Open Thread – New Year’s Weekend 2023

The Dreamer, Casper Friedrich, 1840

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January 7, 2023 5:04 am

In his explosive memoir, Spare, Prince Harry says he regarded his victims in Afghanistan – where he served as a helicopter pilot – as “chess pieces” and

Who’s a racist now ?

January 7, 2023 7:25 am

New fred.

Robert Sewell
January 7, 2023 12:22 pm


This is a man who lost his mother in tragic circumstances as a young teenager and I believe not supported psychologically afterwards .
A parent ‘leaving ‘ a child psychologically damages the person.

How about a family of five who are removed from the mother, because ‘Post Natal Depression’, put into an institution and abused for years?
Only allowed to see the mum once a year?
Think they might be damaged too?
(Not a go at you, min. In fact I gave you 88 upticks. 🙂 )

Robert Sewell
January 7, 2023 2:34 pm


Ah, our chance to see what grievous sin for which Australia’s elite will be horsewhipping us over the next 12 months…

You’d think these idiots, hating Australia as much as they do, would just piss off to one of the Woke Nations at the very first chance.
Buy no, they have to keep bloody nagging at out multi hued failures across the entire spectrum of human behaviour.
Even if they didn’t piss off, you’d expect they might just shut up for a couple of weeks, but no.
Every frigging chance they get, they nag nag nag.

Robert Sewell
January 7, 2023 2:39 pm


It’s already being used by Woolworths and in Sydney’s Barangaroo precinct. So far, Olympia’s system has processed more than 35,000 tonnes of waste and saved more than 66,000 tonnes of carbon emissions.

That settles it.
I’m spraying the inside of my recyclables bin with Mortein.

Robert Sewell
January 7, 2023 7:47 pm

Dover Beach:

It’s very peculiar indeed that killing or wounding 80% of Germany’s ground forces is considered only a relatively ‘minor contribution’ all things considered.

Where on Earth did you get 80% figure from DB?
I’ve occasionally said that Germany handled its reserves badly from the very first day it started mobilising, and continued mishandling them right up until the end of the war. OKH never once said ‘we don’t need to conduct this or that offensive” and just flogged their troops, the Luftwaffe, and the civilian workforce into the ground. The Kriegsmarine was a joke from the very start. It would never effectively resist the RN, and realistically excluding the submarine arm, was only ever of value in keeping the Baltic free of threats to iron ore shipments from Sweden and Norway.
Hitler’s exhortations to ‘resist with a fanatical will’ just burnt the best of his units out for stuff all gain.

Robert Sewell
January 7, 2023 8:26 pm


Maybe not that many db. But it was actually a close run thing. Reading “Intrepid”, the allies used the Balkans to occupy and delay Hitler’s kick off of Barbarossa by about a month-6 weeks(they knew he was going in via Ultra)

The kick off on 22nd June had been delayed by several weeks already because the airfields were not ready for the support necessary. That was the major reason for the late start. Yugoslavia was very much a side issue.
1941 was also one of the coldest winters in decades, and delayed Operation Taifun (Typhoon) – the advance on Moscow. The Rzevh pocket was a waste of troops, air transport, and supply capacity.
But most of all, the railways and supporting the front line troops was the biggest hindrance. Had the plan been to take 3 years with consolidation before each winter in phase lines, the USSR may have been defeated. Running full tilt at the enemy and collapsing on his barbed wire is not the way to do it.

Robert Sewell
January 8, 2023 7:48 am

Something for a Sunday:
Rods from God.
Pretty much the definitive KO of the idea.

Robert Sewell
January 8, 2023 4:53 pm

Several months ago someone asked about this method of cutting lumber. ?Alaskan sawmill?
Simple as Hell, and easy to get timber from places where access is difficult.
More detail. with subtitles.

Robert Sewell
January 8, 2023 5:11 pm

Grey Ranga:

Millable timber

Is there such a thing in Australia any more?
Whatever happened to our timber industry? I’ll tell you – insatiable Greens, gutless politicians, and a bureaucracy that wants to get invited to the ‘right’ parties.

You don’t have to be from WA to think the Federation needs work. But it doesn’t hurt.

It needs a lot of work, but you wouldn’t trust this lot of arseholes to manage anything.

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