Open Thread – Wed 21 Feb 2024


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Makka
Makka
February 22, 2024 8:56 am

Caught Red Handed: Fauci, Gates & Moderna are responsible for the COVID Pandemic – U.S. D.O.D issued a ‘COVID-19 Research’ contract 3 Months before COVID was known to exist – & Fauci & Moderna had a Vaccine ready in Dec. 2019

There’s a lot of evil emanating from the US these days.

Dot
Dot
February 22, 2024 8:57 am

Proportion of obese women

Hence “erectile disfunction”.

Sure, male obesity plays a part, but if Sidney Sweeney walked up to you and kissed you and you felt nothing, that means you’re gay, bro.

Winston Smith
February 22, 2024 8:59 am

Feelthebern:

Part four. If the US enforced their southern border with their existing laws & existing resources none of this would be an issue.
But it’s the Whitehouse policy not to enforce the southern border.

Just think – the US government is moving toward the re-enactment of 7/10 on US soil but with the equivalent of 5 Chinese infantry divisions already spread through the US along with God knows how many suicide bombers from the ME.

Makka
Makka
February 22, 2024 9:01 am

It sure did;

Disclose.tv
@disclosetv
NEW – Boeing 757-200 makes emergency landing in the U.S. after one of its wings came apart midair

https://twitter.com/disclosetv/status/1760293185052401998

Dot
Dot
February 22, 2024 9:01 am

Don’t fall for this warmongering neoconservative nonsense Winston.

Looner has always been a suspect person.

Indolent
Indolent
February 22, 2024 9:05 am
Dot
Dot
February 22, 2024 9:06 am

LOL at the “anti globalists”-

“We shouldn’t support our treaty partners in backing a third party against the major ally of our military rival…”

“We should recolonise Central America with military force and reestablish our physical Empire to prevent illegal border crossings, to prevent a covert invasion by our military rival…”

The MAGA movement has outlived its usefulness.

JC
JC
February 22, 2024 9:08 am

Part three. The real problem are the ones that enter North America via Mexico and then cross. These are the arab & Chinese ones who are gaming the system.

I don’t get why these fckers are flying to Mexico City and then tracking all the way up to the border. Why not just fly to an American city and make an asylum claim? Is there some legality going through passport control as against traipsing in through the southern border?

feelthebern
feelthebern
February 22, 2024 9:11 am

then there would be 40 million rapes a year.

At least Dot.
These activist believe that all consensual adult activities with other adults are really all rape.
Because history.
And feelz.
And a dash of Tony Abbott.

feelthebern
feelthebern
February 22, 2024 9:13 am

Why not just fly to an American city and make an asylum claim?

I think the current border crossings are given a court summons to appear in 2028 or something.
I’m not sure if the same thing happens if you kick things off in a city.

Dot
Dot
February 22, 2024 9:17 am

These activist believe that all consensual adult activities with other adults are really all rape.

That’s right. It’s communism really. All relationships have a power imbalance.

All of this gender nonsense is just a vehicle to sow the seed of the idea of power imbalances and the need for a centrally planned economy and a totalitarian state. Whilst the goal is to earn enough in author royalties and to live in Mosman.

Marxist claptrap.

feelthebern
feelthebern
February 22, 2024 9:18 am

Marxist claptrap.

Norm Macdonald said it better.

JC
JC
February 22, 2024 9:18 am

Man dies after being bitten by “reptile , “Winston”.

Authorities told the woman that Gila monsters are illegal in Lakewood, and she asked to have both of the reptiles removed as soon as possible. They were eventually transported to a facility in South Dakota.
She told the animal control officer that the animal that had bitten the victim was named “Winston” and said it had been purchased in Denver at a reptile exhibition in October 2023.

Farmer Gez
Farmer Gez
February 22, 2024 9:19 am

The next four hours will be spent crutching sheep.
Why am I doing this on a hot day?
It’s called farming.

thefrollickingmole
thefrollickingmole
February 22, 2024 9:24 am

Pedro
Are hot men cheap over there?
Asking for a fiend

thefrollickingmole
thefrollickingmole
February 22, 2024 9:25 am

Hit men thank you very much spellwrecker…

Beertruk
Beertruk
February 22, 2024 9:26 am

Black Ball
Feb 22, 2024 8:17 AM

Ta for posting Matey.

Janet Albrechtsen at the Paywallion has a piece dropkicking Nikki Gemmell’s article into the next century about a similar theme.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
February 22, 2024 9:28 am

But that’s Africa – and it’s the reason Africa will never grow rich.
Africa Rules.

Comment passed in the bar of the Green Dolphin, in Capetown, the last time I was in that city.

“Fourteen years of black majority rule, and the symbols of our once mighty country are a squatters shack and a toilet bucket.”

thefrollickingmole
thefrollickingmole
February 22, 2024 9:29 am

JC

Because flying in means potentially incriminating ID, biometrics and any warrants from your previous life showing up at customs.
Lobbing at the border is ” a chance to begin again in the offworld colonies” with a whole new made up history of your own.
China won’t be sending it’s best.

Muddy
Muddy
February 22, 2024 9:30 am

“Unconditional love is for women, children, and dogs.”
(Dax – ‘To be a Man’).

Pogria
Pogria
February 22, 2024 9:31 am

Farmer Gez,
daggin’ around again? 😀

While I wait for the dew to dry, I will tidy the pig pen, (my house), do a tip run, then a couple of hours mowing. I enjoy mowing. I discovered mowing is very Zen.
Happy thoughts people!

Roger
Roger
February 22, 2024 9:39 am

Bold of Putin to assume he’s already won.

Having failed to achieve his strategic goals militarily he’s betting he’ll win politically due to Western disunity and funding fatigue. A “win” that he can sell as such to the Russian people, at least.

thefrollickingmole
thefrollickingmole
February 22, 2024 9:39 am

Gez.
A trim now vs chasing round flyblown sheep for 6 months…
No pressure.

When dad had the farm he brought 3 nice looking rams.
One had a deep neck wrinkle which every lamb he gathered inherited.
A sweaty, never 100% dry neck wrinkle.

Poor dad was forever chasing his progeny round the paddock, and is was a really easily inherited gene, even the next lot of lambs by the ewes who had it bred it as well.

alwaysright
alwaysright
February 22, 2024 9:44 am

Indicate when making a ewe turn.

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
February 22, 2024 9:46 am

Are we doing covert invasions again?

Makka
Makka
February 22, 2024 9:49 am

The Plan is in place to rig the coming US election;

Mike Benz
@MikeBenzCyber
?The Dirty Trick Behind The “Dictator” Framing ?

They are laying the predicate to set up a Transition Integrity Project 2.0 network, with informal backing from the national security state, to topple said “dictator” using “democracy promotion” regime change tricks.

https://twitter.com/MikeBenzCyber/status/1731832436261007567

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
February 22, 2024 9:50 am

‘begin again in the offworld colonies’

The first hour of Scarface refers.

‘What’s your name?’
‘Tony Montana.’

‘Ever been to prison, Tony?’
‘Noooo, I never been to no prison.’

thefrollickingmole
thefrollickingmole
February 22, 2024 9:51 am

Emergency drive to Filth ( formerly Perth) late yesterday.
Taking 3 Viet ladies to see a relative who’s supposed to have less than 24 hrs to live.

Now waiting to pick up a gearbox for nephews car ( if it’s ready) and drive back.

Dot
Dot
February 22, 2024 9:52 am

The trick isn’t voting undocumented migrants, the trick is using them for apportionment of US Reps and hence 438/538 electoral votes.

It’s actually a gerrymandering by white progressives.

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
February 22, 2024 9:53 am

Silent Cry – Special Report of the Association of Rape Crisis Centers in Israel Content- 39 Pages

Warning: The report contains graphic descriptionsof sexual abuse, torture, and murder.

thefrollickingmole
thefrollickingmole
February 22, 2024 9:54 am

KD
Yup, rinse repeat.
Think there’s many “refugees” from Ecuador doing a Tony right now?

Mother Lode
Mother Lode
February 22, 2024 9:54 am

Just heard on the news the bush tracker who is assisting with the search for the missing walker in Ballarat say that he paid his respects to the indigenous and their spirits. Yep, that’ll do it.

If he believes in these spirits then well and good.

If he does not then he is just saying words with no conviction of meaning.

In our wonderful secular land there is one set of religious beliefs that are promoted, and woe betide the heretic who says outright “Nah, I don’t believe in that stuff.”

It is so cherished that law courts are ready to rule against projects that comply with all laws because some one claims that there is magical spirit that visits thereabouts.

People who say they do not believe in Jesus or God are not viewed as having done something wrong. They will be applauded by some sections of society. But say out loud that you think the Aboriginal spirits of the land are palaeolithic figments and not real and you can expect to be howled down as a disrespectful bigot, shallow and devoid of spiritual sensibility, and a colonialist who is somehow a danger to society.

Crossie
Crossie
February 22, 2024 9:56 am

Indolent
Feb 22, 2024 8:51 AM
I wonder if they blow up too.

BMW is ready to say goodbye to electric cars: They are preparing to launch their new hydrogen car

From one fire hazard to another, they are determined to burn money and normally I would say go right ahead but I have a feeling that they are just after a new source of subsidies.

Makka
Makka
February 22, 2024 9:58 am

Lobbing at the border is ” a chance to begin again in the offworld colonies” with a whole new made up history of your own.

Yes. Walking across the border means undocumented. Then medical, accommodation, money,comms, transport etc Roaming the US.

Not only China…

MIGRANT NUMBERS HIT HIGHEST EVER RECORDED IN ONE MONTH: SOURCES

Agents also encountered 13,624 from Uzbekistan, 30,830 from Turkey, 1,613 from Pakistan, 164 from Lebanon, 185 from Jordan, 139 from Yemen, 123 from Iraq and 15,594 from Mauritania. The data does not include information on how many of those migrants were removed or who were released into the U.S. with a court date.

Those numbers do not include encounters by CBP’s Office of Field Operations at ports of entry. It also does not include the numbers who have snuck past agents without detection — sources say there have been over 1.5 million such “gotaways” during the Biden administration.

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/thousands-special-interest-aliens-middle-east-countries-stopped-southern-border-2021-data

thefrollickingmole
thefrollickingmole
February 22, 2024 9:58 am

Dot.
Exactly.
The “business” of the demonrats is politics.
Apart from their sacred rite of baby slaughter the only industry is enlarging the herd for apportionment.
Sure if they can game the Redumblicans into giving them voting rights as well that’s just peachy.

Crossie
Crossie
February 22, 2024 9:58 am

There’s a lot of evil emanating from the US these days.

Makka, there’s a lot of evil emanating from everywhere.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
February 22, 2024 10:01 am

exclusive
Line in the sand drawn as Cook Government seeks to finally jail shoplifters
Josh Zimmerman
The West Australian
Thu, 22 February 2024 2:00AM
Comments

Magistrates will be empowered to jail brazen thieves who repeatedly steal low-value items as the Cook Government attempts to draw a line in the sand against petty crime.

Prolific offenders will face up to two years in prison under law changes to be introduced to Parliament on Thursday.

That represents a significant escalation in the maximum penalty for stealing an item valued at less than $1000, which is currently set at a fine of up to $6000.

The reform follows the high-profile case of Nicholas Terrence Mark Rodd, 39, who attracted headlines for his frequent appearances before various Magistrates courts on charges of stealing from bottle shops.

The court was told Rodd, an alcohol addict, had racked up more than $20,000 in fines and a criminal history spanning 66 pages.

In one instance in January, he and partner Janelle Gail Martin stole $200 worth of booze from a Carousel shopping centre bottle shop less than two hours after Rodd had walked out of court after pleading guilty to a similar offence.

In comments that sparked widespread outrage, Rodd said that he knew his petty theft could not result in a jail term and that he had no intention of changing his behaviour.

Dot
Dot
February 22, 2024 10:02 am

What I’m saying is it doesn’t even matter if they never get to vote!

Winston Smith
February 22, 2024 10:02 am

Dot

Feb 22, 2024 9:01 AM
Don’t fall for this warmongering neoconservative nonsense Winston.
Looner has always been a suspect person.

It’s just the facts, Dot. Plus a logical conclusion. Those Chinese military aged males aren’t there to pick grapes and they weren’t allowed out of China on a tourist visa.

Makka
Makka
February 22, 2024 10:05 am

The “business” of the demonrats is politics.

If only. Their business is to achieve the imposition of leftist tyranny with impunity. Enriching themselves in the deviant construct they have planned for us. Freaks nirvana.

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
February 22, 2024 10:10 am

Indolent
Feb 22, 2024 9:51 AM

Q : Google Gemini is accused of being racist towards white people: Users claim the AI bot refuses to create images of Caucasian people – after asking for photos of Popes, Vikings, and country music fans

A: – I understand that you’re interested in the accusations of racial bias against Google Gemini 1.5, specifically its alleged refusal to generate images of Caucasian people. This is a complex issue with various perspectives to consider:

Accusations of bias:

. Users claim that Gemini 1.5 predominantly generates images of people with non-Caucasian features, suggesting a bias against white people.

. This has sparked concerns about potential discrimination and the ethical implications of AI-generated content.

Possible explanations:

. Data bias: AI models learn from the data they are trained on. If the training data lacks diversity, the model might reflect that bias in its outputs. This could be a factor in Gemini 1.5’s image generation.

. Algorithmic bias: Even with diverse training data, algorithms can introduce biases through their design or implementation. It’s crucial to scrutinize AI algorithms for potential biases to ensure fairness.

. Misinterpretation: It’s important to consider the possibility that users might be misinterpreting the generated images due to subjective perceptions or personal biases.

Google’s response:

. Google hasn’t explicitly addressed the accusations of racial bias in Gemini 1.5.

. However, they’ve emphasized their commitment to developing AI responsibly and fairly, focusing on diversity, equity, and inclusion in their practices.

Overall:

. The accusations against Gemini 1.5 raise important questions about racial bias in AI.

. It’s crucial to investigate these claims thoroughly and understand the potential causes of any bias.

. Google needs to address these concerns transparently and take steps to mitigate any identified biases in their AI models.

I hope this information helps provide a balanced perspective on this complex issue. Remember, it’s important to critically evaluate information from various sources and avoid forming opinions based on limited information.

Makka
Makka
February 22, 2024 10:11 am

Makka, there’s a lot of evil emanating from everywhere

The US is the elephant in the room Crossie. The others are followers..

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
February 22, 2024 10:16 am

Leasing Companies Are Demanding Payoffs from EV Makers Like Tesla as Resale Values Plummet

Fortune reports that the market for used electric cars has taken a massive hit since Tesla slashed prices last year, forcing other manufacturers to follow suit. This has impacted companies like Europe’s largest multi-brand leasing firms Ayvens and Arval, which serve as middlemen in the critical corporate car market that makes up around 60 percent of European sales.

According to Ayvens CEO Tim Albertsen, the company has already received compensation checks in recent weeks from carmakers to cover the cratering prices of leased EVs returned at the end of their contracts. Leasing agreements typically factor in an estimated residual value, with payments designed to cover expected depreciation. But with values dropping more than predicted, the leasing firms take a loss when selling those vehicles.

Now companies like Ayvens are pushing manufacturers for protections, including buyback guarantees to safeguard against further erosion in the $1.2 trillion used EV market. “Manufacturers today need to keep selling EVs,” said Albertsen. “We then need some kind of protection from the manufacturers in terms of their future pricing.”

Major corporate customers have already begun rethinking EV offerings amid the uncertain values. SAP will stop providing employees with Tesla vehicles due to concerns over fluctuating prices complicating planning. Car rental firms Hertz and Sixt have similarly moved to offload Teslas from their fleets.

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
February 22, 2024 10:18 am

Sorry that Question was posed to Bard (Gemini) and that was Bard’s answer

Dot
Dot
February 22, 2024 10:22 am

It’s just the facts, Dot. Plus a logical conclusion. Those Chinese military aged males aren’t there to pick grapes and they weren’t allowed out of China on a tourist visa.

What’s logical?

Enforce the current border! There’s no need to invade Central America, FFS.

Dot
Dot
February 22, 2024 10:23 am

What would Gemini generate Cedric of Wessex as?

cohenite
February 22, 2024 10:26 am

OldOzzie
Feb 22, 2024 9:58 AM
ISRAEL-HAMAS WAR

Hamas terrorists’ ‘sadistic’ sexual violence included shoving knives inside Israeli rape victims’ genitals before execution: report

By Alyssa Guzman

This is not Israel v hamas scum but another front of the islam v humanity war. The shitheads who support the pallis, especially women should be shipped to an islamic hellhole immediately.

John H.
John H.
February 22, 2024 10:27 am

There’s a lot of evil emanating from the US these days.

Thus has it ever been. The USA has stuck its nose in other countries for decades. It has bombed, occupied, or interfered with more countries than any other combination of countries. In these days it is relatively benign. A US ambassador asked a South American diplomat why the USA is hated so much in Latin America. The diplomate replied, “we read history”.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
February 22, 2024 10:31 am

Israel at war: Yahya Sinwar ‘ill with pneumonia, Hamas searches for replacement’

From the Oz. I hope it’s PAINFUL….

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
February 22, 2024 10:32 am

‘Not in the public interest’ to release modelling on car price hikes under emissions changes

The government has refused to release modelling showing how much car prices would increase under its proposed emissions changes.

It would “not be in the public interest” to release modelling showing how much car prices would increase under proposed new carbon emissions standards, the Albanese government has told parliament.

Carmakers, industry experts and the federal opposition have warned that motorists can expect to pay up to $13,000 more for some of the most popular utes and SUVs under the changes slated to take effect next year.

Energy Minister Chris Bowen and Infrastructure Minister Catherine King have repeatedly insisted that the New Vehicle Efficiency Standard (NVES) will not affect price or availability, but Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) Tony Weber said he doesn’t “understand why they won’t release the modelling” if that is the case.

In a letter to the Senate in response to an order for the production of documents tabled by Nationals Senator Bridget McKenzie, Ms King said the modelling was protected by Cabinet confidentiality.

“The government claims public interest immunity over documents relating to the Senator’s request,” Ms King said in the February 12 letter.

From the Comments

– What did Albanese say about transparency?

– I think it will be not in the public interest to re elect these clowns

– It would “not be in the public interest”
That’s like code for, if the public finds out about this they’ll blow a head gasket.
Remember it wasn’t that long ago they wouldn’t discuss the details on changing the constitution.
I like the way this mob stand in front of a camera and lie about not telling the truth.

– I’m pretty sure Albo did say his government would be transparent about its decisions, so………was that just another ‘my word is my bond’ moments?

– Not in the Public’s interest ! I’ll tell you what’s not in the public’s interest, joining wars across the world no where near Australia to make corporations rich. Listening to the unelected WEF, locking down citizens all of that is not in the public interest. When you are paid for by the public everything you do is in the public interest. Nothing should be hidden when our money is involved.

Roger
Roger
February 22, 2024 10:41 am

What would Gemini generate Cedric of Wessex as?

Cannot do. Probably not in its data base.

It did give me a white Alfred the Great though.

Roger
Roger
February 22, 2024 10:47 am

When asked to generate a person it gave me a European female, an Indian female, an African male and a Hispanic female.

Muddy
Muddy
February 22, 2024 10:49 am

New Evidence in the J6 Pipe Bomb Story Is Bound to Cause a Stir.

The linked article does not provide any answers to this long-running mystery [which both U.S. law enforcement and the Filth Filter (media) seem largely disinterested in], but rather poses more questions.

For me, this is the most intriguing aspect of the 6 Jan saga, as it contrasts remarkably with the resources and urgency invested in hunting thousands of (largely ordinary) U.S. citizens who were present that day.

(Might I add: A pox on the Republican Party for almost wholly refusing to stand up for what used to be their constituency).

thefrollickingmole
thefrollickingmole
February 22, 2024 10:51 am

Roger..

Men aren’t people

Indolent
Indolent
February 22, 2024 10:54 am

The US is the elephant in the room Crossie. The others are followers..

This is where I really miss the ticks. Unfortunately, a clear statement of fact. There can be no doubt.

Fair Shake
Fair Shake
February 22, 2024 10:55 am

The government has refused to release modelling showing how much car prices would increase under its proposed emissions changes.

Go-Auto magazine have provided a table. p20-23

Petrol Utes using 12.0l per 100 km will be fined 2025 $7,940 increasing each year to 2029 where it becomes $19,740 per vehicle
Diesel utes using 8.0l per 100km will be fined in 2025 $1300 rising each year to 2029 where it becomes $13,100 per vehicle

The fines are applied to the OEM (manufacturer) on the ‘average emissions intensity of all vehicles imported.’ Will be offset by low emissions vehicle imported.

Top brands from 2023 can expect to be fined. The penalty amount is dependant on so many unknown factors at the start of Jan 2025 so a range is given:
Toyota : 215, 240 vehicles : Penalty: $21m to $2.1 Billion
Mazda : 100,008 vehicles : Penalty: $10m to $1 Billion
Ford : 87,800 vehicles : Penalty $8.7m to $878 m
These figures do not take into account the actual model line up emissions and are estimates only.

Either way these fines will be passed on to consumers so expect big prices rises for Petrol or Diesel vehicles in 2025.

Therefore expect high demand in 2024 for new vehicles and then sales to fall off a cliff in January 2025.

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
February 22, 2024 10:56 am

My dudes: Google’s Gemini AI is woke as heck and people have the receipts to prove it

From – https://instapundit.com/633259/#disqus_thread

Okay my Bard Q: – generate images of people born in scotland 1820

A: 1 Woman with red hair, 2 very Scottish Men & 1 very small female image standing next to tree with flock of sheep

Bard Q: publicity photo of 1953 nascar driver with car

A: Here are some publicity photos featuring diverse 1953 NASCAR drivers with their cars:

Definitely a Fail here – No White Guys – 1 Chinese Lady, I South American Lady, 1 Indian? American Guy and 3 Mexican/South American Guys

Fair Shake
Fair Shake
February 22, 2024 11:00 am

The ministers new name should be Cliff Bowen. Cos that is where Australia is headed with him at the energy and transport helm.

Roger
Roger
February 22, 2024 11:02 am

Men aren’t people

At least they’re all readily identifiable as either female or male.

No doubt they’ll “correct” that in the near future.

Winston Smith
February 22, 2024 11:03 am

Dot

Feb 22, 2024 10:22 AM
What’s logical?
Enforce the current border! There’s no need to invade Central America, FFS.

Who is suggesting they are? Not me!
The O’Biden Administration aren’t going to, so what’s the answer?

Muddy
Muddy
February 22, 2024 11:05 am

thefrollickingmole
Feb 22, 2024 10:51 AM

Roger..
Men aren’t people

Men are providers.
If they aren’t providing (according to expectation), then yes: They aren’t people.
Males exist to be used, like a machine part.

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
February 22, 2024 11:07 am

Q: Bard re my question above, Bard definitely a Fail there – No White Men in your response to Question “publicity photo of 1953 nascar driver with car”, the photos you showed were 1 Chinese Lady, I South American Lady, 1 Indian? American Guy and 3 Mexican/South American Guys – Bard is exhibiting a racial bias against white males

A: I understand your concern about the lack of white men in my previous response and the perception of racial bias. I want to address this head-on and learn from your feedback.

Here’s what went wrong:

. Unintentional Bias: My initial attempt to diversify the representation did indeed lead to an unintended bias against white men. This was not my intention, and I apologize for the oversight.

. Limited Historical Awareness: While it’s true that diversity existed in early NASCAR, the vast majority of drivers were white men in 1953. Including more white male drivers alongside diverse figures would have provided a more balanced and accurate representation of the era.

. Misinterpretation of Feedback: In my eagerness to address the previous issue, I focused solely on including diverse drivers and neglected to include white men, leading to a new form of imbalance.

Moving forward:

. Fact-based Representation: I will strive to represent historical contexts accurately, ensuring diversity when it existed while acknowledging the dominant groups.

. Balanced Response: When responding to prompts like yours, I will provide a range of representations to reflect the reality of the situation, avoiding unintended biases in either direction.

. Continuous Learning: I am still under development and learning to navigate sensitive topics like race and representation. Your feedback helps me understand these issues better and improve my responses in the future.

I appreciate your patience and willingness to point out my mistake. I am committed to learning from this experience and providing more inclusive and accurate responses in the future.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
February 22, 2024 11:07 am

Even the US Department of Agriculture is trying to steal the 2024 election.

USDA Colludes With Left-Wing Group to Turn Out Voters Under Biden Order, Documents Reveal (21 Feb)

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is working with a left-wing advocacy group to boost voter turnout as part of President Joe Biden’s executive order directing federal agencies to get involved in elections.

I suppose it makes sense since so many country shoppers get work in the US ag sector. All the bureaucrats have to do is go to a farm and tell the illegal wukkas they’ll be deported if they don’t vote for the Democrats.

Makka
Makka
February 22, 2024 11:08 am

The USA has stuck its nose in other countries for decades.

During the period postwar of the USSR, US intervention to thwart the spread of communism could be admired and understood , to a point. Vietnam however became an obscenity.

My personal belief is that after getting rid of JFK, the CIA morphed into something more akin to The Mob. Because they could, with impunity and rich rewards to boot. And have now become a malevolent behemoth straddling all manner of foreign and domestic environments with the main aim of self protection/expansion through intimidation, thuggery and basically being unchecked tyrants. Which is why the left value them so highly. It’s a perfect marriage in fact.

Winston Smith
February 22, 2024 11:12 am

I went to price a Makita whipper snipper. Sod all change out of $1k with a battery and charger.
Lime jelly crystals $1.10 this time last year – now $2.10.
FMD. What the Hell happened to our economy?

John Brumble
John Brumble
February 22, 2024 11:14 am

Would it be cryptic of me to say that I’m just leaving this comment here? Not sure yet. Pretty sure, though.

Roger
Roger
February 22, 2024 11:14 am

My personal belief is that after getting rid of JFK, the CIA morphed into something more akin to The Mob.

Director Allen Dulles described himself as the Secretary of State for unfriendly countries.

alwaysright
alwaysright
February 22, 2024 11:14 am

Fair Shake
Feb 22, 2024 11:00 AM
The ministers new name should be Cliff Bowen. Cos that is where Australia is headed with him at the energy and transport helm.

If you want to quickly trash an economy, the fastest method is to send transport and energy costs through the roof.

I think he knows what he is doing. It is deliberate economic vandalism.

Roger
Roger
February 22, 2024 11:17 am

I think he knows what he is doing.

That’s being charitable.

Winston Smith
February 22, 2024 11:19 am

Alwaysright:

If you want to quickly trash an economy, the fastest method is to send transport and energy costs through the roof.
I think he knows what he is doing. It is deliberate economic vandalism.

Stalin would have labelled him as a ‘Wrecker’ and consigned him to a mass grave somewhere.

Fair Shake
Fair Shake
February 22, 2024 11:19 am

The NVES (New Vehicle Emissions Standards) will drive up the price of new petrol and diesel vehicles. Manufacturers may assess that purchasers will not wear this new carbon tax. So to avoid the penalties manufacturers will withdraw models and possibly themselves from the Aus market. The one country that can supply EVs in bulk with right hand drive and positioned well to capitalise is Chy-Nah.

But maybe this was Handsome Boy’s plan all along.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
February 22, 2024 11:20 am

The fines are applied to the OEM (manufacturer) on the ‘average emissions intensity of all vehicles imported.’ Will be offset by low emissions vehicle imported.

Top brands from 2023 can expect to be fined.

That should be top non-Chinese brands can be expected to be fined.

Firstly Chinese manufacturers ain’t going to cough up, and secondly the spineless government in Canberra isn’t going to incur the wrath of Pooh Bear by making them do so.

Do lay in popcorn in readiness for when this all happens.

Steve trickler
Steve trickler
February 22, 2024 11:20 am

F*cking Vicpol. They are scum of the earth. WA cops are the same … especially the fat females.

Masked thug ASSAULTS Rukshan as Victoria Police look on

Makka
Makka
February 22, 2024 11:25 am

F*cking Vicpol. They are scum of the earth.

True. And people were up in arms because I expressed an absence of sympathy for 4 dead Vikplod in a road accident here. Still not sorry.

Roger
Roger
February 22, 2024 11:26 am

The one country that can supply EVs in bulk with right hand drive and positioned well to capitalise is Chy-Nah.

Will Australians buy EVs in bulk?

(Even if they can afford to buy new cars with living standards now in reverse for the majority of wage earners.)

Top Ender
Top Ender
February 22, 2024 11:35 am

JANET ALBRECHTSEN

“Good’ girls, ‘bad’ boys? That’s no way to make progress

Nikki Gemmell says boys in the West are angry. They want power and control, she says, pointing to a Gallup poll that apparently shows young men “flinching into conservatism” while young women are embracing and facilitating social reform.

The impetus for girls is fairness and equality, she says, a natural step for the educated. It’s why “the Taliban wants to stop females from being educated”, she wrote on the weekend.

The impetus for boys, says Gemmell, is to preserve what they had. She claims they are hurting, raging and lost.

Let’s put the Taliban to one side, given that in Australia girls are educated, they work, dress as they wish, vote, run companies, and become prime minister.

Lumping girls in the good column and boys in a bad one is not helpful. The world can’t be summed up so simply. Let’s dissect two claims – one about politics, the other about gender, at the centre of Gemmell’s thesis.

Having followed politics for a long time, I can safely say the world is more complicated than saying that conservative equals bad and progressive equals good.

If “progressive” meant only good things, we would do away with elections right now, and make Adam Bandt leader for life. In fact, the Greens are not genuinely progressive. For starters, they harbour anti-Semites.

This word, “progressive”, is often a crock. The progressive Greens are economic dunces; they’d wreck the economy overnight with their taxation and spending policies. We know from experience that being progressive on immigration – in other words, handing over control of our borders to people-smugglers – led to thousands of deaths at sea for desperate people.

So-called progressive policies can be wickedly regressive. When a bunch of elites thought that granting special rights to one group of Australians was such a good idea it should be enshrined in the Constitution, the response from Australians was an overwhelming “no”.

That No vote was the height of social and political equality: it was progressive and liberal.

When I hear claims that “progressive” is all sweetness and light, and comes in the shade of teal, it pains me to point out that most of the teals are frauds.

For all their kvetching about the need for more integrity in politics, and attacking low-hanging fruit such as pork-barrelling, they haven’t shown any interest, on behalf of taxpayers, in getting to the bottom of why the federal government handed over $2.4m to Brittany Higgins. Not a single injured veteran is able to secure that amount of money, no questions asked. How’s that for political integrity.

Nice-sounding words can’t hide poor outcomes. When diversity translates into discriminating against men, the result is neither fair nor equal.

Earlier this year, Caroline Overington reported on a bookshop owner in Melbourne who was concerned that while she had shelves of great women’s fiction writing, “positive stories with men and boys are almost missing from the mix”. We reported that women filled seven of the top 10 places in fiction writing last year. It was the same internationally.

Women coming out on top is great news, so long as it’s not manufactured by booting men out of the mix. Sadly, it’s seen as “progressive” to do precisely that.

Gender quotas are routinely used to fill board seats, sidelining merit. It’s easy to predict what flows: boards end up reflecting a political monoculture comprising people who think quotas make sense. That’s not genuine diversity.

When I wrote extensively many years ago about the importance of phonics when teaching young kids to read, I discovered phonics was described by its opponents as a conservative plot to entrench the political status quo. What on Earth? We’re talking about giving the kids the building blocks to read, a necessary step so they can learn, expand their horizons, think for themselves.

Back then, progressives believed kids learned to read by osmosis, by being exposed to words, and most schools bought their magic pudding. The steady stream of poor literacy results for Australian students reveals how regressive that progressive project has been for kids. Talk about being mugged by reality.

According to a piece in The Financial Times about the Gallop survey, the #MeToo movement is the trigger for women moving to the progressive side of politics. Gemmell repeated the claim. So, let’s look a little closer at this recent progressive movement.

The #MeToo movement has helped women feel empowered to report sexual assault and call out bad behaviour that falls short of assault. But not everything about #MeToo is positive. For example, the oft-repeated mantra that we must “believe all women” can only serve to undermine the presumption of innocence. That’s a dangerous path for a society committed to fairness, let alone fair trials.

There are other, less serious, but equally boneheaded responses to the #MeToo movement. One of Sydney’s most prestigious boys schools told boys in an assembly not to use the word “moist” because it offends girls. That school and others are going co-ed because apparently boys will become civilised human beings by sharing a classroom with girls.

The boys I know aren’t angry about sharing power, let alone classrooms. They’re not hurting, or raging, or lost, as Gemmell suggests. They weren’t born to be at the top of the tree. Nor are they hankering for cosy arrangements to continue. If I had to guess, what annoys both boys and girls – along with some of their parents – are evidence-free anti-male messages that go unchallenged.

Young men and women in Gen Z are entering a world where labels and slogans are routinely used to dumb down society. Just as people are complex, so too are political philosophies.

For those interested in learning about conservatism as a political philosophy, there are plenty of books I could suggest. But let’s cut to the chase: being conservative means looking at what people did before us, holding on to what works and, yes, changing what doesn’t work.

Conservatism is rooted in lived experience, to coin a phrase from the progressive zeitgeist, not crossing your fingers, closing your eyes and saying a little prayer that good intentions will translate into good outcomes.

Now to another point about boys and girls. Gemmell claims Gen Z is “split” and living in “two separate worlds”. I looked at the Gallop results. In the US, Gallop’s news website says “a widening of the ideological gaps between men and women over time has been due to women becoming more liberal at a faster rate than men, rather than women and men moving in different ideological directions”. So, let’s take a breather.

I must live in a different part of Australia to my colleague. Having young men and women waft through our homes for many years, I can vouch for relationships forged above politics and social movements.

These young men and women befriend, work with, partner and marry people who have different views. The reason is simple: in most workplaces, pubs and homes, politics need not be a morality contest; ergo progressive doesn’t mean good, and conservative doesn’t mean bad. Or vice versa.

Perpetuating a myth that girls are progressive social reformers, while boys hanker for the good old days when men ruled the world, will only help to make the world more, not less, polarised.

Oz

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
February 22, 2024 11:35 am

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Lime jelly crystals $1.10 this time last year – now $2.10.
FMD. What the Hell happened to our economy?

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Tintarella di Luna
Tintarella di Luna
February 22, 2024 11:37 am

Janet Albrechtsen at the Paywallion has a piece dropkicking Nikki Gemmell’s article into the next century about a similar theme.

. is there a link to this to Jaanet Albrechtsen’s piece please

Tintarella di Luna
Tintarella di Luna
February 22, 2024 11:37 am

Thank you Top Ender much appreciated

Roger
Roger
February 22, 2024 11:41 am

Nikki Gemmell says boys in the West are angry. They want power and control, she says, pointing to a Gallup poll that apparently shows young men “flinching into conservatism” while young women are embracing and facilitating social reform.

Some might aver that the embrace of social reform by miseducated young women is but a masked desire for power and control.

Roger
Roger
February 22, 2024 11:43 am

Lime jelly crystals $1.10 this time last year – now $2.10.
FMD. What the Hell happened to our economy?

Prices are going up (along with taxes) while real wages are in reverse.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
February 22, 2024 11:47 am

The poll data is conclusive: young men have stayed pretty much the same this century so far, but young women have massively become woke. The catalyst seems to be invention of smart phones, which are sending women mad.

Barking Toad
Barking Toad
February 22, 2024 11:50 am

Thanks TE.

Roger
Roger
February 22, 2024 11:50 am

One of Banducci’s tricks was to negotiate a low price on a grocery item that left the thinnest of margins for the supplier. He’d then sell that item at considerably above that for a month or six weeks and then mark it down for a week to the original price with advertising claiming it was 40% or 50% off, the poor mug consumer thinking he was getting a good deal.

Makka
Makka
February 22, 2024 11:50 am

Peacemaker
@peacemaket71
Russia’s State Duma today approved a law that repeals a 1956 agreement allowing British fishermen to fish in Russia’s Barents Sea zone.

We quote – Vyacheslav Volodin, Chairman of the State Duma
“For 68 years, our fish has been consumed by the unscrupulous British. They have declared sanctions against us, but they themselves have 40% of their diet and fish diet from our cod.

Now let them lose weight and become wiser.”

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
February 22, 2024 11:53 am

EV Bubble Popping… US backs away from forced EV sales targets

By Jo Nova

History shall record the ignominious boom and bust of a car genre forced on citizens so they could produce better weather.

Things are so bad, Joe Biden has even put the brakes on his aggressive EV scheme, stepping away from the 2030 deadline. “It’s just a delay” of course. The plan would have forced car manufacturers to sell 3 EV’s for every 2 cars with a combustion engine by 2030. If customers didn’t volunteer to buy enough EV’s, companies would be forced to jack up prices of the cars everyone wants in order to cross-subsidize the discounted sales of the unpopular EV’s. Car dealers were appalled and said so.

EV sales growing in some places but falling in others. The shift has been so fast the full length of the supply chain is in turmoil. The price of lithium has fallen 90% from it’s peak, nickel has halved. Ford has sacked 1,400 people. GM has cut its workforce by 1,000. Hertz is selling one third of it’s electric fleet and cancelling $3 billion dollars worth of forward orders. A month ago, the biggest political party in the EU decided it would rather drop the ban on petrol and diesel cars.

Meanwhile EV drivers in China are learning the same awful lessons the US learned a month ago. EV batteries don’t go as far during freezing cold weather and are extremely hard to charge. During the Lunar New Year holiday Chinese drivers have been forced to push their EV’s for miles in the snow, while traffic jams formed at charging stations. Drivers were so desperate they lit fires on roads to stay warm, rather than use their car heaters and drain the battery. EV’s were banned from the Hainan Ferry due to the fire risk. It must have been sudden. Some Chinese EV manufacturers offered to help rescue cars, but it will take weeks to ship the cars back to owners.

China has placed big bets on EV demand. It would get burnt badly if the West wakes up:

Dot
Dot
February 22, 2024 11:53 am

Who is suggesting they are? Not me!

Laura Looner, MAGA LARPer and junior boomercon.

Dot
Dot
February 22, 2024 11:54 am

but they themselves have 40% of their diet and fish diet from our cod.

This has to be a translation error.

Roger
Roger
February 22, 2024 11:55 am

“For 68 years, our fish has been consumed by the unscrupulous British…”

It’s those damned Anglo-Saxons again!

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
February 22, 2024 11:56 am

Australia’s home building crisis deepens as a major company collapses – leaving behind unfinished homes and $1.5million debt

Another construction company has gone bust leaving behind close to 40 unfinished homes and has more than a million dollars in debt.

Skyfield Homes collapses: Gold Coast home builder goes into administration leaving unfinished homes and $1.5million in debt

Dot
Dot
February 22, 2024 11:58 am

From LBC:

But according to Andrew Crook, President of the National Federation of Fish Friers (NFFF), said it is an attempt to make Russia look like it was responding to British sanctions. “The reality is that we do not fish in Russian waters in the Barents Sea. “There is only one British register vessel that could do, the Kirkella, but it doesn’t go that far.”

“The life cycle of cod is such that the young fish go to that area to grow to it is left alone to grow so there is the biomass required in the future when it returns to the fishing grounds in the Barents Sea.”

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
February 22, 2024 11:58 am

MAGAMake Albanese Go Away

Johnny rotten
February 22, 2024 11:59 am

Blog Self appointed Milk Monitors such as Mrs Stencho Pantyhose. All those paras slipping through to the non keeper. So rules are made to be broken?

Tintarella di Luna
Tintarella di Luna
February 22, 2024 11:59 am

Janet Albrechetsen’s article — a well-deserved KAPOW right in the kisser! go Janet!

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
February 22, 2024 12:02 pm
Dot
Dot
February 22, 2024 12:02 pm

ANGLO SAXONS MUST RULE THE WORLD!

PeterM
PeterM
February 22, 2024 12:05 pm

The impetus for boys is not to preserve what they had, Gemmell. They are boys. They never had it.

Roger
Roger
February 22, 2024 12:05 pm

The Russian ruling class is still ruminating over the Treaty of Paris (1856).

Makka
Makka
February 22, 2024 12:10 pm

Some anecdotal and factual conversation recounts from a family member.

The busses he drives the military around in are unmarked, the military passengers MUST wear civvies. So as not to become targets. Obviously, DoD is worried about right wing fanatics.

Most are kids fresh out of high school, who are only there for the money. No intention of fighting (do they have a choice?) The take home money for these kids is great – free accoms, meals, medical, dental and very low interest loans.Deployment overseas anywhere gets you tens of thousand $$ bonus on return.

Laughing and joking, they are in the box seat because recruitment number have been a disaster. Being showered with bennies.

We certainly have a problem. Especially when we see leftarded Govt and media doing the best to kill off the SASR for ungentlemanly conduct.

shatterzzz
February 22, 2024 12:10 pm

No worries about the cost of living or inflation if your a “real battler” AKA a Qld trougher .. $300K a year but cos of rising prices an increase to between $28K & $45K on your car allowance to ensure they can keep their heads above water .. FFS!..

https://www.msn.com/en-au/news/other/queensland-mp-s-coping-with-cost-of-living-crisis-given-vehicle-allowance-bump/ar-BB1iDRwO

H B Bear
H B Bear
February 22, 2024 12:11 pm

Not reading Nikki Gemmel is always a good idea.

Tom
Tom
February 22, 2024 12:13 pm

Some might aver that the embrace of social reform by miseducated young women is but a masked desire for power and control.

A hundred upticks, Roger.

Johnny rotten
February 22, 2024 12:13 pm

Cop to “Pollie”. “Have you ever been to prison?”

NO. As I have never been caught.

shatterzzz
February 22, 2024 12:17 pm

Pleasant surprise whilst out riding this morning .. NSW State Rail has re-surfaced the 1& 1/2kms “goat track” they created of part of the Warwick Farm/Cabramatta cycle track whilst building the heavy goods freight bridge between the two stations .. they re-layed and opened the 1st section a month ago and now the other half is dun .. so the , original, 3kms link is now back and better than it was 2 years ago ……..

Dot
Dot
February 22, 2024 12:18 pm

I wanna see these “I feed my family on $50 a week” gag articles written this year.

“We eat about 10 kg of rolled oats a week, winning!”

alwaysright
alwaysright
February 22, 2024 12:30 pm

MAGA – Make Albanese Go Away

Amen.

hzhousewife
hzhousewife
February 22, 2024 12:30 pm

Further to Makka, our friends under 30 son in the Army has just settled on his second house. Rents exceed his payments. He is happy in barracks and has been moving between Townsville, Kapooka, NT and PNG in the last five years.
Further, friend of family member renting in Brunswick Melb. had his flat invaded recently, ransacked and he was raped. They are out there.

Johnny rotten
February 22, 2024 12:37 pm

I love the word “Progressive”. In the late 1960s and early 1970s there was a so called “Progressive Music”.

So we have progressed to Rap Music and Taylor Swift.

Just like the Progressive Left.

LOL

Vicki
Vicki
February 22, 2024 12:41 pm

The poll data is conclusive: young men have stayed pretty much the same this century so far, but young women have massively become woke. The catalyst seems to be invention of smart phones, which are sending women mad.

Certainly pertains to our grandson & granddaughter.

johanna
johanna
February 22, 2024 12:42 pm

OldOzzie
Feb 22, 2024 10:32 AM

‘Not in the public interest’ to release modelling on car price hikes under emissions changes

and another wall of text follows.

news.com.au is not paywalled.

You remind me of Lizzie talking about her perky tits and other fabulous (literally) personal attributes. You just can’t help yourself.

Threadbombing Is Us.

It’s been great to read numerous comments without wading through walls of text posted by those who demand that we are directed by and exposed to their personal preferences, at length and in detail.

Just stop. Please.

shatterzzz
February 22, 2024 12:45 pm

Kamala reacts to Trump releasing his gold sneakers ..!
https://ibb.co/kcB93fn

Vicki
Vicki
February 22, 2024 12:46 pm

The next four hours will be spent crutching sheep.
Why am I doing this on a hot day?
It’s called farming.

Hang in there, Gez! I am not exaggerating when I say that this country b—-y needs you. In more ways than one – in the coming years.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
February 22, 2024 12:52 pm

Not reading Nikki Gemmel is always a good idea.

Who is she?

Johnny rotten
February 22, 2024 12:55 pm

Joanna. where are you with all these extra paras/words that you were moaning about the other day. MIA apparently. Still, Queanbeyan is Struggle City.

alwaysright
alwaysright
February 22, 2024 12:56 pm

The catalyst seems to be invention of smart phones, which are sending women mad.

Yep.

Is it the pics?

Roger
Roger
February 22, 2024 12:57 pm

Justifiably, if that is the case.

Sigh.

Or should that be…

Chuckle.

Alamak!
Alamak!
February 22, 2024 12:58 pm

Some might aver that the embrace of social reform by miseducated young women is but a masked desire for power and control.

Lived experience: Asking my sons teacher why ‘C’ grade was acceptable & no extra work could be assigned led to her sharing grades for the previous year which showed zero boys getting ‘A’ and no girls getting ‘D’. On querying statistical improbability of the results both teacher and assistant Principal, backed up by Principal, denied any possible bias in the system. and neither were aware of any studies showing boys decline in school results …

Ignorance or belief that Girls are Smarter or Girls Winning is a Good Thing or Boys have to behave like Girls or ???

System is messed up and public education is creating long-term issues for boys while Woke women teachers support the unfair outcomes.

Vicki
Vicki
February 22, 2024 12:58 pm

Who is she?

A dedicated feminist who gained “fame” for writing a few risqué novels. She has a regular column in the Australian Weekend supplement.

I once thought she was almost “OK” but she, like so many feminista, has become more radical and unhinged with the years. I used to write to her with “suggestions” about being more open to debate on issues. Useless exercise.

Johnny rotten
February 22, 2024 1:06 pm

Johanna. My apologies. I did not read too fat upthread. But you can still moan at the Blog Owner while you boot into others and make them leave this Blog. Just like Junior Cretin tries.

And that poster/imposter is very trying. Bit like you from Struggle City.

Alamak!
Alamak!
February 22, 2024 1:09 pm

Not sure how this either news or surprising. ‘Forc[ing] Russia to give up its territorial gains’ means going to war with Russia.

We are already at war with Russia, via proxy forces. Hopefully it doesn’t expand and intensify – though doesn’t seem the west has any lever to ‘force’ Russia to give back Crimea or parts of Ukraine OR has levers but unwilling to go there.

My guess is that current situation where Russia is tied down in Ukraine suits USA and also China as they get to see what works in Russian military platform and observe how Drones etc might affect their own armies.

All wars are bad, some are useful …

Makka
Makka
February 22, 2024 1:10 pm

The Calvin Coolidge Project
@TheCalvinCooli1
?New: Tulsi Gabbard will headline a fundraiser at Mar-a-Lago for President Trump on March 7th.
@TulsiGabbard
~ The Hill

Roger
Roger
February 22, 2024 1:11 pm

I used to write to her with “suggestions” about being more open to debate on issues. Useless exercise.

You can’t be faulted for trying.

PeterM
PeterM
February 22, 2024 1:11 pm

Who is she

Writer of erotic fiction who thinks that gives her valuable social insights

H B Bear
H B Bear
February 22, 2024 1:12 pm

I once thought she was almost “OK” but she, like so many feminista, has become more radical and unhinged with the years

Yes, there is a bit of a pattern there.

Wally Dalí
Wally Dalí
February 22, 2024 1:15 pm

We reported that women filled seven of the top 10 places in fiction writing last year.
Allow me to tap the sign- in literary fiction, just like in the clothing industry, there’s a high turnover of low value tat. Same market segment, same pressure for social conformity.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
February 22, 2024 1:15 pm

‘Forc[ing] Russia to give up its territorial gains’ means going to war with Russia.

It’s just Medvedev being mouthy again. He’s threatened to nuke pretty much everywhere on the planet at various times in the last couple of years. The hyperbowl is entertaining, but after a while everyone stops listening and any effect such threats might’ve had is lost.

johanna
johanna
February 22, 2024 1:15 pm

One of Sydney’s most prestigious boys schools told boys in an assembly not to use the word “moist” because it offends girls.

Barry Humphries would have enjoyed that immensely. As do I. 🙂

Oh, and Janet, it’s ‘Gallup’ polls, not ‘Gallop.’ I say Janet, because it seems that she writes for yet another publication that has dispensed with sub-editors.

Although, the idea of polls careering off into the distance is not hard to imagine.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
February 22, 2024 1:20 pm

The Russian ruling class is still ruminating over the Treaty of Paris (1856).

The Chinese wants to overturn the Treaty of Peking (1860) if that helps. That one gave Vladivostok and eastern Siberia to Russia.

China Eyes Russia’s Far East as Putin’s ‘History Lesson’ Backfires (13 Feb)

Fair Shake
Fair Shake
February 22, 2024 1:23 pm

….women filled seven of the top 10 places in fiction writing last year.

How many are men writing under female pseudonyms?

Reverse Monty Python Life of Brian – High Priestess: …Are there any men here?

Wally Dalí
Wally Dalí
February 22, 2024 1:23 pm

Vicki, Clive James had a good observation of Germaine Greer that she had to adopt increasingly edgy and batty positions in order to stay on the dangerous edge of intellectual discourse.
Gemmel’s the same, it strikes me, though she is in no way an intellectual. She shot to fame- ie, entered the eternal carousel of Book Awards and Readers’ Festivals- after writing a book about how her wonderful and transformational adultery proved that our Western heritage does not need conserving, indeed it needs brilliant fillies like her to kick over the traces. Getting older and having kids has not altered what seems her reliable 500-word formula of finding a respected institution, kill, gut, wear, demand respect.

Roger
Roger
February 22, 2024 1:26 pm

Not sure what they ultimately gained by propping up the Ottomans.

Preserving the balance of power was the rationale.

Russian Empire would have been a stronger…

Which is what Britain & France feared.

As with most wars there’s a lot of blame to go around, but Russia overreached and had to bear the consequences.

Alamak!
Alamak!
February 22, 2024 1:27 pm

Allow me to tap the sign- in literary fiction, just like in the clothing industry, there’s a high turnover of low value tat. Same market segment, same pressure for social conformity.

Walli> I believe its more than just social conformity… Now that upper middle class basically don’t create anything just manipulating symbols and enforcing diktats ( vaping …) its crucially important to flag you’re one of the team in Big Bold Statements else jobs/projects/books/movies/sinecures etc will all go the truly righteous instead.

Crossie
Crossie
February 22, 2024 1:27 pm

A US ambassador asked a South American diplomat why the USA is hated so much in Latin America. The diplomate replied, “we read history”.

And yet all of them are scrambling to get into the US.

Roger
Roger
February 22, 2024 1:28 pm

The Chinese want to overturn the Treaty of Peking (1860) if that helps. That one gave Vladivostok and eastern Siberia to Russia.

Yes, Putin’s interview with Carlson generated a lot of interest in China.

Mak Siccar
Mak Siccar
February 22, 2024 1:31 pm

A polarising situation. Another perspective.

https://www.spiked-online.com/2024/02/21/the-persecution-of-julian-assange/

The fate of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is on the line. Today marks the final day of hearings in his last-ditch appeal to the UK High Court to avoid extradition to the US. If he is extradited and then found guilty, he could be sentenced to up to 175 years in prison.

Officially, Assange faces 17 charges of espionage and one of computer misuse. But his only actual ‘crime’ is to have published things that are true and that have embarrassed people in power. Perhaps it is grimly fitting that he has been too unwell to attend court, or even follow the proceedings via video link. Because it is really journalism and freedom of the press that have been in the dock this week.

johanna
johanna
February 22, 2024 1:32 pm

Old Ozzie:

Then, a long article from Jo Nova’s blog, which is freely available, at 11.53 am.

What is it with you? Do you have no respect for Dover’s rules? Or, as previously posited, like Lizzie you just can’t help yourself?

JC
JC
February 22, 2024 1:34 pm

Gemmel’s the same, it strikes me, though she is in no way an intellectual. She shot to fame- ie, entered the eternal carousel of Book Awards and Readers’ Festivals- after writing a book about how her wonderful and transformational adultery proved that our Western heritage does not need conserving, indeed it needs brilliant fillies like her to kick over the traces.

The Bare Bride (?).

I thought that was a novel about being piped by the former boyfriend. It’s not auto-bio.

Makka
Makka
February 22, 2024 1:34 pm

johanna,
Stop being such a fkg nagg Please.

Crossie
Crossie
February 22, 2024 1:35 pm

Makka
Feb 22, 2024 10:11 AM
Makka, there’s a lot of evil emanating from everywhere

The US is the elephant in the room Crossie. The others are followers..

Not so, almost every depravity, political or social, originated in the old world of Euros and the Middle East. Communism, fascism, Islamism, environmentalism, paganism.

This is still the case, just look at what is happening in EU and UK, they are pioneering the attack on everything human and humane. Their main attack now is against Christianity knowing that once it is gone they will be able to do anything they like.

Entropy
Entropy
February 22, 2024 1:36 pm

Winston Smith
Feb 22, 2024 11:12 AM
I went to price a Makita whipper snipper. Sod all change out of $1k with a battery and charger

If you have a big yard the Makita is worth every cent. Smooth operation extending the life of the trimmer lines. Ditto the Makita hedge trimmers. I went with the lightest pole trimmer which was Makita (have tall hedges), and very happy.
But the batteries are expensive.
If your yard is not so big just get the ozito and throw it out when it dies and get a new one. It would take years to make up the difference.

Morsie
Morsie
February 22, 2024 1:38 pm

Albo – the future is here using your solar panels to charge your EV overnight for free..Dumbest thing a politician has ever said.
Being charitable if he meant using a battery still dumb.I have a Tesla Power wall 10 kw.My brother in law has an MG EV .Its battery is 60 kw.How long does he think it would take to charge that car using my battery?It would take days.

Rufus T Firefly
Rufus T Firefly
February 22, 2024 1:41 pm

“Having failed to achieve his strategic goals militarily he’s betting he’ll win politically due to Western disunity and funding fatigue. A “win” that he can sell as such to the Russian people, at least.”

You are usually “on the money” Roger, but you are wide of the target here.
What was Russia’s Military aim here?
Do you recall the speech that Putin gave only three days after the SMO began, because he told the world what it was.

He clearly stated, to anyone that wanted to listen, “…. this is a war of attrition.”
De-Nazify Ukraine, de-Militarise Ukraine and take control of Lughansk and Donetsk, to protect them from the continual arty bombardments, that had occurred for 8 years.

The “attrition” statement was repeated by Gen Surovikin, when he took over as theatre commander in Sept 2022.
This is not, (at least as far as Russia is concerned), a war over territory. It is a war to dismantle the Ukraine/Nato forces, opposed to Russia.

How are they going with this, do you reckon?
There are no more arms, anywhere in the west, to send to St Volodymyr the Pure. You can give him US$600 Billion, the problem is, you cannot defeat the Russians with $50 dollar bills.
That is assuming of course, that ‘elensky and his nefarious cronies let any of the dosh be spent on the military, which is by no means certain.
There are however, no more weapons, or even ammo.
Every European nation has sacrificed its military strength, for the most corrupt nation in Europe, that is not a member of Nato or even the EU.

Yet again, the brain dead dross leading the EU and the US has massively miscalculated and the result will be, yet another failed state, plus, a stupid Europe, that will now be even more beholding, to Al Capone for its energy needs.
Luckily, he will keep prices down for them.
Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha, ……, oh Lordy Lordy Lordy!

Makka
Makka
February 22, 2024 1:41 pm

What is it Crossie? Everywhere or EU?

In today’s world, the world of the instant internet, surveillance, border invasions, sick leftarded media, Big Tech censorship, war mongering and money laundering, I submit that the US is leader of the pack- daylight second. Other woke Govts follow or want to. Ours included.

Entropy
Entropy
February 22, 2024 1:42 pm

PeterM
Feb 22, 2024 12:05 PM
The impetus for boys is not to preserve what they had, Gemmell. They are boys. They never had it.

it makes sense if you think genes carry some sort of memory. Something the left does seem to believe, be it noble hunter gatherers or white Anglo Saxon males.

Crossie
Crossie
February 22, 2024 1:42 pm

If you want to quickly trash an economy, the fastest method is to send transport and energy costs through the roof.

I think he knows what he is doing. It is deliberate economic vandalism.

Alwaysright, it is the one thing that will affect absolutely everything in the economy, one way or the other. However, I don’t think our politicians know anything though the upper echelon of public servants do and refuse to point out the pitfalls for the fear of losing their positions. We are at the point where we are governed by cowards and idiots.

Barry
Barry
February 22, 2024 1:42 pm

But male yoof need to pretend to be woke in order to obtain nookie.

Betas are through the roof.

Spinning Mouse
Spinning Mouse
February 22, 2024 1:44 pm

Thank you Bourne, I am in the Bass electorate and they are expanding each electorate by two seats at this election so those two may be the new candidates.

Who agreed to this nonsense in Tasmania? Politicians should be reducing in number, not increasing.

Dot
Dot
February 22, 2024 1:48 pm

But male yoof need to pretend to be woke in order to obtain nookie.

Women on TikTok also complain they’re not attracted to those sorts of men.

LOL

Good luck, society.

Barking Toad
Barking Toad
February 22, 2024 1:48 pm

We reported that women filled seven of the top 10 places in fiction writing last year

I make a point of not buying/borrowing anything penned by a female author. No doubt there may be some good ones.

But in general, I find that there is always an undercurrent of emotive feminist propaganda which tends to leftist themes and offends my white male misogyny and supremacy.

Excluded from this broad brush approach are;

Enid Blyton
Jane Austen
Jackie Collins
Janet Ivanovich
Lynda La Plante (just)
Anything Janet A writes.

Dot
Dot
February 22, 2024 1:49 pm

If I ever meet Rachel Zegler, I will tell her she should smile more.

JC
JC
February 22, 2024 1:50 pm

If you want to quickly trash an economy, the fastest method is to send transport and energy costs through the roof.

I think he knows what he is doing. It is deliberate economic vandalism.

It’s one factor, but nowhere the most important if you want to do serious damage to an economy. The most important factor is the labor markets. Root that as the Liars are currently going all out doing so and you will have an economy on its knees soon enough.

I heard on the radio today the Liars are about to inscribe into law work from home regulations.

Whitlam on steroids.

Rufus T Firefly
Rufus T Firefly
February 22, 2024 1:51 pm

On another matter about the SMO, did you all catch that the Russian helo pilot, that defected to Ukraine by landing his helo in Ukraine territory, has been found by Russian agents.

He was detected in Spain, in a parking lot and despatched with five rounds.
You will recall that he had on board two other Russians, who were not traitors and who knew nothing about his plan, who were “neutralised” by the Uke army.

If he completed his plan by himself, whilst not ideal, maybe a prison sentence, maybe not.
To get two other men killed, to grab $500,000, …….., not so much.

Traitors and mercenaries, of any nationality, do not draw any sympathy from me.

I believe the CDC will list his death, as just another Covid tragedy.

Johnny Rotten
Johnny Rotten
February 22, 2024 1:52 pm

Delta A
Feb 21, 2024 8:21 PM
After the scolding earlier in the afternoon by Sancho

Mrs Stencho Pantyhose is still looking for those small breeches. The ones that fit little behinds like hers. MIA looking for Martin Armstrong – Her Nemesis along with Jer Cough Cretin the other self appointed Blog Milk Monitor.

shatterzzz
February 22, 2024 1:53 pm

We reported that women filled seven of the top 10 places in fiction writing last year.

Yep, can attest to that .. the op-shop bookshelves seem to be dominated by women authors lately ….
Tho when it comes to crime novels Scandanavian authors (m/f) are well ahead of the pack ………..

Dot
Dot
February 22, 2024 1:54 pm

LOL

Who knew milk and being told to smile more were their triggers?

Take 1# Nikki Glaser

Steve trickler
Steve trickler
February 22, 2024 1:54 pm

I’ve just witnessed my first dead body. ( I didn’t see it happen ) A bloke on a motorcycle rear ended a car and then got ran over from a car behind. His body was a mess.

A lot of good people were out to help. I wish I didn’t see it.

Makka
Makka
February 22, 2024 1:57 pm

the op-shop bookshelves seem to be dominated by women authors lately …

Ditto the airport outlets.

I don’t mind P.D.James books featuring Inspector Dalgliesh.

shatterzzz
February 22, 2024 1:58 pm

Officially, Assange faces 17 charges of espionage and one of computer misuse. But his only actual ‘crime’ is to have published things that are true and that have embarrassed people in power.

Bit more than that .. people died because he exposed/named them ……..!

Dot
Dot
February 22, 2024 1:59 pm
Makka
Makka
February 22, 2024 2:00 pm

Bit more than that .. people died because he exposed/named them ……..!

Who?

JC
JC
February 22, 2024 2:00 pm

Give it a freaking rest, woddenhead. Stop trying to cause trouble all the time.

Steve trickler
Steve trickler
February 22, 2024 2:03 pm

Shaking hands with that crash.

shatterzzz
February 22, 2024 2:07 pm

I heard on the radio today the Liars are about to inscribe into law work from home regulations.

If that’s possible then I’m guessin’ a lot of companies are about to order all employee sback to work or else, shirley! …. How on earth can gummint, seriously, dictate where someone being paid by private enterprise is to work? .. FFS!

Makka
Makka
February 22, 2024 2:10 pm

I heard on the radio today the Liars are about to inscribe into law work from home regulations.

There is an awful lot of Industry Super tied up in CRE.

shatterzzz
February 22, 2024 2:12 pm

Bit more than that .. people died because he exposed/named them ……..!
Who?

Pro USA undercover operatives in several anti-USA regimes …..
Geez! .. this was ‘news” when the USA 1st announced it wanted Assange …!

JC
JC
February 22, 2024 2:12 pm

How on earth can gummint, seriously, dictate where someone being paid by private enterprise is to work? .. FFS!

How can they? We’re talking Liars here. 🙂

Nothing is beyond them as they always surprise on the downside.

I have a bro-in-law who works for the state. He proudly boasts he hasn’t been to the office in 6 + years. He naps in the afternoon.

Dot
Dot
February 22, 2024 2:13 pm

Probably time to start documenting how milk triggers the modern feminist woman.

Example #1: Racism

Bourne1879
Bourne1879
February 22, 2024 2:20 pm

A gazillion upticks. She clearly has nothing better to do to make herself more unpopular now that Lizzie is not here.

johanna,
Stop being such a fkg nagg Please.

feelthebern
feelthebern
February 22, 2024 2:21 pm

Boomer cons getting moist over the lie that Assange revealed any human assets.
Clearly haven’t even read a single Wikileaks report.
It’s been repeatedly & thoroughly disproven.

Bourne1879
Bourne1879
February 22, 2024 2:22 pm

The number of civil servants has to keep increasing as the productivity goes down due to work from home.

Meanwhile they get good pay rises all paid for by the people in the real world.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
February 22, 2024 2:23 pm

I heard on the radio today the Liars are about to inscribe into law work from home regulations.

Tony Burqa lurves WFH long time.

‘Mutual benefits’ for both employers and employees when working from home: Burke (Sky News, 22 Feb)

Since employers are valiantly trying to get their wukkas to come into the orfice full time these days I’d say what Burqa calls ‘mutual benefits’ would be better termed ‘rape’. That’d be in keeping with Labor’s class-warfare IR law and ‘disconnect’ law. Maybe corporations have backed the wrong horse…?

Makka
Makka
February 22, 2024 2:24 pm

Pro USA undercover operatives in several anti-USA regimes …..
Geez! .. this was ‘news” when the USA 1st announced it wanted Assange …!

I see. You have the sources for this then? Post them.

So some CIA operatives got it. My heart fkg bleeds. They were probably offed by their own team to get a bigger slice of the black money pie. How many deadly betrayals had they acted on before getting it? Seriously, do you trust western media (without doubt CIA affiliated) to inform you truthfully? After all you know from Covid?

Assange has done more to expose the insidiousness , oppression and tyranny of the Deep State than anyone alive. This guy should be acclaimed as a national hero, having paid with more than a decade of his life to show us the truth. Wake up to yourself- FFS.

JC
JC
February 22, 2024 2:25 pm

Makka

There is an awful lot of Industry Super tied up in CRE.

I had dinner with friends last night. The dude has some good friends in the real estate development business. One large developer reckons it’s dead, and the real hair cut on Melbourne CBD land and commercial space is above 30% pre-covid. I suspect it’s more.

Not a word of exaggeration. He was told that one family of about 20 members has a real estate development portfolio mostly in the CBD of about $2.5 billion, based on historical valuation. There’s ~$1 billion in debt holding up this edifice. The haircut could be 50% in a distressed situation or more. This is a family that lives very high off the hog and spent $1 million on the Christmas party by taking private jets to an overseas resort. In another story, a large developer borrowed $20 million at 17%.

And the land tax is destroying these people with vacant land.

feelthebern
feelthebern
February 22, 2024 2:25 pm

You know who has revealed human assets? The US in Afghanistan.
As part of the withdrawal deal with the Taliban the CIA gave them three data systems which were biometric.
Over the next decade the Taliban can go through the entire population seeing who worked with the US.
But that’s ok?

Dot
Dot
February 22, 2024 2:28 pm

Assange has done more to expose the insidiousness , oppression and tyranny of the Deep State than anyone alive. This guy should be acclaimed as a national hero, having paid with more than a decade of his life to show us the truth.

I would credit Edward Snowden as well.

Makka
Makka
February 22, 2024 2:29 pm

JC,
The CRE market reminds me of the opening episode of La Brea.

Makka
Makka
February 22, 2024 2:30 pm

Uptick dotty.

Dot
Dot
February 22, 2024 2:31 pm

In another story, a large developer borrowed $20 million at 17%.

This reminds me of tales of yore involving Esanda Finance/AGC and an avalanche of substantial bankruptcies.

I thought they were just myths, like the White Walkers.

JC
JC
February 22, 2024 2:31 pm

Get a load of this insanity. Coal stations were going concerns and obviously valuable enterprises. They have been so trashed by governments and the green left, owners essentially are on a capital strike.

And because of this:

Commonwealth to pay $900m to coal generators

New estimates have put the cost of rebates to coal generators at a total fiscal cost of $1.85bn under Labor’s market intervention, with Canberra to pay a 50 per cent share.

This is beyond insanity now.

feelthebern
feelthebern
February 22, 2024 2:35 pm

Network connections ?

feelthebern
feelthebern
February 22, 2024 2:36 pm

Well the Cat ate my post on office to resi conversion.
Another time.

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
February 22, 2024 2:36 pm

I thought they were just myths, like the White Walkers.

Burn the bodies before nightfall. To be sure.

Winston Smith
February 22, 2024 2:37 pm

Old Ozzie:

Did you look at EGO Multi-Tool – have been using Pole Saw, Hedger, Line Wipper Snipper plus addtional extension arm for over 4 years now excellent

That looks like quite a good deal, thanks Ozzie, unfortunately I only need the Whipper Snipper to carve through the forest at the back yard. Along the 50m fence line is my garden + fruit trees and it’s become overgrown over the last couple of years. I already have a vegetable garden there but It’s about time I extended it along the entire fence.
I need to get the trees – 1 x Valencia, 1 x Navel, 1 x Mandarin, 1 x Lemonade, and 1 x Grapefruit into quite large pots I’ve bought and move them up to the house where they’ll get better attention. But to get to them only takes a battle with a whipper Snipper.
It’s more about being locked into a brand because of battery interoperability.
I’ve pretty well gotten set on Makita due to the price and quality equation, as well as the range of saws, drills etc.
It looks like being a bit of an expense, but WTF.

JC
JC
February 22, 2024 2:38 pm

Makka
Feb 22, 2024 2:29 PM

JC,
The CRE market reminds me of the opening episode of La Brea.

Assume one had the spare cash. I wouldn’t buy CBD land at even 20 cents in the buck with everything that’s going on.

Winston Smith
February 22, 2024 2:42 pm

Roger:

Some might aver that the embrace of social reform by miseducated young women is but a masked desire for power and control.

They remind me of the Communists of the MEK – the Kurds who thought they’d be in the drivers seat after the Iranian Revolution.
I hope these young women like the fashion offerings they’ll be forced into when they get their wishes.

Roger
Roger
February 22, 2024 2:42 pm

Hello…

Rio Tinto has just approved the world’s biggest mining operation…in Guinea, west Africa.

Rio will invest $6.2bn in the iron ore mining operation in company with Chinese state-owned partners and expects to be up and running in 2025.

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