Open Thread – Tues 2 May 2023


The Good Shepherd, Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, 1660

1,797 responses to “Open Thread – Tues 2 May 2023”

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  1. Dot Avatar

    Ed

    What colour is the boathouse in Bariloche?

    Good ole’ Google paid search results.

    Why is Bariloche famous?

    Bariloche is the gateway for the famous Chilean lake crossing of the Andes.

  2. OldOzzie Avatar
    OldOzzie

    Israel & The Middle East

    The New Herodians

    Herod the Great’s alignment with the Roman empire led to both the high-point of Jewish power and the destruction of the Jewish state.

    In its increasingly tense encounter with the American empire, the modern State of Israel finds itself confronted with an ancient choice: whether to continue as an independent state or whether to become a fractured Levantine client of a great power, governed by a Herodian faction.

    Rooted in the geography of the region and also in the historical experience of the Jewish people, the choice of how Israel positions itself now is likely to have extreme consequences for the future of the first Jewish state in over two millennia.

    The choice of Israel’s elites, as expressed through a month of street demonstrations and an ongoing media campaign against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his proposed judicial reforms, is clear.

    Their strategy is to position themselves as a modern-day version of the Herodians, the famous allies of Rome whose preeminent king, Herod the Great, built the Second Jewish Temple in Jerusalem as well as the great fortress of Masada. Renowned during his lifetime and even 2,000 years after his death as a master builder, Herod not only ruled over the largest Jewish kingdom since the Iron Age, but managed to insinuate his relatives into the corridors of imperial power. Herod’s grandson was educated in Rome in the circles of imperial princes who befriended him, and his great-granddaughter Berenice was the lover of the future emperor of Rome—a liaison that, if consummated in marriage, might have fused Judaism and Rome at a much earlier juncture in history, and with what could have only been a very different effect, than Constantine’s conversion to Christianity.

    Yet for the Jews, the reign of Herod and his family was but a way station on the path to disaster, culminating in the destruction of Herod’s Temple along with all vestiges of Jewish national independence for the next two millennia. It didn’t take long following Herod’s death for Judea to come under direct Roman rule as a province. Unrest would commence within a generation. By the time of his great-grandson, the destruction of the Jewish kingdom that Herod once ruled was so complete that the Jews became the world’s reigning metaphor for a stateless people, and the rise of Zionism, 19 centuries later, appeared to many, Jews and Christians alike, as nothing less than a modern-day miracle.

    The Herodian pitch for Roman backing against their internal foes was not only not unique to their faction, but also in no way a particularly Jewish fault.

    The habit of local factions seeking external intervention defines the fractured societies of the Levant—Lebanon and Syria, as well as the stateless Kurds and Palestinians—who are unlikely ever to be sovereign.

    Such internally splintered polities have been the Levant’s structural characteristic going back for millennia, resulting from and contributing to its historical standing as “the crossroads of Empire”—i.e., a battleground for the armies of more stable and successful cultures.

    Since its rebirth as a modern state, Israel has stood as an anomaly in the Levant: a cohesive and militarily powerful nation-state in a region where stability is hard to find.

    To ensure its independence, Israel became a nuclear power—attaining a destructive capability that only a few advanced states possess, and which would appear to serve as a potent hedge against conventional attack. According to some estimates, Israel now possesses either the fourth- or the fifth-most-powerful military in the world.

    Yet far from utilizing Israel’s military strength to protect its own interests, which is the normal purpose of the imperial-client relationship, the ruling faction of the American empire has been working hard for the past decade toward an arrangement that recognizes and guarantees nuclear status for the hostile revisionist state in the east: Iran.

    Impeding Israel from taking action to prevent that outcome, which would establish Iran as a regional hegemon, has been the primary driver of the empire’s posture toward the Jewish state for the past decade—a posture that has hardened once again over the past few months.

    U.S. backing for the street demonstrations in Israel can therefore be understood within the wider scope of U.S. regional policy, whose cornerstone is the pursuit of a nuclear deal with Iran.

    Yet inviting the U.S. to participate in Israel’s internal politics has been a key part of the Israeli elite’s strategy to win their own battles at home.

    The Herodian faction’s leaders moved to mobilize support from American Jewish organizations as a prelude to requesting intervention by the empire against the country’s elected leader and his government—a move that in the domestic politics of a more stable country would be strictly off-limits.

    Israel’s new Herodians adopted the imperial lexicon to describe their fight—“shared values” and “safeguarding democracy against the rise of authoritarianism,” and so on—as a gesture of loyalty to the empire’s ruling faction.

    The messaging to other Israelis was transparent: We are the faction favored by the empire.

    Indeed, the American empire soon stepped in to publicly back the Herodians, broadcasting the imperial dictum that demanded the Israeli government secure “consensus” before proceeding with its proposed legislation to reform its judiciary.

    Visiting American imperial officials likewise began meeting with the Herodians on par with the government, underscoring the need for the elected government to reach “consensus” with the imperially favored faction, and to do so under an aegis approved by the empire.

    Washington presented its active role in internal Israeli politics as a benevolent answer to the petitions of the Israeli public.

    “I really think that most Israelis do not want America to stay out of their business,” U.S. Ambassador Tom Nides asserted in response to an Israeli minister who criticized his meddling.

    Sure enough, footage subsequently emerged of demonstrators gratefully welcoming imperial intervention and demanding more of it.

    A political cartoon disseminated in one of the Herodian faction’s local mouthpieces portrayed the U.S. president in a crowd control vehicle, emblazoned with the American flag, flushing the governing coalition away.

    While the cartoon may have been wishful thinking, there is no question that the demonstrations by the minority gained considerable strength from the fact that they had secured American backing—making it much more difficult for the elected Israeli government to push back.

    As pressure mounted, the democratically elected prime minister eventually balked, suspending his government’s legislation while retaining a defense minister who had openly defied him, showing who actually ran the country.

    President Biden paraded the humiliation of the undesirable Israeli leader, publicly admonishing him to “walk away” from his own legislation, for he “cannot continue down this road.”

    Not content with fueling street demonstrations against Bibi in Tel Aviv, the Biden administration looks to ‘Lebanonize’ Israel with a new, U.S.-funded terror army.

    In response to the imperial dictum, Netanyahu did belatedly attempt to assert the principle of Israeli sovereignty.

    ”Israel is a sovereign country which makes its decisions by the will of its people and not based on pressures from abroad, including from the best of friends,” he said in a statement

  3. GreyRanga Avatar
    GreyRanga

    The drone thing in Moscow is likely to be CIA affiliated provoking the removal, permanently, of Zelensky. Problem solved. Onto the next war.

  4. johanna Avatar
    johanna

    Dot, you have no idea:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v5tr_L31StI

    Gordon Lightfoot did good, IYKWIM.

  5. Mother Lode Avatar
    Mother Lode

    Probably time to join the Greens.

    Like, what? To the road?

    Don’t they have that new glue?

  6. Colonel Crispin Berka Avatar
    Colonel Crispin Berka

    The Prime Minister is being urged to raise the issue of Assange’s extradition proceedings with US President Joe Biden during his upcoming visit to Australia for the Quad Leaders’ Summit on May 24.

    Just hand the case dismissal instruction to the doddery coot and tell him he’s approving more ice-cream trucks. Done.

  7. thefrollickingmole Avatar
    thefrollickingmole

    Oh no – JC will be taking a huge hit from his massive investment in this wonderful company.
    https://12ft.io/proxy?q=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.smh.com.au%2Fnational%2Faustralia-news-live-government-poised-to-tap-3b-more-from-fossil-fuel-profits-voice-to-parliament-debate-continues-20230505-p5d5so.html%23p54tai
    Atlassian loses 10 per cent of its value
    ByNick Bonyhady
    Australia’s largest technology company, Atlassian, lost more than 10 per cent of its value today after it disclosed lower than expected quarterly revenue forecasts, a $200 million loss and flagged slower growth.

    Its shares dropped 12 per cent in after hours trade as shareholders registered their discontent with the company’s performance.

  8. Colonel Crispin Berka Avatar
    Colonel Crispin Berka

    johanna says: May 5, 2023 at 1:10 pm

    People here squabbling about a local war on the other side of the world? Why?

    In practical terms, I would be more concerned about what is going on in Lebanon.

    In almost the same breath too.

  9. calli Avatar
    calli

    Well, I was looking for a lovely version of a Lightfoot song…and there are many.

    But I stumbled across this as you do on the interwebs and I thought I’d leave it here for some Friday entertainment.

    He was amazing, funny and quick. His guests just didn’t quite know what would happen next. Enjoy.

    We have lost a great talent.

  10. dover0beach Avatar

    Rich Baris “The People’s Pundit”
    @Peoples_Pundit
    ·
    2h
    Twitter is not real life or the real world. You cannot win a Republican primary if your opponent who is a former president is winning 70+ percent of the conservative vote, up from 50+ percent just last month.

    Numbers are getting MUCH harder to reverse and heels are digging in.

    When DeSantis is dropped by Anyone but Trump consultants and donors I bet you Youngkin will be next.

  11. Pedro the Loafer Avatar
    Pedro the Loafer

    What’s with this weird substitution of the letter “A” with a question mark (?) when talking about Maoris?

    Is it some sort of pronunciation thing, or just another version of First Nations bullshit?

  12. Alamak! Avatar
    Alamak!

    Pedro> Maori have taken back the umlaut from those sneaky, colonial germans. Next victory for 1st Nations will be reclaiming commas and full stops from the uber racialist cultures.

  13. Mother Lode Avatar
    Mother Lode

    Seems like everyone has been struck speechless since 2:17.

  14. Steve trickler Avatar
    Steve trickler

    I wonder how many will for it when this hits the MSM?…blokes walking around in suits using disinfectant wands and the people been carried away in body bags. China- esque.

    ———–

    Stew Peters Show:

    The next fake pandemic will be used to strip what little freedom we have left.
    Dr. Lee Vliet is here to detail how health elites are using the Marburg virus to gin up fear and cause a panic.
    The outbreaks being reported are all in very remote areas of Africa.
    In these poor African countries, there is no TV and news access to verify any of the claims being made.
    There are already efforts to release a “vaccine” for the Marburg virus.
    The Marburg virus is not easily transmissible but the lying media will claim otherwise to control the masses.
    This is the exact same playbook that was used to lockdown the world during the Covid-19 pandemic.
    Fear is the weapon they are using and Americans must resist the next psyop.

    Next PLANDEMIC Already Underway: Global Elites To HYPE Marburg Virus FEAR & Deploy Next Bioweapon?

  15. Bruce of Newcastle Avatar
    Bruce of Newcastle

    When DeSantis is dropped by Anyone but Trump consultants and donors I bet you Youngkin will be next.

    He’s scarpered.

    Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin says no to 2024 presidential bid (1 May)

    Good idea. First turn Virginia solidly red, rather than purplish. Also do the same for yourself sir.

  16. Lysander Avatar
    Lysander

    IPA series with Gerard Henderson on “can the media be trusted” as well as some Pell discussion:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2bcSEhqD_5E

  17. calli Avatar
    calli

    I’ve been cooking Lode. My own version of pumpkin soup (roasted veg including red capsicums with the Christmas ham stock), the Beloved’s favourite savoury mince, and an old fashioned raspberry slice.

    All the old cool weather standbys.

  18. Bourne1879 Avatar
    Bourne1879

    Regarding the Australian and comments regarding vaccine. Today first time I looked at their guidelines and this is the relevant part.

    “Infringements of the Therapeutic Goods Advertising Code. These include but are not limited to product endorsements by; those employed by government authority, a hospital or a healthcare facility; health practitioners, health professionals or medical researchers; those involved with the production, sale, supply or marketing of those products; or those not using their own name on this platform. Other breaches include false endorsement of products by government agencies, making comments about how a product works outside of its intended purpose or making comments about the effectiveness of products in treating serious health conditions”.

    My rejected comment was about Good to see low uptake.

    Note their last part would technically stop you saying they don’t stop transmission which is now accepted fact. Note how it also could prevent comments about Ivermectin.

  19. dover0beach Avatar

    Armchair Warlord
    @ArmchairW
    Looks like events have once again confirmed my analysis two days after the fact.

    Today a Ukrainian Bayraktar TB-2 drone seems to have malfunctioned and began circling aimlessly over Kiev. Apparently thinking it was Russian, they tried to shoot it down.

  20. Tom Avatar
    Tom

    Please Explain (it’s a ripper!).

  21. Steve trickler Avatar
    Steve trickler

    No, such a thing could never happen. He could be in a remote log cabin…cough.

    We wait and see on this.

    ———-

    People’s Voice:

    A whistleblower who vowed to release “explosive” evidence on Biden and Clinton family corruption and child sex crimes has been declared missing by authorities.

    Dr. Gal Luft, the co-director of the Washington-based Institute for the Analysis of Global Security. was preparing to reveal explosive information about the Biden family. He was also an adviser to CEFC China Energy, which paid Hunter Biden around $5 million in 2017 alone.

    The man is a highly credible witness and there is a reason the Democrats are doing everything they can to silence him. He was well aware of the high stakes involved, and earlier this year made a statement that he is not suicidal.

    Whistleblower Who Had Dirt on Biden ‘Child Sex Crimes’ Missing, Presumed Dead

  22. Pogria Avatar
    Pogria

    This should be fun to watch.
    A genuine male UFC star has challenged trannies to fight him. He says he will fight ten in a row. The only tranny who has accepted is a female to male tranny. With all the usual big words and bravado. I wouldn’t mind watching it if it goes ahead.

  23. OldOzzie Avatar
    OldOzzie

    China: Kremlin Drone Attack Crossed a ‘Red Line’ in Ukraine War

    The Chinese Global Times government newspaper described the alleged drone attack on the Kremlin early Wednesday morning as the crossing of a “red line” in the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine: the targeting of heads of state.

    Videos surfaced on Wednesday of unidentified objects in the airspace above the Kremlin in Moscow on Wednesday, apparently attempting to target the Russian capital. Russian officials announced shortly thereafter that the skyward objects civilians observed were armed drones deployed in an attempt, they claimed, to assassinate Vladimir Putin. The Russian Foreign Affairs Ministry vowed “imminent and inevitable punishment” for the culprits once an investigation identifies them and, without directly blaming Ukraine, claimed the drone incident was proof of the necessity of Russia’s ongoing invasion of the country.

    “This makes fulfilling all the objectives and goals of Russia’s special military operation even more obvious. There must be no security threats emanating from the territory of Ukraine and no terrorist attacks must be perpetrated from there,” the Ministry asserted.

    “The Kremlin views this incident as a premeditated terrorist attack and attempted assassination of the head of state,” the Russian news agency Tass detailed on Thursday. “Russia reserves the right to take countermeasures wherever and whenever it deems fit, the press service pointed out.”

    Communist China, a friendly state to Ukraine and one of Russia’s closest allies, had abstained from commenting on the Ukraine war for much of this week as a result of the country’s May Day holiday celebrating communist ideology, which spans the entire “Golden Week.”

    On Thursday, however, the Foreign Ministry held a regular press briefing where it addressed the drone attack.

    “China’s position on the Ukraine crisis is consistent and clear. All sides need to avoid taking actions that might further escalate the situation,” spokeswoman Mao Ning said. Asked if China would revoke its plan, announced last week, to send a negotiating team to Ukraine in light of the attack, Mao did not answer directly but appeared to indicate that the plan would not change.

    “About the Special Representative of the Chinese Government on Eurasian Affairs’ visit to Ukraine and other countries, we will make further announcements in due course,” Mao said. “China will continue to work with the international community to play a constructive role for the political settlement of the Ukraine crisis.”

    The Chinese government-run Global Times had more to say on the attempted drone attack on Thursday than the Foreign Ministry. Citing Chinese regime-approved “experts,” the propaganda outlet described the attack as the crossing of a “red line” that had not yet been addressed in the war: the targeting of heads of state of either country. The attack is “very serious,” the government outlet claimed, because it opened the door for Russia to attempt to kill Zelensky.

    “Since the outbreak of the Russia-Ukraine conflict, there has never been a public attack on the Kremlin or an attempted assassination on Vladimir Putin. The main targets of previous attacks were military facilities and important infrastructure,” a Global Times editorial observed.

    A Chinese “military expert” identified as Song Zhongping told the outlet that he believed that Russia would “implement effective strikes against more significant targets in Ukraine” and seek “retaliation against Zelenskyy.”

    “The possibility of retaliatory strikes on facilities, including the presidential palace and the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, also cannot be ruled out,” Song predicted.

    Top Russian national security official Dmitry Medvedev, who has regularly threatened nuclear attacks on Western nations, called for Moscow to “physically eliminate” Zelensky in response to the attack on Wednesday.

    In a separate article, the Global Times repeated its warning that the attack “crossed the new red line of the Ukraine crisis.”

    “After more than one year of the Russia-Ukraine conflict, neither side has attacked the other’s government residences and leaders. [After this incident] Ukraine’s government buildings could be targeted in the next phase, experts said,” the article predicted.

    Ultimately, the newspaper blamed the United States for the incidents because the White House abstained from speculating on who was responsible for the drone attack when asked.

    “In the face of the alleged attack on Putin, the US came out to state that it couldn’t verify its authenticity. By contrast, if it were Zelenskyy who was attacked, the US would have condemned it indignantly,”

    the Global Times claimed.

    “This shows that the US does not take a relatively rational and neutral stance and it’s the biggest stumbling block in urging peace and promoting dialogue.”

  24. Ed Case Avatar
    Ed Case

    Maoris now refer to themselves as Mouli pronounced moley]
    Been hearing it for a few years, the Britishers fault, according to Wiki.

    The Mouli refer to us as Pakeha.
    I doubt it’s a complement.
    Anyway, they’re solid Labor voters, so get used to them.

  25. thefrollickingmole Avatar
    thefrollickingmole

    The please explains are great.

  26. Johnny Rotten Avatar

    Steve tricklersays:
    May 5, 2023 at 3:05 pm
    No, such a thing could never happen. He could be in a remote log cabin…cough.

    We wait and see on this.

    The number of people associated with the Clinton Mob and now the Biden Mob who have disappeared, committed suicide or just plain left the Planet is quite remarkable. Statistically amazing in fact.

  27. thefrollickingmole Avatar
    thefrollickingmole

    Can I be the first to point our Johnny Rotten did not kill himself.

    It was a tragic woodchipping/quail hunting accident.

  28. Johnny Rotten Avatar

    Does Anybody Know What is Going On?

    COMMENT #1: I have seen the covers of various times predicting ice ages to heat waves and always it has been some exaggerated forecast that never comes true. Does anybody really know what is going on with this climate change nonsense where we are being taxed and deprived of all advancement for a theory that is unproven?

    GR

    COMMENT #2: Hello,
    I was disturbed by Kennedy’s comment on locking up climate change opponents. However, I listened to a number of things he’d do the first day – all great. I voted for Trump in 2020; but believe he’s too egotistical to admit mistakes he made during Covid. He could be forgiven for listening to wrong advice; but admit it and don’t just blame others. Also, I voted for DeSantis but with his world tour promising military support around the world; seems like he’s just sucking up to the neocons. Trump needed to be “Trumpish” to win in 2016. If he admits past mistakes and “gets real”, show some humility; he could capture some never-Trumpers. Trump may be the only person would could drain the swamp, but his echo would not allow him to do what is necessary to capture the voters. I’m afraid DeSantis is going to be absorbed by the neocons. Kennedy may be the next best thing? You would do a much better job than Biden; but sadly, that’s not a high bar.
    Thanks,
    Bruce

    REPLY: I agree, that Trump got caught up in the bad advice. It would be impressive if he would come out and tell the truth about COVID and who was giving him the advice. This Climate Change is insane. I grew up with gas stoves and heaters. New York has now banned gas stoves. These people are risking everything and sending society back to the stone age. The once respectable Economist has become an enemy of the people pushing both Schwab’s you will own nothing and insisting it had to be Biden for the Neocons.

    It seems that the press is just a cheerleader for war. They paint nothing but hatred of Putin so we should send hundreds of thousands of our young to die to kill one man? After tens of thousands of years, we are no different from ants which also wage wars.

    ABSOLUTELY nothing can be reduced to a single cause and effect – NOTHING!

    When I was called in by the Presidential Commission back investigating the 1987 Crash, an academic was put in charge of some investigation and said we were going to find that giant short that forced the market down. I explained that theory has always been put forth since the first investigation into the 1907 Crash and nobody has ever been found. They subpoenaed all the millionaires and put them on trial in the Senate with false allegations. They found that they were all long – not short. They all lost money. But the allegation was so outrageous, William Fox (Wilhelm Fried Fuchs) founder of the Fox movie empire, lost his company thanks to countless lawsuits filed against him and he was too sick to attend the hearing in Washington so they put him on trial and destroyed his reputation all because they hated anyone who had money. That was why Hoover apologized for the unethical and unconstitutional treatment of the rich during the Great Depression.”

    https://www.armstrongeconomics.com/world-news/climate/does-anybody-know-what-is-going-on/?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=RSS

  29. Johnny Rotten Avatar

    Collecting more taxes than is absolutely necessary is legalized robbery.

    – Calvin Coolidge

  30. Johnny Rotten Avatar

    thefrollickingmolesays:
    May 5, 2023 at 3:23 pm
    Can I be the first to point our Johnny Rotten did not kill himself.

    It was a tragic woodchipping/quail hunting accident.

    LOL and still here having FUN.

  31. flyingduk Avatar
    flyingduk

    But it was a false summer. Subsequent letters unpublished. As I have said before – these letters may have been crap – but my crappy letters have been published regularly for over 20 years in the OZ. But they sure took a dislike once I started writing on the Covid vaccines.

    Time to cancel your subby, like I did when they started censoring my (well written, well backed, pithy) contributions?

  32. Johnny Rotten Avatar

    Ed Casesays:
    May 5, 2023 at 3:09 pm
    Maoris now refer to themselves as Mouli pronounced moley]
    Been hearing it for a few years, the Britishers fault, according to Wiki.

    The Mouli refer to us as Pakeha.
    I doubt it’s a complement.
    Anyway, they’re solid Labor voters, so get used to them.

    Holy moley Head Case and a suitable Case of lots of amusement. I never would have known. Thankyou once more for your historical (hysterical} posts. Dipstick.

    And if you get your stuff from Wikipedia then I can now understand your complete lack of credibility.

  33. Black Ball Avatar
    Black Ball

    Been hearing it for a few years, the Britishers fault, according to Wiki.

    FMD

  34. OldOzzie Avatar
    OldOzzie

    How Corrupt Is Our Current Situation? It’s Worse Than Most Can Fathom…

    May 4, 2023 – Sundance

    The football spiking by AG Merrick Garland today deserves some context, and I am going to take you through a story that will highlight just how bad the situation really is.

    Everything that preceded the 2020 federal election was a complex system of control by a network of ideologues, federal agencies, allies in the private sector, financial stakeholders and corrupt interests all working toward a common goal. There’s no need to go through the background of how the election was manipulated and how the government and private sector, specifically social media, worked to influence the 2020 outcome because you have all seen it.

    Whether it was local election officials working to control outcomes, federal agencies working to support them (CISA, FBI, DHS), financial interests working to fund them (Zuckerberg et al), or social media platforms controlling the visible content and discussion (Twitter Files, Google, Facebook etc.), the objective was all the same. It was a massive one-sided operation against the freewill of the American voter.

    In the aftermath of the 2020 election, those same system operators, govt officials, corporate media, private sector groups and social media platforms then circled the wagons to scatter the evidence of their conduct. If you questioned anything you were a threat. That’s the context to the dynamic that unfolded.

    Lawfare operatives joined forces with Democrat staffers, and allies in social media platforms all worked in concert to target the voices of anyone who would rise in opposition to the corruption that was stunningly clear in the outcome of the election process. Corporate media then labeled, isolated, ridiculed and marginalized anyone who dared to point out the obvious.

    Hundreds of stakeholders in the Lawfare network joined forces with hundreds of people who became staff researchers for a weaponized Congress. Hundreds more social media background agents then poured thousands of hours into feeding private information to the DOJ, FBI, J6 Committee and all of their hired staff working on the project.

    How do I know?

    I was one of their targets.

    That level of how the system works came in very handy when I received this subpoena from Chairman Bennie Thompson and the J6 Committee. Warning, things are about to get very uncomfortable if you don’t accept the scale of corruption that exists.

    Pay attention to the red box on the page shown. This is essentially the probable cause that justifies the subpoena itself. I have redacted a name in the box for reasons you will see that follow.

    I was never in Washington DC on January 6, 2021, nor did I work with or communicate with anyone who was involved in any of the activities that are subject to the J6 committee investigative authority.

    I’m going to skip a lot of background noise, irrelevant legal stuff, jurisdictional issues, discoveries from discussions with lawyers and the experience gained in association with this ridiculous subpoena. I am going to focus on the biggest story within it.

    Sticking to the information in the Red Box above, notice how the J6 committee has evidence, “public-source information and documents on file”, showing my participation, communication, and contact with people and technology that are material interests to the committee.

    Here’s the kicker…. I had no clue what the hell they were talking about. There’s not a single aspect of their outline that I had any knowledge or connection of.

    I had no idea what Zello was. I had no idea who 1% watchdog might be. I had never heard of “Stop the Steal J6” or associated “channel.” I had never heard of the person redacted, and I had never communicated with any Oath Keeper, any communication system, or platform, or anyone or anything – nothing – that is outlined in that subpoena.

    Those points of evidence outlined in the subpoena had no connection to me at all.

    The subpoena might as well have been asking me to appear in Michigan because my Red Ferrari was involved in a hit and run accident, during my trip to Detroit. I don’t own a Ferrari; I have never been to Michigan; I certainly never had an accident; I wasn’t on a trip and have never visited Detroit. The entire construct of their probable cause for the subpoena was silly. Complete and utter nonsense.

    That said, how could there be “public records” and “documentary” evidence of something that never happened?

    At first, I thought this was some silly case of mistaken identity and they just sent a subpoena to the wrong person. However, the investigators were adamant the evidence existed, and the need for testimony was required.

    After taking advice from several smart people, and after discovering the costs associated with just the reply to the committee and/or representation therein; suddenly I realized there might be more value for me in this subpoena than the committee. After all, how can there be public-records and documents that I own a red Ferrari and went to Michigan when I don’t and never did.

    After several back and forths I discovered, through their admissions of their own research, and through documents they extracted as an outcome of their tasks to prove the merit of their claims, that someone *inside* Twitter had created a fictitious identity of me associated with the networks and communications as the investigators described them.

    Think about what was discovered here.

    Someone inside the Twitter platform, an employee of Twitter, had made a decision to target me. As a result: (a) they had been doing this for a long time with a specific goal in mind; and (b) they created an elaborate trail of background activity and identity that was entirely fabricated.

    Eventually, my assigned investigative unit admitted this.

    Once, the federal investigators realized what took place they wanted to get rid of me -and my snark filled curiosity- with great urgency.

    They also had an ‘oh shit’ moment, when they contemplated everything, including what they had revealed to me from the outset of my contact, now several months prior.

    What I discovered in this experience was that DHS, and by extension DOJ/FBI and the January 6 investigators, had direct administrative level backdoors into all social media platforms.

    Overlay the Twitter files now, and then expand your thinking….

    In their quest to prove that I owned a Red Ferrari, traveled to Michigan and had a hit-and-run accident, these investigators outlined to me how the United States Government, through their DHS authority, has employees, agents and contractors with open portals into all social media platforms.

    Yes, the federal government is inside the mechanics of the systems (Twitter, Facebook, Meta, Instagram, Google, YouTube, WhatsApp, Zello, etc) and they have administrative access in real time to monitor, review, extract and evaluate everything, soup-to-nuts.

    It was only because the investigators and forensic data knuckleheads have these portals, that they were able to locate the source of the fabricated evidence they were originally attributing to me. This was an investigative process and research discovery being conducted in the data processing systems of Twitter in real time as they questioned me.

    Once they realized what had taken place, and as soon as I started asking how they were making these admissions (now carrying an apologetic certainty), suddenly the investigators wanted no further contact or communication with me. You’re good, whoopsie daisy, our bad, sorry.

    Now, take some time to fully digest and absorb what I have just shared.

    The U.S. government is worried about TikTok, because U.S. citizen data might be extracted?

    Meanwhile, the U.S. government, at a fully unrestricted administrative level, is inside Twitter, Facebook, Meta, Insta, YouTube etc., running amok and extracting anything – including private messages… and they’re somehow worried about protecting us from TikTok data collection. Think about it.

    Provide your thoughts in the comments and I will try to fill in any blanks or questions you might carry. In the interim, live your best life.

    Ears of an elephant, eyes of a mouse.

  35. thefrollickingmole Avatar
    thefrollickingmole

    Off late night fishing tonight.
    On call so cant go far.
    9:30 or so till they stop biting.
    Theres been a lot of great fish being caught lately round here, 90cm tailor, dog mackerel and lots and lots of pink & black snapper.

  36. Johnny Rotten Avatar

    Anyone spoken to the Waffler of Woollahra yet as to his position on Snowy 2.0 and soon to be Snowy the ‘dog’ (and where are you Tintin?) and the NBN. BTW, how is that over 440 million dollar taxpayer donation/gift/stolen money to assist the GBR going? Can we have an Audit please?

    Thankyou from a very concerned Taxpayer.

  37. Bruce of Newcastle Avatar
    Bruce of Newcastle

    Sadly both the real Johnny Rotten and Michael Palin lost their wives very recently. The Lydons were married 44 years and the Palins 57 years. I wish the best for John and Michael, who’ve entertained us greatly.

  38. Johnny Rotten Avatar

    The Great Reset King

    “There is a golden opportunity to seize something good from this crisis…global crises know no borders, and highlight how interdependent we are as one people sharing one planet,” the former Prince of Wales said during a World Economic Forum summit in January 2021. Ironic for the king of England to speak on an opportunity to “seize something.” This man has no idea what it means to live the life of a commoner and has riches beyond imagination, but he is asking US to sacrifice for THEM.

    “Charles has been one of the highest-profile global proponents for protecting the planet in recent decades, from writing books and making speeches about nature to working with business to mobilise private finance to combat global warming,” the WEF wrote on its website in September 2022. Charles spoke about “entire new markets based on sustainability” at the WEF meeting in 2020, and asked private industries to begin thinking about how they will transition to net zero emissions. “Sustainable” to these people means using fewer fossil fuels. Incredible how a man whose monarchy exudes opulence and luxury would tell the people to consume less.

    The video above is from the WEF’s Davos meeting in 2020. “We have the ability to tag, track, and trace the supply chain in unprecedented ways,” the inbred king commented. That means they also have the ability to tag, track, and trace you. “We cannot expect consumers to make sustainable choices,” he continued.

    In 2019, the UK agreed to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050. The elites began encouraging the people to consume less by traveling less often, eating less, and consuming less. The U.K.’s Climate Change Committee demanded that people eat 20% less meat by 2030, and then drop that down by an additional 15% over the next 20 years. They even discussed the possibility of carbon pricing to tax the people for existing. The people would be forced to pay for the losses businesses incurred after developing green initiatives.

    The WEF has bought nearly everyone in a position of power. Do you think King Charles really cares about green initiatives, the environment, or the people in general? He would not last a day in the life of a commoner. Do you think the coronation this weekend will be sustainable by any means? The Great Reset is all about relinquishing all power to those at the very top.”

    Some fun videos in the link below…………………..

    https://www.armstrongeconomics.com/world-news/tyranny/the-great-reset-king/?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=RSS

  39. Dot Avatar

    Don’t LARP on the net, especially if you’re in the military.

    https://twitter.com/MalcontentmentT/status/1647136343473143809

  40. Delta A Avatar
    Delta A

    Off late night fishing tonight.

    Lucky moley.

    That’s what I miss most of all. I often dream of fishing: the wonderful silence, then that tug on the finger – two, quickly, if it’s a King George – the struggle, the victory… or not.

    Good times.

  41. thefrollickingmole Avatar
    thefrollickingmole

    Delta Asays:
    May 5, 2023 at 3:58 pm

    Ill catch a pinky for you then.

  42. Delta A Avatar
    Delta A

    Thanks, moley. 🙂

  43. Johnny Rotten Avatar

    Dotsays:
    May 5, 2023 at 3:58 pm
    Don’t LARP on the net, especially if you’re in the military.

    So here is Dotty Dot of Dottiness supervising some of the Military Boys…………………

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E2ecasPqhgk

  44. Johnny Rotten Avatar

    Ed Casesays:
    May 5, 2023 at 3:09 pm
    Maoris now refer to themselves as Mouli pronounced moley]
    Been hearing it for a few years, the Britishers fault, according to Wiki.

    The Mouli refer to us as Pakeha.

    And BTW, who is ‘us’, Head Case? You maybe in the ‘we’ but I am not. Dipstick.

  45. bons Avatar
    bons

    I have been educated in QLD cattle property owners and hands pet hates while staying on my nephew’s property.
    Surprisingly, right up there with clear air behind is the NFF. “Those Vic poofta squatters and their offsets doctor/lawyer mates don’t talk for us”- rude words follow.
    Running down the list (mostly from the hands and. contractors) are:
    (City) Labor with that windmills prick and #$#& Burke.
    That hairy little prick from Melbourne. Yet,
    surprisingly they don’t seem to understand just how
    dangerous the Greens are.
    Of course Puzzleduk cops it but mostly over coal, they
    don’t seem to understand much about her corruption.
    Mentioning a ban on four cabs causes a nuclear
    response that would be visible from Canberra.
    The mainstay of the rural community – the ABC – is
    ignored.
    The Tiny Trot understands nothing about Australians outside of his suburbs. These are very smart people who, I believe, will have a limit to their tolerance.
    I haven’t mentioned the Voice but I will get around to it.
    I anticipate my education continuing tomorrow when I have been invited to a barbie at the ‘local’ supporting the Bush Nurses. I was a bit chary about the 45k drive back afterwards but then they said that a bloke will be bringing a drum of ‘muddies’ at $10 each, well, we are, after all, tarts at heart.

  46. dover0beach Avatar

    PoliBard
    @PoliBard
    ·
    5h
    When you get so annihilated in the comments you have to turn them off ???
    Quote Tweet

    9News Melbourne
    @9NewsMelb
    ·
    22h
    The City of Monash has been forced to cancel a children’s drag-themed storytime event after staff were bombarded with death threats from Neo-Nazis and protesters.

    Police were forced to intervene after white supremacist Thomas Sewell vowed to crash the reading. @LanaMurphy #9News

    “all we wanted to do was introduce young children to drag queens and they sent in the Nazis!” ClownWorld.

  47. Arky Avatar
    Arky

    Model A Ford update:
    Body lifted off the chassis and completely dismantled. Everything taken apart and sandblasted or sanded back to bare metal (bought a sandblasting cabinet) and etch primed.
    Chassis and mechanicals drenched in oven cleaner and high pressure hosed the soot off.
    Parts supplier contacted and replacements for melted bits priced.

  48. thefrollickingmole Avatar
    thefrollickingmole

    If you are engaged in activities that neo-nazis thinks will paint them in a good light if they protest it, you might want to consider just what you are doing that might make the odd shaven headed thug think “Given the choice between us and them, we actually dont look that bad’…

  49. OldOzzie Avatar
    OldOzzie

    bons says:
    May 5, 2023 at 4:32 pm

    I have been educated in QLD cattle property owners and hands pet hates while staying on my nephew’s property.

    I anticipate my education continuing tomorrow when I have been invited to a barbie at the ‘local’ supporting the Bush Nurses.

    I was a bit chary about the 45k drive back afterwards but then they said that a bloke will be bringing a drum of ‘muddies’ at $10 each, well, we are, after all, tarts at heart.

    Bons,

    early 60s staying at friends Western NSW Property, drove 100Km on dirt roads, in late afternoon for a Social game of Tennis, BBQ after, then back 100Km at night – Roo Country – lot of dodging

  50. Bruce of Newcastle Avatar
    Bruce of Newcastle

    Arky – You have to christen your soon to be beautiful restored lady “Missy Phoenix”.
    Risen from the flames.

  51. calli Avatar
    calli

    Good luck, Arky. Apart from cooking, I’ve been putting together something remarkable from little scraps of this and that this afternoon too. Stuff that any “normal” person would throw in the bin.

    As Bruce says, nothing like a phoenix to make life that little bit magical. And hard work, patience and skill. If I could come and give you a hand I would.

    She’s going to be more precious than ever.

  52. H B Bear Avatar
    H B Bear

    Can’t remember when the last drag queen story hour at the Halls Gap pub was.

  53. calli Avatar
    calli

    Just told the Beloved. He sends his best wishes too.

    Arky, I have a (semi) industrial sewing machine. If you need something done with corduroy, let Dover know and I’m only too willing to assist.

    * have needle will travel…by Australia Post*

  54. Johnny Rotten Avatar

    Indolentsays:
    May 5, 2023 at 4:20 pm
    Farage: The Trump Interview | Wednesday 3rd May

    Thankyou for posting that Indolent. ‘Brillo’.

  55. OldOzzie Avatar
    OldOzzie

    Report details CIA’s alleged color revolution arsenal

    The agency relied on American cyber dominance to stir unrest across the globe, two Chinese internet security entities have claimed

    The CIA has been attempting to foment “color revolutions” around the world for decades using a technical, a report by two Chinese cybersecurity entities has claimed.

    The document was compiled by China’s National Computer Virus Emergency Response Center and cybersecurity company 360, and was released by the Global Times on Thursday. It alleges that Washington’s tech advantage allowed it to hold sway over institutions and individuals across the globe that use US-made digital equipment or software.

    According to the report, the CIA has attempted to overthrow governments in at least 50 states, with the 2014 Maidan coup in Ukraine, the 2014 ‘Sunflower Revolution’ in Taiwan, and the 2009 ‘Green Revolution’ in Iran allegedly among the most notable examples.

    In many cases, America’s technological edge granted Washington unprecedented possibilities to execute its plans for regime change, the report claims. It adds that the CIA relies on methods including “48 advanced cyber weapons.”

    The cyber tools are said to involve encrypted network communication services such as US-developed TOR technology to help protesters keep in touch with one another while steering clear of government surveillance.

    Another method is based on providing on-site command tools for mass protests which use wireless communications.

    The report claims that the RAND Corporation, a US-based military think tank, has developed a tech tool called ‘swarming’ which is used by activists to swiftly gather in one place.

    Protesters are also said to rely on US-developed software named ‘Riot’, which provides them with a secure and independent internet connection and is not based on traditional access methods.

    Meanwhile, a so-called ‘anti-censorship’ system created directly by the US State Department has received more than $30 million of investment, the report claims.

    Citing research from Chinese cybersecurity company 360, the Global Times alleged in March of last year that the US National Security Agency (NSA) was behind cyberattacks on 47 countries. While the Chinese government, research and financial institutions were reportedly the main targets, the NSA was also said to have mounted operations against allies such as the UK and Germany.

  56. calli Avatar
    calli

    I’ll add a rider to that.

    Nothing with zips or pleather.

    I draw The Line.

  57. calli Avatar
    calli

    Oh. Someone (and I know it isn’t Arky) doesn’t like me offering practical help. Oh well.

    *thoughts and prayers*

  58. OldOzzie Avatar
    OldOzzie

    Can China checkmate the west in Ukraine?

    Zelensky may be the target of last night’s drone attack against the Kremlin.

    Last week’s telephone call between Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky and China’s President Xi Jinping was certainly one of the most significant events since the beginning of Russian military intervention in Ukraine.

    The call, as we now know, was initiated by President Zelensky, without consulting his handlers in the Biden administration or NATO. President Xi accepted the call but made the subtle point of conducting it through a Russian and not Ukrainian language interpreter.

    According to Chinese government readout of the conversation, Xi warned Zelensky not to support US policy on Taiwan, and offered to send a peace delegation to Kiev in order to help broker an end of hostilities in Ukraine.

    No cards left to play

    The significance of this call could be hard to overestimate, including the fact that Zelensky took the initiative without consulting his western sponsors. If he risked their wrath by calling on the Chinese president, it was because, as Scott Ritter put it, Ukraine has no cards left to play.

    Their much talked about spring counter offensive appears dead on arrival and there are increasing signs of mutiny in Ukraine’s military ranks. Apparently, numerous officials are privately voicing opinions that they must find an off-ramp and seek a negotiated peace solution to avert the nation’s total collapse.

    Even Poland’s Chief of the General Staff, General Rajmund Andrzejczak who was one of the western alliance’s most eager pro-Ukraine voices has lost taste for the adventure. Amid extreme casualties sustained by Ukraine in the recent artillery and missile attacks, he warned that the war does not look good for Ukraine.

    According to Colonel Douglas MacGregor, Andrzejczak now thinks Ukraine would need two million troops to have any hope of success with their counter offensive.

    Regime officials now blame the West

    In another sign of Ukraine’s disaffection with the west, Zelensky’s advisor Mykhailo Podolyak gave an interview after his boss’s call with President Xi, in which he blamed the west for war, stating that, “The United States, unfortunately, along with other western countries encouraged Ukraine to give up nuclear and other weapons … This was a wrong policy … and led to a major war in Europe.”

    The risk of peace breaking out again turned the west (principally the British establishment) apoplectic and they immediately scrambled a high-level delegation to Kiev to stiffen the regime’s spine and to continue fighting Russia to the last Ukrainian.

    Recall, just over a year ago, it was UK’s then Prime Minister Boris Johnson who parachuted unannounced into Kiev to warn President Zelensky not to sign any peace deal with Russia (which, at the time was brokered by the Turkye’s government).

    The Brits send the “give peace no chance” delegation to Kiev

    Last week it was the former MI6 chief, Sir Richard Dearlove who led the mission to Kiev. Interestingly, this delegation’s visit is almost impossible to find in any news media. You can find it however, on the pages of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine. The delegation brought the message of “strengthening the support of international partners for Ukraine on its path to victory,” and stressing that, “we should not be afraid of Russia.”

    Of course “we” shouldn’t – it’s only the ordinary Ukrainians dying and the country being destroyed, including by depleted Uranium ordnance supplied by Britain.

    To be sure, the Neocon faction in the Biden Administration and the leadership of the EU and NATO are every bit as keen on seeing the hostilities continue, but the party that’s played the key role in setting the agenda is the official London, which also played the key role in orchestrating the previous two world wars.

    As the commitment to war against Russia began to founder in Washington, it was again Boris Johnson who flew to the US, chumming up to the new Republican leadership and urging for “Western unity and support for Ukraine and what more can be done against the threat Russia poses.”

    It was in fact Boris Johnson who announced the coming conflict in November 2021, issuing a veiled warning to European leaders: “We hope that our friends [in Europe] may recognize that a choice is shortly coming between mainlining ever more Russian hydrocarbons in giant new pipelines and sticking up for Ukraine and championing the cause of peace and stability.”

    At that same time, Britain sent additional troops and equipment to Poland and announced that the UK would enhance its permanent presence of troops and tanks in Germany. Shortly thereafter, the outgoing head of the UK chief of Defence Staff, General Sir Nick Carter stated that the UK military would have to be ready for war with Russia. UK’s former Defense Minister, Sir Gerald Howarth also spoke to Sky News to suggest that NATO should go into Ukraine, “boots on the ground,” because Ukraine must win the war.

    The Chinese – will they try to extricate Zelensky?

    I very much doubt that the Chinese leadership is naive about brokering a peace deal in current circumstances and I suspect that the promised peace delegation might be more like a military intelligence cleanup crew whose role would be to protect Zelensky and try to extricate him from his political, business and intelligence entanglements with the west.

    Liberating Zelensky from the clutches of NATO / CIA / MI6 clutches could make him a hugely important asset for the Russian and the Chinese side. Chinese peace delegation’s role could be to identify the key exponents of the western control in Ukraine and buying them out or eliminating them in some way. I ventured to propose this idea in a recent CryptoRich podcast with Tom Luongo and Alexander Mercouris.

    Mr. Mercouris thought that the former Russian President, Dmitry Medvedev might have corroborated this idea in a cryptic message on his Telegram channel, saying that it was necessary to find and eliminate the most dangerous people in Zelensky regime. It is all but certain that Russia and China are now coordinating their strategy on Ukraine, which is already crawling with Russian intelligence assets.

    Incidentally, I highly recommend the above mentioned podcast as the events led to a very lively and interesting conversation.

    The events will be extremely interesting to observe as the Ukraine war may have entered into its final stages. Hopefully it will end soon, and if China somehow manages to broker a peace deal, it will almost certainly follow up with large investments into Ukraine, integrating it into its Belt and Road initiative (BRI). Since 2019, China has already been Ukraine’s #1 trade partner, accounting for 14.4% of imports and over 15% of exports). Ukraine had in fact already joined the BRI in 2014 and a BRI trade and investment center was established in Kiev in 2018.

    I drafted this article for my Wednesday, 3 May TrendCompass report but before I could publish it here, the saga took another surreal twist…

    The Drone attack on the Kremlin: is Zelensky the real target?

    Last night’s apparent attempt to assassinate Vladimir Putin with a drone may have been the consequence of the recent events. The assassination attempt itself had a snowball’s chance in hell of achieving anything much, so why launch it? Speaking from Finland, Zelensky himself denied that this was a Ukrainian attack. In a way, he might be telling the truth.

    While the drone was probably launched from Ukraine, it was most likely a NATO orchestrated attack aimed not at Putin but at Zelensky. I’m guessing, but it may have been discussed at the meeting of the western “give peace no chance” delegation and the National Security and Defence Council of Ukraine with Mr. Z entirely out of the loop?

    In calling Xi Jinping, Volodymyr Zelensky has clearly defied his western handlers and in this, he might have become a liability.

    If the Chinese or the Russians managed to extricate him from Kiev, he could become valuable witness to events that had led up to this war and a massive liability to the western war party. Eliminating him while credibly blaming the Kremlin could achieve two important objectives: getting rid of the man who knows too much and also turning him into a hero of Ukrainian nationhood and anti-Russian resistance.

    We might just witness further surreal twists over the coming days.

  59. Makka Avatar
    Makka

    Actually dover, it’s this;

    “all we wanted to do was groom young children for queer and deviant sex and they sent in the Nazis!”

  60. cohenite Avatar
    cohenite

    Ears of an elephant, eyes of a mouse.

    And the dick of a flea.

  61. OldOzzie Avatar
    OldOzzie

    America’s obsession with DEI Is sabotaging our medical schools

    Dr. Stanley Goldfarb The Free Press

    ‘I spent over 50 years as a physician and educator at Penn Med. Now I’m using civil rights legislation to protect the profession — and American patients.’

    For better or worse, I have had a front-row seat to the meltdown of twenty-first-century medicine. Many colleagues and I are alarmed at how the DEI agenda — which promotes people and policies based on race, ethnicity, gender, religion, and sexual orientation rather than merit — is undermining healthcare for all patients regardless of their status.

    Five years ago I was associate dean of curriculum at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine, and prior to that, codirector of its highly regarded kidney division.

    Around that time, Penn’s vice dean for education started to advocate that we train medical students to be activists for “social justice.” The university also implemented a new “pipeline program,” allowing ten students a year from HBCUs (historically black colleges or universities) to attend its med school after maintaining a 3.6 GPA but no other academic requirement, including not taking the MCAT (Medical College Admission Test).

    And the university has also created a project called Penn Medicine and the Afterlives of Slavery Project (PMAS) in order to “reshape medical education. . . by creating social justice-informed medical curricula that use race critically and in an evidence-based way to train the next generation of race-conscious physicians.”

    Finally, twenty clinical departments at the medical school now have vice chairs for diversity and inclusion.

    Although some discussion of social ills does belong in the medical curriculum, I’ve always understood the physician’s main role to be a healer of the individual patient. When I said as much in a Wall Street Journal op-ed in 2019, “Take Two Aspirin and Call Me by My Pronouns,” a Twitter mob — composed largely of fellow physicians — denounced my arguments as racist. Over 150 Penn med school alumni signed an open letter condemning me. Meanwhile, my name has since been scrubbed from the university’s website and I’ve been excised from a short history of the kidney division.

    Similar outrage greeted the outgoing president of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, John Calhoon, when, in a speech to members in January, he encouraged them always to “search for the best candidate” and noted “affirmative action is not equal opportunity.”

    Within 24 hours, the society denounced Calhoon’s speech for being “inconsistent with STS’s core values of diversity, equity, and inclusion,” and its incoming president announced, “We are going to do what we can to re-earn the trust of our members who have been hurt.”

    Apparently no one thought to ask the 170,000 Americans who annually undergo a coronary bypass — the most common form of thoracic surgery — if they, too, might prefer to be operated on by “the best candidate.”

    After my drubbing by the Penn med school alumni, I didn’t stay quiet.

    At the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, I noticed that trainees were unprepared to care for critically ill patients. It was becoming clear to me that discriminatory practices — such as reserving monoclonal antibodies against Covid-19 for minority patients, and preferential hospital admission protocols based on race — were infiltrating medicine as a whole.

    I responded with another Wall Street Journal op-ed, “Med School Needs an Overhaul: Doctors should learn to fight pandemics, not injustice.”

    I retired as I’d planned in July 2021, my honorific status as professor emeritus intact, though I haven’t been asked to teach. In March 2022, I published a book, Take Two Aspirin and Call Me By My Pronouns, and started a nonprofit called Do No Harm with some acquaintances to combat discriminatory practices in medicine. We began a program to inform the public and fight illegal discrimination. We demand that any proposed changes in medical school admissions or testing standards require legislative approval and a public hearing — and we are getting results.

    Our argument is that medical schools are engaging in racial discrimination in service to diversity, equity, and inclusion

    We have heard from dozens of physicians, nurses, and medical students who feel prevented from speaking out.

    My advice to my colleagues, young and old, is this: fight back using every tool at your disposal. Highlight the damage that follows the lowering of standards. Call out discrimination done in the name of “equity” and “anti-racism.” Recognize that the majority of your peers may share your views, even if they stay quiet.

  62. calli Avatar
    calli

    Thanks cohenite.

    The creature isn’t even original. “Cool Australia” is a direct ripoff of Tony Blair’s Cool Britannia, a rude finger to Rule Britannia. Meh. And, like Blair, living high on the hog while expecting others to knuckle under and accept the myth.

    The kids they want to mobilise remind me of the Hitler Youth. Same pattern new objective.

  63. calli Avatar
    calli

    Uh oh. It’s Friday and I’ve Godwined myself again. 🙂

    Some patterns of human wickedness never seem to change though. Ignore them at your peril.

  64. JMH Avatar
    JMH

    Best of luck, Arky, with the 2nd restoration. I’ll be interested reading your updates.

  65. Boambee John Avatar
    Boambee John

    Ed Casesays:
    May 5, 2023 at 10:52 am
    Deeming just needed to let it go.
    She’s a nobody who only became a somebody due to Liberal Party patronage.
    As soon as she got her $250 grand/year for 4 years job, she bit the hand that fed her.
    Right or wrong, she’s an ingrate.

    Speaking of ingrates, how about someone granted access to someone else’s blog, who then proceeds to crap all over it?

  66. Johnny Rotten Avatar

    Bruce of Newcastlesays:
    May 5, 2023 at 4:48 pm
    Arky – You have to christen your soon to be beautiful restored lady “Missy Phoenix”.
    Risen from the flames.

    The Phoenix rose from the ashes.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phoenix_(mythology)

  67. Vicki Avatar
    Vicki

    Time to cancel your subby, like I did when they started censoring my (well written, well backed, pithy) contributions?

    Duk, I actually started buying the SMH – but, except for Hartcher, just couldn’t stomach most of the stuff. The Oz does have some good writers in specialised areas – that is the problem in discarding it altogether.

  68. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare Avatar
    Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    I’m putting this up not for any type of salacious reason but as a signal of hope to any Cats who may have children, grandchildren or relatives undergoing ‘transitioning’. I found it very moving. A slight young and very feminine-looking woman of 5ft2inches in height decides to transition in adulthood because she believes it will help her emotional issues; she is given lots of support from the trans ‘community’ (cult). She decides eventually that it is a ridiculous enterprise and gives it away, thanking her parents for having resisted her transitioning. She thinks an explosion of detransitioning will become a ‘huge problem’ in future.

  69. JC Avatar

    Lithium 177,500.00 0 0% -18.39% -61.20% May/04

    It’s down 18.39% for the month and 61.2% for the year. Dunno why except to say there’s no real shortage of lithium around the world and it’s more of a refining issue. Pretty much like the rare earths, which are a filthy refining task.

  70. Vicki Avatar
    Vicki

    On Peter Hartcher – he is very “standoffish” in person, but he has lots of acumen on important subjects. His book on China (“Red Zone”) was prescient before many had sat up and taken notice. His book, years ago, on Australian society – “The Sweet Spot” was also excellent. I have a lot of respect for him.

  71. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha Avatar
    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    breaking
    Margaret Hawke: Mum who murdered three children to serve at least 25 years in jail
    Emily Moulton
    The West Australian
    Fri, 5 May 2023 1:02PM

    A Port Hedland mother who tried to get help from a women’s refuge the night before she killed her three children and set their house on fire will have to serve at least 25 years in jail, with a judge describing the tragedy as a “sad and distressing case”.

    Margaret Dale Hawke had been grappling unsuccessfully with the responsibility of being a mother for sometime before she stabbed and strangled her 10-year-old daughter and seven-year-old son, and suffocated her four-month-old baby boy at their Anderson Street home in July 2022.

    After she killed her children, the 36-year-old walked to the beach where she disposed of the knife before returning to the house where she lit fires in the front and back rooms.

    It was revealed in court that on the night before Hawke carried out the horrific murders, she sought assistance from the local women’s shelter but was turned away because it was full and did not have capacity to care for her children.

  72. cohenite Avatar
    cohenite

    Carlson is gone but Gutfeld is pretty damn good. Here he is with one of the best rants about left caused crime where an ex marine restrains a black, violent drug addict on the subway; and when the black drug addict with a record as long as biden’s corruption later dies, the usual leftie bastards come out in their best vomitous George Floyd false outrage; from 5 minutes onwards:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=urINcN6KdQo

  73. Boambee John Avatar
    Boambee John

    Ed Casesays:
    May 5, 2023 at 12:09 pm
    What are his options?
    He can either stand up to Deeming now or see the Liberal Party wiped out.

    Voters take a dim view of Women Only Spaces candidates, Katherine Deves proved that.

    Have the ladieeees turned you away from the change room, Grandpa Ed Simpson? And would anyone notice were the VicLibs to be wiped out?

  74. cohenite Avatar
    cohenite

    Zulu Kilo Two Alphasays:
    May 5, 2023 at 5:47 pm
    breaking
    Margaret Hawke: Mum who murdered three children to serve at least 25 years in jail
    Emily Moulton
    The West Australian
    Fri, 5 May 2023 1:02PM

    And you can bet if the shelter had taken the kids and farmed them out to white foster parents the outrage would have been horrendous.

  75. Boambee John Avatar
    Boambee John

    Ed Casesays:
    May 5, 2023 at 12:09 pm
    What are his options?
    He can either stand up to Deeming now or see the Liberal Party wiped out.

    Voters take a dim view of Women Only Spaces candidates, Katherine Deves proved that.

    Did the ladeees throw you out of their change room, Grandpa Ed Simpson? Sad.

  76. JC Avatar

    Cronkers. I’d love to click on it, but it’s youtube and they have really annoying ads.
    Some other time.

  77. Bruce of Newcastle Avatar
    Bruce of Newcastle

    Mr Rotten, the Phoenix is a beautiful birdie.
    Sadly I don’t have any visiting the Cafe, which is probably a good thing since it would burn down.

  78. Boambee John Avatar
    Boambee John

    Ed Casesays:
    May 5, 2023 at 12:13 pm
    Frollickingmole loves talking about Nazis, it’s his favourite subject, apart from denigrating Aborigines

    A bit rich coming from someone who regularly comments adversely about what he alleges to be their low IQ.

  79. Knuckle Dragger Avatar
    Knuckle Dragger

    Concur with the earlier commentary apropos of the Please Explain series.

    A mate sent it to me today. They get better and better.

    Steele-John going tits-up backwards, and the finger pointing at Chalmers on realising he didn’t budget for the Voice were highlights in a crowded field.

  80. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare Avatar
    Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    I think that a total debunking of the gender cultists will be the first great success in the social movement away from wokeism and back to some sort of social sanity. The Covid issue is playing out now and that will be next, but it does not seem as clear cut as clear cut a political madness to most ordinary people as the gender madness does.

    I hope I am right and that both will be debunked sufficiently to make people more skeptical in general.
    The climate cult has a more enduring grip; it still has to be shaken at its scientific roots against the almost total obeisance to it. I get annoyed when even on Sky after Dark, there is railing against the policy effects of this fake science, rather than a direct attack pointing out that the science itself is totally shaky. This should be added to every analysis of renewables policy and emergent blackouts. Hairy says popular disbelief is unlikely to happen quickly because it’s easier to pull the wool; so many people these days are innumerate, they can’t grasp the numbers properly. Thus I say, just speak in proportions – using a metaphor like a cut up apple, or a pie chart – when it comes to the minor anthropogenic component even if one believes the CO2 hypothesis, and then simplify in order to dismiss some of the so-called evidence being applied to ‘prove’ it (which can’t be done).

  81. cohenite Avatar
    cohenite

    Cronkers. I’d love to click on it, but it’s youtube and they have really annoying ads.
    Some other time.

    You’re such a cheapskate head prefect: go premium and get rid of the ads. Plus they put up the best cute owls.

  82. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare Avatar
    Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    early 60s staying at friends Western NSW Property, drove 100Km on dirt roads, in late afternoon for a Social game of Tennis, BBQ after, then back 100Km at night – Roo Country – lot of dodging

    In the late seventies I was working on a photographic assignment in the closed ‘Company’ mining town of Leinster and some of the single guys asked me if I’d like to do a day trip to a remote and deserted cattle station on the very edge of the desert. We did 2ookm there on the dirt and 200km back in that day. Exhausting.

    The station was extremely interesting, falling apart but once a small village, with an out of time atmosphere. The custodian there gave me a number of aboriginal artifacts to keep from the large collection they had. I didn’t keep them though. Gave them to some miners back at the town, who were not able to come on the trip.

  83. The Beer whisperer Avatar
    The Beer whisperer

    America’s obsession with DEI Is sabotaging our medical schools

    The Law of Unintended Consequences will be harsh.

    With no way of knowing if a black doctor is qualified or not (in the real sense), so people will avoid black doctors so they don’t end up dead on the operating table.

    Excellent black doctors will be assumed incompetent, just to be safe.

  84. Knuckle Dragger Avatar
    Knuckle Dragger

    Excellent black doctors will be assumed incompetent, just to be safe

    What?

    Dr Cliff Huxtable would be horrified to hear that.

  85. thefrollickingmole Avatar
    thefrollickingmole

    Dr Cliff Huxtable would be horrified to hear that.

    Dodged a bullet there.

    Imagine if hed been a pediatrician.

  86. Colonel Crispin Berka Avatar
    Colonel Crispin Berka

    shoe @shoe0nhead · 8h

    i dislike how a lot of youtubers are gaslit to believe their old content was “harmful” when most of the time it wasnt. you re-watch & it really wasnt that “edgy”. they apologize for an alternative history version of who they were written by people who have no idea who they are

    This is also a reason for why privacy is important. When you see what lies and wilful misinterpretation can happen over records that people voluntarily published about themselves, the vision of every moment of your life being potentially public makes it nightmarishly impossible to figure out what option is best. Who are you performing for and who are you speaking to when you are inside the four solid walls of your home? It used to be nobody. Now you don’t even know.

  87. Mother Lode Avatar
    Mother Lode

    America’s obsession with DEI Is sabotaging our medical schools

    Our?

    If you are just going to copy/paste other peoples columns and ideas under your own name instead of forming your own ideas couldn’t you at least check your headlines (having eschewed by-lines).

    America’s obsession with DEI Is sabotaging their medical schools

    Then, if you want to assert that you believe it to be the case here as well you can add the comment ‘I reckon this would be the same for us as well.’ Or something along those lines if that is what you want to say.

    Show that you have read it and considered it?

    Is that too much to ask?

    (I just had a Chardonnay with way too much malolactic, I could not even discern if it was citrus or stone-fruit, so I am grumpy.)

  88. Bruce of Newcastle Avatar
    Bruce of Newcastle

    shoe @shoe0nhead

    Colonel – She’s a feisty lady. I don’t agree with much of what she says but I would die in a ditch to allow her to say it. Metaphorically at least, since I like my body as it currently is: unpunctured by rifle fire.

  89. Roger Avatar
    Roger

    But I stumbled across this as you do on the interwebs and I thought I’d leave it here for some Friday entertainment.

    I assume that’s the one where he asks k.d. laing, “When did you first realise you were a Canadian?”

  90. Knuckle Dragger Avatar
    Knuckle Dragger

    I could not even discern if it was citrus or stone-fruit

    I get that all the time.

    You’re not alone. The struggle is real.

  91. Mother Lode Avatar
    Mother Lode

    You’re not alone. The struggle is real.

    Hey, not all heroes wear underpants…at the time.

  92. MatrixTransform Avatar
    MatrixTransform

    (bought a sandblasting cabinet)

    noted

  93. Roger Avatar
    Roger

    I just had a Chardonnay with way too much malolactic, I could not even discern if it was citrus or stone-fruit, so I am grumpy.

    A word of advice, ML:

    Avoid the craft beer aisle in your local liquor barn.

  94. The Beer whisperer Avatar
    The Beer whisperer

    Dr Cliff Huxtable would be horrified to hear that.

    Ah, yes, the alter ego (not altar ego, that would be Dawn French) of the infamous amateur anaesthesiologist.

  95. JC Avatar

    thefrollickingmole says:
    May 5, 2023 at 1:47 pm

    Oh no – JC will be taking a huge hit from his massive investment in this wonderful company.

    Atlassian loses 10 per cent of its value
    ByNick Bonyhady
    Australia’s largest technology company, Atlassian, lost more than 10 per cent of its value today after it disclosed lower than expected quarterly revenue forecasts, a $200 million loss and flagged slower growth.

    Its shares dropped 12 per cent in after hours trade as shareholders registered their discontent with the company’s performance.

    Mole, isn’t it wonderful?

    But I took a look, when someone else reminded me the stock fell big time in the in the after market. I took a quick glance and one story started off with this header.

    Atlassian (TEAM) Q3 Earnings and Revenues Top Estimates

    They lost another US$200 million dollars though and I suspect investors are losing confidence in those two dickheads.
    Incidentally, the pre-market is holding onto the loss, so it could be good times. 🙂

  96. Mother Lode Avatar
    Mother Lode

    Avoid the craft beer aisle in your local liquor barn.

    I have been drinking German beer lately, thanks to my little local bottle-o.

    The Duck, my nearest pub in Mosman which I always go to before doing the weekly shopping, now stocks Lagavulin. Eight year old but Still, the guy who works there to whom I had originally confided my predilection for Islays, apologetically explained that they had meant to get the 16 year old and they would get it right next time.

  97. calli Avatar
    calli

    It is indeed, Roger. Lang was waiting for the inevitable…and the look on her face said it all.

    Humphries had just the right touch.

  98. cohenite Avatar
    cohenite

    Pauline’s latest; and unless you’re a cheapskate like head prefect there are no ads:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=USF1t6ppcxk&t=10s

  99. JC Avatar

    Mother L

    Parden my ignorance, but are talking about “8” and “16” year old beer. I thought beer has a short shelf life as I’m sometimes turfing beer past the expiry date, which only appears to be 6 to 12 months. Note, I rarely drink beer.

  100. Roger Avatar
    Roger

    I have been drinking German beer lately, thanks to my little local bottle-o.

    You really can’t go wrong with German beer, ML.

    The beer that knows its place in the world but fills it to perfection.

    The same can’t be said for uppity craft IPAs.

  101. Roger Avatar
    Roger

    Parden my ignorance, but are talking about “8” and “16” year old beer.

    Scotch, JC.

    Do try and keep up!

  102. Roger Avatar
    Roger

    Humphries had just the right touch.

    Yes…it’s not just the line, it’s the timing.

  103. Mother Lode Avatar
    Mother Lode

    but are talking about “8” and “16” year old beer.

    My ambiguity, my bad.

    Scotch.

  104. JC Avatar

    Shut up Rog. Lode’s talking about beers and then suddenly swings to scotch! I dunno the names of scotchs

  105. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha Avatar
    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    now stocks Lagavulin. Eight year old

    Eight year old Lagavulin is barely worthy of the title of “Islay” whisky.

  106. Bruce of Newcastle Avatar
    Bruce of Newcastle

    Scotch.

    Faith.

    Quite yummy. Fine after dinner lubrication.

  107. The Beer whisperer Avatar
    The Beer whisperer

    just had a Chardonnay with way too much malolactic, I could not even discern if it was citrus or stone-fruit, so I am grumpy

    On a Friday night? Geez, I’m in day 3 of covid and looking forward to a whisky or two (yes, I’m innumerate).

  108. The Beer whisperer Avatar
    The Beer whisperer

    Quite yummy. Fine after dinner lubrication

    Plonk is strictly for in-meal lubrication. After dinner is whisky’s backyard.

  109. Roger Avatar
    Roger

    Justice Sotomayor should be in a spot of bother, accepting $millions from a publisher -Penguin/Random House – and yet not recusing herself from a case they appeared in before the SC.

    But odds are nothing will come of it.

    America: Democratic State of Corruption.

  110. Roger Avatar
    Roger

    Shut up Rog. Lode’s talking about beers and then suddenly swings to scotch! I dunno the names of scotchs

    You’re Italian…and it’s Friday night…so we’ll forgive you.

  111. The Beer whisperer Avatar
    The Beer whisperer

    Hmmmm, looks like covid hasn’t killed my taste. Covid is suddenly tolerable *burp*

  112. JC Avatar
    JC

    You’re Italian…and it’s Friday night…so we’ll forgive you

    Okay then. 🙂

  113. Mother Lode Avatar
    Mother Lode

    Humphries had just the right touch.

    I think he never made a guest feel bad or embarrassed.

    The thing with KD Lang was clever because it made her coming out conspicuously a non-issue.

    I remember hearing years ago that in the 80’s Norman Gunston was interviewing Marilyn (a one-hit-wonder and past infatuation of Boy George’s, as I recall) and very gravely preparing a question for him: slightly controversial, quite personal, lots of speculation, rumours swirling, and so on.

    He had Marilyn’s attention focussed like a laser on this inevitable momentous point – and then sombrely asked Marilyn if he had ever…sold someone a shonky used car.

    With the utmost seriousness Marilyn said “No”.

    Then Gunston breezily followed up with “Oh, and are you gay?” Which sent Marilyn off in a huff.

  114. H B Bear Avatar
    H B Bear

    Humphries had just the right touch.
    Yes…it’s not just the line, it’s the timing.

    He was obviously a very clever man. The very best comedians are highly intelligent. No surprise many of them drop out of Oxford and Cambridge.

  115. Roger Avatar
    Roger

    Okay then. ?

    That’s the “spirit!”

  116. Eyrie Avatar
    Eyrie

    America: Democratic State of Corruption.

    It is right there in the name: Washington, District of Corruption.

  117. Mother Lode Avatar
    Mother Lode

    Eight year old Lagavulin is barely worthy of the title of “Islay” whisky.

    It is not that bad. You can see from how pale it is that it won’t have the full oak structure – less mellow, less of the vanillin flavours that balance out the smokey peatiness – so a bit coarser, but still not a bad sip with brazen flavour.

  118. cohenite Avatar
    cohenite

    Indolentsays:
    May 5, 2023 at 7:26 pm
    EU ensures Dutch farmers booted FOREVER from farming

    Seriously, the bureaucrats and politicians responsible for this are mass murderers and should tried and hung.

  119. Winston Smith Avatar

    Arky:
    Are ya gonna videolise this time too?

  120. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha Avatar
    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    so a bit coarser, but still not a bad sip with brazen flavour.

    Over twenty years ago, I moved “back up to the bush” to run the family farm. I asked the manager of the local bottle shop if he would carry a couple of single malts, I’d give him the business, otherwise I would buy it up from Perth. He threw a pamphlet in front of me, and said “pick any three brands” – which is how a Wheatbelt bottleshop came to be carrying Tallisker, and Lagavulin 16 year old.

  121. JC Avatar
    JC

    Lode

    I think he never made a guest feel bad or embarrassed.

    I saw him do it. It was on broadway in the 90s and he began his usual schtick as Dame Edna ( I think) going after folks from the wrong burbs. In the US, at least in Manhattan, the “wrong burbs” would be “bridge and tunnel” people , ie. living outside of Manhattan. He began to pick on a woman from New Jersey and she started to cry. Americans really didn’t get that side of his humour. Baz looked absolutely mortified. He called her up backstage at the end of the show.

  122. Winston Smith Avatar

    Old Ozzie:

    The agency relied on American cyber dominance to stir unrest across the globe, two Chinese internet security entities have claimed
    The CIA has been attempting to foment “color revolutions” around the world for decades using a technical, a report by two Chinese cybersecurity entities has claimed.

    “When a Socialist accuses another of nefarious deeds, then it is doing those deeds itself. When the CIA accuses others, same thing.”

    We are not going to get out of this easily.

  123. Mother Lode Avatar
    Mother Lode

    He began to pick on a woman from New Jersey and she started to cry.

    I saw you mention that the other day.

    Perhaps, more precisely (but not infallibly), he never intentionally made a guest feel bad. And he was almost always successful.

    When you mentioned the poor woman previously I did feel enormous sympathy for her – not only would she not have known how to take it, but so too would most of the audience have understood how it was meant.

    And, as you say, Humpheries was mortified. After his success in the UK he may have grown a little complacent.

  124. Winston Smith Avatar

    Johnny Rotten:
    The Phoenix rose from the ashes.
    But will the Armadillo?

  125. flyingduk Avatar
    flyingduk

    America’s obsession with DEI Is sabotaging our medical schools

    Psssh… amateurs….. Rockefeller and Carnegie have been doing that for over a century.

    https://meridianhealthclinic.com/how-rockefeller-created-the-business-of-western-medicine/

  126. H B Bear Avatar
    H B Bear

    A few of the obits said he took a couple of goes in the US. Hardly surprising really. The Monty Python guys were really picked up through the universities.

  127. Cassie of Sydney Avatar
    Cassie of Sydney

    Once upon a time BHP, the “Big Australian”, produced gutsy advertisements that showed real men mining and highlighting BHP project such as the North West Shelf gas project.

    In 2023 BHP is now the “Woke Australian”, producing tepid advertisements showing nothing, instead spruiking empty woke words about clean and green.

    What a joke.

  128. Bruce of Newcastle Avatar
    Bruce of Newcastle

    What a joke.

    Yah, Cassie, I resigned in 2006. Got two years of consultancy afterwards though, which was yummy.
    But yes, the protowokeness was already incipient even back then.

  129. Cassie of Sydney Avatar
    Cassie of Sydney

    I’m glad Paul Broad, former CEO of Snowy Hydro, has come out and spoken honestly about the bullsh*t that is 80 percent renewables by 2030 and further, has said that any “transition” would take eighty years. And it’s here Broad reveals something crucial, because I think he knows the climate con is a scam. Read his words…“The truth is, we need this transition, if it ever occurs– it will take 80 years, not eight”. “The suggestion we can do all this and (power) prices will come down is wrong. It’s just false.

    Perhaps a Liberal politician could speak so honestly? I know, I know, I dream.

  130. Rabz Avatar
    Rabz

    My BHP shares have been surreptitiously slipping some mighty dividends to me Cass over the last six years.

    Funny tail – my ol’ man gifted me some BHP shares when I was born, which I foolishly sold back in the nineties for a mighty profit. I bought some as part of a massive portfolio experiment in 2015, sold thirteen months later at another mighty profit while keeping a stock worth the nominal purchase price. They’re now worth double. Did the same thing with the RIO shares I bought in 2015.

    The logic being, peoples in developing countries (and I was thinking the BRICS here) will demand the minerals and the prosperity they bring.

    This country being of course, too stupid to even comprehend trying to use them, because of the year zero ludditism our beloved 32% rulers proudly and loudly espouse.

    If we do not utilise the bounteous gifted resources that are on this continent, then a certain collectivist/fascist power in our greater co-prosperity sphere might just decide to unrepentantly do so.

  131. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha Avatar
    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    My BHP shares have been surreptitiously slipping some mighty dividends to me Cass over the last six years.

    My grandfather brought BHP shares when the dividends were paid by cheque, in pounds, shillings and pence…

  132. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha Avatar
    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Corrupt former Queensland police chief Terry Lewis dies at 95

    exclusive
    By MATTHEW CONDON
    Senior Reporter
    and MICHAEL McKENNA
    Queensland Editor
    @McKennaattheOz
    8:35PM May 5, 2023
    No Comments

    Corrupt former Queensland police commissioner Terry Lewis has died.

    Multiple sources late on Friday told The Weekend Australian that the disgraced police commissioner, who lost his knighthood and spent almost seven years in prison on 15 counts of corruption, had died in Brisbane, aged 95.

    A source close to the family said that Lewis, who was suffering advanced dementia, had been “gravely ill”. He had been living with one of his daughters until he was transferred to a nursing home in recent years.
    Read Next

    Sources said Lewis died on Friday afternoon, and his family was “too distressed” to talk.

    Greg Early, Lewis’s long-time personal assistant, said on Friday night that his boss was “a good commissioner”.

    “He did a lot for the Queensland Police Force,” Mr Early said. “That’s all I’ve got to say.”

    But Lewis was convicted of corruption, overseeing a police service that became the focus of an inquiry headed by Tony Fitzgerald that unearthed a rotten culture within its ranks and in politics.

    Lewis was police commissioner from 1976-87, and was stood down amid allegations of corruption. Two years after the Fitzgerald inquiry, he was charged with 23 counts of perjury, corruption, and forgery.

    A District Court jury found he had accepted bribes totalling $700,000.

    He never once admitted to any wrongdoing, let alone entrenched corruption, despite a jury of his peers finding him guilty of corruption and sending him to prison for a decade following his trial in 1991.

    Later in life in interviews he threw suspicion on the behaviour of his fellow Rat Packers Tony Murphy and Glen Hallahan, but never exposed them as corrupt.

    Many police and observers of that era were convinced that Lewis was the “patsy” for a corrupt system that infected almost every corner of Queensland life; that he was the “weak” member of the trio who fell for the trappings of high office, including a knighthood which was later stripped from him.

    Into his 80s he was bright, convivial, had a good sense of ­humour and a brilliant memory. The death of his wife Hazel in 2009 was a serious personal blow to Lewis, and he often referred to her as “the perfect commissioner’s wife”.

    Lewis will be remembered fondly by some but not by the many police men and women whose ­careers were destroyed because of their unwillingness to go over to the “dark side”.

  133. Bruce of Newcastle Avatar
    Bruce of Newcastle

    I don’t have BHP shares as I learned a while ago never to buy shares in a company I worked for.
    Bought a chunky chunk of bank shares yesterday though.
    Got some NAB at the bottom after their announcement. I’m feeling chuffed.
    May be a faceplant if the US regional bank panic infects us but.
    Must live dangerously!

  134. Winston Smith Avatar

    ZK2A:

    – which is how a Wheatbelt bottleshop came to be carrying Tallisker, and Lagavulin 16 year old.

    What?
    No Johnny Walker Black label?

    Something stepfather Jack said was the absolute best scotch whisky he’d ever tasted.
    An alcoholic builder – BIRM – to his dying day, every Anzac day he’d tell the story of how the Company cheered when a Stuka came over and dropped a 500 kilo bomb on the Company Cooks truck at Tobruk. Always told with a grin because he was one of the cooks.

  135. Razey Avatar
    Razey

    Cronkers. I’d love to click on it, but it’s youtube and they have really annoying ads.
    Some other time.

    Use Brave browser. I havent watched a youtube video for many years.

  136. Rabz Avatar
    Rabz

    Paul Broad, former CEO of Snowy Hydro, has come out and spoken honestly

    Cass – I posted a comment about his alleged “courageousness” this morning. He jumped off the bus just before it hurtled off the proverbial cliff.

    The Broad knew it was preposterous anti-scientific bullshit. But he gobbled up the comfy sinecure and the much, much taxpayer munni that constituted his ill gotten salary, regardless.

    This was later pointed out by a subsequent guest on Sky (anyone know – the Ruddick?).

    Hence the observation of “much self righteous squawking” about the ongoing unquantifiable idiocy of the Turnbuckle’s “water will flow uphill as I’ve decreed the Gliberal pardee is no longer bound by the earthly rules of physics” taxpayer extorted black hole.

    Yet we are expected to just sit back and lap it up like the muck it is.

  137. Robert Sewell Avatar

    Cassie of Sydney:

    Perhaps a Liberal politician could speak so honestly? I know, I know, I dream.

    They can’t. Honesty with people outside of their ‘lived experience’ is impossible. It’s more possible that an elephant could take the lead role in Swan Lake.

    Jayzus. I hope I haven’t given someone a fabulous idea.

  138. Boambee John Avatar
    Boambee John

    Robert/Winston

    An elephant would be better than some of the “trans women” who seem to be pushing for their turn.

  139. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha Avatar
    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Always told with a grin because he was one of the cooks.

    My great uncle – 2/32nd Battalion, North Africa and New Guinea – maintained all his days that the catering course was the hardest in the Army. “No bugger’s ever passed it.”

  140. Gabor Avatar
    Gabor

    go premium and get rid of the ads.

    I don’t watch too many U-tube vids, but yet to see an ad, same on Twitter, not a subscriber.
    Not complaining, but how come?

  141. Rabz Avatar
    Rabz

    You’re Italian…and it’s Friday night…so we’ll forgive you

    Sacré bleu! 😕

  142. Rabz Avatar
    Rabz

    Cats – tomorrow night’s Radio Show will be mining a genre that I know little about and have cared for even less.

    The (now finally) dead canadian hippee this week might feature if posted by commenters. Thankfully, I’ve never heard any of his work and that is not going to change any time soon.

    The two intro songs have been chosen. Mighty, they are, magnified by the film clips. 🙂

  143. P Avatar
    P

    The Phoenix rose from the ashes.
    But will the Armadillo?

    The rapport between these two was top notch. Best ever on catallaxyfiles.

  144. Muddy Avatar
    Muddy

    It’s good to see Arky still popping in, and thanks to OldOzzie for several interesting news articles on the previous page, including the one at 5:30 pm.

    Have Tailgunner and Stimpy been heard of in the last 12 months?

  145. Rabz Avatar
    Rabz

    Have Tailgunner and Stimpy been heard of in the last 12 months?

    Nein.

  146. 132andBush Avatar
    132andBush

    Perhaps a Liberal politician could speak so honestly? I know, I know, I dream.

    I suspect the kickback trail runs too long and too deep.

    Honesty?
    Now there’s a concept.

  147. Muddy Avatar
    Muddy

    Nein times they’ve been in?
    Darn it, I missed ’em.

  148. MatrixTransform Avatar
    MatrixTransform

    tomorrow night’s Radio Show will be mining a genre that I know little about and have cared for even less.

    I hope you dont discover unexpectedly that your favorite genre is almost entirely derivative of it

  149. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha Avatar
    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Legal action underway to force Albanese Government to bring home IS families from Syria
    By Ellen Whinnett
    Associate editor
    @ellenwhinnett
    9:31PM May 5, 2023

    Legal action has begun in a bid to force the Albanese government to repatriate Australian women and children detained for four years in a Syrian detention camp for families linked to Islamic State.

    Charity Save the Children Australia is running the case on behalf of families locked up indefinitely without charge since the fall of Islamic State in March 2019.

    The barristers working on the case include Emrys Nekvapil SC and Peter Morrissey SC.
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    While legal action has been considered for some time, the families were hopeful the government would bring them back following the repatriation of four women and their 13 children in October.

    However, the government ­appeared spooked by intense media coverage of the repatriation of the four families, who were considered particularly vulnerable and who posed a low ­security risk, and failed to make a decision on when to bring the ­remaining Australians home.

    The Australian women are the wives and widows of Islamic State fighters who were either killed in Syria, or are held in jails in Syria or Iraq. At least 41 Australian women and children are in al-Roj, and it is thought about 20 of them would be represented by Save the Children, which has assembled a team of KCs, junior barristers and a national law firm, all working pro bono.

    It is believed Australian officials may have been in Syria in ­recent weeks, and the matter was discussed at the highest levels of government last week, but no firm commitment to repatriate any further women or children was made.

    Save the Children will seek to use a writ of habeas corpus legal argument, which requires prisoners to be brought before a court to test if their detention is lawful.

    “Save the Children has been instructed to act as litigation guardian for a group of innocent Australian children and their mothers who are seeking repatriation from camps in northeast Syria,’’ the charity’s Australian chief executive, Mat Tinkler, said.

    A writ is due to be lodged shortly, although the charity would not reveal which court would run the case.

    “We have assembled a high-calibre legal team to prepare an application for a writ of habeas corpus on behalf of these Australians, who have now been trapped in the camps for more than four years,’’ Mr Tinkler said.

    “Save the Children has been encouraging the Australian government at every available opportunity to bring home the remaining Australians, and working to avoid the prospect of legal action.

    “However, the families have become increasingly desperate, as the risks to their children’s health and safety grow with every day that passes. While litigation is a last resort, continued government inaction means the filing of the case is now imminent.

  150. Bruce of Newcastle Avatar
    Bruce of Newcastle

    The two intro songs have been chosen.

    Okay, mournful Canadians.
    Cool.

  151. Rabz Avatar
    Rabz

    For those suckers among us still persisting with Ted Lasso – Miss Edyta Budnik is a 9.9999.

    Sweet Jane

  152. Farmer Gez Avatar
    Farmer Gez

    Tailgunner is deep undercover in the Victorian Liberal party.
    I think you can see the results of his efforts.

  153. Steve trickler Avatar
    Steve trickler

    If you don’t want adds on Y-Tube use uBlock Origin (2). Problem solved.

    It’s been years since seeing one the lappy.

  154. Steve trickler Avatar
    Steve trickler

    Mark Dice:

    MAJOR UPDATE! ( Bud Light )

    Link

  155. Rabz Avatar
    Rabz

    I hope you don’t discover unexpectedly that your favourite genre is almost entirely derivative of it

    The Blués is not derived from the genre featuring tomorrow night.

  156. MatrixTransform Avatar
    MatrixTransform

    The Blués is not derived from

    ah huh … sure

  157. Colonel Crispin Berka Avatar
    Colonel Crispin Berka

    Legal action has begun in a bid to force the Albanese government to repatriate Australian women and children detained for four years in a Syrian detention camp for families linked to Islamic State.
    Charity Save the Children Australia is running the case on behalf of families locked up indefinitely without charge since the fall of Islamic State in March 2019.

    Therefore bringing home an Australian citizen who has never been suspected of aiding or associating with any terrorists and has been held without trial since 2019 and detained without charge for 6 years before that would be an even higher priority for Albo, yeah?

    Beginning to think Albo will use a JA repatriation as a soft landing to compensate for a failed InVoice referendum. Expect JA to be kept on ice until November.
    If that is his plan, we’d have to vote “No” to the InVoice to vote yes for Press Freedom and the right of the governed to get information about the government’s actions done in their name.
    Hopefully I am wrong about the linkage and JA is back living in Venezstraya sooner.

  158. Rabz Avatar
    Rabz

    Thanks, Ticklers – The plastic surgeon you recommended that would make me look like Elvis I’ve never been happier!

  159. Muddy Avatar
    Muddy

    Rabz: Sweet Jane. Smoooooothe….

    Steve T: Mark Dice update. Funny parody ‘undercover’ Project Veritas style filming of the new Bud Lite marketing campaign targeting… Muslims!

    Farmer Gez: Good man that Tailgunner. I liked him – he had energy.

  160. Steve trickler Avatar
    Steve trickler

    Some clown launched fireworks directly into the glide path for the crosswind runway at Perth Airport just as a plane was on approach. The sound make take a squiz and just caught the plane bank right and abort…it should make the press.

  161. Steve trickler Avatar
    Steve trickler
  162. Robert Sewell Avatar

    Steve Trickler:
    Bud Light has no damn idea which way they need to turn. They’re a drowning man – or woman – or something – reaching for a life preserver made out of lead!
    Popcorn time!

  163. Jorge Avatar
    Jorge

    It looks like Moira will be expelled. She represents a ‘radical fringe’ (normal women), and Pesutto envisions the future Liberal party as a beer hall filled with tattooed trans and lezzos belting out Tomorrow Belongs to Me. When you take the ‘J’accuse Nazi’ option you need to be careful you don’t look like one yourself.

    How wrong a mong can be.

  164. Salvatore, Understaffed & Overworked Martyr to Govt Covid Stupidity Avatar
    Salvatore, Understaffed & Overworked Martyr to Govt Covid Stupidity

    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha says: May 5, 2023 at 9:50 pm
    Legal action underway to force Albanese Government to bring home IS families from Syria
    By Ellen Whinnett Associate editor
    @ellenwhinnett 9:31PM May 5, 2023

    The Australian women are the wives and widows of Islamic State fighters who were either killed in Syria, or are held in jails in Syria or Iraq. At least 41 Australian women and children are in al-Roj, and it is thought about 20 of them would be represented by Save the Children, which has assembled a team of KCs, junior barristers and a national law firm, all working pro bono.

    These bastards aren’t even prostituting themselves.
    They’re working against Australia, for free.

  165. Rabz Avatar
    Rabz

    What a week, Cats.

    Stil trying to get over the ignomony of being dumped by an erstwhile Miss Personage for Teats Peanuthead.

    About the only individuals I’ve had a sensible conversation with this week* are the Slovak Chick I work with and my Tailor.

    *Apart from my nominal boss and he’s not known for his earth shattering insights, thank goodness …

  166. Salvatore, Understaffed & Overworked Martyr to Govt Covid Stupidity Avatar
    Salvatore, Understaffed & Overworked Martyr to Govt Covid Stupidity

    Robert Sewell says: May 5, 2023 at 10:45 pm
    Bud Light has no damn idea which way they need to turn. They’re a drowning man – or woman – or something – reaching for a life preserver made out of lead!
    Popcorn time!

    You betcha!
    Not just Bud Light, pretty much anything Budweiser is down circa 25% last week, with Anhowza-Bush other brands down 8%
    With their competitors up about 7 – 10%

    This is catastrophic in the beer game. Their sales reps will be so panicked they’ll have squeaky voices & shaking hands.

  167. Muddy Avatar
    Muddy

    Jorge: It looks like Moira will be expelled. She represents a ‘radical fringe’ (normal women),

    Is politics now a competition to gain the vote of the quantitatively smallest demographic?

    “The whole five members of the Nimbin Maltese Lesbian Poetry and Classical Harp Appreciation Society have promised to vote for me.”
    “That’s nuffin! I’ve secured the votes of the only two Speed Macrame Karaoke Grand Masters in the state!”

    The species is devolving.

  168. Salvatore, Understaffed & Overworked Martyr to Govt Covid Stupidity Avatar
    Salvatore, Understaffed & Overworked Martyr to Govt Covid Stupidity

    It looks like Moira will be expelled.

    Indisputably the Liberal Party has a woman problem …er… a problem with women.

  169. Jorge Avatar
    Jorge

    Nice looking gal.

  170. Salvatore, Understaffed & Overworked Martyr to Govt Covid Stupidity Avatar
    Salvatore, Understaffed & Overworked Martyr to Govt Covid Stupidity

    Wow, up there with Julia Gillard’s first PM speech mentioning “Barra-caldon“, Channel 10 has just made mention of “Groot al-ant

  171. Muddy Avatar
    Muddy

    The Liberal Party – in Vic & Qld at least – seem to exist in a permanent state of altered consciousness; a functional coma, if I can be somewhat crass. What substance maintains them in this drooling mediocrity?

  172. Salvatore, Understaffed & Overworked Martyr to Govt Covid Stupidity Avatar
    Salvatore, Understaffed & Overworked Martyr to Govt Covid Stupidity

    The Liberal Party – in Vic & Qld at least

    S’pose it’s a fair call to not mention the Westoz Liberals, being as they no longer exist, more or less.

  173. Colonel Crispin Berka Avatar
    Colonel Crispin Berka

    What substance maintains them in this drooling mediocrity?

    I’d guess the same underlying problem of the quasi-westernised aboriginal communities.
    Not paid in proportion to outcomes delivered but paid sit-down money instead.

  174. Rabz Avatar
    Rabz

    There is no logical reason for the Victoriastanian Gliberals to exist. See their stellar electoral record since 2014 – after proudly existing in government for barely four years (the Flaillieu and Naptime interregnum.)

    The gliberal pardee across the continent has been subsumed. The national agrarian socialists, not so much.

    The concept of “controlled opposition” is more relevant than ever.

  175. H B Bear Avatar
    H B Bear

    S’pose it’s a fair call to not mention the Westoz Liberals, being as they no longer exist, more or less.

    There’s a danger the smouldering ruins will spring to life. The gloss coming off the Big Sneakers. Once the cash runs out things could get interesting.

  176. Muddy Avatar
    Muddy

    I bid thee gentle-people a healthy and refreshing interlude of darkness and semi-silence, and exit with a whispered Sophie B. Hawkins.

  177. Rabz Avatar
    Rabz

    Miss Hannah Peel, yum …

    The original, that we all love so much 🙂

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