1,718 thoughts on “Open Thread – Tue 22 Nov 2022”

  1. In the British Medical Journal article re vaccine concerns raised by Pfizer whistleblower the following are noted:

    In her 25 September email to the FDA Jackson wrote that Ventavia had enrolled more than 1000 participants at three sites. The full trial (registered under NCT04368728) enrolled around 44?000 participants across 153 sites that included numerous commercial companies and academic centres. She then listed a dozen concerns she had witnessed, including:

    Participants placed in a hallway after injection and not being monitored by clinical staff
    Lack of timely follow-up of patients who experienced adverse events
    Protocol deviations not being reported
    Vaccines not being stored at proper temperatures
    Mislabelled laboratory specimens, and
    Targeting of Ventavia staff for reporting these types of problems.

    Re vaccines not being stored at proper temperatures – this was a concern in our family from the very beginning. The storage temperature issue was initially raised by government – though not mentioned thereafter- as critical. Husband was very sceptical whether the mass innoculation sites, transport vagaries and dispensation by various entities, could adhere to strict guidelines.


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  2. The hope is that the universal vaccine would give people a baseline level of immunity that would reduce hospitalizations and deaths each year.

    well they blew it as I have no intention of getting any mRNA shots for anything and I am sure there are plenty of other with the same view


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  3. Regarding Lidia Thorpe going missing. I had to do cultural awareness training and I shit you not one question was about employing an indigenous man (Jimmy) who didn’t turn up for work for extended periods of time. The mandatory question at the end was:

    -Is Jimmy a hard worker whose need to go walkabout needs to be respected; or
    – Jimmy is a lazy worker who should be fired or disciplined?

    Talk about false dichotomy. My computer nearly took a leap of faith through the window… as I know which one my oranisation said was the “right” answer.


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  4. From Rosie’s link, this was the paper https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/2784193
    If you can believe FauciData™ from the CDC, there is no problem from jabs on pregnancy.
    That’s great to hear and it matches the total absence of mass miscarriages in the media, which we would expect to hear about if it were actually happening.

    As I said two days ago, the apocalyptic stat of 1 successful pregnancy from 270, which came from screenshots of the Pfizer documents in the Died Suddenly schlockumentary, is still in need of an explanation. I don’t doubt the authenticity of the documents, but how did they get only 1 in 270 to full term and still proceed anyway?
    That video started with an embalmer saying a completely loony statement misunderstanding Bill Gates in the first 5 minutes and it didn’t get much better. So a strong chance the document was misrepresented – ie the meaning is incorrect even though the screenshot is legit.


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  5. It’s very unfair to expect Senator Thorpe to turn up for work.

    Work is a white man concept.

    Thorpey is out lying under a tree somewhere connecting with Country.

    Everyone knows this.


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  6. “Possibly in your mind. What I was supporting is violence against anyone who supports this type of police action and the police themselves.”

    Nope, not just “in my mind”. But good to know you don’t mind some kinds of violence, just depends on who’s doing the violence.


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  7. Thorpey is out lying under a tree somewhere connecting with Country.

    She should be shopping for a more culturally appropriate handbag.

    I suggest a dilly bag woven from palm fronds, a paperbark scoop or something natty in possum skin.

    No zips, no tanning, no snap fasteners. Because cultural appropriation is white man’s wickedness.


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  8. I suggest a dilly bag woven from palm fronds

    Only if palm fronds are native in her tribe’s “country”
    Otherwise it would be cultural appropriation.


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  9. rosiesays:
    November 25, 2022 at 3:21 pm

    ************

    08/11/21

    COVID

    BIG PHARMA
    › VIEWS
    Conflict of Interest: Reuters ‘Fact Checks’ COVID-Related Social Media Posts, But Fails to Disclose Ties to Pfizer, World Economic Forum
    Reuters is now in the business of “fact-checking” Facebook and Twitter posts about COVID vaccines — despite having ties to Pfizer, World Economic Forum and Trusted News Initiative.

    Excerpts:
    In the tweet, Malone showed the LinkedIn profile of Jim Smith:

    Jim Smith, who sits on Pfizer’s board, is also former president and current chairman of the Thomson Reuters Foundation, and CEO and director of Reuters parent company, Thomson Reuters Corporation — a $1.53 billion publicly traded “provider of financial information … to businesses, governments and individuals worldwide.”

    **

    The Pfizer-Reuters connection

    As Malone pointed out in his Twitter and LinkedIn posts, Smith was appointed to Pfizer’s board in 2014.

    According to Pfizer’s website, Smith is a member of the board’s audit committee and chair of the compensation committee, which among other responsibilities, establishes annual and long-term performance goals and objectives for Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla, and determines compensation for Bourla and the executive leadership team.

    But Smith also serves as chairman of the Thomson Reuters Foundation, which describes itself as “the corporate foundation of Thomson Reuters, the global news and information services company.”

    The foundation says its mission is “to advance media freedom, foster more inclusive economies and promote human rights.”

    According to its website, the foundation supports “local media to produce accurate, impartial and reliable journalism that bolsters government and business accountability and ensures public access to information.”

    The foundation says it also trains “reporters around the world, promoting integrity, independence and freedom from bias in news reporting.”

    But as Malone pointed out, Reuter’s fact-checking initiative regularly “fact-checks” content pertaining to COVID vaccines — including Pfizer’s vaccine — even though Smith sits on Pfizer’s board while also serving as chairman of the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

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  10. Meloni Set to Abolish Italy’s Welfare State

    From Armstrong Economics –

    “Italy’s new PM Giorgia Meloni revealed her first economic initiatives with the Budget. The Italian government will no longer provide free handouts to those who simply refuse to work. This should not be controversial.

    For starters, anyone eligible for welfare must actually reside in Italy. Those capable of working will have eight months to find employment before their free paycheck runs out. Alternatively, if someone refuses a job, they will be excluded from receiving welfare. The 5-Star’s citizens’ wage will be abolished by next year as the system has been abused by many who simply do not want to work. They are reviewing the pension system as well, but it’s too late to save the pension funds.

    Italy’s first female PM is also encouraging couples to start families amid a birth rate crisis. Women may take a sixth month of maternity leave and still receive 80% of their salary. Meloni cut taxes on goods for newborns and feminine hygiene. Couples will receive a 50% increase in the “baby bonus,” and families with over three children will receive more incentives. Italy needs future taxpayers.

    Everyone cheered when America appointed its first female vice president, but Kamala Harris has done nothing for women who still pay the pink tax and do not have access to maternity leave. It is astonishing how controversial this move has become with the papers calling Meloni a Fascist dictator for preventing working taxpayers from paying for those unemployed by choice.”

    https://www.armstrongeconomics.com/international-news/italy/meloni-set-to-abolish-italys-welfare-state/?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=RSS

    How about the Guv’ment doing this here? Fat chance as this country is now Marxist that’s why………..


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  11. Two Moslems went down to Centrelink pretending to be deaf, in order to get disability money from the government.

    The next day they have to go to the hearing centre for a test.

    The first Moslem walks into the office, and the audiologist says “Hello, come in, and shut the door behind you”.

    He shuts the door and takes a seat. The audiologist says “You’re not deaf. I just asked you to shut the door behind you and you shut it. So you can hear perfectly fine, now get out!”

    On his way out he says to the second one in the waiting room “Now whatever you do, don’t shut that door, he’s trying to trick you”

    So the second one walked in and the audiologist said “Shut the door behind you”

    “Shut it your fucking self!”


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  12. Jorgesays:
    November 25, 2022 at 12:39 pm
    Re the SA power disaster.

    I remember back a few premiers ago someone suggested leasing an ageing US nuclear sub (apparently could be done) and mooring it in the Port river as a generator of electricity. Enough electric power for the whole state and leftovers for the East coast.

    Of course it was an idea that never got off the ground.

    Been done. Town of Lihue on Hawaiian Island of Kaui had the power station wiped out by a hurricane Thanksgiving circa 1980. A sub supplied power for the celebrations. Top brass heard about it, hushed it up and captain got sacked. Allegedly.


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  13. I hate to suggest this in front of Victorians, but we could do with some Flanneristion here.
    The arrival of the westerlies overcame our standing water and fungal damage fears so conditions are perfect to get the rest of the crop off.
    But we will need rain soon if we are to get the sorghum seeded. Typical of this area, the moisture profile at depth is perfect but the light loams that sit on top of the volcanic have dried out.
    A few neighbours have spoken of ripping, but my daughter refuses to interfere with the soil profile and I agree with her.
    Given the cost of fuel and labour, ripping would be prohibitive.
    Still, if this is the worst of our concerns, we are doing alright.


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  14. It’s very unfair to expect Senator Thorpe to turn up for work.

    Work is a white man concept.

    Thorpey is out lying under a tree somewhere connecting with Country.

    Everyone knows this.

    Don’t ever forget – Lydia Thorpe’s claim to Aboriginal status is based on an Aboriginal great grandmother, who was half Aboriginal…


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  15. Colonel Crispin Berkasays:
    November 25, 2022 at 3:46 pm
    From Rosie’s link, this was the paper https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/2784193
    If you can believe FauciData™ from the CDC, there is no problem from jabs on pregnancy.
    That’s great to hear and it matches the total absence of mass miscarriages in the media, which we would expect to hear about if it were actually happening.

    MSM – This show has been sponsored by Pfizer …the sounds of crickets regarding miscarriages.

    Alternate Media – Plenty of evidence presented on miscarriages and not sponsored by Pfizer.

    Crispy has trust and faith in the complicit MSM. FMD

    Absolutely staggering to read.

    “If you can believe FauciData™ from the CDC, there is no problem from jabs on pregnancy.”

    FMD x 2

    Wow.


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  16. Top Ender

    As to how make films successfully, he said “Nobody knows anything”, about how to do it.

    It is literally throwing stuff against a wall. Village Roadshow and the Kirbys manage to stay in the game, although not without controversy over the years.


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  17. Re ol’ Thorpey’s degree of aboriginbbabblality, the other day I got this comment rejected at the Oz:

    Will The Australian allow a comment asking does being Aboriginal depend to a degree upon one’s actual skin colour?

    Just like being a sheila really, which I am on Wednesdays.


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  18. While you’re here, TE. Had a conversation with mum the other day. She was an eyewitness to the sinking of the USS Tucker.

    For some reason they hadn’t been told about the mine field. Mum and Grandpa and some of the other locals were on the shore watching the convoy sail past when there was an almighty Bang! and grandpa opined that it was a hit. The thing went down before their eyes. Horrible to watch but exciting for a teenager all the same.

    Later the shore was strewn with material and oil. The navy came later and pulled as much as they could from the wreck.


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  19. Re ol’ Thorpey’s degree of aboriginbbabblality

    In the event of any “treaty”, involving “Compensation” and “reparations” payments “in perpetuity”, I’m thinking there will be a sizeable amount of fair skinned, blue-eyed “Aborigines” pocketing such munificence…..


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  20. That’s great to hear and it matches the total absence of mass miscarriages in the media, which we would expect to hear about if it were actually happening.

    Of course it would.
    My daughters’ cohort are all in the 2022 post vaccine baby having arena, zip zero nada on the miscarriage front, and they would hear it in these social media infested days.
    But hand wringing super Karens have got to have their daily oh no the vaccine doses.


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  21. Almyra Oveta Fuller’s death gets another mention.
    Is it gloating , wishful thinking or both?
    She sounds to have been a decent person despite her sin of vaccine promotion.


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  22. and they would hear it in these social media infested days.

    Oh yes. My own daughters would be full of it. Miscarriages are not the silent sorrow they once were.


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  23. Eyrie says:
    November 25, 2022 at 2:23 pm

    As a rough guide you need about 1 KW per head of population. So 200 MW will pretty much do for SA as I don’t think it really has heavy industry like aluminium smelting.

    Does that add up?

    SA population approx 1,800,000

    So 1.8 million x 1KW – wouldn’t that be 1.8 GW?*

    *My maths aint what it used to be, if it ever was.


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  24. rosiesays:
    November 25, 2022 at 5:19 pm

    Keep posting fact check links. It’s about the only thing you are good for on the subject. It exposes how clueless you are on doing background research on the groups that compile them…all in bed with Big Pharma; all corrupted to the core; all complicit in having so many people needlessly get injected with a drug, proclaimed to be a vaccine. Jabs that you have said have worked, but is now known not to be the case.

    Just take the Reuters garbage you posted up thread. Now people will know the following:

    Jim Smith, who sits on Pfizer’s board, is also former president and current chairman of the Thomson Reuters Foundation, and CEO and director of Reuters parent company, Thomson Reuters Corporation

    I bet you didn’t know that, did you? The above the should ring alarm bells in any sane mind
    that reads it.

    What’s next? More compromised Facebook Fact Checker links in the future? If so, please post them so many people can learn how clearly individuals such as your self can be hoodwinked so easily.

    You soak up Big Pharma BS better than a dry sponge does water.


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  25. Steve, I’m only going on what I hear on the Bush Telegraph*. The girls are all in an age group of (older) mothers, even though their own families are well established.

    * Sometimes I wonder if the interwebs are simply an extension of the same with added gossip and deception, now that our face to face interactions are reduced by reliance and addiction to technology.


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  26. Yes, Morrison is a klutz and overdid the secret ministries.

    He misjudged but he has a case. He does have a case.

    It could have turned out differently. given the sudden death syndrome you needed someone to step in to unexpected but important roles at short notice. He would be the obvious choice as anyone else would have to consult with him anyway.

    Labor is trying to turn this into a bid for Unholy Antipodean Emperor status. It was nothing of the sort. It was the response of a reactive drone. In the military it’s what you would expect from an officer at around major level.

    No need for the special legislation going through now.

    Nobody is going to try on anything like that in future. This is just more histrionic Labor posturing.


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  27. Things that never came from Craig Foster’s piehole or Harry Kane:

    “Respect the country and our religion wtf ????” wrote one.

    “Shame on you respect others culture,” added another.

    “Please respect other countries religions and customs,” pleaded a third.

    These comments are in relation to a former Miss Croatia Ivana Knoll. If you Google image the name, you will find she is rather hot.
    The comments are in relation to what she has been wearing, which has been rather tight and cleavage abounding.
    I wonder if those who said these things support Qatar’s stance on homosexuality amongst other items of human rights?


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  28. Don’t ever forget – Lydia Thorpe’s claim to Aboriginal status is based on an Aboriginal great grandmother, who was half Aboriginal…

    My Big Sis married a man who had an obviously aboriginal mother. Her son, my nephew, had a daughter who like Thorpe now has through him a part-aboriginal great grandmother. The idea of my great neice defining herself as aboriginal due to this distant genetic relationship is ludicrous. She also has Maori heritage through her mother, which is of more interest to her, but not a defining one. My nephew certainly never made any claims to aboriginality either, and nor did his father, my sister’s husband, via his aboriginal mother. We grew up in the Mt. Druitt area where many local families had some aboriginal relatives. Noone thought anything of it. We were all Australians, and all workers. No slackers. Occasionally you’d see a few sad drunkards, both white and aboriginal, helped along by kin.

    Thorpe is a fake.


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  29. As I said, Black Ball, it is no longer a silent sorrow. With women opting to have babies at an older age, it is all too common.

    I don’t have a foot in either camp. As I said my girls already have established families. When one daughter went to a reunion, she was the only one with a teenager. As she said, if I had to wrangle toddlers…kill me now.

    She is yet to experience the sullen teenager. 😀


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  30. now that our face to face interactions are reduced by reliance and addiction to technology.

    I had one of the usual small family dramas in a phone call this morning (it was upsetting being shrieked at by someone in meltdown) but I put off attending to it until after my dance class and coffee with the girls. And wonderful that was, endorphins up and running and coffee-enhanced sharing and supporting; everyone has their story. The one going through chemo and radiotherapy looked fantastic in her new hair-covering hood, we were all very admiring of it and unspoken too admiring her courage. Lots of hugs for her, and a couple for me re the old usual problemo (which was best left to cool for a while), from another friend in the same boat. Face to face interaction is essential in life.

    Sites like the Cat can offer much needed comfort and support on certain issues (such as experienced for examply by Duk) but personal issues are necessarily less canvassed, especially by the reticent. Cats do come good though for serious life crises, as we’ve seen with many over the years.


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  31. In further World Cup noos from the Hun:

    Qatar has banned England fans dressed as Saint George from World Cup stadiums – citing fears over “weapons and armour”.
    Footage of Three Lions supporters appearing to be turned away from a stadium earlier this week has been widely shared online.
    Fans traditionally don the costumes which pay homage to England’s patron saint, the Christian knight Saint George.
    But others have criticised the supporters for dressing as “crusaders” which could be considered offensive in the Middle East.


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  32. Kicking SloMo is even more pointless than kicking the dog. The Liars must just be doing it out of habit. SloMo couldn’t even get up as the Mayor of The Shire these days.


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  33. But others have criticised the supporters for dressing as “crusaders” which could be considered offensive in the Middle East.

    That does tend to wind up the towel heads. Don’t mention the gates of Vienna.


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  34. Talk about false dichotomy. My computer nearly took a leap of faith through the window… as I know which one my oranisation said was the “right” answer.

    It was a few years back, but the first and only time I ever did the ‘mandatory’ Aboriginal Cultural Awareness’ module for SA Health, I managed only a lowly 9% correct in the assessment. I refused to redo it, claiming I found it ‘offensive’, so clearly something had sunk in.


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  35. Don’t ever forget – Lydia Thorpe’s claim to Aboriginal status is based on an Aboriginal great grandmother, who was half Aboriginal…
    Okay, so some Ancestor before that was a 100% Aborigine.

    Thorpey questioned whether The Voice was worth supporting, a gutsy call.
    That’s why the knives are out for her, including Labor Shills here.


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  36. Speaking of Mr Kane:

    England captain Harry Kane was pictured wearing a £535,000 rainbow watch in Qatar despite FIFA banning several nation’s captain’s from wearing rainbow armbands.
    The captain’s of seven teams, including England and Germany, were warned they would be issued yellow cards should they wearing One Love armbands which promote inclusivity and LGBTQ+ rights, with same-sex relationships illegal in Qatar.
    Now it has emerged that England hero Kane, who was back training today after an injury scare ahead of Friday’s clash with USA, also made his own personal statement.
    The 29-year-old led the squad from the team coach into the dressing-room at the Khalifa International Stadium before the 6-2 win over Iran wearing a £535,000 Rainbow Rolex.

    Not sure what the point of it is, to wear such an expensive virtue badge. But carry on Harry, carry on.


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  37. Old Lefty:

    Senator Thorpe also volunteered herself to be referred to parliament’s powerful privileges committee, which looks into potential code of conduct breaches.

    Methinks the Lady doth protesteth too much.
    My spidey sense tingles at the thought of a resignation to protect someone further up the food chain.
    We’ll see what happens when she gets her next job – position.


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  38. With women opting to have babies at an older age, it is all too common.

    Older women are also more likely to be undergoing IVF treatment. The likelihood of miscarriage is higher in those women, both due to age and due to the uncertainties of IVF implantation and growth.


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  39. Kicking SloMo is even more pointless than kicking the dog. The Liars must just be doing it out of habit. SloMo couldn’t even get up as the Mayor of The Shire these days.

    Revenge and distraction are the liar’s motivation. But scomo deserves it; he gave unfettered power to predominantly liar premiers while tightening control over his own party. We’ll see if that was a cunning plan if the hunchback was given enough rope to hang himself at tomorrow’s election.


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  40. Not sure what the point of it is, to wear such an expensive virtue badge. But carry on Harry, carry on.

    Yep. He could have picked up a Qantas love is love ring for a couple of bucks.


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  41. Thanks to the Stupid Fucking Victorian Liberals, I fear we’re not in for a rerun of the May federal election tomorrow, but a rerun of 2010 when the federal government was hijacked by two left-leaning “independents”, whose couldn’t resist their status of king-makers with the power to control the corruption of Australian politics after Labor lost power, but needed “independents” to govern.

    Daniel Andrews may well lose his seat tomorrow because Victorians loathe a dictator, but we could finish up with something worse: a headless corpse of a government controlled by radicals with a loony left agenda that no-one voted for.

    The only good thing I can say about Australian politics at the moment is that it hasn’t yet been taken over by election cheats who have disenfranchised us all.


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  42. The only good thing I can say about Australian politics at the moment is that it hasn’t yet been taken over by election cheats who have disenfranchised us all.

    Nup. All our own (well somebody elses) work.


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  43. Both myself and my wife have large dollops of Scottish blood. Neither of us mention it unless in jest. I say her sometimes rebellious nature must come from the MacGregors, while she can poke fun at me for having a Scots-Irish mix, famous for their work hard, play hard nature.


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  44. “This is just more histrionic Labor posturing.”

    Well of course but Labor are good at such posturing whereas the Liberals are hopeless. Labor are good at smears, hence the smears of Nazis and white supremacist from Vic Labor. And just wait, federal Labor will do the same, they’ll start smearing the Liberals and Nationals as friendly to and cosying up to Nazis. All of this is about silencing their political opponents and it’s easy for them because they have the MSM on their side. So, Labor will milk the Morrison portfolio stuff it for as long as possible however I have a little feeling that all their posturing is beginning to fall on deaf ears. They’ve been in power for six months. People are receiving their electricity bills yet Sleazy attends a wankfest GQ awards, that shows his priorities. If the next Newspoll still has Sleazy and Labor in a commanding lead, I will call bullshit. Mind you, Dutton needs to speak up more and actually stand for something.


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  45. Zipster:

    well they blew it as I have no intention of getting any mRNA shots for anything and I am sure there are plenty of other with the same view

    Like Flungduk, ZK2A, and all the other men and women who served, my Med Records show multiple immunisations, so the term “AntiVaxxer’ can be refuted.
    However the amount of trust our governments have blown over the last 2 years cannot be understated. I’ve recently made an addendum to my own Private Health records stating “No blood products, no Bioengineered products, no Immunisations or Injections of Biologically Derived Material to be Administered Under Any Circumstances.”
    I don’t know what kind of power trip the bastards are on, but I’ll be having no part of it.


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  46. Yeah, the knives are out for Thorpey.
    Contrast that with Mal Colston.
    He spent 20 drunken, rorting years in the Senate that woulda put Sir Les Patterson in the shade.
    Journalists, colleagues, they never saw nuttin’.


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  47. Tom says: November 25, 2022 at 6:44 pm
    ….a rerun of 2010 when the federal government was hijacked by two left-leaning “independents”, whose couldn’t resist their status of king-makers with the power to control the corruption of Australian politics after Labor lost power, but needed “independents” to govern.

    Happened to spot where one of those two made (minor) news last week.

    Rob Oakshott, graduated as a mature student, after 6 yrs studying medicine. Now to work in Port Macquarie & Kempsey hospitals for two years, with the intention of then becoming a GP in private practice in the region.

    Good on him.

    (the unkind may suggest we’d all be better off – including him – had he opted for that 20 yrs earlier)


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  48. Daniel Andrews may well lose his seat tomorrow because Victorians loathe a dictator, but we could finish up with something worse: a headless corpse of a government controlled by radicals with a loony left agenda that no-one voted for.

    I agree, but such a marriage will end up in hell. I’d give it 12 months then after that both Labor and the Greens will take a back bench in the wilderness for a long time.


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  49. “The only good thing I can say about Australian politics at the moment is that it hasn’t yet been taken over by election cheats who have disenfranchised us all.”

    Yep, the AEC might not be perfect but it’s a helluva lot better than the US system.

    Although they need to rein in the early voting.


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  50. While you’re here, TE. Had a conversation with mum the other day. She was an eyewitness to the sinking of the USS Tucker.

    “The men who go down to the sea in their ships,
    Who sail on the water and pursue their trade,
    The sound of the sea echoes back from their lips;
    Their eyes see the wonders of what God has made.”

    Tweedie

    Currently rereading a book “Off Armageddon Reef” by David Weber. The fleet admiral of the good guys has just raised signal flag no. 1.

    (My only experience in naval stuff was on board a torpedo recovery vessel, manned by the RAN Reserve. We sailed north from Sydney. They took us to Broken Bay where our regiment amphibiously assaulted the Broken Bay Fitness Camp, to the intense delight of all the kids. It was fun.)


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  51. A great loss to Jim’s Mowing and the real estate industry.

    Bear, the bloke obviously has got what it takes to pass medicine.
    He’ll likely be quite good as a GP. If he’d gone down that road earlier, he’d prolly be talked about as a “bloody good GP we’ve got here in Kempsey”

    I’m prepared to stand corrected by events – my forecast is he’ll have an excellent bedside manner & be sharp at medical problem solving & won’t hold back from the yucky stuff.

    “Idiot Savant” = the closest I can get at the moment, without looking up a more apt way to describe him.


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  52. “Good on him.”

    Kind.

    Oakshitt is a long-time grifter. His time in parliament was a disgrace.

    And I have no doubt he’ll pop up again for another run. Oh and last I heard, both he and Windsor are advisors to various Teals.


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  53. Yep, the AEC might not be perfect but it’s a helluva lot better than the US system.
    It’s worse.
    The AEC saved Labor at the 2010 Elections and saved them from demolition in 2016, the first time the Liberal Party lost PrePoll and the Postal Vote.


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  54. “I’m prepared to stand corrected by events – my forecast is he’ll have an excellent bedside manner & be sharp at medical problem solving & won’t hold back from the yucky stuff.

    “Idiot Savant” = the closest I can get at the moment, without looking up a more apt way to describe him.”

    I hope for the sake of his patients that when he’s diagnosing he doesn’t take 17 minutes to do so.


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  55. I’m prepared to stand corrected by events – my forecast is he’ll have an excellent bedside manner & be sharp at medical problem solving & won’t hold back from the yucky stuff.

    Sal, I’ve always thought of him as a pretty run of the mill intellect, but I do think that medicine is a less hard period of study these days than it was once (lots of soft subjects, fewer science subjects), perhaps too depending on the university.

    But can you imagine trying to discuss your condition with the mind that took twenty rambling minutes to tell the Nation about a significant decision that he had to make? That was painful and to my mind does auger well for a valuable bedside manner for the sick and infirm.


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  56. San Francisco police propose allowing robots to kill in ‘rare and exceptional’ circumstances
    San Francisco authorities have proposed a policy that would allow its military-style robots to use deadly force in situations where someone’s life is in danger and other dangerous instances.

    A draft policy by the San Francisco Police Department outlines how it would use its 17 remote-controlled, unmanned robots, which are often used to defuse bombs and deal with hazardous materials.


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  57. a headless corpse of a government controlled by radicals with a loony left agenda that no-one voted for

    phht … you make it sound worserer than the alternative


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  58. Let’s look at things from Thorpey’s point of view.

    She’s appointed a Senator, then she finds out that The Greens are funded by the CIA, she’s a Token, the Party’s run by backroom people who wouldn’t piss on an Aborigine if he was on fire, her staffers are the sort of people who wouldn’t give a dying man a drink of water … .
    It all adds up.


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  59. Study Finds Number of Athletes Who Have ‘Died Suddenly’ Has Increased by 1700% Since COVID Vaccination Began. Full List of Athlete Deaths
    An investigation of official statistics has found that the number of athletes who died suddenly between the beginning of 2021 and April 2022 rose exponentially compared to the yearly number of deaths of athletes officially recorded between 1966 and 2004.

    So much so that the monthly average number of deaths between January 2021 and April 2022 was 1,700% higher than the monthly average between 1966 and 2004, and the current trend for 2022 so far shows this could increase to 4,120% if the increased number of deaths continues, with the number of deaths in March 2022 alone 3 times higher than the previous annual average.


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  60. large dollops of Scottish blood

    Ayrshire? We may be related. As far as I can ascertain everyone in Ayrshire is.

    I call myself Bruce but the guy hisself stayed overnight with one of my ancestors. Found this in a history.
    I hope he was well fed!


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  61. I hope for the sake of his patients that when he’s diagnosing he doesn’t take 17 minutes to do so.

    Oi Cassie, careful who you’re slinging off at, the bloke is allowed to prescribe, perform minor surgeries & give medical advice for fee.

    That’s more than Flying Duk.


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  62. Australia set to sign Geneva’s Global Pandemic Treaty

    The ‘New Normal’ of medical fascism is coming regardless of how Australians vote at the federal election.

    Having acquired a taste for globalised control during the Covid pandemic, the World Health Organisation has teamed up with vaccine manufacturers, philanthropic billionaires, and power-crazed world leaders to create a ‘Global Pandemic Treaty’ in Geneva.

    It is set to form part of the ‘one health’ approach proposed by the WHO and has been pitched by its creators as a way to overcome the inconvenient battle between – as they put it – globalism and statism.


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  63. Bear, the bloke obviously has got what it takes to pass medicine.

    3 or 4 guys from my year did Med. It’s less demanding than Engineering which another 8 or 10 did. I doubt he would do a very good job with the edges.


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  64. ZK2A:

    Don’t ever forget – Lydia Thorpe’s claim to Aboriginal status is based on an Aboriginal great grandmother, who was half Aboriginal…

    Does this make her 1/16th Aboriginal? I’ve just been looking at several diagrams but am no wiser.
    Do we consider race extinguished past a certain percentage, or is the 1 drop of blood the legal rule in Australia?


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  65. “But can you imagine trying to discuss your condition with the mind that took twenty rambling minutes to tell the Nation about a significant decision that he had to make? That was painful and to my mind does auger well for a valuable bedside manner for the sick and infirm”

    Quite so Lizzie.


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  66. Sal, I’ve always thought of him as a pretty run of the mill intellect,

    As had I Lizzie. You couldn’t possibly have thought less of his nous than did I.
    Shocked the living daylights outta me to see him graduate in medicine, Uni of NSW.


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  67. Riddle me this:
    Thorpey’s absence from the Senate means Labor is short a vote in their mission to destroy Australia.
    Yet some here reckon that’s not a good thing?
    Hmmmmm ..


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  68. The main problem with Med is most people can’t (or won’t) take 6 years out of their life to study a highly specialised subject that places a genuine constraint on their career choices. One girl started a Med degree after fishing a 4 year law degree. I couldn’t think of anything worse. I don’t know if she ever finished.


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  69. Does this make her 1/16th Aboriginal? I’ve just been looking at several diagrams but am no wiser.
    Thorpey is an Aborigine, whether you like it or not.
    Do we consider race extinguished past a certain percentage, or is the 1 drop of blood the legal rule in Australia?
    If you wanna play the fool here, 1/16 of 8 Pints is half a Pint.
    That’s not “1 Drop”, dumbo.


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  70. Beijing’s double game: Why a missile frenzy in N Korea in 2022?/The crux of its nuclear problem
    China Insights
    For the CCP, it is a natural policy to support North Korea’s nuclear and missile development and to cooperate with the Kim regime in order to keep the U.S. in check.
    If we look at the history of the CCP’s own development of nuclear weapons, it will shed light on its logic and values. The CCP doesn’t have the interests of China or the Chinese people at heart but rather its own separate interest. Its self-interest is to maintain its dominance and to promote its ideology to the world so that it can control the lives and future of more people on this planet. One of the major reasons why the Chinese Communist regime dares to challenge and even threaten the U.S. today is its possession of nuclear weapons.


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  71. The main problem with Med is most people can’t (or won’t) take 6 years out of their life to study a highly specialised subject that places a genuine constraint on their career choices.

    Perfect for Mr ..er.. Dr. Oakshott.
    Had no life, so not going to miss 6 yrs, no career to constrain.
    Smart enough to pass.

    Hopefully it’ll be a win-win. He’ll be used productively (for a change) & people down around Port Macquarie will get a capable GP who will stay in the area.


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  72. Bruce of Newcastle says: November 25, 2022 at 7:10 pm
    “The men who go down to the sea in their ships,
    Who sail on the water and pursue their trade,
    The sound of the sea echoes back from their lips;
    Their eyes see the wonders of what God has made.”

    I think that’s the inscription on the Gloucester Fisherman’s Memorial. Which is a helluva lot more impressive to see in person than the internet photos would suggest it to be.


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  73. The best thing about an Oz Med degree is that they are highly portable. One guy spent 10 or 20 years as a locum surfing round the world. Now lives in Yallingup working on the oldies in Busselton. There was a great story on a doctor in San Francisco who was a big wave nut. Worth tracking down.


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  74. Black Ball:

    Thorpe is a fake

    What isn’t fake is her utter contempt and hatred for the hand that feeds her.

    “Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day, but give a girl a seat in Parliament and it will remove enough emotional self control that she’ll hate you for it forever.”
    “Bob Sun Tzu – His Bestest Sayings Evah”


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  75. Does this make her 1/16th Aboriginal? I’ve just been looking at several diagrams but am no wiser.

    According to my calculations, done with “a thumbnail dipped in tar”, yes.


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  76. H B Bear says:
    November 25, 2022 at 7:30 pm

    The main problem with Med is most people can’t (or won’t) take 6 years out of their life to study a highly specialised subject that places a genuine constraint on their career choices. One girl started a Med degree after fishing a 4 year law degree. I couldn’t think of anything worse. I don’t know if she ever finished.

    Looks like a way of avoiding real life.

    I’ve known a few perpetual students like that.


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  77. From Powerline

    Jenin Younes, an attorney from the New Civil Liberties Alliance, representing the physicians and scientist who were attacked after signing The Great Barrington Declaration, was present, and observed:

    One of my favorite quotes from Fauci’s deposition today: “I have a very busy day job running a six billion dollar institute. I don’t have time to worry about things like the Great Barrington Declaration.”


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  78. Good lord.
    Crispin needs to have his hand held.
    The truth scaring the denialists as it starts to smack them in the face.

    Rosie is dumb and gullible but worse still will keep making dickheaded statements that make the sane shake their heads in disbelief.

    The six million Jews killed by the Nazis were what percentage of the Jewish population?

    What percentage does it become Genocide in the minds of sick denialists?

    And just because you jabbed morons all haven’t carked it immediately. …do you think you’re ok?

    But keep justifying yourself and what you said….it’s fucking sick and it helps others understand what denialism can do.


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  79. Looks like a way of avoiding real life.
    I’ve known a few perpetual students like that.

    There’s always a couple of them floating around Uni at any given time. Was a nice chick, I should find out what happened to her. Luckily that shouldn’t be hard in the Western Suburbs of Perf.


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  80. “Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day, but give a girl a seat in Parliament and it will remove enough emotional self control that she’ll hate you for it forever.”
    “Bob Sun Tzu – His Bestest Sayings Evah”

    Golf clap sir.


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  81. Cassie of Sydney says:
    November 25, 2022 at 3:53 pm

    “Possibly in your mind. What I was supporting is violence against anyone who supports this type of police action and the police themselves.”

    Nope, not just “in my mind”. But good to know you don’t mind some kinds of violence, just depends on who’s doing the violence.

    I am hoping for some violent insurrection as it’s clear that democracy is failing Australia. Some of our police forces are out of control, practicing violence against old weak citizens who have no way to protect themselves. You may be happy with the way police shot protestors in the back and beat them with batons after the police herded them onto the war memorial so they had an excuse to VIOLENTLY attack peaceful protestors.
    Yes I have had enough, I refuse to cooperate with police now, and I will be cheering when the violent revolution starts.


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  82. Cassie:

    Yep, the AEC might not be perfect but it’s a helluva lot better than the US system.
    Although they need to rein in the early voting.

    The sleeper issue is the move to electric machine voting. It was in one of rosies links this afternoon. You’re probably already familiar with the issue.


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  83. No matter how your sick minds want to twist reality…….

    When you force people to be injected with a drug that kills you are a murderer.
    When you force that drug on millions. .whether they have died yet or not. …you are a genocidal maniac.

    The truth is the entire national cabinet should be tried and shot.

    There is no need to hold back on saying what is just and right.
    We did not start this.


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  84. Technology marching towards an EV world.

    Engineers solve a mystery on the path to smaller, lighter batteries

    A discovery by MIT researchers could finally unlock the door to the design of a new kind of rechargeable lithium battery that is more lightweight, compact, and safe than current versions, and that has been pursued by labs around the world for years.

    The key to this potential leap in battery technology is replacing the liquid electrolyte that sits between the positive and negative electrodes with a much thinner, lighter layer of solid ceramic material, and replacing one of the electrodes with solid lithium metal. This would greatly reduce the overall size and weight of the battery and remove the safety risk associated with liquid electrolytes, which are flammable. But that quest has been beset with one big problem: dendrites.

    https://news.mit.edu/2022/controlling-dendrities-lithium-batteries-1118


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  85. Ed Casesays:
    November 25, 2022 at 7:19 pm
    Let’s look at things from Thorpey’s point of view.

    Bullshit crotchless; thorpey is angry because she’s a typical frustrated sheila. Bikies are notoriously dud roots and she’s probably still got cobwebs from the relationship.


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  86. Can someone please point me to where I’ve ever been happy with or supported the shooting of protestors in the back and beaten with batons after the police herded them onto the war memorial.

    I’m pretty sure I haven’t and nor has anyone else here.


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  87. Bill Gates. ..whose jab you took has openly declared himself to be a genocidal maniac….a god…who tells us that he needs to rid the world of billions. ..his words nor mine.

    It’s his jab you took.

    Deal with it like an adult.


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  88. The convention of currawongs is back.

    Dozens of them, perched on every roof and aerial and big tree, calling to each other in the evening. Who knows why. Over the last few days.

    Oh, well. They are more melodic than the cockies, and considerably less loud.

    The crows seem to be tagging along. Flocks of them squauking.

    Masters of the Universe. We know fuck all about birds.


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  89. A mass murderer kills a handful of people
    A genocidal maniac puts in place a system which is killing an extra two thousand Aussies a month.

    To a denialist……is that too small a percentage of people to label these evil detritus genocidal?


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  90. Let’s look at things from Thorpey’s point of view.

    She’s appointed a Senator, then she finds out that The Greens are funded by the CIA, she’s a Token, the Party’s run by backroom people who wouldn’t piss on an Aborigine if he was on fire, her staffers are the sort of people who wouldn’t give a dying man a drink of water … .
    It all adds up.

    Yes it does Ed. Thorpe isn’t there for ability. The penny will drop for her and then blame whitey and Teh Patriarchy for her demise.
    Thorpey isn’t real bright.


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  91. Engineers solve a mystery on the path to smaller, lighter batteries

    LOL. No one has repealed Avogadro that I know of.
    These press releases are rubbish.


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  92. … and then blame whitey and Teh Patriarchy for her demise.
    Thorpey isn’t real bright.

    Quite so.
    6 or 7 years after she leaves parliament we’re not going to read about Lidia Thorpe graduating medicine.


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  93. I don’t recall the link recommending electronic voting in Australia. On the contrary it was suggested it would be expensive and have a limited impact on the multiple voting that the current system sees.


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  94. Technology marching towards an EV world.
    Engineers solve a mystery on the path to smaller, lighter batteries

    OK, so they think they know what causes dendrites. This is a very long way from a battery you can buy. Give it 20 years, maybe, if they aren’t mistaken or other show stoppers turn up.


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  95. Occasionally you get a win! .. I’ve got the Paramount streamer on, mainly, cos I watch A League “fitba” and today got an email from them offering me 50% off if I paid 12 months in advance ….. sooo now have Paramount + for $A44.95 for the next 12 months ….


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  96. Thorpe isn’t there for ability.
    Perhaps, but she was appointed by the Greens to their elected Vacancy.
    What’s your problem here?
    The penny will drop for her and then blame whitey and Teh Patriarchy for her demise.
    Huh?
    The Greens and Labor are trying to stab Thorpey in the back.
    It sounds like you support that.
    Thorpey isn’t real bright.
    But you’re a Rhodes Scholar.
    Right?


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  97. The convention of currawongs is back.

    Dozens of them, perched on every roof and aerial and big tree, calling to each other in the evening. Who knows why. Over the last few days.

    Currawong clientele at the Cafe have diminish recently. I’m still getting six or eight, but the Port Jackson fig trees are bearing humungous amounts of fruit. Which means Nature is competing severely with my menu.

    In a month or so I should start to get some freshly minted kiddies arrive, with their parents. And maybe a very loud channel-billed cuckoo chick or two. They’re fun, but because of Cafe nosh the local currawongs breed earlier than when the channel-bills arrive from their migration, so they get in before the nest parasites can do their thing. My Cafe is altering the dead hand of Charles Darwin, at least for currawongs and channel-bills.

    One currawong has been serenading me a lot, just outside my front door: “Chew a weak chop chewEEEEE!” always cracks me up. They have different songs in different places.


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  98. What’s your problem here?

    The problem being the standard of politics is so awful, as you said tokenised, that the country suffers. Tell me one thing either Thorpe and Linda Burney have contributed to their respective parties and policy.
    Go!


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  99. Linda Burney have contributed to their respective parties and policy.

    Linda Burney was preaching the tired old bullshit about Aborigines not being counted in the census until 1967 – Aborigines were listed with Flora and Fauna – Australians knew how many Merino sheep there were, but they didn’t know how many Aborigines there were. It is disgusting that she was never held to account for those remarks, made on the floor of Parliament.


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  100. Richard Cranium

    Do we consider race extinguished past a certain percentage, or is the 1 drop of blood the legal rule in Australia?
    If you wanna play the fool here, 1/16 of 8 Pints is half a Pint.
    That’s not “1 Drop”, dumbo.

    The 1/16th wasn’t the question. Read it again, and this time, try to think.


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  101. Wonder if it’s contempt of court to speculate how the secret application in the Brittany trial went? Guess we’ll never know. Which, you suspect, was the main thing.


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  102. Why investing in bullion is a dud. Lesson #9232.

    Currency fluctuations: overnight gold rose some 20 USD as USD fell.

    AUD also rose against USD.

    So in AUD gold fell 15.

    I’m sure Sun Tzu covered this somewhere.


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  103. Cane toads are breeding in Lake Macquarie.

    Haven’t seen any yet. I was swamped in Townsville as I had a sprinkler system for the garden, so in the dry season the toads would come from everywhere at precisely 6pm of an evening when the sprinkler came on. They’re quite intelligent, but don’t like flying. I would go outside of an evening and practice cricket throwing. Far as I could over the back fence into the scrub. After a few weeks they worked this out, and as soon as I’d emerge out the door they’d take off as fast as they could hop.


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  104. Top Ender:

    Mines are a horrible weapon to encounter.

    But they are also effective even if just for area denial.
    Were I to rightfully assume my God Ordained Right to the throne of this land, I would be producing these things for sea and land use by the gazillion.
    If my soldiery were to be forced to shelter in defensive positions, it would be behind belts of minefields so thick you could do all sorts of noisy army stuff behind them.
    Seriously, our young men and womens lives are precious to them and they deserve every protection they can be given. And the diplomats who get to waffle their diplomat bullshit so they can get to write their memoirs and bask in their own self reflected glory while the Mothers and Fathers of the dead get to commemorate their childrens sacrifices every year – maybe – can get stuffed.


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  105. Quite so.
    6 or 7 years after she leaves parliament we’re not going to read about Lidia Thorpe graduating medicine.

    Hang on a flash.
    This was Oakeshott’s career:
    1996: Turned up as a National Party Member in NSW Parliament.
    Did nothing of note.
    2002: Resigned from the National Party, ran as Independent
    2008: Turned up in Federal Parliament as an Independent.
    Basically, the guy has been a Professional Student his entire life and has been able to fund 4 successful Independent campaigns in what is a safe Nationals Seat.
    Lately a paid adviser to Climate 200
    If that doesn’t scream SPOOK, I don’t know what does?


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  106. One girl started a Med degree after fishing a 4 year law degree. I couldn’t think of anything worse. I don’t know if she ever finished.

    I once worked with a bloke who finished medicine, decided it wasn’t for him, so went back and did engineering.


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  107. Tell me one thing either Thorpe and Linda Burney have contributed to their respective parties and policy.
    Go!

    Huh?
    Why would I care about Labor/Greens business?


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  108. Boambee John:

    The 1/16th wasn’t the question. Read it again, and this time, try to think.

    I was going to answer the idiot, but then reminded myself of Heinlein’s quote:
    “Don’t bother teaching the horse to sing. It wastes your time and just annoys the horse.”


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  109. I once worked with a bloke who finished medicine, decided it wasn’t for him, so went back and did engineering.

    At least when questioned at parties by ladies wanting to know about a ‘funny mark’ on the back of their hand or somesuch he got to tell them to “take all their clothes off immediaitely”.


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  110. That would be tough. Studying something and doing it are often a different thing. Like reading High Court cases and finding out you’re driving the photocopier, paginating affidavits or doing discovery. I’m sure it’s the same elsewhere. You pick stuff as you go somehow.


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  111. Bruce of Newcastlesays:
    November 25, 2022 at 8:53 pm
    Cane toads are breeding in Lake Macquarie.

    Haven’t seen any yet. I was swamped in Townsville as I had a sprinkler system for the garden, so in the dry season the toads would come from everywhere at precisely 6pm of an evening when the sprinkler came on. They’re quite intelligent, but don’t like flying. I would go outside of an evening and practice cricket throwing. Far as I could over the back fence into the scrub. After a few weeks they worked this out, and as soon as I’d emerge out the door they’d take off as fast as they could hop.

    I preferred to use a pitching wedge, but hitting them never seemed to kill them. Come out the next morning, and all of the dozens I hit had risen up, shook their heads and hopped off.


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  112. Cassie upthread:

    They’ve been in power for six months. People are receiving their electricity bills yet Sleazy…..

    … the punters are receiving their electricity bills, & if the Dutton was any good he’d capitalise on the moment & saturate the talk shows, airwaves, etc. with reminders that AnAl is funneling hundreds of millions of the punters’ money to 3rd world countries, because weather.


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  113. Don’t ever forget – Lydia Thorpe’s claim to Aboriginal status is based on an Aboriginal great grandmother, who was half Aboriginal…

    Interesting formulation, it sounds blacker than saying it is based on one great great grandparent.


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  114. Med schools are supposed to use groovy techniques to weed out high achieving autists before they start. I don’t know if they work or not. I did a personality thing when I interviewed with Macquarie decades ago. Never got the job which was probably a good thing for all parties concerned.


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  115. Boambee John:

    I preferred to use a pitching wedge, but hitting them never seemed to kill them. Come out the next morning, and all of the dozens I hit had risen up, shook their heads and hopped off.

    The Child Bride seemed to have a special hatred for the damn things. Especially after discovering one that she’d belted onto the road come hopping back with its guts hanging out of its mouth.
    Then she discovered some blue stuff – forgotten the name – and put it in a spray gun.
    She’d sit outside in the pergola squirting them with evident enjoyment.
    I haven’t seen one for a year.


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  116. Fans traditionally don the costumes which pay homage to England’s patron saint, the Christian knight Saint George.

    I’ve got a bronze, brass and silver plate of St George riding a horse hanging on my office wall that came from Iran pre 1979. St George is depicted as being Persian. But then again, St George has been co-opted by many religions and ethnicities throughout history (Christians, Druze, some Muslims, the English, the Ukrainians and the Ethiopians in particular).

    The dude was a Greek. But that doesn’t really matter. What matters is what he symbolised. The willingness to sacrifice yourself for your beliefs. Monotheistic faith. Allah Akbar in more modern days, the Crusaders in times past.

    I can “sort of” see why Muslims might get a bit upset about English football fans showing up dressed as Crusaders. Just like I can see me being outraged if Muslims showed up at Wembley Stadium dressed as “Suicide Bombers”.

    And before you start. Yes, it’s a bad analogy. Plenty of flaws in it (which will no doubt be pointed out).

    However, my broader point is this. Extremism is a direct result of ignorance, manipulated by those seeking power from an uneducated public.


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  117. Interesting formulation, it sounds blacker than saying it is based on one great great grandparent.

    It just makes me laugh when I see someone described as “the Gunnai Gunditjmara and Djab Wurrung ” woman, based on one great great grandparent……..


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  118. Then she discovered some blue stuff – forgotten the name – and put it in a spray gun.
    She’d sit outside in the pergola squirting them with evident enjoyment.
    I haven’t seen one for a year.

    Dettol. or Eucalyptus oil. Either one, mixed at 2 parts water to one part Dettol/Eucalyptus oil.

    Tried Dettol in a trigger pack, squirted every one I saw, phew they can hop fast, you’ve gotta be pretty good to actually hit one.

    Next day the house smelled like there’d been Dettol sprayed everywhere.

    Switched to Eucalyptus oil, in an attempt to still be able to live there after I’d driven the toads out.

    First night I got 40 litres of dead toads. (you pick ’em up by patrolling the next morning – you’d find at least half of the ones you kill, unless your place has lotsa shrubbery)

    Second night, another forty litres – I seriously began to wonder if I’d be able to afford the Eucalyptus oil. (found the cheapest I could find in Woolies “medical” section, that eased the financial pain a bit)

    By the fourth night the yield was only twenty litres a night.
    By the end of the week it was ten litres a night, then dropped to five.

    Suddenly I was prowling everywhere trying to find a toad or two in the whole night. I started lurking in the shadows near to a dripping garden tap, & switching on overhead spotlights (to attract bugs, & thus toads)

    Was about a year before I saw another toad. Took ’em ages even after that to build up again to sufficient numbers for me to bother digging out the Eucalyptus oil & trigger pack to go after ’em again.


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  119. Don’t ever forget – Lydia Thorpe’s claim to Aboriginal status is based on an Aboriginal great grandmother, who was half Aboriginal…

    Interesting formulation, it sounds blacker than saying it is based on one great great grandparent.

    Not necessarily.
    Both Great Great Grandparents may have been Aborigines, or not, we’re only going back to c. 1890s.


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  120. I didn’t want to actually kill the toads, just incentivize them to be elsewhere.
    Tough buggers. But they hated flying, that was a very effective deterrent.


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  121. Useful tip: If you have functioning olfactory senses, do not walk casually around the outside of your house randomly squirting a gallon or so of Dettol all over the porch & garden.

    Not if you’re intending to inhabit the joint.


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  122. Cane Toads…

    Been west for a spell, tell you they are everywhere west of the Mingela Range in NQ. Active again too but tad earlier than normal but the storm season is quite active this year.

    Lost count of how many I squashed under rubber in the last week and half. On dry dirt roads too, this time of year evap rate is huge. I noticed the suns effects showering tonight, the tan on exposed skin I built up in a short time is amazing and I use sunblock.

    Anyway back to the humid coast, nights inland are pleasant atm. Heard wind the top end/WA may get a cyclone spinning up soon so she’s on for the wet 2022/2023. One thing’s for certain, more cane toads…


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  123. My father just catches toads (yeah, you can grab ’em if you’re quick & in practice) puts ’em in a plastic or polythene bag in the deep freezer, leaves ’em there until they’re frozen to death.

    Apparently the cold blooded things just sorta go to sleep in the cold & never notice anything amiss.


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  124. Sacré bleu, Cats – I’ve just inadvertently embarked on a massive restoration project after blundering through the wardrobes in search of various cultural artefacts that may or may not be connected with the Woild Cup*.

    Found, a particular pair was. 😕

    Restoring to them to anything resembling their former glory would be miraculous – yet to paraphrase Ezekial, “Still I smile” …

    *In anticipation for the big BBQ tomorrow at the Cottage essaying the Schlockeroos V Tunisia and the Disasterstan exercise in (alleged) democracy


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  125. Frank says: November 25, 2022 at 9:28 pm

    “Suddenly I was prowling everywhere trying to find a toad or two in the whole night.”

    Did you dream of toads too?

    No. Using a trigger flask to squirt cane toads isn’t physically dangerous enough to intrude into one’s dreams.


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  126. Richard Cranium

    Not necessarily.
    Both Great Great Grandparents may have been Aborigines, or not, we’re only going back to c. 1890s.

    Don’t know about your family, but oter families have more than two great great grandparents.


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  127. The main problem with Med is most people can’t (or won’t) take 6 years out of their life to study a highly specialised subject that places a genuine constraint on their career choices.

    Try doubling that if you want to be a specialist, and then you are just at the *start* line.


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  128. Don’t know about your family, but oter families have more than two great great grandparents.

    Grogarly’s family tree is complicated – being the illegitimate off spring of two bricks, copulating in a sea of concrete, has that effect.


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  129. Mines are a horrible weapon to encounter.

    But they are also effective even if just for area denial.
    Were I to rightfully assume my God Ordained Right to the throne of this land, I would be producing these things for sea and land use by the gazillion.
    If my soldiery were to be forced to shelter in defensive positions, it would be behind belts of minefields so thick you could do all sorts of noisy army stuff behind them.

    And just how do you expect them to build schools and bring democracy to Iraq that way?


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  130. FFS, could fifa be any more obsessed with their now legendary status as the most corrupt mediocre on the take z-grade sports maladministering imbeciles to have existed in human history if they tried?

    The picture quality this woild cup has been appalling. Not that bloody SBS have even bothered pretending they’d be remotely interested in broadcasting it in 4K. Oh, no, “We’ve got “Fozzee Schlockumentaries (to spare) about da white wacism and da colonialism”.

    Damn them, damn them all to hell. 😡


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  131. Revisiting time, Cats. This was posted at 8:48pm 24 November:

    Cassie, serious question. If the “attention seeker” was seeking attention over something we approved of, would you have a different opinion?
    I’m really loathe to start a stoush, but I can’t stop thinking of the “diseased nanna” who was pepper sprayed. I know he’s a serial nuisance (false linkage – R). It may well be that Dave Sharma could have complained the same of you when you approached him in the street (false linkage, again – R). Dr Duk had the same treatment from his MP (false linkage, yet again – R).
    We have to be very careful here. Do we really want to condone the physical mistreatment of citizens who are expressing an opinion, regardless of how obnoxious they are?

    Yes, yes we do. See this grotesque deformed jug eared fascist imbecile for example.

    Sometimes, obnoxious fuckwits just need to be shut down. Or else we don’t exist in a society, but a jungle.

    Very poor, calli.


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  132. Rabz, FIFA know how to gouge, so they are the best. Netball Australia, not so much. Although Andrews giving them 15 million is a tidy effort.
    But FIFA deals in billions, so puts netty into a considerable shade.


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  133. Mmmyes remember Rabz when the Rat Eared Wonder tried to get the Olympics to Chicago? Failed of course, so he obviously didn’t allow the IOC to grift enough.


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  134. My Cafe is altering the dead hand of Charles Darwin, at least for currawongs and channel-bills.

    We may be doing the same, Bruce. No sign of channel-bills in our broods. We are now on our third batch of nestlings from in and around our Jacaranda, this particular batch being mothered by one of our first batch with grandma currawong (old mum, as we call her) helping out. Old mum is looking a trifle careworn these days, scaley legs and unsmooth feathers. The two of them, mother and daughter, seem to be running the same larder and we’ve seen grandma giving the fledgies food from it as well as the mum doing it. The young mum is very adventurous, would happily take food from my hand if I encouraged it. She seems to know me, comes at my voice, and sits on the railings with eager expectancy whenever I appear, enquiring for food with an edge of desperation, clearly feeling harassed by the insistent demands of two almost grown fledglings on the branches behind her setting up a din till they’re fed. The cycle of life in front of our eyes, with the big crow always a menacing presence cawing on the other side of the gully, ready to pounce at any sign of weakness; I fear for old mum now. There is no visible male tending this batch.

    This area is full of currawongs, noisy miners, lorrikeets, cockatoos, kookas, honey eaters and occasional other species. The caroling of the numerous currawongs, sweet ringtones in the evening dusk, as the days lengthen and warm, echoes between the treetops to round down each day, heading towards high summer. The scents of spring have been overpowering, heat is promised but has not yet come.


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  135. Recipe for Disaster: Combining COVID-19 BA4/5 and Influenza mRNA
    Recently both Pfizer and Moderna announced they were developing a combination injection utilizing mRNA coding for the BA4/BA5 Omicron subvariant and new mRNA coding for antigens contained in the influenza virus.[i]

    Because the COVID-19 component is under Emergency Use Authorization, has failed animal data and no human studies, that component should be off the table from the start.

    A recent paper from Chemaitelly and colleagues demonstrated in the Omicron era, COVID-19 boosters had unacceptably low protection against acquiring the infection and no valid study has ever demonstrated reductions in hospitalizations and deaths.[ii] To make matters worse, any theoretical benefit from a COVID-19 vaccine would last < 6 months, so additional shots would be out of phase with the other component of the combination product.

    mRNA coding for influenza would be a new biological product not under EUA so should have to go through the full 5-year regulatory development cycle for genetic biologicals. It looks like the vaccine companies are trying the shortcut this development cycle by combining the non-emergency flu shot with the EUA COVID-19 vaccine.


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  136. Welsh wallies left looking like the z-grade welfare dependent incomprehensible imbeciles that they are.

    Possibly the goal of the tournament.

    Men of Harlech, they be not.


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  137. Declassified UK dossier praises Gough Whitlam legacy
    EXCLUSIVE
    Troy Bramston
    SENIOR WRITER
    An hour ago November 25, 2022
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    The Whitlam Labor government left an “impressive” record and gave Australia a new “image” led by a dynamic leader but was ­undermined by inexperienced ministers, poor public service ­relations and policies that worsened the economy, according to a confidential report by British diplomats.

    Fifty years after the election of Gough Whitlam’s government on December 2, 1972, a recently declassified review of the Whitlam years by British high commissioner Morrice James judged that Labor’s policy and administrative failures, ministerial scandals and rush to implement its agenda contributed to the government’s “downfall”.

    The report, read by British prime minister Harold Wilson and sent to Washington, Jakarta, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Wellington, offered a mix of praise for Whitlam’s considerable “achievements” coupled with harsh assessments about various “shortcomings”.

    James was critical of Sir John Kerr’s dismissal of the government on November 11, 1975 – doubting whether such “a drastic exercise of the vice-regal reserve power” was “justified” – and concluded that Whitlam’s successors would continue with the policy direction he initiated.

    Labor’s election victory was “largely due” to Whitlam’s personal appeal and making the party a credible alternative to the “divided and unpopular” Coalition government led by Billy McMahon, it was argued.

    “The Labor government came to power at the end of 1972 on a wave of euphoria, even hysterical joy, on the part of its supporters who had laboured so long for the day,” James wrote.

    “Much of the credit for Labor’s victory undoubtedly belonged to Mr Whitlam. Distinguished in appearance, autocratic in manner, articulate and effective in debate, Mr Whitlam had, since taking over as leader of the ALP after its eighth consecutive defeat … fundamentally restructured the party organisation, and modernised and presented its policies in such a way as to make it a serious alternative government.”

    However, the despatch noted the quality of ministers was uneven and Whitlam often saw his authority challenged. Most ministers were in their 50s or 60s and several had been in parliament for decades.

    “The cabinet contained almost to the end a disproportionate number of elderly party hacks who had to be rewarded for years of faithful service by being given departments which they were neither qualified nor able to control. (A)lmost all were suspicious of the public service – for the most part without justification – and distanced themselves from their departments by the appointment of even younger (and even less experienced, and sometimes downright unsuitable) men and women from the ALP to man their private offices.”

    The high commissioner praised Labor’s record as “impressive”, naming Medibank, increased spending on education and pensions, the promotion of Australian arts, a raft of law reforms, wage indexation and environmental protection as initiatives that were overdue.

    He also noted changing the Queen’s title to “Queen of Australia”, ending imperial honours and making “Advance Australia Fair” the national anthem.

    James’s strongest criticism was the failure to control rising inflation and unemployment as growth fell. While noting economic problems were “inherited” and made worse by global factors, much blame was due to the government’s headstrong drive to implement its agenda, confused policy making and revolving-door treasurership.

    Bill Hayden’s 1975 budget was assessed as “a sound basis for recovery” from which the Fraser government would benefit.

    “Labor’s management, or mismanagement, of the economy, was the single most important issue which led to their defeat in (the) December 1975 (election),” he wrote. “(T)he major and prior cause of unemployment and inflation in Australia had been the government’s own policies.”

    The despatch noted the foreign policy focus on the Asia-­Pacific, recognising China, withdrawing remaining troops from Vietnam and encouraging Papua New Guinea to independence. He noted “cool” relations with the US and France later became “warmer”, and said Australia-UK relations remained close. He said de jure recognition of the Soviet Union’s incorporation of the Baltic States and overtures to Third World countries were ­gratuitous and divisive with traditional allies.

    James wrote that the government’s agenda was “frustrated at almost every turn” by the opposition deferring and rejecting legislation in the Senate.

    James concluded that Labor fundamentally changed the nation and that Australians would not want to return to the “torpor of the pre-Whitlam era”.

    “Three years of Labor government have wrought a major and permanent change in almost all areas of Australian political life,” he wrote. “No future government in Australia will be able to ignore, still less reverse, many of the changes of institutions, and of values and assumptions, introduced by Mr Whitlam’s administration in three turbulent years.”



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  138. We’ve just watched the final episode of Series 5 of The Crown. Strangely unsatisfying, it just cuts out with the Queen nostalgic at the loss of the Royal Yacht Britannia, Charles ‘full of ideas’ of how to change things, and Mahommed al-Fayed inviting Diana and the boys to stay on his Mediterranean yacht for the summer holidays. Dodi, a weakling in his father’s eyes, albeit like Charles a sensitive lad, needs a girl like Diana, we see Mahommed thinking. No good can come of it, as we know, and so the curtain draws.


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  139. the Queen nostalgic at the loss of the Royal Yacht Britannia,

    The refusal of the Blair Labor government to fund the Royal Yacht was an act I would describe as “churlish” beyond belief. FWIW, we’ve toured the Royal Yacht….


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  140. Declassified UK dossier praises St Gough’s legacy
    EXKLUSIVE
    Mavis Bramston
    SENIOR WRITTER

    “Praised by inbred imbeciles, plotted against by the CIA, unleashing ever new and imaginative ways to waste other peoples’ money and bringing sewage to south west Sydney where his beloved Veitmanese Balts would make their home in his former home.

    While gifted with a woife who could kick start a Qantarse 747.”

    Yeah, no, Mavis. There are no new “stunning” revelations in St Gough’s recently unearthed night soil sack.

    The Australian subscribers – “embrace the suck”. You’ve been had – again. 🙂


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  141. < < < The Whitlam Labor government left an “impressive” record and gave Australia a new “image” led by a dynamic leader but was ­undermined by inexperienced ministers, poor public service ­relations and policies that worsened the economy, according to a confidential report by British diplomats. > > >
    FMD, do these diplomat wankers ever re-read what they write?


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  142. FMD, do these diplomat wankers ever re-read what they write?

    It was probably his grandfather who wrote a memo to the Foreign Office, in 1938, that the concessions made at Munich by Neville Chamberlain, rendered the chances of a European War with Adolf Hitler, “Most unlikely to ever occur.”


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  143. They made you a moron“

    And it be our pleasure that the peasant known as “Rabz” be taken from his dark, dirty and cockroach ridden cell, in the Tower of London, to Tower Green, where his head will be struck from his body, to teach him reverence and respect for Her Majesty, her heirs and assigns, now and for all time….


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  144. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha says:
    November 26, 2022 at 12:27 am

    They made you a moron“

    And it be our pleasure that the peasant known as “Rabz” be taken from his dark, dirty and cockroach ridden cell, in the Tower of London, to Tower Green, where his head will be struck from his body, to teach him reverence and respect for Her Majesty, her heirs and assigns, now and for all time….

    Might be a bit harsh, but I disagree about the yacht, it wasn’t her personal property as far as I know and even if it was it was used mainly for official state business.

    If you begrudge the use of commonwealth property for the occasional private use then look no further then pollies misusing comm-cars, taxis and airline travel.

    The longer one reads blog posts the more one learns about the personality of the posters.


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  145. H B Bear says:
    November 25, 2022 at 7:30 pm
    The main problem with Med is most people can’t (or won’t) take 6 years out of their life to study a highly specialised subject that places a genuine constraint on their career choices. One girl started a Med degree after fishing a 4 year law degree. I couldn’t think of anything worse. I don’t know if she ever finished.

    Wifey has two nieces -sisters- who are specialists. One just finished getting through surgery. It’s a shit job working from 6am to 9 pm most days.


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  146. FlungDuk:

    And just how do you expect them to build schools and bring democracy to Iraq that way?

    Freedom is the gift a civilised people gives itself. Imposed from outside, it has no value and will not last.
    (Unless of course, you’re takin’ da piss.)

    …and I suspect you are.


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  147. Had the laugh. A pal used Siri to ask a question about the Fed meeting. A male voice came on his phone and gave him the date. I asked how come it’s a male voice and he said he changed to male because he didn’t want a freaking sheila telling him what to do.


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  148. San Francisco police seek permission for its robots to use deadly force

    This place and timeline is wrong.
    We aren’t supposed to be deploying ED-209 or resurrecting Alex Murphy until 2043 in Detroit.


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  149. “Three years of Labor government have wrought a major and permanent change in almost all areas of Australian political life,” he wrote. “No future government in Australia will be able to ignore, still less reverse, many of the changes of institutions, and of values and assumptions, introduced by Mr Whitlam’s administration in three turbulent years.”

    this turd was the seed of todays woke revolution
    Labor Government’s women’s rights achievements after first year in office – statement by Prime Minister Gough Whitlam


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