Open Thread – Thurs 11 April 2024


The Pork Butcher, Camille Pissarro, 1883

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Pogria
Pogria
April 11, 2024 7:54 pm

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Miltonf
Miltonf
April 11, 2024 7:55 pm

you seem to be in some fantasy land

I work on a greasy shop floor

chrisl
chrisl
April 11, 2024 8:12 pm

When the man who invented the hokey pokey died , they had a lot of trouble getting him into his coffin…
They put his left foot in , he took his left foot out …

JC
JC
April 11, 2024 8:17 pm

We had dinner with my kid this evening, and he asked me if I’d watched the Netflix series, Homicide New York, real homicide police stories produced by the same dude that did Law & Order, Dick Wolfe.

There’s one episode called “Midtown Slasher” about a guy who was killed in his office one evening in the most grizzly way. I won’t give away the storyline. The victim’s son was in the same school—a grade above my kid. I have watched it and it’s really well done, so I recommend it.

Last edited 2 months ago by JC
Colonel Crispin Berka
Colonel Crispin Berka
April 11, 2024 8:27 pm

@dover
what is the formula for the # comments per page?
Is it 300 top-level comments not counting nested replies?

Johnny Rotten
Johnny Rotten
April 11, 2024 8:41 pm

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Johnny Rotten
Johnny Rotten
April 11, 2024 8:44 pm

The Hokey Pokey – Old Style –

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

Johnny Rotten
Johnny Rotten
April 11, 2024 8:50 pm

Here is a couple of experiments for the Climate Alarmists.

1. Turn off the Sun and see what impact that CO2 has on the climate

2. Go to a Greenhouse where they pump in CO2 to grow the plants/crops

Please get back to me with the results

My number is CSIROGONEWRONG

LOL

Johnny Rotten
Johnny Rotten
April 11, 2024 9:00 pm

And this one is for Tennis Elbow and the Dreamtime Team of Chooks –

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r3z54SZsLsA

Johnny Rotten
Johnny Rotten
April 11, 2024 9:05 pm

And rule number one is –

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bNBy1D1Y0h4

Johnny Rotten
Johnny Rotten
April 11, 2024 9:17 pm

And this is a car chase with no computer graphics –

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FJZ-BHBKyos

Johnny Rotten
Johnny Rotten
April 11, 2024 9:58 pm

I see that the self appointed milk monitor is on an earlier Open Fred. Doesn’t even know what day it is. Dipstick indeed.

Indolent
Indolent
April 11, 2024 9:59 pm
thefrollickingmole
thefrollickingmole
April 11, 2024 10:01 pm

Pic a bit big, so here’s a tweet version of a little buddy I found on fly out day
https://x.com/frollickingmole/status/1778364883832357225

cohenite
April 11, 2024 10:11 pm

Senator Babet puts up the Tucker video discussing the swamp killing Trump:

Facebook

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
April 11, 2024 10:40 pm

Israel lashed yet SAS victims ‘destitute’ with compensation yet to be paid to Afghan families
By ben packham

  • Foreign Affairs and Defence Correspondent
  • 7:18PM April 11, 2024

Anthony Albanese’s demand for “full accountability” from Israel on aid worker Zomi Frankcom’s death comes as the government drags its feet on compensating the families of 39 Afghans killed by ­alleged Australian war criminals.
The November 2020 Brereton report recommended the government compensate the families of those wrongfully killed by Australian special forces in Afghanistan, without waiting to establish criminal liability for the killings.
Three and a half years on, ­Defence has told The Australian that a “pathway” to providing compensation has been agreed, but details are yet to be finalised.
UN special rapporteur on human rights and counter-terrorism Ben Saul said Australia’s ­response to the Brereton recommendation had been “sclerotic and inexcusable”, leaving the victims’ families “destitute”.
“Australia is required by international law to compensate for unlawful killings,” Professor Saul said. “The government could pay through neutral humanitarian ­actors. There is no objection from the Taliban, (and) paying would not imply recognition of the Taliban government or infringe any sanctions or terror finance laws.”
Wollongong University international law professor Greg Rose said Australia’s drawn-out ­approach stood in contrast to ­Israel’s immediate probe into the deaths of seven aid workers last week. “The rapidity of Israel’s response would leave Australia as a shadow in the dust in the far distance behind,” he said
The Prime Minister says he ­expects Israel to fully co-operate with Australia’s special adviser on the deaths of Ms Frankcom and six colleagues killed in an Israel airstrike last week, including through the provision of classified documents.
Australia’s doctrine on the law of armed conflict tolerates civilian casualties if they are proportionate to the military objectives and sufficient precautions are taken

theaustralian.com.au02:30

‘Very tough week’: Australia and Israel’s relationship strained after Penny Wong remarksIt’s been a very tough week for the bilateral relationship between Australia and Israel, says Australia Israel and… Jewish Affairs Council Joel Burnie. His remarks come as Foreign Minister Penny Wong has called for the recognition of a Palestinian state. “The rhetoric from the Australian government has certainly intensified after More
A 2006 update on the doctrine noted the ADF’s targeting of residences and convoys to search for Taliban commanders required “consequent acceptance of non-combatant casualties as a necessary proportionate risk to achieve the military objective”.
Professor Saul said Australia’s interpretation of the laws of war was robust, and cultural and leadership failures in Afghanistan were “hopefully being addressed”.
Amid the fallout from Foreign Minister Penny Wong’s speech floating Australian recognition a Palestinian state, the Prime Minister insisted on Thursday that a Hamas-free Gaza was possible as a prerequisite for Palestinian statehood. The Prime Minister rejected a suggestion that separating the terrorist group from a Palestinian state was “just about impossible”.
“Well, that’s not right. That’s not right,” Mr Albanese told Nine’s Today show.
But the head of the General Delegation of Palestine to Australia, Izzat Abdulhadi, said the terrorist group that slaughtered 1200 people and took more than 250 hostages would never be removed from Gaza. “You can weaken their military capabilities, but Hamas is a part of the Palestinian people,” he told ABC radio. “Hamas is a philosophy. Hamas is an idea.”
Senator Wong sparked anger in the Jewish community and among Labor supporters of Israel with a speech on Tuesday arguing Palestinian statehood was a necessary step along the “pathway” to a two-state solution.
She said putting Palestinian statehood at the end of the process had failed for the past 30 years.

Megan
Megan
April 12, 2024 12:33 am

She said putting Palestinian statehood at the end of the process had failed for the past 30 years.

What an utterly infantile statement. Ignorance writ exceedingly large.

Tom
Tom
April 12, 2024 4:00 am
Tom
Tom
April 12, 2024 4:01 am
Tom
Tom
April 12, 2024 4:01 am

Brett Lethbridge.

Tom
Tom
April 12, 2024 4:02 am
rosie
rosie
April 12, 2024 4:03 am

“What an utterly infantile statement. Ignorance writ exceedingly large”
I agree. Is Wong suggesting that Hamas should now be rewarded with a state?

Tom
Tom
April 12, 2024 4:03 am
Tom
Tom
April 12, 2024 4:04 am
Tom
Tom
April 12, 2024 4:05 am
Tom
Tom
April 12, 2024 4:06 am
Tom
Tom
April 12, 2024 4:06 am
Tom
Tom
April 12, 2024 4:07 am
Tom
Tom
April 12, 2024 4:08 am
Tom
Tom
April 12, 2024 4:09 am
Tom
Tom
April 12, 2024 4:10 am
Tom
Tom
April 12, 2024 4:10 am
DrBeauGan
DrBeauGan
April 12, 2024 5:03 am

Thanks, Tom.

Bourne1879
Bourne1879
April 12, 2024 6:02 am

I must have missed it but is it correct that Israel had not agreed to the Special adviser/ investigator idea before Penny Wong announced it was going to be a former CDF?

rosie
rosie
April 12, 2024 6:18 am

Who calls you to offer condolences on the deaths of your terror trio
https://twitter.com/IsraelWarRoom/status/1778130480715436471?t=3yyMdht5f7PCuxtGi4PzNA&s=19

rosie
rosie
April 12, 2024 6:19 am
Steve trickler
Steve trickler
April 12, 2024 6:53 am

Oops.

I f*cked up big time today. I put the front of the car into 8T flatbed rushing into a slip lane.

I am a d*ckhead.

rosie
rosie
April 12, 2024 6:58 am

One might be tempted to ask , tell us something we don’t know.

A costly error.
Ouch.

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
April 12, 2024 6:58 am

It seems OJ Simpson has shuffled off this mortal coil.

He was of course best known for Naked Gun movies, and being represented by Jackie Chiles for something or other.

I am shocked and chagrined.

Mak Siccar
Mak Siccar
April 12, 2024 7:14 am

The threat of domestic terrorism pays off as the invertebrate University administration capitulates. I despair.
In today’s Oz.

https://www.theaustralian.com.au/higher-education/university-of-melbourne-caves-as-israeli-academic-silenced/news-story/98e35ca8addaa76437c3d39988ab1e55

One of Australia’s most prestigious universities has cancelled a speech by an Israeli engineering academic after it had been advised the event would be ­“severely disrupted”.

Professor Tal Shima, an aerospace engineer, had been scheduled to speak to a small gathering of staff and students at Melbourne University’s engineering faculty on Thursday, but the lecture was abruptly cancelled. 
The Australian understands the faculty made the decision to cancel following a number of threats to disrupt it.
The pro-Palestinian group UniMelbforPalestine demanded the event be cancelled, citing Professor Shima’s position at the Israeli Institute of Technology. The professor has, among other roles, been dean of aerospace ­engineering, which the group claimed involved “researching weapons” used by Israel and which meant he had been ­“directly involved in the slaughter of Palestinians in Gaza”.
It also claimed research ­organisations he worked for had been funded by the Israeli Ministry of Defence and the US Air Force.
On Thursday the Instagram page of the group – “a grassroots collective of University of Melbourne students, staff and alumni organising on campus for a free Palestine” – boasted that the event had been cancelled.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
April 12, 2024 7:25 am

Save the spirit whales!

‘Spirit Whales’ (which ‘no-one believes exist’) hold up Australia’s most expensive energy project (11 Apr)

Work on Australia’s most expensive resources project has been halted because of the danger it poses to Spirit Whales.

Woodside Energy Group has been ordered to halt work on a $16b gas project off the coast of Western Australia that, if completed, will power 8.5 million homes for the next 30 years.

Kill the real whales!

Whales die while Dominion Energy hides crucial information (10 Apr)

This request is after the reported death March 30 of a critically endangered North Atlantic right whale near Virginia Beach—a female that was accompanied by a newborn calf. This marks the fourth documented North Atlantic Right Whale death in US waters this year. Researchers say there are as few as 350 right whales left in the North Atlantic, with only 70 of those animals being females capable of weaning a calf. …

On March 24, Heartland, CFACT, and NLPC filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia seeking a preliminary injunction to stop Dominion Energy’s massive wind turbine project off the shore of Virginia.

I’m old enough to recall the Greens being all excited by Save the Whales in the seventies, now they are exterminating them with offshore wind farms. Do dead real whales come back as spirit whales? We should ask Bruce Pascoe.

calli
calli
April 12, 2024 7:27 am

A meme to sum up this week in Labor-land.

calli
calli
April 12, 2024 7:28 am

Missed the best bit.

well-thats-a-level-of-incompetent-weve-not-seen-before-coffee-ecard
Black Ball
Black Ball
April 12, 2024 7:31 am

But but but save $275 dollars on your electricity bill! Daily Telegraph:

NSW households face paying at least $20 a year extra on their electricity bills after a blowout in the already massive cost of a new privately-owned transmission line to the troubled Snowy Hydro 2.0 project.

Documents recently published on the website of the Australian Energy Regulator (AER) also reveal small businesses are likely to have to fork out $50 annually for the 365km line.

The line is called HumeLink and it will be the property of Transgrid, whose key shareholders include a subsidiary of the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority and a Canadian superannuation fund.

Despite being privately owned, over several decades customers will repay the cost of building HumeLink — through power bills.

And that cost is skyrocketing.

In January 2020, Transgrid first estimated HumeLink’s expense would be $1.35bn. That rose to $3.3bn in 2021.

Now, Transgrid is asking the AER to approve an outlay of nearly $5bn.

Critics argue that won’t be the final cost, based on the rapid escalation over the past four years.

“It’s highly likely to be much more than that,” said former ING bank chairman Mike Katz, whose cattle farm is in HumeLink’s intended path.

If HumeLink’s budget does rise further, it would increase the amount customers have to pay through power bills.

Despite the blowout, Transgrid estimates HumeLink will have a $1bn-plus net benefit for households and businesses by lowering wholesale energy costs.

The AER has to approve the project costs and Transgrid must then make a final decision to go ahead.

HumeLink will consist of towers of up to 76 metres, which is taller than the Opera House. The towers will be spaced 300 to 600m apart.

Landowners will be compensated for hosting the line.

Mr Katz said what he had been offered was less than half what his valuer said was fair. He said the offer had to be kept confidential. An extra payment of $200,000 per km of line has been put forward to all landowners.

They want the line to go underground instead.

That appears unlikely. Last year a NSW parliament committee was told the cost of going subterranean would be 3.5 times higher.

The documents Transgrid has lodged with the AER say HumeLink stage one “early works” will add $2.80 a year to bills for residential customers and $10.45 annually for small businesses while stage two “delivery” costs will add $20.52 a year for households and $40.78 annually for SMEs.

A Transgrid spokeswoman said it was “keeping the cost to consumers as low as possible as it delivers the transmission projects identified by the Commonwealth and NSW governments as critical to enabling their clean energy vision.

“Given the cost-of-living pressures being experienced by consumers, Transgrid is committed to doing everything it can to put downward pressure on energy costs,” she said.

Other documents Transgrid filed earlier with the AER say its transmission costs for NSW’s renewable energy zones will add $16.81 a year to residential bills and $36.04 annually for small businesses.

The Daily Telegraph recently revealed the recovery of power distributors’ renewable energy zone costs would bump up bills by $20 to $58 a year for households.

Snowy Hydro 2.0 is set to cost at least $12bn, versus a 2017 estimate of $2bn when it was announced by then Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. The pumped hydro project has been beset by problems, including that one of the tunnel boring machines was stuck for a year.

Seems a feature, not a bug, to have monumental cost blowouts on ‘renewable’ energy projects.
And landowners don’t host the lines, they have the valuation of their properties diminished by these eyesores.
It really is a clusterphuck of proportions large enough to have private sector employees sacked on the spot to display such ineptitude.
And will of course beset the next project on the horizon.

Steve trickler
Steve trickler
April 12, 2024 7:32 am

rosie
 April 12, 2024 6:58 am

One might be tempted to ask , tell us something we don’t know.
A costly error.
Ouch.

Who are you dirececty that outing out?

Steve trickler
Steve trickler
April 12, 2024 7:36 am

directly

rosie
rosie
April 12, 2024 7:36 am

The day we’ve been waiting for but keep bending the knee, Penny. https://twitter.com/MenachemV/status/1777889272034726236?t=S1uQqBO_TgF49foicijSbQ&s=19

rosie
rosie
April 12, 2024 7:42 am

I think the context here is that as a non believing Arab in Israel he is free to sit and eat lunch during Ramadan.
https://twitter.com/DocumentIsrael/status/1777795037385867324?t=Out3G33i1Fa9yF88HFhCjQ&s=19

Indolent
Indolent
April 12, 2024 7:43 am
Indolent
Indolent
April 12, 2024 7:50 am
Black Ball
Black Ball
April 12, 2024 7:54 am

Spirit Whales. FMD hitherto unknown.
This land has all the stuff that should make us resource independent. We’ve got oil and gas and coal and uranium and everything else that should ensure comfortable living.
Yet here we are, foisted upon us by clueless imbeciles. What a country.

rosie
rosie
April 12, 2024 7:55 am

Who else got Bingo this morning?

Black Ball
Black Ball
April 12, 2024 8:03 am
Indolent
Indolent
April 12, 2024 8:06 am
Indolent
Indolent
April 12, 2024 8:15 am

@TexasLindsay_

STATE-RUN MEDIA: Journalist Sharyl Attkisson says in her experience at CBS the government intervened in news coverage everyday.

She says CBS was constantly pressured by members of Congress, the White House & the intel agencies on what stories CBS should or should not cover.

Indolent
Indolent
April 12, 2024 8:17 am

They have another week to renew FISA and I’m willing to bet they’ll find a way to do so.

@catturd2

Fact … the corrupt FBI used FISA to try to illegally take down a sitting President.

There was only one arrest and he got a slap on the wrist. All the other participants of this treasonous coup have gone unpunished and were given book deals and are panelist on CNN and fake news networks.

Republicans in Congress – “Let’s renew it because of Al- Qaeda.” Trust us! Give me a break.

Tell me again, why do I vote Republican?

They sell us out EVERY DAMN TIME!

After they sell us out for the deep state on FISA, they’ll move on to fully funding Ukraine.

I loathe these sellout war pig frauds.

Roger
Roger
April 12, 2024 8:18 am

Future Liberal govt would have ‘zero tolerance’ for anti-Semitism in Australia: Peter Dutton

That’s just what Albanese said…before he gave 800 visas to Palestinians.

Roger
Roger
April 12, 2024 8:25 am

A meme to sum up this week in Labor-land.

Or…how about this:

anthony-albanese-facebook-04-1
Tom
Tom
April 12, 2024 8:27 am

Seems a feature, not a bug, to have monumental cost blowouts on ‘renewable’ energy projects.

Just like leftwing governments (e.g. Dan Andrews’ Victoria and Elbow’s Australia) those running the renewables scam (the cream on top of the invented climate scam) are hopeless at dealing with money and economics because they’re essentially communist activists whose main objective is to destroy the capitalist free market.

The useful idiots who support them couldn’t care less because most of them are rich, Green-voting property millionaires unaffected by little people’s problems like the cost-of-living crisis.

shatterzzz
April 12, 2024 8:28 am

Israeli Media Says Iran Postponed Attack ‘At Last Minute’ Due To Threat Of US Intervention

Iran “postponed” their attack cos they overreached this time .. alwayz using proxies to get at Israel but this time they believed their own publicity and made the threat off their own bat ……. silly, silly folk! … they were about to learn what happens when you threaten Israel directly .. just like Hamas ..!
Israel is being diplomatic .. again .. LOL!

Last edited 2 months ago by shatterzzz
Kneel
Kneel
April 12, 2024 8:29 am

“How do we stop these free speech haters?”

In a word – ridicule.
Point out their ridiculousness – every time.
Point out their hypocrisy – every time.
Laugh at them – long and hard.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
April 12, 2024 8:33 am

‘Good riddance’: Fallen star OJ Simpson deadOJ Simpson, the former US football great who was acquitted over the brutal murders of his ex-wife and her friend in a case that divided America has died – but not everyone is sorry.

From the Hun.

Makka
Makka
April 12, 2024 8:36 am

because they’re essentially communist activists whose main objective is to destroy the capitalist free market.

But only after they fill their pockets and scam the productive economy to death, Tom. Commos they are but that’s just a label. Parasites is a better descriptor. Communism is their MO but they believe in capitalism’s ethos of gathering (their way is confiscating) wealth. From the proletariat – us.

Indolent
Indolent
April 12, 2024 8:36 am

The translation from Japanese might be a bit clumsy but the meaning is clear enough. They are rushing create a new pandemic and another new, untested “vaccine”.
A Message from Japan to the World – by Professor Masayasu Inoue.

Thank you very much for giving me this valuable opportunity to send my message about human rights abuse in the time of COVID-19. My name is Masayasu Inoue, Professor Emeritus of Osaka City University Medical School. My specialty is Molecular Pathology and Medicine.

The pandemic was used as a false pretext by the WHO to drive vaccinations of all peoples in the world. A plan was set up to shorten the time to develop vaccines, which usually takes longer than ten years to less than one year. Operation Warp Speed. This operation was used to cover up the misconceptions of the genetic vaccines. Under the pretext of saving time, an extremely dangerous method was selected.

That is, intramuscular injection of viral genes to produce toxic spike proteins directly in human tissues to stimulate immune system. Because this is a completely new method and misconceived method that has never applied before in human history, it is impossible, therefore, for most of doctors to give proper informed consent. However, due to irresponsible government and media campaigns to promote vaccines, 80% of the Japanese has been vaccinated.

Unfortunately, seven shots have been done so far. This is the most and worst in the world. And the result was the induction of the terrible drug induced injury that has never seen in human history. I believe that the fraudulent use of experimental gene therapy to healthy people, particularly to healthy children, is an extreme violation of human rights. However, Keizo Takemi, Japanese Minister of Health, Labor and Welfare, has been insisting that there is no serious concern about the injury caused by genetic vaccines. And without learning from the current situation of injured patients, they plan to construct a new vaccine production system in preparation for the next pandemic. This is an unbelievable, crazy situation.

The Japanese government is first in the world to approve a new type of vaccine called self replication replicon vaccine, and plans to start to supply it in this fall and winter. The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry is providing a huge amount of subsidies for this project. And factories to produce new vaccines are being built one after another in Japan. I visited these factories directly.

Furthermore, the Japanese government is currently soliciting large scale clinical trials worth $900 million from pharmaceutical companies that are taking on the challenge of developing vaccines to prepare for the next pandemic by Disease X proposed during the Davos conference this year. It is speculated that the movement by the Japanese government is part of CEPI Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovation’s 100 days mission, which aims to shorten the time to one third of Operation Warp Speed. Namely, they are trying to shorten the vaccine business cycle by developing a vaccine in hundreds of days. This is possible only by ignoring the human rights perspective. Amendments to the WHO, International Health Regulation (IHR), and the so called Pandemic Treaty, which are about to be adopted at the 77th World Health assembly this year, are attempting to give rationality and legal binding force to such unscientific and dangerous crazy plans.

If such things continue, there is high risk that Japan made vaccines will be exported under the guise for false trust. If Japan were to become a vaccine perpetrator, it would leave irreparable harm to future generations. Therefore, the actions of Japanese government MUST BE STOPPED by international collaborations.

Although it has already been three years since I started to give lectures to educate Japanese people about the dangers of vaccines, it is still difficult to penetrate through the sound barriers of mainstream media. If we tell the truth about vaccines on YouTube, it is deleted within a day. The reality is that we are facing censorship and speech suppression almost every day.

Therefore, I put my hope in the publication of a book with the last version of speech and published a book with a title “Withdraw From WHO” It is difficult to stop this movement because it is now politically hopeless to change the situation of the Japanese government. The message I would like to cover convey to the world is that when Disease X occurs in the future, you should never trust the Japan made vaccine that was developed in a short period of time in order to protect human rights in cases of control that transcend national boundaries.

I believe that sharing the truth and countries is so important and that this is a step towards unity and solidarity. Only through the process of information exchange between all countries in the world, we can find hope in the midst of despair. I do hope that my statement will help all of you to protect your healthy life and your family. Thank you very much for your attention.

Farmer Gez
Farmer Gez
April 12, 2024 8:36 am

Hume Link
The “compensation” to landholders is a one off payment for infrastructure that will impact the farm for many decades.
That compensation will be taxed as non farm income and cause a nice large blip in revenue that will attract high tax rates.
The $200,000 per km is over a twenty year period. That’s ten thousand per km per year and only costs the proponents 3.65 million per year on a multi billion dollar project. That easement gives them the right to bulldoze anything under those lines for over 120 metres and restrict any landholders nearby not in the easement from building any structures or using farm practices that could impact the line as well as those under the line. They also have the right to run a permit system covering any activity that farmers may wish to conduct in the zone. This includes height restrictions of machinery and limiting farming activities to weather conditions that they deem is safe. Twenty eight degrees is already enforced in the Western District by companies with existing easements as the top temperature for harvesting crops. Your only complaint avenue is through the same companies complaints department. The government offers no dependant ombudsman.
You get to pay for the whole thing.
The AER has required no review of gross cost blowouts. They’re meant to but the fix is in at all levels, so they won’t.

feelthebern
feelthebern
April 12, 2024 8:36 am

Bipartisan push to stop NIH pain tests on cats and dogs

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/washington-secrets/2962303/bipartisan-push-to-stop-nih-pain-tests-on-cats-and-dogs/

About time.
Before long, research is going to go from rodent to human.

shatterzzz
April 12, 2024 8:38 am

Looking at the Leake cartoon and thinking of the largest recycler of plastic into plastic resin which is about to shut up shop in Melbourne & Sydney, due to high energy costs, 100s of jobs on the line .. bu, at least, instead of “learning to code” those wukkas can grab one of Luigi & blackout’s 1000s of “green” jerbs that’ll soon be available ……..

Crossie
Crossie
April 12, 2024 8:46 am

The line is called HumeLink and it will be the property of Transgrid, whose key shareholders include a subsidiary of the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority and a Canadian superannuation fund.

The original Snowy Hydro Scheme was also funded by taxpayers but at least it remained in taxpayers’ ownership. Now we still pay for everything but foreigners end up owning the new extension. What would you say of our current leaders, stupid or corrupt?

Eyrie
Eyrie
April 12, 2024 8:48 am

We’ve got oil and gas and coal and uranium and everything else that should ensure comfortable living.

Comfortable living be stuffed. If we were halfway smart we’d be filthy rich.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
April 12, 2024 8:48 am

UN climate chief presses for faster action, says humans have 2 years left ‘to save the world’

Not sure if it’ll render but it was fun when I saw it this morning:

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Fq9sbeoWAAMnVEZ?format=png&name=small

Farmer Gez
Farmer Gez
April 12, 2024 8:51 am

It’s a giant taxpayer guaranteed investment scheme Crossie.
Producing affordable electricity isn’t a primary driver.

Crossie
Crossie
April 12, 2024 8:51 am

Indolent

 April 12, 2024 8:03 am

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis privately tells donors he plans to fundraise for Trump

That sounds like a pretty good indicator that he may have been tapped on the shoulder for VP regardless of their public animosity during the primaries. The other possibility is that DeSantis will need a job with the Trump admin when his governor’s term expires so getting into Trump’s good books is necessary.

Jock
Jock
April 12, 2024 8:51 am

Black ball.
It gets worse with snowy 2 and humegrid. Snowy 2 was originally designed with a bigger dam. That has been reduced by 20%. So as a peaked it will not be able to generate for as long. Added to this is that during a drought in that area it will not be able to be used as much. Essentially the humbling could be empty most of the time. Snowy 2 is a peaked not a generator. It arbitrage electricity prices.
2 gas generators would be far less costly. And could be built close to existing transmission and gas pipelines. But oh! That’s right we haven’t got any gas and we are shuttering some gas generators.
Note that only 40% of a bill is electricity. The rest is metering, transmission and distribution. All regulated. They get paid even if the generators are stranded. It is indeed a set show. Any commercial organisation would go broke with snowy 2.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
April 12, 2024 8:52 am

Ah, no, it didn’t. She’s now deleted the tweet.

From this one today:

“Peak Coal? Hmm, How To Put It: No” (12 Apr)

Have you ever wondered why climate warrior Greta Thunberg rarely, if ever, protests China for being the world’s biggest polluter? …

Last year, China began constructing 70 gigawatts of new coal plants, which is almost 20 times the amount built in the rest of the world combined. …

The big question is why climate warriors ignore China and India, some of the world’s largest polluters.

It’s a mystery!

Crossie
Crossie
April 12, 2024 8:53 am

Indolent

 April 12, 2024 8:03 am

UN climate chief presses for faster action, says humans have 2 years left ‘to save the world’

Thats when the new Western Sydney Airport is meant to start operating. Pity, all that work and expense and the world ends.

Roger
Roger
April 12, 2024 9:01 am

Oh dear…even the ABC is pouring cold water on Albo’s revolution, interviewing Dr. Steven Hamilton, associate professor of economics at George Washington University, who points out that Australia has insurmountable obstacles to achieving the necessary scale of production in mass manufacturing required to compete in international markets.

“I thought we’d learned these lessons, but apparently not. The bad old days are back”, he says.

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Johnny Rotten
Johnny Rotten
April 12, 2024 9:05 am

Paging Blackout Bowen – Hello Bonehead – Low Cost Electricity –

The start of a much-delayed nuclear plant in Finland has helped bring down electricity prices by more than 75 per cent in the Nordic country. The Olkiluoto 3 (OL3), Europe’s first new nuclear plant in 16 years, began operating in April and is capable of meeting up to 15 per cent of the country’s power demand. Nuclear made up a third of Finland’s total electricity generation in 2021.

Average spot electricity prices in the country fell to €60.55 ($65.69) per megawatt hour in April from €245.98 per megawatt hour in December, a decrease of 75.38 per cent, according to Nord Pool, a physical electricity exchange.

https://www.thenationalnews.com/business/energy/2023/05/14/nuclear-power-helps-bring-down-electricity-prices-by-75-in-finland/#:~:text=Nuclear%20made%20up%20a%20third,Pool%2C%20a%20physical%20electricity%20exchange

Makka
Makka
April 12, 2024 9:07 am

From the FR;

The government’s hand-picked Productivity Commission chairwoman, Danielle Wood, says that without a well-defined exit strategy, the Future Made in Australia Act risks creating a class of businesses forever reliant on subsidies.

Ah yes, another ex-politician warehouse with fat salaries , wall to wall perks and fk all required to deliver.

Bobtheboozer
Bobtheboozer
April 12, 2024 9:08 am

Gold at $A3636.17 – the value of the A$ is dropping fast. Is it going to test $A 3800/oz?
Fuknose.

Crossie
Crossie
April 12, 2024 9:10 am

The useful idiots who support them couldn’t care less because most of them are rich, Green-voting property millionaires unaffected by little people’s problems like the cost-of-living crisis.

Whats more, almost all the green protesters are the pampered wives and children of the same rich, Green-voting property millionaires. All others are too busy working to be able to pay the rent or mortgages.

GreyRanga
GreyRanga
April 12, 2024 9:19 am

Roger mug file picture of two of the long line of useless politicians that made PM. Did Goof teach him all he knew? Most likely and AnAl is living proof Goof knew nothing.

mem
mem
April 12, 2024 9:19 am

What do AGL, Cannon- Brookes, Malcolm Turnbull and the Labor Party have in common? Bags of taxpayer’s money, it appears, to be funneled through new big solar and renewable energy fandangles whilst pretending to save the planet one billion at a time.https://www.afr.com/companies/energy/agl-energy-links-with-sundrive-for-solar-panel-push-20240328-p5ffvk

Roger
Roger
April 12, 2024 9:26 am

“Australians will have to pay more for energy in future.”

Alinta Energy CEO Jeff Dimery this week.

Hot on the heels of CSIRO and RedBridge surveys reporting that Australians are not willing to pay more for electricity and favour prioritising bill reductions over emissions reductions.

Kneel
Kneel
April 12, 2024 9:27 am

“She said putting Palestinian statehood at the end of the process had failed for the past 30 years.

What an utterly infantile statement. Ignorance writ exceedingly large.”

No, it’s quite accurate, in fact.
Israel has always been prepared to negotiate on this, the Pali’s have always rejected it.
Pali’s will again reject it, if asked – they are not interested in living in peace with their neighbors, they want to kill them all, subjugate them, or drive them all off their traditional lands.
No compromise is possible with these people – none.
When your “enemy” provides you with a fresh water pipeline, and you dig it up to build rockets from, you’re not a champion of “the people”, you are war-mongers, pure and simple. When the road to peace (Abraham accords) is seen as a threat to the powerful and all thoughts of keeping those who do not want to be involved in a war out of the conflict, let alone some of those being used as human shields (against all international law and norms, let alone ethics), when you block roads and mow down unarmed civilians just trying to escape, when you rape, pillage and plunder, when you shoot unarmed civilians in the back as they attempt to flee, when you take hostages and then torture and rape them, when you put a baby in an oven and leave it cook to death, you have no right to any sort of moral high ground – sorry, you just don’t.

Don’t get me wrong – there have been some truly awful things done by both sides in the current conflict. But my view is: the Pali’s (OK, ham-arse) started it, then when they ran out of rockets, immediately called for a truce. No – just no. Israel has been too soft – they should have gone full on and had it finished by now. Much as I hate to say it, all the Pali’s understand is force, and a brutal retaliation is all that will keep them under control – at least for a time. Yes, it’s distasteful, but it’s reality and we must face it.

The hypocrisy of the US in particular is stunning – how spastic did they go after 9-11. They spend 30 years trying to exact revenge and suppress the cult to enacted it. 10-7 was a larger percentage of the population killed and injured than 9-11 was. As I said before, IMO Israel should have given 24 hours notice, then used fuel/air explosives on one end, then do the same for the other end of Gaza – just flatten the whole lot and say “We will never initiate hostilities, but we will always respond with at least equal force and usually much, much more. You already know this, and this time it is no different. You can sue for peace if you want, but it will be unconditional surrender or complete destruction – your choice.”

Makka
Makka
April 12, 2024 9:28 am

Made in Australia plan risks forever subsidies
Have a read.

https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/made-in-australia-plan-risks-forever-subsidies-20240411-p5fiy7

Some notable quotes;

“We risk creating a class of businesses that is reliant on government subsidies, and that can be very effective in coming back for more.”(The plan revealed)

Mr Albanese said the free market alone was no longer adequate.(M: Of course. Central Planning works so much better.)

Treasurer Jim Chalmers has previously flagged plans to fast-track the process for “trusted investors”, such as pension funds, which have been previously approved for other acquisitions.( Its a Super raid-converting workers savings to incomes for maaaates.)

One government source cautioned against branding the new scheme as being all about subsidies and protectionism, saying when the full details are announced it will be more about incentives to lure capital.(Spin it right, don’t spook the horses)

Albo: “What it will mean is that compared with older manufacturing processes, there will be less jobs created per output,” he said.

“But what you’re comparing it with here isn’t an old form of manufacturing or a new, more efficient, more productive form, it’s whether we produce that new productive form of manufacturing here in Australia, or it’s offshore.

“It’s as simple as that.”( Says this clown who has never held a real job in his his whole parasitic life)

Dutton: “If you look at manufacturing in Australia now, it’s not made in Australia because it’s going broke,” he said.

The ACTU called the initiative an “historic step forward for workers, for the climate, and for every Australian who wants a fair go on a liveable planet”.

GreyRanga
GreyRanga
April 12, 2024 9:49 am

Quite honestly I don’t know why I look at this blog and read with interest the views of most of you share with me. It’s depressing, and in my lifetime I’ve only been depressed twice, each time for a period of about twenty minutes each, then carried on. Short of going postal I am at a loss of what to do. As Eyrie commented on BB’s comment, we should be “filthy rich”. When I came here in 79 I couldn’t believe how easy it was to make money. The Lucky Country it used to be called. No wonder, lucky a lot didn’t get sacked for being bludgers. As the welfare state took over this place has turned into a dump. Even though I despise Canberra, but have to live there due to family, it used be a clean and tidy place in the early 2000’s, only to have over twenty years of the Liars who’ve achieved zero. Labor are the muzzies of the Anglo world. Turn everything to shiite. They think they’re doing great strokes but the only thing they’re stroking is the wedding tackle.

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Rabz
April 12, 2024 9:50 am

Thanks Kneel – my sentiments exactly.

No quarter, no mercy.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
April 12, 2024 9:51 am

‘Pointless’: Howard blasts Sirius Building name changeTricia Rivera

Former prime minister John Howard has slammed a decision to change the name of the Department of Health’s headquarters over its colonial association, in a move he says is “pointless petulance”.
The Department of Health is planning to change the name of the building it occupies, known as the “Sirius Building”, named after the HMS Sirius, the flagship of the First Fleet.
“I hold in contempt this petulant, juvenile piece of anti-colonialism. It’s just pointless petulance,” Mr Howard told The Canberra Times.
The second building on the site, known as the Scarborough House, was named after the HMS Scarborough.
The building’s architect intended to commemorate the arrival of the first fleets and expressed disappointment over the move.
Other colonial reminders around the building have also been removed following complaints from public servants including names of ships in the First Fleet which were previously engraved on the walls.
The new name for the Sirius Building is expected to be chosen in the coming months.

“Pointless petulance.” Well said, that man.

Rabz
April 12, 2024 10:02 am

The ACTU called the initiative an “historic step forward for wukkas, for da climate, and for every Australian who wants a fair go on a liveable planet”

Union spokesthugs have always been an unfunny joke, but seriously? The statement above constitutes some semblance of sensible comment on this country’s many many (self inflicted) economic and social woes?

Idiots.

Dr Faustus
Dr Faustus
April 12, 2024 10:02 am

The line is called HumeLink and it will be the property of Transgrid, whose key shareholders include a subsidiary of the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority and a Canadian superannuation fund.

For those energy wonks willing to wade through detailed obfuscation, Transgrid itself reveals in its pricing submission to the AER exactly how juicy its operations are to portfolio investors – and how it benefits from bulking up capital investment in the grid infrastructure.

Without attempting a Finance 101 masterclass, Transgrid offers its investors an asset with a Beta of 0.6 (incredibly low risk), the ability to gear up to 80%+ on the back of government guarantees and strategic monopoly assets (boosted equity returns), and enhanced returns to equity thanks to the regulator accepting regulated charges based on early depreciation of long-life assets.

The wettest of wet dreams for portfolio investors – say, for instance, Australian government superannuation funds.

However, unaccountably, someone has allowed the benefits to leak away to Canada and the UAE.

Probably a Top Man with a cunning and sophisticated plan that evades a slow horse like me.

Indolent
Indolent
April 12, 2024 10:08 am

Kate has not been seen in public since Christmas Day and I seriously doubt she ever will be again. If you watched the timeline I posted the other day, a state visit to Italy by William and Kate in early 2024 was announced a couple of days before Christmas (so much for a planned operation). Then three days after Christmas an ambulance was seen leaving Sandringham Palace. Now if the chef’s assistant had a heart attack, I’m sure he’d be rushed to hospital but I doubt it would be in a convoy with police escort, which was the case here.

Then we’ve had this edifice of lies and deception being pulled apart one after the other. The short clip below is about an FOI request to the BBC about the veracity of Kate’s supposed video message and instead of saying that it was genuine, they said it was proprietary property and not subject to FOI.

If Kate had a serious medical event why would they lie about it? What happened to her? What puzzles me the most is the silence of her own family.

IT JUST GOT VERY WEIRD WITH KATE MIDDLETON SAGA, FRESH STATEMENT

cohenite
April 12, 2024 10:11 am

I really liked the new TV show Reacher but now I can’t watch that anymore; get a load of this TDS shithead:

‘Reacher’ Star Alan Ritchson Attacks Christians Who Support ‘Rapist’ Trump: ‘He’s Their Poster Child’ (breitbart.com)

I hope Trump sues the bastard for defamation. As I explained at length Trump has never even been charged with criminal rape and even the ghastly loon, E. Jean could not get a jury to convict Trump of rape at a civil trial where the standard of proof is much lower.

Rabz
April 12, 2024 10:11 am

Trust labore to get in on a trend just as it’s going out of fashion.

National Brontosaurus Network, anyone?

alwaysright
alwaysright
April 12, 2024 10:23 am

We’re going down.

Makka
Makka
April 12, 2024 10:25 am

The US military. The scope is on backwards, now this;

@witte_sergei

The captain of the Eisenhower is posting corny boomer memes while the USA basically admits defeat by the Houthis. Tweet through the pain.

https://twitter.com/witte_sergei/status/1777723351236321544

Muddy
Muddy
April 12, 2024 10:27 am

From Zulu’s post above:

The new name for the Sirius Building is expected to be chosen in the coming months.

Any suggestions/nominations?

Presumably it will be a Koori name, but I’m undecided if it will remain a nautical theme – in which case my nomination is: Wunkanoo (and for the other building on the site: Tookanoo) – or if it will be a dedication to an individual, like the indigenous architect Bruce Pascoe, in which case: Enofli (and the companion building: Epekard).

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Oh come on
Oh come on
April 12, 2024 10:28 am

Penny Wong urges Iran not to escalate conflict in the Middle East with retaliation against Israel

Well now that Penny has spoken, I’m sure Iran will be backing down.

Senator Wong posted on social media platform X that she had spoken with Iran’s foreign minister on Thursday night.

She said she urged Iran to “use its influence in the region to promote stability, not to contribute to escalation”.

Israel bombed Iran’s embassy. That is not going to go unanswered (as Israel would have known full well).

This looks to me to be a rather unsubtle effort by Israel to draw the US into a war with Iran. I would hope that the US has been crystal clear with Israel that it is on its own if its actions result in it being on an escalation ladder with Iran that it loses control of, but I doubt this is the case.

GreyRanga
GreyRanga
April 12, 2024 10:46 am

If you thought we’ve had a succession of useless Foreign Ministers you’d be correct. Gareth Evans at least put a semblance of interest in the job, Downer, a reward for being another failure as leader, Julie, what a wonderful idea, Bishop was fantastic, as in not doing anything, to Benny Wonk, alienating everyone who doesn’t think Hamarse are hard done by. Where do we keep getting these people from. Is there a sewage farm that grows them specially. They all have the appeal of a second dose of the pox.

shatterzzz
April 12, 2024 10:47 am

Moderators out in force on msn.com news, this morning, 6 out of 6 “does not comply with our guidelines” knockbacks .. LOL! .. and only one involved 251s ….

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
April 12, 2024 10:52 am

LOL, looking at you Sydney Theatre Company…

Failing Theaters Would Receive $5 Billion Taxpayer-Funded Bailout under Democrat Plan (11 Apr)

The proposed bailout comes as prominent stages are facing unprecedented financial crises following their embrace of woke identity politics, which has alienated audiences and donors. Among the companies poised to receive the new federal dollars would be New York’s Public Theater, which staged the gruesome stabbing death of President Donald Trump in its infamous 2017 production of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar.

I haven’t looked but I betcha US theatre actors have been doing the same antisemitic thang ours have been. Who’d want to go see a play about qwerties staged by a bunch of nazis?

johanna
johanna
April 12, 2024 10:53 am

The motel recently enjoyed recipients of the NDIS, in this case Indigeous ones.

The booking was made as someone and a carer. two rooms. The booking agency didn’t reveal the source. This is not unusual – people come here for medical appointments or surgery, with a carer who may be a relative.

What happened was that the ‘patient’ (a feral with the social skills of a wombat in mating mode) and his mother (the ‘carer’) turned up, along with a few others, including a couple of kids.

They distributed themselves across a couple of rooms, and commenced to invite their friends and relatives around for a party. Blokes in big jackets and hoodies appeared. Chicken bones were strewn around the forecourt. In the mornings, it sounded like a TB ward as the blokes hawked and coughed and spat into the garden. The rooms were trashed.

The owner tells me that she has no idea why the NDIS funded this jaunt, there doesn’t seem to be any sign of therapy in the party timetable.

Maybe someone had an ingrown toenail.

Johnny Rotten
Johnny Rotten
April 12, 2024 11:04 am

“Mr Albanese said the free market alone was no longer adequate.(M: Of course. Central Planning works so much better.)”

Yes, and that Central Planning. Just ask the Soviet Union, which is no more. so you can’t It certainly worked for that lot and Communism.

Johnny Rotten
Johnny Rotten
April 12, 2024 11:05 am

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Dr Faustus
Dr Faustus
April 12, 2024 11:06 am

Whatever on might think about Wong Yin Yeng, she’s not hard to notice:

Senator Wong posted on social media platform X that she had spoken with Iran’s foreign minister on Thursday night.

She said she urged Iran to “use its influence in the region to promote stability, not to contribute to escalation”.

Iran will now have an ocean-going diplomatic woodie.

A mid-level ally of Great Satan, now leaving the fold and publicly detaching from Israel, while begging Iran to take its foot off the pedal.

And posting her humiliation for the World to see.

Because 1 million fellow religionists have her by the balls in domestic politics.

Inshallah.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
April 12, 2024 11:21 am

More Exposé stuff …

If Kate had a serious medical event why would they lie about it?

Keep up.
They have announced she has cancer.

What happened to her?

I repeat.
Cancer.
Already disclosed.
And now having chemo. Very remiss of her not to be giving the Exposé a daily scoop to fill their begging bowl, but there you have it.

What puzzles me the most is the silence of her own family.

Not puzzling at all. She made a very clear statement about the cancer, which emphasised nothing more would be added.

IT JUST GOT VERY WEIRD WITH KATE MIDDLETON SAGA, FRESH STATEMENT

Oh, right. Well, now that you have gone ALL CAPS I will now take you seriously.

hzhousewife
hzhousewife
April 12, 2024 11:27 am

Who’d want to go see a play about qwerties staged by a bunch of nazis?

Had a child go through the Children’s Theatre route, and Secondary School Drama etc. By the time she finished (2013) there was a distinct woke feel to local theatre including in schools. At least she got some Shakespeare under her belt before that got rewritten. Haven’t been to any live theatre since, anywhere, as I can’t stomach the attitude. Mind you, everything seems to be either indigenous or qwerty, with the occasional all women or all refugee performance thrown in.

Roger
Roger
April 12, 2024 11:28 am

Whatever on might think about Wong Yin Yeng, she’s not hard to notice

Good thing nobody outside of Oz pays her any mind, else we’d have cause for great embarrassment.

I must say it’s been good to hear Simon Birmingham on ABC RN giving her a pasting (metaphorically speaking!).

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Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
April 12, 2024 11:35 am

Comment, from the Oz…..they walk amongst us….

Mark

3 hours ago
Maybe if the Israelis recognised the Palestinians as people with rights and gave them back their land and homes, then they wouldn’t have to live in militray camp surrounded by barb wire and machine guns.

Mother Lode
Mother Lode
April 12, 2024 11:36 am

Mr Albanese said the free market alone was no longer adequate.

The free market has been vindicated again and again: Time and again the government announces new industries and businesses it is going to launch – and money is no object! And time and again these initiatives fail. The free market had recognised long before that the opportunity was not viable.

Besides, why would anyone believe anything Albo says? He has no history in anything other than union politics and politics politics. Producing stuff, marshalling resources, taking a risks, and setting it all in motion is simply beyond his comprehension. His history has actually been leach off businesses, sucking the blood out of them until they collapse.

Does he truly believe anyone sees him make these pronouncements and think he speaks with any authority?

Or do they do what I do, and immediately start calculating how much his schemes are going to damage the country and harm me?

Kneel
Kneel
April 12, 2024 11:43 am

Just wanted to let you all know that, despite our often very harsh opinions of the various GovCo departments, agencies etc, that I recently had cause for two(2) interactions with Service NSW, and despite my pre-interaction concern that these would be difficult and involve much ridiculous paperwork and long waits (both in person and on the phone), that both of these interactions went smoothly and much more quickly than I anticipated, and no significant delays or endless paperwork were involved. One (in person) was resolved in under 10 minutes (including wait time), and one (on the phone) resolved in under 5 minutes (again, including wait time).

In light of that, I would only say: Well done Service NSW – you have excelled with this customer and I am most pleased with you at this time. If this is a typical example of your service levels, then the citizens of NSW have much to cheer about and little to complain of in regards to Service NSW.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
April 12, 2024 11:59 am

Families seek damages after OJ Simpson dies
theaustralian.com.au01:37

O.J. Simpson, the man famously acquitted of murder, has died aged 76O.J. Simpson, iconic football star, Hollywood actor, and notorious murder suspect, has passed away age of 76…

  • By kieran southern and will pavia
  • The Times
  • 11:15AM April 12, 2024
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The families of OJ Simpson’s alleged victims have vowed to pursue his estate for unpaid compensation after the death of the former American football star.
Simpson, who died in Las Vegas on Wednesday of prostate cancer, aged 76, was acquitted in 1995 of the murder of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ron Goldman, in a trial that transfixed America and the world.
In 1997 he was found liable for the pair’s deaths in a civil proceeding. Simpson was ordered to pay $US33.5 million.
However, the legal victory was a largely pyrrhic one: he avoided paying significant damages. The Goldman estate received only about $US123,000.
Simpson continued to deny involvement in the deaths, eventually writing a “hypothetical” memoir called If I Did It, laying out the way in which he would have killed the pair, had he been so inclined.

Indolent
Indolent
April 12, 2024 12:21 pm

Sancho, I can always rely on you.

Roger
Roger
April 12, 2024 12:24 pm

Good on Marcos for standing his ground (er, or should that be shoal?)

International law has determined that the reef can’t be claimed by anyone, but sure as anything if he pulled the Sierra Madre off, the Chicoms would be in there in a flash, just 190kms off the Philippine coast.

will
will
April 12, 2024 12:31 pm

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

 April 12, 2024 8:33 am

‘Good riddance’: Fallen star OJ Simpson deadOJ Simpson, the former US football great who was acquitted over the brutal murders of his ex-wife and her friend in a case that divided America has died – but not everyone is sorry.

don’t know if this is true

JC
JC
April 12, 2024 1:00 pm

Dover

Arnie Bertrand appears to have skipped over these relevant bits in the piece he himself linked to.

Also, it beggars belief that even if the Philippines skipped the idea of putting the deal in writing, China, which claims 99.99% of the South China Sea wouldn’t have wanted a signed and ratified treaty over such an important issue. Arnie appears to be bullshitting as usual.

Any accord should be in written form as per the Vienna Convention on the Law of the Treaties, and ratified by the senate, says lawmaker Francis Tolentino

Duterte has denied making ‘any gentleman’s agreement whatsoever’, according to his lawyer, as the senate considers whether to investigate the issue

Later in the piece, it says the Dute denies ever making a gentleman’s agreement.

Arnie shouldn’t have omitted these parts.

Also, there’s this.

Beijing claims sovereignty over almost the entirety of the South China Sea – where the Philippines and several other nations have competing claims – and has rejected a 2016 international ruling that decided in favour of Manila and found China’s assertions have no legal basis.

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Johnny Rotten
Johnny Rotten
April 12, 2024 1:06 pm

Roger
April 12, 2024 12:24 pm

Good on Marcos for standing his ground (er, or should that be shoal?)

Stand up to the Chinks. They don’t like it. Vietnam has done it a few times. A good punch on the nose works. Even better is a kick in the shoals.

And now the US Military is back in favour with the Filipinos.

The South China Sea does not belong to China. The Indian Ocean does not belong to India. The English Channel does not belong to England. The Irish Sea does not belong to the Irish.

They are all names on the World Map and those seas/oceans belong to the World.

Rabz
April 12, 2024 1:18 pm

The OJ farce was only good for two things – “the Chewbacca Defense” and (the fictional) Jackie Chiles.

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Johnny Rotten
Johnny Rotten
April 12, 2024 1:18 pm

In light of that, I would only say: Well done Service NSW – you have excelled with this customer and I am most pleased with you at this time. If this is a typical example of your service levels, then the citizens of NSW have much to cheer about and little to complain of in regards to Service NSW.

And very well said.

In the bad old days, the NSW “Non Service” at Wynyard in Sydney NSW 2000 was a nightmare to deal with.

Then BC sometime (now called BC which means Before Covid) everything suddenly improved. And the excellent level of service (for a Guv’ment Dept. that is) continues. Far better than a Bank (not too hard to beat the Banksters that is).

So Hats Off and well done. Please keep it up.

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Dr Faustus
Dr Faustus
April 12, 2024 1:23 pm

Labor luvvie (and Jim Chalmers appointee), Danielle Wood, on Karl Albanese’s solar panel and hydrogen electrolyser strategy:

The government’s hand-picked Productivity Commission chair, Danielle Wood, says that without a well-defined exit strategy, the Future Made in Australia Act risks creating a class of businesses forever reliant on subsidies.

Instantly shot down in flames by a prominent economic expert:

ALP National President Wayne Swan has blasted Productivity Commission chair Danielle Wood for her warning that Labor’s Future Made in Australia Act could divert investment from more productive parts of the economy, describing her as being “completely out of touch with the international reality”.

Who then promptly rips the head off another stupid woman:

NSW Independent Dai Le, who appeared on the program with Mr Swan, said there was no way Australia could compete with countries like China.

Mr Swan hit back at Ms Le, challenging her as being “completely out of her depth”.

That’ll teach dimbos to put their heads up and cross swords with a Greatest Living Treasurer.

[Technical Note: Every government has at least a sprinkling of peanuts. This one stands out as a full bagger.]

Tha
132andBush
132andBush
April 12, 2024 1:24 pm

That sounds like a pretty good indicator that he may have been tapped on the shoulder for VP regardless of their public animosity during the primaries. The other possibility is that DeSantis will need a job with the Trump admin when his governor’s term expires so getting into Trump’s good books is necessary.

Consider a third option;
It’s an indicator as to the calibre of the man.
I’d also make the point that if the roles were reversed I doubt if Trump would behave the same way.

JC
JC
April 12, 2024 1:26 pm

Here’s a rare breed in Australia , a CEO of a manufacturing concern. He’s talking about the hardship faced by this sector and why the Liars subsidy plan will never work. In fact, I suspect the “Made In Australia” boondoggle is some convoluted way of funneling funds to the Unions.

Taxes, everywhere you look.

“Australia has a tax on petroleum, the United States does not,’’ Mr Partridge said.

More taxes. Payroll tax

“Australia has a tax on wages, the United States does not.

More taxes

Australia has a land tax on manufacturing sites.

Energy costs.

“In the United States, they pay around $3/GJ for gas and here it is around $12/GJ.

No, you can’t.

Mr Partridge told The Australian.You can’t compete internationally with the cost of production and the tax burden,” Mr Partridge told The Australian.

Yep, he sure will.

“I am retiring soon but my replacement is going to struggle to convince the board to make further investments in Australia.”

JC
JC
April 12, 2024 1:31 pm

Here’s more from Partridge, this time talking about land taxes. The state governments aren’t just fcking over individuals where these days the cost of land tax means you’re essentially renting the land from the government as it’s so high.

They’re also fcking businesses.

Brickworks boss Lindsay Partridge says state governments have “their hands in the cookie jar” by imposing hefty land tax bills on manufacturing sites which threaten the viability of businesses and which would ultimately feed through to higher prices for end consumers.

The boss of the nation’s biggest brickmaker was also highly sceptical about the federal government’s target of building 1.2m new homes over the next four years to alleviate the housing crisis.

Mr Partridge said “tell ‘em they’re dreamin’!”, as labour and raw materials shortages and a sclerotic building approval regime would make the government struggle to even build 800,000 homes.

Speaking to The Australian after Brickworks released its first-half results on Thursday to report a loss of $52.1m, Mr Partridge, highly agitated by the taxes, red tape and bureaucracy now saddled on Australian businesses that is also weighing down the Australian economy, said the bricks and housing materials company had lifted prices by 10 per cent last year and would likely seek another 10 per cent hike in the next 12 months — driven by costs which consumers would ultimately have to carry.

He sheeted home much of this pricing pressure to government taxes, namely land tax.

“Our margins are under pressure and some of the things we can’t control, unfortunately the government has their hands in the cookie jar and thinks it is a good idea to tax the cost of production.

JC
JC
April 12, 2024 1:35 pm

What I mentioned some time ago. They’re now attempting to divert scarce capital from higher return on capital industries to lower return on capital sectors.

Future Made in Australia: Productivity Commission’s Danielle Wood reveals hidden cost of Anthony Albanese’s future

She was handpicked by the Liars too. That’s how bad things are.

Jim Chalmers’ hand-picked chair of the Productivity Commission has warned Labor’s Future Made in Australia plan would divert ­investment from more productive parts of the economy and lead to higher-than-necessary costs for taxpayers.

Danielle Wood – the former Grattan Institute chief executive who the Treasurer tasked with shifting the commission’s focus towards the energy transition – said Anthony Albanese’s proposed subsidies for the low-emissions manufacturing sector would “take jobs and capital investments from elsewhere in the economy where they could generate higher value”.

“In a period of tight labour markets, and many areas of growing future demand for labour, ­this compounds the costs of industry support,” Ms Wood said, in her first major intervention on government policy since being ­appointed last year.

Megan
Megan
April 12, 2024 1:38 pm

Business, particularly in manufacturing, is doomed under the various incompetent rabbles posing as governments. The 2/3rds of my offspring who voted for these troughers will receive minimal sympathy from me when next they whinge about rent or mortgage payments and the ever increasing Aldi checkout shock.

I love them to bits but they are the problem and their idea of solutions is mostly based on gimme OPM via political pork.

JC
JC
April 12, 2024 1:46 pm

Eslake did some work in the return on capital story and manufacturing under the current economic circumstances has the lowest return of all sectors discussed.

Independent economist Saul Eslake said manufacturing was a “low-productivity form of economic activity” in Australia, with the sector’s gross value per hour worked about 11 per cent below the all-industry average.Mr Eslake calculated that last financial year, labour productivity for manufacturing was $79 per hour, compared with the all-industry average of $89 per hour. In capital-intensive mining, ­labour productivity was $759, while financial services ($186), utilities ($182) and information, media and telcos ($166) were also at multiples of the economy-wide average.

Just think about this. Wages alone for decent people would be around 35 bucks an hour. Factoring in indirect costs, such as super and Workcover, and it would be over 40 bucks an hour. Taking Eslake’s estimate, you have to pay all other expenses and make a profit all with the $79 an hour bogey. Good freaking luck.

Rabz
April 12, 2024 1:47 pm

would make the government struggle to even build 800,000 homes

Bwahahahahahahahaha! They’ll struggle to even “build” eight, which will then no doubt promptly collapse on the unfortunates attempting to exist in them.

There’s reality and there’s Albansleazey World and the twain shall never meet.

Vicki
Vicki
April 12, 2024 1:59 pm

I love them to bits but they are the problem and their idea of solutions is mostly based on gimme OPM via political pork.

We have the same problem, Megan, with one of our grandchildren. He has had jobs in the past – in school holidays. But since entering university 3 years ago he seems to be averse to p/t work. Admittedly, Covid intervened. But there have been plenty of opportunities after lockdown finished.

We are currently supporting his accomodation (as we had during his boarding years at Scots – not inconsiderable). But we are “over it”. He has struggled at university – so we persisted. But he now appears to have abandoned his degree & we are about to let him know that our payment of his share of a rented house is about to cease.

I might add that the younger grandchild has always been a hard worker – both at school ( & now university) & has always had p/t jobs which now accounts for a car which she mostly financed, and recently an OS holiday!

Puts her brother to shame.

Johnny Rotten
Johnny Rotten
April 12, 2024 2:00 pm

“ALP National President Wayne Swan” 

The Ex-Treasurer. I would not trust him with the tea money –

The financial year 2012-13 was meant to be the year Labor returned to surplus, “come hell or high water”, as then-treasurer Wayne Swan said. Labor even prematurely announced it had been “delivered” after the budget in May 2012. By December, the surplus had been abandoned, despite the government holding the line on spending. A predicted surplus last May of $2.5 billion became a deficit of $18.8 billion.

Get Farked you tosser.

Just fark off you waste of toilet paper, you goose.

Your credibility is Net Zero which is the same as your IQ.

Rabz
April 12, 2024 2:01 pm

Albansleazey World sounds like a cut-price theme park

Muds, that was exactly what I had in mind.

shatterzzz
April 12, 2024 2:04 pm

The trough is still the trough no matter which side of politics .. LOL!

Silly question .. but .. why does Peter Dutton have tax payer funded “security”, apparently, 24/7 .. outside of the PM (perk of the job) why would any politician have “paid” security ..?
https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2024/apr/12/peter-duttons-office-billed-taxpayers-almost-6000-for-staff-to-travel-with-him-when-he-attended-gina-rinehart-party

Vicki
Vicki
April 12, 2024 2:10 pm

NSW Independent Dai Le, who appeared on the program with Mr Swan, said there was no way Australia could compete with countries like China.
Mr Swan hit back at Ms Le, challenging her as being “completely out of her depth”.

We saw that on TV this morning! Swan was a disgrace – a condescending, and probably misogynist creep!

One of my few political joys was years ago – when Swan was a Minister in the Labor government – was putting to him at a meeting that he didn’t have even a modicum of a “business plan” for the the Murray Darling scheme or the rollout of the NBN rollout. He gave me a withering look as I left – as only he can.

He really is a despicable creature. Very, very nasty.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
April 12, 2024 2:12 pm

Daily Mail.
RICHARD KAY: Harold Wilson, the seducer so hapless that he left his slippers under his lover’s bed at Chequers

shatterzzz
April 12, 2024 2:14 pm

It never ends does it .. the cough-ups that everyday life imposes .. March 20. 2024 I got (like others) $9.20 a week increase in the, single, OAP rate .. NSW “houso” promptly snaffled $6.75 as their cut .. leaving me with $2.35 extra a week thru to Sept 20 2024 .. this morning a msg from my phone mob .. your phone doesn’t meet the requirements for the shutting down of 3g in September 2024 .. you’ll need to upgrade your phone if you want to make/receive calls/msgs after that date ……. FFS!

Rabz
April 12, 2024 2:19 pm

Swan hit back at Ms Le, challenging her as being “completely out of her depth”

Interesting – Goose Swansteen also allegedly accused Dim Chambers’ “hand picked choice as productivity kommissarette” of exactly the same thing.

Sounds like misogynee to me.

shatterzzz
April 12, 2024 2:23 pm

We saw that on TV this morning! Swan was a disgrace – a condescending, and probably misogynist creep!

And, no doubt, he got paid for the appearance .. the benefits for being a has-been politician keep on flowing .. FFS!

rosie
rosie
April 12, 2024 2:27 pm

“Silly question .. but .. why does Peter Dutton have tax payer funded “security”, apparently, 24/7 “
Because he says things that upsets the islamic terrorists who live in Australia?

rosie
rosie
April 12, 2024 2:28 pm

I’m quite happy that Dutton has 24/7 taxpayer funded security.

Vicki
Vicki
April 12, 2024 2:32 pm

your phone doesn’t meet the requirements for the shutting down of 3g in September 2024 .. you’ll need to upgrade your phone if you want to make/receive calls/msgs after that date ……. FFS!

It really is outrageous that you have to upgrade your mobile at your expense – even in remote areas where a phone is essential – due to changes in the local tower.

Rockdoctor
Rockdoctor
April 12, 2024 2:37 pm

Mr Swan hit back at Ms Le, challenging her as being “completely out of her depth”.

LOL sounds like Swans whole tenure at treasurer, pot, kettle, black?

Besides even if it wasn’t for long Dai worked in the private sector and claims to have helped set up the Fairfield City Champion newspaper. Swan’s private sector experience… Zilch.

Crossie
Crossie
April 12, 2024 2:39 pm

The free market has been vindicated again and again: Time and again the government announces new industries and businesses it is going to launch – and money is no object! And time and again these initiatives fail. The free market had recognised long before that the opportunity was not viable.

If a venture is viable and promising great returns businesses will invest in an instant. When something doesn’t look right but governments are pushing it businesses will be in it only with the government’s money, namely subsidies.

A smart and honest government would give up after a certain time when the business cannot operate without taxpayer funds. We do not have a smart government, we have a corrupt government which is hellbent on placating their green voters whom they have radicalised. The businesses will go along because it’s not their money.

hzhousewife
hzhousewife
April 12, 2024 2:46 pm

Essentially, what shits me off the most about these new taxes is that the governments (of both stripes) pay zero attention to reducing expenditure.
The way “foundations” and “charities” and the like get government grants is
out of control.

shatterzzz
April 12, 2024 2:51 pm

I’m sure both Luigi & “plenty wrong ” will be straight on to this ..! .. Imagine the temirity of some folk .. shooting in the direction of an Oz “aid” wukka in Gaza .. who’d a thunk it .. LOL!
https://www.msn.com/en-au/news/australia/australian-former-reporter-now-aid-worker-shot-at-in-gaza/ar-BB1lurv8?ocid=hpmsn&cvid=aa2e64da9d944691b5a32a53998fa18f&ei=24

Eyrie
Eyrie
April 12, 2024 2:52 pm

Some years ago there was a Chinese economist who made the point that there are two ways for humans to do transactions. By free exchange or at gunpoint.
Government intervention is the “at gunpoint” bit.

Johnny Rotten
Johnny Rotten
April 12, 2024 2:58 pm

shatterzzz
April 12, 2024 2:14 pm

It never ends does it.

We need more sabre toothed down under tigers, giant wombats, killer kangaroos, Down Under Lions. and many others to eat these parasites. Those being the ‘Pollies’, Pubic Serpents, Free Loaders, Rich alleged Elites, Left Wing Nut Jobs, etc. etc.

Trouble is, those free loaders from some dreamtime 60,000 years ago (alleged) killed them all off and they are now trying to milk us Long Suffering Taxpayers.

And they are Suck Seeding. FFS.

Indolent
Indolent
April 12, 2024 2:58 pm

Dr. John Campbell

Pfizer is ‘deeply sorry’

Crossie
Crossie
April 12, 2024 2:58 pm

Rabz

 April 12, 2024 1:47 pm

would make the government struggle to even build 800,000 homes

Bwahahahahahahahaha! They’ll struggle to even “build” eight, which will then no doubt promptly collapse on the unfortunates attempting to exist in them. 

There’s reality and there’s Albansleazey World and the twain shall never meet.

There are no houses being built, or not as many as needed, because at present it doesn’t make economic sense. Any contracts entered into will take current building material prices and labour costs into account. The pace of inflation puts the construction companies in danger of losing money in order to complete the jobs.

The simplest and best solution is to stop all immigration immediately which will ease the pressure on residential demands in the first instance and stabilise the rest of the economy by lowering inflation that owes a lot to mortgage interest rates.

Indolent
Indolent
April 12, 2024 3:07 pm
Indolent
Indolent
April 12, 2024 3:08 pm
Indolent
Indolent
April 12, 2024 3:09 pm
Johnny Rotten
Johnny Rotten
April 12, 2024 3:09 pm

Crossie
April 12, 2024 2:58 pm

Rabz

April 12, 2024 1:47 pm

would make the government struggle to even build 800,000 homes

Bwahahahahahahahaha! They’ll struggle to even “build” eight, which will then no doubt promptly collapse on the unfortunates attempting to exist in them. 

There’s reality and there’s Albansleazey World and the twain shall never meet.

The Biggest problem is Guv’ment Red and Green Tape. That is the bottle neck to building today. And Guv’ment taxes/fees/levies/stamp duty/corruption makes the cost of accommodation at least 40% more expensive than it needs to be.

How Big is Australia? Big. Go to the USA and see what the cost of a House is. And they can get fixed interest rate Mortgages for 30 years.

Wot’ a load of effing Hypocrites they all are.

shatterzzz
April 12, 2024 3:11 pm

Life’s good when your on the “right” side of the Oz, tiered, justice system .. FFS! ……
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2024-04-12/melbourne-businessman-spared-jail-for-child-sex-offence/103700006

rosie
rosie
April 12, 2024 3:11 pm

“It really is outrageous that you have to upgrade your mobile at your expense – even in remote areas where a phone is essential – due to changes in the local tower”
I agree, everyone should have gotten a free new phone when 2g was shut down in 2018 too.
3g is being shut down Australia wide, and it’s been in the news since at least August last year.

Indolent
Indolent
April 12, 2024 3:14 pm
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
April 12, 2024 3:17 pm

From the Oz.
jack the insider
OJ Simpson died a double murderer with no remorse

Vicki
Vicki
April 12, 2024 3:23 pm

A smart and honest government would give up after a certain time when the business cannot operate without taxpayer funds. We do not have a smart government, we have a corrupt government which is hellbent on placating their green voters whom they have radicalised. 

At the end of the day they are just fundamentally incapable of supporting free enterprise. They believe that any entrepreneur – small or substantial – are fundamentally incapable of fair play in the marketplace.

Rufus T Firefly
Rufus T Firefly
April 12, 2024 3:30 pm
Indolent
Indolent
April 12, 2024 3:33 pm
Baba
Baba
April 12, 2024 3:34 pm
Indolent
Indolent
April 12, 2024 3:35 pm
Tom
Tom
April 12, 2024 3:38 pm

Paywallian:

Veteran political editor Chris Uhlmann has joined Sky News Australia as a political contributor.

Uhlmann – who has previously worked at the ABC and Channel 9 – will be a regular contributor on Sky’s programs including Credlin, hosted by Peta Credlin, every Tuesday night.

Uhlmann will also join Sky’s chief anchor Kieran Gilbert on NewsDay at 11am (AEST) on Wednesdays to discuss all the top political stories.

He will also be part of the channel’s special investigations and documentaries.

Uhlmann said he was “delighted” to be joining Sky News Australia and his appointment comes after he left Channel 9 in 2022 after five years at the network.

“I have watched the network since its inception and have always admired its commitment to journalism through straight-shooting broadcasters like Kieran Gilbert and Laura Jayes,” Uhlmann said.

The Paywallian says Uhlmann will debut on Sky at 6pm next Tuesday with Peta Credin,

Vicki
Vicki
April 12, 2024 3:39 pm

Go to the USA and see what the cost of a House is. And they can get fixed interest rate Mortgages for 30 years.

Husband and I are great fans of the “9 Life” (ch 94) channel on free TV. This channel broadcasts “home fixer-uppers” in the US, as well as home purchasers in all of the US states – rural and city purchases. It is a real eye-opener re housing and prices in the USA. We are amazed at the level of quality building – much to the scepticism of friends here in the building industry. The prices are also incredibly cheap by Aussie standards – particularly outside the major cities on the coast. And, of course, many are in some of the most beautiful country in the world – particularly in forested areas and near lakes. It is no wonder to us that the USA is so coveted as a place of immigration.

BTW Ch94 also features shows which document holiday rentals and/or short term rentals in all cities and countries across the world. It really provides a remarkable insight into countries outside of the tourist traps.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
April 12, 2024 3:39 pm

2.25pm

Albanese to visit Kokoda Track in PNG on Anzac DayPrime Minister Anthony Albanese will visit the Kokoda Track ahead of Anzac Day commemorations during a visit to Papua New Guinea.

The trip, more than 80 years after troops fought along the rugged track to defend against a Japanese invasion, comes as Australia seeks closer ties with its closest neighbour.
The prime minister said the visit would honour the sacrifice of Australians who fought in the campaign.
“This year on Anzac Day I will be in Isurava on the Kokoda Track … taking the opportunity to show my respect to the remarkable effort to protect our nation at one of its darkest hours,” he said in a speech in Sydney on Friday.
The visit to Papua New Guinea comes after Albanese became the first Australian leader to address that country’s parliament. Marape also gave a speech to federal parliament in February.

Indolent
Indolent
April 12, 2024 3:45 pm
Top Ender
Top Ender
April 12, 2024 3:47 pm

The final line from Jack the Insider’s article on OJ:

But we can move in from the niceties now. Put OJ Simpson’s body in a bin liner and take him out with the trash.

Rabz
April 12, 2024 3:48 pm

The CEO of Brickworks

He was on Dross Greenfilth’s business show on Sky last Sunday morning saying exactly what is apparently only being picked up on now. He was incredibly scathing about the current government’s idiotic policies and eye wateringly high taxes.

Why anyone would attempt to run any sort of business here that actually manufactured anything tangible or useful is beyond me. Unless you were on the subsidy train, of course.

Then it’s thanks taxpayers and full steam ahead to insolvency – at their expense, of course.

JC
JC
April 12, 2024 3:56 pm

Kill me now, just kill me now.

Dover, I’m giving to the Nov elections and if Trump is cheated I’m done with the US. The love affair is over. I’ll be joining your side.

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JC
JC
April 12, 2024 4:08 pm

Alan Dershowitz said if Biden refuses military aid to Israel that he will leave the Democrat Party. He said some will go to Trump and some will go to Kennedy. It might be fruitful to show the difference between the two on Israel.

An old saying in the 90s was that American Jews live like WASPS, but vote like Puerto Ricans, meaning impossible to understand how they could vote Demon. Those less leftwing American Jews must be going through mental trauma at the moment over the vote.
Just get a load of the Dersh unable to say he’s voting Trump. He is of course.

rosie
rosie
April 12, 2024 4:11 pm

Vicki I’ve been watching US youtubers doing rebuilds or building projects from scratch.
It’s quite delightful.
One of them, based in Alaska, supplements store bought lumber with dead spruce taken from his own property.

There might be Jack booted officials lurking but as they want what they build to last, be safe and functional they hardly need that oversight.

JC
JC
April 12, 2024 4:12 pm

And Trump makes the trauma for these folks even worse. He just nonchalantly replies, when he’s asked a question about Israel etc., he says, Israel has never had a better friend than himself. He’s just tormenting them because they know it’s true.

JC
JC
April 12, 2024 4:16 pm

H B Bear

April 12, 2024 4:13 pm

Reply to  Rabz

Bricks are usually OK, they are just too heavy to transport. Periodically it becomes economic to move them East West or vice versa and occasionally OS. Price of gas is the big cost here.

Lot’s of Danish bricks are being used in new builds. They really look great. Much more expensive, I’d guess.

Here.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
April 12, 2024 4:20 pm

But we can move in from the niceties now. Put OJ Simpson’s body in a bin liner and take him out with the trash.

Interesting that OJ managed to shuffle off the playing field same week as Oscar Pistorius got out of the clink.

I had the misfortune to be visiting the US when the OJ stuff happened. The media reported on literally nothing else, it was like having to listen to Stairway to Heaven a thousand times straight. Ech! The US MSM was horrible even back then, worse now of course.

Mother Lode
Mother Lode
April 12, 2024 4:21 pm

“This year on Anzac Day I will be in Isurava on the Kokoda Track … taking the opportunity to show my respect to the remarkable effort to protect our nation at one of its darkest hours,” he (Albo) said in a speech in Sydney on Friday.

Perhaps we could get the unions to pilfer the supplies taken to PNG with him so he turns up without, say, shoes or medicines or such, or perhaps damage the plane.

Give him the real Kokoda Track experience.

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Tom
Tom
April 12, 2024 4:23 pm

And Trump makes the trauma for these folks even worse. He just nonchalantly replies, when he’s asked a question about Israel etc., he says, Israel has never had a better friend than himself. He’s just tormenting them because they know it’s true.

This the real downside of Trump Derangement — American Jews who will never vote for him because it would make them a laughing stock among their friends at dinner parties, even though they know a second Trump presidency is the only way to restore US-Israel relations with Biden taking the side of the savages who butchered 1200 Jews last October,
?

Muddy
Muddy
April 12, 2024 4:46 pm

Two snippets from The Navy – The Magazine of the Navy League of Australia, Vol. 86, No. 1:

The leadership of the ADF appears also to be deeply out of touch. The immoral extension of CDF (and VCDF) by this Government and CDF failure to resign on three occasions (including on erroneously offering to hand back his DSC to the PM; not the Governor General) – has had a devastating impact on the Army. By staying post, General Angus Campbell AO DSC has prevented a generation of operational war-thinking officers from leading Army. As a result, 170 officers from the rank of Colonel upwards, will no longer be advanced in time [My bolding. Presumably this means advancement prior to reaching the specified age limit for that rank?].

At the same time, Army (RAAF and Navy) have promoted female officers (at an affirmative factor potentially between 5 and 8 times that for men) into senior flag technical/engineering (non-operational) positions. [The rubberiness of this statistic concerns me].

Late news which most probably already know, is that the PLAN lost an experimental sub last August with all hands (a training crew). According to the Brits [who I’m guessing knew due to sigint], the sub was damaged after colliding with an underwater obstacle laid by its own navy to trap U.S. and other allied subs.

What I find most interesting -if the dates in this brief mention are correct – is that the information about the disaster was made public in China on an anti-government social media account the same day as the loss.

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Muddy
Muddy
April 12, 2024 4:57 pm

“This year on Anzac Day I will be in Isurava on the Kokoda Track …

While I applaud almost any solemn, politics-free commemoration of history, I would like our elite class to eventually discover there was more to Australia’s war in Papua and New Guinea than just the Owen Stanley – Beachheads campaign, and Milne Bay.

The Wau-Salamaua Campaign (which I’ve referred to previously) embraced a period of 18 months, both prior to and after both of the aforementioned. Australians were fighting in northern New Guinea, New Britain, Bougainville, and three different locations in Borneo when the war concluded.

Having dragged myself (slowly and painfully) along the Kokoda Track and read quite a bit about it, I don’t seek to strip it of acknowledgement, but I would like to slap the lazy media and political class into a realisation that the greater majority of Aussies who fought in the SWPA got nowhere near the Kokoda Track or Milne Bay.

Roger
Roger
April 12, 2024 5:05 pm

While I applaud almost any solemn, politics-free commemoration of history…

This won’t be politics free.

I’ll also add that I’m tired of Prime Ministers elevating themselves to de facto head of state.

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Top Ender
Top Ender
April 12, 2024 5:05 pm

Sign the petition so that Mount Warning in NSW is open to Australians of all races, not just one:

?https://www.parliament.nsw.gov.au/lc/Pages/epetition-details.aspx?q=mIh4VlYuV3MWXOB3MBXJYQ
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Caveat – you must apparently be a NSW resident

Vagabond
Vagabond
April 12, 2024 5:08 pm

Albanese to visit Kokoda Track in PNG on Anzac Day. Prime Minister Anthony Albanese will visit the Kokoda Track ahead of Anzac Day commemorations during a visit to Papua New Guinea.

I’m sure the pali demonstrator scum will disrupt Anzac day, certainly in the democratic people’s republic of Victoriastan and also elsewhere. Albo’s going to Kokoda because its probably the only place where his fascist mates won’t be causing him embarrassment on that day.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
April 12, 2024 5:09 pm

Perth’s Blue Room Theatre slammed over Palestine stance

  • EXCLUSIVE

By paul garvey

One of Perth’s most prominent independent theatre groups has been accused of creating an unsafe space for members of the Jewish community after it issued a public “statement of solidarity” towards Palestine.
The Blue Room Theatre posted a statement on social media declaring that it stood in solidarity with the Palestinian people while slamming Israel over its conduct during the conflict.
“By starving Gaza, bombing hospitals and cutting off food, medicine, fuel and humanitarian aid, Israel is committing genocide and war crimes,” the theatre’s statement read.
“We support Palestinian liberation. We urge our Australian government to support Pales­tine’s freedom by demanding an immediate ceasefire, an end to the Gaza blockade, an end to Israeli occupation, oppression, apartheid and ethnic cleansing.”

The theatre has long been a launching pad for young Perth talent and has Western Australia’s prominent Chaney family among its biggest backers.
Its main sources of funding come from federal and state government agencies.

rosie
rosie
April 12, 2024 5:27 pm

Theatrical people should be careful what they wish for, their profession isn’t a popular one in the ME.
A bit of houthi tookey notwithstanding.

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