Open Thread – Tues 25 April 2023


The Raising of Lazarus -after Rembrandt, Vincent van Gogh, 1890

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Boambee John
Boambee John
April 28, 2023 5:38 pm

Dr BG

Executing him would be a kindness.

I think that the preferred term might be “involuntary euthanasia”.

H B Bear
H B Bear
April 28, 2023 5:38 pm

What would be a rare and serious assault at the Claremont Quarter is BAU outside South Hedland Liquorland. The law is required to make sense of this state of affairs.

Lysander
Lysander
April 28, 2023 5:38 pm

well have just gotten home from my kids weekly school mass…. they sing a song each week now called “Here We Stand, On Whadjuk Land” but it’s pretty funny cos the teachers think the kids giggling and laughing and singing the lyrics really love it….my kids tell me everyone hates it and that’s why the giggle through it -> they’re making fun of it!

“from the mouth of babes and infants”

John H.
John H.
April 28, 2023 5:40 pm

How Abrams and Bradleys CRUSHED Russia’s tanks in Iraq

The slaughter happened despite the Iraqs using good tactics from a fortified position. Ukraine won’t get enough to make a difference but the Abrams, and the German, English, and French tanks, have the potential to inflict huge losses. Retrofitting the old Russian tanks will help but when Russian T 72s had direct hits on the Abrams the shells bounced off. Not much they can do about that.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
April 28, 2023 5:43 pm

my kids tell me everyone hates it and that’s why the giggle through it -> they’re making fun of it!

Cite you the schools that showed the students “Rabbit Proof Fence” so many times, the children lost all interest.

Steve trickler
Steve trickler
April 28, 2023 5:44 pm

Classics.

These engines sounded so good.

1992 Indianapolis 500 Finish

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
April 28, 2023 5:47 pm

John H – The US had absolute and abundant air support though. The Ukies don’t. The Russians are better in that respect but have been very careful, since the west has sent a lot of sophisticated manpads to the Ukrainians.

On the other hand the Battle of Norfolk was amazing. And the Russians are down to T-55s lately. Which are good beasts, but for fighting Abrams maybe not…

areff
areff
April 28, 2023 5:50 pm

At the Conversation, as close as any can get to boasting that it really is all about planting gender options in little kids’ brains, plus, of course, the victim hood of flamboyant inverts:

The argument in support of drag emphasises the impact on the performers at the centre of these events and queer community, arguing that the cancellation of these events is a form of discrimination and a contravention of human rights.

But wait, kids who don’t get to see drag queens are even bigger victims:

But the debate so far overlooks the agency and rights of the events’ intended audiences: children and young people.

And here’s the nub:

But the way drag asks us to question the socially constructed nature of gender offers children a vision of self-determination. You can do what you want to do, you can be who you want to be.

The potentiality within the play of drag engages the power of children’s imaginations today to conceive better tomorrows.

A manifesto spelled out clear as day. Don’t bother trying to comment. The Conversation is even worse than The Australian.

John H.
John H.
April 28, 2023 5:53 pm

Zipstersays:
April 28, 2023 at 4:07 pm
You Can Use ChatGPT To Browse the Web, Buy Groceries
The buzzy AI chatbot just received a massive upgrade.

If you ever tried asking ChatGPT about current events, you know the chatbot could only manage to spit out a limited set of answers, if at all. That’s changing.

I’ve tested ChatGPT across a number of areas of my interest. It just summarizes data. I’ve not once seen it create a novel idea or suggest an avenue for further investigation. Accessing more data will not improve that. My experience is in accord with Dr. BG’s comments(Eliza, 60s!). It doesn’t analyze studies, it doesn’t address nuance, it hasn’t pointed me to anything I didn’t already know.

cohenite
April 28, 2023 5:54 pm

Men can be very obtuse when it comes to matters of the heart.

As Andy Capp said: women always have an advantage over blokes because they can act hot while thinking cold.

Anyway, women aren’t so smart: they basically invented the trannies after all.

cohenite
April 28, 2023 5:57 pm

Speaking of trannies Montana trannie legislator zooey zephyr who wants to blow up straights is a real looker.

Delta A
Delta A
April 28, 2023 5:58 pm

the pupils of my eyes went so wide they ended up covering my eyes entirely!!!

It seems that you are quite sensitive to side effects, Lysander. Best Man is the same. He is that one in a thousand who suffers serious reactions to a range of medications.

I rarely have trouble, including with Duloxetine.

jupes
jupes
April 28, 2023 6:00 pm

And the Russians are down to T-55s lately.

Bruce, they might just have a few more sophisticated tanks left as well. The Ukes have been waled by the Russians all year and the coming Uke ‘offensive’ is just going to be more of the same. 12 rookie brigades, even with ‘superweapons’ from the west, are going to get smashed.

Steve trickler
Steve trickler
April 28, 2023 6:00 pm

Dutchsinse:

6,667 views Premiered 87 minutes ago
Just as we were watching for, as mentioned in the past 2 updates, in light of the new solar storm arrival, to keep watch for a flurry of new deep earthquakes, and potential very large deep activity.

The large deep activity matters, since within 7-10 days of the large DEEP quakes, then we see shallower larger earthquakes up to 1 full magnitude larger than then original deep activity which struck to begin with.

Simply put, solar storms cause deep earthquakes by exciting the core of the planet, causing vibration of electrical very low frequency to come up.

The plate absorbs the electrical wave and a new deep earthquake along with it down below the plate.

Then the wave spreads up , out and away , and drops off shallower larger earthquakes as the wave goes from the fluid (magma) up into the solid plate.

Like an ocean wave crashing onto a rocky shore, the full potential of the energy is released upon impact down below the plate.

Once impact occurs, the wave spreads out and drops off equal sized quakes all the way along the way until it reaches equilibrium on the opposite side of the planet!

Amazing stuff.

4/28/2023 — LARGE DEEP EARTHQUAKE — M6.6 down below West Pacific — Solar Storm effect on schedule

JC
JC
April 28, 2023 6:00 pm

Sticking “it” in the cute owls column, Cronkite?

Winston Smith
April 28, 2023 6:04 pm

Dot:

People really want to execute this kid? What he has is not a made up condition. He’s literally brain damaged.

Yes.
His lot in life was to be an object lesson. Someone for others to point to and laugh at.
Now say something in defence of the child and its mother.

jupes
jupes
April 28, 2023 6:06 pm

The potentiality within the play of drag engages the power of children’s imaginations today to conceive better tomorrows.

Absolutely. For the groomers …

Lysander
Lysander
April 28, 2023 6:06 pm

the thing that annoys me about chatgpt is that once its mind is settled on something, it won’t budge.

I fed it several examples of Gough’s racism (f-ing viet balts through to him being deputy leader while Labor had a White Australia Policy… but Chat wouldn’t shift one single bit. I’d have more luck convincing the wall.

And this is the future!!!

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
April 28, 2023 6:06 pm

GWGB.

“Vice News Tonight” Canceled As Media Downturn Accelerates (28 Apr)

The downfall of Vice Media Group (VMG) is a perfect example of the challenges media organizations face that shift focuses towards ultra-left-wing ideologies. Despite being worth billions of dollars just several years ago, the company has followed a similar fate as Buzzfeed, now undergoing broad restructuring. … A person familiar with the upcoming layoffs told CNN that the digital media company plans “dozens” of cuts to reduce operational costs.

VMG and BuzzFeed are some of the best examples of how to destroy billions of dollars in valuations through woke and rubbish content.

The alphabet agencies must be panicking as their mouthpieces die horribly. Buzzfeed of course gave the first start the pee-dossier. I wonder how Fox will go now they’re on the woke train too.

johanna
johanna
April 28, 2023 6:06 pm

calli – absolutely agree. No-one really knows what goes on in a couple relationship except the couple – and sometimes even they don’t know.

In the case I cited, I could see that things were not going well for quite a while before. But, when it all came crashing down, he behaved like a victim, which he was not.

On depression. Theodore Dalrymple has written about the immense harm done by people who are feeling a bit low (under the mistaken impression that our lot in life is to be perpetually happy) being diagnosed by compliant or money hungry practioners as ‘suffering from depression.’

There is paralysing depression in my family history, and I’ve done numerous rounds with it. People with nostrums like ‘just hop out of bed and get some exercise’ have no idea, none, what it is like.

Let me repeat that – you have NFI.

My solution is to treat it like gout – it will pass. Meanwhile, hang in and try not to let it do too much damage to your life.

Oh, and drugs have never been the slightest bit of use. It’s genetic.

John H.
John H.
April 28, 2023 6:07 pm

Bruce of Newcastlesays:
April 28, 2023 at 5:47 pm
John H – The US had absolute and abundant air support though. The Ukies don’t. The Russians are better in that respect but have been very careful, since the west has sent a lot of sophisticated manpads to the Ukrainians.

On the other hand the Battle of Norfolk was amazing. And the Russians are down to T-55s lately. Which are good beasts, but for fighting Abrams maybe not…

There were no aircraft involved in that fight Bruce. Russia made a huge mistake by not establishing air superiority. Ukraine’s problem is not the destruction of SAM sites but that they are running out of missiles. Russia main aircraft losses have been the Frogfoot, a close air support aircraft. Same problem as the Warthog, too vulnerable to manpads.

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
April 28, 2023 6:08 pm

Clonidine – commonly used for BP reduction and ADHD but also a host of other things.

Have a look at its wide off-label but OK’d usages. Anxiety features, many references re that.

Ingrowing toenails are probably in there somewhere. Everything else is. lol.

bespoke
bespoke
April 28, 2023 6:09 pm

His lot in life was to be an object lesson

And what is that Robert?
Don’t get born with brain damaged?

Lysander
Lysander
April 28, 2023 6:09 pm

And, as a final post before I head off for the week… there’s a free app called Angel that you can get at googlePlay or Apple Store – has plenty of kids movies on the Bible…

I’m watching an 8-part, 3-seasons series called Chosen (this one is also on NetFlix). It sticks to all of the facts known about the people in the New Testament but has attempted to create their backstory (something you don’t find in the bible). I know that sounds naff but they’ve actually done a really good job at it – and is also entirely suitable for the littlies.

Roger
Roger
April 28, 2023 6:10 pm

Men can be very obtuse when it comes to matters of the heart.

Clears throat…

That can work both ways.

The problem is often that men and women express love differently.

Lysander
Lysander
April 28, 2023 6:11 pm

Clonodine does help Liz!!!(off label blood pressure)

Delta A
Delta A
April 28, 2023 6:11 pm

A short walk before breakfast does more than any number of antidepressants.

I loved my short walk to the jetty for an hour or two of fishing (three if they were biting) whenever the weather was suitable,ie, westerly wind up to 25. I spent so many mornings there, from 4.30 am on, that the locals called my favourite spot Delta’s Corner.

Aaand… I caught a helluva lot of King George and flathead.

Wonderful times.

H B Bear
H B Bear
April 28, 2023 6:15 pm

The problem is often that men and women express love differently.

Doesn’t come as news to us hardened MAFS viewers. That Harrison!

Winston Smith
April 28, 2023 6:16 pm

Steve Trickler:

Classics.
These engines sounded so good.
1992 Indianapolis 500 Finish

Remarkable just how much the technology has improved in terms of the picture quality. Just 30 years.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
April 28, 2023 6:19 pm

Jupes the report is that the Russians are sending 2-3 hundred T-55s forward. Which is a lot. More that all the tanks Ukraine has been gifted.

Russia Sent 70-Year-old T-55 Tanks To Ukraine Without Even Upgrading Them (Forbes, 14 Apr)

The first of potentially two or three hundred 70-year-old T-55 tanks that the Kremlin has been pulling out of long-term storage finally have arrived in Ukraine.

A photo that appeared online on Friday depicts a T-55 reportedly somewhere in Zaporizhzhia Oblast in southern Ukraine.

The photo confirms what some observers grimly predicted: the Kremlin is shipping T-55s to Ukraine without upgrading them. The tank in the photo has the same active infrared optics the T-55 had in the late 1950s.

And there’s no evidence the Russians have added blocks of explosive reactive armor in order to reinforce the T-55’s original—and thin—steel armor.

I wouldn’t say the armour is exactly thin, but against modern munitions it may as well be. On the other hand used as infantry support vehicles, which I strongly suspect is the idea, they would be pretty reasonable. Depending on how many top-attack portable missiles the Ukies have left. They’ve been going through them like water so they may be short – and they’re not so easy to replace given the US shut down their production lines years ago.

The fun thing is the Russians never throw anything out. Hundreds of 70 year old tanks in good condition! Amazing. I would not be surprised to see I-15’s flying air support: they’d have a low radar cross section.

johanna
johanna
April 28, 2023 6:19 pm

Re the guy who threw the block of concrete at the pregnant woman and killed her.

The point that Dr B is not making very well, is that his defence was that because of his FAS, he is incapable of controlling his impulses and forseeing the consequences of his actions.

He may well be genuinely sorry, but that’s not the point.

Bluntly, there is every chance that something similar will happen again when he is released, which is probably in two or three years.

He may well be genuinely sorry, but that’s not the point.

Oh, and given that all the participants were Aborigines, I was bemused to read that part of the alleged provocation was that someone made a ‘racist’ comment. WTF?

mem
mem
April 28, 2023 6:22 pm

When you are fishing you think of nothing else except your line. It gives your brain time out. Best meditation ever with the prospect of a reward at the end. For anyone hounded by the black dog it is a remarkable therapy.

Winston Smith
April 28, 2023 6:22 pm

Bespoke:
bespokesays:

April 28, 2023 at 6:09 pm
His lot in life was to be an object lesson

And what is that Robert?
Don’t get born with brain damaged?

How about pick better parents?
If you can be flippant so can I.

John H.
John H.
April 28, 2023 6:24 pm

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Bearesays:
April 28, 2023 at 6:08 pm
Clonidine – commonly used for BP reduction and ADHD but also a host of other things.

Have a look at its wide off-label but OK’d usages. Anxiety features, many references re that.

Ingrowing toenails are probably in there somewhere. Everything else is. lol.

Thanks Lizzie. I wasn’t aware that it is used for anxiety. Not that surprising given that another class of antidepressants, SNRI’s, target norepinephrine, as does Clonidine. BTW, an interesting perspective on SSRIs, and probably SNRis, is not the increase in those neurotransmitter levels but an increase the expression of a key growth factor. I read an animal study where an infusion of that growth factor, BDNF, immediately improved depression relevant behaviors. Lithium also boosts BDNF, as does ECT. ECT also has an immediate effect. I won’t take you down that rabbit hole, takes too long to explain.

Boambee John
Boambee John
April 28, 2023 6:27 pm

Bruce of Newcastlesays:
April 28, 2023 at 6:06 pm
GWGB.

“Vice News Tonight” Canceled As Media Downturn Accelerates (28 Apr)

The downfall of Vice Media Group (VMG) is a perfect example of the challenges media organizations face that shift focuses towards ultra-left-wing ideologies. Despite being worth billions of dollars just several years ago, the company has followed a similar fate as Buzzfeed, now undergoing broad restructuring. … A person familiar with the upcoming layoffs told CNN that the digital media company plans “dozens” of cuts to reduce operational costs.

VMG and BuzzFeed are some of the best examples of how to destroy billions of dollars in valuations through woke and rubbish content.

Is that the same “Vice” that has a channel on SBS?

DrBeauGan
DrBeauGan
April 28, 2023 6:27 pm

That’s a good reason for executing him.

No. F*** off to some bizarre alt right web site.

That’s not exactly a coherent argument. Buddhists believe all life is sacred. Christians believe all human life is sacred. You seem to be in with the Christians on this.

I’m a realist. I believe my life is sacred, a murderer’s isn’t, and yours I’m not sure about.

cohenite
April 28, 2023 6:29 pm

Sticking “it” in the cute owls column, Cronkite?

It has a penis. My cute owls don’t. As is plain. I’m beginning to think you’re a bit threatened by these ladies.

Winston Smith
April 28, 2023 6:32 pm

I discovered a couple of boxes of books in the garage a couple of days ago. Emptied them yesterday and found David Glantz “Beyond Stalingrad” covering the December to May Soviet operations in the Ukraine area. So many familiar names of cities and rivers.
That area must be knee deep in skeletons and rusting ordnance…

calli
calli
April 28, 2023 6:33 pm

People with nostrums like ‘just hop out of bed and get some exercise’ have no idea, none, what it is like.

Pull yourself up by your bootstraps! Except you can’t – it’s physically impossible. Find what works and stick with it.

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
April 28, 2023 6:36 pm

John H, Dr. BG’s advice re exercise is good (although I can’t agree that killing off foetal alcohol syndrome 17 year olds is a good thing; these sad kids, mostly aboriginal, need a group home with care and guidance not wandering around bored looking for excitement; mostly prison serves as that these days because their craziness ends them up there; all part of the intractable problem).

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
April 28, 2023 6:38 pm

It has a penis. My cute owls don’t.

You misogynist Cohenite!

New York Post@nypost

Lia Thomas calls out anti-trans ‘feminists’ as misogynistic transphobes

7:27 AM · Apr 26, 2023

There you go, if you complain about a swimmer whose penis shows through his swimming cozzy you are a misogynist.

bespoke
bespoke
April 28, 2023 6:38 pm

Robert
It not you its me. I really should lower my expectations and expect the “kill them all” fantasises is all you and Drbg have.

jupes
jupes
April 28, 2023 6:38 pm

Bruce, I don’t believe a word of that report. It may as well have been written by Andrew Bolt. Seriously, the amount of bullshit that has flowed from western media is embarrassing. I reckon the situation for the Ukes is the same for the Nazis in say, mid-1944; losing on all fronts but putting their faith in the ‘super weapons’. The 14 new brigades formed for the ‘offensive’ will turn into Steiner’s division. It’s not going to end well.

calli
calli
April 28, 2023 6:39 pm

The problem is often that men and women express love differently.

The Beloved expresses his lurve by putting up with me. This is sufficient. 😀

Delta A
Delta A
April 28, 2023 6:39 pm

When you are fishing you think of nothing else except your line.

To a point, mem. When I was fishing, my thoughts ambled through every current issue in my life, from a worrisome student’s misery, to my grandies latest conversations, to what’s for dinner tonight?

But yes, all therapeutic, especially that gentle tug… tug-tug, which heralds another whiting dinner.

C.L.
C.L.
April 28, 2023 6:44 pm

I believe my life is sacred, a murderer’s isn’t…

It depends.
Nobody is beyond redemption.

Executing a killer is morally permissible only when he or she cannot be incarcerated in a manner that ensures the public is protected from any further danger.

St Maria Goretti’s would-be rapist and killer was present at her canonisation 48 years later.

johanna
johanna
April 28, 2023 6:44 pm

The problem is often that men and women express love differently.

He was ‘expressing his love’ by having affairs. Then he was devastated when she called him out. Demanded pity. Bullshit.

That said, both male and female partners may have different ways of expressing love. Surely the point is to figure that out.

I enjoy those old British movies where Father ‘expressed his love’ by going to work and supporting his family. Mother did it by maintaining the home, raising the children and putting a hot meal on the table every night.

Nobody talked about ‘the language of love.’ It was understood.

Mother Lode
Mother Lode
April 28, 2023 6:44 pm

Without wanting to provoke anything or anyone…I had a rosé last night.

From Provence.

But, as so many Cats might say “a rosé by any other name would smell as effete.”

I would add that, as mitigating circumstances, I was on the balcony with my pockets turned out and fly undone – dancing ‘the elephant’ – and hurling abuse at the neighbours, it might not count as outright bona fide Nancy-boyishness.

H B Bear
H B Bear
April 28, 2023 6:47 pm

My mother spent a couple of weeks as an inpatient with an episode of depression (potentially following a knee replacement I suspect). I used to stop off after work and have essentially the same conversation with her each day. I don’t think my sister ever quite got it, although she has had a few issues with her own daughter which may have changed things. The wards were full of girls with eating disorders. The mind and mental illness is very complex and it doesn’t help when it is routinely used to excuse simply bad behaviours.

Roger
Roger
April 28, 2023 6:47 pm

That said, both male and female partners may have different ways of expressing love. Surely the point is to figure that out.

Which was my point.

Happy to be on the same page.

Luzu
Luzu
April 28, 2023 6:48 pm

The beautiful man was in juvenile justice for four years and dealt with the worst of the worst. He once told me there were a number that he would happily take out the back and execute. And sleep like a baby afterward.

Incarceration isn’t always about punishment and rehabilitation. Sometimes, it is to keep the rest of us safe.

I have often thought that voluntary capital punishment should be offered to those who cannot be released but also cannot face a life of imprisonment. Surely execution would be kinder?

bespoke
bespoke
April 28, 2023 6:49 pm

I enjoy those old British movies where Father ‘expressed his love’ by going to work and supporting his family. Mother did it by maintaining the home, raising the children and putting a hot meal on the table every night.

I’m a star.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
April 28, 2023 6:50 pm

Anyone else heard the rumour that Lidia Thorpe will be going to London, to carry the Aboriginal flag at the Coronation?

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
April 28, 2023 6:50 pm

People really want to execute this kid? What he has is not a made up condition. He’s literally brain damaged.

FASD is the path of least resistance for overdiagnosing. It is fashionable, and makes a diagnosis of ADHD look like you have to climb Everest to get it in comparison, and that’s saying something. It’s also almost impossible to refute.

I blame his mother.

So do I. I also blame the 17 year old.

What will happen is that the 17 year old (I’m deliberately not calling him a ‘kid’) has an excuse, the mother will have an excuse, someone else will have an excuse, and it will be nobody’s fault that a mother and her unborn child are in the ground instead of experiencing life to its fullest, and all that brings (or would have brought) with it.

Note well that the same people who apparently have this mystical FASD have no problems whatsoever ghosting Centrelink payments, driving cars, sourcing grog, complaining when their free house gets damaged (by themselves) and identifying what and where their ‘traditional lands’ are.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
April 28, 2023 6:51 pm

Jupes – There’s been a fair bit of footage over the last couple months of T-55s being transported around Russia. Before that it was T-62s, which were first sent to the DNR guys then more widely used. Apparently the Russians have a large facility that reconditions these tanks. They also appear to have stored ammunition for them, although I haven’t looked that bit up.

I suspect T-55s would be easy to train on also. That would be an advantage if newly recruited Russians needed to be trained.

Not so different on the other side. The Germans were a couple months ago buying Leopard Is back from a guy they’d sold them to, so they could be sent to Ukraine. A tank is a tank, in supporting role. It has a decent gun and machine guns and without serious AT any infantry is at a serious disadvantage.

Roger
Roger
April 28, 2023 6:52 pm

And I was not aware of the back story dot was evidently exercised by as I have zero interest in the personal lives of media figures, mainstream or alternative.

Boambee John
Boambee John
April 28, 2023 6:54 pm

Luzu

I have often thought that voluntary capital punishment should be offered to those who cannot be released but also cannot face a life of imprisonment. Surely execution would be kinder?

Describe it as “voluntary euthanasia”, and watch the PC tie themselves in knots rejecting the very idea as inhumane, though they are quite happy for the mentally ill (among others) to ask to die.

John H.
John H.
April 28, 2023 6:56 pm

johannasays:
April 28, 2023 at 6:06 pm
calli – absolutely agree. No-one really knows what goes on in a couple relationship except the couple – and sometimes even they don’t know.

In the case I cited, I could see that things were not going well for quite a while before. But, when it all came crashing down, he behaved like a victim, which he was not.

On depression. Theodore Dalrymple has written about the immense harm done by people who are feeling a bit low (under the mistaken impression that our lot in life is to be perpetually happy) being diagnosed by compliant or money hungry practioners as ‘suffering from depression.’

8 months ago my oldest friend committed passive suicide. His wife left him 3 years ago. He gave up, stopped taking diuretics even though his lymphoedema was so severe his legs were constantly leaking fluid.

80%+ of depression diagnoses are made by GPs. It isn’t about money, it is about desperation. So desperate they are not using street drugs. Funny incident when I wasted my time seeing a psychologist. She asked if I had suicidal ideation. I replied that anyone serious about suicide isn’t going to tell anyone. A cruel response on my part but it was spontaneous. A similiar thing happened when I saw a psychiatrist 15 years ago. Within a few minutes I heard a buzzing sound behind me and ignored it. It happened again a few minutes later, I turned around to see a teddy bear on the shelf behind me. I knew he was triggering the buzzing, testing for the startle response, an indicator of heightened arousal. It would have been a valid strategy except I knew about the startle response.

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
April 28, 2023 6:57 pm

I reckon the situation for the Ukes is the same for the Nazis in say, mid-1944; losing on all fronts but putting their faith in the ‘super weapons’

Snap jupes, except that I hadn’t typed it out.

“Hold tight! The wunderwaffen will be deployed any day now*……’

Yeah righto.

*Deliberate mUntler reference.

johanna
johanna
April 28, 2023 6:59 pm

With FAS, the Defence amounts to – he/she can’t control themself, so please release them into the community asap.

There has to be a better way.

Also, how is the Aboriginal nomenklatura responding?

Crickets.

The important thing is well paid, preferably permanent, jobs, which have no requirements for attendance or output.

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
April 28, 2023 7:01 pm

At 6.00:

Just as we were watching for, as mentioned in the past 2 updates, in light of the new solar storm arrival, to keep watch for a flurry of new deep earthquakes, and potential very large deep activity.

Everybody! Stop working underneath your cars!

I warned you! I warned you alllllllll!!!!!!1!

bespoke
bespoke
April 28, 2023 7:01 pm

What will happen is that the 17 year old (I’m deliberately not calling him a ‘kid’) has an excuse, the mother will have an excuse, someone else will have an excuse, and it will be nobody’s fault that a mother and her unborn child are in the ground instead of experiencing life to its fullest, and all that brings (or would have brought) with it.

Fare enough,KD.

He should have been in an institution.
His sentence is to short.
He should be put into a institution for life after parole.

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
April 28, 2023 7:02 pm

Well, another comment I wrote has gone into the ‘duplicate’ comment never-never when I press submit again after it fails to engage only to be told it’s in line, when it isn’t.

In it I suggested to John H that he should get up and do a simple Mr. Motivator with me. I know Calli said that doesn’t work in deep depression and she is right, I think John H needs meds right now, but if he’s able to blog I say it on the off chance he’s able to stand up from his chair and join me in some movement. In two minutes time.
Other welcome. 🙂

Wally Dalí
Wally Dalí
April 28, 2023 7:05 pm

Lazy friday job- went in to town, to dig up a Hills Hoist from the yard of a house that was due demolition to expand a daycare. House lot is being used as overflow parking for Dept of Community Services style child counselling centre. Could hear banging and shouting from the building, and more distressingly, chooks going mental in the ill-advised petting coop when some brat came out to give them a kicking.
As I slogged away- the clothesline is a twelve foot beauty, but was anchored in the sand with a huge lump of boondie-filled cement- one bird came to and fro the car park, getting coffees four-in-hand and running out for printer ink etc. Her bold and roving eye betrayed for what she indeed was, an American. Chatted as I stopped gasping for air long enough to have a drink offered- things busy now school’s back? Oh no, she says, the busy times are school holidays, mothers book their kids in as a form of daycare.
So they can keep working? Nope, they’re going to Bunbury shopping or off to the salon for a four hour roots job.
Oh… so, new kids? What can you do for them with such a short contact time? Oh no, they’re the regulars, they just get double contact time.
Regulars? Yep, there’s kids on the books who have been coming in for three sessions a week, four or five years in a row.
…It must be a bit trying on your own mental health? Oh I don’t even speak to any kids, they’re just names on the screen to me. I’m in admin, I just do a few months at a time as I travel, then have a few months off.
…I got a bit uncomfortable with how uncensored her commentary was, so I switched the subject to me. I pulled up short of asking her if the whole boondoggle was a make-work scheme, to keep on harvesting subsidies while kids actually kept on coming because they get genuine engagement.

Cassie of Sydney
April 28, 2023 7:07 pm

I think just like we don’t know what goes on in a marriage, we also don’t know what happens between parents and children, there’s always more than “one side” in relationships breaking down, in separations, in divorces, and in family splits. I suppose that’s why I found Bolt’s interview with Thorpe’s father tacky, rather ironic given Bolt’s incessant, fervent and very puritanical denunciations of Latham and Carlton for “tackiness”. There are many reasons to dislike Lidia Thorpe, her broken relationship with her father is not one of them, and it may well have contributed to her immaturity and attention seeking.

I don’t know what happened in Crowder’s marriage, and it’s none of my business. I watched him a few times and I didn’t think much of his political analysis or his adolescent humour.

I am the child of divorce, I think whilst my father must bear primary responsibility for the marriage breakdown, it’s taken me years to realise that my mother also bears some responsibility. Having said that, I love them both dearly, they are my mother and my father, and without them I wouldn’t be here.
However divorce damages children, and I carry emotional scars that still haunt me, although I try to hide them from the world.

John H.
John H.
April 28, 2023 7:07 pm

There is much commentary about the contradiction of so much migration and the housing crisis. I suspect DisAlbo has a solution: preferential housing for the migrants. If they do that, they will try to hide it.

Alamak!
Alamak!
April 28, 2023 7:08 pm

Doing some testing and work with Chat GPT (4.0) last few months. Its very good for reviewing software codes to find issues that simple tests cannot, its also good for checking system design and generating documents about systems. Is it producing novel or new stuff for this domain? Maybe not but its very useful as a second pair of eyes on code and generator of docs.

One other point, version 4.0 is quite different and way more advanced than 3.5, something has changed in the way openAI trains or calibrates the model and it “seems” much smarter. This is backed up by the scores published by open ai @ https://openai.com/research/gpt-4

It may not seem to be very impressive now for your particular use cases but watch the space as GPT and other LLM models are evolving fast.

Roger
Roger
April 28, 2023 7:08 pm

He should be put into a institution for life after parole.

Most of those institutions were closed in the 1990s.

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
April 28, 2023 7:13 pm

Whew. Well, John H. I’m all done, hope you kept up too. Only twelve minutes but the heart rate goes up and the good endorphins start to flow. Did you get to ‘go swimming’, and how about a bit of a Charleston in the free style at the end? No need for special shoes or clothes. Just whatever you are wearing at the time. I’ve done it barefoot in my nightie before today. The joy of movement with dance.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
April 28, 2023 7:14 pm

He should be put into a institution for life after parole.

He may well find himself murdered, in the name of “payback.”

bespoke
bespoke
April 28, 2023 7:15 pm

FASD has physical signs unlike ADHD.
So less likely to miss diagnose.

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
April 28, 2023 7:21 pm

You can get Mr. Motivator online for short workouts Day 1 to 14 for free, no need to join anything, just do it when you like, at the level you want. Here’s Day 9, where you can also use hand weights (cheap in K-Mart), for a slightly longer and harder workout. Who could feel down with that best West Indian pushing you to get up and out of yourself?

I’m an optimistic sort, perhaps because I’ve danced all of my life and I’m not stopping now.
You can do Mr. Motivator seated on a chair if you wish.
In our dance group of 25 regulars for coffee afterwards, there are five over eighty now.
We dance for longer and much harder than Mr. M. requires, using jazz, some hip hop, and ballet.
The instructor will be a member of Team Eighty later this year. She’s superb.

cohenite
April 28, 2023 7:22 pm

There’s so much to choose from but rather than just link to Week in Culture here is a standout example of totally fu.ked in the head behaviour. Sara Jablonski is the principal of Vermont Founders Memorial school where equitable marking is done; which is to say everyone gets equal marks and boys are persons who produce sperm and girls are persons who produce eggs, Sarah should be stripped naked and put into the stocks for a week and then thrown into the desert as punishment for child abuse. Here is the bitch in all her glory:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nz-MUYiwUs8

bespoke
bespoke
April 28, 2023 7:23 pm

Most of those institutions were closed in the 1990s.

The system is broken Roger.

johanna
johanna
April 28, 2023 7:26 pm

Lizzie, stop.

Just stop.

Nobody cares about your geriatric product promotions.

You are embarrassing yourself even more than usual.

John H.
John H.
April 28, 2023 7:29 pm

bespokesays:
April 28, 2023 at 6:49 pm
I enjoy those old British movies where Father ‘expressed his love’ by going to work and supporting his family. Mother did it by maintaining the home, raising the children and putting a hot meal on the table every night.

I’m a star.

I don’t want to push this barrow too far. Emotional neglect is a negative type of childhood trauma. When the 2 working parents became a thing I used to argue that it could lead to an increase in teen and adult anxiety. My thought arose from Bowlby’s “principle caregiver” hypothesis. There is abundant evidence that mood disorders are strongly associated with childhood issues.

Bowlby’s maternal deprivation hypothesis suggests that continual attachment disruption between the infant and primary caregiver could result in long-term cognitive, social, and emotional difficulties for that infant.

Top Ender
Top Ender
April 28, 2023 7:33 pm

Recommended: Hitler: The Rise Of Evil, a 2003 two-parter with Robert Carlyle, Stockard Channing, and Peter O’Toole, amongst others.

Charts his time in early Germany, WWI, the beer-halls, and prison, and then onwards. A bit of a simple presentation but all involved do a god job.

Interesting – there don’t seem to be that many dramatisations of the early Hitler and associates’ lives. Come to think of it, none I have heard of regarding the other two main maniacs of the 20th century, Mao and Stalin.

bespoke
bespoke
April 28, 2023 7:34 pm

He may well find himself murdered, in the name of “payback.”

Prisoners are rotated between prisons to avoid such things nowadays.

johanna
johanna
April 28, 2023 7:34 pm

cohenite, that appalling outfit didn’t even have a basic understanding of human anatomy and development.

A newborn baby boy does not produce sperm, nor does one in the group they were aiming at.

Women do not ‘produce’ eggs. They are not chickens. The eggs, or the beginnings of the eggs, are there from the time their sexual characteristics are developed in the womb.

These people are perverts.

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
April 28, 2023 7:37 pm

I am the child of divorce, I think whilst my father must bear primary responsibility for the marriage breakdown, it’s taken me years to realise that my mother also bears some responsibility. Having said that, I love them both dearly, they are my mother and my father, and without them I wouldn’t be here.
However divorce damages children, and I carry emotional scars that still haunt me, although I try to hide them from the world.

Ditto for me, Cassie, re my parents, and for my own first marriage breakdown and its effects on the two children, both sons, of that marriage. Except that growing into old age, my own childhood and adolescent scars are diminished. I’m more inclined to feel sorry for my parents now than for myself, for their times were harder. My attention now turns to all of my children, and helping them to parent their own children well, by assisting financially where it matters and by listening and being there. I never judge them. I cannot. Life throws so many curved balls. My daughter has just received a big one. All is not well with her third child, a little boy now nearly three, with developing heart problems.

Boambee John
Boambee John
April 28, 2023 7:41 pm

johannasays:
April 28, 2023 at 6:59 pm
With FAS, the Defence amounts to – he/she can’t control themself, so please release them into the community asap.

There has to be a better way.

Also, how is the Aboriginal nomenklatura responding?

Crickets.

The important thing is well paid, preferably permanent, jobs, which have no requirements for attendance or output.

The Aboriginal nomenklatura babble on incessantly about the “Stolen Generations”, but say not a word about the generations destroyed by FAS. Not “stolen” by eeeeevillll whities, but destroyed by their own families and communities. How many are in the “Destroyed Generations”, compared to even the wildest estimates for the “Stolen Generations”?

At least many of those “stolen” went on to lead full and productive lives. How many of those destroyed by FAS will? How many other lives will those affected by FAS destroy because they cannot control their own impulses?

johanna
johanna
April 28, 2023 7:42 pm

More schlock.

Don’t forget to remind us (because we all care, deeply) when you are going to bed, except that you will be monitoring comments in case your name is mentioned. Then, you will be wide awake.

Frauds and schlockters gotta …

bespoke
bespoke
April 28, 2023 7:42 pm

All good John. No idea what it has to do with my comment but informative enyway.

Johnny Rotten
April 28, 2023 7:42 pm

Kamala’s Affair – Sleeping Her Way to The Top

“Since the MSM is shining a light on Trump’s affair, it is only fair to point out similar actions taken by those on the other side of the aisle. Kamala Harris is not a particularly intelligent or charismatic individual, but she managed to work her way to the top by dating men in positions of power. In the 1990s, 29-year-old Kamala Harris dated married 60-year-old San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown. Harris was 31 years younger than Brown, who was married with a family at home.

Harris accompanied Brown on his campaign trail and made connections along the way. She cannot deny the affair and claims that it is now “an albatross hanging around my neck.” Clinton used to call Brown “the real Slick Willie” for his playboy ways, which is saying something coming from blue dress Bill. “The measure of his flamboyance is he’ll go to a party with his wife on one arm and his girlfriend on the other,” James Richardson, a reporter for the Sacramento Bee told People Magazine in 1996.

New San Francisco mayor Willie Brown points out his new hat “Da Mayor” as he claimed victory Tuesday night, December 12, 1995, while at his victory party in San Francisco. (CONTRA COSTA TIMES/JON MCNALLY)1995

Kamala Harris secured a job at the California Medical Assistance Commission through Slick Willie, although she had no medical background. He also appointed her to the state’s Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board. She was later appointed as the district attorney in San Francisco in 2004. Meanwhile, Slick Willie was under investigation for gifting his friends city contracts. He never came under fire for promoting Harris to positions of power. But by then, Harris was on her way to becoming attorney general and did not need the support of her older married boyfriend. “His career is over. I will be alive and kicking for the next 40 years. I do not owe him a thing,” Kamala shrewdly stated. Still, Brown assisted her in her 2016 bid for the Senate and spoke favorably of her over the years.

Harris refuses to acknowledge that her time as Slick Willie’s mistress is what propelled her career. Brown is not remaining quiet. “I may have influenced her career by appointing her to two state commissions when I was Assembly speaker. And I certainly helped with her first race for district attorney in San Francisco. I have also helped the careers of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Gov. Gavin Newsom, Sen. Dianne Feinstein and a host of other politicians. The difference is that Harris is the only one who, after I helped her, sent word that I would be indicted if I ‘so much as jaywalked’ while she was D.A. That’s politics for ya.”

But it is (D)ifferent! And that, folks, is how the leading world power found its second-in-command with absolutely no qualifications for the job.”

https://www.armstrongeconomics.com/international-news/politics/kamalas-affair-sleeping-her-way-to-the-top/?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=RSS

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
April 28, 2023 7:43 pm

Nobody cares about your geriatric product promotions.

You don’t care, Johanna, but other might and some have said here that they do.
These exercise classes are not promotions, nor geriatric, they are free. The leader was given an MBE in Britain for his work in getting depressed people of all ages and physiques through Covid lockdowns.
You are free to scroll, although given your arthritis and depressive illness I suspect you might be wise to stand up and try to move a bit, it might improve both your physical being and your negative outlook.

Boambee John
Boambee John
April 28, 2023 7:45 pm

John H.says:
April 28, 2023 at 7:07 pm
There is much commentary about the contradiction of so much migration and the housing crisis. I suspect DisAlbo has a solution: preferential housing for the migrants. If they do that, they will try to hide it.

That solution has been used for some time for “asylum seekers/refugees”. Extending it to legal immigrants is quite logical from the bureaucratic point of view.

Tom
Tom
April 28, 2023 7:46 pm
Johnny Rotten
April 28, 2023 7:47 pm

There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth; not going all the way, and not starting.

– Buddha

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
April 28, 2023 7:52 pm

The offer of a coffee still stands, Johanna. There are many reasons why it might be of value to you to meet me face to face; obsessions are best confronted in the flesh. But you will have to get in touch if and when you come to Sydney, as Canberra isn’t on our agenda this year.

Time for me to make a salad to accompany our steak tonight.
Then it’s another round of Rogue Heroes.
So if it’s important to you that I say goodnite I will say so now. 😉

C.L.
C.L.
April 28, 2023 7:52 pm

Silly move, Rita.

‘Kate’ Jenner is not the friend of the women’s cause; he is not the ‘good’ side of trans.

Why do conservatives fall for this trap time and time again?

johanna
johanna
April 28, 2023 7:55 pm

You are free to scroll, although given your arthritis and depressive illness I suspect you might be wise to stand up and try to move a bit, it might improve both your physical being and your negative outlook

Meoww!

Thanks for further information about your gutter rat origins.

Nasty.

Winston Smith
April 28, 2023 7:56 pm

Lizzie:

John H, Dr. BG’s advice re exercise is good (although I can’t agree that killing off foetal alcohol syndrome 17 year olds is a good thing; these sad kids, mostly aboriginal, need a group home with care and guidance not wandering around bored looking for excitement; mostly prison serves as that these days because their craziness ends them up there; all part of the intractable problem).

Lizzie. The FAS kids aren’t getting what they need because the system denies it. Yes they need a group home with supervision. We’ve tried that approach. “Another stolen generation”.
The people getting rich off this failed system don’t want it fixed because if it does get fixed, they lose an income for life.
Do you want to fix the problem? Remove ALL the money. It’s the money that is feeding this nightmare, but no one will turn the tap off because ‘rights’.
Either turn off the money or be stuck with the FAS kids for the next 20 generations.
The problem isn’t intractable, people want to feel good about handing out the munni, but that only salves their consciences – it doesn’t solve the problem.

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
April 28, 2023 8:00 pm

You are embarrassing yourself even more than usual.

6

No. This is the embarrassment, and it is not to me. Only fools join in this sort of upticking.

My salad days are calling. 🙂

Winston Smith
April 28, 2023 8:03 pm

Bespoke:
Robert

It not you its me. I really should lower my expectations and expect the “kill them all” fantasises is all you and Drbg have.

That’s a disgusting jibe.
We want the problem solved. Your way doesn’t solve it but it does give you a warm inner glow that you are doing “something”.
Again, Life isn’t fair, the universe sometimes hands out shitty deals to people who don’t deserve it.
So this kid has killed two people because the “He Has Rights” argument has failed.
What next? Let him out in 3 years time and let him do the same thing? Because as sure as God made little green apples, he will be a repeat offender. Or don’t his victims have rights?

Cassie of Sydney
April 28, 2023 8:07 pm

“My daughter has just received a big one. All is not well with her third child, a little boy now nearly three, with developing heart problems.”

Awful news Lizzie, I’m sorry to hear this, we’ll speak soon.

DrBeauGan
DrBeauGan
April 28, 2023 8:16 pm

I believe my life is sacred, a murderer’s isn’t…

It depends.
Nobody is beyond redemption.

That’s a theological position and not borne out by the facts. Truth is, some are irredeemable, and finding out which is expensive in innocent lives.

bespoke
bespoke
April 28, 2023 8:16 pm

What next? Let him out in 3 years time and let him do the same thing?

No and have said so up thread.

Or don’t his victims have rights?

Assisting victims families and lobbying for tuffer more consistent laws is a weakly accurace in my house, winston.
I’m no softy.

WolfmanOz
April 28, 2023 8:20 pm

Top Ender says:
April 28, 2023 at 7:33 pm
Recommended: Hitler: The Rise Of Evil, a 2003 two-parter with Robert Carlyle, Stockard Channing, and Peter O’Toole, amongst others.

Charts his time in early Germany, WWI, the beer-halls, and prison, and then onwards. A bit of a simple presentation but all involved do a god job.

Interesting – there don’t seem to be that many dramatisations of the early Hitler and associates’ lives. Come to think of it, none I have heard of regarding the other two main maniacs of the 20th century, Mao and Stalin.

Sorry I thought it was crap.

Robert Carlyle was awful as Hitler – just a caricature of a ranting madman – no subtle or nuance as to how the man bewitched so many into the abyss. It totally put off balance the rest of the two-part mini series.

Hopefully one day, someone will make a decent TV series/movie of the period as it’s a fascinating piece of history.

Bruno Ganz’s performance as Hitler in Downfall for me is the best performance of this monster (followed by Anthony Hopkins in The Bunker).

John H.
John H.
April 28, 2023 8:21 pm

Winston Smithsays:
April 28, 2023 at 7:56 pm

Lizzie. The FAS kids aren’t getting what they need because the system denies it. Yes they need a group home with supervision. We’ve tried that approach. “Another stolen generation”.

It is an absolute disgrace. All this voice rubbish ignores the fundamental problem that so many indigenous issues come down to personal behavior. They’d be better off spending the money on social workers and alcohol addiction services. I’m fed up with it Winston. I doubt I could tolerate being at the coalface of all this.

bespoke
bespoke
April 28, 2023 8:24 pm

And I apologise, Roger.

C.L.
C.L.
April 28, 2023 8:26 pm

Truth is, some are irredeemable, and finding out which is expensive in innocent lives.

Doc, I didn’t say murderers should be released from prison.
I said they were not beyond redemption.

bespoke
bespoke
April 28, 2023 8:26 pm

.. Robert not Roger.

DrBeauGan
DrBeauGan
April 28, 2023 8:26 pm

That’s a theological position and not borne out by the facts. Truth is, some are irredeemable, and finding out which is expensive in innocent lives.

It’s a calculation. My way, I kill some who are in fact redeemable. Your way you kill some by letting someone who isn’t in fact redeemable back into society. The question is, which number is smaller? I don’t think either of us know, but you are holding on to an optimistic dogma, and I’m more pessimistic about human nature.

DrBeauGan
DrBeauGan
April 28, 2023 8:29 pm

Doc, I didn’t say murderers should be released from prison.
I said they were not beyond redemption.

Ok, provided they get an offer of euthanasia if they think being dead beats life in gaol.

Ed Case
Ed Case
April 28, 2023 8:31 pm

Anyway, the kid gets out in 26 months, if he lives that long.
Bottom line:
Pregnant woman takes toddler to prearranged fight between her husband and others = play stupid games, win stupid prizes.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
April 28, 2023 8:33 pm

a 2 kg concrete block you say

thats about half a brick

a standard hollow masonry block is more like 10 kgs

bespoke
bespoke
April 28, 2023 8:35 pm

you kill some by letting someone who isn’t in fact redeemable back into society

No one is pushing for that, DrBG.

Dot
Dot
April 28, 2023 8:36 pm

Having a look at the RBA Money and Credit statistics, Item D4, Debt Securities Outstanding.

I charted total foreign held privately issued bonds (eurobonds) to our total of residential mortgage backed securities (rmbs), and the proportion of foreign held privately issued bonds to residential mortgage backed securities.

In recent months, eurobonds have risen steeply (up 6.2% in six months) as a proportion of rmbs (up 12.2% in six months to 85.1%) but the total of rmbs has fallen steeply (down 5.4% in six months).

On top of this, having the RBA cash rate fall relative to the US Federal funds rate will mean the capital flow into Australia won’t occur from interest rate parity arbitrage. The wholesale rate that AFG and Macquarie etc then package to other banks and NBFIs must go up.

So there is pressure on mortgages, perhaps many unsustainable, unsound mortgages.

Now, looking into D5 (Bank Lending Classified by Sector), conversely since 2004, there is a downward trend in the month to month growth of owner occupier and investor mortgages. Down from around a six month moving average of monthly growth at 0.94% and down to around 0.64%.

Ed Case
Ed Case
April 28, 2023 8:36 pm

The really crazy W.A. story is the woman who was turned away from a Refuge and went home and killed the kids and burnt the house down.

The Prosecution confirmed that they’re not seeking Life Without Parole.
I mean, FMD, Life Without Parole?
It’s not like she’s a dangerous psychopath, she’s just a fairly average Indigenous woman with a quick temper.

Winston Smith
April 28, 2023 8:39 pm

Bespoke:
What is there to apologise about?
You think one way out of this problem will work, I think another will.
It’s just a difference of opinion.
You think I’m wrong, I think you’re wrong.
It won’t make a jot of difference because we both have no effective say in the matter.
The ones who can change things aren’t interested – they only want the munni and the power.
All the people in the camps are less than the dust beneath their chariot wheels.

Cassie of Sydney
April 28, 2023 8:41 pm

“Bruno Ganz’s performance as Hitler in Downfall for me is the best performance of this monster (followed by Anthony Hopkins in The Bunker).”

Agree.

John H.
John H.
April 28, 2023 8:42 pm

DrBeauGansays:
April 28, 2023 at 8:16 pm
I believe my life is sacred, a murderer’s isn’t…

It depends.
Nobody is beyond redemption.

That’s a theological position and not borne out by the facts. Truth is, some are irredeemable, and finding out which is expensive in innocent lives.

There was experiment with psychopaths. They decided to try and rehabilitate them. One was released and committed a murder within days. Other psychopaths stated all the psychology did was give them better psych manipulation strategies against their victims. It isn’t always true, perhaps now they have better interventions, but if the changes in brain function are pronounced no.

The issue is also complicated because there are “silent” psychopaths. Those are people who recognise their condition but manage to conceal it. They are probably the ones with less pronounced brain damage, sufficient frontal lobe inhibition(see below), and above average intelligence. The use of the label used in relation to the frequencies encountered in various professions is a misleading generalization.

Fallon’s 3 legged stool idea. 1. A family history of psychiatric disorders(genes). 2. Childhood maltreatment. 3. Brain dysfunction, either in the “emotional centre”(heightened) or the frontal lobes(which, broadly, inhibit impulsive behavior) or both. Fallon, a neuroscientist, demonstrates psychopathic tendencies but doesn’t meet the 3 requirements to be full on evil but he has a history of doing some very callous things.

In fact, in one very disturbing study in 1991, those psychopath inmates who were a part of group therapy actually had a higher violent recidivism rate than those psychopaths who received no therapy. As one psychopath put it, “These programs are like a finishing school. They teach you how to put the squeeze on people.”

Ed Case
Ed Case
April 28, 2023 8:43 pm

a 2 kg concrete block you say

Could be anything.
My guess:
Piece of Concrete rubble as big as your hand containing 6mm steel mesh protruding, the mesh either severed an artery or it was embedded in her head and some helpful person pulled it out.

bespoke
bespoke
April 28, 2023 8:52 pm

It won’t make a jot of difference

If all one does is rant on the internet then I agree, Robert. We had a small win last week every bit helps.

C.L.
C.L.
April 28, 2023 8:55 pm

Is that a Margin Call moment, Dot?
Are you handing us your analysis on a USB and telling us to “be careful”?

Muddy
Muddy
April 28, 2023 8:56 pm

All the people in the camps are less than the dust beneath their chariot wheels.

You cannot charge entry to the museum if you have no exhibits.

Gilas
Gilas
April 28, 2023 8:57 pm

James Lindsay, in a recent, unscripted, 25-minutes-long speech to the European Parliament gives a brilliant explanation of what “woke” is, its ontogeny and its metamorphotic evolution from Marxist doctrine.
The truly cancerous set of ideas designed to destroy the West and impose Communism despite “workers’” satisfied needs under Western Capitalism.
So good that I downloaded the transcript, to produce a study document.

A real tour-de-force, well worth spreading.

Dot
Dot
April 28, 2023 9:03 pm

We might see a collapse in dinky mortgages without much of a collapse in housing prices and further contraction of the long term growth rate of mortgage and dwelling construction.

It may not just be the millennials complaining about housing. Even their children (Generation Alpha) might complain too as well as the Gen Zs.

Muddy
Muddy
April 28, 2023 9:14 pm

There is a huge difference between what is diagnosed as depression today which is usually reactive depression that typically lifts of its own accord. Mine is biologically mediated depression, twice over. Worlds apart.

What I would describe (unqualified that I am) as Situational vs. Chemical Depression. Although I think people mean well, it’s very difficult to explain.

Dot
Dot
April 28, 2023 9:17 pm

Dr Jason Fung will likely have a lot of problems with this. There is also the benefit of insulin resistance changing. I’ve seen some awful meta studies by the Cochrane Review group. Fung specialises in treating diabetes and kidney complications.

Why Many People Are Abandoning Intermittent Fasting
Dr Brad Stanfield Apr 18, 2023

Intermittent fasting does more harm than good from the current research that we’ve got. The clinical guidelines do not promote it, and other medical doctors such as Dr Peter Attia warn of the dangers of losing lean muscle mass

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G3-EW7nWCbU

He quotes some terrible papers. Skipping breakfast is associated with fatties? Is it because they’re trying to lose weight? I used to skip breakfast a few years ago and I was in great shape. Needed to buy a new (smaller) belt actually.

Or it could be, as it is known that drugs can work differently on different people due to genetics, that there isn’t a single overall weight management strategy that works the best for everyone. Also too, during your life, some genes are switched on and off.

Dot
Dot
April 28, 2023 9:18 pm

Isn’t this alarming in light of mRNA vaccines?

https://www.drugtargetreview.com/news/92931/human-cells-can-write-rna-sequences-into-dna-study-shows/

Human cells can write RNA sequences into DNA, study shows

For the first time, scientists have found evidence that polymerase theta can write RNA segments back into DNA.

By Victoria Rees (Drug Target Review)

14 June 2021

Scientists at Thomas Jefferson University, US, have provided the first evidence that RNA segments can be written back into DNA. According to the researchers, these findings potentially challenge a central dogma in biology and could have wide implications.

Cells contain polymerases that duplicate DNA into another set that goes into a newly formed cell. These also build RNA messages so they can be read more efficiently into proteins. Polymerases were thought to only work in one direction – DNA into DNA or RNA. This prevents RNA messages from being rewritten back into the master recipe book of genomic DNA. However, the study sheds new light on this process.

“This work opens the door to many other studies that will help us understand the significance of having a mechanism for converting RNA messages into DNA in our own cells,” said Dr Richard Pomerantz, one of the lead researchers. “The reality that a human polymerase can do this with high efficiency, raises many questions.”

Dot
Dot
April 28, 2023 9:23 pm

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https://www.science.org/doi/10.1126/sciadv.abf1771

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Pol? reverse transcribes RNA and promotes RNA-templated DNA repair

Gurushankar Chandramouly, Jiemin Zhao, Shane McDevitt, Timur Rusanov, Trung Hoang, Nikita Borisonnik, Taylor Treddinick4 Felicia Wednesday Lopezcolorado , Tatiana Kent and Richard T. Pomerantz +8 authors

Science Advances
11 Jun 2021
Vol 7, Issue 24
DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.abf1771
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Abstract
Genome-embedded ribonucleotides arrest replicative DNA polymerases (Pols) and cause DNA breaks. Whether mammalian DNA repair Pols efficiently use template ribonucleotides and promote RNA-templated DNA repair synthesis remains unknown. We find that human Pol? reverse transcribes RNA, similar to retroviral reverse transcriptases (RTs). Pol? exhibits a significantly higher velocity and fidelity of deoxyribonucleotide incorporation on RNA versus DNA. The 3.2-Å crystal structure of Pol? on a DNA/RNA primer-template with bound deoxyribonucleotide reveals that the enzyme undergoes a major structural transformation within the thumb subdomain to accommodate A-form DNA/RNA and forms multiple hydrogen bonds with template ribose 2?-hydroxyl groups like retroviral RTs. Last, we find that Pol? promotes RNA-templated DNA repair in mammalian cells. These findings suggest that Pol? was selected to accommodate template ribonucleotides during DNA repair.

Rabz
April 28, 2023 9:38 pm

We might see a collapse in dinky mortgages without much of a collapse in housing prices

Pol, thanks to the Unipardee’s enthusiastic post Schlockdowns resumption of the mass immigration phenomenon, housing prices in the capital cities are starting to soar, again.

It is truly incredible that the locals are putting up with it. I wouldn’t be a renter for (dead) quids. Their elected representatives are importing multiple hundreds of thousands of “migrants” who are effectively pricing them out of the housing market forever, both for (potential) buyers and actual renters.

It demonstrates a truly staggering level of stupidity rarely ever matched in human history, except in decadent degenerate societies that lost the will to even make the most token effort to survive.

This staggering stupidity is of course, not just confined to housing “policy” – it is evident everywhere – gerbil worming, women with penises, fabricated native “rituals”, rampant “wealth redistribution”, the abandonment of the concept of merit, the policing of everything except crime, nayzees suddenly becoming fashionable (again), the rise of a new caste of beyond criticism pharisees, while everything else that has lifted humanity out of grinding poverty is decreed to be racist, sexist and LGBQWERTYist, leavened with all the other insane collectivist crackpottery we have deafeningly thrust in our faces every bloody day.

However, other than those minor inconveniences identified above, save your sh*tcoin and treat yourself to some smashed avo on sourdough just once a month, my son. 🙂

Go far, you will (not).

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
April 28, 2023 9:45 pm

Anyway, “Sliante.” I’m reading Peter O’ Brien’s “The Indigenous Voice to Parliament – The No Case.”

He repeats the story about Linda Burney claiming, in Parliament, that she was administered under the “Flora and Fauna Act.” prior to 1967. She was never held to account for that piece of malarkey.

Rabz
April 28, 2023 9:47 pm

Oops – forget to mention the inevitable outcome when “elected” Squandermonkees are gifted the keys to the government treasury …

… debt levels beyond the comprehension of the populace.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
April 28, 2023 9:57 pm

O’Brien makes the point, somewhat tongue in cheek, that most Aboriginal men in Australia, had the right to vote, while the United States of America was fighting a bloody civil war, over the issue of slavery.

Dot
Dot
April 28, 2023 9:58 pm

… debt levels beyond the comprehension of the populace.

Indeed, 1360 mn AUD of public debt for Australia when I last looked a few years ago.

We will pay directly for this current largesse from around 2030 to 2050 and it will be severe.

Mark from Melbourne
Mark from Melbourne
April 28, 2023 10:10 pm

I’m with you Lizzie. I think DeSantis will attract many voters, including Republicans, who are “never Trump’.

.

As I asked yesterday, what evidence do we have the DeSantis will attract many voters in AZ, GA, PA, OH, or the like? Sure, Trump loses some Ind and Bush Republicans but he attracts voters that will not otherwise vote and overall that pool is net+. I’m not sure the same goes for DeSantis.

Leaving aside the fact that “voting” probably won’t matter in US presidential elections for a long time, if ever…

Both these comments are correct. Trump does pull many that DeSantis won’t and vice-versa. Which brings it all down to ego and, hopefully, eventually good old common sense.

For mine, the ideal would be an enthusiastically Trump-endorsed DeSantis with one of many possible birthing-person candidates as VP. Preferably the louder the better.

If Trump was then to be appointed Secretary of State, it would patch up Desantis’ (and all Governors’, to a great extent) first term weak spot, scare the pants off not a few around the World, and make every lefty head, anywhere, explode.

I suspect it might also be very effective.

Dreams…

Rabz
April 28, 2023 10:15 pm

Father ‘expressed his love’ by going to work and supporting his family. Mother did it by maintaining the home, raising the children and putting a hot meal on the table every night.

What a gloriously ol’ fashioned concept. Of course the Hausfraus‘ devotion to their simple life of domesticity and kinder tending resulted in “one of the greatest wastes of human potential, evah”.

Of course “the solution” to that non existent problem has not exactly played out as expected.

John H.
John H.
April 28, 2023 10:16 pm

Dotsays:
April 28, 2023 at 9:17 pm
Dr Jason Fung will likely have a lot of problems with this. There is also the benefit of insulin resistance changing. I’ve seen some awful meta studies by the Cochrane Review group. Fung specialises in treating diabetes and kidney complications.

Why Many People Are Abandoning Intermittent Fasting
Dr Brad Stanfield Apr 18, 2023

Intermittent fasting does more harm than good from the current research that we’ve got. The clinical guidelines do not promote it, and other medical doctors such as Dr Peter Attia warn of the dangers of losing lean muscle mass

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G3-EW7nWCbU

He quotes some terrible papers. Skipping breakfast is associated with fatties? Is it because they’re trying to lose weight? I used to skip breakfast a few years ago and I was in great shape. Needed to buy a new (smaller) belt actually.

Or it could be, as it is known that drugs can work differently on different people due to genetics, that there isn’t a single overall weight management strategy that works the best for everyone. Also too, during your life, some genes are switched on and off.

The problem with intermittent fasting might be water soluble nutrient depletion. Vitamin C, thiamine are two obvious examples. That long break means both will be depleted.

The whole field is a mess DOT. Earlier in the week I was looking into ketogenic diets. The data is puzzling. Elevated LDL, lowered triglycerides. There are some worrying findings. Hypothalamic inflammation from high fat diets, bone mineral density decline. Not conclusive but still of concern. The safest bet seems to be the Mediterranean diet.

Some years ago a British group claimed to have created a DNA test that helps optimize diet at the individual level. Probably premature. One notable gene is the APOE variants, that has clear cardiovascular and neurologic implications. There will be hundreds though, long road ahead.

It is too confusing. You can end up going crazy when confronted with so much contradictory studies.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
April 28, 2023 10:25 pm

Skipping breakfast is associated with fatties? Is it because they’re trying to lose weight? I used to skip breakfast a few years ago and I was in great shape. Needed to buy a new (smaller) belt actually.

Or it could be, as it is known that drugs can work differently on different people due to genetics

Better living through chemistry:

Half the men I know are using Ozempic to lose weight – the signs are hard to miss (18 Apr, via Instapundit)

Move over Ozempic — even more powerful weight-loss drug is in the works (27 Apr)

Blue pill or red pill. Or maybe diet-n-exercise!

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
April 28, 2023 10:29 pm

is ozempic a diabetes drug?

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
April 28, 2023 10:34 pm

there isn’t a single overall weight management strategy that works the best for everyone

There most certainly is. If you don’t want to be a great big fat bastard, you don’t have to be.

If you are reliant on pills for weight loss, you are lazy and inclined to be a fat person. ‘But muh genes, muh genes’ won’t cut it. If you are fat and your siblings are fat and your parents are fat – it’s not your genes, it’s a culture of laziness you’ve bought into, and it’s a handy excuse.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
April 28, 2023 10:46 pm

Noosa man Bodhi Mani Risby-Jones, 23, arrested over alleged naked rampage in Indonesia

A young Queenslander is facing 40 lashes and five years in jail after a naked, drunken rampage and alleged assault in an ultraconservative Indonesian province where Sharia Law is enforced

All right, which one of you lot is it?

Alamak!
Alamak!
April 28, 2023 10:49 pm

Dot> Might be hard to contain the financial damage only to dinky mortgages. 2008 saw instant linkages between all related housing markets at retail/wholesales/bank levels.

I’m guessing the next shoes to drop on Elbow & Jims cunning economic plan is to remove negative gearing and reduce capital gains exemption on family housing. They’re envious idiots trashing everything they touch … but there is no real opposition now though.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
April 28, 2023 10:49 pm

A young Queenslander is facing 40 lashes and five years in jail after a naked, drunken rampage and alleged assault in an ultraconservative Indonesian province

Too much Ozempic.

Rockdoctor
Rockdoctor
April 28, 2023 10:54 pm

Noosa man Bodhi Mani Risby-Jones, 23, arrested over alleged naked rampage in Indonesia

Meh, maybe do some good… Maybe…

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
April 28, 2023 10:59 pm

The Courier-Mail can reveal Mr Risby-Jones begged for forgiveness and described feeling depressed after missing a flight home, according to local authorities.

Not as depressed as he’s about to be, hopefully.

Vision from the incident, which has sparked local outrage, shows angry locals pinning the young man down until police arrive.

Indonesian sources told The Courier-Mail Mr Risby-Jones was also bashed by local villagers, who threatened to burn down the hotel where he was staying after his alleged rampage.

Brilliant.

Dot
Dot
April 28, 2023 11:03 pm

Bodhi?

Young, dumb, full of c

Rabz
April 28, 2023 11:06 pm

ozempic

Oh FFS, just exercise a bit of increasingly non existent discipline, you jokes. Back in February/March I experienced the horror of going without alcohol for 19 days straight. It nearly killed me, but I’ve haven’t felt that healthy or looked that normal since about 2008. Four kilos lost, no ozempic face and perfectly healthy blood pressure.

It was so unexpected that there was no other option than to lapse back into previous bad habits while assuring myself it could be done again “any time I so godammned needed to” and which might have only been induced by one phenomenon.

e.g. a “possibly obtainable” goil. 😕

Colonel Crispin Berka
Colonel Crispin Berka
April 28, 2023 11:08 pm

Gilas says: April 28, 2023 at 8:57 pm

James Lindsay, in a recent, unscripted, 25-minutes-long speech to the European Parliament gives a brilliant explanation of what “woke” is, its ontogeny and its metamorphotic evolution from Marxist doctrine.

A thumb-up was not enough. I have to also say this is a brilliant speech.
In the highly competitive attention economy, this 28 minutes is definitely worthwhile for understanding the theoretical basis of the professional apple-cart upsetters described loosely as the Woke.

When the downtrodden workers gained 40inch televisions and 38hour work weeks, the weird and disaffected became the new recruiting ground for global socialism. Exactly how the company bosses fit into this scheme was not very well explained, but that is a minor nitpick in an otherwise sweeping summary of how Woke got here.

Rabz
April 28, 2023 11:14 pm

If you don’t want to be a great big fat bastard, you don’t have to be

It would be unkind and quite silly to describe the sentence above as “stating the bleeding obvious”.

A truism, it is.

Dot
Dot
April 28, 2023 11:15 pm

I think the problem rabz is when people become type II diabetics or prediabetic. They’ve impaired the function of their pancreas, liver, hormones etc. There is also the illusion of weight gain when they’re building up muscle with even prolonged endurance exercise. Some of it could be mild malnutrition too. You can’t metabolise macronutrients without certain B vitamins and fat without vitamin E and its analogues. Then you’ve got drinking alcohol as well impairing a perhaps fatty liver.

Dot
Dot
April 28, 2023 11:16 pm

professional apple-cart upsetters

communist grave diggers

Rabz
April 28, 2023 11:24 pm

Exactly how the company bosses fit into this scheme was not very well explained

Fear of being Ostracised.

MatrixTransform
April 28, 2023 11:27 pm

Silly move, Rita

under instructions

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
April 28, 2023 11:29 pm

Noosa man Bodhi Mani Risby-Jones, 23

noosa man = florida man

nice combo though

nimbin hippie given names coupled with adelaide hyphenated surname

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
April 28, 2023 11:31 pm

rabz at 1106

cutting alcohol is a sure fire way to drop the kgs

Colonel Crispin Berka
Colonel Crispin Berka
April 28, 2023 11:33 pm

After the James Lindsay main meal I can also support a Prof Frank Furedi chaser.

Furedi disputes that Woke is Marxist but doesn’t explain how. As long as today’s Wokism is understood it hardly matters where it came from (Marxist or otherwise), but nonetheless I still think Lindsay was persuasive on that point. The similarity of these ideas, of using the minority as a lever against the underpinnings of normal success, is too neat to discount.

Plus what I meant to say about Lindsay’s speech is that it is terse. Jam-packed. Unlike this comment it has little redundancy and hardly a wasted word.

H B Bear
H B Bear
April 28, 2023 11:37 pm

Alamak! at 10:49

I’m guessing the next shoes to drop on Elbow & Jims cunning economic plan is to remove negative gearing and reduce capital gains exemption on family housing.

Keating already tried that one. Don’t think it even lasted until the next Budget. While the predominant supply of rental housing is coming from Mums and Dads they haven’t got much room to move. As JC has noted, the straws getting loaded on private residential investors are approaching breaking point.

Rabz
April 28, 2023 11:39 pm

Furedi is an allegedly lapsed marxist.

H B Bear
H B Bear
April 28, 2023 11:41 pm

noosa man = florida man

Noosa – Northern Rivers NSW in Queensland. If you were a dog breeder and did that you would be sued for negligence.

H B Bear
H B Bear
April 28, 2023 11:48 pm

I won’t spoil Tom’s good work but tomorrow’s Leak is a corker.

Colonel Crispin Berka
Colonel Crispin Berka
April 28, 2023 11:56 pm

Rabz answered:

Fear of being Ostracised.

yeah but more information needed! It wouldn’t make sense that they would be afraid of upsetting *only* a minority, because that would have little financial impact. There is some kind of grassroots conformist leverage occurring to make large numbers of non-minority people act in accordance with the doctrine.

JC
JC
April 28, 2023 11:56 pm

cutting alcohol is a sure fire way to drop the kgs

A decent glass of red is about 225 calories. Drinking is hugely fattening.

DrBeauGan
DrBeauGan
April 29, 2023 12:03 am

James Lindsay, in a recent, unscripted, 25-minutes-long speech to the European Parliament gives a brilliant explanation of what “woke” is, its ontogeny and its metamorphotic evolution from Marxist doctrine.

Yes, it’s quite interesting. Recommended.

Winston Smith
April 29, 2023 12:05 pm

Bespoke:

He should have been in an institution.
His sentence is to short.
He should be put into a institution for life after parole.

Yes – I’d be all for that… Except the usual suspects will demand his release because ‘inhumane’ and “He Has Rights.” Then he will be let out.
If he was put in a secure home with appropriate safeguards, we wouldn’t need to hang him, but that has failed time after time after time. And the people who demand they be let into the community walk away with the Warm Inner Glow of Superior Moral Standing while the rest of us have to deal with the mess.

Winston Smith
April 29, 2023 12:08 pm

Robert Sewell April 28, 2023 at 8:52 pm

It won’t make a jot of difference

Bespoke:

If all one does is rant on the internet then I agree, Robert. We had a small win last week every bit helps.

Did we? I don’t remember, can you refresh my memory?

Winston Smith
April 29, 2023 12:11 pm

Muddy:

You cannot charge entry to the museum if you have no exhibits.

Well put, Muddy. I will steal that one and use it on a T shirt. No attribution – so people think I thought of it and they will believe I am clever.

Winston Smith
April 29, 2023 12:51 pm

Gilas:

James Lindsay, in a recent, unscripted, 25-minutes-long speech to the European Parliament gives a brilliant explanation of what “woke” is, its ontogeny and its metamorphotic evolution from Marxist doctrine.
The truly cancerous set of ideas designed to destroy the West and impose Communism despite “workers’” satisfied needs under Western Capitalism.

That was brilliant. Lindsay has managed to coalesce several trains of thought of mine for me.
I was unable to find a way of downloading the transcript – can you do so for us, please?

And yes, I’ve put it up on my no longer nationwide Facebook page since my other reader blew up the motor in his Jeep and it is now on the way back to Brisbane on the back of a truck along with his caravan.

Winston Smith
April 29, 2023 1:01 pm

https://harryrichardson.substack.com/p/what-happened-in-hospitals-during?utm_source=substack&publication_id=1142143&post_id=117886571&utm_medium=email&utm_content=share&triggerShare=true&isFreemail=true
What the Hell happened to our Health System during the COVID overreaction?
Very good post from Richardson. Details how the US government (and by extension, ours.) forced the system into the mass murder of the sick with the coercion of the doctors and nurses.

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