Open Thread – Tues 11 June 2024


Solomon and the Queen of Sheba, Tintoretto, 1545

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Diogenes
Diogenes
June 11, 2024 12:09 am

Good Moaning

Steve trickler
Steve trickler
June 11, 2024 12:14 am

Brashernats Worlds BIGGEST 1 day burnout event with Australia’s TUFFEST Cars

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ixpbUkgeLM

JC
JC
June 11, 2024 12:16 am

“Biden’s Incoherent Energy-Policy Response to the War in Ukraine

By Thomas J. Duesterberg

May 7, 2024 6:30 AM
It has harmed U.S. interests while aiding major industrial competitors in China and India.

In mid April, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin joined Secretary of State Antony Blinken in urging Ukraine to desist from attacking Russian oil refineries. Such attacks have disabled up to 15 percent of refinery capacity in Vladimir Putin’s Russia, denting both its ability to earn export income and to wage war against Ukraine. In an election year, the Biden administration’s policy clearly values domestic fuel-price stability over helping Ukraine in its war for survival. The stated purpose of the U.S.-led price cap and ban on Russian exports to the West is to maintain Russia’s supplies while reducing the income from its exports without causing a price spike by taking Russian oil off the world market.
Biden’s policy has harmed U.S. interests while aiding major industrial competitors in China and India. These huge economies are exploiting cheap Russian oil imports to build new refining capacity. Additionally, shifting oil refining to these countries has had negative environmental effects and weakened U.S. industrial competitiveness.

There are better policies to maintain global price stability, starting with reversing the regulatory squeeze on U.S. oil and gas production. Earlier in its tenure, the administration reduced the holdings of the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve by 43 percent, which limited Washington’s ability to use these stocks to offset severe price spikes. The Biden team has also closed off the possibility of cooperation with longtime ally Saudi Arabia to keep prices stable by increasing the weight of human-rights considerations in the relationship. U.S. policy keeps Iranian oil on the market, leads to additional discounted sales to China, and helps finance the Iranian war machine.
The feeble attempt to slow Russia’s oil production by limiting its ability to export crude oil at world prices has been a failure. While Russian exports to Europe have cratered, the breach was quickly filled by huge increases in sales to China and India after the war was unleashed. China’s imports of Russian crude have ballooned from .63 million barrels per day (mbd) before the war to an average of 1.3 mbd in recent months. India’s imports were negligible prior to the onset of the war, but now average more than 1.75 mbd. The typical price discount available to Chinese and Indian importers relative to Brent crude has ranged from $37 per barrel to around $12 or $13 per barrel in recent months.

These emerging economic giants have benefited from access to a large and steady supply of discounted Russian crude to build new refining capacity and become significant exporters of refined products such as diesel, jet fuel, and gasoline. In effect, Indian and, to a lesser extent, Chinese refiners transform blacklisted Russian crude into higher-value products to supply third markets. And the profits from this arbitrage are significant: The Indian Oil Corporation has more than doubled its profits since starting this trade, and its share price has increased by 178 percent. Indian refined-product exports to the European Union (EU) alone now average over 360,000 barrels per day (bd). India can compete on price with U.S. exporters due to lower input costs, including transportation. In early 2024, U.S. refined-product exports to Europe fell by almost half, partly due to this competition.
It is also worth noting that America’s North Atlantic Treaty Organization ally Turkey has contributed to keeping Russia’s war economy from collapsing by increasing its imports of crude oil and refined products that were previously sold to Europe. It has in turn become a major exporter of refined products to the EU.
Below-market supplies of crude to China put wind in the sails of Beijing’s manufacturing-export goliath, which has become the most important engine of growth in the Middle Kingdom. In sectors such as metals, cement, and chemicals, energy costs are a significant competitive factor. The cutoff of Russian oil and gas to European markets has redistributed exports to China, which has picked up the pace of purchases since the war began. In addition to crude imports, China is the beneficiary of stranded liquefied-natural-gas (LNG) sales, which previously had gone to Europe or other Western allies. Because the Biden administration has employed a freeze on permits for new U.S. LNG export facilities and increased regulatory burdens on pipelines to get gas to existing facilities, Russian gas may partially displace U.S. LNG supply to China in the medium term. In the short term, Qatar is the main beneficiary of the Biden freeze on new LNG facilities. Europe especially has eagerly signed contracts with Doha, which now plans to nearly double its LNG capacity in the next five to seven years. Some North African suppliers have also reached deals with European nations.
A final factor worth noting is that freezing or reducing U.S. oil and gas production while tolerating Russian production, as well as increased Indian and Chinese refining and manufacturing capacity, significantly harms the global environment. Russia is one of the world’s largest offenders in the emission of methane, a greenhouse gas ten or more times as potent in exacerbating climate change as CO2. Only Iran and Venezuela top Russia in methane emissions relative to economic output. In terms of total methane emissions, China is by far the world’s largest offender, while India is rapidly catching up with its neighbor. But the U.S. and EU have far better methane- and CO2-emissions records, relative to economic output, than China and India.
The U.S. and EU price caps and embargoes on imports of Russian oil and gas have reduced the hard-dollar income from this major sector of the Russian economy — which normally accounts for 30 percent to 50 percent of Moscow’s federal budget revenues — by $30 to $50 million per day. But overall production has not yet materially affected the Putin regime. Russia has accumulated more yuan and rupees to buy manufactured goods and war materiel from China. Having access to less Russian crude and fewer Russian refined products would reduce the current advantages for the Chinese and Indian manufacturing and refining sectors, which increasingly compete with U.S. producers on the world market.
Promoting increased U.S. production would go a long way to stabilizing prices and eliminating any cost advantages to competitors now afforded by the availability of discounted Russian products. An additional benefit would be strengthening the U.S. economy and creating the jobs that the campaign strategists in the Biden administration seem to have at the top of their agenda. And even environment czars John Kerry and John Podesta should applaud the climate benefits of reducing production from the champion polluters in Russia, China, and India by substituting cleaner U.S. supplies.”

DrBeauGan
DrBeauGan
June 11, 2024 12:27 am

Which of those chicks is Sheba?

JC
JC
June 11, 2024 12:31 am

Yeah there’s nothing to see here, which you’re completely impervious to news etc unless it agrees with you narrow world view, given to you by such twitter rockstars /lumaries like the Russian blob bot, Deckchair war-hero.

Yeah, there’s nothing to see here because neither the bond market nor stocks have reacted to it. They haven’t.

How’s uncle Vlad doing today? 🙂

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KevinM
KevinM
June 11, 2024 12:53 am

Some sobering thoughts about the EU.

“The reality is that the European Parliament isn’t a parliament in the conventional sense of the word.”

KevinM
KevinM
June 11, 2024 12:59 am

How things change, I am sure there were accidents.
We had these types of playground equipment much, much later too, perhaps not as daring as those, however, butt burning steel slides were everywhere amongst other, now considered extremely dangerous.

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GreyRanga
GreyRanga
June 11, 2024 1:23 am

I fell off on like that, hit my head, which explains a lot but I learnt to tuck my head.

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Tom
Tom
June 11, 2024 4:00 am

Johannes Leak. Brilliant.

Tom
Tom
June 11, 2024 4:01 am
Tom
Tom
June 11, 2024 4:01 am
Tom
Tom
June 11, 2024 4:02 am
Tom
Tom
June 11, 2024 4:03 am
Black Ball
Black Ball
June 11, 2024 4:41 am

Leak is indeed brilliant. That monty still backs up on Andrews says much. “”Harder daddy, HARDER!”

132andBush
132andBush
June 11, 2024 5:54 am

Just when you thought Leak couldn’t get any better!

Beertruk
Beertruk
June 11, 2024 5:55 am

Todays Tele:

SHRIMP ARE ON THEIR WAY TO A HOT NEW CLIMATE BBQ

TIMBLAIR
11 Jun 2024

 In ancient times, panic-prone populations would appease their weather gods by tossing children into volcanoes.

It was their answer to everything. Rainfall a bit light lately? Too many warm days? Autumn leaves not of a sufficiently attractive hue to merit some Instagram posts?

Not a problem.

Just round up a few kids – last-born are the best, before anyone’s become too attached – and throw another shrimp on the barbie, so to speak.

By and large, we don’t do anything quite so barbaric these days – although in search of bountiful harvests, Indonesia’s history-minded Tenggerese people still launch the occasional baby goat into bubbling Mount Bromo.

They’ve swapped kids for kids. Good for them.

In Australia, this all runs very differently. Our more panic-prone politicians, desperate to please capricious climate deities, frequently cast not others but their own suicidal selves into volcanic oblivion.

They simply queue up on the molten rim of boiling Mount Greenvote and happily tip themselves in. It’s really something to see.

Kevin Rudd’s carbon dioxide fixation led him to the Copenhagen climate conference and away from the prime ministership.
 
Julia Gillard signed a carbon tax into law and simultaneously signed her own permanent political resignation letter.
 
Malcolm Turnbull, Australia’s first male Teal, volcanoed himself as Opposition leader and again as PM.

Liberal leader Peter Dutton’s entirely reasonable review of our self-destructive support for the Paris Agreement is now nudging Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and Climate Tantrum Bluster Minister Chris Bowen towards the lava line.
 
All Dutton has done is point out that it is “just fantasy” for the PM to be saying “we aren’t going to have coal, we aren’t going to have gas and we’re not going to have nuclear power and we are going to keep the lights on”. On that, Dutton is correct.
 
 He is also correct to note, regarding Australia’s 2023 Paris carbon emissions aim: “There’s no sense in signing up to targets you don’t have any prospect of achieving.”

These are not controversial observations. In most Australian households, workplaces and pubs, one could loudly repeat Dutton’s comments without any risk at all of censure. Unless someone’s weird girlfriend with the inheritance and keffiyeh is within earshot.

Yet that’s all it has taken to turn 60-year-old Albanese into a shrieking teen who’s just got home from his first?Socialist Alternative rally and been allowed a grown-up drink.

“Peter Dutton is walking away from climate action,” Albanese, probably predicting a banner at the next school strike for climate rally, told reporters yesterday.

A note for foreign readers: in Australia, “climate action” doesn’t mean action that will do anything to or for the climate. We don’t have the population for that.

 Instead, “climate action” means going along with whatever the UN or Greta Thunberg tells us to do. It’s a quirky Australian vernacular thing, like up-themselves republican lawyers calling themselves KCs.

“His decision to abandon the 2030 target means he is walking away from the Paris Accord,” the Prime Minister desperately continued.
 
Tragically, this isn’t true. Dutton and the Libs are still mainly lame on Paris and related scams. “We do support the Paris agreement,” Coalition climate squish and energy wimp spokesman Ted O’Brien said yesterday, possibly erasing any of his team’s immediate electoral gains. “We’re fully committed, including to the target net zero by 2050.”

Ditch that commitment in the same way Labor ditched its tax cut commitment and the Coalition might reasonably target a return to office by 2050. But back to Albo.

“If you walk away from the Paris Accord,” our recently poll-punished PM said, “you’ll be standing with Libya, Yemen and Iran, and against all of our major trading partners and?all of our important allies.”

That’ll be news to Labor’s Hamas faction, otherwise known as Labor. Positive engagement with Middle Eastern nations is now a bad thing.

“Peter Dutton has never believed in taking action on climate change.”
O’Brien reduces the Coalition vote, and Albanese instantly builds it right back up again. God bless him.

“You can’t shape the future if you’re afraid of it, and Peter Dutton is?afraid of the future, and he’s incapable of leading Australia towards the future that we need.”

Dear God. Our PM has apparently been taking instructions on verbal recycling from vocally looped US Vice President Kamala Harris.

Then came the kicker: “For … here are economic consequences behind not moving forward.”
 
It’d be a step forward if we just recognised that Australia, which is so susceptible to cyclones, flooding, to bushfires, Australia always has tough weather. Grow up, Albo, or join your mates on the grill.

FFs…’ oh the ironing’…the joke just writes it’s self.
“You can’t shape the future if you’re afraid of it,…”
The future is nuclear and coal for cheap power, Albo.
You afraid of it?

GreyRanga
GreyRanga
June 11, 2024 6:30 am

All Tim Blair missed was the spit splutter dribble.

Black Ball
Black Ball
June 11, 2024 6:36 am

Malcolm Turnbull, Australia’s first male Teal ..

Thunderous applause

Cassie of Sydney
June 11, 2024 6:41 am

Johannes Leak is a genius

Black Ball
Black Ball
June 11, 2024 6:44 am

Good Lord they are going hard on this avian flu shit. Killing healthy birds for the common good. FMD

Miltonf
Miltonf
June 11, 2024 6:51 am

US election coming up BB. They’re gonna try something

JC
JC
June 11, 2024 6:54 am

Milt

I’d be surprised, but I think the place is way past lockdowns and shit for these evil retards to try it on again. The red states would ignore it.

Cassie of Sydney
June 11, 2024 6:55 am

Further to Comrade Dictator Andrews and Comrade McMaggott’s King’s Birthday gongs, as someone on Sky said last night (can’t remember who), without a doubt these gongs reek of filthy political interference. The political hands are pretty transparent and the stench around them is palpable. It’s akin to putting bare hands down a shit filled sewer. So whose decision was it? Was it Comrade Slug from Grayndler’s? Well, Comrade Slug would surely have had to sign off on them and escalated the gongs because both of these grubs, Andrews and McMaggott, have not been out of politics for very long. I know I’m preaching to the converted here but you see the left have no shame, no shame whatsoever. The Liberals could learn a thing or two, the days of playing according to Queensberry Rules are over, finito.

The left destroy everything.

Miltonf
Miltonf
June 11, 2024 6:58 am

Don’t always agree with Joel Kotkin but he has a good article in Spiked today. The fall of California has been extraordinary when you think what a leader it was in electronics,. aerospace, agriculture etc etc.etc. It was THE place.

Crossie
Crossie
June 11, 2024 7:13 am

Miltonf

 June 11, 2024 6:58 am

Don’t always agree with Joel Kotkin but he has a good article in Spiked today. The fall of California has been extraordinary when you think what a leader it was in electronics,. aerospace, agriculture etc etc.etc. It was THE place.

When you have a one-party state, as is the case with Democrats and California, there are no constrains on how low you can go. The only option the sane population has is to leave which is what they have been doing in droves and that means that the proportion of the crazies just goes up and up.

The same thing is happening in Victoria meaning that we can expect it to get worse as the sane residents have less and less influence.

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Cassie of Sydney
June 11, 2024 7:32 am

In the EU elections on the weekend, Germany decided to grant 16 year olds the vote, presumably to try and offset a surging AfD vote.

The strategy failed, big time. The AfD scooped up 6 more seats.

Serves Germany right. Given the electoral results across Europe, some are now speculating that young people are turning right. Well, this could be true, I don’t know, however I will say this, in a system where voting is voluntary, relying on 16 year olds with limited attention spans to turn up and vote is a very risky strategy!

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Zippster
Zippster
June 11, 2024 7:40 am
Barry
Barry
June 11, 2024 7:48 am

Mass culling of infected flocks removes the ability of these flocks to evolve towards resistance to the pathogen. By killing the more robust as well as the weak, natural selection is thwarted.

The outcome is that chicken populations are unable to move towards a detente with the flu virus.

This means that the threat of bird flu never goes away, which of course is what the elite want.

Every intervention by the State goes against the best interests of the populace.

JC
JC
June 11, 2024 7:56 am

In the EU elections on the weekend, Germany decided to grant 16 year olds the vote, presumably to try and offset a surging AfD vote.

When you think they can’t get any more connivingly evil they go “eviler”.

Next up they’ll try and give illegals the vote.

I had an 18 year old German kid working for us. It’s not a given young people especially boys are voting left. He said his generation outside of Berlin and a few other big cities are really pissed off with illegals and “muzzles”. They just don’t want to stop it, they want them out.

lotocoti
lotocoti
June 11, 2024 7:57 am

… young people are turning right…

That should read hard extreme far right according to the latest meja style guide.

Wally Dalí
Wally Dalí
June 11, 2024 8:01 am

Vet network has been positioning for a Bird Flu Pandemic since Christmas. I called it out then, no-one was very appreciative, now we’ll have a pineappling of the chicken industry and only Steggles/Ingham will remain.

The Bungonia Bee
The Bungonia Bee
June 11, 2024 8:09 am

“Wipeout in Europe” is the heading on a very interesting article about the conservative wins in the latest EU elections. It was so pronounced in France that Macron has done a Risky Sunak and called an election for June 30th.
Most of the mass media are now spinning like tops trying to find some solace in small aspects while the large picture is anathema to them. As Elon Musk has said, what they now call extreme right is simply what was centrist twenty years ago.
EU support for the Ukraine-Russia war isn’t popular, nor is the flood of immigration (invasion) from the ME and Africa. The pristine fairyland of Europe is changed forever, and the political fallout, growing incrementally for quite a while, has now become a conservative tsunami.
https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2024/06/wipeout_in_europe_conservative_parties_run_away_with_big_wins_in_eu_parliamentary_elections.html

Crossie
Crossie
June 11, 2024 8:10 am

I had an 18 year old German kid working for us. It’s not a given young people especially boys are voting left. He said his generation outside of Berlin and a few other big cities are really pissed off with illegals and “muzzles”. They just don’t want to stop it, they want them out.

I have heard the same sort of sentiments from highschoolers here. They are mightily ticked off about the multi-culti crap they are fed constantly while being threatened by the groups of “youths” of various origins. Labor and the Greens will not be amused when these kids get the vote. Of course this is in the outer-west of Sydney, far from the keffiyeh-clad Teal electorates.

Farmer Gez
Farmer Gez
June 11, 2024 8:15 am

Ag Minister Murray Watt declares there’s no cause for worry about a shortage of eggs with the bird flu outbreak.
Time to buy a few ISA Browns for the backyard if Murray says don’t panic.

Figures
Figures
June 11, 2024 8:21 am

When you have a one-party state, as is the case with Democrats and California, there are no constrains on how low you can go. The only option the sane population has is to leave which is what they have been doing in droves and that means that the proportion of the crazies just goes up and up.

El Salvador is a one-party state and it is booming.

One party is just fine if it is a party of the Right. We need to stop being magnanimous. Monty and his comrades serve absolutely no purpose. Listening to their “perspectives” does not improve us and we aren’t about to miss something important that they and they alone can perceive.

GreyRanga
GreyRanga
June 11, 2024 8:23 am

What are the chances muzzies go all splodey bits in France when the Olympics are on. The ones closest to the koran have no interest anything but the koran so can they resist the opportunity? France is having flics and the surrender monkeys around the venues but with so many muzzies it’ll be an uphill battle.

JC
JC
June 11, 2024 8:24 am

When you have a one-party state, as is the case with Democrats and California, there are no constrains on how low you can go. The only option the sane population has is to leave which is what they have been doing in droves and that means that the proportion of the crazies just goes up and up.

There’s trouble brewing in the Golden state for the demons.

The first salvo we’ve seen is that some of the billionaire class are beginning to find favor with Trump. Six months ago they would never have been so overt.

The Schiff/Garvey race I suspect is closer than the last poll showing 61/37 for the pos.

Neither Trump nor Garvey will win, but the GOP could make some house seat gains. And then there will be the state race in two years time. Things aren’t going to get better.

shatterzzz
June 11, 2024 8:34 am

Quacktician’s this morning for the results of my biopsy and find out if I have a 2nd dose of Cancer .. Been 6 weeks so assuming the lengthy wait is good rather than not so good news .. one way or the other the problem I 1st went in about still needz fixing ..
6, bloody, months on and nothing dun …….!

Vagabond
Vagabond
June 11, 2024 8:39 am

I don’t have an Order of Australia and will never have one but I would love to see a mass return of those “honours” as a protest against those two horrible ex premiers receiving them. Many inappropriate gongs have been granted in the past as well, Brett Sutton being one that immediately comes to mind. It would also be great to see public refusals of gongs in future not as false humility but as a mark of disdain for the whole corrupt process.

Roger
Roger
June 11, 2024 8:45 am

More electoral carnage in Europe…

The liberal Flemish PM of Belgium has resigned after his party fell to below 10% of the vote in the national election held on the weekend, losing more than half of its seats in the Chamber of Reps. A coalition led by Flemish nationalists will likely form government with the centre-right Wallonian Reformist party that has displaced the Socialists as the majority party in Francophone Belgium for the first time.

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JC
JC
June 11, 2024 9:00 am

I reckon this should be really embarrassing for Apple and a darker cloud over the medium term. They’ve partnered with ChatGPT for an AI. So much for Apple’s innovation.

Apple on Monday unveiled “Apple Intelligence,” a system-wide update to software on its devices that the company said could offer a personalised version of generative artificial intelligence to users.

The new AI system offered a preview to what many consider to be the holy grail of AI, a voice assistant empowered with enough personal user information to meaningfully help complete an array of tasks.

Apple has partnered with OpenAI, and its ChatGPT, for some new AI functions, such as answering more complex queries or composing messages, capabilities that Apple’s AI can’t yet handle.

Indolent
Indolent
June 11, 2024 9:04 am
Roger
Roger
June 11, 2024 9:04 am

The QLD public service added 11 700 new jobs to its ranks in the 12 months to March, with corporate “back room” jobs rising by 9.29%, faster than “front line” jobs.

But wait…

Investment bank Jarden estimates that one third of all new jobs created nationally in the otherwise flat private sector job market in 2023 were NDIS related.

The NDIS is shaping up to be the government program that swallowed the economy.

mem
mem
June 11, 2024 9:05 am

You start to wonder whether the award was deliberately given to expose Andrews to the equivalent of a public flogging and embarrass him within his own party i.e. to give him the Jumping Jack Edgerton treatment.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
June 11, 2024 9:05 am

More electoral carnage in Europe…

Heh, fun headline!

Is Paris About to Leave the Paris Agreement? (10 Jun)

I hope it happens, since that would make both Dutton and Bowen look like idiots. Maybe it’d also give the Libs a spine.

Ok probably not, but hope is better than despair.

JC
JC
June 11, 2024 9:08 am

Macron could be playing a political game here. I don’t know enough about the French political scene.

Perhaps, if the election result tends right, he will too, which may help provide some cover for the candidate opposing Le Pen or someone from Le Pen’s outfit in the next presidential election, which I think is in 2027. Of course, he could also be betting on a win and that’s okay for him too.

Tom
Tom
June 11, 2024 9:13 am

Malcolm Turnbull, Australia’s first male Teal..

Many thanks, Beertruk at 5.55am, for posting Tim Blair who, like Leak junior, is better than ever.

Bungonia Bee
Bungonia Bee
June 11, 2024 9:16 am

Has anyone ever heard Daytime Sky express reservations about:
Joe Biden
The Biden Regime
Woke-ification of Military
The Border
Illegals in Europe
Treatment of Jan 6th prisoners
Lawfare against Trump
The True Nature of Hamas, Hezbollah, Iranian Thugocracy
The Climate Scam
The Desruction of our Energy system
And so on?

Oh come on
Oh come on
June 11, 2024 9:18 am

Trumble speaks to Aunty:

Mr Turnbull said he felt it was concerning and that a second Trump administration would likely do things differently than the US has under Mr Biden.

Geez, can we get that signed and in writing? Laughable that Trumble (and, of course, the ABC, his favourite Agony Aunty) would consider this a bad thing.

Objectively, Trumble (and I reckon even you are capable of this) were things better or worse under Trump?

“It’s very concerning because the right-wing parties in Europe that are having some real success are not committed to the values of liberal democracy, as we understand it,” Mr Turnbull said.

Not committed to – what did he call it on the way out? – “progressive liberal[ism]”, I guess. Well, good. Can we have some of that same non-commitment to those toxic values?

“And a number of them have very close ties to Vladimir Putin.

Oh yair? Which ones and how close? I mean, I’d say a European leader having “ties”, ie. not an openly hostile relationship, with the president of the nation with the largest nuclear arsenal in the world is merely sensible foreign policy – especially given the theatre of any future nuclear war is most likely to be Europe – but what would I know.

‘[Some] have opposed the support of Ukraine.

Oh my goodness, they haven’t, have they? After 2+ years and $200 billion+ worth of aid, Ukraine is collapsing economically, militarily, and, most importantly, demographically. It is done as a nation. The cost of our support has been highest for the Ukrainian people. Clearly we should be supporting this worthy endeavour fought by other people’s children (as always), right, Trumble?

“Viktor Orban in Hungary, even though he’s a member of NATO, he went to see Trump at Mar a Lago recently, and emerged triumphantly saying ‘when Trump is president, there will not be one more dollar of American aid to Ukraine’.

Another excellent reason to pull the lever for either leader if you are able to do so.

“So we may be dealing with a very different America under Donald Trump than it is under Joe Biden”

I cannot think of a former PM who I loathe more viscerally than Malcolm Trumble. I will never forgive the Liberal Party for making that silvertail scum our Prime Minister. I still enjoy preferencing the ALP over the Libs every chance I get in order to punish them in my own small way.

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Roger
Roger
June 11, 2024 9:19 am

Macron could be playing a political game here.

His hand has been forced.

Better to take on Le Pen earlier rather than later when she will be stronger.

Vicki
Vicki
June 11, 2024 9:29 am

The NDIS is shaping up to be the government program that swallowed the economy.

Love that, Roger.

Gabor
Gabor
June 11, 2024 9:36 am

mem
June 11, 2024 9:05 am

You start to wonder whether the award was deliberately given to expose Andrews to the equivalent of a public flogging and embarrass him within his own party i.e. to give him the Jumping Jack Edgerton treatment.

You give them far too much credit for cunning and intelligence.
Just good old party politics.

BobtheBoozer
BobtheBoozer
June 11, 2024 9:40 am

“When you talk to people who have spent time around Joe Biden … there is one word that keeps coming up …extraordinarily decent person … the most decent, honourable politician I’ve ever known.” – Leigh Sales

From Quadrant Today.
Gobsmacked. Utterly gobsmacked.
I – unusually – am incapable of responding to this piece of mind bending, reality defying, verbal construction.

Cassie of Sydney
June 11, 2024 9:40 am

I cannot think of a former PM who I loathe more viscerally than Malcolm Trumble.

Yep.

Roger
Roger
June 11, 2024 9:42 am

Dutton’s praise of the e-Safety Commissioner spells disaster for the Liberals

Aleandra Marshall, The Spectator Australia, 10 June 2024

There are days when I wonder if the idiom, ‘You can lead a horse to water but you can’t make it drink…’ was penned purely for the benefit of Opposition Leader Peter Dutton. A broad church and ideological crisis in conservative politics – caused by the infiltration of wets, seat-warmers, and career charlatans – means there are few topics behind which the conservative movement can unite. Mass digital censorship is one of them.

The existence of dystopian architects, such as the former Minister for Communications Paul Fletcher, has already made conservative voters pretty angry. They want to see anyone and everyone associated with Digital ID and other anti-liberty policies banished – preferably with a grovelling apology. It might also help if current conservative MPs were forced to read aloud their party pledge seeing as they have forgotten the words that wrote the narrative of modern conservatism.

Peter Dutton is the bloke brought in to patch-up the house after the last election. I have said publicly and will repeat here that rarely is a police officer a good fit for high office, except in a Defence portfolio. In the same way that we saw medical bureaucrats trash civil liberty in their single-minded pursuit of Covid, often those from a law enforcement background become distracted by an over-exaggerated sense of ‘justice’ which fails to determine the nuance between good laws and bad laws.

They are a type of individual made uncomfortable by the necessary level of chaos present in a free society. Allow me an example. Jaywalking is a crime. It’s dangerous and sometimes people die. Let’s erect surveillance monitoring with facial recognition that automatically fines you if you step off the curb. No more jaywalking – but how do you feel about walking the streets now? Would you rather suffer the odd accident to keep the eyes of Big Brother closed? It’s the exact slippery slope playing out in relation to social media. Personally, I’d rather dodge the jaywalkers than live under the microscope of digital police in the same way I will happily have my feelings hurt instead of letting the eSafety Commissioner decide the boundaries for global conversation.

Remember, the communists are the ones who curtail every liberty in exchange for absolute safety and a zero crime rate.

Governments are pitching ‘child safety’ as the cheat code for extensive political power. Every dangerous policy you can imagine has ‘child safety’ in the forward. We have to stop allowing politicians to con us from the heartstrings and realise that ‘child safety’ serves the same function as ‘Net Zero’ – propaganda.

Being guilty of … all of the above, the Coalition has a lot to prove and plenty of agitated supporters who are glaring at them from the other side of the road, threatening to put their vote in the box of an independent.

The Voice to Parliament was a gift from Albanese – a chance for Dutton to race up to the microphone and declare the Coalition absolutely and fundamentally against embedding racial privilege in the Constitution.

And yet for months frustrated conservatives were forced to watch Dutton hesitate, mumble, and request ‘detail’.

His weakness of conviction allowed the press to verbal his silence and in doing so, level accusations of racism against every conservative voter.

Dutton sent the government 15 questions about the Voice to Parliament, saying, ‘What I have done is ask for detail of the Voice, and I don’t know how that’s an attack.’

What he actually did was leave the question of Marxist racial privilege and a permanent racial division hanging over Australia. Dutton pencilled-in a question mark next to the Coalition’s support of racial privilege – a deeply disturbing favourite of the left-wing agenda. ‘My job is to question him, and hold him to account,’ added Dutton, of Prime Minister Anthony Albanese.

No. With due respect, your job is to oppose him. Your job is to champion conservative beliefs without fear or restraint and to understand the fundamentals of conservatism to the point you can voice a clear stance as easily as breathing.

A Farage or a Trump would not hesitate. Hesitation is fatal in a fight.

It was under Jacinta Price’s wing that Dutton finally campaigned against the Voice to Parliament – it also true that both Price and the conservative press did all the heavy lifting for the Opposition Leader. They wrote the words, they gave the speeches, and they confronted the mobs of activists to defend the Constitution. Ordinary Australians proved themselves to be extraordinarily resistant to an assault from the radicalised race-warriors on the left. Although they could not speak, in the end they voted.

Dutton escaped the Voice to Parliament debate. He did not win it.

Dismantling racism has been a prelude to the main event – mass global censorship of the public conversation.

The Coalition are in serious trouble for appointing the worldwide laughing stock known as ‘Australia’s e-Safety Commissioner’ – the only bureaucrat in our history who has tried to censor content across the whole world.

Her office and her actions sit at odds to every fibre of the party built by Menzies.

If Dutton was truly a conservative leader, he would stage a press conference and apologise – to Elon Musk, to social media users, to Australians, and to citizens around the world. He would shake his head and admit that the party made a mistake with this e-Safety Office and that they have learned their lesson. He would give a speech about the dangers of censorship and re-commit his party to the pursuit of liberty and promise to fight for the people against the ever-expanding state.

It’s a fantasy press conference conservative voters know they will never see. Instead, we got this: ‘Julie Inman Grant (the e-Safety Commissioner) is one of the finest public servants in the employment of the Commonwealth of Australia.’

He also said: ‘There is no more important task than making sure we keep children safe in our community and that is true in the real world as much as it is online. These companies operate in a lawless environment and have no regard even for the rule of law in a country like ours.’ And with that, Peter Dutton consigned himself to a footnote in history.

He was led to water, but he will forever stand next to the pool.

Instead of stopping Silicon Valley companies from collecting and selling our private biometic data, they have penned legislation to share it with the government. Instead of keeping violent criminals off our streets, the government releases them. Instead of keeping children safe from horrific fringe leftwing activists movements, the government censors anyone who tries to protect them.

Safe? Please. None of this has ever been about safety. We would rather be free.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
June 11, 2024 9:58 am

Any military Cats satisfy my idle curiosity?

Does the military of this country still charge officers with “Conduct unbecoming an officer and gentleman?”

Seems the Brits dropped the “and gentleman” some years ago.

local oaf
June 11, 2024 10:06 am

“In the EU elections on the weekend, Germany decided to grant 16 year olds the vote, presumably to try and offset a surging AfD vote.”

Wouldn’t that mean 16 year olds were legally adults? Tried as adults in court, required for National Service or call up in the event of war.

Surely all those screeching teen girls on the front lines of woke would welcome the upgrade to full adult responsibility?

Eyrie
Eyrie
June 11, 2024 10:27 am

Knew a guy years ago who had flown Sabres in Europe in the RCAF. He said they were “officers and gentlemen” until they had a couple of squadron parties. Thereafter known as “officers”.

John H.
John H.
June 11, 2024 10:32 am
John H.
John H.
June 11, 2024 10:35 am
Miltonf
Miltonf
June 11, 2024 10:51 am

I’ve despised Trumble since he worked for Packer and Spycatcher. I despise Howard for inflicting the poisonous trash on Australia.

Cassie of Sydney
June 11, 2024 10:59 am

Turnbull reminds us that the Stupid Frigging Liberals essentially believe in nothing except holding power — just like his comrades on the loony left.

This has been the raison d’etre of ALL major conservative right of centre parties across the west over the last thirty years. They have believed in nothing remotely conservative, nothing remotely right of centre, nothing remotely libertarian. All they’ve done for decades is to ape/mimic/copy leftist parties, be it on social issues and on economic issues and policies. It’s so sad, so pathetic, desperately trying to curry favour with progressive scum who’ll never for them in a heartbeat. These so called right of centre parties, even when handed massive electoral wins, as the Liberals were in 2013 and as the UK Tories were in 2019, do nothing to repeal or reverse or revoke leftist policies, they refuse to fight culture wars, they are actively and unapologetically supine, cowardly, and craven, instead they prefer to sit on their fat lardy arses and spend their time licking the boots of of progressive scum who will NEVER EVER vote for them!

We’re now seeing the utterly embarrassing Rishi and co desperately try to appeal to traditional conservative voters by finally talking about issues that they have steadfastly refused to talk about since 2010. But it is way too late, the Tories need to be wiped off the face of the earth and confined to the history books.

But there is light, the chooks are coming home to roost, the results in Europe over the weekend attest to this.

m0nty
m0nty
June 11, 2024 11:13 am

What’s this I’m hearing about a new lawsuit alleging Javier Milei is a rock spider?? Surely not.

Cassie of Sydney
June 11, 2024 11:14 am

Oh look, the Nazi has arrived.

Memo to Nazi, piss off.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
June 11, 2024 11:18 am

This one chimes with my own car preferences.

From Cars to Star Wars, We’re Not Buying What They’re Selling (10 Jun)

“Lately another, stranger element is showing up in the numbers,” Dan Neil wrote, “a motivated belief among consumers that automakers’ latest and greatest offerings—whether powered by gasoline, batteries or a hybrid system—are inferior to the products they are replacing.”

Consumers’ list of complaints, according to Neil, includes spyware, finicky stop/start cycling systems, craptaculent continuously variable transmissions (CVTs), cumbersome diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) systems, touch screens replacing convenient physical controls, complicated engines that require premium fuels, etc.

Some people prefer CD players or manual transmissions, both of which probably qualify for protection under the Endangered Species Act.

My ancient (16 year old) chariot runs happily on ULP, has a CD player, is manual and has no screen. All those features are attractive to me. It’s just a car, not a spaceship. I don’t want a spaceship. A car that can drive places in is all I want.

(The stuff on the new Star Wars ultrawoke series is bonus snark 😀 )

Rosie
Rosie
June 11, 2024 11:29 am

Blair and Leak are never short of material.

Boambee John
Boambee John
June 11, 2024 11:30 am

Rossini

 June 11, 2024 10:22 am

 Reply to  Indolent

The US is screwed

China doesn’t have to start a war with the US it’s killing itself.

So we are stuffed as well re defence

On the subject of defence, we can never repel ICBMs, but we can make a conventional attack very costly.

Develop an army strong enough to force a major invasion. This could be done with a relatively small regular Army and a large regionally based reserve force.
Having forced China (for example) to mount a major operation, use anti-ship missiles, ballistic and aerodynamic, to strike any attacking fleet and long range surface to air missiles against any airborne force.

But, most important, keep Indonesia (which had historical issues with China) as a good friend and ally. Any conventional attack from Asia must come through or over Indonesia.

Rosie
Rosie
June 11, 2024 11:33 am

Hamasis on twitter insisting they were well treated.
Noa’s wealthy family apparently fed her on pita and tomatoes.
Hamas are claiming that three other hostages were killed during rescue.
100% certain they were murdered, perhaps even a while ago.
https://www.timesofisrael.com/rescued-hostages-were-beaten-almost-every-day-says-doctor-who-treated-them/amp/

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
June 11, 2024 11:39 am

The man surely has big swinging cojones.

The Countdown to Mars Begins (10 Jun)

Elon Musk said Sunday that SpaceX is just three years from sending its Starship — the biggest, most powerful rocket ever — to Mars.

And the unofficial countdown begins in about one month.

The SpaceX CEO held a five-hour-long livestream on Sunday, complete with directly answering questions from the live chat. Musk revealed more interesting information during that time than most CEOs do during their entire tenure but perhaps none more interesting than his ambitious timeline for getting to Mars, building a self-sustaining human colony there, and the radically capable spaceship tasked with making it happen.

For any other guy you might describe these plans “grandiose”. But given all that Elon has done so far he may just manage it. At the moment I have to say the biggest hurdle is the sclerotic bureaucracy getting in the way of all this. The intentions for Starship reuseability and launch costs are just breathtaking. That alone would be a gigantic step change in what is possible.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
June 11, 2024 11:45 am

greg sheridan
Illegal immigration and cost of energy help shape European election results

The European elections have shown the continent moving to the right, substantially, but not quite dramatically. It was a tough election for incumbents. The right won in big European countries, the German Greens declined, and French President Emmanuel Macron’s Renew party was humiliated.
A few big things emerge clearly. Europeans don’t like mass immigration from North Africa and the Arab Middle East, they don’t like the high cost of renewable energy and associated climate change costs, they hate the general rise in the cost of living, and don’t have much faith in any parties, so change their vote pretty often.
Elections for the European parliament produce substantially lower turnout than national elections, 51 per cent this time. People treat them like by-elections, sending a message to their governments.
Back before Brexit, Nigel Farage’s United Kingdom Independence Party often won British elections for the European parliament. But in national elections, though it sometimes polled millions of votes, UKIP barely won a seat. Elections for the European parliament use proportional representation, so citizens get much more value from protest votes.
Increasingly, voters shape national politics partly through European elections, even though the European parliament has limited powers. In this election, parties that even six years ago would have been called far right – indeed are still sometimes misleadingly given that label – were outright winners in three leading European nations, France, Italy and Austria. These are big nations with no recent history of voting irresponsibly.
Marine Le Pen’s National Rally, the successor to her father’s National Front, smashed the polls in France. It won just shy of 32 per cent of the national French vote. That’s about what the ALP won in Australia at the last election. This is more than double the vote for Macron’s party.

At one level, it seems strange indeed that Macron would respond by calling a national parliamentary election. His position as President is unthreatened, and he has not enjoyed a parliamentary majority since 2022. The French often have their directly elected president from one party and their parliament with a majority in the hands of the president’s opponents, a happy circumstance the French call cohabitation.
Macron may have two primary thoughts in mind. With the exception of Italy, the hard-right parties have generally been very good at protest but not had any or much experience at government, and show no particular aptitude for it. Macron may feel that the French have got their protest vote out of their system and wouldn’t knowingly embrace the institutional logjam and conflict that electing a parliament directly at odds with the President may well bring.
On the other hand, Macron could also feel that even if National Rally wins a parliamentary majority, this could be a Pyrrhic victory. If it wins a parliamentary majority, and provides a prime minister, but is no more capable of solving France’s problems than Macron has proved, voters may look elsewhere in the presidential election of 2027. Macron can’t run in 2027, as the president is limited to two terms. But he certainly doesn’t want National Rally to win the presidency.

Lysander
Lysander
June 11, 2024 11:47 am

Murray Watt, with his degree in law and experience as a public serpent in QLD probably never stepped foot on a farm until 2023.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
June 11, 2024 11:57 am

Antisemitic hair-sniffing pants pooer rapes Israel yet again.

UN Security Council votes in favour of ‘immediate, full and complete ceasefire’ proposal to end Israel-Hamas war in Gaza (Sky News, 11 Jun)

The proposal is nothing less than surrender to Hamas. I can’t see how Israel can possibly agree to it.

Stand firm, Israelis.

Miltonf
Miltonf
June 11, 2024 12:02 pm

Filth like Watt seem to be rather proud of their uselessness. They hold skill and productivity in contempt. Another malign consequence of confiscatory taxation.

Roger
Roger
June 11, 2024 12:15 pm

We’re now seeing the utterly embarrassing Rishi and co desperately try to appeal to traditional conservative voters by finally talking about issues that they have steadfastly refused to talk about since 2010. 

Truss’s Cabinet was actually quite good – Braverman, Badenoch, Rees-Mogg, Wallace – and several of them survived into Sunak’s Cabinet.

Their problem was that the British administrative state opposed their attempted reforms at every turn, including Sunak’s offshore processing of asylum seekers, which he finally got through but too late.

Kneel
Kneel
June 11, 2024 12:22 pm

JC:“Neither Trump nor Garvey will win [CA],…”

There is, perhaps, something you may not have considered JC.

In CA (and other places where leftists rule), it is already law that their electoral college votes goes to who wins the (national) popular vote. This may bite them hard – even if Trump doesn’t win the vote in Cali or Michigan, he may get enough to win the national popular vote, and leftie heads will explode when they realise that their attempt to subvert the electoral college system has resulted in Trump winning CA, MI and others, giving him a “landslide”.

Vicki
Vicki
June 11, 2024 12:29 pm

“Lately another, stranger element is showing up in the numbers,” Dan Neil wrote, “a motivated belief among consumers that automakers’ latest and greatest offerings—whether powered by gasoline, batteries or a hybrid system—are inferior to the products they are replacing.”

My husband is a car nut. He has been obsessed with cars ever since he bought his first car, an old Vauxhall, for 3 pounds and, at the age of 14 years old, restored it in his parents’ suburban backyard.

We have lost track of how many cars he has owned in his lifetime. British, Italian, German, Japanese & of course Made in Australia – (Torana SLR 5000). He has driven them all over Australia (in this case, the Landcruisers) & raced them in club events ( Mini Coopers & the SLR 5000) when we were young and silly.

But he loathes EVs with a vengeance. He did agree to test drive a Tesla recently. While he agreed that they are enormously powerful, and the seating is very, very comfortable, he was appalled at the way in which the screen readout detracts from safe driving. He is adamant that they are not “drivers’ cars” – “motorist’s cars” maybe – but not “drivers’” cars.

He has always predicted that the novelty will be overwhelmed by cost and – eventually – inconvenience. The battery, and charging problems in inner urban areas in particular – he believes will eventually disenchant even the “early adopters”.

JC
JC
June 11, 2024 12:31 pm

dover0beach

June 11, 2024 12:16 pm

Reply to  Boambee John

Sorry, nothing to do with communism. These are people that hadn’t been indoctrinated by post-WW2 liberalism for four generations.

The East Germans were the most indoctrinated people on the planet. The East German communist party was the most doctrinaire in the communist world, to the extent it often told the Soviets to pull up their socks as they weren’t communist enough.

If indeed the Right won seats because of East Germany, it should offer hope that, in the end, brainwashing—and serious brainwashing—lasted just under 50 years. Brainwashing from the cradle eventually doesn’t work.

(And yeah, I am traveling. I just got back form Europe to the US and had little sleep. I travel badly).

JC
JC
June 11, 2024 12:34 pm

Roger

June 11, 2024 9:42 am

Dutton’s praise of the e-Safety Commissioner spells disaster for the Liberals

Wow Roger. That’s one of the best articles I’ve read in the long time.

cohenite
June 11, 2024 12:35 pm

m0nty
 June 11, 2024 11:13 am

What’s this I’m hearing about a new lawsuit alleging Javier Milei is a rock spider?? Surely not.

Dickless lefties always accuse the other side of doing what they are doing.

Do better dickless.

Cassie of Sydney
June 11, 2024 12:40 pm

Truss’s Cabinet was actually quite good – Braverman, Badenoch, Rees-Mogg, Wallace – and several of them survived into Sunak’s Cabinet.

Their problem was that the British administrative state opposed their attempted reforms at every turn, including Sunak’s offshore processing of asylum seekers, which he finally got through but too late.

Why then, despite fourteen years of conservative governance, did not one conservative government, be it under Cameron, May, Blowjob, Truss or Sunak, ever try to tackle and unwind the “British administrative state”?

As Peter Hitchens says, the Conservatives, after their defeat in 1997, became a Blue Blairite party.

It is no different here.

Everything confirms my comment above, until a conservative/right of centre government decides to get serious…and yes….that means getting dirty, absolutely nothing will change. Any future incoming Conservative/Liberal government should, on taking power, have a night of the long knives. Don’t know about others, but I would be very happy seeing bureaucratic and administrative blood flowing the streets.

Steve trickler
Steve trickler
June 11, 2024 12:41 pm

Good reporting from Ezra.

—-

Rebel News HQ:

Walk with Israel event draws tens of thousands of rallygoers in Toronto

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_PSvqQkzpD0

cohenite
June 11, 2024 12:43 pm

‘Sorry I backed gay marriage’ – MP – Politics, Policy, Political Views (politicom.com.au)

Gee, another conservative pollie admitting they f..ked up. Oh wait, that’s fairly unique. Now do something really unique: repair the damage you caused:

Marriage is between a man and a woman. And a man is an adult male and a woman is an adult female.
?
Hope that helps.

Arky
June 11, 2024 12:49 pm

J.D. Vance has to be the guy.
Not a fan of the beard, but otherwise, he’s it.

JC
JC
June 11, 2024 12:50 pm

Monster, Fatboy,

Where did you dig up the Milei accusation?

Miltonf
Miltonf
June 11, 2024 12:53 pm

As I’ve said many times, the challenge for any half decent government is taking on the permanent gubmint of Canbra pubic parasites.

JC
JC
June 11, 2024 12:59 pm
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cohenite
June 11, 2024 1:08 pm

JC
 June 11, 2024 12:59 pm

Cronkite’s cute getting picked up at the supermarket. And who could blame him. Gorgeous.

The little sap has a death wish: if he/she/it doesn’t crush him, she/he/it will eat him.

Now to restore balance to the universe, a cute owl.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
June 11, 2024 1:21 pm

NAAJA board knew of chair Hugh Woodbury’s domestic assault of pregnant partner

  • Exclusive

By ellie dudley

  • Legal Affairs Correspondent
  • 8:29AM June 11, 2024

The board of Australia’s largest Aboriginal legal service knowingly appointed a chair who pleaded guilty to a horrific domestic assault against his pregnant partner, having stood on her stomach, pushed her to the ground, slammed her arm in a door and yelled degrading slurs at her in front of their two-year-old child.
Hugh Woodbury, 42, who became head of the board of North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency in March, served a 12-month good behaviour bond and was fined $200 without conviction after his partner, whom The Australian has chosen not to name, reported the assault to police in 2020.
The embattled NAAJA has recently lost dozens of staff and was experiencing a critical shortage in crime-ridden Alice Springs earlier this year, where services drew to a halt and vulnerable Aboriginal defendants were forced to represent themselves in court. This came amid serious allegations of corruption levelled at former chair Colleen Rosas and former chief executive Priscilla Atkins in court proceedings, which they deny.
In his role, Woodbury oversees more than $20m a year in federal government funding, administered by the Northern Territory government through the National Legal Assistance Partnership.
A police fact sheet, obtained by The Australian from the court, reveals that on July 4, 2020, Woodbury was picked up by his partner and their youngest child after drinking heavily at a house in Alice Springs.
At the time, she was 17 weeks pregnant with the couple’s third child. While driving home, Woodbury started arguing with his partner, swearing at her and “repeatedly calling her a c..t” while the toddler was in the car.

When they got home, the partner collected their eldest child, aged eight, from the neighbour’s house. Upon her return, Woodbury continued swearing and yelling at her.
He followed her outside when she went to have a cigarette, and when she tried to re-enter the house, he blocked her from doing so. She managed to get her right arm in the sliding door of the unit but Woodbury slammed it shut “causing immediate pain”.
“The defendant struggled with the victim and the defendant dragged the victim away from the back sliding door and pushed her to the ground,” the fact sheet reads.
Lying on the ground, the partner crawled into the unit. When Woodbury tried to stop her, he fell to the ground himself. He got up, and stood on her stomach.
“The victim screamed out in fear and pain, trying to remind the defendant that she was pregnant,” the fact sheet reads.
“The victim struggled again and worked her way further into the unit, crawling on the ground, which ended with her falling back on to the youngest child on the couch.”
Woodbury began throwing items at his partner from the kitchen while continuing to swear at her. She eventually called the police when the eldest child began talking to his father.
While waiting for them to arrive, Woodbury continued to swear and throw things at her.
He was taken to the Alice Springs Watch House and held due to his intoxication level of 0.154BAC.
Later, when conducting a police interview, he was asked why he called his partner the degrading name multiple times. “I can’t even remember,” he said.
He was asked why he slammed the door on her arm. He said: “Can’t answer, don’t know why.”
Police asked why he pushed her to the ground and stood on her stomach. “Not too sure … can’t remember,” he answered. Asked why he threw items at her in the kitchen, he said “Can’t remember, very stupid”.
Police finally asked why he assaulted his partner. “No excuse for what I done,” he said. “Not sure why I did it. I need help. I don’t drink that much, I don’t know.”

BobtheBoozer
BobtheBoozer
June 11, 2024 1:40 pm

The world appears to be such an evil place at the moment.
https://x.com/i/status/1800278739395453339
https://x.com/i/status/1800331392104181989
https://x.com/i/status/1777641416568549444
Perhaps God SHOULD come and put an end to it.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
June 11, 2024 1:42 pm

Attempt to re-post what spaminator ate last night.
Fork Orners ran an episode complaining bitterly about development being held up by red tape, and even frivolous objections.
The ABC shilling for accelerated development?
“Surely not!” I hear you say. “What development was this?”
Windfarms.
Oh … right

johanna
johanna
June 11, 2024 1:51 pm

Queensland taxpayers, you are paying for your own demise:

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2024-06-11/2024-qld-public-service-data-released-frontline-corporate-rise/103961864

Queensland’s public service has added an extra 11,700 workers within 12 months, with about one quarter of state government employees now earning over $120,000 per year.
The latest figures – to be released with the state budget on Tuesday – also show the number of corporate roles in the public service is growing at a faster rate than frontline jobs.
As of March this year, the total size of the Queensland public service had reached 258,012 full-time equivalent employees (FTEs), which is up from 246,309 the same time last year.
This included 233,933 FTEs that are classed as key frontline, frontline, or frontline support roles – which is a 4.3 per cent increase from 12 months earlier.
These frontline roles take in a range of jobs, such as teachers, social workers, prosecutors, police officers, nurses, midwives, correctional officers, doctors, firefighters and ambulance officers.
In contrast, corporate service jobs – which include roles like accounting, human resources and marketing – climbed 9.29 per cent in the same one-year period, to 24,078 FTEs as of March.

and

The 9.29 per cent growth in corporate roles this past year is also the greatest annual jump in such jobs in the past four years.
The State of the Sector report notes savings measures brought in during the COVID-19 pandemic significantly slowed the growth of corporate roles.
“Across 2023 and 2024 recruitment in corporate services increased. This represented a right-sizing of corporate roles following their decrease during the pandemic,” the report says.

Absolutely shameless waste of public money to prop up a failed government. Timeservers R Us.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
June 11, 2024 2:06 pm

Queensland taxpayers, you are paying for your own demise

Yes.

Miles debt to hit $172bn to fund transition (Paywallian)

The Miles Labor government will push Queensland into record debt of $172bn to fund the coal-rich state’s transition to renewable power.

I’m told by Chris Bowen that renewables are the cheapest of all electricity generation options. Which in Queensland’s case seems to come to $31,000 per person in the state, all of which has to be paid back via their electricity bills, with interest.

About third of that would be enough to power the entire state with nuclear power stations at a wholesale electricity price of around $60/MWh. For the next fifty years.

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John H.
John H.
June 11, 2024 2:07 pm

Wild Elephants Invent Names For One Another in Surprise Sign of Abstract Thinking
Over the last few decades it has become obvious we have very much under- estimated the cognition of animals.

This suggests that elephants and humans are the only two animals known to invent “arbitrary” names for each other, rather than merely copying the sound of the recipient.

Known? We’ll find more.

H B Bear
H B Bear
June 11, 2024 2:12 pm

Queensland post-Chook Liars are in their most dangerous phase. Realising all is lost, actions taken without any view to the consequences.

H B Bear
H B Bear
June 11, 2024 2:17 pm

Queensland (State owned) over investment in coal generation has allowed the NEM to stumble as long as it has. Those days are coming to an end.

Vicki
Vicki
June 11, 2024 2:20 pm

Over the last few decades it has become obvious we have very much under- estimated the cognition of animals. 

Oh – one of my favourite topics! I have frequently commented observations of the social structure of my cows and the quite astounding comprehension of our social structure that they understand.

I have mentioned that we have had a seriously injured steer that, after some 7-8 weeks of care, is finally recovering. During that time other cows have noted that he is fed in a separate paddock and that he positions himself in that paddock so that they do not steal his feed. As they get severely chastised if they interfere with this arrangement, the smarter ones have begun to take themselves -alone- into empty paddocks in the hope of the same treatment.

We have also held the belief that the injured steer (who is an annoying type) received the injury from a very large Angus bullock who, till now, has not liked him. Today I have found this bullock nonchalantly alone in the paddock with the recovering steer. I swear he has the look of innocence about him – “Who me? No, no, I like the little fellow…..” Amazing as it may seem, I know that, even if he was guilty of a previous attack, it is extremely doubtful it will happen again.

Sounds crazy, I know…….

Vicki
Vicki
June 11, 2024 2:24 pm

This suggests that elephants and humans are the only two animals known to invent “arbitrary” names for each other, rather than merely copying the sound of the recipient.

We have now a very reduced herd of stud Belted Galloways and a small number of commercial Angus we have decided to keep. EVERY one on them knows its “paddock” name (as opposed to registered name) & will lift its head when called, while the others ignore the names of others.

132andBush
132andBush
June 11, 2024 2:27 pm

m0nty

June 11, 2024 11:13 am

What’s this I’m hearing about a new lawsuit alleging Javier Milei is a rock spider?? Surely not.

Of all the people to bring this up…

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
June 11, 2024 2:32 pm

Sharterzz, thinking of you and your travails with the public hospital and medical system. Hope things are working out ok for you after today.

If you think the private system is any more pleasant, then think again. Apart from being able to receive needed treatments earlier by doctor of choice, you still have to fight the medical system tooth and nail for explanatory treatment and then pay through the nose for it.

My current beef is arrogant surgeons, who are legion. I’ve just spent $500 for a specialist surgeon’s ‘first consultation’ that lasted every bit of three and a half minutes. Medicare returns around $124 of it. I walked in on time, he was looking at the private-paid MRI he insists patients have before for the first time with him, said yes, you have a seriously-displaced fracture of your coccyx. He asked me to lie down, clothed, face down on his examination table, prodded my rear spine, said yes, coccyx, when I yelped, and that was it. No chance to ask anything else because he was off out of the door. See his secretary for an appointment for an injection of cortisone under sedation (sign here, she says, another $500) was his instruction on his way out to more important patients than me.

What was his prognosis? asked Hairy when I returned.
We didn’t get to that, I answer.
Wasn’t that the reason you wanted to see him? he asked.
He was gone before we could discuss it, I say.
Hrmmph, he says, We’ll see about that. I’ll come with you next time.
You’ll have to, I say, because I’ll be off my face with the drugs.

Black Ball
Black Ball
June 11, 2024 2:33 pm

Deary me. Hun:

Usman Khawaja has taken a swipe at the Federal Government for their non-recognition of Palestine in the countdown to tonight’s World Cup football qualifier in Perth.

Khawaja, who was reprimanded by the International Cricket Council during the summer for his stance on the war in Gaza, has spoken out on social media as Australia prepares to play Palestine tonight.

“Can’t wait for this,’’ he wrote. “Palestinian flags will be flying everywhere in HBF Park in Perth. And they can’t ban them.

“Likewise I’m confused how we are playing a country that our government doesn’t even recognise? Is this Socceroos v Nobody? It’s all very confusing yes.’’

Khawaja, who has spotlighted the fact Australia does not officially recognise the State of Palestine, wore with the slogans “freedom is a human right” and “all lives are equal” in the nets before the first Test against Pakistan in Perth, with the writing in red, green and black – the colours of the Palestinian flag.

Khawaja was charged by the ICC for wearing a black armband in the first Test against Pakistan.

ICC laws ban cricketers from displaying messages of political, religious or racial causes during international games. Khawaja argued his is a “humanitarian appeal”.

The retrieval of those hostages I don’t think registers on this bloke.
Not to worry Usman, I’m sure Fozzie will be there basking in Palestine’s glorious presence.

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
June 11, 2024 2:41 pm

I’d waited over six weeks for that appointment too, Shaterzzz.

Talk about lacking the bedside manner or human touch!
Out of the door these things went with him.

My GP is similar. She’s a harried mum and I think my elderly medically-inquisitive self is just too much for her. In and out, here’s a script etc. I’ve complained of coccygeal pain for over 18months and she’s never examined me physically once. Nor sent me for a basic x-ray till I insisted recently. Then shuttled me to a specialist surgeon when the x-ray, which was unclear, suggested a problem. I’ve had to put up with the pain of it just being brushed off, take a panadol etc.

Vicki
Vicki
June 11, 2024 2:46 pm

“The Australian Senate has just launched a major inquiry into the nation’s soaring numbers of excess deaths among the widely vaccinated population….The successful motion to launch the inquiry was brought by United Australia Party (UAP) Senator Ralph Babet. The motion was Babet’s fifth attempt to launch a parliamentary inquiry in two years.”
https://slaynews.com/news/australian-senate-launches-major-inquiry-soaring-deaths-among-vaxxed/

At bl–dy last!

GreyRanga
GreyRanga
June 11, 2024 2:47 pm

I disagree about the worst PM. I’ll go out on a limb and say Abbott. The others were exactly what we thought they’d be. Abbott had the goodwill of the country and squibbed it. I was more angry about that than the others and anger doesn’t come easy to me.

johanna
johanna
June 11, 2024 2:48 pm

Vicki, as an unabashed Doctor Doolittle fan, I’m with you.

It’s probably not communication as we understand it, language with syntax and so on, but anyone who is interested in animals knows that they communicate in ways beyond what we currently understand, to name just a few examples.

The flocks of birds, the shoals of fish, the great migrations, the dogs that took sheep to market by themselves over the fells in Scotland – I don’t care a jot about AI, this is the stuff that interests me.

AI is just parasitic. Not interesting.

Vicki
Vicki
June 11, 2024 2:56 pm

.” I walked in on time, he was looking at the private-paid MRI he insists patients have before for the first time with him, said yes, you have a seriously-displaced fracture of your coccyx.”

Lizzie, do you think this was the result of that fall on the ice on your rear end during your last holiday in the Nordic country?

My sympathy as I am still suffering from repeated buffeting on the rear end when racing across paddocks in the ATV to feed that damn steer. Had it before & it diminishes over time, as most things do. But if you have a hairline fracture that is a different matter. Literally, a pain in the rear end!

GreyRanga
GreyRanga
June 11, 2024 2:59 pm

Vicki, I like how animals can learn every language in the world yet we can’t understand them. Which one is the dumb animal. I miss my wee mate so much. My son brought his dogs over last Sunday and the oldest one was looking for him all over even though she hadn’t seen him for two years.

johanna
johanna
June 11, 2024 3:06 pm

Warning: Old Farts Only.

I just discovered a wonderful clip of Paul O’Grady (dogs on SBS mornings – great guy) interviewing Cliff Richard,The Shadows – awesome band – and Cilla Black.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3c7RkLqjVFc

Remember when entertainment was fun, not finger-wagging and preaching?

shatterzzz
June 11, 2024 3:07 pm

The “layman’s” version of where am I at health-wize .. Specialist visit (with 2 daughters, my hearing’s not so good) .. I do have Prostate Cancer but fairly early stage .. the good news .. Problem is that because I’ve had an enlarged prostate for so long it is gi-normous and the Cancer is behind it so solution is take both .. prostate & Cancer (which I gather is a tumor of some sort) out together or the prostate out & radiology on the C .. Seems a bit pointless so opting for former .. Now being booked in for a PET scan (25th) to ensure there is no spread of the C .. If not then the op .. waiting list time approx. 3 months .. If there is spread then option 2 comes back into play ..
No great panic cos I’m in no pain or discomfort and after having had the prostate problem for years a bit more wait isn’t gonna make much difference. ..

Vicki
Vicki
June 11, 2024 3:09 pm

Another example of strange animal prescience. I mentioned recently that a wombat which resided in a far paddock came right to the house garden gate last week. He was hopelessly covered in mange & seemed (crazy I know) to be asking to be put out of his misery. So we did. Husband shot him, and with the scoop on the tractor carried him down to one of his holes near the creek.

Today I went down to see if he had been eaten by foxes and/or feral pigs. Well – by neither. The body was left untouched the entrance to the hole. I would say that animals are damn smart – none of the usual scavengers were going to eat anything that had mange.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
June 11, 2024 3:18 pm

The Australian Senate has just launched a major inquiry into the nation’s soaring numbers of excess deaths among the widely vaccinated population

Surprisingly this one is at News.com.au.

‘Katie did not need the vaccine’: AstraZeneca victim was ‘doing her bit’ to end lockdown (10 Jun)

Surprising because News.com.au can almost always be relied to run the lefty line on such things, which is that vaxxes are awesome and Covid will eat your eyeballs, or somesuch.

They have this one also:

Covid vaccines may have contributed to rise in excess deaths, researchers suggest (7 Jun)

All this sounds to me like an iceberg is upending itself. All the stuff that was hidden under the surface is coming into the light, and most importantly that which used to be absolutely haram for journalists is no longer viewed that way.

Be interesting to see where this gets to. A lot of powerful necks are potentially on the block in the medical bureaucratic complex.

John H.
John H.
June 11, 2024 3:25 pm

johanna

 June 11, 2024 2:48 pm

Vicki, as an unabashed Doctor Doolittle fan, I’m with you.

It’s probably not communication as we understand it, language with syntax and so on, but anyone who is interested in animals knows that they communicate in ways beyond what we currently understand, to name just a few examples.

The flocks of birds, the shoals of fish, the great migrations, the dogs that took sheep to market by themselves over the fells in Scotland – I don’t care a jot about AI, this is the stuff that interests me.

AI is just parasitic. Not interesting.

Frans de Waal: Moral behavior in animals | TED Talk

KevinM
KevinM
June 11, 2024 3:29 pm

GreyRanga
June 11, 2024 2:47 pm

I disagree about the worst PM. I’ll go out on a limb and say Abbott. The others were exactly what we thought they’d be. Abbott had the goodwill of the country and squibbed it. I was more angry about that than the others and anger doesn’t come easy to me.

From what I have read here, M Fraser was exactly the same if not worse.
Much was expected, little or nothing delivered despite the enormous majority.

Beware of Malcolms.

Salvatore - Iron Publican
June 11, 2024 3:30 pm

Queensland’s public service has added an extra 11,700 workers within 12 months,

And boyo boyo boy, are we feeling it. There’s now so many inspectors, compliance officers, etc. intruding upon small business that it is near impossible to do anything but let the business run itself & devote yourself full time to the hopeless task of trying to keep an accelerating rate of compliance defects up to date.

This may culminate in someone being pushed too far & doing in a compliance inspector. (A sentiment I’ve heard from quite a number of people)

My favourite line is to say to them that they’re in a job that’d be worth “.. at least 45 grand a year mate, but the way the pubic service wastes money & overpays, they’ve probably got you fellers on at least 55 grand

…. this usually leaves them not knowing what to say.

johanna
johanna
June 11, 2024 3:34 pm

Vicki
June 11, 2024 2:59 pm

Reply to  johanna
Yes, Jo – I think it is called “entrainment”. I read about it years ago. An amazing phenomenon.

Vicki, it amazes me that the scientific world claims to be able to understand and control all sorts about human life and death and reproduction, yet they know very little about ‘inferior organisms’, even the commonest ones that we have lived with for centuries.

Any competent farmer knows more about the animals in his/her care than the literature, which focuses on things that are useless.

I’m not talking about anthropomorphism, but observed and learned behaviour. Remember Kingsley’s ‘Calling the Cattle Home Across the Sands of Dee’, mentioned by Bertie Wooster as reminiscent of his Aunt Dahlia, as an example. 🙂

John H.
John H.
June 11, 2024 3:41 pm

shatterzzz

 June 11, 2024 3:07 pm

The “layman’s” version of where am I at health-wize .. Specialist visit (with 2 daughters, my hearing’s not so good) .. I do have Prostate Cancer but fairly early stage .. the good news .. 

The medical profession being unprofessional … .

This is an example of why you should always ask for a copy of the reports.

Recently had severe gut pain, enough I was contemplating going to the hospital but the pain subsided. Told my GP about, he ordered a CT gut scan. The receptionist rang me to book an appointment to discuss the scan. Walked into doctor’s surgery and he asked me why I was there. I told him the receptionist advised me to see him. First mistake.

He suggested gallstones but the radiologist report stated acute pancreatitis attack. He didn’t carefully read the report. Second mistake.

He gave me a copy of the radiologist report. It stated I had a large cyst in my one kidney. Doctor didn’t comment on that, probably didn’t read the report as carefully as me. Third mistake.

GP stated I need a full blood work up but I had that done two weeks prior. GP failed to notice that for the first time my GFR, a marker of kidney function, had taken a nose dive. Fourth mistake.

I don’t want to go to my GP and say you f**ked up so many times I should kick your ass but he deserves that.

Indolent
Indolent
June 11, 2024 3:43 pm
Miltonf
Miltonf
June 11, 2024 3:46 pm

Is Dr Jill preserved in formaldehyde or sompin?

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
June 11, 2024 3:51 pm

Broome and Derby alcohol restrictions: Booze purchase limits and takeaway alcohol sales hours reducedKatya MinnsBroome Advertiser
Tue, 11 June 2024 12:42PM

New restrictions on takeaway alcohol sales and reduced opening hours of bottle shops in Broome and Derby have been announced following the crackdown on grog proposed by the Director of Liquor Licensing.
From July 15, the sale and supply of packaged alcohol is only authorised on permitted days between the hours of 12 midday to 8pm in Broome and between 12 midday to 7pm in Derby, with a total ban on the sale of take-home booze applied on Sundays and Mondays in Derby.
The restrictions also limit takeaway sales to a single carton of full-strength beer per customer per day, or alternatively 2 bottles of wine, 1 litre of spirits or 1 litre of fortified wine.
Where the alcohol content exceeds 6 per cent, customers would be restricted to a maximum of 3.75 litres of beer, cider or pre-mix spirits.

In Broome, customers could previously purchase up to six bottles of wine per day.
Licensees in both towns would continue to be required to scan the IDs of all customers purchasing packaged liquor to ensure they are not on the banned drinkers’ register.
Where a particular product is available in a non-glass container, it would be illegal for a licensed venue to sell the glass version to customers.

Indolent
Indolent
June 11, 2024 3:51 pm
Miltonf
Miltonf
June 11, 2024 3:58 pm

Jeez Costello’s career has ended like collapsed cheese sooflay

Indolent
Indolent
June 11, 2024 4:08 pm
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Indolent
Indolent
June 11, 2024 4:11 pm

Dr. John Campbell
House Oversight in US

KevinM
KevinM
June 11, 2024 4:22 pm

Bruce of Newcastle
June 11, 2024 11:57 am

Antisemitic hair-sniffing pants pooer rapes Israel yet again.

UN Security Council votes in favour of ‘immediate, full and complete ceasefire’ proposal to end Israel-Hamas war in Gaza (Sky News, 11 Jun)

The proposal is nothing less than surrender to Hamas. I can’t see how Israel can possibly agree to it.

Stand firm, Israelis.

This has been the pattern of every single war since WWII.
The left, or whomever, always managed to lose them at huge costs.
Whenever there is way to stuff up, they will find it.

I’m not saying it’s a conspiracy, but incompetence only accounts for so much.

Bungonia Bee
Bungonia Bee
June 11, 2024 4:26 pm

The Albo Presser: I stopped counting after ten “Peter Duttons”.

billie
billie
June 11, 2024 4:36 pm

On the Covid/Excess Deaths Inquiry

Did anyone else notice the special category for King’s Birthday Awards for the Covid 19 Honour Role

https://www.gg.gov.au/kings-birthday-2024-honours-list

Do you reckon anyone on that list is going to give up their reward?

cohenite
June 11, 2024 4:43 pm

Good summary of the Caitlin Clark bullshit:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ltC09LWYKS0

GreyRanga
GreyRanga
June 11, 2024 4:56 pm

Bungonia Bee the lickspittle PM doesn’t know not to use Dutton’s name. That reinforces his name in the voters mind. Leader of the Opposition. That way who’s Dutton?

Top Ender
Top Ender
June 11, 2024 4:58 pm

  
According to one of our guides, Rome has already had as many visitors as 2023. We certainly thought it very busy. 
 
The Vatican Museum is so packed with materials you could spend a day walking through it v-e-r-y slowly to appreciate it more fully, and even then you would not have inspected every detail.

Priceless and unique paintings, sculptures, mosaics, tapestries – all out and not behind glass too. In fact, the windows were open and a nice breeze blew through – surprisingly, no climate control for preservation.

No photos allowed in the Sistine Chapel. It was packed and we were all blessed solemnly by a priest. It looked like he did that every 5 minutes as the crowd moved through.

Went next door to St Peter’s Basilica where a mass was happening. Once again, decorated with gold leaf, ornate and beautiful.  

Visited the Liberation Museum, formerly the Nazi SS Matzeo Prison, which was a somber memorial to Italian fighters. Women as well as men were incarcerated and tortured here, about three blocks from our hotel.

Our time in Rome has come to an end, we now join Sun Princess – their newest ship, 2nd voyage, for a working cruise from Rome to Athens.

Roger
Roger
June 11, 2024 5:05 pm

Abbott had the goodwill of the country…. 

So did Howard to an even greater extent.

…and squibbed it. 

Abbott at least achieved two out of three key promises.

In the long run Howard failed on every key issue and bequeathed us a big Australia hitched to the renewables bandwagon on the road to poverty.

Miltonf
Miltonf
June 11, 2024 5:08 pm

Correct Roger and he gave us the finger with his Trumble poisonous egg. As for Costello, associating with Fairfax says it all.

Miltonf
Miltonf
June 11, 2024 5:10 pm

Howard revealed himself to be a nasty little phony.

Miltonf
Miltonf
June 11, 2024 5:14 pm

Don’t forget the attack on property rights and the ICC. Call me obsessed but Howard’s betrayal still shocks me.

John H.
John H.
June 11, 2024 5:21 pm

Bruce of Newcastle

June 11, 2024 11:57 am

Antisemitic hair-sniffing pants pooer rapes Israel yet again.

UN Security Council votes in favour of ‘immediate, full and complete ceasefire’ proposal to end Israel-Hamas war in Gaza (Sky News, 11 Jun)

The proposal is nothing less than surrender to Hamas. I can’t see how Israel can possibly agree to it.

Stand firm, Israelis.

This has been the pattern of every single war since WWII.

The left, or whomever, always managed to lose them at huge costs.

Whenever there is way to stuff up, they will find it.

I’m not saying it’s a conspiracy, but incompetence only accounts for so much.

Has anyone in the UN or elsewhere asked why the Palestinians after nearly 20 years never approached Israel and asked for helped to remove Hamas? They must have known about the tunnels, the weapons, the lack of services etc.

Viva
Viva
June 11, 2024 5:35 pm

Chris Kenny bemoans how weak leaders are failing to stand up for Western values amidst the current violent protests

It occurs to me the West is just like the guy in Baby Reindeer. It hates itself too much and feels too morally compromised to stand up for its own interests

Indolent
Indolent
June 11, 2024 5:42 pm
Eyrie
Eyrie
June 11, 2024 5:43 pm

The Miles Labor government will push Queensland into record debt of $172bn to fund the coal-rich state’s transition to renewable power.

Currently Queensland burns about 20 million tonnes of coal a year to generate electricity in the State.
220 million tonnes is exported. The energy transition will be lost in the noise. Qld isn’t about to lose the revenue from coal royalties.

Roger
Roger
June 11, 2024 5:56 pm

Truer words were never spoken.

America, The Greatest Exporter of Toxic Ideas | Dennis Prager

I dare say most of the toxic ideas America is presently exporting had their origins in 18th & 19th C. France & Germany.

GreyRanga
GreyRanga
June 11, 2024 5:56 pm

TE I don’t think its a working holiday when you get to talk about the things you love best. Think about it as more of a chat spoilt by having to go sightseeing and drinks and dinner. I suppose someone has to do it. You’ve certainly covered some territory. I’ve heard the neighbours are complaining about the noise from all the parties at your place.

Miltonf
Miltonf
June 11, 2024 5:57 pm

Or Weimar Germany

132andBush
132andBush
June 11, 2024 6:11 pm

Wild Elephants Invent Names For One Another in Surprise Sign of Abstract Thinking

Over the last few decades it has become obvious we have very much under- estimated the cognition of animals.

They even run blogs.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
June 11, 2024 6:16 pm

I am really getting fed up with Experts™.

Expert warns 2030 emissions targets will be ‘very challenging’ (Sky News mainpage headline, 11 Jun)

Energy expert Tony Wood has warned the government will face an uphill battle towards achieving its climate targets but said it would be “unacceptable” not to try.

The Grattan Institute Energy Director spoke with Sky News Australia on Tuesday and said achieving a 42 per cent reduction in carbon emissions on 2005 levels by 2030 would be “really challenging”.

Grattan Institute? Why the flying fruitbats is Sky quoting the Grattan Institute with po faced wide eyed wonder? Sheesh.

‘No safe level of exposure’: Millions of Australians exposed to cancer causing chemicals in their tap water, study finds (Sky News, 11 Jun)

A new study has found millions of Australians have been exposed to cancer causing chemicals in their tap water, which US experts have warned have “no safe level of exposure”.

In an exposition in The Sydney Morning Herald on Tuesday, tap water across parts of Sydney, Newcastle, Canberra, Victoria, Queensland and the “tourist havens” of Rottnest and Norfolk was found to contain the chemicals.

Experts said widespread testing of Australia’s drinking water was a priority after the US Environmental Protection Agency found there was no safe level of perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) which were “likely” to cause cancer.

In December, the World Health Organisation’s cancer agency deemed PFOA as carcinogenic to humans.

WHO? The US friggin EPA? SMH? What is Sky News smoking these days?

We have been using Teflon-lined fry pans for half a century. When the Teflon coating decays, which it always does, the degredation products include PFOS and PFOA. Which then dissolve in fat and oil, and we ate it. Vast amounts of it for fifty years. With no adverse consequences.

If Sky is supposed to be a righty news channel spare us what a lefty news channel might be like.

I am really sick of the lies coming to us in broadcast news.

Gilas
Gilas
June 11, 2024 6:22 pm

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
June 11, 2024 2:41 pm

Talk about lacking the bedside manner or human touch!
Out of the door these things went with him.

Both your GP and orthopod appear to lack any “bedside” skills or common manners, today just quaint, outmoded concepts in a socialist medical system that pretends to promote high standards that few care to meet.

All this while they have to jump ever higher CPD hurdles with AHPRA, which then trumpets how wildly successful they are in constantly improving the “health consumer’s” experience.

You could always complain to the bureaucratic HCCC.. you might eventually even receive a letter expressing “regret” for your treatment. This satisfies most people’s atavistic sense of righteousness, but will achieve nothing of substance, either for yourself or future patients.

Your GP referred you to this guy.. the message is clear.. change GP to someone who actually cares. They are rare but do exist.
Word-of-mouth recommendation is your best chance.

Unfortunately, this is today’s reality.

GreyRanga
GreyRanga
June 11, 2024 6:22 pm

You’re right about Howard, miltonf. He fooled me, it wasn’t until middle class welfare, of which I received zip, though that was of no consequence, that I thought…..WHY? The other thing was, have you ever seen him try to bowl at cricket?

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
June 11, 2024 6:24 pm

Here it is. Following on from Johanna’s mention of the delights of Dr. Doolittle: the complete first tale, courtesy of Project Guttenberg.

I may be away some time as I take time for a little read of it. 🙂

GreyRanga
GreyRanga
June 11, 2024 6:31 pm

I’ve gotta say Lizzie the care I’ve had in Canberra is pretty good. Only one dud specialist. A bit shonky in the vague costs of surgery. As it happens renal problems are taken care of in the public sector promptly. Of which I’ve had 10 off. All the orthopaedic ops happen promptly as well.

Tom
Tom
June 11, 2024 6:36 pm

Sky News’s A-graders are on a fortnight’s mid-year break. So, instead of Peta Credlin and (the unwatchachable) Blot, we get Steve Price and James Macpherson.

I think it’s verging on false advertising to misrepresent these programs with the names of the absent hosts in the advertising.

thefrollickingmole
thefrollickingmole
June 11, 2024 6:37 pm

Lawrence fox nails his colours to the mast.

https://x.com/LozzaFox/status/1799907811368845819

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We are about to enter the era of the “Far right.”

Kids are going to be taught to read rather than imagine they are born in the wrong body.

Being white skinned won’t be a mark of the devil.

TV and film will be about plot and casting rather than how many non binary lesbian people of colour and girth you can cram into a drama.

We will stop worshipping the sun god and perhaps take some time to get to know the actual one.

Victimhood will be frowned upon.

Health services will be expected to stop dancing for TikTok and do what they are paid to do.

The police will be asked to get off their knees and regain public trust again.

Fear will be replaced by hope.

It’s going to be much nicer than the woke period, where men had periods.

The homophobic trans crap will be done.

Content of character will matter more than colour of skin.

It’s going to be good.

And to those of you who don’t like it.

Tough. We have had enough.

bons
bons
June 11, 2024 7:06 pm

Vic shadow police minister is on Sky praising Vicplod for once getting off their … to polietely ask the pro Hamas thugs not to be so, you know – Hamassi.

He is a Vicplod copper.

There is no hope.

John H.
John H.
June 11, 2024 7:15 pm

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

 June 11, 2024 6:54 pm

 Reply to  GreyRanga

I suspect that in many ways the public sector is better. There is among the senior medical staff still quite a bit of the old ethic of selflessness and giving something back. I’ve taken my autistic son with his crazy-paving calcineal (heel) bones for check ups at St. Vincents public after his accident (he’d never do it on his own) and the doctors and nurses have been so caring of him, with his obvious self-neglect and something amiss in his thinking.

Two people I know found the public hospitals to be excellent. Caveat: teaching hospital. They are in their late 70’s, have good health, and no prescriptions. A doctor friend advised them because they are in good health not to bother with private cover. A friend of mine also received excellent care at the same hospital. Contrariwise, a relative has a glioblastoma, had private cover, and when the reviews on the neurosurgeon were read, the advice was to avoid him! Somewhere there is a website where doctors are rated by patients.

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
June 11, 2024 7:19 pm

Well, just revisited the ten-year-old me with a glance through Dr. Doolittle. A cultural reflection generations back to the period well before even I was born, to the early Victorian century, to the times of the Barbary pirates, Sinbad sailor Islamists all, and an Africa full of ‘black men’ – the good doctor being a ‘white man’ who tried to help and do good, unlike many of his race who visited Africa in those times.

What a world of imagination Hugh Lofting managed to create, of simply told homely things transferred to a world where anyone could go adventuring, and animals could be better people than people were. A whole new set of possibilities about animals opened up for a child to ponder on and enjoy. It didn’t all have to make sense logically, but just in ways that made sense to a child in a child’s world – like the empty money box needing to be refilled and the sensible allocation of household tasks suited to the animals’ capabilities.

Children love ordered disorder, and the putting of things to rights. There is a sort of security in that.

Consider Lear: ‘The owl and the pussy-cat went to sea, in a beautiful pea green boat, they took some honey and plenty of money, wrapped up in a five pound note.’ That’s ok then. They were off adventuring and well provisioned. Good times ahead etc etc…

After Dr. Doolittle no wonder I decided early on I wanted to be a vet.

Rosie
Rosie
June 11, 2024 7:36 pm
Cassie of Sydney
June 11, 2024 7:39 pm

I
LOVE
LOZZA
FOX

Lozza, like the lad from Luton, is a warrior.

Miltonf
Miltonf
June 11, 2024 7:46 pm

Heard an odious BBC listener sitting behind me on the train this afternoon going on about orange haired buffoon with a pvt golf course. A really obnoxious twot.

DrBeauGan
DrBeauGan
June 11, 2024 7:55 pm

After Dr. Doolittle no wonder I decided early on I wanted to be a vet.

It’s Dr. Dolittle. Only one o. I’ve been rereading them on kindle. I’ve got to Dr. Dolittle and the Circus.

Rosie
Rosie
June 11, 2024 8:17 pm

If elephants give each other names they’ve been doing so for eons and haven’t progressed, still can’t even jump.

Barry
Barry
June 11, 2024 8:18 pm

Casual racism at The Age.

Bird flu generally comes from China, but the reference is a bit unnecessary.

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Dr Faustus
Dr Faustus
June 11, 2024 8:23 pm

An insight into inflation’.

When I get back to Mianjjin from wrangling exploration persons in horrid places, my domestic role in the Faustus household is to do the shopping.

At the New Farm Colesworth, my strategic retail consultant, Gloomy Luis, tells me that the egg shelf has been emptied, the future is that basic eggs will go up 30% to $8/dozen, and the price will stay there.

I don’t doubt him.

Retail Australia has become a shitshow.

m0nty
m0nty
June 11, 2024 8:45 pm

Santiago Cuneo has brought a lawsuit against Javier Milei accusing him of various rock spider activities.

Last edited 12 days ago by m0nty
Rosie
Rosie
June 11, 2024 8:50 pm

An accusation by gasp, a journalist.

KevinM
KevinM
June 11, 2024 8:52 pm

m0nty
June 11, 2024 8:45 pm

Santiago Cuneo has brought a lawsuit against Javier Milei accusing him of various rock spider activities.

When all else fails.
Sad, even for you montage.

JC
JC
June 11, 2024 8:54 pm

Dover

Ask Arnie Bertrand who started this island caper in the first place.

Pogria
Pogria
June 11, 2024 9:02 pm

Cats and Kittehs who are owned by a cat, will empathise with this.
I wonder why I wake up exhausted every morning? 😀

https://x.com/buitengebieden/status/1799797867290538201

JC
JC
June 11, 2024 9:07 pm

Monster’s source against Milei

Argentinean newscaster fired for on-air anti-Semitism after complaints

Broadcaster drops host Santiago Cuneo for ‘bastardizing journalism’ by spouting conspiracy theories on cable news show

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — An Argentinean newscaster was fired after coming under criticism for anti-Jewish remarks.

Santiago Cuneo, the host of the daily “1+1=3” program aired by the cable news channel Cronica TV, made a number of remarks deemed to be anti-Semitic in his broadcasts last week. Among them, Cuneo made reference to the Andinia Plan, a conspiracy alleging a Jewish plan to create a Jewish state in parts of Argentina and Chile, and he questioned the loyalty of the Argentina’s Jewish leadership.

Sounds perfectly sane and credible.

Pogria
Pogria
June 11, 2024 9:13 pm

Bruce of N,
here’s one for you, enjoy.

https://x.com/buitengebieden/status/1799429314813063363

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
June 11, 2024 9:16 pm

Santiago Cuneo, the host of the daily “1+1=3” program aired by the cable news channel Cronica TV, made a number of remarks deemed to be anti-Semitic in his broadcasts last week

So, Mr Cueno is the Argentinian version of Aussie Cossack.

Nice, mUnter. Nice.

Pogria
Pogria
June 11, 2024 9:17 pm

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Pogria
Pogria
June 11, 2024 9:18 pm

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Boambee John
Boambee John
June 11, 2024 9:25 pm

mUnturd’s “source” for the Milei story turns out to be a j’ismist fired for anti-Semitic comments.

Birds of a feather?

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
June 11, 2024 9:37 pm

Muslim leader Sheik Wesam Charkawi driving the bid to topple Labor in southwest Sydney

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By alexi demetriadi

  • NSW Political Reporter
  • 8:30PM June 11, 2024
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Community leader Wesam Charkawi is mobilising the Muslim vote across key southwest Sydney federal seats to topple Labor at the next election as prominent figures warned the ALP of electoral abandonment.
Sheik Charkawi, a Western Sydney University PhD candidate, is the brains and organiser behind The Muslim Vote campaign, The Australian can reveal.
It is one among many websites to emerge recently targeting Muslim Australians to support pro-Palestine candidates or oust sitting members who are not, including some Laborministers, and rates them on their voting record and stance on Israel.
The emergence of such campaigns, and popular and well-connected figures such as Sheik Charkawi driving them, will remain a headache for Labor HQ until and during the federal election, likely to be early next year.
Last month Sheik Charkawi – a Sunni Muslim – led calls for the dismissal of ASIO chief Mike Burgess, who had said Sunni Islamic extremism posed the “greatest religi­ously motivated threat in Australia”.
The Australian revealed in April how Labor feared key Sydney heartlands, such as Jason Clare’s Blaxland, Anne Stanley’s Werriwa and Tony Burke’s Watson, could be at risk, given community anger about the Gaza war.

Fight, you bastards fight! I hate peace!

Barry
Barry
June 11, 2024 9:48 pm

Another Covid worst-offender honoured on the King’s Birthday is former Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) boss Professor John Skerritt, who has been appointed as a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) on the ‘COVID-19 Honour Roll’.

As head of the TGA, Skerritt oversaw the rushed approvals of the Covid vaccines, which are associated with unprecedented rates of adverse event reporting, and which are contaminated with high levels of plasmid DNA (though the TGA has yet to acknowledge this). On Skerritt’s watch, the TGA effectively banned the use of ivermectin at the height of the pandemic until the majority of Australians were vaccinated, after which the ban was lifted.

Link

m0nty
m0nty
June 11, 2024 9:57 pm

To be honest the Cuneo thing sounded fishy from the get go, as I said. I don’t know what quality of legal system they have over there, but at least he gets his day in court. Then we see if he’s just a crank or not. Sounds like a crank.

JC
JC
June 11, 2024 10:01 pm

100 acres = 3,000 acres

According to the U.S., China has reclaimed 3,000 acres since the beginning of 2014. 

Vietnam, Malaysia, the Philippines and Taiwan have also reclaimed land in the South China Sea, but their land grab – the U.S. says approximately 100 acres over 45 years – is dwarfed by China’s massive, recent buildup.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
June 11, 2024 10:06 pm

Anyway, “Sliante” to all you mob. I’m having a few quiet single mats, and watching Charles Bronson in “Death Wish.”

I dunno, you young fellas will bring a knife to a gunfight…

JC
JC
June 11, 2024 10:09 pm

To be honest the Cuneo thing sounded fishy from the get go, as I said.

Did it? Doesn’t sound like it.

What’s this I’m hearing about a new lawsuit alleging Javier Milei is a rock spider?? Surely not.

The comment sounds hopeful and effusive.

JC
JC
June 11, 2024 10:18 pm

Boambee John

June 11, 2024 9:25 pm

mUnturd’s “source” for the Milei story turns out to be a j’ismist fired for anti-Semitic comments.

Birds of a feather?

It actually went a little further than regular antisemitism, which we’re now seeing each day from the left. The lunatic had gone way past regular, run-of-the mill conspiracy theories that the Roths*childs secretly owned the world’s major central banks. He was accusing the then Argentinian and Chilean governments of selling or giving vast portions of their respective nations’ land to those greedy Jews. That’s who Fatboy treated as a trusted source.

JC
JC
June 11, 2024 10:29 pm

Dover

Getting back to your Twitter prediction that the US credit markets are in a disaster scenario.

I can’t ever recall a nation having a major bond market crisis with a free floating currency regime. Do you know of any?

cohenite
June 11, 2024 10:31 pm

m0nty
 June 11, 2024 8:45 pm

Santiago Cuneo has brought a lawsuit against Javier Milei accusing him of various rock spider activities.

You’re a sick fuk dickless. This leftie creep, as far as I can gather, is comparing Milei’s political activities to a pedaphile’s:

An Argentine journalist and former military officer denounces Milei for pedophilia and possession of child pornography (elespanol.com)

The alleged sexual conduct that the complainant attributes to the President, he said, “is projected to the rest of his social interactions, and now we see that also to the exercise of public office.”

For the complainant, the head of state executes “a program of planned misery, meticulously orchestrated” in order to “lead the Nation to dismemberment and the citizenry to virtual slavery” and, he added, “subjugation.”

Cúneo had already been threatening the Argentine President months ago with uncovering allegedly dark data about his life. “The psychiatric madman (that’s what Milei calls him) did not govern for a single day. He dedicates himself, in his delirious messianism,” he fired, “to the sect of pedophiles that he is part of.”

FMD.

JC
JC
June 11, 2024 10:34 pm

100 acres over a 45 year period, spread out by a few countries isn’t what a reasonable person would regard as a land grab, so why do you?

Indolent
Indolent
June 11, 2024 10:38 pm

The Worldwide Pandemic Treaty – George Christensen (Citizen Go) 10 June 2024

It’s been over a week since I’ve been back from Geneva following the dramatic conclusion to the World Health Assembly.

The Pandemic Treaty was not passed but some terrible International Health Regulation changes were, and in quite a dubious fashion.

Yesterday, I spoke with Vision Christian Radio’s Neil Johnson on his 20Twenty talkback show about the experience in Geneva, the Pandemic Treaty and the International Health Regulations.

Indolent
Indolent
June 11, 2024 10:43 pm

This idea has struck me at times too. Some people just can’t let well enough alone.

struggling with struggle

Indolent
Indolent
June 11, 2024 10:46 pm
Indolent
Indolent
June 11, 2024 10:47 pm
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