Open Thread – Tue 24 Jan 2023


Andromache mourning Hector, Jacques Louis David, 1783


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H B Bear
H B Bear
January 25, 2023 8:29 am

Uncle Luigi’s on the spot guidance in Alice Springs shapes up well:

Looking about as successful as when Gillard bussed those Mummy bloggers out to some Western Sydney RSL. When it comes to politics and blackfellas – remember The Golden Rule.

JC
JC
January 25, 2023 8:32 am

Lots of voter disenfranchisement in Georgia.

No black voters had a poor experience voting in the 2022 midterm elections in Georgia, according to a poll conducted by the University of Georgia.

Dot
Dot
January 25, 2023 8:32 am

Gillard bussed those Mummy bloggers out to some Western Sydney RSL

Who says we can’t look back and laugh at her incompetent, criminal Premiership?

Did the sleuths at the Women’s Equity Detective Agency (Alluring Feminised Pigs) ever solve the “Australia Day Riots”?

I hope the right wing lunatics are held responsible!

Indolent
Indolent
January 25, 2023 8:34 am
H B Bear
H B Bear
January 25, 2023 8:39 am

I should end by saying something positive about Blowjob, unlike Horse Face in NZ, I don’t think Boris is a cruel person.

I don’t follow NZ politics (why would you? It barely ranks above any other Pacific Island). I’m curious, why would you say St Jacinda is cruel? She strikes me as just another Socialist – wooly thinker (at best) and driven by feelz. Sure she held out false promise and delivered very little but I wouldn’t describe that as cruel per se.

H B Bear
H B Bear
January 25, 2023 8:42 am

Who says we can’t look back and laugh at her incompetent, criminal Premiership?

Dot, all you are left with are the LOLs and the bill.

Indolent
Indolent
January 25, 2023 8:44 am
H B Bear
H B Bear
January 25, 2023 8:47 am

Joe Biden has definitely made old Corvettes uncool. At least he doesn’t drive a Mustang.

Indolent
Indolent
January 25, 2023 8:48 am

Reggie Meezer
@ReggieMeezer

On Ukrainian social networks there are many videos of the forced mobilization that the Ukrainian policemen together with the officials of the recruiting offices are carrying out on the street, using military weapons, forcing citizens to become cannon fodder for the Zelensky regime

Indolent
Indolent
January 25, 2023 8:51 am
Cassie of Sydney
January 25, 2023 8:51 am

“I’m curious, why would you say St Jacinda is cruel? “

Because she was and remains cruel.

GreyRanga
GreyRanga
January 25, 2023 8:54 am

Saw a word the other day ‘Eunoia’, describes Cassie to a tee.

Tom
Tom
January 25, 2023 8:57 am

I should end by saying something positive about Blowjob, unlike Horse Face in NZ, I don’t think Boris is a cruel person.

Like all weak and stupid men, Boris sold out the British working class by implementing the radical green policies his wife wanted. He let his dick do his thinking.

As for Ardern, Cassie is spot-on: vile, vicious, cruel and calculating, facing electoral defeat and determined to preserve the myth of her premiership she had manufactured inside her head — all enabled by a power-hungry turncoat named Winston Peters, who will be remembered as the man who made possible the wrecking of the NZ economy by just another Marxist utopian.

It will take NZ decades to recover from what Ardern did to it.

Indolent
Indolent
January 25, 2023 8:59 am

I don’t follow NZ politics (why would you? It barely ranks above any other Pacific Island). I’m curious, why would you say St Jacinda is cruel? She strikes me as just another Socialist – wooly thinker (at best) and driven by feelz. Sure she held out false promise and delivered very little but I wouldn’t describe that as cruel per se.

Mini Trudeau. Totally, heartlessly cruel.

Eyrie
Eyrie
January 25, 2023 9:00 am

I should end by saying something positive about Blowjob, unlike Horse Face in NZ, I don’t think Boris is a cruel person.

Merely stupid and evil which results in cruelty.

Dot
Dot
January 25, 2023 9:01 am

It will take NZ decades to recover from what Ardern did to it.

Cuckykins will be much worse if he can actually win the election.

Indolent
Indolent
January 25, 2023 9:03 am
Dot
Dot
January 25, 2023 9:03 am

On Mike Pence from Snowden:

Edward Snowden

@Snowden
How is it possible that I have fewer classified documents in my house than the last few White House admins?

The Espionage Act is a “strict liability” crime: good intentions are no defense. Under the (dumb) law, these guys are all unindicted criminals.

Remember when dumb righties used to say “Pence should definitely succeed Trump and we should hang Snowden!”

???

Wally Dalí
Wally Dalí
January 25, 2023 9:05 am

AO / TA
Hangs Djokovic out to dry
Renames a court for their CCP major sponsor
Discount tickets for First Nationses Identifying
Erases flags for Belarus and Russia… but not the old enemy USA or- god forbid!- China
Can’t fill the seats
nek minnit… cancels Australia Day.
Simpering cowards, I don’t see why they should get a red cent of taxpayer subsidies- tearing up the programme and burning cash just to grab a virtue-signalling headline. The board and chairman should resign.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
January 25, 2023 9:08 am

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rickwsays:

January 24, 2023 at 11:42 pm

OK, reinstatement isn’t going to happen, but have you put it on them for redundancy, putting it about that if legal discovery turns up emails linking redundancy and vax sackings it could end badly for them?

I’m above the Fair Work $ limit so I have no recourse there. 

Cross wires I think. I am not talking about wrongful dismissal. I am talking about their normal “custom and practice” for redundancy.

H B Bear
H B Bear
January 25, 2023 9:11 am

Wally Dalí at 9:05 – in other words, joins Rugby Australia, Cricket Australia, AFL, NRL. Sports administration, when real estate and teaching isn’t for you.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
January 25, 2023 9:14 am

Tony Heller had an interesting old SMH story yesterday – and it’s now picked up over at ZH:

Australians Were Once Prosecuted For Claiming Face Masks Worked Against Viruses (24 Jan)

Tony Heller@TonyClimate
Twenty years ago Australians were prosecuted for saying masks work against viruses. Now they get arrested for not wearing masks during viral outbreaks.

As Mencken said, our governments are dishonest, insane and intolerable.

Definitely right about that. It’s nice to see Heller getting read more widely, because you won’t find his stuff via a search engine: both Microsoft and Google have completely censored him, and all you ever get are hit pieces from lefties.

Christine
Christine
January 25, 2023 9:16 am

Jacinda Ardern : heart of stone
The words that came out of her mouth were vicious and cruel.
Canter off

Dot
Dot
January 25, 2023 9:19 am

So all of those who believe Zelensky should surrender immediately, you are totally fine with Albo surrendering immediately too?

Any of the corruption, perverted progressivism and tyranny of the last few years in the west disqualifies any legitimacy of our own government too.

If Zelensky should surrender to Putin then we should have surrendered to the Islamic State. It would have saved lives, after all.

Or the self appointed Aboriginal establishment.

We should also surrender without question to China. Billions of Chinese and hundreds of millions of Americans don’t deserve to die for a hopeless Australian cause.

“Welp, that’s different!”

Wouldn’t a Ukrainian say the same for themselves?

Appealing to a bizarre hope that culture wars can be won in the west by an ex KGB colonel reestablishing the Russian Empire is not a reason.

Anyway, why should Ukrainians care if western normies are too chicken shyte to call out the excesses of progressivism if they don’t want to look like a bad guy at a corporate golf day or extended family Christmas dinner???

…and how the hell is Vlad Putler going to help? Taking over our government too? It’s just cope from 4chan to be able to troll the trannies and lunar left on discord and mastodon with their stupid “Stanning” of an unremarkable 2nd world dictator.

It’s like how getting involved at all for Australia can only be bad. We have nothing to gain and a lot to lose. It has virtually nothing to do with us.

Cassie of Sydney
January 25, 2023 9:21 am

“If Zelensky should surrender to Putin then we should have surrendered to the Islamic State. It would have saved lives, after all.”

What an utterly ridiculous analogy.

Dot
Dot
January 25, 2023 9:22 am

It is not an analogy. It is the exact same argument.

Dot
Dot
January 25, 2023 9:26 am

Up next:

Bakhmut was a feint!

…and I am several steak dinners never agreed to richer.

Eyrie
Eyrie
January 25, 2023 9:26 am

Any of the corruption, perverted progressivism and tyranny of the last few years in the west disqualifies any legitimacy of our own government too.

You got that right. As for the rest, you are full of it.

Dot
Dot
January 25, 2023 9:28 am

If I am full of it, prove it.

Cassie of Sydney
January 25, 2023 9:30 am

:It is not an analogy. It is the exact same argument.”

Nope. You’re being ridiculous.

H B Bear
H B Bear
January 25, 2023 9:30 am

In fairness, Tennis Australia was placed in an unwinnable position over Djokovic in 2022. There weren’t many voices against the madness.

Eyrie
Eyrie
January 25, 2023 9:31 am

Another Postcard from Barsoom.

https://barsoom.substack.com/p/gideons-army

Extract:
You’ve been tested as few have ever been tested before.
All of us have, and most of us have been found wanting. As the bad cat said, there’s no shame in failing a test with a 10% pass rate.
But there is glory in passing it, and I want you to bask in that glory for a moment, for you now stand among the elect.
Having passed through this purifying inferno, you now know your inner strength of spirit with certainty. Before this, you might have suspected, or hoped, that your soul would be made of such an adamantine alloy, but you couldn’t know.
Now you do.
Perhaps we should thank the tyrants for stealing these years from our lives; after all, they made us what we are now. Personally, I think we should thank them with gibbets and gallows, but I’m old school that way.
In any case, you’re not alone in this.
Look around at the battlefield, littered with the fallen and crowded with those kneeling in surrender, and see all those still standing proud and defiant amidst the carnage and cowardice.
Those are your brothers and sisters in Gideon’s Army now.

RTWT

Cassie of Sydney
January 25, 2023 9:32 am

Only a few days ago Dot was here telling us not to worry about what Klaus and the WEF have in store for us.

Cassie of Sydney
January 25, 2023 9:35 am

By the way, I don’t much like Putin, however unlike Zelensky, he doesn’t pretend to be a noble leader who believes in “democracy” etc. But let me tell you here and now, as a woman and a Jew I’d choose Putin’s Russia any day over an Islamic State. I don’t see Putin ordering the enslavement of women and forcing them to cover up, and that’s just for starters.

H B Bear
H B Bear
January 25, 2023 9:36 am

It is the exact same argument.

If you think Russia is the equivalent of Islamic State. Good luck with that one.

Christine
Christine
January 25, 2023 9:38 am

Jamie Lee Curtis, in the news again, had a father with an exceptionally good-looking face (self-described as unusually ‘pretty’ when young). Daughters mostly take after fathers; but this daughter was far from pretty as a child. As she’s aged, her looks have become masculine; she has her father’s smile and confidence. A conclusion might be drawn.

bons
bons
January 25, 2023 9:41 am

The very sad loss of HE George Pell has forced me to reorder initial priorities for the implementation of the freedom dictatorship:
Pri 1: Death penalty for graffiti; has surrendered its place in favour of erecting a monumental statue of HE in Federation Square, accompanied by Pell bollards placed every 20 meters along South Bank, and an HE GP reflection pool conveniently located outside the site of the former ABC.
Other priorities remain unchanged: defeund ABC, SBS, AHRC, ACCC; disperse Federal Departments to rural locations; close down the RBA and transfer its duties to Dept of Treasury; shut down the Defence People Group and implement conspiracy investigations; shut down Depts of Environment, Health, Education, most of Foreign Affairs and any agency associated with the UN; proscribe the WEF and dismiss any public employees associated with that organisation; ban all Federal grants that are not reviewed by Parliament; ban Federal borrowingbwithout approval by referenda; implement Prime Minister’s and Ministers’ representatives in every Govt Department and Agency.
I realise that this agenda will be viewed as disappointingly moderate, even weak, but history has demonstrated the absolute need to proceed with caution when implementing even minor reforms such as these.

Big_Nambas
Big_Nambas
January 25, 2023 9:42 am

“God bless America, God Save the Queen, God defend New Zealand and thank Christ for Australia.”
Russell Crowe

Leon L
Leon L
January 25, 2023 9:42 am

HBear at 8:39. I’m curious, why would you say St Jacinda is cruel?

Worse than TaliDan lockdowns.
Don’t talk to your neighbours, in fact snitch on them.
Don’t go to church, but orgies of up to 25 people are now ok.
Two classes of citizens- those who comply and those who don’t.
Kiwis unable to get home from OS.
Taking custody of the child over a blood donation late last year.
Free speech is an act of war at the UN.

That’s without thinking too hard, just for starters.

JC
JC
January 25, 2023 9:47 am

This is a header to a story on MSNBC.

The demons want him out.

Why Biden’s classified docs scandal may do more damage than Trump’s
From the public’s point of view, Biden may end up looking as shady as Trump when it comes to the possession of classified documents.

Dot
Dot
January 25, 2023 9:51 am

No Cassie, the pro Putin argument is ridiculous. I am just restating it.

If Putin was right, the Ukrainians would have just laid down their arms and gone home to live as Russians in the historical region of the Ukraine.

If the news from the region that is not pro Russian was mostly false, they would have lost already. Instead Putin has suffered one of the greatest military humiliations in human history.

The major reason I dig my heels in simply to push back on the more silly Russian propaganda.

There are sensible reasons to at least listen to some of the Russian concerns. However, people won’t even admit that Russia has been destabilising the east since 2008 or prior, just repeating “but Ukraine was shelling them…” yes, but why? That is nearly always glossed over.

Swallowing everything that random Twitter accounts and Martin Armstrong and so on, plus Russia’s usually baroquely insulting characterisations of Zelensky is foolish. As are cheering on Russian failures as successes.

You don’t want to end up mocked like that Armchair Warlord idiot.

“All of those repelled attacks and losses were feints!”

No. Stop lying to yourself and put down the mirror with the lines of copium on it.

Russia could end the war today by just fortifying their gains, completely ignoring Ukraine and their constitutional rules on ceding territory and simply taking view to interdict and destroy and Ukrainian military attacks, much like Israel does with occasional punitive attacks.

Putin would still be a victor and save face with most of his (I think BS, he has declared Ukraine isn’t a country etc) stated war aims achieved.

Over two decades, he could have taken over Ukraine by economic integration. Instead he chose to ruin Ukraine and permanently damage Russia.

It will take Russia decades to improve demographically and Ukraine (which he claims is Russia too) may never recover.

His strategy is like kidnapping someone to be your spouse. It is almost never likely to work.

thefrollickingmole
thefrollickingmole
January 25, 2023 9:54 am

For those who had a chuckle at the obvious over the top “the voice will fix it” cartoon from young Master leak.

Its been done.
Burney believes Indigenous voice would have prevented Alice Springs crisis
Linda Burney has told ABC radio that she believes “very deeply” that the situation in Alice Springs would not have escalated had there been an Indigenous voice to parliament.

[If] the voice of the parliament had been established previously … we wouldn’t be where we are in terms of Alice Springs at the moment because we would be getting practical advice from people who are representative of the community in relation to these social issues.

I mean, it is wrong to think that the issue out here is just alcohol … There is a seasonal issue involved.

Karvelas:

Do you really think that if we’d had a voice to parliament, making recommendations, you wouldn’t have seen this situation escalate?

Burney:

I do believe that very very deeply. That’s the whole point.

Karvelas:

But the voices were telling you – they might not have been enshrined in the constitution, minister, but they were telling you and the Northern Territory government that things were going to explode.

Burney:

Which is why we are responding, which is why there was substantial money committed in the budget towards central Australia. This is not something that we walked into yesterday, Patricia, this has been something that we’ve been working with and dealing with for a very long time.

You cant parody the utter mouth breathing, window licking, crayon tasting turds floating in caberrahhhhh anymore.

Dot
Dot
January 25, 2023 9:54 am

Cassie of Sydney says:
January 25, 2023 at 9:32 am
Only a few days ago Dot was here telling us not to worry about what Klaus and the WEF have in store for us.

2

No.

I can’t understand why anyone cares what a random weirdo from Switzerland thinks. The fact he has a following at all is one of the more ridiculous facts about the modern era.

I have a friend who is convinced red meat will be banned.

I suspect there would civil unrest first. Which has already happened.

Dot
Dot
January 25, 2023 9:55 am

dover0beach says:
January 25, 2023 at 9:44 am
Appealing to a bizarre hope that culture wars can be won in the west by an ex KGB colonel reestablishing the Russian Empire is not a reason.
No one thinks this, Dot.

Literally millions of pro Putin conservatives actually think this.

Mother Lode
Mother Lode
January 25, 2023 9:55 am

Why Biden’s classified docs scandal may do more damage than Trump’s

But Trump’s was another nothingburger, wasn’t it? With the real scandal being the comically over-the-top ‘raid’ and shower of leaks that turned out to not be true. No nuclear secrets, lots of menus, and a smattering of de-classified documents that still had the ‘classified’ stamp from when they were originally run. All stored in accordance with National Archives requirements and in cooperation with the National Archives.

Trump was in fact more cooperative and open than Obama has been.

Or did I miss something? I think not because the MSM is not talking about Trump’s keeping of documents except by hinting it is bad like Biden – rather than pointing out how it is comparable.

H B Bear
H B Bear
January 25, 2023 9:56 am

That’s without thinking too hard, just for starters.

OK. That’s more like it. I barely think about NZ and probably won’t until the Wallabies become competitive.

Boambee John
Boambee John
January 25, 2023 9:57 am

bons

disperse Federal Departments to rural locations

Not a good idea. This would simply convert otherwise (relatively) conservative electorates into safe Liars/Slime electorates. Far better to concentrate those departments into the inner-city areas of major state capital cities, so that their staff can enjoy the combined benefits of multiculturalism and high housing costs.

Dot
Dot
January 25, 2023 9:57 am

Or they are stuck on stupid from 2008 and believe supporting Putin somehow hurts the incoming Obama administration.

It’s the truth and it hurts.

Salvatore, Understaffed & Overworked Martyr to Govt Covid Stupidity

Dot says: January 25, 2023 at 9:03 am
@Snowden
How is it possible that I have fewer classified documents in my house than the last few White House admins?

The Espionage Act is a “strict liability” crime: good intentions are no defense. Under the (dumb) law, these guys are all unindicted criminals.

Throw the book at ’em. Maximum penalty.
Let ’em know what it feels like to be a regular plumber, shopkeeper, contractor, whatever, who is haplessly caught in a strict liability trap, where there is no victim & no harm.

Politicians, no matter how “unfair” it is, deserve to suffer the callous brute force they so casually inflict upon the rest of us.

Dot
Dot
January 25, 2023 10:02 am

Have you heard of the Sith magic called absolute liability Salvo? We can teach it to you.

Boambee John
Boambee John
January 25, 2023 10:02 am

bons

As an example of the likely effect, look at rural electorates where the pseudo-universities have been established. They have a strong tendency to drift leftwards over time.

H B Bear
H B Bear
January 25, 2023 10:06 am

Leon L at 9:42 – basically Chairman Dan on steroids. I guess I find that much more worrying within an Australian constitutional and democratic set up. Sorry bros.

Vicki
Vicki
January 25, 2023 10:07 am

Re the situation in Alice Springs – Burney is right in that alcohol is not the only reason for the mayhem. But I doubt if she would acknowledge the principal reason – the stultifying effect of the remote communities on youth.

The “return to country” crusade, following the Wave Hill decision and the moralistic interference of people like Nugget Coombes, created communities where Aboriginal “culture” prevented young people from the opportunities of real employment that contemporaries enjoyed in the towns and cities.

An interview with an Aboriginal man who assists youth in Alice Springs was revealing. He explained that youths were leaving these remote communities because they had little for them. Further – he explained that they were coming to Alice Springs because of the “good life” but they had no skills – and, more significantly, no experience of the “rules” of town life.

Makes sense to me. But it is not what the lawmakers in Canberra and the “do-gooders” who think remote life on “country” is idyllic, want to hear.

Bourne1879
Bourne1879
January 25, 2023 10:07 am

Another military commander chosen for her sex rather than her skill set. From Daily Mail :

Need a leg-up, ma’am? Troops in King Charles’s mounted ceremonial battery mock female CO struggling in the saddle for ceremony amid dissent in the ranks
Major Francesca Sykes of King’s Troop was filmed struggling to mount her steed
She needed soldiers to help her into the saddle before a ceremony in Green Park
Members of the ceremonial unit are typically required to be expert equestrians

Bourne1879
Bourne1879
January 25, 2023 10:09 am

Troopers in King Charles’s mounted ceremonial battery have circulated a humiliating video of their commander failing to mount her charger.

The footage shows Major Francesca Sykes of King’s Troop, Royal Horse Artillery, needing two soldiers to help her into the saddle before a ceremony in Green Park near Buckingham Palace.

One holds the reins while another tries to push her on to the horse. The pair’s efforts fail however, to the annoyance of the assembled troops. An apparent falling-out with members of the unit has led to them trying to expose what they regard as her shortcomings as a rider.

H B Bear
H B Bear
January 25, 2023 10:13 am

Tasmania and NZ voting systems broadly resemble our Senate system. I guess I should really be more sympathetic.

Roger
Roger
January 25, 2023 10:20 am

Greens’ First Nations spokeswoman Lidia Thorpe says Australia is “still at war” and that an Indigenous voice to parliament is not the answer to ending that conflict, signalling rising Left-wing opposition to enshrining the advisory body in the constitution.

Uh oh, Elbow.

Dot
Dot
January 25, 2023 10:23 am

Let’s signal boost Lidia Thorpe for a while.

Roger
Roger
January 25, 2023 10:25 am

The “return to country” crusade, following the Wave Hill decision and the moralistic interference of people like Nugget Coombes, created communities where Aboriginal “culture” prevented young people from the opportunities of real employment that contemporaries enjoyed in the towns and cities.

There are plenty of succesful indigenous people in Australia (and I don’t mean the professional activists). The key to their success is assimilation with the mainstream culture. It’s the only way to address “the gap.”

Mother Lode
Mother Lode
January 25, 2023 10:28 am

I wonder if the Voice is not meant to allow the concoction of a constitutional need for a treaty.

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
January 25, 2023 10:29 am

Leak’s cartoon is a genuine cracker.

Some reality though, must intrude. What is happening in Alice Springs happens in Alice Springs each and every summer. From November to April when it’s warm, the indig from outlying communities come to Alice to get on the piss and play up.

Each and every year. The same things happen, and to the same extent. Each summer the jacks send reinforcements. Each year when the weather cools down, the problem recedes (but doesn’t go away). When the Stronger Futures legislation (i.e., the banning of grog in town camps and communities) ended, it added about 10% to the current state of affairs – but only about 10% because grog runners still operate from Katherine and Mount Isa.

The current Voice-based publicity has added – in the eyes of the world’s Burneys and other blacademics- both unwelcome publicity and an opportunity to claim that things would be better if they were in charge.

That’s all this is. No less, but certainly no more.

Salvatore, Understaffed & Overworked Martyr to Govt Covid Stupidity

Have you heard of the Sith magic called absolute liability Salvo?

Dot, I know what it is. Upon which politician do you want to use it?

Roger
Roger
January 25, 2023 10:35 am

Former UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has publicly demanded that Ukraine be admitted into NATO and be handed more guns from the West to fight Russia.

Very courageous, Mr. ex-Prime Minister.

thefrollickingmole
thefrollickingmole
January 25, 2023 10:36 am

Aboriginal culture was a failed state before whites arrived.
Boosting ‘traditional culture’ as a panacea for not adjusting to modern life is doomed to failure.

The ‘stolen generators” cops the blame for dysfunctional family life but what part of traditional life equips Aboriginal people to thrive in an urban environment where a house/job etc is the norm?

If Dover doesnt mind i might rewrite a piece i did back on another site of my time doing business with the feckless and wercked.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
January 25, 2023 10:37 am

Burney believes Indigenous voice would have prevented Alice Springs crisis

Laugh out loud headline of the day so far.

Roger
Roger
January 25, 2023 10:38 am

The current Voice-based publicity has added – in the eyes of the world’s Burneys and other blacademics- both unwelcome publicity and an opportunity to claim that things would be better if they were in charge.

Let’s see some detail on how they’d address this particular issue then.

And a quote for the tax payer would be nice too.

Dot
Dot
January 25, 2023 10:39 am

Dot, I know what it is. Upon which politician do you want to use it?

ALL OF THEM AND THEIR YOUNGLINGS. I HATE THEM, I HATE THEM ALL!

thefrollickingmole
thefrollickingmole
January 25, 2023 10:40 am

Knuckle Dragger unmasked?

Yevgeny Prigozhin: the hotdog seller who rose to the top of Putin’s war machine

Dr Faustus
Dr Faustus
January 25, 2023 10:44 am

The ABC teaching us about the triumph of renewable energy:

Wholesale power prices fall on renewable energy output to bring consumer relief

We learn:

Wholesale prices fell back from $216 a megawatt hour in the September quarter to $93/MWh in the three months to December 31 – although this was a little higher than the $50/MWh in the previous corresponding quarter;

The December quarter price reduction was due to the flood of cheap renewable energy and Government pressure on coal and gas suppliers – but definitely not due to low electricity market demand (11.8GW demand in November vs average 20+GW);

Coal fired generation capacity has collapsed – particularly in Queensland – and “coal plants were also being pushed out by the ever-growing amounts of cheap wind and solar energy

There is a thing called “instantaneous renewable penetration” – apparently it happened when “68.7 per cent of the electricity consumed from the National Electricity Market (NEM) was generated by sources such as solar panels or wind farms just after midday on October 28.“. [Technical note #1: ‘instantaneous renewable penetration’ appears to be a snappy BEcon term for what was once unkindly called ‘intermittency’ by engineers.]

AEMO has an Executive General Manager of Reform Delivery, of course they do – her name is Violette Mouchaileh.

[Technical note #2: the NEM is currently being propped up by unreliable coal fired generation in Queensland (70%), NSW (64%) and Victoria (70%).]

Mantaray
Mantaray
January 25, 2023 10:45 am

Vicki (10.07am). A major factor in the current craziness in Alice Springs seems to have been missed….

OK, so it’s boredom and substance abuse and the average IQ (under “normal” circumstances: BEFORE the substance abuse) being about 62 for Aborigines….but it has always been thus. I headed a govt section in a govt dept in Alice (RASU: Remote Area Services Unit) and managed the sub-office in Tennant Creek, watching the Aboriginal Health Services and Aboriginal Councils scam everything for years. Also looking on when ATSIC was in full-cry blitzing the millions from remote communities etc. Also the lead grog-runner in TC being the (white) husband of an ATSIC head-honcho…But I digress.

The EXTRA factor is that they’ve all been force gene-jabbed as well. Now it’s morons and imbeciles with rotted brains, AND brain fog. Multiple brain injuries of all kinds, added to the initial genetic blow of being Aboriginal in the first place. There it is: no comeback possible.

Eyrie
Eyrie
January 25, 2023 10:48 am

Former UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has publicly demanded that Ukraine be admitted into NATO and be handed more guns from the West to fight Russia.

Join the Uke Army and go to the front line, you piece of shit. Then somebody might care what you say.

Eyrie
Eyrie
January 25, 2023 10:52 am

Get the NEWwatch widget on a tab on your PC.
Queensland generates between 4 and sometimes over 5 Gigawatts of coal fired power at all times.
Over 5 GWright now and of 700MegaWatts of installed wind we are getting 24MW. A bit over 3% of installed capacity. Wonderful!

dopey
dopey
January 25, 2023 10:56 am

The Sheffield Shield final was played in Alice Springs not so long ago. Might not happen again for a while.

Roger
Roger
January 25, 2023 10:57 am

The EXTRA factor is that they’ve all been force gene-jabbed as well.

But the problem existed before that.

What role does fetal alcohol syndrome play here?

I suspect a major one.

If you want the kids to have even half a chance, that’s where you have to begin.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
January 25, 2023 10:58 am

Grauniadians are fun.

If plants are so intelligent, should we stop eating them? (Guardian, 16 Jan, via Instapundit)

Do plants show intelligence? “Definitely, yes – I don’t see any problem with this,” replied one interviewee on the programme, putting me off my baked potato and raising fears about what the houseplants my son unwisely left in my care are saying about me behind my back.

It is a head-spinning indication of how much we still have to learn about the world. The really knotty question, though, is what is left for a would-be ethical eater’s lunch? Ethical fruitarianism – eating only the parts of plants that detach harmlessly, causing no damage – might meet the standards of the Federal Ethics Committee on Non-Human Biotechnology (which has ruled that plants have the right to be protected from undue harm).

I can’t wait for the civil war between orthodox vegans and ethical fruitarians. Is popcorn evil? After all it is roasted corn babies.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
January 25, 2023 11:01 am

Boosting ‘traditional culture’ as a panacea for not adjusting to modern life is doomed to failure.

I’ve quoted Gary Johns before, but do Aboriginal children with mobile phones and access to the internet need to be shackled to a Stone Age, hunter gatherer culture?

Fair Shake
Fair Shake
January 25, 2023 11:02 am

Karvelas:

But the voices were telling you –

…as the old joke goes….

I hear voices all the time in my head. But I ignore them and keep on killing. 🙂

Dot
Dot
January 25, 2023 11:04 am

Anyone know of any left wing weirdness against a Julimar Brook Resources? The WA Wardens court has a crap tonne of individual objector cases against that firm.

Roger
Roger
January 25, 2023 11:09 am

Join the Uke Army and go to the front line…

Who do you think he is…Winston Churchill?

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
January 25, 2023 11:11 am

mole at 10.40:

You may call me Yevgeny.

Boambee John
Boambee John
January 25, 2023 11:11 am

Eyriesays:
January 25, 2023 at 10:48 am
Former UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has publicly demanded that Ukraine be admitted into NATO and be handed more guns from the West to fight Russia.

Join the Uke Army and go to the front line, you piece of shit. Then somebody might care what you say.

Ditto for the other urgers for a “Great War Against Wussian Imperialism”. Looking at you, m0nty=fa.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
January 25, 2023 11:14 am

Anyone know of any left wing weirdness against a Julimar Brook Resources?

An on going campaign to prevent mining in the Julimar State Forest.

Johnny Rotten
January 25, 2023 11:15 am

Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man.

– Benjamin Franklin

Dot
Dot
January 25, 2023 11:16 am

Okay thanks Zulu.

Lysander
Lysander
January 25, 2023 11:20 am

Former UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has publicly demanded that Ukraine be admitted into NATO and be handed more guns from the West to fight Russia

Bojo further solidifies himself as a regressive.

And do such world powers selectively forget Article 5 or do they really want a world war? Given many leaders’ disdain for human life… I wouldn’t be surprised.

Johnny Rotten
January 25, 2023 11:20 am

Former UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has publicly demanded that Ukraine be admitted into NATO and be handed more guns from the West to fight Russia.

And when was the last Politician to fight or send their family to fight on the front line of any war? However, they all clamour for War. Don’t want to fight it themselves though. At least the Kings and Queens of Old fought their battles. Not the ‘Pollies’ though. Oh, no, no………….Can’t have that as in their own deluded minds, they are far too precious and important……………..

feelthebern
feelthebern
January 25, 2023 11:22 am

I propose “Indian Casino” type licences for indigenous Australians.
One per first nations group.

Cassie of Sydney
January 25, 2023 11:23 am

Whilst western countries such as the US, UK, France and others talked a lot about Islamic State atrocities, they didn’t lift many fingers to help terminate and annihilate Islamic State scum, even after the reports were flooding in how Yazidis, Christians and Alawites were being routinely butchered, raped and enslaved by Islamic State, the aforementioned western countries talked a lot but did little. It was Putin and the Russians who helped Syria destroy Islamic State. It was Russian troops that liberated Christian villages in Syria.

No one should ever compare Russia to Islamic State. Apart from the fact that it’s ludicrous, it’s also offensive.

lotocoti
lotocoti
January 25, 2023 11:27 am

Major Francesca Sykes of King’s Troop was filmed struggling to mount her steed

Major Short’n Round is an ornament to the memory of the men of L Battery, RHA.

Roger
Roger
January 25, 2023 11:28 am

And when was the last Politician to fight…on the front line of any war?

(Clears throat)

See above.

Cassie of Sydney
January 25, 2023 11:28 am

“Swallowing everything that random Twitter accounts and Martin Armstrong and so on, plus Russia’s usually baroquely insulting characterisations of Zelensky is foolish. As are cheering on Russian failures as successes.”

Dot is gaslighting. I have never “swallowed random Twitter accounts and Martin Armstrong”.

Try harder.

Top Ender
Top Ender
January 25, 2023 11:30 am

Quick – to the ATMs!

Australian property owners have been urged to start paying a weekly ‘rent’ tax to indigenous groups based on their ancestral claim to the land.

Under the ‘Pay the Rent’ model proposed by a campaign of the same name, and backed by celebrities, homeowners would voluntarily pay a percentage of their income to a body led by Aboriginal elders and administered without any government oversight or intervention.

One per cent of weekly wages is the level suggested by Robbie Thorpe, a veteran Aboriginal rights activist from Melbourne who ran a similar scheme in Fitzroy in the 1990s.

Daily Mail

Boambee John
Boambee John
January 25, 2023 11:34 am

Rogersays:
January 25, 2023 at 11:28 am
And when was the last Politician to fight…on the front line of any war?

Possibly Winston Churchill during WW I, on the Western Front, commanding an infantry battalion?

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
January 25, 2023 11:34 am

Under the ‘Pay the Rent’ model proposed by a campaign of the same name, and backed by celebrities, homeowners would voluntarily pay a percentage of their income to a body led by Aboriginal elders and administered without any government oversight or intervention.

Aboriginal elders grog fund……the thirty billion a year already paid stops forthwith.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
January 25, 2023 11:35 am

Treemaggedon.

Trees were a California city’s salvation. Now they’re a grave threat (WaPo, 20 Jan, via Instapundit)

“He opened his door, expecting to find a fallen tree branch, only to discover that a massive redwood had crashed down on his home, breaking over his roof and smashing his neighbor’s car. Burgoon, his wife, Jessica, and the neighbor — whose bedroom wall was sheared off — were uninjured. But the damage done by the 100-foot redwood was “catastrophic,” he said. The tree removal service that hauled it away estimated it was planted 106 years ago, when Burgoon’s house was built, and probably weighed 65,000 pounds.

Weakened by years of drought, many of the city’s grander trees succumbed to the extreme weather, damaging homes, flattening cars and pulling down power lines as they fell. Two homeless people died after trees fell on their tents. Some trees were ripped out of the soil, roots and all.

“It looks a little like a tree carnage, to be honest with you,” Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg said in an interview with The Washington Post.

The damage caused in recent weeks by severe storms — driven by what are known as atmospheric rivers — is a preview of what is to come, climatologists and arborists say. Across the country, hotter temperatures have awakened city leaders to the importance of preserving trees and greening neighborhoods in desperate need of shade. But severe heat, drought and heavy rain, all of which are becoming more extreme because of climate change, are making it more difficult to keep old trees alive and grow young ones to maturity.”

There you go, trees which were good are now bad. Hopefully that will at least inhibit Greens from trying to have sex with them.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
January 25, 2023 11:37 am

And when was the last Politician to fight…on the front line of any war?

John Gorton was a fighter pilot over Singapore, and wasn’t Tim Fischer at Firebase Coral, in 1968?

Boambee John
Boambee John
January 25, 2023 11:37 am

Top Ender

Let the “celebrities” lead the way, and with a “progressive” scale of payment. Let them put their money on the table first.

Eyrie
Eyrie
January 25, 2023 11:39 am

And when was the last Politician to fight…on the front line of any war?
John Gorton was a fighter pilot over Singapore, and wasn’t Tim Fischer at Firebase Coral, in 1968?

I suspect the group who gave up their political careers after it had begun and volunteered to go to war is somewhat smaller.

Roger
Roger
January 25, 2023 11:43 am

John Gorton was a fighter pilot over Singapore, and wasn’t Tim Fischer at Firebase Coral, in 1968?

Yes, but they weren’t yet politicians.

As noted above (in a jibe against Boris), Winston Churchill comes immediately to mind. There may be others.

Dot
Dot
January 25, 2023 11:45 am

No one should ever compare Russia to Islamic State. Apart from the fact that it’s ludicrous, it’s also offensive.

What is Putin’s terroristic threat to every living human being if the West “supplies too many tanks or HIMARS” to Ukraine to stop his clearly imperialist invasion?

He made such threats in mid September 2022 and pretended he never said that a month later.

I am sure we can all google it.

There’s a good reason why Putin is allied to the lunatics in Tehran, never forget that.

Fair Shake
Fair Shake
January 25, 2023 11:45 am

And when was the last Politician to fight…on the front line of any war?
John Gorton was a fighter pilot over Singapore, and wasn’t Tim Fischer at Firebase Coral, in 1968?

Jim Molan
Andrew Hastie

Johnny Rotten
January 25, 2023 11:56 am

Australian property owners have been urged to start paying a weekly ‘rent’ tax to indigenous groups based on their ancestral claim to the land.

So let’s go back to 1788 and the Map of this Continent showing what Tribes ‘owned’ what land.

There isn’t one. So be off with you, you so called claimants. Try another scam over and above the $30 Billion Dollars that you get every year and where the money seems to disappear into a few deep pockets. Not helping the people that really need it one iota. Some Community – Some ‘Country’………………..Baahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

H B Bear
H B Bear
January 25, 2023 11:58 am

Aboriginal culture was a failed state before whites arrived.

I’m not sure I would say that. It was an isolated, essentially Stone Age hunter gatherer society that owing to history and geography had been largely bypassed by the world. The current “Proud” noble savage fetishisation by certain elements (including some Aboriginals themselves) does the group as a whole no favours.

Salvatore, Understaffed & Overworked Martyr to Govt Covid Stupidity

Never mind people who later became politicians. Winston Churchill is possibly the highest profile politician who joined up.

However his WWI service is far from the most recent.
Hundreds of serving politicians joined up in WWII & saw front line service.
(That’s in the Anglosphere, across all parliaments, including state/provincial legislatures)

NSW parliament has a page on their website on members who served in WWII, though they blur the line between serving & future politicians.
There is likely a host of other resources on this in Australia, UK, Canada, & so on)

Roger
Roger
January 25, 2023 12:04 pm

Let the “celebrities” lead the way, and with a “progressive” scale of payment.

Sounds fair. And we’re all for fairness…right “celebrities”?

H B Bear
H B Bear
January 25, 2023 12:07 pm

Let the “celebrities” lead the way, and with a “progressive” scale of payment.

A Peter Garrett has phoned in, currently in Palm Beach.

Roger
Roger
January 25, 2023 12:08 pm

Never mind people who later became politicians. Winston Churchill is possibly the highest profile politician who joined up.

Yes; I realise we don’t all scroll up, so… the context was about a serving politician calling for war (in this instance Boris Johnson, MP for Uxbridge and South Ruislip), offering to serve himself in some fitting capacity.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
January 25, 2023 12:11 pm

Almost entirely driven by green policy:

Annual inflation hits 7.8 per cent in December quarter (Sky News, 25 Jan)

Sky News Business Editor Ross Greenwood says annual inflation for the December quarter is at 7.8 per cent, up from 7.3 per cent previously.

“The market had forecast that inflation would come in at 7.6 per cent today,” Mr Greenwood said.

Some relief for borrowers though, if this one is correct:

Interest rates expected to peak at 3.5 per cent (Sky News, 25 Jan)

Business reporter Edward Boyd says the expectation from many money markets is that the cash rate will peak at 3.5 per cent in the middle of the year – however, today’s inflation numbers could influence that.

“Economists are currently predicting another 0.25 basis points and potentially another 0.25 after that,” Mr Boyd said.

I was paying 14.5% on my mortgage when I bought Cafe Bruce. The vibe I get is the punters have been paying down their loans as fast as they can, and are well ahead, which suggests the housing market will stay pretty good.

Salvatore, Understaffed & Overworked Martyr to Govt Covid Stupidity

Ewan Robson was elected as an Independent United Australia Party candidate for Vaucluse in 1936, a seat which he held until his resignation in 1957.
Robson joined the AIF in 1939, becoming Lt-Colonel commanding the 2/31st Battalion.

On 9 September, 1945, he took the Japanese surrender at Bandjermasin in Borneo. His battalion had taken heavy casualties in recent weeks and Robson was in no mood for magnanimity.
When the Japanese commander, Major General Uno, attempted to hand over his sword at the ceremony, Robson had his interpreter instruct the General to lay it at his feet.

General Uno was mortified and the interpreter was seriously concerned that Uno would commit suicide on the spot.***
The General eventually complied with the instruction.

One of Robson’s sergeants present at the surrender was Robin Askin, who would eventually break the 25 year Labor domination of state government to become Premier of NSW in 1965.

Here’s Robson accepting the Japanese surrender. An excellent photograph, a picture that really is worth a thousand words.

(*** That quoted paragraph is a grave misrepresentation of the interpreter’s state of mind.)

Jorge
Jorge
January 25, 2023 12:14 pm

Major Short’n Round is an ornament to the memory of the men of L Battery, RHA.

Thanks, lotocoti. Your link has some unforgettable descriptions of the action. Courage and service to country and honouring mates. Impossible to imagine such feats in an army where women and men are on the front line.

Johnny Rotten
January 25, 2023 12:16 pm

Yes; I realise we don’t all scroll up, so… the context was about a serving politician calling for war (in this instance Boris Johnson, MP for Uxbridge and South Ruislip), offering to serve himself in some fitting capacity.

Thank you Roger and that was basically the context. But as usual, you get the usual ‘pile in’ and off it goes. Just like this Feral Guv’ment – Half Cocked………………….

Roger
Roger
January 25, 2023 12:18 pm

Impossible to imagine such feats in an army where women and men are on the front line.

Most likely the feats of courage would be from men trying to protect female soldiers.

And there’s the problem – the combat effectiveness of any such unit is diminished.

Salvatore, Understaffed & Overworked Martyr to Govt Covid Stupidity

I’ve no problem (& I’ll warrant I’m not alone on the Cat in this) with Alexander (alias “Boris”) Johnson joining up with the Ukrainian army & being killed in action on the riparian plain of the Dnieper.

Carrie (who must be one helluva good root) may or may not share this view.

Roger
Roger
January 25, 2023 12:21 pm

Thank you Roger and that was basically the context. But as usual, you get the usual ‘pile in’ and off it goes. Just like this Feral Guv’ment – Half Cocked…

I don’t think there were bad intentions here, Johnny; just crossed wires.

Incidentally, how are the teeth?

H B Bear
H B Bear
January 25, 2023 12:22 pm

(who must be one helluva good root)

I think I’ll leave JC to deal with this one. Happy to assist if required.

Jorge
Jorge
January 25, 2023 12:23 pm

Yes, Roger, and the spirit of unity would be different. Men bond in a way that cannot happen when women are around.

Salvatore, Understaffed & Overworked Martyr to Govt Covid Stupidity

Crikey, was trying to stem a possible off-topic flow of pollies who’d previously been in the forces.

Salvatore, Understaffed & Overworked Martyr to Govt Covid Stupidity

I think I’ll leave JC to deal with this one. Happy to assist if required.

Why wait for help?

Johnny Rotten
January 25, 2023 12:25 pm

I was paying 14.5% on my mortgage when I bought Cafe Bruce. The vibe I get is the punters have been paying down their loans as fast as they can, and are well ahead, which suggests the housing market will stay pretty good.

In 1989, we were paying 19% pa interest on our variable rate Home Mortgage when inflation was around 15% pa. So let’s see how things go with so called inflation of 7.8% and the cash rate being a lot lower. Hmmmmmmmmmmmm. Will this cash rate level be enough to bring down inflation (the CPI). The CPI standing for the Corrupted Price Index………………….lol

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
January 25, 2023 12:25 pm

That is basically the position of every nuclear power.

It’s been an interesting demonstration of the limitations of nuclear weapons. He must be sorely tempted, but since Russia are regarded as the aggressors the political impact of their use would be catastrophic in one way or another (another, in this case, being full MAD). So they aren’t getting used.

This equation may change with Iran, since their political spectrum seems split between corruptocrats of the IRGC and the millenarians in the mullah class . If the latter control the nukes they just might do Tel Aviv in hope of getting the hidden imam to appear.

rickw
rickw
January 25, 2023 12:26 pm

Cross wires I think. I am not talking about wrongful dismissal. I am talking about their normal “custom and practice” for redundancy.

Understand, that would be one of the avenues, they’re very careful about what gets written down that might be contentious, where information does need to get put on paper it all gets routed via the lawyers in an attempt to establish legal privilege.

H B Bear
H B Bear
January 25, 2023 12:28 pm

Men bond in a way that cannot happen when women are around.

One of the reasons Saturday afternoon has always been popular at golf clubs and elsewhere. Naturally this renders it liable to criticism and attack from the usual sources.

Indolent
Indolent
January 25, 2023 12:30 pm

Not a word about why or how.

Model Jeremy Ruehlemann dead at 27

Johnny Rotten
January 25, 2023 12:31 pm

I don’t think there were bad intentions here, Johnny; just crossed wires.

Incidentally, how are the teeth?

The teeth are always good even at age 70 years. Good enough to bite into a few things on this Blog.

BTW, I hear that the real Johnny Rotten is going to be the British ‘Singist’ in the next Eurovision Song Contest. Gordon Bennett !!!!! This could be a right larf’ and the start a new European War on the Western Front………………………

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
January 25, 2023 12:32 pm

It was an isolated, essentially Stone Age hunter gatherer society

As noted by Gez yesterday, in 500BC the Tamils (ancestors of the current indig crop) were making and exporting high-carbon steel.

Aside from some isolated trading with the Macassans on this wide brown land’s northern shores – nothing. No self-driven advancement whatsoever.

rickw
rickw
January 25, 2023 12:32 pm

Boris Johnson, MP for Uxbridge and South Ruislip, offering to serve himself in some fitting capacity.

Advisor the General Muntgumery?

Imagine those two at the map table!

H B Bear
H B Bear
January 25, 2023 12:33 pm

Why wait for help?

Happy to start any time. This 3yo drover bullshit is pretty tedious. If I wanted to hear it I would be in the front bar of a Queensland pub looking for a Katter voter to talk to.

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
January 25, 2023 12:34 pm

On that subject – surely Dr. Bruce Pascoe has demonstrated that the indig-developed AI has solved all their dramas.

Johnny Rotten
January 25, 2023 12:34 pm

dover0beachsays:
January 25, 2023 at 12:28 pm
There’s a good reason why Putin is allied to the lunatics in Tehran, never forget that.

Because the West has a sanctions regime against both countries? Because they have both supported Syrian government against Western-sponsored opposition groups and Islamic State? Because the West views both Russia and Iran as needing to be ‘contained’?

Very well said dover0beach…………………The Neocons in the US and NATO actually want to destroy Russia. What Madness and WW3 here we come……………………………..

rickw
rickw
January 25, 2023 12:36 pm

There’s a good reason why Putin is allied to the lunatics in Tehran, never forget that.

The CCP are way more into Tehran than Putin. I didn’t see one Russian when I was there. All Chinese with the odd Frenchman or German.

thefrollickingmole
thefrollickingmole
January 25, 2023 12:37 pm

As noted above (in a jibe against Boris), Winston Churchill comes immediately to mind. There may be others.

The frogs had quite a few resign and take up arms in WW1 & 2.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
January 25, 2023 12:39 pm

Another one for Dot. It isn’t Alcubierre but it might be good enough for a reliable interplanetary drive.

Plasma thrusters used on satellites could be much more powerful than previously believed (24 Jan)

It has been believed that Hall thrusters, an efficient kind of electric propulsion widely used in orbit, must be large to produce a lot of thrust. Now, a new study from the University of Michigan suggests that smaller Hall thrusters can generate much more thrust—potentially making them candidates for interplanetary missions.

His team challenged this limit by running a 9 kilowatt Hall thruster up to 45 kilowatts, maintaining roughly 80% of its nominal efficiency. This increased the amount of force generated per unit area by almost a factor of 10.

Yep, they got a commercial satellite thruster and tried to break it. And it didn’t. 😀

This is like getting a 1250cc Kia Picanto and turning it into a Mt Panorama entry. Awesome.

Roger
Roger
January 25, 2023 12:39 pm

Yes, Roger, and the spirit of unity would be different. Men bond in a way that cannot happen when women are around.

When my son did basic training he was placed in a “stag” platoon.

He already had several years as a reservist under his belt.

I gather the instructors worked out which blokes had the potential to be better than average soldiers, assigned them accordingly and also expected more of them.

Salvatore, Understaffed & Overworked Martyr to Govt Covid Stupidity

This 3yo drover bullshit is pretty tedious.

At what age did you learn to ride a horse?

areff
areff
January 25, 2023 12:43 pm

Ah, Robbie Thorpe. Back in about 2008, the Gertrude Street Clap Clinic in Fitzroy shut its doors for the last time and the Smith Street Tribe (that included a young Lidia) saw an opportunity to snaffle the property. Thorpe’s notion was to open an eatery devoted to ‘Aboriginal cuisine’, which I almost wish had happened. Nothing would be funnier than watching woke diners reacting to the arrival at their tables of possums tossed whole and unskinned on the BBQ. As for men eating first and leaving the other bits for the ladies, can’t you just imagine how that would go down.

Anyway, Thorpe’s case rested on his argument that evil dribble-dick white people had infected indigenes with the clap and therefore the clinic where so many had been treated belonged to them by moral right.

Didn’t fly.

Another great Thorpe story concerned a ‘sacred fire’ he and his circle lit in the Botanic Gardens. They’d been tending it for a month or so, breaking every now and then to jam a beer can into the Eternal Flame and put it out, when a bloke turned up in full Red Indian drag — big feather headdress, buckskins, the lot — to express the “solidarity” of one oppressed native population with another.

Asked which US tribe was his, the new arrival quite frankly admitted being white as the driven snow, explaining that he had found the outfit in a Frankston op shop. He was sent rudely on his way, and a week or so later Melbourne’s city fathers found the courage to extinguish the sacred fire and send Thorpe & Co back to Smith Street.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
January 25, 2023 12:43 pm

Under the ‘Pay the Rent’ model proposed by a campaign of the same name, and backed by celebrities, homeowners would voluntarily pay a percentage of their income to a body led by Aboriginal elders and administered without any government oversight or intervention.

Given that almost all “Aborigines” today are of “mixed race”, shouldn’t this idea be treated as the farce and sham that it is?

Roger
Roger
January 25, 2023 12:45 pm

Because the West views both Russia and Iran as needing to be ‘contained’?

Containment is one thing (cf. George Kennan), actively contending against either power at the risk of nuclear war is another thing altogether.

Salvatore, Understaffed & Overworked Martyr to Govt Covid Stupidity

Lidia Thorpe may not have fully thought through the implications of declaring “the war ain’t over

H B Bear
H B Bear
January 25, 2023 12:46 pm

Knuckle Dragger at 12:32 – I have not looked at it. Any speculation why that was so? Did they have any domestic animals around the Torres Strait? The tribes trading with Indonesia were in the more inhospitable parts of Australia.

bons
bons
January 25, 2023 12:49 pm

True. The CAE’S masquerading as university grant harvesting institutions have progressively undermined the culture of most regional cities.
Numbersville being a representative example.

Johnny Rotten
January 25, 2023 12:50 pm

Boris Johnson, MP for Uxbridge and South Ruislip, offering to serve himself in some fitting capacity.

Advisor the General Muntgumery?

Imagine those two at the map table!

I can see it now. Let’s give the UKR 15 Chieftain Tanks and 1 week training for the UKR tank crews and Moscow here we come…………………………….They will come back if they are lucky in coffins……………..

thefrollickingmole
thefrollickingmole
January 25, 2023 12:56 pm

Did they have any domestic animals around the Torres Strait? The tribes trading with Indonesia were in the more inhospitable parts of Australia.

Im sort of amazed that Australia remained free of pigs, especially in the top end.
I would have thought at some stage a bunch of pigs/piglets would have been brought across for trade or tucker and gone feral.

Apparently those deeply caring for country and wise people were far better off relying on ‘increase ceremonies” to provide for them.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
January 25, 2023 12:57 pm

Lidia Thorpe may not have fully thought through the implications of declaring “the war ain’t over“

She’s still sitting in the Senate, and drawing pay for doing so….

Lysander
Lysander
January 25, 2023 12:57 pm
OldOzzie
OldOzzie
January 25, 2023 12:57 pm

Critics say COVID-19 jabs kill young men. Do they have proof?

Social media is rife with speculation that the vaccine is responsible for increased deaths.

On the evening of January 2, US football player Damar Hamlin collapsed on the field after colliding with an opponent. He suffered a cardiac arrest and needed to be resuscitated twice. Within hours, social media was full of speculation that the 24-year-old Buffalo Bills star was the victim of a COVID-19 jab: his heart, it was speculated, having been dangerously weakened by the vaccination.

The British cardiologist Dr Aseem Malhotra tweeted about the incident. “One obvious question many are asking is whether he had the mRNA jab,” he wrote, going on to point out that myocarditis (heart inflammation) – a side-effect linked to the vaccine – increases “sudden cardiac death risk in contact sports”, where “blunt impact to the chest” is common.

Fortunately, Hamlin’s condition is improving: he was discharged from hospital on January 11 and is further rehabilitating at home.

The link between vaccines and heart problems is a theory that gained momentum recently, with the Conservative MP Andrew Bridgen calling for a halt to the roll-out of mRNA vaccines such as Pfizer and Moderna.

“The mRNA vaccines are not safe, not effective and not necessary,” he told Parliament last month. “The government’s current policy on the mRNA vaccines is on the wrong side of medical ethics, is on the wrong side of scientific data, and ultimately, it will be on the wrong side of history.”

On January 11, he lost his job as the party’s whip because of his comments.

So what is driving this renewed wave of vaccine scepticism? Does the vaccine actually affect the heart? And even if it does, do the benefits still outweigh the risks?

A renewed fear

While there have always been anti-vaxxers, this new concern is drawing in people from outside of usual conspiracy theory circles. In a recent Journal of Insulin Resistance article, Malhotra praised vaccines as “one of medicine’s greatest achievements”. He was one of the first doctors to receive two doses of Pfizer to protect his patients and appeared on TV’s Good Morning Britain encouraging vaccine uptake.

“Traditional vaccines are one of the safest medicines we’ve got,” he says. “They are the Holy Grail of medicine, and it was not even a possibility for me that they could do any harm.”

But the death of his father changed his mind. Dr Kailash Chand, former deputy chairman of the British Medical Association, was a seemingly fit 73-year-old, when he suffered a fatal cardiac arrest last July.

A post-mortem revealed severe blockages in two of three major arteries. Even though Chand had his booster vaccine six months earlier, his son believes it was a factor.

“I knew my dad’s medical history inside out,” says Malhotra. “He was one of the fittest guys I knew, who kept up his 10,000 steps a day even in lockdown. Just a few weeks before we were walking up mountains together.

“We did some heart scans a few years earlier and all was clear, so when the post-mortem showed severe blockages, I couldn’t understand it, even though it was my [area of] expertise.

“At the time, people were trolling me, saying it was the vaccine, and I got angry and blocked them, because that was not my mindset. But then I started to notice increased incidences in cardiac deaths and I started to wonder.”

A worrying increase in heart deaths

Malhotra is right to say that heart deaths have increased alarmingly in the past few years. The British Heart Foundation says there have been about 30,000 more deaths than expected involving heart disease since the pandemic began, more than 230 additional deaths over expected rates each week.

In some weeks last year, there were more than 1000 excess deaths with cardiovascular disease mentioned on the death certificate. But if we are looking for a reason for the rise, there are plenty to choose from without needing to point a finger at COVID-19 vaccines.

A COVID-19 infection itself is known to raise the risk of a stroke and heart attack, so the virus was likely to be a significant factor in the increase, at least in the first year of the pandemic.

Turmoil within the UK health service is also taking its toll. There has been widespread disruption to heart care services since “Protect the NHS [National Health Service]” mandates were enacted by the government, meaning patients often did not get critical treatment in time.

While suspected heart attack patients should be picked up by ambulance within 18 minutes, that has risen to 48 minutes, and there are 350,000 heart patients currently waiting for time-sensitive treatment, an increase of 50 per cent since the pandemic began.

These systemic problems have been worsened by lockdowns and work-from-home edicts that led to more sedentary lifestyles and a rise in alcohol intake at a time when Britain was already facing historic levels of obesity and heart disease.

While Malhotra acknowledges that other causes are a factor, he is convinced vaccines are also playing a role. He cites Pfizer’s own trial data that showed there were four cardiac arrests in those who took the vaccine compared with just one in the placebo group.

And he points to a study published in the journal Circulation by US cardiologist Dr Steven Gundry, who said inflammatory markers in his patients soared after they received vaccines, taking their five-year heart attack risk to 25 per cent from 11 per cent.

“That is a massive jump,” he says. “If I decided to smoke 40 cigarettes a day, ate junk food, drank and didn’t exercise I couldn’t get anywhere near that.”

The Gundry study was heavily criticised, and has been significantly amended to make clear the biomarker increases were observational, there was no control group, no unvaccinated patients were included and no statistical comparison was conducted.

A link to vaccines and heart problems

It is certainly true that some people have experienced heart problems following the Moderna and Pfizer mRNA vaccines.

The UK Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) asks doctors to report side effects via its “Yellow Card” scheme, and since the vaccine roll-out there has been a steady trickle of heart complaints suspected to be linked to the jabs.

Until last November 23, the MHRA had fielded 851 reports of myocarditis linked to the Pfizer vaccination. There have also been a further 579 reports of pericarditis – an inflammation of the lining outside the heart – linked to the COVID-19 jab.

Most cases were mild, with individuals recovering in a short time. However, there have been seven deaths.

By comparison, there were 241 reports of myocarditis and 226 reports of pericarditis linked to the Oxford AstraZeneca jab, and six deaths. For Moderna there were 251 reports of myocarditis and 149 of pericarditis, and two deaths.

The problems are only now coming to light because Phase 3 clinical trials have too few people enrolled to pick up rare events, particularly if the heightened risk occurs in a small subgroup, such as young men.

But although these figures may seem high, they must be set against the sheer volume of vaccinations carried out since 2020.

By last October, 53 million first doses had been administered in Britain, and more than 90 million boosters. Of these, Pfizer makes up 57 per cent of all jabs, AstraZeneca 29 per cent and Moderna 14 per cent.

So, although the risk is there, it is very small. Overall, the myocarditis reporting rate for Moderna is about 14 complaints for every million doses, for Pfizer it is 10 in a million and for AstraZeneca, five in a million. For pericarditis, the reporting rate is eight in a million doses for Moderna, six in a million for Pfizer and five in a million for AstraZeneca.

Britain would usually expect about 60 new cases of myocarditis per million people each year, and 100 new cases of pericarditis, so it does seem possible that the vaccines have caused a rise in the normal background rate.

However, it is also important to remember that COVID-19 also carries a risk of myocarditis, and one that is far higher than the vaccine, at 1500 cases per million infections.

This is why experts believe that the benefits of a jab far outweigh the risk.

The British Heart Foundation says: “The scientific consensus is that the benefits of COVID-19 vaccination, including a reduced risk of severe illness or death, far outweigh the very small risk of rare side-effects like myocarditis or pericarditis for the vast majority of people, especially as people get older.

“This is why it’s particularly important if you’re over 50 that you have a booster when offered it to give you even greater protection.”

An increased risk in young men

For younger people, particularly young men, the risk does seem to be higher, which could explain why people are linking the vaccine to the collapse of athletes such as Hamlin.

Rumours about the vaccine affecting sports stars started circulating after Denmark’s Christian Eriksen suffered on-field cardiac arrest during the Euro 2020 championship.

A study published in the European Heart Journal in 2021 also suggested that myocarditis can increase the risk of life-threatening heart arrhythmias caused by a blunt impact to the chest, particularly in contact sports.

Inter Milan has since confirmed that Eriksen had not been vaccinated at the time of his collapse, and despite claims on social media, there does not appear to be a significant rise in players collapsing in recent years.

However, it remains the case that younger men are more at risk following the vaccine. One large European study estimated that in the week following a second Pfizer jab there would be about 27 more cases of myocarditis per million in 12- to 29-year-old males than would be expected in an unvaccinated population. For Moderna, there would be an extra 132 cases per million.

Longer follow-ups find more cases. A second European study suggested that within 28 days of a second mRNA jab there would be an extra 57 cases of myocarditis than usual for males aged 16 to 24 with Pfizer, and 188 per million with Moderna.

But the benefits appear to outweigh the risks.

A major review by the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention found that although there would be up to 47 more cases of myocarditis in 12- to 29-year-old males per million vaccines, the jabs would prevent 11,000 COVID-19 infections, 560 hospitalisations, 138 ICU admissions and six deaths.

It is the reason that most experts do not believe the heart issues are cause for alarm.

Dr Chenyu Sun, of Saint Joseph Hospital Chicago, who recently carried out a meta-analysis of myocarditis after vaccination involving 58 million people, says: “When myocarditis or pericarditis develop after a COVID-19 vaccination, the symptoms are usually less severe and largely self-remitting compared with other cases.

“As a clinician, I strongly recommend that people get a COVID-19 vaccine unless there are absolute contraindications such as known allergies.”

A possible explanation

So what is it about mRNA vaccines that is driving this small increased risk?

The new vaccines work by delivering a genetic blueprint that teaches the body to produce the spike protein that COVID-19 uses to enter cells. This process usually lasts a few weeks before the mRNA breaks down and no longer conveys its message.

Some experts believe these spike proteins cause damage similarly to how the virus itself can trigger clotting abnormalities and damage to the cells that line blood vessels.

There may also be an issue known as “molecular mimicry” where the antibodies produced against COVID-19 also react with important heart muscle proteins, causing inflammation.

The mRNA vaccines may also cause the over-activation of cells known as cytokines. These act as flags, warning immune cells that it is time to ramp up and clear out an infection.

However, too many can cause a deadly condition known as a “cytokine storm” in which the immune system runs wild.

Experts believe mRNA jabs may be particularly prone to this because they contain a compound called polyethylene glycol, a non-pharmaceutical ingredient added that helps maintain the water content in the vaccine.

The compound may stimulate a stronger immune response, and men may be more at risk from a reaction because testosterone boosts the effect. Testosterone levels tend to peak in adolescence and early adulthood, which might explain some age and sex disparity in reaction to the jab.

Chinese researchers have also proven it is possible to induce myocarditis by injecting mice with mRNA vaccines.

However, a report in The Lancet suggested rare heart problems may simply be a side effect of all vaccines, and not specific to COVID-19 vaccines, or the spike protein. They suggest that the number of reports seems greater because of the large scale of the vaccination roll-out, as well as the unprecedented scrutiny it has received.

What now?

Experts acknowledge they are still unsure whether there are long-term heart risks associated with the vaccine.

The British Heart Foundation is now looking into whether myocarditis, caused by either the vaccine or the virus, can cause scarring of the heart muscle that might lead to future health problems.

Certainly, that is what some experts fear is happening, and why they want the issue taken more seriously.

Malhotra believes the jab can rapidly speed up the development of heart disease, and now includes vaccine damage in his diagnoses of patients.

“When you’ve got a pre-dose angiogram and a post-dose one that shows damage that usually takes years to trigger, you have to think of the most likely explanation,” said Malhotra.

Last November, Heidelberg University carried out postmortems on 25 people who had died unexpectedly within 20 days of a COVID-19 vaccination and linked four deaths to myocarditis, although it stopped short of saying the vaccine was to blame.

Based on the report, Florida Surgeon General Dr Joseph Ladapo has launched a study with the University of Florida to look for signs of myocarditis in people who died within a few weeks of receiving a COVID-19 vaccination.

However, the majority of experts are still unconvinced that vaccines are having a significant impact in death figures. So far in Britain there have been 15 deaths from myocarditis or pericarditis, while it is estimated that vaccination in Britain saved 112,000 lives in the first year alone.

“Following a careful assessment of the available data, we concluded that the evidence does not support an association between the COVID-19 vaccines and an increased risk of cardiac-related death,” a MHRA spokesman said.

“As part of our robust safety surveillance processes we continue to evaluate emerging safety information and will take action to protect public health if new safety concerns arise.

“Vaccines are the best way to protect people from COVID-19 and have already saved tens of thousands of lives,” the spokesman added.

Need to know

Does the COVID-19 vaccine cause heart problems?

There have been rare cases of inflammation of the heart muscle (myocarditis) following the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines in the UK. Patients with this condition tend to report mild symptoms such as chest pain, shortness of breath and abnormal heart rhythms, which usually quickly resolve.

In serious cases it can cause abnormal heart rhythms, or make it more difficult for the heart to pump blood. So far, there have been 15 deaths linked to heart inflammation after the vaccine, although most of these patients had serious underlying conditions.

COVID-19 itself is much more likely to cause myocarditis than the vaccine. It is estimated that vaccination in Britain saved 112,000 lives in the first year alone.

What is myocarditis and pericarditis?

Myocarditis means that your heart muscle is inflamed and usually happens after catching a virus. Pericarditis is inflammation of the lining about the heart.

What is the risk of getting myocarditis or pericarditis after the vaccine?

The risk alters with age, but is small for all age groups. Those aged 18-29 are most at risk, although there have been just 24 reports of suspected myocarditis or pericarditis for every million first doses of the Pfizer vaccine and 29 per million for a second dose, since the roll-out began.

The risk falls with age, with just four reports from a first dose for the over-70s. For the Moderna jab, the highest risk was also in the 18-29 year age group with 61 reports. The risk of myocarditis from COVID-19 itself is about 1500 in a million. Research suggests that heart inflammation – myocarditis or pericarditis – is no more likely to be triggered by a COVID-19 vaccine than any other vaccine, including the flu jab.

Are children and young people at risk?

In the UK up to last November 23, there were 83 cases of myocarditis or pericarditis reported in under-18s following the Pfizer vaccine, an average of 11 cases per million doses. Pfizer is the only vaccine recommended for children in Britain. There have been no reports of suspected myocarditis or pericarditis following booster doses in under-18s.

Is there a risk of cardiac arrest from the COVID-19 vaccine?

No. There is no evidence that people are at risk of cardiac arrest in the days or weeks following the vaccine. A large study of four million vaccinated people in Denmark, published in the BMJ magazine also found there were no deaths or diagnoses of heart failure in people who were diagnosed with myocarditis or pericarditis after being vaccinated. In contrast, COVID-19 can significantly increase your risk of cardiac arrest and stroke.

How would I know if I had myocarditis after the vaccine?

Symptoms generally appear within three to five days, and usually no more than a week, after having the vaccine. They include pain or tightness in the chest, which may spread across the body; pain in the neck that may spread across the shoulders and/or arms; shortness of breath when walking or doing gentle exercise; difficulty breathing when resting, or feeling light-headed, and feeling palpitations and feeling sick.

Some people have reported feeling a faster heartbeat in the days after their COVID-19 vaccine. This can be part of the body’s normal immune response to the vaccine and is not normally a cause for concern.

I’ve had myocarditis or pericarditis in the past, should I have a COVID-19 vaccine?

Yes. There is currently no evidence that people with a history of myocarditis or pericarditis are at increased risk of a relapse following the COVID-19 vaccine. However, you should always take advice from your GP or consultant.

Lysander
Lysander
January 25, 2023 12:58 pm

And I’ll just leave this one here…(in light of Bojo’s moronic remarks):

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2023/1/24/symbolic-doomsday-clock-moves-closer-to-midnight

Salvatore, Understaffed & Overworked Martyr to Govt Covid Stupidity

Im sort of amazed that Australia remained free of pigs, especially in the top end.
I would have thought at some stage a bunch of pigs/piglets would have been brought across for trade or tucker and gone feral.

Establishing a population (or outbreak) isn’t always as easy as it may at first seem.
A few make it across, but aren’t enough to sustain a breeding population & die out.
Some pig skeletons at the top of Cape York apparently predate the arrival of Cook.

rickw
rickw
January 25, 2023 1:01 pm

However, you should always take advice from your GP or consultant.

Unless The State has a mandate, in which case consultation is pointless.

Salvatore, Understaffed & Overworked Martyr to Govt Covid Stupidity

She’s still sitting in the Senate, and drawing pay for doing so….

She’ll be easy to find then, when hostilities recommence.
Will she go down Trains/Butch & Sundance style, or will she surrender & be off to Ozstalag III for the duration of the shootout?

Johnny Rotten
January 25, 2023 1:01 pm

Im sort of amazed that Australia remained free of pigs, especially in the top end.
I would have thought at some stage a bunch of pigs/piglets would have been brought across for trade or tucker and gone feral.

Water Buffalo and crocodiles turned up instead.

rickw
rickw
January 25, 2023 1:03 pm

A few make it across, but aren’t enough to sustain a breeding population

Getting eaten when you first hit the beach does make it difficult!

Do you think we should breed these things? Nah! Want bacon now!

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
January 25, 2023 1:05 pm

Im sort of amazed that Australia remained free of pigs, especially in the top end.
I would have thought at some stage a bunch of pigs/piglets would have been brought across for trade or tucker and gone feral.

Some Big ones there now

https://duckduckgo.com/?q=feral+pigs+shot+normanton+qld&t=ffab&iax=images&ia=images

thefrollickingmole
thefrollickingmole
January 25, 2023 1:06 pm
Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
January 25, 2023 1:07 pm

Cos his pals were taking his cut?

Lysander – I suspect the EU told him clean your house and by the way fire these ten people, or you ain’t getting Leopards. He fired the ten people on Monday and the Leopards started on their way yesterday.

Miltonf
Miltonf
January 25, 2023 1:10 pm

Sham and farce is exactly what it all is but it’s real purpose is to advance Marxism not Aborigines as well as enriching more than a few grifters along the way. And by advancing Marxism I mean dividing society and wrecking the economy.

thefrollickingmole
thefrollickingmole
January 25, 2023 1:15 pm

JR
Water Buffalo and crocodiles turned up instead.
Crocs yes, Buffalo were more recent.
https://www.dcceew.gov.au/environment/invasive-species/publications/factsheet-feral-water-buffalo-bubalus-bubalis#:~:text=Water%20buffalo%20were%20imported%20to,spread%20across%20the%20northern%20floodplains.
Water buffalo were imported to Australia in the 19th century to supply meat to remote northern settlements. The settlements and their buffalo were abandoned in 1949 and, despite harvesting for meat, hides and as hunters’ trophies, feral buffalo spread across the northern floodplains.

Johnny Rotten
January 25, 2023 1:16 pm

Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man.

= Benjamin Franklin

Robert Sewell
January 25, 2023 1:17 pm

Wodger:

On a positive note, their TV ratings this year are reportedly “abysmal.”

So things are looking up for Tennis Australia?

JC
JC
January 25, 2023 1:18 pm

Carrie (who must be one helluva good root) may or may not share this view.

Language please, driller. A well bred criminal type like you to be using such terms? It’s unexpected.

Roger
Roger
January 25, 2023 1:21 pm

That is always risked in any containment strategy if matters begin to escalate.

One of the goals of containment as practiced under Truman and subsequently was precisely to avoid such escalations.

Black Ball
Black Ball
January 25, 2023 1:23 pm

Australian property owners have been urged to start paying a weekly ‘rent’ tax to indigenous groups based on their ancestral claim to the land.

Under the ‘Pay the Rent’ model proposed by a campaign of the same name, and backed by celebrities, homeowners would voluntarily pay a percentage of their income to a body led by Aboriginal elders and administered without any government oversight or intervention.

One per cent of weekly wages is the level suggested by Robbie Thorpe, a veteran Aboriginal rights activist from Melbourne who ran a similar scheme in Fitzroy in the 1990s.

Has to be a piss take surely?

Black Ball
Black Ball
January 25, 2023 1:24 pm

Chad Caddington strikes again.

Was he ashing his cigarette?

Lysander
Lysander
January 25, 2023 1:25 pm

So things are looking up for Tennis Australia?

I don’t think they’re called Tennis Australia anymore?

https://www.news.com.au/sport/tennis/australian-open/australia-day-wont-be-celebrated-at-the-australian-open-in-melbourne/news-story/54fe4405a814206398f5f1ce96e26e9f

I think they’re now called Tennis Truganini?

JC
JC
January 25, 2023 1:25 pm

Roger

On a positive note, their TV ratings this year are reportedly “abysmal.”

Tennis has become so boring. Rackets are metal and and the guys are 7 1/2 tall. The court parameters has remained the same so it’s almost impossible to see a long rally, which really was what the game was about. What you see are massively tall guys smashing the serve. Boring!

The old days with slower response wooden rackets was so much better.

Variations of this has occurred in most sports.

Lysander
Lysander
January 25, 2023 1:26 pm

Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man.

= Benjamin Franklin

I never realised Franklin was a Miss America candidate.

Farmer Gez
Farmer Gez
January 25, 2023 1:26 pm

Lidia’s frontier wars are strangely not noted by the early settlers.
There’s not a single story or recording of any wars in my family or the district with natives. They weren’t considered a problem of any consequence throughout the Wimmera.

C.L.
C.L.
January 25, 2023 1:28 pm

An off-the-shoulder number at a funeral?
Mmkay.

Boambee John
Boambee John
January 25, 2023 1:31 pm

Eyriesays:
January 25, 2023 at 11:39 am
And when was the last Politician to fight…on the front line of any war?
John Gorton was a fighter pilot over Singapore, and wasn’t Tim Fischer at Firebase Coral, in 1968?

I suspect the group who gave up their political careers after it had begun and volunteered to go to war is somewhat smaller.

IIRC, Harold Holt volunteered early for the Second AIF, and spent some time in an artillery unit, but I don’t think that he went overseas.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
January 25, 2023 1:32 pm

Lidia’s frontier wars are strangely not noted by the early settlers.

There’s a curious lack of any forensic evidence of any such wars – at Forrest River, for example, a police party of eleven men were supposed to have shot and burned “Maybe two, maybe three hundred blackfella’s.” The only forensic evidence ever found were a few bones no -one was prepared to identify as human, some shell casings, not from police rifles, and two campfire sites, big enough to “boil the billy” on.

Roger
Roger
January 25, 2023 1:33 pm

Lidia’s frontier wars are strangely not noted by the early settlers.

Nor the British Army records.

The occasional skirmish didn’t warrant battle honours.

Black Ball
Black Ball
January 25, 2023 1:34 pm

‘The community will probably note that here we are asking you, a white Police Commissioner, his thoughts. Do you understand how some people might bristle at that whole situation?’

Waleed Aly asked this. FMD

Davey Boy
Davey Boy
January 25, 2023 1:34 pm

Over at Sparty’s substack blog (to which it appears Dover’s blog does not permit links so a text extract is reproduced below) Sparty points out that ASIC now charges businesses $290 each year for the privilege of receiving an email – an increase of 25% on last year.
Snaffle Snaffle goes the govt, once again.

The actual ASIC link is https://asic.gov.au/for-business/running-a-company/annual-statements/

Government Inflation Hits 25%
STEPHEN SPARTACUS JAN 24

Rising inflation. Growing government. Growing tax take. I wonder if these things are related.
If you have the circumstance to own/operate a company, you will have had the pleasure of receiving a “ASIC Annual Company Statement” for review. Basically, ASIC sends you (or your agent) and email once a year to ask you to confirm the information in their data base is correct. Information that you are legally obliged to given them any way.
And for this privilege of receiving an annual email from ASIC? $290. This is a 25% increase on last year’s fee of $232. 25% increase.
At least for a $45 for car pink slip (in NSW) the mechanic actually has to check the lights, horn and brakes. ASIC … sends an email.
According to the ABS, there were around 1.1 million companies in Australia at 30 June 2022. At $290 a pop, that generates using that long lost skill of mathematics.
Which at $290 per generates $320 million in annual revenue. Oh and the 25% increase, sucked out an additional $64 million from the Australian private sector.
It’s amazing the long list of fake and useless services our governments create to justify extracting money by force from citizens.

Johnny Rotten
January 25, 2023 1:34 pm

thefrollickingmolesays:
January 25, 2023 at 1:15 pm
JR
Water Buffalo and crocodiles turned up instead.
Crocs yes, Buffalo were more recent.

Thank you thefrollickingmole

I stand corrected.

Black Ball
Black Ball
January 25, 2023 1:34 pm
C.L.
C.L.
January 25, 2023 1:35 pm

The old days with slower response wooden rackets was so much better.

Yep. They should change the rules to make it a better spectacle. Starting with no second serve.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
January 25, 2023 1:39 pm

feelthebernsays:

January 25, 2023 at 7:03 am

min, if you google stories for people in your situation you can see one or two journo’s seem to be all over the problems you are faced with.

3AW are advertising for people to join a class action against Aveo(?).

Johnny Rotten
January 25, 2023 1:39 pm

Davey Boysays:
January 25, 2023 at 1:34 pm
Over at Sparty’s substack blog (to which it appears Dover’s blog does not permit links so a text extract is reproduced below) Sparty points out that ASIC now charges businesses $290 each year for the privilege of receiving an email – an increase of 25% on last year.
Snaffle Snaffle goes the govt, once again.

The actual ASIC link is https://asic.gov.au/for-business/running-a-company/annual-statements/

Government Inflation Hits 25%
STEPHEN SPARTACUS JAN 24

And I wonder whether that increase fed into the ABS crooked statistic for a CPI (Corrupted Price Index) of 7.8% for the December 2002 Quarter. I can’t wait for my Age Pension increase, effective March the 21st, 2023……………………..

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
January 25, 2023 1:40 pm

Arming Ukraine a ‘big business’ opportunity – Zelensky

The Ukrainian leader touted ties to Blackrock, Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan in another weapons plea

Kiev is already working with some giants of the finance and military industry, offering “big business” opportunities to any American company interested in working there, President Vladimir Zelensky has boasted in a video message to an association of US enterprises.

Addressing the National Association of State Chambers (NASC) meeting in Boca Raton, Florida on Monday, Zelensky argued that “American business can become the locomotive that will once again push forward global economic growth.”

“We have already managed to attract attention and have cooperation with such giants of international financial and investment world as Blackrock, JP Morgan and Goldman Sachs,” Zelensky said. “Such American brands as Starlink or Westinghouse have already become a part of our Ukrainian Way.”

According to Zelensky, “everyone can become a big business by working with Ukraine, in all sectors: from weapons and defense to construction, from communication to agriculture, from transport to IT, from banks to medicine.”

He also lavished praise on the weapons the US has showered upon Kiev.

“Your brilliant defense systems, such as HIMARS or Bradleys, are already uniting our history of freedom with your enterprises. We are waiting for Patriots. We are looking closely at Abrams. Thousands of such examples are possible,” Zelensky said in the video.

By the Pentagon’s own estimates, the US has sent over $20 billion worth of weapons, ammunition and supplies to Ukraine in 2022. However, most of that came out of the US military stockpiles. The Department of Defense did award contracts worth hundreds of millions to Lockheed Martin, Raytheon and other manufacturers to replenish some of the depleted supplies.

Russia has repeatedly warned the West that continued deliveries of weapons to Ukraine only prolonged the conflict and risked a direct confrontation between Moscow and NATO.

The Ukrainian president revealed in December that his government had hired Blackrock – a major US asset management company – to “advise” Kiev on how to use reconstruction funds provided by Western governments. He has estimated the cost of rebuilding Ukraine from the ongoing conflict would be at least $1 trillion.

He has estimated the cost of rebuilding Ukraine from the ongoing conflict would be at least $1 trillion. Plus 10% for Big Guy Biden & another 10% for Demorats and RINOs

Cassie of Sydney
January 25, 2023 1:41 pm

“An off-the-shoulder number at a funeral?
Mmkay.”

Exactly what I thought too.

Another reason why I can’t take her seriously, particularly her victim shtick re. online abuse.

Boambee John
Boambee John
January 25, 2023 1:44 pm

thefrollickingmolesays:
January 25, 2023 at 12:37 pm
As noted above (in a jibe against Boris), Winston Churchill comes immediately to mind. There may be others.

The frogs had quite a few resign and take up arms in WW1 & 2.

As also did a bloke named Dreyfus.

thefrollickingmole
thefrollickingmole
January 25, 2023 1:44 pm

Australian property owners have been urged to start paying a weekly ‘rent’ tax to indigenous groups based on their ancestral claim to the land.

So many heads, so few dead bears for them to ram them up…

Plenty of “off” for them to fornicate to though.

Boambee John
Boambee John
January 25, 2023 1:45 pm

Zulu

Given that almost all “Aborigines” today are of “mixed race”, shouldn’t this idea be treated as the farce and sham that it is?

No. The part-indigenous should pay their rent in proportion to their non-indigenous ancestry. That would focus some tiny minds.

Roger
Roger
January 25, 2023 1:47 pm

‘The community will probably note that here we are asking you, a white Police Commissioner, his thoughts. Do you understand how some people might bristle at that whole situation?’

The head of the local aboriginal community is very keen for the white NT PC to do something. And failing that the white AFP Commissioner or the white head of army.

She was chased out of her home by youths wielding improvised weapons just last week.

Waleed Ali is an insufferable race-baiting prig.

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