Open Thread – Tue 22 Nov 2022


Canvassing for Votes, William Hogarth, 1755


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Zipster
November 25, 2022 7:32 pm

If you wanna play the fool here, 1/16 of 8 Pints is half a Pint.
That’s not “1 Drop”, dumbo.

genetics don’t work like this you goose

Zipster
November 25, 2022 7:34 pm

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.

Salvatore, Understaffed & Overworked Martyr to Govt Covid Stupidity

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.

Salvatore, Understaffed & Overworked Martyr to Govt Covid Stupidity

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.

H B Bear
H B Bear
November 25, 2022 7:44 pm

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.

H B Bear
H B Bear
November 25, 2022 7:48 pm

A link for that San Francisco doctor, if interested
https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/1992/08/24/playing-docs-games-part-one

Bob Sewell
November 25, 2022 7:51 pm

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”

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
November 25, 2022 7:52 pm

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.

johanna
johanna
November 25, 2022 7:52 pm

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.

Bourne1879
Bourne1879
November 25, 2022 7:52 pm

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.”

Bob Sewell
November 25, 2022 7:54 pm

HBBear:

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

I mentioned the Reconquista a couple of times but I think I got away with it.

struth
struth
November 25, 2022 7:56 pm

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.

H B Bear
H B Bear
November 25, 2022 8:06 pm

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.

MatrixTransform
November 25, 2022 8:06 pm

… rubber bullets

what’s it been ?

one year or two?

vote accordingly

Black Ball
Black Ball
November 25, 2022 8:10 pm

“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.

Big_Nambas
Big_Nambas
November 25, 2022 8:11 pm

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.

Bob Sewell
November 25, 2022 8:12 pm

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.

struth
struth
November 25, 2022 8:13 pm

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.

miltonf
miltonf
November 25, 2022 8:13 pm

Yeah the canbra pubic parasites seem to be pushing for this on the sly. It must be opposed in every way possible.

Makka
Makka
November 25, 2022 8:14 pm

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

cohenite
November 25, 2022 8:15 pm

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.

H B Bear
H B Bear
November 25, 2022 8:17 pm

Should rubber bullets influence your vote? Bean bag rounds? Tear gas? Don’t taze me Bro! Let’s go.

Cassie of Sydney
November 25, 2022 8:17 pm

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.

Top Ender
Top Ender
November 25, 2022 8:18 pm

Unusual for someone to be a witness to something like that Calli.

Mines are a horrible weapon to encounter.

struth
struth
November 25, 2022 8:18 pm

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.

johanna
johanna
November 25, 2022 8:19 pm

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.

Bob Sewell
November 25, 2022 8:22 pm

Zipster:
The term ‘slippery slope’ was invented just for this scenario. I am assuming there is a human in the loop, yes?

johanna
johanna
November 25, 2022 8:23 pm

I am hoping for some violent insurrection as it’s clear that democracy is failing Australia.

You go, girl!

struth
struth
November 25, 2022 8:24 pm

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?

Black Ball
Black Ball
November 25, 2022 8:24 pm

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.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
November 25, 2022 8:27 pm

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.

Salvatore, Understaffed & Overworked Martyr to Govt Covid Stupidity

… 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.

rosie
rosie
November 25, 2022 8:32 pm

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.

Eyrie
Eyrie
November 25, 2022 8:33 pm

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.

shatterzzz
November 25, 2022 8:36 pm

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 ….

Wally Dalí
Wally Dalí
November 25, 2022 8:38 pm

Now would be a great time for Djokovic to announce that he won’t be travelling to the Australian Open.

Ed Case
Ed Case
November 25, 2022 8:38 pm

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?

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
November 25, 2022 8:41 pm

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.

Black Ball
Black Ball
November 25, 2022 8:42 pm

Have a little more nous than you Ed

H B Bear
H B Bear
November 25, 2022 8:45 pm

Nice to see the Media Watchdog take a chomp at Quentin Dumpster. Gone but not forgotten it seems.

Black Ball
Black Ball
November 25, 2022 8:46 pm

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!

calli
calli
November 25, 2022 8:47 pm

Cane toads are breeding in Lake Macquarie. Is there a link between this and a certain TV resignation ?

Remain vigilant.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
November 25, 2022 8:50 pm

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.

Boambee John
Boambee John
November 25, 2022 8:51 pm

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.

H B Bear
H B Bear
November 25, 2022 8:52 pm

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.

calli
calli
November 25, 2022 8:52 pm

Thanks for the heads up, Bear. Woof!

Jorge
Jorge
November 25, 2022 8:52 pm

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.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
November 25, 2022 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.

Bob Sewell
November 25, 2022 8:54 pm

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.

Ed Case
Ed Case
November 25, 2022 8:54 pm

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?

Boambee John
Boambee John
November 25, 2022 8:55 pm

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.

Ed Case
Ed Case
November 25, 2022 8:59 pm

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?

Bob Sewell
November 25, 2022 9:01 pm

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.”

Salvatore, Understaffed & Overworked Martyr to Govt Covid Stupidity

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”.

H B Bear
H B Bear
November 25, 2022 9:02 pm

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.

Boambee John
Boambee John
November 25, 2022 9:03 pm

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.

Zipster
November 25, 2022 9:04 pm

INFLUENCE OF VACCINE INTERVENTION on pathogen evolution
Investigation of why the SARS-CoV-2 virus has managed to evolve and escape the immunity of vaccines and natural infection. Two prevailing theories exist. We however are focused on the least popular and least discussed in science, and that is the INFLUENCE OF VACCINE INTERVENTION on pathogen evolution

Salvatore, Understaffed & Overworked Martyr to Govt Covid Stupidity

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.

Frank
Frank
November 25, 2022 9:06 pm

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.

H B Bear
H B Bear
November 25, 2022 9:09 pm

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.

Bob Sewell
November 25, 2022 9:09 pm

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.

Frank
Frank
November 25, 2022 9:11 pm

You would feel pretty ripped off if you have autism and no special powers.

custard
custard
November 25, 2022 9:15 pm
Armadillo
Armadillo
November 25, 2022 9:19 pm

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.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
November 25, 2022 9:21 pm

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……..

Salvatore, Understaffed & Overworked Martyr to Govt Covid Stupidity

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.

Ed Case
Ed Case
November 25, 2022 9:27 pm

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.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
November 25, 2022 9:27 pm

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.

Salvatore, Understaffed & Overworked Martyr to Govt Covid Stupidity

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.

Frank
Frank
November 25, 2022 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?

DaFisk
DaFisk
November 25, 2022 9:29 pm

Oh wow. I hope the people who have been concern trolling over Teh UKrAinIaN NaZis will have something to say about Trump meeting an out-and-out Holocaust revisionist. This is disgraceful.

https://twitter.com/stillgray/status/1595991670650437632

Rockdoctor
Rockdoctor
November 25, 2022 9:31 pm

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…

Salvatore, Understaffed & Overworked Martyr to Govt Covid Stupidity

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.

Rabz
November 25, 2022 9:31 pm

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

GreyRanga
GreyRanga
November 25, 2022 9:32 pm

Nut Case it’s 1/128th not 1/16th if true. She’s a grifter.

Salvatore, Understaffed & Overworked Martyr to Govt Covid Stupidity

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.

Boambee John
Boambee John
November 25, 2022 9:36 pm

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.

Boambee John
Boambee John
November 25, 2022 9:38 pm

other families

flyingduk
flyingduk
November 25, 2022 9:39 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.

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

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
November 25, 2022 9:41 pm

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.

Davey Boy
Davey Boy
November 25, 2022 9:41 pm
flyingduk
flyingduk
November 25, 2022 9:46 pm

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?

Zipster
November 25, 2022 9:47 pm

https://fred.stlouisfed.org/series/WM2NS

I think its fair to predict that inflation in the US will persist well into 2023 and likely into 2024. The spike in 2020 is deliberate and claims that inflation was just supply shocks nonsense. There is no M2 numbers for australia however both M1 and M3 are following similar trajectory to the US.

Black Ball
Black Ball
November 25, 2022 9:56 pm

Before he turned white. He was superb
https://youtu.be/5X-Mrc2l1d0

Rabz
November 25, 2022 9:58 pm

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. 😡

cohenite
November 25, 2022 10:10 pm

It’s a truism: every female (sic) pollie, demorat or RINO, opposed to Trump is an ugly skank:

Pro-Impeachment Lisa Murkowski Defeats Trump-Endorsed Kelly Tshibaka in Alaska

Black Ball
Black Ball
November 25, 2022 10:15 pm

I recall Roy and HG giving Fozzy a nice roast

Rabz
November 25, 2022 10:20 pm

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.

duncanm
duncanm
November 25, 2022 10:32 pm

What could possibly go wrong?

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

Black Ball
Black Ball
November 25, 2022 10:36 pm

Murphy ready to go
San Francisco police seek permission for its robots to use deadly force

Black Ball
Black Ball
November 25, 2022 10:40 pm

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.

Rabz
November 25, 2022 10:50 pm

BB – fifa make the IOC look like rank amateurs begging for change in the street.

Black Ball
Black Ball
November 25, 2022 10:54 pm

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.

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
November 25, 2022 11:00 pm

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.

Zipster
November 25, 2022 11:02 pm

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.

Rabz
November 25, 2022 11:02 pm

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.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
November 25, 2022 11:07 pm

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.”

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
November 25, 2022 11:08 pm

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.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
November 25, 2022 11:14 pm

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….

Rabz
November 25, 2022 11:23 pm

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. 🙂

MatrixTransform
November 25, 2022 11:27 pm

dammit

fucking brushies are back

there go the apricots

Nelson_Kidd-Players
November 25, 2022 11:36 pm

That’s if the lorikeets don’t get them first!

Nelson_Kidd-Players
November 25, 2022 11:37 pm

Our resident possum has been eating the shoots, let alone waiting for the fruit.

Rabz
November 25, 2022 11:49 pm

The refusal of the Bliar Labore government to fund the Royal Yacht was an act I would describe as …

… eminently sensible.

The Queen being the most wealthy womanage on the planet and perfectly capable of funding her own yacht.

They made you a moron

Salvatore, Understaffed & Overworked Martyr to Govt Covid Stupidity

< < < 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?

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
November 26, 2022 12:09 am

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.”

slackster
slackster
November 26, 2022 12:10 am

Brushtail possum problems?
Ratsak infused Granny Smith apples
Not that anyone should do such a thing

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
November 26, 2022 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….

Gabor
Gabor
November 26, 2022 12:43 am

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.

JC
JC
November 26, 2022 1:42 am

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.

Bob Sewell
November 26, 2022 8:18 am

Salvatore:
Dettol – yes that’s the stuff.
Quite effective, it were.
Must give it a bit of a try out again with the bug zapper.

Bob Sewell
November 26, 2022 8:27 am

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.

JC
JC
November 26, 2022 8:30 am

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.

Colonel Crispin Berka
Colonel Crispin Berka
November 26, 2022 1:53 pm

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.

Zipster
November 26, 2022 2:06 pm
Zipster
November 26, 2022 2:31 pm

“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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