Open Thread – Tues 17 Jan 2023


The Strawberry Thieves pattern, William Morris, 1883


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peter of perth
peter of perth
January 17, 2023 1:27 am

First in best dressed,

Gabor
Gabor
January 17, 2023 1:31 am

Top podium?

pete of perth
pete of perth
January 17, 2023 1:32 am

First in best dressed 🙂

Bourne1879
Bourne1879
January 17, 2023 1:33 am

From Gateway Pundit. UK protesting media coverage or lack of it.

“The people have had enough. At least six BBC buildings across the UK were covered with placards and photos of people who died from the COVID vaccine.

The rally called the “media is the virus” was held on Saturday, January 7th, and it was organized by three different groups: The People’s Resistance, Freedom Fighters, and The North Unites”.

Wally Dalí
Wally Dalí
January 17, 2023 1:57 am

Froth!

Gabor
Gabor
January 17, 2023 3:50 am
Tom
Tom
January 17, 2023 4:00 am
Tom
Tom
January 17, 2023 4:01 am
Tom
Tom
January 17, 2023 4:02 am
Tom
Tom
January 17, 2023 4:04 am
Tom
Tom
January 17, 2023 4:05 am
Tom
Tom
January 17, 2023 4:06 am
Tom
Tom
January 17, 2023 4:07 am
Tom
Tom
January 17, 2023 4:09 am
Tom
Tom
January 17, 2023 4:10 am
Tom
Tom
January 17, 2023 4:11 am
Tom
Tom
January 17, 2023 4:13 am
Tom
Tom
January 17, 2023 4:14 am
Tom
Tom
January 17, 2023 4:15 am
rickw
rickw
January 17, 2023 4:22 am

Trudeau’s Gun Control motives:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xym5Onnmb-M

DrBeauGan
DrBeauGan
January 17, 2023 4:23 am

Thanks Tom.

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
January 17, 2023 4:39 am

I am now coming in to land from the Auld Fred. Sick of missing out on the date change when in a hurry:

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Bearesays:
January 17, 2023 at 3:35 am
You should be the first in line? Your usual view of the world. It’s all about me.

Tell us again why you should be first in line.

Joh, come off it, you and your silly dickless uptickers. You can’t even read a piece of ironic satire. You’ve taken it to heart seriously. I didn’t think anyone with a minute’s sense (which you do have) would do that. In a C17th scenario of absolutely remote genetic genalogy you think I am actually staking a claim: it’s a joke, Joyce, following on from a comment someone made about Huguenots and made the context of the poofteenth of aboriginality that was being discussed. Don’t tell me you’d take seriously the comment about Presbyterians whenever a bomb goes off!!

Johanna, we should meet so that you can see what I am and what I am not.
You might learn something, and get over it.

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Bearesays:
January 17, 2023 at 4:02 am
Now, while the pixels are not in high demand, here’s today’s lament from Lapland (only one ‘p’ apparently). A couple of Panadol Extra (i.e. with caffeine) saw me and my snazzy dilated pupils to the bus outside the hotel this morning for the trip to the Dog Sled ride and the Arctic Zoo. When we arrived we found that unlike the dog sled trip we did in Canada, we were not being driven over new snow; this was a self-drive little number, with a quick lesson in how-to-drive delivered by a very taciturn Aussie (as in Canada, why do dog sled businesses attract weird Aussies?) He was the only other Aussie we’ve met on this trip. We will go in convoy, he says, so don’t back up the rear, the important word is braking, which is done by digging a mini-plow into the snow with your foot while clinging on to the handbar at the rear where the driver stands. The footwork all looked a bit beyond me in my still befuddled state. You drive, I said to Hairy, not wanting the shame our great Nation by collapsing the convoy with my incompetence. There was to be a stop half-way to change drivers, mainly female partners of the males at the initial helm. We set off slowly but within minutes developed into a fast pace, an Arctic testosterone-enhanced mush-mush. As instructed, I had my feet on two side bars and braced constantly as the sled bounced over compacted snow with many dips and took daring corners up high on the edge of the track where I feared falling out. The six dogs on our sled, if I can use the metaphor, were having a whale of a time. I was not. Try doing it with an already bruisesd coccyx (tailbone) in constant brace position, assisting Hairy with ‘brake, brake’ on what I considered to be some really dangerous curves. At the half-way point, when some of the braver (and younger) female members took over their sleds, the pace became far more sedate. Get a bloody move on, Hairy was opining, while I was secretly cheering the girls on for their caution.

At the end of the 4km ride Hairy commented that I would definitely win the best back-seat sleigh driver award. But from various comments I judged that it would have been a fiercely fought gong albeit one that would require male and female categories.

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Bearesays:
January 17, 2023 at 4:18 am
The Arctic Zoo turned out to be a three km round trip across country in marked walkways, where various Arctic animals had wide ranges or cages. The owls were spectacular, living on voles and mice, which we also saw. Other animals of note were the Wolf, the tree-climing Wolverine, the Arctic Fox and the Forest Boar. The bears were all hibernating. The bigger animals were at the end of the track and we had spent too much time on the birds, as Hairy is an expert bird-spotter (from his birdwatcing yoof). They were difficult to see in the snowy surroundings but we saw all of the speckled, spotted, tawny and snowy owls, who looked gravely flat-faced at our intrusion, for there were no other customers, and a hostile-looking rather damp eagle. Many were retreating into their huts. It was gently snowing at the start so more pleasant then to play Spot the Wol with each other, but the weather turned into something of a blizzard at the end. We mutually decided not to do the extra tracks to see the Moose. It would, Hairy said peering at me through snow-rimmed eyelashes, just be a moose too far.

That’s not very funny, but it cracked me up at the time.

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Bearesays:
January 17, 2023 at 4:33 am
We also of course saw plenty of reindeer, and snooked up to the sled dogs, who were happily rolling around in the snow at the start and finish of the run. They love the run and love attention.

The reindeer at bred (and culled) for meat and for their fur and leather.
I purchased a whole reindeer hide with its fur, from a large animal, cured with a Certificate of Envionmental Approval, so I hope I can get it through customs in Australia. I’d love to take some antlers too but they won’t let you bring them into Australia without hoo haa and performance.

Our snowy walk through this parklike forest zoo was really something very special, as the snow fell.
The branches were filling with white down as the breeze drifted a white cushion under our feet on the pathways, removing any slipperiness and making signage unreadable till we swept it clear with our gloved hands. We crunched our way through adrift in wilderness shared only with secretive animals.

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
January 17, 2023 4:43 am

Nice thread header there, Dover.

I have a set of tea mugs featuring that exact William Morris design.

min
min
January 17, 2023 5:02 am

Ah back in Oz The strawberry thief in blue I am under as it is my doona cover.

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
January 17, 2023 6:17 am

Some discussion at the tail end of the OOT on firearms registries and such.

rickw (I think) suggested that these things have not prevented a single firearm-related crime, and I would assert that this is 100% spot on.

I doubt very much that the jacks (and VicJack Inc in particular) have gone looking for blokes sticking up TABs and pokie pubs, looked at databases and said ‘Barry’s our man. Look, he’s got two sawnoff side-by-sides in the system.’

It’s all a regulatory exercise. All of it.

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
January 17, 2023 6:18 am

Test

Bluey
Bluey
January 17, 2023 6:35 am

Robert Sewellsays:
January 16, 2023 at 10:30 pm
Bluey:

Had two crates marked as short barrel AK47’s turn up at work today. Was bitterly disappointed.

What? Were they the Czech folding stock variety? I can understand the disappointment.
I’ll be over with a truck to take them off your hands tomorrow.

Sadly the crates contained steel tubing only.

Robert Sewell
January 17, 2023 6:41 am

It looks like some pommies are getting the shits with the COVID Crap.

At least six BBC buildings across the UK were covered with placards and photos of people who died from the COVID vaccine.
The rally called the “media is the virus” was held on Saturday, January 7th, and it was organized by three different groups: The People’s Resistance, Freedom Fighters, and The North Unites.

https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2023/01/bbc-virus-least-6-bbc-buildings-across-uk-covered-photos-people-died-covid-vaccine-video/

Robert Sewell
January 17, 2023 6:41 am

It looks like some pommies are getting the shits with the COVID Crap.

At least six BBC buildings across the UK were covered with placards and photos of people who died from the COVID vaccine.
The rally called the “media is the virus” was held on Saturday, January 7th, and it was organized by three different groups: The People’s Resistance, Freedom Fighters, and The North Unites.

https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2023/01/bbc-virus-least-6-bbc-buildings-across-uk-covered-photos-people-died-covid-vaccine-video/

calli
calli
January 17, 2023 6:43 am

Ahahah! The Strawberry Thief! I have this material in lovely Liberty.

Arts and Crafts and William Morris & Co, with their divine wallpapers and tapestries and other textiles. And the Kelmscott Press.

From his obituary

The story of his work and its influence will be told some day. There is no secret in the matter. It is simply the persistent achievement by a gifted workman of the best that was in him, in spite of fashion and the sneers of the ignorant. – Charles Rowley

Ed Case
Ed Case
January 17, 2023 6:44 am

Batch Codes and associated deaths for the Vaccine.

Ed Case
Ed Case
January 17, 2023 6:57 am

Vaccine batches vary systematically in toxicity and are distributed to unsuspecting Americans by three companies: researcher

One company allegedly performed toxic dose range finding without consent (Updated 1/9/22)
https://hillmd.substac k.com/p/vaccine-batches-vary-in -toxicity

Indolent
Indolent
January 17, 2023 7:15 am
Indolent
Indolent
January 17, 2023 7:16 am
calli
calli
January 17, 2023 7:17 am

An interesting comment on the dead thread

Digger says:
January 16, 2023 at 10:24 pm

Linking the use of mRNA to Trump and income loss.

Indolent
Indolent
January 17, 2023 7:19 am

This is undoubtedly the case. As always, power is might.

The destruction of truth is at the heart of Western cultural decline

Dot
Dot
January 17, 2023 7:22 am

This should wake one up.

https://youtu.be/CX8bDNX3Df0

Yanni, Meshuggah at the 2022 Grammys.

Metal meets silicone.

Indolent
Indolent
January 17, 2023 7:22 am

Ha, ha, ha. Looks like treason doesn’t cut it but a (minor in the general scheme of things) tax cheat might just do so. Further proof that he’s outlived his usefulness and they are getting ready to dispose of him.

TAX CHEAT? Joe Didn’t Report the $50,000/Month in Rent Hunter Claimed He Paid

Robert Sewell
January 17, 2023 7:23 am

How stuffed is our society when the perpetrators of this evil aren’t brought before the Courts?
https://www.wnd.com/2023/01/organs-harvested-unborn-babies-target-new-lawsuit/

Government watchdog Judicial Watch says it has filed a Freedom of Information Action lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for “records” of communications involving the National Institute of Health.
It regards the issue of harvesting the organs of unborn children.
That issue erupted into the headlines in 2015 when the Center for Medical Progress released many videos, taken undercover, of abortionists discussing their profit motive for the harvesting, how much they got for the organs, and how much they wanted.
One abortionist infamously said she wanted higher payments because she wanted a Lamborghini.

Indolent
Indolent
January 17, 2023 7:23 am
Dot
Dot
January 17, 2023 7:24 am

What’s the inverse of narcissistic abuse?

That would be the MO of virtually all of us here (sweating/laughing emojis).

Benevolent abuse? Because I care.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
January 17, 2023 7:26 am

Let’s see. If there are 700,000 Aboriginal people that would be $3.5 trillion dollars. Cheap!

San Fran’s reparations committee proposes $5 million to each Black longtime resident, total debt forgiveness (16 Jan)

“San Francisco’s reparations committee has proposed paying each Black longtime resident $5 million and granting total debt forgiveness due to the decades of “systematic repression” faced by the local Black community. The San Francisco African American Reparations Advisory Committee, which advises the city on developing a plan for reparations for Black residents, released its draft report last month to address reparations – not for slavery, since California was not technically a slave state, but “to address the public policies explicitly created to subjugate Black people in San Francisco by upholding and expanding the intent and legacy of chattel slavery.”

Someone on the Left is going to suggest it, betcha. After all it worked for Brittany.

Indolent
Indolent
January 17, 2023 7:27 am
Indolent
Indolent
January 17, 2023 7:28 am
Indolent
Indolent
January 17, 2023 7:30 am
calli
calli
January 17, 2023 7:33 am

Benevolent abuse is also known as Concern Trolling.

Dot
Dot
January 17, 2023 7:40 am

Let’s see. If there are 700,000 Aboriginal people that would be $3.5 trillion dollars. Cheap!

If there was a once and for all settlement I’d accept it on the condition that reparations are proportional to your degree of Aboriginality and native title became transferable title the same as full ownership in fee simple (freehold) land. All claims need to be settled within five years.

No more special or different rights and absolutely no more different treatment in any law or the courts.

Getting $39,062 for being 1/128 Aboriginal would actually piss off the right people too. It would be upper class welfare, giving away money to wealthy, essentially white leftists and they’d cry more for “their” missing millions.

“Waaaah, I need 4.961 million more to buy another winery, a Jaguar and a shack on Whale Beach! Waaaah!”

calli
calli
January 17, 2023 7:41 am

the inverse of narcissistic abuse

earnest and wholehearted encouragement

Now you have me picturing simple, cheerful people going about their business and enjoying life to the full. Try it. It’s fun.

Dot
Dot
January 17, 2023 7:43 am

calli says:
January 17, 2023 at 7:33 am
Benevolent abuse is also known as Concern Trolling.

Now dear if you know you are a troll you shouldn’t be posting here.

I will be in contact with the blog owner.

Take care!

Pogria
Pogria
January 17, 2023 7:44 am

Indolentsays:
January 17, 2023 at 7:08 am

Indolent, look further down the comments in that thread. There is a clip posted showing the same thing being done in a Public Square in Vienna.

Robert Sewell
January 17, 2023 7:45 am

Dot:

Yanni, Meshuggah at the 2022 Grammys.
Metal meets silicone.

It took me 0.5 seconds to click that off.
What a piece of trash.

calli
calli
January 17, 2023 7:46 am

There’s a little bit of Troll peeking out of all of us, Dot. A quick readjustment of the Spanx, a deep breath and putting a brave face on it should quell the beast.

Crossie
Crossie
January 17, 2023 7:47 am

I found this after clicking on one of Indolent’s links:

Carnivore Aurelius ©? ???

@AlpacaAurelius
kinda trippy how Adam and Eve ate the apple, the forbidden fruit, before the fall of mankind

and now everyone is carrying around a device with them with a bitten apple on the back

Pogria
Pogria
January 17, 2023 7:47 am
Dot
Dot
January 17, 2023 7:51 am

Lefties have dumb ideas.

There is a good gardening book written by a dumb hippie who suggests we should pay “rent” to indigenous Australians.

Err love, that is class (race) based serfdom.

Even the cottars/geburs in medieval England had it better than this. I’m not being churlish, I was born a ceorl, a free man.

It is a caste system, an idea that should have died out thousands of years ago in Laconia and in Maharashta.

Cassie of Sydney
January 17, 2023 7:59 am

Two examples of why you should never ever apologise to the baying MSM and progressive mobs.

Jeremy Clarkson wrote a piece about the trailer park trash whore, Meghan Markle. In the usual Clarkson style, it was blunt and left nothing to the imagination, however he wasn’t far off the mark with his colourful descriptions of Sparkle Markle. Well, the confected outrage began in earnest, the pile ons started, and then what happened? Clarkson issued a grovelling apology, seeking to appease the baying mobs. Well, that worked a treat. The news is that Clarkson’s two television series on Amazon Prime are likely to be pulled. It wouldn’t surprise me if the impetus for this removal has come from the whore and her fop husband, the one with the sore todger, his name being “Spare”. Coz Clarkson must burn baby, burn.

Dominic Perrottet once went to a 21st birthday party, over twenty years ago, dressed in a Nazi uniform. This story broke because he’s clearly upset someone in his own party, no doubt because he’s allowed himself to become progressive soy boy Kean’s pawn. Still, my loathing for the current NSW Liberals doesn’t mean I wish to engage in or join a baying mob wanting to crucify a man for something he did twenty years ago. No thank you. This Jew doesn’t care that Perrottet once went to a party dressed as a Nazi. Why? Because Dominic Perrottet is not a Nazi, he is not a Jew hater. However, as per usual, the confected media outrage and hysteria has worked a treat, why we even see scum like Bob Carr, who’s befriends and cosies up to real Jew haters, come out of the woodwork, like the worm he is, to denounce and condemn Perrottet. Now that’s what I call chutzpah from Bob Carr. But back to Perrottet, what does he do? He issues a grovelling apology, however all this apology does is make things worse and keeps the MSM stew boiling because the MSM like to boil conservatives, preferably alive. We now have the Shooters and Fishers leader referring Perrottet to the police. In this brave new world of progressivism, there’s no room for apologies. Perrottet must burn baby, burn.

Speaking of burning, we need to hunt down and burn others who’ve donned Nazi uniforms, John Cleese, Mel Brooks, Werner Klemperer, Ralph Fiennes and all the other actors who’ve donned Nazi uniforms. Even if they’re dead, we need to dig up their bones and burn the bones.

One final comment, our illustrious word slushing PM has sanctimoniously come out and said that “he would never have put on a Nazi uniform”. LOL, boy did I laugh out loud when I read that comment, no, no, no, Sleazy just currently fetes and hobnobs with real Jew haters and given his history back in the 1980s, Sleazy never needed to put on a red army uniform, play dress up and pretend he was Leon Trotsky, because Sleazy WAS a Trotskyite.

But back to the burnings, it’s gonna be a big bonfire!

Damon
Damon
January 17, 2023 8:10 am

” we should pay “rent” to indigenous Australians”
On the contrary, perhaps they could ‘care for country’ by paying for my gardener.

132andBush
132andBush
January 17, 2023 8:10 am

our illustrious word slushing PM

Hahaha!

Sufferin succotash!

Black Ball
Black Ball
January 17, 2023 8:13 am

Via Ace Of Spades this article on Martin Luther King Jr. Fascinating read.

Mother Lode
Mother Lode
January 17, 2023 8:24 am

So, after all the fanfare of the Mar a Lago raid, and the coprophilic ruminations of the swamps biggest turd flingers, was there anything that they could point out and say Trump should not have had?

I mean actual official reported things, not leaks. Leaks are in fact how the swamp manages the fact they have nothing substantial – there are no probity tests for a leak, ‘someone says..’) Remember all the leaks during Mueller’s clown show? And how dumbstruck the left was when it turned out the leaks were not true?

It would probably be an interesting exercise to collect all the leaks and ‘insights’ reported in the media during events like that and then compare that to official findings. Let the rest of us be able to show we are right to be skeptical of them.

Miltonf
Miltonf
January 17, 2023 8:25 am

Re the Macquarie st sh*t show – what disgusting clowns our pollimuppets are. Playing parlour games while the country languishes.

Frank
Frank
January 17, 2023 8:31 am

Let’s see. If there are 700,000 Aboriginal people that would be $3.5 trillion dollars. Cheap!

If there is money in it then it would be 700,001. Here possum, possum, possum…

Black Ball
Black Ball
January 17, 2023 8:32 am

Maybe concentrate on your jobs. Hun:

A male cop who posted on social media about women-only gym sessions at the Victoria Police Academy has been ban­ned from his usual workplace.

The leading senior constable was told not to return to Knox Police Station, where he was working on a limited return-to- work basis, after his posts on social media questioned how the new gym rules fit within the force’s gender equality and inclusiveness policy.

The posts were made on Yammer – a police social media chat room – which was flooded with heated debate, including outrage, at the move to trial women-only gym sessions.

Posts asked how “inclusiveness” could be achieved by excluding men.

Inquiries made by the Herald Sun to Victoria Police have revealed the officer was told not to return to the office because he was a risk.

Victoria Police says it is trying to find the officer, who has post-traumatic stress disorder, a new station.

However, a spokesman said it was “untrue” to suggest the member was off work due to his comments.

“The member has been unable to work in his gazetted role since October 2021 for operational reasons,” the spokesman said.

“As part of his return-to-work plan, the member was late last year placed at another Victoria Pol­ice location for eight hours a week based on mutual agreement.

“This return-to-work placement has now ended for a number of reasons which cannot be discussed publicly due to privacy. The member was not disciplined for any comments made on an internal platform … and is currently on paid leave until an alternate return-to-work placement can be found.”

A former police officer, who wanted to remain anonymous, said the ban was “a disgrace”, deeming it “politically driven”.

“The only winners are the crooks,” he said. “He hasn’t been afforded any due process.”

The Victoria Police Academy is trialling women-only gym sessions for two months which only ban men from the weights and cardio rooms for less than four hours a week.

Other areas, such as the boxing facilities and basketball court, remain open to all staff.

“We’re not talking about private gyms. We’re talking about workplaces, where everyone in attendance has passed background checks and is bound by numerous policies and legislation regarding behaviour and professionalism,” one male member posted on Yammer.

“Further, we all have difficult rosters and many have families, thus being able to squeeze in a gym session whenever you get the time is essential.”

A post from a female officer said men dominated the gym. (and water is wet etc.)

“If you did an observation for a month, you would see so many male-only sessions in the gym happening by default, not design. This can deter women from going in,” she posted.

“So, by design, we can deliberately create an environment where women feel more comfortable to use the gym.”

Victoria Police stands behind its women-only gym trial.

min
min
January 17, 2023 8:34 am

I have just copped the nastiest letter from the Chair of the Owners Corporation of our Retirement Village . Eight adjectives describing my list of issues before he got to to egregious. Narcissistic abuse? My issue is that we have suffered leaks in the building from the opening , mould Aspergillums niger from our not his testing. Dealt with he claims but my assertion repaired but not rectified Now we have 6million bill to rectification of non compliant cladding and the claim that the water damage , leaks and mould cannot be fixed until cladding removed . Thus we have an open ended contract as costs , time frame etc cannot be estimated until cladding
removed and likely to be humongous . Moreover with cladding off no room for negotiations on cost. Builder doing cladding job found variations in asbuilt plans were not done to regulations we have for instance 96 balconies that don’t meet regulations on slope and levels that will be dumped on residents to pay for also . Carpe was helping but off back os As in most places like this an ageing demographic most just agree to pay for peace .
Chair is angry , my son has helped me write a reply telling him the letter was defamatory which it was but also bullying .More help needed here . From any Cats
OP A gave me free lawyer consultation but issues to big and complicated for them to handle told me to go to a big lawyer but who has the money .?

min
min
January 17, 2023 8:36 am

Jim Molan ‘s death just announced

Dr Faustus
Dr Faustus
January 17, 2023 8:41 am

More help needed here . From any Cats

min: when was the building constructed and what State (as opposed to state) is it in?

Mother Lode
Mother Lode
January 17, 2023 8:43 am

There is a good gardening book written by a dumb hippie who suggests we should pay “rent” to indigenous Australians.

We already pay heaps of money to things which are for Aborigines only and which have no parallel for anyone else.

It has always been the case with nations and lands that you own what you can defend. When someone stronger comes along and take it, that is it. Europe, Asia, Africa, even competing tribes in the Americas before Europeans turned up. What makes Australia so different?

The odd thing about these ‘reparations’ being paid in California is that they are being paid to a single generation. What do successive generations receive? The people who actually lived through slavery are long gone.

Oh, and these people living such degraded improvident existences now – what will happen to the money they get? How will they spend it? It will be a party at first. I foresee within a few years lots of gaudy bling being pawned to get money for drugs. Crumbling tumbledown houses with overgrown front yards covered in garbage in nice suburbs where the owner has neither the resources or knowledge to maintain it. Kids in powerful cars wrapped around phone poles. And a resentful hoard pissed off that they got duped by one hair-brained scheme or another adamant that there should have been some provision to protect them from being ripped off – even though they would never have accepted any such interference when they thought they were on an easy winner.

And into this wasteland a new generation will be born angry that they didn’t get their chance at having reparation money.

I do expect that one of the first things that happens is that people will flee black neighbourhoods. Someone could make a killing there (different to the more mundane killings that already happen there) snatching up property that no one is renting and developing it.

Top Ender
Top Ender
January 17, 2023 8:46 am

Liberal senator and former major-general, Jim Molan, has died following a battle with cancer.
The 72-year-old was elected as a federal senator for NSW in 2019, following two years serving within the state.

A statement from his family said: “it is with profound sadness we announce Jim died peacefully on January 16 in the arms of his family,” they said.

“The Liberal Party will choose someone to fill his place in the Senate for the remainder of his term.”

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
January 17, 2023 8:51 am

WSJ Article could easily be describing Australia

Who Wants to Build in the U.S.?

A market lesson in the burden of bureaucracy.

Why doesn’t more manufacturing occur in the United States? Many assume it’s because it’s hard to compete on cost against developing countries with dirt-cheap labor, or a Chinese economy ruled by communists with little interest in protecting workers, the environment or intellectual property.

But this week brings a case study in U.S. competitiveness relative to another healthy, developed, democratic and prosperous country. The lesson specifically applies to the difficulty of creating new U.S. factories.

On the fourth-quarter earnings call for Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., a securities analyst asked management why the costs of building a new computer chip fabrication plant in Arizona seemed to be so much higher than back home in Taiwan.

Taiwan Semiconductor CFO Wendell Huang responded, according to a CQ-Roll Call transcript:

Let me share with you this. The Arizona fab. We make the decision based on customers’ request… We’re not able to share with you a specific cost gap number between Taiwan and U.S., but we can share with you that the major reason for the cost gap is the construction cost of building and facilities, which can be 4 to 5x greater for U.S. fab versus a fab in Taiwan.

The high cost of construction includes labor cost, cost of permits, cost of occupational safety and health regulations, inflationary costs in recent years and people and learning curve costs. Therefore, the initial costs of overseas fabs are higher than our fabs in Taiwan.

There’s a lot of government in that explanation of building costs.

What makes this story especially disturbing is that Arizona routinely ranks among the most competitive U.S. states when it comes to tax and regulatory burdens. The Grand Canyon State is a fast-growing, innovation-friendly success story in the context of the American economy.

Thank goodness Mr. Huang’s customers didn’t ask him to try to build something in New Jersey. If Arizona isn’t highly attractive for such investments, it suggests we have a national problem.

President Biden has been crowing lately about all the money he’s spending to subsidize the semiconductor industry. Why not just save the taxpayer subsidies and make it easier for this industry and every other industry to build in the U.S.?

Floods, Droughts and the Environmentalists Who Exacerbate Them

Thursday’s column noted the longstanding refusal of California politicians to entertain practicality when it comes to water issues, but fortunately there are some exceptions. Rep. Kevin Kiley (R., Calif.) addressed the subject this week on the House floor. Here’s an excerpt from the Congressional Record:

Mr. Speaker, California now finds itself in both a flood emergency and a drought emergency at the same time. That absurdity underscores a fundamental failure of governance.

Citizens are told to take shorter showers. Farmers are told to fallow their fields. All the while, they watch water flow abundantly into the ocean. An estimated 8 billion gallons of water from these storms will flow into the ocean in the Los Angeles Basin alone.

Cycles of wetness and dryness are nothing new to our State…Yet.. we have done little to build the storage capacity that is needed to stabilize our water supply.

In Case Anyone Needed Another Argument Against Socialized Medicine

Limited patient choice is the hallmark of government-run medical systems and a report from the U.K. suggests an increasing difficulty for patients who want to stick with their favorite doctors. Max Kendix and Kat Lay report for the Times of London:

The number of people seeing the same GP is at a record low amid falling numbers of family doctors.
Fewer than two in five patients said they were able to see or speak to their preferred GP when they would like to, according to a recent survey, down from two thirds ten years ago.

The U.K. doctor shortage means that patients often see physicians who know little about them—and don’t see them for very long. The Times reports:

The length of an average GP appointment in the UK is already among the shortest in the developed world, at under ten minutes.

Studies show a link between continuity of care and significantly fewer deaths and hospitalisations, as well as lower healthcare costs because problems are spotted early.

A study of the Norwegian healthcare system published in the British Journal of General Practice in 2021 showed that seeing the same GP over many years makes patients 28 per cent less likely to go to hospital and 25 per cent less likely to die within 15 years.

The Times notes a proposal to try to restore some relationships between doctors and patients:

Chris Salisbury, a former GP and professor of primary care at the University of Bristol, said the transition away from traditional models of healthcare had accelerated through the pandemic…
Salisbury said a potential solution was to reintroduce individual patient lists for GPs, a policy dropped by New Labour in an effort to meet waiting list targets.

“What’s really key is that you feel there is one person who is clearly responsible for you, and that they’re the person to contact when you’ve got a problem. It’s about having a clear sense of responsibility,” he said.

Clear responsibility is not a popular concept in government bureaucracies. Let’s hope the U.K. will finally consider encouraging private competition and patient choice.

cohenite
January 17, 2023 8:54 am

I didn’t mind Molan.

From the last thread:

Fact check true. I have brought 9mm and .45 ACP to donate to a friends pistol shooting activities and have never been asked.

That won’t happen in NSW; pistol ammo requires proof of ownership; unless the ammo is compatible with a long arm such as .22. See:

Sections 65 & 45A of the Firearms Act 1996 prescribe that ammunition for a firearm may only be supplied to a person who produces at the time of the supply:

Identification showing the name of the person acquiring the ammunition, and
A current firearms licence or permit for a firearm that takes the type of ammunition being acquired, or
A permit authorising the person to acquire the ammunition.
If the ammunition being acquired is for a pistol, in addition to the above the person acquiring the ammunition must produce the following at the time of supply:

The registration certificate for the firearm taking that type of ammunition, or
An issued permit to acquire for a firearm which takes that ammunition.

When these laws first came in ridiculous situations like not being able to buy .38 ammo when you had a .357 revolver occurred. A bit of sense has now been introduced.

flyingduk
flyingduk
January 17, 2023 9:01 am

Jim Molan ‘s death just announced

Ah shit – I heard him speak a few years back at an ADF conference. He contrasted Australia’s stated Defence Policy (focussed on ‘stabilisation’ operations against non peer islands in the Pacific – think East TImor and the Solomons) and its actual procurements – Air Warfare Destroyers, F35s, Long Range 155mm artillery etc.

He knew that war with China was coming – and he suggested the Government knows it too.

flyingduk
flyingduk
January 17, 2023 9:05 am

That won’t happen in NSW; pistol ammo requires proof of ownership; unless the ammo is compatible with a long arm such as .22.

No problemo: I have seen/owned long guns that fired 9mm (Rock Island Carbine), 45ACP (DeLisle Carbine) and 38/357 (1898 Alaskan Lever)

Dr Faustus
Dr Faustus
January 17, 2023 9:10 am

Clarkson issued a grovelling apology, seeking to appease the baying mobs. Well, that worked a treat.

Mr Clarkson emailed the couple on Christmas Day to say sorry for the comments, in which he wrote about excrement being thrown at a naked Meghan – describing his language as “disgraceful”.

In a statement issued by a spokesperson for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, the couple have criticised the apology, saying, “…what remains to be addressed is his long standing pattern of writing articles that spread hate rhetoric, dangerous conspiracy theories and misogyny”.

Well, that worked splendidly.
He must have been pissed.

areff
areff
January 17, 2023 9:12 am

Speaking only for myself, I’d happily cede the VicPol gym to the ladies if it meant missing the spectacle of Christine Nixon-like land whales in form-fitting athletic attire.

Roger
Roger
January 17, 2023 9:21 am

But back to Perrottet, what does he do? He issues a grovelling apology, however all this apology does is make things worse and keeps the MSM stew boiling because the MSM like to boil conservatives, preferably alive.

If he hadn’t issued an apology he’d be toast by now.

As opposed to being toast on 25th March.

He must love that job.

lotocoti
lotocoti
January 17, 2023 9:22 am

Scotland’s plan to implement 20-minute neighbourhoods nationwide

It’s not going down well in Oxford.

Top Ender
Top Ender
January 17, 2023 9:27 am

Should have a Totally Deranged President Day:

In a wide-ranging address in honor of Martin Luther King Day, President Biden called for cops to be ‘retrained’ not to shoot-to-kill and questioned why car insurance costs more in neighborhoods with heavily black populations.

Daily Mail

Farmer Gez
Farmer Gez
January 17, 2023 9:29 am

Watching a fat little Stasi bastard with sub-machine gun walking around Tullamarine terminal.
Give him a push and he’d go turtle.

Mother Lode
Mother Lode
January 17, 2023 9:32 am

Well there is a sort of tradition of marking ‘firsts’

JFK was the first Catholic President.

Obama was the first ‘Black President’.

The Hilderbeest was to be the first Lady President.

But at the moment, demented aphasic syphlytic girl-sniffing criminals have one of theirs in the WH.

mem
mem
January 17, 2023 9:36 am
Dr Faustus
Dr Faustus
January 17, 2023 9:37 am

Lecturer detects bot use in one-fifth of assessments as concerns mount over AI in exams

An associate communications lecturer at Deakin University has detected the use of bots in almost one-fifth of assessments, sparking concerns that the use of artificial technology to cheat in exams is widespread.

“The big issue is how do educators revise assessments in light of this technology – which is not going away – so that we can fairly and accurately assess student competencies.

Exams, sweetie.
Sit ‘em down in a big hall for three hours with an exam paper and invigilators and let it all hang out.

Or set out a big basket with “FREE Communication Degrees – now with a bonus PhD”.

H B Bear
H B Bear
January 17, 2023 9:49 am

Faustus but those foreign students and those “export” dollars.

P
P
January 17, 2023 9:50 am
min
min
January 17, 2023 9:55 am

Dr Faustus Victoria under the Retirement Villages Act and Owners Corporation Act I can guarantee members Of OCC would not have read . Under latest legislation September 22 I believe we are eligible for 15 year extension to sue builders Certificate of occupancy issued here April 2008.
Especially as we have combined issues of cladding and Building defects . Chair ex public service which says a lot about spending others’ money.
I with CArpe’s help have discovered all sorts of shenanigans when chasing builders registration and building permits like not registered bur two Project managers display our building as their project s for Building company Look up Robert Luxmoore PM and Retirement villages worked on . We are Rylands Hawthorn builder involved Buxton Construction Glad of any help as I gave already forked out 60,000 Those who could not pay charged 10 % interest.

Johnny Rotten
January 17, 2023 9:56 am

During a physical examination, a doctor asked a retired woman about her physical activity level.
The woman said she spent 3 days a week, every week in the outdoors.

“Well, yesterday afternoon was typical – I took a five-hour walk about seven miles through some pretty rough terrain. I waded along the edge of a lake. I pushed my way through two miles of brambles. I got sand in my shoes and my eyes. I barely avoided stepping on a snake. I climbed several rocky hills. I went to the bathroom behind some big trees. Ran away from an irate mother bear, and then ran away from one angry bull elk. The mental stress of it all left me shattered. At the end of it all I drank a scotch and three glasses of wine”.

Amazed by the story, the doctor said “You must be one hell of an outdoor woman!”

“No” the woman replied “I’m just a really, really crappy golfer”.

Johnny Rotten
January 17, 2023 9:57 am

My mother says I didn’t open my eyes for eight days after I was born, but when I did, the first thing I saw was an engagement ring. I was hooked.

– Elizabeth Taylor

lotocoti
lotocoti
January 17, 2023 10:12 am
Dr Faustus
Dr Faustus
January 17, 2023 10:19 am

Faustus but those foreign students and those “export” dollars.

Good Lord. What was I thinking?
I need to go and perform seppuku immediately.

flyingduk
flyingduk
January 17, 2023 10:24 am

It’s not going down well in Oxford.

Many years ago, a small Adelaide Hills dirt road which I used as a shortcut was similarly ‘bollarded’ by the council to make it into 2 blind ending roads to prevent ‘through’ traffic.

Within days, ‘someone’ cut said steel bollard off at ground level.

Fast forward 20 years, we now have *excellent* battery tools (chainsaws, grinders, saws) which the emergency services are starting to use during road crash rescues.

Not wanting to give them ideas, but each and every one of these bollards is going to need a real time video system and a ‘distress’ alarm that reacts to tampering – good luck with that, we all know how often other 24/7 alarms trigger falsely – 80% of fire alarms, for example, are false alarms.

thefrollickingmole
thefrollickingmole
January 17, 2023 10:24 am

You know what will kill the in-voice?

Its supporters.
With the scent of unlimited munni in their nostrils they cant help but be obnoxious shits.

Heres a gruinaid supported “reconciliation” clip.
As usual aping an African American chaps version.

About the last words of the song you can make out “you owe us

https://youtu.be/OjePJN0vhrM

Dot
Dot
January 17, 2023 10:25 am

Project based assessments.

No exams. No assignments.

You make something and do a demonstration.

For example; Ideally every law subject would just consist of mock trials, with a big daddy at the end of each subject.

Oh no! We have to teach people how to be academics, not lawyers or engineers, etc.

It would also mean the fossils in the arts, commerce and science faculties would have to learn how to use VBA etc.

calli
calli
January 17, 2023 10:28 am

You make something and do a demonstration.

No, no! That would mean it’s a TAFE course, not universitah!

Wash your mouth out, barbarian.

Dr Faustus
Dr Faustus
January 17, 2023 10:31 am

min: Sorry, an awful situation needing expert help well beyond my pointing out the normal defects processes.

As I’m sure you are aware, your OC should already have obtained legal advice at joint account expense on ways and means.

flyingduk
flyingduk
January 17, 2023 10:31 am

We’re gonna have to go somewhere,
run a couple of checklists and probably make some phone calls.

And if you could have the trucks extinguish our brake fires…..

Frank
Frank
January 17, 2023 10:31 am

Faustus but those foreign students and those “export” dollars.

Evil imperialist, genocidal, tyrannical gangster regime. They are harvesting organs for Christ’s sake. Sounds like the sort of setup that would attract the ire of the academic caste.

flyingduk
flyingduk
January 17, 2023 10:34 am

Project based assessments.

No exams. No assignments.

You make something and do a demonstration.

Hence the term ‘medical practice’ 😉

Dr Faustus
Dr Faustus
January 17, 2023 10:38 am

It would also mean the fossils in the arts, commerce and science faculties would have to learn how to use VBA etc.

No need for anything as drastic as that.
ChatGPT will do the VBA for you (poorly).

johanna
johanna
January 17, 2023 10:39 am

Oh, and these people living such degraded improvident existences now – what will happen to the money they get? How will they spend it? It will be a party at first. I foresee within a few years lots of gaudy bling being pawned to get money for drugs. Crumbling tumbledown houses with overgrown front yards covered in garbage in nice suburbs where the owner has neither the resources or knowledge to maintain it. Kids in powerful cars wrapped around phone poles. And a resentful hoard pissed off that they got duped by one hair-brained scheme or another adamant that there should have been some provision to protect them from being ripped off – even though they would never have accepted any such interference when they thought they were on an easy winner.

There was a black commenter on Breitbart (sorry, can’t find the link) who said that if the scheme went ahead, the money would be returned to Cadillac and Mercedes-Benz immediately.

His point was that a lot of poor people are poor because they don’t save or invest, they spend their money on immediate gratification.

Surveys of lottery winners bear this out. Those who were previously prudent benefited. Those who weren’t tend to blow the lot.

So, ‘reparations’ will still result in an underclass of broke losers who cannot manage their finances, having lost the lot by one means or another.

Funny thing, it reminds me of situations much closer to home.

Roger
Roger
January 17, 2023 10:41 am

Project based assessments.

No exams. No assignments.

You make something and do a demonstration.

With a day per week to cover the necessary academic study.

Sounds like an…apprenticeship!

thefrollickingmole
thefrollickingmole
January 17, 2023 10:43 am

Not enough demand for your product to justify the outlay?

Not a problem in modern Austfailure, just tap gubberment munni to help you.

Expanding electric vehicle charging network requires more government funding, advocates say
‘It covers most of Australia but lots of locations only have one or two chargers,’ BP Pulse boss says, as others call for greater public spending to reduce queues

Electric vehicle charging stations are located right across Australia but in many locations there are only one or two outlets, experts say, and that needs to change if people are to avoid lengthy queues next summer.

Significant government investment in regional EV infrastructure is the key to ending the frustrations many holidaymakers have experienced over the past few weeks, a number of charging companies have said.

The NSW government is promising to build more than 1,000 charging stations for electric vehicles under a four-year plan that would create the most extensive network in the country.

Roger
Roger
January 17, 2023 10:45 am

The NSW government is promising to build more than 1,000 charging stations for electric vehicles under a four-year plan that would create the most extensive network in the country.

Private benefit, socialised cost.

Dot
Dot
January 17, 2023 10:46 am

An associate communications lecturer at Deakin University has detected the use of bots in almost one-fifth of assessments, sparking concerns that the use of artificial technology to cheat in exams is widespread.

Bots can apparently write better than you, but using the uni supplied plagiarism detection software reckoned half of my law stuff was plagiarised because of the copious references demand to establish legal authority of the answers.

I wouldn’t be surprised if the “bots” were:

Common grammar conventions in perfectly acceptable writing programmes.

Indian freelancers writing essays.

Stupid “plagiarism detection”.

A mate of mine did a “compulsory” theology grad dip, one lecturer demanded only their academic work ever be cited! When you have some nong lay pastor putting themselves above Christ, what chance do their students have?

One law lecturer demanded we only refer to one textbook (a casebook) on the “relevant” chapters. She got demoted after that.

Gee these essays look remarkably similar!

They couldn’t put unplug their bed chamber plumbing, these useless idiots.

Dot
Dot
January 17, 2023 10:47 am

No need for anything as drastic as that.
ChatGPT will do the VBA for you (poorly).

That’s pretty cool.

thefrollickingmole
thefrollickingmole
January 17, 2023 10:47 am

Hence the term ‘medical practice’

Nothing like seeing a Doc skillfully stitching away at a patients head while quizzing his junior on the esoterics of heart medications and various arrhythmias without missing a beat.

Funny how much of the path to being a Dr is still very much an apprenticeship model

calli
calli
January 17, 2023 10:48 am

So, ‘reparations’ will still result in an underclass of broke losers who cannot manage their finances, having lost the lot by one means or another.

Joh, Cassie made an interesting observation on this last night.

Cassie of Sydney says:
January 16, 2023 at 8:04 pm
Further to Caleb, two years ago, SBS aired “Could You Survive on the Breadline?” which had Julie Goodwin, Caleb Bond and that parasite, NSW Greens MP Jenny Leong.

The different approaches to poverty and “making do” were stark.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
January 17, 2023 10:52 am

lotocotisays:

January 17, 2023 at 10:12 am

.
We’re gonna have to go somewhere,
run a couple of checklists and probably make some phone calls.
A change of underwear too.

FMD.
I can buy an ATV for kids with geo-fencing built in.
How hard would it be to instal similar technology in aircraft for ground movements.

Johnny Rotten
January 17, 2023 10:52 am

From Zerohedge.com –

Fed Chair Warns President Biden “We will not be a climate policymaker”

Preposterous ideas have gotten so out of hand that Fed Chair Warns President Biden “We will not be a climate policymaker”

“Without explicit congressional legislation, it would be inappropriate for us to use our monetary policy or supervisory tools to promote a greener economy or to achieve other climate-based goals. We are not, and will not be, a climate policymaker,” said Jerome Powell.

I am not one who often praises the Fed, but that paragraph deserves a standing ovation.

Meanwhile, the US is marching down an idiotic path towards electric vehicle mandates with no plan on where to get the minerals for the batteries. Nor does president Biden have an reasonable plan for the infrastructure needed.

“The same goes for Elbow and ‘Blackout’ Turtle Head Bowen here in Australia”

https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/best-video-climate-change-you-will-ever-see

Boambee John
Boambee John
January 17, 2023 10:54 am

Rogersays:
January 17, 2023 at 10:45 am
The NSW government is promising to build more than 1,000 charging stations for electric vehicles under a four-year plan that would create the most extensive network in the country.

Private benefit, socialised cost.

The political left used to oppose the “private benefit socialised cost” model. Not so much, now that they are on the same gravy train.

Forget about “What about the workers”, the slogan now is more like “Gimmee, gimmee, gimmee”.

calli
calli
January 17, 2023 10:54 am

That “Could You Survive the Breadline” three part docco is still available on SBS On Demand.

Boambee John
Boambee John
January 17, 2023 10:57 am

At my GP a year or so ago, a young student was present to receive mentoring. She got a mix of “listen to this”, and “what is your opinion”. It seemed to work well, I even managed to toss in a couple of questions.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
January 17, 2023 11:00 am

that would create the most extensive network in the country

Surely that’s a typo. Expensive, not extensive…

Funny how petrol stations don’t have to be built by the government.

Bruce in WA
January 17, 2023 11:03 am

Lizzie in Rovaniemi.

You’re living my bucket list. Please keep the reports coming.

Zipster
January 17, 2023 11:05 am
C.L.
C.L.
January 17, 2023 11:06 am

Sorry, but Caleb Bond should be axed for his Christopher Pahn pronunciations alone.

Has Rowan Dean’s show been axed?

I tuned in for a few of the Sky shows on their post-WEB return and – while I do appreciate the forum for truth they indubitably are – I’m tiring of the long lectures and the same guests. Voicer Chris Kenny I cannot take seriously.

Vicki
Vicki
January 17, 2023 11:06 am

Vale Jim Molan.

I have recently completed reading his very prescient book on the serious threat of a Chinese offensive in the next few years. He was a fine soldier, a patriot, and a fearless defender of the values of democratic societies. If only we had more like him in our political arena.

I fear that we shall not often see the like of him in the future.

Vicki
Vicki
January 17, 2023 11:07 am

My friend Dr. Phillip Altman, one of the founding members of the medical professionals who oppose the continued administration of the Covid vaccines (Australian Medical Professionals Society) has written (in the Substack) of the determined opposition to his professional testimony in the Fair Work Commission, where individuals have sought redress from dismissal through refusal to be vaccinated.

SO, WHAT WOULD I KNOW?

phillip.altman Substack

I recently appeared as an expert witness in an Australian Fair Work Commission case opposing vaccine mandates. A comprehensive and fully referenced Expert Report was written by myself and submitted to the court in the usual way.

I’ve been involved in many such cases and written many expert reports. However, I am seldom called to testify or be cross-examined. I suspect the other side is ill prepared for what I have to say and be appraised of the data at my fingertips. In the rare two cases I have been called, I have only been asked one question each time. In the first case I was asked if the COVID-19 vaccines had been “approved” and I said “no” because they are only Provisionally Approved in Australia and there is a big difference between “approved” and “provisionally approved”. When I tried to explain the difference (which the barrister opposite did not want to know about) I was immediately dismissed as a witness.

The second time I was called to testify I was asked to read an “expert” recommendation emanating from the government on COVID-19 vaccination policy stating the COVID vaccines prevented transmission of the virus and I was asked to confirm that the words were there. Of course, the words were there.

The Deputy President of the Fair Work Commission then said of me: “Well, it looks like Dr. Altman is outgunned here”. And that was the end of my testimony on the safety of COVID “vaccines”….. simple as that. My testimony was all over in a couple minutes. This suggests a very superficial judicial appraisal of the quality and value of expert advice available to the court. I was sitting right there ready to answer any questions asked of me. But no questions came. The failure of the judicial system to be able to take the time to look at scientific fact and distinguish fact from bureaucratic dogma unsupported by any hard evidence during the COVID times has cost thousands of lives in my opinion and I suspect this sort of behaviour is widespread.

Let’s drill down a bit on who knows what……..

The typical “expert” opposing me many cases is a medical doctor, often a Professor of Paediatrics or something similar who cites the policies and narratives of the prevailing pro-COVID vaccine narrative.

These types of “experts”, in general, have probably NEVER

– critically evaluated the manufacturing, chemistry and quality control data for a new pharmaceutical or

– read or know anything about the intricate and detailed code of Good Manufacturing Practice which is intended to ensure the quality of medicines or

– read or know about the international pharmaceutical regulatory guidelines regarding the chemistry, manufacturing and quality control of pharmaceuticals or

– read or know anything about the evaluation of animal toxicological studies or even seen a full animal toxicological report supporting a new chemical entity or

– know anything about the international pharmaceutical regulatory guidelines regarding the conduct and reporting of animal toxicology studies or

– read or know much about or have experience in designing, conducting and reporting pharmacokinetic studies in animals and man or

– know anything about the international pharmaceutical regulatory guidelines regarding pharmacokinetic clinical studies of absorption, distribution and elimination or

– have decades of experience in appraising and critically analysing the value and limitations of clinical trial reports – both full industry reports and published reports or

– have experience in managing adverse drug reaction reporting systems to detect safety signals especially for new drugs or

– been intimately involved in early phase clinical trial design, management and reporting of Phase I drugs determine the safety of a new therapeutic agent or

– been involved in international safety committees to assess the safety of a marketed drug or

– been responsible for the complete compilation of safety data for a drug which has never previously been registered worldwide

Well, I have 40+ years experience in doing these things which are all relevant to the assessment of the safety of the COVID vaccines but I am never asked about it in a court of law. Why not?

Cassie of Sydney
January 17, 2023 11:07 am

The different approaches to poverty and “making do” were stark.

It’s terribly unfashionable nowadays, actually very taboo, to even suggest that some people are poor, deprived and living in squalor because of their inability or unwillingness to make the right decisions.

I’ve never forgotten this, I remember as a teenager watching, with my parents, a Four Corners programme (when it was still watchable) on “poverty” in Australia. I remember how it chronicled a woman with several children, I can’t remember if she was single, but this was the late 1970s. Anyway, given some money, she went out and bought cans of soup to feed her children, whereas if that had been my mother, she would have gone out and bought some vegetables along with some lamb or beef bones, plus some good bread, and with the vegetables and bones she would have made a big soup enough to feed a family with leftovers. We know what’s more nutritious, and it isn’t the cans of soup. Housekeeping involves making sensible frugal decisions, but some are incapable or unwilling to do so.

Vicki
Vicki
January 17, 2023 11:10 am

Has Rowan Dean’s show been axed?

I think it is just the “summer break”, C.L.

Zipster
January 17, 2023 11:13 am
m0nty
January 17, 2023 11:15 am

Has Rowan Dean’s show been axed?

From last week:

Sky News has announced major changes to its weekday prime-time lineup, with the addition of award-winning journalist Sharri Markson to a regular weekday timeslot.
Sharri Markson, a two-time Walkley Award winner and investigations writer at The Australian, will take over the 5pm Monday to Thursday timeslot on Sky News Australia from February.

The decision to appoint Markson to the role comes after the sacking of disgraced broadcaster Chris Smith late last year.

– Advertisement –

Markson brings over a decade of news-breaking experience to the prime-time spot. Markson has previously held senior roles at News Corp, including national political editor at The Daily Telegraph, and published a book on the origins of the Covid-19 virus during the pandemic.

In addition to Markson’s show, Sky News will also feature new programs in 2023 such as Sunday with Stoker, hosted by former Queensland Senator Amanda Stoker, and The Late Debate, chaired by James Macpherson, Liz Storer, and Caleb Bond.

The Late Debate will air in the 10pm Monday – Thursday timeslot from this week on Sky News Australia.

These changes will also see veteran commentator Chris Kenny move to the 8pm timeslot with his show, Chris Kenny Tonight, and Paul Murray return to his previous 9pm Sunday to Thursday timeslot with Paul Murray Live.

Ahead of King Charles III’s coronation in May, Sky News will debut a new weekly program, The Royal Report, hosted by SkyNews.com.au Contributor Caroline Di Russo Sundays at 10:00pm.

Somewhat surprisingly, headline-generating hosts Rita Panahi and Rowan Dean have failed to secure regular weekday timeslots in the 2023 schedule. The two controversial hosts have however been selected to present digital-only content for the channels expanding Youtube and podcast platforms.

The Rita Panahi Show: Overtime will be available to stream on Flash and as a podcast, with segments reaching all Sky News digital platforms including SkyNews.com.au and Sky News Australia’s YouTube channel. The digital-only program will be available as a podcast each Monday to kick-start the week.

Sky News will further expand its exclusive audio-only offering with the launch of a new podcast by popular Outsiders host Rowan Dean. Rowan Dean’s Outsiderswill be a weekly one-on-one with mavericks and game-changers with provocative opinions, available on your favourite podcasting app.

Expensive ratings flop Piers Morgan Uncensored has been pushed back to an 11pm timeslot on the network in 2023.

Vicki
Vicki
January 17, 2023 11:15 am

Jim Molan gone, and I believe Ian Plimer is very ill. We can’t afford to lose such giants.

Johnny Rotten
January 17, 2023 11:17 am

Funny how petrol stations don’t have to be built by the government.

Exactly and all Transitions throughout History that have worked have been driven by Consumers and NOT by any Guv’ment Mandate. And those transitions have always moved humans to a proven technology/service/product. This so called ‘Transition’ to ‘Green Energy’ will not work as there is nothing to transition to that works 24/7/12/365/ for years 2023/2024/2025…………………until something else works for the betterment of Humankind.

Vicki
Vicki
January 17, 2023 11:18 am

Somewhat surprisingly, headline-generating hosts Rita Panahi and Rowan Dean have failed to secure regular weekday timeslots in the 2023 schedule. The two controversial hosts have however been selected to present digital-only content for the channels expanding Youtube and podcast platforms.

I was wrong. They have been axed. We are doomed.

caveman
caveman
January 17, 2023 11:19 am

Clarkson issued a grovelling apology, seeking to appease the baying mobs. Well, that worked a treat.

Mr Clarkson emailed the couple on Christmas Day to say sorry for the comments, in which he wrote about excrement being thrown at a naked Meghan – describing his language as “disgraceful”.

He’s got to be taking the piss. I was laughing reading the apology.
And the email on Christmas day I think that’s solid gold trolling.

m0nty
January 17, 2023 11:20 am

Sounds like Rita is going to do the same show as last year but only for digital, while Dean is going to have to do interviews without a spot for solo rants.

Cassie of Sydney
January 17, 2023 11:22 am

Sounds like Rita is going to do the same show as last year but only for digital, while Dean is going to have to do interviews without a spot for solo rants.”

Wrong fascist. Dean will continue with Outsiders, the most popular programme on Sky. We can look forward to more superb solo rants from Dean.

Dean’s show last year was a temporary replacement after Morgan’s show here in Oz failed.

Fascist, stick to what you know, which is very little.

Cassie of Sydney
January 17, 2023 11:24 am

“I was wrong. They have been axed. We are doomed.

NO, they haven’t been “axed”. They will continue with Outsiders.

Jorge
Jorge
January 17, 2023 11:25 am

Well, I have 40+ years experience in doing these things which are all relevant to the assessment of the safety of the COVID vaccines but I am never asked about it in a court of law. Why not

Aren’t there twobarristers ? Where’s your dog ? Can’t he bark, too ?

johanna
johanna
January 17, 2023 11:26 am

‘The poor will always be with us’ is simply true. OK, the definition of ‘poor’ has ramped up considerably, but to the extent that it means that some people are unable or unwilling to engage in the modern economy, the poor will always be with us.

Today’s ‘poor’ live like royalty compared to middle class people 100 years ago.

Cassie of Sydney
January 17, 2023 11:26 am

Sky is doing what most channels do, refreshing. Dean and Panahi are Sky assets.

m0nty
January 17, 2023 11:27 am

I don’t know if being moved from Sky News to digital is that much of a demotion, tbh. Digital can get much bigger audience, especially podcasts. And can be very lucrative.

C.L.
C.L.
January 17, 2023 11:32 am

Thanks, Monty. Wow. My favourite, Rita, banished to digital, hey.
Dean was a bit out there sometimes but his show had some personality.

All Sky anchors talk too much and won’t let their guests speak.

Cassie of Sydney
January 17, 2023 11:33 am

“All Sky anchors talk too much and won’t let their guests speak.”

That’s true.

Jorge
Jorge
January 17, 2023 11:34 am

Molan faced a very dangerous bunch of Indos one fraught night in East Timor and risked his life to save a small group fleeing Indonesian soldiers. It was an incredibly brave thing to do. They owe their lives to him.

C.L.
C.L.
January 17, 2023 11:34 am

Glad to hear it, re Outsiders, thanks, Cassie.

Vicki
Vicki
January 17, 2023 11:34 am

NO, they haven’t been “axed”. They will continue with Outsiders.

Good news on a sad day.

Big_Nambas
Big_Nambas
January 17, 2023 11:35 am

Japan just reported its highest single day number of COVID deaths and set a record for their highest average number of the pandemic, despite nearly three years of universal masking & exceptionally high vaccination and booster rates. Seems to be working perfectly to control COVID.

After three booster campaigns in 2022, the Japanese are now in a league of their own among mRNA consuming countries, administering far more boosters than countries that had far more coercive vaccination campaigns.

https://www.smalldeadanimals.com/2023/01/16/experts-always-the-last-to-know/

Chris
Chris
January 17, 2023 11:36 am

Aren’t there twobarristers ? Where’s your dog ? Can’t he bark, too ?

This. Winner!
The expert witness is not a co-investigator, but a resource. If one side of the adversarial process is not using their witness, they are doing some other job than what the writer thinks they should.

Vicki
Vicki
January 17, 2023 11:38 am

Well, I have 40+ years experience in doing these things which are all relevant to the assessment of the safety of the COVID vaccines but I am never asked about it in a court of law. Why not
Aren’t there twobarristers ? Where’s your dog ? Can’t he bark, too ?

You are engaged as an expert witness, and as such, you can’t advise the legal counsel of the appellant on his conduct of the case. Well, you can – but it will have little effect.

H B Bear
H B Bear
January 17, 2023 11:46 am

You are engaged as an expert witness, and as such, you can’t advise the legal counsel of the appellant on his conduct of the case.

That’s never stopped anyone, as you allude to.

Jorge
Jorge
January 17, 2023 11:47 am

his conduct of the case…..

Ah, another ‘expert’. A lot of them about.

JMH
JMH
January 17, 2023 11:49 am

CL:

All Sky anchors talk too much and won’t let their guests speak.

I find it really galling that good guests are allotted such short time to get their points across. Guest mid sentence – “sorry, that all the time we have” and slam. And also, CL up-thread; I agree, the same dreary drearies night after night. New blood is urgently needed.

I’m watching less Sky every year.

Tom
Tom
January 17, 2023 11:51 am

All Sky anchors talk too much and won’t let their guests speak.

Having a giant ego is a pre-requisite for getting a TV news/current affairs show. Very few hosts are good enough to understand that viewers tune in for the content, not the ego on which it rides.

Andrew Bolt is the worst offender at Sky News Australia, Shaun Hannity the worse offender at Fox News in America.

Tucker Carlson is in the minority who put the content first and parks his ego. He is rewarded with the highest ratings among the coveted mid-20s-to-mid-50s age demographic in American cable TV.

Zipster
January 17, 2023 11:52 am

bug +shit sandwich

Fertiliser made from human faeces and urine is ‘safe’ to use on food crops, say scientists
Fertiliser costs have been soaring, contributing to the rapid rise in global food prices and putting increased pressure on farmers and shoppers – but researchers suggest human waste could provide a “viable and safe” long-term alternative.

thefrollickingmole
thefrollickingmole
January 17, 2023 11:53 am

Look at this triumphal headline for the maggots infesting the media.
Spivs and chancers sequestered in academia with absolutely no skin in the game think they can redesign agriculture.
Im sure it will work out just fine.

Have we reached ‘peak meat’? Why one country is trying to limit its number of livestock
Dutch farms are feeling the squeeze from EU rules and need to make sweeping changes to the farm system – could a huge producer like the US follow suit?

Ingrid de Sain is one of thousands of dairy farmers in the Netherlands who says she sometimes lies awake at night. Since a court ruling in 2019 which found the Dutch were breaking European environmental law, her farm of 100 cows in north Holland has been illegal.

Like the other 2,500-plus farmers whose environmental permission was suddenly invalid, she wants a future where she can earn a living and farm legally again.

The Netherlands is first to face questions scientists believe will soon come to all intensively farmed areas: how can we balance the needs of the environment with the way we farm and grow? Have we reached “peak meat”, like peak oil: so much livestock, so much local pollution, that the only sustainable future is in reduction? They’re questions the US, the world’s largest producer of beef, will also soon have to answer.

In November, the Dutch government announced the first part of a €24.3bn ($26.3bn) plan to buy out up to 3,000 farms and major industrial polluters near protected nature reserves – if necessary, through compulsory purchase, “with pain in our hearts”. It is hugely controversial and only initial outlines have been announced after a year of protests, tense negotiations and a report in October recommending buying out the top 500 or 600 polluters within a year.

The reason is that the emissions of ammonia, nitrogen oxides and nitrous oxide are damaging areas of unique, natural landscape known as Natura 2000 habitats, which the country is bound by EU law to protect. The government says this means reducing local nitrogen compound emissions from between 12% and 70%, including slashing the Netherlands’ 118 million farmed animals by 30% by 2030, according to Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency projections.

Tjeerd de Groot, a member of the house of representatives in the Netherlands and agriculture spokesman for coalition party D66, advocates halving the numbers of pigs and poultry, raising fewer cows and grazing them on pasture, rather than importing grain and soy for feed. “Everywhere you look, there’s a problem with agriculture,” he said, citing the toll the resulting pollution has taken on biodiversity and water quality. “Yes, we have been a big exporter but now we are paying a big price in the environment.”
Environmentalists believe the Netherlands needs to change all elements of its food system chain to provide a good income for different methods of farming. “All the signs are red,” said Natasja Oerlemans, head of the food team at the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Netherlands. “The production system of meat and dairy in the Netherlands can no longer be held at this level. That’s been clear for years.”

All eyes are on the Netherlands, according to scientists who believe the world needs action to reduce livestock – rather than relying on voluntary pollution reduction or technological measures that may be unproven at scale.

“The major difference to previous measures is a reduction in livestock numbers,” said Dr Helen Harwatt, a senior research fellow at Chatham House and climate policy fellow at Harvard University. In 2019 she led a group of scientists calling for action to ensure livestock declines. “We tend to only see technological approaches to reducing nitrogen at the point of production or reducing leakage to the environment, rather than reducing the amount of agricultural production. It’ll be all eyes on the Netherlands to learn from this transition.”

Livestock – farmed both for meat and for dairy – have major environmental impacts, and Harwatt argues that reductions should be part of a broader green action. “Currently, the aspiration globally is to protect more land for biodiversity, reverse biodiversity loss, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, halt deforestation and increase livestock production,” she said. “There are currently far more livestock on the planet than wild animals, and more than three times the human population. Livestock production is forecast to continue increasing, as diets transition across the world to include more animal products. Something has to give and it shouldn’t be the climate or biodiversity.”

Countries such as Denmark and the US may soon face similar predicaments, according to Pete Smith, professor of soils and global change at Aberdeen University in Scotland. “We demonstrated last year that animal agriculture is responsible for 57% of greenhouse gas emissions from the food system,” he said. “It has a disproportionate effect on the climate. We have too many livestock for the climate to support, and it’s the intensity of farming that’s the issue. I’m not surprised the Netherlands is taking the lead as it has the biggest problem.”

The US, meanwhile, is the world’s largest producer of beef, chicken meat and cow’s milk, and is the second largest producer of pork. “If we compare foods in terms of their nutrient pollution impact per kilogram produced, nothing is higher than beef,” said Harwatt. “Two-thirds of all crop calories produced in the US are used for feed crops. But livestock production contributes less than 1% to US GDP, and at least twice as much food for humans could be produced on land currently used to grow feed crops for farmed animals.”
The US is set to produce 12,820,000 metric tons of beef and veal this year, according to the United States Department of Agriculture – a slight fall of 6% due to drought conditions, but with increased production of pork and chicken.

Animal farming has been linked to 17,900 US deaths a year from air-based pollution, and the United States Environmental Protection Agency says agricultural runoff is the leading cause of “water quality impacts to rivers and streams, the third leading source of lakes and the second largest source of impairments to wetlands”. One example is the Mississippi River.

While the US has signed treaties such as the G7 2030 Nature Compact, pledging to halt biodiversity loss, and has a new special envoy on biodiversity and water resources, it is not party to the Convention on Biological Diversity – a potential stumbling block to adopting a Dutch-style plan.

Dr Matthew Hayek, assistant professor in environmental studies at New York University, advocates deciding a point of “peak livestock” and aiming for reduction, rather than trusting climate mitigation strategies such as seaweed additives or manure digesters. “They don’t address part of the problem and their technical efficiency hasn’t been shown at levels of scale – especially when you compare with just producing and consuming less,” he said.

“In the United States, in midwestern states especially, there are still way higher levels of nitrogen concentration and ‘impaired waters’ than are federally allowed. But states can carve out exemptions, and this is what has been done across Iowa and a lot of corn- and meat-heavy states. There’s just not the legal mechanisms or social pressure to address them – especially given you have so much social and regulatory capture by the agricultural industries.

“We also have a certain amount of nitrogen pollution that is ‘allowed’. The way that we deal with a lot of ‘point source’ pollution from industrial animal farming is by spreading it out over fields and miraculously turning it into non-point source pollution, which can’t be strictly regulated,” he added.

Hayek believes “soft” policies such as vegan-by-default menus in New York City hospitals could be combined with local regulation, like the 2010 “total maximum daily load” limit to improve water quality in Chesapeake Bay – as well as increasing public awareness. “Often, we are not even choosing to eat meat; we are choosing because we don’t recognise that there’s a choice not to eat meat,” he said. “We’re also not really combining the micro scale with the macro scale in our regulatory frameworks. We’re looking at one farm or one field, but we aren’t asking the question: is that nitrogen load in that watershed higher than that watershed can handle?

In the small, densely populated Netherlands, it might seem easier to address “macro” policy in a country of 17.8 million people.

But political action here is fraught with conflict, competing interests, anger and distrust.

Farmers complain of hanging in uncertainty for years; say pollution sources such as aviation, road travel and industry are scarcely addressed; and assert their sector has made more reductions than any other. “People in the countryside have been innovating for 30 years to reduce nitrogen – there’s no other sector that has done as much,” said Kees Hanse, a farmer and windfarm owner in Zierikzee who is standing in Zeeland elections for the growing BBB Farmer-Citizen Movement. “We don’t want to get ever bigger but we will continue to innovate and keep trying to create safe food resources for people. Nitrogen reductions are not about buying up farmers. It should come from industry, air traffic, shipping, car movements.”

Meanwhile the idea of suggesting the Dutch should eat less meat was so controversial that it was quietly removed from a 2019 climate awareness campaign by a former agriculture minister.

Some believe that a nitrogen pricing system, part of the new proposals, will help.

“Farmers haven’t done anything wrong: they have just done what the economy dictates,” said MP de Groot. “Because there’s no pricing of pollution, food is too cheap. The damage has been counted by an institute at €7bn a year, in the Netherlands. You should [monetise] that – and then the economy will change.”

Environmentalists like Oerlemans call for scrutiny of other parts of the food chain – including banks and feed producers – as well as help for farmers to transition to better-paid, lower-intensity farming plus services such as nature development, flood plain management and carbon sequestration.

But for dairy farmers like de Sain – one of those the government wants to legalise by making “peak polluters” stop – certainty cannot come soon enough. “Farmers always followed the rules,” she said. “If I could make ends meet with 50 cows, why would I milk 100?”

rickw
rickw
January 17, 2023 11:56 am

Watching a fat little Stasi bastard with sub-machine gun walking around Tullamarine terminal.
Give him a push and he’d go turtle.

At least he had a sub-machine gun minimising the number that he might accidentally murder. Some of the Mongs carry something like an M4.

JMH
JMH
January 17, 2023 11:56 am

Tom:

Having a giant ego is a pre-requisite for getting a TV news/current affairs show. Very few hosts are good enough to understand that viewers tune in for the content, not the ego on which it rides.

Caleb Bond recognises this and that is why I thought his fill-in (WEB) spots were required viewing.

H B Bear
H B Bear
January 17, 2023 12:01 pm

Hayek believes “soft” policies such as vegan-by-default menus …

No, not that one.

vr
vr
January 17, 2023 12:04 pm

I was talking to my GP in Melbourne yesterday. Struggling to find a locum to working in her business. Pays $220 per hour. And they want more. And she still has to pay all the costs. Says the problem she is facing is widespread

duncanm
duncanm
January 17, 2023 12:04 pm

Expanding electric vehicle charging network requires more government funding, advocates say
‘It covers most of Australia but lots of locations only have one or two chargers,’ BP Pulse boss says, as others call for greater public spending to reduce queues

Boss of company selling car charging stations says government must spend more money on car charging stations.

What a surprise

flyingduk
flyingduk
January 17, 2023 12:04 pm

Have we reached “peak meat”, like peak oil: so much livestock, so much local pollution, that the only sustainable future is in reduction? They’re questions the US, the world’s largest producer of beef, will also soon have to answer.

I am an obligate carnivore, for health reasons, if they try to stop me eating my optimal diet, they will find out why carnivores have fangs….

C.L.
C.L.
January 17, 2023 12:04 pm

Very good point re Tucker, Tom.
He asks a question and then listens.

The absolute worst offender is Morgan.
“Let me stop you there,” he invariably says, after a guest’s first five words.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
January 17, 2023 12:05 pm

Fertiliser made from human faeces and urine is ‘safe’ to use on food crops, say scientists

Hold the presses, Science matches farmers of 8,000 BC!
These people are so brilliant.

Kneel
Kneel
January 17, 2023 12:10 pm

“In the United States, in midwestern states especially, there are still way higher levels of nitrogen concentration and ‘impaired waters’ than are federally allowed.”

So, before European settlement, there were millions (billions?) of buffalo, and that was OK because “natural”.
But kill all of them and replace them with cows and that is bad, because “not natural”.
Right.
They both eat the same stuff and they both “output” the same “waste”.

rickw
rickw
January 17, 2023 12:10 pm

(focussed on ‘stabilisation’ operations against non peer islands in the Pacific – think East TImor and the Solomons)

Of course the stabilisation efforts focused on Civilian Disarmament which ensured that the Chinese insurgency by corruption couldn’t be fixed by the locals. Australian efforts also generally reinforced the capacity of corrupt governments.

Mongstralia does foreign policy.

rickw
rickw
January 17, 2023 12:17 pm

Mongstralia does foreign policy.

Forget to mention that they also spent a lot of time locating and destroying any WWII weapons that might be able to be recommissioned and any WWII munitions that might be able to be used to make IED’s.

GreyRanga
GreyRanga
January 17, 2023 12:20 pm

Is that right Kneel, I never knew Buffalo and Cows waste output was politicians. That’s what is so good about this blog, you can learn new stuff every day.

C.L.
C.L.
January 17, 2023 12:22 pm

The Australian Open has just announced a ban on Russian flags because one was seen during the first-round match between Kateryna Baindl and Kamilla Rakhimova on day one of the tennis major.

calli
calli
January 17, 2023 12:22 pm

Fertiliser made from human faeces and urine is ‘safe’ to use on food crops, say scientists

That’s interesting. In the 90’s Amgrow had a product which was recycled sewage sludge mixed in windrows with leaf litter. I think it was called “Biogrow”. Although the name persists, they stopped using the sludge because health concerns.

Perhaps the were taking too much profit from Big Chook Poo.

calli
calli
January 17, 2023 12:25 pm

Here’s a buffalo (bison) story.

Check out the photos.

Zipster
January 17, 2023 12:27 pm

Russia Has Built Its First Production Batch Of Poseidon Nuclear Torpedoes: Report
The Poseidon ultra long-range nuclear-powered, nuclear warhead-equipped torpedo is one of Russia’s so-called ‘super weapons.’

rickw
rickw
January 17, 2023 12:34 pm

This slaughter (of Bison) also decimated Native Americans’ most important resource. Their near-extinction all but ended the fight for native independence.

Anyone seeing a parallel here with the current war on cattle?

Kneel
Kneel
January 17, 2023 12:34 pm

“The Poseidon ultra long-range nuclear-powered, nuclear warhead-equipped torpedo…”

The so-called “tsunami bomb”.

Zipster
January 17, 2023 12:36 pm

Elon Musk
@elonmusk
Replying to
@ShellenbergerMD
The S in ESG stands for Satanic
10:47 AM · Jan 16, 2023 1M Views

Kneel
Kneel
January 17, 2023 12:36 pm

“Is that right Kneel, I never knew Buffalo and Cows waste output was politicians.”

Cows are the female of the species, whereas politicians apparently require the male to produce.
🙂

H B Bear
H B Bear
January 17, 2023 12:37 pm

The Australian Open has just announced a ban on Russian flags because one was seen during the first-round match between Kateryna Baindl and Kamilla Rakhimova on day one of the tennis major.

I thought they already had one. Medvedev got a white square on TV last night. The physical flag on an outside court sounds like an enforcement issue. It wouldn’t be the AO without some European racial tension.

Bourne1879
Bourne1879
January 17, 2023 12:43 pm

Vicki,
Thanks for the Dr Altman comments about his experience giving evidence.

It does seem odd the lawyer on the plaintiff side did not get more information from him during the hearing. Although in all those cases the expert medical evidence has been submitted in writing well before.

In the Qld police mandate case the paper submissions were submitted 7 months prior to actual hearing and that was pre Omicron evidence and before mandates for jab 3. By time of that hearing the medical evidence was seriously out of date. The Police Commissioner trying to justify her mandates mentioned thousands of deaths that had not actually happened at time she introduced her mandate.

What he does not mention is the significant financial benefits some experts on the Government side have received during past 3 years. As a retired Dr I doubt there has been much financial benefit for Altman speaking up as he has. In fact he has probably spent thousands of hours on research, compiling reports and interviews for no personal benefit.

Has anybody heard of any cases where a CHO actually gave evidence?
Qld CHO managed to avoid getting out of being a respondent in the Qld Police case and the Dr’s case was dropped not longer after plaintiffs submitted their paperwork.

Along with the media the judiciary have failed us. It is now 7 months since the Police mandate case concluded and I have yet to find out the result. Either deliberately been delayed or not been reported on. Either way something very odd.

C.L.
C.L.
January 17, 2023 12:51 pm

Tennis Australia:

“Our initial policy was that fans could bring them in but could not use them to cause disruption. Yesterday we had an incident where a flag was placed courtside.”

There was no ‘incident.’ The Ukrainian ambassador complained.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
January 17, 2023 12:53 pm

 It wouldn’t be the AO without some European racial tension.

Usually teenage first/second generation “Australians” re-igniting whatever Balkans grudge it is which pushes their particular buttons.

cohenite
January 17, 2023 12:59 pm

and I believe Ian Plimer is very ill.

Any sources for that?

H B Bear
H B Bear
January 17, 2023 12:59 pm

The Ukrainians have a quite developed sense of offence. Usually accompanied by a request or similar.

H B Bear
H B Bear
January 17, 2023 1:02 pm

Usually teenage first/second generation “Australians” re-igniting whatever Balkans grudge it is which pushes their particular buttons.

Bloody A League.

hzhousewife
hzhousewife
January 17, 2023 1:06 pm

I will miss Rita Panahi on Sky, she is fearless. Sky can be replaced by better long-form material on youtube I find, for example tonight I will watch Neil Oliver interviews Dr John Campbell instead of the “news”.

C.L.
C.L.
January 17, 2023 1:12 pm

Stephanie Warriner died after being choked by security in a Toronto hospital for having her mask too low.

Guards cleared in hospital death of Stephanie Warriner.

Canada has become very dark Nazi place. A disgusting shithole country, in fact.

The CBC footage shows three fatso guards descending upon the tiny WHITE woman. She was reportedly then floored, overwhelmed with stress and then died.

Many of these hospital/aged ‘care’ attacks seem to have a racial component.

calli
calli
January 17, 2023 1:12 pm

Why did the operator of the camera pan away?

He told the coroner he “panicked”. He was a security guard. Some guard.

The woman didn’t have Covid. Even if she had, they had no business treating a patient like that. She was tiny and frail and could barely breathe.

Ironically, wall posters warn of Danger! and blare that 2020 is the “Year of the Nurse”.

calli
calli
January 17, 2023 1:15 pm

Reminded me of this.

And this.

Just in case you imagine it was only Canada.

John H.
John H.
January 17, 2023 1:19 pm

hzhousewifesays:
January 17, 2023 at 1:06 pm
I will miss Rita Panahi on Sky, she is fearless. Sky can be replaced by better long-form material on youtube I find, for example tonight I will watch Neil Oliver interviews Dr John Campbell instead of the “news”.

I suspect Sky News is an example of you get what you pay for. The regular guests are probably on the cheap and they don’t call in others because of the cost. There is no in depth journalism where they go out and do the hard yards. Most of it is about a bunch of people sitting around a table blathering on. Another problem I have with it is the same old tropes being used again and again. They need to spread the subject coverage and stop trying to turn every subject into a political fight. Always whining about woke, AGW, the Left etc. Same old message that is very much preaching to the choir. There are plenty of interesting things happening in the world but Sky has tunnel vision. Sky News needs to stop making every subject it covers an opportunity for political rhetoric. Some things are just interesting, there is no need for a political slant but the poor sods can’t help themselves.

Roger
Roger
January 17, 2023 1:20 pm

Lowy Institute boffin says declaring Diwali & the Lunar New Year public holidays in Australia is a “no brainer.”

“Rather than fostering division, more public holidays would create a greater sense of unity by encouraging greater societal understanding of different beliefs and practices, normalising cultural pluralism in Australia,” Osmond Chiu said.

Mmm…what about Eid then?

And the Sikhs would want Baisakhi and the Buddhists Wesak.

And I’m sure the Business Council of Australia would welcome the extra cost for employers.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
January 17, 2023 1:20 pm

Bloody A League.

You didn’t want to enter through the wrong gate wearing opposition colours at the old State League Soccer games.

Colonel Crispin Berka
Colonel Crispin Berka
January 17, 2023 1:21 pm

Natalie Hui ??????@NH4HumanRights·Jan 9

Europe has had to learn the hard way that economic dependence on cheap Russian ?? energy and cheap Chinese ?? products is no longer a viable economic model, says former NATO chief Rasmussen, currently as chairman & founder of the Denmark-based Alliance of Democracies Foundation

Works both ways. China also has one of the highest international trade risk exposures of all countries.

Looking forward to…erm… an Aussie semiconductor fab being built? I guess?

Cats and Kittehs may have fun imagining what an Aussie computer chip factory would be called.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
January 17, 2023 1:25 pm

Ironically, wall posters warn of Danger! and blare that 2020 is the “Year of the Nurse”.

Possibly among the most dangerous aspect of this shit-show.
The “protect the NHS” mantra, where it became perfectly acceptable to sacrifice the care of the sick and dying, lest a 20 year old nurse catch what for them might be a mild sniffle, interrupting their Tik-Tok practice.

Roger
Roger
January 17, 2023 1:30 pm

I have to agree with John H.

Sky “after dark” doesn’t have a lot of depth of analysis or width of coverage.

In that sense it mirrors the msm.

Perhaps there’s pressure on the hosts to be entertaining? That is, after all, the purpose of the medium.

I’d rather watch John Anderson’s interviews.

bespoke
bespoke
January 17, 2023 1:34 pm

Most of it is about a bunch of people sitting around a table blathering on. Another problem I have with it is the same old tropes being used again and again. They need to spread the subject coverage and stop trying to turn every subject into a political fight. Always whining about woke, AGW, the Left etc. Same old message that is very much preaching to the choir.

indubitably.

Colonel Crispin Berka
Colonel Crispin Berka
January 17, 2023 1:36 pm

flyingduk says: January 17, 2023 at 12:04 pm

if they try to stop me eating my optimal diet, they will find out why carnivores have fangs….

Count Quackula.

flyingduk
flyingduk
January 17, 2023 1:36 pm

and I believe Ian Plimer is very ill.

Any sources for that?

He mentioned himself, in a podcast last year, that he had disseminated melanoma.

calli
calli
January 17, 2023 1:38 pm

Diwali & the Lunar New Year

This country was founded by Christians. We don’t do idolatry.

Not officially, anyway.

GreyRanga
GreyRanga
January 17, 2023 1:41 pm

Had to laugh, guy down the road keeps his garden immaculate, problem being he blows all the debri next door. Neighbour had enough and has been collecting debris which he has dumped all over fastidious guys garden. Had the nerve to cut up rough.

calli
calli
January 17, 2023 1:45 pm

Protecting the people who are paid to protect us. And who are always at the ready to tell us that they have a “calling” to their job, as though it’s something sacred and sacrificial.

It hasn’t been that for a very long time. There may be circumstances where medical staff put themselves at risk, but that is true of many, many jobs from seafaring to building to production lines and transport.

The most horrible thing was the pan rattling and clapping – a creepy collectivist ritual if ever there was one. When to stop? Will they think less of me if I go indoors? Not turn up? Yik.

C.L.
C.L.
January 17, 2023 1:45 pm

There is no in depth journalism where they go out and do the hard yards. Most of it is about a bunch of people sitting around a table blathering on. Another problem I have with it is the same old tropes being used again and again. They need to spread the subject coverage and stop trying to turn every subject into a political fight. Always whining about woke, AGW, the Left etc. Same old message that is very much preaching to the choir. There are plenty of interesting things happening in the world but Sky has tunnel vision. Sky News needs to stop making every subject it covers an opportunity for political rhetoric. Some things are just interesting, there is no need for a political slant but the poor sods can’t help themselves.

Well said, John.
I started watching Kenny last night but his climate lecturette seemed to go on for ten minutes. I changed the channel. Murray just barks at the audience and then chaperones it away from principle and toward capitulation. To protect his mate ScoMo, he went on and on about how net zero was like “death and taxes.” Move on, shut up – we’re all net zero believers now. When he argued last year that a drag queen on Play School wasn’t the hill to die on re the ABC, that was the last straw.

GreyRanga
GreyRanga
January 17, 2023 1:47 pm

Semiconductor plant Aus? Very much doubt it as our costs are similar to US and they are 4-5X costs in Taiwan to build. No wonder we are stuffed. Australia, you’re standing in it.

hzhousewife
hzhousewife
January 17, 2023 1:49 pm

There’s so much Sky could cover. For example some interesting non-woke History or Geography half hours, since the schools don’t teach this any more, might educate the under forties and get some family viewing happening (NOT like animals aka Attenborough however!) Or Science – gosh, our family all adored “Why Is It So?” back in the day. Imagine re-running THAT !

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