Open Thread – Weekend 20 Jan 2024


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Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
January 21, 2024 12:53 am

the Cat is on the radar of US intelligence

My God. Rotten was right all along.

Martin Armstrong’s onto us.

MatrixTransform
January 21, 2024 12:56 am

I tried to find a park for the half track

glorified snow-mobile … how fast can it go?

Mark Bolton
January 21, 2024 1:00 am

Yup and they all try so hard to seem informed and funny .. Wanna know what? Read widely and you might become informed … hand about with real people and you might just pick up on what make them laugh …

MatrixTransform
January 21, 2024 1:01 am

5 eyes
if yr listening
the brushies ate all my nectarines
repeat
the brushies ate my nectarines

Mark Bolton
January 21, 2024 1:02 am

Over to you KD … give us all another giggle …

Mark Bolton
January 21, 2024 1:05 am

KD just a cuppla one liners Mate … !! You know the form … blokes doing it to each other … always a winner with your crowd !!!

John H.
John H.
January 21, 2024 1:13 am

MatrixTransform
Jan 21, 2024 12:44 AM
I have even seen an interview with a highly respected US military analyst describe Catallaxy as a forum espousing huge amounts of conspiracy theories and stupid ideas

lemme get this straight

the Cat is on the radar of US intelligence

and John H is part of the inner circle?

sounds plausible

ffs … this joint

tempus fugit (depending on yr frame of reference)

It was Alex Hollings from Sandboxx, I am a subscriber. I have no idea how he came across the site. It was an open interview, no need to be an insider. I can’t reference it for you.

MatrixTransform
January 21, 2024 1:19 am

get off the bongs John H

John H.
John H.
January 21, 2024 1:20 am

MT Hollings may have been doing some market research and seeing if Sandboxx was linked in Aus. I have posted Sandboxx links here. There is a recent article on Sandboxx arguing that lasers will not work against hypersonics. Not the Russian hypersonics which have a ballistic trajectory hence can be intercepted but the modern hypersonics China and the USA are producing – variable flight paths, near impossible to intercept. The catch being hypersonics are extremely expensive so needs to be a high value target, like an aircraft carrier.

John H.
John H.
January 21, 2024 1:21 am

MatrixTransform
Jan 21, 2024 1:19 AM
get off the bongs John H

Then I’d be as ignorant and stupid as you.

Mark Bolton
January 21, 2024 1:21 am

@ John H.
Jan 21, 2024 1:13 AM

Yes I got baited by KD and I should know better but to bite back … my Bad …I was the sucker ..

I got played …

I turned out to be the fool …

I will try better in future …

Mark Bolton
January 21, 2024 1:40 am

Oh an another Black Eye for Hamas …

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pHbyHm5O1ng

Mark Bolton
January 21, 2024 1:47 am

Here is the question all of students of Propaganda ask …. If the Enemy is so terrible wouldn’t their ill deeds speak for themselves ? If it were already so bad ? Why would you have to lie ?

MatrixTransform
January 21, 2024 1:58 am

The catch being hypersonics …

tempus fugit

Steve trickler
Steve trickler
January 21, 2024 2:55 am

The interactions he has with these animals just spins me out!

—-

Kevin Richardson:

LION REUNION – Kevin Richardson’s Unique Bond | The Lion Whisperer

John H.
John H.
January 21, 2024 3:12 am

Study shows existence of early humans in Philippines 700,000 years ago

Probably erectus. Can’t be us, too far back in time. They still refuse to entertain the idea that erectus or even early humans used boats of some sort. It is that dumb early human theory they subconsciously entertain. I don’t know why they think like that. You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to build a canoe.

2dogs
2dogs
January 21, 2024 3:23 am

You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to build a canoe.

Maybe the same way monkeys got to the Americas?

John H.
John H.
January 21, 2024 3:52 am

2dogs
Jan 21, 2024 3:23 AM
You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to build a canoe.

Maybe the same way monkeys got to the Americas?

That’s possible and is the idea they prefer to entertain. For the Philippines conceivable. You prompted a quick Wiki look … . New World monkeys diverged some 40 million years ago. What did they eat and drink over that distance(1,000ks)?

Johnny Rotten
January 21, 2024 3:59 am

John H.
Jan 21, 2024 3:12 AM
Study shows existence of early humans in Philippines 700,000 years ago

And, England became inhabited more than 800,000 years ago, as the discovery of stone tools and footprints at Happisburgh in Norfolk have indicated.

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

There must have been humans in lots of places before they first got to the continent of Australia. Whoever the first were that is………………………………..

Tom
Tom
January 21, 2024 4:00 am
John H.
John H.
January 21, 2024 5:13 am

Johnny Rotten
Jan 21, 2024 3:59 AM
John H.
Jan 21, 2024 3:12 AM
Study shows existence of early humans in Philippines 700,000 years ago

And, England became inhabited more than 800,000 years ago, as the discovery of stone tools and footprints at Happisburgh in Norfolk have indicated.

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

There must have been humans in lots of places before they first got to the continent of Australia. Whoever the first were that is………………………………..

There was a land bridge. That didn’t exist in the Philippines. Genetic studies point to Australia at 50,000 years ago.

John H.
John H.
January 21, 2024 5:21 am
duncanm
duncanm
January 21, 2024 7:07 am

Mark Bolton
Jan 21, 2024 1:40 AM
Oh an another Black Eye for Hamas …

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pHbyHm5O1ng

I hadn’t noted that it was ‘next to the SA Embassy’ before.

Intruiging.

feelthebern
feelthebern
January 21, 2024 7:23 am

Zatara, do you follow iowahawk on twitter?
His take on the Alabama OT transferring to Iowa is pretty good.

GreyRanga
GreyRanga
January 21, 2024 7:30 am

A pipe bomb could have gone off next to Kamalatoe, destoyed everything around and not one bit of damage to her brain.

Indolent
Indolent
January 21, 2024 7:32 am
Black Ball
Black Ball
January 21, 2024 7:33 am

Piers Akerman on the ‘Environmantal Defenders’ theme Vikki Campion touched on yesterday:

Smug do-gooders have been firmly smacked by the federal court but more must be done to stop unconscionable environmentalists halting critical national development.

Only the most thorough scrutiny by Justice Natalie Charlesworth of an action brought against Santos by the Environmental Defenders Office acting on behalf of the traditional owners thwarted a bid by green activists to block the $5.3 billion Barossa LNG project in the Timor Sea.

The EDO received $10 million of taxpayers’ money as part of the Albanese Government’s $1.8 billion funding for Green-Left environmental bodies in the budget.

What should shock all taxpayers is the manner in which the EDO, a registered charity, based its case on distorted information and an unreliable witness, which threatened to derail our trade relations with two major international partners, Japan and South Korea. Other actions by Green-Left activists still threaten more than $16 billion of projects but all previous suits brought by the EDO must now be examined.

It wasn’t just the EDO driving the matter, as Judge Charlesworth noted in the final paragraph of her 246-page judgement before issuing orders: “I make it clear that I have not entertained any submission that EDO lawyers was the principal proponent of this action pursuing an ideological agenda. The substantive issues have been determined without reference to any such allegation”.

Reading her exhaustive judgement should be compulsory for all those who sought to change the Constitution as promised by Prime Minister Albanese’s Yes campaign in last year’s failed referendum.

The judge found that a cultural mapping exercised used in the proceedings and the related opinions expressed about it was confected and constructed such that “the related opinions expressed about it are so lacking in integrity that no weight can be placed on them”. The EDO’s expert witness, WA university anthropologist Dr Mick O’Leary, had also lied to Tiwi witnesses, she said.

O’Leary, who constructed a map and video purporting to show what the land looked like during the last Ice age, came in for strident criticism.

“Dr O’Leary’s independence and credibility are such that I would not accept his evidence as sufficient to establish any scientific proposition at all, even if his evidence had gone unchallenged and even if he possessed the appropriate skills, qualification and experience to express them,” the judge wrote.

“My conclusions about Dr O’Leary’s lack of regard for the truth, lack of independence and lack of scientific rigour are sufficient to discount or dismiss all of his reports for all purposes.”

Part of EDO’s case rested on a claim that oral history related to a sole witness indicated sacred sites along the proposed route of the submerged pipeline, but Judge Charlesworth expressed scepticism that any of the details presented could have conceivably been transmitted over 600 generations, let alone be held exclusively by a single Tiwi Islander and not by the other 23 Tiwi Islanders who gave evidence.

Tony Abbott, when prime minister, cut federal funding of the EDO with good reason but it also receives tax-deductible donations.

Federal funding should be stopped based on this case alone and the question of its charitable status examined with a view to cancellation.

Taxpayers should not be bankrolling organisations that rely on environmental activists in the bureaucracy and judiciary to accept faked evidence to underpin its claims.

The reliance on so-called Dreamtime evidence and Songlines for land claims and suits of this sort also needs to be examined.

It’s a nice sack tap he gives ‘Dr’ O’Leary. Shut them down.

feelthebern
feelthebern
January 21, 2024 7:33 am

Thought I’d watch the Journal report on fox to see their take on Iowa & NH.
They are allllllll in on Haley.

Pogria
Pogria
January 21, 2024 7:35 am

Before I head outside to mow and spray for a few hours, enjoy this clip. The fact it’s a beautiful woman makes it even more impressive.

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
January 21, 2024 7:37 am

Jesus H Christ, Cassie.
What is going on with your mother?
An air-fryer?
How old is she?
FFS, eat the fat and enjoy life.

Air Fryers are wonderful, especially if you are older and don’t want to fuss over cooking. They cook lamb steaks to perfection in just 9 minutes, for instance. No mess. You put oil on them, and turn the knob. They do brilliant chips, if you put plenty of oil on them. It’s a myth that air fryers are ‘fatless’ cooking.

They are fantastic for doing bacon and pork chops, but that’s not for Cassie’s mum.

You can get them for as little as $79 in Audi but I prefer the ones with knobs rather than an LED panel. I gave them to various rellies for Christmas, as they also keep the electricity bill dowecause you don’t have to heat up a whole oven to cook a small pie or piece of fish (air fryers also do perfect fish).

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
January 21, 2024 7:40 am

We purchased our air fryer after staying with friends in Britain who had one; we were so impressed with the non-splatter cooking of the bacon.

Now we find we use the air fryer for some aspect of nearly every meal.

They are so handy. Not for everything, no good for steak, and like a microwave, you have to find what they are and are not useful for, but every kitchen should have one.

Cassie of Sydney
January 21, 2024 7:42 am

Sometimes this august forum gives me a good belly laugh and last’s night turgid nonsense from John H was yet another example, particularly this pearl….

” I have even seen an interview with a highly respected US military analyst describe Catallaxy as a forum espousing huge amounts of conspiracy theories and stupid ideas. “

A corker! I must admit to being rather dubious about such a claim about this site but it did give me a good laugh, and it’s always good to laugh. Am I alone in thinking that if a so called ‘highly respected US military analyst’ did make such a claim, he/she were probably talking about Dash Catallaxy, a once noble site that most of us would not have fled in horror and terror had it not officially plummeted into Mariana Trench levels of Jew hating conspiracies and stupid ideas. The last time I looked at Dash Cat, now about four weeks ago, it’s pretty clear that it has become stuck/lodged at the bottom of a Mariana Trench of ‘conspiracies and stupid ideas’.

By the way I love it how John H rises up to nobly defend an offensive dribbling commentator who comes here to peddle real conspiracies and stupid ideas, that commentator called “Mark Bolton”. Bolton comes here and when he’s not dribbling incoherent crap, he posts offensive 7/10 conspiracies and stupid ideas currently being promulgated by the likes of perpetual adolescents Max Blumenthal and Aaron Mate.

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
January 21, 2024 7:49 am

Yes, that’s no woman golfer, Indolent, that’s a bloke.

Definitely no period.

Rosie
Rosie
January 21, 2024 7:59 am

Incidentally I’m a member of the ‘Zionist Cult’ because I do believe that Israel has the right to exist and Jews have the right to be alive and live there.
I’m not sure if I’m member of the ‘MAGA Cult’ but I’d certainly like to see Donald Trump win the next US election, fair and square.
Some people seem to think ‘their truth’ supported by nut job conspiracy videos and the truth are the same thing.
No, they are not.

Indolent
Indolent
January 21, 2024 8:01 am

They’re pushing them here too, of course. I’ve mentioned before that I got a letter from my provider last year advising they would be installing a smart meter at my home on such and such day and the power would be turned off for a couple of hours. No asking if I wanted one, just a simple statement of intent. I rang them up and said I most certainly didn’t want one and only then did they admit that it wasn’t compulsory!

Nigel Farage: ‘DON’T get a smart meter!’

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
January 21, 2024 8:03 am

Well said, Cassie. I am sure it was the Dash-Cat that came under fire, not here.

As for Mark Bolton, he’s a nuisance factor and if he won’t go he’s best ignored.

John H, I am sorry you feel exasperated with this blog and feel an outsider here. You are not that and shouldn’t get upset at either imagined or real slights. I know me saying that might not sound right, because I can get upset here too (with real cause, but I guess I would say that, wouldn’t I?), but as Dr. BG says, we are a motley lot and don’t necessarily have to fall over liking each other. I continue on here because, as I’ve said, decent and intelligent people comment here, and I think I say some useful things that some appreciate. Some lurkers or tick (dick) manipulators also seem to be active without a word to say for themselves. I enjoy some of your insights on human biology etc. Keep commenting. Leave Bolton to his own devices, he is rather a sad case not doing himself any favours being here.

Rosie
Rosie
January 21, 2024 8:04 am

Oh a titbit from x. The son of the Hamas founder iirc.
Apparently west bank Arabs are mostly Bedouin and Arabs in Gaza are ‘gypsy’ which I assume is a reference to them being from all over the muslim world, Bosnia Syria, Egypt etc and where they to be one they would be the cats of Kilkenny.

Rosie
Rosie
January 21, 2024 8:07 am

Oh it could have been here lots of hinting about worldwide cabals and mysterious red shoe wearing personage over the years particularly at Sincs.
Not so much now a few regulars have departed for greener pastures

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
January 21, 2024 8:10 am

Papers please.

WEF: Biometric Digital ID Cards Could Track Vaccination Status, Dutch Queen Máxima Says at Davos (20 Jan)

Queen Máxima, a longtime social justice campaigner who has served as the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development (UNSGSA) since 2009, urged for the wider adoption of biometric digital ID cards globally during a WEF panel discussion titled “Comparing Notes on Financial Inclusion” on Thursday.

She doesn’t seem to know the history of the nation she’s Queen of, which I suppose makes sense since she’s originally from Argentina. I wonder if she’s heard of the “disappeared”?

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
January 21, 2024 8:11 am

Pay for Slay looks like one of the major industries in the Palestinian Authority area.

A pseudo-welfare system too.

Much needs to change for this ‘Authority’ to be granted any authority in Gaza.

calli
calli
January 21, 2024 8:17 am

Interesting commentary last night on time, the universe and the whole damn thing. Can we have more of this please? Also discussions on geology would be most welcome to this little old duck. When the Cat is good, it’s very, very good. Just scroll the self serving interruptions.

Also, excellent point made by Rosie. Pretty sure there aren’t too many of the types here who dictate it’s my way or the highway and demonise you if you only subscribe to a small portion of the preferred route. I too am not a MAGA disciple, but the single package called Trump has qualities that the US needs. I don’t think anyone else fits the bill.

I hope and pray that his security is top notch. I have every expectation that a serious attempt will be made on his life this year. I also don’t think the US will tolerate the mayhem of 2020 again. If they do, they’re sunk, as resistance to the thugs must be grassroots and widespread.

As for the ballot itself, there will be widespread fiddling. Some of it will be as blatant as 2020, if not worse. But this time I hope Republican scrutiny will be a sight more robust.

MatrixTransform
January 21, 2024 8:18 am

… but it did give me a good laugh, and it’s always good to laugh

time flies like an arrow;
fruit flies like a banana

— the other Marx

Black Ball
Black Ball
January 21, 2024 8:20 am

Hun:

The overwhelming majority of Herald Sun readers want to celebrate Australia Day on January 26.

An online poll on the Herald Sun website found 95 per cent support among readers for keeping our national day unchanged, despite the increasing debate around changing the date.

Australia Day commemorates that on January 26, 1788, the first fleet landed at Sydney Cove, in NSW, and the Union flag was raised by Arthur Phillip.

The day was only declared a national public holiday in 1994 by then Prime Minister Paul Keating but was recognised by states from 1935 onwards.

State Opposition Leader John Pesutto said he would be celebrating Australia Day on January 26.

“I acknowledge it means different things to different people and is a cause of pain for many Indigenous Australians,” he said.

“However, I also believe it’s an opportunity to celebrate so many things that are great about Australia including our vibrant democracy, advanced economy and rich diversity as a nation.

“It’s also a day on which many people will officially become Australian citizens. As the son of migrants, I’m acutely aware of the wonderful opportunities Australia has given my family and many others like it and these are to be celebrated.”

Premier Jacinta Allan said, on Friday, that celebrations would occur in local communities across the state, despite the Australia Day parade in Melbourne’s CBD not occurring again this year.

“There are a huge number of local events, local events where local communities are coming together to mark Australia Day and mark it in a way that’s appropriate to that community,” she said.

“And this is an important point because there are some in our community for whom Australia Day is a difficult day, and there are events and activities in their local communities to support them.”

Independent Victorian Senator Lidia Thorpe said January 26 was a day of mourning for First Peoples and it’s a date that prevents everyone from celebrating together.

“It’s heartening that each year more and more non-Indigenous people are hearing this message, and are coming together on the 26th to listen, learn, reflect, and find connection in solidarity with First Peoples,” she said.

“January 26 can and should be a day of reflection that we’re all part of and that brings us together as a nation, rather than a divisive day that some celebrate while First Peoples mourn.

“We could celebrate this country, which holds the ancient histories of the oldest living culture on the planet, on another day together. It could be the day that we become a republic, or a day to celebrate Treaties being signed with this country’s First Peoples.”

Lord Mayor Sally Capp said the City of Melbourne voted to lobby the Federal Government to change the date of Australia Day.

“Australia is a melting pot of cultures and peoples, and Melbourne is a shining example of this.”

“As a city for all people, we believe Australia Day should be held on a date that can be celebrated by everyone.”

However, City of Melbourne Councillor Roshena Campbell said she did not support any change to the date.

“Like most Australians I support Australia Day and am proud to celebrate it,” she said.

“I hope it stays our national day forever and for as long as it remains so it is our duty as councillors to support it.”

Former Australian rules legend and media personality Sam Kekovich said he would be celebrating Australia Day on January 26 by hosting a barbecue and inviting his mates over.

“I am a very proud Australian and I think we should all come together and have a nice lamb barbecue instead of all this divisiveness,” he said.

“Rejoicing about living in the best country on the planet is a good thing.”

Former footy star Sam Newman said he supported celebrating Australia Day.

“If you are a patriotic Australian, no matter what you think that means, you should celebrate Australia Day,” he said.

“We should pay respect to the people who were here before us and we should all unite and be part of this great nation.”

Sally Capp, what right do you think you have with your colleagues to lobby the government to change the date of Australia Day?
As for Lidia Thorpe, go away. You don’t get to tell me how I should feel about this day. My plan is to celebrate it by playing a bowls tournament with a BBQ and beer. Good times.

feelthebern
feelthebern
January 21, 2024 8:20 am

How can Iran be made to feel enough pain to stop supporting Hamas without destroying the place?
The first step would be ending the Obama-Biden idiocy of integrating the current regime back into the international community.
I don’t know what happens after that.

Vicki
Vicki
January 21, 2024 8:23 am

For those who don’t know – the heckler who upset Djokovic in the Tennis open told him to go get vaccinated:

https://www.theroar.com.au/tennis/video/listen-get-vaccinated-mate-fans-match-point-heckle-successfully-puts-djokovic-off-1328526/

Vicki
Vicki
January 21, 2024 8:29 am

They’re pushing them here too, of course. I’ve mentioned before that I got a letter from my provider last year advising they would be installing a smart meter at my home on such and such day and the power would be turned off for a couple of hours. No asking if I wanted one, just a simple statement of intent. I rang them up and said I most certainly didn’t want one and only then did they admit that it wasn’t compulsory!

What dummies husband and I are! We have had smart meters installed at both city and farm abodes. The electricity authorities informed us of their intention with such aplomb that we thought it was compulsory! Since then, we have been plagued with abnormalities in our bills on both properties! When we complain and want investigations, they just metaphorically shake their heads!

This is really upsetting.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
January 21, 2024 8:30 am

How can Iran be made to feel enough pain to stop supporting Hamas without destroying the place?

Israel made a start on that last night.

Israel Takes Out 5 IRGC Members in Damascus; Iran Vows Revenge (20 Jan)

Tehran vowed to carry out revenge attacks against Israel on Saturday after a missile strike flattened a building used as a base of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards in Damascus, killing five Guards and an unspecified number of Syrian troops.

The security source said one of the slain Iranians ran the elite force’s information unit.

Sounds like it might’ve been an intelligence centre supporting Hamas and the Hezbies, but I’m just speculating on that.

GreyRanga
GreyRanga
January 21, 2024 8:34 am

I like Dover’s Cat much better than the old Cat. After reading so much about economics on the old Cat I was none the wiser. Maybe a dummy but it seemed economics is financial politics. People only take out of it the bits they want. Reality takes over sooner or later, usually like the ambulance at the bottom of the cliff. What we have seen over the last 5 years is politicians will do anything, people will follow and no thoughts of economics nor reality till reality comes knocking.

Johnny Rotten
January 21, 2024 8:36 am

So much of left-wing thought is a kind of playing with fire by people who don’t even know that fire is hot.

– George Orwell

GreyRanga
GreyRanga
January 21, 2024 8:39 am

BB, you don’t have to have Australia Day to play bowls, bbg and drink beer. Any day will do! He he.

DrBeauGan
DrBeauGan
January 21, 2024 8:47 am

The issue is moot because most people who aren’t conservative don’t come here.

I’m not a conservative. I’m just anti-lefty. I’d be anti-righty if we had loony righties in any number.

People here are frequently into plain speaking; they say what they think. Those brought up in a ritualistic culture where you are allowed to say only approved things in approved ways don’t like it. Tough titty.

Crossie
Crossie
January 21, 2024 8:48 am

Indolent
Jan 21, 2024 7:26 AM
James Woods
@RealJamesWoods

In case you missed the time line of the “settled science” of the COVID shot…

And at Davos he insisted that he and the WHO are the humanity’s only chance of survival. Humanity would have had a better chance with The Who during their guitar and hotel rooms smashing phase.

Black Ball
Black Ball
January 21, 2024 8:51 am

BB, you don’t have to have Australia Day to play bowls, bbg and drink beer. Any day will do! He he.

Aye GreyRanga that is entirely correct. 🙂

Roger
Roger
January 21, 2024 8:54 am

Is this bloke alright?

When Brendan Crabb finally caught COVID for the first time late last year, it was because he’d broken his own rule — he took a risk he says he shouldn’t have. Since 2020 Professor Crabb, director and chief executive of the Burnet Institute, had been sticking to a rigorous anti-COVID routine, effectively using layers of protections to avoid getting the virus.

And then in a moment of lapsed judgement, he joined a crowd of hundreds of people at an awards event in a small room in Sydney, without his portable air purifier and N95 mask.

– ABC News

He survived.

John H.
John H.
January 21, 2024 8:54 am

GreyRanga
Jan 21, 2024 8:34 AM
I like Dover’s Cat much better than the old Cat. After reading so much about economics on the old Cat I was none the wiser. Maybe a dummy but it seemed economics is financial politics.

Max Tegmark wrote something similiar in the introduction to his book The Mathematical Universe. He was studying economics until he came to the view that it was just providing the narrative for the dominant class.

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
January 21, 2024 8:56 am

Calli, you want more geology? Professor Ian Plimer delivers in spades, in compelling prose, writing from the Seychelles in this week’s Spectator:

The Seychelles was initially an Andean mountain chain joined to western India and Mauritius at the edge of the supercontinent of Rodinia. Around 630 million years ago, the supercontinent started to fragment into smaller masses; mountains were weathered, eroded, and flattened into plains; basics were filled with sediments; balaslt lava poured into new ocean basins and, where continental masses pushed into each other, rocks ere crushed, bent, broken and melted.
A new supercontinent, Gondwana, formed 600 million years ago when Africa, India, Arabia, Madagacar, the Seychelles, Australia, Antarctica, and South America were glued together.
Gondwana started to fragment 180 hundred million years ago and East Gondwana fragmented 120 million years ago leaving the Seychelles attached to India, Madagascar and what is now the submerged Mascarene Plateau north and east of modern Madagascar.
For 4,657 million years the Earth has been cooling as great plumes emanate from the core of the planet carrying heat and greeenhouse gases to the surface.
The heating of the oceans and the atmosphere from these plumes of carbon dioxide is part of the long-term cooling of the planet that is totally irgnored in climate models.
Heat flow maps of the Earth show that most of this deep heat ends up in the oceans. It is ocean heat that drives the Earth’s climate.
Plumes stretch and fragment continents and, at times, lead to pulsating outpourngs of monstrous volumes of molten rock. This happened in India 66 million years ago when many pulses of basalt lava, up to 9,300 cubic kilometres in volume, formed the Deccan Traps. The sulphur- and merecury-rich gases released may have destroyed plant and animal life resulting in a mass extinction.
Crustal movement and rotation driven by plumes broke the Seychelles off from India and pushed Mautitius, the Seychelles, and the Mascarene Plateau 3,000km southwestwards to their current positions.
The past shows that major planetary processes such as climate change cannot possibly be due to human emissiions of a trace gas.
Noone has ever shown that human emissions of carbon dioxide drive climate change.

I may not be any good at sewing or cooking, but at least I can type fast. 🙂

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
January 21, 2024 8:58 am

A few typos, but that just validates that I have not yet been replaced by electronic means.

Crossie
Crossie
January 21, 2024 8:59 am

feelthebern
Jan 21, 2024 7:33 AM
Thought I’d watch the Journal report on fox to see their take on Iowa & NH.
They are allllllll in on Haley.

Same as at all Fox News programs where only Gutfeld refuses to comply.

John H.
John H.
January 21, 2024 8:59 am

DrBeauGan
Jan 21, 2024 8:47 AM

The issue is moot because most people who aren’t conservative don’t come here.

I’m not a conservative. I’m just anti-lefty. I’d be anti-righty if we had loony righties in any number.

People here are frequently into plain speaking; they say what they think. Those brought up in a ritualistic culture where you are allowed to say only approved things in approved ways don’t like it. Tough titty.

It isn’t plain speaking that is at issue. It is the abuse and generalisations about various groups of people. My point was that this forum does nothing to promote the politics people here espouse because hurling abuse is not persuasive. It is a contradictory stance to constantly assert the need for a particular political philosophy and engage in rhetoric which does nothing to promote that philosophy.

shatterzzz
January 21, 2024 9:02 am

Maybe a dummy but it seemed economics is financial politics.

Yep! .. I remember ye olde dayz .. way back around 2019 when balancing budgets/surpluses ect were considered a big, deal then came BAT FLU and printing money to suit political agendas became the norm …..!

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
January 21, 2024 9:03 am

I like Dover’s Cat much better than the old Cat. After reading so much about economics on the old Cat I was none the wiser. Maybe a dummy but it seemed economics is financial politics.

At least I found out there what Keynsian economics was and why it was nonsense as an integrated system that was supposed to hold everything together.

And Hayek’s ideas did seem to make more sense of economic processes, and yes, that meant financial politics of another sort to Keynes.

But it was the Pizza debates that really kept the site alive. 🙂

Crossie
Crossie
January 21, 2024 9:04 am

Indolent
Jan 21, 2024 7:36 AM
Gorgeous.

I stayed in a 3-bedroom suite at Trump’s Ireland hotel that costs over $1,300 a night. It felt straight out of a fairytale.

I have stayed at the Trump hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, DC. As the Orange Man was want to say, it was the most luxurious hotel, well at least at which I stayed. Though never worked out how to use the coffee maker so just went to the hotel restaurant instead.

feelthebern
feelthebern
January 21, 2024 9:07 am

The issue is moot because most people who aren’t conservative don’t come here.

I am not conservative.
Libertarian-anarchist-techno optimist maybe.
But definitely not conservative.

Crossie
Crossie
January 21, 2024 9:08 am

PS, I souvenired a face washer from the Trump hotel. Pity it has since been sold and is called something else now. Even a billionaire couldn’t keep a money losing asset that was being boycotted by anyone who wanted to do business in DC. I’m comforted by the fact that it was where Mitch McConnell fell down the stairs, the old swamp creature would only go there once it no longer belonged to Trump.

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
January 21, 2024 9:14 am

I’m not sure, John H, that any particular political philosophy is ardently pursued here. Liberalism, for instance, comes in for quite a bashing, but sheer conservatism for its own sake is not argued for too often either. Plenty of liberatrians are happy to dip an oar in, and conservatives come in many different shades and want to hold or to or lose many different traditional things. I always admired that MK50 could proudly announce that he he was an Imperialist. I too have some leanings towards believing that the British Empire was not all bad. There’s wiggle room here.

If anything binds us together, I’d say that most here are ardent historians – we enjoy chewing over the past. And disagreeing mightily about that at times. As well as prognosticating on current woes and future possibilities for corrections. 🙂

We seem to incline more to Trump than against, him, but then, look who is going that way these days (JP Morgan CEO) and one has to say, who doesn’t incline more to Trump in 2024? Even Fraser Nelson and the British Speccie (never fans) have to ‘admit’ things in his favour.

H B Bear
H B Bear
January 21, 2024 9:16 am

Maybe a dummy but it seemed economics is financial politics.

I wouldn’t say that but when so much politics is about changing the effect of markets it might appear so.

Boambee John
Boambee John
January 21, 2024 9:18 am

“We could celebrate this country, which holds the ancient histories of the oldest living culture on the planet, on another day together.

This lie has been Goebbelsed so often that it is a clear example of the “Big Lie” effect.

MatrixTransform
January 21, 2024 9:18 am

And then in a moment of lapsed judgement, he joined a crowd of hundreds of people at an awards event in a small room in Sydney, without his portable air purifier and N95 mask

Ssome Crabbs strategically put sea anemones on the backs and carry them everywhere for protection.

let this be a lesson to Crabbs all over the world

… never go anywhere without your sea anemone

Dot
Dot
January 21, 2024 9:19 am

It’s so over for Vegans.

Plant communication recorded and observed between plants, using fluorescence imaging.

Time to only eat waste products of bacteria. But wait, isn’t that slavery.

It’s lab grown meat for the most ethical of us, in our polycarbonate eggs, with our egg heads and inch thick, bold framed glasses.

You must have a goatee, a black turtleneck and jeans with sandals to enter.

Tilty heads preferred.

Namaste /\ and we pay respects to future doctors and engineers, past, present and emerging.

feelthebern
feelthebern
January 21, 2024 9:20 am

My point was that this forum does nothing to promote the politics people here espouse because hurling abuse is not persuasive.

Dunno about that.
I was the first here to say Assange & Snowden were heroes.
Did it for years whilst the boomer-cons sniped away, regurgitating all the security state tropes.
Only Dot was mildly supportive.
Then that all changed.

Who cares about being persuasive.
It’s about being right.
It’s not that important for people to post here about you being right regarding something (or wrong for that matter).
The goal is for those who previously shit canned your views to turn into the biggest promoters of your views.

MatrixTransform
January 21, 2024 9:20 am

It isn’t plain speaking that is at issue

yes it is

Dot
Dot
January 21, 2024 9:22 am

Is plant based agriculture factory mass murder? Forgetting the genocide of pre emergents, billions are sacrificed to feed us or as an alternative to coal for “biodiesel” and “bioethanol”.

Their screams can be recorded in fluorescence imaging. These days will live in infamy. Oh the planthoodity!

Eating and burning rock is ethical, but Bangladesh will be 40 m underwater by 2037.

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
January 21, 2024 9:23 am

Though never worked out how to use the coffee maker

Mostly, these things defeat me. Occasionally in hotels I find one that I can work, and I make Hairy a cup of coffee. I’m mostly a tea drinker myself. He is always so grateful, as he will not make the effort with them himself. In his charmed working life it was always someone else’s responsibility.

I do wonder how we ever got to be so daring as to buy an air fryer. 🙂

Boambee John
Boambee John
January 21, 2024 9:24 am

Max Tegmark wrote something similiar in the introduction to his book The Mathematical Universe. He was studying economics until he came to the view that it was just providing the narrative for the dominant class.

What kind of micro-brain is mUnty, that he couldn’t even provide a “narrative for the ruling class”, but had to get his “narrative” from the leftard class?

Zafiro
Zafiro
January 21, 2024 9:24 am

Tennis is the most gay and shit sport.

Footy, Cricket, Horse Racing. That is it.

I respect golf.

Makka
Makka
January 21, 2024 9:25 am

After months of being harangued, vilified, admonished and coerced by our wonderful Govt, 60% of Australian voters turned and said F OFF to the Voice proposal. Brave, Albo is not. Neither are our gutless commy Premiers. Australia days will be on this date for a while yet, no matter the bleating , crying and sob stories of the indidge industry and their fellow parasites.

And it’s a good thing too.

Dot
Dot
January 21, 2024 9:26 am

Max Tegmark wrote something similiar in the introduction to his book The Mathematical Universe. He was studying economics until he came to the view that it was just providing the narrative for the dominant class.

He must have been talking about the deep state and Keynes.

Mises in Austria was a very long time ago. It was prosperous and idyllic. Only a Marxist wrecker would complain.

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
January 21, 2024 9:30 am

“We could celebrate this country, which holds the ancient histories of the oldest living culture on the planet, on another day together.

If you believe it was that good, why not celebrate it on Australia Day? All part of the grand scheme of things, just like the other ethnic cultures we celebrate.

We do it all under the rule of law that arrived in 1788 and speak of it in Englilsh, a tongue common to us all.

What’s not to like????????

H B Bear
H B Bear
January 21, 2024 9:35 am

Zafiro – you’re not wrong. The AO is virtually unwatchable till the 2nd week and then barely. Imagine doing it for 30+ weeks a year for a living?

Diogenes
Diogenes
January 21, 2024 9:36 am

Tennis is the most gay and shit sport.

No, that would be cricket or golf.

Then again, imho, all sport is gay and shit.

calli
calli
January 21, 2024 9:36 am

I learned about Keynes in First Form Commerce. Didn’t continue any further because I thought it was dumb. I suppose I didn’t like the idea of throwing money at people even back then.

They were still pushing it many years later when I did the HSC at evening college, this time in History – FDR and the New Deal was the unit. Still unimpressed. I only found out there was a different way to look at economies and productivity when I stumbled on SincCat via Blair and Bolt.

Huzzzah! Something that made sense, at least to me.

Makka
Makka
January 21, 2024 9:39 am

Orbán Viktor
@PM_ViktorOrban
#Hungary cannot be blackmailed! There is not enough money in the world to force us to accept mass #migration and to put our children in the hands of LGBTQ activists. This is impossible!

https://twitter.com/PM_ViktorOrban/status/1748348230557937854

H B Bear
H B Bear
January 21, 2024 9:41 am

My understanding was that a lot of academic economists were former mathematicians who somewhere along the line realised they were not smart enough and changed horses?

Roger
Roger
January 21, 2024 9:42 am

“Australia is a melting pot of cultures and peoples, and Melbourne is a shining example of this.”

Mmm…shining isn’t the adjective that springs to my mind.

Be that as it may, is Melbourne Lord Mayor Sally Capp aware she’s used a monocultural metaphor to describe Australia?

Freudian slip?

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
January 21, 2024 9:43 am

the oldest living culture on the planet,

The “oldest living culture on the planet” is that of the San Bushmen of Southern Africa – in existence for over 100,000 years.

bons
bons
January 21, 2024 9:45 am

I was thoroughly pi*sed off to hear Anna Meers babbling the ‘oldest living culture on the planet’ myth while commentating on the Tour Down Under.
OK she’s a sports person and therefore brainless when discussing anything other than following black lines or their equivalent, but the ease with which this utter trype has been broadcast and permeated society is terrifying.
And, then we have ‘songlines’!
Why do so many people check in their brains when dealing with blackfella idiocy?

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
January 21, 2024 9:45 am

when I did the HSC at evening college, this time in History – FDR and the New Deal was the unit.

Better you than me for the evening study, Calli.
Perhaps by the time of the HSC the teaching there had improved.

Interesting though that we seem to share a ‘mature age’ trajectory.
Pioneering women, in many ways, we were re late education.
It’s so acceptable now, but certainly in my day, the early 60’s, it was unusual.

Tom
Tom
January 21, 2024 9:45 am

I am not conservative.
Libertarian-anarchist-techno optimist maybe.
But definitely not conservative.

Me neither, Bern.

I’m no libertarian anarchist, more of a rationalist/realist. But the public discourse is now so dumbed down, anyone who isn’t a leftard is grouped with conservatives.

IMO, the new Cat is far superior to the old forum, mainly because our host Dover Beach cares about it so much.

An oft-forgotten fact is that the Cat’s former Doomlord, Professor Sinclair Davidson, is a libertarian who dislikes conservatives — a major problem when most readers of the old Cat were conservatives.

Wally Dalí
Wally Dalí
January 21, 2024 9:48 am

the supercontinent of Rodinia.
Please tell me that it is named after Cecil. Please, please, please, please!!!

H B Bear
H B Bear
January 21, 2024 9:49 am

Most activities carried out as recreation make relatively little sense when carried out professionally. I played a round of golf with a mate of a mate who did a couple of years on the PGA and several years on the European tour. He had a pretty interesting view on the whole thing. Just hard work.

Indolent
Indolent
January 21, 2024 9:49 am
Indolent
Indolent
January 21, 2024 9:50 am
Wally Dalí
Wally Dalí
January 21, 2024 9:50 am

Be that as it may, is Melbourne Lord Mayor Sally Capp aware she’s used a monocultural metaphor to describe Australia?
I’d me more embarrased that “melting pot” implies… well, you know… pottery.

P
P
January 21, 2024 9:50 am

The west’s lethal error in the war against Israel
Melanie Phillips – Jan 19, 2024

The distinction between Hamas and “ordinary” Palestinians is largely spurious

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
January 21, 2024 9:51 am

This is really upsetting.

Can you get them removed or are you stuck with them?

Maybe a lesson here for us all.

calli
calli
January 21, 2024 9:52 am

I’m an Anarcho-Capitalist!

Avast there me hearties! I see plunder in them thar government departments. A cutlass between the teeth, a patch on the left eye and sack the lot!

calli
calli
January 21, 2024 9:54 am

Sorry to burst your supercontinental bubble, Wally.

It comes from the Russian, meaning “birthplace” or “motherland”.

Black Ball
Black Ball
January 21, 2024 9:55 am

West Australian:

The wealthy political backer who sent teal-tinged shockwaves through the 2022 Federal election is already ramping up for next year’s national ballot as he invites any independent wanting to take on those in power — including Prime Minister Anthony Albanese.

In an exclusive interview with The Sunday Times, Climate 200 founder Simon Holmes a Court — who donated to several campaigns through his organisation at the 2022 Federal election, including Kate Chaney in Curtin — said the group was interested in supporting “community-backed independents” for 2025.

And in a warning to the current Federal government, he warned no political party was safe from a possible Teal challenge.

“If the community has what it takes to achieve genuine local representation, we’re keen to talk regardless of whether the seat is currently held by the Libs, Nats, Labor or the Greens,” Mr Holmes a Court said.

“The main focus for us is the Federal election — but we are certainly not ruling out helping campaigns of independents (at the State election).

“We are not ruling out helping communities that want to contest state elections — including Queensland, Northern Territory and WA over the next 12 months.

“We would be excited to help (independents in WA at the election).”

The son of Australia’s first billionaire Robert Holmes a Court and businesswoman and arts patron Janet Holmes a Court, Simon became a political kingmaker at the 2022 federal election when Climate 200 donated to 23 campaigns.

Six new independents, the Teals, including Kate Chaney, were elected to the Federal Parliament’s House of Representatives.

Ms Chaney achieved what was once the unthinkable — taking the prized Liberal fortress of Curtin off of the conservatives.

She raised $973,000 in donations, half of which came from Climate 200.

Mr Holmes a Court said he expects the Liberals to throw everything at winning Curtin back in 2025.

“Curtin will be a fight to the death,” he said.

Climate 200 supports political candidates it believes align with its values, including “restoring integrity in politics”.

Mr Holmes a Court said Climate 200 would once again be willing to contribute to Ms Chaney’s campaign leading up to the 2025 poll, if she asked for financial help.

“It’s definitely a priority for Climate 200 to provide assistance where it’s wanted to all the independents to retain their seats,” Mr Holmes a Court said.

“Kate is an outstanding MP. She is a huge asset to Curtin, WA and the independents movement.

“We would very much like to see Kate elected (in 2025), but that will be up to the good voters of Curtin to make that decision.

“It would be totally her decision what level of support she would like — the door is definitely open (for Climate 200 to help).”

Next year will be a massive year for WA politics.

A State election will be held in March, and the Federal election is due in May.

Climate 200 has already helped fund the campaigns of 10 independents who ran in the NSW and Victorian elections in 2023 and 2022, respectively.

Two seats became independent in NSW, and six became marginal across NSW and Victoria.

As WA’s poll approaches, speculation is rife that Climate 200 will also help fund the campaigns of Teals in WA at the March vote.

“We are not coming to WA to start campaigns,” Mr Holmes a Court said.

“But if there are great campaigns in WA — we would love to talk to them.”

With the Liberals already starting to preselect candidates for State and Federal seats and Labor expected to start preselection soon, Mr Holmes a Court forecast that any community wanting to run an independent in WA in 2025 would probably show their hand in the second half of this year.

“We have a bunch of donors in Western Australia,” he said.

“We had 11,200 donors spanning every electorate in the country at the federal election, so we still have a fairly engaged group of donors from Western Australia.

“We would help connect people who supported Climate 200 at the last federal election with (anyone wanting to run as an independent at the 2025 State election).”

He also said there was significant interest in the “independent movement” across several communities when he attended the Margaret River Writers Festival last May.

“We are at the very early stages of getting our head around how elections work in Western Australia, and we will rapidly get up to speed if we are contacted (by groups interested in running independents in WA),” Mr Holmes a Court said.

“There are also a bunch of people who came down from Perth (to the festival) — areas from Fremantle up to Hillarys and everywhere in between — who are interested in the community independents model.”

Piss off. They are not independent candidates, they are another arm of the Greens who have no interest in anything but themselves.

Cassie of Sydney
January 21, 2024 9:55 am

I think that this site is a mix of conservative, classical Liberals and libertarians. I would never ever describe the likes of Bern, Dr BG, Dot, JC, Johanna and others as ‘conservative’. I think people like myself, Lizzie, Rosie, Calli, Tinta and others here are a mix of conservatism and libertarianism. We don’t care what consenting adults do behind closed doors, but what is rightly peeving us off is that now becoming compulsory, we are increasingly living under a tyranny of the minority.

But there are things we are all in unanimous agreement about, I don’t recall anyone here supporting compulsory jabbing, or vaccination mandates and so on, and almost ALL of us were RIGHTLY outraged at the Pell lynching.

Makka
Makka
January 21, 2024 9:56 am

the oldest living culture on the planet,

If I look about the spew, broken glass and beaten up indidge women of South Hedland or the battered and abused aboriginal kids of the NT and Qld, I’m not seeing a culture worth celebrating, much less saving.

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
January 21, 2024 9:57 am

Black Ball
Jan 21, 2024 8:51 AM

BB, you don’t have to have Australia Day to play bowls, bbg and drink beer. Any day will do! He he.

Aye GreyRanga that is entirely correct.

Mr Johnson is Right

Cassie of Sydney
January 21, 2024 9:58 am

The “oldest living culture on the planet” is that of the San Bushmen of Southern Africa – in existence for over 100,000 years.

Correct. Humankind did not originate in Australia. It originated in Africa. This nonsense about the ‘oldest living culture on the planet’ is actually racist towards Africans.

Boambee John
Boambee John
January 21, 2024 9:59 am

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Jan 21, 2024 9:43 AM
the oldest living culture on the planet,

The “oldest living culture on the planet” is that of the San Bushmen of Southern Africa – in existence for over 100,000 years.

And still being lived, essentially unchanged, by many San. How many Australian aborigines live anything remotely resembling their original “culture”?

Roger
Roger
January 21, 2024 9:59 am

It comes from the Russian, meaning “birthplace” or “motherland”.

And the people thereof are the narod (pl. narodi).

calli
calli
January 21, 2024 10:00 am

On supercontinents, it goes Rodinia (went pop back into itself) Pangea (broke up) into Laurasia and Gondwana.

And then the two supercontinents broke up again into what resembles the earth right now.

Which is slowly but surely reforming into another vast landmass.

Almost as if it’s alive.

Frank
Frank
January 21, 2024 10:00 am

Wonder if vegans would eat lab grown meat.

Boambee John
Boambee John
January 21, 2024 10:02 am

Calli

A cutlass between the teeth, a patch on the left eye and sack the lot!

Which meaning of “sack”?

Diogenes
Diogenes
January 21, 2024 10:02 am

Piss off. They are not independent candidates, they are another arm of the Greens who have no interest in anything but themselves.

Agreed.

I am sick of rich people telling me how to live!

Cassie of Sydney
January 21, 2024 10:02 am

I must admit I’ll be interested to see how the Teals fare next year. Watch them only target Liberal seats. However, I suspect that they’ve reached their high water mark and I reckon Big Spender, Stink, Zoo Daniel, Fatso Ryan and the other one in Curtin whose name I always forget, will be gonski.

And if reelected and Labor loses seats in QLD and WA (which will happen), watch Labor form a minority government with the Teals and the Greens.

A nightmare scenario.

Aaron
Aaron
January 21, 2024 10:02 am

“Australia is a melting pot of cultures and peoples, and Melbourne is a shining example of this.”

Yes, it has ratbags from every corner of the globe.

Roger
Roger
January 21, 2024 10:02 am

How many Australian aborigines live anything remotely resembling their original “culture”?

The Pintupi Nine walked out of the Gibson desert in 1984, lured by reports by relatives of the material advantages of western culture.

I’d venture to say they were the last.

Makka
Makka
January 21, 2024 10:06 am

The distinction between Hamas and “ordinary” Palestinians is largely spurious

100%. Useful idiots abound, believing Hamas is not Palli Gaza. With the exception of a near invisible minority (being generous) Hamas has the full support of Gaza’s Palli inhabitants. A major reason why their Arab bro’s don’t want a bar of them.

H B Bear
H B Bear
January 21, 2024 10:09 am

I would be surprised if Chaney gets back in Curtin. But then, I was wrong last time. No SloMo for 3 years will be a huge plus next time around.

H B Bear
H B Bear
January 21, 2024 10:13 am

Once the Lieborals lost Churchlands to an independent at State level it took them 20 years to get it back. The situation was not quite analogous as it was seen as Canberra Lieborals trying to dictate to the locals which never goes down well in WA.

Chris
Chris
January 21, 2024 10:18 am

I think that this site is a mix of conservative, classical Liberals and libertarians.

Australia

Yes, it has ratbags from every corner of the globe.

I would like to be a ratbag.

JC
JC
January 21, 2024 12:07 pm

Doc

I checked out AI suggesting “time” has a looser definition than just relarivity.
Here:

This is a fascinating question that touches on philosophical and physical interpretations of time and its relationship to simultaneity.

Here are some possible ways to consider the question:

Relativity: As mentioned before, Einstein’s theory of relativity tells us that simultaneity is relative. What happens “at the same time” for one observer might not be simultaneous for another observer in a different frame of reference due to factors like relative motion and the curvature of spacetime. So, in this sense, a single event cannot be objectively at the same time everywhere in the universe because “everywhere” might have different temporal references.
Quantum entanglement: In the realm of quantum mechanics, there’s the phenomenon of entanglement where two particles can be linked in a way that their fates are intertwined, even at great distances. If one particle’s state changes, the other’s state instantaneously reflects that change, seemingly defying the constraints of space and time. This could be interpreted as suggesting that at a fundamental level, events that affect entangled particles might have a non-local, “simultaneous” aspect, transcending the limitations of conventional spacetime.
Spacetime block theory: This philosophical position suggests that the entire history of the universe, past, present, and future, already exists as a fixed, four-dimensional block. From this perspective, any event is already “fixed” at its specific point in the spacetime block, regardless of our perception of its timing from different vantage points. So, in this sense, the event could be said to “occur” at its specific spacetime coordinate for all eternity.

Boambee John
Boambee John
January 21, 2024 12:08 pm

calli
Jan 21, 2024 9:54 AM
Sorry to burst your supercontinental bubble, Wally.

It comes from the Russian, meaning “birthplace” or “motherland”.

Seeing this reference to the Rodina reminded me that some have noted that the youth of western nations, are now reluctant to join the armed forces in peacetime, and probably also in war. What then would happen should an emergency arise?

As for our “leaders”(using the term in the broadest possible sense), I suspect that they would emulate Stalin in late June 1941. Their first reaction would be a nervous breakdown, followed by withdrawing from public view for a time. Then, they would follow Stalin’s example.

Stalin did not come out and call on Soviets to defend communism, he appealed to their patriotism, to defend Mother Russia, the Rodina. Our leaders would probably appeal to the “Spirit of ANZAC”, and for mass enlistments (forgetting the limited availability of weapons and equipment).

What would the people do? Probably emulate the Russians of 1941, enlist, and do the best they could with what they had. And after, if the defence was successful, it would be time for a reckoning with the AnAls, Burkes, Wongs, Turnbulls, Photioses, Bandts and all the others who failed to do their mast basic duty, to prepare an adequate defence.

As Rabz would say, HOP time.

Mother Lode
Mother Lode
January 21, 2024 12:09 pm

We’re back!

Since we are on the CIA’s radar I suppose we should expect this.

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
January 21, 2024 12:13 pm

Australia is a melting pot of cultures and peoples, and Melbourne is a shining example of this.

Ah, no.

‘Australia is a melting pot of cultures and peoples, and Melbourne is a steaming example of this.’

There we go.

P
P
January 21, 2024 12:13 pm
Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
January 21, 2024 12:15 pm

I see Big Tech and Klaus have had another swing at this august journal of record.

It’s Happening!

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
January 21, 2024 12:18 pm

This one’s for Cassie. One of the mighty warriors of Islam, a devout follower of the Prophet, cops a 5.56mm bullet between the eyes, fired by a Jewish woman….

Israeli women on front lines in Gaza, for first time
Agency writers
Agency writers

Marom sprinted towards a post perched in the mountains above Israel’s border with Egypt, slamming her M16 rifle onto a defensive position as part of a training exercise.

The 21-year-old soldier became one of the first Israeli women to fight in a combat role in Gaza, where she recently spent two weeks.

Israel’s ground offensive in the Palestinian territory, which came in response to unprecedented attacks by Hamas militants on October 7 against southern Israel, has shifted military attitudes towards women.

“In Gaza, it was the first time for all women,” said Marom, who like other soldiers interviewed declined to give her second name, under military rules.

“We can see the change, we can see the acceptance of the girls going into combat,” she said.

Since the early stages of the war, there has been outrage over media reports that military leaders ignored warnings from young women assigned as lookouts along Gaza’s militarised border, in the months leading up to the Hamas attacks.

“It’s a big mistake and I don’t know how it happened,” Eliora, 20, said. But now, months into the Gaza war, women say they have found acceptance. Shana, a 23-year-old battalion commander, said the war has shown that women fighters can take on a bigger role.

“At first, with the ponytail coming out from the helmet, they (male soldiers) look at it a little strange, but at the end of the day, we’re ready, we’ve trained for it,” she said.

Vowing to destroy Hamas, Israel has been conducting a relentless air and ground offensive in Gaza.

“The civilians in Gaza — we want to keep their safety as much as we can but it’s a war,” said Marom.

“It’s all destroyed,” she added after her deployment to Gaza’s main southern city of Khan Yunis, where the women soldiers said they uncovered a Hamas tunnel.

The Israeli army has reported 194 troop deaths since the beginning of ground operations in Gaza in late October.

According to the Israeli army, one woman soldier, Noa Marciano, 19, has died in Gaza. She had been taken hostage on October 7, according to the army. Hamas said she was killed in an Israeli strike.

Even before the state of Israel was created in 1948, women played an important role in the Haganah militia that fought for the state’s establishment.

The majority of Israeli men are now required to serve two years and eight months after they turn 18, while women serve two years.

Women’s roles had historically been confined to positions such as nurses or radio operators, but now they are allowed to serve in nearly every unit, including some combat units.

Before the outbreak of fighting in Gaza, a rising number of women recruits were assuming combat roles.

The number of women combat soldiers jumped 350 percent between 2013 and 2017, according to data compiled by the Israel Democracy Institute think tank.

In 2022, women made up 17 percent of the fighting force, according to the Institute for National Security Studies, an Israeli think tank.

Marom, who serves in the Bardelas battalion, said more of her friends and their sisters are asking her about serving in the army.

“I can see more women, when they get to 18, want to serve in combat,” she said. Marom refused to speculate about what she would do after the war.

“When we win this war — and we will win this war — then we get to the time for plans for life.”

Vicki
Vicki
January 21, 2024 12:18 pm

We’re back!
Since we are on the CIA’s radar I suppose we should expect this.

I kid you not – I went out for a bit & left the search on for The Cat. Came back & found the computer making a strange noise. Turned it off & back on – seems OK.

I have no idea what that was about.

Boambee John
Boambee John
January 21, 2024 12:19 pm

… most basic duty …, my mind was on yardarms.

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
January 21, 2024 12:21 pm

Colesworths report from D-Town:

Rations are in place for meat, poultry and dairy products due to the 700km+ closure of the Stuart Highway.

For the purposes of bipartisanship, the railway line is cut as well.

Not only does the self-serve checkout sound alarms when you scan more than two of these items, but the cameras over the top also check to see if a) you’re scanning non-carrot items as carrots, and b) whether you’re trying to sneak off with extra items – which I found out about because I had missed a small $2 pack of plastic spoons.

It would appear the retail giants have finally worked out there is no honour system among consumers.

H B Bear
H B Bear
January 21, 2024 12:22 pm

Melbournibad is a Treasury driven Ponzi dumping ground. The treatment of certain groups during Covid was barely removed from China.

H B Bear
H B Bear
January 21, 2024 12:27 pm

It would appear the retail giants have finally worked out there is no honour system among consumers.

A cynic would say it was always labour cost savings v theft costs incurred. It will all be fixed once online orders are dispatched direct from DCs.

Tom
Tom
January 21, 2024 12:27 pm

I kid you not – I went out for a bit & left the search on for The Cat. Came back & found the computer making a strange noise. Turned it off & back on – seems OK.

I guess we can forgive the Cat for having unscheduled nanna naps when our “summer” is so cold it feels more like July than January.

Tom
Tom
January 21, 2024 12:29 pm

I am sick of rich people telling me how to live!

The Green-Teals counter-revolution is essentially rich property owners punching down on aspirational Australians.

That’s why Peter Dutton should fight the next federal election in the outer suburbs where aspirational Australians live.

Ordinary Australians are sick of government policy being hijacked by selfish rich people.

Head for the outer suburbs, Mr Potato Head. That’s where Robert Menzies’ forgotten people live.

DrBeauGan
DrBeauGan
January 21, 2024 12:32 pm

When dover is down (and one of my posts vanished into the aether) I go to currencylad.com instead. CL is reliable, rational, and has some good commenters, although Ed Case is also there a lot. And lives up to his name.

Vicki
Vicki
January 21, 2024 12:34 pm

Sounds like it might’ve been an intelligence centre supporting Hamas and the Hezbies, but I’m just speculating on that.

Bruce, the clinical wiping out of 5 significant IRGC senior guys suggests that you are right. It was a bold move by Israel & it would have been for a pretty important reason.

Zatara
Zatara
January 21, 2024 12:37 pm

Professor and Election Expert J. Halderman Hacks into Dominion Voting Machine Tabulator in Court on Friday in Georgia in front of Judge Totenberg USING ONLY A PEN TO CHANGE VOTE TOTALS

Ouch. That’s gonna leave a mark.

Far-left Judge Amy Totenberg sealed and covered up the results of the investigation of Dominion voting machines in Georgia and sat on the report until this week.

That report came out in July 2021. The court, and Georgia Sec State Raffensperger, have know about the compromised machines since then but refused to release the information to the public.

Perth Trader
Perth Trader
January 21, 2024 12:44 pm

Hey West Aussies….livestock boat loaded with cattle and sheep to Jordan via the red sea , advised to turn back to Freo.

m0nty
m0nty
January 21, 2024 12:45 pm

I see Trump’s dementia is accelerating. History of it in his family.

Roger
Roger
January 21, 2024 12:46 pm

Head for the outer suburbs, Mr Potato Head. That’s where Robert Menzies’ forgotten people live.

Yes…the people the Liberal Party have forgotten.

Roger
Roger
January 21, 2024 12:49 pm

I see Trump’s dementia is accelerating.

Biden supporter concerned that Trump may have early signs of dementia.

What’s the acronym? Oh, yes… ROTFLMAO.

Zatara
Zatara
January 21, 2024 12:50 pm

livestock boat loaded with cattle and sheep to Jordan via the red sea advised to turn back to Freo.

Advised by whom?

Johnny Rotten
January 21, 2024 12:52 pm

m0nty
Jan 21, 2024 12:45 PM
I see Trump’s dementia is accelerating. History of it in his family.

Another stupid post from that imposter Monty Pox Virus. The first of 2024. Many more to come I am sure.

Cassie of Sydney
January 21, 2024 12:52 pm

Hey pervert apologist, knowing how much you like punching Nazis, I hope you’re heading out to one of those pro-Pallie/progressive aka Nazi protests in Melbourne CBD today. You’ll find lotsa Nazis there to punch.

Indolent
Indolent
January 21, 2024 12:53 pm

Queen Máxima, a longtime social justice campaigner

She wouldn’t know “social justice” if she tripped over it. I wish she’d trip over a cliff. Someone who lives at the utmost level of luxury pontificating on how to handle and control the rest of us. What a bitch!

Colonel Crispin Berka
Colonel Crispin Berka
January 21, 2024 12:54 pm

What is the reason for the m0ntypox suddenly emanating out of the armpit of the Internet? Orangefever perhaps.

132andBush
132andBush
January 21, 2024 12:58 pm

Can you throw in a link please, monty?

Rather than vomit up a random comment without context.

Salvatore, Iron Publican
January 21, 2024 12:59 pm

Zatara Jan 21, 2024 12:50 PM

livestock boat loaded with cattle and sheep to Jordan via the red sea advised to turn back to Freo.

Advised by whom?

The Commonwealth Dept of Agriculture Forestry & Fisheries.

Lee
Lee
January 21, 2024 1:00 pm

I see Trump’s dementia is accelerating.

Biden supporter concerned that Trump may have early signs of dementia.

What’s the acronym? Oh, yes… ROTFLMAO.

Like all far-lefties, mOnty doesn’t have the slightest awareness of irony.

Perth Trader
Perth Trader
January 21, 2024 1:01 pm

Zatara
Jan 21, 2024 12:50 PM…..my best guess would be from DFAT . But, and its a big but .. the exporters will be looking for another buyer. Bringing livestock back here has issues with bio security .

Cassie of Sydney
January 21, 2024 1:01 pm

I would be surprised if Chaney gets back in Curtin. But then, I was wrong last time. No SloMo for 3 years will be a huge plus next time around.

As was I, Bear. I also didn’t think Big Spender would get up. I was wrong. But when I think about the five months prior to the May 2022 election, when the electorate drenched in Teal colours, placards and posters, I shouldn’t have been so glib. Svengali Simon spent a fortune targeting Liberal electorates and it was Teal, Teal, Teal everywhere.

However, I do think (in fact I know) many people here in Wentworth were nagged/badgered/coerced into voting for Big Spender. There was a lot of pressure.
I think a lot of men voted for her just to shut their wives up. A lot of Jews voted for her and I’m pretty sure they won’t vote for again. Spender’s a vacuous bimbo, a monumental bimbo and fraud.

The Teal movement/party is a cult. Having said that, I don’t think the Liberals should rely on these vacuous Teal electorates at election time, they need to look elsewhere.

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
January 21, 2024 1:02 pm

Australia is heading for a manufacturing wasteland as local suppliers forced to shut up shop, lay off workers in the name of Labor’s green insanity

Australia has reached a grim milestone in its proud manufacturing history as one local company after another is crippled amid soaring energy prices and Labor’s green insanity, writes Nick Cater.

SkyNews.com.au Contributor and Political Commentator

Australia will pass a grim anniversary in the history of manufacturing this weekend.

The last ream of Australian-made white copy paper rolled off the production line at the Maryville mill near Traralgon in eastern Victoria on January 21 last year.

The last batch of Australian-manufactured Reflex copy paper meant 150 green redundancies – jobs lost as a direct result of government-driven decisions.

The mill’s owners, Opal Australia, struggled to find timber after the Supreme Court of Victoria shut down critical operations of VicForests last year.

Litigants Environment East Gippsland and Kinglake Friends of the Forest were responsible for the action.

Still, it merely accelerated the Andrews Labor government’s decision to phase out native timber logging by 2030.

Like all manufacturing companies, Opal Australia was under pressure from energy costs, which are rising under Labor’s plan to reduce carbon emissions at breakneck speed.

Rising energy costs have been punishing companies like Trident Plastics, which has been doing its best to encourage recycling by manufacturing red, yellow and green-topped wheelie bins at its factory in Adelaide.

Yet the plastic injection moulding process is inescapably energy-hungry.

Plastic pellets must be heated to high temperatures for melting and moulding. Producing an average 120-litre bin requires around 250 kWh of electricity.

South Australia currently boasts the highest proportion of wind and solar power of any mainland state, but it is also the most expensive.

Last June, Trident went into receivership placing the jobs of 160 South Australians at risk.

Should the company close, wheelie bins must be imported from interstate, adding to their carbon footprint.

Wheelie bin manufacturers are just small fry in the growing number of companies struggling to make a profit with rising input costs.

The phased shutdown of Alcoa’s Kwinana alumina refinery in WA will put 550 people out of work by the third quarter of this year with a knock-on effect in the local community.

It would not be unduly harsh to say things are not going according to plan for Anthony Albanese’s government, which came to power with an energy policy based on catastrophically faulty modelling.

Slashing power bills by $275 was not the only benefit Albanese claimed would flow from its plan to cut carbon emissions.

We were also told there would be 604,000 new green jobs, with four out of five in the regions.

That promise rings hollow for workers in the growing number of businesses sent to the wall by rising energy costs.

Advance Bricks is closed its business at Stawell, Victoria in 2022 after 82 years in business.

The company, which employed 23 people, faced a rise in the price of gas from $6-to-$8 a gigajoule to more than $37.

Australian-manufactured toilet paper, kitchen rolls and tissues may soon join our copy paper as a distant memory as the Sorbent Paper Company struggles to cope with a 300 per cent rise in the cost of gas.

Last year, the company called for volunteers for redundancy in preparation for the closure and offshoring of some operations at its Box Hill, Victoria plant.

Sorbent napkins are now made overseas, and the manufacture of facial tissues at Box Hill will end early this year.

Facial tissue manufacturing at Greystanes, Sydney, has also been moved offshore, although Sorbent has committed to retain as many Australian manufacturing jobs as it can under difficult circumstances.

The notion that Labor’s 43 per cent emissions reduction target for 2030 would reduce the cost of energy and create jobs flies in the face of common sense.

The rapid decarbonisation of our electricity grids requires hundreds of billions of dollars of new investment, which must be recouped over time in taxes or power prices.

Rising energy prices and the tight supply in the gas sector would inevitably lead to job losses, starting with those in heavy industry that could be easily located in countries with lower energy prices and less stringent environmental regulations.

In 2019, environmental economist Brian Fisher conducted some of the most comprehensive modelling of the flow-on effects of reducing carbon emissions.

He found that Labor’s then target of a 45 percent reduction in emissions by 2030 would lead to a contraction of the entire economy and cause particular pain to the manufacturing sector.

He forecasted a 15.8 percent contraction in the manufacture of chemicals, rubber, and plastic and a 9.3 percent reduction in the manufacture of non-metallic goods.

He forecast a loss of 336,000 jobs economy wide.

The then Labor leader Bill Shorten scoffed at Mr Fisher’s report, accusing it of being politically driven and falsely claiming the fossil fuel industry had financed it.

Yet a little more than half-way through the Albanese government’s first time, Mr Fisher’s modelling looks close to the mark.

The promise of lower energy prices and a glut of green jobs now sits with the fairies at the bottom of the garden.

Steve trickler
Steve trickler
January 21, 2024 1:04 pm

m0nty
Jan 21, 2024 12:45 PM
I see Trump’s dementia is accelerating. History of it in his family.

—-

You are effin useless, piss off!

cohenite
January 21, 2024 1:05 pm

Dickless has slimed back in. Is there a pattern to this, like automatic toilet flushings.

Lee
Lee
January 21, 2024 1:06 pm

I hope you’re heading out to one of those pro-Pallie/progressive aka Nazi protests in Melbourne CBD today. You’ll find lotsa Nazis there to punch.

He may well be there, Cassie, but to join the protesters, not to punch them.

mc
mc
January 21, 2024 1:07 pm

I had missed a small $2 pack of plastic spoons.

You’re still allowed plastic spoons? D-town sounds like some freedom loving nirvana. Sounds like you are one step away from conceal carry rights.

Cassie of Sydney
January 21, 2024 1:09 pm

He may well be there, Cassie, but to join the protesters, not to punch them.

Of course he is.

Nelson_Kidd-Players
January 21, 2024 1:14 pm

May I suggest we limit ourselves to one, or perhaps two, zingers in response to the steak winner? I hate to think how much he loves drawing dozens of retorts for a throwaway one-liner and the poor sod who has to clean the room afterwards.

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
January 21, 2024 1:15 pm

Team Nikki Haley Has Spent $30 Million on New Hampshire Media Ads, but President Trump Still Dominates

January 20, 2024 – Sundance

Good grief, talk about burning cash…. According to Politico, the three corporate super PACs and the Nikki Haley campaign have spent almost $30 million in New Hampshire on ad buys.

Three super PACs backing Haley — SFA Fund (aka Randal and Barbara Smith, Alden Global Capital), Americans for Prosperity (aka Charles Koch) and Independents Moving the Needle (aka Jonathan Bush, the cousin of former President George W. Bush, billionaire CEO Frank Laukien, and Big Pharma) have spent more than $24 million across TV, radio and digital ads targeting New Hampshire, according to data from AdImpact, an ad tracking platform. Haley’s own campaign has chipped in another $4.7 million.

Boambee John
Boambee John
January 21, 2024 1:16 pm

m0nty
Jan 21, 2024 12:45 PM
I see Trump’s dementia is accelerating. History of it in his family.

No wonder you failed Economics 1, you misspelled “Biden’s”.

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
January 21, 2024 1:17 pm

REPORT: DeSantis Campaign Looking for a Fat Lady

January 20, 2024 | Sundance

Help Wanted

WHO: Fat Lady
WHERE: South Carolina
WHEN: Soon
WHAT: Sing

calli
calli
January 21, 2024 1:17 pm

Litigants Environment East Gippsland and Kinglake Friends of the Forest were responsible for the action.

Weren’t these locations burned to the ground with great loss of life in the Black Saturday bushfires?

A well-administered and controlled forestry industry would be an asset for these areas, not the inevitable neglect that returns them back to dangerous scrub + canopy.

Colonel Crispin Berka
Colonel Crispin Berka
January 21, 2024 1:17 pm

5 eyes
if yr listening

If? IF?? Their servers would be hibernating on the job if they weren’t listening.
The only thing that changes is your ranking in the national threat priority queue.
Just because you don’t deserve any intervention does not mean they aren’t listening.

Until some druggies start using “nectarines” as street slang for their favour fix you’re probably safe on that brushies news.

GreyRanga
GreyRanga
January 21, 2024 1:18 pm

Mate I was in business with for a while is still a greenie. Not the greenie we recognise today but one who lives the life using all the practical measures to look after the place. No harebrained theories at all. He got on the council by knocking on doors telling people what he thought and how he would do it. Compared to my scummy greenie BiL whose mate ended up with the greens coz every other party wanted nothing to do with him, would spout whatever to get elected and eventually did. Grifter.

Bourne1879
Bourne1879
January 21, 2024 1:19 pm

As power prices go up, power becomes less reliable and manufacturing and jobs disappear always remember to thank a Teal and David Pocock.
China will.

Might be a good billboard for those standing against them.

GreyRanga
GreyRanga
January 21, 2024 1:21 pm

The Milko must be visiting his kids.

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
January 21, 2024 1:26 pm

A 2024 Woke-to-English Translation Guide

Among the left’s worst chicanery is its incessant manipulation of language. Like the totalitarians envisioned by George Orwell, the left today uses language for political and social control.

Leftists regularly coopt benign-sounding words and infuse them with woke meaning that eludes many Americans who aren’t paying close enough attention to discern their duplicitous sleight-of-hand.

My goal here is to reveal some of this linguistic chicanery so Americans can be crystal clear about what the left really means when it uses these opaque terms.

Here’s a humble start to help readers accurately translate from woke to English in 2024:

Antiracism: Opposition to people of European descent. Leftists argue that hatred of people not of European descent is baked into those who are. By leftist definition, therefore, those who oppose such deplorable people are antiracists. In other words, antiracism as used by the left has nothing to do with opposing racism.

Antizionism: Jew-hatred. The claimed distinction between antizionism and antisemitism is merely the latest fraud on the part of Jew-haters to mask their true animus. Dennis Prager recently explained this. We must be prepared to counter this odious deceit.

Equity: Marxism. The crux of every political system derived from the writings of Karl Marx – whether denominated communism, socialism, national socialism, democratic socialism, fascism, progressivism, leftism, or just plain Marxism – is aggressive centralized control by self-anointed experts purportedly to manipulate desirable societal outcomes. With their “equity agenda” modern leftists simply have devised new terminology for the same old Marxist drivel. Worse, they deceptively picked a word that sounds like “equality” – a pillar value supported by all Americans – so many folks don’t realize that these homophones actually are antonyms.

– Existential: Threatening to leftists.

– Occupation: Israel.

– Voter suppression: Voter identification.

– White supremacy: Western Civilization.

Leftists crow a lot about colonialization.

In my view, the most egregious colonialization today is the left’s takeover of the English language.

So let’s decolonize our mother tongue.

132andBush
132andBush
January 21, 2024 1:28 pm

As power prices go up, power becomes less reliable and manufacturing and jobs disappear always remember to thank a Teal and David Pocock.
China will.

I wonder how long it will take to ferret out the CCP funding of these people and their organisations?

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
January 21, 2024 1:30 pm

Americans Say Trump Should Seek Revenge on Dems In Second Term

A recent CBS News/YouGov survey found that the majority of Americans think Trump should seek revenge on his political opponents should he secure a second term in the White House.

Fifty-five percent of supporters believe the former president should criminally charge those trying to destroy him, with three in ten non-Trump supporters agreeing.

On the contrary, 45 percent of voters said Trump should not seek Justice in that way, with most non-Trump voters— 70 percent— also agreeing.

This week, Trump addressed the question at hand, saying that he won’t have time to seek revenge on those who crossed him because he will be too busy building America back together.

“First of all, a lot of people would say that that’s not so bad. Look what they did: Russia Russia, Russia hoax. The FBI. Twitter hoax. The 51 intelligence agents hoax. All of these different hoaxes that they did. I mean, you know, a lot of people would say, that’s probably quite normal,” Trump said.

“I’m not going to have time for retribution.

We’re going to make this country so successful again; I’m not going to have time for retribution.

And remember this: Our ultimate retribution is success.”

GreyRanga
GreyRanga
January 21, 2024 1:33 pm

Knuckles, I bought some leb eggplant from woolies recently. Inadvertently I clicked the ordinary eggplant picture. Checkout goes into spaz mode. Back out, did it again. Same thing. Called the lady over, she did the same thing. The I noticed I selected the wrong picture. All good. The I wondered had it been the other way round would it have accepted it coz the leb eggplant was $1.50/kg dearer.

Makka
Makka
January 21, 2024 1:35 pm

We’re going to make this country so successful again; I’m not going to have time for retribution.

And remember this: Our ultimate retribution is success.”

If Trump doesn’t clean out the Marxist vermin in the DoJ/FBI and CIA and make serious inroads into the bias of the MSM at a minimum, his next term will eventually become meaningless.

shatterzzz
January 21, 2024 1:43 pm

Zatara
Jan 21, 2024 12:50 PM…..my best guess would be from DFAT . But, and its a big but .. the exporters will be looking for another buyer. Bringing livestock back here has issues with bio security .

Problem is the health/hygiene of the animals the boat can’t navigate the Red Sea cos Houthis so the shipper has been advised to either turn around or find an alternate buyer ….

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
January 21, 2024 1:46 pm

Visionless!

Zelensky’s peace proposal and Biden’s lack of vision ensure war persists in Ukraine.

TIPPINSIGHTS EDITORIAL BOARD

After being a globe-trotter for over a year, shaming the world’s nations to support Ukraine or else, President Zelensky of Ukraine arrived this week in Davos, Switzerland, to talk peace.

“We need peace in the world,” he said. “Peace in Ukraine means peace in Europe. It means peace in the world.”

It was a remarkable turnaround for a leader who, just in December, was pressuring the White House and reluctant Members of Congress to pass a $61 billion weapons package. That request has stalled as the GOP House Speaker has refused to take the proposal up unless it is paired with securing America’s southern border, which the Biden administration is loath to do.

With former President Trump routing his rivals in Iowa, winning 98 out of 99 counties and earning a majority of the caucus vote, Ukraine’s chances of eliciting further American support to fight a proxy war are perilous.

The average American’s support for Ukraine was high during Russia’s initial invasion. But they grew skeptical as the Biden administration’s goalposts moved with an “as-long-as-it-takes” war. Biden never asked for Congressional approval. No one defined what victory meant:

According to the Harvard Kennedy School’s Russia-Ukraine War Report Card of December 2023, Russia currently occupies 25,000 square miles, about 20% of Ukraine, nearly 9,000 square miles more than before the Feb 2022 invasion.

[At the war’s peak, Russia had occupied almost 54,000 square miles, but Ukraine won 29,000 square miles back].

American taxpayers have sent $110 billion in weapons and logistical support to help Ukraine – yet the report card shows that Ukraine has lost nearly 13% more territory than it had when Russia first invaded.

The hard truth is that Russia prevailed, and Ukraine and the West lost.

Most reasonable people would conclude that this conflict was also a huge loss for America’s international prestige as gauged by our Standing In The World Index.

America led Europe and the G7 nations by employing every resource at its disposal, including applying intense diplomatic pressure that even caused rifts with the countries of the Global South and passing more than 2,500 financial sanctions on Russia, many of which were routinely violated.

shatterzzz
January 21, 2024 1:56 pm

Picked up a novel of Ancient Rome in an op shop .. Book 1 of 3 Iron & Rust from the Throne of the Caesars series by Harry Sidebottom ..
Hadn’t heard/come across him before but he is very, very good reminiscent of the 1st Man in Rome series by Colleen mcCullough ..
Well worth a look if your into Roman era novels ………
https://ibb.co/wyQRhHh

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
January 21, 2024 1:57 pm

Interestng – http://www.bom.gov.au/nsw/observations/sydney.shtml?ref=hdr

shows

Sydney Harbour 21/01:40pm 25.8C Winds ENE 20 Kmph at 1201

whereas

Sydney Airport 21/01:40pm 36.0C Winds WNW 37 Kmph at 1.08pm

Here at Seaforth supposed to be 35.8C but feels hotter and ENE has not quite reached

Yesterday sitting on Manly Beach Balcony with coffee wayching the passing parade – ENE started at 1115 & by 1145 was quite strong

Like Sydney North East Sea Breezes

Johnny Rotten
January 21, 2024 2:01 pm

132andBush
Jan 21, 2024 1:28 PM
As power prices go up, power becomes less reliable and manufacturing and jobs disappear always remember to thank a Teal and David Pocock.
China will.

I refer you all to Tennis/Airbus Elbow and the promises made by Feral LayBore –

This is from 2023 –

“When Labor came to Government last year, we knew Australia was facing a period of economic uncertainty. Unpredictable events outside our control have caused real challenges. But Labor won’t shy away from the challenge.

And in Anthony Albanese we have a Prime Minister who shows up, takes responsibility, and works with people to fix problems.

We know Australians are doing it tough right now. That’s why helping Australians with the cost of living, without adding pressure to inflation, is this Government’s top priority.

The Albanese Labor Government is working for Australia by:

• Supporting Australians with the cost of living with cheaper childcare, cheaper medicines, extended paid parental leave, energy bill relief and fee free TAFE.

• Investing record amounts into Medicare and bulk billing.

• Building new homes, investing in affordable housing and making renting fairer.

• Tackling climate change by legislating to reduce emissions.

• Managing the economy and creating jobs in challenging times.

For details regarding Labor’s plans and policies passed into law, visit our Media section or government department websites.

https://www.alp.org.au/policies/

Spin Doctors at their very best……………………………………….

Zafiro
Zafiro
January 21, 2024 2:04 pm

Djokovic is about to play. Career titles 98. Career earnings $180 million USD. FMD

Bloke he is playing has earned $10 million USD. Mannarino? Never heard of him.

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
January 21, 2024 2:07 pm

shatterzzz
Jan 21, 2024 1:56 PM

Picked up a novel of Ancient Rome in an op shop .. Book 1 of 3 Iron & Rust from the Throne of the Caesars series by Harry Sidebottom ..

Hadn’t heard/come across him before but he is very, very good reminiscent of the 1st Man in Rome series by Colleen mcCullough ..

Well worth a look if your into Roman era novels ………
https://ibb.co/wyQRhHh

shatterzzz,

thanks

as a Man in Rome series by Colleen mcCullough Fan & also Marcus Didius Falco Series by Lindsey Davis Marcus Didius Falco Series 20 primary works • 24 total works Marcus Didius Falco is a private investigator working in first century Rome.

Will chase up Book 1 of 3 Iron & Rust from the Throne of the Caesars series by Harry Sidebottom at local Seaforth Library & if not there

Will check – Half Back Book & Record Exchange

4/20 Burlington St, Crows Nest NSW 2065

Rosie
Rosie
January 21, 2024 2:14 pm
Rosie
Rosie
January 21, 2024 2:16 pm
Delta A
Delta A
January 21, 2024 2:20 pm

That’s why Peter Dutton should fight the next federal election in the outer suburbs where aspirational Australians live.

I follow Peter Dutton on FB and several times a week he is out meeting with small business owners*, listening to their problems and always thanking them for their contribution to the economy.

*Business owners, 1,600 of whom have lost their livelihoods (along with all their employees) during the past six months of this Labor Government. A disgrace, but hardly a peep from media and certainly nothing from Albanese.

Johnny Rotten
January 21, 2024 2:20 pm

Amazing to think that Britain was once the factory of the world.

That was when the World population was around 1.2 Billion people and when Britain had an Empire.

The rest of the world got into the Industrial Revolution which is a very good thing.

The World population is now around 8.2 Billion people and financing 2 World Wars didn’t help the finances.

Every dog has its day as they say.

shatterzzz
January 21, 2024 2:30 pm

Amazing to think that Britain was once the factory of the world.

When you import 100s 0f 1 000s of lifetime welfare recipients it’s gonna catch up with you eventually ……. County Durham was 99.998% white when I left (1967) .. last time I was there (2016) 1 in 3 folk in the street were of a much darker complexion and it weren’t caused by just-finished-a-shift coal-dust … FFS!

Zatara
Zatara
January 21, 2024 2:46 pm

‘It will mean we have a country which is the only one in the G20 that no longer makes its own steel from scratch’

I was willed my grandfather’s vintage Bengall Sheffield steel straight razor when he died. It was certainly rare, but now it’s truly one of the last of it’s kind. Sad.

Vicki
Vicki
January 21, 2024 2:56 pm

Here at Seaforth supposed to be 35.8C but feels hotter and ENE has not quite reached
Yesterday sitting on Manly Beach Balcony with coffee wayching the passing parade – ENE started at 1115 & by 1145 was quite strong

Ozzie, husband has been up in skylight (Cremorne) painting the structural steelwork! He is mad, but the glass is being replaced tomorrow or the next day & it was the only time to do it. He has had 3 showers and a lot of swear words.

It is one of the worst jobs he had attempted. But I doubt if we could have managed to get a professional painter in the time frame.

DrBeauGan
DrBeauGan
January 21, 2024 3:04 pm

I was willed my grandfather’s vintage Bengall Sheffield steel straight razor when he died. It was certainly rare, but now it’s
truly one of the last of it’s kind. Sad.

We are ruled by people who don’t know how to make anything except regulations.

They don’t have a clue about how the food gets in the supermarket, let alone how razors are made.

Johnny Rotten
January 21, 2024 3:05 pm

dover0beach
Jan 21, 2024 1:44 PM

And Australia is the only Nation in the G20 not to have nuclear power to generate electricity.

Johnny Rotten
January 21, 2024 3:10 pm

It is one of the worst jobs he had attempted. But I doubt if we could have managed to get a professional painter in the time frame.

It is still January and a lot of ‘tradies’ take holidays with their Families. School kids on their holidays and all that yer’ know.

JC
JC
January 21, 2024 3:17 pm

Liz

Largest cruise ship in the world. Looks absolutely fabulous and the colours are so, so tasteful too. Hurry up and book.

Looks like a wonderful experience on a ship that holds half the world’s population.

  1. Knuckle Dragger May 26, 2024 11:43 pm Headline of the day:The Matildas and Arsenal weapon tasked with filling Kerr-sized hole…

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

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

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

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