t Happen On Election Day

There are many crucial steps in our election process for the electorate to have confidence in the outcome. They didn’t happen last Tuesday.

Some other things didn’t happen in the midterms, like transparency in verifying the identity of voters casting absentee ballots. No one outside the election officials themselves can confirm that verification even happened, or how well it was done. Factors such as proof of identity, U.S. citizenship, residence, and eligibility to vote are basically unknown because the process takes place almost entirely in secret.

The election systems and laws built over the last part of the 20th century envisioned an important role of citizen observation of the election process at polling places and in precincts. Virtually every state election code is premised upon the notion that the political parties will each appoint observers and designate election workers who will watch each other and serve as the voters’ eyes and ears.

However, as states have moved to voting by mail, that presumed transparency, oversight, and supervision are eliminated. Most states, including Nevada, Arizona, Pennsylvania, and North Carolina (not to mention the all-mail voting states like Oregon and Washington), conduct voter verification procedures completely behind closed doors, with zero transparency available to observers.

Even in Florida, where the law mandates “reasonable access” to all voting procedures, including the matching of signatures to voter records, the county supervisors of elections allowed very limited access for observers to watch the signature verification. Thirty to 90 minutes per day to observe eight to 10 hours of signature matching is not transparency.

What else didn’t happen? Election officials didn’t always follow state law. Having thousands of volunteers watching and reporting in polling places across the country gave observers a bird’s eye view of the process — and what they saw wasn’t pretty. Observers were trained in their state’s election laws and how the election was supposed to be conducted.

What observers saw and reported were repeated instances of election officials and administrators disregarding state laws on everything from where observers were allowed to stand or sit, to what observers were allowed to see, to the checking-in and validation of voters’ identity at the polls. Other rules that went ignored included: validating the machine tapes at the beginning and end of every day to make sure that the numbers on the machines matched the number of voters recorded as having voted, allowing “assistance” to disabled or vulnerable voters that were tantamount to allowing individuals to bring in batches of voters or ballots, blatantly commandeering their registrations and the casting of their ballots, with no effort by poll managers or officials to stop them, or to ensure that the voters themselves were allowed to choose their own party registration and candidates.

What didn’t happen in Maricopa County, Arizona was the replacement of county election officials Bill Gates and Steven Richer, both of whom tried to sabotage the Arizona Senate audit of their management of Maricopa County’s 2020 general election. They did nothing to ensure that the 2022 general election was conducted properly and competently. The chaos that was supposed to be caused by poll watchers was caused instead by election officials like Gates and Richer.

What didn’t happen is anything in state after state to clean the voter rolls, to remove the dead, the moved, the ineligible, the duplicates, and other entries that don’t appear to be connected to an actual person eligible to vote.

rosie
rosie
November 15, 2022 12:12 pm

Ms Yarger was overseas at the time of the ceremony, so a member of Goterra’s staff accepted the award on her behalf.

I see the Australian of the year climate activist maggot kayacked overseas.

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
November 15, 2022 12:12 pm
rosie
rosie
November 15, 2022 12:12 pm

Oops; maggot farmer.

rosie
rosie
November 15, 2022 12:15 pm

None of this will address the real reason that unmarried women abandoned the GOP in droves: Dobbs

They abandoned the Republican party?
No.
They never voted Republican in the first place.

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
November 15, 2022 12:15 pm

Horrible tragedy at UVA…and clean-up at WaPo, Aisle 3

Take a guess at which ethnicity – if you guessed Amish – hand that person a Cupie Doll

incoherent rambler
incoherent rambler
November 15, 2022 12:17 pm

A voice in my head said “Come Forth” and I obeyed.

WORDS
So I thought I would whip out a few long ones, wave them around and see if it impresses the ladies.
decarboxylation

incoherent rambler
incoherent rambler
November 15, 2022 12:18 pm

Nomenclature.

incoherent rambler
incoherent rambler
November 15, 2022 12:22 pm

Fourth, the voice said fourth.

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
November 15, 2022 12:23 pm

That Bastion of Religion of Peace Feminist Supporters at work

Iranian Parliament votes in favor of executing 15,000 women’s rights protestors

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei led Iranian lawmakers to vote in favor of executing 15,000 protesters for participating in the protests. The Iranian Parliament has not officially confirmed the vote in favor of mass executions but the Iranian officials did advocate for “no leniency” for protesters days ago.

In an open letter signed by 227 of Iran’s 290 members of Parliament, Press TV reports the lawmakers calls for protesters to be taught a “good lesson” to deter others who threaten the authority of the Iranian government.

“We, the representatives of this nation, ask all state officials, including the Judiciary, to treat those, who waged war (against the Islamic establishment) and attacked people’s life and property like the Daesh (terrorists), in a way that would serve as a good lesson in the shortest possible time,” the letter read according to state-run Press TV.

Lawmakers added that such a punishment – the methods of which were not specified – would “prove to all that life, property, security and honor of our dear people is a red line for this (Islamic) establishment, and that it would show no leniency to anybody in this regard.”

“A good lesson.” Women are not treated as human beings in Islamic countries like Iran

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
November 15, 2022 12:25 pm

incoherent ramblersays:
November 15, 2022 at 12:17 pm
A voice in my head said “Come Forth” and I obeyed.

Hmm is the Voice a result of your decarboxylation

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
November 15, 2022 12:30 pm

A voice in my head said “Come Forth” and I obeyed.

A voice in my head said “Come forth and win my love.” I came fifth, and won an electric toaster, instead.

Mother Lode
Mother Lode
November 15, 2022 12:32 pm

Top 20!

incoherent rambler
incoherent rambler
November 15, 2022 12:32 pm

What? No prizes for fourth?

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
November 15, 2022 12:33 pm

Coincidence? Zelensky Calls for Peace Just Days After FTX Is Caught Funneling Millions of Ukrainian Aide Dollars to US Democrats

The CEO of now-bankrupt FTX admitted that FTX was nothing more than a laundromat for the Ukrainian government.

TGP previously reported that the now-bankrupt FTX was transferring international funding to FTX and then laundering money back from Ukraine to the Democrat Party.

On Sunday The Gateway Pundit posted an interview where Bankman-Fried admitted that FTX was laundering money for the Ukrainian government.

Bankman-Fried was the second largest donor for Democrats this last election cycle, only behind megadonor George Soros. Bankman Fried gave at least $38 million to $40 million to Democrats, leftist causes, PACs, and candidates, Fox News reported.

Bankman-Fried floated the idea of spending upwards of $1 billion in the 2024 presidential election if Donald Trump is the Republican nominee.

The billions of dollars that the US sent to Ukraine over the past two decades need to be audited and investigated.

And, just like that… On Monday Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky called for peace with Russia.

Zipster
November 15, 2022 12:36 pm

And, just like that… On Monday Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky called for peace with Russia.

its been apparent that their have been behind the scenes negotiations, wether or not a deal to freeze the war is reached will determine wether russia unleashes the million conscripts it is now training and resumes the destruction of uke critical infrastructure

Boambee John
Boambee John
November 15, 2022 12:37 pm

Been on the move. Has m0nty-fa yet commented on the blatant suppression of GOP voters in Maricopa County?

Speedbox
November 15, 2022 12:38 pm

Woohoo. Top 2 dozen.

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
November 15, 2022 12:43 pm

Tech billionaire Mike Cannon-Brookes in shock win over Australia’s biggest polluter AGL that’s likely to force up the price of electricity – after he promised to fast forward the closure of coal power plants

. Mike Cannon-Brookes has won in his bid to install four directors on AGL’s board
. Mark Twidell, Kerry Schott Christine Holman and John Pollaers were appointed
. It’s part of a broader effort by the Atlassian co-CEO to transition to renewables

calli
calli
November 15, 2022 12:45 pm

Nice choice, Dover. It’s interesting for a couple of reasons – you can see the serpent at the top of the frame with a “spare” fruit and Eve has a bellybutton. Also, in the background, is the resulting expulsion.

calli
calli
November 15, 2022 12:48 pm

And the expression on Eve’s face…she’s already had a bite. You can almost see the innocence draining away.

calli
calli
November 15, 2022 12:53 pm

Although, in the text, it’s

She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. Then the eyes of both of them were opened

It could well be that the decay began with Adam’s acceptance, not Eve’s. That makes sense of his higher responsibility and culpability, and the punishment that came after. He watched her do it and said nothing.

calli
calli
November 15, 2022 12:56 pm

How precarious it all was, creation standing on tiptoes and waiting…

I’ve always loved C.S. Lewis’ scenario – what if an elephant had lumbered by and squished the serpent? He had Ransom do it in Perelandra.

Winston Smith
November 15, 2022 12:59 pm

Salvatore:

Single women. A group I’ve had lotsa lotsa lotsa experience with in the workplace for decades.
If anyone on the Cat has had more exposure at work to single women than me, I’d love to hear their views on them.
Never would I allow them to vote.

You don’t want my opinions, Salvatore. I’d be banned in a minute.

incoherent rambler
incoherent rambler
November 15, 2022 1:04 pm

Single women. Herrumph. Fsckem,

John H.
John H.
November 15, 2022 1:05 pm

https://www.brookings.edu/blog/fixgov/2022/11/10/it-wasnt-just-the-economy-stupid-it-was-abortion/

Exit polls highlighted that abortion was an important issue in the election. It will be interesting to see how various States respond to that polling.

Winston Smith
November 15, 2022 1:09 pm

ZK2A:

WA’s bumper grain harvest export activities could be thrown into chaos amid an escalating row between unions and big tug boat operator Svitzer.
Big ship movements at Fremantle, Geraldton, Kwinana and Albany will stop from 9am Friday as Svitzer indefinitely locks out WA tug crews it says have hit it with around 290 hours of stoppages since late October.
The tug group, a subsidiary of Danish shipping giant AP Moller Maersk, has pointed to more than 120 protected industrial actions by tugboat crews at its big four WA ports so far in November.

Now tell me the Unions aren’t well and truly behind the WEF.
Whenever a Socialist is involved, you can measure that involvement in the height of the piles of skulls.

Gilas
Gilas
November 15, 2022 1:14 pm

From the OOT…

WolfmanOz says:
November 15, 2022 at 10:06 am

Out of curiosity how do Cats keep up with what’s being commented on the OT post ?

In my opinion, you either have a life, spend limited time online, and don’t keep up.

Or you don’t have a life, and can spend obscene amounts of time online. Even then, with the help of the mouse scrolling wheel, you don’t keep up.

m0nty
m0nty
November 15, 2022 1:20 pm

They abandoned the Republican party?
No.
They never voted Republican in the first place.

It’s true that unmarried women have been voting Democrat during the Trump era, but there was a big jump this cycle.

2022: 68:31
2020: 63:36
2018: 66:31
2016: 62:33

If you compare that to the overall electoral 2PP, you get:

2022: +32.5
2020: +24.5
2018: +26.5
2016: +27

Zipster
November 15, 2022 1:24 pm

Kari Lake gone

Zipster
November 15, 2022 1:26 pm

It’s true that unmarried women have been voting Democrat during the Trump era, but there was a big jump this cycle.

never underestimate the selfishness and self centredness of young women

m0nty
m0nty
November 15, 2022 1:30 pm

Zippy sounds like another bitter incel.

thefrollickingmole
thefrollickingmole
November 15, 2022 1:33 pm

the real reason that unmarried women abandoned the GOP in droves: Dobbs. But of course none of you want to acknowledge that, do you.

Once you acknowledge you must support partial birth abortion or you are restricting a womans right to choose.
You happy to put your hand up for that atrocity?

Dems run on fear. EVERY repub candidate is Hitler, worse than the last Hitler, every action to enforce the rule of law is ‘the new Jim crow”, every attempt to secure the border is a MegaHitler. Any question about the gerbil worming carpetbagging taking place is a Gigahitler.

Dems love fear, they have used to education system to erect a never ending parade of things for people to be “afeart” of from cradle to grave.

Remember when Romney was Hitler…
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oqBjXP8RKho

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
November 15, 2022 1:35 pm

Emma Garlett: For Aboriginal people, prison is the rule not the exception

Comments on this article have suddenly gone down the “Memory hole” – along the lines of ‘If you can’t do the time, don’t do the crime.”

Zipster
November 15, 2022 1:41 pm

Zippy sounds like another bitter incel.

hahaha who’s projecting?

lol got 4 kids and had more attractive women than you’ve had doughnuts. ok maybe not, thats an impossible feat, but suck eggs

m0nty
m0nty
November 15, 2022 1:41 pm

Republicans run on fear: crime waves, migrant caravans, the Chinese, communism, drag queen story hour, CRT, the Great Replacement. They have no policies, so all they have to run on is fear.

Lysander
Lysander
November 15, 2022 1:42 pm

I recall a coloured dude/cop on Tucker about incarceration rates amongst black American men. I can’t find the video now but it was “funny” (not hah hah)…

His response to Tucker was: “If you want to change the incarceration rates of African Americans, African Americans need to stop breaking the law.”

Lysander
Lysander
November 15, 2022 1:44 pm

Munt, the Republicans developed a “Contract with America” which outlined their policies. I wouldn’t say it was the greatest of policy documents I’ve ever seen but it was much better than the “you’re a fascist” campaign.

Winston Smith
November 15, 2022 1:44 pm

Rosie:

video of what the cleric turban knock off is a reaction to

And they want us to expend ourselves solving THEIR problem? Spend billions on efforts that will just provide the Mullahs with an excuse to repress their own people, who as soon as one westerner tries to help will be a rallying cry for the Allah Akbur crowd?
This is Iran’s problem – they can bloody well sort it out themselves. And if they think they can emotionally blackmail our gutless politicians by getting their enclaves to riot in Australia, well it’s time to start cancelling citizenships and sending them back to their sand and shit ridden hell holes.

It’s as bad as the Aboriginal Communities in Australia. “We have a problem. It must be your fault. Solve it. With money of course. Oh. And you’re all a pack of racist bastards anyway. And we need a Voice To Parliament because you stopped us rorting the ATSIC trough.”

There comes a time when we need to wake up to the fact the world is taking us for mugs.

m0nty
m0nty
November 15, 2022 1:45 pm

Munt, the Republicans developed a “Contract with America” which outlined their policies. I wouldn’t say it was the greatest of policy documents I’ve ever seen but it was much better than the “you’re a fascist” campaign.

That was 1994. It is now 28 years later. They haven’t really developed any new policies since then.

Lysander
Lysander
November 15, 2022 1:45 pm

My latest call on the HoR is Republicans will win 220, easily.

Lysander
Lysander
November 15, 2022 1:46 pm

No Munt, it was a “Contract with America” and it was released two months ago.

m0nty
m0nty
November 15, 2022 1:51 pm

No Munt, it was a “Contract with America” and it was released two months ago.

You’re thinking of the Commitment To America. Which was a bland nothingness which no one talked about during the recent election.

Lysander
Lysander
November 15, 2022 1:51 pm

Epic footage of severely gushing waters in regional NSW:

https://www.perthnow.com.au/news/natural-disasters/flood-alert-for-major-nsw-regional-centres-c-8857573

Amazing footage.

Lysander
Lysander
November 15, 2022 1:54 pm

You’re thinking of the Commitment To America. Which was a bland nothingness which no one talked about during the recent election.

Gee, that’s funny Munted because when I go a google news search I get over 35,000 results. “No one talked about?” Riiiiiiiiiight….. so you’re saying the “you’re a fascist” campaign was better. O……k…..

As per usual, your “Trump appointed Judge Reinhart” wrongology is showing.

Shy Ted
Shy Ted
November 15, 2022 1:56 pm
rosie
rosie
November 15, 2022 1:56 pm

Perhaps some people don’t believe that being engaged with social media is evidence of ‘not having a life’.
Eg no longer reading the newspaper cover to cover or watching the nightly news frees up some time.
And given the political and other coverage provided by the cat, unlike say Facebook and instagram perhaps time spent.
Also using social media to bag people who use social media.

m0nty
m0nty
November 15, 2022 1:57 pm

Gee, that’s funny Munted because when I go a google news search I get over 35,000 results.

35,000 results is terrible.

Yeah, I’d say the Democrat campaign worked a treat.

Lysander
Lysander
November 15, 2022 1:57 pm

Good find Ted!!!

Lysander
Lysander
November 15, 2022 1:59 pm

Yeah, I’d say the Democrat campaign worked a treat.

Losing the House…. yes, awesome!*

*fucking idiot.

P
P
November 15, 2022 2:03 pm

Schumer: I’m Meeting with McConnell to Push for Ditching ‘MAGA Republicans’

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said Monday on CNN’s “This Morning” that he was meeting with Senat Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) in the wake of midterm election results to convince Republican senators to ditch so-called “MAGA Republicans.”

rosie
rosie
November 15, 2022 2:03 pm

I just cast my vote early as I shall be interstate on election day.
Short orderly queues, got given many ballot papers, only one aggressively, by the Labor guy, perhaps my reluctance was a hint he was wasting his time.
DLP, lib dems, Freedom party all represented by volunteers.
I voted DLP below the line and spent a couple of minutes agonising over who to put last above the line, greens or animal justice, animal justice finally won.
AEC staff were pretty much all older ladies, one at least in her seventies, none looked like suspicious deep state members but who can know. I was told to tear up the postal vote I applied for yesterday (I didn’t trust it to arrive before I left) so the ball seems to be on.

m0nty
m0nty
November 15, 2022 2:07 pm

You don’t understand much about the US system, do you Lysander.

Mother Lode
Mother Lode
November 15, 2022 2:08 pm

Is that for real, Ted?

In 1942 ‘concentration camp’, if used in English at all, would not have had the complete suite of connotations it does now – precisely what was happening in Germany at the time was not quite clear and they would likely have called them internment camps. What the text there seems to be saying about how these people lived sounds like the modern chracterisation of concentration camps.

“They didn’t leave their own homes literally anywhere”? Does not read like Lewis at all. And ‘literally’ anywhere?

Might have originally been Lewis but ‘tweaked’ by a less competent hand.

Shy Ted
Shy Ted
November 15, 2022 2:10 pm

Wasn’t a Visiting Fellow what got Brinny in trouble in the first place? ANUmpty Uni. Wonder what the $$$$ ARE.

Mother Lode
Mother Lode
November 15, 2022 2:12 pm

Besides they had not too long before gone through Spanish Flu with much less panic than we had with Coof. And there was nothing going on that would be hinting at what would not happen until the 21st century.

And it was the middle of WW2. Warning people about the dangers of coof lockdowns would seem out of place when every day thousands of soldiers were being shot and blown up, and civilians being starved and tortured.

calli
calli
November 15, 2022 2:16 pm

Kitchener and the concentration camp in South Africa. So that’s okay.

No, it doesn’t read quite like Lewis, and I’ve read all his work many…many times. It may be a paraphrased update of an unpublished fragment.

The one that stood out to me was “quit their jobs”. Lewis would likely have used the word “resigned”. There are too many stylistic departures.

Shy Ted
Shy Ted
November 15, 2022 2:18 pm
Zyconoclast
Zyconoclast
November 15, 2022 2:18 pm

Eve looks like she could lose about 5kg to regain her garden of Eden hottie status.

calli
calli
November 15, 2022 2:19 pm

Also, it’s a sneaky distraction to the main problem as he saw it – comfortable living and comfortable declines unto death. Screwtape wanted his victims led stealthily and lovingly to hell, not frightened there.

Rosie
Rosie
November 15, 2022 2:22 pm

C. S. Lewis using !!!.
Seems likely.

Mother Lode
Mother Lode
November 15, 2022 2:24 pm

Kitchener and the concentration camp in South Africa. So that’s okay.

Fair enough, but look at what is being hinted as the condition of the concentration camps in the text (people living in isolation and paranoia) and compare that to what the conditions of concentration camps were actually like (cramped, shitty food, at the mercy of sadistic guards).

Old Devil’s Letter to the Young? Sounds like wanting to cash in on The Screwtape Letters, but this is not from there.

Zyconoclast
Zyconoclast
November 15, 2022 2:25 pm

Hundreds accused after woman is burned alive ‘for being a witch’ in Indian village

Rita Devi, 45, was attacked by a mob of more than 200 people who broke into her house and beat her up before pouring petrol on her to set her ablaze on Saturday night.

At least 14 people, including nine women, have been arrested and 65 others have so far been named in the complaint for allegedly setting the woman on fire after she was branded a witch, superintendent of police Ashok Prasad told The Independent

Rosie
Rosie
November 15, 2022 2:26 pm

If it were a genuine C. S. Lewis quote it would be easily located in his published works, and whoever quoted it would have provided a proper reference.

calli
calli
November 15, 2022 2:26 pm

Ahaha! They’ve “fact checked” it!

I know it isn’t in The Screwtape Letters and in the follow-up Screwtape Proposes a Toast.

If it isn’t a jazzed-up fragment, and like Tolkien’s work I imagine there are many, then I’d have to say it’s very doubtful.

Warwick
Warwick
November 15, 2022 2:27 pm

Avid reader, seldom poster here. Munty. Rest up. You have had a huge election week. You have posted thousands of times. Added little or no value. Give it away. Go and take a break.

Winston Smith
November 15, 2022 2:27 pm

Gray:

Tbf the dismal state of the male population in supplying marriageable men drives this … which in turn comes from lack of fathers & male role models

The last two generations of denigrating men and the male role is now showing its fruits. Do not expect it to get any better, it won’t.

thefrollickingmole
thefrollickingmole
November 15, 2022 2:28 pm

Republicans run on fear: crime waves, migrant caravans, the Chinese, communism, drag queen story hour, CRT, the Great Replacement. They have no policies, so all they have to run on is fear.

crime waves: U.S. Crime Is Still Dramatically Higher Than Before the Pandemic

migrant caravans: The U.S. Border Patrol reported more than 1.6 million encounters with migrants along the U.S.-Mexico border in the 2021 fiscal year, more than quadruple the number of the prior fiscal year and the highest annual total on record.

the Chinese: 3 minute readNovember 11, 20226:58 PM GMT+8Last Updated 3 days ago
With Biden and Xi to meet, China warns U.S. on Taiwan briefing
By Martin Quin Pollard and Eduardo Baptista
BEIJING, Nov 11 (Reuters) – China on Friday condemned a White House plan to brief Taiwan on the results of a much-anticipated meeting between President Joe Biden and his counterpart, Xi Jinping, next week on the sidelines of a G20 gathering in Indonesia.

All real things actually happening, as opposed to 40+ years of Hitlers…

calli
calli
November 15, 2022 2:29 pm

people living in isolation and paranoia

Quite. Whoever made it up has read “The Great Divorce”.

Rosie
Rosie
November 15, 2022 2:33 pm

Even if C. S. Lewis did say something along those lines, so what?
The age of the prophets ended with Christ.
direct to the essential C. S. Lewis sites.

calli
calli
November 15, 2022 2:33 pm

It annoys me that someone, in their zeal to promote their little personal biases, would use Lewis and his reputation as a prophetic social commentator, to “nudge” belief.

Devilish indeed.

Winston Smith
November 15, 2022 2:37 pm

Rosie:

Had they put this energy into expanding housing (standfast Tim Wilson) in the 9 years they were in power, they may have had a shot

Australia had the highest rate of home ownership in the world. Then we ditched the model that sustained it.
What the Hell did you expect to happen? Tax everyone to penury to give more housing that the government would then tax to prevent people who no longer required a 3 bedroom house from selling up and moving to a two bedroom unit?
I would be quite happy to do just that, but the market is now so distorted from the tax and rates burden it is financially impossible.
The governments answer is to raise taxes to force the oldies into nursing homes.

thefrollickingmole
thefrollickingmole
November 15, 2022 2:38 pm

Hahahahahahaaaaa!!!

Lurrrvie super funds preying on the misery of gambling addicts.

Thank you raptorjesus for this daily confirmation of the hollowness of their professed beliefs.

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/nov/15/socially-aware-superannuation-funds-among-those-investing-billions-in-gambling-industry

Australia’s biggest super funds have poured more than $4.2bn of workers’ retirement savings into the gambling industry – including pokies manufacturers, casino operators and lottery companies – even through investment options that claim to be “socially aware”.

Investors in Australia’s biggest poker machine operator, Endeavour Group, which runs 12,539 pokies across 300 hotels, include the “Socially Aware” option run by the nation’s biggest fund, AustralianSuper, and the “Sustainable Growth” option offered by the retail employee fund Rest.

AustralianSuper’s Socially Aware option is also invested in casino operators and Australia’s biggest pokies manufacturer, Aristocrat Leisure Ltd.

Eyrie
Eyrie
November 15, 2022 2:43 pm

Repost from OOT
Study shows full decarbonization of US aviation sector is within grasp (Phys.org, 14 Nov)
Last I heard aviation was 2 – 3% of human emissions. Hardly low hanging fruit and a difficult one to reduce.
This is likely better than electrification (more later) but I bet not all the unintended consequences have been taken in to account. I did read about an outfit that reckoned they could make jet fuel for use on an aircraft carrier using seawater and the boat’s nuclear plant. I like that one as they reckon it was comparable to what the USN was paying for jet fuel.
Electric aircraft are clearly possible – just. You can build a viable self launching sailplane that is electric powered and there is a small motorglider derived training aircraft that you can teach aircraft handling and takeoff and landing with not too far from the airport. The battery pack takes a hammering though and it will be interesting to look at total cost of ownership over say 10 years. There have also been a few accidents/incidents where the battery pack has caught fire which considering the small numbers of aircraft in use is concerning.
Overall the article is a good argument for Rabzing ANU.

Winston Smith
November 15, 2022 2:43 pm

Bruce o Newk:

A large proportion of Republicans are Christians and they won’t cheat. The Dems aren’t Christian or are fakes like Biden and Pelosi. So they have no qualms about illegal acts.

The Church continues to allow itself to be used by Biden & Pelosi Clones and wonders why it is treated with contempt.
The Church is complicit in this criminal behaviour but is too intent on playing politics to do anything about it.
The Christian Church is doomed.
It refuses to defend itself, it won’t remove the Philistines and money changers from its temples, and frankly it deserves everything it gets.

Leon L.
Leon L.
November 15, 2022 2:44 pm

m0nty says:
November 15, 2022 at 2:07 pm
You don’t understand much about the US system, do you Lysander.

Simple system in US elections: The Demonrats count until they get the results they need.
Look at Kari Lake in Arizona.
There is no pint looking at abortion, Trump or anything else.
There will be a reckoning.
Gloat while you can Monty.

Leon L.
Leon L.
November 15, 2022 2:45 pm

Point not pint (spellwrecker.)

Eyrie
Eyrie
November 15, 2022 2:47 pm

Also from OOT
Regarding the Dallas warbird mid air: looks to me like the P-63 had the B-17 in his blindspot under the nose the whole time. He was likely also looking to the sides to join up with the other fighters. Might have been an organisational problem with a bunch of single engine fast movers trying to do a formation join up while a slower aircraft flies through. That’s if everyone was where they were meant to be in time and space.
Note that where and aircraft is pointing and where it is going are rarely the same thing. Particularly noticeable on a Head Up Display where the watermark (where the aircraft is pointing) and the velocity vector(where it is going) are both displayed.

Boambee John
Boambee John
November 15, 2022 2:47 pm

m0ntysays:
November 15, 2022 at 2:07 pm
You don’t understand much about the US system, do you Lysander.

Oh, we understand very well that the US system is set up as as DemonRat rort, which suppresses GOP voters.

Dot
Dot
November 15, 2022 2:55 pm

Check out Freedom Cells with John Bush.

https://www.towardanarchy.com/21/feb/toward-anarchy-john-bush.php

Check him anywhere you listen to podcasts.

Eyrie
Eyrie
November 15, 2022 2:57 pm

Elon isn’t totally involved with Twitter:
http://www.transterrestrial.com/2022/11/14/starship-progress-3/
Neat.

Winston Smith
November 15, 2022 2:57 pm

Boambee John:

The DemonRats engaged in the suppression of Republican voters in Arizona, particularly in Maricopa County. The usual suspects (hello m0nty-fa) did not offer any criticism.

Of course not.
Monty is firmly convinced – his handlers have told him so – that he will be in charge of the Computer Says No Section of the local TAB/Fantasy Football Shop.
“But I’m one of you lot!”
“Shut up Kulak!”

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
November 15, 2022 3:14 pm

FedEx Freight to begin driver furloughs next month

Move designed to match staffing needs with slowing LTL demand, unit says

FedEx Freight, the less-than-truckload arm of FedEx Corp. and the nation’s largest LTL carrier, said Saturday it will furlough an undetermined number of drivers starting in early December.

The furloughs are scheduled to last about 90 days, during which time affected workers will continue to receive health benefits and will be allowed to file for unemployment benefits in their respective states of residence. Some eligible employees will be offered permanent transfer opportunities to other markets that have hiring needs, the unit said in a statement.

The furloughs are expected to affect a small number of drivers, and not all facilities will be targeted, said Miranda Yarbro, a FedEx Freight spokesperson. The furloughs will be voluntary, Yarbro added.

“Because of our previous experience with furlough and with the incentives we are offering, we are expecting employees to volunteer to meet the business need,” Yarbro said in an email.

The unit employs about 45,000 people. It was not immediately clear how many drivers it employs.

The action was taken in response to slowing macroeconomic conditions that have impacted LTL demand in recent weeks, the unit said.

The LTL segment, which has shown very strong growth coming out of the pandemic, has seen volumes level off recently due to economic uncertainty caused by high inflation and recession concerns.

m0nty
m0nty
November 15, 2022 3:16 pm

Republicans gained in NY because they had a Democrat gerrymander reversed by their courts. Something which doesn’t generally happen in red states.

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
November 15, 2022 3:17 pm

The Washington DC UniParty Surfaces in FTX Crypto Exchange Political Contributions

November 14, 2022 – Sundance

The Senate Leadership Fund is the Political Action Committee (PAC) controlled by Mitch McConnell. Within the quarterly FEC filings of the Senate Leadership Fund, we discover that in addition to funding Joe Biden and Democrats, the ponzi scheme known as the FTX cryptocurrency exchange was also funding Mitch McConnell with $2.5 million. [Document Source]

There is a lot of speculation about U.S. taxpayer funds going to Ukraine, then transferring into the FTX crypto exchange program, then exiting back out with FTX donations to the DC politicians who provided the Ukraine funds.

If this ends up being accurate, then the FTX crypto currency operation was being used as a laundry system to funnel money from congress through Ukraine and back into the pockets of politicians.

Do not look for DC politicians to investigate or expose themselves in this potential laundry operation.

Zipster
November 15, 2022 3:18 pm
Zipster
November 15, 2022 3:25 pm

me too, me too!
href=”https://www.reuters.com/legal/siebel-newsom-wife-california-governor-accuses-harvey-weinstein-rape-2022-11-15/”>Siebel Newsom, wife of California governor, accuses Harvey Weinstein of rape

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
November 15, 2022 3:26 pm

Energy prices are soaring, so why are taxpayers propping up new solar?

Hey, it’s just you the Taxpayer’s Money

Hans van Leeuwen
Europe correspondent

Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt | Australia’s $6.5 billion government-owned green bank is having to return to its roots as a bankroller of solar and wind energy, as supply-chain issues, rising prices and higher interest rates leave projects struggling for finance.

The Clean Energy Finance Corporation, which helps get novel climate-friendly projects off the ground when private capital is reluctant to take the risk, has started to branch out into new fields such as battery storage, agriculture and electric vehicles.

But CEFC chief Ian Learmonth told The Australian Financial Review that his bank had been forced to dive back into supporting the solar and wind industry, even though these sectors seemed to have found their feet after a decade of support.

“The cost of building out wind and solar has gone up by 20 to 30 per cent because of inflationary pressures, and interest rates have gone up,” he said. “Because of these headwinds, we are leaning back into that sector.”

Although surging demand for renewable power should allow solar and wind producers to reap higher prices, they can benefit only if they can tap the spot market.

Most renewables companies, though, have to lock in long-term contracts, known as power purchase agreements (PPAs), to get banks comfortable enough to fund the projects.

“It is difficult to finance renewable projects without PPAs, and you may have been locked into contracts a few years ago,” Mr Learmonth said.

“If you’re selling onto the spot market and you want any leverage, then there are not many places to go for finance – the CEFC is one of the few.”

The former Macquarie banker said the CEFC was having to offer favourable terms to such projects “in what is quite a difficult market”.

Branching out

Although the decade-old CEFC is having to go back to this familiar stomping ground, it is also looking to branch out into new territory. It is exploring other parts of the energy transition where commercial banks need the CEFC to ease the risk by taking the first-loss or long-dated slice of debt.

Mr Learmonth singled out battery storage as one of the most significant new areas for the corporation.

State governments such as Victoria, NSW and Queensland are developing ambitious plans to deal with the ever-growing input of highly variable renewable energy sources into their grids.

The CEFC had stepped into this market, Mr Learmonth said, because “battery economics is hard”.

Some players might get a full contract with a state government or energy provider to provide back-up power, and would not need CEFC support.

But others were essentially selling stability to the grid – which might not be called on, and might be structured as “an availability charge”. If the power was not drawn down, the battery operator could look for arbitrage opportunities, such as selling solar energy at night.

Those options “rely on a lot of assumptions, which make it difficult for commercial banks to participate today”, Mr Learmonth said.

“The banks need a lot more data and a track record. They’re still getting comfortable with the risk. It’s a perfect asset class for the CEFC to be supporting.”

Farms, cars and hydrogen

Investments great and small

The bank’s balance sheet stands at about $6.5 billion, and is capped at $10 billion not including the new budget allocation.

It makes about $1 billion to $2 billion of new investments a year, and typically gets $800 million to $900 million back in returned capital.

“Our largest transmission project to date is the $295 million subordinated debt given to get Transgrid’s project EnergyConnect off the ground. Whereas a farm project might be $5 million,” he said.

“One minute we’re talking about a $2 million investment in a soil carbon company with incredible potential, and the next it’s a $1 billion infrastructure deal unlocking renewables across the Bass Strait.

“We’re in the game to drive policy. We want to get back capital, and we don’t want to lose money for the taxpayer, but we will provide those large concessional loans.”

The CEFC has about 140 staff but is “in the process of adding significant additional resource, particularly in the work we’re doing in rewiring the nation”.

Despite the CEFC’s return to the wind and solar game, its early days of helping small projects get off the ground in the mid-2010s seem long ago. Mr Learmonth is enthused about the widening horizon as the bank moves into its second decade.

“People ask me whether I feel my job is almost done. But it has barely begun, really.”

Cassie of Sydney
November 15, 2022 3:28 pm

“Warwicksays:
November 15, 2022 at 2:27 pm
Avid reader, seldom poster here. Munty. Rest up. You have had a huge election week. You have posted thousands of times. Added little or no value. Give it away. Go and take a break.”

He racks off when the wheel turns, as it always does.

Anchor What
Anchor What
November 15, 2022 3:30 pm

Added little or no value. Give it away. Go and take a break.
He’s actually a disincentive to participation. That may be the goal.

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
November 15, 2022 3:33 pm

Nuclear power a non-issue for the rest of the world at COP27

One of the most striking things for an Australian at Sharm El Sheikh is how uncontroversial atomic power is as part of a clean-energy baseload mix.

Zoe McKenzie Federal MP

For an Australian who had never been to a COP meeting – the world climate summit – the whole experience comes as a bit of a shock.

Here at COP27 in Sharm El Sheikh, surrounded by the full spectrum of political views, it is hard to understand how climate change and decarbonisation have become such a fraught topic in Australia.

In part, it is because all involved in the debate have all allowed it to become political – rather than containing the debate in the scientific, geographical, and historical domains, as it is so often seen in its proper context elsewhere.

Collectively, we have all failed to explain the choices to average Australians, certainly not to those who have grown up on cheap and abundant energy.

There is no “COP for Dummies”, nor phonics for climate change, just a bombardment of TikTok sound bites and virtue signalling, without any real engagement or explanation of many of the conditions precedent for an effective and affordable decarbonised economy such as grid resilience, transitional fuels, and above all else, energy-efficient homes, businesses, and industries.

One thing which is obvious is that Australia is well placed to make the most out of the myriad and rapidly developing COPportunities.

The other striking thing about COP is that the global acceptance of nuclear as part of the clean-energy baseload mix is a non-issue.

At the weekend, US Special Envoy for Climate John Kerry opened a vibrant panel debate on this theme, animated by the CEOs of two small modular reactor (SMR) companies in the USA, NuScale and Natrium, and bookended by the US’ former ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency. The point was continuously made that the US’ leading role in the development and construction of SMRs both in Wyoming and Idaho, as well as in Europe, has deep bipartisan support.

The US sees this as a major future export, both the know-how and the technology.

Capable of being located within the existing footprint of retired coal-fired power sites, or as the US industry nonchalantly repeated, adjacent to energy-intensive industries, or even “next to cities”.

An Australian audience member hesitantly asked: “How did you decide where to put it?” The response was simple: “We had a run-off. Five cities wanted to host it, so after a long process we chose one. But we’ve promised to do our next one at one of the other sites”.

From the Australian perspective, this response seemed almost other-worldly, with Australia’s concept of nuclear power stuck somewhere between 1986 and 2011.

In the minds of our allies, at least, nuclear energy is an integral part of national security and strategic collaboration.

COP circus

Having worked in global trade for the past decade, I expected a format akin to a World Trade Organisation event – hundreds, if not thousands of cloistered trade negotiators beavering over words in bracketed text, with the occasional industry representative in the corridor.

COP is a bit like the WTO at its core – but with Davos, Coachella and Expo 88 overlaid through its theatrical outer shells.

The prized lanyard is a “blue zone” pass granting entry to the “it’s in there somewhere” negotiating plenary; but also to the hundreds of pavilions representing nations, and equally NGOs and interest groups, ranging from the Coalition of Rainforest Nations to Nuclear for Climate. There’s also a Children and Youth pavilion watching over the COP circus like Orwellian taskmasters.

While the dynamic inside the negotiations will affect everything happening outside the room, the real energy is in the business dialogue taking place on every stand and in every meeting room.

The atmosphere around COP differs greatly. In traditional trade negotiations, even multilateral ones, generally there is frequent collaboration between negotiators and those they affect, and there are deep discussions about impact.

In the Australian context, that means daily dialogue about how a string of words would work in practice, and asking whether it suits our current and future plans, our strengths, and helps address our weaknesses.

At COP, business stays abreast of the negotiations, but is getting on with doing the deals in real time, selling e-fuels, advanced AI to predict climate damage before it happens, and novel reactor concepts in nuclear – code for SMRs and micro-reactors, among others.

One thing that is obvious here at the great world fair of COP, is that Australia is well-placed to make the most out of the myriad and rapidly developing COPportunities, both in terms of exports and jobs – benefitting Australian businesses from large to small, across both goods and services.

We have so much of the world’s energy resources and the necessary critical minerals to develop and sustain the renewable energy sector, and increasingly, the technical know-how to develop and modify systems for greater climate resilience.

The world’s financiers, both public and private, are in Sharm El-Sheikh with chequebooks drawn.

The opportunity for Australia is huge.

Zoe McKenzie is the federal member for Flinders. She is attending COP27 with the support of the Coalition4Conservation, an Australian environmental charity working with conservative legislators in Australia and across the globe.

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
November 15, 2022 3:38 pm

This win brings the GOP House to 217, just one seat shy of the majority.

Key California races yet to be called: CA-06 (Kevin Kiley v. Kermit Jones), CA-13 (John Duarte v. Adam Gray), CA-21 (David Valadao v. Rudy Salas), CA-27 (Mike Garcia v. Christy Smith), and CA-47 (Katie Porter v. Scott Baugh).

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
November 15, 2022 3:44 pm

Zipstersays:
November 15, 2022 at 3:36 pm
Xi to Biden: Knock off the democracy vs. autocracy talk

Hiden Biden to Xi

Wait till I put on My Master’s Jacket

Yet Biden and Trudeau were happy to bend their weak knees and dress like Chairman Mao, the commie dictator responsible for more deaths than Hitler and Stalin. Democrats have said nothing.

The embarrassing, planned sartorial bum-licking comes just before North America’s Uriah Heeps are expected to meet with China’s leader Xi Jinping. Some Canadians expect Trudeau to confront Jinping on civil rights involving the Uyghurs and China’s possible involvement in Canada’s 2019 election.

Zipster
November 15, 2022 3:49 pm

Contractor Found Guilty of Selling Info to China; Biden Meets China’s Xi at G-20 Summit
China in Focus – NTD
02:01 Biden Meets China’s Xi at G20 Summit
04:59 Hoping for Better U.S.-China Economic Ties
06:13 U.S. Seeks Closer Ties with India: Yellen
07:03 Contractor Found Guilty of Selling Info to China
08:34 Three Indicted for Sending Military Tech to China
09:21 Biden Raises Concerns Over Military Base in Cambodia
12:34 Biden, Xi Meeting: How Did Human Rights Fare?

Top Ender
Top Ender
November 15, 2022 3:53 pm

Lead article – Daily Mail:

Inside the mysterious car crash involving the Premier, his wife, and a teenager cyclist: How a smash 9 years ago is haunting Dan Andrews just weeks from the election – as cops refuse to answer compelling questions about the investigation

Link

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
November 15, 2022 3:54 pm

In Completely Unforeseeable Twist, January 6th ‘Conspiracy Theory’ Turns out to Be True

It’s not just the pandemic, though. For years, conservatives proposed, after piecing together much evidence, that the FBI was somehow involved in the unrest that took place on January 6th, 2022. Yet, those calls for answers and accountability were met with condemnation. “How dare you question the impeccable reputation of the FBI,” they asserted while absconding from any critical thinking.

You can probably guess where I’m going with this. Despite well over a year of deflections and denials, it is now confirmed that no less than eight FBI agents were embedded in the Proud Boys organization during the period surrounding January 6th.

The New York Times
@nytimes
Official

The FBI had as many as eight informants inside the Proud Boys in the months around the Jan. 6 Capitol attack, recent court papers indicate, raising questions about how much federal investigators were able to learn from them before and after it took place.

I’m sure you are totally shocked by this news.

Who could have possibly guessed that Christopher Wray’s FBI, which ran an entrapment scheme involving Gretchen Whitmer prior to the 2020 election, would end up having been intimately involved in the lead-up to January 6th?

You have to admire the framing by the Times, though, pondering how much “federal investigators were able to learn from them about the violent mob attack.”
Yes, I’m sure that’s a real mystery.

Conversely, the FBI agents likely knew exactly what was being discussed the whole time, which would mean one of two things.

Dot
Dot
November 15, 2022 4:02 pm

Um

https://physics.aps.org/articles/v15/174?utm_campaign=weekly&utm_medium=email&utm_source=emailalert

Warming up a Li-ion battery…to accept more electrical energy more quickly…

Indolent
Indolent
November 15, 2022 4:03 pm

It’s never been anything other than a psyop.

Covid PsyOps Are Now Being Used for Climate Change

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
November 15, 2022 4:05 pm

Republican Leadership Worse than Worthless

A president, the self-described great uniter, who, when he is not yelling at people or whispering like a psychopath in a “slasher film,” tries to shake hands with people who are not there, a vice president, Kamala Harris, whose most profound statement concerns her paean to her school-day memories of yellow school buses, the Republican Party cannot even come close to winning the usual number of congressional seats in an off-year mid-term election. Naturally, Republican “leadership” who began gloating early, never saw this coming.

Part of the many reasons for this spectacular failure is the excessive amount of help Republican “leadership” gave to the Democrats. Republicans have brilliantly supported the Democrat push for early voting and mail-in ballots that even Jimmy Carter’s commission concluded is ripe for cheating, and which the Democrats have used since the pandemic to defeat Republicans. Apparently, this never occurred to Republican leaders who went along with it all.

In the aftermath of the Uvalde massacre, caused primarily by the failures of school officials and the local police, Mitch McConnell and ten other Republicans — John Cornyn (TX), Thom Tillis (NC), Roy Blunt (MS), Rob Portman (OH), Lindsey Graham (SC), Richard Burr (NC), Pat Toomey (PA), Susan Collins (ME), Mitt Romney (UT) and Bill Cassidy (LA) — all eager to virtue-signal and show how much they care, agreed to the Democrat framework for gun control, not understanding that the problem of gun violence in America is a moral problem rooted in the destruction of the family, the proliferation of drugs, thugs and a “gang culture” in which rebellion and violence are glorified; not a problem with the inanimate hardware per se.

Needless to say, Mitt Romney marched with the corrupt and Marxist-led Black Lives Matter movement saying that “we have to stand up and say ‘black lives matter,’” not apparently grasping, first, that no one denies that Black lives matter (except the people that turn a blind eye to the constant massacre of black lives in Democrat-run cities and abortion mills), and that marching with the greedy Marxists in BLM does nothing to protect black lives. However, Mitt did accomplish his primary goal and got his pretty virtue-signaling face on camera again.

In the run-up to the 2022 election, Mitch McConnell came out, and naturally not in private where it would be most appropriate, but rather in public to provide the Democrats a great talking point, and disparaged many of the Republican senate candidates as “bad candidates.” One of those ‘terrible’ candidates, J.D. Vance, just won handily in Ohio and another, Arizona’s Blake Masters, who yesterday, was closely behind his Democrat opponent — Masters sure could have used some of the money McConnell sent to Alaska to defeat a Trump-Republican. That race has since been called in favor of radical leftist, Mark Kelly.

McConnell seems more interested in defeating Trump-affiliated firebrands than he is in defeating Democrats.

After winning a major victory when the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, Lindsey Graham, two months before the Nov. 2022 election, brilliantly announced his intent to introduce a bill, that had no chance whatsoever to become law at the time, to ban all abortions nationwide after 15 weeks, not in the least worried that this would energize the Democrat base.

In fact, and despite the pollsters who still cannot get anything right, it turns out that this did energize young women to turn out in massive numbers and vote for Democrats. Unfortunately, Lindsey does not appear to grasp that one cannot get any of one’s programs enacted into law unless one gets elected first, this being, apparently, too deep for him. Lindsay did, of course, accomplish his major goal of getting his pretty face on camera emotionally stating how much he cares. Perhaps this brilliance will propel Lindsey to a presidential run in 2024!

In 2016 Trump defied all the geniuses on both sides of the aisle, and in the “news” media, by breaking with recent Republican tradition and actually trying to win, for which he has never been forgiven — in fact, winning the presidency by more than 300 electoral votes by taking Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, and almost Minnesota!

Naturally, this could not be tolerated, and the knives came out on both sides to either remove him from office or at the very least, hobble him via a series of silly hoaxes.

Winston Smith
November 15, 2022 4:05 pm

HBBear:

At some point, if the US electoral system continues on its present trajectory it will become a real problem.

“Become a real problem?”
HBB have you been asleep for the last 20 years?
All through the last two decades not one effective government has been elected in the West!
Even if a ‘Conservative’ government is elected they immediately enact Leftist/Marxist policies.

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
November 15, 2022 4:09 pm

In Narrow Senate Race, Democratic Candidate Wins By Only 2 Roller Bags

LAS VEGAS, NV — As the nation continues to await the final results of last week’s midterm elections, a local Democrat candidate pulled out a shocking victory in a narrow race, winning by only two rolling travel suitcases.

“The Republican candidate built a substantial lead on election night after being significantly ahead of his challenger in all of the polls,” said election expert Chip Parvin. “Fascinatingly, though many of the other races in the state were called as soon as the Democrat candidates took the lead, this particular race remained hotly contested for days after the polls were closed.”

Onlookers were stumped as to what exactly happened, but new vote tallies were reported this morning after several unmarked vans dropped off multiple bags at vote-counting sites in the middle of the night.

In a statement shortly before the Associated Press and other major media outlets reported the final count, a representative for the county stated the Democrat had, in fact, won by only two roller bags.

“This only serves to further assure our citizens that our democratic process is entirely pure and incorruptible,” said election supervisor Tom Servo. “It is our solemn duty to make sure that our elections are done transparently, with every single vote being counted, even if they come in several days after polls close and have no discernable way to determine their validity or where they came from.”

At publishing time, county election workers were seen hurriedly filling out ballots ahead of time for the 2024 presidential election, which the county assured reporters is completely normal and in no way a violation of any election integrity ethics or existing laws.

Winston Smith
November 15, 2022 4:13 pm

Bruce O’Newk:

While we kowtow to Gaia the Kiwis have just put a satellite in orbit around the Moon.
Rocket Lab is Kiwi.

We should be alarmed and ashamed.
But we’re not.

Mother Lode
Mother Lode
November 15, 2022 4:13 pm

I think there was some talk earlier about the intelligence of Allegra the Suss-Spender and that she got some fantastical high scholastic score (VCE?).

I think it is good idea to distinguish between the capacity for nimble thinking and the acquired way of thinking.

Someone with Platinum Class Plus cerebral equipment would be able to follow a train of thought quickly and without error. But they may also take on sloppy habits, give undue weight to analogy, or even dull the instinct to challenge their own thoughts and not bother with doubts.

Wittgenstein supposedly expressed admiration for George Moore along the lines of how Moore was an example of how far a person can go with just ordinary intelligence – he was referring to the attainments through careful and clear thinking.

A lot of smart people have the opposite, allowing all sorts of flock to collect around the pins, goo to seep in and make the movements sluggish, and cogs to slip out of proper alignment.

A smart person fixated on a stupid idea will say and think stupid things.

Zipster
November 15, 2022 4:17 pm
Winston Smith
November 15, 2022 4:19 pm

Roger:

All of us, whether born here or immigrants, have lost our original ethno-cultural identity to some extent and have had to adapt and develop a new one. By all means be proud of your heritage, but your character and the ethos that shapes it is much more defining of who you are.

Aboriginal Australia will not adjust or accept responsibility for its failures until the pain of not adjusting becomes intolerable. While we mollycoddle the failure of their culture to adjust, and do the hand patting that rewards only the hand patter, they will continue to fail.
Accept it or not, it’s the truth and the only way out – apart from extinction of the Aboriginal culture.
Choices to be made.

Mother Lode
Mother Lode
November 15, 2022 4:19 pm

Hans van Leeuwen

I went to a Leeuwin Estates degustation dinner in Osaka, of all places. I won a couple of free tickets from Village Cellars in Chiba – well, they may have restricted the pool of candidates to those who ordered frequently.

Not bad at all.

Winston Smith
November 15, 2022 4:22 pm

Lizzie:

Move to town, get a job, be admirably decent and bring up your family as those aboriginal neighbours of mine in the 50’s in Sydney’s western suburbs used to do. They were role models … for us.

Spot on, Lizzie.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
November 15, 2022 4:27 pm

Zoe McKenzie needs a brain transplant, or serious cult deprogramming plus some chemistry, physics and honest data. She’s also in the wrong party.

Winston Smith
November 15, 2022 4:31 pm

Cohenite:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qc6JR7oraeU

I’m so sick of this bullshit; after 47000 years of environmental vandalism on a scale never seen before or since, constant warfare and savagery whitee gets the blame for bringing the best social and economic system to their feet. Strip them naked and set them free in the Simpson desert.

Ed Case
Ed Case
November 15, 2022 4:37 pm

My latest call on the HoR is Republicans will win 220, easily.
Don’t bet money on it, they’ll be lucky to end up with 212.

Mater
November 15, 2022 4:38 pm

A lot of smart people have the opposite, allowing all sorts of flock to collect around the pins, goo to seep in and make the movements sluggish, and cogs to slip out of proper alignment.

A lot of ‘smart’ people are hamstrung by being only First-Order thinkers.

Second-Order Thinking: What Smart People Use to Outperform

Lefties:
First-order thinking is fast and easy. It happens when we look for something that only solves the immediate problem without considering the consequences.

Righties:
Second-order thinking is more deliberate. It is thinking in terms of interactions and time, understanding that despite our intentions our interventions often cause harm. Second order thinkers ask themselves the question “And then what?”

Dot
Dot
November 15, 2022 4:39 pm

Libs of TikTok:

This past Saturday, the city of Venice, Florida held its 3rd annual Venice Pride Festival in Centennial Park. The event was promoted on the city’s official Government website.

Google it. Including the family friendly pride coloured dildo ring toss.

shatterzzz
November 15, 2022 4:39 pm

All of us, whether born here or immigrants, have lost our original ethno-cultural identity to some extent and have had to adapt and develop a new one.

I had my 1st trip ‘home” to Toon-land in 2013 after 46 years (1967) and soon realised that although I still talked with a broad Geordie dialect my thought processes were all operating on Oz wavelength .. I couldn’t get over how everyone there was speaking in one dialect with little variation and the normal Toon-town daily lifestyle was so different to ours .. their fear of gummint reprisals for non-political thought was embarrassing! …. ‘course, that was pre- BAT FLU before “lockdowns and the majority embrace of gummint obedience was welcomed here with needled arms outstretched .. and pepper spray/baton encouragement for the dissenters …..!

Colonel Crispin Berka
Colonel Crispin Berka
November 15, 2022 4:41 pm

Re: Kari Lake

https://newcatallaxy.blog/2022/11/08/us-2022-mid-terms-thread/comment-page-3/#comment-381564

The fix has been poorly hidden, yet very effective.

calli
calli
November 15, 2022 4:42 pm

Mitch McConnell and ten other Republicans — John Cornyn (TX), Thom Tillis (NC), Roy Blunt (MS), Rob Portman (OH), Lindsey Graham (SC), Richard Burr (NC), Pat Toomey (PA), Susan Collins (ME), Mitt Romney (UT) and Bill Cassidy (LA) — all eager to virtue-signal and show how much they care, agreed to the Democrat framework for gun control, not understanding that the problem of gun violence in America is a moral problem rooted in the destruction of the family, the proliferation of drugs, thugs and a “gang culture” in which rebellion and violence are glorified; not a problem with the inanimate hardware per se.

Don’t excuse them with soft hands and words.

They know and they understand.

Top Ender
Top Ender
November 15, 2022 4:43 pm

For those into military history – NT Government media release:

The sinking of a Japanese submarine off the coast of Darwin during a fearsome WWII battle will be examined as part of a historic scientific project.
For the first time since the I-124 submarine was destroyed in January 1942, divers will descend 50 metres in a bid to capture vision of the vessel to inform future research and site management.
The submarine was part of an Imperial Japanese Navy squadron that had been waging covert operations against Australia’s north, laying mines in waters near Darwin in a bid to intercept Allied vessels and close down the port.
An unsuccessful attack on a US oil tanker in the region by a sister submarine prompted the Royal Australian Navy to send three corvettes to the scene. The I-124 fired a torpedo at the first ship to arrive, the HMAS Deloraine, which in turn detonated dozens of depth chargers in a sustained attack that sank the Japanese warship.
All 80 crew members died on board, and continue to rest in their watery grave between Darwin and Bathurst Island.

Cassie of Sydney
November 15, 2022 4:44 pm

“Don’t bet money on it, they’ll be lucky to end up with 212.”

The GOP are currently at 217 seats, one short of house majority. Oh and last I heard, the number 217 is more than the number 212.

Take some advice….don’t go placing any bets Dick Ed, you’re sure to lose.

Mother Lode
Mother Lode
November 15, 2022 4:44 pm

Aboriginal Australia will not adjust or accept responsibility for its failures until the pain of not adjusting becomes intolerable.

I gather they were doing fine until the it was decided that indigenous stockmen on remote stations had to work to the same conditions as whitefellas and be paid the same way – rather than the accommodation that had previously prevailed to the satisfaction of employer and employee.

And then add in politicians who decided that there was a lot of guilt (and gilt) to be mined from keeping them trapped in a zombie like existence, throatily reproaching mainstream Australia’s heartlessness in letting them drown in squalor – yet all the while keeping their foot firmly on their heads to stop them getting out.

calli
calli
November 15, 2022 4:45 pm

Mater, would you describe the “march through the institutions” as Second Order thinking?

It has the time and results component.

Mother Lode
Mother Lode
November 15, 2022 4:47 pm

Thanks, Mater.

Top Ender
Top Ender
November 15, 2022 4:52 pm

A senior Warlpiri Elder says the Yuendumu community will not be able to heal from the death of Kumanjayi Walker until they are able to spill the blood of his killer, Constable Zach Rolfe, in a form of traditional justice known as “payback”.

Coroner Elisabeth Armitage is visiting the central Australian outback community as part of a long-running inquest into the fatal 2019 police shooting, for which Constable Rolfe was acquitted on all charges in March.

While Ms Armitage toured significant sites on Tuesday, Ned Jampijinpa Hargraves told reporters traditional payback for a homicide involved an organised cultural ceremony in which “people have roles and responsibilities to the person who passed away”.

He said the perpetrator would have the chance to have his say and the victim’s family would then decide on a punishment based on the seriousness of the crime, including spearing to both legs for the most serious offences.

NT News – no comments allowed – what a surprise!

Eyrie
Eyrie
November 15, 2022 4:54 pm

Mater, would you describe the “march through the institutions” as Second Order thinking?
It has the time and results component.

Yep, commies play the long game. The ideology keeps them focussed.

calli
calli
November 15, 2022 4:55 pm

A senior Warlpiri Elder says the Yuendumu community will not be able to heal from the death of Kumanjayi Walker until they are able to spill the blood of his killer, Constable Zach Rolfe, in a form of traditional justice known as “payback”.

Bloody savages.

Do they want to cut him up and deliver him home in a coffee sack too?

Lord Napier comes to mind.

Mater
November 15, 2022 4:56 pm

Mater, would you describe the “march through the institutions” as Second Order thinking?

As an ideology, possibly, but remember, even blue-green algae spreads and overwhelms it’s environs. Birds of a feather always flock together, especially when tenures are involved. It’s nature.

I guess my point is more about individuals. Lefties tend to give a man a fish, to feed him for a day (making him reliant on charity). Ie. Solves the immediate problem without considering the consequences

Righties tend to look at the bigger pictures and longer term picture, and would tend instead towards teaching him to fish (despite his protestations for a free meal). Ie. Understanding that despite our intentions our interventions often cause harm… ask the question “And then what?”

Top Ender
Top Ender
November 15, 2022 4:58 pm

And yet more from the Top End:


Protesters have demanded “justice” for the Tiwi Islands, as the Federal Court begins hearing an appeal over Santos’ stalled gas project.

Angie Raphael
NCA NewsWire

Protesters have rallied outside the Federal Court in Melbourne to voice their concerns about a $4.7bn gas project they say will destroy their land and culture.

Gas company Santos is trying to overturn a historic decision which invalidated its drilling approvals after Tiwi Islanders successfully argued they were not properly consulted about the project in the Timor Sea, north of Darwin.

A Federal Court judge ruled in favour of Tiwi Island elder Dennis Tipakalippa in September, which put a stop to Santos’ plan to drill in the area.

But the company is now appealing that decision via a two-day hearing before the full bench of the Federal Court.

Opening addresses began on Tuesday, with a peaceful rally held outside court demanding “justice” for the Tiwi Islands.

Dozens of people gathered with signs which read: “Don’t destroy the Tiwis. Stop Barossa gas.”

Another sign read: “Fund our future, not gas.”

A third sign said: “Stop trying to make gas happen.”

Victorian Greens Senator Lidia Thorpe was among the protesters who gave a passionate speech.

“This country should be ashamed of itself,” she said.

“Don’t talk treaty, don’t talk voice to parliament if you can’t talk about saving country and sea country for our old people and our young people who are begging you, who are fighting every system in every way they possibly can to maintain their survival.

“It’s an absolute shame on this country.”

The protest also included a traditional dance, led by 25-year-old Michael Coombes, who is a member of the Munupi Clan from the Tiwi Islands.

Mr Coombes said people had been hunting on the land for generations.

“I’ve been hunting since I was a little boy, since I could walk,” he said.

“I now have a kid that’s on the way. My kid … will be hunting, will be dancing on that land, he’ll be singing on that land.

“He’ll be teaching his son, the son after him and so on.”

Mr Coombes said the gas project would impact the land and hurt the ancestors.

Antonia Burke said the Tiwi people should have been consulted about a project which posed a threat to culture and Country.

“But Santos doesn’t think it should have to consult with the people who own the Country it wants to destroy,” she said in a statement.

“We have to sit here, thousands of kilometres away from the place that is being impacted, and listen to lawyers for a gas company argue that we do not have functions, interests and activities in our own sea country, off our own beaches.

“I can tell you right now, we have been governing this sea country in a sustainable way for thousands of years.

“Santos’ Barossa gas project threatens this millennia of connection, it threatens our lore and the marine life that is so important to Tiwi culture and kinship.

“Tiwi Islands could be uninhabitable in two generations due to the rising sea levels and temperatures caused by gas projects like this one, not to mention the immediate marine impacts and risk of a devastating oil spill.”

At the time of the original court decision, the Environment Defenders Office successfully argued the approval granted by the National Offshore Petroleum and Safety Environmental Management Authority was unlawful.

Santos said the decision was disappointing and damaging for investor confidence in Australia.

“Given the significance of this decision to us, our international joint venture partners and customers, and the industry more broadly, we consider that it should be reviewed by the full Federal Court on appeal,” the company said at the time.

Santos said it had engaged with the Tiwi Land Council and Northern Land Council about the project.

In court on Tuesday, Santos’ barrister, Christopher Horan, argued the traditional owners had not needed to be consulted because they were not people with relevant interests.

He said a relevant person was someone whose “functions, interests or activities” may be affected.

Mr Horan said while their connection was “genuine”, it did not constitute the “interest” detailed in law.

He also said a community could not be a legal person, so Santos would have to identify individuals, which would be difficult.

The appeal hearing before Justices Susan Kenny, Debra Mortimer and Michael Lee continues.

calli
calli
November 15, 2022 5:00 pm

Thank you Mater. I like the “give a man a fish” story because it’s true.

Mater
November 15, 2022 5:11 pm

It’s also why socialism/communism appeals to so many first-order thinkers. On paper, under utopic conditions, it seems ideal…the answer to all the worlds problems. EQUALITY! That’s the extent of their thinking.

However, mix socialism/communism with a healthy dose of reality, it becomes toxic, then deadly. Second-order thinkers predict this, they can see this in their minds eye. It seems obvious…but clearly not to all.

If climate change is happening, and CO2 is probably the cause, closing down all fossil fuels would seem the obvious thing to do, no? Simples!

Locking the public up to stop the spread of Covid was the obvious answer, no? Simples! What could possibly go wrong?

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
November 15, 2022 5:12 pm

A senior Warlpiri Elder says the Yuendumu community will not be able to heal from the death of Kumanjayi Walker until they are able to spill the blood of his killer, Constable Zach Rolfe, in a form of traditional justice known as “payback”.

The rest of Australia moves into the twenty first century..

Mother Lode
Mother Lode
November 15, 2022 5:17 pm

A senior Warlpiri Elder says the Yuendumu community will not be able to heal from the death of Kumanjayi Walker until they are able to spill the blood of his killer, Constable Zach Rolfe, in a form of traditional justice known as “payback”.

Kind of a hint as to how little heed we ought to pay to these ‘elders’.

And what can we expect when they have ‘a voice’ on anything that affects Aborigines. Add in a few ruthless operators in Labor and the Greens (and Libs, lets be honest) looking to secure a momentary advantage by lumbering us with a permanent burden.

calli
calli
November 15, 2022 5:21 pm

This garbage just arrived in my news feed.

Overseas data suggest XBB and BQ.1 transmit faster than the currently reigning BA.5, but signs show that severity does not increase and symptoms remain largely the same.

Thanks Sherlock. It behaves like any other virus then.

Bugger off and leave us alone you utter hysterical manipulative tossers.

Oh. That’s right. We pay for this junk from our taxes.

H B Bear
H B Bear
November 15, 2022 5:23 pm

Kowtowing to Stone Age culture is very unbecoming.

Tintarella di Luna
Tintarella di Luna
November 15, 2022 5:32 pm

The Sunbather says Marrickville has given us some colourful characters over the years e.g the Marrickville Mauler and now we have the Henry Kissinger of Marrickville in none other than the beige, non-descript, talentless, dentally-challenged milquetoast Luigi the Unbelievable.

cohenite
November 15, 2022 5:33 pm

Here’s one of the main guys to thank when the lights go out:

Mark Twidell, Kerry Schott, Christine Holman and John Pollaers are new board members

Pressure has grown on AGL Energy chair Patricia McKenzie after Mike Cannon-Brookes won a bid to install four new directors and the power giant suffered a first strike on pay, signalling fresh shareholder angst after a tumultuous year that saw a clear-out of its board after its demerger was dumped.
The latest win for the billionaire, AGL’s largest shareholder, followed an acrimonious battle to refresh the company’s board and hasten a move to green energy with the early closure of the company’s giant coal plants.
The tech titan prevailed against Ms McKenzie with the quartet of Mark Twidell, Kerry Schott, Christine Holman and John Pollaers to join as new members of the board, three of which AGL had rejected as suitable candidates.
“Based on the proxies lodged ahead of the meeting, the election of Mark Twidell, Dr Kerry Schott, Christine Holman and John Pollaers as Directors has been supported by our Shareholders,” Ms McKenzie said.
“The Board welcomes these new Directors to the Board and will work constructively with them in the best of interests of shareholders.”
Only Mr Twidell had been endorsed by AGL with the three others rejected due to a lack of experience and skills to implement its strategy.
A further unexpected blow also arrived ahead of the AGM after Ms McKenzie suffered a first strike on executive pay.
Australia‘s largest electricity generator with 4.2 million customers said it was disappointed by the backlash on remuneration after shareholders voted ahead of its annual general meeting on Tuesday.
The result was unexpected given major proxy advisers – who collectively influence about 30 per cent of AGL shares on issue – had backed the pay report.
“Based on the proxies lodged ahead of the meeting, AGL is likely to receive a “first strike” on the Remuneration Report due to a couple of large shareholders voting against it,” Ms McKenzie said.
“This is a disappointing result given that all major proxy advisors recommended that shareholders vote in favour of the report and no material concerns were identified.”
“However, we will take this outcome into account when we review our remuneration structure during FY23 to consider opportunities to further align the structure with company performance and long-term shareholder value.”
A first strike occurs when 25 per cent or more of shareholders vote against a company‘s remuneration report.
The green activist, AGL’s largest shareholder, has staged a high-profile campaign through his privately owned Grok Ventures to refresh the board amid a broader effort to accelerate a transition to renewables.
It is now expected there will be nine members on AGL’s board.
The new directors are expected to focus on finding a new chief executive to lead the company, boost the unity and stability of the board and accelerate the company’s green push while making practical steps to put its carbon transition action plan in place.
The AGL chair said there was a shortlist of Australian and global candidates for the CEO role, filled in the interim by Damien Nicks.
“We expect to announce the permanent CEO in the coming months,” Ms McKenzie said.
Questions are also expected to be asked by shareholders over the board’s rejection of two takeover bids by Mr Cannon-Brookes and Brookfield back in February at $8.25 a share and $7.50 respectively.
Brookfield then teamed up with private equity player EIG and subsequently switched its attention to AGL’s chief rival, Origin Energy, with a $18.4bn bid disclosed last Thursday.
The billionaire’s latest triumph against the 185-year-old utility follows him previously derailing its demerger, sparking the exit of both its chief executive Graeme Hunt and former chairman Peter Botten.
Despite the expected rout, AGL won strong support for a non-binding vote on climate, a key battleground with Grok as it works to retire large coal stations at Loy Yang in Victoria and Bayswater in NSW’s Hunter Valley.
“Based on the proxies lodged ahead of the meeting, it has been strongly supported by our shareholders,” Ms McKenzie said.
AGL was hit by a backlash on climate change at its 2021 annual general meeting after more than half of investors demanded steeper carbon cuts, a result ¬hailed by Mr Cannon-Brookes’ Grok Ventures as a defining moment for Australia’s climate ambitions.
Grok had told shareholders to vote against AGL’s climate plan this year, saying it targeted a strategy that aligns with a 1.8 degree global warming target rather than a 1.5 degree goal.

Leon L.
Leon L.
November 15, 2022 5:34 pm

About “Deniers” from John Hindraker at Powerline.”

If the Uniparty club didn’t want fraud to happen, it wouldn’t happen.
The Bush, Obama, Cheney, Pelosi set want fraud to remain in power.

MatrixTransform
November 15, 2022 5:36 pm

would you describe the “march through the institutions” as Second Order thinking?

a bit like Southpark’s Underpants Gnomes

Ed Case
Ed Case
November 15, 2022 5:38 pm

Where’s the Tiwi Gas going?
Not Australia, you can bet your balls on that.
There’s probably Gas on King Charles Scottish estates.
Tell Santos to try their luck there.

thefrollickingmole
thefrollickingmole
November 15, 2022 5:40 pm

Lord Napier comes to mind.

Hes got a couple of good ones…

“Be it so. This burning of widows is your custom; prepare the funeral pile. But my nation has also a custom. When men burn women alive we hang them, and confiscate all their property. My carpenters shall therefore erect gibbets on which to hang all concerned when the widow is consumed. Let us all act according to national customs.[To Hindu priests complaining to him about the prohibition of Sati religious funeral practice of burning widows alive on her husband’s funeral pyre.]”

“So perverse is mankind that every nationality prefers to be misgoverned by its own people than to be well ruled by another”
? Charles James Napier
? Charles James Napier

Tintarella di Luna
Tintarella di Luna
November 15, 2022 5:43 pm

Lord Napier comes to mind.

My favourite General of the British Raj – “Be it so. This burning of widows is your custom; prepare the funeral pile. But my nation has also a custom. When men burn women alive we hang them, and confiscate all their property. My carpenters shall therefore erect gibbets on which to hang all concerned when the widow is consumed. Let us all act according to national customs” (Napier)

Tintarella di Luna
Tintarella di Luna
November 15, 2022 5:45 pm

the frollicking mole — ooops sorry didn’t look up thread – yes Charles James Napier – British Army

Zipster
November 15, 2022 5:48 pm

Protesters have demanded “justice” for the Tiwi Islands, as the Federal Court begins hearing an appeal over Santos’ stalled gas project.

volcanoes demand virgins NOW!

Zipster
November 15, 2022 5:49 pm

OnlyFans megastar Riley Reid pays $4.8 million in cash for four-bed, six-bath Pasadena mansion set in 3.6 acre estate ‘after raking in $570,000 a MONTH on x-rated subscription site’

daddy and mommy must be so proud

thefrollickingmole
thefrollickingmole
November 15, 2022 5:50 pm

A senior Warlpiri Elder says the Yuendumu community will not be able to heal from the death of Kumanjayi Walker until they are able to spill the blood of his killer, Constable Zach Rolfe, in a form of traditional justice known as “payback”.

Kind of a hint as to how little heed we ought to pay to these ‘elders’.

Savages is the word you are reaching for.

To butcher Napier.
Be it so. This spearing of peoples is your custom; prepare the woomera pile. But my nation has also a custom. When men spear people we shoot them, and confiscate all their property. My redcoats shall therefore charge their muskets to shoot all concerned when the widow is consumed. Let us all act according to national customs.

Wally Dalí
Wally Dalí
November 15, 2022 5:50 pm

As democracy is perfected, the office of the president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. We move toward a lofty ideal. On some great and glorious day, the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.
Mencken.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
November 15, 2022 5:51 pm

Lord Napier comes to mind.

Supposed to have sent a one word dispatch to the War Office, to announce his annexation of the province of Sind. “Peccavi” Latin, in the past tense, for “I have sinned.”

Unfortunately, the story is apocryphal.

Delta A
Delta A
November 15, 2022 5:58 pm

A senior Warlpiri Elder says the Yuendumu community will not be able to heal from the death of Kumanjayi Walker until they are able to spill the blood of his killer, Constable Zach Rolfe, in a form of traditional justice known as “payback”.

I’m sure Walker would have survived if only they had taken him to the local medical clinic. Why didn’t they take him to the clinic, for goodness sake?

Oh, that’s right: Walker terrorised the clinic staff days earlier and they all left in fear of their lives. Maybe it was at that point that traditional, civilised justice should have been dispensed. Perhaps then Mr Rolfe might still be a dedicated police officer, the clinic would still be staffed and functional and Mr Walker would still be alive.

Winston Smith
November 15, 2022 5:59 pm

Zyco:

Rita Devi, 45, was attacked by a mob of more than 200 people who broke into her house and beat her up before pouring petrol on her to set her ablaze on Saturday night.

No mention is made of religion.
I wonder why?

local oaf
November 15, 2022 6:03 pm

Unfortunately, the story is apocryphal.

Dang, always liked that one. 🙁

calli
calli
November 15, 2022 6:07 pm

dentally-challenged milquetoast Luigi the Unbelievable.

I couldn’t help myself, Tinta. His version of “dansa Maria, dance” is to dance up the airbridge with his concubine for yet another overseas jaunt.

Of course, Leo Wanker, his alter ego is Treasurer.

We are in safe hands.

Johnny Rotten
November 15, 2022 6:07 pm

A bloke from the bush walked into an antique shop. After looking around for a while, he noticed a very life-like bronze statue of a rat. It had no price tag, but it was so striking that he decided to buy it anyway.

He took it to the owner and said “How much is this bronze rat?” The owner replied “It’s $12 for the rat and $100 for the story”.

The fellow gave the owner his $12 and said” I’ll just take the rat, you can keep the story!”

As he walked off down the street, he noticed that a few real rats had crawled out of the drains and begun following him. This was a little disconcerting, so he started to walk a little faster, but within a couple of blocks the swarm of rats had grown to hundreds, and they were all squealing and screeching in a very menacing way.

He increased his speed and ran on towards the river and as he ran, he looked behind him and saw the rats now numbered in their millions! And they were running faster and faster.

By now very concerned, he ran down to the pier and threw the bronze rat as far out into the water as he could.

Amazingly, the millions of real rats jumped into the water after it and were all drowned.

The man walked back to relate all this to the shop owner, who said “Ah, you’ve come back for the story then?” “Shit no!” said the bloke “I came back to see if you’ve got a bronze politician!?”

Johnny Rotten
November 15, 2022 6:09 pm

Instant gratification takes too long.

– Carrie Fisher

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
November 15, 2022 6:12 pm

Oh, that’s right: Walker terrorised the clinic staff days earlier and they all left in fear of their lives.

An ambulance, sent to collect Walker, and take him to the medical centre in an adjacent community, was withdrawn in the face of a barrage of rocks….

What would traditional tribal punishment be for such conduct?

GreyRanga
GreyRanga
November 15, 2022 6:12 pm

callisays:
November 15, 2022 at 6:07 pm
dentally-challenged milquetoast Luigi the Unbelievable.

I couldn’t help myself, Tinta. His version of “dansa Maria, dance” is to dance up the airbridge with his concubine for yet another overseas jaunt.

Of course, Leo Wanker, his alter ego is Treasurer.

We are in safe hands.

I wept.

GreyRanga
GreyRanga
November 15, 2022 6:13 pm

That’s as bad as one of JR’s jokes.

Frank
Frank
November 15, 2022 6:17 pm

“A smart person fixated on a stupid idea will say and think stupid things.”

From what I’ve seen they probably have a more skill when it comes to rationalising BS. The self serving type of BS in particular.

thefrollickingmole
thefrollickingmole
November 15, 2022 6:18 pm

Of course no discussion of Indian perfidy of the poms would be complete without Flashmans valuable observations…

“There’s a point, you know, where treachery is so complete and unashamed that it becomes statesmanship.”

Delta A
Delta A
November 15, 2022 6:22 pm

Okay, I’m going to fess up.

I like Johnny Rotten’s jokes.

So there!

Winston Smith
November 15, 2022 6:27 pm

Old Ozzie:,

Move designed to match staffing needs with slowing LTL demand, unit says

All the port congestion must be caught up then?

Tintarella di Luna
Tintarella di Luna
November 15, 2022 6:33 pm

Mother Lodesays:
November 15, 2022 at 4:44 pm
Indeed Mother Lode –
Ah yes the Equal Wages decision 1968 aka the Stockmens’ case brought by the North Australian Workers Union – well done and hasn’t it improved the lives of indigenous people.

Winston Smith
November 15, 2022 6:37 pm

Old Ozzie:

One of the most striking things for an Australian at Sharm El Sheikh is how uncontroversial atomic power is as part of a clean-energy baseload mix.

Without yet reading the article, my first reaction is:
Well, now the Russians and Chinese own a huge percentage of the worlds uranium deposits/production etc, why not? Especially as the US and Australia made it possible?

cohenite
November 15, 2022 6:40 pm

Fetterman won and Kari lost:

Kari Lake No Match For Election Fraud

Whether the GOP now tweaks into the house is irrelevant; the US is fucked; and so is the world.

Tintarella di Luna
Tintarella di Luna
November 15, 2022 6:41 pm

Delta Asays:
November 15, 2022 at 6:22 pm

Delta A, thank heavens you’ve ‘fessed up, gives me courage too, I like John Rotten’s jokes too. So there, I’ve said it too.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
November 15, 2022 6:43 pm

Ah yes the Equal Wages decision 1968 aka the Stockmens’ case brought by the North Australian Workers Union – well done and hasn’t it improved the lives of indigenous people.

It was generally accepted that it took three Aboriginal stockmen to do the work of one “Whitefella” – one would be away on ceremonial business, one might just not want to go to work that day, leaving a third to be “down at the stock rails” to start work for the day. In return the Station manager provided basic rations and medical care for anywhere up to ninety or a hundred of the extended families. The system might have been paternal, but it was superior to what came next.

Razey
Razey
November 15, 2022 6:44 pm

he US is fucked; and so is the world.

No, just the West. They accepted the Woke HomoGlobo LGBT agenda, and will pay the price.

Anchor What
Anchor What
November 15, 2022 6:47 pm

Which of these statements is true?
1. Jeff Bezos will donate his wealth to charity.
2. Jeff Bezos will donate his wealth to climate change.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
November 15, 2022 6:47 pm

Daily Mail. They are looking at anywhere up to three years up the creek…

Race to free five Aussie Year 10 private schoolgirls from Singapore: Principal breaks his silence on students arrested for allegedly stealing Victoria’s Secret lingerie

Five Bacchus Marsh Grammar Year 10 schoolgirls were arrested in Singapore
Victoria’s Secret staff saw CCTV footage of them allegedly shoplifting lingerie
Police swooped as the teenagers walked through upmarket Mandarin Gallery
The five were part of a 18-strong netball team tour on a trip costing $3,300 each

cohenite
November 15, 2022 6:48 pm

No, just the West. They accepted the Woke HomoGlobo LGBT agenda, and will pay the price.

Well, those woke things came from the commies in the West in collaboration with commies outside the West; so, let me rephrase: the West is now as fucked as the rest of the world.

Tintarella di Luna
Tintarella di Luna
November 15, 2022 6:49 pm

The system might have been paternal, but it was superior to what came next.

Yes and what came next? – gonorrhea in toddlers, savagely beaten or murdered women, malnourished little ones dying in the dirt from supurating infected lesions, but so worth it eh? for comfort in knowing that if there were jobs to be had they’d be on equal pay with whitey.

Delta A
Delta A
November 15, 2022 6:52 pm

So there, I’ve said it too.

Good on you, Tinta! Best that we don’t admit it to JC, though. 🙂

cohenite
November 15, 2022 6:56 pm

It’s not all bad though: Tulsi filling in for Tucker. She is gloriously beautiful.

Tintarella di Luna
Tintarella di Luna
November 15, 2022 6:57 pm

Good on you, Tinta! Best that we don’t admit it to JC, though. ?

. shhhh I won’t tell if you don’t – Ok?

Top Ender
Top Ender
November 15, 2022 6:57 pm

This is what passes for a centre of advanced thinking in this country….

Monash backtracks on ‘woke’ marks requirement

A Monash engineering student lost marks for failing to include an Acknowledgement of Country on an assessment, sparking fierce backlash.

The decision was only overturned when an engineering student made a formal complaint to the university about the requirement for a final year project.

The student was required to include the acknowledgement and was docked marks because they did not do so.

On October 7 they made a formal complaint to the university, leading to the requirement being withdrawn.

The university told the student that the change would mean that “no student receives a deduction of marks if they choose not to include an Acknowledgement of Country in their assessment”.

In addition, the marks deducted from their EMG4701 Progress Report would be reinstated.

It comes as universities, including Monash, are requiring students to complete cultural awareness and respectful relationships modules in order to complete their enrolment.

If Monash students don’t complete such training they are locked out of the online learning system.

A university whistleblower who raised the issue with the Herald Sun said “reconciliation and Indigenous rights are important – we can all acknowledge the importance of that”.

“However, including an acknowledgement of country in a written assignment that is only going to be seen by one examiner does nothing in the way of improving the lives of Indigenous people.

“There are much more meaningful and impactful ways for Monash University to support Indigenous Australians and educate their students on Indigenous issues.”

A spokeswoman for Monash University said the institution was “proud of its commitment to fostering a community that recognises, respects and includes Indigenous peoples, cultures and knowledge”.

She said the inclusion of the acknowledgement was designed to show that students “have the ability to meet the standard of professionalism required of an engineer in Australia” and is in line with the engineering code of ethics.

“Monash respects the rights of students to respectfully and appropriately decline to provide an Acknowledgement of Country if they believe it conflicts with their right to free speech or academic freedom,” the spokeswoman said.

“Monash will continue to encourage students to include the Acknowledgement of Country where relevant and appropriate.”

The university’s requirement for the Acknowledgement of Country to be included on the engineering project was described by conservative author and commentator Kevin Donnelly as “an appalling example of woke ideology destroying academic freedom and penalising innocent students needlessly”.

“Another example of virtue signalling and indigenous identity politics that has become all too common,” he said.

Dr Bella d’Abrera, director of the Institute of Public Affair’s Foundations of Western Civilisation Program, said it was “hardly surprising”.

“Monash is the same woke university currently forcing all students to undertake a ‘indigenous voices’ training module before being allowed to complete their degrees,” she said.

“STEM studies used to be safe from this kind of woke ideology and virtue signalling, but it is clearly no longer the case.”

“Not long ago, our universities were revered as places where knowledge was preserved, generated, and disseminated. Now, they are miserable places where intellectual inquiry is discouraged and lack of conformity to the current orthodoxy is punished.’

“This type of empty virtue signalling does nothing but to completely render the Welcome to Country meaningless.”

Herald-Sun with comments going ballistic

Tintarella di Luna
Tintarella di Luna
November 15, 2022 7:00 pm

“This type of empty virtue signalling does nothing but to completely render the Welcome to Country meaningless.”

It is meaningless to start with. Might’ve had meaning say 30,000 years ago but not today – I am so sick of this shit.

shatterzzz
November 15, 2022 7:01 pm

Sometimes I just wonder how I’ve managed to stay poor thru-out my life when you find out how easily some folk make $millions ..! watching th e Netflix series, FIFA Uncovered about the corruption that is FIFA’s main business input with the “fitba” coming a distant 2nd ..
Sooo, anyway, we’re up to 2012 and “brown” paper bags being handed out to CONCACAF ( American Federation) delegates in Trinidad in exchange for votes and a coupla these recipients are, actually, honest folk and stunned to receive envelopes stuffed with money .. so someone asks his “boss” Chuck Blazer head of Soccer USA what he should do with the money? .. Chuck hitz the roof cos he wasn’t invited and isn’t in on the “hand-out” so kicks the “bribe” off to Zurich HQ and another enquiry is started but the bloke getting the blame Asia Federation boss, Bin Hamman, quits so the enquiry dies painlessly ..!
Meanwhile the FBI has gotten wind of the money & starts looking into Blazer .. a bloke who’s been running USA Football for over 20 years, lives in Trump Tower & flits around the world in an abundance of, media publicized, luxury and what do they turn up ? .. “Chucky babe” hasn’t lodged a tax return in 15 years, has multiple “numbered” bank accounts outside the US he’s never declared and yet no one has ever queried where he gets the money for his affluent lifestyle ..!
“Joe Blow” doesn’t lodge a tax return and his world caves in quite quickly .. but .. a public figure leading an extravagant jet-setting existence on, apparently, the company credit card for yonks .. no one in authority notices …….!
And we wonder why it’s so easy to ‘steal” elections ………!

rosie
rosie
November 15, 2022 7:02 pm

“Station manager provided basic rations and medical care for anywhere up to ninety or a hundred of the extended families. The system might have been paternal, but it was superior to what came next.”
Yet some accounts suggest the rations were little more than a bit of flour, sugar and some meat, medical care virtually non existent and when the rules changed aboriginal people were ruthlessly herded off lands where they had lived for centuries with nothing but the clothes on their backs.
Some property owners might have done better than that but absentee owners employing station managers?
Seems unlikely. Especially when you consider property owners actually demanded they be paid the paltry child endowments available after world war two.
And the idea that that kind of arrangement could have continued even to the present day is absurd, whatever you might think of the aboriginal industry

Winston Smith
November 15, 2022 7:03 pm

Top Ender:

Mr Coombes said people had been hunting on the land for generations.
“I’ve been hunting since I was a little boy, since I could walk,” he said.
“I now have a kid that’s on the way. My kid … will be hunting, will be dancing on that land, he’ll be singing on that land.
“He’ll be teaching his son, the son after him and so on.”

What an idiot.
His son will learn to code, if he’s got and sense.
And if he doesn’t, he’ll be cursing his father for all time for putting him in that box.
Or he’ll just be another dead or drunk, Aboriginal kid with Foetal Alcohol Syndrome waiting for his destiny with the huntin’ dancin’ gang doing 150Km/hr into a tree.
Obviously carrying out his fathers grand vision.
And it will be all Whiteys fault.

miltonf
miltonf
November 15, 2022 7:03 pm

I see the name Kerry Schott- Trumble’s pal. Had never heard of her until Trumble appointed her to something or other. Seems to have been a bit of a malign influence over the last 40 years and something of a man hater from what I’ve read. A UNE alumnus too- a lightweight outfit if ever there was one.

Mater
November 15, 2022 7:05 pm

The system might have been paternal, but it was superior to what came next.

Second-order thinking.

Wally Dali
Wally Dali
November 15, 2022 7:12 pm

Rosie… you’re indulging in a bit of mawkish imaginationizing, with station operators already in the frame as the black hats.

miltonf
miltonf
November 15, 2022 7:13 pm

ROME — Pope Francis condemned conservative populists Sunday, accusing them of exploiting people’s real needs with “facile and hasty solutions.”evil old piece of shit-what was the old turd’s involvement in the dirty war I wonder.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
November 15, 2022 7:19 pm

A Monash engineering student lost marks for failing to include an Acknowledgement of Country on an assessment, sparking fierce backlash.

Yeah, I’m seeing it everywhere. Not satisfied with gaining control of gender studies and vaginal knitting degrees the Left is going full bore into STEM.

And the more they do that the more useless the graduates produced. Can’t keep a technological civilization going when all the STEM grads are witch doctors and Lysenkoist lapdogs.

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