Open Thread – Mon 22 April 2024


The Gardeners, Gustave Caillebotte, 1877

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Miltonf
Miltonf
April 23, 2024 7:34 pm

Musk is the new Emanuel Goldstein- at least for the next few weeks.

Miltonf
Miltonf
April 23, 2024 7:37 pm

In the course of daily life in Oceania, Goldstein is always the subject of the Two Minutes Hate, a daily programme of propaganda that begins at 11:00 hours; the telescreen shows an over-sized image of Emmanuel Goldstein for the assembled citizens of Oceania to subject to loud insults and contempt. To prolong and deepen the anger of the spectators, the telescreen then shows images of Goldstein walking among the parading soldiers of the current enemy of Oceania — either Eurasia or Eastasia. 

Pogria
Pogria
April 23, 2024 7:38 pm

Since Bulk Brittany convinced Justice Lee that Bruce had ravaged her instead of vice versa, Head Case has now discovered that Jacky-Jacky is also one of his “nieces”.

Hat tip, CL’s blog.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
April 23, 2024 7:43 pm

Musk is the new Emanuel Goldstein- at least for the next few weeks.

It’s fun! The elites hate his guts for freeing Xtwitter. But they need him for SpaceX. And Tesla is holiest-to-Gaia of just about any company on Earth. So they can’t quite work out what to do, apart from making his life as miserable as possible.

Miltonf
Miltonf
April 23, 2024 7:44 pm

with the Australian politico-meja class slavishly following the Demonrats.

Pogria
Pogria
April 23, 2024 7:51 pm

Have any Cats heard about the new version of Scrabble?
Darragh McManus at Spiked has a hoot of an article about it.
Here is a sample,

Maybe a properly woke Scrabble could include a flashing buzzer that sounds anytime someone spells out words the establishment has deemed verboten: women, liberty, free speech, and so on. We could even incorporate something like the electric current from Operation, only now designed to inflict actual pain on wrongthinkers. It’d be for their own good, after all.”

Pogria
Pogria
April 23, 2024 7:55 pm

Via Ace, we have made the Global News:

Australia has elbowed Brazil out of the way and decided that it is going to be the new global censor. (MSN)

An Australian federal court has ordered Twitter and Facebook to take down a video wherein a Christian bishop was stabbed in his own church by a Usual Suspect… Globally.

You are not permitted to know that this happened, because it might, I don’t know, look bad for Usual Suspects.

(Note that the other recent stabbing in Sydney that made the news was a random mentally ill man, who, while known to the police, was not a Usual Suspect.)

In the ensuing brouhaha a senator from Tasmania has asserted that Elon Musk should go to jail and Australia’s nominally conservative party leader has covered himself in shit and given full-throated support for the nonsense.

Sorry. I didn’t vote for any of these idiots.

H B Bear
H B Bear
April 23, 2024 8:02 pm

Julia never managed to get her media tzar up. Looks like the Teenaged Trot might have another go.

They never stop.

Zippster
Zippster
April 23, 2024 8:04 pm

Jordan Peterson and Vivek Ramaswamy – The Bureaucratic State Can’t Be Reformed

Miltonf
Miltonf
April 23, 2024 8:07 pm

An Australian federal court has ordered Twitter and Facebook to take down a video wherein a Christian bishop was stabbed in his own church by a Usual Suspect… Globally.

Who the hell do they think they are? Which Justice was this?

Gabor
Gabor
April 23, 2024 8:09 pm

Pogria
April 23, 2024 7:38 pm

Head Case has now discovered that Jacky-Jacky is also one of his “nieces”.

Hat tip, CL’s blog.

Haven’t been there yet, but I hope he has better stuff to attract viewers than Ed?

Miltonf
Miltonf
April 23, 2024 8:15 pm

the Australian politico-meja class slavishly following the Demonrats.

I wonder if they are just following them because they are devoid of ideas and imagination or if they are following orders.

132andBush
132andBush
April 23, 2024 8:18 pm

Lizzie,
Very sorry to read about Attapus.
It’s such a shame our furry friends don’t last as long as us.

Top Ender
Top Ender
April 23, 2024 8:19 pm

Does this mean no more “journalism” then?

?Lisa Wilkinson may end up footing a large chunk of her enormous legal bill in Bruce Lehrmann’s defamation case after the Ten Network told a judge she should be liable for any “duplicative or wasteful” work by her expensive legal team.

The network has argued in a submission to Justice Michael Lee that Mr Lehrmann should pay all of its costs in his failed defamation hearing because his actions in bringing the proceedings were “deliberately wicked and calculated” and he had snubbed an early offer to “walk away” from the case.

But Ten says if the unemployed Mr Lehrmann can’t pay the expected costs of the action, which could top $10m, then Wilkinson should be required to pay her share for all aspects of the case where it wasn’t necessary for her to have separate representation.

After a successful cross-claim by Wilkinson, Ten agreed to pay “reasonable” costs for her team, which was led by top defamation silk Sue Chrysanthou SC.

In October last year, those legal costs had already exceeded $700,000.
But in submissions released by the court on Tuesday, Ten’s barrister Matt Collins KC argued Wilkinson “was not entitled to incur costs in respect of her separate interests as she pleased on the assumption that Network Ten would ultimately pick up the bill”.

Oz

132andBush
132andBush
April 23, 2024 8:22 pm

And thanks for throwing a bit more light on things.
My instinctive comment that morning was appropriate.

Steve trickler
Steve trickler
April 23, 2024 8:23 pm

Musk will be fine after telling Australia’s system to f-off.*

Write that down.

He should shut down the country for a week and tell everyone to go VPN if they want X.

The eSafety skank, the SFL / Lispy Albo and the dog from Tassie will be in fits.

*Hopefully Musk escalates.

Miltonf
Miltonf
April 23, 2024 8:26 pm

I hope he does too- the Australian establishment is a carbon copy of the US one.

132andBush
132andBush
April 23, 2024 8:30 pm

Winston,
Thanks for posting that link earlier to Hardthrasher.

Very informative and entertaining.

Crossie
Crossie
April 23, 2024 8:32 pm

Miltonf

 April 23, 2024 8:15 pm

the Australian politico-meja class slavishly following the Demonrats.

I wonder if they are just following them because they are devoid of ideas and imagination or if they are following orders.

Miltonf, there is no need for orders, they all think alike though there are some who are more forthright and lead the others. I look upon them as being part of the hive-mind like the Borg collective.

Steve trickler
Steve trickler
April 23, 2024 8:37 pm

She has some classics. This is the first time I’ve heard this one.

Dido:

Dido – The Day Before The Day (Short Film)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xfP9MFb12VI

cohenite
April 23, 2024 9:13 pm

Paul Murray is such a weak-arse; he describes the left, woke grubs and then qualifies it by saying shit like all viewpoints are valid. The left don’t have a view; all the left have is hatred and a desire for power.

Steve trickler
Steve trickler
April 23, 2024 9:16 pm

One more from Dido. Mintox, h/t calli for bringing back the word.

Kudos to the crowd with their voice.

Dido – Thank You (Live at Brixton Academy)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EGXtEE-YX7s

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
April 23, 2024 9:17 pm

Mick Malone, in his book “Two Ranks on the Road”, gives an account of the “Welcome Home From Vietnam” parade, in October 1987.

“It was, for the most part, very positive, although one incident nearly brought us all undone. One bloke stood on the footpath holding a sign which read “we forgive you.” It took a fair bit of self discipline not to break ranks and flatten this turkey.” (Page 310.)

Bobtheboozer
Bobtheboozer
April 23, 2024 9:30 pm

Reposted for excellence, from 9.35:

Iranian fighter Ali Heibati kicked a ring girl in the buttocks to push her out of the octagon, claiming it was against his religion.

…..

How does he imagine his religion becomes binding on other people like the girl doing her job.

Just kidding. We know how. He thinks his religion gives him authority over everyone. The idea that she might also have rights of her own is so far-fetched that it would not even occur to him

Their Religion/Cult is fit for every loser male in existence. Even if you’re an imbecile with an IQ barely above room temperature, when you wake up in the morning, you are superior to every woman on the planet even if she’s a Nobel Prize winner in mathematics.
It’s a creed fit for every male failure who can’t see he’s being manipulated by his leaders who get all the women and goodies, while he gets the promise of them after he’s dead.
I mean just how stupid can a man be?

DrBeauGan
DrBeauGan
April 23, 2024 10:42 pm

you are superior to every woman on the planet even if she’s a Nobel Prize winner in mathematics.

There aren’t any Nobel prize winners in mathematics. Alfred Nobel had his girlfriend seduced by a mathematician, so wasn’t prepared to be on stage offering him a medal. Or the cash.
Mathematicians may get the Fields medal.

MatrixTransform
April 23, 2024 10:59 pm

I mean just how stupid can a man be?

rhetorical, right?

Wally Dalí
Wally Dalí
April 23, 2024 11:36 pm

Dido… yeah she’s alright in an elevator music kinda way.
Whereas Sara Bareilles was a full-oxygen fox, with a purry low register, and a massive minx to boot. wrote songs by her lil’ lonesome, no banks of collaborators, co-writers and producers.
Love Song is just mint, gorgeous earthy piano… if she’d had any other mid-range debut she would be still famous, as is it was such a thumper that she became a one-hit wonder.

Steve trickler
Steve trickler
April 24, 2024 3:18 am

Wally Dalí
 April 23, 2024 11:36 pm

Dido… yeah she’s alright in an elevator music kinda way.
Whereas Sara Bareilles was a full-oxygen fox, with a purry low register, and a massive minx to boot. wrote songs by her lil’ lonesome, no banks of collaborators, co-writers and producers.
Love Song is just mint, gorgeous earthy piano… if she’d had any other mid-range debut she would be still famous, as is it was such a thumper that she became a one-hit wonder.

Opinion noted ( : Crap and BS!

This is a one-hit wonder

A Flock Of Seagulls – I Ran (So Far Away) (Official HD Video)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G7hhowYtBuE

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Johnny Rotten
Johnny Rotten
April 24, 2024 4:24 am

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Johnny Rotten
Johnny Rotten
April 24, 2024 4:26 am

Free Speech? Here is Danger Dan –

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RTADjwkTLUM&t=5s

KevinM
KevinM
April 24, 2024 4:41 am

Is Tom still having problems?
Here is one.

Ben Garrison

KevinM
KevinM
April 24, 2024 4:47 am

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KevinM
KevinM
April 24, 2024 4:47 am

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DrBeauGan
DrBeauGan
April 24, 2024 5:08 am

Free Speech? Here is Danger Dan –

Good to see pushback against the stupid cow.

I’m sick of the parasites doing all they can to take away our freedoms and being supported by a hostile media.
It brings HoP time closer. These fools have no conception of the trouble they are making for themselves.

DrBeauGan
DrBeauGan
April 24, 2024 5:10 am

Thanks Kevin M.

KevinM
KevinM
April 24, 2024 5:11 am

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Lotsa work, leave it to Tom, plus some are pay-walled anyway.

KevinM
KevinM
April 24, 2024 5:13 am

L Benson
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KevinM
KevinM
April 24, 2024 5:14 am

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Barking Toad
Barking Toad
April 24, 2024 6:07 am

Thanks KevinM.

At the risk of stretching blog friendship, can someone post the piece by Janet A in the Oz about skank Gallagher?

Farmer Gez
Farmer Gez
April 24, 2024 6:41 am

Renewable company ringing around to see if they can find anyone interested in “hosting” a transmission line from their proposed eagle chopper site.
A friend said it was a laugh when he rang. He started by saying “I suppose you’re going to say get f#*ked like everyone else”.

rosie
rosie
April 24, 2024 6:50 am

Candance Owens is getting worse.
characterising Dresden as an attack on Christianity?
Bizzare.
https://twitter.com/emzanotti/status/1782806880886071301?t=R-0B9bUvgy2MNXP5EPDOQQ&s=19

Tom
Tom
April 24, 2024 7:01 am

Thanks to Cats who’ve posted ‘toons. My internet problems have stumped the tech nerds at Officeworks so it’s time to Get A Man In.

Off this morning to see the local Computer Guys guy, who my small businessman brother recommends.

rosie
rosie
April 24, 2024 7:06 am

Reading through the Candace Owen’s thread I’m reminded that a huge percentage of twitter is a sewer.
‘Catholics aren’t Christians’
‘Nazism was pro Christian’
‘Hitler was a Catholic’
‘St Maximilian Kolbe was a communist, criminal blah blah’
‘The Catholic Church is in league with the Jewish cabal’
I say let them speak, all the same.
Yet Elbow and friends are going after Musk for a video that represents the truth
(Unless you are a conspiracy theorist, there is no knife!)

calli
calli
April 24, 2024 7:17 am

there is no knife!

Chuckle. He bit his own fingers off? Or did those nasty Christians do it?

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
April 24, 2024 7:20 am

Just in case you didn’t think the Dems are going to steal 2024:

‘The Most Secure Election In American History’: John Eastman (23 Apr)

Worth bookmarking. Details much of the cheating methodology used in 2018, 2020 and 2022, plus the persecution of anyone who threatened to expose it.

While it is possible the Dems and deep state may fall short, I think there will be ballot drops at 3am again, either preprinted or virtual (ie. in the election computer tallies). The Left will then dare the Republicans to do something about it. What happens then is anyone’s guess.

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GreyRanga
GreyRanga
April 24, 2024 7:33 am

Rosie you must spend a lot of time sorting out the rubbish from all your feeds. I am grateful to all the commenters who do this. I can’t stomach it and have too much to do anyway. I have some specialised sites for the niche subject interests. No crap accepted, broken links removed. Inappropriate links you’re gone. Place a comment in the wrong category gets moved to correct it and if you continue get told off. Obviously none of them read the Cat. Anyway thanks.

Crossie
Crossie
April 24, 2024 7:33 am

While it is possible the Dems and deep state may fall short, I think there will be ballot drops at 3am again, either preprinted or virtual (ie. in the election computer tallies). The Left will then dare the Republicans to do something about it. What happens then is anyone’s guess.

That’s funny, I like your optimism. Republicans will do nothing, meaning they will go along with the steal like they went along with voting for funding for Ukraine but not their own border security. Much like our own Liberals and their agreement to internet censorship and Zero carbon targets.

rosie
rosie
April 24, 2024 7:41 am

Not really Ranga.
I just did a quick scroll through and out of idle curiosity had a look at the Owens thread.
Was the usual ignoramus garbage.
Social media good and very bad is here to stay and there’s nothing e safety commisars can do about it.
Parents should man up and keep their children away from social media.
I don’t think twitter and Facebook are where kids hang out.
That’s gotta be insta and tiktok.

Wally Dalí
Wally Dalí
April 24, 2024 7:43 am

Bit quiet on the Catscape. Seems it’s Tom’s Toons what was bringing in the punters all along…

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
April 24, 2024 8:02 am

I’ve been watching the EV car crash with interest, but also watching the Hollywood car crash as well.

They’re related since the punters don’t like what the elites are offering them and are voting with their feet. Yet the elites persist to the point of collapsing both industries. Fascinating to see it unfold in front of us the way it is doing. Here’s some more on the Civil War movie and the malaise of the movie business.

“What Kind Of American Are You?” (24 Apr)

We decided to go and see Civil War on Friday night, and boy times have changed. Regal Cinemas went bankrupt a few years ago after Covid, and the theater was taken over by some local businessmen. They now play four or five movies, but $10 per ticket is pretty reasonable compared to the chains. Instead of hundreds of cars in the parking lot, there were about 30 cars. We expected a long wait time at the PJ Whelihans, but there were dozens of seats at the bar and booths.

When we ventured over to the cinema, there was no one checking that we had tickets, and it was like a ghost town. A Friday night at the movies a decade ago was a big deal. The place would have been bustling. I can’t see this place making it over the long haul.

There were eight people there to see Civil War. 

Nolte: Lousy Movies Drive Box Office Down 21 Percent over Last Year (23 Apr)

With the year nearly a third over, the domestic box office is down 21 percent from last year, and last year’s box office stunk. …

How bad are things at the box office this year? Pretty bad when the current Big Box Office Success Story is Civil War, a movie that’s only managed to gross $49 million WORLDWIDE over two weekends.

So Civil War is one of the best performing movies lately and it’s not doing well. It appears to have a somewhat lefty tone with a Trumpish enemy, but otherwise tries to walk a fine line. However making journalists the lead characters is weird since a large proportion of the population in the US detests journalists and the media right now. Especially righties.

Yet when they make a fun movie like Maverick the public flock in.

I wonder what it will take for the studio executives to learn the lesson?

rosie
rosie
April 24, 2024 8:07 am
m0nty
m0nty
April 24, 2024 8:12 am

Bit quiet on the Catscape. Seems it’s Tom’s Toons what was bringing in the punters all along…

The biggest story overnight is the dude called Pecker from the National Enquirer confessing to catch&kill of a string of cheating scandals about Trump during his marriage to Melania, such that Pecker said Trump was the “most eligible bachelor in town” in 2015 despite being ten years into his third marriage.

Not many ways to spin that if you’re MAGA. No wonder things are a bit quiet on the Cat.

rosie
rosie
April 24, 2024 8:14 am

So much to wade through.
The most obvious, banning the stabbing video on social media wouldn’t have made the slightest bit of difference to the people gathering at the church afterwards, it was being livestreamed, to his followers.
That’s why there was a video in the first place you idiots.
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2024/apr/23/elon-musk-battle-over-the-sydney-church-stabbing-video-is-not-about-freedom-of-speech-its-to-titillate-his-followers

calli
calli
April 24, 2024 8:15 am

I’m currently picking the eyes out of Netflix. Some of the offerings are quite good, mostly British although mostly woke.

Refusing to watch any DEI historical garbage. Mainly police procedurals where you expect to see employment quotas and snapshots of suburbia, so nothing immediately jarring or cringeworthy.

Nothing I would pay serious money for at the cinema. For a start they’re series, so too long. And at $16 a month it isn’t much of an investment. The big studios are ripping out content from the platform for their own vanity sites, which I wouldn’t touch with a bargepole.

Netflix will end up as a niche with its own shows or product seeking a wider audience, particularly foreign language stuff. Hollywood can go hang.

Roger
Roger
April 24, 2024 8:15 am

The jig is up:

Guardian Essential poll indicates Australians no longer believe renewable electricity is the cheapest option.

I guess they’ve noticed their power bills.

“…the logic of cheaper power fuelled by free sun, wind and water is contested with large renewable projects defined by their high start-up costs and environmental footprints.”

Here’s the truth: energy transition is hard. Not everyone gets a pony
The author, Peter Lewis, has to be one of the dumbest commentators in Australian public life.

rosie
rosie
April 24, 2024 8:18 am

Elon can censor and ban who he likes.
I know, having reported a few accounts myself, twitter does ban accounts that call for violence, post graphic content, are anti Semitic etc.
Does that mean he should obey the diktats of foreign governments?
Should China also have control of twitter content, Iran? How about North Korea?

calli
calli
April 24, 2024 8:19 am

That’s why there was a video in the first place you idiots.

The shaping of the narrative, just like the church service, is happening in real time.

Hard to gaslight if you have the evidence in front of your eyes. Hence the need to suppress it.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
April 24, 2024 8:20 am
m0nty
m0nty
April 24, 2024 8:26 am

I also see Congress is actually passing the Ukraine aid package. RIP to the Putinist idiots on here, a rouble for your thoughts.

rosie
rosie
April 24, 2024 8:26 am

I currently have a prime account, rewatching Justified though I have it all on DVD. I recall the death rate got too much for me as the seasons progressed.
What do you do when you run out of Crowders?
It’s difficult to find any current release stuff that doesn’t irritate with woke memes.
I started some spin off of the Good Wife but the main characters are lipstick lesbians, neither of whom was taking the Penny Wong masculine role in the relationship, which it seems to me they always do.
Not interested.

Bobtheboozer
Bobtheboozer
April 24, 2024 8:34 am

Bruce O’Nuke:

While it is possible the Dems and deep state may fall short, I think there will be ballot drops at 3am again, either preprinted or virtual (ie. in the election computer tallies). The Left will then dare the Republicans to do something about it. What happens then is anyone’s guess.

IF that election is obviously corrupted, AND there is a call for a march in Washington, then it will be on.
There won’t be any coming back from the measures that the Democrats will have to take to quell the violence.
It will be up to the US as to whether it decides to carry out the mandate given in the 2nd Amendment – that governments are not to be trusted and that the people have a right to overthrow a tyrannical and unjust government and replace it with one they want.

rosie
rosie
April 24, 2024 8:42 am

“Hard to gaslight if you have the evidence in front of your eyes. Hence the need to suppress it.”
I don’t know.
There are idiots running around Twitter saying the video is fake, there was no knife, he was a mossad agent etc.
The government has declared it was a terrorist attack, I don’t think anyone rational is under any illusions about the circumstances.
What it seems to be is a rallying point for exerting government control over social media under the guise of protecting poor precious Australians from yucky stuff.
Whatever it is, it will be too little, too late, unless they think they can shut it down.
They should be more concerned about outright fakery like ‘who committed the Westfield massacre’.
The reality is social media is a swirling mass of outrageous nonsense.
All of this is just a distraction from the real problem; a volatile out of control threatening muslim population who will continue to produce ‘lone wolves’ and with the potential to cause a lot more damage in the right circumstances.
Imagine if there was an attack in a mosque and a mischief maker named the perpetrator as a Mr X Y?
They won’t be mobilising a week later off the back of a video circulating on twitter.

GreyRanga
GreyRanga
April 24, 2024 8:42 am

That mean and nasty Jim Cook stealing all those spears. Probably did it at night so no one would see him. It wouldn’t have been The Space Age Locals throwing them at him would it? What? You brought a spear to a musket fight. I thought you lot invented lasers or phasers or whatever Bruce, the White Liar, Pascoe said.

calli
calli
April 24, 2024 8:43 am

Another thing you can’t do at the cinema, unless you up stumps and walk out…

Just cleared my “continue watching” catalogue at Netflix. It was quite extensive. Some of them only lasted five minutes!

Life is too short to watch crapola. Unless you’re knitting or stitching. Then it’s just background noise. Some of them were so bad they couldn’t even survive multitasking.

Top Ender
Top Ender
April 24, 2024 8:45 am

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Ol’ Brucie is now 77. How long can he keep the scam going?

Or will he have a St Paul moment one day, and realise his past wickedness? Maybe come out and confess?

Or will it be “so long and thanks for all the fish”?

GreyRanga
GreyRanga
April 24, 2024 8:46 am

Mutley, a rouble is worth more than all your talking points. Say hi to the Milko.

rosie
rosie
April 24, 2024 8:48 am

When I was on the train into Paris there was a bunch of German school kids, pretty young, maybe thirteen fourteen year olds, all indigenous Germans, a couple of whom though it was funny to say, in English, ‘Hitler was right’. I guess they though there wouldn’t be English speakers on a regional train but still, you know where they are getting that crap from.
(There were teachers with them, but they were scattered through a couple of carriages)

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
April 24, 2024 8:52 am

Speaking of the other car crash:

The West’s electric car giants now risk destroying themselves (23 Apr)

For an industry built on the quiet purr of its expensive technology, the sound of the electric car market screeching to a halt is too loud not to be heard.

The ensuing pile-up threatens to turn into a battle for survival – the car industry’s equivalent of the Hunger Games that some of the biggest names may not walk away from. …

Fleet purchases have accounted for 60pc of registrations so far this year, up from a little over half over the same period in 2022.

Private sales have fallen nearly 10pc, suggesting the so-called early adopter phase that drove the first wave of purchases is already over. In Germany, Sweden and Italy, electric sales have plunged 30pc.

So the only thing keeping the EV business afloat right now is the fleet purchases. And we’ve recently seen Hertz bail on that. When other wokeified executives get up the courage to join Hertz the crash is going to be enormous.

Cats know all this pretty much but the article is repeated from the UK Telegraph, which has been green as grass the last decade. Having an article like this is another symptom that what was absolutely haram hitherto is increasingly allowed to be stated in public.

Diogenes
Diogenes
April 24, 2024 8:52 am

Or will he have a St Paul moment one day, and realise his past wickedness

His kids will inherit the grift

Indolent
Indolent
April 24, 2024 8:55 am
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Indolent
Indolent
April 24, 2024 8:56 am
Indolent
Indolent
April 24, 2024 8:57 am

@TaraBull808

NEW: Australian Prime Minister GOING AFTER Elon Musk, accidentally admits ? platform is the only truthful one.

Despite cyber regulator’s demanding the removal of posts on ?, Elon Musk refuses to bend to their demands, stating,

“It is absurd for any ONE country to attempt to censor the entire world.”

Other platforms censored their users and removed the content.

? is the only one for free speech.

Roger
Roger
April 24, 2024 8:59 am

Look…over there!

ASIO Director Mike Burgess will reportedly use a National Press Club address today to warn of nutjobs on the interwebs trying to foment a race war in Australia.

lotocoti
lotocoti
April 24, 2024 9:02 am

Meanwhile, in the capital of the formerly United Kingdom,
the Met were out in force to ensure extreme right-wingers
weren’t wearing masks on St George’s day.
The Met ignoring mask wearing by terrorist supporting
Jew-haters is not a sign of two tiered policing.
Apparently.

GreyRanga
GreyRanga
April 24, 2024 9:02 am

I’m watching Babylon Berlin on SBS on demand at the moment. Its based on historical events, 4 series. Set in 1929, rather good, a bit explicit in places, no need. Bryan Ferry does a gig as a cabaret singer. Picked him straight away. The acting is impressive. The emergence of the Nazi’s is truly frightening. We now have a government doing the same without the Brown Shirts. Maybe they’re yet to come.

Indolent
Indolent
April 24, 2024 9:08 am
Indolent
Indolent
April 24, 2024 9:09 am
Makka
Makka
April 24, 2024 9:12 am

Australia has made clear they believe in stripping away human rights (freedom of expression) in order to satisfy what they deem appropriate for your eyes and ears.

Australia is officially NOT a free country.

We know this already.

Our Govts during covid demonstrated we live in a country where Govt and Opposition will quickly and enthusiastically unite to resort to tyranny when the opportunity presents. Don’t expect the courts to protect our non-existent rights.

shatterzzz
April 24, 2024 9:13 am

Warren ..

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Barking Toad
Barking Toad
April 24, 2024 9:16 am

Bulk Brittany

Dunno who it was – Pogria ? Way up fred.

I fcukin love it!

duncanm
duncanm
April 24, 2024 9:21 am

The nub of the issue..

https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/1782548668236652708

@elonmusk

Just want to understand clearly:

Are you requiring this platform to censor content globally, even when that content is made inaccessible to Australian IP addresses and the content is stored only on servers in the United States?

.. and the inevitable Streisand effect.
https://twitter.com/WallStreetSilv/status/1782804169448996955

X has risen to become the top downloaded news app in Australia.

Cassie of Sydney
April 24, 2024 9:21 am

It Always Starts With the Jews

Last night a family I know walked to synagogue and on the way this family was abused by a person who yelled at them…….

Jews out of Gaza

To which a member of this family group responded…..

This Jew is not in Gaza, this Jew is in Australia and this Jew is Australian

shatterzzz
April 24, 2024 9:22 am

Good to see Colesworths being worried by the gummint supermarket investigation ..
3 weeks ago Coles “own brand” peanut butter, 980g jar, $6.80 today $7.70 ..!

Indolent
Indolent
April 24, 2024 9:26 am
Eyrie
Eyrie
April 24, 2024 9:26 am

Good to see Colesworths being worried by the gummint supermarket investigation ..
3 weeks ago Coles “own brand” peanut butter, 980g jar, $6.80 today $7.70 ..!

Don’t blame the supermarkets. Blame the government for increased power prices and transport costs. You expect businesses to simply absorb increased costs?

local oaf
April 24, 2024 9:31 am

ASIO Director Mike Burgess will reportedly use a National Press Club address today to warn of nutjobs on the interwebs trying to foment a race war in Australia.

Obviously “Whitey” will be on one side – I guess we’ll have to wait to find out which other “race” will be our intended victim.

Diogenes
Diogenes
April 24, 2024 9:32 am

And then there are electric planes.

from Mentor Pilot/Mentor now. Opening line… “Is increasing pilot pay going to kill electric aircraft?”

https://youtu.be/yyw3yW3sqRw?feature=shared

Roger
Roger
April 24, 2024 9:34 am

You expect businesses to simply absorb increased costs?

That corporations that boast about their social responsibility and inject themselves into political debates are in turn required to have a social license to operate in the marketplace and have their profit margins and business practices scrutinised should come as no surprise.

Welcome to the world you’ve helped create, Colesworths.

Should have stuck to selling groceries.

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shatterzzz
April 24, 2024 9:34 am

remember that $500 rebate Luigi gave low income & OAPs last year ? .. got my electric bill this week $13.28 with various other OAP deductions including $125 from the $500 .. this is my 3rd instalment .. previous 2 .. $38.22 & $17,56 .. one more to go .. I’m gonna miss it when it’s finished …….!
Electric usually around $150 quarter .. gas, generally, $120-ish quarter ..

Zippster
Zippster
April 24, 2024 10:01 am

Rob Roos | Erosion of National Democratic Process by Supra-National Technocracy | NatCon Brussels 2

H B Bear
H B Bear
April 24, 2024 10:25 am

Aaaand now attention turns to the matter of that $2.4m. I wonder how Dreyfus is sleeping at night?

Crossie
Crossie
April 24, 2024 10:29 am

Bobtheboozer

 April 24, 2024 8:34 am

Bruce O’Nuke:

While it is possible the Dems and deep state may fall short, I think there will be ballot drops at 3am again, either preprinted or virtual (ie. in the election computer tallies). The Left will then dare the Republicans to do something about it. What happens then is anyone’s guess.

IF that election is obviously corrupted, AND there is a call for a march in Washington, then it will be on.

if that were to eventuate the protesters would be wise to assemble and demonstrate at their home red states where they will not be arrested and jailed in the Washington DC gulags.

cohenite
April 24, 2024 10:29 am

Viva Frei, the little hairy lawyer sums up the latest day of the Trump persecution.

Trump Trial Day 6 RECAP! From Alleged Contempt of Gag Order to 1st Witness Pecker! Viva Frei Vlawg (youtube.com)

The judge and everyone else concerned with this should be nuked.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
April 24, 2024 10:34 am

It Always Starts With the Jews

Yes, something that’s become crystal clear in the last year. As Stephen Green said in that article they’ve gone from “punch a Nazi” to being Nazis themselves in only 4 years. If there was any doubt that the National Socialists were lefties that has been completely erased now.

Some more on the same thing:

When Western culture goes mad, it attacks Jews (23 Apr)

In the work at the Bienniale by the Mexican Frieda Toranzo Jaeger, we see a future characterized by queer freedom, ecologism and “Viva Palestina”, between a lesbian scene and a reference to Frida Kahlo. …

Now we all live in the crazy and demented world of Judith Butler, who calls herself “they” but cannot distinguish a democracy that counts heads (Israel) from a caliphate that cuts them off (Gaza).

Now we have Netflix’s rainbow fairies, neutral bathrooms, transgender Homer, transbody, Ramadan crescents hanging in Europe’s de-Christianized cities and let us not forget universities like Columbia and Yale which resemble Nazi Germany.

When Western culture goes crazy, it attacks Jews. It happened in 1934 and it is happening in 2024.

Then you can add in the aboriginal black arm-band sector waving Pali flags next to aboriginal ones and the climate crazies like Greta, who has come out as a rampant antisemite. As Mr Meotti says there’s a madness – a widely prevalent mental illness that’s infecting our culture now.

Roger
Roger
April 24, 2024 10:34 am

Aaaand now attention turns to the matter of that $2.4m. I wonder how Dreyfus is sleeping at night?

I don’t imagine Higgins is sleeping well either. I understand Reynolds is expecting her legal costs to date to be paid by Higgins and a more forthcoming apology before she drops her defamation suit.

Crossie
Crossie
April 24, 2024 10:38 am

Indolent

 April 24, 2024 9:09 am

Bannon: House Republicans secretly want Trump to lose

That is obvious to more and more people. If House Republicans were concerned about democracy and their Republic they would all walk out until all charges were dropped against Trump. They are almost completely silent thereby agreeing with the witch hunt. If the positions were reversed Democrats would mobilise their entire voting base.

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Dr Faustus
Dr Faustus
April 24, 2024 10:47 am

Look…over there!

ASIO Director Mike Burgess will reportedly use a National Press Club address today to warn of nutjobs on the interwebs trying to foment a race war in Australia.

Keep an eye on this one.

The important details will lie in the official designation of what constitutes an online ‘nutjob’ and what constitutes ’fomenting a race war’ (or similar societal unrest).

The near unanimity in public commentary that Musk is a preening, parading showman trying to foist abhorrent 4Chan views on Australians – and the near complete avoidance of the issue of unlimited extraterritorial powers claimed by executive government – suggests a security service adjacent view on that is already abroad.

These people are conceptually OK with the corollary that the Iranian Government is entitled to demand that abhorrent and blasphemous kuffir material is removed from global sight.

Once you are on that spectrum, everything is possible in the name of expediency and administrative convenience.

[NB, for the ASIO work experience kiddie; this is not to be taken as promoting the publication of abhorrent material, misinformation, unlimited speech, or advocating any form of war, cultural, racial or religious.]

shatterzzz
April 24, 2024 10:47 am

How bad are things at the box office this year? Pretty bad when the current Big Box Office Success Story is Civil War, a movie that’s only managed to gross $49 million WORLDWIDE over two weekends.

I ‘pirated’ CIVIL WAR last week .. my sympathy goes out to anyone who’s, actually, paid/paying to see it .. Just your, usual, run-of-the-mill shoot ’em up using set-in-America as the “cash-in” bait …………

rosie
rosie
April 24, 2024 10:48 am

Frida Kahlo
My apartment in Sassari was adorned with Kahlo prints.
Hard to miss as all self portraits.
I was looking for apartments in another town and again with the Kahlo, enough for me to say pass.
I had no idea who she was before an accidental visit to an exhibition of her in Verona some years ago.
Like she’s the only ever female painter.
And one iirc who’s life revolved around her inability to have children.

Muddy
Muddy
April 24, 2024 10:52 am

Lord Dover.

I sent you an email yesterday with an idea for a guest post. Because it had attachments, it may have gone straight to your spambulator. Cheers.

rosie
rosie
April 24, 2024 10:53 am

I’m pretty sure ‘Hitler was right’ is a reference to ‘the Jewish question’ which is why the comment was so obnoxious.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
April 24, 2024 10:54 am

The important details will lie in the official designation of what constitutes an online ‘nutjob’ and what constitutes ’fomenting a race war’ (or similar societal unrest).

If I told Mr Burgess to buy a mirror would that be extremism?

shatterzzz
April 24, 2024 10:55 am

Aaaand now attention turns to the matter of that $2.4m. I wonder how Dreyfus is sleeping at night?

Dreyfuss doesn’t care or lose any sleep ..! Another Labor minister handing out OPM money .. duuuuh! .. he doesn’t even rate alongside the Luigi, Black-out, “plenty wrong” $billion handouts ..!
$2.4million just loose change to any Labor minister ……….!

Vicki
Vicki
April 24, 2024 11:02 am

I can’t believe it. Peter Dutton has reacted to the “X” footage of the Wakeley attack by reversing his opposition to the government’s proposed ACMA legislation! He will now support what is perhaps the most savage attack on free speech in this country!

https://www.spectator.com.au/2024/04/australia-doesnt-need-a-ministry-of-truth/?

Roger
Roger
April 24, 2024 11:02 am

Like she’s the only ever female painter.

And one iirc who’s life revolved around her inability to have children.

And Communism.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
April 24, 2024 11:03 am

I’m embarrassed to have been a student there.

Rowdy American-inspired protest camp springs up in Sydney (Tele, paywalled)

A pro-Palestine movement resulting in hundreds of arrests at American universities has made its way to Australia, with an encampment springing up at the University of Sydney.

Of course it would be UniSyd, given the recent track record of the place. Even though paywalled it’s worth looking at the photo. Says everything you need to know. D9 it all and roll it flat.

Vicki
Vicki
April 24, 2024 11:05 am

Fortunately, writers like Michael Sexton are exposing the hypocrisy.

https://www.spectator.com.au/2024/04/time-to-give-hate-speech-the-flick/?

Roger
Roger
April 24, 2024 11:05 am

Time to let go of faith in the Liberal Party, Vicki.

shatterzzz
April 24, 2024 11:06 am

Oh dear ..! .. NSW Health just dropped, dramatically, in my luv of gummint listings ..! duuuuh! …
Community nurse came to change my catheter .. didn’t have my, usual size, so I get the “giant” size .. bag goes from ankle to knee with a metre & a half of tubing so ended up having to wrap, excess, tube around my upper leg and tape it down .. duuuuh! …. no idea why anyone would need 1 & 1/2mts of tubing for a normal leg but, apparently, someone, somewhere does … FFS! ..
NO idea who you complain too but, at least, having an op next Tuesday so should be able to get the hospital to replace this monstrosity for the right size … until then shopping gonna be a bit of a hassle .. may have to get a parrot to balance the necessary “limping” .. Aaaaaagh Jim, Lad …LOL!

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Makka
Makka
April 24, 2024 11:08 am

I can’t believe it.

Why is that Vicki? Dutton was an active supporter of the National Cabinet that forced Australia into tyrannical lock downs during the covid hysteria. He is an ex-cop. The idea that the LNP are our representatives for freedom and liberty is a farce.

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Vicki
Vicki
April 24, 2024 11:19 am

I have posted all of Senator Ralph Babet’s article in today’s Australian Spectator because I think it is one of the most cogent opinion pieces I have read for a long while. In answer to Roger’s comment this morning – -yes, there are Aussie politicians who speak for freedom and civil liberties. They are just not in the major parties!!!

Australia’s e-Safety KarenOnly slaves are denied free speech. Are we slaves?Senator Ralph Babet

If you were to believe Anthony Albanese, Elon Musk is the greatest threat to Australian democracy since Lucifer fell from heaven.
The Prime Minister, with his free speech adverse e-Safety Commissioner by his side, has gone all the way to the Australian Federal Court to stop Twitter from publishing footage of the alleged terror attack on Bishop Mar Mari Emmanuel. The Bishop survived the attack, is recovering well, and has graciously already forgiven his attacker.

We are told the footage of the incident is too distressing for us to see. We are told watching it will create too much disagreement between people in the community. Oh, the irony! The Prime Minister, who spent a year trying to divide us by race, is suddenly concerned about community harmony…
It beggars belief that an Australian government would seek to deny Australians the ability to see what happened to a fellow Australian in Australia.

Apparently, it’s a heinous crime to allow real people to post real videos of what really happened in real life. As it turns out, our politicians don’t-like-real-life.
I, a politician, posted that contentious video, along with a 7-minute monologue explaining my thoughts on the incident. Go and watch it if you choose.

Today, Communications Minister Michelle Rowland asked me to explain my actions. Minister, I already did. Didn’t you watch my monologue? Maybe you can read this one instead.

Who made you the arbiter of speech anyway? What right do you have to compel the political speech of a sitting Senator? The only people who I answer to are those who might vote for me at the next election if I choose to contest. Minister Rowland, I would never attempt to censor your political speech, so do not try to censor mine.

It appears the government would prefer us to live in a world carefully curated by an e-Safety Karen who decides what we may and may not see.
Of course, we all know the government’s attempt to censor posts on Twitter has nothing to do with sparing us from confronting images. If confronting images are the problem, will they erase footage of 9/11 from the internet? Will they demand vision of the Bali Bombings be taken down? Will they demand that footage from Gaza be scrubbed from the internet? Will they demand that footage from Ukraine be deleted? The answer is no, they will not. One can simply go onto YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, and the nightly news and see all manner of footage from these places. But all we hear about in the media is Twitter [X]. Why? Why X…?

The reason is simple. X is run by a free thinking, free speech advocate. X has provided a platform for individuals to challenge the government and the globalist narrative. This is what the government fears – losing control over the narrative.
And it’s not as if the government is trying to protect the dignity of Bishop Mar Mari Emmanuel, who was attacked. Honestly, since when has this government done anything but attack, undermine, and seek to suppress Christians?

Let’s be very clear once again, the government does not care about individuals. They care about taking down X as X poses a threat to their control of information.
The attack on Bishop Emmanuel is being used as a Trojan horse to ram through the government’s long talked about misinformation and disinformation legislation. This is just the excuse that they needed.
And here, of course, is the other great irony. If the government was really concerned about misinformation, they would be demanding Elon Musk censor them, and not the other way around!

It’s the government that insists a man can become a woman by simply declaring himself to be one.

It’s the government that insists that renewables are the cheapest form of energy even as our power bills are going up.

It’s the government that insists we are in a climate crisis so bad it is labelled global boiling, even as Adelaide this week recorded its coldest April morning in nine years.

It’s the government that told us the vaccine was ‘safe and effective’ when it wasn’t.

It’s the government that told us to wear masks when masks proved completely ineffective in stopping Covid and, in some cases, made people’s breathing worse.

It’s the government that told us they would legislate Stage 3 tax cuts exactly as planned, only to go and change them.

It’s the government that paid experts to tell us that the East Coast of Australia would be in a permanent state of drought. This is right before dams in Brisbane and Sydney overflowed, flooding thousands of homes.
It’s the government that told us the Uluru Statement from the Heart was only one page long when the full version was actually 26 pages long.
It’s the government that told us young people would benefit from the Covid vaccine, when they didn’t.

It’s the government that told us they would save us $275 on our power bills if we voted for them. We’re still waiting.
It’s the government that told us they would be more transparent, but decline more orders for the production of documents than any other government in history.

It’s the government that told us they would not change superannuation before going and taxing more of our superannuation.
And I could go on. And on. There are many more examples.

The greatest purveyor of misinformation is the government – especially this one! If we want to stop misinformation from spreading, all we need to do is to stop some of these politicians from talking.
When the government say that no misinformation or disinformation should be allowed it is clear what they really mean. They mean that only their misinformation and disinformation should be allowed!
In ancient Greece, free speech was the right and privilege of free men. It was recognised as essential for the survival of democracy. The only people denied free speech were slaves. Slaves were not allowed to speak freely. Well, governments around the Western world are trying to turn us all into slaves.

Rather than continue the progress of the enlightenment, governments are trying to frog march us back to the Dark Ages when our speech was restricted, our thoughts were limited, and we were easily controlled. It is exactly the future George Orwell warned us about.
He wrote that the last and most important command of the party would be disregarding what we could see with our own eyes, and what we could hear with our own ears.

We are living in Orwell’s 1984.

It should not be difficult to see why governments around the world want to clamp down on free speech. They are horrified that their half-truths and deceit can be called out publicly by anyone in real-time.
Former New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern famously insisted that she and her government should be New Zealand’s sole source of truth.
In other words, no one should listen to anyone but her.

Our own e-Safety Commissioner spoke at the World Economic Forum where she said that we would need to re-calibrate what freedom of speech means.
The e-Safety Commissioner and the government are hell-bent on deciding what you can and can’t see. In that spirit, they have demanded X remove content globally. This is clearly a dangerous precedent. Elon Musk responded with the following:

‘Our concern is that if ANY country is allowed to censor content for ALL countries, which is what the Australian “eSafety Commissar” is demanding, then what is to stop any country from controlling the entire Internet?’

The desire to muzzle free citizens is not only strong in the Labor Party … and the totalitarian instinct is not only strong in places like Beijing.
Liberal leader Peter Dutton has announced he will support the government’s misinformation and disinformation laws. Well, of course he will. They were, after all, originally proposed by former Liberal Communications Minister Paul Fletcher during the Morrison government’s term in office.
Politicians the world over are on a unity ticket when it comes to curtailing free speech. Whether in Scotland, America, Canada, Brazil, or here in Australia – politicians would have us believe that Elon Musk’s X platform is the cause of all our problems.
It is not.

X is the cause of all politicians’ problems, since it allows the average citizen to call politicians out in real time. They don’t like it and so they’re trying to shut it down. That’s what is really going on. And it must not be allowed to happen. For if it does, democracy dies.

shatterzzz
April 24, 2024 11:21 am

fact check: TRUE …..!

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Aaron
Aaron
April 24, 2024 11:21 am

Send Big Sister to shut down theYNC.

shatterzzz
April 24, 2024 11:33 am

I don’t imagine Higgins is sleeping well either. I understand Reynolds is expecting her legal costs to date to be paid by Higgins and a more forthcoming apology before she drops her defamation suit.

If I was Reynold’s, given last week’s fiasco verdict from Justice Lees .. he who “knows” Nickerless was raped .. I’d be looking at a housing upgrade with maybe, an ocean-going yacht thrown in on a “feelz good” $multi million settlement from a Labor orientated bench ……….
Tho gaining an “award” and collecting may be 2 different things .. LOL!

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
April 24, 2024 11:49 am

Another of the “old and the bold ” has written their memoir – Ian “Bagza” Styles, “A Mother’s Worry” served Special Air Service Regiment in South Vietnam, and the Rhodesian equivalent.

Makka
Makka
April 24, 2024 11:52 am

Political elites around the world have uniformly loathed Musk and X since he removed the Govt controlled censorship that was smothering Dorsey’s Twitter.

To those that are awake, this case will determine a lot about what Australia’s future will be like. Elsewhere as well.

Lysander
Lysander
April 24, 2024 11:56 am

Interesting video I watched last night, parable:

There once was a dumb donkey who loved all the apples of the world! Totally adored them in all varieties. But this same donkey really detested trees so set about destroying all the trees in the world.

One day, after all the trees had been destroyed, to the donkey’s satisfaction, the donkey became very anxious and angry when he realised there were no apples left. He lashed out at everyone else except himself, still not understanding why there were no apples left.

The donkey is, of course, Professor Richard Dawkins who has done nothing his entire life but enjoy the fruits of a Judeo-Christian culture and its benefits but now, with the rise of Islam, bemoans its fall in England, to which he heartily contributed.

DrBeauGan
DrBeauGan
April 24, 2024 12:03 pm

To those that are awake, this case will determine a lot about what Australia’s future will be like. Elsewhere as well.

Given Canada’s C3 and our own bipartsan anti-Musk screams, things look as if governments are getting out of control around the anglosphere. Last time government got this bad, we cut the king’s head off to teach our leaders to behave, and it worked quite well.

Just saying.

caveman
caveman
April 24, 2024 12:17 pm

“Aren’t they lucky that Captain Cook ‘stole’ them?

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2024-04-23/gweagal-spears-captain-cook-took-handed-to-indigenous-community/103756446

You know what’s so funny about this. The Greeks have been asking for the Elgin Marbles to be returned. The British museum have just given back a couple of sticks. Value = zero.
I think this is very funny.

m0nty
m0nty
April 24, 2024 12:33 pm

There will not be a repeat of 6/1/2021 in the first week of 2025. The insurrection ringleaders that day are all in gaol. You can tell that there is nobody waiting in the wings, because Trump is getting practically nil support at his trial. Two men and a dog, almost literally.

GreyRanga
GreyRanga
April 24, 2024 12:35 pm

I said the same thing to my wife caveman.

Dr Faustus
Dr Faustus
April 24, 2024 12:52 pm

Handsome Boy, inadvertently presents the problem in trying to legislate social control:

Mr Albanese said companies had a “social responsibility” to remove the content if requested by the eSafety Commissioner.

“I find it extraordinary that X chose not to comply and are trying to argue their case,” he told reporters in Mackay.

“This isn’t about freedom of expression. This is about the dangerous implications that can occur when things that are simply not true are replicated and weaponised in order to cause division and, in this case, to promote negative statements and potentially to just inflame what was a very difficult situation.”

First up, nobody has a “social responsibility” to do anything requested by an eSafety Commissioner.

The Safety Commissioner has a responsibility to comply with the objective terms of her legislation. If a request is not legal on its face – for example it attempts to reach out extraterritorially – there is a legal pathway to determine whether anything she requested must be done.

Social responsibility” is not a fixed, legally understood concept that runs in parallel – it is a variable political construct that adds confusion to legal obligations.

Secondly, the Bishop’s stabbing was an objective event – not convenient, or acceptable, but clearly notstrictly not true”.

In the present, fraught, ‘Trust Us’ world of wonders, you’d hope for a leader who could present an argument better than this. Probably vainly.

Zippster
Zippster
April 24, 2024 12:54 pm

Rod Dreher | Chaplains of Decline: The Church and Post-Christian Europe | NatCon Brussels 2

shatterzzz
April 24, 2024 12:55 pm

Fact Check: ..TRUE ..

Plod
Makka
Makka
April 24, 2024 12:58 pm

The insurrection ringleaders that day are all in gaol. 

All Hail the Kid Sniffer!

You are such a creep ,m0ron.

Mother Lode
Mother Lode
April 24, 2024 12:59 pm

My suspicion is that Australians will manifest a sloth-like torpor and lack of interest in their own rights for their own sake – but will suddenly be stung when they find out that the rest of the world is mocking and sneering at us for so enthusiastically embracing censorship.

Kneel
Kneel
April 24, 2024 12:59 pm

“That’s funny, I like your optimism. Republicans will do nothing, meaning they will go along with the steal like they went along with voting for funding for Ukraine but not their own border security. Much like our own Liberals and their agreement to internet censorship and Zero carbon targets.”

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/trump-campaign-rnc-100000-volunteer-vote-counting-monitors-presidential-election/

CBS, so every leftie knows it’s not fake news. 🙂
With McDaniel gone from the RNC, and Lara Trump in her place, things will be different this time. How much? We’ll have to wait and see, but it looks a lot better than it did for 2020.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
April 24, 2024 1:01 pm

Mr Albanese said companies had a “social responsibility” to remove the content if requested by the eSafety Commissioner.

Why? I should think the job is for the AFP to investigate and prosecute the poster of the message.

Besides which Twitter is in the US and anyone who logs onto it is doing so in the US not Australia, so we have no say over it. Albo can sicc Interpol onto them if he really wants. Good luck with that.

I rather like the idea of Julia Inman Nazi banning Twitter in Australia. It’d do wonders for VPN services companies.

shatterzzz
April 24, 2024 1:22 pm

This list is, supposedly, taken from Fed gummint statistics for 2023/24 .. now if these figures are correct then the NT along with ACT are the safest place for women to live .. Makes you wonder about all the 251 stories the media find .. unless , of course, 251s aren’t included (due to discrimination) ..

Violent deaths of women by state or territory by April 23, 2024.

Tasmania 1

New South Wales 10

Queensland 6

South Australia 1

Australian Capital Territory 0

Northern Territory 0

Western Australia 3

Victoria 3

Dr Faustus
Dr Faustus
April 24, 2024 1:37 pm

I rather like the idea of Julia Inman Nazi banning Twitter in Australia.

Modest chance of that, you’d think.

The prospect of Albanese rounding off a simply splendid first term in government with 4 million annoyed Australian X users probably already has bums a-twitching.

They may have to be content with trying to recover umpty$millions in daily fines from a subsidiary of an Irish Tiger, with no local assets and16 Australian employees all working from home.

Bobtheboozer
Bobtheboozer
April 24, 2024 1:39 pm

The big correction rolls along:
Gold $A 3763/oz, back to A$3574.

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
April 24, 2024 1:40 pm

Nope, that’s what got us into the trouble we are in now. Just as I took on the My Little Pony assassins who painted me as an anti-Semite, we need to hit them hard and often. No more Mr Nice Guy.

And this sort of vicious self-congratulation is why this site is losing commenters and readers by the dozen.

I stand by my views as expressed above.

Bobtheboozer
Bobtheboozer
April 24, 2024 1:44 pm

Facing dire polling numbers and a lack of left-wing enthusiasm for his “re-election” campaign, Joe Biden is considering taking an extreme measure that should send chills down the spines of any American who values liberty.

https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2024/04/fascism-joe-biden-considering-declaring-national-climate-emergency/

During an April 19 broadcast of the Fox Business Show The Bottom Line with Dagen and Duffy, co-host Sean Duffy revealed that the Biden White House told Fox Business that it is considering defying the Constitution and declaring a climate emergency. He then turned to his guest Marc Morano, a former Republican political aide who runs a climate change skeptic website called ClimateDepot.com, and asked him what impact it would have.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
April 24, 2024 1:53 pm

Violent deaths of women by state or territory by April 23, 2024

The latest data I can find is from 2022 which says 377 deaths in total for that year. So taking slightly less than one third of that number would be about 120 violent deaths in the analogous period.

If 23 women died violently to April 23 of this year it suggests that 97 men died violently in the same period, four times as many as women.

Perhaps the MSM should be wailing about men being murdered, not women (looking today at you, Newscorpse peoples).

rosie
rosie
April 24, 2024 2:12 pm

“NT along with ACT” are minuscule population wise compared to NSW and Victoria.
How about looking at murders per one hundred thousand population on an annual basis?

rosie
rosie
April 24, 2024 2:18 pm

My linking is waiting for approval but the NT has the highest homicide rate in Australia with 9.3 per every 100,000 people

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
April 24, 2024 2:23 pm

I stand by my views as expressed above.

Which were, for those who don’t scroll back, that some months ago a vile and patently anti-Semitic slur was made by Johanna to Cassie, a Jewish woman in distress, and for which not even a hint of regret or apology has been offered. This is a view from which I will never resile unless an apology is made, which seems unlikely, so it is a view I will take to my grave.

Johanna demeans this site with her constant and slanderous bile against me and now against Cassie, and also plenty of others such as OSC. It is barely worth coming here now. The number of Catallaxy ‘refugees’ at CL’s site, a number that has increased recently, might speak more loudly than Johanna’s aggressive fantasies and a lot of upticks for them. She has tried to make my time here a misery for many years, but she hasn’t got away with that. She never will. Brutal bullies deserve to be tackled head-on, as I have done. I think I have done enough to make it clear where I stand, and I prefer to comment mainly on CL’s site now.

Colonel Crispin Berka
Colonel Crispin Berka
April 24, 2024 2:33 pm

Aside from ASIO Mike’s answers, the National Press Club meeting today was interesting for some of the comments from the AFP Commissioner.
He said this was the first year the the powers created 5 years ago to compel companies to break encryption and provide access have been used. So they held off using those new powers for at least 4 years, which is surprisingly self-restrained.

Lysander
Lysander
April 24, 2024 2:36 pm

WTAF???

NEW YORK CITY — There was a near disaster on the runway at JFK International Airport.

A communications error almost sent four different planes to cross a runway at the same exact time.

It happened last week and fortunately, one quick-thinking pilot aborted takeoff.

It turns out that the move avoided tragedy.

The FAA is investigating the near disaster.

An April 17 Zurich-bound Swiss Air flight cleared for takeoff began to speed down the runway but was forced to abort after noticing air traffic control also cleared four other planes to cross that same runway, putting them on a collision course.

JC
JC
April 24, 2024 2:46 pm

Lysander

Dude, just stop. I’m traveling there next month and using the airport 4 times in a month. Arrival, going to and returning from Europe, and then heading home. All from JFK.

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
April 24, 2024 2:49 pm

We are going in a few hours to an IPA dinner with Brendan O’Neill and Bella d’abrera. Only forty attendees. Anyone else going, I will have my name card on so say hello.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
April 24, 2024 2:49 pm

He said this was the first year the the powers created 5 years ago to compel companies to break encryption and provide access have been used. So they held off using those new powers for at least 4 years, which is surprisingly self-restrained.

Haha, listening in to all those radical right-wing Christians talking about the gospel every day must’ve been extremely tiresome for federal plod.

On the other hand he just fessed that for the last four years to 2023 they haven’t been monitoring the denizens of Bankstown, Greenacre and Lakemba. Bit of a tell that.
?

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
April 24, 2024 2:52 pm

WTAF???

NEW YORK CITY — There was a near disaster on the runway at JFK International Airport.

A communications error almost sent four different planes to cross a runway at the same exact time.

Apparently too many air traffic controllers are stale white males.

Diversity in the Skies: FAA’s Controversial Shift in Air Traffic Controller Hiring (29 Jan)

feelthebern
feelthebern
April 24, 2024 2:52 pm

Stephen Miles has packed on the pounds.
He now has the fat guts to match his fat head.

Tom
Tom
April 24, 2024 3:02 pm

JC, it would seem runway conflicts aren’t that rare at JFK. Same thing as Lysander describes happened to me around 2015 when we were about to take off from one of the four runways at JFK on a brand new Qatar Airways A350-900. We were doing about 100 knots on the takeoff roll when the pilot suddenly jammed the brakes and we screamed to a halt in a cloud of burning rubber after we were accidentally put on a collision path with another plane. Back to the terminal for a tech inspection before we were cleared to take off again.

To say I stained my underpants would be an understatement.

GreyRanga
GreyRanga
April 24, 2024 3:06 pm

Air Traffic Controller hiring are not DEI hires, they DIE hires.

Top Ender
Top Ender
April 24, 2024 3:08 pm
Dr Faustus
Dr Faustus
April 24, 2024 3:08 pm

Counter-terrorism police have searched multiple addresses in Sydney on Wednesday after the stabbing of a religious leader in a Wakeley church last week.

“The JCTT Sydney is executing search warrants in Sydney today as part of an ongoing investigation. There is no current threat to public safety and no connection to Anzac Day commemorations,” a police statement said.

More information will be provided later today, but nothing further is available at this time.

damon
damon
April 24, 2024 3:09 pm

Dana Perino finally shows her claws.

JC
JC
April 24, 2024 3:17 pm

This disgusting bint went a good way to destroying America and she receives an award for doing so.

Speaker Emerita Nancy Pelosi receives honorary degree for lasting legacy to public service

(University College Dublin).

rosie
rosie
April 24, 2024 3:22 pm

Well well well.
The lone wolf had a pack.

JC
JC
April 24, 2024 3:25 pm

Convince me we don’t live in a simulation.

The current lawfare in NYC against Trump is about a (legal) payoff to a pornstar. The first witness to be called is a dude named David Pecker.

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Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
April 24, 2024 3:25 pm

Goyder re-elected as Woodside chair as singing protesters drown out his AGM speechBy Peter MilneWoodside chair Richard Goyder has been re-elected for another three years during the company’s annual general meeting at Crown Perth.
The vote was 82.73 per cent in his favour. In 2021, more than 99 per cent of shareholders endorsed his re-election.
In a not-so-warm congratulations, however, his speech at the meeting was interrupted by climate change activists who began singing their own version of ‘Don’t Dream It’s Over’ by Crowded House from the crowd before being escorted out.

Should have been escorted out, and given a good hiding in the car park.

GreyRanga
GreyRanga
April 24, 2024 3:32 pm

Bob did you notice the big sell off of gold leading up to hamarse going postal. With my conspiracy hat on I’d love to know if it was Iran doing the selling or other muzzie countries. Then a couple of days beforehand started to climb again. Makes me wonder who knew and were making a bit on insider trading. Now about chemtrails? My conspiracy has more legs than chemtrails.

Patrick Kelly
Patrick Kelly
April 24, 2024 3:41 pm

What in the name of all things bright and beautiful is the requirement for media to describe a stabbing as an “alleged” stabbing? The victim is in hospital with life threatening stab wounds. The incident was recorded on video. In what surreal world do we live wherein a stabbing. described in an official police announcement as such. now has to be tip toed around as an “alleged stabbing”. The guy was stabbed, so ipso facto, there was a stabbing. And Jesus wept!

Mother Lode
Mother Lode
April 24, 2024 3:54 pm

It will show newfound consciousness, in the patrons of Allan’s Snackbar and the Pali-pals, of what pisses people off if we are not subject to angry and disruptive protests tomorrow.

The eternal victims, of that remarkable sort that repeatedly and deliberately causes the events whereby they become victims, will insist that nothing else can be honoured, celebrated, or talked about while Gazans are suffering.

Even sitting in a cafe ordinarily you would look around to check there is not some scowling purple-haired sow wearing one of those scarves that looks like it was made by pressing a white rag against a chain link fence covered in wet black paint before telling the waitress “This is a really nice coffee” lest you trigger an eruption of “How can you be enjoying coffee while there is a genocide in Gaza, you racist Zionist fascist white supremacist!”

Mother Lode
Mother Lode
April 24, 2024 3:57 pm

The lone wolf had a pack.

I wonder if our betters will ever ask themselves why the lone wolves are always wolves.

Is it possible that wolves are a problem?

Roger
Roger
April 24, 2024 3:58 pm

Inflation higher than expected, likely driven by rising rents as Albanese stuffs 600 000 extra migrants into Sydney and Melbourne.

At this rate the cost of living crisis is the new normal.

Dim Chalmers hasn’t a clue and the shadow Treasurer is MIA.

Stick a fork in Australia, because we’re done.

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Mother Lode
Mother Lode
April 24, 2024 4:04 pm

What in the name of all things bright and beautiful is the requirement for media to describe a stabbing as an “alleged” stabbing?

It is because it is being reported by alleged journalists. Everything they write is alleged by dint of them writing it.

local oaf
April 24, 2024 4:05 pm

“What in the name of all things bright and beautiful is the requirement for media to describe a stabbing as an “alleged” stabbing?”

The Australian media are diligent in their efforts to protect the rights of anyone accused of a crime. /sarc

Tom
Tom
April 24, 2024 4:06 pm

Hooray! Out of internet prison in two hours short of four days.

As I had feared, the Computer Guys’ local office (recommended by my brother) was too busy so I defaulted to the local Jim’s IT franchise.

It took six hours from placing the order to mission accomplished with a home visit. Total cost: $99.

These Indian guys can do this stuff with their eyes closed. I got them to explain and demonstrate the process so I won’t need to call them if it happens again (laptop connection to the internet via iPhone hotspot).

Happy to recommend them for the simple stuff.

Lysander
Lysander
April 24, 2024 4:15 pm

LOL sucked in Goyder!!! 😛

Woodside’s annual general meeting at Perth Crown now and in a historical motion its shareholders have just voted to reject the oil and gas giant’s energy transition plan, signalling a growing intolerance for the impact its emissions are having on climate change.

During the vote, which took place this afternoon as hundreds of protesters rallied outside, 58 per cent of shareholders opposed the climate plan.

Chair Richard Goyder said he was “naturally disappointed” but that he expected the result after last year’s plan only just got over the line with 51 per cent of the vote.

However, he claimed the company’s approach to its energy transition was dynamic.

“We would love to be investing more money in new energy right now if we only had the customers,” he said.

Goyder has had 80 meetings in the past year with stakeholders to try and sell the company’s transition plan. The vote is non-binding and advisory, but a huge blow to Woodside’s attempt to be portrayed as a positive force in the transition of the energy sector to net-zero emissions.

Bourne1879
Bourne1879
April 24, 2024 4:15 pm

Lizzie,
In the Johanna v Lizzie feud I am definitely on your side. I am most definitely a supporter of Cassie.
However you have done more than enough to make things clear and it has just become tedious repetition. If you like CL’s place more than here why do you keep returning?
Give it a rest as the virtue signalling is off the charts.

“I think I have done enough to make it clear where I stand, and I prefer to comment mainly on CL’s site now”

Makka
Makka
April 24, 2024 4:16 pm

and the shadow Treasurer is MIA.

Fair go, Rog. It’s very difficult to oppose, when you actually concur with your opponents policies. Except for the odd obligatory shallow grumble and mumble, the SFL’s are fully on board with Big ‘Straya.

Dunny Brush
Dunny Brush
April 24, 2024 4:18 pm

Bishop Mar Mari has backed Musk. My body my choice! Chortle.

JC
JC
April 24, 2024 4:20 pm

The Albanian’s feelings are hurt because social media platforms allow images on their sites that poke fun at him. He calls it misinformation.
The idiot is stupider than an indoor plant.

The Australian Chief Nanny thinks social media companies have a social responsibility to take down memes that make fun of him. Do not post any fake pictures of

@AlboMP

in the replies. Or of Trudeau. Don’t do it!

https://twitter.com/BillboardChris/status/1782984206542340526

Lysander
Lysander
April 24, 2024 4:22 pm

As my nephews would say: Totes awks..

An ABC journalist has been forced to apologise after tagging a porn account named “Albo” when referencing the Prime Minister on X, leaving tech billionaire Elon Musk in a fit of laughter.

Journalist Michael Rowland, who fronts the national broadcaster’s breakfast show, mistakenly tagged the explicit social media profile which shares the moniker “Albo” with Australia’s Prime Minister.

The mistake was seized on by one of the world’s richest men, Elon Musk, who responded to the post with laughter. Musk has been locked in a public feud with Mr Albanese after he was ordered to delete confronting footage from his platform X by Australia’s E-Safety Commissioner.

Rowland’s post on X, which recapped the Prime Minister’s earlier comments about Musk on the ABC, read: “PM @albo on @elonmsuk:

“We’ll do whatever’s necessary to take on this arrogant billionaire who thinks he’s above the law.”

Rowland was bombarded with comments from other eagle-eyed X uses who noticed the blunder and told him to check the account he had tagged, which was a self-proclaimed NSFW art account named “Albo draws lewds”.

“Check out the account you tagged,” one user wrote.

Another one said: “You’ve tagged an Italian porn artist”.

The social media platform declared its intention to launch a legal challenge after Australian eSafety Commissioner Julie Inman Grant ordered X to remove graphic content depicting vision from the alleged stabbing of a bishop at church in western Sydney on Monday April 15.

On Monday, Mr Albanese took aim at X’s refusal to censor the content in an attack that caught Musk’s attention.

In a post that quoted comments by Mr Albanese on Monday where he said: “By and large, people responded appropriately to the calls by the eSafety Commissioner. X chose not to,”

Musk replied mockingly.

“I’d like to take a moment to thank the PM for informing the public that this platform is the only truthful one,” the billionaire said.

JC
JC
April 24, 2024 4:31 pm

Rooster

Stop getting involved in people’s arguments you old woman. You really need to have a sex change as testicles aren’t really working for you. Just STFU and learn how to link and quotes.

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Mother Lode
Mother Lode
April 24, 2024 4:31 pm

It is the standard Labor playbook:

Build a rosy budget based on the most heroically optimistic assumptions.

Bask in the accolades and keep mocking the other guys for not producing such wonderful budgets – replete with new spending programs, expanded programs, and surpluses as far as they eye can see.

When reality declines to conform with Labor’s glorious prognostications, spray blame all around, and make it clear that it is not only Australia has been let down, but so has Labor. They are victims too, like us.

Pogria
Pogria
April 24, 2024 4:39 pm

The Real Mike Rowe @mikeroweworks
For a guy who runs a foundation that sends young people to trade schools all over America — trade schools where I’m pleased to report, no one is calling for the extermination of Jews — today’s headlines are once again offering another excellent reason to consider redirecting whatever financial support you might earmark for the Ivy League, to the mikeroweWORKS Foundation. Why? Because the Ivy League has truly lost its mind.

Consider the latest madness at Columbia University, where the president, Minochuhe Shafik, has announced a new round of remote learning – effective immediately – in response to a noisy rabble of thugs and bullies calling for the eradication of Israel.
If I had a kid at Columbia, I’d be livid. It’s simply mind-boggling that the president of this university would rather consign her students to another crucible of remote learning, than permanently expel the protesters. I mean, seriously, what does it take to get expelled from Columbia? These creeps are on camera, literally screaming into the faces of Jewish students.

“They yelled at us to go back to Poland, said we have no culture, and chanted, ‘Strike, strike Tel Aviv,” said one terrified student. Followed by, “Burn Tel Aviv to the ground,” “Go Hamas, we love you, we support your rockets, too.”

In a now-infamous image, one demonstrator appeared before a group of counter-protesters holding Israeli and American flags with a sign pointing in their direction that read, “Al-Qasam’s next targets.”

That’s what you get for $68,000 a year at Columbia — an administration who cowers in the face of thugs and bullies, and a university president who would rather make your kids try to learn off campus, than take a truly hard line with those students calling for the murder of Jews. For the love of God, expel them. Calling for murder is not protected speech.

Bourne1879
Bourne1879
April 24, 2024 4:39 pm

JC,
You thoughts on the matter are much appreciated.
Now go and stuff a pineapple up you backside.

Black Ball
Black Ball
April 24, 2024 4:39 pm

FMD. On the news just now, old mate going over the hallowed ground of the Gallipoli graves. All well and good, but going over playing the didgeridoo. Apparently to cleanse or some such.
Again, FMD. A leading seaman apparently.

GreyRanga
GreyRanga
April 24, 2024 4:40 pm

Ya gotta luv Elon.

Lysander
Lysander
April 24, 2024 4:48 pm

Open borders:

Remote northern residents are demanding more be done to protect the coast after Chinese men walked ashore and entered an Australian air base without being intercepted.

The men came ashore close to the northern tip of Western Australia in early April, with sources – including one of the Chinese men involved – reporting several of the group entered the unfenced Truscott-Mungalalu Airbase apparently undetected.

Northern communities rattled after Chinese boat arrivals walked into Australia’s unfenced Truscott air base – ABC News

h/t CL.

Tom
Tom
April 24, 2024 4:54 pm

For a guy who runs a foundation that sends young people to trade schools all over America — trade schools where I’m pleased to report, no one is calling for the extermination of Jews — today’s headlines are once again offering another excellent reason to consider redirecting whatever financial support you might earmark for the Ivy League, to the mikeroweWORKS Foundation. Why? Because the Ivy League has truly lost its mind.

Not only is Mike Rowe a top bloke, but one of the few entertainers left in
America who hasn’t gone insane with this year’s zombie fashion, Jew hatred.

His Dirty Jobs series is one of the funniest shows on Foxtel.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
April 24, 2024 5:04 pm

I love cockies, they’re intelligent enough that you can have small conversations with them, like you can with a dog or a cat, and you can verbally persuade them to do things. Sometimes.

Had eight lined up on fence. Hopeful for bread. So I played a game: climb onto my arm and you can have the bread, says I.

Cockies look at icky hairy arm. No way! Scrunched up faces: you want me to do whaaat?! The bread stayed firmly out of reach at the end of my arm.

One had a nibble of my arm. Icky! No, not going there.

Another put a foot on my arm, tentatively. ICKY!

I wasn’t getting anywhere, when another cockie arrived and landed on my head. Okaay. Heads are better than arms apparently. I gave the cockie on my head some bread and decided that was as much conversation I could manage for one day, so divided up the rest of the bread I had and gave each one the fence a piece. Happy days! By that time the one on my scalp had eaten his bread, shedding crumbs into my sparse hair, so I handed him the last piece. He showed mercy and jumped off onto the fence with it.

My scalp tingles. If I ever vanish it’s because I’ve been eaten by cockies.

Tom
Tom
April 24, 2024 5:23 pm

Today’s John Spooner.

Black Ball
Black Ball
April 24, 2024 5:32 pm

And watching The Chase now, there be a cock in a frock named Xanthe. Fer phuck sake

Indolent
Indolent
April 24, 2024 5:45 pm
Dr Faustus
Dr Faustus
April 24, 2024 5:49 pm

[Woodside] shareholders have just voted to reject the oil and gas giant’s energy transition plan, signalling a growing intolerance for the impact its emissions are having on climate change.

Not just its emissions plan.

Investors are probably more concerned about WDS long term strategy to transition away from petroleum e&p into hydrogen, ammonia, carbon capture and utilisation, and carbon capture and storage.

Capex black holes soaked in technology and market risk, every one.

Roger
Roger
April 24, 2024 6:01 pm

Bishop Mar Mari has backed Musk. 

I like the cut of this fellow’s jib.

Rockdoctor
Rockdoctor
April 24, 2024 6:06 pm

“Building industry needs more women” according to detached dog box builder boss at Metricon. Why? Why not just people who want to work there? These idiots deserve to go broke if they sup from this cup.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/money/article-13343557/metricon-brad-duggan.html

He does have a point about too much Uni/not enough trade vocations though in among the rest of the DEI drivel.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
April 24, 2024 6:06 pm

University of Sydney team work on restoring long-lost Spitfire shot down by Nazis in WWII
By noah yim

A team at the University of Sydney is part of a global effort to restore a Spitfire the Nazis shot out of the sky during WWII.
The project, headquartered in the UK, aims to commemorate an under-appreciated reconnaissance unit that supplied some 80 per cent of Allied intelligence used for tactical planning.
The RAF Photographic Reconnaissance Unit carried out the extremely dangerous task of flying behind enemy lines to take pictures from high above. The aircraft were unarmed so as to reduce weight to maximise speed and flight time. Australia contributed 96 airmen to the unit and at least 37 of them died in the war.
The particular Spitfire at the centre of this project was found frozen in a Norwegian bog in 2018, where it was lost after it was shot down by the Luftwaffe in 1942. It was piloted by the RAF’s Alastair “Sandy” Gunn, who on capture was imprisoned and later executed after taking part in the Great Escape from Stalag Luft III in 1944.

The parts under construction at the University of Sydney’s Manufacturing Hub are the iconic exhausts along the fuselage of the Spitfire, which the project aims to get back into the air next year. Chief engineer Bruce McLean said the equipment and expertise required for this kind of reverse engineering and analysis were highly specialised and rare.
“The number of facilities in the world that can do all of this, you could count the number of them on your fingers – one hand probably, maybe two,” he said.

“The Spitfire is iconic. It is one of the machines that won the war. The aircraft we are helping is very special indeed as a rare PR-IV model.”
He proudly displayed a scrunched-up hunk of metal that came out of that Norwegian bog in the Spitfire, and said it was one of the original exhaust manifolds. His team will use that and scans of the corresponding parts from one of the RAF’s Spitfires still in use for ceremonial purposes to recreate those parts and run tests before shipping them to the UK.

“These were originally handmade articles that were damaged almost beyond recognition in the crash and are unobtainable today,” he explained. “Using modern manufacturing tools enables faithful and fully functional replicas to be manufactured and eventually flown on the restored Spitfire AA810 airframe.”
Concurrent to the plane’s restoration, the broader project will seek public contributions for more information on the pilots who flew in those missions. The AA810 Restoration Project has identified 11 Australians for whom public records are incomplete.
“Researching the people behind such a secretive mission is a great challenge and few people realise there were so many Australians who played a pivotal role,” said project lead Tony Hoskins.

“Later executed” – later murdered!

Roger
Roger
April 24, 2024 6:07 pm

Fair go, Rog. It’s very difficult to oppose, when you actually concur with your opponents policies.

I know, Makka.

But I have a rule in life – always give a fellow the chance to prove himself, particularly in a new job.

But keep expectations low to avoid disappointment with politicians.

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