Open Thread – Mon 26 Feb 2024


Train in the Snow or The Locomotive, Claude Monet, 1875

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Wally Dalí
Wally Dalí
February 26, 2024 12:20 am

HTF did Nvidia obtain a US$2 trillion valuation?
Something something Taiwan takeover by the CCP something

Rosie
Rosie
February 26, 2024 1:20 am

I suspect the remaining Thai and Nepalese hostages are also dead otherwise why weren’t they released with the others?
Yet another hostage death confirmed

Rosie
Rosie
February 26, 2024 1:26 am

Israel’s war cabinet has been briefed on talks over a ceasefire deal in Gaza, after reports of progress made in talks in Paris on Saturday.

BBC

Tom
Tom
February 26, 2024 4:00 am
Tom
Tom
February 26, 2024 4:01 am

Mark Knight. Brilliant.

Tom
Tom
February 26, 2024 4:03 am
Tom
Tom
February 26, 2024 4:04 am
Tom
Tom
February 26, 2024 4:05 am
Tom
Tom
February 26, 2024 4:06 am
Tom
Tom
February 26, 2024 4:07 am
Tom
Tom
February 26, 2024 4:08 am
Tom
Tom
February 26, 2024 4:09 am
Tom
Tom
February 26, 2024 4:11 am
Tom
Tom
February 26, 2024 4:12 am
Tom
Tom
February 26, 2024 4:13 am
Beertruk
Beertruk
February 26, 2024 4:19 am

Tim Blair in today’s Tele:

IT’S GETTING EVEN EASIER TO BE GROSS AND
GREEN

TIM BLAIR
26 Feb 2024

It’s possible, though not entirely likely, that Teal voters occasionally feel faint traces of guilt about their gigantic personal climate impacts.

After all, Teal voters lead a movement that demands significant sacrifice from the rest of us – while not changing a damn thing about their own carbon-churning ways.

As is well established, your ordinary Teal types are absolute environmental butchers.

The Guardian reported last year that eastern suburbs residents in Allegra Spender’s posh Teal seat of Wentworth were on average each responsible for nearly 30 tonnes of carbon emissions per annum.

Certain individual sacrifices would have dramatically slashed that super-sized carbon footprint.

Citing a 2017 University of Sydney study, our lefty Guardian mates found “the average Potts Point resident could reduce their footprint by 60 per cent simply by living like someone 25km to the west in Auburn”.

We may measure the commitment of Teal voters to saving the planet by seeing how many have taken up that Auburn lifestyle option.

To date the number is zero. It will always be zero. Even if Australia hits net zero, the total headcount of Wentworth fancy folk relocating westwards will remain at zero.

The earth’s viability just isn’t that important. Consider the postcode, darling.

But all of that hypocrisy is fine. Perfectly acceptable. Nothing to worry about.

Because senior Teal MP Monique Ryan, who represents the millionaire-swamped Victorian seat of Kooyong, last week provided every one of Australia’s cashed-up climate frauds with a epic get-out-of-jail-free card.

According to Ryan the climate’s fate is now nothing at all to do with individual behaviour. The member for Kooyong arrived at this conclusion after considering singer Taylor Swift’s travel aboard her $75?million Dassault Falcon 7X.

“Taylor Swift has been criticised lately for flying her private jet so much that she’s become the world’s most carbon emitting celebrity,” Ryan told her TikTok followers.

Swift’s private flights, Ryan continued, “produce about 10,000 tonnes of carbon emissions a year.

That’s equivalent to the average emissions of about 600 Australians”.

At this point you’d expect Ryan to rail against the singer’s terrible emissions orgy. Perhaps she might also demand laws restricting pop superstar arrivals to commercial flights, or banning such climate chewing visitors entirely.

Not so. For a start, no Western politician – even a Teal – is stupid enough to condemn Swift during her current universal popularity wave.

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese even debased himself by dad dancing at one of Swift’s Sydney shows. Don’t search for it. Look up something more watchable, like footage of someone sawing his own arm off to escape an avalanche.

But back to Ryan. Unwilling to sacrifice 10 percentage polling points by slamming Swift, Ryan instead came up with a brand new way of calculating personal climate responsibility.

Incredibly, the Teal boss lady announced that individuals were off the hook.

“That’s not ideal,” Ryan said of Swift’s (checks notes) TEN THOUSAND TONNES of carbon emissions a year.

“But the reality is, what we’re missing here is, it’s not individuals who are responsible for climate change. It’s large corporations and governments.”

This is brilliant. At a stroke Ryan has absolved every posh suburb dwelling, high-consumption, high-carbon output Australian – every Teal voter, in other words – of climate blame. They’re not governments or large corporations, so they’re completely innocent.

Just keep things down to no more than one private jet per household and you’re sweet. This also works, of course, for those of us in outer suburban and regional Australia.

Green-minded relatives who previously rolled their eyes at our Dodge RAMs, V8 ski boats, mobile homes and other fossil-fuelled artworks will have to check themselves and their scoldy ways.

At the very worst, even if we add a freakin’ private jet to our fleet, we’d still only be classified as “not ideal” on the Ryan scale.

We can live with that. Frankly, we can live with any rating the Teals wish to apply. It’s not as though we’re the ones with 30-tonne carbon outputs for every electorate resident (by the way, 30 tonnes is three times the carbon emitted by Swift’s aircraft.
What are those Teal voters up to? Processing junked sea freighters? Running backyard aluminium smelters? Presenting 24/7 footage of election night 2022
on SCG-sized big screens?).

“The way to fix climate change is not to talk about individual’s private jets,” Ryan added.

Again, this is an absolute breakthrough and we should join as one to thank her for it.

The next time someone lectures you about buying an electric vehicle (as Ryan often does), we simply turn to them and say: “The way to fix climate change is not to talk about individual’s private cars.”

And when bureaucrats barge into our kitchens we reply: “The way to fix climate change is not to talk about individual’s gas stoves.” And so on.

Thanks, Teals. See you in the sky.

Beertruk
Beertruk
February 26, 2024 4:25 am

Curses….’bold fail.’

Tom
Tom
February 26, 2024 4:30 am

No probs, Beery. Great read. Ta.

feelthebern
feelthebern
February 26, 2024 4:31 am

“The way to fix climate change is not to talk about individual’s private jets,” Ryan added.

Tim Blair gold.
A keeper.
& one to share far and wide.

miltonf
miltonf
February 26, 2024 4:45 am

Thanks Beer, good read.

Rosie
Rosie
February 26, 2024 4:48 am
miltonf
miltonf
February 26, 2024 4:57 am

The odious Ryan gives more proof that a major part of the ‘environmental’ movement is class warfare. Shows why the Saxe-coburg Tampns are so into it. Bogans shouldn’t have nice things.

Johnny rotten
February 26, 2024 5:35 am

And what will all the Eateries do when they can’t cook with gas? The Chef’s will be fuming over those wood stoves.

Rosie
Rosie
February 26, 2024 5:35 am

Ryan flies to Canberra in the most expensive business class seats every week.

And she decided to run for parliament because her kid was worried about snow for their skiing holidays.
Of course it’s not an individual responsibilty issue.

Rosie
Rosie
February 26, 2024 6:05 am
Rosie
Rosie
February 26, 2024 6:07 am
Rosie
Rosie
February 26, 2024 6:18 am
Top Ender
Top Ender
February 26, 2024 6:58 am

Thanks for the travel tales Rosie – always interesting.

Top Ender
Top Ender
February 26, 2024 7:02 am

Meanwhile in the Territory, the Rolfe story is still ongoing.

Read this sorry story of how it’s all the fault of the NT Police. No mention of a voilent young offender who bashed females, and came at police with an axe.

Kumanjayi Walker’s family speaks out ahead of Zach Rolfe Coronial inquest testimony
As once decorated Territory cop Zach Rolfe prepares to face questions on Monday, the family of the man he killed says their initial shock has metastasised into disgust with NT Police.

When Samara Fernandez-Brown first learned her teenage cousin had been shot by a police officer in Yuendumu in 2019, her initial reaction was one of disbelief.

“It just seemed impossible, impossible,” she told Coroner Elisabeth Armitage in 2022.

“I was like there’s no way that that could have happened, not here.”

Now, more than four years after the shooting and almost two years after an inquest into the death of 19-year-old Warlpiri-Luritja man Kumanjayi Walker began, that disbelief has metastasised into disgust.

Ms Fernandez-Brown watched on last week as Sergeant Lee Bauwens faced questions about racist text messages he exchanged with former constable Zachary Rolfe, who killed Mr Walker when he shot him three times with his service pistol during a botched arrest.

Mr Rolfe was charged with Mr Walker’s murder but later acquitted by a Supreme Court jury.

When Sergeant Bauwens was asked on Friday about a text in which he described Aboriginal people as “bush c—ns”, he at first appeared to have forgotten ever having been censured by his superiors after it came to light.

“Sorry, I received a, over the phone, just brief remedial advice,” he corrected himself.

Speaking to the NT News after the court adjourned for the week, Ms Fernandez-Brown said it was a part of Sergeant Bauwens’ evidence “that as a family and a community we’re quite disgusted about”.

“NT Police are saying they’re moving towards change and they’re taking things on and they’re trying to make it better and whatnot,” she said.

“(But) by still employing somebody in a sergeant role that has quite evidently used racist language and had those views you’re not showing that you’re changing and that you have the best intentions for civilians, let alone Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.”

The next and final witness to take the stand will be the once decorated cop whose life, along with those of all Mr Walker’s loved ones, changed forever in those fatal few seconds in November 2019.

With Mr Rolfe set to give evidence from Monday after multiple lengthy legal delays, Ms Fernandez-Brown says her family is feeling anxious and burnt out.

“Just emotionally preparing as well and trying to make sure family are emotionally prepared but also myself as an individual because it’s going to be quite triggering and it’s going to be quite confronting to see Rolfe in person,” she said.

“It’s going to be triggering to just hear what he has to say and how he’s going to justify himself and his actions.”

But while she’s trying not to be too pessimistic, Ms Fernandez-Brown does not have high hopes that “we’ll ever get the answers in the way that we want them answered by him”.

“It would be great if he was able to say ‘I acted in this way because I had these views and they were my honest views at the time’, even if they were racist or if they were not,” she said.

“But I think this constant pretending that it didn’t come from a racist place or it just came from an exhausted place, I think that for us is quite exhausting to continually listen to.”

Some of the other officers who testified at the inquest have apologised for past poor behaviour exposed through the investigation.

At this point, Ms Fernandez-Brown says any apology from Mr Rolfe “is the bare minimum and it’s well overdue”.

“That’s a hard one because given what we’ve seen of him it’s really hard to know that if he gives an apology that it’s going to be sincere and for the right reasons,” she said.

“Understanding what he’s done and what he’s done to community and the impact and devastation that has caused us.

“And also recognising that this has been years of us having to come into court processes and learn language that we’re not used to learning and then having to learn this whole new world that we wouldn’t have had to do if it wasn’t for him and his actions.

“So I think not just saying sorry for Kumanjayi but sorry for how you’ve influenced the years that we’ve been sitting in court and that we’ve been grieving but having to learn this whole new world.”

Meanwhile, Mr Walker’s great-great-grandmother Elizabeth Katakarinja has no interest in any apology Mr Rolfe might offer when he enters the witness box on Monday.

“Because he’s broken old people’s hearts, the loved ones,” she said.

“Not saying sorry because he took the life of our child.

“Still today, they’re still crying, they didn’t forget, young people, young men, they’re still crying.”

As the inquiry enters its final week of evidence after months of testimony from dozens of witnesses, both women say they are yet to see the changes promised by NT Police.

“I just get frustrated because there’s no real understanding around why people have the views that they do towards the police,” Ms Fernandez-Brown said.

“As Aboriginal people, they’re used to having excessive use of force, they’re used to being mistreated but then the police expect them to just completely comply when there is a situation.

“Say for instance people that are related to Kumanjayi or know of Kumanjayi there’s a complete loss of trust in the police force so that compliance they expect, they’re just not going to get it in the same way and then by using force you’re only conforming to what we already think of you.

“So when’s that change coming and what’s that change going to look like and feel like for us?”

What’s with the “once decorated cop”? Has he had his bravery medal he received for rescuing people from drowning taken away?

NT News

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
February 26, 2024 7:12 am

If global warming causes freezing weather would global cooling cause hot weather?

Climate Change Accounts for Mongolia’s Deep Freeze, Alarmists Say (25 Feb)

Mongolia’s current winter extremes are fueled by climate change and put the country at “high risk,” the Huffington Post reported Sunday.

Ice-cold temperatures have resulted in the deaths of more than 2 million livestock animals this year, HuffPo states, as freezing grasslands and snow accumulation result in livestock deaths from “cold or hunger en masse.” … The international charity Save the Children has similarly declared that Mongolia’s severe winter is the result of climate change and “puts children at risk.”

And if global cooling does in fact cause colder weather, as logic would suggest, how would you tell if the frigid weather is due to global cooling or global warming? We should ask Chris Bowen about this.

Rosie
Rosie
February 26, 2024 7:19 am

I’d forgotten what a pain in the neck booking accommodation in a big unfamiliar city can be.
I’ve stayed in Lyon once, on the hill that works but I don’t particularly want to climb the hill late at night.
Iirc it’s a bit rough but everywhere else I looked at was two metro changes once you get off the Rhone Express.
I think I’ve found a place, still in La Croix Rousse normally reserved for ‘artists in residence’ ground floor 20 metres from the metro and only one metro line from the Express, the other thing I didn’t want is low ceiling mezzanine bedrooms with ladders to the lower level. Very popular in Lyon.

A big contrast to Italian accommodation which I find generally more comfortable, much less Ikea.

Rosie
Rosie
February 26, 2024 7:22 am

The colonial enquiry was always intended to be a platform for ‘grieving relatives’ who iirc are all staying in Darwin at taxpayer expense.

alwaysright
alwaysright
February 26, 2024 7:34 am

My 2 most ridiculous headlines for the morning. This year we are spiking rather than waving.

Looming heat spike causing ‘grave concern’ for firefighters battling bushfires in western Victoria. – 7 news

Pope Francis Blames Mongolian Cold Spell on Global Warming – Breitbart

shatterzzz
February 26, 2024 7:35 am

Re-organization in progress for the UK House of Commons ..
https://ibb.co/0cpRjdG

Top Ender
Top Ender
February 26, 2024 7:43 am

Angry NSW voters vow Labor exodus at next election over offshore wind farms

It’s one of Labor’s safest strongholds, but Illawarra residents are plotting revenge at the polls if party pushes ahead with offshore wind farms in their backyard.

DAILYTELEGRAPH.COM.AU

The Albanese government’s pursuit of offshore wind farms in NSW’s coastal towns is threatening to cause a chasm within the left — with longtime Labor loyalists threatening to abandon the party over the policy.

The federal government is looking to prop up offshore wind farms in the Illawarra and Port Stephens regions prompting staunch opposition from both communities.

In the Illawarra, where Labor’s Alison Byrnes holds the seat of Cunningham by a very safe 13.4 per cent margin, Labor voters said they will be abandoning the party at the next poll citing concerns about the impact of the offshore wind farm on marine life.

The seat has always been held by Labor with the exception of 2002 when it was briefly taken by the Greens.

Paul McLeod, a resident in the Illawarra electorate of Whitlam, has voted for Labor for the past 45 years but when Anthony Albanese heads to the polls, expected to be around March 2025, he said he will no longer vote for the left.

“I voted Labor for 45 years. And my father and his father before that. I won’t be voting for Labor,” he said.

“We have transformed demographically to a satellite suburb of Sydney and with that came a lot of smart people, more professionals, more service industries.

“That hasn’t been recognised by the Labor Party in Canberra. Tourism and fishing are the dominant industries here.”

Mr McLeod said he is concerned about the impact of offshore wind farms on marine life and subsequently on the region’s booming tourism and fishing industries.

Local scientists and Labor MPs have said concerns about the environmental impact are based on misinformation.

Mr McLeod is hopeful Environment Minister Tanya Plibersek will halt the proposed project when it progresses to the environmental assessment stage after she intervened in plans for an offshore wind turbine plant in Victoria.

The proposal has also got the opposition of former Shellharbour Mayor and state Labor MP Marianne Saliba.

“I support renewable energy. I don’t have a problem at all. In fact, I was part of the council that switched to hybrids and electric vehicles and, and brought Shellharbour into the 21st century,” she said.

“However, the offshore wind farms or turbines are not renewable energy. Only the wind bits the renewable energy. These turbines are made using fossil fuels. They transported out to the offshore area using fossil fuels.

“They are then all during their life cycle there’ll be ships going out there to do repairs and maintenance and all of that, using fossil fuels.”

Thirroul resident Warren William, 83, has also vowed not to vote for Labor come the next federal election.

“We do need renewable energy at some time in the future but we have to take it a little bit slower and find better ways of going about it,“ he said.

“Everyone is supportive of cleaning the planet up and renewables but this is just crazy on the topic.”

Wollongong resident Sheryl Pursehouse, 61, voted Labor previously but said she too will not support the policy.

“I grew up in southwest Sydney from a working class family and everybody voted Labor but I don’t think they support their original voter base,” she said.

“We are not against renewables. We are not climate deniers or anything. We are concerned this is being pushed through without full consultation and without letting the public know all the details. ”A lot of people think we are just against visuals. You can see the wind farm but it’s what’s going on under the water that concerns us.”

Link

Pogria
Pogria
February 26, 2024 8:08 am

Interesting article in the Mail about which countries still hold executions and what type of method.
The article is long so skim through and read the really interesting bits. The anti-semitic, Pally lovers should be forced to read what happens to the querty mob.

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
February 26, 2024 8:12 am

TE:

I strongly suspect the dead career criminal Walker’s family are upset and screechy because the river of compo they envisaged has turned into a dry creek bed.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
February 26, 2024 8:20 am

Haha, even Germans learn eventually.

Mercedes-Benz Scraps Plans to Make Only Electric Vehicles Due to ‘Market Conditions’ (25 Feb)

Mercedes-Benz has backtracked on their plan to transition to selling only electric vehicles after 2030, with company officials saying that “market conditions” have not allowed that to happen.

It was just three years ago when the German luxury vehicle manufacturer announced that it would go “all-electric,” the Verge reported at the time.

The company said it would commit $47 billion to electrifying its fleet, with CEO and board chair Ola Källenius saying, “We are convinced, we can do it with strong profitability, and we believe that focus on electrical is the right way to build a successful future and to enhance the value of Mercedes Benz.”

Great way to commit particularly messy suicide more like. Which it now seems they’ve worked out. Mercedes probably still is going to go bankrupt since doing any sort of manufacturing in Europe is becoming increasingly uneconomic.

Johnny Rotten
Johnny Rotten
February 26, 2024 8:36 am

NY & the End of the American Way of Life

Once upon a time, in the United States, we, the people, began our classroom day with the Pledge of Allegiance:

“I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible,

with liberty and justice for all,”

Those days are gone, and we can no longer depend on the Courts and the legal systems for Truth, Fairness, and Justice for all, which we were told was the American Way of Life! How many millions went off to war and died to defend that principle they have torn to shreds in New York City? The American Way of Life is dead. The Democrats have allowed our nation to be flooded with people who do not share our culture, our philosophies, or our history solely to ensure they win at all costs.

There is no longer any difference we have with Russia and China and how they treat the people. The United States now has more people in prison than China, which has 1.5 billion people compared to our 300 million. We still have more people in prison than they do. Are Americans just the most corrupt people in the world? Or is it that our government is becoming the most corrupt in the world? You have a 500% greater chance of going to prison in America because there is no more liberty and justice for all.

https://www.armstrongeconomics.com/international-news/rule-of-law/ny-the-end-of-the-american-way-of-life/?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=RSS

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
February 26, 2024 8:38 am

Rosie

Feb 26, 2024 7:22 AM

The colonial enquiry was always intended to be a platform for ‘grieving relatives

Colonial enquiry.
Bwah ha ha ha.
Was that deliberate?

132andBush
132andBush
February 26, 2024 8:39 am

Angry NSW voters vow Labor exodus at next election over offshore wind farms

The “Angry NSW voters” can just stfu, bend over and just take it like the rest of the country.
After all, it’s their voting patterns and ideology that have led to these monstrosities taking root all over picturesque inland areas, why not blight their little slice of heaven with the subsidy hoovering crucifixes as well?
Long overdue, I say.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
February 26, 2024 8:39 am

Four paragraphs Wodney.
Thin ice, champ.
Thin ice.

Indolent
Indolent
February 26, 2024 8:41 am

Maria Mateiciuc
@MariaMateiciuc

I just got back from Ukraine, where I was visiting some friends.

Everything we have heard about what’s happening in Ukraine is a lie.

The reality is darker, bleaker, and unequivocally hopeless. There is no such thing as Ukraine “winning” this war.

– By their estimates, they have lost over one million of their sons, fathers and husbands; an entire generation is gone.
– Even in the Southwest, where the anti-Russian sentiment is long-standing, citizens are reluctant or straight-up scared to publicly criticize Zelensky; they will go to jail.
– In every village and town, the streets, shops, and restaurants are mostly absent of men.
– The few men who remain are terrified of leaving their homes for fear of being kidnapped into conscription. Some have resorted to begging friends to break their legs to avoid service.
– Army search parties take place early in the morning, when men leave their homes to go to work. They ambush and kidnap them off the streets and within 3-4 hours they get listed in the army and taken away straight to the front lines with minimal or no training at all; it is “a death sentence.”
– It’s getting worse every day. Where I was staying, a dentist had just been taken by security forces on his way to work, leaving behind two small children. Every day, 3-5 dead bodies keep arriving from the front lines.
– Mothers and wives fight tooth and nail with the armed forces, beg and plead not to have their men taken away. They try bribing, which sometimes works, but most of the time they are met with physical violence and death threats.
– The territory celebrated as having been “won back” from Russia has been reduced to rubble and is uninhabitable. Regardless, there is no one left to live there and displaced families will likely never return.
– They see the way the war has been reported, at home and abroad. It’s a “joke” and “propaganda.” They say: “Look around: is this winning?”.
– Worse, some have been hoaxed into believing that once Ukrainians forces are exhausted, American soldiers will come in to replace them and “win the war”.

There is no ambiguity in these people. The war was for nothing – a travesty. The outcome always was, and is, clear. The people are hopeless, utterly destroyed, and living in an unending nightmare.

They are pleading for an end, any end – most likely the same “peace” that could have been achieved two years ago. In their minds, they have already lost, for their sons, fathers and husbands are gone, and their country has been destroyed. There is no “victory” that can change that.

Make no mistake, they are angry with Putin. But they are also angry with Zelensky and the West. They have lost everything, worst of all, hope and faith, and cannot comprehend why Zelenky wishes to continue the current trajectory, the one of human devastation.

I didn’t witness the war; but what I saw was absolutely heart-breaking.

Shame on the people, regardless of their intentions, who have supported this war. And shame on the media for continuing to lie about it.

132andBush
132andBush
February 26, 2024 8:43 am

14 day GFS model looking good for an early break to Autumn.

Crossie
Crossie
February 26, 2024 8:44 am

Bruce of Newcastle
Feb 26, 2024 7:12 AM
If global warming causes freezing weather would global cooling cause hot weather?

Climate Change Accounts for Mongolia’s Deep Freeze, Alarmists Say (25 Feb)

Long ago when everyone was taught actual science we knew that greater winter and summer temperature differences were due to the increased tilt of the planet. It’s simple, if the Earth tilted more than before then summer temperatures will be hotter than before and winter ones colder.

What is criminal is the pronouncements from people who are old enough to know better.

Indolent
Indolent
February 26, 2024 8:48 am

I’m not quite sure why it takes an actor to warn about such an obvious thing. But is there anyone warning about it here?

‘Grid Down, Power Up:’ Dennis Quaid Warns About What the U.S. Is Not Prepared For

Indolent
Indolent
February 26, 2024 8:49 am
Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
February 26, 2024 8:51 am

Knuckle Dragger

Feb 26, 2024 8:12 AM

TE:

I strongly suspect the dead career criminal Walker’s family are upset and screechy because the river of compo they envisaged has turned into a dry creek bed.

No book deal and a house in France for you.

Eyrie
Eyrie
February 26, 2024 8:51 am

Boeing need to get their act together, this is a direct 737 competitor:

https://aviationweek.com/shownews/singapore-airshow/video-inside-comac-c919

People who can orbit a permanently occupied space station and land rovers on the back of the Moon and Mars should not be underestimated.

Anyone here own a Chinese car? I’ve looked at a few in car parks and panel fit and finish seems very good.

Dot
Dot
February 26, 2024 8:51 am

Just a reminder.

There’s no property bubble.

Nine million for a terraced unit is totally normal.

Stop complaining losers. Unless you wanna blame the Chinee.

Sydney is a totally normal city.

Crossie
Crossie
February 26, 2024 8:52 am

Great way to commit particularly messy suicide more like. Which it now seems they’ve worked out. Mercedes probably still is going to go bankrupt since doing any sort of manufacturing in Europe is becoming increasingly uneconomic.

I thought they already outsourced the manufacturing to Asia.

Indolent
Indolent
February 26, 2024 8:55 am

But it still couldn’t have happened without the blatantly obvious American co-operation.

Is the UN Behind the Illegal Alien Invasion of America? Former Panama Border Chief Says Yes.

Crossie
Crossie
February 26, 2024 8:57 am

132andBush
Feb 26, 2024 8:39 AM
Angry NSW voters vow Labor exodus at next election over offshore wind farms
The “Angry NSW voters” can just stfu, bend over and just take it like the rest of the country.
After all, it’s their voting patterns and ideology that have led to these monstrosities

None of them say they will vote Liberal or any of the minor parties so my guess is they will be voting Green. That’ll show Labor.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
February 26, 2024 8:57 am

Regarding Constable Hyphen-Soyboy.
I am reliably informed that a favourite topic of conversation in the afternoon tea lounge at most Plod stations is “Stupid things crooks done what got them caught”.
It appears Hyphen-Soyboy wasn’t paying attention to any of this.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
February 26, 2024 8:58 am

I thought they already outsourced the manufacturing to Asia.

If they’re manufacturing in China they’ll still go bankrupt…when China steals their factories. Hence companies leaving China like fleeing rats.

Indolent
Indolent
February 26, 2024 9:06 am

The first 50 minutes only. He makes a lot of sense.

Tucker Carlson with Colonel Douglas Macgregor

Johnny rotten
February 26, 2024 9:08 am

Lol Mrs Stencho Pantyhose.

Your English comprehension is shocking. You self appointed Blog Milk Monitor.

Crossie
Crossie
February 26, 2024 9:12 am

Indolent
Feb 26, 2024 8:55 AM
But it still couldn’t have happened without the blatantly obvious American co-operation.

Is the UN Behind the Illegal Alien Invasion of America? Former Panama Border Chief Says Yes.

Cooperation? It’s all American fault, close the borders, deport the illegals and the problem disappears.

Crossie
Crossie
February 26, 2024 9:14 am

Sancho Panzer
Feb 26, 2024 8:57 AM
Regarding Constable Hyphen-Soyboy.
I am reliably informed that a favourite topic of conversation in the afternoon tea lounge at most Plod stations is “Stupid things crooks done what got them caught”.
It appears Hyphen-Soyboy wasn’t paying attention to any of this.

I have a feeling he didn’t mix with the rank and file.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
February 26, 2024 9:18 am

The unis today are pushing for lower fees and for at least 55% of kids to be indoctrinated by them. Labor is supporting this transparent social engineering.

Plan for uni revolution, but at what cost to taxpayers? (Paywallian editorial today)

So it’s fun that News.com.au, of all places, has just gone right off the reservation:

Viral video reveals huge pay packets of Aussie tradies – but there’s a catch (26 Feb)

A video of several Queensland tradies openly revealing their enormous pay packets has gone viral across social media, earning the envy of plenty of Aussies.

The clip features various roles, from a plumber to a carpenter and a diesel fitter, opening up about their six-figure salaries, like a coal miner bagging $160,000 a year.

“I think I’m in the wrong career,” the poster who shared it on Reddit wrote, with plenty in agreement that the big bucks being earned were pretty enticing.

Among the top earners in the video were another diesel fitter specialising in heavy earth-moving equipment on $130 per hour – the equivalent of at least $250,000 annually based on a 38-hour week – and an auto electrician on $120,000 per year.

The catch of course is that it’s hard work. Uni students don’t want to work hard, they want it all given to them on a platter. Nice though to see humble tradies running rings around them in the success stakes, as uni students are taught how to recite “fries with that?”

132andBush
132andBush
February 26, 2024 9:20 am

None of them say they will vote Liberal or any of the minor parties so my guess is they will be voting Green. That’ll show Labor.

Exactly.

And how many levels of stupid are evident in the following sentences?

However, the offshore wind farms or turbines are not renewable energy. Only the wind bits the renewable energy. These turbines are made using fossil fuels. They transported out to the offshore area using fossil fuels.

“They are then all during their life cycle there’ll be ships going out there to do repairs and maintenance and all of that, using fossil fuels.”

Instead of a “wind farm” they could be called “clue bats”

GreyRanga
GreyRanga
February 26, 2024 9:21 am

Interesting for me anyway. When in NZ went with mate to his mates place where I went last year. He was dropping 2 oldman pines. 1200 in diameter. It has branches 400 in diameter. The guy converted it into 60 cu.mt. of firewood at $200 a cube. The bulk of the trunk is milled into thick slabs to be used for heavy rustic window frames, mantles occasional bars. A piece 3 m. long 900 wide 80 thick, dried for 3 years goes for $500. He has a shed full. The new ones felled has several at 6 mt. 1200 w. 105 thick. Already sold for $3k each. He is drying them for 4 years. His young son does the cones, of which there are thousands and the splintered bits for kindling. Once upon a time these old pines were virtually worthless except for firewood. Now dry firewood is $250 a cube. He’s got a hundred of them. Its worth more than forestry harvested timber for construction by far. From what I’ve seen the forests are poorly managed. A lot of people will have burnt hands as a result. The point I’m trying to make is there are opportunities out there to do things for yourself by finding a niche. This guy is an Engineer that works 7 on 6 off. He lives near a quiet country town. He’s made his home business out of his lifestyle. Its not for a lot of people but using your head and for not a lot of effort it can work. Went to another blokes place who’s just plain lazy in a similar situation. Sold his small plantation for peanuts. Does virtually nothing with his property.

132andBush
132andBush
February 26, 2024 9:25 am

^ Not so much levels of stupid as levels of dawning reality.

Wally Dalí
Wally Dalí
February 26, 2024 9:29 am

But the Laptop Class work to seize control of productive industry. Behind every stumbling block and catastrophe is an abstract pronoun wonk with an unrelated degree.
Tnagent- the tertiary churn people are instantly in debt in a way that the productive worker ain’t.

Eyrie
Eyrie
February 26, 2024 9:32 am

Instead of a “wind farm” they could be called “clue bats”

Tax farms. Somebody should look at a lifecycle fossil fuel energy in vs windpower out including manufacture, maintenance and dismantling (if anybody has indeed thought about that). Might be somewhat embarrassing when simply burning the fossil fuel in gas turbines produces power on demand, not just when the wind blows.

Mother Lode
Mother Lode
February 26, 2024 9:34 am

Italian TV has decided to give their take on Joe Biden.

Eyrie
Eyrie
February 26, 2024 9:35 am

Windpower has collapsed in Queensland and very low in NSW.

https://www.nem-watch.info/widgets/reneweconomy/

Steve trickler
Steve trickler
February 26, 2024 9:38 am

Bald and Bankrupt:

Britain; the world’s sixth biggest economy. But what is life like for the average Brit outside of the capital city? Well, I went to investigate and what I found wasn’t too promising. Join me on a journey into the provinces of this once great country for what might be my most brutal adventure yet…

Offered Business On England’s Worst Street

cohenite
February 26, 2024 9:41 am

Tom’s toons: Stiglich the best.

Gabor
Gabor
February 26, 2024 9:47 am

Eyrie
Feb 26, 2024 9:35 AM

Windpower

I know it has been mentioned many times, but worth repeating, when steam became viable, wind power for industry, mainly milling, died, despite being around for millennia.
There is a reason for that what our betters can’t or won’t see.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
February 26, 2024 9:57 am

I strongly suspect the dead career criminal Walker’s family are upset and screechy because the river of compo they envisaged has turned into a dry creek bed.

Hasn’t he also been revealed as someone with a habit of using his fists on women?

Crossie
Crossie
February 26, 2024 9:57 am

Mother Lode
Feb 26, 2024 9:34 AM
Italian TV has decided to give their take on Joe Biden.

Very funny. I suppose it makes a difference from their usual Trump lampooning.

What I don’t understand is the US establishment doesn’t realise that when they make fun of you they are no longer afraid of you.

The other interesting thing is that these jokes are appearing only now that the US media have also been given the permission to notice his decline.

Eyrie
Eyrie
February 26, 2024 10:02 am

Gabor, I use the example of ships. Even though early the steam engines were terrible, shipping got rid of the damn sails as soon as they could.
Nowadays wind powered boats are used for recreation only.
Likewise aircraft. The early history of flight started with gliders, although soaring, using atmospheric energy to stay airborne or gain height, didn’t come until after powered flight, something actually useful, had been well established. Just for fun all the time and a very small aviation niche.
You wouldn’t build a windmill where you had a year round waterwheel.

Crossie
Crossie
February 26, 2024 10:06 am

I know it has been mentioned many times, but worth repeating, when steam became viable, wind power for industry, mainly milling, died, despite being around for millennia.
There is a reason for that what our betters can’t or won’t see.

Gabor, it’s like modern medicine supplanting shamans and herbalists.

I see the current drive to wind power as nostalgia for Bruegel The Elder’s time when everyone wore wooden clogs for footwear. Come to think of it, that is next on the Greenies’ list, banning modern footwear.

Crossie
Crossie
February 26, 2024 10:10 am

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Feb 26, 2024 9:57 AM
I strongly suspect the dead career criminal Walker’s family are upset and screechy because the river of compo they envisaged has turned into a dry creek bed.

Hasn’t he also been revealed as someone with a habit of using his fists on women?

That’s why the police were there that day, to stop Walker from beating the crap out of the womenfolk. How hypocritical can you be to now cry the crocodile tears over the perpetrator. Are they saying he was right to attack them?

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
February 26, 2024 10:10 am

Speaking of silly energy sources.

Shell closes its light-duty hydrogen refilling stations in California (25 Feb)

“The shutdown here comes two years after Shell did the same in the UK, and follows about six months of winding things down in California. In 2020, when a kilogram of H2 cost about $13, Shell proposed building 48 new stations in the state. California offered a grant of $40.6 million as incentive. Last September, Shell killed the plan and refused the grant money. Those funds, and $8 billion to be disbursed by the U.S. Energy Department in the Hydrogen Hub plan, couldn’t overcome the difficulties in permitting for stations, high build costs, fickle machinery, and ensuring consistent supply.

Hydrogen may float like a butterfly but economic reality sucks like quicksand.

Roger
Roger
February 26, 2024 10:11 am

Mongolia’s current winter extremes are fueled by climate change and put the country at “high risk,” the Huffington Post reported Sunday.

Don’t the Mongols have a historical claims to the warmer climes of the Crimea?

😀

JC
JC
February 26, 2024 10:20 am

Johnny Rotten
Feb 26, 2024 8:36 AM

Or perhaps America jails mostly its no-gooders. Let’s take Marty, the writer of the piece, as a good example. If you’re in the club, in China or Russia, and you commit fraud, there’s a very good chance you will avoid jail. If you steal US$700 million of client money by running a Ponzi scheme and defraud investors, even now, you will go to jail for a very long time. That’s why Marty went to jail and in my opinion got off very lightly and was lucky. Another awindler, Bernie Maddof got 150 years.

Incredible how Woddenhead supports a crook. Crooks supporting other crooks.

Black Ball
Black Ball
February 26, 2024 10:28 am

Andrew Bolt:

How can Labor have forgotten the terrorists who came when it last wanted “refugees” let in from the Middle East?

Yet here’s the Albanese government now handing 2275 visas to Palestinians since October 7, when Hamas terrorists slaughtered 1200 Jews and started this war that its people are now fleeing.

Indeed, our government gave most of those visas to Palestinians in Gaza, which has been run for nearly two decades by Hamas, banned here as a terrorist group.

Not surprisingly, Opposition Leader Peter Dutton is asking if it is wise giving so many visas to people from that hate-riven part of the world, often after just a day – or only hours – of checking.

But Prime Minister Anthony Albanese put on his shocked face at hearing such questions. This was “just wrong”, he said. One of those Liberal “fear campaigns” with “no basis”.

No basis?

Albanese should know better.

He was a minister in the government of Kevin Rudd, when it let in the first of 50,000 illegal boat people to sail here under Labor, plus many thousands of other so-called refugees.

And what a coincidence! Rudd also did that shocked schtick back then, when Liberal MP Wilson Tuckey also asked if it was wise to let in so many boats, saying: “If you wanted to get into Australia and you have bad intentions, what do you do? You insert yourself in a crowd of 100 for which there is great sympathy for the other 99.”

Rudd acted outraged, damning these “deeply divisive, disgusting remarks” and demanding the Liberals sack Tuckey.

Except Tuckey turned out to be right. The vast majority of refugees we bring in are, of course, not terrorists, but bringing in people from poor, war-torn and tribal countries can go wrong, and some refugees we took in indeed became terrorists.

They included Man Monis, an Iranian refugee who staged the deadly Lindt cafe siege; Numan Haider, an Afghan refugee and ISIS recruit who stabbed two police; Farhad Jabar, an Iranian refugee who killed police accountant Curtis Cheng while shouting “Allah is the greatest”; Mohammad Ali Baryalei, an Afghan refugee who recruited and fought for ISIS; and Yacqub Khayre, a Somali refugee who murdered a worker in Melbourne, held a woman hostage, shot three police and declared: “This is for IS (ISIS).”

How could Albanese forget this recent history – and risk repeating it?

Because Mr Bolt Albo be not smart.

Roger
Roger
February 26, 2024 10:31 am

Australians to be hit with a “recycling tax” as paper & cardboard exporting companies seek to recoup new government fees imposed from 1st July.

Roger
Roger
February 26, 2024 10:35 am

How could Albanese forget this recent history – and risk repeating it?

Because Mr Bolt Albo be not smart.

He may not be smart but he’s very cunning.

The temporary visa program – most of which will be converted to permanent residency, as activists are already requesting – is a concession to Labor’s western Sydney Muslim constituency, most of whom also came here on a concessionary basis in the mid to late 1970s.

Roger
Roger
February 26, 2024 10:36 am

Or are the second and third generation of the original recipients of the “Lebanese concession.”

cohenite
February 26, 2024 10:40 am
Top Ender
Top Ender
February 26, 2024 10:41 am

Are they saying he [Walker] was right to attack them?

Of course. Everything he did wrong is whitey’s fault.

And everything he did right is down to fantastic cultural norms.

It would not be at all surprising to see the family given a cool million or so at the end of the day.

Indolent
Indolent
February 26, 2024 10:42 am
Indolent
Indolent
February 26, 2024 10:43 am
Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
February 26, 2024 10:44 am

Because Mr Bolt Albo be not smart.

Seeing exactly the same thing with the Democrats. The wedgie is up to nipple level for both the Dems and Labor. So both are trying ridiculous cunning stunts to keep the antisemites from walking. US muslims have been announcing they’re going to dump the Dems, especially in Ilhan Omar’s Little Mogadishu. In response the Dems have been loudly proclaiming sanctions on mythical Israeli extremist settlers and Albo is inviting in two thousand Nazis…

Both are a response to their genocidal base being exquisitely unhappy. They’re both hoping that the ordinary voter will overlook this. Somehow I doubt that’ll occur.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
February 26, 2024 10:54 am

Crossie at 9:14

I have a feeling he didn’t mix with the rank and file.

Mmmyes.
I think this was just a convenient source of cash without doing any actual work and a stepping stone to bigger things.
I note he took the gun out on the premise that he was attending a “user pays” event (a Pali-rally where the organisers pay for Plod attendance).
No doubt Constable Hyphen-Soyboy would be first in line for “user pays” shifts at doof-doof music festivals and Tay-Tay concerts and the like.
But I also wonder how many other less palatable events he signed up for, showed up for ten minutes then pissed off.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
February 26, 2024 10:57 am

And everything he did right is down to fantastic cultural norms.

Didn’t it emerge that the local men like to carry weapons, so they can prove to their women that they can protect them?

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
February 26, 2024 10:59 am

As I suspected.

KASSAM: 40% of Republicans Didn’t Vote Against Trump in South Carolina – Obama Operatives Used Democrat Voters to Boost Her. (26 Feb)

South Carolina is an open primary, and for the past several months, Haley and her supporters on the political left have openly targeted Democrats and other non-Republicans to vote for her in the race. There is vast evidence of this, not least the Associated Press VoteCast’s data from Saturday night.

So it’s already clear that much of Haley’s 39.5 percent did not solely come from Republicans disaffected by Trump.

That’s in line with a Morning Consult poll from a week ago, which showed Trump was 60 points ahead of Haley in South Carolina. Which means more than half of Haley’s voters were dead people, fakes or Democrats.

She wants to do a Steven Bradbury, but that’s completely pointless since Trump’s voters then would all stay home on election day.

Indolent
Indolent
February 26, 2024 11:04 am
Roger
Roger
February 26, 2024 11:04 am

No doubt Constable Hyphen-Soyboy would be first in line for “user pays” shifts at doof-doof music festivals and Tay-Tay concerts and the like.

I note that in a previous life he was engaged by QALATAS to fly to LA and interview celebrities on the red carpet.

When the criminal prosecution is done and dusted, this is going to make a terrific mini-series for any streaming service looking for Australian content. Alan Joyce might do a cameo.

Roger
Roger
February 26, 2024 11:05 am

QALATAS?

QANTAS.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
February 26, 2024 11:06 am

Misgendering a tranny is worse than a nuclear apocalypse.

Google’s Gemini AI Chatbot Says You Shouldn’t Misgender Caitlyn Jenner — Even to Stop a Nuclear Apocalypse (25 Feb)

“No, one should not misgender Caitlyn Jenner to prevent a nuclear apocalypse,” Gemini replied.

The Google AI obviously is doing awesomely. We should ask the black George Washington what them/they thinks about this question.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
February 26, 2024 11:07 am

Grey Ranga at 9:21.
That was something that struck me in Japan.
It is not all urban sprawl, and there are vast expanses of mature forest with scores of different species.
There is a well established forest industry but the key thing I noticed is that they are not ashamed of it.
I saw several examples of buildings, walkways etc proudly proclaiming that it was constructed from this or that species of local timber.
This was most noticeable in Takayama.
We went into one display centre which had beautifully made furniture and heaps of massive slabs of timber to be used as table tops.
They weren’t cheap ($5k and up) but you simply couldn’t get anything like that here.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
February 26, 2024 11:13 am

Roger

Feb 26, 2024 11:04 AM

No doubt Constable Hyphen-Soyboy would be first in line for “user pays” shifts at doof-doof music festivals and Tay-Tay concerts and the like.

I note that in a previous life he was engaged by QANTAS to fly to LA and interview celebrities on the red carpet.

I did see some reference to that and wondered whether it was just him pumping up his own tyres.
Qantas already syndicate content for their in flight video “news” and it is packaged up by the provider with a Qantas top and tail (so to speak).
Not sure why they would need to directly engage their own staff for this, but just another example of them bending over forwards to accommodate any mincer on the make.

Dot
Dot
February 26, 2024 11:13 am

I still can’t get over the $9 mn 4 bedroom, 1 car space terrace house in Paddo.

“Just live in Orange or Yass and commute to the city!”

Makka
Makka
February 26, 2024 11:17 am

christopher joye
@cjoye
AFR – Wage growth drives inflation, average pay tops $100k:

Confidential Treasury analysis shows decade high wages growth that has pushed the average fulltime salary above $100,000 is now the biggest driver of consumer price inflation, undercutting claims widespread corporate profit gouging is to blame.

Pay rises overtook import prices and supply shocks to form the lion’s share of headline CPI in the June quarter last year, according to Treasury analysis obtained by The Australian Financial Review under freedom of information, a trend economists expect continued to the end of 2023 and into 2024.

The analysis undercuts claims from the Greens, unions and former ACCC chairman Allan Fels that widespread price gouging has been causing price rises. Those claims have sparked a wave of inquiries, including a Greens-led Senate probe into supermarket pricing, a year-long inquiry led by the ACCC, and a review of the voluntary grocery code by Craig Emerson.

The inflation analysis showed labour costs made up almost two-thirds of headline CPI in the year to June 30, 2023. The remainder was made up of import prices, global price shocks and other elements. When annual CPI peaked at 7.8 per cent in December 2022, wages made up about 30 per cent.

GreyRanga
GreyRanga
February 26, 2024 11:18 am

Further to my piece earlier, my mate reckons and I saw lots to back it up. That the money wasted on pandering to the greenies and the racial divide is astronomical. Two speed economy, those out working their butt off and the useless waiting for government handouts. Also a lot of corruption at city council and regional council level. He gave and showed me several examples, blind eyes and victimising new ventures that interfere with maates. I expect the same thing is happening here except on a Federal and State level. How have our two countries slipped so far. Envy seems to be a big killer. The old saying “the harder I work, the luckier I get” doesn’t hold up anymore as there are too many ticket clippers who contribute nothing.

Roger
Roger
February 26, 2024 11:27 am

“Just live in Orange or Yass and commute to the city!”

SloMo?

GreyRanga
GreyRanga
February 26, 2024 11:28 am

Noticed the same thing Thancho. We should be having a thriving timber industry. We have national parks the size of small countries, virtually inaccessible that burn out regularly. Not even selective logging. The absolute waste of a massive resource wasted. In Spain I saw Eucalyptus 6yo harvested for high grade paper being loaded to go to Japan. We can’t even manufacture dunny paper.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
February 26, 2024 11:30 am

I still can’t get over the $9 mn 4 bedroom, 1 car space terrace house in Paddo.

Dot – Paddington is strategically located near Oxford St and Taylor Sq. Amongst a certain demo that’s seriously in demand real estate!

At a press conference on Monday, NSW Police Deputy Commissioner David Hudson offered an update on the investigation into Beau Lamarre-Condon’s alleged actions after he allegedly shot dead Mr Baird, 26, and Mr Davies, 29, with his police pistol at a home in Paddington on Monday of last week.

I can foresee another pad in Paddo coming onto the market soon. At a very reasonable price. Might need a bit of cleaning though.

Police officer Beau Lamarre-Condon sought help from friends to hide evidence, bodies of Jesse Baird and Luke Davies, police allege (Sky News, 26 Feb)

will
will
February 26, 2024 11:33 am

The “Angry NSW voters” can just stfu, bend over and just take it like the rest of the country.
After all, it’s their voting patterns and ideology that have led to these monstrosities taking root all over picturesque inland areas, why not blight their little slice of heaven with the subsidy hoovering crucifixes as well?
Long overdue, I say.

They will be even angrier when the power goes out.

Dot
Dot
February 26, 2024 11:34 am

I’m out of touch.

I do not understand real estate markets.

I’ll stick to gold, labour markets, finance.

Yes, I know this is in a more prestigious area, with a bigger block and more rooms, a decent example of Federation reproduction etc.

https://www.realestate.com.au/property-house-nsw-penrith-143664524

2 Nepean Avenue, Penrith, NSW 2750

4 bedroom 2 bathroom 2 carspaces 1,020 m²
House – $2,300,000

Pogria
Pogria
February 26, 2024 11:36 am

More info about the Paddington murders.
Seems hyphen-soyboy had a fag-hag help him with the disposal.
Also, he had been stalking and breaking into the ex’s home for months. Why the bloody hell was he still in the Police?

Roger
Roger
February 26, 2024 11:37 am

AFR – Wage growth drives inflation, average pay tops $100k:

I’d suggest the nominal wage “growth” is a response to earlier price, supply shortage and government covid response driven inflation.

There’s certainly been little growth in productivity to underwrite it. Some analysts say we’ve gone backwards to 2016 levels of GDP per hour worked.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
February 26, 2024 11:37 am

GreyRanga

Feb 26, 2024 11:28 AM

Noticed the same thing Thancho.

Takayama railway station really did it for me. The interior was clad in beautiful timber panelling the like of which you might see in public buildings here which politicians build as monuments to themselves.
Lined with displays of traditional wood craft (ceremonial carts etc) and tools but also sleek modern furniture.
I am trying to imagine what reaction there might be to a public display of forestry products at Southern Cross station.
Heads popping off I think.

Pogria
Pogria
February 26, 2024 11:39 am

Bruce of N,
snap.
Two sources, same info.

Dot
Dot
February 26, 2024 11:39 am

Imagine being a Federal Cabinet Minister or a State Supreme Court Judge and barely qualifying to buy a nice but fairly standard home in Penrith through a traditional loan with your Big 4 bank.

I know some people might think they’re getting rich like this, but I am really questioning the direction of the country and utility of this.

H B Bear
H B Bear
February 26, 2024 11:46 am

Confidential Treasury analysis shows decade high wages growth that has pushed the average fulltime salary above $100,000 is now the biggest driver of consumer price inflation, undercutting claims widespread corporate profit gouging is to blame.

Maaate. Argentina here we come.

H B Bear
H B Bear
February 26, 2024 11:54 am

$2.3m – must be the jacaranda. 1,000+ sqm, probably subdividedable after 20 years as a family home CGT free. Nice little earner. Not exactly a humble workers cottage. They are going for $3m with on street parking.

JC
JC
February 26, 2024 11:55 am

Dot
Feb 26, 2024 11:13 AM
I still can’t get over the $9 mn 4 bedroom, 1 car space terrace house in Paddo.

“Just live in Orange or Yass and commute to the city!”

It needs 3.5 million spent on it for a decent reno as it’s aged.

Roger
Roger
February 26, 2024 11:57 am

Imagine being a Federal Cabinet Minister or a State Supreme Court Judge and barely qualifying to buy a nice but fairly standard home in Penrith through a traditional loan with your Big 4 bank.

Have you seen Whitlam’s house in Cabramatta?

By the aspirational standards of the day it was nice but fairly standard.

He may have owned a beach shack too, but he was no property millionaire.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
February 26, 2024 11:57 am

Pogria

Feb 26, 2024 11:36 AM

More info about the Paddington murders.
Seems hyphen-soyboy had a fag-hag help him with the disposal.

This just gets worse in terms of the amateur hour aspects.
“Got help from a female friend to buy an ankle grinder (sic) and a padlock”
No doubt all bought with a credit card in a brightly lit Bunnings with CCTV all around.
Find a dingy family hardware store run by an old migrant who lives cesh.
And buying weights.
FMD.
Ten plastic buckets and some chain/rope (the most common-or-garden type you can find).
Plus four bags of Quikset.
From the same store as above.
For cesh.
I am not buying that the fag-hag friend was completely ignorant of what was going on.
If she was, why take her along? She claims she provided no practical help and he has just created another witness.
Using someone’s hose to wash out the van? That will remove obvious visible traces, but the Crime Scene guys will still have heaps to work with.

Salvatore, Iron Publican
February 26, 2024 12:00 pm

Gay Twitter (I make this sort of deep dive so nobody else has to) tells me that the chief suspect in the rose-stem murders has two sisters in NSW police (this may not be entirely correct, as the information varies) and a father who is a serving member of NSW Plod with the rank of Superintendent.

None of this may be true of course, it’s just gossip I saw on social media.

Apparently the perp .. er suspect, is a chap of many talents, in addition to everything else listed above, he’s also a fully accredited AFL umpire.

H B Bear
H B Bear
February 26, 2024 12:02 pm

The Pacific Peso was right. Already see a lot of prices not even bothering with the cents. How we laughed when we went to Bali. Now we are Bali.

Too bad you if put a few hundred k into super when that was real money.

Dot
Dot
February 26, 2024 12:03 pm

A “fibro” free-standing home in Penrith requires both husband and wife now to work, at nearly 1.5 times the average wage each, to qualify for a traditional bank loan to enable such a purchase.

1.1 – 1.3 mn on a small-average block.

Pogria
Pogria
February 26, 2024 12:04 pm

Sancho,
this whole case truly defies comprehension.
It is absolutely surreal.

Dot
Dot
February 26, 2024 12:05 pm

ankle grinder (sic)

Possibly not a typo.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
February 26, 2024 12:08 pm

Bugs have feelings too, so you shouldn’t eat them.

Research examines 700 plant-based foods to see how healthy they really are (MedXpress, 24 Feb)

If you’re thinking about buying plant-based foods, a trip to the supermarket can leave you bewildered.

There are plant-based burgers, sausages and mince. The fridges are loaded with non-dairy milk, cheese and yogurt. Then there are the tins of beans and packets of tofu.

But how much is actually healthy?

As a general principle, try to choose whole plant foods, such as unprocessed legumes, beans or tofu. These foods are packed with vitamins and minerals. They’re also high in dietary fiber, which is good for your gut health and keeps you fuller for longer.

Canned chickpeas, lentils and beans can be healthy and low-cost additions to many meals. Where you can, choose canned varieties with no added salt, especially when buying baked beans.

Tofu can be a great alternative to meat. Check the label and pick the option with the highest calcium content. We found flavored tofu was higher in salt and sugar content than minimally processed tofu. So it’s best to pick an unflavored option and add your own flavors with spices and herbs.

That is amazing! You can actually add herbs and spices to tofu so that it doesn’t taste bland like um tofu. Here’s who these weird academics are:

Laura Marchese
PhD Student at the Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition, Deakin University

Katherine Livingstone
NHMRC Emerging Leadership Fellow and Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition, Deakin University

Geelong Teachers College, figures.

Roger
Roger
February 26, 2024 12:09 pm

Er…you done this before, Sancho?

Apparently the perp .. er suspect, is a chap of many talents, in addition to everything else listed above, he’s also a fully accredited AFL umpire

Wasn’t the Baird chap victim an AFL umpire?

Roger
Roger
February 26, 2024 12:10 pm

Sancho,
this whole case truly defies comprehension.
It is absolutely surreal.

As I said, true crime drama material.

Real Deal
Real Deal
February 26, 2024 12:10 pm

Gay Twitter (I make this sort of deep dive so nobody else has to) tells me that the chief suspect in the rose-stem murders has two sisters in NSW police (this may not be entirely correct, as the information varies) and a father who is a serving member of NSW Plod with the rank of Superintendent

Thanks for the info, Sal. I will send you my collection of Judy Garland and Shirley Bassey LPs as a thank you for visiting the site ;).

Indolent
Indolent
February 26, 2024 12:14 pm

I struggle to use the clipboard on the phone but this looks like it’s worthwhile. Its about a conference with really serious people.

https://jamesroguski.substack.com/p/the-fifth-international-covidcrisis

H B Bear
H B Bear
February 26, 2024 12:14 pm

Gay Twitter (I make this sort of deep dive so nobody else has to) …

The Warren Entch effect.

Roger
Roger
February 26, 2024 12:15 pm

…a father who is a serving member of NSW Plod with the rank of Superintendent

This may explain why the outrageous taser incident and taking the gun home were given a pass.

H B Bear
H B Bear
February 26, 2024 12:17 pm

ankle grinder

Not another foot on the South Coast. Really spoils an afternoons beach combing.

JC
JC
February 26, 2024 12:19 pm
Kneel
Kneel
February 26, 2024 12:19 pm

“HTF did Nvidia obtain a US$2 trillion valuation?”

The GPU’s (Graphics Processing Unit) they make for their video cards are extremely well optimised DSP chips that can be used for non-graphical computation. And they are designed to do “stuff” under the control of a “main” general purpose CPU without slowing that CPU down – so you can have multiple GPUs all doing their thing at the same time (MIMD parallel computing).

Some of the things these GPUs are good at include Bitcoin mining, speaker independent voice recognition (“Hey Google…”) and AI. Make sense now why people expect them to be selling a lot of stuff?

H B Bear
H B Bear
February 26, 2024 12:19 pm

Why didn’t this guy just join the Navy?

Alamak!
Alamak!
February 26, 2024 12:21 pm

The Pacific Peso was right. Already see a lot of prices not even bothering with the cents. How we laughed when we went to Bali. Now we are Bali.

Note increasing numbers of coffee shops don’t bother putting prices on displayed food.

Next step is pricing in (relative) hard currencies like USD, SGD, BTC. End game sees AUD notes blowing down the street – not worth picking up.

Salvatore, Iron Publican
February 26, 2024 12:26 pm

Paywalled, but y’all should be able to see the first few paras & the photo. The Superintendent in charge of Hume region, NSW. (from the newspaper in Young, 2594)
Superintendent Paul Condon.

Petros
Petros
February 26, 2024 12:29 pm

So the police should not have firearms. You know it makes sense.

JC
JC
February 26, 2024 12:30 pm

“I may disappoint you, but what we know is that he really died from a blood clot”

Who, Navalny? It was the vax. I knew it.

Crossie
Crossie
February 26, 2024 12:32 pm

GreyRanga
Feb 26, 2024 11:28 AM
Noticed the same thing Thancho. We should be having a thriving timber industry. We have national parks the size of small countries, virtually inaccessible that burn out regularly. Not even selective logging. The absolute waste of a massive resource wasted. In Spain I saw Eucalyptus 6yo harvested for high grade paper being loaded to go to Japan. We can’t even manufacture dunny paper.

We will not be able to shake off the Greens and their stupidity until we insist that their vegan food is still raping the earth and is perpetrating a plant holocaust. They have to be painted into this existential corner.

Farmer Gez
Farmer Gez
February 26, 2024 12:35 pm

I’m curious as to the purpose of an angle grinder in the murders.
It would not be a tool of choice by anyone who has used an angle grinder.

Crossie
Crossie
February 26, 2024 12:36 pm

2 Nepean Avenue, Penrith, NSW 2750

4 bedroom 2 bathroom 2 carspaces 1,020 m²
House – $2,300,000

Dot, the price here is related to its location, it’s almost river frontage, the houses on the other side of the street back onto the Nepean River. I know that area which is rather exclusive.

Houses on the River Road, the other bank of the Nepean, have been selling for multi millions for decades.

JC
JC
February 26, 2024 12:39 pm

Dot

I reckon Paddington and Woollahra are the two best suburbs in Australia. I can understand some people prefer less density but they’re just abnormal. 🙂

Real Deal
Real Deal
February 26, 2024 12:47 pm

Throw a blanket on Bear, he’s on fire. I spat my lunch out over the south coast beachcombing comment. Brilliant.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
February 26, 2024 12:48 pm

Salvatore, Iron Publican

Feb 26, 2024 12:00 PM

Gay Twitter (I make this sort of deep dive so nobody else has to) tells me that the chief suspect in the rose-stem murders has two sisters in NSW police (this may not be entirely correct, as the information varies) and a father who is a serving member of NSW Plod with the rank of Superintendent.

None of this may be true of course, it’s just gossip I saw on social media.

Mother and sister in midranking unsworn positions, so any initial concerns of interference are probably unfounded.
I think the “father” might be a result of zealous Googling and unrelated.

Apparently the perp .. er suspect, is a chap of many talents, in addition to everything else listed above, he’s also a fully accredited AFL umpire.

Not correct.
One of the victims was a minor level AFL umpire who was going to officiate at a Swans-GWS scratch match.
Probably voluntary.

Salvatore, Iron Publican
February 26, 2024 12:50 pm

Farmer Gez Feb 26, 2024 12:35 PM
I’m curious as to the purpose of an angle grinder in the murders.
It would not be a tool of choice by anyone who has used an angle grinder.

The suspect looks like someone whose experience with tools would start & stop with a pencil sharpener.

Barking Toad
Barking Toad
February 26, 2024 12:50 pm

I’m curious as to the purpose of an angle grinder in the murders.

Was to cut a padlock on the gate at the Bungonia property.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
February 26, 2024 12:50 pm

I’m curious as to the purpose of an angle grinder in the murders.

Cutting the padlock off the gate of the property, where the bodies were located?

Vicki
Vicki
February 26, 2024 12:51 pm

“Just live in Orange or Yass and commute to the city!”

That is what my Sydney physio does. Indeed, you can get a train from the Blue Mts or even Lithgow & commute easily to Sydney. Mind you, Lithgow is another land….but it is expanding rapidly, has a hospital & campuses for TAFE & uni.

But the best rural city/town within driving distance from Sydney (just under 4 hrs) has got to be the sandstone town of Mudgee. Gorgeous countryside & town, vineyards & good restaurants, hospital, art galleries, light industry etc – why work in Sydney?

But there are other locales other than the Central Tablelands – eg South Coast & Southern Highlands that can provide work and a wonderful lifestyle. Rural Australia is an option that is just underrated.

Lysander
Lysander
February 26, 2024 12:51 pm

Which means more than half of Haley’s voters were dead people, fakes or Democrats.

Fox had a lot of “experts” on calling SC for Haley given their open primary system.

Let’s hope they continue to be wrong.

Roger
Roger
February 26, 2024 12:52 pm

Paywalled at The Telegraph (UK):

Almost three-quarters of Iranians want a secular government instead of a theocratic dictatorship, an anonymous state-run poll has revealed…

JC
JC
February 26, 2024 12:52 pm

Farmer Gez Feb 26, 2024 12:35 PM
I’m curious as to the purpose of an angle grinder in the murders.

Change “angle” to ankle and you get the idea.

Dot
Dot
February 26, 2024 12:53 pm

1.2 mn for a 1960s era fibro on a normal size block. With a 2 hr daily commute time to the city.

There is a point where this slow rolling casino is criticised and you ask what is being lost in services and goods production. There’s a damned good reason why people don’t want to return to the office.

We’re not winning.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
February 26, 2024 12:54 pm

Farmer Gez

Feb 26, 2024 12:35 PM

I’m curious as to the purpose of an angle grinder in the murders.
It would not be a tool of choice by anyone who has used an angle grinder.

To take a lock off a gate and replace the lock.
What struck me as strange was that the property owner would know the next time he tried to access the paddock.
Just take a link out of the chain and replace it with a $5 split link.
I am sure split links would have come up during S&M sessions.

Dr Faustus
Dr Faustus
February 26, 2024 12:54 pm

‘I can indicate that at 11 pm that evening, weights were purchased from a department store by the accused and it is believed that he returned to that rural property overnight and during that evening, having acquired also two torches from the acquaintance,’ Mr Hudson said.

So, NSW has 24/7 ‘Murderers R Us’ stores – convenient for when you have an unexpected late-nite corpse to vanish.

Must be a South Australian franchise: ‘Duct tape and chains? Yes sir, Aisle 3 on the left, just past the barrels and quicklime….”

amortiser
amortiser
February 26, 2024 12:54 pm

One of the victims was a minor level AFL umpire who was going to officiate at a Swans-GWS scratch match.
Probably voluntary.

The AFL paid tribute to Baird on their Facebook page. He was a goal umpire who officiated in 62 AFL games. More than a minor level umpire but possibly a diversity appointment given the AFLs enthusiasm for pride round.

duncanm
duncanm
February 26, 2024 12:56 pm

Could be female acquaintance was the sister?

One of the two (female, Novocastrian) is/was a copper, too.

Sister worked for the force (not on the beat, afaik)

Lysander
Lysander
February 26, 2024 12:56 pm

Gay Twitter (I make this sort of deep dive so nobody else has to) tells me

Chrissy Pyne was unavailable for comment?

Dot
Dot
February 26, 2024 12:56 pm

Lithgow to Central is a 2 hr 51 minute trip AFAIK.

This is not normal – or at least it shouldn’t be.

JC
JC
February 26, 2024 12:58 pm

Dot

Years ago I read that only 15% of daily commutes are to the CBD.

Vicki
Vicki
February 26, 2024 12:58 pm

I reckon Paddington and Woollahra are the two best suburbs in Australia. I can understand some people prefer less density but they’re just abnormal.

As a young thing, I worked in the area & always intended to live there eventually. These days – the suburbs still have their charm. But the once vaunted proximity to the city has been diminished by the parking problems and increased density.

I think the suburbs that have proximity to Sydney Harbour are now preferable since the calming views and (on the north side) the bush provide a respite from the “incidents” of the inner city suburbs.

Farmer Gez
Farmer Gez
February 26, 2024 1:00 pm

Vicki
AEMO has carefully considered the beauty of Mudgee and the surrounding districts and has firm plans to destroy it as soon as possible.

Dot
Dot
February 26, 2024 1:02 pm

Sure, but how far away from non metropolitan areas are Parramatta, Manly, North Sydney, Camperdown etc?

A cause of this mess is the confluence of high PS wages, the concentration of jobs in State capitals and too few States, as well as the size of government and the far lowrer (even negative) productivity of government workers.

Then we have the exorbitant taxes on residential development.

JC
JC
February 26, 2024 1:05 pm

A cause of this mess is the confluence of high PS wages, the concentration of jobs in State capitals and too few States, as well as the size of government and the far lowrer (even negative) productivity of government workers.

How about inflexibility of wage rates. Award wages are the same in inner city Sydney as they are in regional Tasmania.

Vicki
Vicki
February 26, 2024 1:05 pm

Lithgow to Central is a 2 hr 51 minute trip AFAIK.

Dot, not sure what AKAIK means. The trip by car is 2 hrs from Sydney Harbour Bridge to Lithgow. That is too long a daily commute. However, I was thinking of those who may work in the Penrith/St Marys/Werrington etc locale – which is approximately 1 hr drive from Lithgow.

Rabz
February 26, 2024 1:05 pm

the average fulltime salary … is now the biggest driver of consumer price inflation, undercutting claims widespread corporate profit gouging is to blame

Who else (apart from the loons nominated above) might be making these claims, I wonder? Oh of course – this pair of irredeemable idiots.

Top Ender
Top Ender
February 26, 2024 1:05 pm

’m curious as to the purpose of an angle grinder in the murders.

Hyphen-Soybean seems to have a completely different logic set implanted in his mind. Or maybe missing entirely.

Buys angle grinder to cut off padlock to replace it with his own. Was he thinking his country dumping ground would remain a secret?

Obtains easy to spot van and drives it around for hours in full view of road cameras etc.

Does not burn van in which he transferred the deceased. Gives the forensic team a heap to work with.

Involved at least two assistants to carry out his plans. Two more witnesses against him

Kills the deceased with a police handgun which he takes out of a closely monitored storage, and then returns it. Presumably he lacked the courage to kill them any other way, and perhaps the knowledge too.

Very low IQ and inability to plan anything properly?

JC
JC
February 26, 2024 1:07 pm

There’s no opportunity for a business serving customers at distances from setting up in regional towns. Labor cost arbitrage won’t allow you. In fact it would be more costly to do so because of transportation costs.

Miltonf
Miltonf
February 26, 2024 1:09 pm

Agree with you about Mudgee Vicki. God’s country. Just so so lovely. The honey place is beaut. 1 Hill End road.

Vicki
Vicki
February 26, 2024 1:10 pm

AEMO has carefully considered the beauty of Mudgee and the surrounding districts and has firm plans to destroy it as soon as possible.

Not without a fight from those who love it. I don’t think the planned solar farm on the outskirts of Mudgee has “got up”. There is a horrendous one to the north – but is relatively hidden from the road – a small concession – & I don’t think it is in prime land.

But you are right – you have to watch them like a hawk. The example of the desecration of the solar farm near Wellington has terrified everyone.

Farmer Gez
Farmer Gez
February 26, 2024 1:11 pm

Gay coppers will definitely take part in the Mardi Gras according to lady Commish.
It’s all in the very best of taste.

Dot
Dot
February 26, 2024 1:13 pm

Fortunately as a self taught handyman and avid fisho I have a lot of buckets, metal weights, a dodgy ankle grinder, bags of unused cement…cable ties…no powder actuated nail gun though.

He should have bought a beater for cash over market no questions asked from migrants with piss poor Engrish, non sequential notes.

Roger
Roger
February 26, 2024 1:15 pm

…the loons nominated above…

‘Treasury shares crack pipe with RBA’

(MacroBusiness headline today.)

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
February 26, 2024 1:16 pm

Involved at least two assistants to carry out his plans. Two more witnesses against him

It seems he took the first one (female) along for the dumping trip. According to her story, she knew nafink and provided no practical assistance. But is now a witness who can point to the location of the bodies for no practical gain on his behalf.
As for borrowing a hose?
Just use any random hose from a block of flats or front yard. If challenged say “Oh, isn’t this 64 Smith St? I am just dropping off the van to a friend of a friend and giving it a quick wash out before he uses it. Oh, Smith St is the next street across? Sorry.”
Or, better still, a few litres of ULP and a box of matches.

Pogria
Pogria
February 26, 2024 1:16 pm

In keeping with the unbelievable stupidity of this GayPol, I wound venture that the property where he and “friend”, decided to dump the bodies, is, in all probability, the neighbouring farm to someone they know.
You know it makes sense. “Hey, you know Bob what lives in Bungonia?” “Yeah, what about him?”.
“Well, why don’t we dump the stuff on his neighbour’s farm in one of the dams. No one would ever guess! hehehe”

JC
JC
February 26, 2024 1:18 pm

Look at the market place setting the wage differential.

As of Feb 17, 2024, t the majority of Hourly salaries currently range between $27.36 (25th percentile) to $30.53 (75th percentile) in New York.

Ohio

As of Feb 15, 2024, the average hourly pay for a General Labor in Ohio is $15.17 an hour.

and

The federal mini wage is set low enough for the market to set wage rates.

$7.25 per hour
The federal minimum wage for covered nonexempt employees is $7.25 per hour.

We don’t have that luxury in Australia.

Alamak!
Alamak!
February 26, 2024 1:19 pm

“HTF did Nvidia obtain a US$2 trillion valuation?”

They have 2 main business segments – Graphics (as described above i.e. GPUs) and Compute/Networking which includes special chips for AI, Robotics, Mobile devices and Autonomous vehicles. Graphics sells around $13Bn and Graphics $47Bn.

They have almost complete ownership of multiple of the hottest areas for tech innovation. Great or Lucky or both?

132andBush
132andBush
February 26, 2024 1:20 pm

I reckon Paddington and Woollahra are the two best suburbs in Australia. I can understand some people prefer less density but they’re just abnormal. ?

Lol

Bourne1879
Bourne1879
February 26, 2024 1:21 pm

His sister was a cop in Communications with only a couple of years service. Then mandated out for not taking vaccine.

Mum was a civilian working with the police.

Bourne1879
Bourne1879
February 26, 2024 1:22 pm

Musk is having fun on Twitter posting about Google’s AI disaster.

Vicki
Vicki
February 26, 2024 1:23 pm

Peter Smith has written a corker of an article on our civilisational decline.

https://quadrant.org.au/opinion/society/2024/02/gaslighting-gullibility-and-the-eroded-rule-of-law/

Pogria
Pogria
February 26, 2024 1:25 pm

Very low IQ and inability to plan anything properly?

Top Ender,
you have just described 100% of Senior Police Staff.

Winston Smith
February 26, 2024 1:26 pm

I wish people would stop calling Democrat and Labor Parties by those names.
Why not just call them Communists which is what they are, and stop them doing what Communists do – which is destroying economies then creating piles of bodies?
The West is going to have to shoot their way out of this mess – there’s not going to be an alternative.

duncanm
duncanm
February 26, 2024 1:28 pm

Vicki
Feb 26, 2024 12:51 PM
“Just live in Orange or Yass and commute to the city!”

That is what my Sydney physio does. Indeed, you can get a train from the Blue Mts or even Lithgow & commute easily to Sydney. Mind you, Lithgow is another land….but it is expanding rapidly, has a hospital & campuses for TAFE & uni.

there’s cheap housing to be had in some of declining mining/electricity towns nearby, too.

Can’t say they’d be a good investment.. but they have their attractions.

Dot
Dot
February 26, 2024 1:34 pm

How about inflexibility of wage rates. Award wages are the same in inner city Sydney as they are in regional Tasmania.

Excellent point.

Winston Smith
February 26, 2024 1:41 pm

Crossie
Feb 26, 2024 10:10 AM

Hasn’t he also been revealed as someone with a habit of using his fists on women?

That’s why the police were there that day, to stop Walker from beating the crap out of the womenfolk. How hypocritical can you be to now cry the crocodile tears over the perpetrator. Are they saying he was right to attack them?

It’s a replay of Saint George Floyd. It’s all about the skin colour – victims are just collateral damage. Especially if they’re White.
The Australian Aboriginal has no value to the Communists – they’re just political statements waiting to be made.

Crossie
Crossie
February 26, 2024 1:57 pm

Have you seen Whitlam’s house in Cabramatta?

By the aspirational standards of the day it was nice but fairly standard.

That was not his principal residence, merely a house he had there to qualify for the ultra safe Labor seat of Werriwa, as it was then.

Lysander
Lysander
February 26, 2024 2:00 pm

When you’re looking at a Labor primary of about 34 and a Liberal primary of about 36, I’m beginning to wonder if Australia is entering an “Italian” style of parliamentary governing. There’s 30% of people out there that give their first preference to minor parties, which is huge.

I understand that these votes still tend to make their way back to the uniparty but it’s going to make future Senates “very interesting….”

Roger
Roger
February 26, 2024 2:08 pm

That was not his principal residence, merely a house he had there to qualify for the ultra safe Labor seat of Werriwa, as it was then.

It was from 1955. The young family moved from Cronulla and lived there until Whitlam became PM.

Diogenes
Diogenes
February 26, 2024 2:08 pm

“Just live in Orange or Yass and commute to the city!”

When I lived at Tweed Heads many many years ago, there were numerous legal types used to fly Cooly to Melb or Sunny and return for work.

Winston Smith
February 26, 2024 2:11 pm

Roger
Feb 26, 2024 12:52 PM

Paywalled at The Telegraph (UK):

Almost three-quarters of Iranians want a secular government instead of a theocratic dictatorship, an anonymous state-run poll has revealed…

The Iranian people will do as they’re told or suffer the consequences of the people appointed by Allah to root out iniquity.
It will require a monumental act of stupidity by the government to get enough of a mass of the citizenry to stack the Ayatollahs and the Republican Guard like cordwood.

Crossie
Crossie
February 26, 2024 2:14 pm

Farmer Gez
Feb 26, 2024 1:00 PM
Vicki
AEMO has carefully considered the beauty of Mudgee and the surrounding districts and has firm plans to destroy it as soon as possible.

What a shame, a friend’s daughter and family moved there recently and are happy with the town.

Pogria
Pogria
February 26, 2024 2:24 pm

Crossie,
I looked at a place at Mudgee, near the little village of Lue, before I bought my current property near Goulburn.
The house at Mudgee was bigger and not to old and a hundred thousand less than the one I bought. This place I have now had a bore and very fertile soil. The Mudgee property didn’t even have a dam and the land was very stony. But what really swung it for me, 2 hours from Camden versus 4 hours to Mudgee.

Two hours either way is an easy trip for one day. Family and friends visit regularly. Four hours, and you are into planning to stay the weekend territory. Nothing wrong with that, I love it when people stay, but a two hour drive is easier for spur-of-the-moment day trips.

Love Mudgee though.

Crossie
Crossie
February 26, 2024 2:24 pm

Lysander
Feb 26, 2024 2:00 PM
When you’re looking at a Labor primary of about 34 and a Liberal primary of about 36, I’m beginning to wonder if Australia is entering an “Italian” style of parliamentary governing. There’s 30% of people out there that give their first preference to minor parties, which is huge.

I understand that these votes still tend to make their way back to the uniparty but it’s going to make future Senates “very interesting….”

This is where being Labor-lite leads. Liberals could once again be in the high 40s, all they have to do is listen to the voters and adopt policies they like. The second step is to ignore Labor and media squealing since they will do that no matter what Libs say.

Crossie
Crossie
February 26, 2024 2:28 pm

But what really swung it for me, 2 hours from Camden versus 4 hours to Mudgee.

Two hours either way is an easy trip for one day. Family and friends visit regularly. Four hours, and you are into planning to stay the weekend territory.

Pogria, the distance from Sydney and the rest of the family is a factor. Visits either way involve a whole weekend however, it’s still a novelty and therefore not arduous.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
February 26, 2024 2:28 pm

Iodine Betty at 1:26.

The West is going to have to shoot their way out of this mess – there’s not going to be an alternative.

God, everything is a shoot-em-up with you.
Stop being a drama queen.
You are starting to sound like Constable Hyphen-Soyboy.
Time for the St Ruth questionnaire.

Who are you going to shoot?
Who will decide he gets shot and who gets spared?
Who does the shooting?

Lysander
Lysander
February 26, 2024 2:29 pm

Agree Crossie and I think Dutts has gone **some** way to delivering on this but he needs to keep up the fight and get the “wets” out of preselection races!!!

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