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

  1. Look, I don’t see much merit in criticizing Joyce for taking the the COVID money, but then he didn’t close down the economy. Call me an old fashioned libertarian, but the state forces you to close down your business or out of a job, you’re morally entitled to compensation.


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  2. And the always faithful and reliable , Fair Land, which the WSj has been running every year on Thanksgiving since the early 60s.

    And you know what, it’s also Australia’s story too – we’re just a little smaller.

    And the Fair Land
    For all our social discord we remain the longest enduring society of free men governing themselves without benefit of kings or dictators.

    Any one whose labors take him into the far reaches of the country, as ours lately have done, is bound to mark how the years have made the land grow fruitful.

    This is indeed a big country, a rich country, in a way no array of figures can measure and so in a way past belief of those who have not seen it. Even those who journey through its Northeastern complex, into the Southern lands, across the central plains and to its Western slopes can only glimpse a measure of the bounty of America.

    And a traveler cannot but be struck on his journey by the thought that this country, one day, can be even greater. America, though many know it not, is one of the great underdeveloped countries of the world; what it reaches for exceeds by far what it has grasped.

    So the visitor returns thankful for much of what he has seen, and, in spite of everything, an optimist about what his country might be. Yet the visitor, if he is to make an honest report, must also note the air of unease that hangs everywhere.

    For the traveler, as travelers have been always, is as much questioned as questioning. And for all the abundance he sees, he finds the questions put to him ask where men may repair for succor from the troubles that beset them.

    His countrymen cannot forget the savage face of war. Too often they have been asked to fight in strange and distant places, for no clear purpose they could see and for no accomplishment they can measure. Their spirits are not quieted by the thought that the good and pleasant bounty that surrounds them can be destroyed in an instant by a single bomb. Yet they find no escape, for their survival and comfort now depend on unpredictable strangers in far-off corners of the globe.

    How can they turn from melancholy when at home they see young arrayed against old, black against white, neighbor against neighbor, so that they stand in peril of social discord. Or not despair when they see that the cities and countryside are in need of repair, yet find themselves threatened by scarcities of the resources that sustain their way of life. Or when, in the face of these challenges, they turn for leadership to men in high places—only to find those men as frail as any others.

    So sometimes the traveler is asked whence will come their succor. What is to preserve their abundance, or even their civility? How can they pass on to their children a nation as strong and free as the one they inherited from their forefathers? How is their country to endure these cruel storms that beset it from without and from within?

    Of course the stranger cannot quiet their spirits. For it is true that everywhere men turn their eyes today much of the world has a truly wild and savage hue. No man, if he be truthful, can say that the specter of war is banished. Nor can he say that when men or communities are put upon their own resources they are sure of solace; nor be sure that men of diverse kinds and diverse views can live peaceably together in a time of troubles.

    But we can all remind ourselves that the richness of this country was not born in the resources of the earth, though they be plentiful, but in the men that took its measure. For that reminder is everywhere—in the cities, towns, farms, roads, factories, homes, hospitals, schools that spread everywhere over that wilderness.

    We can remind ourselves that for all our social discord we yet remain the longest enduring society of free men governing themselves without benefit of kings or dictators. Being so, we are the marvel and the mystery of the world, for that enduring liberty is no less a blessing than the abundance of the earth.

    And we might remind ourselves also, that if those men setting out from Delftshaven had been daunted by the troubles they saw around them, then we could not this autumn be thankful for a fair land.



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  3. Yep, there’s slave labor in oz according to this genius. I’m starting to think that it’s possible these idiots are worse than the Rudd/Slapper governments.

    Tony Burke
    @Tony_Burke
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    Under the Liberals and Nationals horticulture workers were getting paid as little as $4 an hour and had to scrounge through bins to find food.

    Our Secure Jobs, Better Pay Bill will help end this sort of exploitation.

    No one mentally competent is scrounging around bins in Australia because they’re underpaid by employers. Dishonest piece of shit.


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  4. We’ve been in this quasi fascist state for a long time now, with governments and big business having a symbiotic relationship. Add big unions to the mix.
    Not fashionable to talk about it but. And we all pay for it.

    Fascism is best described as a marriage between the corporation and the state – Mussolini.



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  5. Under the Liberals and Nationals horticulture workers were getting paid as little as $4 an hour and had to scrounge through bins to find food.

    Piecework doesn’t pay much until you’re good at it.

    Our Secure Jobs, Better Pay Bill will help end this sort of exploitation.

    Ha ha.
    Burke is talking about Pacific Island Guest Workers here.


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  6. Call me an old fashioned libertarian, but the state forces you to close down your business or out of a job, you’re morally entitled to compensation.

    Except for the little detail that the state has no money. What needed to happen was there be NO ‘sit down money’ paid to buy the publics compliance with the COVID lockdowns, forcing the whole stupid scheme to fail within days.


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  7. The solution is to cancel the Guest Worker Scheme, it’s just a back door entry to Australia, and tell the scabby farmers to either hire locals on the Award Rates, or pick their fucking strawberries themselves.


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  8. The solution is to cancel the Guest Worker Scheme, it’s just a back door entry to Australia, and tell the scabby farmers to either hire locals on the Award Rates, or pick their fucking strawberries themselves.

    What is the ‘award rate’ for sitting on your arse on welfare ?


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  9. Hmmm.

    $4 per hour. The dole pays what, say 8.35 ph minimum! (For 40 h pw of being unemployed).

    Seems like BS.

    The solution is more excise tax, more carbon taxes, more regulating coal and natural gas out of business and high stamp duty and development application fees?

    Hmmm?

    If you cut payroll tax, excise and tariffs alone, the jobs that would open up and disposable income of the indigent and low paid increasing significantly would pleasantly surprise most people.

    Funnily enough, it’s illegal to eat trash and there us a fee to scavenge at waste management centres.

    Thanks, big government!


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  10. Elon: I’m firing 75% of Twitter employees.
    Pope Francis: Hold my beer.

    Pope Fires Entire Leadership From Global Catholic Charity Amid Harrassment Allegations (24 Nov)

    “In a resounding decree released on Tuesday, Pope Francis sacked all leaders of the Caritas Internationalis charity, appointing a temporary Vatican administrator to head the confederation of 162 Catholic relief, development, and social service organizations operating in over 200 countries and territories worldwide.

    According to Reuters, Pope Francis decided to sack the entire management of the charity following allegations of humiliation and harassment of staff at the organization’s headquarters in Rome. Several current and former charity employees spoke to the news agency, with one former employee saying that workers at the charity headquarters had suffered harassment, fear, and “ritual humiliation.” “

    I don’t know any details of this but it’s a pretty breathtaking action. Is it related in anyway to Cdl Pell’s efforts to clean house?


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  11. It added, however, that there was no evidence that financial abuse or sexual harassment had taken place, but identified a number of problems that “require immediate action.” They said these failures were mainly in the area of corporate management and procedures, and had a negative impact on staff team spirit and morale.

    Clearly a number of complaints have been made. How serious in essence remains to be seen.


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  12. My recollection is Tyler Durden was one of those baying for Cardinal Pell’s blood.
    Zero hedge wants money to access their archive so I’m not able to confirm.


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  13. I figured the news was noteworthy Rosie. Firing the leadership of Caritas International and appointing an administrator is a huge step to take.

    As I said: I don’t know what is behind it, but if it an action to clean up a situation then that is a welcome move. I which such things would be done for the Red Cross, for example.


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  14. My recollection is Tyler Durden was one of those baying for Cardinal Pell’s blood.
    Zero hedge wants money to access their archive so I’m not able to confirm.

    This is pretty weird.

    Could be one of those BS paranoid Russian Orthodox conspiracy theories that the church is the Roman Empire, which controls everything, for da Jews.

    (Hence why Saint Vlad the Murderer needs to ethnically cleanse “the “Ukraine”” of “Khazarian Jews”…).


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  15. It may well be that the directors are old fashioned and expect their co-workers to actually…work. It may be that the complaints are frivolous (to us) but the law says that they have to be investigated. It may be that Pope Francis is using it as an opportunity to place people he wants in the top jobs at Caritas.

    Anything is possible. Once you rule out money and sex, the pickings are pretty slim – leadership style and competence would then be the front runners.


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  16. I assumed that was the case simply because the nastiest stuff online is usually from some bitter Orthodox dude.

    It is really quite sad. It’s usually not from the Greek Orthodox either. I think it is a hangover from the old USSR propaganda. The KGB (Hi Putin) did try to kill John Paul II, remember.


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  17. True Calli, there might be a very unpleasant environment of yelling and put downs, impossible to know, and if there was the replacement is perfectly reasonable, but not really of any great interest.
    If there is no suggestion of financial mismanagement then some ulterior motive for replacement seems a little far-fetched.
    Each subset of Caritas eg Caritas Australia seems pretty independent.


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  18. It’s the biggest international news item I’ve seen this week. And I don’t see it as anti-Catholic at all – rather it’s good news and laudible when things are cleaned up. A rare event indeed. There should be more of it in large organizations.


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  19. Bruce of Newcastlesays:
    November 25, 2022 at 7:36 am
    It’s the biggest international news item I’ve seen this week. And I don’t see it as anti-Catholic at all – rather it’s good news and laudible when things are cleaned up. A rare event indeed. There should be more of it in large organizations.

    Are the Leftards going to cleanout pedo’s from their ranks? Hell no, they an integral part of it.


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  20. rosiesays:
    November 25, 2022 at 7:29 am
    Sorry probably should have said at least one of the writers hiding behind the durden mask is a bigot.

    one of thousands.. idiot.


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  21. Four out of five Australians believe it is important to establish a representative Indigenous body that has constitutional protection, according to Reconciliation Australia’s biennial survey.

    Since 2008, Reconciliation Australia’s barometer survey has been gauging the attitudes and experiences of Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians, including towards each other.

    Sure they do. Try it on then.

    Oz


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  22. duncanmsays:
    November 25, 2022 at 7:44 am
    rosiesays:
    November 25, 2022 at 7:29 am
    Sorry probably should have said at least one of the writers hiding behind the durden mask is a bigot.

    one of thousands.. idiot.

    I apologise unreservedly Rosie.. it is only 3 or 4.


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  23. They teach us’: how whales can help dispel the myth of green capitalism

    This is the dumbest thing you’ll read or year. If there was ever a book in search of a justification for its pre-conceived assertions, this is it. Of course, if capitalism can’t fix it, it must be replaced with something like Lysenkoism, right? Or maybe just skip the starvation part and murder millions from the get go.

    Appraising the merit of the green capitalist policies on their own terms, Buller picks them apart to see if they pass “basic tests”: do they work now? Will they ever? Will they create injustice in the process?

    Wait, wasn’t this about da environment? Bint skipped straight to injustice as though it’s the same thing, which demonstrates that environmentalism is indeed a euphemism for any Marxist trope the author desires.

    But wait, it gets worse.

    Coming back to the whale, at the end of our conversation, Buller says: “They are sentient species for how the ocean and the planet as a whole is faring.” She rolls up her sleeve to show me a small whale tattooed on her arm, the same one that’s on the front of her book and that’s pictured at the start of each chapter. “Their lifespans are so long that when they die you can see the invention of plastic and the acceleration of fuel-based infrastructure and agriculture,” she says. “They hold it in their bodies.”

    Whale entrails. How apt.

    If modern universities teach us anything, it’s how to say something in 10,000 words what could be said in 10, yet still fabulously wrong. Sophisticated bollocks on steroidal stilts.


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  24. Musk is on the ball.

    Elon Musk @elonmusk

    16h
    Hate speech impressions down by 1/3 from pre-spike levels. Congrats to Twitter team!

    15h
    I have half a mind to wag my finger at the 1500 accounts that caused the spike, but I shall forebear ?

    Reducing the max allowed tweets/day to a number below what a speed typist on meth could do was helpful



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  25. Daniel Andrews could be driven from government by his own constituents as voters in the traditional Labor stronghold turn out in force to support his independent rival.

    Independent Ian Cook was treated to royal-like status on Thursday as early voters in the Victorian Premier’s traditionally safe seat of Mulgrave arrived to vote.

    Situated just across the highway from Mr Andrews’ electoral office, Daily Mail Australia attended the Mulgrave district early voting centre, southeast of Melbourne’s CBD, to conduct its own mini-poll of the masses.

    The results indicated a dire outlook for the Premier’s chances of retaining his seat, with not a single person questioned by Daily Mail Australia indicating they would vote for Mr Andrews.

    Between 1-3pm, Daily Mail Australia spoke to a random selection of 35 people, of all ages, genders and backgrounds, as they darted in and around of the Noble Park North voting centre – and it makes dire reading for Labor.

    And it seems unlike his opponent, the Premier himself wasn’t willing to front up to his constituency voters, dropping his own ballot off early in a different electorate in the city instead – saying he was ‘busy’ on Saturday.

    Link


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  26. Indolent @7:46, if Fauci doesn’t remember anything they could ask Mike Pence to whom he was reporting. Pence is much younger and ought to be able to remember. There, problem solved.


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  27. What I found extraordinary is that if COVID-19 was such an existential crisis why wasn’t a sharp intellect appointed to handle it. Instead the whole thing was handed over to a power hungry geriatric who mismanaged the AIDS epidemic when he was much younger and supposedly more able.

    By retaining Fauci in the leadership role tells me that the establishment always knew COVID-19 was not a new plague and it didn’t matter who was in charge. We have been had, on a grand scale.


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  28. …the Premier himself wasn’t willing to front up to his constituency voters, dropping his own ballot off early in a different electorate in the city instead – saying he was ‘busy’ on Saturday.

    Hopefully writing his concession speech.


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  29. Lenny Henry wades in on John Cleese cancel culture debate as he calls for ‘accountability’

    Accountability to whom? And no waving details away with a nebulous ‘accountable to society’ unless you can describe the mechanism whereby all of society demands accountability.

    It is in fact something among a few shrill voices on social media and activist organisations that have adopted a strategy of overrepresenting themselves in social media.

    And the accountability consists of justifying for thinking in a way other than they demand.

    And it is not even a matter of justification – there is no justification. If you disagree you are bad.

    And neither is it really accountability. It is punishment. It is terrorising business with the mirage that they will fail if they do not cancel someone.

    Lenny Henry had the exquisite bad luck to sign up to the embarrassment known as ‘Rings of Power’. He will have spent the last six months explaining that the only reason the show failed was that the fans were toxic.

    Think about that (h/t custard). They made a series thinking it was up to the audience to ignore their own thoughts and feelings and flock to see something they did not like simply because the people who made it liked it.

    How is that for entitled?

    “How dare you not like what we expect you to like!”

    Which brings us back to…cancel culture.


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  30. Daniel Andrews could be driven from government by his own constituents as voters in the traditional Labor stronghold turn out in force to support his independent rival.

    Independent Ian Cook was treated to royal-like status on Thursday as early voters in the Victorian Premier’s traditionally safe seat of Mulgrave arrived to vote.

    Faith in Australians partially restored, temporarily at least…


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  31. Rogersays:
    November 25, 2022 at 8:17 am
    …the Premier himself wasn’t willing to front up to his constituency voters, dropping his own ballot off early in a different electorate in the city instead – saying he was ‘busy’ on Saturday.

    Hopefully writing his concession speech.

    No need to pack up its office, it’s been empty for years. Should organise a cleaner prior to Ian Cook moving in.


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  32. Evidently the media have finally found the villain in the Colorado gay bar shooting. It’s not the shooter, it’s his dad (the NT News, syndicated):

    The father of the suspect in a deadly mass shooting at a Colorado nightclub has told the victims’ families he is “so sorry for (their) loss”, while also claiming that he “do(es) n’t do gay”, in a shocking TV interview.

    Aaron Brink, 48, bizarrely claimed during an interview with CBS 8- San Diego that his first concern upon learning his son Anderson Lee Aldrich allegedly killed five people at an LGBTQ establishment, was whether his child was homosexual.

    “I was scared. I was like ‘Oh my god, s – t, is he gay?’ And he’s not gay,” he said with an exaggerated sigh of relief.

    Mr Brink is a former MMA bloke, and also former porn star. He identifies as a conservative Republican, so perfect fodder.

    A CBS 8 reporter explained to Mr Brink that Mr Aldrich is accused of carrying out a mass shooting at a gay bar, killing five people and wounding many more.

    “OK, well s – t, he’s accused of doing that, I’m glad he’s not gay. I can say that, I’m glad he’s not gay,” Mr Brink said in a shocking response.

    Despite being estranged from his idiot son for years, Mr Brink is now going to be Hitler 2023.


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  33. @GiorgiaMeloni = badass

    She’s annoying all the right people.

    French Interior Minister Labels Italy An “Enemy” Of France After Migration Row (24 Nov)

    “Following growing tensions between Italy and France over the issue of boat migrants in the Mediterranean, French Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin has resorted to extremely harsh rhetoric, referring to the Italian government as “enemies of France.”

    Darmanin made the comment in response to a question from a National Rally MP Mathilde Paris during a Q&A session in the French parliament, saying Italy is “attacking France.” “

    The “attack” of course is that Italy is stopping the boats…which then sail to France instead.


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  34. By retaining Fauci in the leadership role tells me that the establishment always knew COVID-19 was not a new plague and it didn’t matter who was in charge. We have been had, on a grand scale.

    I think you’ve got that back to front. After 40 odd years in charge of public health during which time it reduced dramatically, in inverse proportion to the increase in big pharma profits, he was the perfect person for the job, with the added bonus of a total lack of integrity, not to mention humanity.


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  35. Dunno about Despite being estranged from his idiot son KD. For me, a bit like Marcus Aurelis, dumping and dumping on your own children is a moral failure, hands down.
    *not the same as murder obvs, but he is the adult in the relationship


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  36. Slug Gate victim Ian Cook displaying ten times the nous of Matthew Guy (the Hun):

    Daniel Andrews has been lashed for insulting his electorate by casting his early ballot at a city pre-poll venue instead of in his seat of Mulgrave.

    Mr Andrews, with Cath, and their two eldest children, Noah and Grace, voted at a polling booth near parliament on Thursday evening

    Independent candidate Ian Cook, who is confident he can win Mr Andrews’ seat, said the early vote came as no surprise. “I’ve met thousands of local residents and not one has seen him for years,” he said.

    “I keep hearing he is permanantly AWOL. This is just another slap in the face from Daniel Andrews to the people of Mulgrave. No wonder we feel taken for granted, what kind of local member doesn’t show up at all in their electorate?

    “This is how he governs, it’s all about the photoshoot and not about the people.”

    Brilliant.

    Also – although Cook doesn’t use the term ‘insulting his electorate’, the journalistician from the Hun certainly did.

    Winds are being sniffed.


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  37. If Hunchback loses its seat, I predict –

    – A strong sulphurous smell to extend over Viktoristan
    = sales of champagne, party balloons and paper shredders to go ballistic
    – staircase sales to plummet
    – Vikpol blackshirts to start a statewide manhunt for the victor
    – hunchback to demand a recount using Arizona’s voting machines


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  38. I will own to only ever having watched a very small amount of Lenny Henry, and that many years ago. I think it is telling that I have to construe that it did not impress me much from the fact I did not continue watching his shows rather than having a definite image of not being impressed. This is also to say that he cannot have been bad – I would likely remember that.

    Don’t know if other cats had different experiences. It might just have been me.

    For whatever reason he has decided to make a move into drama.

    By drama, I do not mean that lifeless dreck called ‘Rings of Power’ – I mean the drama of actors nursing broken hearts due to unfeeling audience.


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  39. Does she say anything about how offshore wind turbines are killing her beloved whales?

    I think that’s part of green capitalism, Bruce. Starvation and darkness are the answers, and whales are the inheritors of the earth, if only they could grab things with those damned flippers.


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  40. Dunno about Despite being estranged from his idiot son KD. For me, a bit like Marcus Aurelis, dumping and dumping on your own children is a moral failure, hands down.

    Dunno about the dunno Wally. From the piece:

    Mr Brink, who lives in San Diego and has been estranged from Mr Aldrich for years, said he doesn’t support same-sex relationships.

    The shooter is 22 years old. Parenthood is about direction and dictatorship, decreasing slightly as a child creeps towards 18 – although the severity of any sporadic leash-snapping may increase, dependent on the kid’s course of action or intended course of action. After 18 it becomes about advice and guidance – which is either received or ignored.

    What would you have Brink do – support his mass-murdering kid he hadn’t seen for years, and who partook of a lifestyle he didn’t support in the presser?

    ‘The important thing is that my son is living his best life.’ Yeah righto.


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  41. I hope Ian Cook wins in Mulgrave, I truly do, but I don’t think he will. Or maybe I’m just too much of a pessimist.

    What is life without hope, Cassie?


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  42. Whatever the result in Vik elections, does anyone expect tomorrows election to improve the corruption in Sicktoria?
    Do we expect vikpol to suddenly improve?
    Will the hundreds of nanny laws be repealed?
    Will coal fired power stations reappear?


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  43. I also wish Ian Cook the best of luck in Mulgrave. I suspect a lot of people vote by trying to guess the “ winner” and voting for that person. So Dan being on the outer at the moment and Cook being currently popular will work in Cooks favour. We have champagne on hand, just in case.


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  44. And yes I read the Vatican press release, which is linked in the story.

    If only the pope could exhibit the same decisiveness in dealing with the German bishop’s
    conference. Why doesn’t he? That’s a much bigger story.


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  45. Whatever the result in Vik elections, does anyone expect tomorrows election to improve the corruption in Sicktoria?

    Probably not, but the political wonks need to be reminded that there can still be consequences.


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  46. A question to compete with “What is good in life, Conan?”

    “What is life without hope, Cassie?

    Answers:
    1. Melbourne residency
    2. There is no hope. Just more hunchback.
    3. Danocracy
    4. Ostrailer citizenship


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  47. Sylvester, not much will change if the Libs win. They’re pretty well welded onto much of Andrews leftism. They’ll do the sensible things financially, get rid of as much of his ridiculous infrastructure builds as possible. They’ll try to keep taxes low and get the budget under control.

    That’s about it, they’ll continue to fund and promote leftist causes and people. They won’t get rid of Andrews appointments to powerful posts and probably appoint similar people if they have the opportunity. They may have a Royal Commission into the covid madness but as they were fully supportive of most of it the terms of reference will be very tight and will exclude anything that the Libs went along with.

    In short things will be much the same.


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  48. Pace Lenny Henry, cancel culture is not accountability.

    Accountability means you get to defend yourself before disciplinary action is decided.

    Cancel culture is mob justice.


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  49. Cassie of Sydney says:
    November 25, 2022 at 8:24 am
    I hope Ian Cook wins in Mulgrave, I truly do, but I don’t think he will. Or maybe I’m just too much of a pessimist.

    A few days ago I thought Ian Cook had a 10% chance . . . now I’d be saying 50/50.

    The Imbecile is in serious trouble . . . however, I wouldn’t be surprised to see the vote early vote often become more prevalent in Mulgrave,


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  50. Reducing the max allowed tweets/day to a number below what a speed typist on meth could do was helpful

    I hope Musk has a first class bodyguard or ten.

    Also, Cleese is funnier than Lenny Henry. That’s all you need to know.


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  51. <Indolent says:
    November 25, 2022 at 8:12 am
    Monica Crowley
    @MonicaCrowley
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    @GiorgiaMeloni = badass

    Beating up Italians is easy.
    She is not tough till she starts mass deportation of illegals.


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  52. Alan Joyce deserves no bouquets.
    His admirers DO forget he went begging to Abbott (the taxpayers) and rightly got knocked back.
    Taking on the unions? Not only lowly baggage handlers. The pilots at the top of the tree.
    Thousands of stranded passengers. To later boast that it had all been good for the airline’s reputation.
    Yes, good for the shareholders
    (Boasted about the power of the homosexual business community)

    No bouquets – more custard pies


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  53. Nanny Neil Mitchell 3aw soiling another nappy over covid numbers.
    “Brett Sutton predicted this” according to Neil. Mug punters love shit tipsters.
    Mitchell is doing good work skewering Andrews on being absent and arrogant in his own seat and giving Ian Cook a big boost.


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  54. And The Age describes the cowardly,scared, hunchback voting early as…
    A break with tradition
    Perhaps he will vote again on Saturday and The Age will describe it as
    Encouraging people to vote


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  55. Never give up hope.

    Though here at journey’s end I lie
    in darkness buried deep,
    beyond all towers strong and high,
    beyond all mountains steep,
    above all shadows rides the Sun
    and Stars for ever dwell:
    I will not say the Day is done,
    nor bid the Stars farewell.



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  56. Very hard to get a feel for the Victoriastan election from the other side of the country. Even The Green-Left Radio (now Half) Hour formerly known as AM was hedging its bets this morning. Alas, I have very little faith in either the majority of Victoriastanis or the Victoriastan Lieboral party.


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  57. Hopefully writing his concession speech.

    It will be his last great thumbing his nose to Victorians. Once out he will have no further need to pretend to be a caring Premier solicitous always about their welfare. The mask can come off and he can revel in his deep-felt contempt.

    In his speech will rattle off the litany of stupid, vindictive, self-serving, partisan, and wanton things he has done phrased as if they were great achievements – taunting Victorians to their very faces, smug in his awareness that there is nothing that can be done to him now.

    A man without intellect or conscience. A very poisonous man indeed.


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  58. By retaining Fauci in the leadership role tells me that the establishment always knew COVID-19 was not a new plague

    The person who kept Fauci on despite firing numerous other Obama-era appointees, was the same person who hired Alex Azar:

    In February [2020], Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar invoked the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act. The 2005 law empowers the HHS secretary to provide legal protection to companies making or distributing critical medical supplies, such as vaccines and treatments, unless there’s “willful misconduct” by the company. [CNBC]

    This happened all around the world too, but the USA is such a huge market you have to wonder whether any of these injuries, or the entire mass-vax programme itself, would have still happened without the indemnity.


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  59. I hope Ian Cook wins in Mulgrave, I truly do, but I don’t think he will. Or maybe I’m just too much of a pessimist.

    I don’t think he’ll come close either, Cassie. Sadly. Neither do I think the coalition will come close either. Andrews has Victoria boxed up completely.

    I would be delighted to be proven wrong, though.


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  60. Sylvester, not much will change if Libs win,

    sfw, why can’t they adopt the Peter Garrett philosophy from 2007? Said the right things for the election but he still let it slip that they will change everything when they win. You never know, if changes lead to improvements Libs may even be forgiven.


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  61. Just thinking about that little poem – one of the reasons the Woke want to subvert Tolkien and his sub-creation.

    It smacks way too much of the divine and must be diluted.


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  62. Nanny Neil Mitchell 3aw soiling another nappy over covid numbers.
    “Brett Sutton predicted this” according to Neil.

    Somewhere on the interwebs an American commenter referred to Sutton as “looking like the cousin who always wants to tell you what new anti-depressant meds he’s on.”


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  63. Also, Cleese is funnier than Lenny Henry. That’s all you need to know.

    I’ve been reading Michael Palin’s diaries after being given them by a friend ($2 ea at Vinnies with the sticker left on). He seems to acknowledge that Cleese was the funniest of the Pythons and highly motivated by money yet still describes being picked up by him with his latest girlfriend in the Rolls. Palin still has his Mini I believe.


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  64. Does she say anything about how offshore wind turbines are killing her beloved whales?

    Turbines are noisy and annoying enough on land, but at least air conducts sound less efficiently.

    The vibrations from the towers imparted into water would travel for miles and be inescapable. And remember, life is predominately made of water, so vibrations in the sea would be enter and vibrate in every cavity or space in sea creatures bodies.

    If those stupid potential kujira-burgers had opposable thumbs they could do something about it.

    Stupid whales.


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  65. hunchback has brought flood, fire, plague and pestilence to the state.

    Turns out the four horsemen of the apocalypse were actually just pulling the chariot that carries Dan.

    It would be nice to see him turfed out tomorrow – and I am not even Victorian? But one mustn’t mistake the desirability of an outcome for its likelihood.

    But I would think Ian Cook is giving the mutant a fright. And maybe the Libs can reflect that Cook has made more inroads on Andrews’ domain than they have even on the fringes of Labor.


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  66. In his speech will rattle off the litany of stupid, vindictive, self-serving, partisan, and wanton things he has done phrased as if they were great achievements – taunting Victorians to their very faces, smug in his awareness that there is nothing that can be done to him now.

    You mean much like Helen Clark’s concession speech as PM in NZ?


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  67. Great to see Cam Smith and Adam Scott back in Australia to play golf for the summer. The amount of money, time and the defacto residence requirements of the US PGA means most don’t bother.


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  68. Greg Norman is a bit of a dick but also made a point of playing in Australia. I saw him play out at The Vines, including blowing up at some spectator who took a photo during his backswing.


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  69. ‘Nicola Sturgeon has been accused of resorting to the “Trump playbook” with “dangerous” language suggesting that Scots opposed to her independence referendum plans are not democrats.’

    Um…Isn’t that the Biden playbook? Accuse your opponents of being Fascists?


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  70. I live in Victoria and in a seat with only a 3.4% swing needed to roll Labor. The Labor candidate is barely out of school pants. A nice enough young man and I had a reasonable conversation with him but he was naïve in the greater things of life and had little knowledge of business, power issues etc. The Lib candidate is mature with significant background in policy at a state level. She did say she wanted to get rid of the bug eaters which cheered me up but I couldn’t get her to admit that AGW was bullshit. On renewables she jumped straight to increasing usage of gas to stabilize wind. I suppose that goes in her favour.


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  71. If things had played out a bit differently I might have contributed to the UK migrant crisis. Weekends in Europe had to be weighed up against those winters and “summers” you couldn’t get to France for a surf.


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  72. Knuckles we’re in agreement for the main, just saying I don’t think there’s any honour in saying “my kid is queer and wussy and doesn’t come home for Thanksgiving, and I never liked they/them anyway”. If we don’t get real about the essential nuclear family, then the West is lost.


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  73. Weekends in Europe had to be weighed up against those winters and “summers” you couldn’t get to France for a surf.

    The first twelve months are great; even winter is a new experience.

    After that you start to think like a local, chasing the sun.


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  74. Plus I’ve got no qualms about blaming the parents, because it reminds everyone of the failure. It makes no sense to say “that kid is FUBAR, and it’s the fault of BLM, or the LGBTIQAPP+ lobby, or fast food advertizing, or online porn”. Parents are the guardrails for all that revisionist madness.


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  75. I hope Musk has a first class bodyguard or ten.
    calli, have a look at the vids of interviews done with Tim Dodd (The Everyday Astronaut) at the SpaceX site in Boca Chica, Texas. Restricted access to the site but there are three security people within a few meters at all times. I’ll bet there is an outer layer also.


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  76. flyingduk
    Except for the little detail that the state has no money

    A mere bagatelle.
    The state simply prints/creates/quantitatively eases/sells bonds/passes the buck to our grandkids until there is enough.


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  77. It takes a candidate for local member that really breaks through the humdrum to get elected on their own merit. Most people vote for the party, not the candidate.

    Those people who voted for Fetterman (organic voters, not artificial reality ones) would not have been voting for the stammering oaf. They just wanted to make sure Democrats got into the house and senate in numbers. They are voting on the agenda.

    Really voting for a candidate means voting for someone you think will make an impact on the state or national stage, or at least will really do something for the local community.


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  78. Roger – the 3rd winter killed most of them off. A couple still there after marrying locals. The rest back in Oz. I got crook and spent 6 weeks in a Manchester hospital. The next ticket for me was one way.


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  79. ‘Nicola Sturgeon has been accused of resorting to the “Trump playbook” with “dangerous” language suggesting that Scots opposed to her independence referendum plans are not democrats.’

    Maybe she means the Supreme Court.

    Scots rage at Westminster ‘not even hiding contempt’ as they slam IndyRef2 ruling (24 Nov)

    “Scottish residents have raged over the Supreme Court’s ruling that another independence referendum cannot be held without the backing of Westminster.”

    Which they won’t get.


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  80. Parents are the guardrails for all that revisionist madness.

    And sometimes, as everyone has free will, and children are not plasticine, despite parents best efforts, children believe in and do things a parent would rather they didn’t.


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  81. The victoristan election is a marker. US elections are easy: demorats cheat, openly, obviously and republicans do fuck all about it. But if the hunchback wins, his seat and the liars get back in there will only be 2 reasons: cheating and electoral stupidity. Since cheating is harder in Australia than in the US the sheeple effect may prevail.


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  82. Since cheating is harder in Australia than in the US …

    I remain unconvinced.
    The big cheats are done before the election is in sight.
    e.g. electoral boundaries.


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  83. “cheating and electoral stupidity”

    It’s the latter, and to the Victorians here, that IS NOT an indictment on you.

    I hope I’m proven wrong tomorrow.


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  84. Words Fail Department:

    The state’s key business lobby group has slammed comments from Lord Mayor Sally Capp that Covid “was good” for Melbourne.

    Ms Capp is set to give a speech on Friday in which she will argue the Melbourne CBD has emerged a “bolder, braver, better place” after Covid and some of the world’s longest lockdowns.

    “There aren’t many who will stand in front of a crowd like this and say Covid has been good for anything or anyone,” Ms Capp is scheduled to say at the TedxMelbourne event.

    “But I’m here to do just that.”


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  85. NT Law Threat: Bishop may close schools

    New ‘anti-discrimination’ law may force Darwin bishop to close down his diocese’s entire Catholic school system
    Bishop Charles Gauci of Darwin has said he will “seriously consider” closing the NT’s Catholic schools if the Territory’s Labor government presses ahead with proposed changes to anti-discrimination laws that would strip schools of the right to hire employees based on faith.

    Bishop Gauci said he had spoken “very strongly” about the draft released some months ago, but has been “totally ignored”.

    He also wrote to members of the NT parliament with his concerns and received only one response. He has since made public his 11 November letter to NT Attorney-General Chanston Paech expressing his “profound concerns”.

    “The great deal of uncertainty that these proposed laws have already created will mean that much of their interpretation will be left to the Courts and at great expense to those who are caught up in them,” Bishop Gauci wrote in his letter.

    more than half the students to come to our schools are not Catholic, but they value what we present and what we hold. So it’s a very major concern.”



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  86. News media is reporting heated scenes at early voting centres.
    It’s a good sign I think.
    TaliDan and his goons may not have been forgotten or forgiven despite the media’s collective amnesia.
    There is also the possibility that junta headquarters have cooked up a plan whereby there operatives go out of their way to irritate voters and manufacture an incident.
    The stinking pricks are quite capable of this.


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  87. Since cheating is harder in Australia than in the US

    Ballot box stuffing would be easier here since our ballots have no ID on them, just a squiggle from an electoral office in one corner. So once a fake ballot is in the box there’s no way to know it is fake.

    One of the tricks the Dems have been using is “preloading” ballot boxes with a number of fake ballots. Then they put them out to be filled with real ones on top of the fakes. That wouldn’t be hard to do in Australia if the booth staff were lefties. Scrutineers during counting would never be able to catch such tactics.


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  88. I’ve worked in Sydney’s CBD for decades and I’ve seen Lim regularly

    I’ve never seen him once and had never even heard of him until the regrettable police contretemps this week. What makes it even more bizarre about the fact I’d never heard of him is that apparently he was on Strathfield council for many years (including when I lived there).

    He appears to be a common or garden variety lunatic and should not have been allowed to get away with his appalling behaviour for as long as he has.

    But that’s collectivism in a nutshell – tolerating the intolerable as a big FU to normal law abiding citizens trying to peacefully go about their business without being harassed by insane anti-social arseholes, who ideally would be gaol or an insane asylum.


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  89. TaliDan and his goons may not have been forgotten or forgiven despite the media’s collective amnesia.

    The Australian news media hasn’t been the eyes and ears of the public for 25+ years. It is now a radical political party to the left of the Greens turning out university-educated activists.


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  90. They teach us: how whales can help dispel the myth of green capitalism

    Beery – no mention of their land based cousins?

    the merit of the green capitalist policies

    err, what?


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  91. Cassie of Sydney says:
    November 24, 2022 at 9:50 pm

    “Any person who tries to justify that police action is an arsehole and deserves to be treated in the same fashion.”

    Oh, so you’re advocating violence?

    Short answer, YES.


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  92. He appears to be a common or garden variety lunatic

    As I said yesterday Danny Lim was wearing an Extinction Rebellion t-shirt coming out of hospital.
    And yes I’d regard the Stinkies as lunatics, but not exactly common and garden variety.
    “Schutzstaffel” would fit better.


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  93. Rosie, why would someone bring children into the world, if not to make a sound, strong and sensible human being?
    You got to fight for them, and sometimes that means in spite of them. For eighteen years at least, the natural age of independence.
    Anyone who can’t put the effort in deserves to be called a Bad Parent. Maybe we should bring back the pillory.


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  94. “He appears to be a common or garden variety lunatic and should not have been allowed to get away with his appalling behaviour for as long as he has.

    But that’s collectivism in a nutshell – tolerating the intolerable as a big FU to normal law abiding citizens trying to peacefully go about their business without being harassed by insane anti-social arseholes, who ideally would be gaol or an insane asylum.”

    Correct, however I’m tempted to put on a placard with the words “Albo is a C*NT” and walk around Sydney’s CBD and harass normal people going about their business. Wearing the placard “Albo is a C*NT”, I’ll walk through the QVB, Westfield, Myer and DJs. So what do you think will ensue when I do this? Well, a few things will most likely ensue, one is that I’ll be approached by police and asked to leave the premises so, like Mr Lim I might refuse and then I’ll be embroiled in a physical stoush with the cops and I’ll end up on the floor and alas, hospitalised. But here’s the rub, who here thinks that if I’m charged the luvvies of Sydney will rush to my assistance and cry out “police brutality” and so on? Oh and who here reckons some caring compassionate luvvie will set up a GoF*ckme page for me and I’ll see the money flow in from those luvvies because they think it’s really good that someone walks around draped in a poster with the words “Albo is a C*NT?


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  95. *or admit their weakness, and surrender their child to someone who can put the work in. Unfortunately, adoption as akin to genocide in the West these days, because like abortion, the needs of the powerless are sacrificed to the ego of the perpetual adolescent.


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  96. ““Any person who tries to justify that police action is an arsehole and deserves to be treated in the same fashion.”

    Oh, so you’re advocating violence?

    Short answer, YES.”

    Well you’ve just completely contradicted yourself.


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  97. According to right-wing journalist/activist Avi Yemeni, the recently registered Sack Dan Andrews Party is an ALP vote-harvesting operation run by election fixer Glenn Druery, who used to work for leftwing politician/activist Derryn Hinch.

    Don’t be duped into voting for it: it’s a fake party designed to deceive those who want Daniel Andrews thrown out.


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  98. Tomsays:
    November 25, 2022 at 11:22 am
    TaliDan and his goons may not have been forgotten or forgiven despite the media’s collective amnesia.

    The Australian news media hasn’t been the eyes and ears of the public for 25+ years. It is now a radical political party to the left of the Greens turning out university-educated activists.

    Not wishing to be unduly pedantic, but the final three words should be “university-credentialled activists”. They might be credentialled, but they are far from educated.


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  99. South Australian households and businesses will foot a $20 million bill to prevent AGL Energy from closing part of the state’s biggest power station next year, and instead run it for another three years to stave off electricity shortages.

    Renewables parasitise off base load fossil fuel generators making it unprofitable to maintain or operate them, government forced to step in with our money so we have some semblance of a reliable dispatchable electricity supply.

    From the same article:

    The plant uses outdated technology that does not allow it to be ramped up and down to match swings in demand due to the rise of wind and solar power, meaning it can get caught out when wholesale prices dive into negative territory during the day.

    “Outdated technology” which – correct me if I’m wrong – is more fuel efficient than ones that have to ramp up and down. Progress!


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  100. The Palin diaries have lots of stuff on how books, movies and albums are put together and financed. It makes straight finance seem uncomplicated in comparison. Accepting a percentage can either make you a millionaire or broke, probably the latter.


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  101. Anyone who can’t put the effort in deserves to be called a Bad Parent

    if by failing to dissuade them from from that seductive marxist poison, then yes I failed.

    still 1.5 outta 3 aint too bad


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  102. For such a progressive place, it is incongruous how Glenn Dreury still has a role to play in the Victoriastan upper house when legislative changes have put his MO out of business in most other jurisdictions.


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  103. Top Ender:
    I loved this bit at the Australian site in reference to the “Squark”.

    Four in five back voice in survey
    Four out of five Australians believe it is important to establish a representative Indigenous body that has constitutional protection, according to Reconciliation Australia’s biennial survey.

    Unfortunately, I was unable to find the raw data that led to this startling conclusion.


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  104. Mr Nakamura is still making waves.

    Scientists demonstrate world’s first continuous-wave lasing of deep-ultraviolet laser diode at room temperature (Phys.org, 24 Nov)

    “A research group led by 2014 Nobel laureate Hiroshi Amano at Nagoya University’s Institute of Materials and Systems for Sustainability (IMaSS) in central Japan, in collaboration with Asahi Kasei Corporation, has successfully conducted the world’s first room-temperature continuous-wave lasing of a deep-ultraviolet laser diode (wavelengths down to UV-C region).

    These results, published in Applied Physics Letters, represent a step toward the widespread use of a technology with the potential for a wide range of applications, including sterilization and medicine.”

    Ultraviolet lasers are cool. Where Mr Nakamura comes in is that he invented the gallium nitride blue laser. Mr Nakamura was the primary recipient of the 2014 Nobel for Physics. I hope Prof. Amano gets another Nobel for this one, but Mr Nakamura will always be one of my heroest heroes. A slightly eccentric electrical engineer working on a blue sky project for an obscure company cracked the jackpot, despite scepticism of of management and a shoestring budget. For which he won the Nobel Prize for Physics and changed the world.

    Shuji Nakamura (wiki)


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  105. Cassie of Sydney says:
    November 25, 2022 at 11:36 am
    But that’s collectivism in a nutshell – tolerating the intolerable as a big FU to normal law abiding citizens trying to peacefully go about their business without being harassed by insane anti-social arseholes, who ideally would be gaol or an insane asylum.”

    Correct, however I’m tempted to put on a placard with the words “Albo is a C*NT” and walk around Sydney’s CBD and harass normal people going about their business. Wearing the placard “Albo is a C*NT”, I’ll walk through the QVB, Westfield, Myer and DJs. So what do you think will ensue when I do this? Well, a few things will most likely ensue, one is that I’ll be approached by police and asked to leave the premises so, like Mr Lim I might refuse and then I’ll be embroiled in a physical stoush with the cops and I’ll end up on the floor and alas, hospitalised. But here’s the rub, who here thinks that if I’m charged the luvvies of Sydney will rush to my assistance and cry out “police brutality” and so on? Oh and who here reckons some caring compassionate luvvie will set up a GoF*ckme page for me and I’ll see the money flow in from those luvvies because they think it’s really good that someone walks around draped in a poster with the words “Albo is a C*NT?

    Love your work Cassie !


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  106. The Palin diaries have lots of stuff on how books, movies and albums are put together and financed. It makes straight finance seem uncomplicated in comparison. Accepting a percentage can either make you a millionaire or broke, probably the latter.

    I always think of Badfinger. Multi-million album sellers with several hits on both saides of the Atlantic. Their front man Pete Ham suicided when he couldn’t make a mortgage payment. They’d signed a complex & very bad deal with a manager that left him in charge of all their finances in return for a salary that turned out to be a pittance. Despite going through the courts I don’t think the remaining members ever saw a penny.


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  107. Anyone who can’t put the effort in deserves to be called a Bad Parent

    Bit harsh, Wally.

    Sometimes it takes time to work through the issues. Keen leftists at uni or school can turn out fine later on when reality hits.

    If you’ve ever seen Arthur Miller’s play Death of a Salesman you see how ‘hands off’ as opposed to ‘hands on’ parenting sometimes works fine.


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  108. Since cheating is harder in Australia than in the US …

    Hmm I don’t know how the AEC lost a literal truckload of Western Australian Senate ballots in 2015. And they still have never shown up.

    The AEC did an “investigation” into it and concluded they didn’t know but they “could have fallen off the back of a truck.” Strange that not a single person in the whole of metro Perth stumbled across one of thousands of votes…


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  109. “It’s only a little bit of mass murder so far….why is struth making such a fuss?”

    I didn’t say it wasn’t bad.
    I didn’t say it should be ignored.
    I didn’t say you should shut up.
    I didn’t say those responsible should not face consequences.

    What I did say was that it appears you are exaggerating what is happening, and I base that on the actual numbers and your claim of “genocide”.

    All of which you would have noticed, had you read what I wrote instead of putting words into other peoples mouths. But why stop now, when it’s worked so well, eh?


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  110. Just the big FU to ordinary citizens is big part of the establishment’s strategy to demoralise society. Consider Venice beach or San Francisco. ‘Rub the rights nose in diversity’ was the bLIARite expression


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  111. Gaia hates PAL.

    Doggone: wet pet food ‘seven times worse’ for climate than dry (Phys.org, 24 Nov)

    “The Brazilian study looked at the environmental impact—including greenhouse gas emissions, land use and water usage—of pet food, finding that there was more than a seven-fold increase in CO2 production for a wet diet compared to dry. … The study’s authors examined the environmental impacts of the diets of 618 dogs and 320 cats in Brazil.”

    Since cats were in the study too I suspect that does it for Whiskas also.


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  112. 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.


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  113. For those who are interested – Scottish doctor Malcolm Kendrick has a blog in which he has put forward his belief that that the Cholesterol theory of heart disease is a myth. Despite opposition from most GPs and certainly from the companies which produce statins, his theory (shared by many medical practitioners) is gaining traction.

    Central to his opposition is his belief that most medical research articles (and the peer review system) published in many journals are not worthy of serious attention. His belief that many represent opinions sponsored by pharmaceutical companies.

    His sub stack is well worth reading:

    https://drmalcolmkendrick.org


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  114. Cassie of Sydney:

    I hope Ian Cook wins in Mulgrave, I truly do, but I don’t think he will. Or maybe I’m just too much of a pessimist.

    I put $50 on Labor to win, not because I want them to win, but because I believe the elections are so hopelessly corrupted as to only produce the results that are acceptable to the Inner Party.
    And yet people believe with the same fervor the Electoral Commissions are pure and unsullied, as the Brits believe in the sanctity of the NHS.


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  115. This is a post on Jo Nova’s blog. I think it is a beauty & certainly reflects what I think Australia has become :

    Throughout most of my life I could never understand how people could descend to the depths of evil required to execute socialism in either of its principal forms, either Fascism conceived by Giovani Gentile and its derivative National Socialism or in Marxian International Socialism.

    Thanks to the covid lockups in Australia, especially in Vicdanistan and the willingness of police to follow with enthusiasm the brutal decrees of pyschopathic Dictator Daniel Andrews (with his personality cult), and with an unquestioning willingness to blindly “Just follow orders”, I now have no question how it could happen.

    Australia was once considered one of the most egalitarian, freedom loving, authority questioning nations on earth. It no longer is, of course.

    Footage of Victoria Police brutalising pregnant women and little old ladies and shooting peaceful fleeing people in the back with rubber bullets is now used in stock footage for police and government brutality worldwide.

    In Australia FFS!

    If it can happen here, it can happen anywhere.

    That’s why the Left should never be allowed to take control, but of course they have, and this is what you get.

    Australia is unlikely to be free ever again.


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  116. Jorge – It’s a true story. We were offered one in about 1991, I was in the technical director’s office in Melbourne and he handed me the fax. The Russian sub guys were stuck for work after the fall of the Soviet Union and thought we might be a potential customer to power our electrolysis plant. Of course they had no idea about Oz politics. It was fun offer, but totally impossible politically.


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  117. The Palin diaries have lots of stuff on how books, movies and albums are put together and financed. It makes straight finance seem uncomplicated in comparison. Accepting a percentage can either make you a millionaire or broke

    William Goldman, who wrote the screenplays for Marathon Man and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, amongst others, wrote a couple of biographies. The first – Adventures in the Screen Trade – has some very perceptive insights into how films are made, or not. As to how make films successfully, he said “Nobody knows anything”, about how to do it.


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  118. Nothing new in the very large being required to buy two seats or upgrade.
    As for feminists demanding ‘total’ prices, that would be the opposite to their world view.
    I suspect cost of transporting luggage is much cheaper than seated customers.


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  119. Bob 12:57
    Plus sized passengers. My wife flew from Brisbane to Melb. Squeezed between 2 enormous women who were twins. Noone in that row could get their tray tables down due twin stomachs. Cost my wife $300 in several chiro visits after. She should have billed the airline.


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  120. I haven’t seen this widely reported but if there is any truth to it .. Luigi is, probably, certifiably MAD .. FFS!
    Cabinet has been discussing allowing Illegals on TPVs based on their claims that if they return home they will be punished to “holiday” in their homeland(s) based on the supposition that “holidays” are OK but permanent return isn’t ..
    work the logic of that out .. I dares ya .. LOL!


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  121. The Palin diaries have lots of stuff on how books, movies and albums are put together and financed. It makes straight finance seem uncomplicated in comparison.

    When the opening credits come on for movies these days I often wonder why 5 or 6 production companies are involved in one movie .. gotta be some lurk tax/profit-wise.


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  122. That’s the swifty that Mr Nadesalingam (nee Murugappan ) and the mosman housewife’s fantasy uber driver Beyrooz Boochani pulled off, to universal acclaim.


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  123. Bruce O’Newk:

    Scrutineers during counting would never be able to catch such tactics.

    Having just read the comment, BoN, I’m looking forward to witnessing the shrieks from the AEC Supporters Club who will howl you down with “Elections are 100% fair and legal in Australia and there’s no way they can be corrupt.”
    The speed and volume at which these denials arrive is a fairly good indicator of its accuracy.


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  124. “But because I believe the elections are so hopelessly corrupted as to only produce the results that are acceptable to the Inner Party.”

    Firstly, how does that explain Dai Le’s win?


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  125. And yet people believe with the same fervor the Electoral Commissions are pure and unsullied, as the Brits believe in the sanctity of the NHS.

    Someone should go out tomorrow in Victoria, and prove that they voted several times, and then send the article to every newspaper and magazine in the land.

    That would force matters somewhat.


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  126. Kim Dotcom
    @KimDotcom
    3h
    The vaccines now kill more people than Covid? Look at the EU death numbers for the last 5 months:

    155,343 above average deaths
    70,015 Covid deaths
    85,328 Non-Covid deaths

    Shocking!!! Watch #DiedSuddenly


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  127. When the opening credits come on for movies these days I often wonder why 5 or 6 production companies are involved in one movie .. gotta be some lurk tax/profit-wise.

    Going from memory here, but I recall reading an explanation for this. Something along the lines that the studios set up a company to make the movie and to which revenue flows. Its books are separate and its treatment under tax law is different. The studios then charge the smaller company for services such that the company is only just getting by while the studio rakes in money hand over fist.

    I can’t recall which movie it was, but there was a blockbuster (one of the Star Wars) that, in theory, still not turned a profit.

    This is from memory and I cannot recall the source, so it could be complete twaddle, but it seems to fit the observable facts.


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  128. Someone should go out tomorrow in Victoria, and prove that they voted several times, and then send the article to every newspaper and magazine in the land.
    That would force matters somewhat.

    This has been discussed previously and I’m not sure what the process is in Victoria. However federally you could conceivably and very easily cast multiple votes in your electorate by simply going to each individual polling place and having your name checked off. I simply can’t see how this could be crosschecked among each folder of voters’ names in the various electorate’s polling places.

    No doubt it’s already common practice and has been for ages.


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  129. Jorge:

    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.

    That seems like a very large amount of power from one nuclear sub, the latest Virginia Class reactor only puts out 200MW as far as I can remember.


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  130. No doubt it’s already common practice and has been for ages.

    Many moons ago and many furballs ago, a drunken in law, was bragging how he had organized bus loads of critters who were encouraged to maximize their vote.


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  131. Real Deal, Alan Parsons was the sound engineer on Dark Side of the Moon. He was offered a percentage. Biggest mistake of his life.

    Really Ranga? A bit of a boob, there. Could you imagine the royalties? IIRC Todd Rundgren who produced Bat out of Hell was offered a percentage of the royalties and accepted. He only sold his rights fairly recently and made a mint off it over the years.


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  132. Rabz:

    …very easily cast multiple votes in your electorate by simply going to each individual polling place and having your name checked off. I simply can’t see how this could be crosschecked among each folder of voters’ names in the various electorate’s polling places.

    Dunno what method is used to cross-check the names of who voted. That aside, why go to multiple polling places & check your own name off the roll?
    Why not check off a different name at every polling booth? Be much harder to locate the culprit.


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  133. A lawyer, who had a wife and 12 children, needed to move because his rental agreement was terminated by the owner who wanted to reoccupy the home.

    But he was having a lot of difficulty finding a new house.

    When he said he had 12 children, no one would rent a home to him because they felt that the children would destroy the place.

    He couldn’t say he had no children, because he couldn’t lie — we all know lawyers cannot and do not lie.

    So he sent his wife for a walk to the cemetery with 11 of their kids.

    He took the remaining one with him to see rental homes with the real estate agent.

    He loved one of the homes and the price was right — the agent asked:

    “How many children do you have?

    He answered: “Twelve”.

    The agent asked “Where are the others?”

    The lawyer, with his best courtroom sad look, lowered his head and answered “They’re in the cemetery with their mother”.

    MORAL: It’s not necessary to lie, one only needs to choose the right words… and don’t forget, most politicians are, unfortunately, lawyers.


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  134. Bob Sewell, I am liking your posts.
    Jorge:
    I’m actually Winston Smith but after 15 years of using him as an avatar, I realised that in the book 1984, he was a victim.
    I refuse to see myself as a victim, so he goes to where all good victims go.
    I was hoping people would see my Morgan David/Biohazard Star and draw the obvious conclusion but as I was able to use “Winston Smiths Keyboard” for years, I may have been too successful in my search for anonymity.
    🙂


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  135. Powerful moment an Indigenous elder calls for ‘blackfella and whitefella’ to work together to end a youth crime spree devastating bush towns: ‘This should be played to all politicians’

    Crashed, smashed up and abandoned car used as symbol of youth crime in NT 
    An elder has called for more cooperation between black and white communities 
    In an impassioned plea, the elder said: ‘Somebody needs to take responsibility’ 
    Alice Springs has seen a spike in violent crime, putting tourists off the area

    The latest brainfart is that Aboriginal offenders shouldn’t be in gaol, they should be sent to the communities, to learn culture and the traditional ways from the elders……..


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  136. ZK2A:

    Powerful moment an Indigenous elder calls for ‘blackfella and whitefella’ to work together to end a youth crime spree devastating bush towns: ‘This should be played to all politicians’

    Any call from anyone involved in the ongoing disaster that is aboriginal Australia, is just a demand that whitey coughs up money and time to fix the problems that aboriginal Australia is too bloody lazy to deal with themselves.
    “You see the problem, you fix the problem.”
    Aboriginal Australia refuses to acknowledge the problem because it means they will have to deal with it.


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  137. That seems like a very large amount of power from one nuclear sub, the latest Virginia Class reactor only puts out 200MW as far as I can remember.

    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.


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  138. Instants of multiple voting have been documented by the AEC, always obvious after the event.
    The odd loon does multiple but iirc mostly it’s people in aged care doing a postal and being taken on the day.
    As to people being bussed from polling station to polling station, quite frankly I don’t believe you.


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  139. Safe & Effective©?

    The experimental vaccine – which hasn’t been tested on people yet – offered broad protection against 20 influenza A and B subtypes in animal tests.

    Given in two shots, it uses the mRNA technology that was pioneered during the pandemic in Moderna and Pfizer’s Covid vaccines.

    It works by delivering instructions that teach cells to create replicas of proteins that appear on all influenza virus surfaces.

    This trains the body to remember how to recognize and fight any foreign invaders carrying this protein in future.

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

    It would also take away the guesswork that goes into developing annual shots months ahead of flu season each year.


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  140. My accountant has just forwarded me my tax assessment for the last financial year. There’s a (spit) twee little letter (spit) attached, stating that the Australian Government (spit) thanks me for my tax contribution (spit) and detailing how it will be spent. (spit.)


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  141. Kneel,

    What I did say was that it appears you are exaggerating what is happening, and I base that on the actual numbers and your claim of “genocide”.

    Indeed. You can spot the unhinged extremists by the way they hate on you and say you’re “sick” and “in denial” because you agreed with 4 out of 5 claims they said. There’s no recognised middle ground between 100% and 0%, apparently.

    * The C19 jabs were coerced onto people and that was wrong. => Yes. (I’ve said that last year.)
    * People have died from the C19 jabs. => Yes. (find anywhere I said the opposite, you won’t be able.)
    * It’s wrong if your own governments are genocidally killing you – no matter how small the percentage. => Yes. (find anywhere I said the opposite, you won’t be able.)
    * The Pfizer test data reported only 1 successful pregnancy in 270 jabbed mothers, which is apocalyptic. => Yes. (I said that.)
    * The deaths from the jabs are genocide. => No, the stats (even based on absurd assumptions from Kirsch) do not support that characterisation. If this was a plot to depopulate the planet, there is no evidence yet that it is succeeding, it is not a genocide.

    Reminder, ABS stats reckon 10,620 people have died from C19 in Australia (to 31 October 2022), which is only 1/3rd the number of people who were initially projected to die from Covid in Queensland alone without any vaccine. Based on CDC’s later IFR (0.3%) it would have been 52500 deaths in Aus by now from covid. If the vaccine’s main purpose was to kill people, why did it in fact have a protective effect against death from C19? That doesn’t make sense. What, the genociders are choosy about what goes on the death certificates?

    Think of what events the genocide hypothesis would require for such a goal to be achieved. There is no way less than half the people in Australia have been jabbed, that is 12 million sheeple at minimum (and I’m one of them, baaa). The official figure of “over 95% of people aged 16 and over have had their second dose” is at least in the right ballpark. These jabs had every opportunity during the last 14 months to create a million deaths in Australia alone by this point if that was their purpose. Killing 8% of jabbed people per year isn’t too far fetched if they wanted it completed quickly before anyone figured out a cure. This has not happened. Not by a long shot.

    Excess deaths in Australia (ABS) from 1 Jan up to 31 August are 18,671 more than normal in 2022. This is +17% so is very bad. However it requires explanation and is unlikely to be entirely because of a single cause (i.e. jabs). I’m convinced by Congressional testimony and whistleblowers that many of these are from the jabs and if you are simply looking for moral outrage you don’t need to look any further at the percentages. But the claim of murderous intent requires us to know either plans to do so stated prior to 2020, or to know how many post-2020 excess deaths were caused by the jab versus other government non-jab covid policies. These excess deaths are less than 0.15% of jabbed people, probably 0.09% of jabbed people in the first year post rollout (or should that be roll-over). As far as weapons go that is a dud.

    Strange how the bioweapon intentionally engineered by DARPA and the CCP PLA to cause disease in humans gets a free pass, whereas the spike protein from the vaccines made by Western pharmaceutical companies that has had an effect in Australia somewhere between protective and as bad as the virus is described as genocidal “mass murder”. The word “murder” implies malicious intent. There is every sign of malicious intention behind the invention of C19 to kill people, but no sign of any intention by the jab makers to kill people. The jab deaths so far are more easily attributed to shoddy product quality on a “warp speed” project than to genocidal intent.

    Now that I have again agreed with 4 out of 5 Struthian claims in both the moral and the factual dimensions, I await the continued false accusations of being “sick” and “in denial”.


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  142. rosie:

    Looks like it was a bus with just two passengers.

    OK.
    Then this means nothing?
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/more-than-18000-people-asked-to-explain-why-they-voted-twice-at-election-20161019-gs5cal.html
    I’m unable to discover which seats these were in, which would surely be a question that needed to be asked.
    If you can supply the figures from a reputable source, it would be helpful.
    …and the results of any investigation, too.


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  143. Most important point raised in that pdf is that if multiple voting occurred on a large enough scale to affect the outcome it would be challenged in the Court of Disputed Returns.


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  144. Other than multiple voting the problem in Australia there is false voter addresses, as Indi demonstrated.
    Only one prosecution, later withdrawn, of a McGowan niece.
    An unusual surge of change of address usually shows those up.


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  145. Of 29 Pregnant Women That Reported an Adverse Event After Pfizer’s COVID-19 Inoculation, Only One Had a Baby That Lived
    Pregnancy cases: 274 cases including:

    • 270 mother cases and 4 foetus/baby cases representing 270 unique pregnancies (the 4 foetus/baby cases were linked to 3 mother cases; 1 mother case involved twins).

    • Pregnancy outcomes for the 270 pregnancies were reported as spontaneous abortion (23), outcome pending (5), premature birth with neonatal death, spontaneous abortion with intrauterine death (2 each), spontaneous abortion with neonatal death, and normal outcome (1 each). No outcome was provided for 238 pregnancies (note that 2 different outcomes were reported for each twin, and both were counted).


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  146. It seems the lovely Senator Lydia is not only obnoxious but also work-shy:

    I like how her bag in the photo looks like a big smiley face – the exact opposite of the dauntless-heroic-leader-of-the-oppressed look she was trying to go for.


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  147. People can only get booster one or booster two, they can choose novavax, moderna or after 12 December 12 pfizer, anyone doing so does it with their eyes wide open as to risks.
    Novavax isn’t an mrna vax.
    Perhaps the hand wringing should stop.

    Australians won’t be able to receive a third COVID-19 vaccine booster until at least next year after Australia’s expert vaccine panel concluded an extra booster was unlikely to reduce the current fourth wave of the virus.

    The decision by the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation coincided with its approval of a vaccine offering protection from two strains of COVID-19, as well as a paediatric vaccine for at-risk children between six months and five years old.



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  148. Australia’s expert vaccine panel concluded an extra booster was unlikely to reduce the current fourth wave of the virus.

    Either someone has spooked the horses or they realise that most people have cottoned onto the inefficacy of vaccines designed for old iterations.


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  149. No surprise there, but it says something when even the ABC stops trying to protect her.

    From the link posted by “OLd Lefty.’ Interesting, to say the least.

    Review of Thorpe’s office continues following complaint

    A cultural review of Senator Thorpe’s office by the Finance Department has been underway after a formal complaint was made to the Greens in June this year.

    In it, a former staffer to Senator Thorpe complained that they believed there was a breach of workplace health and safety in the senator’s office.

    The staffer said Senator Thorpe “rarely” attended the office, and that when she was asked to come in she would become “defensive and rude”.

    “She is often missing and uncontactable, sometimes for days. This makes getting approvals for work incredibly difficult and at times impossible,” the staffer said in a complaint seen by the ABC.

    “On more than one occasion she has completely disengaged because she is too overwhelmed and advised all staff not to contact her at all, until she advises otherwise.

    “Party members and community members have complained … about her lack of reliability or that in the event she does attend a meeting or event that she was unprepared.”



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  150. Cassie of Sydney says:
    November 25, 2022 at 11:38 am

    ““Any person who tries to justify that police action is an arsehole and deserves to be treated in the same fashion.”

    Oh, so you’re advocating violence?

    Short answer, YES.”

    Well you’ve just completely contradicted yourself.

    Possibly in your mind. What I was supporting is violence against anyone who supports this type of police action and the police themselves.
    I can assure you that I would condone violence against the VicPol who pushed a granny down and pepper sprayed her. And the VicPol who bashed a man with a rifle stock when he was laying on the ground restrained by others.
    I could go on and on, suffice to to say that I have lost all respect for police in the last 18 months.


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  151. 1:24 pm
    Any evidence to support your belief … ?

    2:29 pm
    … quite frankly I don’t believe you.

    Same person

    A = {all things rosie finds unbelievable}
    B ={all things rosie finds believable}

    Russel wants his teapot back


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