Open Thread – Tues 18 April 2023


The Incredulity of Saint Thomas, Caravaggio, 1601

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OldOzzie
OldOzzie
April 20, 2023 11:33 pm

Farmers ‘crippled’ by satellite failure as GPS-guided tractors grind to a halt

Tractors have ground to a halt in paddocks across Australia and New Zealand because of a signal failure in the satellite farmers use to guide their GPS-enabled machinery, stopping them from planting their winter crop.

The satellite failure on Monday was a bolt from the blue for farmers in NSW and Victoria, who were busy taking advantage of optimal planting conditions for crops including wheat, canola, oats, barley and legumes.

“You couldn’t have picked a worse time for it,” said Justin Everitt, a grain grower in the Riverina who heads NSW Farmers’ grains committee.

“Over the past few years, all these challenges have been thrown at us, but this is just one we never thought would come up.”

Tractors that pull seed-planting machinery, as well as the massive combine harvesters that reap Australia’s vast grain crops, are high-tech beasts that can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars.

They are enabled with GPS tracking and can be guided to an accuracy within two centimetres, enabling seed-planting equipment to sow crops with precision to drive up efficiency, prevent wastage and boost environmental sustainability.

All that went out the window when the Inmarsat-41 satellite signal failed.

Katie McRobert, general manager at the Australia Farm Institute, said Australian farmers sourced their GPS signal from one satellite, which was a critical risk to rural industries.

“Having all your GPS eggs in one basket is a vulnerability on a good day, and a fatal weakness on a bad one,” McRobert said.

“If the Medibank and Optus data breaches didn’t make the agriculture industry sit up and take notice, the implementation of kill switches on stolen Ukrainian tractors in 2022 should have been a three-alarm wake-up call.

“I was talking to a cousin of mine, he has been farming for 70-odd years, and he reckons its as good an autumn break as he has ever seen,” he said.

“But GPS is our guidance system that eliminates overlapping [in rows of seeds] and over-application of chemicals, and when that system is down, the machine is literally down.

“My planter is 32 rows wide; if I overlap by just two rows, that is 4 per cent I am losing out on. When you’re paying $1300 [a tonne] for fertiliser, that really adds up very quickly.

“My crop sprayer relies on the GPS signal to tell the spray unit how much chemical to put on, where it is in the paddock and how many nozzles it needs working.”

There is no indication when the problem will be fixed.

Satellite provider Inmarsat said a fix was under way and customers would be updated on progress.

Dot
Dot
April 20, 2023 11:40 pm

I thought the thing blew up, nope, that’s stage separation!

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
April 20, 2023 11:52 pm

Whistleblower bombshell: IRS agent alleges DOJ thwarting criminal prosecution of Hunter Biden

Whistleblower account to inspector general, notification to Congress calls into question AG Merrick Garland testimony.

By John Solomon – Updated: April 20, 2023

A decorated supervisory IRS agent has reported to the Justice Department’s top watchdog that federal prosecutors appointed by Joe Biden have engaged in “preferential treatment and politics” to block criminal tax charges against presidential son Hunter Biden, providing evidence as a whistleblower that conflicts with Attorney General Merrick Garland’s recent testimony to Congress that the decision to bring charges against Biden was being left to the Trump-appointed U.S. Attorney for Delaware.

According to a letter from the whistleblower’s attorney Mark Lytle to Congress obtained by Just the News, the IRS agent revealed he is seeking to provide detailed disclosures about a high-profile, sensitive case to the tax-writing committees in Congress, which have special authority under federal tax privacy laws to receive such information. That could pave the way to share the details with other committees in coming weeks.

The letter does not state that the whistleblower disclosures are related to Hunter Biden. However, Just the News has independently confirmed the agent’s allegations involve the Hunter Biden probe being led by Delaware U.S. Attorney David Weiss, a Trump holdover, according to multiple interviews with people directly familiar with the matter.

In a letter Wednesday to Republicans and Democrats overseeing multiple oversight committees in Congress,

Lytle wrote: “The protected disclosures:

(l) contradict sworn testimony to Congress by a senior political appointee,
(2) involve failure to mitigate clear conflicts of interest in the ultimate disposition of the case, and
(3) detail examples of preferential treatment and politics improperly infecting decisions and protocols that would normally be followed by career law enforcement professionals in similar circumstances if the subject were not politically connected.”

You can read the full letter here: – File – Letter to Congress.pdf

People directly familiar with the case have described the disclosures to Just the News as focused primarily on improper politicization of the case at the Justice Department and FBI headquarters rather than at the IRS or Treasury Department.

Specifically, the agent has provided evidence that at least two Biden DOJ political appointees in U.S. attorneys’ offices have declined to seek a tax indictment against Hunter Biden despite career investigators’ recommendations to do so and the blessing of career prosecutors in the DOJ tax division.

He also alleges that Weiss told agents on the case that the Delaware U.S. Attorney asked to be named a special counsel to have more independent authority in the probe but was turned down, according to interviews.

The agent also alleged that specific DOJ employees placed strictures on questions, witnesses and tactics investigators may be allowed to pursue that could impact President Biden, according to the interviews.

The sources said the agent’s decision to blow the whistle was prompted by sworn testimony from Garland that Delaware U.S. Attorney Weiss had full authority, free from political pressure, to pursue a case against Hunter Biden in any part of the country, according to interviews.

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
April 21, 2023 12:08 am

Musk’s Starship goes up in a blaze on 4/20: Rocket booster fails to separate and comes crashing back down to earth in a fireball during second failed launch in a week in South Texas

. ElonMusk’s Starship – built to go to Mars – blew up during its first orbital launch
. The two stages failed to separate after taking off – no details have been shared

Bourne1879
Bourne1879
April 21, 2023 12:10 am

The newly elected LDP NSW Senator Limbrick has gone on a Rumble show hosted by Aussie Cossack. Good way to ruin your credibility.

Gabor
Gabor
April 21, 2023 1:23 am

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare says:
April 20, 2023 at 11:04 pm

Sorry I could only give one actual uptick,
Here have another 100 of virtual !

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
April 21, 2023 2:50 am

Winston earlier.

If you don’t believe me, check out the rate at which Canadians and Dutch are settling for euthanasia.

Hmmmm.

Tom
Tom
April 21, 2023 4:00 am
Tom
Tom
April 21, 2023 4:01 am
Tom
Tom
April 21, 2023 4:03 am
Tom
Tom
April 21, 2023 4:04 am
Tom
Tom
April 21, 2023 4:05 am
Tom
Tom
April 21, 2023 4:07 am
Tom
Tom
April 21, 2023 4:08 am
Tom
Tom
April 21, 2023 4:10 am
Tom
Tom
April 21, 2023 4:11 am
Tom
Tom
April 21, 2023 4:12 am
Tom
Tom
April 21, 2023 4:14 am
Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
April 21, 2023 6:14 am

Lidia Thorpe’s old man on the teev, cracking at her for a) lying about her allegedly povo upbringing, b) being selective in never mentioning her English background and c) being a flog in public.

This will end poorly for Thorpe, and she will blame a range of people for it. Going to be funny stuff when it happens.

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
April 21, 2023 6:29 am

The gigantic 152-metre tall SpaceX Starship has exploded into a fireball minutes after take-off on its first unpiloted test flight

This, to state the obvious, is a typical false-flag-in-plain-sight black op.

Do some research, people! Educate yourselves! Here’s hint:

What is the melting point of steel?

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
April 21, 2023 6:50 am

This kid can thank her lucky stars she isn’t old enough to drive (ABC7, the US):

GASTON CO., N.C. — A North Carolina man allegedly shot a 6-year-old girl, her parents and an additional neighbor after a basketball rolled into his yard.

And:

The Gaston County Police Department received a 911 call at 7:44 p.m. on Tuesday about a local shooting. Investigators later determined that 24-year-old Robert Louis Singletary seriously injured one adult male and one juvenile female and that a separate female was grazed by a bullet while a second adult male was shot.

Wait for it…..

‘But nooo, it was a patriotic yet institutionalised response to BiG GoverNMent! Don’t blame him, blame the system!’

Imagine if the kid had pulled into his driveway, ‘revving loudly’.

lotocoti
lotocoti
April 21, 2023 6:51 am

Socialist. Trade Unionist. Activist. Bellend.

Cassie of Sydney
April 21, 2023 6:51 am

“Elizabeth (Lizzie) Bearesays:
April 20, 2023 at 11:04 pm”

Amen Lizzie.

Vicki
Vicki
April 21, 2023 6:52 am

The failure of the Inmarsat satellite which caused an interruption to GPS guided sowing across Australia is a fortuitous warning. The late Jim Molan warned that a first strike by China on the satellites we use would be catastrophic in our communication systems.

Our pollies, of course, will hardly notice this warning.

Cassie of Sydney
April 21, 2023 6:57 am

“The newly elected LDP NSW Senator Limbrick has gone on a Rumble show hosted by Aussie Cossack. Good way to ruin your credibility.”

Do you mean John Ruddock?

Pogria
Pogria
April 21, 2023 7:08 am

Lotocoti,

I like two of the comments to the Twitter you linked to;

MMT for Progressives
@MMTLabour
·
4h
Every penny of that $3bn is now either in the hands of his employees, contractors & their employees, local suppliers, caterers and other businesses or heading to the tax authorities. What’s the actual issue here, Howard?
Error404
@DawsonsLeftPeg
·
49m
The issue is Howard is as bright as a broken lightbulb.

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
April 21, 2023 7:12 am

Believe all women (the Tele):

A central west woman who has been linked to a home invasion in Muswellbrook and caught on camera by a regional service station has faced additional fraudulent charges, a court has heard.

Brittany Baxter, 29, appeared in Wellington Local Court via audio visual link on two counts of dishonestly obtaining financial advantage by deception.

She pretended to be a domestic violence victim for cash:

Police facts tendered to the court allege Baxter made several claims to victim support services to obtain between $25,000 and $30,000. Baxter allegedly claimed $5000 from the scheme twice before the applications were deemed “suspicious”.

This would be sweet gig, as long as you don’t get sloppy:

Applications for the scheme were allegedly made using different bank accounts with different names containing either Baxter’s phone number or her partner’s, the facts state.

According to the facts, police allege “the application format appears to be in the same format” as Baxter’s initial claim with a blue and orange colour scheme.

Oh, Brittany*.

*Not the first time somebody said that.

Black Ball
Black Ball
April 21, 2023 7:20 am

Rita Panahi:

The ABC is again making a mockery of its charter and legal obligation to be impartial. It’s one thing for the Guardian or The Age or just about any other media outlet to relentlessly push a left-wing agenda – including supporting the race-based referendum – given they are not government funded nor obligated to be neutral.

The ABC does have a legal obligation and yet it fails daily, indeed hourly, to be fair and balanced.

And, just like other media outlets, it continues to blur the lines between opinion and news.

The taxpayer goliath’s overt activism for the Yes vote in the referendum is shameless even by its standards.

And it comes after the bloated broadcaster took the extraordinary step of holding an impartiality training session to remind its journalists of their obligations when reporting on the Voice and the need to “not unduly favour one perspective over another”.

Staff were also reminded that “the ABC takes no editorial stance other than its commitment to fundamental democratic principles including the rule of law, freedom of speech and religion, parliamentary democracy and equality of opportunity”.

Well, what a wasted endeavour that was. In typical ABC style a session supposedly devoted to warning staff about the importance of being unbiased was run in part by an activist with a history of tweeting support for Lidia Thorpe. You can’t get more balanced and mainstream than that!

Despite having 4000 staff, hundreds of shows across a number of TV stations and radio networks plus a massively staffed website, the ABC does not have a single conservative presenter employed in a key position.

And, it shows in everything it does. Just have a look at the “Indigenous Voice to Parliament – Everything you need to know” explainer, which is roughly eight minutes of pro-Voice propaganda that could have been put together by Anthony Albanese’s office.

In the video, political reporter Dana Morse claims that even if the referendum succeeds, the parliament will still write the laws on it.

That seems to be somewhat at odds with various learned legal experts including some who back the Voice. Constitutional law professor and Voice advocate George Williams has explained: “That’s the point of putting things in the Constitution, it puts them beyond the parliament.”

In the video, the activist, err, I mean the journalist, also claims that the Voice, aka the race-based advisory body, would not have the power to stop policies and laws from being implemented, and any advice it gave could be ignored.

Again, that is very much disputed by leading legal minds including former High Court judge Ian Callinan.

And this week we heard from former Supreme Court judge Nicholas Hasluck, KC, who warned: “In many cases the approval of the advisory body will have to be obtained before a Bill can be enacted”.

In his submission to the joint select committee inquiry into the Voice he also wrote the Constitutional change “would be a profound and essentially irreversible change to the structure of government by vesting an influential advisory privilege in a section of the community defined by race” and “as a matter of principle, the Voice should be rejected on the grounds that our democracy is built on the foundation of all Australian citizens having equal civic rights”.

Isn’t it curious that the ABC with its vast resources could not bring itself to adequately cover Senator Lidia Thorpe’s latest unhinged antics outside a suburban strip club?

It wasn’t until days later when the Prime Minister weighed into the issue that we started seeing some coverage on the ABC’s digital platforms. Now that Thorpe has released a formal statement claiming victimhood we may see some coverage.

On Thursday the Australia-hating firebrand claimed she was “provoked and stood up for myself” and that she “can’t go out” without being harassed by racists.

Thorpe also claimed there was “a history of white men in power using the media to attack and demonise Blak people that stand up to racism. They did the same thing to Adam Goodes and Heritier Lumumba.”

To give Thorpe some credit she is at least honest about the desire to strike a treaty. That is precisely what will follow if the Yes vote prevails. After the Voice we will have a so-called “truth telling” then a treaty.

It’s been a tough week for the former Green who even copped criticism from her own father, who labelled the 49-year-old a “racist”.

Roy Illingworth told The Bolt Report on Sky News: “The way I see it, the way she is and the way she’s changed over the years, she’s a very racist person. She doesn’t acknowledge any of her white side.

“I’m a bit disappointed in the way she’s been carrying on lately. Because, after all, she does have English background as well as Irish – the convict side of the English.”

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
April 21, 2023 7:29 am

The way I see it, the way she is and the way she’s changed over the years, she’s a very racist person. She doesn’t acknowledge any of her white side.

‘The way she’s changed over the years’

WHAP.

Also, ‘her white side’ won’t get her a front row seat at the trough.

GreyRanga
GreyRanga
April 21, 2023 7:32 am

Melting point of steel? ‘Ed’umikate youse lot.

Dot
Dot
April 21, 2023 7:41 am

I am not sure how being interviewed by a nong ruins your credibility.

If that’s true, everyone who has ever been on TV has “NO” credibility.

Pogria
Pogria
April 21, 2023 7:41 am

After more than a decade of failure, far-left BuzzFeed News is finally shutting down. CEO Jonah Peretti announced the mercy killing.

Good News everybody, it’s a suppository.

In case any of you don’t get it, it is a Futurama quote. 😀

Cassie of Sydney
April 21, 2023 7:48 am

“she’s a very racist person”

Quite so.

And why is she so “very racist”? Because she’s part of a leftist and progressive woke political class that not only encourages racism against whites, it’s now a sacred duty, a sacrament.

None of this will end well.

Last night I watched Thorpe’s Dad being interviewed by Blot and I felt pity for him. Who knows why he has such a dysfunctional relationship with his daughter. There is probably more than one reason why his daughter has frozen him out of her life, his skin colour being one of them, but I suspect there are other reasons. In his interview with Blot, Lidia’s Dad said that he doesn’t have any relationship with Lidia’s children and grandchildren. He explained how back in January, when footage was broadcast of Thorpe leading the Melbourne Australia Day protests, she was standing with her offspring and grandchildren and that he has no relationship with them. I thought to myself….how sad. I remember seeing that footage back in January, with Lidia screaming and screeching about r*pe, pillaging and stolen children, and I noticed the small boy standing next to her with very white skin and beautiful red hair, he had an angelic face. I remember thinking to myself at the time that I wasn’t aware of any Aboriginal tribe, pre-European settlement, that had red hair. I’m sure if such a tribe had existed, then it would have been noted and recorded by early settlers and explorers. I mean, I suppose four thousand years ago a few marauding Celts could have hopped onto a boat and sailed to these shores, and from that encounter a mysterious first nation of people with red hair was born, but I think that was very unlikely.

Anchor What
Anchor What
April 21, 2023 7:49 am

Shocking RBA rates blunder caused ‘untold damage’
No, what caused untold damage was the way COVID was handled by all governments.
The massive debt we now have was not “left to Labor by the previous government”, it was generated by ALL governments, mostly Labor states.
There was untold damage done to businesses and individuals, as our rights were cancelled and cheap effective medications demonised and denied.

Indolent
Indolent
April 21, 2023 8:00 am

I think they’re reaching the wide edge of the wedge.

Netherlands widens euthanasia laws to include children under 12

Cassie of Sydney
April 21, 2023 8:00 am

Matt Walsh’s Twitter account and personal emails were hacked in the last few days. A garbage journalist who works for “Wired”, someone by the name of Dell Cameron, then solicited Walsh’s hacked Twitter and personal information and published them. Cameron has now been permanently banned from Twitter.

Nice, you reap what you sow.

calli
calli
April 21, 2023 8:01 am

Further to Lizzies comment last night about the inescapable aspects of “female-ness”, I’ll put a word in for the fellas too. They will never be threatened by a female predator in their spaces, but their gender authenticity should also be respected and protected rather than eroded by “woke”.

Whipping off a swathe of flesh from a little girl’s forearm and fashioning a tube from it will never turn her into a functioning male either. It might do for waste disposal, and if she’s lucky there might be some sensation from a minuscule number of surviving nerve endings, but it will never be a penis. Never. And pumping her full of male hormones to “grow” an existing female part won’t do it either.

Like broken and confused young men, young women are being sold a pup – a cruel vicious one. No wonder suicide rates from the supposedly “transitioned” are so high.

I’m looking at my four grandchildren right now – two of each. The boys might play with the dollhouse, but they are clearly boys – pitching the princess doll from the tower with a good shove and a yell might be an indicator. Earlier this week a granddaughter said to me “I wish I was a boy”. Next thing she’s making a sign for the door with her cousin, “No boys allowed! Stay Out!”.

I can imagine a munchausens by proxy nutter parent picking up the first with glee and the dismissing the second.

This entire “movement” is a vile house of cards that collapses at the first breath of truth. No wonder they so desperately want women silenced, so diligently police language, so vilely denigrate anyone who dares challenge the arrant nonsense.

WolfmanOz
April 21, 2023 8:03 am

calli says:
April 21, 2023 at 8:01 am

Beautifully said !

Ed Case
Ed Case
April 21, 2023 8:05 am

Despite having 4000 staff, hundreds of shows across a number of TV stations and radio networks plus a massively staffed website, the ABC does not have a single conservative presenter employed in a key position.

Who told you that rubbish?
ABC staff are either home owners or mortgagors, drive nice cars, live in White suburbs, send their children to Private Schools, respect their neighbours privacy, plan ahead.
The reality is that the vast majority of Australians aren’t interested in hearing conservative virtues being preached outta their Idiot Boxes.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
April 21, 2023 8:06 am

Bud Light Official SALES REPORT Just Released | 50% DROP In Sales | Total COLLAPSE | Bankruptcy?

Interesting war in the comments, the lefties are outnumbered but seem extremely arrogant.

Cassie of Sydney
April 21, 2023 8:07 am

“callisays:
April 21, 2023 at 8:01 am”

Amen calli.

Indolent
Indolent
April 21, 2023 8:08 am

Apparently, you’re not allowed to quote the Bible online.

OK Judge Threatens Christian Preacher with Arrest for Using Bible Verses in an Online Protest

calli
calli
April 21, 2023 8:08 am

There appears to be some interesting parallels between Thorpe and Markle and their relationship with their fathers.

Indolent
Indolent
April 21, 2023 8:14 am
calli
calli
April 21, 2023 8:16 am

Oh. And the “I wish I was a boy” granddaughter is now glitter painting her nails with her cousin.

Mister Three and Mister Seven are on the iPad playing ninja games.

We are definitely an unreconstructed family. 😀

Top Ender
Top Ender
April 21, 2023 8:19 am

Crisis in our museums reaches far and wide
HENRY ERGAS

As the fallout from Greg Bearup’s investigation into the APY Arts Centre Collective spreads far and wide, it is not only the National Gallery of Australia that should be under the spotlight. Rather, there is an urgent need for a proper review of the strategy, governance and future of our major cultural institutions.

Nothing more starkly highlights the problems than the fate of Sydney’s Powerhouse Museum which, until not so long ago, ranked among the world’s greatest museums of the applied arts and sciences.

Now, eight years after the state’s LNP government triggered an endless series of abrupt policy moves and reversals by announcing that it intended to shut the Powerhouse’s Ultimo site, the museum’s treasures have largely been placed into storage – with several priceless items, including the Bleriot monoplane, which is the oldest historical aircraft in Australia, being severely damaged in the process.

Meanwhile, the very idea of having a museum of applied arts and sciences seems to have been surreptitiously jettisoned in favour of what can be described only as a cross between yet another contemporary arts centre, a fashion venue and a glitzy entertainment mall.

There have been, for sure, moments of comic relief. It was, for example, heartening to hear the then arts minister, Ben Franklin, echo Andy Warhol’s prediction, made back in 1975, that eventually “all museums will become department stores” by stating that the Powerhouse’s new “core” would be a “precinct (showcasing) fashion, design, photography, film, broadcasting and First Nations”.

“Gone are the days when museums and galleries are big rooms filled with glass cabinets,” asserted Franklin, who has clearly not wasted any time in the world’s leading scientific museums; and gone with them, it seems, is any mention of science and technology in an institution whose governing legislation is called the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences Act.

As for what is to come, it was vividly foreshadowed earlier this year when the Ultimo site hosted an Australia Day “Blak party” on the theme that “the only thing you should be celebrating on January 26 is Blak survival and excellence”.

Luckily, an abiding concern for white (or should one say “whyte”?) oppression did not prevent the museum commissioning, at a reported cost of $18,000, gold-plated tableware for the Powerhouse Trust’s annual dinner. Immaculately intertwining filth and ostentation, the plates gracing the placemats of the rich and famous were inscribed with powerful educational messages, such as “Horniest here”, “C..k sucker”, and “You have the sexual prowess of a damp vacuum”.

It would, perhaps, have been foolish to expect less from the Powerhouse’s chief executive, Lisa Havilah. After all, somewhat unusually for the head of an institution that holds, in trust for the public, an extraordinary collection of historical objects, the hip CEO boasts of her willingness to “ignore the weight of history, language and architecture”.

Ignore them she certainly has. Although the data is shrouded in secrecy, it appears that since January 2019, when Havilah came on board, the number of expert conservators has fallen by two-thirds; for the first time in decades, the museum lacks a specialist curator for engineering and transport; as for educational staff, whose tours were among the museum’s great attractions, their numbers have plummeted from 24 to three.

Slashed too is exhibition space. The misnamed “renewal” of the complex at Ultimo – which amounts to a demolition – seems likely to halve the display area, while entirely gutting the site’s state of the art storage facilities. Nor is that loss offset by the new site at Parramatta which, despite its imposing size, cannot host or store large, museum quality, objects and exhibitions.

As a result, what was a depot in Sydney’s outer suburbs is being “repurposed” into the Powerhouse Castle Hill that will hold – and occasionally exhibit – the collection’s magnificent transport and engineering objects at a site where visitor numbers are a minute fraction of those at Ultimo.

(Pi caption) Tom Lockley, former Powerhouse Museum volunteer guide who was sacked after speaking out against the museum’s proposed change from a science and technology museum to a fashion and design centre.

All that is, of course, being done at Pharaonic cost – in the order of $1.5bn – although a sixth of that amount would have sufficed to upgrade the Ultimo complex, retaining, rather than destroying, the integrity of its Sulman award-winning building, which was specifically designed to display the Powerhouse’s works.

Little wonder the cost-benefit appraisal justifying the massive outlays conveniently overlooked that option, which was the least costly and least harmful. And little wonder too that as cost blowouts mounted, the projected visitor numbers in successive cost-benefit appraisals magically increased too, ensuring the expected benefits would continue to exceed (albeit by no more than a hair) the expected costs.

Topping off those creative efforts, which could have landed private sector accountants into the soup, the latest forecast claims the renovated Powerhouse will generate more commercial revenue each year than the National Gallery of Victoria, which is Australia’s most popular museum.

That forecast is entirely fanciful; but what it reflects is a strategy of converting the Powerhouse into a function space and shopping centre, where the collection that has been meticulously built up since 1880 merely provides unusual adornments and striking accoutrements.

There are, nonetheless, some of us who cling to the view the Greeks and Romans held that the sciences are among the highest of the muses.

Inevitably, the sciences look forward: they incessantly scout the vast spaces that remain to be explored, prising open doors previous generations thought were forever locked. “Imagine a world without anaesthetic,” said CS Lewis, reminding us that the “miracles’’ of science, technology and medicine are precisely that, making it possible for far more people than ever to have a chance of living to maturity, of bearing healthy children, of moving upward from bare subsistence.

The founders of the Powerhouse understood that; infused with the spirit of the Enlightenment, they believed that truth and humanity were companions on knowledge’s endless frontier. And its founders also understood that enthusing tomorrow’s Australians with the lure of discovery was crucial to this country’s future.

The institution they built, spanning all of “the useful arts”, was designed to promote that endeavour. Now it is being reduced to a parody of everything it stands for, with even the term museum being stripped from its branding.

It may be that this vandalism is an extreme case. The constituency for science and technology in Australia is weak, and that for their conservation even weaker: our nouveau riche prefer contemporary art and fashion, which more readily pander to the boundless passion for conspicuous consumption.

But that it is being allowed to happen speaks to a crisis of cultural purpose, direction and governance. Our muses are ill; so too are many of our great museums. Unless they are cured, the harm will spread – and a wasteland of the Australian mind will spread with it.

Oz

Johnny Rotten
April 21, 2023 8:24 am

Jesus, Moses and an old man are playing golf one day. The hole is a par 3 with a huge lake in front of the tee. Jesus steps up, takes his swing and *BOOM* the ball flies up and lands on the edge of the opposite side of the lake. Jesus walks across the water, hits his ball to land on the green. Moses steps up, takes his swing and *BOOM* the ball flies up and lands in the middle of the lake. Moses parts the water, walks down to his ball and smacks it out onto the green. The old man steps up, takes his swing *BOOM* straight up into the air and headed for the middle of the lake BUT… before the ball hits the water, a giant bass jumps up, and swallows the ball. Before the bass hits the water, an eagle swoops out of the sky, snatches the bass and starts to fly away! A sudden clap of thunder startles the eagle, the bird drops the bass onto the green, the ball pops out of the bass’ mouth, straight into the cup! Hole In ONE! Jesus turns around to the old man and says: “Nice shot, Dad. Now will you quit frigging’ around and play golf!?”

Johnny Rotten
April 21, 2023 8:25 am

The worst government is often the most moral. One composed of cynics is often very tolerant and humane. But when fanatics are on top there is no limit to oppression.

– H. L. Mencken

Boambee John
Boambee John
April 21, 2023 8:25 am

Ed Casesays:
April 21, 2023 at 8:05 am
Despite having 4000 staff, hundreds of shows across a number of TV stations and radio networks plus a massively staffed website, the ABC does not have a single conservative presenter employed in a key position.

Who told you that rubbish?
ABC staff are either home owners or mortgagors, drive nice cars, live in White suburbs, send their children to Private Schools, respect their neighbours privacy, plan ahead.
The reality is that the vast majority of Australians aren’t interested in hearing conservative virtues being preached outta their Idiot Boxes.

LOL. Grandpa Ed Simpson, having tried and failed to convince anyone but m0nty-=fa that the Liars, staffed, advised, administered and represented almost exclusively by the tertiary credentialled, inner-city dwelling, taxpayer funded children of the revolution is a right wing party, now tries to claim that it is entirely reasonable that Their ABC is staffed exclusively by non-conservatives.

Lay off the Happy Baccy, Grandpa Ed. And stop shilling for the leftards of the Liars and Slime (and Their ABC).

Bourne1879
Bourne1879
April 21, 2023 8:25 am

Cassie,
Yes John Ruddock. I get the two mixed up.

lotocoti
lotocoti
April 21, 2023 8:26 am

Cameron has now been permanently banned from Twitter.

Musk Crushes Free Speech appears to be the simple-minded response
from our friends who aren’t all that keen on free speech.

Ed Case
Ed Case
April 21, 2023 8:34 am

Bud Light Official SALES REPORT Just Released | 50% DROP In Sales | Total COLLAPSE | Bankruptcy?

Clickbait.
Budweiser is owned by a Belgian company,
AB InBev brands
AB InBev’s brand portfolio includes highly popular beer … brands … The combined AB InBev/SAB Miller entity has approximately 400 beer brands as of January 2017.

Global brands include:

Budweiser, Beck’s, Corona, and Stella Artois.
Budweiser, Corona, Stella Artois, Beck’s
Hoegaarden, Leffe10, Barrel, Alexander Keith’s
Aguila, Atlas, Balboa, Báltica Dry

Breckenridge Brewery, Busch
Cafri, Camden Town Brewery, Cass, Cerveceria, Boliviana Nacional

Dommelsch, Elysian Brewing Company, Devils Backbone Brewing Company, Four Peaks,
Franziskaner,Golden Road, Goose Island, Guaraná, Antarctica, Harbin Brewery, Hertog Jan

Löwenbräu, Michelob, Modelo, NaturalOB, Golden Lager.

No one’s going broke because they went Woke, it’s just Marketing.
If the ad hadda featured a Drag Queen with the message:
Get a big brown bottle of Estrogen up ya, dumbarse!
it might be a different story.
Perhaps.

Eyrie
Eyrie
April 21, 2023 8:34 am

The failure of the Inmarsat satellite which caused an interruption to GPS guided sowing across Australia is a fortuitous warning.

The Inmarsat sat apparently relays accuracy augmentation data to the ground. I have no idea why, if you had a broad acre farm, you wouldn’t have your own GNSS base station at the farmhouse or machinery shed which broadcasts the correction over the farm on VHF or UHF for use by the RTK receiver on the machinery. It just isn’t that expensive to do. You’ll get about 2cm accuracy over your farm.
Any recent receivers also likely use all 4 major constellations, GPS, Glonass, Galileo and Beidou plus the Japanese QZSS system which is GPS compatible. Beidou is especially useful in Australia.
I have some nice dual frequency receivers which, using all 4 constellations give 1 to 2 meter accuracy unaugmented because the dual frequencies mean the ionospheric correction can be applied.

H B Bear
H B Bear
April 21, 2023 8:35 am

ABC staff are either home owners or mortgagors, drive nice cars, live in White suburbs, send their children to Private Schools, respect their neighbours privacy, plan ahead.

Groogs dons the white sheets again.

Mother Lode
Mother Lode
April 21, 2023 8:35 am

In the video, political reporter Dana Morse claims that even if the referendum succeeds, the parliament will still write the laws on it.

I don’t think there is a single reporter or journalist who has in-depth understanding of anything other than politics. They know the political take on things certainly, but not the things things themselves. Everything is seen through a political lens – and it is a very imperfect one, fractured, distorted, and tinted to only allow red hues through. That is the other point to make – the politics is socialist. Their political expertise does not embrace multiple systems that can be compared. They only get socialism. Their understanding of capitalism is the socialist caricature.

How on earth can they have thought Emma Alberici at all qualified to be an economics ‘correspondent’? Well, managements understanding of economics agreed with hers. In fact, she probably seemed more expert having amassed a greater number of assumptions that are economically wrong, but politically correct. Even on the commercial networks the guy who does the car show will be a hoon, the woman on the gardening show will be a keen gardener, the guy explaining the the stock market will have some background on it – and woe betide should the audience make it clear that they are considered inadequately knowledgeable by the audience. If other hoons don’t watch the hoon, if the woman with the green thumb gets the green middle-finger – they are goooorn.

On the ABC political activists (note that they also think everybody else should be a political activist – judges, actors and singers, CEO’s etc.), anyway political activists posing as journalists find other activists with the same biases to interview – then they broadcast it as if it is real information.

I would note that the ABC creatures are not alone in this. I am sure everyone here has experienced the unedifying humbug of progressives in a discussion holding forth with absolute conviction on topics upon which they have absolutely no knowledge – but by God watch certainty with which they will speak.

If the ABC was closed down, the damage to the progressive cause – not just the loss of its electronic infrastructure that allows them to creep into people’s lives, but also what can be created when large numbers of progressives are brought together and breed stupid ideas that would not be generated if they were all separate. They would not just be prevented from broadcasting their nonsense, but they would not even have as much nonsense in the first place.

Cassie of Sydney
April 21, 2023 8:36 am

My sister was a tom boy who looked very much like (and still looks) like Brooke Shields. As a young girl, she had dark blond hair and olive skin, she was exquisite, and she grew into a tomboy who climbed trees and only played with the boys. She loved sandpits and helping my father and grandfather mow the lawn. My grandmother told my mother that she was worried that my sister would turn into a lesbian. My parents were rather staggered on hearing that, not because because my sister was a lesbian or they were worried about her turning into a lesbian, but because my grandmother actually knew about lesbians! Anyway, my sister had numerous dolls and she cut the hair off all the dolls, we shared a bedroom and on my side of the room I had my dolls with long hair and on her side of the room, all her dolls had short boy’s hair! And then one day she got the kitchen scissors and she cut her own hair short to look like a boy. My mother was very distressed, not because she was worried my sister was a boy, but because she’s massacred her own beautiful dark golden locks! The good news is that my sister grew out of that “tom boy” phase and she is now more “girlie” than me.

Zatara
Zatara
April 21, 2023 8:36 am

“SpaceX Successfully Launches Largest Rocket in History Before It Explodes in Mid-Air”

Musk spokesman stated that for this particular launch, merely clearing the launch tower was considered a success while admitting that the valve failure during the jettison of the first stage booster made the overall flight incomplete.

SpaceX live stream hosts described this failure as a “rapid unscheduled disassembly.”

Eyrie
Eyrie
April 21, 2023 8:37 am

The SpaceX folk seem not have been upset by the result of the test flight. Even Musk looked unfazed.
Booster 7 and ship 24 are obsolete standard anyway so the test boosted employee morale, got rid the obsolete hardware and gathered much useful data. Win all round.

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
April 21, 2023 8:37 am

Two-Tiered Justice, IRS Supervisor Says Political Intervention Taking Place to Protect Hunter Biden – Requests Whistleblower Protection

April 19, 2023 – Sundance

An IRS supervisory special agent with information about intervention, mishandling and ‘political interference’ in the ongoing criminal probe into Hunter Biden is seeking whistleblower protections to share the information with Congress. Apparently, the deep state “theys” are protecting Hunter Biden and the IRS agent has had enough.

WALL STREET JOURNAL – WASHINGTONAn IRS supervisor has told lawmakers he has information that suggests the Biden administration is improperly handling the criminal investigation into President Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, and is seeking whistleblower protections, according to people familiar with the matter.

calli
calli
April 21, 2023 8:39 am

Yes, lotocoti. Over using hacked material.

The Daily Beast describes Walsh as a “notorious transphobic troll” for stating the obvious about gender bending and supposed “reassignment”.

Silencing, policing, denigrating those who tell the truth.

If the Mark was an action, that would be it.

Ed Case
Ed Case
April 21, 2023 8:41 am

Basically, how do you insult a Beer Drinker?
The central message of XXXX Gold ads over the 40+ years since the brand was introduced is:
Beer drinkers are poofters.
XXXX hasn’t gone broke so far.

Black Ball
Black Ball
April 21, 2023 8:43 am

Read and weep. Cameron England report in the Daily Telegraph:

Origin Energy will build a $600m, 460 megawatt battery at Eraring that’s capable of powering 60,000 homes for two hours, as debate continues about whether the NSW government should intervene to keep the coal-fired power station at the site operating after 2025.

The power company said it had taken a final investment decision on the first phase of the large-scale battery, which is expected to come online in the last quarter of the 2025 calendar year.

Origin also has the option to increase the battery’s capacity to 700MW and four hours dispatch duration, compared with the 2800MW capacity of the coal plant.

A spokesman for the company said the battery would support the energy market in a number of ways beyond simply supplying electricity. “The battery is typically charged in the middle of the day when renewable supply is plentiful, and can be discharged to support the market during per­iods of peak demand such as the evening peak,’’ the spokesman said.

“Batteries also provide grid stability services such as frequency control ancillary services, system restart ancillary services, as well as fast-start frequency response and synthetic inertia.

“These services are important to help stabilise the electricity system as large generators are retiring from the system.’’ (gonna need a lot of batteries)

The Eraring coal-fired power station, which provides about 25 per cent of NSW’s power needs and is scheduled to shut down in August 2025, has been the subject of debate in recent days, with some industry experts calling for it to be kept operating.

NSW Premier Chris Minns has acknowledged that the government might have to buy back Eraring, saying taxpayers had been “fleeced” by its sale. An alternative being privately discussed by senior Labor figures involves offering financial assistance to Origin if market conditions dip below an agreed point.

With AGL Energy’s Liddell power station to be taken offline on April 28, and delays to Snowy Hydro and the Kurri Kurri gas plant creating concerns about energy reliability, industry figures including the Grattan Institute’s Tony Wood have said the new NSW government should look at how Eraring can continue operating as a “back-up option’’.

“You don’t have to commit absolutely to keeping it open, but you want the flexibility to make sure if things go worse than they might, you have the option to keep it open,” Mr Wood told News Corp Australia recently.

“There’s a circumstance in which closing Eraring in 2025-26 is a real problem and circumstances where it won’t be a ­problem.” (curiously unexplained)

Origin chief executive Frank Calabria on Tuesday said the announcement of the battery project, which received initial planning approval in May 2022, was a significant milestone for the company.

“We are pleased to make this significant capital investment in Origin’s first major battery project to support the growth in renewable energy that’s occurring across the National Electricity Market, together with the expansion of our own portfolio of renewable energy developments,’’ Mr Calabria said..

The battery equipment will be supplied by Finnish technology group Wartsila, while design and construction services will be provided by Enerven, a subsidiary of SA Power Networks.

The Australian Energy Market Operator said recently it was confident about the power supply outlook through to 2025.

NSW Energy Minister Penny Sharpe said last week she expected no “immediate impact” from the decision to switch off the Liddell power station. (FMD)

AGL also forecasts no “reliability” problems.

“The market operator has not approached AGL with concerns about reliability following the closure of Liddell and their latest report identifies that risks remain within their reliability measure,” an AGL spokesman said.

Buckle up kids, we’re in for a reaming with the rough end of the pineapple

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
April 21, 2023 8:44 am

Some Sydney real estate pron to match Cohenite’s eight houses for dreamers last nite.

Vaucluse harbourside features. Phoenix Acres, a stone’s throw from us, at $62 million, is being demolished and rebuilt, which is also the fate of the beautiful old sandstone farmhouse next door to us. Purchased for six million last year, the owner is obviously now heading for over ten million, as the median price is around nine already. Prices here are still rising, land size matters. Our streetscape is losing its lovely old houses, if not totally, then to facade-ism. At worst, they leave a few of the original stone or brick walls as ‘features’ in a modern box. At best, they new build out into the older garden.

Oceanside Vaucluse is a different and younger market, as it has many larger unit blocks. Apartments harbourside are rare and tend to be ’boutique’, in duplex or triplex like ours, occupied by retirees.

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
April 21, 2023 8:45 am
Big_Nambas
Big_Nambas
April 21, 2023 8:51 am

We’ve all heard the term ‘shuffling deckchairs on the Titanic’. It an expression to show how futile a particular activity can be.

Reading about the government’s plans to change the board of the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) brought it to mind.

While the reforms have met with general acclaim, the political cynic that resides within sees the reforms as a smokescreen for government.

Let me explain.

Successive governments have always asserted the independence of the RBA in respect to setting official interest rates as a means of managing inflation.

That way they can wash their hands of the political pain caused by rising (or falling) rates.

In most instances they spin rate rises away as being because the economy is doing so well that the RBA needs to apply the brakes. The implication is that the government is taking credit for the buoyant economy.

Government also like to take credit for the RBAs decision to lower rates, claiming it’s a vote of confidence in the sustainability of their economic management.

It’s called having their cake and eating it too.

The most recent interest rate changes have been altogether different. The RBA did make mistakes and misled the Australian people with their ‘rates to stay low for years’ mantra.

Again, government took advantage of that to encourage people to borrow and now, as the pain starts to bite, they can sheet home the blame to the RBA.

It’s a time honoured political dance but now there’s an additional beat being added to the party.

As well as managing an inflation target, the RBA will be contemplating ‘full employment’ in their deliberations.

In effect, this means the government of the day will be able to blame the RBA for those bothersome rises in unemployment numbers.

In future, a rise in unemployment will be due to the policy settings of the RBA.

There’s also a fair bit of devil in the detail.

What exactly is full employment? That will depend on how you define employed and what expectation you have of those deemed unemployable.

Right now, an hour a week of work counts as employed in the stats and if you aren’t looking for work, you don’t count either.

That helps to explain the massive numbers in this country on welfare and the extremely low jobless rate.

There’s also an inherent conflict between fighting inflation and fighting unemployment.

Monetary policy is usually tightened (higher interest rates) for the former and loosened for the latter.

Which policy setting will prevail given that inherent conflict will be interesting to see.

The Albanese government know exactly what they are doing. This is an exercise in doing the Pontius Pilate and washing their hands of accountability.

While reform of the RBA was necessary, peering through the veil of political planning, this is a masterstroke in government longevity.

Have a great weekend.

Cory

Tom
Tom
April 21, 2023 8:51 am

Origin chief executive Frank Calabria

Classic Mafia name for a gangster operation.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
April 21, 2023 8:51 am

KD at 6:50

GASTON CO., N.C. — A North Carolina man allegedly shot a 6-year-old girl, her parents and an additional neighbor after a basketball rolled into his yard.

Well, we all know what sort of people play basketball, don’t we, eh?
Totally justifiable.
Wait for the real story*.

* Who provides the “real story” now since it got too expensive for Alex Jones?

Roger
Roger
April 21, 2023 8:51 am

Booster 7 and ship 24 are obsolete standard anyway so the test boosted employee morale, got rid the obsolete hardware and gathered much useful data. Win all round.

Not to mention saving on disassembly costs.

😀

Mother Lode
Mother Lode
April 21, 2023 8:55 am

I just saw this at TWIP (yes, I am very late getting to it).

San Francisco Police Department will stop releasing most mug shots to combat racial bias

We have all had a laugh at how this will straight away alert people it was a black guy. But even better, the only thing people will know about the miscreant’s appearance will be that he (usually he) is black. Could be any black guy they see. If they released the mugshot and the guy was bald, for example, people would not look suspiciously are a guy with hair. This guarantees racial profiling.

Anyway, the point I was originally going to make: Does anyone else remember the glasses Zaphod Beeblebrox had in Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy? As soon as the glasses sensed any danger they would go completely opaque black so the wearer would be spared the sight of danger and therefore not be alarmed. Of course the joke was that as soon as the glasses went black you knew you were in danger, but with the glasses on there was no way to prepare for or avoid the danger.

Funny stuff.

Johnny Rotten
April 21, 2023 8:58 am

Boambee Johnsays:
April 21, 2023 at 8:25 am

LOL. Grandpa Ed Simpson, having tried and failed to convince anyone but m0nty-=fa that the Liars, staffed, advised, administered and represented almost exclusively by the tertiary credentialled, inner-city dwelling, taxpayer funded children of the revolution is a right wing party, now tries to claim that it is entirely reasonable that Their ABC is staffed exclusively by non-conservatives.

Lay off the Happy Baccy, Grandpa Ed. And stop shilling for the leftards of the Liars and Slime (and Their ABC).

Exactly. If the ABC had to stand on its own two Left feet. it would fall over. Let the ABC TV and internet become a subscriber service and see how many people will pay to watch it/follow it. Maybe keep the ABC Radio ‘free’ (taxpayer funded) for the Country people.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
April 21, 2023 9:01 am

Entertaining poll numbers:

Biden Struggles To Convince People To Buy EVs, Only 12% Seriously Considering (20 Apr)

Key Points

Current ownership of electric vehicles among partisans is 6% for Democrats, 4% for independents and 1% for Republicans.

Democrats (22%) are far more likely than both Republicans (1%) and independents (12%) to say they are seriously considering purchasing an EV. The majority of Democrats, 54%, say they may consider it in the future.

A substantial majority of Republicans, 71%, say they would not consider owning an electric vehicle.

While about four in 10 U.S. adults think using EVs helps address climate change “a great deal” (12%) or “a fair amount” (27%), roughly six in 10 believe it helps “only a little” (35%) or “not at all” (26%).

Americans who worry a great deal about global warming or climate change are most open to owning an electric vehicle now or in the future, with 79% saying they currently own one (5%), are seriously considering it (16%) or would at some point (58%). Conversely, 77% of those who are not at all concerned about climate change say they would never own an EV.

With four in 10 U.S. adults unwilling to even consider switching from a gas to an electric vehicle, the plans of Biden, California and auto manufacturers could be challenging to achieve.

Polls like this are really rare as the elites don’t want people to know just how on the nose the climate crazies are. Basically EVs are religious vehicles, that increasingly only the green-woke would ever buy.

It would be nice for the Libs and Nats to take in from such clear data just how much their voters detest the net zero policy and climate rubbish in general.

Ed Case
Ed Case
April 21, 2023 9:03 am

As well as managing an inflation target, the RBA will be contemplating ‘full employment’ in their deliberations.

That’s a welcome change.
Up to now, the Inflation Target has been achieved by manipulating interest rates, based on the [incorrect] assumption that Inflation is caused by higher wages.

In effect, this means the government of the day will be able to blame the RBA for those bothersome rises in unemployment numbers.
Perhaps, but at least the RBA won’t be causing unemployment by raising interests rates, which is what happens now.

GreyRanga
GreyRanga
April 21, 2023 9:03 am

Daughter climbed a tree 10 metres up to save a magpie with its head caught in a fork in the branch and was flapping about unable to get out. She does rock climbing. So no biggy for her.

GreyRanga
GreyRanga
April 21, 2023 9:03 am

That was yesterday afternoon.

Dot
Dot
April 21, 2023 9:09 am

BuzzFeed “News” is dead.

Na na na na, na na na na, hey hey, goodbye!

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
April 21, 2023 9:12 am

exclusive
Megan Krakouer: One of WA’s most prominent Aboriginal activists speaks out against Indigenous Voice
Sarah CrawfordThe West Australian
Fri, 21 April 2023 2:00AM

One of the State’s most prominent Aboriginal activists has spoken out against the Voice to Parliament, saying it offers “no guarantee of change”.

Megan Krakouer is the director of the National Suicide Prevention and Trauma Recovery Project and the City of Perth’s 2023 Citizen of the Year.

The Menang Noongar woman is also one of the chief organisers of the class action against the Banksia Hill Juvenile Detention Centre and the WA Government.

She said she was “leaning towards No” on the Voice because it did not have enough “teeth”.

“It will be the highest consultative body of Indigenous First Nations people across the country . . . with no power whatsoever. Sure, it may be able to influence, but we are still unclear on how that will play out across the country,” Ms Krakouer said.

“I walk with thousands of our most impoverished brothers and sisters. I have seen premature and avoidable death haunt every one of these families.

“I know that I will speak for many of them, and they will agree with what I am calling for … is it wrong to ask for the Voice to be more with ‘teeth’ so that fewer of my people fall over early and unfairly?

“If the Voice gets up in its current form and somehow delivers more positive change than ever before, I will be the first one to say that I was wrong, and I will be happy to say that I am wrong in this instance. But I have never known a government I can trust for all my working life, and I must consider what is promised here.”

In her work advocating for prisoners and families who have had children removed by the State, Ms Krakouer has asked many of the most marginalised Aboriginal people what they think of the Voice.

“They will say, what voice? John Farnham, the voice? Or The Voice, the TV show,” she said.

“I say, ‘No, the Voice to Parliament,’ they say, ‘Oh, we don’t know anything about that’.”

She fears that if the Voice succeeds in the upcoming referendum, it will remain irrelevant and meaningless to these people because it will have no power to improve their lives.

Instead of a Voice to Parliament, Ms Krakouer wants mass investment in suicide, incarceration and removal of Aboriginal children.

“I want to see something with teeth, I want to see legislative change, and I want to see policy which protects the interests of all Australians, particularly First Nations peoples,” she said.

“For decades, we’ve been failed as a people right across the country, regardless of the political will in so many respects. We have seen the Native Title Act … the Black Deaths in Custody report . . . the Bringing Them Home report.

“Nothing’s happened in that respect, and if anything, it has got worse.

GreyRanga
GreyRanga
April 21, 2023 9:14 am

Yes ML re Zaphod, absurd is the new truth. The crazier the idea and solution the more the left get on board.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
April 21, 2023 9:20 am

Here’s what happens when you politicize a health system then use it as a weapon against dissenters.

UNICEF: Coronavirus Pandemic Was a ‘Disaster for Childhood Immunization’ (20 Apr)

A study published on Thursday by the United Nations children’s agency UNICEF found a dramatic global decline in public support for childhood vaccination in the years of the Wuhan coronavirus pandemic, corresponding to the “largest sustained backslide in childhood immunization in 30 years.”

South Korea experienced the biggest drop. 48 percent of South Koreans told UNICEF they believed that vaccines are important for children, a 44-percent drop from the number who agreed before 2020.

South Korea experienced some of the world’s harshest public health mandates under leftist former President Moon Jae-in, including travel restrictions, mask mandates, and vaccine mandates. The government went as far as to ban fast-paced music at gyms to prevent sweating. Causing particular outrage in 2021, the federal government announced a plan to update its vaccine “passport” system to include children between the ages of 12 and 17. Those children would need passes to enter public study rooms and internet cafes to do schoolwork. South Korea’s courts rejected that mandate in February 2022.

The coronavirus mandates prompted church brawls, small business protests, and accusations that Moon was using the pandemic to silence conservatives during a presidential election season.

Ramming stuff roughshod over people, destroying their lives and livelihoods, lying to them, harming them with not-fit-for-use “vaccines” and generally going the full fascist jackbooted thug isn’t going to win many friends. And now we see what the cost of such medical totalitarianism is. Well done lefties, you’ve destroyed yet another trusted sector of society.

GreyRanga
GreyRanga
April 21, 2023 9:23 am

She has sent me a photo of it in the tree. Its higher than 10 metres. The trunk isn’t visible in the photo. I’d post it but can’t scrub the metadata.

Wally Dalí
Wally Dalí
April 21, 2023 9:23 am

Buzzfeed falling over is a bit of a shame in my book.
We should remember that they were on the right side of Wuhan Flu fascism, HCL and ivermectin, clot shots, and the Laptop From Hell.
If only we’d listened eh?

Roger
Roger
April 21, 2023 9:24 am

UNICEF: Coronavirus Pandemic Was a ‘Disaster for Childhood Immunization’ (20 Apr)

Ahem…I believe this was predicted on Sinc’s Cat.

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
April 21, 2023 9:28 am

Top Ender says:
April 21, 2023 at 9:07 am

Jeremy Clarkson is the patron saint of farmers! We’re besieged by badger huggers and militant vegans…

It’s been a huge success because we are drawn in by the reality of farming life as we watch the team on Clarkson’s Diddly Squat Farm battle to turn a profit from its photogenic acres (although, of course, Clarkson’s wealth and television earnings make the farm profit and loss account relatively inconsequential).

It is all in the very best British tradition of what Winston Churchill called KBO — Keep Buggering On.

Every farm has its cast of characters — the Kalebs and Geralds we see on Clarkson’s Farm, people often without much formal education or the attributes valued by modern society but nevertheless highly skilled and committed individuals who lovingly tend to Britain’s livestock and landscape with practical intelligence and often great physical bravery.

Clarkson’s hapless farming persona is also uncomfortably accurate for many of us who try to make a living from the land — the half-wit boss who pays all the bills, routinely gets trodden on or kicked in the gonads by livestock, and puts up with a stream of invective from his employees when he breaks machinery or generally gets in the way. And who often earns only around 40p per day from the enterprise for a 100-hour week.

Though we are very fortunate to work in beautiful surroundings and most of us would not swap what we do for any other existence, farming life is hard and often threatening to mental health — tragically, more farmers take their own lives than in almost any other profession and it is far removed from the comfortable stereotype in the socialist narrative.

But most importantly, what Clarkson’s Farm does is shine a bright light on where public policy is going wrong.

In fact, it has done more for the farming industry in a couple of years than the National Farmers Union has in decades.

Roger
Roger
April 21, 2023 9:28 am

One of the State’s most prominent Aboriginal activists has spoken out against the Voice to Parliament, saying it offers “no guarantee of change”.

There will be no guarantee of change until each indigenous person accepts responsibility for their life and gets on with it, as many do.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
April 21, 2023 9:33 am

It really is fun to see how inept lefty governments are when it comes to regulating businesses.

Legal Marijuana Industry Shrinks Rapidly in California (20 Apr)

Heavy regulations, high taxes, and oversupply are causing the legal marijuana industry in California to contract rapidly, with the state reportedly losing nearly a quarter of its legal cultivation “canopy” since the start of 2022.

Earlier this year, a marijuana company started by the family of the late Grateful Dead icon Jerry Garcia left California due to high taxes and competition from illegal grows.

There you go: free market capitalists (ie illegal pot growers) are out competing the government licensed ones. Nothing says how hopeless the left is than not being able to make money from a plant that grows like a weed even with the whole might of government behind you.

Dr Faustus
Dr Faustus
April 21, 2023 9:38 am

‘Beyond the realms of acceptable spin’: Integrity experts slam Andrews for downplaying IBAC report

What happens when there is no effective opposition and no consequences for being sprung.

It wasn’t me.

Wally Dalí
Wally Dalí
April 21, 2023 9:39 am

Yes indeedy Roger. Although Ms Krakouer might arrive at the same position at the point of the pencil over the referendum ballot paper, we can’t be fooled that her head is screwed on straight.
“We have seen the Native Title Act … the Black Deaths in Custody report . . . the Bringing Them Home report.”
Let’s summarize-
Native Title- communal ownership is a dead end, and economic growth cannot happen unless you engage with the economy.
Deaths in Custody- “black” is the safest demographic in the clink, but there’s just too damn many in there
Bringing Them Home- do you, or don’t you, want children saved from abuse?
Do you, or don’t you, want Aboriginal Australians to be healthy, wealthy and wise?

Cassie of Sydney
April 21, 2023 9:40 am

“This entire “movement” is a vile house of cards that collapses at the first breath of truth. No wonder they so desperately want women silenced, so diligently police language, so vilely denigrate anyone who dares challenge the arrant nonsense.”

Quite so. Which is why women such as myself, JK Rowling, Kellie-Jay Keen, Moira Deeming, Sall Grover, Katherine Deves etc are smeared as “far-right”, white supremacist Nazis.

After Mean Girl Markson’s vile denigration of Deves on Monday night, I will never watch her again.

Further to Mean Girl Markson, I sent off a complaint to Sky News and I haven’t heard anything back.

Dr Faustus
Dr Faustus
April 21, 2023 9:44 am

Alec Baldwin’s charges over fatal shooting on Rust film set to be dropped

Mr Baldwin has said the gun went off accidentally and that he did not pull the trigger. An FBI forensic report found the weapon could not have fired unless the trigger was pulled.

Probably not the end of the matter.

thefrollickingmole
thefrollickingmole
April 21, 2023 9:45 am

Instead of a Voice to Parliament, Ms Krakouer wants mass investment in suicide, incarceration and removal of Aboriginal children.

Seems a little harsh to want to fund more suicide, incarceration and removal, but if thats what she wants….

Roger
Roger
April 21, 2023 9:47 am

What happens when there is no effective opposition and no consequences for being sprung.

And the avergae voter doesn’t care.

You increase your majority at the next election.

Black Ball
Black Ball
April 21, 2023 9:48 am

Someone named Pay Anderson trying to explain Teh Voice and why you should vote yes:

Australians will soon be asked to make a choice to vote yes or no in a Voice referendum. Some arguments about the Voice are built on misinformation. Here are 10 of the facts:

1. Aboriginal people asked for the Voice in the Uluru Statement (mmmyes so what?)

The Uluru Statement from the Heart which called for a First Nations Voice was the culmination of 13 Regional Dialogues held with Aboriginal people all around the country which reached a consensus position.

All of the delegates from the Regional Dialogues who attended the Uluru constitutional convention were elected by their own people. The Uluru convention was hosted by the local Anangu community.

The Dialogue process was unprecedented in our nation’s history and is the first time a constitutional convention has been convened with, and for, First Peoples.

This consensus of First Nations Peoples’ support for the Voice remains with polling undertaken this year reflecting 80 per cent support for the Voice from First Nations People (Ipsos Jan 2023).

2. Aboriginal people aren’t in the constitution

There is no recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples as the first inhabitants of this country in the constitution.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders Peoples have asked Australians for this recognition in the form of a First Nations Voice so the recognition is not just symbolic but has the ability to make meaningful change in their lives.

3. Other countries have Indigenous constitutional recognition

Similar mechanisms are common in liberal democracies as they are a way to ensure Indigenous peoples, who often make up only a small percentage of the population, are able to actively participate in decision making regarding the polices and laws that affect them.

It is difficult to compare Australia to other nations – such as Canada, New Zealand and the United States – because those nations all have historical recognition of Indigenous peoples through a first contact treaty.

Australia’s Voice will be uniquely and authentically Australian and we can learn from overseas examples.

4. The Voice will be advisory only, courts won’t give it power

The Voice will have the power to make representations to the parliament and the government so they can make better policy and direct tax-payer programs to where they will make the most difference.

It’s make-up and scope will be determined by the parliament and it won’t have any veto power.

This week the Joint Select Committee heard from a who’s who of constitutional experts including Kenneth Hayne AC KC, Professor Anne Twomey AO, Bret Walker SC and Professor George Williams AO who all confirmed that the Voice is legally sound and would not cause disruption to government or clog up the courts. The overwhelming weight of expert legal opinion agrees with these experts.

5. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples don’t have a Voice (er, yes we do)

While there are a range of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander providers and peak bodies that work with government in their area of expertise, First Nations people in communities across Australia do not have a mechanism to be heard by those in Canberra who make decisions which impact their lives every day.

A Voice will mean the Government will have better quality information about First Nations communities and issues, delivered directly from communities themselves. The Voice will also be directly accountable to those communities, ensuring it is meaningfully representative of the local community.

Information from communities will result in better quality laws and policies, better targeted investment and ultimately better outcomes for First Nations people across the country. Better directed resources will mean support will get to where it is needed most on the ground.

There’s 5 more points Anderson makes. Allow me a coffee

Black Ball
Black Ball
April 21, 2023 9:48 am

Pat Anderson ffs

thefrollickingmole
thefrollickingmole
April 21, 2023 9:50 am

Hitchens seems a little sour on the USA.
I tend to agree, the US used WW1 &2 to cripple and dismember the British Empire deliberately and knowingly and to a large extent the chaos of Africa was a direct result of decolonialisation.
https://hitchensblog.mailonsunday.co.uk/2023/04/why-are-the-sas-in-ukraine-and-how-joe-bidens-visit-to-ireland-finished-off-the-special-relationship.html
Even the alleged love affair between Franklin Roosevelt and Winston Churchill is a myth. The USA stripped us of every penny we had before beginning lend lease. When Churchill turned up in a battleship, HMS Prince of Wales, to meet FDR at Placentia Bay in Newfoundland, US Navy warships intercepted him to tell him to come back later – as FDR was still asleep. So our greatest Prime Minister had to steam round the North Atlantic in circles for 90 minutes while the President of the USA, comfortably asleep aboard the cruiser USS Augusta, woke slowly from his slumbers. The meeting which followed was also pretty grim, with FDR giving nothing away, while pretty much forcing Churchill to abandon the British Empire and its customs union. It has been gilded since, as ‘the Atlantic Carter’ a great act of friendship, but at the time the British side at the talks were gravely disappointed. The USA, quite reasonably, was using us for its purposes – as it has done ever since. We may have to put up with it, but we don’t have to simper and grovel while we do so.

Tom
Tom
April 21, 2023 9:52 am

After Mean Girl Markson’s vile denigration of Deves on Monday night, I will never watch her again.

I’m still watching Markson’s show.

But I now marvel at how hormones and old-fashioned jealousy can blind even the fiercest female intellect.

Dot
Dot
April 21, 2023 9:54 am

2. Aboriginal people aren’t in the constitution

Technically every race is. They were excluded from specific Federal legislation in 1901. Now they are like everyone else – and can have special laws made by the Commonwealth.

The race power should not exist at all.

Black Ball
Black Ball
April 21, 2023 9:57 am

6. The Voice will speak for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples

The design principles released by the government are very clear – the Voice will be representative of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, members would be chosen by local people, according to local wishes, and will have specific remote representatives as well as representation for the mainland Torres Strait Islander population.

It will be empowering, community-led, inclusive, respectful and culturally informed.

7. The Voice would have prevented problems like Alice Springs (FMD what a crock)

The issues faced by communities in Alice Springs are not new and require long-term coordinated actions. They are fuelled by poor housing, inadequate administration of the NDIS, amalgamations of rural and remote councils and failure to diagnose FASD and cognitive impairment. They are a result of policy neglect over many years including the eight years of the Coalition government.

The Voice will have a critical role to play giving policy makers a better understanding of the underlying issues and what is needed to improve outcomes, outside the political cycle.

There is no quick or easy fix but the Voice will ensure sustained attention and long-term investment is provided to the issues our people face here and in other communities across Australia – not just when its politically expedient to do so or when they reach crisis point.

8. A no vote will damage Australia’s reputation

It’s very likely that this will be the case, however it’s the not reason Australians should consider voting yes. They should consider a yes vote because recognising the first peoples of the country in our founding document is an important step on the road to reconciliation. The Voice will also improve the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples by including them directly in the decisions that are made about them. (remains unexplained)

9. Opponents of the Voice are not racist (oh really? Someone give Dodson that memo?)

The ‘no’ campaign accuses the ‘yes’ case of labelling anyone who disagrees with the Voice as racist. This is a technique to whip up more negative sentiment against us.

In reality, we see our role as educating Australians about the benefits of the Voice and ensuring they are armed with the information they need to make an informed choice come referendum day. It’s important people have an opportunity to ask the uncomfortable questions and make up their own minds.

We will, however, call out racism when we see it. (chortle)

10. The Voice will close the gap (like every other program of the last 3 decades)

Through the Regional Dialogues, we heard many examples of policy and laws that negatively impact on the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. Those communities also know how they could be improved to make a difference – but they are not heard.

Our people are armed with the solutions for how to close the gap. They just need to be heard. And the status quo that has been operating under the coalition government for eight years is not going to get us there.

Black Ball
Black Ball
April 21, 2023 9:59 am

Our people are armed with the solutions for how to close the gap.

Then phucking use those solutions! Don’t need government to get you there.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
April 21, 2023 10:01 am
OldOzzie
OldOzzie
April 21, 2023 10:02 am

‘Trans’ blob of adipose tissue dispatches a ‘call to arms’ and refers to himself as a ‘wild animal’ ready to unleash violence

Think you have a right to “protect” children from ugly, middle-aged male transvestites colonizing the ladies restroom for all their stinky bathroom needs and repulsive habits? And yes, “protect” was sarcastically enclosed in air quotes. Well, think again, because in my opinion, according to one vulgar TikTok beast, you don’t, and he’s going to bring the firepower to ensure he gets his way. Watch the video below:

Typically we refer to these sorts of people as “predators.”

(Now, it should go without saying, but men who routinely insert frozen tubes of tomato paste up their rear ends to “mimic” menstrual cycles are indescribably troubled, and have absolutely no business being anywhere near a precious child of either sex.)

Obesity, a very apparent hormonal imbalance, “trans” delusions, and explicit calls for violence, especially in light of recent tragedies and near-misses, should scream of a serious health crisis — but thanks to a world and culture polluted by leftist amorality, they aren’t.

So, let me get this straight: this man “dares” someone to “protect” the innocence of children as if that’s a trivial thing, and prohibiting biological men from stampeding into private female spaces will be “the last mistake” someone “ever make[s]” because he’s getting a gun, and he won’t be afraid to use it

— in fact, he’d rather use it than “live and not have anything done.” Ergo, he hates the purity and preciousness of a child, and will resort to blood-spilling to get his political way; no doubt about it, he’s a leftist alright!

On another note, there was a subtle yet profound reality present in this man’s words though; read below:

You need to arm up, plain and simple. Go out, buy a gun. Learn how to use it efficiently, through and through, because the time to act is now, as I am going to do myself, because there are lots of people like me who are not afraid to die.

It’s an unavoidable and uncomfortable truth: “trans” terrorism is a real threat, and we can only expect outbursts of homicidal aggression to trend upward. After all, these angry people already have a significantly higher chance of being suicidal;

as the man in the video notes, there are “lots” like him who “are not afraid to die [as a martyr].”

(The suicide rate in the “trans” community hovers around 50% both before and after “transition” while the general American population has a suicide rate far below 1%.)

Black Ball
Black Ball
April 21, 2023 10:05 am

Seems Ms Anderson has had many years to better the lives of black fellas in varying roles.
But let’s blame 8 years of Coalition parliament.

MatrixTransform
April 21, 2023 10:05 am

Origin Energy will build a $600m, 460 megawatt battery

stopped reading at that point

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
April 21, 2023 10:06 am

Pat Anderson ffs

Pat Anderson? Wasn’t she fairly high up in the food chain of the old Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporation? A by word for inefficiency and, putting it bluntly, corruption?

MatrixTransform
April 21, 2023 10:08 am

Origin also has the option to increase the battery’s capacity to 700MW and four hours dispatch duration, compared with the 2800MW capacity of the coal plant.

FMD
what a pile of complete gibberish

lotocoti
lotocoti
April 21, 2023 10:10 am

The fear and hatred of trannies is deliberately manufactured
by certain groups.
Nobody should be concerned about cocks in frocks using the Ladies Loos,
because Kirstie has hit the Men’s Heads when the Ladies’ queue has been too long.

Cassie of Sydney
April 21, 2023 10:11 am

“But I now marvel at how hormones and old-fashioned jealousy can blind even the fiercest female intellect.”

Umm…yep. There’s nothing quite like a female being nasty to another female. We can be vicious.

calli
calli
April 21, 2023 10:14 am

because there are lots of people like me who are not afraid to die.

Oh, he’s afraid to die all right.

He’s not afraid to kill.

MatrixTransform
April 21, 2023 10:14 am

We can be vicious

we noticed

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
April 21, 2023 10:20 am

Re the Empire State building vs B-25 discussed yesterday.
Someone posted a calc saying the differential in energy released at impact between a B-25 and 767 was a factor of 23.
I would argue with this calc on three grounds:-
1. For weight of the B-25 it used the MTOW of over 15,000 kgs. This was a mere ferry flight without bomb load or ballast and not even a full complement of crew. Also, some fuel burn in transit would reduce weight. The weight at impact would have been closer to 10,000 kg than 15,000 kg.
2. The calc used the max speed for the B-25 of 230 kts. This speed was only achievable at 13,000 ft, and cruise speed was 200 kts. However, think it would have been even slower. The landing gear was catapulted to the centre of the building which suggests it might have been down, and the aircraft was configured for landing just across the river. A speed of 150 kts was more likely.
3. The weight of the 767s looked very low (75,000 kgs??). I think both WTC aircraft were 767-200s, which have a MTOW of 143,000 kgs. These aircraft obviously weren’t at MTOW but they were heavy. A weight of 120 tonnes wouldn’t be unreasonable.
Use more reasonable figures and you will get a number way higher than 23.
In any case, it demonstrates that Googlery was a idiot trying to draw a parallel between the two incidents beyond “aircraft – building- New York”.

dopey
dopey
April 21, 2023 10:20 am

Sydney Morning Herald.
‘Would it be appropriate to only allow Aboriginal people to vote on the constitutional change ? Indigenous citizens could speak for themselves and the rest of us could accept their decision.’
Heather Johnson, West Pennant Hills

Black Ball
Black Ball
April 21, 2023 10:22 am

Sydney Morning Herald.
‘Would it be appropriate to only allow Aboriginal people to vote on the constitutional change ? Indigenous citizens could speak for themselves and the rest of us could accept their decision.’
Heather Johnson, West Pennant Hills

FMD the stupidity is strong today

GreyRanga
GreyRanga
April 21, 2023 10:23 am

I could throw 30 biilion a year of the back of a truck while driving around Australia and I can guarantee you more money would get to the Aboriginals that actually need it. Not the hidious lydia, marcia and pats of this country.

GreyRanga
GreyRanga
April 21, 2023 10:24 am

off

calli
calli
April 21, 2023 10:25 am

Sancho, even without the aircraft specs, the impact would have had markedly different effects given materials/construction differences.

calli
calli
April 21, 2023 10:27 am

I thought the WPH letter to the editor was Extreme Sarcasm.

A taste of things to come, if you like.

Dr Faustus
Dr Faustus
April 21, 2023 10:28 am

Now, it should go without saying, but men who routinely insert frozen tubes of tomato paste up their rear ends to “mimic” menstrual cycles are indescribably troubled…

I often learn things on the Cat.
This is one I wish I hadn’t.

GreyRanga
GreyRanga
April 21, 2023 10:31 am

Thancho you’re probably right about the speed of 150 knots as I recall seeing somewhere that is the highest speed that landing gear should be extended on aircraft of the day.

Dot
Dot
April 21, 2023 10:31 am

???

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-11994095/My-boyfriends-cancer-ruining-mental-health-left-him.html

My boyfriend’s cancer battle was ruining my mental health so I left him – now I’m running a marathon in his honour

I’m done with society.

Roger
Roger
April 21, 2023 10:31 am

‘Would it be appropriate to only allow Aboriginal people to vote on the constitutional change ? Indigenous citizens could speak for themselves and the rest of us could accept their decision.’
Heather Johnson, West Pennant Hills

Where to begin?

calli
calli
April 21, 2023 10:33 am

DrF, they also believe use of laxatives mimics uterine cramps.

Sorry guys. They don’t. Believe me.

The only thing that comes close is early first stage labour. Which is also barred to you for one very simple, basic, Life of Brian reason.

You don’t have a womb.

mem
mem
April 21, 2023 10:34 am

“The market operator has not approached AGL with concerns about reliability following the closure of Liddell and their latest report identifies that risks remain within their reliability measure,” an AGL spokesman said.

Question. Does anyone know what “their reliability measure” comprises? Is this reliability measure publicly available? I would like to know how it has been constructed and have there been any independent critiques of this measure that do not include those with their noses in the trough or politically motivated to toe the renewable energy line.

H B Bear
H B Bear
April 21, 2023 10:34 am

FMD the stupidity is strong today

Reading the SMH Or Grauniad should only be done under advisement.

Roger
Roger
April 21, 2023 10:35 am

I often learn things on the Cat.
This is one I wish I hadn’t.

A serious society would be considering whether to reopen the mental asylums.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
April 21, 2023 10:36 am

callisays:

April 21, 2023 at 10:25 am

Sancho, even without the aircraft specs, the impact would have had markedly different effects given materials/construction differences.

Yes, that was also the third leg of the equation.
I was just getting the aircraft impact calc right, all other things being equal.

Top Ender
Top Ender
April 21, 2023 10:38 am

‘Would it be appropriate to only allow Aboriginal people to vote on the constitutional change ? Indigenous citizens could speak for themselves and the rest of us could accept their decision.’
Heather Johnson, West Pennant Hills

So many idiots. So little time.

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
April 21, 2023 10:38 am

Dr Faustus says:
April 21, 2023 at 10:28 am

Now, it should go without saying, but men who routinely insert frozen tubes of tomato paste up their rear ends to “mimic” menstrual cycles are indescribably troubled…

I often learn things on the Cat.
This is one I wish I hadn’t.

https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2023/04/trans_blob_of_adipose_tissue_dispatches_a_call_to_arms_and_refers_to_himself_as_a_wild_animal_ready_to_unleash_violence.html

From the Comments

– I got banned from commenting on Powerline for mentioning an American Thinker piece about the trans men with frozen tomato sauce suppositories up their butts. I’m so happy to see it mentioned here again. Ecstatic. Go tell it on the mountain.

– Oh, they take large doses of laxatives so they have cramps and fire tomato paste out their arse like a firehose..

– If some Trannys ever open an Italian restaurant, I think I’ll avoid it.

– It’s just part of the mental illness. I wish I didn’t know this.

H B Bear
H B Bear
April 21, 2023 10:40 am

mem – I expect the AEMO annual report is your best bet. I would think it is some system availability measure for a typical customer (eg x interruptions not exceeding y hours per annum).

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
April 21, 2023 10:40 am

Yes, Ranga, he was looking to land in New Jersey, hence the low altitude, so he probably had gear down and flaps deployed, so well under cruise speed.
Sounds like a planned Saturday night out in NYC for a couple of lads.

Roger
Roger
April 21, 2023 10:41 am

‘Daniel Radcliffe made waves this past week by declaring that, when it comes to supposedly transgender children, adults should “trust kids to tell us who they are”…

According to Abigail Shrier’s excellent book Irreversible Damage, over 65 per cent of young people identifying as transgender now are known to have spent increased time on social media before coming out. The rest, presumably, were on it all the time anyway. When they’re on TikTok or YouTube, what do they find? Adults, convincing them that they are transgender — adults like Jeffrey Marsh, who uses his trans-affirming TikTok videos to encourage children to message him privately, without their parents knowing. Recently, when Shumirun Nessa, a British Muslim woman and comedy TikTokker, called Marsh out on this, she had pictures of her without her hijab leaked and received threatening messages with details of her children’s schools.’

‘You’re a fella, Harry’: In praise of responsible adults.

Ed Case
Ed Case
April 21, 2023 10:41 am

The race power should not exist at all.

Without the ability to make laws based on Race, suspected hostile Germans, Italians and Japanese wouldn’t have been allowed to be Interned during WW2.
The pre 1967 status quo where the Commonwealth wasn’t able to make Laws regarding Aborigines was something that shouldn’t have been discarded either.

Bar Beach Swimmer
April 21, 2023 10:41 am

Sydney Morning Herald.
‘Would it be appropriate to only allow Aboriginal people to vote on the constitutional change ? Indigenous citizens could speak for themselves and the rest of us could accept their decision.’
Heather Johnson, West Pennant Hills

We’d need to have a referendum for that.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
April 21, 2023 10:41 am

Would it be appropriate to only allow Aboriginal people to vote on the constitutional change ? Indigenous citizens could speak for themselves and the rest of us could accept their decision.’
Heather Johnson, West Pennant Hills

How many Aborigines would you meet, living in West Pennant Hills?

H B Bear
H B Bear
April 21, 2023 10:42 am

Where do you keep your tomato paste?

Dot
Dot
April 21, 2023 10:43 am

Feminist statistics.

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/women-breadwinners-tripled-since-1970s-still-doing-more-unpaid-work/

Almost half of women in opposite-sex marriages earn as much as or more than their husbands, a share that’s tripled since the early 1970s.

About 16% of wives are the breadwinners in their families, while another 29% earn roughly the same amount as their husbands, according to the analysis, which is based on several sources of data including the U.S. Census Bureau and the American Time Use Survey. That means a combined 45% of women earn the same or more than their male spouses, almost triple the share that did so in 1972, Pew said.

At the same time, 55% of husbands earn more than their wives — still representing a majority of opposite-sex marriages, but marking a sharp decline from 85% half a century ago, the analysis found.

Dot
Dot
April 21, 2023 10:45 am

Without the ability to make laws based on Race, suspected hostile Germans, Italians and Japanese wouldn’t have been allowed to be Interned during WW2.

Except that you don’t need a race based power to do that, you interminable halfwit.

132andBush
132andBush
April 21, 2023 10:45 am

Where do you keep your tomato paste?

Ask Monty.

Dot
Dot
April 21, 2023 10:46 am

while another 29% earn roughly the same amount as their husbands

Which could be 10%, 20% or 30% less.

Feminist data.

LOL

H B Bear
H B Bear
April 21, 2023 10:47 am

How many Aborigines would you meet, living in West Pennant Hills?

You suspect Heather may own a small, fluffy white dog or a doodle.

bespoke
bespoke
April 21, 2023 10:47 am

thefrollickingmolesays:
April 21, 2023 at 9:50 am

I don’t get what Hitchens expected from the US.
Unconditional charity? For another European war.
And the Empire was collapsing before ww1. You can’t introduce democratic values without the indigenous population wanting the same.

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
April 21, 2023 10:48 am

Daniel Radcliffe made waves this past week by declaring that, when it comes to supposedly transgender children, adults should “trust kids to tell us who they are

Daniel Radcliffe, as much as he may like to think so, is not a boy wizard.

H B Bear
H B Bear
April 21, 2023 10:49 am

Groogs not having a good day, even by his standards.

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
April 21, 2023 10:49 am

Where do you keep your tomato paste?

Stick it up your arse for all I care.

lotocoti
lotocoti
April 21, 2023 10:49 am

The new logic:
If Target didn’t exploit the local community,
there’d be no reason for Target to abandon the local community.

H B Bear
H B Bear
April 21, 2023 10:53 am

bespoke at 10:47 – yep, the POV issue was strong there. The German threat would have looked quite different from the other side of the Atlantic without the Japanese.

Plasmamortar
Plasmamortar
April 21, 2023 11:00 am

Interesting read

A lot of similar issues in Australia’s market.

High immigration, devaluing of currency, concentration of population in smaller and smaller areas due to employment opportunities (or lack thereof)

The other major issue is additional costs of new housing (government regulations), expectations of what a home should have increasing (water, gas, sewerage, telecommunications, electricity) compared to 60 years ago where electricity was basic and telecommunications was almost non existent.

Also add new general running costs to get a basic job.

You require a mobile phone for any job, that’s already a cost which did not exist in the past.
People are commuting further for the same basic job which drives up transport costs.

Also, insurance for everything is pretty much required now, further eating into a young person’s ability save (car insurance is a rip-off under 25)

P
P
April 21, 2023 11:01 am
Roger
Roger
April 21, 2023 11:02 am

I don’t get what Hitchens expected from the US.

I think his complaint is more that Brits shouldn’t think they have a “special relationship” with the US.

Roger
Roger
April 21, 2023 11:03 am

And neither should we, for that matter.

Big_Nambas
Big_Nambas
April 21, 2023 11:10 am

Where to begin?

In the middle!

Dr Faustus
Dr Faustus
April 21, 2023 11:13 am

‘Would it be appropriate to only allow Aboriginal people to vote on the constitutional change ? Indigenous citizens could speak for themselves and the rest of us could accept their decision.’
Heather Johnson, West Pennant Hills

What would be appropriate is for me, and 25 people I appoint, to vote on a 97.3% personal tax to be levied on Heather Johnson of West Pennant Hills and everyone she has lunch with – and for her to accept our decision.

H B Bear
H B Bear
April 21, 2023 11:13 am

I think his complaint is more that Brits shouldn’t think they have a “special relationship” with the US.

Certainly one that requires signing up for foreign wars with, at best, a questionable relationship to Australian national interests. Plenty of room for debate here.

Roger
Roger
April 21, 2023 11:16 am

What would be appropriate is for me, and 25 people I appoint, to vote on a 97.3% personal tax to be levied on Heather Johnson of West Pennant Hills and everyone she has lunch with – and for her to accept our decision.

I concur.

What’s next in the order of business?

dopey
dopey
April 21, 2023 11:19 am

West Pennant Hills. Further up there’s a suburb called Arcadia. Perhaps Heather should move there.

H B Bear
H B Bear
April 21, 2023 11:23 am

Plasmamortar at 11:00

Interesting read

In Australia the main issue is the treatment of the family home from a tax and welfare perspective. For most people their house is not only their main asset, it is likely one of the few things they own that will increase in value and act as a hedge against inflation. Life on the pension in your own home looks very different from life on the pension in a rental.

H B Bear
H B Bear
April 21, 2023 11:25 am

What’s next in the order of business?

Dem goalposts. Dey always be moving.

Pogria
Pogria
April 21, 2023 11:27 am

Psays:
April 21, 2023 at 11:01 am
Cherishing the Masculinity of Boys

P, that was an excellent article. Thanks for the link.

calli
calli
April 21, 2023 11:28 am

No point dopey.

Et in Arcadia ego.

Roger
Roger
April 21, 2023 11:29 am

State funeral for Father Bob in the offing.

Cassie of Sydney
April 21, 2023 11:31 am

Heather Johnson of West Pennant Hills

West Pennant Hills is a very nice leafy suburb in a very nice area known as the Hills District. No doubt Ms Johnson’s home is on land once inhabited by the local Dharug people, and since we’re now regaled with “always was, always will be” claims, I’m sure Ms Johnson will have no problem, no problem whatsoever, when the descendants of the Dharug people come knocking on her door to claim that the land on which her home is on was stolen, it now belongs to them, and the decision has been made and no debate can be entered into. I’m sure Heather Johnson will graciously “accept their decision”.

Farmer Gez
Farmer Gez
April 21, 2023 11:32 am

AEMO has morphed from a functional operator into a massive quango as government has resourced and empowered the body to keep them at arms length from decisions that will directly impact on the voters.
Victoria has basically passed all direct decision making to AEMO, unlike other states. The “experts” defence from the covid calamity.
The management and function of AEMO needs review to understand what influence big business and investors (foreign) have in their deliberations. They claim to be working for best outcomes of energy consumers but there’s no evidence that they have ever sought customer opinion or preference regarding these huge generation and transmission projects.

calli
calli
April 21, 2023 11:34 am

John Eldridge wrote a book “Wild at Heart” aimed at Christian men and their sons. I have it on the shelf. It was all about dispensing with the namby-pamby image that had grown up around Christian masculinity. I loved it, possibly because I’m surrounded by Alpha types.

Some of the reviews from female readers were hilarious – Toxic Masculinity! Dangerous! Don’t we have enough toxic paternalism in the Church?

Suuuuuure we do. That’s why the pews are filled with men. /sarc

Worth a look for those interested in such things.

johanna
johanna
April 21, 2023 11:35 am

Life on the pension in your own home looks very different from life on the pension in a rental.

True, although home ownership is not very cheap these days, especially since local councils are seeking rate rises in excess of 50% in some places (eg mine) and unit dwellers often have to fork out hefty body corporate fees for which they don’t always get much in return.

Also, repairs and maintenance, insurance – it all adds up.

The best scenario for most pensioners is public housing – secure tenure and a fixed proportion of your income as rent. However, the waiting lists are so long that I suspect the way most people get off them is by dropping off the twig.

H B Bear
H B Bear
April 21, 2023 11:35 am

… when the descendants of the Dharug people come knocking on her door to claim that the land on which her home is on was stolen, it now belongs to them, and the decision has been made and no debate can be entered into. I’m sure Heather Johnson will graciously “accept their decision”.

How far’s the walk from Peter Garrett’s place?

Pogria
Pogria
April 21, 2023 11:38 am

Excellent article at Red State about a company’s reaction to the Budweiser garbage. If you click on the link, be sure to watch the clip produced by the watch company EGARD. Very bloody ballsy company. There is also an earlier clip made by them in the same article from a couple of years ago.
I am very impressed with the message they have sent regarding what is happening to women’s sports.

H B Bear
H B Bear
April 21, 2023 11:39 am

The best scenario for most pensioners is public housing

That is my approach to boat ownership. Doesn’t always ensure you can get out on a sunny weekend.

Roger
Roger
April 21, 2023 11:40 am

Is Heather one of those who voluntarily pays “rent” to the traditional owners?

mem
mem
April 21, 2023 11:41 am

H B Bearsays:
April 21, 2023 at 10:40 am
mem – I expect the AEMO annual report is your best bet. I would think it is some system availability measure for a typical customer (eg x interruptions not exceeding y hours per annum).

Many thanks. I have found this in the AEMO library https://aemo.com.au/-/media/files/electricity/nem/planning_and_forecasting/rsig/reliability-forecast-guidelines.pdf?la=en
I note that it hasn’t been updated since 26 February, 2021. A lot has happened since then in the supply of energy and there isn’t a more recent version logged which I find rather disturbing. My interest is in whether AEMO has factored in a contingency plan in case the unplanned occurs, as you would if you were a logistics planner for say a major military exercise. I’m thinking of events such as:
flooding of Qld coal mine
interconnecting cables btn Tas and mainland out of action
Tas hydro down
Major storm, dust storm or bushfire taking out solar panels and turbines on mass scale or transmission lines and interconnectors down
Also new infrastructure or maintenance infrastructure delayed
I will read the report with interest. I am not an engineer so if others out there can help would appreciate.
I will report back.

thefrollickingmole
thefrollickingmole
April 21, 2023 11:46 am

Sancho Panzersays:
April 21, 2023 at 10:20 am

The reason (apart from laziness) I used maximum possible loads and speeds for the B25 was to avoid special -Ed claiming Id undershot the possible impact.

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
April 21, 2023 11:49 am

From P’s link, which emphasises that boys need to kill the dragon and save the princess (mum will do). Raising boys, and I’ve raised three vs one daughter, is a challenge in which men must be involved.

From seven weeks old in the womb, a male child begins to show the effects of testosterone. This influences every part of his being, including his eyes, which develop with a focus on movement and detail, contrary to the female eyes which perceive color and depth in sharper clarity. (Ladies, this is why your husband neither notices nor cares about the difference between your red dress and your blush dress.)

I look out at my yard and see the grass blowing and the sunshine dancing over the bushes and contrasting with the shadows beneath. My son, however, looks at the yard and sees a shovel waiting to be filled with dust and thrown into the sky. He sees the trees, not for their color, but as potential sparring partners for his budding climbing skills. The worldview is remarkably different; motion, action, and detail are the focus.

So much that is different starts in utero, which is why pregnant women should never take male hormones. Any child adversely affected by a ‘trans’ mum turned male should sue whoever ordered the male hormones for her when she was pregnant (or before) and sent normal foetal development awry.

Re eyesight, men do seem to have that different level of focus to women discussed in the quote above.
Hairy for instance can spot things in the landscape in considerable detail before I am even aware of them. He’s like Uhtred’s sidekick and friend the Irish warrior Finan in The Last Kingdom in that regard, who is noted for his keen eye as well as his wicked wit. Not all men have this capacity of sight, but many more men have it than women do, of that I am sure, and as science also says. Their spatial perception is better too. Hairy is generally better at garden trimming, minor carpentry, picture hanging and other domestic jobs requiring a spatial eye. Of late though, he’s given up on such work, and I call a man in, as with assembling and installing my new Ikea bookshelves recently and putting up two shelves in the enclosed terrace room. The handymen who arrive to do it in no time flat, making spatial judgements on the run, are just that – men.

H B Bear
H B Bear
April 21, 2023 11:50 am

mem – you will be as well placed as anyone after you have read that. Ditto accounting standards, building standards, most delegated legislation and red tape generally. Unless you need to live and breathe the stuff from day to day it sits unread on shelves and servers. And when things go wrong, it is the first thing you look for.

Cassie of Sydney
April 21, 2023 11:53 am

Oh well, the NSW Liberals continue their slide into an abyss of irrelevance….

“Mark Speakman elected leader of NSW Libs

Former NSW Attorney General Mark Speakman has been elected leader of the state Liberal Party, beating out former planning minister Anthony Roberts for the top job.

Mr Speakman, from the party’s moderate faction, was elected during a party room ballot on Friday morning.

Mr Roberts, who was more aligned with the right faction, was the only other candidate to nominate for the position.

The leadership of the parliamentary party has been vacant since Dominic Perrottet stepped down following the coalition’s loss in last month’s state election.

Former treasurer Matt Kean had already indicated he would not contest the leadership after the defeat but would instead be focusing on his family.”

Speakman is to the left of Labor premier, Chris Minns.

Some notable Speakman’s achievements…

1. Speakman was behind the coercive control laws that specifically target males.
2. Speakman, back in 2020, joined in the lynching of Bettina Arndt.

Ho hum, you can always hand it to the NSW Liberals to continue along the path of destroying the Liberal brand. The NSW Liberals are like a Women’s Weekly recipe, 100% sure fire success, a full proof receipt to continue the slide into electoral oblivion.

thefrollickingmole
thefrollickingmole
April 21, 2023 11:54 am

The weight at impact would have been closer to 10,000 kg than 15,000 kg.
2. The calc used the max speed for the B-25 of 230 kts. This speed was only achievable at 13,000 ft, and cruise speed was 200 kts. However, think it would have been even slower. The landing gear was catapulted to the centre of the building which suggests it might have been down, and the aircraft was configured for landing just across the river. A speed of 150 kts was more likely.

Using the weight of 10,000 kg and 150 knts (229kmph) and chucking it through the calculator..

Gives 262 megajoules of force.

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
April 21, 2023 11:56 am

The best scenario for most pensioners is public housing – secure tenure and a fixed proportion of your income as rent.

It certainly used to be so. Less so today, because public housing is now often left derelict and the neighbours can be very abnormal people. In some areas it can also be an unsafe place to live.

lotocoti
lotocoti
April 21, 2023 12:00 pm

Gives 262 megajoules of force.

What would that be in Giraffe equivalents?

Winston Smith
April 21, 2023 12:00 pm

I understood the problem at the Perf Mint was that they’d set a standard for gold purity to 99.99% – the purity standard – and were adjusting the 3rd decimal point i.e. 99.995, say back to 99.990%.
Is that not correct?
I mean if you were selling water in volumes of 1.005 litres, and charging only for 1.000 litres aren’t you giving away 0.005 litres?
Or is it the confidence thing?

thefrollickingmole
thefrollickingmole
April 21, 2023 12:03 pm

262 mj of force (i stuffed up my joules for mj yesterday)
747 was 23,051 mj of force

87 times the impact force.

Cant link calculator, but if you search omnicalculator & impact calculation it should pop up.

thefrollickingmole
thefrollickingmole
April 21, 2023 12:05 pm

What would that be in Giraffe equivalents?

African or European?

Johnny Rotten
April 21, 2023 12:05 pm

‘Would it be appropriate to only allow Aboriginal people to vote on the constitutional change ? Indigenous citizens could speak for themselves and the rest of us could accept their decision.’
Heather Johnson, West Pennant Hills

No Heather, as you should well know. A change to the Australian Constitution has to be made via a Referendum. Australian Voters get to the vote in the best way possible. One Voter and One Vote and no ‘Stoopid’ Preferential Voting BS.

Would it be appropriate to only allow Aboriginal people to vote on the constitutional change ? Indigenous citizens could speak for themselves and the rest of us could accept their decision.’
Heather Johnson, West Pennant Hills

Dr Faustus
Dr Faustus
April 21, 2023 12:06 pm

DrF, they also believe use of laxatives mimics uterine cramps.

My cup runneth over…

Roger
Roger
April 21, 2023 12:06 pm

Not all men have this capacity of sight, but many more men have it than women do, of that I am sure, and as science also says. Their spatial perception is better too. Hairy is generally better at garden trimming…

You should have seen the Japanese box hedge out front last time my wife had a go at it.

H B Bear
H B Bear
April 21, 2023 12:07 pm

To put in another plug for Margaret River surf, another lovely day in the land of the Big Sneakers (in China as we speak). Surf a bit small for the men but fine for the ladies and anyone raised on Perf surf.

H B Bear
H B Bear
April 21, 2023 12:09 pm

Hedging is a job left to your man while you go to lunch at the club. Never your wife.

Roger
Roger
April 21, 2023 12:11 pm

Hedging is a job left to your man while you go to lunch at the club.

The club kicked me out.

They’re all Bolshies now.

Johnny Rotten
April 21, 2023 12:11 pm

Would it be appropriate to only allow Aboriginal people to vote on the constitutional change ? Indigenous citizens could speak for themselves and the rest of us could accept their decision.’
Heather Johnson, West Pennant Hills

Whoops. The second bit was not needed. I blame Head Case for that. LOL.

No Heather, as you should well know. A change to the Australian Constitution has to be made via a Referendum. Australian Voters get to vote in the best way possible. One Voter and One Vote and no ‘Stoopid’ Preferential Voting BS.

H B Bear
H B Bear
April 21, 2023 12:12 pm

Fortunately, like ill advised manscaping, the results grow out in time.

Dot
Dot
April 21, 2023 12:12 pm

Speakman is a vile, postmodernist authoritarian.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
April 21, 2023 12:15 pm

3AW codger update.
Long suffering listeners will be aware of the Blind Factory adverts which are a pathetic rip-off of the Goon Show.
The Goon Show last went to air in the ’60’s apart from a couple of specials in the ’70’s.
They are now running adverts with an equally pissweak rip-off of Julius Sumner Miller.
The Prof died in 1987.
FMD.

Farmer Gez
Farmer Gez
April 21, 2023 12:15 pm

A good point on flooding mem.

The VNI West path takes it across the Avoca and Loddon floodplains that were swamped for months with water only last year.
The Murray is kept so full that these rivers can’t empty into that channel at any volume. How do you service a 500,000 volt line in waist deep flood water that takes weeks to drain and then leaves mud at depth for weeks longer.
This project is a back of a matchbox path drawn up in a boardroom as other routes were coming too close to more densely populated regional Labor electorates.

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