Open Thread – Thurs 10 Aug 2023


Boulevard de la Madeleine, Edouard Cortes, early 1900s

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Vicki
Vicki
August 11, 2023 7:35 am

Beyond their grasp! Damn this spell check!

Dot
Dot
August 11, 2023 7:38 am

What’s hilarious is non contributors coming out of the shadows to demand downticks.

Then I get false pity comments about loving being a heel.

Here’s your choice: I remain a heel or you can call me King Cry Baby, in memory of Amber Heard’s career and feminist agenda.

calli
calli
August 11, 2023 7:40 am

Ha! Rosie, I’m a positive kind of gal unless I’m whinging about politicians and their wing man agitators. And the Press. And modern life in general.

Will never be a downtick downer. And the notion that downticks can’t be weaponised against “people we don’t like” is ludicrous. And…if we’re going to have a record of who ticks what, you might as well take the trouble to do a real, one word comment like “yes”.

Dot
Dot
August 11, 2023 7:42 am

Bragg actually flew the kite the other day on delaying the Voice.

Albo has the next four days to declare 14/10 as the date.

Dr Faustus
Dr Faustus
August 11, 2023 7:44 am

The portrait is

Dull
Beige
Conventional
Micro-detailed and overcomplicated
Poorly executed
Creepy (like one of those in horror movies where the eyes move)

A perfect metaphor, I’d say.

calli
calli
August 11, 2023 7:46 am

Aww, Dot. Any pity I express is the genuine thing.

Found this at an Anarcho-Capitalist site.

I think it illustrates the thinking of our activist elites quite nicely.

Top Ender
Top Ender
August 11, 2023 7:47 am

Meanwhile in Monaco

Monaco is the second smallest country in the world – Vatican City comes first – and inside it is Monte Carlo, or the casino area. Our very knowledgeable Italian guide kept calling it the “Casino Gamble” which was quite amusing. We walked up the Castle, where Prince Rainier lives, and saw the changing of the Guard.

Checked out the Formula One racetrack – once a year apparently everyone with a balcony in the buildings overlooking it rents it out for enormous sums for three days. Otherwise, the place is dominated by marinas and the super-yachts of the rich and famous.

Funny that the Rainier family is descended from pirates. They captured the city in 1297 by dressing as monks… no royal lineage there, until they proclaimed themselves “princes” in 1612. The whole principality is beautifully maintained. Of course, Grace Kelly is prominent – her final resting place is the picture of the slab with her name in Latin. No one seems to know the real story of her death in a car accident. From the top of the old town, you can see the first peninsula along the coast, which is France, and then another which is Italy – three countries in one.

We walked past their tiny jail – apparently crime is almost non-existent if you don’t count Russian oligarchs whose super-yachts grace the bay. The jail is airconditioned, has Internet supplied, a choice of meals with a chef in attendance, and one of the best views in Europe. Also checked out a mini-submarine – one of the Jacques Cousteau’s originals – he ran the oceanic museum here for years.

The whole country is only two kilometres long.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
August 11, 2023 7:48 am

Criticizing qwerties is racist.

Transgenderism Critics are Like White Supremacists, Says Leftist Scottish MP (10 Aug)

Far-left Scottish Nationalist Party MP Mhairi Black has compared people who are critical of the transgender movement to white supremacists, sparking outrage from feminist groups.

Speaking at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, deputy Westminster leader of the SNP, Mhairi Black declared that “bad actors” and “50-year-old Karens” are responsible for the contentious debate surrounding transgenderism and that only people who champion the LGBT ideology are “decent”.

So to be decent you have to be indecent. I’m amused that Karenism is now being criticised by the Left. It’s so confusing how what is holy doctrine to the Left keeps on changing on an almost daily basis.

Dot
Dot
August 11, 2023 7:54 am

Bountiful Baby Batter Buyers Burgeoning Bucks Billions by Backdoor Buying Buckets by “Black” ‘Book Beneficence

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-12370461/Facebooks-black-market-sperm-donation-industry-exposed-Wannabe-moms-poor-afford-30-000-IVF-lured-having-unprotected-sex-forced-meet-men-met-online-parking-lots-swap-semen-samples.html

These poor women who wanted to get pregnant were “forced” by being too poor to have IVF into procreation vis a vis having sexual intercourse with a lowly disgusting MAN.

What a shit show. These dumb blokes will be on the hook for 18 years.

…but the women are ACTUAL RAPE! VICTIMS or something because IVF costs 100k.

Mother Lode
Mother Lode
August 11, 2023 7:56 am

Albo has the next four days to declare 14/10 as the date.

I think the most typical response will be to blame on the toxicity of the ‘No’ campaign and a promise to get back to it soon, but without specifying when.

This will preserve Albo’s progressive creds to a greater extent than outright failure and grants license for progressive voices in the media and parliament to paint the ‘No’ people as racists, white supremacists, blah-blah-phobes etc.

Mind you, I don’t rule out the possibility that Albo decides to go down in a blaze of glory (as he would see it – ignominy would be a better word for it) with a legacy as a man who wanted to create a better world even for an underserving people.

lotocoti
lotocoti
August 11, 2023 7:56 am

I have several questions for the Lived Experience Panel.

Rosie
Rosie
August 11, 2023 7:57 am

I’m going to avoid looking at the portrait of another very rich powerful yet extremely unattractive white male.
Oh yes I know, once spent a night sleeping in the back of a Bug.

Rosie
Rosie
August 11, 2023 7:59 am

Who’s the bloke on the left lotocoti?

Roger
Roger
August 11, 2023 7:59 am

Insolvency Australia reports that companies appointing administrators, liquidators and insolvency firms increased by 57 per cent nationally in the latest quarter, compared with the same time in 2021/22.

Insolvency experts say the ATO is bolstering its debt enforcement regime and is increasingly reluctant to enter into payment arrangements.

calli
calli
August 11, 2023 8:00 am

I can’t see Albo crashing in a blaze of glory. Too much moisture.

More a spittle flecked rant.

Anyone nearby when the numbers are returned is warned. Take a raincoat. And gum boots.

Dot
Dot
August 11, 2023 8:01 am

I thought Scottish Nationalism was about men with frocks, not chicks with dicks!

Boambee John
Boambee John
August 11, 2023 8:04 am

Sancho Panzer
Aug 10, 2023 10:31 PM
John H.
Yes, practice is important.
But the findings out of the 707 prang were that the risks involved in that scenario were far too great for something that was highly improbable to ever occur in reality.
And, in any case, the simulator is the place to practice these extreme events.

PS to my earlier (deliberately provocative) comment.

An experienced four engine pilot (P-3) I worked with at the time made the point that more people had been killed trying to learn how to recover from a dual asymmetric than had been killed in real incidents. It would be very difficult at high altitude, and was aerodynamically impossible at the altitude at which it was attempted.

Training lesson learned, but only by others.

Mother Lode
Mother Lode
August 11, 2023 8:04 am

Oh yes I know, once spent a night sleeping in the back of a Bug.

Well, in that case I assume the bug got its revenge – ‘cos KRudd always had a bug up his…

Dot
Dot
August 11, 2023 8:05 am

PS

Couldn’t those dumb broads go on Tinder or Bumble on a vacation out of State?

amortiser
amortiser
August 11, 2023 8:05 am

Rosie
Aug 10, 2023 4:32 PM
Death caps are not toxic to touch.
No doubt police are checking online searches, library books borrowed and what’s on the shelf.

I say, an Agatha Christie who dunnit here, lock her up!!

Dot
Dot
August 11, 2023 8:07 am

At least he tried calli.

At least he tried.

Roger
Roger
August 11, 2023 8:08 am

In spite of his “folksy” manner, Albo is…

folksy: Adjective

Having the characteristics of traditional culture and customs, especially in a contrived or artificial way.

shatterzzz
August 11, 2023 8:08 am

And the notion that downticks can’t be weaponised against “people we don’t like” is ludicrous. And…if we’re going to have a record of who ticks what, you might as well take the trouble to do a real, one word comment like “yes”.

I frequent another blog that has not only up/down tix but also allows you to identify the ticker .. never seems to cause much angst .. there is also a “block” button to stop individuals reading/replying to your comments if your upset ……..

Wally Dalí
Wally Dalí
August 11, 2023 8:12 am

if *you’re upset
downticking your prose, Shatterzzzzzz

Rosie
Rosie
August 11, 2023 8:14 am

You have to be inpressed with how aboriginal activists show their love of country in thought and deed.

Boambee John
Boambee John
August 11, 2023 8:14 am

MatrixTransform
Aug 10, 2023 11:27 PM
shit me dacks

infantile gibber R Catallaxy

if there’s one thing that defines what this joint has become, it is this

and there is no mechanism to to dissuade tossers from tossing

Forget about the tossers, have some consideration for Dover. There are enough problems keeping the blog operating now. Each extra complication adds to those problems. Upticks are an addition, therefore a potential problem. Forget about them.

Rosie
Rosie
August 11, 2023 8:15 am

It’ll be a sacred sire next year.

shatterzzz
August 11, 2023 8:16 am

Albo has the next four days to declare 14/10 as the date.

Decisions, decisions! .. his referendum ‘from the heart” or a tete-to-tete wiv a senile oldie? …
I’m guessin’ the tete-to-tete .. if there’s one thing Luigi savours over all else (including Jodie but, maybe, not Thai r & ts .. LOL!) it’s his “freebie” OS jaunts ……
Course he could surprise & do both .. jet orf & leave the VOICE in the capable hands of his faithful off-sider .. the gucci gnome …………!

calli
calli
August 11, 2023 8:18 am

How much effort does it take to pick up your rubbish and wipe down a table? Or dig a hole to dispose of food scraps?

Dirty buggers.

It’s just visual proof that “activism” is really nihilism. It has zero to offer and debases its practitioners.

shatterzzz
August 11, 2023 8:18 am

if *you’re upset
downticking your prose, Shatterzzzzzz

BLOCKED …… LOL!

Rosie
Rosie
August 11, 2023 8:20 am

Everyone else gets in trouble for moving rocks.
As for those agricultural practices and animals husbandry.
Please tell us more.
When our people lived off the land using agricultural practices, maintaining the land and looking after and caring for plants and animal life.”

Miltonf
Miltonf
August 11, 2023 8:20 am

Anal is not popular outside the nomenklatura I suspect. I’m sure the Canbra pubes love him.

Johnny Rotten
August 11, 2023 8:24 am
Rosie
Rosie
August 11, 2023 8:26 am
shatterzzz
August 11, 2023 8:27 am

You have to be inpressed with how aboriginal activists show their love of country in thought and deed.

For a conglomerate of motley nations ya gotta have great respect for the one “whitie” trait that has united the 251s with absolute enthusiasm …………!
the luv of money .. especially, other peoples ….. LOL!

Johnny Rotten
August 11, 2023 8:28 am

JUST US – The Rising Tide of Civil Unrest

“I have said that the reason they indicted Trump’s valet as a co-defendant in the Mar-a-Lago, was to pull the standard “extortion” where he is to perjure himself for the government or face 120 years in prison. This is how they win Conspiracy Cases. Federal Judge Jed. S. Rakoff wrote a book on the extortion process – WHY THE INNOCENT PLEAD GUILTY AND THE GUILTY GO FREE.

They cannot win a conspiracy case without extorting someone to testify against their target. That was the problem they had in my case, there were no co-defendants. Both Trump’s case and the state of allegations against the Biden family from whistleblowers illustrate how the Rule of Law in the United States no longer exists. This is the final straw behind the collapse of the United States. The allegations against Assistant U.S. Attorney for Delaware Lesley Wolf claims that she warned Hunter Biden’s attorneys about potential scrutiny on a storage unit the first son used. For the prosecutor to call and warn Hunter’s lawyers where the IRS wanted to look for the smoking gun is just unimaginable. This has become a shit show and whatever integrity the United States once had in support of life, liberty, and happiness being the beacon of freedom to the world no longer exists.

Then we have this Special Prosecutor using a pro-government grand jury in Washington to indict Trump when the case would have to be brought in Florida under the venue requirement of the Sixth Amendment, which is a constructive amendment of the Constitution. The King would indict you in London, then transport you back to London for a trial because the American colonists would have delivered a fair verdict. This is why the Sixth Amendment clearly states:

Amendment VI
In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the state and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the assistance of counsel for his defense.

This is precisely where this Special Prosecutor is going. Indicting Trump in Washington where the grand jury will be more likely than not government employees and Democrats, but the venue clause requires Trump to be charged where the crime took place and that is Florida. Smith is doing the EXACT same thing that the King of England did for which we had a Revolution.

They did not prosecute Richard Nixon and they did not prosecute Bill Clinton when they also had him on perjury charges. Hillary’s private servers with classified documents were set up so her emails would not be accessible under the Freedom of Information Act had they gone through the State Department, which was obstruction of justice. Nobody was ever charged because it would have resulted in civil unrest since the country would be divided. This time, they just do not care. It seems as though they KNOW this will cause civil unrest and they want that to unfold so they can justify even more crazy actions of locking us down again.

30 years ago, Washington was always corrupt. The difference was they at least tried to hide it. Today, they no longer care what you think because they will rig the election and you are no longer needed. The corruption is just open and they are laughing at us all the time as we are a gaggle of fools.

The one thing many people are noticing is that tensions are rising. People are frustrated. Some are stabbing people in shopping malls all of a sudden and others get killed over a parking spot. The COVID lockdown has unhinged many and society is becoming more hostile year by year. This is also a precursor to the rising civil unrest we see coming.”

https://www.armstrongeconomics.com/world-news/civil-unrest/just-us-the-rising-tide-of-civil-unrest/?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=RSS

Roger
Roger
August 11, 2023 8:28 am

I’m going to avoid looking at the portrait of another very rich powerful yet extremely unattractive white male.

In my judgement the artist has done quite a good job in capturing Rudd’s personality.

Best left at that, I think.

calli
calli
August 11, 2023 8:29 am

Not a traditional art form, but rather nice…if you’re in a plane. At least they’re doing something positive.

As for the “conservation” narrative, the midden heaps tell the truth of all that. Eat everything, move on. Which is fine for stone age people – why would they do anything else? Just as the firestick “farming” was used to flush out anything that moved. I’ve seen the buffalo jumps in North America where they did the same sort of thing.

Just stop telling silly stories about conventional farming. Only the very gullible believe you.

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
August 11, 2023 8:32 am

non contributors coming out of the shadows to demand downticks

Angry uncles, seen only once a year at Christmas, turning up in someone else’s lounge room and complaining about the decor.

lotocoti
lotocoti
August 11, 2023 8:34 am

Who’s the bloke on the left

The fountainhead of knowledge and experience
as a woman in the British Army.
Presumably.

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
August 11, 2023 8:45 am

Russian Economy Overtakes Germany, UK and France Despite Western Sanctions

The conflict in Ukraine and US-led sanctions on Russia have wreaked havoc on European economies. Dr Jack Rasmus, professor of economics and politics at St Mary’s College in California, said that was Washington’s plan all along.

Russia’s economy has overtaken Germany’s thanks to US efforts to provoke a recession in Europe, says an economist.

The World Bank reported last week that by the end of 2022, Russia’s wealth in purchasing power parity (PPP) terms exceeded $5 trillion for the first time — putting it ahead of western Europe’s three biggest economies France, financial giant the UK and industrial powerhouse Germany.

PPP takes into account the varying cost of goods and services between different countries, not just raw gross domestic product (GDP).

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
August 11, 2023 8:46 am

Battery of the Nation goes flat

By Jo Nova

A second big Australian “Pumped Hydro” scheme is crashing on economic rocks…

Roger
Roger
August 11, 2023 8:46 am

Just stop telling silly stories about conventional farming. Only the very gullible believe you.

Calli, I’ve mentioned here before what I believe is the rationale for these stories, which is to bolster claims of sovereignty in international law. If the notion that aboriginals were a settled people rather than nomadic hunter gatherers can be established, the British settlement of Australia can be challenged.

If that sounds absurd, well…we have plenty of recent evidence as to how gullible the masses can be and how manipulative the powers that be are.

GreyRanga
GreyRanga
August 11, 2023 8:50 am

JC that picture last night was worse than one of cohenite’s cute owls. Good candidates for Beef Wellington.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
August 11, 2023 8:52 am

BJ at 8:04

PS to my earlier (deliberately provocative) comment.

Deliberately provocative?
How dare you!

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
August 11, 2023 8:53 am

Calli, I’ve mentioned here before what I believe is the rationale for these stories, which is to bolster claims of sovereignty in international law.

Isn’t that the reason for all the “First Nations” malarkey?

Roger
Roger
August 11, 2023 8:54 am

Russia’s economy has overtaken Germany’s thanks to US efforts to provoke a recession in Europe, says an economist.

Yeah…nah.

The Germans did that to themselves and it’s been coming for quite some time.

They’re presently destroying their manufacturing base to make sure of it.

They’re approaching peak Selbsthass.

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
August 11, 2023 8:55 am

Biden gone crazy – Trump

The former US president, facing dozens of felony charges, has accused his successor of political persecution

Former US president Donald Trump slammed his successor Joe Biden as simultaneously insane and inept in a rant on his Truth Social platform on Thursday, declaring the Democratic politician’s policies had nearly destroyed the country.

“What Crooked Joe Biden, who can’t string two sentences together, has done to our once great Country through his Open Borders CATASTROPHE, may go down as the greatest and most damaging mistake ever made in USA HISTORY,” the Republican presidential hopeful wrote, insisting the “INVASION” of the US “MUST STOP IMMEDIATELY.”

“Our country is being destroyed by a man with the mind, ideas, and IQ of a First Grader,” Trump continued in all caps.

A second volley of insults followed.

Biden was “not only dumb and incompetent … he has gone MAD, a stark raving Lunatic,” the ex-president suggested, citing his rival’s “horrible and Country-threatening environmental, open borders & DOJ/FBI weaponization policies.”

Biden has presided over an unprecedented flood of migration into the US since reversing many of Trump’s signature immigration policies, with over 7 million illegal aliens arriving since his inauguration in 2021, according to the Federation of American Immigration Reform.

From the Comments

– Biden would have to take a test before being admitted to a kindergarten school…

Rabz
August 11, 2023 8:55 am

Note to that appalling bandwagon jumpin’ unfunny ignoramus knight – there is only one ‘S” in my beloved Miss Raso‘s surname.

That’s the braindead lamestream meeja for you – What a travesty.

duncanm
duncanm
August 11, 2023 8:57 am

Tom
Aug 11, 2023 4:06 AM
Steve Kelley.

Kelley can’t draw for shit – but that’s funny!

thefrollickingmole
thefrollickingmole
August 11, 2023 8:57 am

Worms turning….

Im expecting the renew-balls sector to eventually add reactors into the accepted mix just so they have a whipping boy for their failure to deliver power.
“Öoooh if only we had 10,000 more windfarms instead of the (deliberately) delayed reactors”….

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2023/aug/10/sweden-criticised-over-plan-to-build-at-least-10-new-nuclear-reactors

Rabz
August 11, 2023 8:59 am

Crooked Joe Biden, who can’t string two sentences together – not only dumb and incompetent … he has gone MAD, a stark raving Lunatic

Fatty Trump on the money again.

duncanm
duncanm
August 11, 2023 9:00 am

Johnny Rotten
Aug 11, 2023 4:56 AM
The CBA may be getting a lot of grief over their 10 billion dollar profit.

I truly don’t understand these idiots.

They’re a private business. Don’t like their profits? Then don’t bank with the bastards, or buy their shares instead.

Farmer Gez
Farmer Gez
August 11, 2023 9:03 am

The farrier and myself just noticing that the miniature horse (don’t ask) has one hell of a winter coat.
The little fella didn’t read the BoM seasonal forecast.

Roger
Roger
August 11, 2023 9:06 am

Isn’t that the reason for all the “First Nations” malarkey?

A notion imported wholesale from Canadian indigenous activism, a different context where it may have had some basis in fact.

areff
areff
August 11, 2023 9:06 am

once spent a night sleeping in the back of a Bug.

Met a young German bloke years ago who was touring Australia in a 1963 VW bug. What he did was remove the back of the front passenger, place a board and mattress in its place and call it home.

no idea what became of him, but the way he set up the car was a masterful exercise in Teutonic thoroughness.

Mother Lode
Mother Lode
August 11, 2023 9:07 am

Funny thing with banks is that money is not just a reward for operations like in any business, but also their inventory.

Car companies buy raw materials, build cars, sell cars, and make money.

For banks profit is also increasing inventory.

Dot
Dot
August 11, 2023 9:08 am

No one would care about Airplane Lady if she didn’t have terrific gazongas.

I’m sorry to be crass, but Benny, Salty, Quartering etc need to stop SIMPing.

She likely just had a delusional episode and needs medication.

calli
calli
August 11, 2023 9:11 am

When reminiscing about Rudd’s impoverished childhood, don’t forget the burned underpants.

I’m surprised they didn’t feature amongst all the psychological minutiae in the “portrait”.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
August 11, 2023 9:11 am

They’re a private business. Don’t like their profits? Then don’t bank with the bastards, or buy their shares instead.

I’ll have my share of the dividend, thank you.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
August 11, 2023 9:15 am

A notion imported wholesale from Canadian indigenous activism, a different context where it may have had some basis in fact.

Mme Zulu and I visited Canada in 2005. Out tour guide was not a happy man – he had referred to “Indians” and not “First Nations”, and someone had lodged a complaint with the tour company…..

Dr Faustus
Dr Faustus
August 11, 2023 9:23 am

On nuclear energy.

Not only is it traditional Labor politics to emote against nuclear energy, Albanese also has the stiffener of having the CRMEU, ETU, First Nations industrial complex, renewables rentiers, 1960’s CND fossils, loose-weave Greens supporters, and the China lobby at his back.

There is no chance of rational debate on nuclear energy in Australia.
None.

In a non-clown world, Australia would have a full-cycle nuclear industry – uranium to fuel to spent fuel assembly reception-reprocessing-storage – worth $hundreds of billions to GDP. Leveraged off which, nuclear energy sent out 24/7 at $70-$80/MWh.

Sure, twice the price of HELE coal generation. But a fraction of the levelised cost of Bowen renewables.

Dwarves standing on the shoulders of pygmies standing in holes.
Top men.

Black Ball
Black Ball
August 11, 2023 9:24 am

Persian Princess:

Good news, folks.

There are clear signs that the Peter Dutton-led Coalition will be giving the electorate a clear choice at the ballot box on a range of consequential issues.

That’s quite the departure from the folly of his predecessor, Scott Morrison, who morphed from a coal-wielding conservative into a small L Liberal in the latter part of his prime ministership where he spent profusely, failed to fight the culture wars and signed the country up to net zero lunacy.

Dutton has taken a principled stand against the race-based referendum and is expected to launch an energy policy rooted in facts and logic.

A “coal to nuclear” transition is reportedly at the heart of the energy policy the Coalition will take to the next election.

What a spectacular departure that would be from the current self-harming madness that sees Australia – the world’s biggest exporter of coal and the country blessed with the world’s largest reserves of uranium – paying exorbitant amounts for energy by transitioning to expensive, unreliable renewables.

The sort of madness that sees a state rich in gas reserves ban gas connections in all new homes from January 1 next year, as the Victorian government announced late last month.

A move so impressively stupid that it was immediately rejected by the Labor governments of NSW, Western Australia, South Australia and Queensland.

Australian households and businesses should be enjoying some of the cheapest energy prices in the world, but thanks to the climate catastrophist-led policies of successive federal and state governments across the country, prices are soaring and plunging many into energy poverty.
If you give Australians a choice the majority will opt for lower prices and greater reliability over lower emissions.

That has consistently been the experience, including at the great “climate change election” of 2019.

And, yet the Liberals went to the last election pledging net zero and thereby removing the cost argument in an election where cost of living was the top issue.

Opposition leader Dutton appears intent on reversing course and giving Australians a clear choice at the polls.

For some time now he has been speaking about the merits of nuclear energy, and last month he disputed the activist research of the CSIRO.

“If nuclear power is so prohibitively expensive, why are more than 50 countries investing in it, including those with smaller economies than Australia … conveniently, the energy minister (Chris Bowen) is reluctant to mention the costs of storage and transmission when he talks about renewables being cheaper,” he said.

Dutton also pointed out that Australia could be using small modular reactors within a decade.

After all, why have nuclear subs, and the associated expertise and industry, under the AUKUS deal but deprive your people of the benefits of cheap, clean and reliable nuclear energy as enjoyed by many first world nations including Sweden, Finland, France and South Korea.

The Coalition’s embrace of nuclear power will no doubt enrage the activist class and give birth to an avalanche of catastrophist scaremongering from the Labor Party and its propaganda arms at the ABC, Guardian, Nine papers et al, but it’ll give the Australian people the opportunity to decide whether they want to use some of the uranium we are blessed with domestically or just continue to export it so people overseas can have cheap, reliable power.

Shadow energy and climate change spokesman Ted O’Brien told The Australian this week: “The Coalition is learning lessons from Labor’s misjudged attempts to steamroll over regional communities in their rush to roll out renewables and transmission lines.”

O’Brien points out going nuclear would “avoid the environmental damage of thousands of kilometres of transmission lines connecting new wind and solar projects …”

Far from seeing Prime Minister Anthony Albanese’s promised $275 energy bill reduction by 2025, Australians will see prices continue to soar as we close coal-fired power stations.

This year, electricity tariffs jumped by about 25 per cent across most states. While 25 per cent was an average increase, some consumers have seen their bills double.

We are an energy-rich nation that has deliberately burdened our citizenry with high energy costs, plunging an increasing number of households into energy poverty.

If Dutton can hold his nerve and deliver a nuclear policy, he will go a long way to securing government in 2025.

Yes if Dutton were to succeed, he will need a united backbench that will embrace nuclear power. Is Lucas Heights only for medicinal purposes or does it contribute power to the grid?

Black Ball
Black Ball
August 11, 2023 9:26 am

Dwarves standing on the shoulders of pygmies standing in holes.
Top men.

A perfect description good doctor of our ruling class.

Roger
Roger
August 11, 2023 9:31 am

There is no chance of rational debate on nuclear energy in Australia.
None.

Electricity rationing and an angry electorate might focus political minds.

Surveys repeatedly show considerable – and in some instances majority – support for it.

Black Ball
Black Ball
August 11, 2023 9:31 am

Ms Higgins be upset. James Morrow writes:

Brittany Higgins has lashed out at ACT Police, accusing them of being “absolutely awful to me” and “never wanting to charge” fellow Liberal staffer Bruce Lehrmann after she alleged that he raped her in a Parliament House office in 2019.

Ms Higgins’ statement, made on social media Wednesday morning, is the latest development in the reactions to the Sofronoff Inquiry into the investigation and trial of Mr Lehrmann on a single charge of sexual assault.

That trial was eventually suspended, and Mr Lehrmann has always vigorously denied the charges.

In the statement, Ms Higgins claims that Australian Federal Police “never wanted to charge my (alleged) rapist despite the fact that no one, not even the defence, made an application that the prosecution was not properly commenced.”

She also accused the AFP of making a “fun folder full of unfounded claims in a literal attempt to discredit me” and “wrongly handed over my most private thoughts taken over years in counselling sessions at the Rape Crisis Centre to defence.”

Ms Higgins’ social media spray comes just two days after the formal release of the Sofronoff Inquiry, which found among other things that prosecutors withheld police concerns about inconsistencies in Ms Higgins’ evidence, though the decision to proceed to trial was never questioned.

Mr Sofronoff’s report also found that police were concerned that Ms Higgins appeared to have “prioritise media exposure” and that investigators improperly shared CCTV footage from Parliament House with her team.

This week ACT Police, a branch of the AFP, also issued a formal, “unreserved apology” to Ms Higgins for a “significant error” after it was revealed that law enforcement sent notes from her psychological counselling sessions to Bruce Lehrmann’s barrister.

“These men were absolutely awful to me. They made me feel violated at every turn,” she continued.

“They cast judgments about the merits of my advocacy and regularly reiterated the reasons why they thought that I shouldn’t proceed with pressing charges.”

More front than Myer.

johanna
johanna
August 11, 2023 9:33 am

Rosie
Aug 11, 2023 8:09 AM

Daily mail
Indigenous activists protesting Adani mine to charge massive sum of cash to stay at campsite riddled with piles of rubbish, rancid food, broken furniture and dirty bedding

We see this again and again. Those who claim to care deeply about the environment are actually like feral 13 year olds who know that their parents will eventually clean their bedroom.

Whether it be Glastonbury or ‘protest’ campsites, these immature and entitled brats (of whatever age) help to explain the power of Jordan Petersen’s directive that, before they start lecturing others, CLEAN UP YOUR ROOM!

The same applies to Aboriginal settlements which are strewn with rubbish, while the locals complain that ‘the authorities’ are not cleaning it up.

It seems that some people’s definition of a sacred site is one littered with beer cans, goon bags, and rubbish of every variety. Apparently this is representative of deep connection and caring for the land.

Props to the Daily Mail for exposing the hypocrisy. I guarantee that none of the mining company’s sites look remotely like that garbage heap.

C.L.
C.L.
August 11, 2023 9:43 am

“Euphoria boner…”

‘Trans-woman’ admits why he dresses up and uses women’s bathrooms:

https://twitter.com/reddit_lies/status/1689318884598325261

Dot
Dot
August 11, 2023 9:45 am

There is no chance of rational debate on nuclear energy in Australia.
None.

The “LFTR in 5 minutes” video needs to be spread far and wide.

Dot
Dot
August 11, 2023 9:47 am

She also accused the AFP of making a “fun folder full of unfounded claims in a literal attempt to discredit me” and “wrongly handed over my most private thoughts taken over years in counselling sessions at the Rape Crisis Centre to defence.”

She discredited herself.

The Moller Memo was devastating and she is lucky, like Drumgold, not to be charged with perjury and other justice offences.

C.L.
C.L.
August 11, 2023 9:50 am

There are clear signs that the Peter Dutton-led Coalition will be giving the electorate a clear choice at the ballot box on a range of consequential issues.

That’s quite the departure from the folly of his predecessor, Scott Morrison, who morphed from a coal-wielding conservative into a small L Liberal in the latter part of his prime ministership where he spent profusely, failed to fight the culture wars and signed the country up to net zero lunacy.

Alas, Rita, Dutton remains committed to net zero and his energy spokesman’s nuclear salesmanship is replete with references to achieving it.

Dutton has taken a principled stand against the race-based referendum

I concede that there may have been some strategic merit in not being gung-ho against the Voice early on but I’m not giving laurels to a Liberal Party leader for opposing the destruction of the Constitution. That’s his job.

Indolent
Indolent
August 11, 2023 9:50 am
Dot
Dot
August 11, 2023 9:51 am

Lil Tay isn’t dead…”my account was hacked!”…

Obnoxiousness is resilient.

Johnny Rotten
August 11, 2023 9:52 am

Dwarves standing on the shoulders of pygmies standing in holes.
Top men.

LOL. I love it. Meanwhile, in a parallel Universe –

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Standing_on_the_shoulders_of_giants

H B Bear
H B Bear
August 11, 2023 9:52 am

Calli, I’ve mentioned here before what I believe is the rationale for these stories, which is to bolster claims of sovereignty in international law. If the notion that aboriginals were a settled people rather than nomadic hunter gatherers can be established, the British settlement of Australia can be challenged.

Undoubtedly. Likewise transposing the practices of the Torres Strait onto the mainland, as has already occurred.

Dr Faustus
Dr Faustus
August 11, 2023 9:58 am

There is no chance of rational debate on nuclear energy in Australia.
None.

Electricity rationing and an angry electorate might focus political minds.
Surveys repeatedly show considerable – and in some instances majority – support for it.

I completely agree that the prospect of political heads on pikes is going to be the catalyst that may lead to some form of rational progress. The political class swine have shown themselves to be incapable otherwise.

For me however, crashing the car into a ditch, and then lying in the petrol-soaked wreckage wondering about what could have been done better doesn’t cut it as ‘rational debate’.

But then, I identify as Young and Naive.

Roger
Roger
August 11, 2023 10:01 am

Dutton remains committed to net zero and his energy spokesman’s nuclear salesmanship is replete with references to achieving it.

If the Australian government doesn’t subscribe to Net Zero the US & EU would impose punitive sanctions on our economy and tariffs on our exports.

I believe that’s why Morrison capitulated at Glasgow.

That’s the political reality until the EU & US waver in their commitment to it.

Mother Lode
Mother Lode
August 11, 2023 10:02 am

More front than Myer.

She is desperate.

And it is perhaps beginning to dawn on her that Da Sistah-hood has very little interest in her. They had enormous interest in bringing down the Morrison government and banging on about some toxic culture, but Brittany’s case does not help anymore as interest in Morro is fading and the Sofronoff report has revealed how compromised the legal case was, and the white knight Drumkopf has resigned before he could be fired.

Roger
Roger
August 11, 2023 10:07 am

Returning to the topic du jour..

Looks like it was the Beef Wellington in the dining room with the mushroom duxelles.

C.L.
C.L.
August 11, 2023 10:11 am

If the Australian government doesn’t subscribe to Net Zero the US & EU would impose punitive sanctions on our economy and tariffs on our exports.

Yeah, nah.

I’m not buying that baloney any more. This is a big, resources-rich country that the US and the EU have no national, political or military interest in antagonising.

Rufus T Firefly
Rufus T Firefly
August 11, 2023 10:12 am

I was an FLGOFF in the RAAF in 1991.

Ref the B707 crash in Sale, the US did practice this (highly unlikely) recovery, but from an altitude of no less than 10,000 ft, above ground level.
The Australian B707 did so from 5,000 feet.

The pilot under instruction DID NOT wish to pursue the training. (I have seen the tape transcript).
The instructing pilot was a Reservist who flew for Qantas.

Shortly after the crash, I had to attend a course at RAAF Richmond.
The day I left, I was waiting in the O’s Mess, when the wives and families came in, for the Remembrance Ceremony.
Not a great day to be at RAAF Richmond.
Military flying, at all times, can be dangerous.

“Lest we forget”.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
August 11, 2023 10:14 am

And it is perhaps beginning to dawn on her that Da Sistah-hood has very little interest in her.

She’s served her purpose.

C.L.
C.L.
August 11, 2023 10:15 am

Moment seven officers drag ‘autistic’ girl, 16, kicking and screaming from Leeds home for committing a ‘hate crime’ after she told female cop ‘you look like my lesbian nana’

Females in police forces should be restricted to office work, rape cases and child-related matters. They are useless and dangerous in the field. Plus, almost all of them are feminist dickheads looking for a fight on some petty pretext (which they invariably outsource to their male chaperones).

Brilliant tweet on this:

https://twitter.com/MorgothsReview/status/1689662250724786176

Roger
Roger
August 11, 2023 10:18 am

This is a big, resources-rich country that the US and the EU have no national, political or military interest in antagonising.

And yet…

And further…

Crossie
Crossie
August 11, 2023 10:24 am

The Germans did that to themselves and it’s been coming for quite some time.

They’re presently destroying their manufacturing base to make sure of it.

They’re approaching peak Selbsthass.

I noticed the degradation of German during the trip the in 2019. It was such a difference from the previous visits. The cities were dirtier, particularly Berlin which had a homeless encampment in a park only metres from Brandenburg Gate and the old Reichstag which is now a museum. The park itself no longer looked tended and was turning into overgrown bush. Even the autobahns were turning into potholed roads a la Victoria.

In contrast Poland’s roads were new, beautiful and with beautiful landscaping alongside. This continued throughout the drive through the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary. Hungary in particular had expressways being built in all directions.

Western Europe seems to have entered the old age dementia phase of their lifespan while Eastern Europe are now the responsible adults.

Roger
Roger
August 11, 2023 10:26 am

Even resource rich nations like Australia can’t isolate themselves from international politics;mutatis mutandis, consider what the “international community” did to South Africa.

Crossie
Crossie
August 11, 2023 10:33 am

If the Australian government doesn’t subscribe to Net Zero the US & EU would impose punitive sanctions on our economy and tariffs on our exports.
I believe that’s why Morrison capitulated at Glasgow.
That’s the political reality until the EU & US waver in their commitment to it.

This is why I have seen enough of Europe and hope they crash and burn economically. Nothing else will bring them to their senses. I don’t think there will be a Muslim takeover of Europe if that happens, the illegals are there for what they can get out of European taxpayers and when payments stop they will go elsewhere.

C.L.
C.L.
August 11, 2023 10:36 am

Roger, the likelihood of the US imposing South Africa-style net zero sanctions on a country it wants to use as an aircraft carrier for the 100 years is approximately zero.

local oaf
August 11, 2023 10:39 am

Even resource rich nations like Australia can’t isolate themselves from international politics;mutatis mutandis, consider what the “international community” did to South Africa.

I still wonder exactly what threats were made clear to Scomo.

Did he kowtow to protect Australia from “international community” attack, or was he promised personal destruction?
Did Scomo condemn us to Year Zero purely to try and preserve his own power and prestige?

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
August 11, 2023 10:39 am

Roger

Aug 11, 2023 10:07 AM

Returning to the topic du jour..…

Looks like it was the Beef Wellington in the dining room with the mushroom duxelles.

The duxelles.
Gets you every time.

Crossie
Crossie
August 11, 2023 10:39 am

The stupid pronouncements and policy decisions about gas stoves has convinced me that we live in a Matrix style of existence. It’s not a global village or even an internet village, it’s all one giant computer simulation. A member of the new aristocracy proclaims gas stoves evil and suddenly governments everywhere do the same. In the past there would be years of discussions and to and fro but now it is instant, no discussions allowed. Look at transgenderism, same method.

China seems to have firewalled themselves from this virus and most of Africa and Asia are just ignoring it.

Mother Lode
Mother Lode
August 11, 2023 10:45 am

Dutton, if he is going to push nuclear power, will need a way to sell it to the people over the lefties and greenies braying “Hiroshima” and “Fukushima” and “Chernobyl”.

He will have to press the reality of modern nuclear technology, about France, about the US, about South Korea – the latter a country many older people may still think of as 3rd world.

The fact that we are not a decaying cold war nation and that we are on probably some of the stablest rock formations that exist.

Show people the reality rather than the panic.

Mother Lode
Mother Lode
August 11, 2023 10:45 am

Sorry, I should also have added that Dutton has to make people jealous of the countries with nukes.

johanna
johanna
August 11, 2023 10:50 am

I completely agree that the prospect of political heads on pikes is going to be the catalyst that may lead to some form of rational progress. The political class swine have shown themselves to be incapable otherwise.

True, dat.

When people’s energy bills almost double (we are just getting into that zone) and rents are rising, even if you can get one, and interest rates are biting – there will be heads on pikes. As there should be.

The problem is the fakes and conjurors who promise magical solutions, like the Greens. Their ‘solutions’ rely on Government intervention to control all aspects of the economy, with awful results that have been seen again and again.

That said, Albanese’s expending of vast amounts of political capital on a doomed enterprise, ‘Da InVoice’ is an own goal that will be in the record books.

Johnny Rotten
August 11, 2023 10:53 am

Indolent
Aug 11, 2023 10:03 AM
Fauci Lied; 120k+ Children Died: Secret CDC Report confirms Hundreds of Thousands of Youngsters ‘Died Suddenly’ in the USA following roll-out of COVID-19 Vaccines

Fauci lied under oath to the US Congress. Enuf’ said. In the Slammer you go you crook.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
August 11, 2023 10:54 am

Since we’re talking net zero I thought this one was hilarious.

Most companies buying renewable energy certificates aren’t actually reducing emissions (10 Aug)

Our new study shows that companies largely rely on renewable energy certificates to report steep electricity emissions reductions and that this is unlikely to actually reduce emissions.

And the emissions certificates are basically scams since they don’t represent real emissions reductions. It’s fakery all the way down, since they can’t really reduce emissions without committing corporate suicide.

Dr Faustus
Dr Faustus
August 11, 2023 10:59 am

Dutton, if he is going to push nuclear power, will need a way to sell it to the people over the lefties and greenies braying “Hiroshima” and “Fukushima” and “Chernobyl”.

The learnings from Chernobyl and Fukushima are pretty stark:

Chernobyl:

1) Don’t build 1950’s technology negative void reactors, that will melt if there’s an interruption to the cooling water system.
2) Don’t construct critical parts of your cooling system out of 19th century grey cast iron.
3) Don’t override the safety control systems on a frolic to squeeze a bonus 10% out of the reactor.
4) If you can’t avoid steps 1 to 3, build a proper containment system around the reactor to catch the mess.

Fukushima:

1) Don’t locate your reactor on a coastline opposite one of the world’s major subduction zones, inside the 100-year tsunami envelope.
2) If you can’t do step 1, don’t locate your emergency backup power system in a basement that will be flooded when the tsunami comes.

All too complex for the peanut gallery.

Crossie
Crossie
August 11, 2023 11:00 am

Mother Lode
Aug 11, 2023 10:45 AM
Sorry, I should also have added that Dutton has to make people jealous of the countries with nukes.

Appeal to the snobs in the crowd who idolise everything French. Something like the French know a good product when they see it. Moreover, they have never had a reactor accident even with nuclear energy being almost the majority power supply in France. Furthermore, they sell this electricity to Germany who are devolving into Middle Ages.

Cassie of Sydney
August 11, 2023 11:01 am

“She is desperate.”

Yep, and I’m enjoying the unravelling, because every time she opens her mouth she further compromises herself. I strongly suspect that any lingering sympathy for her among the general public has evaporated, and even little Gracie Tame is avoiding her. Of course, she’s probably clinging onto the fact that the likes of the Amphibian and the Laura Shingles once fawned over her, with the likes of Shingles sending her emails and texts saying “dearest Britt”, but she and Shazza fail to realise that “fame” comes at an enormous cost, and its transient, transient, with the media and the public being ruthless. Britt’s old news now, she’s served her purpose, for a time she was the perfect cudgel for the left in this country to undermine a government, and as I’ve said many times here, it worked a treat. From February 2021 through to May 2022 I watched in dismay as a supine government couldn’t regain the narrative (mind you, it didn’t try very hard), all because of a young woman called Britt and dead woman called “Kate”.

Youda thinka, having been awarded two or three millions dollars of taxpayer dosh, Britt would have the sense to keep her mouth shut, enjoy the dosh, and fade into obscurity but here’s the rub, she can’t, because she’s become addicted to fawning media coverage, which isn’t so fawning anymore, and perhaps more sinisterly, she’s the puppet of her slimy Svengali boyfriend, who is no doubt, as I write, whittling away the dosh “Britt’s” been awarded. In some respects I now pity her, she’s clearly a dim bulb, but that dim bulb destroyed a government and a young man’s life. I believe in karma, and it’s time for some payback.

calli
calli
August 11, 2023 11:04 am

Of all the geologically stable places in the world to build a reactor, Australia would have to be top spot.

I blame that hysteric, Helen Caldicott, for Australia’s tardiness in going nuclear.

calli
calli
August 11, 2023 11:05 am

The Face Of The Movement is losing her mask.

GreyRanga
GreyRanga
August 11, 2023 11:08 am

Quite right DrF, and the only thing the left have ever learnt is they got it wrong last time but this time we’ll get it right. ………sure.

Roger
Roger
August 11, 2023 11:08 am

Roger, the likelihood of the US imposing South Africa-style net zero sanctions on a country it wants to use as an aircraft carrier for the 100 years is approximately zero.

The US doesn’t practice quid pro quo politics in the international arena.

Roger
Roger
August 11, 2023 11:11 am

I still wonder exactly what threats were made clear to Scomo.

Tariffs and sanctions the impact of which he couldn’t wear domestically, oaf.

calli
calli
August 11, 2023 11:12 am

I think differently about Brittany. She’s a very smart cookie, she’s 3 million dollars richer after all. And she’s doing a law degree which will set her up nicely for some Public Service re-troughing.

Like so many smart people, she over-runs her mouth, and that could be her undoing. But I doubt it.

There will be quite a few around who will appreciate her silence about their activities during the trial and subsequent payout. And show their appreciation for it. In the end, it’s all about connexions.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
August 11, 2023 11:13 am

Firefly (not to be confused with Mayfly).

Military flying, at all times, can be dangerous.

Quite so.
But no need to make it more dangerous than absolutely necessary to prepare for the real deal.
If an F/A-18 ploughs through a flock of geese at 50 ft practicing “sneak up on the Hun” tactics, or a special forces helo prangs conducting “lights out” ops at night, well, that is part of the deal.
Practicing double assymetric engine failure and hydraulic failure at 5,000′ in a 707?
Perhaps not.
And thanks for the reminder on altitudes.
I knew they were low, but couldn’t remember the exact numbers.
5,000′ might sound high, but it is nothing when you get into a spin, particularly if you have to restore hydraulics before you get full rudder authority.
If you want to practice recovery at 5,000′, start at 20,000′ with the target to recover by 15,500′. If you fail, no-one dies.

Roger
Roger
August 11, 2023 11:16 am

The Face Of The Movement is losing her mask.

She’ll also be losing her bank balance if she keeps up the public commentary.

Still, she’ll have that job in Geneva to fall back on.

Farmer Gez
Farmer Gez
August 11, 2023 11:17 am

You’ve got to hand it to Bowen and Albo with their mad cap renewable plans. They’ve revived nuclear energy as a viable alternative to lights out after supper.
Would you rather have half a dozen nuclear sites taking up a few hundred hectares of land, using existing networks, or would you like millions of hectares of land covered in renewables and power lines?
Call a friend if you like.

Mother Lode
Mother Lode
August 11, 2023 11:18 am

I know people will argue that we should not need to go nuclear with all our coal and gas. Perhaps the Libs (the two or three with brain cells) have discerned that slaying the AGW myth will be harder than slaying the naughty nukes one.

The AGW scam still has multiple international organisations such as the UN and their plethora of panels, as well as all the policies and departments in Australia. And the fact that so many people are too scared to consider it might not be real. Nuclear provides a solution.

At the same time nuclear has not been much in discussion, really. We have departments of climate change, but not departments of no-nukes. People will be more available to considering because they are not so committed to ‘No’.

The Chicken Littles have not been preparing their models of deaths by nuclear power plant.

And, in the final instance, there is much to be said for:

Politics is the art of the possible, the attainable — the art of the next best

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
August 11, 2023 11:18 am

US Aid to Ukraine Amounts to $900 Per American Household, Economist Says

Congressionally approved aid for Ukraine has cost each U.S. household hundreds of dollars, Heritage Foundation budget expert Richard Stern says.

“The formal aid packages alone amount to a staggering $113 billion—roughly $900 per American household and almost 12 times the spending cuts promised by House leadership in the annual spending bills,” Stern, director of The Heritage Foundation’s Grover M. Hermann Center for the Federal Budget, said in an email to The Daily Signal, Heritage’s news outlet.

“As with all new federal spending,” Stern added, “this $113 billion spending spree was added to our national debt and will cost more than $300 in interest costs per household over the decade. Of course, we’ve given more aid than that, but haven’t paid the bill on it yet.”

Congress already has greenlighted over $113 billion in “aid and military assistance to support the Ukrainian government and allied nations” since Russian President Vladimir Putin invaded Ukraine in February 2022, according to the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget.

“As the war in Ukraine becomes a prolonged conflict, Americans are rightly growing skeptical of sending more taxpayer dollars and equipment from our depleted armory,” Heritage Foundation President Kevin Roberts told The Daily Signal in a written statement.

“Washington has failed to address their concerns, explain our nation’s strategy in the war, or enact basic oversight for our aid,” Roberts said. “If Congress can’t fix those fundamental issues, they have no business sending more money into the fog of war.”

According to the Congressional Budget Office, the U.S. had about 127.9 million households during fiscal year 2022, which ended last September, making the estimated cost for the approved aid to Ukraine per American household about $884.

President Joe Biden’s administration is preparing to ask Congress for supplemental funding for Ukraine, CNN reported Monday.

After returning from their August recess, some members of Congress want to provide more funding for Ukraine in a bill providing hurricane relief to Americans.

“Estimates of what the administration will request vary wildly from $10 billion to $70 billion, which demonstrates that no one knows what to request because they don’t know what they will do with it,” Heritage Foundation national security expert Victoria Coates told The Daily Signal in an email.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
August 11, 2023 11:22 am

More from Firefly at 10:12.

The pilot under instruction DID NOT wish to pursue the training. (I have seen the tape transcript).
The instructing pilot was a Reservist who flew for Qantas.

Perhaps another flaw in the system.
Having gung-ho reservists inserting themselves into operational stuff with fatal consequences.

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
August 11, 2023 11:24 am

Farmer Gez
Aug 11, 2023 11:17 AM

You’ve got to hand it to Bowen and Albo with their mad cap renewable plans. They’ve revived nuclear energy as a viable alternative to lights out after supper.

Would you rather have half a dozen nuclear sites taking up a few hundred hectares of land, using existing networks, or would you like millions of hectares of land covered in renewables and power lines?

Call a friend if you like.

The Stupidity of Blackout Bowen & Elbowsleezy Australian Labor Party is that modular nuclear reactors have been in operation safely for years in Nuclear Submarines

The USS Olympia, the Navy’s oldest serving fast-attack submarine, wrapped up 35 years of service with a seven-month, around-the-world deployment.

Indolent
Indolent
August 11, 2023 11:24 am

China seems to have firewalled themselves from this virus and most of Africa and Asia are just ignoring it.

Don’t forget Russia.

Black Ball
Black Ball
August 11, 2023 11:24 am

Terry McCrann:

Those petrol prices spiking up to around $2.40 a litre are actually telling us something pretty simple but also rather profound. People want petrol. And gas. And coal. Because they, well, work.

That’s to say real, actual – like about seven billion – people; and not idiot, spineless politicians, business so-called leaders, climate catastrophists and other mixed assorted loons, who broadly grew up believing ‘Chicken Little’ was a generational prophetic truth-teller. Why are petrol prices going up?

Because Russia and OPEC have barely tweaked their combined output; but given the unrelenting demand for oil – have you driven an EV lately? No? Neither have I – oil prices have surged above $US80 ($127) a barrel.

It doesn’t help that we’ve basically closed down almost all our domestic refining; leaving us hostage to foreign supply lines and any games played with refining and global commodity trading.

Something similar has happened to the gas price on the international market. Indeed, in Europe prices surged as much as 40 per cent. Somewhat bizarrely, because of threatened strikes at Chevron and Woodside gas export plants in WA. Gee, wouldn’t it be nice if our European customers got to experience some of the shortages and price hikes that our inept politicians have foisted on us. Oh, I forgot. Of course, they already have. In very cold spades.

Coal prices are a lot lower than they were a year ago, but they are still at substantial, very profitable levels. If we were to believe all the exaggerated claims about the tidal wave of ‘free’ renewables sweeping the globe; heck, you should be struggling to give coal away gratis.

The bottom-line reality, the truth, is that despite the tens of trillions of dollars – yes, tens, of, yes, trillions – that have been thrown away on useless wind and solar in collectively soft-headed developed countries, coal, gas and oil still add to over 80 per cent of energy usage globally, according to the International Energy Agency. OK. So those tens of trillions have managed to lift the wind and solar share to closing on 20 per cent? Well, short answer, no. And emphatically no.

Again, according to the IEA, nuclear provides around 5 per cent of global energy, and old-fashioned hydro – the original renewable, but now a very dirty word in fashionable Dark Green circles – a further 3 per cent. We’ve basically prohibited both – apart that is, from Malcolm Turnbull’s mad, bad and utterly insane Snowy Two hydro, that’s chewing up $20bn, and rising, and indeed may never actually be finished – along with coal and gas.

The next biggest chunk in the global energy mix is the very dubious – on both economic and environmental grounds – biofuels, at about 8 per cent. That’s bio-diesel, bio-ethanol and such like. Wind and solar: just 4 per cent. That’s all the payback for the tens of trillions of wasted dollars. And even that over-states their real contribution and their cost. Because you have to keep a second, real, power station running for when…..well, you know the rhyme. The $2.40 petrol price is just another step along the way to the future being forced on us, while three billion Chinese and Indians laugh all the way to their fossil-fuelled future.

will
will
August 11, 2023 11:26 am

Got the feeling that the Labor Party will rue the day ( if it is not already doing just that) that Albanese foolishly promised at the election to put the Voice to a referendum.

not really
they are lunatic fanatics blindly following an ideology and have no doubts whatsoever that they are rights and everyone else is wrong

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
August 11, 2023 11:29 am

Who is Michael Jones?: FBI Informant Planted in Proud Boys Caught on Tape on January 6

Instead of serving time in prison for felony convictions, Jones is part of the so-called “white supremacy” movement. He also reportedly is a fed.

JULIE KELLY
10 AUG 2023

In one humorous moment—and there were very few—during the seditious conspiracy trial of five members of the Proud Boys earlier this year, one defense attorney mocked the number of FBI confidential human sources, commonly known as informants, embedded in the group before January 6. “I am not and never have been a CHS,” Carmen Hernandez, a public defender representing one of the men, told Judge Timothy Kelly on March 26 after the government revealed the existence of yet another FBI informant.

In fact, the Department of Justice stipulated, meaning admitted, at least eight FBI informants were involved with the Proud Boys in the months leading up to January 6.

Defense attorneys, however, identified even more; at one point, a government witness confessed that more than a dozen informants participated in group chats and engaged in heated discussions later used as evidence in the trial. One FBI informant was a driver for Enrique Tarrio, the leader of the Proud Boys; another continued to engage the defendants after their arrests.

While prosecutors successfully concealed the identities of most FBI informants planted in the Proud Boys, newly obtained surveillance video shows the movement of one Proud Boy informant on January 6.

Michael Alan Jones is a convicted felon with a history of firearms, drug and statutory rape charges. But rather than spend years in prison—more on that in a future piece—in 2019, Jones suddenly became interested in so-called “white supremacist” and “neo-Nazi” groups including the Proud Boys and Patriot Front.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
August 11, 2023 11:32 am

Fukushima:

1) Don’t locate your reactor on a coastline opposite one of the world’s major subduction zones, inside the 100-year tsunami envelope.

But, but … ready access to cooling water without the need to use 0.0023% of the output of the reactor to pump cooling water to a safe head height (> 50 metres).

Roger
Roger
August 11, 2023 11:34 am

Yahoo News Australia:

‘NSW locks Indigenous elders out of sacred forest: ‘Just wrong”

‘The logging operation was described by an Indigenous woman as “a spiritual war against us First Nations people”.’

Seems the NSW government forestry authority consulted with the local aboriginal community in accordance with state laws but is now facing protests by dissenters.

I suspect if the reporter dug a little deeper he’d find the protesters are neo-Marxist Greens; but then he’s probably one of those himself.

Vagabond
Vagabond
August 11, 2023 11:38 am

Is Lucas Heights only for medicinal purposes or does it contribute power to the grid?

The OPAL reactor at Lucas Heights is only 20 MW so even if it was connected to the grid (which it isn’t) it wouldn’t make much of a contribution. It’s predecessor was 10 MW and that was all dissipated as heat in cooling towers. AFAIK it’s only for medical purposes and research.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
August 11, 2023 11:43 am

‘NSW locks Indigenous elders out of sacred forest: ‘Just wrong”

I’ll bet good money they all live in “white fella’s” houses in town – not in traditional shelters in their “sacred” forest!

Rosie
Rosie
August 11, 2023 11:43 am

I think all Brittany got was a internment of six or twelve weeks.
She won’t get too low a profile, not unless she and Sharaz decide to settle Reynold’s defamation actions out of court.
In the meantime keep talking.

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
August 11, 2023 11:44 am

‘AGL one of the most toxic companies on planet’, Cannon-Brookes says

Patrick Durkin
BOSS Deputy editor

AGL Energy’s largest shareholder, Mike Cannon-Brookes, has told company directors that “AGL is one of the most toxic companies on the planet” and it would be easy to fix its problems.

Mr Cannon-Brookes and his investment vehicle Grok Ventures, which owns just over 10 per cent of AGL, secured the election of four of his nominees to the board at last November’s shareholder meeting, as he agitated for a faster decarbonisation of the company.

“They copped a lot of shit to take this job, this is not an easy job,” Mr Cannon-Brookes said, as he warned more “talent transition” was required.

But AGL chairman Patricia McKenzie was also re-elected and AGL’s climate transition action plan – which outlines the closure of all coal-fired power stations by 2035 and 12 gigawatts of new renewable investments – was also endorsed at the AGM.

AGL Energy chief executive Damien Nicks sought to water down tensions with Mr Cannon-Brookes as its latest earnings results were released on Thursday, claiming the company is “going as fast as we can” to decarbonise.

But the billionaire software developer Mr Cannon-Brookes scorched the climate credentials of the company within ten minutes of speaking at an Australian Institute of Company Directors’ event in Sydney on Friday.

“AGL is one of the most toxic companies on the planet,” the Atlassian co-founder told the forum.

“It as a single company … has more emissions than the entire country of Portugal, or the entire country of New Zealand.

“Think of every single thing in New Zealand, every car, every business, every factory, every sheep, everything, right, more than Sweden.

“These three countries are smaller than one single company we have here, and it’s eminently fixable. It’s one of the most toxic companies on the planet, so it’s a good place to start to prove that decarbonisation can be done and be done profitably,” he said.

Mr Cannon-Brookes has been pushing for a decarbonisation pathway that is aligned with the Paris climate accord, which would mean earlier shutdowns of the giant Bayswater and Loy Yang A coal power plants, two of the biggest in the country. But he said, “we are not just lobbing bombs from the side”.

“Some of that transition needs to be forced and we are pretty unashamed in forcing that transition with a shareholder view that we believe there is a more profitable opportunity,” he told the room of more than 1000 directors.

“AGL has some amazing assets. It has millions of customers, it has some of the best grid connections in the world, it has some fantastic opportunities to lean in and invest and benefit from the transition.”

“That is the story that we put across that it is better for shareholders, rather than separating the company into various uneconomic groups and sticking your head in the sand. But it required a talent transition, let’s just say, which is still ongoing, but it’s obviously in a better spot than it was.”

Mr Cannon-Brookes said the share registry of AGL provided the opportunity to strike.

“AGL scored very poorly, as one would expect, on ESG, which is why it largely had no institutional shareholders,” he said. “They had all sold out, so when we bought 10 or 11 per cent of the company, I think we were one of the largest shareholders by a factor of five or six … what that means is you end up with this slightly rudderless thing … that partly created our opportunity.”

Mr Cannon-Brookes said Australia more broadly is “starting to catch up” but “we are still not doing very well”, despite enormous opportunities.

“The last eight years are the hottest eight on record, we’ve seen no shortage of bushfires, floods etcetera, we’ve experienced them all here and July last month, if you want a mind-blowing stat, was the hottest month ever recorded in 120,000 years,” he said.

“We’re still not doing very well. We’re the 16th largest emitter in the world. We have 0.3 per cent of the world’s population, we are 1.5 per cent of the world’s emissions directly, so one of the largest emitters per capita in the world.

“We are batting above our weight in not a good competition. We have seen we are one of the most exposed country’s to the impacts,” he said.

Mr Cannon-Brookes said Australia is in a club of three with Russia and Saudi Arabia.

“Not a good club to be in. These are the three largest fossil fuel exporting nations in the world.”

“We’ve seen a lot of movement in the last 18 months, we are starting to catch up, we are still paying for let’s just say 10 to 20 years of being regressive on a global climate stage.”

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
August 11, 2023 11:45 am

calli

Aug 11, 2023 11:12 AM

I think differently about Brittany. She’s a very smart cookie, she’s 3 million dollars richer after all. And she’s doing a law degree which will set her up nicely for some Public Service re-troughing.

Hmmm.
Smart, you say?
Well, the $3 million fell into her lap because Elbow and Co wanted to demonstrate the magnitude of the Evil of ScoMo.
Firstly, it doesn’t take too many smarts to “be doing a law degree”. Even finishing one for a member of the diversity classes would be a doddle.
See also, Drumgold, Shane.
She exhibited time and time again that she couldn’t think past the next question.
Smart?
No.
Manipulative?
Yes.
She has all the hallmarks of someone who has navigated her life so far by foot-stamping and semi-convincing, head-tilty, tearful lying.
It isn’t happening now, because no-one would risk it.
But when the implosion is complete they will be coming out of the woodwork.
Old school and work colleagues with stories of the pathological lying.

Rosie
Rosie
August 11, 2023 11:48 am

The cmfeu and allied unions should be chaffing at the bit for nukes, pay will undoubtedly dwarf big build tunnels 320 to 350k pay packets.
Personally I would import the US or European teams on short term visas, but that won’t happen.

Johnny Rotten
August 11, 2023 11:50 am

It doesn’t help that we’ve basically closed down almost all our domestic refining; leaving us hostage to foreign supply lines and any games played with refining and global commodity trading.

And our Strategic Oil Reserve is located in……….the USA. And it isn’t 6 months of supply of Oil BUT around 6 minutes. Australia, the ‘Cleva’ Country. Welcome to Country.

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
August 11, 2023 11:54 am

Scientist admits the ‘overwhelming consensus’ on the climate change crisis is ‘manufactured’

By John Stossel

We are told climate change is a crisis, and that there is an “overwhelming scientific consensus.”

“It’s a manufactured consensus,” climate scientist Judith Curry tells me.

She says scientists have an incentive to exaggerate risk to pursue “fame and fortune.”

She knows about that because she once spread alarm about climate change.

The media loved her when she published a study that seemed to show a dramatic increase in hurricane intensity.

“We found that the percent of Category 4 and 5 hurricanes had doubled,” says Curry.

“This was picked up by the media,” and then climate alarmists realized, “Oh, here is the way to do it. Tie extreme weather events to global warming!”

“So, this hysteria is your fault!” I tell her.

“Not really,” she smiles.

“They would have picked up on it anyways.”

Vicki
Vicki
August 11, 2023 11:57 am

And our Strategic Oil Reserve is located in……….the USA. And it isn’t 6 months of supply of Oil BUT around 6 minutes.

And then it has to travel by ship through the South China sea route! Say no more…..

Boambee John
Boambee John
August 11, 2023 11:59 am

In a non-clown world, Australia would have a full-cycle nuclear industry – uranium to fuel to spent fuel assembly reception-reprocessing-storage – worth $hundreds of billions to GDP. Leveraged off which, nuclear energy sent out 24/7 at $70-$80/MWh.

Dr F

As proposed by RFX Connor under the reign of Emperor Goof.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
August 11, 2023 12:01 pm

Is Lucas Heights only for medicinal purposes or does it contribute power to the grid?

Some questions to counter the nookalear hand-wringing over radiation risks.
(They advocate zero radiation and spruik “no safe level”).

Do you have a microwave?
A lap-top?
Or a TV?
Have you ever had a CT scan?
Do you eat bananas and brazil nuts?

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
August 11, 2023 12:01 pm

Amidst Foreign Agent Drama, Memo Reveals $20M to Hunter and Biden Family

By Philip Wegmann – RCP Staff

A democrat husband:

“Yes, I did catch my wife in bed with another man, and yes they were both completely unclothed and both together under the covers, but I SWEAR, we should all totally, completely, absolutely, positively believe my wife when she says they were giving each other annual cancer skin checks! There is NO possible way they were doing ANYTHING else and NO ONE has any proof they were doing anything OTHER than skin cancer checks on each other!”

Crossie
Crossie
August 11, 2023 12:02 pm

calli
Aug 11, 2023 11:04 AM
Of all the geologically stable places in the world to build a reactor, Australia would have to be top spot.

I blame that hysteric, Helen Caldicott, for Australia’s tardiness in going nuclear.

I almost forgot about that olden days Australian export to the CND (Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament). Those demonstrations in London in the mid-80s were huge and cause célèbre of Linda McCartney and friends.

When that petered out along came Bob Geldof to inflict on us We Are The World.

So what else was happening in the 80s? Why, Ronald Raygun and he was blamed for all the world’s ills if I remember correctly. Good times.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
August 11, 2023 12:03 pm

Disney needs Rabzing, very badly.

‘Lost cause!’ Disney partners with ‘gender fluid’ biological man to market girls’ clothing as subscriptions drop (10 Aug, via Lucianne)

In what may go down as the creepiest partnership in marketing history, the Walt Disney Co. has partnered with a biological “gender fluid” adult man to market clothing for little girls.

There’s creepy and then there’s really really creepy. The latter, in this case. Why are corporations going insane like this? Do they have no common sense or decency at all?

Roger
Roger
August 11, 2023 12:05 pm

Roger, you said that Germany’s problems were self-induced by adopting a Net Zero policy or the like, but you’re brushing off Australia’s obsequiousness re Net Zero as simply a prudent policy to avoid international sanctions. You can’t have it both ways.

I’m not personally “brushing off” anything, I’m making an observation about what I see as the political realities. I’d be perfectly happy with cheap coal fired electricity which Queensland can supply in abundance.

In regard to Germany, the cause of their problems is self-evident. The tragedy of it for those employed in their industrial sector is that, unlike us, they still have a manufacturing base to destroy.

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
August 11, 2023 12:05 pm

Obama’s Fraudulent Legacy Is Being Exposed, And It’s On The Wrong Side Of History

BY: MARK HEMINGWAY
AUGUST 09, 2023
13 MIN READ

Barack Obama’s crumbling public image is more Louis Farrakhan, less MLK.

bons
bons
August 11, 2023 12:05 pm

My understanding from the 707 COI was that double asymmetric was a ‘simulator only’ emergency training procedure. The ‘tin god’ was operating illegally by pulling the engines.
My strongest memory of the event was the errant patronising nonsense spoken by the Chief of Air Command when taken to task over the outrage.
It is accepted lore that the most dangerous thing in military aviation is a military flying instructor.
Aviation inclined folks may recall the Learjet that crashed into Botany Bay at night when the instructor illegally pulled an engine on rotation. He was an ex-Army instructor with an appallng reputation amongst students.

Spinning Mouse
Spinning Mouse
August 11, 2023 12:07 pm

I’m really enjoying Liz Storer on Sky’s The Late Show. She’s very bright with a huge sense of fun and dives right in on most issues, nearly always getting it right.

I think the same re Liz Storer. She is much better than when she appeared sometimes as a commentator on Paul Murray. More freedom in the different format maybe.

Crossie
Crossie
August 11, 2023 12:08 pm

Farmer Gez
Aug 11, 2023 11:17 AM
You’ve got to hand it to Bowen and Albo with their mad cap renewable plans. They’ve revived nuclear energy as a viable alternative to lights out after supper.
Would you rather have half a dozen nuclear sites taking up a few hundred hectares of land, using existing networks, or would you like millions of hectares of land covered in renewables and power lines?
Call a friend if you like.

Nuclear energy is definitely cheaper than any renewables and is not produced by China meaning we save money and deprive CCP of riches. So many upsides which is why it will be hard to convince our Canberra masters to change course.

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
August 11, 2023 12:11 pm

Bananamerica: Unity Index Hits 29-Month Low Amid Biden’s Lawfare Turmoil – Lawfare takes its toll.

TIPPINSIGHTS EDITORIAL BOARD

Key findings

. An overwhelming 80% of Americans say the country is divided, with only 20% believing the nation is united.
. This sentiment of division is shared by a majority across 36 demographic groups
. The TIPP Unity Index reaches its 29-month low
. Lawfare takes its toll as 50% of Americans say Biden is using the DOJ to thwart Trump’s return to power
. 52% state Biden’s DOJ is cutting sweetheart deals with Hunter Biden while persecuting Biden’s leading political opponent

President Biden mentioned “unity” and “together” in his inaugural address more than a dozen times.

Today, on this January day, my whole soul is in this: Bringing America together. Uniting our people. And uniting our nation.

He promised to lead the polarized country on a healing path toward unity.

We can see each other not as adversaries but as neighbors. We can treat each other with dignity and respect. We can join forces, stop the shouting, and lower the temperature. For without unity, there is no peace, only bitterness and fury.

Fast-forward 31 months.

The nation is at the peak of the division since Biden’s inauguration in August, as scientifically measured by the TIPP Poll. The President has miserably failed to foster unity.

The data shows that his actions are contributing to the division.

– The Unity Index
– Democrats’ Lawfare
– Behind The Numbers
– America’s Future

But the extreme polarization is already taking a toll on the country. In a TIPP Poll conducted in June, 34% of Americans believed that America would not exist in its present form 10 years from now. Interestingly, 41% of Republicans and independents thought so.

Our performance in 2020 for accuracy as rated by Washington Post:

Boambee John
Boambee John
August 11, 2023 12:12 pm

Rufus T F

That was a bad period for the RAAF, with the 707, a P-3 crashing at Cocos after a botched take-off (a Canadian exchange officer was killed, IIRC), and an F/A-18 flying off over the Gulf of Carpentaria with an apparently unconscious pilot (wreckage found some time later on Cape York).

Crossie
Crossie
August 11, 2023 12:14 pm

Mother Lode
Aug 11, 2023 11:18 AM
I know people will argue that we should not need to go nuclear with all our coal and gas. Perhaps the Libs (the two or three with brain cells) have discerned that slaying the AGW myth will be harder than slaying the naughty nukes one.

The truth about the non-existence of the AGW will be very difficult to get rid of because universities are invested in its continuation, they get billions in research funding by pushing this fraud. They will fight tooth and nail to keep it going.

Dot
Dot
August 11, 2023 12:14 pm

Our strategic reserve is under our feet. We have ample coal, oil, gas, thorium and uranium to last for tens of thousands of years.

We’ve made using them illegal or punitive.

Boambee John
Boambee John
August 11, 2023 12:19 pm

ML

And, in the final instance, there is much to be said for:

Politics is the art of the possible, the attainable — the art of the next best

“Comrades, the best is the enemy of good enough.” Adm Sergei Gorshkov, Soviet Navy, around 60 years ago.

Boambee John
Boambee John
August 11, 2023 12:21 pm

Sancho Panzer
Aug 11, 2023 11:22 AM
More from Firefly at 10:12.

The pilot under instruction DID NOT wish to pursue the training. (I have seen the tape transcript).
The instructing pilot was a Reservist who flew for Qantas.

Perhaps another flaw in the system.
Having gung-ho reservists inserting themselves into operational stuff with fatal consequences.

How often did Qantas practise dual asymmetrics?

Pogria
Pogria
August 11, 2023 12:23 pm

Farmer Gez, regarding your miniature horse with the long coat. If his coat is unusually thick and has not started shedding, it may pay to have him tested for Cushing’s Disease.
It is found in horses and dogs. It is uncommon but not rare.
I had a Welsh pony who looked like a Yeti all year round. I had to clip her in Summer as the coat never shed. It can be managed, but not cured. My pony lived until she was 42.

Roger
Roger
August 11, 2023 12:24 pm

Yes, US-led Russian sanctions.

Now you’re just trolling, dover.

Germany’s industrial sector has been in contraction since May, 2018 and for a decade or so before that its performance was uneven.

Zatara
Zatara
August 11, 2023 12:26 pm

How often did Qantas practise dual asymmetrics?

… outside the simulator.

Boambee John
Boambee John
August 11, 2023 12:31 pm

bons
Aug 11, 2023 12:05 PM

My strongest memory of the event was the errant patronising nonsense spoken by the Chief of Air Command when taken to task over the outrage.

Didn’t that individual go on to become Chief of Air Force?

John H.
John H.
August 11, 2023 12:32 pm

Dot
Aug 11, 2023 12:14 PM
Our strategic reserve is under our feet. We have ample coal, oil, gas, thorium and uranium to last for tens of thousands of years.

We’ve made using them illegal or punitive.

Stupid is as stupid does. I’d like to think that before I die someone in this country will mount the argument that we need a complete reappraisal of how governance is conducted in this country. I’m looking at you DOT because you are the only person I have encountered who seems to appreciate how irreparably damaged our current governance structures are. I don’t agree with all the ideas you have presented but those are a damned good start. I shall presume to be directive and suggest, nay beg, demand even, that yourself and John Humphreys join forces to put to the Australian people some fresh ideas about how to repair our democracy before it collapses under the weight of ever increasing stupidity in Canberra.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
August 11, 2023 12:35 pm

bons

Aug 11, 2023 12:05 PM

My understanding from the 707 COI was that double asymmetric was a ‘simulator only’ emergency training procedure. The ‘tin god’ was operating illegally by pulling the engines.
My strongest memory of the event was the errant patronising nonsense spoken by the Chief of Air Command when taken to task over the outrage.

Without giving away too much, a couple of work colleagues at the time were ex-RAAF pilots whose initial response was a dumbfounded “How could you lose a seven-oh?”
This turned to anger when they found out what the dickhead had done.

It is accepted lore that the most dangerous thing in military aviation is a military flying instructor

Add the overlay that the instructor was a “Weekend Warrior” reservist with a Tom Cruise complex.
Pity the gung-ho fckwit took others with him.

Crossie
Crossie
August 11, 2023 12:36 pm

Oops, I see now why my last comment is in moderation, the ie fell off the end of my name.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
August 11, 2023 12:40 pm

How often did Qantas practise dual asymmetrics?

Never.
That is the problem.
This bloke apparently was a Qantas cut-lunch commando, and saw the RAAF as an outlet for a bit of video game risk taking.
It didn’t occur to him that Qantas didn’t do this shit outside the sim for a very good reason. Not to mention that it was a breach of RAAF procedures as well.

Boambee John
Boambee John
August 11, 2023 12:40 pm

Sancho

Add the overlay that the instructor was a “Weekend Warrior” reservist with a Tom Cruise complex.

There were some indications that the pilot of the F/A-18 that ended up on Cape York also had a Tom Criuse complex.

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
August 11, 2023 12:42 pm

‘Electric cars have ruined our lives and we want them gone from our town’

One local resident said everyone was “absolutely fuming” and that businesses were considering taking legal action.

Residents of a town in North Yorkshire have said electric cars are ruining their lives and they want them gone from their town.

Locals in Knaresborough have claimed that electric cars have turned their area into a ghost town because of the rise in parking spaces for the vehicles.

As a result, residents with petrol and diesel cars are finding it increasingly difficult to find places to park.

The controversy comes after 10 electric car-only parking spaces were installed last year, outraging locals.

Nearly a year on, the local community has had enough and is fighting back against the local council.

Zatara
Zatara
August 11, 2023 12:46 pm

How often did Qantas practise dual asymmetrics?

On an aircraft in flight? I’m going to guess never. That’s not to say they never trained in it.

Regulators, insurers, bean counters, and share holders tend to object when compound major system malfunction training is conducted in multi-million dollar aircraft when they could have been done much more safely and effectively in a simulator.

Screw the pooch in a simulator and the instructor can freeze it, you can have a coffee while discussing what went wrong, and try it again. Do it in an aircraft… not so much.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
August 11, 2023 12:46 pm

There were some indications that the pilot of the F/A-18 that ended up on Cape York also had a Tom Criuse complex.

Was that the one where the pilot liked to unsnap his oxygen mask, and fling it to one side, in imitation of Tom Cruise?

Rabz
August 11, 2023 12:47 pm

Looks like a contretemps/imbroglio may be in the offing over at CL’s on this thread. I’ve just challenged a commenter there to name some of the alleged benefits of “decarbonization”*.

*Has anyone heard a more ridiculous term fabricated in recent times by collectivist cockheads?

johanna
johanna
August 11, 2023 12:48 pm

OldOzzie
Aug 11, 2023 11:54 AM

Scientist admits the ‘overwhelming consensus’ on the climate change crisis is ‘manufactured’

By John Stossel

We are told climate change is a crisis, and that there is an “overwhelming scientific consensus.”

“It’s a manufactured consensus,” climate scientist Judith Curry tells me.

She says scientists have an incentive to exaggerate risk to pursue “fame and fortune.”

I followed Judith’s site for many years – she’s the real deal.

There is a youtube clip somewhere of her at a Congressional hearing being monstered by a Democrat dickhead, and her being defended by Mark Steyn.

It’s only sexist bullying whan they do it.

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
August 11, 2023 12:50 pm

Petrol drivers pay less to travel than electric car owners as charging costs soar

Petrol and diesel owners are paying less than some motorists with brand-new electric cars

Drivers are paying more to run electric cars than traditional petrol models, according to new research.

A study from Electrifying.com has revealed a petrol Volkswagen Golf would cost £190 less to run than an electric car in a blow to the Government’s EV plans.

The findings show drivers would pay £1,023 to top up over a VW Golf over 12 months if fuel costs stayed at £1.47 per litre.

However, this would be less than the £1,213 motorists would pay to top up a fully-electric Vokkawgane ID.3 at public charging bays all year round.

The report highlights that drivers without home charging stations would pay around £1,037 each year to run their vehicles.

Rabz
August 11, 2023 12:52 pm

About the only example I can recall of a benefit of “decarbonization” (from 1′:15″ on).

C.L.
C.L.
August 11, 2023 12:52 pm

What am I missing about the Cheng Lei situation?

She had a successful career in Australia but quits both job and country to work in China where she auditions for an intern’s slot on government-controlled television; she’s on air within three months (not bad, given that she must have had 50,000 competitors). In 2018, she makes the news herself for mocking President Trump on CGTN in true CCP-approved fashion. In the same month – August 2018 – she’s arrested.

She’s still married to an Australian and they have two children. But they all live here.

?

thefrollickingmole
thefrollickingmole
August 11, 2023 12:53 pm

“AGL scored very poorly, as one would expect, on ESG, which is why it largely had no institutional shareholders,” he said. “They had all sold out, so when we bought 10 or 11 per cent of the company

paging ASIC, ASIC to the courtesy phone…

https://asic.gov.au/about-asic/contact-us/reporting-misconduct-to-asic/shares-and-market-misconduct-insider-trading-etc/

So totes not market manipulation via non profit related metrics then??
What a scam.

calli
calli
August 11, 2023 12:56 pm

It’s a silly term, but I think the writer is suggesting it could be used as a tool to get nuclear in by the side door while the numbnut gatekeepers are guarding the portcullis.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
August 11, 2023 12:57 pm

Boambee John

Aug 11, 2023 12:12 PM

Rufus T F

That was a bad period for the RAAF, with the 707, a P-3 crashing at Cocos after a botched take-off (a Canadian exchange officer was killed, IIRC), and an F/A-18 flying off over the Gulf of Carpentaria with an apparently unconscious pilot (wreckage found some time later on Cape York).

There was also a mid-air between two F/A-18s in which the wing tip of one went through the cockpit of another.
In a remarkable testament to the fly-by-wire tech in the thing, the other one landed with the outer section of one wing beyond the wing-fold hinge missing and a two foot chunk of the horizontal stab gone from the same side.
Very sad, but these guys were full-time professional combat pilots practicing target acquisition and missile launch.
Not thrill seeking reservists who should go bungee jumping using worn occy straps if they want to get a buzz.
Or maybe tuck into a double helping of Beef Wellington.

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
August 11, 2023 12:57 pm

All the News the CIA Sees Fit to Print

By David Talbot, Columnist, The Kennedy Beacon

John Kiriakou looked up from his desk at CIA headquarters and was stunned to see The Washington Post investigative reporter, Bob Woodward, walking through the secure area without an agency escort. On another occasion, Kiriakou—who rose at the CIA to become executive assistant to the deputy in charge of operations, the spy agency’s dark activities—saw CNN host Wolf Blitzer wandering unattended through the same area, despite the CIA’s ban on communicating with the media.

Kiriakou later became a well-known whistleblower. He was the only CIA employee who went to prison for the agency’s torture program, sentenced in 2013 to 30 months behind bars—

not because he himself tortured anyone, but because he told an ABC News reporter about the waterboarding to which the agency subjected a war on terror captive.

These days, Kiriakou is outraged for a different reason: the tight connection between the CIA and the media elite.

When Kiriakou was a CIA official, he says, the agency leaked regularly to The Washington Post correspondents Woodward, David Ignatius and Joby Warrick—as well as “a half-dozen reporters” at The New York Times—because Langley spymasters knew they “will carry your water.”

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
August 11, 2023 12:58 pm

I followed Judith’s site for many years – she’s the real deal.

Seconded, although she’s been very tactical. She maintains she sits in the centre between the two sides, a bit like Lomborg, which lets her get through the lefty censorship at least to some extent. Hasn’t prevented the Left from going after the both of them. Heretic!!!

I think she’s been an A-grade sceptic for a long long time, but she carefully avoids the opprobrium that comes with such a label. However she seems to encourage Nic Lewis, who is a nitwit. Equilibrium sensitivity is about 0.6-0.7 K/doubling, which if Lewis used his brain he’d notice from the climate data. But no, he doesn’t use his brain. On the other hand his ECS numbers mean CO2 is harmless anyway, which I suppose is why Prof Curry gives him a platform.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
August 11, 2023 1:09 pm

Boambee John

Aug 11, 2023 12:40 PM

Sancho

Add the overlay that the instructor was a “Weekend Warrior” reservist with a Tom Cruise complex.

There were some indications that the pilot of the F/A-18 that ended up on Cape York also had a Tom Criuse complex.

Yes, that was my impression too.
Hypoxia.
More effective than Beef Wellington at altitude.
Not sure who he would be impressing at FL300 over the gulf though?
A bit of talk about failed systems at the time.
Yeah, nah.
He would have had a warning if oxygen delivery failed and the beauty of the Hornet is you can reach safe altitudes toot sweet without having to worry about spilling the Dom Perignon in First Class.
One initial symptom of hypoxia is a feeling of euphoria and invincibility.
You feel like a God Oracle, if you will.
I think there might have been a bit of that even before the mask came off.

Barry
Barry
August 11, 2023 1:11 pm

Is there a managed fund or ETF that holds low-ESG score companies. Sort of like an UNethical fund?

Kneel
Kneel
August 11, 2023 1:14 pm

“Wind and solar: just 4 per cent. That’s all the payback for the tens of trillions of wasted dollars.”

Global growth in renewables energy production is approximately 80% of global energy usage increase. How were we planning to transition in less than 20 years?

Dr Faustus
Dr Faustus
August 11, 2023 1:18 pm

We are told climate change is a crisis, and that there is an “overwhelming scientific consensus.”

“It’s a manufactured consensus,” climate scientist Judith Curry tells me.

She says scientists have an incentive to exaggerate risk to pursue “fame and fortune.”

The consensus Bullshit started in 2004, with a paper by Naomi Oreskes (piss be upon her) who analysed ~900 academic papers on climate science and found 75% were all for anthropogenic causes – while the remaining 25% expressed no view. She extrapolated this to mean overwhelming consensus, because if there was a problem with the AGW model, the silent 25% would have courageously spoken up – publication and research grants be damned.

This was extended in 2013 by a bunch of Australian university employees, who used sciency sounding decimal point precision to tell us that 97.2% of scientists agreed with AGW.

Julia Gillard then extended that further to 97.3% consensus – where it currently sits.

(Anecdotally, of course, but I might say that rather fewer than 97.3% of geoscientists agree unequivocally with this.)

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
August 11, 2023 1:25 pm

(Anecdotally, of course, but I might say that rather fewer than 97.3% of geoscientists agree unequivocally with this.)

My butcher’s paper agrees.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
August 11, 2023 1:25 pm

I think the Cafe resident grey butcherbird’s eggs have just hatched. He’s been at my front door seven or eight times already today, and it’s only lunchtime. Each time he sings loudly until I come to the door and give him Coles mince. The new kids might be starving! Not. The trees around his nest must be decorated with mince like Christmas trees. They get a serious oxytocin high…one of his predecessors visited 25 times in a single day when his ones hatched. He got a little less like an anxious father in later years, fortunately.

Robert Sewell
August 11, 2023 1:28 pm
Dot
Dot
August 11, 2023 1:29 pm

UNethical investments corp

WHC (Whitehaven Coal)
NHC (New Hope Corp)
WDS (Woodside)
ILU (Illuka Resources)

Maybe overpriced now but in Dec last year they looked like bargains.

calli
calli
August 11, 2023 1:30 pm

Our lot have been hanging around the back door like bad smells too Bruce. These are the pied ones. Also magpies are very insistent.

Dr Faustus
Dr Faustus
August 11, 2023 1:30 pm

My butcher’s paper agrees.

So, consensus then.
The power of white space and sparkly glue.

Crossie
Crossie
August 11, 2023 1:35 pm

C.L.
Aug 11, 2023 12:52 PM
What am I missing about the Cheng Lei situation?

She probably pissed off somebody who missed out on a position due to her getting it. I imagine they thought I’ll fix her little red wagon and whispered in some official ears. This will teach others that once they leave China not to go back.

Spinning Mouse
Spinning Mouse
August 11, 2023 1:35 pm

Mr Cannon-Brookes

Wanker.

Mother Lode
Mother Lode
August 11, 2023 1:49 pm

“Comrades, the best is the enemy of good enough.” Adm Sergei Gorshkov, Soviet Navy, around 60 years ago.

Reminds me of a program I saw about the development Britain’s radar defence “Chain Home”.

While they were nutting out the problems to get it set up in time the guy in charge had to repeatedly push back against ideas for technical improvements because they would have caused delay. So Britain got a less spectacular product but they go it in time. I gather it was a very closely run thing.

The Germans had sent up a zepplin (this was very shortly before the war) to find out if the towers being put up all along the coast were part of a radar system. The British radar tracked the airship’s course throughout, but even as the Germans were being constantly pinged with radar they could find no evidence.

They were listening intently for high frequency transmissions and heard none. As it turns out, one of the compromises to get the system up and running as soon as possible was to use the power grid for its signals. This was around a mere 50Hz – which the Germans were not looking for. It also had the added advantage that all the radar transmitters were synchronised.

The Germans ascribed the sounds they were hearing correctly to the power grid, reasoning it is just the arcing of the electrical cables at their towers.

Salvatore, Iron Publican
August 11, 2023 1:53 pm

That was a bad period for the RAAF, with the 707, a P-3 crashing at Cocos after a botched take-off (a Canadian exchange officer was killed, IIRC), and an F/A-18 flying off over the Gulf of Carpentaria with an apparently unconscious pilot (wreckage found some time later on Cape York).

Twenty years later.
They’d have found it within a few days, except RAAF brass would not accept that a yokel civilian with no training in navigation, could possibly know the 4-points of the compass.
RAAF at the time apparently believed the F-18 had overflown Cape York Peninsula & splashed somewhere in the Coral Sea. What would civilians know?

Steve trickler
Steve trickler
August 11, 2023 1:54 pm

I am tempted to jump the fence and punch a Jim’s Mowing bloke in the face. He’s done the lawn with a whipper snipper and not a mower.

Constant noise!

He’s f*cking usless!

calli
calli
August 11, 2023 1:59 pm

Steve…is he picking up the leaves with a leaf blower?

Justifiable homicide.

  1. Headline of the day: The Matildas and Arsenal weapon tasked with filling Kerr-sized hole Fnarrr.

  2. And puts lie to the media’s claim that he held a firearms licence “for recreational purposes”.

  3. The word doing the rounds (as yet unsubstantiated) is a total ban on “recreational” firearm use. Can see a lot…

  4. Outstanding. Just outstanding commentary on the current semitic sentiment in this country. The back end of a Gray Connolly piece…

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