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  1. ‘Downstate’ is a play about p3dophiles. It’s also brilliant.

    Part of the the “progressives” relentless push for the lowering of the age of consent.


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  2. .1 Australian is one of the worlds most boring languages to swear in,
    .2 Far too many Australian drivers brake instead of just ramming the idiots who do idiotic things.

    .3 People think turning on their indicator gives them right of way.


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  3. Makkasays:
    November 28, 2022 at 7:22 pm
    ‘Downstate’ is a play about p3dophiles. It’s also brilliant.

    Part of the the “progressives” relentless push for the lowering of the age of consent.

    They even made a movie about Kinsey. A 100% dedicated Pedo.


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  4. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha says:
    November 28, 2022 at 6:45 pm
    We should ask Bruce Pascoe – he would know about early aboriginal aviation.

    Wasn’t it Bruce Pascoe who floated the theory that Aboriginal pilots, flying strike fighters, were to have intercepted the First Fleet, and sunk it with all hands, but they were all away on secret “Men’s business” that day?

    Yes, indeed. It has never been clear to me what happened to the early aboriginal submarine and surface warship fleet. What is needed is a thorough examination……who could we ask?…….I know, Top Ender! He’s very good at research of military matters and can put together a top read. Perhaps one of us should suggest to Top Ender that he take this on. You first.

    🙂


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  5. Yes, indeed. It has never been clear to me what happened to the early aboriginal submarine and surface warship fleet.

    I hear a white sub was involved.
    Top ender will clear it up.


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  6. Andrew Bolt and his two panellists are having a go at Malcolm and his rubbishing of Victorian Libs. Michael Kroger, one of the panelists, is in the Libs’ upper echelon so why doesn’t he take steps to have Mal thrown out of the Liberal Party? It would raise morale in at least a third of the country.


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  7. We think we have it rough, just check out the unrest in China, Iran, Brazil, Belgium, Netherlands. (OK, the last two are soccer related but unrest nonetheless.)


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  8. Kingman (unfortunate name for a leftist) is yet another example of the idiocracy that is wrecking this country. They really hate people who do stuff. So who is her husband?


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  9. Michael Kroger, one of the panelists, is in the Libs’ upper echelon

    I’ve long been amazed by his career as a supposedly righty pundit. He’s on speed dial for no reason I can conceive. Why do they pay his fee? Is he really cheap?


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  10. cohenite says:
    November 28, 2022 at 6:49 pm

    my Norton won’t let me access the page!

    You probably use Edge + Norton as I do.

    I called C.L.’s attention to this on newcatallaxy and he replied that because not many people use Edge that he would not bother to inform Microsoft of the safety of his blog which had been reported.

    I admire C.L. and his comments but I lost a computer of 14months due to a virus attack a few years ago and I now take no chances.


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  11. Young Crypto Founder Shocks Industry With Sudden Death at 30 in His Sleep

    Miami nightclubs will be in mourning.

    Miami nightclub owners are struggling with slumping sales after losing top-spending crypto clientele in wake of FTX implosion and crypto downfall, report says (28 Nov)

    “Crypto leaders aren’t the only ones feeling the blow of the cratering market and the downfall of FTX — so too are the Miami club owners who profited from regularly hosting some of the industry’s top spenders. Requests for $50,000 tables and bottle service for top-shelf liquor at the city’s hottest venues are drying up, according to a new report from the Financial Times.”

    The stuff coming out about the crypto rubbish is excellent fun, especially the long list of luminaries taken in by it.

    What in the Actual F— Is Wrong With These People? (26 Nov)

    “You can’t make this up. Earlier this month, some dough-faced dork named Sam Bankman-Fried—an MIT grad and son of Stanford law professors—vaporized the GDP of a small country after successfully conning the entire world of so-called educated elites.

    All of them. The freaks in Silicon Valley, the freaks on Wall Street, the freaks in Hollywood, and the freaks in Washington. Even (or especially) the journalists who are supposed to be holding everyone accountable. The smartest, most enlightened professional experts and self-appointed moral referees.

    Bill Clinton. Tony Blair. The Democratic Party. Larry David. Tom Brady. Fortune magazine. Andrew Ross Sorkin. CNBC. The bald guy from Shark Tank. BlackRock, the $10 trillion investment firm where former Obama aides go to get rich and serve as “Global Head of Sustainable Investing.”

    They all vouched for Bankrupt-Fraud and his blockchain stonk machine. Like they vouched for Elizabeth Holmes and her magic blood box. Like they vouched for Michael Avenatti and his bullshit litigation racket. The Lincoln Project. OZY Media. Stacey Abrams.”

    Sort of like the climate scam, really. Anyone want to buy a tulip?


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  12. That lady judges husband is a real corker.

    Not corrupt but…. did illegal things.

    WTF, how do you put those 2 together?
    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-09-23/david-barbagallo-premier-chief-of-staff-cleared-of-corruption/12694032

    The former Chief of Staff of Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has been cleared of a corruption investigation alleging that he used his position to get hundreds of thousands of dollars in government funding for a private company he part-owned.

    But the Crime and Corruption Commission probe into David Barbagallo found the former top ministerial staffer had failed to properly declare his business interests and had breached several laws


    Good lord, what a fucktard.

    The top ministerial staffer claimed the omissions in his Declaration of Interests were an oversight.

    “I worked for Goss, we brought in the CCC stuff you know, we’re from the good guys,” Mr Barbagallo told the CCC.

    You know that other mob are the ones that are corrupt and f****d over this state, so you know I have an intellectual, philosophical and personal commitment.”

    ..

    And why did he get away with it?

    “The CCC considers Mr Barbagallo’s failure to declare his interests to the Premier breached certain legislative and policy requirements of his former position, which would have provided grounds for consideration of disciplinary action if he had not resigned from his position,” Mr MacSporran said.

    “The employment contract has ended and there is no provision in the contract, or under the Ministerial Act, that is available to the Director-General to consider postseparation disciplinary action against Barbagallo for his failure to declare his interests as required.


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  13. Zatara

    Re Sandakan, I have checked the location.

    Assuming that Sandakan airport has a two mile long (10,500 feet) runway, which might be generous, the camp is about three and a half miles from the nearest point on the coast, and under ten miles from the current port.

    A combined parachute drop and diversion of the Tarakan landing force there should have had a good chance of freeing the prisoners. Some might have died in the operation, but surely not as many as died on the Death March. There were only six survivors of some 2400 prisoners there.


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  14. Poincianas blooming in New Farm Park.
    Jacarandas still in flower, but fading.
    Saw Clive Palmer’s Mineralogy Jet at Eagle Farm the other day, flat tires, covered in mold and bird shit, is he really very wealthy?


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  15. I’ve long been amazed by his career as a supposedly righty pundit. He’s on speed dial for no reason I can conceive. Why do they pay his fee? Is he really cheap?

    Kroger’s entire existence is a mystery. Like those Malcolm Fraser statues.


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  16. Queensland Land Court rules against Clive Palmer’s Waratah Coal mine in landmark ruling

    The Queensland Land Court has ruled human rights would be unjustifiably limited by a proposal to dig the state’s largest coal mine in the Galilee Basin in Central Queensland.

    First Nations-led activist group Youth Verdict challenged an application by mining company Waratah Coal, owned by billionaire Clive Palmer.

    The group of young Queensland activists challenged the mine on the basis it would impact the human rights of First Nations peoples by contributing to climate change.

    The coal mine would remove about 40 million tonnes of coal a year for export to South-East Asia, with a forecast life span of 30 years.

    It is the first time a group has successfully argued coal from a mine would impact human rights by contributing to climate change.

    Queensland Land Court president Fleur Kingham said she would not be recommending Waratah Coal’s application for a mining lease and environmental approval to be granted.

    She told the court the mine unjustifiably limited the right to life, cultural rights of First Nations peoples, the rights of children, the rights to property, privacy and home and the right to enjoy human rights equally.

    “The importance of preserving the rights weighs more heavily in the balance of the economic benefits of the mine and the benefits of contributing energy security for South-East Asia,” she said.

    Waratah had argued the Galilee Coal Project would contribute $2.5 billion in economic benefits over its 30-year life span.

    If Australia had a State or Federal Government with Balls, they would immediately deduct $2.5 Billion from Aboriginal Budget Allocations


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  17. Like I say, we have malicious cretins making important decisions. I recall a lot of these legal challenges to economic development here are funded from the US.


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  18. I wouldn’t get too bent round the axels as one of C.L. commenters stated the HC has a couple of justices that have a dim view of Dennis Denuto rulings like this and we know how litigious Clive is. If the resource is worth his while (and I suggest it will be with a rail line to the Adani mine) he will appeal it.


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  19. The group of young Queensland activists challenged the mine on the basis it would impact the human rights of First Nations peoples by contributing to climate change.

    Yet the law was fine with imprisoning innocent people and forcing shit into their arms.

    Forgive me for now laughing at any reference to human rights in Australian courts.


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  20. Wasn’t it Kroger who won the factional battle with Kennett many moons ago, and has ruled the Vic Libs with an iron fist ever since? It’s all his fault, really. The fact that Bolt would have him on without putting him in the stocks to be pelted with rotten fruit is a marker.


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  21. commenters stated the HC has a couple of justices that have a dim view of Dennis Denuto rulings like this

    there needs to be a recall mechanism to get this filth activist out of the legal system


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  22. One of my offspring returned home from a fortnight driving north to Queensland.
    She was done by a mobile phone camera on her phone at traffic lights in Brisvegas.

    Dumb and potentially dangerous thing to do. But 1076 bucks and 4 demerits? Wam, bam, thank you, Ma’am. I would’ve thought 350 dollars and a couple of demerits would be sufficient. I guess my Christmas present won’t be as generous this year.


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  23. there needs to be a recall mechanism to get this filth activist out of the legal system

    Ain’t going to happen. Luckily there is generally mandatory retirement so you don’t have to wait for them to die.


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  24. Speedboxsays:
    November 28, 2022 at 7:31 pm
    Frank says:
    November 28, 2022 at 7:25 pm

    Most Australian drivers couldn’t drive out of sight on a dark night. Bloody hopeless.

    And it has gotten worse since we have embraced more people from the subcontinent. Once I thought I could anticipate or at least understand many of the possible permutations of another driver’s moves. Now, I’m just waiting for the day that a car drops out of the sky onto mine.

    City driving used to be a doddle in Brisvegas but it drives me crazy now. Our driving instructors and assessors have a lot to answer for. Assessors used to be bastards and proud of it but they seem to be letting some shockers through now.

    Don’t get me started on other stupid behaviours people display around cars.


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  25. BoN earlier, and apropos of Sparkles McBoltOns:

    I hope she runs for President of the United States as some say she wants to

    I want her to as well. It would be the quickest Arkancide of all time.


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  26. “The importance of preserving the rights weighs more heavily in the balance of the economic benefits of the mine and the benefits of contributing energy security for South-East Asia,” she said.

    Shorter Kingham (ineptly expressed): Foreign brown people don’t matter.


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  27. H B Bear says:
    November 28, 2022 at 9:07 pm
    To be fair, a lot of them are actually taking a shit. Try it.

    Genuinely funny Bear. Plus, you owe me a new keyboard ‘cos I spat out some juice onto mine.


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  28. To be honest, when I venture into the local metropolis its not the subcontinentals who concern me as much as the P platers.

    P platers in this part of the world are a danger to traffic. Most of them drive SUV’s and they haven’t a fvcking clue……


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  29. P platers in this part of the world are a danger to traffic. Most of them drive SUV’s and they haven’t a fvcking clue……

    Ditto here, Zulu.

    Young player in a P plated BMW a few days ago didn’t check his blind spot before changing lanes and would have collected me but for a swift application of my brakes. He did wave an apology but I hope he learned a lesson never to be forgotten.


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  30. Vic Liberals trying out some renewal with their new leader. Five aspirants… all white guys in a suit. (Ryan Smith, Richard Riordan, Matthew Bach, Brad Battin and John Pesutto.)

    They really should elect Renee Heath and lean in to the crazy. Burn the place down.


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  31. They really should elect Renee Heath and lean in to the crazy. Burn the place down.

    Dickless humour and irony. The left have the rights to crazy: they cut off kids’ genitals and think they can save the world.


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  32. Ditto here, Zulu.

    Young bloke here ran a “Stop” sign, and nearly collected me. For some reason, I collected a mouthful of abuse. I did ask if his mother still fvcked for her bus fare, but, fortunately, he didn’t speak Afrikaans.


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  33. WA drivers are shitheads. There is no other way to describe it. Selfish, arrogant, unaware, unsafe, ditzy and getting worse all the time.
    And it’s not just the kids in hatchbacks, ladies who lunch in Audis and Prado pajeros either- it’s truckies and tradesmen who should know a lot better. Their suburban and rural give-a-shit rush routines are deadly, it’s only the dry and flat conditions which both allow them to try it on, and allow them to get away with near-death swerves.
    Just today I pulled up to a dead stop with sixty-odd slippery shorn sheep in a crate trailer as a semi with a wide load demountable came round a heavily timbered bend- I saw his amber beacons on and saw the fuckup about to happen, and slotted my trailer off to the side. He belted on through, only maybe took his foot off for a half-second.


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  34. Speaking of which, the reproductive system of slugs is quite interesting. Dart sacs, love darts and inverted penises seem to feature prominently as well as slime.


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  35. World Cup News:

    Apologies, but this is via Blair* in the Tele. It’s lifted from a bloke called Rory Sutherland in The Spectator talking about socka:

    At a physical level, behind the glitz, football is to rugby what Riverdance is to Rogers and Astaire: a self-imposed disability disguised as a skill.

    At a philosophical level, there is no sport where the line between intention and luck is more blurred.

    A self-imposed disability disguised as a skill. Beautifully accurate.

    *New Blair, not the Old Blair where if you posted 1000 times you could just make stuff up while on benders.


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  36. thefrollickingmolesays:
    November 28, 2022 at 4:53 pm
    HD diesel fitter rate (via employment agency) cost.

    $115 an hour.

    2 weeks onsite, cost $36,000

    So basically you can assume labour hire will charge 160-210% of the normal rate?


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  37. miltonfsays:
    November 28, 2022 at 6:37 pm
    Fuck economics is a bullshit ‘profession’

    It doesn’t have to be like this.

    The RBA have destroyed their credibility.

    Read von Mises and you’ll never go wrong!

    What made me give up was that people wanted me to lie for them and me to lie to them.

    Being a cynic is the greatest model you will ever have.

    Double inflation, unemployment and projected government costings.

    Halve economic growth and employment data.


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  38. there needs to be a recall mechanism to get this filth activist out of the legal system

    Indeed but if we had an actual opposition that would have sniffed scandal and gone after her at the same time her bagman husband was being hauled over the coals. She had $300k invested in said company and I find it hard to believe a woman of her stature and profession being totally oblivious to the conflict of interest going on or her husbands odious past dealings. That leads to integrity in my mind.


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  39. Here yar, Mr. Sulu.
    Norm MacDonald talking cocks for 6:04.

    Have a look crotchless; and report back. And if you’re going to tandem with dickless at least have the decency to lend the sap some chafe free panties.


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  40. Lemme guess what he says.
    The Liberal Party have got to embrace Conservatism, build Nuclear Power, reintroduce Corporal Punishment in Schools and be more Diverse.
    And put Labor above The Greens on the How To Votes.

    How’d I go?
    Pretty close?


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  41. On the Vic. Liberal proposal to privatise Sewerage:
    Person goes to the toilet, finds bowl empty, does ablutions, flushes, bowl empties, …
    The End.
    How can Privatisation improve this experience?


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  42. Yellowstone maintaining its form; Beth gets into a bar fight with a California gal and John fires his greenie policy advisors after they try to shut down gas and replace it with solar.


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  43. H1 wheat at 4.5 t/Ha?
    That’s not so humble bragging.

    You take your wins when & where you can get them.
    Except for the intervention of Big Fella God & his watering can, it could just have easily have been 0.0 t/Ha, dust blowing everywhere, & asshole bankers getting smartmouthy about the overdraft.

    Good to read Zulu, I know how sweet it is to be cutting that thick & hard.


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  44. Lemme guess what he says.
    The Liberal Party have got to embrace Conservatism, build Nuclear Power, reintroduce Corporal Punishment in Schools and be more Diverse.
    And put Labor above The Greens on the How To Votes.

    How’d I go?
    Pretty close?

    Just the first bit. Apparently M. Guy should have embraced the anti-vaxxers, spoken at their rallies, stood side by side with them and raised fists in unison, basically merged with the Freedom Party. So I guess I know who Roger actually voted for.


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  45. cohenite says:
    November 28, 2022 at 8:14 pm

    The POS who handed down the Clive Palmer Judgment said this:

    “With declining demand for thermal coal, there is a real prospect the mine will not be viable throughout its projected life and not all the economic benefits will be realised,” Ms Kingham said.

    Why is that her business?
    Let Clive worry about it.


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  46. Have checked out the latest version of the First Nations sub fleet.

    It was solar-powered, to be in keeping with care for Country. Of course.

    For some reason the batteries aren’t enough to make them go properly. Top Secret technology but rumour has it they were 250 D-cells wired in series.

    The FN Tech Division is working on Mk IV. (Roman numeral appropriation but someone kept re-arranging the row of rocks.) Improvement in that Mk III was C-cells, etc.

    Will let you know further but success is on the horizon – Admiral Pascoe is going to help out.


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  47. It took you a semester to work out that you’d been attending the wrong university….

    Actually the university worked that out for mUnty. “Don’t call us … “


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  48. P platers in this part of the world are a danger to traffic

    Here too, which probably led to the voluntary “R” plates in NSW.
    Australian service and repair company mycar Tyre & Auto, formerly Kmart Tyre & Auto, has launched “R Plates”, also known as “Return Plates”, to identify drivers returning to the road after an incident, to ?help encourage extra consideration for drivers recovering from trauma.
    The idea is the plates will encourage empathy from other road users, so the returning drivers feel less pressure as they adapt to being back behind the wheel.
    (9News)
    Not endorsed by government yet.

    I predict yahoos will target anyone showing R plates.


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  49. The idea is the plates will encourage empathy from other road users, so the returning drivers feel less pressure as they adapt to being back behind the wheel.

    Can Australia get any more gay? We’re fucking gayer than most of the Eurotards.


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  50. Can Australia get any more gay? We’re fucking gayer than most of the Eurotards.

    Cringeworthy, ain’t it? What kind of man gets traumatised and wants to advertise it to everyone?


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  51. Wodger:

    Young player in a P plated BMW a few days ago didn’t check his blind spot before changing lanes and would have collected me but for a swift application of my brakes. He did wave an apology but I hope he learned a lesson never to be forgotten.

    Unfortunately the lesson learned was probably “When I stuff up, others will have made allowances so bad things won’t happen.”
    Which is why I stated:

    .2 Far too many Australian drivers brake instead of just ramming the idiots who do idiotic things.

    Harsh but fair.


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  52. A warning to all you – be careful about drink driving as we are getting close to Christmas. The Police are out there in numbers checking on people. Last night I was out for a few drinks. One thing led to another and I had a few too many beers. Not a good idea. Knowing I was over the limit, I decided to leave my car where it was and took a bus home. Sure enough, I passed a Police control where they were pulling over drivers and performing breathalyser tests. Because I was in a bus they just waved it past. I arrived home safely and without incident, which was a real surprise as I’ve never driven a bus before and I am not even sure where I got it from…


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  53. Soros Confessed to Confiscating Holocaust Victims’ Assets Without Remorse

    From Armstrong Economics –

    “George Soros’ father was a successful lawyer in Budapest during World War II. As Hungarian Jews, the Soros family was able to evade capture by siding with the Nazis. In this 1998 “60 Minutes” interview, Soros proudly admits that he helped to confiscate all the worldly belongings of the Jews and other holocaust victims while pretending to be an adopted Christian boy.

    “I had no sense of guilt,” Soros said after admitting he does not believe in God. He repeatedly tells the reporter that he is simply amoral and feels absolutely no remorse for the horrible acts he has committed. Soros coldly described confiscating assets from his fellow Jews as akin to trading the markets. The assets would have been confiscated regardless, he said, and it did not matter if he was the one carrying out orders from the Third Reich.

    Soros made it clear to the interviewer that he identifies as an amoral man and would never apologize for his actions as he does not believe he did anything wrong. Soros was able to sort through the belongings of innocent families and process his actions as simply a revenue generator for the government. He appears amused that he was able to outsmart the Nazis and escape persecution and execution, unlike the others who are beneath him, like us, the Great Unwashed. This is a glimpse into the mind of the people at the top who call for regulations and will gladly sit back and watch the world burn if it benefits them in the slightest.”

    https://youtu.be/AiqHiQYuoOs?t=5

    https://www.armstrongeconomics.com/world-news/human-rights/soros-confessed-to-confiscating-holocaust-victims-assets-without-remorse/?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=RSS


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  54. H B Bearsays:
    November 28, 2022 at 9:07 pm

    To be fair, a lot of them are actually taking a shit. Try it. Gives new meaning to laying a couple of strips.

    Rogersays:
    November 28, 2022 at 9:26 pm
    To be honest, when I venture into the local metropolis its not the subcontinentals who concern me as much as the P platers.

    IMHO I’ve found P platers fall into three types: the ratbags that drive like loonies and keep losing their licence, so they end up on their ‘P’s well into their 20’s, those that would be indistinguishable from ‘experienced’ drivers except for the ‘P’ plates and those that are so conscious of losing their precious four points that they are over-cautious and become a hazard.

    The bottom line is, from all the descriptions posters have put up, we are all pretty crap drivers. It seems all we can do is try not to give any angst to our fellow drivers while avoiding the urge to ram them.


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  55. But,but renewables are cheap right?

    Investment in German and EU industrial projects such as battery-cell factories will be unfeasible if the region’s policy makers fail to control ballooning energy prices in the long-term, the head of Volkswagen AG’s namesake brand said.

    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2022-11-28/vw-warns-soaring-eu-energy-costs-render-battery-plants-unviable?mc_cid=2fa10d92e8&mc_eid=30fe4a4429&leadSource=uverify%20wal


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