Open Thread – Wed 21 Feb 2024


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JC
JC
February 21, 2024 2:13 pm

Go up, Dot.

It’s not impossible to see the Aussie in the 40s. For a long time, financial markets never really had to worry much about politics.

Roger
Roger
February 21, 2024 2:13 pm

That would be Ten’s CEO Beverley McGarvey who, a month after removing Wilkinson, was sending internal memos to programming and editorial staff bagging Australia Day and making wild generalisations about Indigenous folk.

Would McGarvey be another import?

Bespoke
Bespoke
February 21, 2024 2:14 pm

I’m faster then a your mobility scooter, Winston and only visit Bunnings during boomer nap times.

Dot
Dot
February 21, 2024 2:15 pm

PS

Does anyone know the name or provenance of the Weimar Republic era cartoon “Riots put down, shareholders cheer”?*

Thanks for any information.

*It ought to be memed heavily.

pete of perth
pete of perth
February 21, 2024 2:15 pm

Enjoying lunch near Myrtleford Vic. It is like being in a different country/ state of mind from Melbourne. Very picturesque.

GreyRanga
GreyRanga
February 21, 2024 2:16 pm

Good to you back BB.

Steve trickler
Steve trickler
February 21, 2024 2:18 pm
Black Ball
Black Ball
February 21, 2024 2:18 pm

Would McGarvey be another import?

Quite possible to glean from this Moaning Herald piece Roger

Salvatore, Iron Publican
February 21, 2024 2:19 pm

61% of Australian workers will consider switching jobs if employer revokes WFH.

Mmmmkay…… though I’d be very surprised if the number of Australian workers are working from home is even as high as 61%

Roger
Roger
February 21, 2024 2:24 pm

Quite possible to glean from this Moaning Herald piece Roger

Thanks, BB.

…though I’d be very surprised if the number of Australian workers are working from home is even as high as 61%

Let’s see…

“Perkbox Australia’s Employee Census Report, conducted in collaboration with YouGov, surveyed over 1,000 working Australians, including both employees and managers, to provide a snapshot of the workforce’s sentiments as they head into the New Year.”

Make of that what you will. But I do gather anecdotally that WFH is popular with those who can take advantage of it.

Johnny rotten
February 21, 2024 2:26 pm

Walking around Sydney Town, productivity looks very low apart from the Coffee Shops going flat out from around 5.00 am to 3.00 pm most week days.

feelthebern
feelthebern
February 21, 2024 2:31 pm

From a column about the Kroger/Albertsons proposed merger (but unlikely to be approved).

Kroger and Albertsons are both monsters, and the two of them combining would create the second largest chain in the country, after Walmart, with 15% of the national grocery business.

Depending how you measure groceries, Walmart has between 25-30%.
This is what a competitive landscape looks like & why US executive packages are reasonable.

Compare that to Woollies & Coles carving up just under 70% of the Aussie market.
Another cozy old cartel down under.

Johnny rotten
February 21, 2024 2:32 pm

lol. Everyone in Australia is a migrant or the off spring of a migrant. Emus. Bruce Pascoe and dingoes excluded of course. Martians and other Aliens please form a long line.

Johnny rotten
February 21, 2024 2:35 pm

In Australia. Monopolies and Oligopolies rule. Along with Big Guv. Small business have no chance.

feelthebern
feelthebern
February 21, 2024 2:36 pm

The Oz picks up on the key component of the wages data released today.
Public servant packages are booming.
Private sector, not so much.

Steve trickler
Steve trickler
February 21, 2024 2:38 pm

Let’s go! Magnificent clip.

Binary Finary – 1999 (epic version)

Johnny rotten
February 21, 2024 2:39 pm

How about a Turner painting at the start of the next O/T.

Louis Litt
Louis Litt
February 21, 2024 2:41 pm

Walli Walli Walli
21/2/24 @ 1.47am
Agreed – I stay clear of charity australia. With the Fringe Benefits Concession these emplyees are now some of the higher paid employees and use their charrity stick to blackmail you.
BTW – what do you reckon about the kickboxer who taught is ex a lesson by shaggin her best friend whiel she watched.
It seems that no one is going to cross him .

Then the two guys – just cant get used to that one.

BTW Knuckles what do you reckon of hte above MAFS issues .

Perhaps I should get some deep insight from Lizzie etc on the kick boxer?

Bespoke
Bespoke
February 21, 2024 2:42 pm
shatterzzz
February 21, 2024 2:45 pm

Tanya getting concerned about the amount of clothing folk wear .. wimmenz will be pleezed … not .. LOL!

https://www.msn.com/en-au/money/markets/plibersek-warns-clothing-industry-must-turn-back-on-fast-fashion-as-she-considers-intervention/ar-BB1iC3Ih

Top Ender
Top Ender
February 21, 2024 2:46 pm

Thanks Winston – excellent!

Alamak!
Alamak!
February 21, 2024 2:47 pm

Walli Walli Walli
21/2/24 @ 1.47am
Agreed – I stay clear of charity australia. With the Fringe Benefits Concession these emplyees are now some of the higher paid employees and use their charrity stick to blackmail you.

What Walli sed above X 1000.

Check the charity and usually find massive salaries, yuge admin costs and bugger all actual ‘Charity’ being done. I will toss a few gold coins if I have them and guilt kicks in, otherwise nada.

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
February 21, 2024 2:48 pm

Just ticked over 41 degrees in Alice.

Warm, but not overly so.

Johnny rotten
February 21, 2024 2:52 pm

For the homeless, I will give food/drink but no money. Tough Love.

Steve trickler
Steve trickler
February 21, 2024 2:58 pm

Knuckle Dragger
Feb 21, 2024 2:48 PM
Just ticked over 41 degrees in Alice.

Warm, but not overly so.

Woopie doo. Perth has been baked of late. Try 43 and 45 in the hills.

Vicki
Vicki
February 21, 2024 3:05 pm

Bonds underwear – passed by and bought Lowes brand instead.
Gillette – replaced with Bic razors.
Colesworths – they’re an easy boycott – there isn’t one for about 300Km.
We really need a Catallaxy list.

To add to that – I was just approached in a suburban city street by a rep of Medecins Frontieres. Told him that I wouldn’t be donating money to the alleged famine in Yemen while their forces are attacking international trade.

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
February 21, 2024 3:05 pm

‘43 and 45’

Those are pleasant autumn afternoons where I’m from, pal.

Take it up with the BoM and their directional weather beams masquerading as radar.

Bespoke
Bespoke
February 21, 2024 3:06 pm

Host Laura Ingraham pointed to how “various names came up” of possible running mates when audience members were asked, with names such as Vivek Ramaswamy, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina, Rep. Byron Donalds of Florida. As Ingraham also mentioned that there is “a big presence here for Tulsi Gabbard,” the crowd applauded. The crowd also applauded when Ingraham shared she meant to mention South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem as well.

feelthebern
feelthebern
February 21, 2024 3:10 pm

I’m hearing reports on twitter that reports of David Irving’s death are greatly exaggerated.

That’s a pity.

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
February 21, 2024 3:10 pm

I can also report that the current televisual feast screening on 10 Bold (in my hotel room, in between commitments) is indeed Jake and the Fatman.

Rosie
Rosie
February 21, 2024 3:11 pm

I might add that the advise regarding being symptom free etc has been around since 2021.
‘Unravelling’
on the American Red Cross blood bank claim yeah nah

Bespoke
Bespoke
February 21, 2024 3:11 pm

Hamas leadership, who all live in luxury in Qatar, are among the invited guests to Vladimir Putin’s “Inter-Palestinian Meeting” in Moscow later this month. Also invited are Palestine Islamic Jihad and the Palestinian Authority.

Johnny rotten
February 21, 2024 3:12 pm

Mrs Stencho Pantyhose still looking for those two paras. Oh dear. And those breeches. No wonder she has been so elusive of late. lol

Makka
Makka
February 21, 2024 3:15 pm

Yes but what will gold equities do?

Wrong question.

What will the USD do?

Johnny rotten
February 21, 2024 3:16 pm

As to this Red Cross Blood Bank stuff. If I ever need a blood transfusion then I will insist that it comes from my own private blood bank in the Cayman Islands.

Makka
Makka
February 21, 2024 3:18 pm

For the homeless, I will give food/drink but no money. Tough Love.

I have 2. Ronald Mac House and Guide Dogs. The dosh ends up where it’s meant to do good.

Johnny rotten
February 21, 2024 3:22 pm

Just sitting under a big tree in Prince Alfred’s Park near Central and the sun is shining through the leaves. They are golden and yellow a little but. Autumn is on its way.

Steve trickler
Steve trickler
February 21, 2024 3:23 pm

Knuckle Dragger
Feb 21, 2024 3:05 PM
‘43 and 45’

Those are pleasant autumn afternoons where I’m from, pal.

Take it up with the BoM and their directional weather beams masquerading as radar.

You wouldn’t know what a Klystron was until mentioned it here. Your dismissal of electromagnetics is telling. The evidence of weather of modification is huge with this tech.

Your ignorance is telling.

Johnny rotten
February 21, 2024 3:26 pm

Makka. The US Dollar will reign supreme until it doesn’t. End of part one.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
February 21, 2024 3:26 pm

To add to that – I was just approached in a suburban city street by a rep of Medecins Frontieres.

I dropped them from my list when they started getting all political about “Palestine.”

GreyRanga
GreyRanga
February 21, 2024 3:27 pm

Bern I think youll find Aldi in now the largest supermarket chain. The 4 Square chain used to account for 15%.

Vicki
Vicki
February 21, 2024 3:31 pm

Robert Malone has just posted an important set of observations about current political developments. This is an extract & the full substack commentary below:

Whether fortunate or not, we live in a time of both disruption and deception. A period when change has become an inevitable norm, and yet objective reality is considered an obsolete anachronism. An anachronism that cannot be tolerated, and must be twisted or expunged to serve the interests of those most powerful who will always act to maintain their privilege. Poised in transition between the relatively stable legacy “Pax Americana” bequeathed to us by American military and political victories over twentieth century totalitarian regimes, and fragmentation into an increasingly multilateral rough and tumble world characterized by shifting transitory alliances based on short term interests and opportunity. We all now confront a surrealist intellectual and psychological landscape where truthiness becomes just another product to be marketed. Or propagandized. Or censored. Marketing, propaganda and censorship each being subtle linguistic variations on a single theme of methods to exert external control over the thought and behavior of what otherwise would be autonomous, independent and sovereign individuals.

At the moment we have the luxury to travel through the world of thought and objective fact, seeking meaning. This too may be transitory, a brief window of time that we will look back on nostalgically, pondering our own historical naivety. Consider how you saw the world during early 2020 to your current point of view. We are fortunate to still live in a time when we are able and allowed to exchange ideas, to trace down and discuss discovered artifacts of truth, to assemble our own narratives to explain those artifacts, and to act based on those belief systems. A time defined as that brief window which preceded a future present when only approved narratives are allowed to be shared. A period bounded on one side by a cascading collapse of a carefully crafted but fundamentally immature American Imperial state, and on the other by the rise of insatiable globalist corporatism.

For many, including myself, the fabric of the widely shared belief in the benevolence of the American Imperial state has been irreparably rendered by the grossly dysfunctional national and transnational mismanagement of the COVIDcrisis. Others were better able than I to see through the cloud of propaganda and lies long before SARS-CoV-2 was constructed. A virus developed and assembled by a bizarre and improbable collusion between US-dominated “biodefense” intelligence interests, the Chinese CCP/PLA (and its dual function Wuhan Institute of Virology), and an international network of entitled biomedical researchers.

But now the gloves are off, and as the underlying truths of this global tragedy are gradually being revealed, the American Imperial state and its allies (governments and corporations) are increasingly resorting to raw power to avoid the consequences of their actions. And with this, it is becoming easier to see the fist. A fist that takes the form of the most aggressive and pervasive global suppression of thought and speech ever witnessed in recorded history. One that is rapidly becoming normalized as an industrial/academic censorship and propaganda complex.

https://rwmalonemd.substack.com/p/delaying-the-inevitable?utm_source=substack&utm_medium=email&utm_content=share&action=share&token=eyJ1c2VyX2lkIjozMjAzMDc5NywicG9zdF9pZCI6MTQxODMzNDkzLCJpYXQiOjE3MDg0ODk2MzYsImV4cCI6MTcxMTA4MTYzNiwiaXNzIjoicHViLTU4MzIwMCIsInN1YiI6InBvc3QtcmVhY3Rpb24ifQ.eABsmoXRgxf60patkCYXY-nrtr7KvTV2JGdfWt11Fno

Mak Siccar
Mak Siccar
February 21, 2024 3:34 pm

Oh dear – Un Zud got a mention but Oz didn’t. An extract follows:

https://www.spiked-online.com/2024/02/20/the-nonsense-of-indigenous-ways-of-knowing/

Put simply, advocates of ‘indigenous knowledge’ argue that various cultures throughout history have their own ways of understanding the world. And these alternative, indigenous ‘ways of knowing’, they say, should be utilised alongside more established scientific methods in research and in policymaking.
Yes, some DEI advocates really do think that public-health bodies should seek the input of tribal elders and spiritual leaders – alongside, say, qualified physicians and epidemiologists. What’s more, they believe that racism is the only reason it has taken so long for indigenous knowledge to be utilised in this way. They argue that science is a ‘Western, colonialist structure’ that has only come to dominate our thinking thanks to white supremacy. This nefarious falsehood began in academia, with calls from activists to ‘decolonise’ science. Now it has reached the highest levels of the US government.

Vicki
Vicki
February 21, 2024 3:38 pm

A virus developed and assembled by a bizarre and improbable collusion between US-dominated “biodefense” intelligence interests, the Chinese CCP/PLA (and its dual function Wuhan Institute of Virology), and an international network of entitled biomedical researchers.

I think this is a particularly accurate observation re the development of SARS -2. It IS truly a bizarre development that the Peter Daszak’s EcoHealth Alliance apparently received US funding ( with possible involvement of the Univ. of Sth Carolina) to work with the Wuhan Lab in developing zoonotic viruses. It is bizarre on many levels – but the evidence is inescapable.

Diogenes
Diogenes
February 21, 2024 3:40 pm

Mmmmkay…… though I’d be very surprised if the number of Australian workers are working from home is even as high as 61%

As a teacher I dream of working from home again.

Barking Toad
Barking Toad
February 21, 2024 3:52 pm

Medecins Frontieres.

Never went near them. If they can’t write/speak in English Fck ’em.

Lysander
Lysander
February 21, 2024 3:55 pm

For the sake of the climate/environment, there should be a total ban on paints… paintings… and artists.

😛

Dot
Dot
February 21, 2024 3:55 pm

Yes but what will gold equities do?

Wrong question

Never the wrong question unless you’re a communist prevert.

Makka
Makka
February 21, 2024 4:00 pm

Thanks Vicki. That article has some very informative comments as well.

Makka
Makka
February 21, 2024 4:02 pm

Never the wrong question unless you’re a communist prevert.

Sure. Ignorance is absolute bliss.

hzhousewife
hzhousewife
February 21, 2024 4:03 pm

Tanya getting concerned about the amount of clothing folk wear .. wimmenz will be pleezed … not .. LOL!

Does Tanya want us to wear less? lol
She’s a bit late to the party IMHO. Ladies who sew have been recycling for decades, a lot of youngsters OpShop. Mz Allegra Spender fashion executive would not be happy to hear that Plibs is dissing her Mum’s business.

Dr Faustus
Dr Faustus
February 21, 2024 4:03 pm

If you can WFH, you gain your commute time back. That can be 2+ hours a day for some people.

In a way, that would represent a 25% pay increase.

Great point.
Those of us who can’t work from home need an immediate 25% pay increase.
Because equity and human rights.

WFH: the productivity equivalent of shrinkflation; less, hidden by the wrapper.

Johnny rotten
February 21, 2024 4:07 pm

Mrs Stencho Pantyhose and your breeches have been breached.

Vicki at at 3.31 pm is well in breach. DoverBeach must be asleep to this. Oh dear says Martin Armstrong

Vicki
Vicki
February 21, 2024 4:07 pm

For “THE ISRAEL/GAZA CONFLICT” – Dave Sharma delivered at the Sydney Institute on monday night:

YouTube:
https://youtu.be/BoGdQuhv7Wk

Podcast:
https://thesydneyinstitute.com.au/blog/dave-sharma-the-israel-hamas-conflict-an-australian-view/

Bruce in WA
February 21, 2024 4:07 pm

Personal Boycotts current scoreboard

• McCain … Chinese veggies via NZ marked as NZ product
• Kailis Bros … WA Chinese-owned flogging Asian crap seafood at top dollar

Lysander
Lysander
February 21, 2024 4:08 pm

This goes against my (economic) libertarian bent somewhat but I think every February 29 should be a public holiday but should see every public serpent required to go “help out” a local business for the day (in that they don’t get the day off). They still get their usual salary, but the business doesn’t have to pay.

Whether it’s helping the local mechanic shop sweep a floor or taking some orders at a cafe, helping to balance some books, picking up some rubbish etc…

Just to give them a taste of the real world every now and then.

Bugger it, let’s make it every February 28! Or just the 28th! 😛

Lysander
Lysander
February 21, 2024 4:09 pm

yeah okay….sometimes I a dreamer and forget most of them would end up helping the coloured trans-lesbian’s wheelchair eco cafe….

Dot
Dot
February 21, 2024 4:12 pm

Warty Fartstrong says a lot of things.

One of which that 9/11 and 7/10 were inside jobs.

Bruce in WA
February 21, 2024 4:14 pm

How about a Turner painting at the start of the next O/T.

Could I make a little impassioned plea for a Gustav Klimt?

Dot
Dot
February 21, 2024 4:14 pm

Those of us who can’t work from home need an immediate 25% pay increase.

Because equity and human rights.

Bring it up at your next performance review or just bang it into your contracts.

Plus GST, of course.

Winston Smith
February 21, 2024 4:17 pm

Lysander
Feb 21, 2024 4:08 PM:

Just to give them a taste of the real world every now and then.

Just sack 80% of them and let them sample the lives we lead.
Let reality in.

Johnny rotten
February 21, 2024 4:26 pm

So Vicki, under current rules your post will be deleted forthwith

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
February 21, 2024 4:29 pm

Johnny rotten

Feb 21, 2024 2:26 PM

Walking around Sydney Town, productivity looks very low apart from the Coffee Shops going flat out from around 5.00 am to 3.00 pm most week days.

And what do you use to measure productivity, Wodney?

Bespoke
Bespoke
February 21, 2024 4:30 pm

Stop sooking, rotten.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
February 21, 2024 4:31 pm

Johnny rotten

Feb 21, 2024 4:26 PM

So Vicki, under current rules your post will be deleted forthwith

Try not to be a dibber dobber, Wodney.

Dr Faustus
Dr Faustus
February 21, 2024 4:32 pm

Bring it up at your next performance review or just bang it into your contracts.

Plus GST, of course.

One of the pleasures of being your own boss is that you can put whatever you like in your contract. My own contract salary is huuuge, Bill Gates would be envious.

The trouble is finding someone willing to pay the invoice to make it happen.

My performance review comes with my bank statements.

JMH
JMH
February 21, 2024 4:41 pm

It seems nobody has bothered to post this:

A disgraced fact checking operation run by RMIT university has lost a major contract, with the ABC cutting ties with the operation after a seven year partnership.

Taxpayers forked out more than $670,000 to the university through the ABC, a funding arrangement which has been described as wasteful and inappropriate by political figures.

RMIT Fact Lab was suspended by Meta after an investigation by Sky News Australia, dubbed The Fact Check Files, revealed a strict Code of Principles was likely not being followed.

Fact checkers at RMIT worked alongside the national broadcaster in a partnership project known as ABC RMIT Fact Check, and shared resourcing with the RMIT Fact Lab group

.

RTWT

https://www.skynews.com.au/australia-news/politics/embarrassing-scandal-abc-axes-lucrative-contract-with-disgraced-rmit-fact-checking-unit/news-story/665dd4d67055f9a41af5d03b1f8e7d9f

This will be interesting in light of who manipulates the ‘misinformation/disinformation’ laws the Alboswine wiishes to introduce!

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
February 21, 2024 4:45 pm

dover0beach

Feb 21, 2024 3:06 PM

I’m hearing reports on twitter that reports of David Irving’s death are greatly exaggerated.

Bwah ha ha ha.
Nice one.

H B Bear
H B Bear
February 21, 2024 4:47 pm

Woolworths taking lessons from the QANTAS School of Brand Management.

Delta A
Delta A
February 21, 2024 4:47 pm

Very good reading on The Cat these past few days, despite JR’s constant attempt to start a stoush.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
February 21, 2024 4:48 pm

Welcome back JMH!
So you weren’t the jumper on the Sydney Harbour Bridge yesterday?

JC
JC
February 21, 2024 4:50 pm

Full tank?

Dot
Dot
February 21, 2024 4:53 pm

A disgraced fact checking operation run by RMIT university has lost a major contract, with the ABC cutting ties with the operation after a seven year partnership.

Nice.

Roger
Roger
February 21, 2024 4:56 pm

Home Affairs Minister Clare O’Neill has indicated that discussion are underway to send recent boat arrivals to NZ as Albanese’s government does not intend to use Nayru as a permanent detention centre.

I wonder if the quid pro quo is that we keep a similar number of NZ citizens convicted of serious criminal offences instead of deporting them.

Roger
Roger
February 21, 2024 5:03 pm

A disgraced fact checking operation run by RMIT university has lost a major contract, with the ABC cutting ties with the operation after a seven year partnership.

I think the question needs to be asked…what did Virginia Trioli know?

Makka
Makka
February 21, 2024 5:04 pm

Wall Street Apes
@WallStreetApes
HERE WE GO, It’s Really Happening ?

February 2024 Update: They Just Made It Official, New Bill Introduced “Courage To Serve Act”

This Will Allow Migrants Serve In The US Military & Get Citizenship With Benefits

“A new proposal in Washington that would help migrants get an expedited path to citizenship, it would require them to first serve in the US military,

Sure, how better to eviscerate your military than from within?

Last year, U.S. Customs and Border Protection reported 37,000 Chinese citizens were apprehended crossing illegally from Mexico into the U.S.…that’s 50 times more than two years earlier.

feelthebern
feelthebern
February 21, 2024 5:13 pm

Bwah ha ha ha.
Nice one.

Just got this.
Well done.

H B Bear
H B Bear
February 21, 2024 5:14 pm

A disgraced fact checking operation run by RMIT university has lost a major contract, with the ABC cutting ties with the operation after a seven year partnership.

ALPBC finally getting that its social licence is on thin ice. Reappointment of Anderson as MD without acknowledgment an act of pure cowardice by Ita and the Board.

Wally Dali
Wally Dali
February 21, 2024 5:14 pm

One of the Doverblog’s incidental charms is discovering artists which I have been unaware of.

Bespoke
Bespoke
February 21, 2024 5:15 pm

The last time we saw him, Pallywood crisis actor “Mr FAFO” Saleh Aljafarawi, he was in excruciating pain after supposedly getting shrapnel pieces in his hand, sustained in an IDF attack – leaving his dreams of table tennis greatness in tatters.

H B Bear
H B Bear
February 21, 2024 5:15 pm

You suspect there is genuine panic over the radio numbers.

billie
February 21, 2024 5:15 pm

“indigenous knowledge”

Pfft .. we all have that, every one on the planet

Though my European heritage speciality is BS detection.

What’s yours?

Black Ball
Black Ball
February 21, 2024 5:16 pm

The cluebat meets the noggin of Richard Blackburn in the Daily Telegraph:

They say patience is a virtue, but if you’re taking an electric vehicle on a road trip, it’s a necessity.

I’ve just travelled more than 3200km up and down the east coast of Australia in a Hyundai Ioniq 6 and discovered that EVs cost more time and money than I’d expected.

My recharging bill for the trip was roughly $360, while I stopped to charge 14 times and spent roughly four hours parked in charging bays.

I also had to download and master five different phone apps.

Two charging stations were completely out of order, requiring some on-the-spot maths, a degree of range anxiety and some re-routing.

I’ve done a similar trip in a hybrid Toyota Camry and by my rough calculations, it would have cost roughly $350 and required four stops, each taking roughly 20 minutes and requiring a simple tap-and-go payment with my smartphone.

By now you’re probably getting the picture: long road trips in electric cars are at best a leisurely exercise and at worst a pain in the backside.

Having said that, this was an exceptionally long road trip – longer than Sydney-Adelaide return – and the type of journey sensible types would take by commercial aircraft.

The trip reinforced a couple of inescapable facts about electric vehicles: our infrastructure is woefully inadequate and electric vehicles are at their least efficient when you need efficiency most, on the highway.

The Ioniq 6 has a claimed range of 614km, which makes it one of the most long legged EVs on the market. Drive it around town and you will achieve that, or better.

However, driving exclusively on freeways at 110km/h, the range is more like 425km. That’s roughly 30 per cent less than the official claim.

Fortunately, most trips start in the city, where EVs are at their best. We travelled from inner-city Sydney to Port Macquarie, 400km away, and arrived with 112km of range left.

We targeted Port Macquarie because it had an ultra-fast charger that promised to replenish our Ioniq 6’s battery from 10 to 80 per cent in less than 20 minutes.

The Ioniq 6 is among the fastest charging in the business but, as we were about to discover, not all EVs are created equal.

When we arrived at the charging station, one charger was out of order and another was occupied by an MG4 whose owner informed us they would be there for about 45 minutes.

The cheapest MG4 can only accept charge at about a third the rate of the Hyundai.

In layman’s terms, charging the MG4 is like filling up the pool with a garden hose, while the Ioiniq is like using a fire hydrant.

Luckily, we had another option.

Tesla is slowly upgrading its recharging network so that other brands can use them.

There’s a catch, though. Tesla stings owners of rival brands a price premium to access its network.

While Chargefox ultra fast outlets cost 65c per kWh and the Evie network asks 73c/kWh, Tesla asks folks driving other cars to pay 85 cents. For reference, my home electricity costs about 32c/kWh.

It’s a financial hit I was prepared to take. After all, time is money.

But the cost of charging wasn’t the biggest gripe with our EV road trip.

It was the lack of working charging points and, ironically, other EV users who were yet to grasp the basics of charging etiquette.

Vehicles automatically slow the rate of charge once they reach 80 per cent to protect the life of the battery. It can take almost twice as long to charge from 80 to 100 per cent than it takes from 10 to 80 per cent. To use that pool analogy again, the torrential fire hydrant becomes a trickling tap.

That didn’t concern a Mercedes driver sitting on a 350kW ultra-rapid charger topping his car up to 100 per cent at a reduced rate of just 43kW while we were forced to use the slower 50kW charger next to him. If we’d swapped chargers when he reached 80 per cent it would have cost him no time and saved us plenty.

This happened more than once, while another user jumped the queue on us, swapping from the slow charger he was using to the fast charger we were waiting for.

We were also at the mercy of dodgy charger reliability. Two charging stations were completely out of order, while another two had one charger not working at a two-charger station.

So has the experience with the Ioniq 6 turned me off electric vehicles?

The answer is no. Yes, a long road trip in an EV takes planning and patience, but how many times does the average city-slicker embark on a long road trip? Two or three times a year?

The rest of the year, you’re likely to be plugging in at home once a fortnight and never visiting a petrol station.

And the driving experience is vastly superior to an internal combustion-powered car. The electric motor is quiet, refined and powerful, while the rear legroom is limousine-like.

The cabin is futuristic and the Ioniq corners impressively thanks to its low centre of gravity and well weighted, accurate steering.

The suspension can let the car float a little over bigger bumps and pick up road imperfections at lower speeds, but on the highway the cabin is a serene place to recharge your patience.

Well maybe he didn’t get the bat right between the eyes for he would still use one. And this be Chris Bowen’s wet dream for your future vehicle purchases. FMD

Vicki
Vicki
February 21, 2024 5:17 pm

In the last few days had the pleasure of giving “young-uns” a lesson in problem solving. Grandson’s car (in coastal town) had broken door latch….grandpa arrived to take out broken part…..rings local supplier…spare part now unavailable for the model even though it is 2010 model…..discover that equivalent unit available through another model…..but not available locally….further phone calls result in delivery to come from Sydney supplier.

All the time grandson & his two housemates of same age sit around agog. One of them even innocently asks who I am phoning & what am I writing down (the phone numbers of suppliers from internet!)

Result: part arriving in a few days & grandpa will drive another 3 hour drive to fit & 3 hour drive home. Grandson send hearts & love in messages since. Young lads have learned a lot – we hope! Note that 2 of them (including grandson) are students at the local university! It was a fascinating experience.

H B Bear
H B Bear
February 21, 2024 5:23 pm

EV chargers and human nature doesn’t sound like a great mix. I used to get into shouting matches just for a petrol pump.

Roger
Roger
February 21, 2024 5:24 pm

You suspect there is genuine panic over the radio numbers.

Particularly in Perth.

I believe they brought in an external consultant to look at all capital city programming and personalities. Mind you, then they hired Lattouf as a stand in.

I think the question needs to be asked…what did Virginia Trioli know?

For those who may have missed the connection, the RMIT fact checking unti was headed up by Mr. Trioli, aka Russell Skelton.

billie
February 21, 2024 5:25 pm

H B Bear

Recharge Rage, it’s called or so I am told

Delta A
Delta A
February 21, 2024 5:28 pm

#2 grandie turned 18 yesterday. She is a long time Jane Austen fan so daughter, an accomplished party thrower (learnt from her Mum) themed everything around privileged Regency society, starting with a Clydesdale-drawn carriage tour of neighbouring wineries.

Much feasting and merry-making with her sisters, Mum and BFF, then at night, an invitation only banquet in the ‘Great Hall’, followed by Regency Parlour Games in the drawing room. The invitation was extended by “Colonel Brandon, Captain Wentworth, Mr Darcy and messers Bingley, Knightly, Willoughby, Ferrers and Whickham” (all the girlies love a bad boy), and issued in a large gold frame.

My 12 piece Royal Albert ‘Country Roses’ got an airing, along with crystal and silver and ridgy didge serviettes. But the triumph of the evening was the appearance of all the above heros in the form of a life-sized head sized photo of each, fixed with dowelling and duct tape to the back of the dining room chairs. I must confess, I swooned slightly with Mr D gazing over my shoulder. (Daughter did some strange tongue thing with the Colonel. In consideration of your sensibilities, I won’t describe it.)

After a lavish berry cheesecake, #2 entertained us on the pianoforte, then we played Similes and Charades very poorly indeed. A superb evening, with P&P one liners dropped by all with gay abandon. I just wish cohenite had been there to party with us. He would’ve fitted right in.

H B Bear
H B Bear
February 21, 2024 5:28 pm

EVs are basically road going golf carts. Nothing wrong with that. My fully depreciated 25yo RAV4 was basically a shopping hauler. Anything requiring speed or convenience was the CBR unless the forecast was particularly grim.

cohenite
February 21, 2024 5:29 pm

It doesn’t really matter but the scum prosecuting Trump are all rats, deviants and shitheads:

Judge Engoron Accused of Banging Secretary of Opposing Counsel in Previous Case

In other completely fuked news from the whacky world of wokeness:

Science FAIL: ‘Scientists’ Claim Chest-Feeders’ Fake Breast Milk Just The Same As Actual Breast Milk

Bespoke
Bespoke
February 21, 2024 5:30 pm

In the last few days had the pleasure of giving “young-uns” a lesson in problem solving.

Good stuff, Vicki.
The last two weekends involved 4 generations building the new garden shed including the slab.

Life is good.

Mother Lode
Mother Lode
February 21, 2024 5:31 pm

Put simply, advocates of ‘indigenous knowledge’ argue that various cultures throughout history have their own ways of understanding the world.

Before three millennia of ongoing horticultural efforts the people of the Levant (whence our agricultural heritage sprung) had their own ‘knowledge’. A lot of it tied to spirits and gods whose favour had to be besought through ritual and perhaps sacrifice.

Should we go back to their methods?

JMH
JMH
February 21, 2024 5:32 pm

I’ve just had a couple of mouthfuls of coconut cream left over from a dish last night. From Malaysia, of course. We produce coconuts in this country, don’t we? Not enough interest to establish a viable industry? Milk, cream, desiccated. On this tiny front, no wonder this country is doomed.

H B Bear
H B Bear
February 21, 2024 5:33 pm

Mind you, then they hired Lattouf as a stand in.

There is always a couple of these incidents when the hardcore Marxists on the B Team get to push the buttons over summer.

P
P
February 21, 2024 5:34 pm

Bespoke and Delta A,

Glancing through some comments from yesterday or the day before I noticed your query as to my absence here.
I’m too old and tired. I used to enjoy putting up comments, but not if I am called upon to answer “Why” or to explain what I meant, and also accept a comment from another of it being “unbecoming of an elderly woman”.

My comment was addressed only to a comment made by Rabz. Bit of bad timing here.

I was mindful of the recent doxxing on this blog but because I’d never seen it happen before here and did not want to unnecessarily alert others because it had been promptly removed by Dover.

Alamak!
Alamak!
February 21, 2024 5:36 pm

Very good reading on The Cat these past few days

Diverse topics and interesting learnings along with min amounts of abuse.

✅✅✅

H B Bear
H B Bear
February 21, 2024 5:36 pm

ALPBC Radio Perth have put a series of Executive Producers and Nobodies from the regions into presenter roles for a while now. Their rating numbers shouldn’t surprise anyone.

Delta A
Delta A
February 21, 2024 5:38 pm

Further to #2’s adoration of our Jane, particulalry P&P which she has read several times and watched in every production, she has just found out that her year 12 English assignment is to explore Pride and Prejudice.

Lucky much.

JC
JC
February 21, 2024 5:38 pm

Kez

Coconut cream? What are you weighing in at these days? That stuff is like 30,000 calories per mouthful.

Roger
Roger
February 21, 2024 5:42 pm

We produce coconuts in this country, don’t we? Not enough interest to establish a viable industry?

I suspect it’s very labor intensive and the cost of labor here is prohibitive.

Mother Lode
Mother Lode
February 21, 2024 5:43 pm

‘Scientists’ Claim Chest-Feeders’ Fake Breast Milk Just The Same As Actual Breast Milk

This is the reason why ‘trust the experts’ and ‘the science is settled’ rings a little more of politics than truth these days.

To many people called ‘scientist’ and ‘expert’ are not engaged in science or expertise but in selling a message.

I would also note that it is the left that resorts most readily to such arguments and it can surely be no coincidence that they seem to flap in circles like moths around their fleeting heroes, drawn and dazzled by the blinding brilliance of a candle.

JMH
JMH
February 21, 2024 5:45 pm

Vicki
Feb 21, 2024 5:17 PM

It seems this is what we have to suck up. Trying to source door lock replacements for a Merc? Fergetit.

Mother Lode
Mother Lode
February 21, 2024 5:45 pm

I’m too old and tired. I used to enjoy putting up comments, but not if I am called upon to answer “Why”

Why?

JC
JC
February 21, 2024 5:47 pm

Cronkite

I’ve read Trump has to pony up the fines and the $83 million directed to the lying scumbag before he can wage an appeal. Supposedly this is NY law. That’s getting close to 1/2 billion. On top of that, they’re placing an overseer (retired Clinton appointed judge) to watch over his NY assets and activity. This could get financially ugly for him. Can he sidestep the NYcircus and head straight to federal court and this is confiscation.

Digger
Digger
February 21, 2024 5:49 pm

Now that the Tasmanian election has been called and the Lambie Network has targeted medical services in order to garner support for their holier than thou stance the door was opened for me to expose them again. I have updated and posted this on one of their candidates pages who was using her recently operated on son as a prop for her stance.

“Now that concern for health in Tasmania has been raised as an issue, I would like to ask a simple question: “Why did the Jacqui Lambie Network Senators and all Labor Party and Greens Senators vote against an enquiry into the excess deaths occurring in Australia and indeed right around the world?”

Every Tasmanian should be aware that the Senators named below are amongst those who voted to prevent us from finding out why so many seemingly healthy Tasmanians and other Australians are unexpectedly and suddenly dying.

There are statistics printed in the Mercury that show that 1038 excess deaths have occured in Tasmania over a period of around 18 to 24 months (The highest percentage increase anywhere in Australia). This against a backdrop of an average of around 4347 deaths per year over a 9 year period to 2017. (Extrapolated out the extra 1038 deaths in 18 months represents an annual increase of 15.92% above average) Under absolutely NO circumstances is that acceptable, no matter what political party we support.

We need answers.

I believe every Tasmanian deserves answers about why this has happened and continues to happen.

A vote was recently held in the Australian Federal Senate to establish an enquiry to investigate the reasons for all these excess deaths after the pandemic has long passed and the deaths continue to occur all across the country.

Well, surprise, surprise. The vile Australian Labor Party Senators, dopey Greens, even dopier Jacqui Lambie Network Senators from Tasmania and Lidia Thorpe all voted against holding such an enquiry.

I certainly struggle to fathom why people we elected to represent us on every world stage and to protect us and our personal and national interests would turn their backs so callously against us. We are equal citizens in a supposedly free country who so desperately want answers about why our family members, work colleagues, friends and associates, who seemed to be healthy suddenly drop dead without any warning or apparent reason.

These bastards, who can find the answers through an enquiry we desperately need are not our superiors, they are leaches, sucking on the taxpayers teat. They demanded we take, untested experimental drugs which to this day still only have provisional approval. They only have provisional approval after 3 years and over 69,000,000 individual vaccinations in Australia BECAUSE THE BASTARDS STILL DON’T KNOW IF THEY ARE SAFE. There can be no other explanation. If they knew they were safe they would have full approval. But they still promote their use.

But alas these charlatans, who take a salary, allowances and benefits package of $306,850 per year plus perks out of our pockets. It is time for us to hold these people accountable. It does not matter which political party Tasmanians support, every one of us should be absolutely outraged at this blatant betrayal. None of them deserve our support or vote at the next election.

These are the Tasmanian Senators who betrayed every one of us:

Helen Polly – ALP
Ann Urquhart – ALP
Carol Brown – ALP
Catryna Bityk -ALP
Peter Wish Wilson – Australian Greens
Nick McKim – Australian Greens
Jacqui Lambie – Jacqui Lambie Network
Tammy Tyrrell – Jacqui Lambie Network

They either:

– Don’t care one iota about the thousands of Australians who have died suddenly, including all those Tasmanians

or

– They don’t want us (the people) to know about the horrendous mistakes they made as politicians when they FORCED us under the threat of losing jobs, houses, income, access to supermarkets, schools, restaurants, travel, shutting down businesses etc.

There are no other options, it must be one or the other, or both.

Every Tasmanian should contact these Senators and demand an answer about why they betrayed us. I certainly will be and I intend to inform everyone of their answers and continue communicating their betrayal until the next election and beyond if necessary.

Never forget that the average age of those who died supposedly from Covid before the vaccines was over 80 (above their life expectancy) to now having the majority of sudden, unexplained deaths between 25 to 60 (or thereabouts). WHERE IS THE BLOODY DISCUSSION ABOUT THIS DISPARITY? They are lying to us. Don’t let them get away with it.

This is too important to let slip past without action.”

JC
JC
February 21, 2024 5:49 pm

If you’re overloading on coconut cream, forget the door lock replacements and just get new shockers, Kez. That’s my advice.

Vicki
Vicki
February 21, 2024 5:51 pm

#2 grandie turned 18 yesterday. She is a long time Jane Austen fan so daughter, an accomplished party thrower (learnt from her Mum) themed everything around privileged Regency society, starting with a Clydesdale-drawn carriage tour of neighbouring wineries.

Oh Delta…aren’t they a joy?? What a wonderful event. makes life worth living.

H B Bear
H B Bear
February 21, 2024 5:56 pm

I suspect it’s very labor intensive and the cost of labor here is prohibitive.

Pure Ricardian trade. Just because we can doesn’t mean we should. The Asian food court is full of suppliers from SE Asia and they are usually pretty price sensitive.

H B Bear
H B Bear
February 21, 2024 5:57 pm

JC is Big Olive Oil.

Roger
Roger
February 21, 2024 5:57 pm

“Why did the Jacqui Lambie Network Senators…vote against an enquiry into the excess deaths…?”

Good on you, Digger & keep applying the pressure.

Apathy on the part of citizenry is the enemy of what freedoms we still have.

See this morning’s discussion on “soft totalitarianism.”

JC
JC
February 21, 2024 5:57 pm

Pure Ricardian trade. Just because we can doesn’t mean we should. The Asian food court is full of suppliers from SE Asia and they are usually pretty price sensitive.

More like comparative advantage, no?

Mother Lode
Mother Lode
February 21, 2024 5:58 pm

she has just found out that her year 12 English assignment is to explore Pride and Prejudice.

Depends.

Is the curriculum likely to be interested in why it is so subtle and beloved literature, or more interested in seeing if students can tease out the patriarchy, misogyny, classist, transphobic, etc. elements.

The very first line: “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife”. Not only is that explicitly patriarchal and implicitly misogynistic, but meta-critically it favours people who can read more than a “MARXISM 2024 – The Death Throes of Capitalism. Symposium in Merewether Building” poster.

I recommend she start an essay with this:

“The dialectics of oppressor/oppressed is that of opposition, but not of opposites.”

She can write whatever guff she likes after that. They aren’t going to read it. They just want to make sure she has the symptoms of concern constipation.

Megan
Megan
February 21, 2024 6:00 pm

You suspect there is genuine panic over the radio numbers.

I’ve been ClassicFM listener for decades. Quit cold turkey this week after long winded and pompous ad for the Gay Mardi Gras featuring lesbian women. This on top of the constant naarm, garrigul country rubbish served up all day long.

It’s now down to 3MBS, a return to my own playlists or dusting off the old CDs to calm my brain when driving.

cohenite
February 21, 2024 6:00 pm

Lysander
Feb 21, 2024 11:00 AM
It’s a bit heavy for this time of the morning (WA time anyway) but I’ve been making a list of all the “lucky accidents” that helped to spawn human life on earth. If one didn’t occur, we wouldn’t have occurred:

Good list to which you can add Mars which cops most of the incoming from the asteroid belt and therefore protects Earth. Mars lost its magnetic poles due to a cooling interior and was made sterile by the Sun’s nasties.

Vicki
Vicki
February 21, 2024 6:00 pm

I’m too old and tired. I used to enjoy putting up comments, but not if I am called upon to answer “Why”

BS, Mother Lode. You have much to contribute. This blog helps to make sense of this changing world.

JC
JC
February 21, 2024 6:01 pm

H B Bear
Feb 21, 2024 5:57 PM

JC is Big Olive Oil.

Wifey is pretty big on olive oil, except veggies, which are fcking pretend steamed and basically raw. It’s an argument every nigh, as I ask her why bother pretend cooking veggies and just serve them freaking raw.

Mother Lode
Mother Lode
February 21, 2024 6:04 pm

JC,

I have seen from the Beanie (Tim Poole if unfamiliar) but also other places that the SEC has approved a merger of Trump’s Truth Social with some other business that will presumably take it to the stratosphere which will deliver him a windfall of something like $4 billion.

If it gets through (and while the SEC may have approved it I have no doubt there are countless other Democrat controlled jurisdictions that will try to kill it) Trump will be richer than ever – and the progressives created this situation because they banished him from Twatter.

Wally Dalí
Wally Dalí
February 21, 2024 6:04 pm

We give endless foreign aid to our neighbours, we get cheep coconut cream as kickback… ain’t that how it works?

JMH
JMH
February 21, 2024 6:04 pm

H B Bear
Feb 21, 2024 5:56 PM
I suspect it’s very labor intensive and the cost of labor here is prohibitive.

Pure Ricardian trade. Just because we can doesn’t mean we should. The Asian food court is full of suppliers from SE Asia and they are usually pretty price sensitive.

What Roger said. We have the ability to open up cottage industries but the Unions kill them dead..

cohenite
February 21, 2024 6:05 pm

I’ve read Trump has to pony up the fines and the $83 million directed to the lying scumbag before he can wage an appeal.

No. The fines and interest etc are the punishment. The appeal is whether the punishment is valid so the punishment is held in obeyance, including the appointed dickhead in Trump’s offices.

Delta A
Delta A
February 21, 2024 6:06 pm

P
Feb 21, 2024 5:34 PM
Bespoke and Delta A,

I’m too old and tired.

P, I’m truly sorry that you feel this way.

You are a Cat Treasure, an intelligent, articulate woman with a great history and experience which adds to The Cat’s value. In addition, I very much enjoy your religious posts, reminding us of feasts and significant dates on the Christian Calendar.

Please ignore the thugs who demand “why?” after your posts. Your comments are consistently clear and relevant: let the inquirer look up ‘why’ for themselves. As for “unbecoming of an elderly woman”, that is a compliment, not an accusation.

Today’s elderly women do not fit into a neat box to be consigned to the archives. We have informed opinions to support our (often) conservative views. We are well read and well lived. We have much to give, not only to our children and grandies, but also to the world view.

We will be silenced only if we allow ourselves to be.

Please continue posting.

Mother Lode
Mother Lode
February 21, 2024 6:07 pm

Actually, windfall is the wrong word. The merger will create the value by creating additional value not existing when they were separate.

H B Bear
H B Bear
February 21, 2024 6:09 pm

Spanish style fried eggs in olive oil makes a pretty good case for olive oil. Ditto a cold (or warm) Spanish omelette and crusty bread. Almost time for the crews to harvest the olives in our local park. Would be helpful if the council employed a few decent horticulturists who knew how to prune them.

JMH
JMH
February 21, 2024 6:09 pm

We will be silenced only if we allow ourselves to be.

Exactly.

cohenite
February 21, 2024 6:11 pm

“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife”

A great truth now perverted by trannies, she-males, toyboys, effeminates, knee tremblers, chest feeders, purple haired arse wobblers, penis shovelers and every woke leftie.

JC
JC
February 21, 2024 6:12 pm

Mother Lode

That’s a “valuation”. Valuations are a little opaque at best. If there’s a deal with a new investor entering, that entry price is indicated at the new level.

If there’s a public offering, and existing shareholders prior to a float, are still holding onto a chunk, that also presents a problem.

You probably know this.

In any event, he’s in need of cash now, I suspect.

Bespoke
Bespoke
February 21, 2024 6:12 pm

We will be silenced only if we allow ourselves to be.

If the sandwiches are made first. More power to ya.

JC
JC
February 21, 2024 6:16 pm

cohenite
Feb 21, 2024 6:05 PM

Andrew C. McCarthy at NRO reckons he will have to pay the fine into an escrow account held by the court before he can lodge an appeal.

In any event, what are his remedies and likelihood he can win?

Alamak!
Alamak!
February 21, 2024 6:18 pm

so the punishment is held in obeyance, including the appointed dickhead in Trump’s offices.

Some deposit of the ‘punishment’ $$$ still required before appeal can be raised, around 10-20 % IIRC.

Roger
Roger
February 21, 2024 6:18 pm

Please ignore the thugs who demand “why?” after your posts.

Eh?

“Why?” is on the face of it a request for explication of a point.

Why is that thuggish?

It’s not necessarily asked in bad faith.

Tom
Tom
February 21, 2024 6:19 pm

So what is climate hysteric Tim Flannery doing for a living after making a fool of himself pretending the human race has godley powers to control the weather?

Turns out he has retreated into academia where sadly the natural world refuses to cooperate with his inclination to blame the human race for the earth’s ills.

This afternoon on Fox Docos, he was one of a troupe of city academics ashamed of Australia, who descended on Christmas and the Cocos Islands in the Indian Ocean.

Naturally they all took the side of the economic migrants who were kept on Christmas Island earlier this century by Mr Rabbit to foil the illegal migration trade, which Elbow, being a revolutionary, is hellbent on restarting.

Sadly, Flannery was forced to accept that, despite their failure to control the cane toad epidemic in northern Australia, his fellow zoologists are probably right to introduce a species of wasp on Christmas Island to save its famous red crabs, which are under attack from a bunch of feral ants.

But it’s not for want of self-hatred. One of Flannery’s academic colleagues in the Fox doco is Alice Garner, daughter of lefty playwright Helen Garner, who wears her cultural self-hatred of Australia like a badge of honour.

Alamak!
Alamak!
February 21, 2024 6:20 pm

We will be silenced only if we allow ourselves to be.

Please continue posting.

Continue on, P. All voices welcome here and yours would be missed.

Wally Dalí
Wally Dalí
February 21, 2024 6:23 pm

Almost as good an opening line as
“It was the afternoon of my eighty-first birthday, and I was in bed with my catamite when Ali announced that the Archbishop had come.”

Mother Lode
Mother Lode
February 21, 2024 6:25 pm

Thanks, JC.

Business finance is a bit of a dark art to me (my dark arts are of a different flavour) so demur at speaking in too certain terms but yeah, it does not provide him funds now.

Digger
Digger
February 21, 2024 6:26 pm

A British nuclear missile test failed after the Trident weapon crashed into the sea near next to the submarine that fired it, in another embarrassing flop after the UK’s last trial launch also failed eight years ago.

Pretty embarrassing from two fronts.

1. All US and UK submarine launched missiles are Trident.

2. North Korea has recently (supposedly) successfully launched new submarine ICBM’s.

feelthebern
feelthebern
February 21, 2024 6:27 pm

If there was a doxing, can other Cats rest easy that doxer has been banned?

Mother Lode
Mother Lode
February 21, 2024 6:28 pm

Please ignore the thugs who demand “why?” after your posts.

I hope my “Why?” was obviously enough a joke.

Roger
Roger
February 21, 2024 6:29 pm

A British nuclear missile test failed after the Trident weapon crashed into the sea near next to the submarine that fired it, in another embarrassing flop after the UK’s last trial launch also failed eight years ago.

Test firing them at 8 year intervals might be a large part of the problem?

Bespoke
Bespoke
February 21, 2024 6:33 pm

What Alamak and Delta said, P.

Mak Siccar
Mak Siccar
February 21, 2024 6:35 pm

Digger
Feb 21, 2024 5:49 PM
Now that the Tasmanian election has been called and the Lambie Network has targeted medical services in order to garner support for their holier than thou stance the door was opened for me to expose them again. I have updated and posted this on one of their candidates pages who was using her recently operated on son as a prop for her stance.

Well done and thanks Digger. A thousand thumbs up from me. My contempt for 90% of the politicians here in Oz is indescribable – @rsewipes would be appropriate but that would be an insult to all toilet rolls, past, present and emerging.

miltonf
miltonf
February 21, 2024 6:35 pm

This afternoon on Fox Docos, he was one of a troupe of city academics ashamed of Australia, who descended on Christmas and the Cocos Islands in the Indian Ocean.

so you’re paying to be lectured and insulted

Digger
Digger
February 21, 2024 6:36 pm

There is already a mass migration underway from Blue States to Red States.

This is potentially dangerous because it makes blue states bluer and red states redder so the distribution of electoral college votes in split distribution states becomes reduced.

miltonf
miltonf
February 21, 2024 6:37 pm

“MARXISM 2024 – The Death Throes of Capitalism. Symposium in Merewether Building” poster.

Horribly realistic. I loathe Sydney Uni. I despise hiya ejucashun in general.

hzhousewife
hzhousewife
February 21, 2024 6:37 pm

Delta, what a delightful family affair, thank you for telling us about it. Re the P & P story, I’m reminded of our youngster who managed to do assignments at Primary school on wombats four years in a row ! Mother Lode’s comment is very dispiriting.
JC, hasn’t your wife come across the youtube memes about vegetables killing you!

Wally Dalí
Wally Dalí
February 21, 2024 6:37 pm

A great truth now perverted by trannies, she-males, toyboys, effeminates, knee tremblers, chest feeders, purple haired arse wobblers, penis shovelers and every woke leftie.
Oh for the subtlety of Burgess, where the gays were just good ol’ slowburner Gays…
Thinking recently about the amount of creativite writing which is being asked of schoolkids, not only in English but in laundering Indigenous Ways Of Knowing in maths, imagine you’re a chinese gold-digger in history, design an earth-saving carbon farm in science. It is of course hardly creative, most of it is desinged to be recitative of acceptable opinions, and no it’s not lost on me that “opinion” has no place in many subjects.
Even when handed down the canon of Austen or Shakespeare, the kiddies are immediately urged to re-imagine and rewrite it to expunge the thoughtcrimes of the pale, stale ancestors.
With crushing irony, the current school stage production is The Lion King. No room for creative writing here! It is, as much as possible, an exact recreation of the animated film, from stage, props, dialogue and accents. Friend’s daughter is Scar, voiced quite camply by Jeremy Irons iirc- her performance is a slavish imitation of his. I can already hear the audience cheer, cheer, stand and give ovation to the wonderfully faithful recital of the crowning jewel of the most holy foundation of our culture… Disney Plus.

Farmer Gez
Farmer Gez
February 21, 2024 6:37 pm

VIC dairy farmer on ABC country hour calls bull on the quality of Victoria’s grid.
He said ten years ago only 20% of dairy farms had generators for back up power but now that figure would be 90%.

Crossie
Crossie
February 21, 2024 6:43 pm

Bruce in WA
Feb 21, 2024 4:07 PM
Personal Boycotts current scoreboard

• McCain … Chinese veggies via NZ marked as NZ product

I found out about that swindle some time ago and will not buy anything from McCain.

Indolent
Indolent
February 21, 2024 6:44 pm
Crossie
Crossie
February 21, 2024 6:44 pm

Roger
Feb 21, 2024 4:56 PM
Home Affairs Minister Clare O’Neill has indicated that discussion are underway to send recent boat arrivals to NZ as Albanese’s government does not intend to use Nayru as a permanent detention centre.

In a few years, after they get NZ citizenship they, will be back in Oz.

Perplexed of Brisbane
Perplexed of Brisbane
February 21, 2024 6:48 pm

Mak Siccar
Feb 21, 2024 3:34 PM
Oh dear – Un Zud got a mention but Oz didn’t. An extract follows:

https://www.spiked-online.com/2024/02/20/the-nonsense-of-indigenous-ways-of-knowing/

Put simply, advocates of ‘indigenous knowledge’ argue that various cultures throughout history have their own ways of understanding the world. And these alternative, indigenous ‘ways of knowing’, they say, should be utilised alongside more established scientific methods in research and in policymaking.
Yes, some DEI advocates really do think that public-health bodies should seek the input of tribal elders and spiritual leaders – alongside, say, qualified physicians and epidemiologists. What’s more, they believe that racism is the only reason it has taken so long for indigenous knowledge to be utilised in this way. They argue that science is a ‘Western, colonialist structure’ that has only come to dominate our thinking thanks to white supremacy.

A Doctor once said that the only difference between mainstream medicine and alternative medicine is that the former has been tested and the results proven before being widely used*. If alternative medicine is tested and is found to work, it is no longer alternative but a viable, mainstream treatment.

* mRNA vaxxes excepted, of course.

Roger
Roger
February 21, 2024 6:49 pm

In a few years, after they get NZ citizenship they, will be back in Oz.

I think we put visa restrictions on them, Crossie.

If you come by boat, you don’t get to settle in Australia…I don’t think Albanese & Co, have yet managed to subvert that.

The Biloela family being the exception, it should be noted, because it was perceived that there was political advantage in that.

cohenite
February 21, 2024 6:51 pm

In any event, what are his remedies and likelihood he can win?

I’ve been through this. The fat pig james charged him under executive law 63:12 which requires a victim and quantifiable loss; Trump had none, in fact the opposite. 63:12 also does not apply to commercial transactions. So that is one basis.

The weird Engoron also arbitarily, in contradiction of Trump’s right to elect a jury ruled that no jury would be allowed, and convicted Trump before any evidence was admitted. So, there’s that.

Against this is the corruption in the superior NY appellant courts which Trump has to go through before he gets to SCOTUS.

Engoron cannot demand a portion or all of Trump’s fines be held in escrow because the appeal process nullifies the verdict while the appeal is held. But who fuking knows. These bastards are doing what they want.

GreyRanga
GreyRanga
February 21, 2024 6:53 pm

[email protected], well put. I expect no reply forth coming.

Alamak!
Alamak!
February 21, 2024 6:54 pm

JC, hasn’t your wife come across the youtube memes about vegetables killing you!

be cautious when mushrooms become a frequent item on the menu.

Barking Toad
Barking Toad
February 21, 2024 6:55 pm

Digger @ 05:49pm.

Excellent work. Keep on punching!

miltonf
miltonf
February 21, 2024 6:56 pm

[email protected], well put

I second that. Despicable isn’t a strong enough word. So many of them were ‘advisors’ to pollimuppetts before becoming pollimuppetts themselves. Lambie is like a downmarket Steggles.

GreyRanga
GreyRanga
February 21, 2024 6:56 pm

Had the Clinton’s been through what Trump has been through there’d be a pile of bodies so high. How many are the Clinton’s up to now. 120?, probably higher. Trump a big fat Zero.

Mak Siccar
Mak Siccar
February 21, 2024 6:57 pm

Perplexed of Brisbane
Feb 21, 2024 6:48 PM
Mak Siccar
Feb 21, 2024 3:34 PM
Oh dear – Un Zud got a mention but Oz didn’t. An extract follows:

I’m sorry but make no mistake, this is part of a widespread and ongoing campaign about more humiliation and subjugation of the White Fellas in a Oz.

Digger
Digger
February 21, 2024 6:58 pm

Test firing them at 8 year intervals might be a large part of the problem?

This is why we need ticks….

Delta A
Delta A
February 21, 2024 6:58 pm

If the sandwiches are made first.

Eat them at your peril, bespoke.

CharlieP
CharlieP
February 21, 2024 6:59 pm

Megan, we departed ABC Classic FM to 3MBS just before Christmas, fed up with the announcers making it all about themselves and at the same time playing large quantities of excruciating ‘modern’ music of no discernible merit, just to fill their quotas of composers who fit the ‘diversity’ criteria.
Haven’t looked back. It is now a pleasure to listen to knowledgeable and experienced announcers talking about the music and not about themselves. Can’t recommend 3MBS too highly if you are looking for enjoyable and interesting music.

JMH
JMH
February 21, 2024 7:01 pm

feelthebern
Feb 21, 2024 6:27 PM

If there was a doxing, can other Cats rest easy that doxer has been banned?

What are you on about, bern?

Nobody gets banned from this blog. Stalkers. Flamers. Trollers. Scab-pickers.

Bespoke
Bespoke
February 21, 2024 7:01 pm

Chuckle!

Mother Lode
Mother Lode
February 21, 2024 7:02 pm

* mRNA vaxxes excepted, of course.

Bruce Pascoe says that mRNA is the real deal, but colonialist science has misunderstood the ‘m’.

It should not be ‘mitochondrial RNA’, but ‘magical RNA’.

He goes to great lengths to point out that DNA coils like a Rainbow Serpent, while Western thinking should demand it looks like railroad tracks. If they don’t then that is cultural appropriation – just one more item to put on the ever lengthening ledger of Western infamy – which must be balanced by financial debt to Indigines.

Alamak!
Alamak!
February 21, 2024 7:03 pm

Nobody gets banned from this blog. Stalkers. Flamers. Trollers. Scab-pickers.

even the worst of the worst are allowed to show their face here … knee-tremblers.

miltonf
miltonf
February 21, 2024 7:03 pm

Can’t recommend 3MBS too highly if you are looking for enjoyable and interesting music.

and you can listen to all your favourite Deutsche Grammophon recordings on youtube. Use adblocker on Brave (thanks Gilas!)

Barking Toad
Barking Toad
February 21, 2024 7:07 pm

Thanks CharlieP @ 06:59pm for the tip re 3MBS

Roger
Roger
February 21, 2024 7:09 pm

This is why we need ticks….

Thank you, sir.

😀

JMH
JMH
February 21, 2024 7:14 pm

Crossie
Feb 21, 2024 6:43 PM
Bruce in WA
Feb 21, 2024 4:07 PM
Personal Boycotts current scoreboard

• McCain … Chinese veggies via NZ marked as NZ product

I found out about that swindle some time ago and will not buy anything from McCain.

Likewise. For many years. You HAVE to check very carefully on everything you purchase these days with regard to country of origin. Then again, you can’t be sure because Australia’s so-called ‘scrutiny’ leaves a great deal to be desired. Trust nothing written on the product.

Mother Lode
Mother Lode
February 21, 2024 7:14 pm

Thank you, sir.

Seriously, I instinctively went looking for the uptick option before I remembered the uptick option is no longer an option.

Indolent
Indolent
February 21, 2024 7:15 pm
Roger
Roger
February 21, 2024 7:16 pm

Seriously, I instinctively went looking for the uptick option before I remembered the uptick option is no longer an option.

No pressure on dover, but the promised plug-in didn’t eventuate on the weekend.

Unless I misunderstood…which is always a possibility.

Crossie
Crossie
February 21, 2024 7:18 pm

Makka
Feb 21, 2024 5:04 PM
Wall Street Apes
@WallStreetApes
HERE WE GO, It’s Really Happening ?
February 2024 Update: They Just Made It Official, New Bill Introduced “Courage To Serve Act”
This Will Allow Migrants Serve In The US Military & Get Citizenship With Benefits

Why would the illegals do any such thing when they are allowed to remain anyway and even given money and a place to stay?

Crossie
Crossie
February 21, 2024 7:20 pm

Delta A
Feb 21, 2024 6:06 PM
P
Feb 21, 2024 5:34 PM
Bespoke and Delta A,
…I’m too old and tired.

P, I’m truly sorry that you feel this way.
You are a Cat Treasure, an intelligent, articulate woman with a great history and experience which adds to The Cat’s value. In addition, I very much enjoy your religious posts, reminding us of feasts and significant dates on the Christian Calendar.

Dear P, I also enjoy your posts and links, please continue and just ignore the naysayers.

Indolent
Indolent
February 21, 2024 7:25 pm
Vicki
Vicki
February 21, 2024 7:25 pm

After the scolding earlier in the afternoon by Sancho, I am reticent about posting the full article from The Australian Spectator, which is a shame because it is a very good article on the lack of recognition of those who stood for freedom and our democratic rights during the Covid years.

https://www.spectator.com.au/2024/02/the-covid-resistance-deserves-the-nobel-peace-prize/?

Indolent
Indolent
February 21, 2024 7:28 pm

Dr. John Campbell

Ignored excess deaths

Indolent
Indolent
February 21, 2024 7:30 pm
Roger
Roger
February 21, 2024 7:32 pm

After the scolding earlier in the afternoon by Sancho, I am reticent about posting the full article from The Australian Spectator

The Speccie is paywalled, no?

Gabor
Gabor
February 21, 2024 7:33 pm

Vicki
Feb 21, 2024 7:25 PM

After the scolding earlier in the afternoon by Sancho, I am reticent about posting the full article from The Australian Spectator, which is a shame because it is a very good article on the lack of recognition of those who stood for freedom and our democratic rights during the Covid years.

If it’s pay-walled then you are free to post the whole article, no problem.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
February 21, 2024 7:36 pm

Dear P, I also enjoy your posts and links, please continue and just ignore the naysayers.

I also enjoy your posts, P. Continue, and ignore the howler monkeys.

Mother Lode
Mother Lode
February 21, 2024 7:37 pm

See!

Incoming has launched a barrage of links and I am not saying anything.

They could draw my blood and create a vaccine against saying anything.

They could…hang on…phone call on the other line. Hey! It’s Pfizer!

Gotta go!

Roger
Roger
February 21, 2024 7:40 pm

Gotta go!

Not for long I hope, ML.

And it’s good night from me, too.

Carpe Jugulum
Carpe Jugulum
February 21, 2024 7:44 pm

Indolent
Feb 21, 2024 7:14 PM

New Zealand Greens MP Efeso Collins, 49, suddenly collapses and dies at charity event ChildFund Water Run in Auckland

LOL, Taking recycling to the next level.

Barking Toad
Barking Toad
February 21, 2024 7:54 pm

From the Hun …Sea Hunt should be named and shamed…

The brother of a Victorian judge is fighting to keep his identity secret after admitting he made child abuse material available by sharing sexual fantasies involving children over a chatline.

The man applied for the gag order when he pleaded guilty to the federal offence in the County Court on Wednesday.

In an extraordinary move, the court had to fly Acting Judge Peter Berman to Melbourne to from interstate hear the case due to the man’s connection to a judge.

The man sat quietly in the dock on Wednesday, as his defence barrister Christopher Carr, SC, told the court his client feels ashamed and carries an “extreme level of concern” for his family and friends, who have been impacted by his offending.

Earlier, prosecutor Natalie Simpson explained that the man’s offending involved the use of an Australian chatline called FastMeet, which is mostly used by gay and bisexual men to engage with other men.

However, there are a small minority of users who use the platform to discuss the sexual abuse of children.

Original Post in moderation because of bad spelling.

Mother Lode
Mother Lode
February 21, 2024 7:55 pm

Carpe,

You are in Kobe. What ward?

Delta A
Delta A
February 21, 2024 7:56 pm

“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife”.

ML, wish you were at the party, too.

Bespoke
Bespoke
February 21, 2024 8:03 pm

After the scolding earlier in the afternoon by Sancho

That wasn’t Sancho, Vicki.

Mother Lode
Mother Lode
February 21, 2024 8:06 pm

ML, wish you were at the party, too.

So long as Mr Collins’ first name is not ‘Harvey’, since his wife was Charlotte nee Lucas.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
February 21, 2024 8:11 pm

The Oz is paywalled?

Legal watchdog urged to stand down barrister who claimed Hamas were ‘absolute heroes’
Nicholas Poynder, a Frederick Jordan Chambers barrister and a former senior legal officer with the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission, was reported to the commission following several social media posts condemning Israel and lauding Hamas as “the defender of Palestinians”.

Exclusive
By janet albrechtsen
Columnist
and ellie dudley
Legal Affairs Correspondent
7:54PM February 21, 2024

The legal watchdog has been urged to stand down a Sydney barrister who has praised Hamas terrorists as “absolute heroes” and said “Zionists … are a stain on humanity which needs to be wiped out”,

Nicholas Poynder, a Frederick Jordan Chambers barrister and a former senior legal officer with the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission, was reported to the Legal Services Commissioner on Tuesday following several social media posts condemning Israel and lauding Hamas as “the defender of Palestinians”.

He also publicly supported controversial comments made by NSW Greens MP Jenny Leong, who in a video referred to the “tentacles” of the “Jewish lobby”.

The complaint, filed this week by Australian Jewish Association chief executive Robert Gregory to the Legal Services Commissioner, claims Mr Poynder’s social media posts constitute “serious anti-Semitic incitement and vilification against the Jewish people”.

“The barrister – an officer of the court – publicly supports a listed terrorist organisation that has openly committed the most egregious and perverted and depraved crimes against humanity … and that, in accordance with its founding charter, calls for the murder of all Jews,” Mr Gregory wrote in his letter to the Legal ­Services Commissioner.

Mr Gregory cites an “extraordinary surge in anti-Semitism” precipitated by the “savage, sadistic and barbaric massacre of over 1200 innocent people perpetrated by Hamas in Israel” on October 7.

He argues that Mr Poynder’s presence on X has contributed to opening the “floodgates of anti-Semitism” and accused the migration barrister of “inciting serious violence against members of the Jewish community … giving rise to extremely serious safety concerns on the part of the members of the Jewish community”.

“(The posts) demonstrate that the barrister is not a fit and proper person to practise as a barrister in NSW, and is not a fit and proper person to be an officer of the court, as the barrister’s open and public support for a listed terrorist organisation, and his anti-Semitic incitement and vilification against the Jewish people, is wholly inconsistent with conduct expected of a barrister in Australia in 2024, and that such conduct brings the barrister’s profession in Australia and NSW into disrepute,” Mr Gregory wrote.

In one post on December 9, Mr Poynder described Hamas as “absolute heroes”, and 10 days later, he outwardly supported the terrorist group as “the defender of Palestinians”.

“I used to support Israel, provided there was a two-state solution. Then I lost faith in that, and called for Greater Israel (with equal rights for all),” he wrote.

“Then, I said Israel has lost the right to exist. Now, I support Hamas as the defender of Palestinians.”

Mr Gregory described this post as “particularly perverse – and obscene – and, from the perspective of the Jewish community and, in our opinion, all right-thinking members of society, disgraceful, for the barrister to support Hamas publicly after Hamas committed the sickest and most savagely depraved massacre in Israel of innocent non-belligerents on 7 October 2023, a massacre that included widespread sexual assault of the most perverted character.”

In another post, on February 5, Mr Poynder wrote: “Israelis are monsters. They no longer deserve their own country.”

Bourne1879
Bourne1879
February 21, 2024 8:14 pm

Digger and any others in TAS.

The Oz had an article today about 2 Liberal candidates in TAS.

One is Dr Julie Sladden (Bass) who has been outspoken on vaccine issues. The other was somebody who has been calling out the climate change issue.

Both seem just the sort of candidate the Libs should be running.

Barking Toad
Barking Toad
February 21, 2024 8:19 pm

Nicholas Poynder, a Frederick Jordan Chambers barrister and a former senior legal officer with the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission

What a vile fcking creature. Should be disbarred.

Delta A
Delta A
February 21, 2024 8:21 pm

After the scolding earlier in the afternoon by Sancho

For goodness sake, Vicki. Nobody takes any notice of Sancho. Don’t give him the pleasure of wielding any authority over you.

He’s just a naughty boy.

Give him an uppercut when he needs it. Tough love and all that. Alternatively, ignore him. He hates that more than anything.

Funny little fellow.

  1. Wow. I wonder who could possibly be trying to defame me by down voting Lysander’s comment after I reply to…

  2. The jury selection process tells us what will happen they need jurors to be ‘impartial’ in the same semantic sense…

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