Open Thread – Weekend 15 April 2023


A Game of Preference, Viktor Vasnetsov, 1879

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duncanm
duncanm
April 17, 2023 9:33 am

C.L. says:
April 17, 2023 at 9:19 am
Congraulations, JC.
Musk has officially labelled ABC twitter “Government-funded Media.”

ditto SBS.

H B Bear
H B Bear
April 17, 2023 9:39 am

Here’s a TV. Plug in TV. Turn on TV. Watch TV. Perhaps use watching TV to make you time in a spinal ward marginally better. But no.

You will probably find that Hills or some other company (a Wilson Parking type) have a blanket TV contract for the hospital at rates that would make even Sydney Airport blush. As an inpatient your first visit is typically the TV hire person.

Colonel Crispin Berka
Colonel Crispin Berka
April 17, 2023 9:40 am

Knuckles wistfully wrote:

Here’s a TV. Plug in TV. Turn on TV. Watch TV.

What is this, the 1990s?
It’s a game of cat-and-mouse to try to figure out how to install and use a modern TV simply for FTA broadcast television without Google taking over the device and your TV watching you. You are the mouse and typically there is no way to win. Certainly any attempt to enable viewing Youtube videos on smart TVs will require typing in a Google account password, whereupon it switches the whole device to use the Google TV operating system as the primary operating system, with television becoming a 2nd-class citizen in the Home screen. Bait-and-switch. That’s after the infra-red camera in the front of the TV begins watching the room – supposedly incapable of identifying specific faces and used only for “human presence” detection and switching off the TV automatically to save energy when nobody is actually watching it. How it would treat an immobile patient half-covered by a sheet in a spinal ward is anyone’s guess.
“Plug in TV. Turn on TV. Watch TV. ” LOL, if only.

C.L.
C.L.
April 17, 2023 9:41 am

America is now basically at the Rise of The Planet of The Apes phase of a transition from there is no return.

Winston Smith
April 17, 2023 9:47 am

rickw:

Look at this f’cking hunched back imbecile!! When will this f’cking shit end?!

Every time I see that face, I reach for my spoon.

H B Bear
H B Bear
April 17, 2023 9:47 am

Senator Thorpe was onto something. A lot of the entertainers at those venues are young girls studying law. Or so I’m told. There is apparently a large Venn overlap with the outlaw biker community. Maybe Thorpy was just having a dry spell.

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
April 17, 2023 9:50 am

‘It’s going to go out of control’: How Bluey’s creators knew they’d made a hit

Everyone knew Bluey was a huge success, but now it’s spawned an official podcast, is that a marker of its elevation to a new level of eliteness?

What will we learn from Behind Bluey?

It was really fun to do, we talked about the nine upcoming episodes, and we mainly focused on a lot of the “how” of the show. We touched a little bit on the intent behind the stories, but a lot of it is about how we did it, which I think will be interesting for – well it’ll be interesting for everyone, but especially interesting for animation students coming through into the industry.

It’ll hopefully be interesting for people who are already in the industry. But it’ll also be good, I think, for people who don’t know about animation. It’ll give an insight into the trials and tribulations of making a huge show like that. I think in one of them we talk about some of my favourite moments. It’s going to be a really interesting insight into how we did each one of those episodes.

You’ve been with Bluey pretty much from the beginning, haven’t you?

Yeah, right from the beginning. Joe (Brumm, series creator) and I go back years, we worked together in the UK on a children’s show called Charlie and Lola.

Yeah, that was where we met, in 2004. We hit it off straight away – well, the three of us did, Mark Paterson (Bluey animator) as well. We were the only Kiwis and Aussies in the studio, it was quite fun. So we worked together for years and years, and in between London and Bluey I went to Africa to direct a project, and Joe came back to Aussie and started his own little studio, where he slowly developed Bluey. Then when I was back in New Zealand he gave me a call, said, “Rich, this thing’s happening, I’d love you to be on it and help make the show”. I didn’t take much convincing.

H B Bear
H B Bear
April 17, 2023 9:51 am

Tom

Nobody except rusted-on leftards are listening to Radio National breakfast lesbian.

Frank gave it away a while ago. Oh … you mean the new one.

Winston Smith
April 17, 2023 9:52 am

Arky:
Model A update:

Shed is rebuilt and retooled.
Model A is badly singed but finally back home.

So pleased to hear that. Good luck with the bastard armadillo.

johanna
johanna
April 17, 2023 9:53 am

In the animal kingdom biting and stinging without remorse is to be expected, but we did not expect ethical considerations to be cast aside in a similar brutal fashion in our human world.

Not a student of history, then.

thefrollickingmole
thefrollickingmole
April 17, 2023 9:53 am

Strip club fight – Senator Lidia Thorpe filmed in 3am clash

I read the last word as gash… you will be hearing from my people.

A few points.

Lydia was there as a punter/enthusiastic amateur or paid worker?
Lydia only kicked off when people, instead of stuffing notes down her undies started using her as a slot machine instead?
Lydia suffers from a condition known as Vaginum wellybootum.

flyingduk
flyingduk
April 17, 2023 9:54 am

Every time I see that face, I reach for my spoon.

Theres a name for what ails you…

https://germanyinusa.com/2019/02/22/word-of-the-week-backpfeifengesicht/

Pogria
Pogria
April 17, 2023 10:00 am

Maybe Thorpy was just having a dry spell.

Bear,
Hydia’s 44 drum of sump oil she uses as lube is empty. 🙁

Ed Case
Ed Case
April 17, 2023 10:07 am

Hydia’s 44 drum of sump oil she uses as lube is empty.

Hmmm …
That doesn’t sound like the sorta thing a conservative commenter would type?
Wait on, don’t tell me … you’re not a conservative, right?

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
April 17, 2023 10:07 am

Vaccine damage: 300,000 deaths in the US, $148 billion lost, and 10% say a member of their house died

By Jo Nova

The crime of the century

“Perhaps the most extraordinary thing about this state of affairs is that most Americans don’t know it’s happening.”
“…this death count in one year is 5.2 times the number of men killed in ten years of combat in Vietnam.”

— John Leake

Ed Dowd’s Vaccine Damage Report is finally here.

It looks at excess death in the healthy working age population of the US — the 148 million Americans aged 18 – 64 who are employed. Shockingly, an estimated 300,000 people have died due to Covid vaccines, and another 1.4 million are now classed as disabled. Around the world this would translate to about 5 million deaths and 46 million with disabilities and as many as 900 million people with some injury.

A Rasmussen poll just out, corroborates that something awful happened in America.* It shows 10% of people in the US say that someone in their own household died and they suspect their death was caused by the vaccines. This number was spread evenly across Democrat and Republican voters showing it is not a politically driven response but probably just a sad reflection of the situation anger. About the same number of people (11%) said a household member died of covid. What is remarkable is that without media headlines, many of these 1 in 10 households may think their suffering is a “rare” event and they just got incredibly unlucky. Surely the outrage will flow when they connect the dots.

UPDATE:

The Rasmussen poll surely reflects a protest vote, not actual deaths.

All the people (from both sides of politics) who suffered harm, or saw harm, or know someone who suffered, presumably ticked the box because they felt voiceless in the face of the worst corruption.

Think of it as an emergency flare over a crime scene.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
April 17, 2023 10:08 am

Squatter
1 hour ago
How on earth can somebody who sits in the Federal Parliament of Australia behave like that and get away with it ?………………Is this woman untouchable ? ?
David
1 hour ago
Imagine a Voice with Lydia as a representative of the oppressed Kooris of Victoria.

Roger
Roger
April 17, 2023 10:10 am

You will probably find that Hills or some other company (a Wilson Parking type) have a blanket TV contract for the hospital at rates that would make even Sydney Airport blush. As an inpatient your first visit is typically the TV hire person.

I believe that is the case in QLD public hospitals.

But why not arrange for the donated goods to go to some other worthy cause?

It does seem that the PA spinal unit has more pressing issues at hand though.

40 spinal beds for the entire state…Hey, let’s bid for the Olympics!

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
April 17, 2023 10:11 am

Europe’s largest nuclear reactor launches 14 years behind schedule

Regular production at Olkiluoto 3 was delayed for years due to legal and technical setbacks

The Olkiluoto 3 (OL3) nuclear reactor in southwest Finland has begun electricity production, the head of the plant’s operator Teollisuuden Voima (TVO) said in a statement on Sunday.

After a lengthy testing phase at the facility in Eurajoki, regular output was scheduled to start on Monday, but was instead launched at 2am on Sunday.

The 1.6 gigawatt OL3 is the most powerful nuclear reactor in Europe, and the third largest in the world.

According to TVO President Jarmo Tanhua, it is expected to operate for at least 60 years and meet around 14% of Finland’s electricity demand.

“The production of Olkiluoto 3 stabilizes the price of electricity and plays an important role in the Finnish green transition,” Tanhua stated.

The construction of OL3 was launched back in 2005, and it was due to start producing electricity in 2009, but setbacks in the design work and a string of legal disputes resulted in a 14-year delay in its launch.

The reactor was connected to Finland’s national power grid in March last year and started test production, but several technical glitches forced TVO to postpone its transition to regular operation several times.

OL3 is the third reactor at the Olkiluoto nuclear power plant. The first two units, OL1 and OL2, were commissioned in 1978 and 1980, respectively. During 2021, the Olkiluoto facility produced 14.4 terrawatt hours of power, roughly one sixth of Finland’s total electricity consumption.

H B Bear
H B Bear
April 17, 2023 10:13 am

I hope no one is thinking of using Senator Thorpe and moist in the same sentence. Ewww. Don’t do it.

H B Bear
H B Bear
April 17, 2023 10:17 am

Groogs is very sensitive when it comes to sump oil and skin. Only the best for Mother.

Winston Smith
April 17, 2023 10:19 am

We can speak up because we are in a Democracy, where each person has an equal vote
The Voice wants to renegotiate that.

caveman
caveman
April 17, 2023 10:20 am

Hearing race baiter extrodinar Elbow referring and dividing Australians as indigenous and non indigenous, are there people that buy this crap .

Winston Smith
April 17, 2023 10:29 am

Crossie:

Fine but they have to pay by the square inch. None of that free seats for me but not for thee.

Everyone pay by weight and distance travelled + luggage. Then they can have as big a damn seat as they want without the other passengers having to subsidise them.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
April 17, 2023 10:33 am

But why not arrange for the donated goods to go to some other worthy cause?

Because the i-pads are being “tested for suitability” by senior staff at the hospital.

Winston Smith
April 17, 2023 10:33 am

Lidia the Victim:

“It’s sad people are utilising whatever they can to drag me down when we’re trying to discuss important issues in this country,” she said.

P
P
April 17, 2023 10:33 am

Johnny Rotten’s Wife Nora Forster Dead at 80

John Lydon’s wife of nearly 5 decades—has passed away. Nora had been living with Alzheimer’s for several years. In which time John had become her full time carer.

Roger
Roger
April 17, 2023 10:34 am

Everyone pay by weight and distance travelled + luggage. Then they can have as big a damn seat as they want without the other passengers having to subsidise them.

You should throw your hat in the ring for the top QANTAS job, Winston.

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
April 17, 2023 10:36 am

it switches the whole device to use the Google TV operating system as the primary operating system, with television becoming a 2nd-class citizen in the Home screen.

Uh huh.

That’s after the infra-red camera in the front of the TV begins watching the room – supposedly incapable of identifying specific faces and used only for “human presence” detection and switching off the TV automatically to save energy when nobody is actually watching it.

Aside from said TVs giving you a warning on the screen that it will shut off on 60 seconds unless you press a button on the remote – Wiki:

By the end of 2019, the number of installed Connect TVs reached 1.26 billion worldwide.

The Chinese population:

1.412 billion (2021)

That’s almost everyone in Chai-nerr gainfully employed watching the stupid round-eyes with a notepad and pen. A reverse Gogglebox of gargantuan proportions.

How it would treat an immobile patient half-covered by a sheet in a spinal ward is anyone’s guess.

It would probably emit chemtrails at the immobile patient, hastening an early death and furthering the Klaus World Domination Plan on a number of levels.

By the way, I only have two days left before Big Tech shuts me down because I refuse to stop broadcasting Teh TruTh. I can survive, however, if someone buys me a coffee.

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
April 17, 2023 10:37 am

Minor blockquote fail.

Caused by lack of coffee.

Winston Smith
April 17, 2023 10:39 am

Frank:

A sling in the baggage compartment ought to suffice.

Gees, Frank.
I can, off the top of my head, think of about 11 different interpretations of what you just said.
19 of them are not for publication on this cultured forum.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
April 17, 2023 10:42 am

I remember a story about Russ Hinze refusing to use a seatbelt extension on a flight because the regular seatbelt wouldn’t encircle his fat guts.

thefrollickingmole
thefrollickingmole
April 17, 2023 10:42 am

WTF…I love scammers now…

Scams
‘Many Australians are losing their life savings’ as scams hit record level
Sydney investor Harold “Australias most interesting man” Scruby was scammed out of $700,000 last year in a bogus scheme. He’s one of a growing number of people to be hit by criminals.

Roger
Roger
April 17, 2023 10:43 am

Because the i-pads are being “tested for suitability” by senior staff at the hospital.

Which is tantamount to theft.

Boambee John
Boambee John
April 17, 2023 10:45 am

JC

Well done on the ABC/Twatter label.

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
April 17, 2023 10:47 am

Advocates say major trans medical org could ‘come crashing down’ as judge demands treasure trove of internal documents

The World Professional Association of Transgender Health (WPATH) is facing a potential bloodbath, advocates say, after an Alabama judge subpoenaed a treasure trove of documents from the organization as part of an ongoing lawsuit over the state’s laws on transgender treatments.

U.S. hospitals such as Johns Hopkins, Stanford and Brigham and Women’s use WPATH’s guidelines to guide their own practice of treating transgender-identifying children.

A federal judge in Alabama requested WPATH supply documents pertaining to its guidelines for child sex changes in March. Plaintiffs suing the state of Alabama over its restrictions of child sex changes repeatedly referred to WPATH’s guidelines in their argumentation.

During a similar lawsuit in Florida, a district court in March ordered WPATH, the Endocrine Society and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) to comply with a subpoena of all documents related to their guidance for transgender-identified kids. An amicus brief filed April 7 on behalf of the attorneys general (AGs) for 17 states highlighted the stark contrast between transgender guidance — especially for minors — in Europe with that of the medical establishment in the U.S. The brief also claimed the medical organizations in question are activist in nature.

WPATH set standards of care for those with a “eunuch” gender identity in 2022, recommending castration as a treatment option.

Recommended treatments options included hormone suppression, orchiectomy (removal of the testicles) to stop production of testosterone, orchiectomy with or without penectomy to alter the body to match their self-image and orchiectomy followed by hormone replacement with testosterone or estrogen. In creating these guidelines, WPATH used information from the Eunuch Archive in setting these standards of care, which the medical organization itself described as “filled with fantasy,” containing stories of child castration, pedophilia and sexual torture.

WPATH is a leading advocate of child sex changes, recently pushing to remove any minimum age requirement to undergo sex change surgeries or cross-sex hormone therapy.

Amy Tishelman, the author of the “Child” chapter in the 8th edition of WPATH’s guidelines, said she changed the guidelines so doctors wouldn’t “be sued because they weren’t following exactly what we said.”

Salvatore, Understaffed & Overworked Martyr to Govt Covid Stupidity

Accidentally read an Ed Case post*, is the wrongology deliberate? Or is it as big a dumbass as it makes out it is?

Ed Case says: April 17, 2023 at 7:19 am

I tender as evidence their reference yesterday to Celtic-Walpiri woman Jacinda Nampinjimpa-Price.
(It will not be chance that determined the order of Celtic/Walpiri)

Price describes herself as Celtic-Warlpiri.

No. Jacinta Nampijinpa-Price does not describe herself so.
Details matter.
She describes herself as Warlpiri-Celtic. (Source, her maiden speech)
She has been described as such for years.

Does anyone;
a) Not spot the difference?
b) Believe the word order used by Their ABC is anything but calculatingly deliberate?

*(Not recommended – there’s only so much fake news one can process)

Winston Smith
April 17, 2023 10:51 am

There must be more to this story:
Two men charged with murder over death of apple farmer, 86 who fought to defend his wife from ‘home invaders’ – after detectives issued $1million reward for information.

Detectives spent months combing through CCTV around the couple’s home in a bid to find their alleged attackers.

Months? When they knew the time and date the attack took place?

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

Way back last century Qantas took delivery of the then latest 747 which could make it from LA to Sydney (12,000 km) with mandatory fuel reserves but not LA to Melbourne (12,700 km).
I was mates with a senior exec at Q at the time and I suggested “all up weight of passenger and baggage” ticketing to lighten the load and increase range.
He reeled back in mock horror.
“Dangerous talk”, he said. “The sort of thing engineers and accountants might whisper about in smoky bars, but would never say out loud. The ponytails in marketing wouldn’t hear of it!”

calli
calli
April 17, 2023 10:57 am

Thorpe has given the media a precious gift – she has taken attention away from Price. And she has given them an “out” for accusations of partisanship.

See? See? We treat everyone equally, even when the stories are unflattering! You can’t complain about us being mean to Price…look what we did to Thorpe!

I’m not buying it. I loathe Thorpe, but I sense the undergrad tactics of the msm a mile off in this.

calli
calli
April 17, 2023 10:58 am

Oh, and good work on the lobbying of Twitter to label the ALPBC and SBS. Well done!

H B Bear
H B Bear
April 17, 2023 11:01 am

The same as fat guys with $10,000 bikes who just spent $500 on a new gear cluster to save 100g.

Winston Smith
April 17, 2023 11:02 am

Pogria:

This is the reality.
oink.

Yep. Lidia the Bush Pig.

Roger
Roger
April 17, 2023 11:07 am

I’m not buying it. I loathe Thorpe, but I sense the undergrad tactics of the msm a mile off in this.

I don’t think any news editor would have sat on that footage/story.

Ed Case
Ed Case
April 17, 2023 11:10 am

See? See? We treat everyone equally, even when the stories are unflattering! You can’t complain about us being mean to Price…look what we did to Thorpe!

Not buying it.
Thorpey is a face of the No case, any publicity she gets blackens No.
They’ll return to Price, she’s just as emotional as Thorpey.

Then they’ll come back to calm and collected Linda Burney, who’s also reputed to have a nasty temper, but will never be reported on because Yes.

bons
bons
April 17, 2023 11:13 am

Reading the article on online scams, one notes that none of the plethora of shecrats in ACCC and others made any comment regarding what they are actually doing to counter the plague.
That, it would appear is the victims’ responsibility.
And, the Bolshevik heading the Australian Cyber Security Agency, what is she doing? Oh, ‘hate speech’, of course.
That pockmarked wall has been waiting too long.

thefrollickingmole
thefrollickingmole
April 17, 2023 11:22 am

bonssays:
April 17, 2023 at 11:13 am

They also avoid the large pile of pachyderm poo pointing towards an obvios conclusion as well.

The drive to make government and banking services all online and causing the maximum hassle for people trying to obtain services offline.

Eg: I have just done my passport renewal online – reasonably simple and only one form of ID needed (old passport) when i go in.
I made the mistake of doing the boys passport using the old method.
3 forms of ID- no not that one- another one- and general bastardry that took 2 months and 1500 km of trips to get done.

By doing this they fertilize the fields for scammers.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
April 17, 2023 11:27 am

H B Bearsays:

April 17, 2023 at 11:01 am

The same as fat guys with $10,000 bikes who just spent $500 on a new gear cluster to save 100g.

Bwah ha ha ha.
I might have told this story before here.
Years ago I took the deadly treadly for a ride along the bay in Melbourne. Stopped at a cafe before the return treadle. I can hear a whingeing Pommy* voice behind me bitching and moaning to his Aussie host about the weight of the bike the host has provided.
“Mah bahke back ‘ome is oonder 8 kee-lohs”.
When they got up and click-clacked past me, I could see they were both carrying the equivalent about three road bikes under their straining lycra.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
April 17, 2023 11:27 am

* whingeing Pommy.
I know, I know.

Gabor
Gabor
April 17, 2023 11:32 am

calli says:
April 16, 2023 at 8:32 pm

MAFS – never watched a single episode. Pomerantz has convinced me to stay that way.
What is wrong with these people? Attention deprivation?
And that’s just the judges (or counsellors or whatever those plastic talking things were).

You are young and naive, think about why it is one of the most popular shows on FTA television.
I never watched it, (we don’t have a TV anyway), you didn’t watch it but hundreds of thousands if not more do, religiously.

This is the reality, these are the fellow humans, we are sharing this planet with.

rickw
rickw
April 17, 2023 11:33 am

Shaper of the week! Douglas 10” in WA going for scrap value:

https://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/bunbury/miscellaneous-goods/shaper-metal-hudson-10-5/1311085112

Ed Case
Ed Case
April 17, 2023 11:33 am

Here’s a line from an Opinion Piece Jacinta Price wrote in 2016:

There was a four-decade long campaign to win citizenship rights for Aboriginal Australians in this country, …

It’s bullshit.
She’s uninformed, so sooner or later she’ll throw the switch to Yes.

Bazinga
Bazinga
April 17, 2023 11:33 am

I watched the final installment of The Last Kingdom last night.

As did I. What I took away is that the trope seems to be that homos (at least those in the top echelons) put their own perverted desires above their responsibilities and country and end up paying dearly.

I guess maybe that applies to some elites in general but when in TV land while they are trying to normalise homosexuality they only make unlikeable characters.

Bazinga
Bazinga
April 17, 2023 11:34 am

I watched the final installment of The Last Kingdom last night.

As did I. What I took away is that the trope seems to be that homos (at least those in the top echelons) put their own perverted desires above their responsibilities and country and end up paying dearly.
I guess maybe that might apply to some elites in general but when in TV land while they are trying to normalise homosexuality they only make unlikeable characters

Bazinga
Bazinga
April 17, 2023 11:36 am

Vote no, unless you’re a racist. Simples.

Oh come on
Oh come on
April 17, 2023 11:36 am

Doris transferred $260k to a ‘deposit’ to secure her retirement and soon found out she’d lost it all

So, last year, when the 75-year-old saw an international bank offering a good return on deposits, she decided to transfer her life’s savings of $260,000 across to help secure her retirement.

“I was feeling on top of the world because I thought, ‘Now I’m set for the rest of my life,’” she said.

“I don’t have to work. I don’t have to look over my shoulder for where the next dollar is going to come from.”

Six weeks later, when she needed to make a withdrawal, she realised she had been conned.

Scammers had pretended to represent the Singapore-based bank DBS, and had tricked her into transferring her life’s savings to them.

“They made it sound so perfect, and I lost the lot,” she said.

(…)

Ms McAllister says she believes her devastating loss could have been prevented.

She now knows her money did not go to DBS, as she had intended, and thinks Commonwealth Bank should have done more to warn her before approving her transfer.

I have sympathy for this person but come on! Please explain how it’s the bank’s fault. What kind of rate was she promised by the scammers that would provide a return on her $260k that’d mean she was ‘set for life’? I get she’s 75, but at that age, sticking the money under the mattress and taking out a few hundred a week to supplement your pension is going to set most in her position for life. Is she really now trying to claim now that a few additional hurdles the bank could have put in place would have dissuaded her from a decision she’d already made that she believed was going to keep her in clover for the rest of her days – decision that “sounded so perfect”? Yeah, nah, not buying it.

You pay a price when you let greed override your common sense. It must really suck to learn that lesson at 75, and the price is your life savings. Nevertheless, the fact remains.
Does anyone remember the old ‘if it seems too good to be true’ wisdom? Nope, me neither. Just offer me a rate of return with a few zeroes in it and provide your bank details. Here comes every penny I have. What could possibly go wrong?

I have no love for the CBA but I reckon this woman would have gone into her local branch and requested an international funds transfer, and probably some 19yo trainee processed it. I used to work in that world in a former life. If it was $260k, the manager would likely have had to approve the transaction ($100k+ transactions required manager authorisation, although that was a few years ago so maybe it’s higher now), but only for the purpose of ensuring the person initiating the transaction controlled the funds they wanted to access. If she was a branch regular, this would have been a formality. What is she thinking they should have done? Noooo Doris, stop! Have you considered you’re being scammed??**

Putting to one side the fact that the branch staff were probably hammering the hell out of whatever crappy wealth creation product their sales focus was that month* with her when she came in to give some scammers a great payday – ultimately, it’s not the bank’s job to tell people how to spend their money.

But I guess it soon will be, thanks to a relatively small number of people and their inability to own their screwups.

* if she was a branch regular, as many older people are, there’s a not-insignificant chance a staff member said something along these lines to her

** which, despite being crappy, would have provided this person with a far better return than -100%

Oh come on
Oh come on
April 17, 2023 11:38 am

oops, flip the **s

Winston Smith
April 17, 2023 11:41 am

Mother Lode:

She is always on the look out for places where straight white men may gather or congregate so she can shout abuse at them.

That sounds… oddly familiar.

Winston Smith
April 17, 2023 11:42 am

That sounds… oddly familiar.

I wonder if there’s a sociological term for it.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
April 17, 2023 11:43 am

Detectives spent months combing through CCTV around the couple’s home in a bid to find their alleged attackers.

Months? When they knew the time and date the attack took place?

Firstly, it’s the Daily Mail so might be prone to exaggeration.
Secondly, read the phrase carefully … “around the couple’s home”.
Not “from the couple’s home.” This means they are door-knocking scores or hundreds of homes on the routes to and from the crime scene looking for street facing cameras and then scouring the footage for suspicious pedestrians or vehicles. They need to create a daisy chain of links from the scene to where they can get some identifying attribute (a clear facial photo, a rego, a photo of distinctive clothing).
So, yes, it is painstaking. The Jill Meagher case used a similar technique and got a hit within three days, but they were looking at CCTV from 150 metres of shopfronts on an almost deserted Sydney Rd.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
April 17, 2023 11:44 am

Explosive ACT DPP complaint sparked Bruce Lehrmann prosecution inquiry

By Kristin Shorten
Investigative Journalist
@itsKShort
11:13AM April 17, 2023

An explosive complaint from the ACT Director of Public Prosecution’s about police conduct before and during Bruce Lehrmann’s rape trial was the match that sparked the Board of Inquiry into the capital’s criminal justice systems.

Walter Sofronoff KC, who is conducting the inquiry, held the board’s first public hearing in Canberra this morning where it was revealed that the inquiry was established after DPP Shane Drumgold wrote to the Chief Police Officer Neil Gaughan on November 1, 2022 alleging 18 months of inappropriate interference in Bruce Lehrmann’s prosecution by the AFP.

Brittany Higgins alleged Mr Lehrmann raped her in Senator Linda Reynolds’ ministerial office in the early hours of March 23, 2019 after a night out drinking with colleagues in Canberra.
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Mr Lehrmann was later charged with sexual intercourse without consent.

Mr Drumgold’s November 1 letter was sent just days after the 28-year-old’s trial was sensationally aborted in October due to juror misconduct and immediately listed for retrial in February.

Mr Sofronoff’s counsel assisting Erin Longbottom told the hearing that Mr Drumgold alleged in his letter that police had “cherry picked” elements of potential evidence in the case and “provided blatant misrepresentations of evidence” to him.

Mr Drumgold claims that during the trial a number of “disturbing events occurred” including the AFP “constantly and exclusively” engaging directly with Mr Lehrmann’s defence team rather than the prosecution, causing him to distrust the AFP.

In his letter Mr Drumgold called upon Commissioner Gaughan to prohibit any further contact between his officers involved in the investigation with the defence team, prosecution witnesses and Ms Higgins. He also sought to prohibit their attendance at court during the second trial.

But in December Mr Drumgold announced he would not prosecute the case again due to the impact it would have on Ms Higgins’ mental health.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
April 17, 2023 11:45 am

Oh, and thirdly, if Plod actually has an informant they might just say “gotcha with CCTV” for now to throw the crooks off.
Make sure they get remanded and don’t go looking for informants to silence.

Boambee John
Boambee John
April 17, 2023 11:46 am

Judging by the reaction of Grandpa Ed Simpson, Jacinta has the leftards nervous.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
April 17, 2023 11:53 am

Vote no, unless you’re a racist. Simples.

My mother says she voted “Yes” in 1967, this time it’s a “No” vote.

Top Ender
Top Ender
April 17, 2023 11:53 am

Australia is wasting millions of dollars operating hundreds of Covid mass testing clinics – a relic from the height of the pandemic that are now barely used.

Gone are the huge queues and maddening waits of two years ago. Instead, bored staff fiddle with their phones and put their feet up, waiting patiently for someone to turn up.

At the height of the outbreak, the specialist drive-through and walk-in PCR test sites had queues hours long – but now anything more than 100 people would be a busy day.

Maintaining 88 drive-through and 77 walk-in clinics across NSW alone costs taxpayers millions, but NSW Health is refusing to say exactly how much is being forked out for these white elephants.

More at the Daily Mail

rickw
rickw
April 17, 2023 11:54 am

America is now basically at the Rise of The Planet of The Apes phase of a transition from there is no return.

There’s a return, just requires a lot of ammo.

Winston Smith
April 17, 2023 11:55 am

ZK2A:

Imagine a Voice with Lydia as a representative of the oppressed Kooris of Victoria.

Imagine a Voice with Lidia as a representative of the administrators.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
April 17, 2023 11:58 am

Catfight!

Jacqui Lambie urges Lidia Thorpe to seek help as ‘you cannot keep doing this’ after she was thrown out of Melbourne strip club (17 Apr)

“There’s no getting out of this. You are a politician and sometimes we do muck up. But not taking any responsibility for that yourself is not very helpful.”

The founder of the Jacquie Lambie Network then suggested Ms Thorpe seek treatment in the form of counselling as a way to “take responsibility of your own actions”.

“If you do not think you’re not in a good way, then go and do what the rest of us do and go and get some counselling or psychology,” she added.

“Because quite frankly something needs to be done. I would say this to Lidia, you cannot keep doing this. A good start would be, (is to admit) you are part of the problem, take the responsibility of your own actions and take them into your own hands.”

Over to you Ms Thorpe, what are you going to say in response to this helpful advice…?

shatterzzz
April 17, 2023 11:59 am

Maintaining 88 drive-through and 77 walk-in clinics across NSW alone costs taxpayers millions, but NSW Health is refusing to say exactly how much is being forked out for these white elephants.

I think the NSW ‘stations” are private contract operations .. Ruby, probably, signed ’em up on several years deals so they’ll get paid open or not …

Oh come on
Oh come on
April 17, 2023 12:02 pm

Normally I wouldn’t go into bat for plod but Drumgold’s a piece of sh*t who’s obviously scrambling to cover his rear after taking a risk on Bullsh*t Brittany and her ability to spin a compelling, tear-soaked story on the stand. At the end of the day, he took an incredibly weak case to court. So weak that not even a judge who was insanely pro-Brittany – not to mention the overwhelming force of the national media and establishment propping her up – could secure a conviction.

Does anyone really believe the cops protected Lehrmann? Why would they do that? They’d be more likely to fit him up than cover for him. Perhaps Drumgold’s furious they didn’t fit him up, or fit him up sufficiently.

JC
JC
April 17, 2023 12:05 pm

C.L. says:
April 17, 2023 at 9:19 am
Congraulations, JC.
Musk has officially labelled ABC twitter “Government-funded Media.”

Hahahahahaahha

It wasn’t just, it was a group effort. Lol
But I’ll take a bow just the same.

Oh come on
Oh come on
April 17, 2023 12:07 pm

Geez, when Jacqui Lambie is the voice of reason, you know you need help.

What was she thrown out of the strip club for, though? Perhaps she tried to have a go on the pole. In which case, it’s either her or the entire audience that’s out the door, and if I were the manager it wouldn’t be a difficult choice.

Ed Case
Ed Case
April 17, 2023 12:07 pm

Here’s what will happen:

The Media will go from Leonora to Laverton to Arnhem Land to … wherever, and the Elders will tell them …
No, we never told Peter Dutton that there’s any sexual abuse of children in our community

Sure, it’s lies, but Dutton has made his pitch about protecting Indigenous Women and Children, now those women are saying
Nothing to see here, we don’t want to know Peter Dutton.

Result:
enough potential No voters will conclude that trying to help Aborigines on a mass scale is a Fools Errand [which is the Truth], tune out, and not cast a vote.

caveman
caveman
April 17, 2023 12:08 pm

Catfight!

They both have dick fetishes.

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
April 17, 2023 12:10 pm

Perhaps she tried to have a go on the pole

I thought she already did that with the bikie.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
April 17, 2023 12:11 pm

Prosperity to fall with businesses blindsided by Indigenous voice to parliament hoax
Robert Gottliebsen Follow @BGottliebsen Robert Gottliebsen

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Many Australian corporate boards are classifying their attitudes to the Indigenous voice to parliament referendum in the same basket as matters that come under the ESG banner.

They simply have not done the work to discover that the voice proposal is totally different to other environmental, social, and governance issues because it will slow down government decisions, making investment in Australia far more complex.

Over the weekend, I learned of the boardroom malaise partly as a result of an email from one of Australia’s best performing and admired corporate directors.

In simple terms, he believes that sentence three of the referendum proposal gives the power to the parliament “to make laws with respect to matters relating to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice, including its composition, functions, powers and procedure”

On the surface the corporate leader is right because the above words in the third sentence appear to give the Australian parliament wide powers over the voice body.

If that was true my detailed description of how the budget and other federal government deliberations are set to be made incredibly complex is simply wrong because parliament would make the rules.

Sadly, I am not wrong first because my views are backed by top constitutional lawyers with countless cases under their belt, and second because when you look at the three proposed voice referendum sentences in combination, the message in the third sentence is a misleading hoax.

When corporate chief executives and directors read the three sentences for themselves, and not rely on agenda-driven advisers, they will understand why the voice is a danger to prosperity in Australia because it slows decision making.

I repeat the message of last week.

The voice slow down tragedy has nothing to do with desirability of recognising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the constitution – an action where most of the population, including me and the corporate sector, are in favour.

I would argue that the ‘hoax’ in the third sentence is in danger of misleading both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-indigenous peoples.

While the third sentence words appear to give the Australian parliament wide powers over the voice body, that sentence is qualified with the caveat “subject to this constitution”.

That means parliamentary powers are clearly subservient to the sentence which states “the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander voice (body) may make representations to the parliament and the executive government of the Commonwealth on matters relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples”.

And the “subject to this constitution” parliamentary power qualification extends beyond the referendum powers to the whole constitution and its case law.

A large section of that case law arises out of section 51 where our parliament was given a series of specified powers but those powers, like sentence three, were “subject to this constitution”.

To illustrate; the first power in section 51 gave the parliament power over “trade and commerce with other countries, and among the states” but that became subservient to section 92 that states that trade within the Commonwealth must be free.

And so, just as the Australian parliament can’t make laws that impact the free trade provision in the constitution so the parliament will not be able to make laws that interfere with the right of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to make representations to the executive or the parliament.

One of Australia’s most senior constitutional lawyers uses this analogy: if the voice powers are equated with the development of a large building, the Australian Parliament’s powers are limited to matters like deciding on the door handles.

Of course those views will need to be tested in the High Court but the “case law” on issues like this is well established.

And we should remember that it’s not just non Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples who are being hoaxed by the misleading third sentence.

Many indigenous people will think the voice body is simply an arm of the Australian parliament akin to many others.

However, among the leaders of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and their legal advisers are those that know that the words“subject to this constitution” destroys wide parliamentary power.

They could be excused for laughing at the ignorance of non-indigenous peoples.

I received some 650 comments on last week’s commentary and a number of them raised issues that I had not thought of but which drove me to go back to top constitutional lawyers to determine the likely constitutional situation.

The voice will almost certainly be able to make representations about the appointment of High Court judges.

Accordingly, the voice body may push hard for suitably qualified Aboriginal activists to be made High Court judges.

We may follow the US where the appointment of High Court judges becomes a political issue.

Secondly, in our society we have been pressing for gender equality.

Sections of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities have a different culture with functions divided between male and female.

This issue was the subject of legal debate in the Hindmarsh Island case involving alleged “secret women’s business”

In my commentary I suggested that 300 indigenous nations would seek representations in the Voice but we might need to have a male and a female from each group.

Our corporate boards have not done the work and simply taken the words in the third sentence at face value after being reassured by the Prime Minister this was not a major change to the way the parliament and the community will make decisions.

However, I reject the allegations of one reader who suggested that a number of named large companies actually stood benefit financially from the voice and their advocacy was motivated by financial issues.

But it was a clear sign of what may be ahead.

rickw
rickw
April 17, 2023 12:18 pm

It wasn’t just, it was a group effort. Lol
But I’ll take a bow just the same.

Please tell me the ABC leeching pond scum had a melt down!!!

Winston Smith
April 17, 2023 12:19 pm

Wodger:

You should throw your hat in the ring for the top QANTAS job, Winston.

Sure, but wait until you hear my next “Honesty in Booking Seats” policy.
If you book your seat online and fudge the weight criteria, you either pay an “Excess Weight Tax” or have the excess weight surgically removed at the weigh in.

Oh come on
Oh come on
April 17, 2023 12:20 pm

“Any black man that stands with the f***** white little c*** like that, youse can all get f***** too.

“We’ve been repressed all our f***** life in this country and you let this little dog speak.”

Why didn’t this make it into the Uluru Statement From The Heart? Or maybe add these to the proposed provisions to be inserted into the constitution. Truly words to live by and be governed by.

Effing white c. I’ve been called that several times in my life. Only by people from a certain racial background. Must be a coincidence.

Bourne1879
Bourne1879
April 17, 2023 12:22 pm

Adam Creighton has another great Covid article up at The Oz.

Mentions getting death threats for his early Covid reporting.

One of the few journalists who stood up and did an exceptional job during past three years.

Meanwhile Courier Mail has another propaganda article on front page designed to get more vaccines into arms.

Winston Smith
April 17, 2023 12:24 pm

Knuckle Dragger:

it switches the whole device to use the Google TV operating system as the primary operating system, with television becoming a 2nd-class citizen in the Home screen.

Say what?
It turns your TV or PC into a camera that watches you without your permission or knowledge?
I find that hard to believe…
…but maybe I don’t.

Roger
Roger
April 17, 2023 12:28 pm

If you book your seat online and fudge the weight criteria, you either pay an “Excess Weight Tax” or have the excess weight surgically removed at the weigh in.

Just add a surcharge. Simples.

Roger
Roger
April 17, 2023 12:32 pm

Prosperity to fall with businesses blindsided by Indigenous voice to parliament hoax

Australia’s second rate corporate leaders taken by surprise by an event due to a lack of curiosity about it. Like that’s never happened before.

Between them & the climate change and race grifters, Australia’s luck has run out.

Winston Smith
April 17, 2023 12:32 pm

Sancho Panzer:

“Dangerous talk”, he said. “The sort of thing engineers and accountants might whisper about in smoky bars, but would never say out loud. The ponytails in marketing wouldn’t hear of it!”

The ponytails in marketing are about to get their ears pinned back if they don’t wake up to the fact they don’t run the airline – the executive does.
Reference:
.1 Bud Light,
.2 Red Bull.

Winston Smith
April 17, 2023 12:34 pm

Calli:
Why are so many of your post at zero upticks? Is someone playing with them?

Oh come on
Oh come on
April 17, 2023 12:36 pm

Pixy Liao’s cheeky photo series Experimental Relationship flips the artist-muse dynamic

NSFW.

Where are the Guinness Book Of Records judges? We may have the guy with the lowest testosterone count ever recorded here. But it’s art!

thefrollickingmole
thefrollickingmole
April 17, 2023 12:40 pm

My favroite butch overalls wearing dyke takes a swing at JKS detractors shivelled gonands – and hits..
https://www.spiked-online.com/2023/04/14/the-entitlement-and-ignorance-of-daniel-radcliffe/
Worth a RTWT

Half of the 5,000 children referred to the NHS’ Tavistock clinic from 2020 to 2022 were under 15 – and over a dozen were under four years old.

There’s a reason the torture of Winston Smith in Nineteen Eighty-Four is followed quickly by O’Brien finally forcing him to lie about how many fingers the torturer holds up. Today, the lie about four fingers being five has been replaced by those who hold up a penis and force onlookers to say that it’s female.

If you go and get sterilised before you can vote, you’re not going to be genderfluid, which sounds like being a mermaid cavorting atop a unicorn. If you’re a young woman having your primary- and secondary-sex characteristics eviscerated, you’re not going to have much in the way of fluids at all – you will be scarred and desiccated instead. If you’re going the other way, you will most likely keep hold of your precious male genitalia (less than five per cent of transwomen actually have the chop). Perhaps you’ll become a big bully in too much blusher yelling at lesbians to suck your lady-dick.

Winston Smith
April 17, 2023 12:47 pm

OCO:

What was she thrown out of the strip club for, though? Perhaps she tried to have a go on the pole. In which case, it’s either her or the entire audience that’s out the door, and if I were the manager it wouldn’t be a difficult choice.

I understand the Bikie Moll was harassing other white male drinkers about them being on ‘stolen land’. While it may be appropriate on the streets of Laverton WA and Wilcannia, it’s not really polite in a Gentlemen’s Club.
🙂

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
April 17, 2023 12:53 pm

John Bolton Declares Total War on Russia

SIMPLICIUS THE THINKER
16 APR 2023

John Bolton will go down in the annals of history as an unparalleled devotee of war and endless escalation. It’s often been said that he’s never seen a conflict he didn’t like.

He’s now published a rabble-rousing OpEd in the Wall Street Journal that’s so wantonly incendiary as to deserve its own article response. It is a total declaration of war on Russia, with the openly stated intent to see Russia completely destroyed, balkanized, and absorbed.

Original article: https://www.wsj.com/articles/a-new-american-grand-strategy-to-counter-russia-and-china-asian-nato-aukus-collective-defense-taiwan-da555cf

Un-paywall’d link: https://archive.is/YyDsU

It’s titled ‘A New American Grand Strategy to Counter Russia and China’.

But nothing of the strategy is new, though it is decidedly American.

The “strategy”, if it can even be called that, is breathtaking in its reckless brazenness.

I’ll summarize the main points. But first, it must be contextualized by calling to notice Bolton’s repeated invocation of NSC 68, which he mentions no less than three times in the relatively brief column. For those that don’t know, NSC 68 is the top secret document issued by Harry Truman in 1950 that effectively began the Cold War.

Sure, the start of the Cold War is typically thought of as even earlier, but this was the document that essentially cemented it with the types of hyper-militarization and massive spending the period was associated with. The document was existential in nature, invoking the end of all ‘civilization’, should the U.S. fail to stop the Soviet Union.

This mien is important to understand in order to truly comprehend the scale of what Bolton is now calling for; it is a cry of desperation of historical proportions.

We know Bolton to be a war hawk without equal, but this is beyond the pale even for him.

So, here are the points:

. As mentioned, he invokes NSC 68, and states that the U.S. should immediately enact a new contemporary version of said policy.

. Washington and its allies “should immediately increase defense budgets to Reagan-era levels.” A major military buildup is ‘necessary’, at the expense of social programs and ‘income distribution schemes.’

. He references modern advances like cyber, drone warfare, and hypersonic missiles, stating that the U.S. has fallen behind in critical areas, particularly in the nuclear stockpile.

. He calls for the U.S. to resume underground nuclear weapons testing.

. He calls for the massive expansion of NATO by adding Israel, Japan, Australia, and others, ignoring, of course, the fact that the N.A. of NATO stands for North Atlantic. I suppose they can always change it retroactively to simply ‘Nuclear Armed Terrorist Organization’, as we’ve all known it to be.

. U.S. should “exclude Russia and China” from influence in the Middle East. He deliberately keeps the method by which he intends to carry this out vague, but we can only imagine what those methods might be.

. U.S. should develop a prototypical Asian-NATO which includes U.S., Japan, and South Korea.

. U.S. and European allies should provide Taiwan with much more military aid and also embed Taiwan into aforementioned alliances, presumably like the ‘Asian-NATO’.

. He states directly that “After Ukraine wins the war, we must split the Russia-China axis.” To do this he believes, firstly, that losing the war will “unseat Putin’s regime,” and that Russia’s ‘fragmentation’ east of the Urals is even possible (with the implication that U.S. should obviously push for same).

. This region holds ‘incalculable mineral wealth’ (one could picture him salivating into his moustache) and according to him, China must be certainly “eyeing this territory” (projection much?). Russia’s Bering Strait region should be offered to China as enticement.

Significant portions of this region were under Chinese sovereignty until the 1860 Treaty of Peking transferred “outer Manchuria,” including extensive Pacific coast lands, to Moscow. Russia’s uncontrolled dissolution could provide China direct access to the Arctic, including even the Bering Strait, facing Alaska.

In short, the U.S. should push for Russia to lose the war, then be instrumental in completely balkanizing and fracturing Russia, then selling off the pieces to China in a bid to woo them into a new Sino-American partnership a la the Kissinger/Nixon/Sino-Soviet split era.

The utter callousness and total disregard for any norms of international law with which he candidly calls for the complete breakup of Russia is both appalling and shocking to witness.

And to think this is a creature who maintains a hefty influence on policy in the Beltway is a frightening notion.

With that said, his ideas are as pedantically fusty and outdated as his appearance, merely rehashing old-hat Kissinger-era memes which would merely provoke a belly-laugh from both Russia and China.

Bolton is the prototypical low-IQ MIC apparatchik who apes the ideas of greater men.

He is exactly the type of worm that the ancient, civilizational-wisdom-bearing statesmen of Russia and China could do nothing but mock behind his back.

If he thinks enticing China with some Siberian mineral wealth like a cheap drug kingpin giving a sniff will sway President Xi from his deeply-rooted partnership with Putin and Russia, then he must truly have a Bolt-on brain, and not one of natural make.

What these one-trick apparatchiks never seem to grok is that China’s memory is as long as the roots of the Ginkgo tree.

They have emerged from their ‘Century of Humiliation’ with lessons learned and will never again fall to the whims and wiles of abject, two-bit Western creatures like Dolt-on.

For all his simplicity, his calls for mass global hyper-militarization on the other hand are no less dangerous. His pleas are likely representative of the ‘old guard’ of war hawks’ sentiments, which means these are the types of blind Cold War Redux escalations we can expect to continue on indefinitely.

But the Dolt should really be careful of what he wishes for.

With the direction things are headed in his own country, it’s far more likely it will be the U.S. that fractures and is forced to pawn Alaska back to Russia, rather than his juvenile fantasy of glomming off Russia’s Bering Strait territories to China.

Winston Smith
April 17, 2023 12:53 pm

Wodger:

Just add a surcharge. Simples.

Well, yes.
I suppose you could do it that way.
But it doesn’t really promote online honesty, does it?
( I forgot the 🙂 )

Steve trickler
Steve trickler
April 17, 2023 12:56 pm

Who was the w*nker that banned her from this country?

Was it the pink vegetable?

Castro is out of control…Canada is rooted. He needs a no return helicopter ride.

“Oh ‘Canada’ Is Dying” ‘Tucker Carlson’ Interview’s ‘Canadian’ Freedom Fighter ‘Lauren Southern’

Pogria
Pogria
April 17, 2023 12:57 pm

Over to you Ms Thorpe, what are you going to say in response to this helpful advice…?

“F3ck off ya white c#*t. You’re not f*#ken Blak! ya f#%ken moll! I’m f*#ken blakker than you ya white c#*t. Say it to my face ya ugly moll.”

I think I’ve covered it. 😀

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
April 17, 2023 1:00 pm

Roger says:
April 17, 2023 at 12:32 pm

Prosperity to fall with businesses blindsided by Indigenous voice to parliament hoax

Australia’s second rate corporate leaders taken by surprise by an event due to a lack of curiosity about it. Like that’s never happened before.

Between them & the climate change and race grifters, Australia’s luck has run out.

The AFR View

Liddell shutdown a test of Australia’s orderly energy transition

Passing the Liddell test would be a good omen. But politically created obstacles risk making the challenging transition ahead even more difficult than it already is.

Fingers are crossed that the electricity grid will hold together through the biggest decarbonisation test yet when AGL’s coal-fired power plant at Liddell in the NSW Hunter Valley begins to power down for the final time on Wednesday.

That would be no small achievement when a decade and half of political carbon wars in Canberra means there has been no market-based investment signal to drive the fastest, most efficient and lowest-cost energy transition.

In 2017, when then AGL Chief Executive Andy Vesey announced Liddell’s original planned closure date in 2022, the response from the Turnbull government was default market offer regulation of retail electricity prices, and was followed by the “big stick” energy law that threatened to break up the big gentailer businesses.

AGL’s decision was driven by commercial logic: it no longer made financial sense to keep the ageing and increasingly unreliable Liddell open when an influx of cheap and subsided wind and solar generation was disrupting the economics of burning coal.

Despite Snowy Hydro’s Kurri Kurri gas plant not being online as planned, experts say there is now more than anticipated renewables capacity in the system which, along with upgraded transmission from Victoria and Queensland, mean the lights should stay on when the current source of 10 per cent of the NSW’s power needs drops out.

Yet despite six years early warning of Liddell’s closure, it could still be a close-run thing during peak evening demand.

Greater call on gas-fired power to fill the coal void, amid the global energy crisis and skyrocketing gas prices, means upwards pressure on the cost of electricity prices cannot be ruled out.

Australia needs to get on with the massive energy transition challenge by developing new wind and solar projects, by building the new transmission lines needed to connect more dispersed and intermittent renewables to the mains, and by backing up a cleaner grid with batteries, pumped-hydro and gas.

Yet with more coal closures nearing, and with the nation’s largest power company pledging to quit coal completely by 2035 following the AGL board and executive shake-up initiated by its largest shareholder Mike Cannon-Brookes, the importance of an orderly transition must be underlined.

Dirty sources of electricity cannot be withdrawn until adequate, affordable and reliable clean replacements are in place, without jeopardising political support for the transition.

An even bigger transition test will be the scheduled closure in 2025 of the nation’s largest coal generator, Origin Energy’s giant Eraring plant, which supplies 25 per cent of NSW’s power.

New Labor Premier Chris Minns has floated the idea of the state buying Eraring to ease prices and guarantee supply. However, investment fund giant Brookfield Asset Management, whose bid to buy Origin has been accepted by its board, says the new owners won’t sell Eraring to the government if it means keeping the plant open for longer.

Engineering along with economics, not anti-fossil fuel ideology, must determine the key transition timings, including the need for more gas.

The Coalition’s reversion to the carbon wars over Labor’s expansion of the de facto carbon price “safeguard mechanism” legislation allowed the Greens to negotiate an anti-gas outcome.

Anthony Albanese has expressed support for gas as a flexible transition fuel, but wants to have it both ways.

The government’s “reasonable price” regulatory intervention into the domestic gas markets risks delaying investment in the new supply needed to avert forecast shortfalls.

Labor has gone against the expert consensus by excluding gas from the capacity mechanism investment signal that is supposed to plug reliable back-up generation into the National Electricity Market.

The ban on gas was driven by the Andrews government in Victoria, the state whose ambitious electrification plan is most in danger of going dark on low wind and solar radiation days in winter according to the Energy Security Board.

A lot is going to have to go right during Australia’s decades-long journey to net-zero electricity without tripping the kind of energy crisis that was only narrowly averted in the NEM last winter. Passing the Liddell test would be a good omen.

But politically created obstacles risk making the challenging transition ahead even more difficult than it already is.

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
April 17, 2023 1:03 pm

How Labor/Greens/Liberal Greens/Business Run Australia

Fingers are crossed

Bourne1879
Bourne1879
April 17, 2023 1:06 pm

Latest scare campaign now up at Herald Sun, Courier Mail and Daily Telegraph. The new symptom according to India is conjunctivitis. Note one Australian source quoted in the article.

“Arcturus: New Covid strain is spreading quickly and has different symptoms for children
The new Covid variant Arcturus is causing a new symptom of concern in children. Here’s what you need to know”.

Basically get updated on your vaccines. Blah blah blah, rinse and repeat with new variant name.

thefrollickingmole
thefrollickingmole
April 17, 2023 1:07 pm

Nothing says “serious country” like this line..

mean the lights should stay on

Its engineering – and area where a lot of answers can be yes/no depending on the data input.

Such as “during a wind drought is there enough remaining generation capacity”.

Steve trickler
Steve trickler
April 17, 2023 1:07 pm
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
April 17, 2023 1:11 pm

Christopher
4 hours ago
Surprising to learn that such language was used at such a venue.
I mean, lots of classy people have birthday parties at strip clubs, right?

Plasmamortar
Plasmamortar
April 17, 2023 1:11 pm

A lot is going to have to go right during Australia’s decades-long journey to net-zero electricity without tripping the kind of energy crisis that was only narrowly averted in the NEM last winter. Passing the Liddell test would be a good omen.

Yeah, stockpile generators now while they’re cheap and available.

Will probably give you a 3-4x return in 3 to 5 years

Bourne1879
Bourne1879
April 17, 2023 1:12 pm

Note should read as Not.

However somebody clearly fed the story to the papers. Government obviously. Those 14m jabs bought recently need to be used up.

rickw
rickw
April 17, 2023 1:22 pm

Why didn’t this make it into the Uluru Statement From The Heart?

This should have been the preamble to the Uluru Statement From The Heart:

“You f’cking white c’nt! You stole our f’cking land you white c’nt! You got a dollar? Gimee a f’cking dollar you white c’nt!”

I’ve had this said to me several times, almost verbatim, so it must have great cultural significance!

calli
calli
April 17, 2023 1:22 pm

Arcturus: New Covid strain

This zombie just won’t die.

Miltonf
Miltonf
April 17, 2023 1:24 pm

What was previously run by engineers was taken over by a gaggle of lawyers and pollimuppets. The lieborals in NSW really did prove it was possible to be worse than Carr. ‘Fingers crossed’ ‘good omen’- fuk me dead.

Lysander
Lysander
April 17, 2023 1:25 pm

Ok so… dumb question…

Does a referendum need to pass on a majority of (eligible) votes or actual votes? For example, if a sh!t load of peeps just don’t turn up is it the majority of those who did or the majority of those who could have…

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
April 17, 2023 1:29 pm

A young constable who was exposed to hepatitis C twice in five months after being spat on and pricked by a needle is one of hundreds of officers assaulted in an alarming rise in attacks on WA police in the past seven years.

The Northam constable was trying to break up a street fight in the Wheatbelt town when a drunk, young girl called him a “white m….. f…..,” and spat in his face, according to his submission to an inquiry.

From the “West Australian.”

Graduated, with honors, from the Lidia Thorpe Institute of culture and decorum, I see…

Pogria
Pogria
April 17, 2023 1:31 pm

Tried to post this earlier. One of the rare times a comment has disappeared. Here goes,

OLD WOMAN AND THE MULE

An old woman walked up and tied her old mule to the hitching post.

As she stood there, brushing some of the dust from her face and clothes, a young gunslinger stepped out of the saloon with a gun in one hand and a bottle of whiskey in the other.

He looked at the woman and laughed,

“Hey old woman, have you ever danced?”

The woman looked up at the gunslinger and said, “No … I never did dance … Never really wanted to”

A crowd has gathered as the young gunslinger grinned and said, “Well you old bag, you’re gonna dance now!”, and started shooting at the old woman’s feet.

The old woman prospector – not wanting to have her toes blown off- started hopping around. Many were laughing.

When his last bullet was fired, the gunslinger, still laughing, holstered his gun and turned around to go back into the saloon.

The old woman turned to her pack mule, pulled out a double-barreled shotgun and cocked both hammers. The loud clicks carried clearly through the desert air, and the crowd immediately stopped laughing.

The gunslinger heard the sounds too, and turned around very slowly. The silence was almost deafening. The crowd watched tensely as he stared at the woman and the large gaping holes of those twin barrels.

The barrels of the shotgun never wavered in her hands as she quietly said, “Son, have you ever kissed a mule’s ass?”

The gunslinger swallowed hard and said, “No m’am, but I’ve always wanted to”

THERE ARE FIVE LESSONS HERE FOR ALL OF US:

1 – Never be arrogant.

2 – Don’t waste ammunition.

3 – Whiskey makes you think you’re smarter than you are.

4 – Always make sure you know who has the power.

5 – Don’t mess with old people; they didn’t get old by being stupid.”

Colonel Crispin Berka
Colonel Crispin Berka
April 17, 2023 1:34 pm

Why didn’t this make it into the Uluru Statement From The Heart?

Because it’s become the Melbourne Statement From The Arse.

Gilas
Gilas
April 17, 2023 1:35 pm

bons says:
April 17, 2023 at 11:13 am

Reading the article on online scams, one notes that none of the plethora of shecrats in ACCC and others made any comment regarding what they are actually doing to counter the plague.
That, it would appear is the victims’ responsibility.

How appalling it is that adults should take responsibility for their f@ck-ups!
Government must do more! And drag everyone else down a regulatory swamp aimed at protecting sub-90-IQ morons. (and as for that ex-RNSH consultant.. what a wanker!)
PS bureaucrats will be wet dreaming about their increased, intrusive powers.
This will, of course, do nothing but permanently increase the “friction” of doing business for everyone endowed with more than just sh!t for brains. Scammers will simply adapt and improve.
Exactly the same method of sh!tholification of this country, that we have all come to enjoy in the last 50+ years.

Pogria
Pogria
April 17, 2023 1:36 pm

I have to say, it is an absolutely glorious day today here in the Southern Tablelands. I have been in and out all day catching up on things outside. Only wearing a T-shirt. aaaahhhh.

Mushrooms are finally up. I know my ordinary field mushies, but I also have what I am 99% sure are Pine Forest mushrooms. I have eaten them many times but have never collected them in the wild myself. Will be having them identified by a local tomorrow. Fingers crossed. I loooove the Pine mushrooms!

thefrollickingmole
thefrollickingmole
April 17, 2023 1:37 pm

Gilas

Dont worry about the outcomes – do something!!!

Old Lefty
Old Lefty
April 17, 2023 1:42 pm

ACT DPP Drumgold, of Lehmann trial fame, has pronounced that the Voice referendum could ‘help the nation come to terms with its cultural identity. Just in case you had any doubts about his politics.

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
April 17, 2023 1:45 pm

Poll: Only 22% Say Joe Biden’s America Headed in Right Direction, Down 6 Points Since January

While fewer Americans say the nation is headed in an increasingly right direction, 68 percent say it is headed in the wrong direction, up six points since January.

The CIVIQS rolling job approval average tracked 472,851 responses between January 19, 2017, and April 13, 2023. The CIVIQS tracking model is meant to capture the shifts in attitude of various groups over time across all 50 states and Washington, DC. These changes can happen either over time or rapidly.

Two major political events have occurred since January. The nation suffered a banking crisis, and former President Donald Trump was indicted by a far-left district attorney from Manhattan.

duncanm
duncanm
April 17, 2023 1:49 pm

rickwsays:
April 17, 2023 at 12:18 pm
It wasn’t just, it was a group effort. Lol
But I’ll take a bow just the same.

Please tell me the ABC leeching pond scum had a melt down!!!

they’re trying hard to tell us the public doesn’t fund the government.
https://mobile.twitter.com/abcnews/status/1647772958746894336

johanna
johanna
April 17, 2023 1:49 pm

Eg: I have just done my passport renewal online – reasonably simple and only one form of ID needed (old passport) when i go in.
I made the mistake of doing the boys passport using the old method.
3 forms of ID- no not that one- another one- and general bastardry that took 2 months and 1500 km of trips to get done.

By doing this they fertilize the fields for scammers.

Not only scammers, but also hackers and identity thieves. Just about every week now we find yet another database containing people’s personal information has been hacked – and they are just the ones they tell us about. Rest assured there are many more that have not been shared with us.

The headlong rush into online everything (don’t get me started about online voting) without consideration of the implications for both individuals and society as a whole is breathtakingly naive, at best.

It is not just the security protocols of the databases themselves (pathetic as many of them are) either. Time and time again we find that the use of third parties to perform various functions leads to security breaches, one way or another. Is there any sign that ‘lessons are being learned’? Not that I’ve noticed.

It will probably take some massive lawsuits to pull private actors into line. As for government agencies, they are a much harder nut to crack. Maybe a few busloads of cocaine-bearing hookers turning up at Party fundraisers on the Minister’s credit card might help to speed things up. 🙂

Gilas
Gilas
April 17, 2023 1:51 pm

thefrollickingmole says:
April 17, 2023 at 1:37 pm

Dont worry about the outcomes – do something!!!

Official mantra of the Oz PS since 1971.

Boambee John
Boambee John
April 17, 2023 1:53 pm

Winston Smithsays:
April 17, 2023 at 12:24 pm
Knuckle Dragger:

it switches the whole device to use the Google TV operating system as the primary operating system, with television becoming a 2nd-class citizen in the Home screen.

Say what?
It turns your TV or PC into a camera that watches you without your permission or knowledge?
I find that hard to believe…
…but maybe I don’t.

Ask your 1984 namesake, who was intimately familiar with such a device.

Oh come on
Oh come on
April 17, 2023 1:59 pm

Board of Inquiry into Bruce Lehrmann trial hears relationship between police and prosecutors was ‘beset by tension’ from outset

Mr Sofronoff used his opening remarks to reflect on whether the term ‘Victims of Crime Commissioner’ might infringe upon the presumption of innocence.

He said that would be a key question for him to consider over the course of the inquiry.

“What does that concept mean in the criminal justice system, and what bearing does it have outside the criminal justice system in discourse in public?”

Mr Sofronoff said the other central question would be the principles which governed “a proper decision” to charge an accused.

That’s actually a pretty good start. Let’s see how it pans out.

Mr Lehrmann has maintained his innocence and there have been no findings against him.

His trial was abandoned due to juror misconduct, and the DPP declined to proceed with a second trial, out of concerns for Ms Higgins’s welfare.

These people are such scum.

‘His trial ended in a mistrial, and the DPP declined to retry him.’

THAT would be accurate reporting. Providing the reason for the mistrial and for why the DPP isn’t retrying him is unnecessary detail and has been inserted to manipulate the reader to attribute guilt to Lehrmann.

H B Bear
H B Bear
April 17, 2023 2:02 pm

When yore getting advice from Jacqui Jacqui you need to spend a bit of time in the room of mirrors.

H B Bear
H B Bear
April 17, 2023 2:05 pm

Wow. Can’t blame that one on autocorrect. Lucky the guys at Apple loaded some Middle English so it didn’t pick that one up.

Boambee John
Boambee John
April 17, 2023 2:06 pm

Pogriasays:
April 17, 2023 at 1:36 pm
I have to say, it is an absolutely glorious day today here in the Southern Tablelands. I have been in and out all day catching up on things outside. Only wearing a T-shirt. aaaahhhh.

Phrasing!

H B Bear
H B Bear
April 17, 2023 2:09 pm

And some people give me a hard time.

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
April 17, 2023 2:12 pm

Former US Treasury Sec warns of ‘troubling’ signs US is losing global influence as other world powers band together

Bloomberg

Former Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers warned of “troubling” signs that the US is losing global influence as other powers align together and win favor among nations not yet aligned.

“There’s a growing acceptance of fragmentation, and — maybe even more troubling — I think there’s a growing sense that ours may not be the best fragment to be associated with,”

Summers said on Bloomberg Television’s “Wall Street Week” with David Westin.

Summers was speaking on the sidelines of the spring meeting of global finance chiefs in Washington, where the key theme has been a warning about “fragmentation” of the world economy as the US and rich-world allies aim to reshape supply chains away from China and other strategic competitors.

“Somebody from a developing country said to me, ‘what we get from China is an airport.

What we get from the United States is a lecture,’”

said Summers, a Harvard University professor and paid contributor to Bloomberg TV.

Comment:

If by ‘lecture’ he means: regime change, destabilisation, civil war, and vassal status, then, yes, he’s partly right;

because a business relationship with China actually provides many times more than just an airport.

H B Bear
H B Bear
April 17, 2023 2:12 pm

Brave Brittany. Once more into the fold.

calli
calli
April 17, 2023 2:14 pm

Something to make grandparent Cats nod their heads and grin…

Disaster has struck chez calli. The small, black indistinguishable from every other background piece of electronics has disappeared. That’s right – the tv remote. Clutched in sticky little possessive fingers (for protection against all forms of non-electronic play) it has been misplaced. The lounges (black leather, natch) have been pulled apart, boxes of games emptied, clothes shaken out…I even looked in the fridge.

A new one ordered…ETA Friday. It will be immediately covered with fluorescent stickers even before the batteries go in. Meanwhile, it’s more board games, card games, books and meccano.

Don’t laugh you buggers. I see you.

Alamak!
Alamak!
April 17, 2023 2:19 pm

Brave Brittany. Once more into the fold.

Is there some moar $$$ to be awarded to this struggling victim of poor law and average, but expensive, ps admin? Several books could be written on how badly this whole case puts real male & female victims on sex crimes, like Bill Shortens ex-GF. Simply put, the next 10000 victims will never be believed in an situation short of confirmed video footage.

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
April 17, 2023 2:20 pm

“The Fall of the FBI” takes James Comey to task, and more

I have only one criticism of the just-released book by long-time superstar FBI agent Thomas Baker entitled “The Fall of the FBI.” It really should be entitled “The Winter of the FBI.” That’s how bad things have gotten in the upper echelons of the Bureau.

It wasn’t always that way. More than half the book is a collection of true crime stories that illustrate the competence and professionalism of the Bureau in the old days. Most end with the bad guys in jail.

Baker had a first-hand view of these cases because he was involved in many of them. He was the first FBI agent on the scene at President Ronald Reagan’s shooting when he happened to hear the news report on the radio (recall that the shooting took place right in front of the press who were following the President). Baker was in the neighborhood and sped to the scene, arriving just minutes later. He became in charge of the investigation.

He was the Legal Attaché to the U.S. Embassy in France when Princess Di was killed in a car crash in Paris. He was cross-examined by infamous lawyer F. Lee Bailey in the trial of a mobster (Bailey lost that case). You get the flavor. It’s real-life stories something like the stories my generation remembers from the television series “The FBI.”

The rest of the book describes the sad decline in the culture of the Bureau. Baker traces it to 9/11.

The Director at that time was Robert Mueller (the same Mueller who years later supervised the investigation of Donald Trump for allegations of colluding with the Russians – allegations that were ultimately shown to be as groundless as they were explosive). He and his counterpart at the CIA were summoned to the White House to brief President George W. Bush days after the 9/11 attack.

Mueller explained to the President what the Bureau was doing to identify the perpetrators – exactly what the Bureau was supposed to do. Frustrated with Mueller and understandably still upset by the horrific terrorism, Bush snapped that he just wanted to make sure it didn‘t happen again.

The CIA Director then told Bush what his agency was doing to make sure it didn’t.

Mueller left humiliated. His take-away was that the Bureau needed to shift focus toward intelligence-gathering even if it meant sacrificing resources for law enforcement.

The Bureau became fewer cops and more spies.

Mueller’s successor was the notorious James Comey, whom Baker calls a “charlatan” whose tenure as Director was a “disaster” for the Bureau.

Baker is indisputably right, even if you consider only the Bureau’s reputation.

But Baker points out that the disaster extends beyond reputation and well into substance. Comey had all of Mueller’s bad instincts for centralization and control by bureaucrats, and more.

Comey seldom got into the nitty gritty of Bureau work, but instead floated above it all.

Baker didn’t use this word, but I will: Comey was lazy.

Like many lazy people, he was also arrogant in thinking he was so smart he could do the job without working hard.

It was obvious from any of his pompous speeches that what he loved most was attention.

It was that laziness, arrogance, and attention-craving that led Comey to substitute his political leanings – his hatred of Trump – for professional law enforcement procedures that were respectful of the legal process and required quiet, hard work within it.

Comey had a political agenda – to get Trump.

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
April 17, 2023 2:21 pm

H B Bear says:
April 17, 2023 at 2:12 pm

Brave Brittany. Once more into the fold.

With or Without Knickers?

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
April 17, 2023 2:29 pm

Is there a worldwide run on the Bank of the United States of America?

In talking this week with a friend about the United States seemingly imploding from within across multiple sectors, my friend stressed: “It’s not just from within.

There is a run on the United States from certain nations and business interests around the world. Just like there was a run on banks after the collapse of Silicon Valley Bank, many nations are either thinking about — or actually proceeding with — transferring at least a portion of their allegiance, assets and commitments from the ‘Bank of the U.S.’ to the ‘Bank of China’ or elsewhere.”

This was not just some person sitting on a porch casually talking about current events while whittling a stick waiting for his Social Security or pension check to hit the mailbox.

This was a former high-level U.S. government official, now a CEO, someone who sits on the boards of directors for multiple companies. He has massive real-world and business experience and believes the United State may be on the verge of collapse.

He is far from the only one to think that.

Some fear the Biden administration is losing control of our southern border; losing control of our decaying, crime-infested big cities; creating a recession; vilifying and needlessly destroying the fossil fuel industry while pushing suspect and subsidized “green” energy alternatives; leaving tens of billions of dollars in military equipment in Afghanistan while withdrawing our troops and abandoning an ally; stepping closer to a trip-wire in the Ukraine war, which could trigger a nuclear strike; turning on Israel over ideological issues as Turkey and others call on Arab and Muslim nations to unite and crush the Jewish State; weakening our military with one “woke” edict after another; focusing on “trans” issues at the expense of failing transportation infrastructure; cheerleading the social justice warrior takeover of our colleges and universities; and weakening the dollar (the currency much of the world depends upon).

Is it any wonder, then, that nations such as France, India, Saudi Arabia, Japan, Mexico, Brazil and others are suddenly hedging their bets by looking beyond the United States of America for partnerships and stability?

On top of those problems, our allies and certain foreign corporations now have the legitimate concern of wondering what between them and the United States will be kept private and secure, in light of the massive and reportedly deliberate leak of classified Pentagon documents.

Who is an ally or foreign business partner to trust? More importantly, in the eyes of some of these nations and foreign business interests, who will prove to be the more stable and dependable partner in the coming years and decades?

In an example of a world leader hedging his bets, French President Emmanuel Macron recently traveled to Beijing to meet with China’s President Xi Jinping.

Macron did not travel alone. He brought along Ursula von der Leyen, the president of the European Commission. Some saw this as Macron advertising that much of the European Union was with him in spirit as he met with Xi.

On his way back to France after the meeting, Macron emphasized that Europeans should not be “just America’s followers” and “get caught up in crises that are not ours.”

Even though the French leader seemed to be spelling it out in 100-font,

one could read between the lines and assume he meant not getting dragged too deeply into the Ukraine war or defending Taiwan, should China invade. The last part was music to the ears of China’s strongman, Xi.

Next, we have Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador openly criticizing — and challenging — the leadership of the United States for months, by calling the U.S. an “oligarchy, not a real democracy.”

He threatened to sabotage calls for U.S. military action against Mexican cartels, and has made it clear that he is not afraid to pick a fight with what he may see as a United States in decline.

Or, last month’s news that Saudi Arabia was inching closer to joining a China-led Asian security and economic bloc, after having been granted the status of a dialogue partner in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).

Aside from China and Russia, the bloc also includes India, Pakistan and some ex-Soviet states. It’s an organization one might view as not always having the best interests of the United States in mind.

As Ali Shihabi, a Saudi analyst and writer, made clear during an interview: “The traditional monogamous relationship with the US is now over. And we have gone into a more open relationship, strong with the U.S. but equally strong with China, India, [the] UK, France and others.”

Finally, we have Brazil — China’s most important trading partner in South America — announcing a new agreement to conduct bilateral commerce in their respective currencies, rather than the U.S. dollar.

The move not only shocked many in the U.S. government but opened the eyes of others around the world to the possibility of decoupling from the dollar.

Some believe these things are happening because a growing number of political and business leaders around the world now lack confidence in the United States, believing our country truly is in disarray, decline and increasingly polarized and politicized.

Will such concerns accelerate a “run on the Bank of the United States” with assets being transferred to China or even Russia?

mem
mem
April 17, 2023 2:31 pm

OldOzziesays:
April 17, 2023 at 1:03 pm
How Labor/Greens/Liberal Greens/Business Run Australia

Fingers are crossed

Remember the models for securing supply have been done using computer modelling which averages out supply. They cannot predict when wind droughts will occur and solar input will be obscured during the day . Such events will continue to occur randomly. It would appear that there has been no forethought to a contingency plan which I find a reckless way for government to operate. Lets imagine that NSW loses power, then by the nature of the shared grid the other states will follow, say for three days. Yes it is possible. What are the odds?

Rafiki
Rafiki
April 17, 2023 2:31 pm

To Lysander at 1.25
To pass, there need be “a majority “of the electors voting” (and such a majority in at least four States).
There could well be a low turn out. It’s imperative that the No case is promoted.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
April 17, 2023 2:33 pm

Jacqui Lambie urges Lidia Thorpe to seek help as ‘you cannot keep doing this’ after she was thrown out of Melbourne strip club (17 Apr)

Whoooaaa!
When Jacqui-Jackie reckons you’ve gone (ahem) ‘off reservation’, it really is Hall ‘o Mirrors time.

Alamak!
Alamak!
April 17, 2023 2:35 pm

Lets imagine that NSW loses power, then by the nature of the shared grid the other states will follow, say for three days. Yes it is possible. What are the odds?

There is no shared grid where loss of NSW will automatically bring down other states. Not to say the others might not be disrupted where they can’t draw on connected states power e.g. SA but its not one connected grid yet.

GreyRanga
GreyRanga
April 17, 2023 2:39 pm

I was going to Horseshoe Lights, a gold mine in WA. We had to get weighed for the flight. A diesel mechanic had 3 boxes of tools with him. The pilot said you can’t take those. He replied ok see ya. The MD was going too. He says he’ll go tomorrow so the mechanic can take his tools. The pilot backed down.

GreyRanga
GreyRanga
April 17, 2023 2:46 pm

calli we have the problem the other way round. Grandson puts things back where he got them and we rush round lookig everywhere but the place its supposed to be.

Lysander
Lysander
April 17, 2023 2:49 pm

I see Bud Light are running a new ad on twaddle about how great America is, 9/11 and other BS…

Winston Smith
April 17, 2023 2:50 pm

Grey Ranga:
The pilot backed down or the three of them came to a sensible arrangement?
The only one who wouldn’t back down was the person who wrote the weight limits for the aircraft/flight. Probably our favourite organisation CASA.

Lysander
Lysander
April 17, 2023 2:54 pm

Lidiot banned for life from strip club lol!!!

Vicki
Vicki
April 17, 2023 2:54 pm

I am not sure how many of the Cats have read Prof Peter Shergold’s review of the government’s response to the Covid pandemic – “Fault Lines: an independent review into Australia’s response to Covid-19”:
https://independentcovidreview.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/10/FAULT-LINES-1.pdf

Previously, I had only read the brief analysis of it in The Australian in October 2022, when the report was released. Recently, I have been wondering why I appear to have been “cancelled”, since around that time, by the Letters Editor of The Australian. So, I trawled back though my letters till I reached the last published letter on 12 October 2022 ( on the war in Ukraine). I noted that the very next letter I sent for publication (on 20 October 2022) was on the Shergold Report – which I lauded (!) referring to the Great Barrington Declaration – the conclusions of which were virtually endorsed by Shergold. Of course, it didn’t see “light of day. Nor have any subsequent letters of mine, despite haven’t been a regular in the letters page for well over two decades.

Not surprisingly, the Shergold report was canned by most of the state leaders, it disappeared into the dustbin of history & Shergold himself “retired” as Chancellor of Western Sydney University a couple of months later!

Maybe my letters of the past 6 months have been crap. But – just maybe – there is continuing sensitivity in many circles in respect to Covid, and especially the lockdown response & the vaccines. There is no doubt, as Flyingduk will affirm, that medicos have lost their jobs in respect to opposition to the vax. And I actually met a significant former participant in the drug approval industry who was extra careful in respect to the “reach”of his mobile phone in various settings!

Even with my fertile imagination, I find it hard to believe that we have all been “dissed” more than we can ever imagine. But…………

Vicki
Vicki
April 17, 2023 2:56 pm

Note : that should have read…..” despite HAVING been a regular in the Letters page…..”

Tom
Tom
April 17, 2023 2:57 pm

I see Bud Light are running a new ad on twaddle about how great America is, 9/11 and other BS…

Sounds like they’re going to do everything but fire their dumb diversity hire.

What is it about corporates who can’t admit their mistakes? Instead of wiping out Bud Light’s sales as they have done in the past fortnight, I think Bud Light’s former drinkers would reward an acknowledgement of error and it would do more than anything else to repair the damage.

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
April 17, 2023 2:57 pm

Predictably (the Hun):

Controversial independent senator Lidia Thorpe has been handed a lifetime ban from a Melbourne strip club after she unleashed a tirade of insults towards a group of mates.

Of course she should be banned. From strip clubs in general. Because people go to strip clubs to see good looking women, not solid 3/10 specimens at full volume. That wasn’t why she was banned, though:

General manager David Ross told the Herald Sun he banned Ms Thorpe from attending the venue for life after he reviewed security footage.

“Her behaviour was just outrageous,” he said. “It’s not what we tolerate at the club, we pride ourselves on fostering relationships with people from all genders, sexualities, religions and ethnic backgrounds.

“It’s not the sort of behaviour we want at premises.”

BAM. It gets better though:

It’s understood Ms Thorpe and the three men were separately waiting for a taxi when the independent senator began talking loudly about Indigenous issues.

Absolutely cannot help itself.

One of the men, who wished to remain anonymous, said he told her to “shut up”. “She started on about how we were on Aboriginal land and we shouldn’t be here,” he said.

“I said we were in Brunswick, we were just trying to leave and told her to f— off basically. She was abusing me for being white, apparently I’m a racist even though I never said anything about her being Indigenous.

“I was there with two Indigenous guys.” The man said Ms Thorpe called him a “white dog”.

“She was getting in my face, I put my hands in my pocket,” he said. “She said ‘why do you hit me, you privileged white dog’ … she didn’t physically touch me at all but she was close to me.

“She needs to be booted out of parliament, how can someone like that be a big influencer.”

WHAP.

In a statement, Ms Thorpe claimed the men provoked her while she left the venue. “It’s sad people are using whatever they can to drag me down when we’re trying to discuss important issues in this country,” she said.

But Mr Ross said she wasn’t provoked.

Here it comes…….

In a letter sent to Ms Thorpe on Monday, the strip club boss said she wasn’t welcomed at the club.

“After reviewing security footage and speaking with staff and security, I have to inform you that you are no longer welcome at Maxine’s Gentlemen’s Club,” he wrote.

“Please do not attempt to enter the venue in future, as being refused entry may cause further embarrassment.”

KAPOW KABLOOEY.

Right to the moon, Lidia!

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
April 17, 2023 3:00 pm

Can We Do Anything About America’s Decline?

The remedies are agreed upon, but the needed medicine is feared more than the disease. Because today, the government is the cause of our many crises.

By Victor Davis Hanson – April 16, 2023

Twenty-first-century America was on a trajectory of gradual decline—until it began to implode.

Was the accelerant the COVID-19 pandemic and unhinged lockdowns? Or was the catalyst the woke revolution fueled by the 2020 summer of exempted rioting, looting, arson, and violence? Or was it perhaps the deranged fixation on removing Donald Trump from the presidency and destroying the rule of law in the process? Or all that and more?

Now with the election of Joe Biden, what had been a fast-tracked decline has accelerated at such an astonishing rate we can scarcely recognize our country.

Our largest cities are becoming uninhabitable—dilapidated, dangerous, and dysfunctional.

The challenge is not just rampant crime, but the realization that if you, the citizen, are stabbed, shot, or beaten up on the street, the perpetrators may well be exempt from most punishments.

And the victim either will be forgotten in his misery or, indeed, blamed for bringing such violence upon himself.

Urban schools are not places of instruction anymore. That fact is accepted by teachers’ unions, whose operative principle seems to be that the more hopeless the idea of educating urban youth is understood to be, the less burdensome the workload, and the greater their hazardous duty pay.

Urban chain stores are closing down on the principle that if police cannot or will not stop consumer violence and theft, then consumers there should not have any store to buy anything, anyway.

If there is no store, how can it be looted or shop-lifted?

The only mystery remaining is how long these Democrat-controlled, racially charged, and corrupt municipalities can sustain their budgets and pension commitments with increasingly declining revenue.

One can tax the well off, and perhaps even gouge them as California does. But one cannot insult and ridicule them in the process. Being highly taxed is one thing, being highly taxed while hated is quite another.

How eerie that medievalism—defecting, urinating, fornicating, injecting in the street—is relabeled “homelessness—as if the problem is merely a shortage of apartments or tent cities.

Somehow cities developed the notion that it was crueler to be told not to pull down one’s pants and defecate in the street than it was for a pedestrian to step into infectious human excrement

In the next five years, either cities will seek new governance to reduce taxes, break up municipal unions, mandate charter schools, restore police funding and manpower, recalibrate pensions, and prosecute criminals and corrupt officials—or Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Portland, Minneapolis, and a score of others will become Detroit.

One of the strangest phenomena amid our current debility are the millions of affluent leftists and liberals who have fled their unworkable, now unlivable blue-run, but naturally beautiful cities like San Francisco or Portland.

They seem to lack an abstract recognition why they are leaving, or why and how their new chosen destinations are so different and therefore so inviting to them. Is their motto, “I am fleeing what I created, but I still hate those who created what I want”?

To have a “border problem,” one must have a border. The United States has no southern border.

Upwards of 7 million illegal entries since the Biden inauguration are proof enough of that tragedy. Mexico brags that 40 million have come into the United States. It urges them to vote Democratic. And it relies on still more illegal entries to ensure yearly increases in its current $60 billion in remittance income sent from its expatriates in the United States. The donors apparently grow fonder of Mexico—the more they are safely distant from it.

America could close the border tomorrow and actually “make Mexico pay for the wall” by simply slapping a 10 percent export tax on all remittances sent to Mexico. Or we could make it illegal to send money out of the country if one is receiving federal subsidies and aid. Or we could fine employers for hiring those who are here illegally. Or, as a deterrent to future illegal entries, we could immediately deport all who illegally entered and reside in the United States—if they came within the last five years, or if they have a criminal record, or if they are not working and are on public assistance.

Abroad, our allies and neutrals are distancing themselves from America—France, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, India, Turkey, South Korea—on the Ukraine War, China, the dollar as the global currency, and our popular culture.

Why? Our increasingly former friends conclude it is now dangerous to ally openly with the United States and for a variety of reasons: – listed following

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
April 17, 2023 3:05 pm

Freak Show Administration

If you’re an American citizen who loves this country, you should be mad as hell.

By Carpe Diem – April 16, 2023

If you’re an American citizen who still loves this country, you should be more outraged than Howard Beele in “Network.” Whatever angrier than “mad as hell” looks like, that should be all of us right now.

You should be beyond outraged that everything Joe Biden and this freak show of an administration touches turns to dog excrement.

Name one accomplishment that has come from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. You can’t. Name a single cabinet member who is competent at his job. You can’t.

From inflation, to combating crime, to maintaining law and order, to securing our border, to education, to foreign policy, this decrepit, senile old man and his radical woke handlers are a never ending dumpster fire of mass destruction to the United States.

The current occupant of the White House has the brains of a sloth, the charisma of Jabba the Hutt, the humor of Joy Behar, the creepiness of Jack Nicholson in “The Shining,” the integrity of Pinocchio, the gracefulness of a sumo wrestler, and the energy of a raccoon found on the side of Interstate 75.

Was that too harsh? Maybe, but I don’t care.

I didn’t elect the man who is running this country straight into the ground. I didn’t vote for someone who has destroyed people’s bank accounts and spent us into the highest inflation in four decades. I didn’t vote for someone who checks his watch as he greets the families of fallen soldiers who returned from a disastrous Afghanistan withdrawal. I didn’t elect a man who has caused the worst border crisis in history, as drugs and violent criminals pour in. I didn’t vote for someone who lies in public every single time he opens his muzzle; while dodging a sycophantic press like a pathetic, scared child. I didn’t elect a man who has created racial tension; and attacked a popular governor in Florida for the crime of not wanting to indoctrinate our students with sexualized education, and because he does not subscribe to the perverted practice of mutilating children. Yes, that’s what “gender affirming care” is.

I didn’t vote for someone who has allowed the deep state to harass a former president in search of a phantom crime; refers to half the country as “violent extremists;” weaponizes the FBI to go after parents and Christians; and shows more remorse for a mentally ill, transgender murderer, than for the families of the innocent precious children brutally murdered.

I didn’t vote for a man who acts with such brazen stupidity that we’re on the verge of World War III.

I didn’t elect someone who calls a lid on his workday by mid-afternoon, and flees to his Delaware mansion every chance he gets.

Biden was never sharp at any stage in his life. He’s always been a career grifter, a race-baiter and a political opportunist who has contributed nothing of any value to this country.

He has created zero goods, and provided zero services, except when he was selling us out to China and Ukraine so his family could cash in.

He is a moron surrounded by other far more calculating buffoons.

And while all of this is obvious to anyone with a room temperature IQ,

the simple fact is, we cannot afford four more years of this Marxist, anti-American administration.

Heck, we can barely afford another second, before our currency is worth nothing, gas is completely unaffordable, our oil reserve is completely depleted, and China, Russia and Iran continue to terrorize the world.

The last two years have served as a wake up call that we will not remain a republic if these people remain in charge.

DrBeauGan
DrBeauGan
April 17, 2023 3:07 pm

What is it about corporates who can’t admit their mistakes? Instead of wiping out Bud Light’s sales as they have done in the past fortnight, I think Bud Light’s former drinkers would reward an acknowledgement of error and it would do more than anything else to repair the damage.

That would be equivalent to dumping tranny worship and blow their esg cred. Which would hurt them even more.

rickw
rickw
April 17, 2023 3:12 pm

Only wearing a T-shirt.

H B Bear visiting?!

johanna
johanna
April 17, 2023 3:13 pm

Yup, when Jacquie Jacquie is lecturing you about decorum, you have hit rock bottom.

Being banned from a strip club, FFS!

Your average AFL or NRL bogan who gets into bar fights must be green with envy. One more mountain to climb, fellas. 🙂

thefrollickingmole
thefrollickingmole
April 17, 2023 3:14 pm

There is no shared grid where loss of NSW will automatically bring down other states. Not to say the others might not be disrupted where they can’t draw on connected states power e.g. SA but its not one connected grid yet.

AMFEO is working on that
https://www.transgrid.com.au/projects-innovation/energyconnect

https://aemo.com.au/en/energy-systems/electricity/national-electricity-market-nem/participate-in-the-market/network-connections/nem-generation-maps

Tom
Tom
April 17, 2023 3:15 pm

That would be equivalent to dumping tranny worship and blow their esg cred. Which would hurt them even more.

Here’s a radical idea: let’s concentrate on maximising shareholder value.

Evidently, no-one has told these clowns it’s a well-known scientific fact that wokeness is a short-cut to bankruptcy — which they would have found out years ago had they not had their heads up their arses.

Salvatore, Understaffed & Overworked Martyr to Govt Covid Stupidity

That would be equivalent to dumping tranny worship and blow their esg cred. Which would hurt them even more.

On top of giving Normie Americans a chance to kick back at all the tranny (& other woke) they’ve gotta put up with or be fired, they’ve created an environment & culture in which no red-blooded male would be seen dead with a can of Bud Light in their hand.
That’s toxic for the brand, and by extension for related brands.

Cassie of Sydney
April 17, 2023 3:18 pm

Last month Thorpe turned up at the Let Women Speak rally in Canberra. Why? To protest Kellie-Kay Keen and the women and men at the rally who believe in the reality of biological sex. Thorpe screeched and screamed, tried to storm the rally, she was stopped by security and the ACT police, and she then ended up on her knees, like a drunk skunk after too many drinks at the races, and she crawled away.

The other night Thorpe left a Melbourne nightclub, screeching and screaming (her sole talents), telling the men waiting for the taxi that they had small penises. But how does she know? They might not have penises at all, they might be transmen? Lidia Thorpe is a “transphobe”.

bons
bons
April 17, 2023 3:18 pm

Did any Cats notice Ross Eastgate’s article on Michael Smith.
He takes a very direct poke at senior Army officers for what he claims was their dereliction when commanding and supervising special forces operations in Afghanistan, and by extension, blame shifting.
I have no idea of the true situation, but it was powerful stuff.

Pogria
Pogria
April 17, 2023 3:18 pm

OldOzziesays:
April 17, 2023 at 3:05 pm
Freak Show Administration

OldOzzie,
that article could have been describing Trumble.

rickw
rickw
April 17, 2023 3:19 pm

That would be equivalent to dumping tranny worship and blow their esg cred. Which would hurt them even more.

Except it most probably wouldn’t hurt them financially. I would however definitely hurt the egos of their whack job executives.

Plasmamortar
Plasmamortar
April 17, 2023 3:20 pm
Alamak!
Alamak!
April 17, 2023 3:21 pm

I would hate to see Lidia removed from government. She is an excellent advertisement to the low quality of Green/Teal/Labor politicians AND she wins more NO votes with her behavior by the day.

Having said that, perhaps there are some activities which would qualify her to be kicked out.

One wonders … since behaving badly at a strip club + racist abuse + inciting violence + claiming people are “marked” is not quite enough.

My guess is joining the Liberals would probably be enough for Elbow and the Mean Girls to have her removed ASAP.

Pogria
Pogria
April 17, 2023 3:23 pm

Plasmamortarsays:
April 17, 2023 at 3:20 pm
Bud light will soon be bought out by this mob

New screen and keyboard please! 😀

thefrollickingmole
thefrollickingmole
April 17, 2023 3:24 pm

Woo Woo world news…

WA real estate agent accused of altering home of rainbow serpent faces court

If it was m as magistrate it would be easily dealt with.

“woo woo does not exist, therefore it cant be damaged or feel emotions”

The prosecution claimed the works, which included the removal of a large amount of silt from the Boyagerring Brook running through his property, disrupted the Waugul — a rainbow serpent central to Noongar mythology.

The prosecution’s statement of facts states that any alteration to the Waugul’s home could scare it from the water, causing it to dry up and causing harm to the surrounding environment and people.

Under the act, a person may not excavate, destroy, damage, conceal or in any way alter any Aboriginal site.

If convicted, Mr Maddox could be fined more than $20,000 and be sentenced to spend time behind bars.

Vicki
Vicki
April 17, 2023 3:25 pm

Adam Creighton has another great Covid article up at The Oz.
Mentions getting death threats for his early Covid reporting.

Thanks Bourne – I didn’t see this.

Covid & the vaccines stirred up a lot of passion on the side of the Fearful. Those on the side of Common Sense & actual Research – copped a lot of unexpected bile.

Ed Case
Ed Case
April 17, 2023 3:25 pm

Sounds like they’re going to do everything but fire their dumb diversity hire.

She isn’t a diversity hire, dumbo.

Johnny Rotten
April 17, 2023 3:25 pm

Cathay Bank Reveals Biden Crime Family’s Activities

“The Biden crime family’s activities are coming to light after a bank with ties to China handed over records to Republican lawmakers. Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin and Senator Charles Grassley of Iowa reached out to numerous banks for information without luck. “We are investigating the domestic and international business dealings of President Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, and other Biden associates and family members to determine whether these activities compromise U.S. national security and President Biden’s ability to lead with impartiality,” they stated in a joint letter. Cathay Bank was the only bank that was willing to aid in the investigation.

Cathay Bank revealed that Rob Walker, a Biden family associated, received a $3 million payment from a Chinese firm. Walker distributed these funds to the Bidens the following day. The alleged payments were made to Hunter Biden for $610,692; the president’s brother James Biden for $360,000; Hunter’s mistress and wife of deceased son Beau, Hallie Biden, for $25,000; last of all, $70,000 was paid to an unknown Biden. Twelve additional transactions are currently under investigation.

The corruption began while Biden was Obama’s vice president. As indicated in the joint letter:

“The convergence of the Biden family’s political and business lives began during the Obama-Biden Administration. Obama Administration White House visitor logs show Hunter Biden’s business partner visited the White House at least 27 times during President Biden’s vice presidency. Hunter Biden’s business partner—Eric Schwerin—was later nominated for a position in the Obama-Biden Administration and handled then-Vice President Biden’s tax returns while he was in office and Schwerin was president of Rosemont Seneca Partners— another Hunter Biden-affiliated company. Republicans must track the dollars to uncover whether the current President himself benefitted from these transactions and whether the payments were from nations opposed to U.S. interests.”
Now-defunct CEFC China Energy, with direct ties to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), wired $1 million to one of Hunter’s business ventures called Hudson West III. Northern International Capital Holdings, a CEFC associate, sent $5 million to Hudson West III. Hudson West III used the money to send $4.8 million to Owasco P.C. and Owasco LLC, and Lion Hall Group, owned by the president’s brother James Biden. Owasco P.C. sent over 20 wire transfer to Lion Hall Group. Hunter received a $500,000 a month retainer from Hunter West III on top of a $100,000 per month fee. I am assuming that is a lot of crack. James Biden received $65,000 per month.

Senator Johnson believes the CCP may have more dirt on the Biden’s and called this release a warning shot. “They willingly gave us the documents that backed up the Treasury records. Is that a Communist Party’s shot across President Biden’s bow? Listen, this is some of the information we have. If you don’t toe the line and do things that please us, we will release even more information,” stated Johnson. The House Oversight Committee needs to take this matter seriously. America’s national security is at risk if the sitting president is compromised.”

https://www.armstrongeconomics.com/international-news/politics/cathay-bank-reveal-biden-crime-familys-activities/?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=RSS

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
April 17, 2023 3:30 pm

If convicted, Mr Maddox could be fined more than $20,000 and be sentenced to spend time behind bars.

Perhaps Mr Maddox should have turned his culvert into a strip club.

Ed Case
Ed Case
April 17, 2023 3:32 pm

One wonders … since behaving badly at a strip club + racist abuse + inciting violence + claiming people are “marked” is not quite enough.

One wonders …
is a strip club now a Church in clownworld? Wanker.

She was tired & emotional, there are plenty more strip clubs in Melbourne, being barred from one is a joke.
Inciting Violence?
The Labor Government is sending Bushmasters, Drones and Ration Packs to Ukraine by the planeload, dickhead.

Bourne1879
Bourne1879
April 17, 2023 3:35 pm

Regarding Adam Creighton article in the Oz. Can someone with online subscription see if they can see if any comments are showing.
Last time I looked it was 509 but now showing none even though has the comments logo.

Salvatore, Understaffed & Overworked Martyr to Govt Covid Stupidity

How could any person put this argument forward & keep a straight face?

The prosecution claimed the works, which included the removal of a large amount of silt from the Boyagerring Brook running through his property, disrupted the Waugul — a rainbow serpent central to Noongar mythology.

The prosecution’s statement of facts states that any alteration to the Waugul’s home could scare it from the water, causing it to dry up and causing harm to the surrounding environment and people.

Johnny Rotten
April 17, 2023 3:36 pm

In a letter sent to Ms Thorpe on Monday, the strip club boss said she wasn’t welcomed at the club.

“After reviewing security footage and speaking with staff and security, I have to inform you that you are no longer welcome at Maxine’s Gentlemen’s Club,” he wrote.

“Please do not attempt to enter the venue in future, as being refused entry may cause further embarrassment.”

If it was a White Man who had caused this amount of trouble, he would have been arrested by Vic Pol on the spot.

Salvatore, Understaffed & Overworked Martyr to Govt Covid Stupidity

Last time I looked it was 509 but now showing none even though has the comments logo.

708 comments, all showing.

Top Ender
Top Ender
April 17, 2023 3:37 pm

In Darwin’s biggest shopping centre:

A woman charged with a string of offences following an alleged “domestic violence related incident” at Casuarina Square shopping centre on Friday has faced court for the first time.

Magnolia Maymuru, 22, faced the Darwin Local Court on Monday charged with recklessly endangering life, aggravated assault, going armed with an offensive weapon and breach of bail.

An NT Police spokesman had earlier said Maymuru was arrested after “allegedly stabbing two people following an argument in the underground carpark area” of the shopping centre.

He said paramedics treated a 41-year-old man at the scene for injuries to his leg, while a 29-year-old woman was taken to Royal Darwin Hospital with non-life threatening injuries to her back.

Maymuru did not enter a plea or apply for bail on Monday and was remanded in custody until she returns to court for a preliminary examination mention on May 31.

She is also facing separate, unrelated charges of property damage, unlawful entry and stealing and will again face court on those charges at a directions hearing on May 22.

Tom
Tom
April 17, 2023 3:37 pm

She isn’t a diversity hire, dumbo.

You don’t get out much, do you, Googleory?

PS: Are you, on the off-chance, in the fantasy football business? Asking for Monty, who’s looking for a dumb assistant.

Salvatore, Understaffed & Overworked Martyr to Govt Covid Stupidity

If it was a White Man who had caused this amount of trouble, he would have been arrested by Vic Pol on the spot.

If it was Qld the holder of the Liquor Licence would have been issued with a $1,100 fine & get a childish lecture from some assertive cop.
Lidia Thorpe would have been given a free ride home & an apology by the cops.

Top Ender
Top Ender
April 17, 2023 3:39 pm

Bourne1879 says: Can someone with online subscription see if they can see if any comments are showing.

Comments are showing under the Oz article. Maybe try a different browser or dump the cache on the one you are using?

Ed Case
Ed Case
April 17, 2023 3:44 pm

Don’t upset The Waugul.
It’s not Rocket Science.

All he had to do was build a bridge across a bloody creek, not recreate the Westgate in the Never Never.

Bourne1879
Bourne1879
April 17, 2023 3:44 pm

TE,
Thanks. Can see it now. Naturally my comment indicating media never report age and co-morbidities of dying with Covid was rejected.
Would love to see the briefing notes the moderators have about what is not OK to say about Covid and vaccines. Some serious suppression going on.

thefrollickingmole
thefrollickingmole
April 17, 2023 3:45 pm

She was tired & emotional

as a newt.

And full points to the manager who deftly avoided a fine for serving a pissed person by claiming she hadnt been drinking much.
Till the 3AM closing time.

‘On no, shes not pissed, shes just a COAT”

Salvatore, Understaffed & Overworked Martyr to Govt Covid Stupidity

And full points to the manager who deftly avoided a fine for serving a pissed person by claiming she hadnt been drinking much.

In my experience anything the manager says is automatically discounted as being complete bullshit.
So much so that in the event anything turns up to support the manager’s statement, eg someone’s phone camera video, or similar, it is often received with complete wonder by the authorities, who immediately issue a stern rebuke to the manager: “Why didn’t you tell us this? It woulda saved us a lot of time!”

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
April 17, 2023 3:49 pm

Don’t upset The Waugul.
It’s not Rocket Science.

You do know the Waugul is a mythical beast, don’t you, Grogs?

Salvatore, Understaffed & Overworked Martyr to Govt Covid Stupidity

the Waugul is a mythical beast

Yet it would seem to have legal standing, being pretty much capable of acting as the No. 1 complainant in a criminal prosecution.

GreyRanga
GreyRanga
April 17, 2023 3:57 pm

Winston all of us went. When we got the size of the rocks on the runway were huge and the pilot not concerned and when I talked to one of the Geo’s he said they only cleared it coz the MS was coming. Hate to have seen it before.

cohenite
April 17, 2023 3:59 pm

Magnolia Maymuru, 22, faced the Darwin Local Court on Monday charged with recklessly endangering life, aggravated assault, going armed with an offensive weapon and breach of bail.

Surely not this lass.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
April 17, 2023 4:00 pm

Yet it would seem to have legal standing, being pretty much capable of acting as the No. 1 complainant in a criminal prosecution.

Cross examination might be a bit difficult?

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
April 17, 2023 4:05 pm

America “Land of The Free” continues Down the Drain

Sam Brinton Avoids Jail Time For Stealing Women’s Luggage While Meme Creator Faces 10 Years Behind Bars

Nearly 80 percent of Americans believe there is a two-tiered justice system. This week’s courtroom episodes only validate the public’s perception.

On Friday, President Joe Biden’s allegedly “non-binary” nuclear waste expert, Sam Brinton, was sentenced in a grand larceny case over stealing women’s luggage from U.S. airports. Police say Brinton stole a bag from Harry Reid International Airport in Las Vegas with an estimated worth of around $3,670. Authorities also charged Brinton with stealing luggage at a second airport in Minnesota.

The former Energy Department official took a plea deal over the Las Vegas bag theft Friday, agreeing to pay a $3,670 fine to the victim and a $500 criminal fee — no jail time required. The Minnesota theft remains an open case, with the next hearing scheduled for Monday, according to Fox News.

Contrast Brinton’s slap on the wrist to a pro-Trump meme creator convicted of illegal election influencing last month, and it’s no wonder Americans see a two-tiered justice system.

Douglass Mackey faces 10 years behind bars over a 2016 post mocking how low Democrats want to set barriers to the ballot box.

“Save time Avoid the line Vote from home. Text ‘Hillary’ to 59925 and we’ll make history together This November 8th,” the post read. Fine print at the bottom added, “Must be 18 or older to vote. One vote per person. Must be a legal citizen of the United States. Voting by text not available in Guam, Puerto Rico, Alaska or Hawaii. Paid for by Hillary For President 2016.”

Federal prosecutors didn’t care that most online users played into the prank by texting the number “Hillary for Prison.” The DOJ indicted Mackey in January last year, 74 months after the 2016 presidential contest.

Brinton’s crime, meanwhile, inflicted real harm on those who lost their luggage.

Mackey, on the other hand, is faced with a decade in prison over an online joke.

Salvatore, Understaffed & Overworked Martyr to Govt Covid Stupidity

Cross examination might be a bit difficult?

What’s to cross-examine?
Woggol has been “scared off” from “home” – he’s guilty.

John H.
John H.
April 17, 2023 4:10 pm

Salvatore, Understaffed & Overworked Martyr to Govt Covid Stupiditysays:
April 17, 2023 at 3:35 pm
How could any person put this argument forward & keep a straight face?

The prosecution claimed the works, which included the removal of a large amount of silt from the Boyagerring Brook running through his property, disrupted the Waugul — a rainbow serpent central to Noongar mythology.

The prosecution’s statement of facts states that any alteration to the Waugul’s home could scare it from the water, causing it to dry up and causing harm to the surrounding environment and people.

I wonder what the judge would do if people in the court started laughing. I wouldn’t be able to contain myself. A court is obligated to deal with facts. What evidence was presented for Waugul? That should have been the first question by the defense.

Alamak!
Alamak!
April 17, 2023 4:12 pm

One wonders …
is a strip club now a Church in clownworld? Wanker.

She was tired & emotional, there are plenty more strip clubs in Melbourne, being barred from one is a joke.
Inciting Violence?
The Labor Government is sending Bushmasters, Drones and Ration Packs to Ukraine by the planeload, dickhead.

You missed the point completely … asking if there is any common set of behaviors that Green/Teal/Labor pollies must follow or perhaps we are simply to bow heads and try not to notice the liberal elites doing whatever they like.

And your mention of other clubs and other countries is simply irrelevant, stay on topic & follow the gist in future.

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
April 17, 2023 4:14 pm

Germany’s Energy Self-Sabotage

This weekend Berlin will shut down its last three nuclear power plans.

By The WSJ Editorial Board

Germany has made an art of bad energy policy, but even so this weekend will mark a special occasion. The country’s last three nuclear power plants are due to shut down in an act of economic and environmental self-sabotage.

The shutdown concludes a nuclear phaseout begun by former Chancellor Angela Merkel in 2011. The stated justification was safety after the Fukushima disaster in Japan, but Germany has had a large, noisy antinuclear movement for decades.

The eurozone’s largest economy remains in the grip of an energy crisis as natural-gas imports from Russia have dried up. That prompted Robert Habeck, the economic affairs and climate minister, to extend the three reactors’ lives by four months past the original shutdown date. But complacency appears to be setting in among many politicians since the economy has mostly survived the first wartime winter. Never mind that next winter may be more difficult since Germany won’t be able to stockpile Russian gas as it did last summer.

German nuclear critics reply that nuclear accounts for only 6% of electricity generation so the economy will survive. They also say alternatives such as renewables and green hydrogen or natural gas from alternative suppliers will soon be available to replace the coal—

yes, coal—that Germany is burning to replace Russian gas.

Good luck with all that.

Renewables face steep costs associated with their intermittence and are likely to face supply bottlenecks as more countries compete for the minerals to make windmills and solar panels.

Hydrogen, Mr. Habeck’s great green savior, is only as clean as the electricity used to produce it.

Nuclear is by far the most efficient solution to both problems. Without it, and without other domestic energy sources such as the shale gas Berlin refuses to frack, it may prove impossible to power an advanced industrial economy.

This might explain why 59% of respondents said it’s wrong to end nuclear power in a poll released Friday, the latest in a string of similar surveys that Berlin has studiously ignored.

Germany’s nuclear shutdown is the latest victory of green hope over physical and economic reality.

Let’s see how long it takes for reality to intrude again.

JC
JC
April 17, 2023 4:17 pm

duncanm says:
April 17, 2023 at 9:33 am

C.L. says:
April 17, 2023 at 9:19 am
Congraulations, JC.
Musk has officially labelled ABC twitter “Government-funded Media.”

ditto SBS.

Duncanm, how could I have forgotten.

Hi Elon. Thanks a lot for labeling the Australian ABC as state-funded media. There is also SBS in Australia, which is partially funded by the government. We are awash with state funded media outfits.

Again, if people have a twitter account, please send this tweet to Musk.

rickw
rickw
April 17, 2023 4:17 pm

Nearly 80 percent of Americans believe there is a two-tiered justice system. This week’s courtroom episodes only validate the public’s perception.

I wonder how many Australians think the same about Australia’s Injustice system?

Frank
Frank
April 17, 2023 4:19 pm

I’m not buying it. I loathe Thorpe, but I sense the undergrad tactics of the msm a mile off in this.

For one thing they are keen to not have her associated with the Greens. As in, that Adam Bandt sure can pick them probably won’t be getting a run on ABC.

thefrollickingmole
thefrollickingmole
April 17, 2023 4:20 pm

The grigglebot is confusing its waugyl with its toggle..

This makes mummy angry.

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
April 17, 2023 4:20 pm

Incredible Shrinking Japan

The great country’s population has fallen for 12 years in a row.

By The WSJ Editorial Board

Remember when global elites worried about overpopulation? Tell it to Japan, where the internal affairs ministry announced last week that the country’s population fell in 2022 for the 12th consecutive year, dropping 556,000 to 124.95 million.

This marks the 16th year in a row in which deaths exceeded births, with a record drop in births of 731,000. All of Japan’s 47 prefectures except Tokyo saw declines.

To maintain a stable population, countries need a fertility rate of at least 2.1. Japan’s is 1.34. The U.S. has a birth rate of 1.64. Twenty-seven percent of Japan’s 50-year old women have never had a live birth, the highest share of childlessness among developed countries. Finland is next at 20.7%.

Japan’s shrinking population is an accelerated version of the trend across the developed world. More women are seeking professional careers rather than motherhood, more men and women are delaying marriage and family decisions, and the overall cultural zeitgeist runs toward individual fulfillment rather than the sacrifices of child-rearing.

A shrinking population has consequences for economic and national vitality. In Japan it is straining the aging workforce, and burdening a shrinking number of young taxpayers with a growing cost of elderly care. Japan’s saving grace is that millions of its seniors are willing to work past retirement age. According to a 2021 Annual Report on the Aging Society from Japan’s Cabinet Office, 40% of seniors in Japan want to continue earning an income, compared to 30% in the U.S.

Japan’s leaders have tried numerous pro-natalist policies to arrest the decline. This includes more money for child care, longer maternity and paternity leave, and paying mothers a lump-sum of 500,000 yen (about $3,700) per baby. Nothing has worked. That’s a warning for American conservatives who think they can fire up a new baby boom by turning the dial on child subsidies. Cultural trends are hard to overcome.

One policy alternative is more immigration, which was once taboo in insular Japan but was increased under former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Most migrants to Japan are guest workers from other countries of East Asia who fill openings in the labor market. But Japan has never made it easy for foreigners to assimilate.

Immigration has helped to offset the birth dearth in the U.S., which for 200 years has had a genius for assimilation. But that may be ending as voices on the left preach that American society is corrupt and racist, while many on the right want to stop all immigration.

Japan is a highly stable and successful society that is managing to cope with slower growth and less dynamism caused in part by its declining population. We doubt the U.S., with its cultural diversity and history of seeking new frontiers, would cope as well.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
April 17, 2023 4:22 pm

Hydrogen, Mr. Habeck’s great green savior, is only as clean as the electricity used to produce it.

Albo’s great green saviour too.

Labor’s plan to spend billions on hydrogen power a fiscal ‘bad dream’ (Sky mainpage headline)

“This week we learned that hydrogen power – the fuel of the future that is supposed to underpin a large part of Australia and the world’s green-fuel supply – is still nothing more than a dream, and a bad one at that, according to the newly-released report State of Hydrogen 2022.

Well, it’s a bad dream if you believe in stable, reliable and efficient power, protecting the environment, responsible fiscal management of taxpayers’ money, and markets that should be driven by private sector investment, not governments.

While these are increasingly quaint concepts, what is not quaint is the amount of taxpayers’ money the federal government is pouring into hydrogen.”

RTWT, it is like a bad LSD trip. They’re mad.

duncanm
duncanm
April 17, 2023 4:23 pm

Hi Elon. Thanks a lot for labeling the Australian ABC as state-funded media. There is also SBS in Australia, which is partially funded by the government. We are awash with state funded media outfits.

Again, if people have a twitter account, please send this tweet to Musk.

JC – SBS has already been tagged- my note was maybe not clear.

Musk is indeed the saviour *and* a very naughty boy.

Perplexed of Brisbane
Perplexed of Brisbane
April 17, 2023 4:24 pm

Old Ozzie,

Those passages you put up about the US and the changing order should be food for thought for our government.

Economically we are beholden to China who also threatens us subtly in a military sense. Despite our governments sucking up to them at every opportunity.

The US is being seen to be a fair weather ally, especially in light of us following them into just about every post WWII conflict. I don’t know if they would necessarily come to our aid if we needed it. Well at least in the last two years and into the foreseeable future.

Hindsight is a great thing but foresight and pragmatism on the part of past and present governments could have seen us set up as a power strong enough that others would think twice about testing.

Instead, we are on a similar trajectory to the US but with less of the safety valves they have.

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
April 17, 2023 4:25 pm

Jeremy Clarkson says ‘school is for smoking not for studying’ in controversial claims

Former Top Gear star Jeremy Clarkson has ruffled some feathers after claiming that school is “not for swotting” but for smoking and having sex.

The 63-year-old Clarkson, who famously flunked his A-levels, claimed that teenagers are under too much pressure to study for their exams, reports the Daily Star.

The former Top Gear icon said: “I tell this story to kids, hoping they’ll realise that school is for smoking and sh***ing, not swotting.

“But they all have it in their heads that without four A*s and a first from Oxford, they’re going to spend their lives endlessly asking customers if they’ve ever been to a Harvester before.”

He continued: “This makes them all unbelievably stressy. If you then throw the teachers strike into the mix, you end up with what we must now call a ‘mental health epidemic’.”

He continued: “Exam results only really matter if you want to be a doctor or a lawyer and you need to be professionally qualified. I employed a chap on the farm last month and never looked at how he’d done at school or if he’d been to uni.”

Clarkson explained that he “took him on” just because he “liked his shoes”.

Jeremy is a fine example of how you can be successful despite leaving school with few qualifications.

In a recent column Jeremy wrote for The Times he claims he has one pair of shoes and doesn’t enjoy spending money.

He wrote: “I have that gene. I do not enjoy spending money, which is why I have one pair of shoes that I have worn every day for the last six years.

“My car is 17 years old. And my laptop may as well be made by Remington.

If you have something that still works, I cannot for the life of me work out why you would want to replace it.”

Despite his penny pinching, Jeremy does enjoy some of the finer things in life, stating bluntly:

“Always fly first class. Or your children will.”

johanna
johanna
April 17, 2023 4:30 pm

Somebody needs to mount a court case against a piece of infrastructure based on their genuine belief that the affected area is the spiritual home of unicorns, or griffons, or (a Chinese person would be perfect) dragons.

Time to test the validation of superstition to the limit.

Dot
Dot
April 17, 2023 4:34 pm
DrBeauGan
DrBeauGan
April 17, 2023 4:35 pm

The Waugyl has invaded my water system, it makes gurgling noises that wake me up at nights.

Can I sue it?

JC
JC
April 17, 2023 4:37 pm

JC – SBS has already been tagged- my note was maybe not clear.

Oh Good.

thefrollickingmole
thefrollickingmole
April 17, 2023 4:38 pm

Hi Elon. Thanks a lot for labeling the Australian ABC as state-funded media. There is also SBS in Australia, which is partially funded by the government. We are awash with state funded media outfits.

It would be terrifying to work out what % of commercial media money is from government/”charities” & QUANGOs.
Id estimate the local AM station would be lucky if private enterprise took up 50% of the advertising time.
Assigning them “50% government media” would be a start.

Nothing raises the blood pressure more than listening to a mindfulness/mental ‘elf/mediation message/ad for the bazillionth time and knowing its paid for by tax money.
Plus all the nagging ‘eat your peas” shit that seems to assume without propaganda blasted 24/7 over the media Australia would be a polluted, Mad Max style hellscape of people using wrong pronouns and raping dolphins before tying single use plastic bags over the heads of innocent wildlife.

Lysander
Lysander
April 17, 2023 4:42 pm

Bit weird that Lidiot doesn’t declare any interests at all in her Members’ Register? All that was declared was a Qantas flight to be on NITV…

https://www.openaustralia.org.au/senator/lidia_thorpe/victoria

Most other MPs declare bank accounts, rental or mortgage properties etc… you telling me Lidiot doesn’t have her fugly nose in the trough…

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