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The security threats of Net Zero: One of 36 Stratagems to defeat the enemy

The GWPF have published a provocative piece by Professor Gwythian Prins, which I highly recommend. One chapter in particular captures the fragile moment around which global affairs is orbiting. The West, comfortable and corrupted, is only just starting to become aware of the duplicity and hostile intent of the Chinese Communist Party.

Excerpts from Chapter 3 below.

The Worm in the Rose
Gwythian Prins

War by other means is upon us:

 Part III: The security threats of Net Zero

The Chinese Communist Party’s Fifth Plenum text of October 2020, setting out the strategy to 2035, told the nation for the first time in decades to ‘prepare for war’(备战) – meaning in any and all forms. It is true that the Chinese military build-up since 2000 has been relentless and remarkable. However, as we will see, at present we do not face open war, but instead war by other means.

The West needs to be aware of the 36 Strategems from an Era of War

“To Loot A Burning House”

Xi’s tactics are also informed by The Thirty Six Stratagems from the era of the Warring States, a manuscript which is probably a little older than Sun Tzu’s. However, both emerged from periods of great internal turbulence. The Thirty Six are usually grouped into six chapters, and three – two ‘war winning’ strategies and one ‘enemy dealing’ strategy – are most apposite in framing Xi’s conduct.

The first is kill with a borrowed sword (借 刀殺人); in other words, to use our inventions to attack us.

China took Manufacturing, then Tech and the West gave them away. Now it’s come for biotech… and we gave the CCP “Gain of Function”.

The second is loot a burning house (趁火打劫); to take advantage of an enemy’s misfortune. This metaphor facilitates the principle of ‘ghost attack’ – the perpetration of hostile actions with plausible deniability, such that the attacked party is powerless to retaliate without seeming to be the aggressor. An example would be the current Covid pandemic.

A bioweapon released close to the Lab it came from could be an accident. It’s plausible…

It also encompasses the idea of creating adverse circumstances – setting the house on fire – and pushing the enemy into self-harming behaviour. The third is an ‘enemy dealing’ strategy: hide a knife behind a smile (笑裏 藏刀), the tactic of concealing hostile intent behind apparent co-operation. Conduct over energy and climate policy appears to be a leading arena for this stratagem, as we shall see in detail.

The fifth columnists, the Greens, the university “friends”:

The spear-point for Xi’s ghost attacks is China’s Ministry of State Security United Front Work Department (UFWD): a multiheaded hydra. Xi Jinping has described it as ‘…an important magic weapon for  strengthening the party’s ruling position…

The UFWD’s tactics towards us can also be seen to derive from long-standing Chinese strategies such as the Thirty Six. For example, employing the stratagem let the enemy’s own spy sow discord in the enemy camp (反間計), it has, with considerable success, ‘made friends for China’ within and across the western elite establishment. In the British case, that embraces the worlds of business (notably the 48 Group Club), of politics (green activists have been a particular focus for the UFWD54), and spans academia and universities, notably Cambridge under its current Vice-Chancellor, and Nottingham. Science and science publishing, where a naïve belief in the global community of science can, wittingly or not, be exploited to meet China’s objectives are especially targeted. Winning influential friends – ‘Fifth Columnists’ witting or unwitting – so as to destroy an enemy’s ability to resist is a classic indirect approach, straight from the pages of Sun Tzu, and conforming to the first of the ‘chaos strategies’ of the Thirty Six: ‘Remove the firewood from under the pot’ (釜底抽 薪). In western idiom, it is to draw the fires from the boilers to slow and eventually stop the engines.

Is it a coincidence that oil and gas prices are so high?

During 2020, in quick order, China made three long-term oil and gas agreements, with Iran, Abu Dhabi and Saudi Arabia.

If it’s a coincidence now, it won’t be in the future…

To hide a knife behind a smile

… China is currently building 250 GW of additional new coal-fired plant, more than currently exists in the entire USA (229 GW), and a 25% increase on current capacity. Alongside other conventional capacity, such as nuclear and gas, this will support a 50% increase in electricity consumption by 2040 (>10,000 TWh, as compared to 7,000 TWh today). Figure 7 shows China’s fuel mix trends, dominated by coal, and with ‘new renewables’ barely visible traces. We may therefore safely deduce that China has no intention of embracing western ‘green’ obsessions.

China's energy mix, graph, coal, gas, hydro.

But has Xi revealed the hostile intent too soon?

With AUKUS formed, the Quad alliance, and nuclear subs on the way for Australia, there are signs the West is waking up (finally).

The new-found resolve of the Anglosphere nations may reinforce the views of those in Peking who have been doubtful of the wisdom of Xi Jinping’s abandonment of the first of the Thirty Six Stratagems (Deceive the heavens to cross the sea), for it is a sign that open hostility has awakened the Five Eyes, as they warned and feared. All officers in the Queen’s navies – RN, RAN, RCN, RNZN – hold Crown Commissions, and her navies are already fully interoperable, and share a professional culture  those of the USA, India and Japan. Xi’s critics in Peking will fear that his aggression has prompted the making (or rather, remaking) of a global navy for the Free World, led by the English speaking peoples. We should not assume that his ascendancy is any more secure than that of previous emperors.

The intent is so obvious when studied under the right lens:

Free World builds towards weaknesses, Communist China builds towards strength

China seeks to deny resources to the Free World

It is simply using our green obsessions to its advantage and against our interests. In the terms of the Thirty Six, Peking intends to loot a burning house: it will encourage its competitors (us) to use thermodynamically inferior fuels in order to build in economic weakness, and will assist us in compromising our transport and electricity infrastructures. It will ignore biomass, tidal, geothermal and hydro as strategically insignificant. Nor will it involve itself in hydrogen, recognising that both the current ‘green’ and ‘blue’ routes to its production, as explained earlier, are unviable economically. But it will happily continue to manufacture wind power components and solar panels for us, and it will use uncompetitive market practices to displace western (and Japanese) competitors, and so dominate the markets for these items. In this way, China will weaken our manufacturing bases, while indulging our ‘green’ and ‘Net Zero’ obsessions and it will thus control these markets – and hence us – for so long as we allow it to do so.

There is much to be pondered, and messages to share from The Worm in The Rose, published by Net Zero Watch. It can be downloaded here.

Hat tips to Jim Simpson, Paul Miskelly. Helen D.

GWPF ran a webinar on Tuesday: COP26 – What are China’s real intentions?

Professor Gwythian Prins is Research Professor Emeritus at the LSE and a member of the Academic Advisory Council of the Global Warming Policy Foundation.

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134 comments to The security threats of Net Zero: One of 36 Stratagems to defeat the enemy

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    Geoffrey+Williams

    More China bashing Jo . .
    GeoffW

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      GlenM

      So there is no Chinese intervention or influence in Australian society. I don’t think we are threatening them.

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      Richard+C+(NZ)

      China is the world’s largest emitter by far. They have no real intention of pulling back – just the opposite. And they finance a myriad of other countries to do same.

      Meanwhile, China watches the West hobble their economies. Or, as Napoleon Bonaparte put it:

      “Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.”

      Better still for China, the West kowtow (deep respect shown by prostration) while doing so.

      If China is not moving radically on emissions (it isn’t) there is no reason for any other country to do so – least of all smaller economies like Australia, and smaller still New Zealand.

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        Geoffrey+Williams

        It is not the fault of China if Western nations want to dash their economies on the ‘climate change’ rocks in order to appease their concienses.
        You say also that the West is kowtowing to China. Looks more to myself as though the world is preparing for war with China. One only has to look at the displacement and spending of US military bases.
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          Geoffrey,

          We all hoped China would grow to become like Japan, a great trading partner, instead the CCP told us “SARS-2 was the flu”, lied about human to human transmission, leaned on their WHO minions, like Tedros to keep the borders open and made sure that their artificial virus spread to the world. They deleted their public viral database at the Wuhan Institute on Sept 12, 2019. They destroyed all the lab samples in Wuhan on Jan 1 2020. They hoarded PPE, knowing the West would be short, then sold it back when nations were desperate with profits and or strings and favours attached, like 5G-network involvement for Chinese companies.

          Judge them by what they do, not what they say.

          The CCP stopped the virus spreading in China while actively spreading it to the world. Is that not the action of a hostile global citizen, showing no concern at all for the welfare of others? And while the world was shutting down and arrogantly, stupidly, letting the virus run in 2020, the CCP, who know the virus better than anyone, was making sure it did not spread in China.

          While the world slowed down in 2020, and Chinese people lived in poverty, the CCP built the largest Navy in the world, took away Democracy from Hong Kong, kept killing the Falun Gong and Uighurs for organs and political gain. Currently they are doing intimidating flyby’s of Taiwan.

          It’s not their fault if we are crippling our own grids, but it is ours if we expect them not to take advantage of that and for hostile and deceptive purposes. There’s a pattern here.

          It’s not about the Chinese people, who are victims in this too. It’s about the CCP.

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          Richard+C+(NZ)

          >”It is not the fault of China if Western nations want to dash their economies on the ‘climate change’ rocks in order to appease their concienses”

          I didn’t say it was. I’m just pointing out that it is advantageous for China not to interrupt the foolishness – even go along with it a little (but not too much – see below).

          As for war – how do you reconcile that with this:

          ‘John Kerry Fails to Call Out China for Lack of Climate Goals’
          October 15, 2021
          https://www.conservativedailynews.com/2021/10/john-kerry-fails-to-call-out-china-for-lack-of-climate-goals/

          Doesn’t seem warlike to me.

          BTW, Maurice Strong (deceased) was Secretary General of the U.N. Conference on Environment and Development, best known as the Earth Summit, and held in Rio de Janeiro from June 3 to June 14, 1992.

          After his endless scandals caught up with him, where did he flee?

          China.

          Why did they accept him?

          Because he was useful to them.

          ‘Maurice Strong, dealmaker for China’
          https://usefulstooges.com/2015/12/23/maurice-strong-dealmaker-for-china/

          Meet Maurice Strong: Globalist, Oiligarch, “Environmentalist”
          https://www.corbettreport.com/meet-maurice-strong-globalist-oiligarch-environmentalist/

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          Daffy

          The US is great at building bases…but they are more like luxury towns than aggressive military establishments…this from the army that was great against Panama, but hasn’t won a real conflict since…sheesh, I can’t remember. They have also seemingly been recently outclassed in hypersonics.
          The US is all posture, not performance.

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        el+gordo

        ‘They have no real intention of pulling back – just the opposite.’

        Which is perfectly rational, they know AGW is a Western invention.

        I’m with GW on this, the Alliance wants to hang onto power to feed its military industrial complex. Pulling out of Afghanistan in haste and off to some other adventurism in the Pacific, not a good look.

        Whereas the Chinese will now go into Afghanistan and make a deal with the Taliban, material progress over war, peace in our time.

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        tonyb

        Figure 7 in the article is interesting. It would be even more interesting if there was a figure 8 which showed Chinas proposed energy sources up to 2050.

        Whilst the West run for renewables I suspect the Chinese percentage of this energy source will still be dwarfed by the other means of energy production.

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      William Astley

      ‘[William and everybody; posting something this long and especially with links is asking to be auto-moderated. Something this lengthy needs to be broken into at least 2 if not 3 separate comments!]ED

      Geoffrey, I do not understand your paradigm at all. Where are you coming from? What is China up to? What is their ‘plan’, based on the evidence? Evidence only helps, if it is looked at, and action is taken.

      China has the cheapest electricity in the world because all of their new coal plants are high temperature, super efficient, power plants. China is converting their old coal fired power plants to the new high temperature super efficient power plants. China is the largest coal miner in the world. Largest coal user in the world.

      We on the other hand are embarking on a plan that will make our electricity super expensive and we are promising to shutdown our other industries with regulations to stop CO2 emissions. Our plan cannot work. Our will plan will bankrupt our countries and not get to zero CO2 emissions. We have lost most of our secondary industry to China. We need jobs and exports to be able to buy all the stuff from China. The stuff is not made in our countries anymore.

      China just tested a hypersonic weapon that due to its speed and its trajectory (opposite direction, rather than a direct attack on the US. Current missile defence is in Alaska. Enables an undefended attack oEast Coast of the US/Entire US) it completely defeats the current US defence system.

      China is now sending squads of military planes into Taiwan airspace and has taken over Hong Kong/ended any democracy or environmental protest and any independent environmental groups in their country.

      China has absolute power over their people and over their country’s expenditures. Super powerful countries which have zero checks and balances, can and have become super dangerous. The Nazis became super dangerous because they had absolute power and because evil got control of that power.

      What is the evidence? Evidence talks.

      Start with the Wuhan World Military games. The Chinese are highly secretive about everything. Why did the CCP insist that there should be a World Military ‘Games’. Military personnel are not fireman or strong men. What is the purpose of Military games?

      The Wuhan Military games were not televised. The Wuhan Military Games was not the start of a Chinese peace movement or the end of Chinese aggression.

      The Wuhan Military game participants officially complained that the events were held in tiny rooms (grossly too small for the number of participants) when it was obvious that larger rooms were available. The same participants complained that room ventilation had been turned off. The same participants noted to Military Intelligence that the streets around the venues were cleared of people. Something stinks.

      The official Chinese story to explain the release of covid is: Covid has developed in a US lab and it leaked out of that lab. Covid was carried to Wuhan by a US military personnel. That is the story that the majority of the Chinese young people believe. Same ‘story’ that is officially spread in the Chinese media by Chinese minions.

      Based on the evidence the most logical explanation as to why the Chinese insisted that there be World Military games is to provide a cover for a planned release. China does things for reasons. Like fly into Taiwan air space. China insisted that the Military Games be held in Wuhan, to provide a solid cover story, for their own people, as to which country was responsible for covid. Why was there evidence of a leak from the Wuhan lab just before the World Military games? Immediately after the Wuhan lab leak included a sudden request for new lab ventilation… Immediately after the sudden sickness of the Wuhan lab which is now under the contol of Chinese military… the bat virus samples were destroyed. Why? Why did China not allow Investigators into China? What is the evidence telling us?

      https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/gen-mark-milley-calls-china-s-hypersonic-weapon-test-very-n1282606

      “What we saw was a very significant event of a test of a hypersonic weapon system, and it is very concerning,” Milley said in an interview Wednesday on Bloomberg Television.

      “I think I saw in some of the newspapers, they used the term Sputnik moment,” he added. “I don’t know if it’s quite a Sputnik moment, but I think it’s very close to that. So it’s a very significant technological event that occurred, or test that occurred, by the Chinese. And it has all of our attention.”

      https://www.breitbart.com/health/2021/10/27/nolte-plurality-say-anthony-fauci-liar-who-should-fired/

      ““How likely is it that COVID-19 was originated in a Chinese laboratory?”
      A whopping 71 percent said it is “very” (49 percent) or “somewhat” (22 percent) likely, while a mere 16 percent said it was “not very” (10 percent) or “not at all” (6 percent) likely.”

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      Strop

      Geoff, Jo “bashes” many governments. Even the supposed “China bashing” article above includes criticism of others.

      The clue is in the blog heading. “A perfectly good civilization is going to waste”.

      If there’s an an unfair criticism of a government that Jo has made, or particularly China, then feel free to counter it. If it’s not unfair then surely no government should be spared fair criticism.

      Of course, an amount of it is just commentary about our interests which can be contrary to China’s interests, or vice versa. If self interest is an issue then perhaps you should re-consider your comment #4.1 below.

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      Geoffrey+Williams

      From the opening paragraph above ‘The West, comfortabe and corrupted’
      Where are these people? lets root them out! Sorry, easier said than done.
      GeoffW

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    Ronin

    Don’t worry, they’ve earned it.

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    Geoff+Croker

    The point of China’s rise versus the west is they are NOT STUPID. The west has embraced socialism, deficit budgets and money printing. Australia was one of the few standouts.

    China is not the problem. Its all about our collective worship of Gaia. We MUST save Gaia from Sol by reducing CO2.

    China is forced to service 1.4 Billion people. They have no time for idol worship. They are building a nation.

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      Graeme No.3

      Since the policies in China (along with a benign climate) have delivered rising living standards and wealth to hundreds of millions, there is general support. They accept the pollution as a sign of progress towards a better future, much as people in the West did until the 1950’s. The current problem for the current rulers is that progress has stalled; what with a shortage of electricity and a rising feeling in the West that they are too dependent on China for essential materials starting to mean competition in supply. Add in a deterioration in the Climate bringing agricultural shortages and the regime is slightly shaky. A change in the top leadership cannot be ruled out (as a short term palliative).
      As the old saying has it “a man can ride a tiger, but his troubles start when he tries to dismount”.

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        Richard+C+(NZ)

        >”The current problem for the current rulers is that progress has stalled”

        70% of wealth in property – and that debt bomb’s exploding now.

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          dinn, bob

          50 callubg calling you what planet you be on??? tps://rumble.com/vodp2j-media-blackout-american-uprising-against-tyrannical-communism.html

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        Ronin

        Give it a year or so for the fertiliser shortage to really kick in and the ship will really hit the sand.

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      OldOzzie

      The west has embraced socialism, deficit budgets and money printing. Australia was one of the few standouts.

      Not Victoria

      Revealed: Financial cost of Covid pandemic on Victoria

      Remy Varga Reporter and Damon Johnston Victoria Editor

      The damage wrought by Covid-19 on Victoria has been laid bare in dozens of government reports tabled in parliament, revealing billions has been wiped from the state’s coffers over the pandemic as people suffered.

      Employee costs at the Victorian Health Department jumped by $300 million to $1.5 billion, while the day-to-day running costs of the department responsible for the state’s Covid-19 response soared to $1.36 billion, an increase of $690 million.

      This included nearly $300 million spent on information, communications and technology, an increase of $100 million, while direct care operating costs jumped by $34.3 million.

      The Health Department also spent nearly $50 million on consultancies, with beneficiaries including the Boston Consulting Group, Strategic Alliance, Ernst & Young, KPMG, Nous Group and Third Horizon consulting.

      Health Department administration costs also soared by $500 million, rising from $372.4 million last financial year million to $843.5 million.

      The Department of Premier and Cabinet spent $18.6 million on Covid-19 campaigns over the pandemic, including $10.7 million on Staying Apart Keeps Us Together and $7.9 million on Stay Safe Stay Open.

      Employee costs also blew out by $43 million, with one lucky executive taking home more than $500,000, out earning Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews.

      Of the 75 executives at the DPC, three took home more than $360,000, four earnt between $300,000 –$319,999 and three earnt between $280,000 –$299,999.

      Enforcing Covid-19 health orders over more than 260-days also saw a $117.8 million budget blowout for Victoria Police, according to their annual reports.

      The pandemic has been blamed for overruns in travel, accommodation, computer expenses, purchasing personal protection equipment and working from home allowances and payments.

      The report also revealed that police wracked up a massive over time bill after manning a “ring of steel“ dividing metro and regional Victoria in 2020, guarding the NSW-Victorian border and confronting multiple protests in the city.

      Extra cleaning of police vehicles, stations and equipment has also hurt the force‘s finances.

      “Many of the impacts from changes to our working environment were in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, especially the restriction of movement in the community,” said the annual report.

      “These restrictions impacted roadside alcohol testing and saw the booze and drug bus fleet cease operations from July 2020 to November 2020. As a result, the figures for alcohol screening tests are significantly reduced for the 2020–21 reporting period.”

      As costs have blown out over six lockdowns, tourism revenue plummeted 69 per cent to $9.8 billion in the year ending March 2021, which Visit Victoria attributed to the Black Summer bushfires and Covid-19.

      Total tourism expenditure suffered a net loss of $21.5 billion year-on-year with further losses expected while jobs generated by the industry fell by nearly 12 per cent in the 2019-2020 period.

      Dispute applications to the Victorian Small Business Commission increased by 97.6 per cent compared to the previous year, with 5,175 received.

      According to the VSBC annual report, this included 3,704 applications for help in resolving rent relief disputes and 1,297 applications to resolve coronavirus-related disputes over rent.

      The Commission for Children and Young People’s latest annual report said two infants died after child protection services cut face-to-face without first consulting other services.

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      William Astley

      The covid release changed how I thought about China. That and the fact the China now has control of our media and the internet. China need propaganda/information control to release covid and to keep the CAGW scam going. Our people are like little children who repeat rhetoric about climate change, the green scams, and covid.

      China helped covid spread to our countries. China spread lies that covid has not transmittable from person to person, stopped domestic flights out of Wuhan, and forced international flights to continue.

      Individual people are not evil and who not do evil things. Evil requires institutions, power, and a few people that have control of military and an evil plan that once it is started cannot be stopped.

      This is a picture of a recent pool party in Wuhan. The Chinese people have zero worry about covid. China obviously developed treatments for covid before its release.

      Covid did not accident leak out of the Wuhan lab. The accidental release is cover story. The Wuhan military games as I noted above was forced to happen by the Chinese. None of the Western military wanted to come to Wuhan to have Military ‘Games’. The Wuhan military games planned to provide a cover story for the design and release of covid. The Chinese people have been told that covid leaked from a US military lab and then spread at the Wuhan military games.

      https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/16288334/china-covid-exploit-global-domination/

      “The Republican researchers hypothesized that the decision to continue with the event — with 9,308 athletes from 109 countries and 236,000 volunteers — was “to prevent national embarrassment.”

      “Since COVID-19 can infect humans without causing symptoms, an untold number of athletes and volunteers become infected, but are asymptomatic and unaware they are infectious,” that hypothesis suggests.

      Many athletes reported getting sick with COVID-like symptoms at the games — while others marveled at how the large city was a “ghost town,” the report notes. (William: The athletes were not sick from covid. This was planned to provide a cover>)

      “This was a city of 15 million people that was in lockdown,” a member of the Canadian Armed Force told Canada’s The Financial Post of the event months before the new coronavirus was officially reported.”

      https://nypost.com/2021/08/02/gop-investigation-proves-covid-leaked-from-wuhan-lab-report/

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    Paul Miskelly

    Hi Geoffrey,
    Not quite so easily dismissed.
    You might care to read Guillaume Pitron’s “The Rare Metals War”.
    Here the author, coming from a very different direction to that of Professor Prin, meticulously details the very deliberate and very systematic approach taken by China over many, many years, to completely dominate the supply and hence the market in what is a very strategic set of commodities.

    Thanks, Jo, for highlighting this important paper.
    I recommend to readers that they read the entire paper, if for no other reason to better understand the complete folly of Western leadership in following the path to the so-called “Renewables Transition”.

    Regards,

    Paul Miskelly

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      Geoffrey+Williams

      Paul, if a particular nation (such as China) has a monopoly of say certain rare earth minerals necessary for high tech communications then surely they would be foolish not to develop that to their advantage. Do we in the West not do similar with our natural sources ?
      GeoffW

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        Geoffrey+Williams

        Above; Should read our natural ‘resources’ . .
        GeoffW

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          KP

          Not at all…. If we don’t have some mineral or oil, America goes out to smash the country that has got it and then invades it. Australia rides in on their coat-tails…

          Its not that China set out to dominate the world, its just fortuitous that they came into the world market with their particular conditions. The Russians helped a lot with their technology at the start, then they had a one-party State that could mobilise resources into any area and they had a dirt-cheap labour force just waiting for work.

          India would have done the same, but they were already starting with a more expensive work force. Africa is cheap but so politically disorganised, and thanks to the Americans most other poor countries are either up to their eyeballs in debt with the World Bank, or have had enough regime changes forced on them that they can’t get organised.

          No doubt China will take advantage of what has fallen into their lap, anyone would, but its America that has a thousand miltary bases called ‘Embassies’ around the world, not China. Obey America or end up like Syria, or Iraq, or Libya, or Afganistan or…. Somehow we think the biggest thug is the leader of ‘The Good Guys’.

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        Paul Miskelly

        Geoffrey, and KP,
        Read the book, or seek out reports like it, and assess the evidence, rather than offer idle speculation.

        Australia, France and the US are among numerous nations that have significant rare earth deposits, yet for very good reasons, they cannot compete against China’s methods.

        As I said earlier, the evidence is available. I urge you to read it.

        Regards,

        Paul

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        Geoffrey, no one is asking China not to look out for its own interests. We do however expect it to be honest.

        What if the bioweapon was released deliberately, but near the WIV, with plausible deniability that it was a leak…? A deliberate release changes everything doesn’t it? That’s an act of war. If China were being a good global citizen, being honest about the virus, warning us in advance, we’d be happy to help the people of China. But if they are maliciously using events to hurt, main or kill westerners, or interfere in our democracies, we’d be fools to believe what the CCP say on anything, or to unilaterally decarbonize.

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          GlenM

          My grandfather went on the first trade mission from Australia to China back in the early 70s. A Sinophile who appreciated China’s contribution to the world, but I can only wonder how he would view it today. Charles lived to 106 years having lived through 3 centuries ; quite remarkable. All things can be undone by fiat through dictatorship.

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            Deano

            When you read the history of China going back several thousand years, for sure they were a seriously accomplished people in many ways. But the modern CCP who are all of 100 years old and in power for 72 years, went backwards quickly under Mao. Their current ‘economic miracle’ was purchased off-the-shelf, fully developed, fine tuned, tested and ready to go from the west. It was either that or continue to starve. Yet the CCP pretend that China’s prosperity (for still a small percentage of the population) was all due to their management. I think their biggest problem is believing their own publicity and having to maintain that image to their people.

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    Just+Thinkin'

    Australians,

    DO NOT expect ANY help from OUR politicians.

    They are part of THE DEEP STATE and ARE the problem here.

    Then we’ve got 97% of our population (sheeple) that haven’t got a clue.

    GOD, please help Australia.

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      l put it at about 40% are actual sheeple JT
      there are some that are critical thinkers that can see and do their own research as well as some that have gone along with it because they got sucked in but l am sure there are more out there that will be in for the fight when it comes, l hope others can see that what has been happening in Vic will become the normal and is to many already but it will be everyone’s normal eventually if we cant get on top of it
      l believe the west is waking up

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    Kalm Keith

    Hi Geoff,
    China has done more than its share of bashing in the past, present and no doubt, the future.

    When all’s said and done most national aggression serves the ruling elite rather than joe average.

    Undoubtedly U.S. arms dealers have profited from the many wars, Chinese elites have found new countries to govern, and tax mightily: just ask Tibet as an older example. And don’t mention the South China sea, that’s embarrassing: does it signal future expansion hopes of the next generation?

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      the truth is that china is a bully
      we do not forget the smugness of china when the plandemic started or now
      Dandemic said in a speech to the world economic forum that he has opened the gate to Australia for china through Victoria talking about his belt and road rubbish

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    Jojodogfacedboy

    China and Russia went the Nationalist state route while the rest of the world tripping themselves to go globalization and be a giant community.
    Should the internet totally shutdown, they and Russia will not be impacted as much as the rest of the world totally dependent on the internet for financialization and trade.
    The banking system has lost their grasp as billionaires and government debt creation has run rampant.
    Millions of people are owed retirement money by their government working in a huge multitude of areas.
    When the internet fails, so too all this government owed debt accumulation.

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    clarence.t

    The wheels of the Net Zero bandwagon always were wobbly but now appear to be falling off altogether with leaders of China and Russia saying their countries won’t be represented at the COP26 at Glasgow this week.

    https://climatechangedispatch.com/xi-and-putin-leave-cop26-climate-alarmists-in-the-lurch/

    As long as the western world continues down the “Net Zero” path.. China wins. !

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      Geoffrey+Williams

      But if we’re careful then maybe we can win too.
      What’s the saying about all your eggs . .
      GeoffW

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      David-of-Cooyal-in-Oz

      G’day c.t,
      My view is that the leadership in both Russia and China know that the IPCC’s “climate change” is a hoax and are acting accordingly. Their scientists know it and have briefed their leaders, who have decided to go along with the scam, having decided that the leaders of the West have closed their minds to any scientifically challenging inputs, and they could capitalise on that stupidity. So Russia supplies gas to the EU, builds nuclear powered ice breakers (against global warming of course) and China agrees to review it’s CO2 output in 2030, taking over islands and manufacturing from other countries, ignoring any WTO rulings in the mean time. Then arming themselves to the teeth and telling their people to prepare for war.

      Seems to be working for them.

      Cheers
      Dave B

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        clarence.t

        “My view is that the leadership in both Russia and China know that the IPCC’s “climate change” is a hoax”

        Of course they do. So do many western leaders and politicians.

        Difference is that China, Russia are not subject to virtue-seeking nonsense and guilt-tripping that seems to be undermining western once-were-democracies.

        Western ex-cilivisations need an extreme wake-up call before things really start to plunge into the abyss.. and soon !

        A cold winter and the complete collapse of the electricity network for all the EU and with it the UK, might be such a trigger.

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    OriginalSteve

    Its difficult to logically entertain the idea that so many politicans could be clueless about China and its naked global ambitions.

    Many pollies would have access to Intelligence briefings and would be very aware.

    As such, ignorance is not a plausible excuse.

    Likewise, politicians also have access to the smartest sceintific brains in the country, so they know the CO2 lie is just that.

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      Ronin

      I was thinking that a few days ago OS, don’t the west have Chinese Studies at their universities, I’m sure I’ve heard of it, so how can these pelicans be so ignorant as to what’s going on.

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        But universities rely on (or used to) thousands of Chinese students as a major source of income.

        Perhaps that’s a conflict of interest that we don’t want our universities to have in their China Studies Department?

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          tonyb

          I well remember going into the various physics research labs when my son was at Cambridge University and being astonished at the number of Chinese Students.

          Several were involved in cutting edge research and I queried this and was roundly told off. Academics are very naive.

          https://www.cybersecurity-insiders.com/uk-suspects-china-is-conducting-espionage-with-few-among-100000-chinese-university-students/

          “It has to be notified over here that Chinese students who are pursuing post-graduate courses have to pay a fee of £50k as yearly fees. And half of the fees are reimbursed to them as a scholarship by the Chinese government.

          Britain’s Intelligence sources suspect that the students pay-back financial help by passing secrets related to the UK’s government projects to the Chinese government.

          It is estimated that in the past 10 years, over 500 Chinese Military Scientists have purposed degrees from Britain’s top Universities in the fields related to supercomputers, jet aircraft, missiles and thin film which is used to disguise water tanks powered by solar energy.”

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          Raving

          Universities have a “face culture” that rivals China

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    Neville

    This Prof Will Happer video only takes 5 minutes,but should be compulsory viewing at the Glasgow clown show.
    He discusses their so called models and the pseudo science of predicting climate outcomes many decades into the future.
    It’s wonderful to listen to a very sane scientist compared to the junk science that is fed to us daily by the numerous con merchants and the MSM.

    https://www.prageru.com/video/can-climate-models-predict-climate-change

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    el+gordo

    ‘Xi is quite happy to indulge our fantasies.’

    Millenarianism was invented by the West and Beijing feels obliged to play the game, but they are not giving up coal for a Christian fantasy.

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      Neville

      Yes El+Gordo and when you look at how all these religious cults started and expanded it is truly frightening.
      Here’s a good doco on the con merchant / pervert Joseph Smith and the Mormons and told by former members of this cult.
      That anyone would ever believe this vile obscenity is breathtaking and yet some are still abysmally ignorant to this day.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zv3Q1zczEYU

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    LloydW

    The strategy to gift China with the world’s manufacturing in the hopes that prosperity will lead to openness has not worked. It’s time to cut our losses and disengage.

    Their trade war with Australia has done us a favour. It’s forced our exporters to find other markets whilst at the same time exposing China’s weak points, namely it’s need for our coals and iron ore.

    The sovereign risk posed by forcing our coal ships to sit idly off China’s shores for more than a year should be reason enough for the coal industry to divert its product elsewhere.

    With iron ore, I can’t see how we’d entirely stop supplying China. Not only would such a move hurt us but it would further bollix the world’s economy. But some sort of phased withdrawal should be possible. Hobble their growth and degrade their ability to build their ships, planes and tanks.

    Chinese stocks should be forced from global markets until they comply with the same accounting standards and reporting as our own. I firmly believe that such a requirement would reveal both the depth of the Communists’ control of these companies and that most of them would be horribly unfinancial.

    And we should stop training their students.

    Arguments can be had over whether such disengagement is possible. But the way I see it, we (Australia in particular and Western liberal democracies in general) should disengage on terms of our choosing or risk being cut off by the Commies when we’re no longer useful to them.

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      RickWill

      The sovereign risk posed by forcing our coal ships to sit idly off China’s shores for more than a year should be reason enough for the coal industry to divert its product elsewhere.

      When you say “our ships” what do you mean?

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        Ronin

        Their ships, their coal.

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          RickWill

          Normally it is anyone’s ships. The demurrage paid for them sitting there for months would be horendous.

          I do not know the terms now but there used to be something like 10% held back on the letter of credit that would be paid once the quality was confirmed at the discharge.

          Up thread I pointed out that China are moving into pay for iron ore directly in CYN through block-chain technology. Another move to get away from the USD as world money.

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      Yes and another China weakness is imported Oil. Not difficult for the West to shut down the sea lanes from the Middle East to China as there also some choke points. Nuclear Submarines Rule OK !!!!!!!

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        LloydW

        Media reports speak of Australian coal ships sitting off China’s ports since they banned Aussie coal. But I concede that I have no idea who actually owns those ships. My mistake I guess.

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    Forrest Gardener

    My take from this is that everybody is being played on every level by every entity that wants to rule the world. Any student of history will tell those who will listen that none of this is new.

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      NuThink

      Graffiti seen some 30 odd years ago.

      If it were up to me, I would rule the world.

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      And yet, historically, none of them got to rule the world.

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        markx

        And yet, historically, none of them got to rule the world.

        True enough. But…:

        It is the attempts to do so that are the problem.

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          So, we learn from history that they fail.

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            markx

            Yes. Quite so.

            And it took the Soviet Union 74 years to fail. It was a system that was never going to work, but it was enforced for 74 years.
            That’s several generations of millions of people whose lives were ruined.
            True, it was not the entire world, just a portion of it.

            Pol Pot only governed Kampuchea from 1975 to 1979. Millions of people had their lives ended, or were ruined. The whole country was brought to a standstill.

            Again. It is the attempts to do so that are the problem.

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    Neville

    Here Mark Mills tries to educate the USA Senate about the problems of their so called transition to so called clean energy, like the disastrous super TOXIC S & W. See his presentation at 1 hour 8 minutes at the hearing.

    https://www.energy.senate.gov/hearings/2021/6/full-committee-hearing-to-examine-infrastructure-needs

    Here’s the transcript of his testimony.

    https://www.energy.senate.gov/services/files/EF587531-1EBD-437F-ADF0-2FA60E198B71

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    John+R+Smith

    Flatter the intellectuals.
    Wait patiently.

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    Binny Pegler

    Personally I’ve always believed the whole ‘Russian collusion’ was a distraction from ‘Chinese collusion’
    It’s difficult to be sure of the full extent of the CCPs ambitions. Do they just want to keep the West off balance enough, so they’re not a threat to the CCPs cozy position in China.
    Or do they really have broader ambitions.
    I think most of the current ‘sabre rattling’ is for domestic consumption. Hong Kong has seriously spooked them.
    One thing is for sure they have always viewed the West as (at the very least) an adversary. So anything that undermines the West is ‘worthwhile’

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    Brian the Engineer

    Jo

    Well said and all very obvious, but no one is as blind as those who won’t open their eyes.

    Regards

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      el+gordo

      More fully.

      “There are none so blind as those who will not see. The most deluded people are those who choose to ignore what they already know.”

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    Wow !!!!!!………Just read “The Worm in the Rose” which is absolutely “Brillo”. Now, how to get this “Golden Bridge” going with all of these lightweight Pollies in charge?……..”Off with their heads”?…………Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

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    justjoshin

    On an unrelated note, but this deserves more discussion.

    Vic Health has stopped reporting the vaccination status of the covid deaths.

    https://www.news.com.au/national/victoria/news/victorian-officials-refuse-to-release-vaccination-status-of-virus-deaths/news-story/9dbcc791a7745419e20233cc91e1cb92

    I�m guessing that ADE is starting to kick in like it has in Israel/UK/Singapore/US (basically anywhere they are pushing the shots) and the figures don�t suit the narrative any more.

    How do we raise a FOIA request against Vic Health for that i

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      justjoshin

      Gah, the perils of copy-paste. Apologies for the formatting.

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      dadgervais

      What is the only meaningful statistic to judge if the “War-on-Covid” is effective? All-cause mortality of vaxed vs. unvaxed vs. transitioning, over the last year. I’ve been looking for it, and this data is nowhere to be found.

      In some obscure government department, a group of bureaucrat statisticians have the data, and if it were favorable to the goals of the swamp, the MSM would keep it in our faces 24/7.

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    clarence.t

    Interesting comments on the farcical hydrogen economy.

    https://wattsupwiththat.com/2021/10/28/claim-hydrogen-from-green-energy-electrolysers-is-cheaper-than-fossil-fuel/

    Another “how-to-waste-heaps-of-money-for-nothing” venture.

    Government (taxpayer) funded, of course

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      clarence.t

      OMG, first few bars are bl**dy awful, then I turned it off.

      .. meandering off key, schmaltz… yuck !!!

      Wonder where it mentions sea level rise at coastal fringe is some 2mm/year maximum…

      … with absolutely zero evidence of human impacts.

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        clarence.t

        And seriously, first pics of polar bears on sea ice. ???

        Guess what.. sea ice is not affected by rising sea levels !!

        Dumb and awful from the very start.. I can only assume it gets worse…

        … not interested in finding out, though.

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      Ronin

      I’m really happy for Kevin, it demonstrates their unfailing confidence in stable sea levels, I just hope they have adequate insurance to cover tsunamis and cyclone induced sea surges, they aren’t far off the beach.

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      Geoffrey+Williams

      I used to call them midnight soil . .
      Just being funny.
      GeoffW

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      Ronin

      Good ol’ Peter Garrett, every appearance a sellout.

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    The ‘problem’ with Nett Zero by 2050, or whenever, or more likely ….. IF, is that while we in the already Developed World mumble on about it, China will not even reach its ….. PEAK emissions till 2050.

    The average age of coal fired power plants in China is barely 15 years, and with their constant construction of new plants, that average age will stay around that 15 years, as newer plants come on line and older plants are taken out of commission. (and here, those older plants are all smaller than 100MW, ancient tech plants (ALL sub critical) as newer plants come on line, and all of those newer plants have 1000MW PLUS Units, and all of them the most recent technology, UltraSuperCritital, USC and now Advanced USC, A-USC)

    China is now actively retrofitting that newer tech to some of the more recent subcritical plants of 300MW and up to 660MW. However, ALL new plants are USC or A-USC.

    That’s FOUR and FIVE levels of technology higher than all the coal fired plants here in Australia. (only four plants in Queensland are SuperCritical, six Units in all, well, just five now, after the Unit at Callide had its accident)

    The average age of EVERY one of those sixteen coal fired plants here in Australia is 33 years, and when you take out those four SC plants in Qld, the average age is 38 years.

    If there was the will ….. RIGHT NOW, to construct those newer tech coal fired plants here in Oz, it would be five years at the earliest before they would come on line.

    While we ‘struggle’ with Nett Zero, China is just blissfully building more coal fired plants, which could feasibly operate out till the turn of the new Century.

    So, what we do here in Oz, and the rest of the Developed World will be absolutely meaningless when it comes to what is happening in China, and what will be happening in China.

    And trust me on this. Australia NEEDS the amounts of power that only coal fired power can deliver. (currently in Australia)

    Read the article at the link below for a little more insight, even now out of date at two years old, as advancements have gone even beyond this.

    Coal Fired Power Advances in China

    Tony.

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      KARABAR

      Right on, Tony!
      “NetZero” is the IQ required to “tackle climate change”.
      “NetZero” is the effect imposed on the weather by atmospheric CO2.
      “NetZero” is the advantage in teh massive waste of resources on Ruinables.

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      Geoffrey+Williams

      Without exaggerating too much, I think perhaps ‘nothing’ gets done here in Australia because we are so democratic (and politically correct).
      While we are moving in political terms back and forth on 3, 6, or 9 year cycles of ‘will we or won’t we’ less democratic nations are simply forging ahead.
      Is it a fault of our democracy . .
      Anyone care to comment.
      GeoffW

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        Democracy has weaknesses, but it is not the source problem. Corruption is, and it begins with our currency — which is based on nothing, created from pure debt and a bunch of unelected bureaucrats manage the most important factor in our economy — the price of money itself. By setting interest rates too low or changing them when it suits they can drive economic cycles through boom and bust, and push up inflation which serves those with debt while it steals from those who work for hourly wages or live of savings. It promotes takeovers and mergers generating massive conglomerate institutions that are now larger and more influential than many countries.

        Easy money helped give power to the Googles, Amazons and FAcebooks. It makes predatory capitalism possible. The big get bigger, and in turn destroy competition and buy out the Media, and then some politicians, and the level of corruption starts to become more powerful than the voters.

        If US Elections used Voter ID and paper ballots would Australia being going Net Zero? That corruption has now sabotaged our democratically chosen policy.

        Political correctness doesn’t win fair elections if the Media can poke fun at it.

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          Raving

          The world is on a very fast track to going bust because it is pouring money into inefficient renewables while decomissioning efficient workhorses.

          Renewables have yet to be efficient in closing the full circle. The basket of renewable alternstives has to be efficient in covering both baseload production and their own end of life replacement cost.

          I might be wrong about renewable inefficiency but it seems to be not yet. Until then we are replacing efficient power generators with inefficient alternatives. It will lead to ruin

          The collapse with be economic, not climate, not war, not political. … A sudden implosion of GDP

          Depressingly ordinary. Happened many times in our past

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          Kalm Keith

          Got it there Jo, creeping corruption for the last fifty years is the core issue.

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    Lance

    Translation: Western leadership isn’t serious about survival or winning, only being popular.

    In the Game of World Domination And Survival, if you aren’t scheming to win, someone else is doing so. To Win, you must fight like the 3rd monkey boarding Noah’s Ark and it has started raining.

    It is way past time for the navel gazing crowd of self congratulatory idiots to be summarily dismissed for the useless frauds and scoundrels that they are.

    Liberty isn’t free. It is hard fought and won at great price.

    That lesson is about to be learned again.

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    RickWill

    World trade denominated in yuan is rising fast:
    https://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1188131.shtml

    Standard Chartered issued a blockchain-technology-powered letter of credit for the Baowu-Rio Tinto deal, which the bank said was the world’s first such certificate pegged with offshore yuan.

    Not only iron ore but oil trading as well:
    https://www.scmp.com/comment/article/2176256/chinas-petroyuan-going-global-and-gunning-us-dollar

    All this suggests China’s oil futures could bring the renminbi to the core of global commodity markets.

    Volatility of USD is a a problem for the global economy:
    https://asia.nikkei.com/Editor-s-Picks/Interview/Yuan-to-act-as-global-currency-anchor-Chinese-finance-expert

    In the past, the dollar was a global public good with the ability to stabilize the values of various currencies just like gold. But the U.S. has allowed its currency to stop playing this role and has begun to prioritize domestic policy challenges. Changes in the value of the dollar could damage the interests of other countries. China wants to avoid such damage to its national interests.

    Once the USD is no longer accepted as THE global currency, USA will need to live within its means like every other nation. That will require substantial belt tightening. Energy underpins economic might. China acts without restraint using energy resources while the rest of the G20 voluntarily constrain their use.

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    Serge Wright

    You can only shake your head, when on the eve of COP26 we have western leaders rushing in full “woke virtue signal” towards Net Zero, with printing presses loaded and ready to rollout at super accelerated ‘quantitative easing’ speed for a GND as hyper stagflation starts to raise it’s ugly head. Whist at the same time we have China firing hypersonic rockets, threatening to take over Taiwan, imposing trade sanctions against us, and now exposed for Wuhan ‘lab created’ global pandemic, and busy ramping up coal production at a speed not seen before in human history, moving from the status of massive emitter, to super massive emitter.

    Either our leaders have the lowest IQs of individuals ever to share human DNA or they are the biggest traitors to democracy in history.

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      Len

      They are probably all highly compromised. They wouldn’t get the job if they were not. The people with the blackmail information tell them that this is what you will do or you are finished.

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    Phillip+Charles+Sweeney

    Nuclear manned submarines are as obsolete as battleships

    They will not arrive in Australia for years

    None will ever fire a torpedo in anger

    Meanwhile, China are well ahead of the game

    https://www.forbes.com/sites/hisutton/2020/03/22/china-deployed-underwater-drones-in-indian-ocean/?sh=38782b466693

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      OldOzzie

      Steal someone else’s Technology

      The gliders are similar to ones deployed by the U.S. Navy. When China seized a U.S. Navy ocean glider in 2016 the stated reason was to ensure “safe navigation of passing ships.” Taken at face value, it may be surprising that China is now deploying these types of UUV en masse in the Indian Ocean. China has also deployed the Sea Wing from an ice breaker in the Arctic.

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        David Maddison

        Yes, nearly all Chicomm technology is either stolen or copied. Western intellectual property protection are routinely ignored.

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    OldOzzie

    Spending millions on propellers and solar panels won’t make sun brighter or wind stronger, Russian envoy tells EU on energy crisis

    Responsibility for the results of the European Union’s energy policies cannot be placed on Moscow, says Russia’s permanent representative to the bloc, Vladimir Chizhov.

    “Russia is not responsible for Europe’s energy crisis, it lies on those people responsible for the energy policy,” Chizhov told RT on the sidelines of the 14th Eurasian Economic Forum in Verona, Italy.

    According to the envoy, EU officials also blame the insufficient rates of introducing renewable energy for galloping gas prices.

    “Like if you pump a few more million euros into those propellers and solar panels, the sun will shine brighter and the wind will blow in the right direction and with the right speed, but that is certainly not the case,” he said.

    Chizhov highlighted the need to have the reserve capacities for those countries that are opting to get rid of nuclear energy and coal as the central focus of their energy policy.

    “For the foreseeable future and for the long-term perspective, for those unhappy days when the wind is not blowing, and there’s no sun, they will need natural gas,” he pointed out.

    Chizhov’s comments come amid surging prices for gas, coal, oil and electricity not only in Europe, but around the world. The current energy crisis is commonly attributed to the post-pandemic rebound of the global economy, and the rising demand that the under-invested energy sector is not able to cope with.

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    OldOzzie

    ‘No one wants him there!’: Malcolm Turnbull earns ‘toolie’ title from Ray Hadley

    Former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull will travel to Glasgow to “help” Australia at the COP26 climate summit.

    Ray Hadley equated his attendance to toolies attending Schoolies week on the Gold Coast.

    “They have no place being there, no one wants them there, and basically they are pests, which are dealt with by authorities.

    “I’m suggesting Malcolm Turnbull is the equivalent to a toolie, going to Glasgow. He’s a pest, no one wants him there!”

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      Dennis

      Turnbull and Forrest are two examples of rent seekers who want Australian taxpayers via the governments to provide seed capital for their more wealth creation “crony capitalists” ventures, net zero emissions to deal with a climate hoax warming problem that doesn’t exist, natural climate variations and weather conditions hijacked to create an excuse for globalism Marxism implementation hitting the poorest people most and to varying degrees all of the people who are not high wealth individuals, and even they will pay a price in cost of living increases and a decline in economic prosperity.

      Meanwhile the globalist behave like a locust plague moving to strip the assets in their world with no borders, not even COVID-19 travel restrictions.

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    OldOzzie

    Stuck on Stupid: White House Vows ‘We’re Going to Use’ Regulation on Oil Industry as Gas Prices Soar

    ‘day of reckoning’ for Fossil Fuels

    ‘There’s no more climate deniers’

    White House National Climate Adviser Gina McCarthy responded to concerns that increased regulations will cause increased gas and oil prices by stating “There’s a place for” regulation and “We’re going to use it.” McCarthy also touted hearings with oil executives on Capitol Hill as “a day of reckoning” for the oil and gas industry.

    McCarthy responded, “Yeah, well, this is basically a day of reckoning, I think, for the oil and gas sector. Because for many decades, they denied climate change. And now that we’re, every day, seeing the wildfires, the droughts, the floods, the heat stress, people are no longer listening to that or tolerating it. So, they can’t get away with that anymore. They have to get serious about delivering clean energy and electricity to the people in this country, and they have to stop with the deception and move into this decade and help us make the transition to clean energy so that we can win the 21st century here. So, there’s no more hiding climate change. There’s no more climate deniers. This is just about who wins the future, and whoever addresses climate in the smartest way, which we intend to do, is going to be the big winner.”

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    Ronin

    That nasty little socialist Macron, is saying that France has lost it’s trust in Australia, a country that sent our young men to fight for their freedom in TWO World Wars, the hide of the creep.

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      Dennis

      A few quick points;

      * The Contract for submarines of French design and construction in part was way above the original estimated price and rising.
      * There were stages to be reached and at each stage agreement to proceed discussed between the signatories.
      * Design development was running well behind schedule indicated.
      * Australia always had the right to not proceed at most stages and subject to penalty compensation payment conditions agreed.
      * The ADF have been good customers for French manufacturers, maybe France is also put out since the Army grounded their French attack helicopter fleet and decided to replace them with US attack helicopters?
      * The RAAF VIP A320 Airbus military version the Australian PM is flying in at this time was of course build in France, another example of Australian procurement from France.
      * The recently formed AUKUS defence agreement of course requires integration of defence assets and personnel, France is not a member.

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      Dennis

      Example: Villers-Bretonneux, France.

      Macron should consult the citizens there.

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        Len

        General de Gaul asked the US Secretary of State John Foster Dulles to removed all US soldiers from France. Dulles then asked de Gaul if it included all the ones buried there.

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    John Connor II

    Jo – have you seen the IEA world energy statistics report 2021 ed?
    Better than BP data…

    If not, here’s the link:

    https://iea.blob.core.windows.net/assets/dd3b09bd-13f3-47fe-9ede-9f81c0135a21/WORLDBES_Documentation.pdf

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    OldOzzie

    Climate-change scaremongering is an assault on our kids right out of science fiction

    Everybody loves a good scare, especially this time of the year. But for the climate-change movement, it seems every day is Halloween. And it’s distorting views, especially among our kids.

    Since the 2016 Paris Agreement, the scaremongering around climate change has ratcheted up, fueled in large part by the United Nations. On a regular basis, new and frightening factoids are rolled out to scare the public into draconian action against this “global emergency,” the subject of this year’s all-important Conference of the Parties, or COP26, UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow (which kicks off, appropriately, Oct. 31).

    It feels like we’ve seen this horror film before. Actually, for those of us old enough, we’ve seen them all before. Many of the increasingly dire claims now being made about the impending climate crisis are actual plot lines taken directly from some of the best (and worst) science-fiction movies of the 1960s and 1970s.

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      OldOzzie

      International Man: Broadly speaking, is the new climate change “crisis” an invitation for more government intervention in the world?

      Doug Casey: Yes. It’s like inviting a vampire into your house.

      For many decades, kids have been indoctrinated with ideas about counterproductive conservation and Greenism. Comic books, schoolbooks, teacher’s lectures, television—you name it—present the earth as being under attack from the forces of darkness. Mankind—especially the scientists, engineers, and entrepreneurs—are shown exploiting and raping Mother Nature and her natural resources. They’re presented as evil.

      Bronowski’s Ascent of Man has been subverted into a battle of good versus evil, where all the values have been turned upside down. The problem has permeated society, and it’s even worse in the education system.

      St. Ignatius Loyola, who founded the Jesuits, and Vladimir Lenin, who founded the USSR, both said words to the effect of “If you can indoctrinate a child during his early years, you’ve basically set his direction of thinking for life.” They were right.

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    OldOzzie

    Doug Casey: Why The Carbon Hysteria Is A Huge Threat To Your Personal Freedom And Financial Wellbeing

    International Man: Western countries are leading the charge in restructuring their economies around the issue of climate change. They’re committed to a comprehensive agenda to “decarbonize” their economies by 2050.

    What’s your take on this?

    Doug Casey: To sum it up in one word, it’s insane. In two words, it’s criminally insane.

    Before the Industrial Revolution, the overwhelmingly major fuel source was wood. After that, we went to coal, which was a big improvement in density of energy and economics. Then, we went to oil, another huge improvement in energy density and economics.

    These things happened not because of any government mandates but simply because they made both economic and technological sense. If the market had been left alone, the world would undoubtedly be running on nuclear. Nuclear is unquestionably the safest, cheapest, and cleanest type of mass power generation. This isn’t the time to go into the numerous reasons that’s true. But if nuclear had been left unregulated, we’d already be using small, self-contained, fifth-generation thorium reactors, generating power almost too cheap to meter. The world would already be running on truly clean green electricity.

    Instead, time, capital, and brainpower have been massively diverted to so-called “ecological” power sources—mainly wind and solar—strictly for ideological reasons. The powers that be want to transition the whole world to phony green energy, like it or not.

    In brief, wind and solar are being promoted at the very time, nuclear and fossil fuels are being damned. It’s the opposite of what should be happening and a very bad trend from every point of view

    In addition, so-called “green technologies” aren’t really green. They just seem green on the surface. Giant windmills and solar farms rely on massive amounts of fossil fuels and metals to be manufactured and installed. They have limited lifespans, and they must be disposed of. Not only can’t they provide mass quantities of power consistently, but they all show losses, even after-tax benefits disguise them. That destroys capital. They’re not signs of progress but monuments to waste and destruction. We’re going to have huge disruptions in the energy markets in the years to come, and since the whole world runs on energy, it’s really serious.

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    el+gordo

    The Belt and Road Initiative should stop immediately, bringing people out of poverty has its draw backs.

    ‘A carbon market taking into account the signatories of the China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative, or BRI, has been suggested by Zhang Jianyu, executive director of the BRI Green Development Institute.

    “Belt and Road countries account for over 60 percent of global carbon emissions. Faced with the prominent common challenge of climate change, a BRI carbon market could be introduced to reduce the overall emissions of BRI countries,” Zhang said. (China Daily)

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    RobB

    While I can believe that China has ambitions on Taiwan, and will resort to force if necessary, I do not think China is the biggest threat to the Western World. Dont worry about the Chinese, they know the game, and are defending themselves from the rot that is destroying the West.

    That rot comes from within, from Western oligarchs, big tech, big money. Globalization is systematically destroying the nation state. Open boarder and free trade agreements just mean Big Tech is untouchable, they just move their operations to another country, pay no tax, pay the lowest wages.

    Well, most of the West’s industrial capacity has moved to China. How did that happen? Can you fight a war without an industrial base? Oh we were told that people in the first world would move to the high-tech jobs, let the third world work in factories. Not quite, where are the worlds computer programmers sitting? India? Are the Chinese just sitting around doing manual labour or developing their own high-tech industries?

    And what do the high-tech Western companies do? Put on their woke virtue-signalling sheeps clothing, while they swing elections against any president that might just threaten their interest? Do they care about the welfare of Mexicans coming in from the southern border of the USA or do they want a large inflow of cheap labour to drive down labour costs in the USA?

    Do they shut down any competing medicines to their own jab shots for their own profit?

    Do they really care about the environment? Or have they figured out that net zero is going to cost hundreds of trillions and they can cash in on this? How is it that Scomo has ignored his election mandate and is now doing what he’s told ( by who exactly ? ) and advocating net zero? ?

    Do they do all this by controlling nearly all media outlets? Do they do this by only reporting the “facts” they want you to hear? By cancelling any dissenting voices?

    How people havent even heard of ivermectin, or if they have, think its only a horse medicine?

    The debate around climate has been lost by “sceptics”, not because the science or economics of sceptics is wrong, but because free speech has been lost.

    The single biggest battle we face today is the information battle, getting the truth out there. Sites like this one are invaluable, thank you Jo, but its not enough. 90%(?) of people dont even know it exists.

    The best thing you can do is to tell your friends to get off google, facebook, whatsapp, youtube etc etc Help them find real information.

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      Dennis

      * Most of the West’s industrial capacity has moved to China, and other developing nations of course and based on developed nations signing the UN Lima Protocol/Agreement during 1975. Check it out.

      * Environment is a shop front display to fool the people, inside behind closed doors are the politicians and crony capitalists plotting.

      * Yes, many or most media outlets have been influenced including by investment in shares in media businesses by globalists, and infiltration of government owned for the people media like Australia’s ABC.

      * The rot that is destroying the West set in soon after the United Nations was formed by infiltrators and sadly well meaning useful idiots who wanted a better world free of wars.

      However, will the new world order conquer all nations?

      I doubt it, Islam will not accept one world government, China will not, Russia will not and many others will not which means gradually an implosion like the EU is experiencing, and that was the prototype I believe. European Economic Union became European Union and then began recruiting outside.

      We cannot judge PM Morrison yet, not until we know what happened during his G20 Meeting and COP29 Conference discussions and what was agreed or caused anger directed at Australia for daring to be different, or as the PM said during his G7 guest appearance and UK Free Trade negotiations at that time, Australia has net zero emissions as an aspirational goal, Paris 2030 target is the present objective and if Australia was in a position to achieve net zero it would be based on technology and not on carbon taxes etc.

      I am not happy, I am not backing the PM, but I am not ready to condemn until I know more.

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    HB

    Jo you are 1000 Percent correct
    what can we do about it
    Stop Net Zero NOW
    buy no more CCP windmills batteries or solar cells
    restrict their fuel supplies and or put the price up same for iron ore and food (export tariff if needed )
    no more students and convince the ones here that CCP is evil and if they (the CCP ) do not go China will be ruined
    no more hiding CCP cadre’s mistresses
    Support India Japan Taiwan Vietnam Malaysia The Philippines Indonesia and any other nation that needs our support

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    clarence.t

    Really worth a listen.

    Republican rips into committee on fossil fuels.

    https://youtu.be/qbv4zET0rIQ

    There are still people out there with integrity and fortitude.

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    Vicki

    We are indebted to you, Jo, for this blog. This article is why I make this website one of my first “ports of call” in seeking REAL commentary & news of the day.

    Indeed, The CCP architects are in the for the long game. However, Xi may not think that he has that long, personally. So, he may move ahead of what his better strategists think wise.

    Whatever……we are still in a deep poo – to put it colloquially. It is a smart strategy of the Chinese….but it is counterintuitive that Australia has, on the one hand, entirely bungled its response to the Wuhan virus, yet have (belatedly) begun to prepare for the Chinese South Sea offensive. We are lucky to have A FEW smart strategists who may give us some chance of surviving the Chinese plans for our future.

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      Dennis

      China’s military assets and personnel dwarf the Australian Defence Force however the island nation has a major advantage of distance and the logistics involved in transporting land attack assets and soldiers and support. The sea or air transport would be detected by Pine Gap NT and other satellite networks, Jindalee Operational Radar Network – over the horizon radar and other methods including allies in Asia Pacific Region.

      The Chinese are of course well aware of the latest AUKUS defence arrangements joining Australia, United Kingdom and United States, and with other allies including India and Japan and others. Combined the allies are more powerful than China and a major deterrent factor.

      I understand that threats and posturing by China are to a large extent for home consumption to impress the people including threats to Taiwan continuing. And that the economy in China is not as healthy as it has been, in fact there are serious financial storm clouds hovering around.

      The Silk Road trading route developed after China explored the outside world early in the 1400s and decided that invasion was not worth the problems long term when trade could be entered into for exchange and procurement of whatever China needed. Maybe the Belt & Road Plan is similar, peaceful access based on foreign aid and trade?

      Nuclear weapons are a major concern but also major deterrents because when nations with nuclear capacity threaten to use those weapons they understand that their target will return fire and then both sides are losers, and possibly a huge number of others caught up in the disaster.

      I hope that the China situation can be diplomatically dealt with and possibly with internal pressures applied to persuade the leader to back off and save face?

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      OldOzzie

      Russian author Fyodor Dostoevsky wrote about this cowardice two hundred years ago.

      ‘Tolerance,’ he said, ‘will reach such a level that intelligent people will be banned from thinking so as not to offend the imbeciles’.

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      OldOzzie

      It’s net curtains

      Empty shelves beckon in a net zero world

      Matt Canavan

      Net zero emissions is the public policy embodiment of corporate BS. Anyone who has worked for a large corporation has sat through mind-numbing Powerpoint slideshows, with liberal helpings of buzzwords like ‘synergy’, ‘thought leadership’ and ‘data-driven’.

      Net zero is the ultimate corporate buzzword and that’s why so many woke corporations have fallen for it. Many small businesses, who understand the day to day realities of meeting payroll with cash, remain opposed.

      Many buzzwords are harmless, and when working as a corporate robot you can just mouth lip service to them, laugh at the latest Dilbert cartoon, and get on with life. Net zero emissions is not a harmless buzzword.

      If the Australian government formally adopts a net zero emissions target it will weaponise the bureaucracy against any major job-creating, nation-building project in this country. The next time someone wants to build an Adani mine or a dam (yes dams create emissions), or even an airstrip to open a new resort in the Great Barrier Reef, Canberra will ask how will you ‘offset’ the emissions.

      This means people who build mines, grow food or construct an airstrip will have to pay other people to plant trees or do something else to offset their emissions. It costs money to do these things so a net zero target will operate as a big tax on developing our nation.

      Now some net zero advocates will say that we will invent things that will make carbon emission reductions free. The latest fad is hydrogen.

      I support investing in new technologies. I do not support gambling with people’s jobs in the hope that an uncertain thing turns out. You don’t take on a mortgage with the plan to pay it back by winning the lotto.

      As I have said, the net zero plan being presented at the moment is not a plan, it is a prayer. It is a big prayer that hydrogen will one day fall down from heaven like manna. The Prime Minister may very well believe in miracles, but I don’t think we should be gambling people’s jobs based on their existence.

      President Xi Jinping is not even going to attend the Glasgow conference. In fairness to him, I am not sure how he could keep a straight face while the West commits collective economic suicide. China does not care about climate change action. While we have been distracted with net zero madness, China announced that it would fund more coal-fired power stations and oil exploration to solve its current energy crisis. It then demonstrated the world’s first nuclear-capable, hypersonic missile. According to the Financial Times, US intelligence and military officials are ‘stunned’ at the advancement.

      China now has space nukes but they can’t match us for plans to reach net zero.

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    David Maddison

    The Chicomms are well versed in war. After all, one of their antecedents literally wrote “The Art of War”, Sun Tzu, roughly 5th century BCE.

    It has influenced and inspired Mao Zedong, Takeda Shingen, Võ Nguyên Giáp and Norman Schwarzkopf. 

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    Peter Fitzroy

    Gwythian Prins – possibly a very good historian, but read the tea leaves wrong on every major event in the middle east this century. He seems to be always looking for a threat to Western (mostly european) democracy, and now thinks it is China. Given the track record, however, can he be taken as a credible analyst, or is this just another ‘I’m scared of the monster under my bed’ piece

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      clarence.t

      Perhaps you should read the blog post and point out where he is incorrect.. 😉

      “I’m scared of the monster under my bed”

      Do you mean CO2 ?

      Very irrational fear, given your track record of credible evidence.

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      Paul Miskelly

      Nice try, Peter.

      Wouldn’t be a subtle bit of name-calling, would it?

      Now let’s see you do a point-by-point rebuttal of Prof Prin’s entire paper.

      Remember, you have been asked to do the same at other times for similarly important papers.
      You failed to respond on those occasions.

      If you’re not up for it, don’t expect to be taken seriously.

      Paul Miskelly

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    Look, off topic I know, but I notice that facebook has undergone a name change.

    You’ll note the new logo as well.

    That is what is called a Lissajous figure, (also referred to as a Lissajous Curve) and note the way in the media release they rotated it to better show it.

    It’s a variation on something already being used in the media, and by none other than the ABC, using a variation of the the Lissajous curve.

    Being from the electrical trade, we saw these being generated on an Oscilliscope (back in the day) by feeding different frequencies onto the X and Y axes.

    In the case of the ABC it’s one Hertz (cycle per second) onto the X axis and three Hertz onto the Y axis, and then rotating it so that the ABC logo appears equally, first used back in 1965.

    In the case of facebook, now Meta, it’s one Hertz onto the X axis, and two Hertz onto the Y axis.

    I suppose it’s ….. new, but hey, the idea is not new.

    Tony.

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    Raving

    (Posted here because China loses the most in a crash of global GDP)

    The end is nigh but not through climate change, nor war, nor disease, nor science … Nope

    The GDP will collapse everywhere. Whether it is depression/stagflation/inflation, there will be no money, no jobs, no products, no credit, no energy, no food …. just horrible economic misery

    Net zero will be achieved because the world will stop producing everything
    People will cease to worry about the trivialites of climate change. They will have bigger worries

    This is what will happen as the world goes tilting at windmills

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      Dennis

      I managed a manufacturing company through the worst recession in 60-years that began circa 1990, Keating Labor called it “the recession we (Australia) had to have” and attempted to blame international pressures and ignored the easy credit situation locally after deregulation of the banking and finance industry and floating the Australia Dollar at that time, 1985.

      A large company by Australian standards and it remained profitable throughout that recession but suffered a profit decline of about one-third on average of past years. The company had no debt, debtors were under control, stock was under control and expenses generally were well contained. Excellent employee relations and teamwork resulted in suggestions for savings to be made and together those savings were significant.

      To quote a listed public company director commenting on questions regarding the company owning all of its motor vehicles was that leasing companies, hire purchase and other loans are made for profit so owning vehicles and controlling use and running costs was a better plan, assuming that a business had no debt.

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      John+R+Smith

      “The end is nigh but not through climate change, nor war, nor disease, nor science …”

      Raving,
      Completely relevant to the topic.
      This post seems an attempt to explain the current situation through logic of strategy.
      Net Zero
      Gender is a social construct
      Lockdowns
      the Unvaccinated are a threat to the Vaccinated (caps intentional)
      vaccinating children against a contagion they have a tiny chance of being injured by …

      are examples of mass hysteria, not rational strategy.

      The elite are more akin to spoiled, affluent, self mutilating disturbed teenagers, than rational schemers planning control of their world.

      Jung had it right.

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    Dennis

    Net zero emissions example building and construction industry this week, a saw capable of cutting concrete and brickwork is required and for a 4-stroke petrol engine powered model just under $4,000.00 ready to operate, just add petrol, and for a battery electric model of the same capacity several batteries needed to operate one shift was trialed at a cost just under $10,000.00

    Then consider how quickly batteries die when fully charged and discharged quickly in hot conditions.

    Decision to buy the petrol engine saw, more reliable, more convenient to use and far cheaper to operate.

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      el+gordo

      Its not completely lost.

      ‘Australia joins India and China in resisting call to phase out coal.

      ‘India’s Narendra Modi, Australia’s Scott Morrison and China’s Xi Jinping are resisting a global bid to phase out coal. The PM will not support a push by leaders of the world’s largest economies to set a date to end coal mining.’ (SMH)

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    CHRIS

    I’m waiting for the ” Consensus” that the COP26 (AKA: SIT 26 = Snouts in Troughs 26) make after their indulgent festival. When 40% of the global CO2 emissions don’t give a rat’s a$$, then all COP 26 is, is a waste of money and time.

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