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    el+gordo

    Complex low causing havoc in south-east Australia.

    https://www.weatherzone.com.au/news/cut-off-low-to-bring-four-days-of-severe-weather-in-australia-/535169

    Is this severe weather caused by AGW?

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      yarpos

      It did rain a bit

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        Annie

        About 17mmm here, in a fairly short time, with a bit of thunder to bother the dog.

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          OldOzzie

          Looking at current BOM Radar rain sliding beneath Sydney, but National shows should get more in future from Circular Rotate

          whereas https://www.windy.com/-Rain-thunder-rain?rain,-38.065,143.723,5 shows Sydney should get some rain this afternoon as per BOM – Sydney area

          Partly cloudy. Very high (95%) chance of showers, most likely in the afternoon and evening. The chance of a thunderstorm, possibly severe. Winds northerly 20 to 30 km/h, freshening to 30 to 45 km/h near the coast in the afternoon, then becoming light in the late evening.

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            el+gordo

            We could focus on the beast from the south.

            ‘A cut-off low is a cold low where polar air is cut off from the primary subpolar belt of westerly trough of low pressure and cold air, which is the standard track of depressions.

            ‘Cut-off low would first arise as a trough in the upper-air flow that close in circulation and then would reach down to the earth. It is defined by concentric isotherms around the core of the low.

            ‘They are more common in times when there is low index circulation. They can also be at any platform in the atmosphere, and as such, they may not be visible on surface charts. At times, a cut-off low would occur with a cut-off high over higher latitudes, which are typically in blocking circumstances and they can last for a week.’ (wiki)

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              Bruce

              “The Beast from the South”. Fairy-tale names for relatively minor weather events?

              NaffDanistan?

              Or are they referencing =the premier who has trouble on stairs?

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                el+gordo

                ‘ … relatively minor weather events?’

                Its a bit more than that, we are looking at a global cooling signal.

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                farmerbraun

                If we use growing-degree days , for example, as a measure of warming or cooling, then we must ask ,”where is this global cooling signal to be seen in the data from NZ”?

                Here is the data that we have:-
                https://www.stats.govt.nz/indicators/growing-degree-days

                Is there are a cooling trend evident?

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                farmerbraun

                @EG
                Then if there is no cooling trend visible in that data , we ask is that the right data set to determine warming /cooling trends?
                Is growing degree days the appropriate parameter?

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                el+gordo

                Its not possible to discern an immediate trend through temperature, but extra cloud cover caused by la Nina is cooling south east Australia and presumably NZ.

                When the PDO slips into negative there will be a cooling trend.

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                farmerbraun

                “Its not possible to discern an immediate trend through temperature,”

                Yes that’s true , but growing-degree days is an attempt to measure heat , not temperature per se .
                If growing-degree days is not a good measure of heating/cooling over time , then what would be a better one?

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                el+gordo

                ‘ … what would be a better one?’

                Humidity levels and clouds are not well understood, but essentially we are stuck with temperature as a guide to unseasonal variations.

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      farmerbraun

      In other news I’m hearing about la Nina , but the ENSOmeter at WUWT hovers near el Nino.
      Whence comes the la Nina talk?

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        Vlad the Impaler

        f-b:

        My take is that the ENSO meter is non-functional; it has given the same reading, no matter what ENSO is doing, for several months now. Going to the ENSO page, and looking at the depth profile, it almost looks like a moderate-to-strong La Nina is shaping up for the next month or two.

        Hope that helps,

        Vlad

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          farmerbraun

          That’s a possible explanation, but when you say shaping up , do you mean it’s here , or is it just that it is clearly not an el Nino?
          Because if Tisdale is correct it’s either el Nino or it’s not ; there is no neutral setting.
          If it’s not el Nino there is no heat discharge and the heat is still going into the ocean.

          Interestingly, the cycles folk suggest that it’s cold because of the position of the two giant planets , being in a similar alignment to that which prevailed at the beginning of the Little Ice Age.
          Someone here(I think) mentioned that date – was it 1574 or thereabouts?

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            Vlad the Impaler

            Howdy, f-b;

            I am unable to answer your question. If one looks at the depth profile across the Pacific, about 200 – 300 metres down, there’s a pool of very cool water, from about mid-Pacific towards the South American coastline. Closer to Indonesia and Australia, there’s still a small pool of ‘warm-ish’ water, at least there was a few days ago when I looked at the profile.

            I try to visit once per week, as it usually updates around a Thursday (at least, on this side of the Big Pond).

            As the saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words, so if I am able to entice you to seeking the image yourself, you might gain a better idea of BoM forecasting.

            My Regards to you and yours,

            Vlad

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            el+gordo

            With respect to Bob Tisdale, there is a neutral. I’m not sure about the gas giants, might need more data, the LIA started around 1250 AD.

            This is a time of global cooling and I see cut off lows and blocking.

            https://www.researchgate.net/publication/229802981_The_weather_of_the_First_Fleet_voyage_to_Botany_Bay_1787-1788

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      Strop

      Everything is described as severe, unprecedented, and extreme these days. The other 364 days of the year are an anomaly now.

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        Deano

        That amuses me too. The media announces with panic that an “extreme weather event” is forecast. It usually turns out to be a forecast of 36 degrees in the middle of January in Perth and often fails to get past 32 anyway. “The hottest January the 16th in 7 years! Please check on elderly neighbours and stay tuned for further emergency news.”

        My elderly neighbour complains that the summers aren’t as hot as they used to be as he tends his garden in 36 degrees without problem.

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          farmerbraun

          Similarly there is insufficient heat in summer where I am to successfully grow kumara reliably in the present climate .
          Prior to , say , 1999 I could grow kumara ; and subjectively summers were hotter and dryer more often . There were more droughty summers.

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            Earl

            Greetings. Is that on a large scale or veg patch style? The dear old kumara/sweet potato has long history in Japan – satsumaimo (which means potato of Satsuma), karaimo (Chinse potato), kansho (sweet potato), Ryukyuimo (Ryukyu’s potato), or Noguniimo – and is very popular crop of Okinawa which has a climate classified as warm and temperate. In Okinawa there is a lot of rain even in the driest month. This climate is considered to be Cfa according to the Köppen-Geiger climate classification. The average temperature in Okinawa is 22.9 °C | 73.2 °F. The annual rainfall is 1817 mm | 71.5 inch.

            Just curious as kumara varieties are spread around the world and so could be useful as a canary in the coal mine. Cheers

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              farmerbraun

              That was reasonable scale ; about half an acre.
              Here in the lower Nth Island of New Zealand , av. rainfall is 40 inch; I’m guessing av temp is more like 15 deg .C.
              Summer temp over 28 is called a hot day.
              The average for Feb. , the warmest month is 16.7 deg C

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                Earl

                Brilliant. Reasonable scale indeed so you would feel the dent from loss of crop. Very much appreciate your response.

                Again, Thank you and wish you well. Keep safe.

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        Kalm Keith

        The word “multiple” has taken a bit of a beating lately too.

        There were multiple new CV19 outbreaks in the state today.

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      GlenM

      Disaster at every turn. All weather is dangerous and unprecedented Ang given its the young urban snowflakes who hang on every word from Ben boy Domensino I would suggest to them just don’t go outside- just don’t do it, it’s not worth the risk.
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      Graeme#4

      From a global perspective, there seems to be a lot of colder-than-normal water in the world’s oceans.

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      Graham Richards

      There was a breeze, there was a drizzle, there was some rain, there was thunder, lighting, fire & brimstone otherwise it was fine & mild!

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      Alby

      It’s caused by NAGC (non-anthropogenic global cooling), or RSA (reduced solar activity). The latter causing the former, which then manifests itself in more erratic weather as the temperature differential between poles and equator widens and the jet streams become more ‘wavy’, leading to greater instability.
      Simple.

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        farmerbraun

        ” the temperature differential between poles and equator widens and the jet streams become more ‘wavy’,”.

        Is that disputed , or are the measurements irrefutable?

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    Norway’s top court has ruled that two wind farms in the country’s west have violated the rights of Sámi reindeer herders.

    Norway’s top court has ruled that two wind farms in the country’s west have violated the rights of Sámi reindeer herders.
    Wind turbines on Norway’s Fosen peninsula have illegally encroached on the herders grazing land, the court ruled.
    Judges at the Norwegian Supreme Court declared that the license for wind power development at Fosen was, therefore “invalid”.

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    OldOzzie

    Holy Hell, Australia’s Northern Territory Announces Mandatory Vaccination or $5,000 Fine Effective November 13th

    October 13, 2021 | Sundance | 376 Comments

    If Australia is the totalitarian beta-test for western government (which seems likely), specifically in alignment with Joe Biden, then today’s announcement from Northern Territory Chief Minister Michael Gunner portends the direction of the White House.

    Chief minister of the Northern Territory Michael Gunner appears to be a man of intemperate disposition. Describing himself as “intensely passionate” about forcing people to get vaccinated, Gunner announced today that all workers in the NT must be vaccinated by November 13th or face a $5,000 fine.

    Good grief, considering this is a politician who presumably is responsible for leading people, this unstable guy projects himself as an angry power-thirsty totalitarian dictator. WATCH:

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      And WA court has given 3 months gaol sentence (it was 10 months, but 3 months non-parole) to the two blokes who defied the state lockdown to attend the AFL Grand Final. The breakfast TV presenters laughed when discussing it. Airheads can’t see the implications.

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        Strop

        I doubt they were given 3 months simply for breaching CHO orders. Most of which just carry a fine. It’s likely the fraud they committed that got them the gaol time. Falsifying documents etc.
        But I haven’t read any court judgement.

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      robert rosicka

      I’d like to see how far this gets !

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      David Maddison

      On the race to a complete totalitarian state, Australia seems even more advanced than comparable and just as badly governed countries such as NZ, Once Great Britain, Canada or Biden’s America.

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      considering NT has had only 216 cases and no deaths this shows it is political and not for health care

      IMHO the politicians are pushing to see how far the public will be pushed before pushing back

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      Brenda Spence

      It would be interesting to know whether any kickbacks are involved. There is a peculiar unity to the message from the premiers.

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      Serp

      Five thousand dollar fine said through gnashing teeth by a chief minister resentful he can’t bring back the lash; remember, this is the territory which used the same forensic technician who had misidentified Azaria’s blood to validate evidential material in the Falconio disappearance and facilitate a murder conviction on a bloke who’d been annoying them for years –try not to laugh when hearing his parole is conditional on him leading investigators to the gravesite.

      Whole books have been written about those cases and more than one film about the Ayers Rock disappearance; in Lees the Movie I’d have Rebel Wilson do the accent and play the girl and cast Merv Hughes to play Murdoch .

      An encyplopedia of maladministration could be written from the antics of the NT legislators down the years; I’m only half aware that they’ve their own laws living as I do in a fantasy world where the federal government more or less runs its territories but it seems not only the states can do as they like the chief minister is quicker to the knuckle than any milquetoast premier. Ain’t life grand.

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    OldOzzie

    Victorian cases leap to 2297, 11 deaths

    Victoria has reported a record 2297 locally-acquired cases of coronavirus in the 24 hours to midnight on Wednesday, and 11 Covid-related deaths.

    The deaths take the state’s toll for the current outbreak to 125 – adding to 820 deaths of people with Covid in 2020.

    Thursday’s 2297 cases compare with 1571 cases reported on Wednesday, 1466 on Tuesday, 1612 on Monday, 1890 on Sunday, the previous record of 1965 cases on Saturday, 1838 on Friday, and 1638 last Thursday.

    There are currently 20,505 active cases. As of Wednesday, there had been 57,471 Covid cases confirmed in Victoria since the pandemic began.

    There were 705 people in Victorian hospitals on Wednesday with coronavirus, including 146 in intensive care, of whom 92 were on ventilators.

    This compares with 675 people in hospital on Tuesday, including 144 in intensive care, of whom 100 were on ventilators.

    The latest cases come after a record 82,762 tests were processed on Wednesday, compared with the previous record of 79,200 on Tuesday, 68,509 on Monday, 73,138 on Sunday, 74,105 on Saturday, 73,443 on Friday, 77,554 on Thursday, and 77,238 last Wednesday.

    According to latest commonwealth figures, 86.70 per cent of Victorians aged 16 and over had received at least a first dose of Covid vaccine as of Tuesday — including 0.48 per cent of the group who had a first jab that day.

    The full vaccination rate for Victoria is at 61.49 per cent, including 1.12 per cent who had their second dose on Tuesday.

    Victoria is currently on track to reach its 70 per cent double vaccination target on October 22 – four days ahead of the Andrews government roadmap date of October 26 – meaning Melburnians are likely to be released from lockdown as soon as the end of next week.

    Based on the current rate of second doses, the state will reach 80 per cent full vaccination on November 1 – also four days ahead of schedule.

    The current outbreak emerged 10 weeks ago, amid short-lived celebrations of a zero case day on August 4 – the day before the state’s sixth lockdown was announced.

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      robert rosicka

      Victoriastan winning again , take that NSW we are now the undisputed champions ! Just a pity they don’t realise it’s scored a bit like golf as in lowest number is better.

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      David Maddison

      I’m still waiting for an explanation about how, with the world’s longest, most totalitarian and violent (by the government) and economically and socially destructive lockdowns, Afdanistan has these large numbers of positive PCR test results.

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        Ronin

        Something isn’t working, time for Dandemic to bow out.

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        RickWill

        I’m still waiting for an explanation about how,

        You must be in an information free bubble if you do not know. There were riots in the streets with hundreds, if not a thousand or more rioters, coughing, blurting, sneezing without masks casting their infection widely. Why do you think the rioters are no longer to be seen on the streets? A good number of them and now their families have the virus. 91% of those in hospital in Victoria are not fully vaccinated. The rioters were obviously not unvaccinated so they are in the high risk group.

        The good news is that Victoria has 705 in hospital out of 39,000 cases this year while NSW peaked at 1244 hospitalisations when their cases were 50,000 this year. Victoria is ahead of NSW in vaccination rate for the same time in the case load and that is keeping people out of hospital.

        The proportion of cases ending up in hospital or dead is declining rapidly due to vaccinations. Last year hospitalisations peaked at 675 when cases were 5,696 so 12% hospitalised. This year just 1.8% of cases hospitalised and the proportion will continue to fall as the number of vaccinated increases.

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          David Maddison

          If the current cases were related to the freedom protests, you can bet the government and media propagandists would be endlessly reminding us of that.

          And why didn’t any of Dan’s private army (a the politicised and militarised police force) get sick? They were in close contact with many of the protesters as they were arresting and/or assaulting them.

          The fact that they’re not, suggest that the current cases are mostly not related.

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            Peter C

            Who are these Covid patients in hopsital?

            According to DR Ahmed Aly on Oct 10 (just a few days ago)

            “The message is really clear,” says Dr Aly. “They’re young, they’re not vaccinated, they’re all from our community.

            I don’t think that reflects the protesters.

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              David Maddison

              Agree Peter C and thanks for that quote. Most thinking people know that but are terrified of being cancelled by the Left if they say it.

              Official Leftist answer is that it was “protestors”.

              The answer you quote is also reflected by the affected areas of both Sydney and Melbourne that are consistent with a certain demographic.

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                Peter C

                One reason why Sydney is doing better than Melbourne at present could be the weather and consequently the Vit D levels in the population.

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              TdeF

              It’s a bit more simple than Vitamin D and sunshine. “they’re all from our community.”

              What is very different in Danstan Victoria as we learned from Ramadan last year and the Cedar Meats affair, is that Muslim communities from Lebanon, Syria, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India are exempt from lock down. How else would you have hundreds of cases at a single Muslim school. This is not racist, but a fact that they vote for Daniel Andrews, contribute to his cause and pay for branch stacking to get their own members. And of course, do not lock down. Nor for that matter do the Orthodox Jewish groups. It is a form of contempt for Western democracies. As the leaders said on the front of the Australian, it is against their culture.

              So when lockdown ends, nothing much will change. And the reason that Adelaide and Perth are performing so well is that the largely British populations obey the rule of law. That’s cultural too. So we should have great hope that when lockdown ends, the British segment will be innoculated and the virus will have already run rampant through the middle Eastern communities, so it will all get better quickly as numbers drop in Victoria too.

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          farmerbraun

          “The rioters were obviously not unvaccinated”

          “vaccinated” ?

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            Serp

            In his frenzy errors arise. I’ve always associated the blurt with buttocks rather than face so I puzzled over that one for a moment or two.

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          robert rosicka

          Riots?? Rick I think you’ve been watching too much ABC !

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          Strop

          Rick, the cases and trajectory of cases are independent to any protest. Victoria was always on a stronger trajectory than NSW before any protest. Despite stricter controls.

          You’ll need to find some other way of explaining David’s query rather than pretending he hasn’t been paying attention.

          He’s correct. This Vic govt wouldn’t hesitate to seize on the notion that the protests were the spreading events. But they haven’t because they weren’t. The virus struggles to transmit outdoors.

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            RickWill

            As I have stated before, the AFL grand final parties contributed as well. A reason why they are now setting up Covid testing and vaccination centre at Casey fields, the Demons training ground.

            It is also interesting that WA has fared the best so far from the perspective of Covid protection. They take their border controls seriously. The two numbats that illegally entered to watch the grand final are facing 2 years in jail. WA do not muck about when it comes to keeping their people safe.

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              David Maddison

              Two years in gaol for crossing the border to watch a football match?

              In what other country in the world are there such extreme penalties for internal travel violations?

              I find it disturbing that so many Australians are accepting, even relishing, Australia’s descent into a full, authentic dictatorship.

              What’s even worse, Australia’s Government is actually efficient at tracking people and uses numerous advanced surveillance technologies to do so. Plus, we have seen the willingness of police in NSW and Afdanistan to use violence in a way we are not accustomed to in Australia and outside of the Australian tradition. What’s in store for Australia is genuinely terrifying.

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                Strop

                In what other country in the world are there such extreme penalties for internal travel violations?

                The guys didn’t just breach covid orders. They committed fraud. They ultimately pleaded guilty to fraud.

                They have been sentenced to 3 months gaol. (10 months officially, but 7 months suspended). Not the 2 years Rick suggested they face.

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                RickWill

                I am not sure where I I heard the two years. However they still have to appear in Darwin.

                NT Police Incident Controller Commander Sachin Sharma said the men had been summonsed over several charges including contravention of an emergency declaration, giving false or misleading information, uttering a forged document, and criminal deception to obtain a benefit.

                “Police will allege that both these men have gone to great lengths to circumvent the Chief Health Officer’s directions, designed to keep our community safe, and in doing so have committed serious crimes,” he said.

                https://www.smh.com.au/national/arrested-demons-fans-now-facing-charges-in-northern-territory-over-trip-west-for-grand-final-20211011-p58z3d.html

                In any case, the penalties are far harsher in WA and NT than Victoria and they are enforced. The breaches there are at least as severe as WA.

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                Strop

                There were various figures bandied about as to what the maximum penalty might be. One radio report I heard said they faced a maximum penalty of 5 years. I was just clarifying the penalty they received was 3 months so David didn’t think what they “faced” was the end result.

                The SMH article you linked says maximum penalty 12 months / $50,000.

                My guess would be whether someone gets gaol or no time would depend on what they did and the effect of what they did.
                Apparently 1 in 6 facing court for breaches have received a gaol sentence. A few who have appealed the sentence to the supreme court have had their gaol sentence overturned.

                The two guys in the GF incident could face further penalty in NT and could also lose their respective business financial planning license and liquor license when they get home.

                I don’t have much sympathy for them even though I think state border lockouts aren’t right.

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                One of the few “reforms” undertaken by Andrews was to weaponize VICPOL, with many of our boys in blue transformed into Dan’s thugs in black, trained, armed and armoured to seemingly act as Dan’s private army.

                Who authorized this change in VICPOL’S operations from traditional policing to unprecedented crowd control? How much did these extra police, weapons, armour, riot control gear, armoured vehicles and training cost? I trust the Police Chief and Police Minister can provide answers because I don’t recall any of this being debated in our Parliament. Maybe Dan’s Emergency powers allowed this to reinforce his Strong Cities and CCP’s Belt and Road commitments.

                I believe VICPOL’s unacceptably, aggressive handling of citizen protests should be added to the review of the Andrew’s government’s failures over the last seven years especially those that require him to treat all Victorians equally.

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              Strop

              the AFL grand final parties contributed as well. A reason why they are now setting up Covid testing and vaccination centre at Casey fields, the Demons training ground.

              Is that so fans can continue having GF celebrations while getting tested?
              I doubt there’s any relationship to the venue for the testing and GF parties. Casey fields is simply a reasonable location for a testing centre. The fact that it’s a training venue for a GF team is purely coincidence.

              Clearly the virus spreads when people don’t keep apart and don’t follow protocols. It’s families gathering indoors and others meeting up indoors against health orders. That’s a problem with lockdowns. They’re not quick because people don’t follow rules. The rest of us are therefore stuck for months because an element of the community don’t do the right thing.

              These lockdowns are just like all the kids in school get detention because a few misbehave. Everyone is punished until the naughty ones start behaving.

              Imagine if they stopped us driving cars because some people speed. Nobody can drive until nobody is speeding. No, they don’t do that. They tell us how to drive in a manner that is safe for ourselves and others and those who put others at risk lose the right to drive.

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              Chris

              Those two numbats tested negative several times and the judge gave them 12 months -reduced to 3 months. Although the judge did get a bit hysterical by accusing them of being potentially super spreaders.
              Seeing that every vaccinated person is a potential super spreader, I thought the judges comments were extraordinary.

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          yarpos

          Wow talk about making the links that suit your argument.

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          Travis T. Jones

          When the BLM protests Melbourne happened in 2020, there was no jabby medicine, and plenty of photos of police not wearing masks and kneeling for the protesters.

          The abc did a fact check:

          “The DHHS statement last week maintains that there is “no evidence to suggest” any person contracted COVID-19 at the protest.”

          https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-07-24/coronacheck-black-lives-matter-melbourne-andrew-bolt-masks/12481360

          Yet the freedom protest was a mass spreading event?

          Also, all those carefree freedom protesters ignoring Dan’s goon police suddenly raced off to get tested because Dan said so?
          Yep, that happened.

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            Ian George

            The BLM march happened on 6th June last year. There were 4 reported cases on that day. Within two weeks this had risen to 44 cases and within 3 weeks to 81 cases. The peak rose to 700 by early August.
            Initially there were 6 cases reported as stemming from the rally. Then all went quiet. Mmmm!

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        farmerbraun

        If it’s the unvaccinated young who are in hospital , then the next question is, ” are they sick?”
        If they are sick , were they healthy beforehand?
        If they’re not sick then it might be a convenient way to confine them , especially if they won’t stay home, or MIQ is full.

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          RickWill

          then the next question is, ” are they sick?”

          Yes. They do not get into hospital unless they are very ill. There is not enough clinical staff to cater for anything but very ill people.

          It is mostly older people who die but some young ones get very ill. 99% of patients in Victorian hospitals in ICU are not fully vaccinated. 64% of the 2,200 cases in Victoria today were under 40yo. Hospitalisations are highly skewed to unvaccinated and the younger age groups as they were further down the queue for vaccination.

          Two who died yesterday were in their 50s; the rest 60 to 90yo. There have only been a handful of 40yo and younger die.

          Getting vaccinated is the best way to avoid hospital with Covid. Hospitalisation rate in Victoria this year is just 1.8% of cases compared to 12% last year. The proportion of hospitalisations will reduce as the proportion of vaccinations increase.

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            farmerbraun

            Good info . That just leaves the question of whether they were in perfect health before getting a dose of Sars-CoV-2 .
            Is that sort of information available?

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            farmerbraun

            In some parts of NZ we have used hospitals for MIQ because no such facility exists in the area The local hospital was the only suitable isolation facility. That will change now that isolation at home for positives begins next week.

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            farmerbraun

            The other interesting thing that happened in NZ this week was a questionnaire sent to all vaccinated asking them to report ANYTHING adverse that occurred after inoculation.
            So we should get a clear picture of how the whole thing went quite quickly. Although FB Junior said he would wait to reply until the “fish and chips” offer came through.
            FOMO.

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              mawm

              A couple of weeks ago Jacinda posted on her face book page her jab experience and asked other to describe theirs. The account got wiped when 19000 or so wrote about their side effects. Gone, never to be seen again. There is a copy I have seen; it’s harrowing. Don’t believe anything from the Ministry of Truth.

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            Mark+Allinson

            Taiwan reports that there have been more vaxx-related deaths than from Covid.

            https://tinyurl.com/4j7cwwe8

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              Strop

              I didn’t see in that article that the vaccine had been attributed to the cause of death. It’s just a number of adverse events and not a finding of cause.

              I’m not saying the vax is or isn’t the cause, and it’s right to raise a concern. The US has thousands of adverse events deaths but very few are actually attributed to the vax after investigation. Rightly or wrongly.

              Australia & Taiwan have a similar population and we (in Aus) have only a few vax deaths from clotting.

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            BS Rick
            l finally know a family who apparently got the virus,
            so now l actually personally know someone who has had it,
            out of a family of nine in which four of the family were double jabbed for work two went to hospital
            one double jabbed who was vomiting uncontrollably was in overnight given a treatment and let out the next day feeling fine, the other who had a lung infection before catching Wu Flu and is being treated for cancer to keep an eye on her, she was given an undisclosed treatment, stayed two days and has never felt better, the cancer sufferer said it was like a bad flu for both vaxxed and unvaxxed no different, the children did not know they had it as well as one of the unvaxxed adults who suffers kidney problems
            the main treatment for the family for the dreaded WU Flu was nothing, just stay at home and drink plenty of water

            the majority of emergency patients are because of the vaccine, a frontline worker contacted the local radio station telling listeners to go to their GP instead of clogging up the emergency departments but really if they are having heart problems or even think they are Fck waiting go to the hospital

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      Forrest Gardener

      And note how quickly the statistics about the injection status of the deceased have disappeared.

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      Flok

      Just inflating numbers to scare people to get vaccinated so they can meet their KPIs. utter fraud

      Under current lock-down, people movement restrictions and curfew, yeah

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      Mal

      Just spring storms, normal

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    James Cook University bears eternal mark of dishonour in Peter Ridd case

    CHRIS MERRITT

    James Cook University has just learned a terrible lesson: it might have won its fight against Peter Ridd but its reputation will never be the same.

    The High Court has found unanimously that this regional institution was wrong when it twice censured Ridd, a world-class academic, for making honest and lawful statements on matters within his expertise.

    Those findings are a mark of dishonour that will never be ­expunged.

    Potential students and academics will be able to see that this organisation was wrong to ­censure Ridd in 2016 for what it said was the tone and manner of his honestly held views. They will see that the university was wrong to censure him for remarks on Sky News in 2017 in which he said it was no longer possible to trust research on the Great Barrier Reef from the Australian Institute of Marine Science and the Australian Research Council’s Centre for Excellence for Coral Reef Studies.

    Future generations will see that the university was wrong to cite his remarks to Alan Jones and Peta Credlin on Sky News and tell him his intellectual freedom did not extend to criticising “key stakeholders of the university” in a manner that was not “respectful and courteous”.

    According to the High Court: “In the absence of any assertion that his remarks amounted to harassment, vilification, bullying, or intimidation, or that they were defamatory or not honestly held, the remarks were protected by the intellectual freedom in” clause 14 of the university’s enterprise agreement.

    Yet Ridd still lost because both sides chose to run their arguments on what the court described as an “all or nothing” basis.

    He had urged the court to find that all of the university’s findings against him were unjustified.

    That turned out to be a tactical error.

    Ridd had some clear wins and persuaded the court that the university had no business trying to prevent him expressing honestly held beliefs on matters that were within his academic expertise.

    But he lost the case because the university had 18 other grounds for dismissing him over statements that went beyond opinions that were legally ­protected by the enterprise ­agreement.

    This case turned on the relationship between the university’s code of conduct – with its requirement to act collegially and respect the reputation of colleagues – and the guarantee in the enterprise agreement of the right to express unpopular or controversial views.

    For the university, this is a Clayton’s victory.

    After citing On Liberty by John Stuart Mill, the judges abandoned normal practice and declined to make an order that Ridd should pay the university’s legal costs.

    That amounts to quite a penalty. Bret Walker SC, who ran the case for the university, is one of the nation’s greatest advocates. He is not cheap.

    So who walks away from this case in better shape? Ridd is a modern martyr to freedom of speech. James Cook University is tainted.

    Chris Merritt is vice-president of the Rule of Law Institute of Australia

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      yarpos

      Would happily contribute ro another gofundme to ensure the Ridds leave this with some financial security.

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        Typically the losing party pays the other side’s costs which at twenty thousand a day for Brett Walker before adding in his junior counsel etc could be enormous.

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        another ian

        No salary but they ain’t got rid of him yet

        “Following today’s decision, Peter Ridd has accepted an invitation to join the Institute of Public Affairs as a Research Fellow, without salary, to lead a newly established project for ‘Real Science’. The Project’s aims are to improve science quality assurance and to support academics speaking out for integrity in science and research. You can support this project by way of a tax deductable donation to the IPA. It is the case that long ago scientific inquiry was mostly privately funded, now is your opportunity to be a part of this new initiative for open and honest inquiry. ”

        Via Jennifer Marohasy

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    UNIVERSITY LOGIC….
    Note:- ABC report !
    A professor of economics (?) in Australia has had a research team sweating for months to figure out why Australians do not buy more EVs.
    Stunning conclusion, …its the price !
    And the underlying reason is the failure to regulate the importation of cheap , dirty, ICE engined vehicles that have a unfair cost advantage.
    Her proposed solution is to increase the emmisions regulations/ taxs on ICEs in an attempt to force up their price closer to the EV cost level
    Brilliant piece of economics logic !

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    OldOzzie

    Bob Woodward says he’s never seen so much political strength from a former president as Trump has

    “Trump’s popularity, his power in the Republican party has grown since he left office. It has not shrunk,” said Woodward

    Famed journalist Bob Woodward says he’s never seen a former president retain as much political strength as Donald Trump.

    Woodward spoke after Trump’s appearance at a rally Saturday night alongside Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley, a mainstream Republican running for election at age 88.

    “These people, like Senator Grassley, can count,” Woodward said. “They can look at the polls. They go to their home states, they talk to constituents. And there’s tens of millions of people who support Trump.”

    A recent Iowa poll shows Trump with a higher approval rating in the state than he ever did as a sitting president. And despite Grassley’s popularity as a senator – 81% of GOP voters in Iowa support him – he is not as popular as the ex-president.

    “This is a political strength that we have rarely seen, never seen from a former president … Let’s face it: Trump’s popularity, his power in the Republican Party has grown since he left office. It has not shrunk,” said Woodward.

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    Peter+Fitzroy

    In the USA, there is almost a general strike occuring at the moment, yet it is getting none of the coverage that you might reasonably expect.

    examples are Hollywood TV and film crews, John Deere workers, Alabama coal miners, Nabisco workers, Kellogg workers, nurses in California, healthcare workers in Buffalo.

    And this is on top of the dismal September labor force participation rate, which did not improve even though most of the covid support has been removed, you know things like rent protection, and income help all of which either have expired, or did expire on Labour Day.

    Could it be that workers in the US are not going to take poor pay and conditions any more?

    Either way it is a kick in the pants to the political and business elite.

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      OldOzzie

      The Nation in the Bubble

      Most importantly, we have trained Americans to believe that work is unnecessary. As jobs go unfilled, a certain contingent of politicians celebrates — they say that workers have been unchained from their jobs, and that this is a net positive. In August 2020, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., told Vice, “Only in America, when the president tweets about liberation, does he mean ‘go back to work’ … I think a lot of people should just say no. We’re not going back to work.” Paying people to stay home, in this view, is merely incentivizing businesses to pay more for fewer hours, thus making life better for those who choose to work; for everyone else, the government dole.

      Now, most Americans have rejected this last lesson. Most Americans want to work; most Americans are in fact working. Hence the unpopularity of the Biden administration spending plans, which most Americans feel artificially suppress economic growth and stifle opportunity. But Biden and Democrats are counting on the long-term play: grow government, breed dependence and ultimately shift the relationship between Americans and the government.

      Biden promised he wouldn’t shut down the economy or the country — he’d shut down the virus. Instead, thanks to his progressive priorities, he’s made the pandemic a problem with no logical endpoint in sight, shutting down the economy and the country in the process — all in pursuit of his transformational vision. The current labor shortage is a feature of the plan, not a bug.

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        Peter+Fitzroy

        Yep Ben nails it, never mind the facts – for example, as I posted all the support to stay at home has gone, but good ol Ben does not report that, just asserts that workers want to stay at home (how will they live I wonder), but does not give any facts. Here is one for you – according to time magazine, the real reason is wages

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        Dave in the States

        Keynes observed that people will not accept a reduction in wages. They will refuse to work if they perceive they are working for less than what they are used to (this is also the case of working more hours for the same wage or just a marginal increase). More specifically, Keynes observed that this was particularly the case in the case of the money wage. However, people will often accept a reduction in the real wage, because they don’t see it in their ledgers and there’s nothing they can do about it. The real wage is differentiated from the money wage by what they can buy with it.

        However, Keynes wrote his observations almost 100 years ago. High gasoline prices and higher taxes show up as a reductions in both the real wage and the money wage in an economy that features electronic transfer and credit cards.

        The most important factor in the stagnation of modern economies are caused by increasing the costs/and or reducing supplies of energy.

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          Peter+Fitzroy

          Got a reference? When Keynes was writing, he had the massive inequalities of the gilded age to work with. Some commentators are suggesting that we are seeing larger inequalities now, than in the days of the plutocrats. For example, Statistics about housing are showing that it is basically unaffordable for first home buyers. and this seems to be a feature of the economics of the west.

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            Peter+

            For example, Statistics about housing are showing that it is basically unaffordable for first home buyers

            There are alternatives and it is a case of youth grasping the opportunity and moving to where there are jobs and cheaper housing.

            Mackay QLD https://www.realestate.com.au/buy/property-townhouse-villa-with-2-bedrooms-between-0-300000-in-mackay,+qld+4740%3b/list-1?maxBeds=2

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              Peter Fitzroy

              Fantastic OldOzzie, the world’s first home buyers will all be able to live, work and play in Mackay. (Got the advertising sorted already)

              Oh wait, couple of problems…..

              1. You are advocating economic migration – which is not a government policy, nor do we welcome such migrants. Them poor Victorians will have to freeze on the streets instead
              2. How many of these townhouses are you looking to offload? There are roughly 45,000 Australians who would buy if they could (they have registered as FHB’s with the banks).
              3. Currently and according to seek, there are around 1500 jobs within 50 kilometres of Mackay, or one job per 30 migrants.

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            Raving

            90 million empty housing units in China. People just want to live in the big cities

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              farmerbraun

              “People just want to live in the big cities”
              But why? It’s the last place you want to be during an episode of a contagious virus . Look at Auckland -everytime they get heavy rain , the beaches are closed because of sewage overflow. But the punters still want to be there.
              Auckland has had the most severe lockdown because of population density and overcrowded housing.

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                Raving

                Think there are 4-5 big cities. Appartments priced $500k – $1 M

                Places such as Bejing, Shanghai … These are controlled cities with total
                populations of around 30 m each.

                90 m empty housing units would house maybe 15% of the Chinese population.

                Lots of countries have very popular cities and other unpopular places with smaller populations. For example, Detriot Michigan has been losing people for years.

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                el+gordo

                Speculators built the ghost towns, many CCP members trying to hide wealth, but ultimately socialism with Chinese characteristics is a failure. Young people are laying down flat.

                ‘Labor shortages are materializing across China as young people shun factory jobs and more migrant workers stay home, offering a possible preview of larger challenges ahead as the workforce ages and shrinks.’ (WSJ)

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      Ronin

      Just another kick in the guts to ‘Bidens basketcase’.

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      Richard+Ilfeld

      We have a very complex labor market situation in the US. The motivations of the players are at odds.
      The very short term needs of the workers have been distorted by high enough “covid” payments to give them time to pause and choose;
      a very large number of housholds living paycheck to paycheck with perhap’s a month’s savings now have 6 months to a year’s income in the bank, thus no immediate need to go back to a job if they didn’t fancy it. Wages are rising, but, with inflation, real wages in most sectors are falling. Inflation would likely be transitory if the US was immediately returned to energy independence and allowed to export; it will worsen if the government continues to constrain prices.
      We have about 7.5 million declaring themselves in the workforce and unemployed, we have about 10,000,000 advertised open jobs.
      We are importing about 2,000,000 undocumented workers each year. They will find a way to move into the market; some of their work will be displacement of domestic labor, and some will be entrepreneurial. Employers are automating low-end jobs at an astonishing rate;
      I could shop at a grocer, a drug store, a home improvement store, pump gas, and order a fast food meal all on kiosks with no human contact. Five years ago those all would have been entry level jobs.
      Most phone calls for service start with automated voice response. and things of some small sophistication like bank teller services no longer require people. Our new rich in their mini-mansions do have many more goods and services deliveired. Its all very feudal.
      But the supply chain breakdowns are pretty intesting. I think the romance with JIT manufacturing and China as a low cost venor
      is well over. In the US we have an astounding number of small town that have fallen on hard times as people left the farm, but the have underused space, low cost housing, open land, underutilized services, full internet connection, an a good enough highway system to get goods and services and people back to the urban mess as needed; and a freedom from overbearing regulation that characterizes big cities. Small light manufacturing that can consume a lot of that new labor can be set up awfully quickly– putting a small factory into business in rural areas is a matter of weeks and a credit card at Grainger (I’ve actually done it). Have an underutilized infrastructure because fewer and fewer people have been required to run our farms may now turn to advantage.
      You’ll know this is happening when the current government tries to stop it; they are hugely invested in maintaining the current political geography.

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    TedM

    A very thoughtfull interview with Dr. Robert Malone. Subject: Covid19 vaccines. https://rumble.com/vnpgfj-debating-covid-vaccines-rt-talks-to-us-inoculation-researcher.html

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      John+R+Smith

      So this fine fellow is a possible Nobel candidate.
      An expert in vaccines.
      At least partially responsible for mRNA tech.
      Yet the official powers attempt to dismiss and shadow ban him.
      Surely this is a strong sign of sinister motive behind this whole mess.
      Draconian measures will be required to keep the dark secret.
      I would like to be wrong.

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        TedM

        Yes JRS, they even call him an anti-vaxxer even though his life’s work has been associated with developing vaccines. He is currently involved with the development of Relcovax, a covid19 vaccine being developed in India. Not part of the big pharma network so you can’t find anything about it online. Being developed by “Reliance”. At least I couldn’t find anything, although I posted a link to it on this blog around 10 days ago.

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    OldOzzie

    Strange radio waves emerge from the direction of the galactic center

    by University of Sydney

    Astronomers have discovered unusual signals coming from the direction of the Milky Way’s center. The radio waves fit no currently understood pattern of variable radio source and could suggest a new class of stellar object.

    “The strangest property of this new signal is that it is has a very high polarization. This means its light oscillates in only one direction, but that direction rotates with time,” said Ziteng Wang, lead author of the new study and a Ph.D. student in the School of Physics at the University of Sydney.

    “The brightness of the object also varies dramatically, by a factor of 100, and the signal switches on and off apparently at random. We’ve never seen anything like it.”

    Many types of star emit variable light across the electromagnetic spectrum. With tremendous advances in radio astronomy, the study of variable or transient objects in radio waves is a huge field of study helping us to reveal the secrets of the Universe. Pulsars, supernovae, flaring stars and fast radio bursts are all types of astronomical objects whose brightness varies.

    “At first we thought it could be a pulsar—a very dense type of spinning dead star—or else a type of star that emits huge solar flares. But the signals from this new source don’t match what we expect from these types of celestial objects,” Mr Wang said.

    The discovery of the object has been published today in the Astrophysical Journal.

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      Umm, ….. Calling Hari Seldon.

      Tony.

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        Peter Fitzroy

        Coming to a streaming service near you soon. Foundation was a great triolgy, and now is to be serialised

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          OldOzzie

          Thanks Tony and Peter I learn something new every day

          Hari Seldon is a fictional character in Isaac Asimov’s Foundation series. In his capacity as mathematics professor at Streeling University on the planet Trantor, Seldon develops psychohistory, an algorithmic science that allows him to predict the future in probabilistic terms. On the basis of his psychohistory he is able to predict the eventual fall of the Galactic Empire and to develop a means to shorten the millennia of chaos to follow. The significance of his discoveries lies behind his nickname “Raven” Seldon.

          In the first five books of the Foundation series, Hari Seldon made only one in-the-flesh appearance, in the first part of the first book (Foundation), although he did appear at other times in pre-recorded messages to reveal a “Seldon Crisis”. After writing five books in chronological order, Asimov retroactively added two books to expand on the genesis of psychohistory. The two prequels—Prelude to Foundation and Forward the Foundation—describe Seldon’s life in considerable detail. He is also the central character of the Second Foundation Trilogy written after Asimov’s death (Foundation’s Fear by Gregory Benford, Foundation and Chaos by Greg Bear, and Foundation’s Triumph by David Brin), which are set after Asimov’s two prequels.

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            In his capacity as mathematics professor at Streeling University on the planet Trantor, Seldon develops psychohistory, an algorithmic science that allows him to predict the future in probabilistic terms.

            Hmm! Mathematics!

            Who would have thought?

            I first read them back in 1972, and I still have those three original paperbacks published by Panther.

            I have read them again twice since then, and they still stand the test of time when it comes to Science Fiction.

            He (Isaac Asimov) was going for his Doctorate in Biochemistry as his works began to get wider publication, and for some ‘practice’, he wrote an actual Doctorate submission paper on a fictitious element he invented, Thiotimoline (look that one up too) He wrote it exactly as one would for a Doctorate submission, and thought it would not be published, (too ‘dry’, he though) and when accepted for publication, he asked for it to be submitted under a pseudonym, as he was worried word might get back to the Doctorate examiners, and spoil his chances. However, the publisher used his real name as the author, and Asimov thought he was sunk.

            He went through the Doctorate interviews, swimmingly in fact, and one of the examiners asked the last question ….. referring to Thiotimoline. (tounge in cheek) Isaac left the room laughing, safe in the knowledge he had (easily) qualified for his Doctorate as a Biochemist.

            Word about Thiotimoline spread like wildfire amongst biochemists and students alike, and evidently, libraries were run off their feet looking for all of the (invented, and non existent) references he used for the submission.

            I also just ‘loved’ his Nightfall short story. (well, medium by his standards)

            He was an astonishing Science Fiction author.

            When it comes to Science Fiction, I prefer my fiction from that genre to be science based, and he was the master of that.

            I could never get into Science Fantasy, although some of Bob Heinlein’s novels were excellent. Good rollicking reads.

            The Lensman series from ‘Doc’ Smith was also excellent, and for a more recent author, the English author Peter F Hamilton is up there with the best as well.

            And for a Maths oriented SF story, there’s one by AJ Deutsch, titled A Subway Named Mobius, about a train caught on a new subway addition that morphed into a Mobius Loop. It’s long out of print, but available as the full story on the Internet. A wonderful read.

            When I was teaching the Electrical Trade to new students with the RAAF, I was the Senior Elec Tech 2 Instructor, and that subject, one of the longest on the Electrical Course at the time, was solely Maths based. A class of young Apprentices (17 year olds enlisted under the now defunct Apprentice Scheme) changed the subject one day and asked if I knew what a Mobius Loop was. So I constructed one, and then asked the requisite questions, what would I get when cutting the strip along its length, firstly in half, and then in a third. You should have seen the looks on their faces as I showed them the results.

            Maths is not just interesting, it’s also amazing in fact.

            Tony.

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      Cool! Looking at next week’s prognosis they may (might, possibly, could) have another dusting, equaling 2016’s six Gulag Worming cold snap snowfalls. Hooray for carbon dioxide! 😁

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      Graeme#4

      Once a major part of WA’s Great Southern was covered in snow. Not something that occurs often. But it’s been a prolonged cold and wet period in WA, so it will be nice to have some spring sunshine for a change.

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    TedM

    Thanks for this link OO. Particularly interesting is the intermittency and polarisation.

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    OldOzzie

    ‘Pretty alarming’: Biden administration ignored Pentagon concerns with Chinese drone purchase

    Republicans say drone purchases is evidence that president is weak on China

    The Biden administration ignored an explicit warning from the Pentagon about “cybersecurity concerns” tied to Chinese-made drones and drone parts, proceeding with the purchase of such materials from a top Chinese company that the Trump administration blacklisted for national security reasons.

    A review of internal government procurement documents by The Washington Times found that the Secret Service went ahead with buying eight commercial surveillance drones manufactured by the Chinese drone-making giant Da Jiang Innovations (DJI) after the Pentagon issued its warning in July.

    The Secret Service has declined to comment on the purchases, but the contract has triggered mounting scrutiny from Republican lawmakers over the extent to which the agency has run afoul of restrictions on U.S. government use of equipment from certain Chinese companies — even if that equipment is available for purchase by U.S. citizens via e-commerce companies such as Amazon.

    It also has triggered concern among government watchdogs. Purchasing blacklisted technology from China is a “potential weak point” for any agency of the federal government, said Donald Maye, head of operations at the video surveillance research company IPVM, which obtained the government procurement documents showing the Secret Service paid $12,792 for the DJI drones on July 26.

    The transaction, which the Department of Homeland Security approved, was made three days after the Pentagon circulated a statement specifically warning that DJI drones “pose potential threats to national security” and stressing that the U.S. military has banned the purchases and use of such materials since 2018.

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    Kim

    My tootsies say it’s cold and the BoM says it’s cold – October Anomaly: -2.9°C. And we’ve had a very wet hence very cloudy winter.

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    David Maddison

    Was an alternate, truthful, evidence-based viewpoint so dangerous that James Cook “University” felt that they needed to spend $600,000 of the money of hard working taxpayers plus an untold amount on the High Court action that they had to silence it?

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    OldOzzie

    Washington Times Editorial – Vaccine mandate overkill: Biden targets COVID-19 but hits liberty

    Historically, vaccine mandates for childhood diseases like diphtheria, tetanus, and chickenpox are nothing new. Why, then, are certain cohorts resisting the president’s decrees? It may be the astronomical rate of adverse vax reactions that have some Americans fretting over the choice between job and jab.

    The number from the administration’s own Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) is telling. U.S. deaths resulting from COVID-19 inoculations conducted January through September 2021 totaled 7,437. The number of deaths from all other vaccines from 1990 to the present: just 5,129. These include the influenza vaccine, which has logged a death rate of 0.35 per million, 2006-2021. The death rate for COVID-19 vaccines from 2020 to the present stand in sharp contrast: 18.71 deaths per million, or 53 times more lethal.

    By comparison, the chance of being struck by lightning is vanishingly small — 2 in a million. Yet Americans are urged to take cover at the first rumble of thunder. Is it any wonder, then, that some — particularly those in youthful age categories with a virus death rate of essentially zero — conclude the risks of vaccination aren’t worth the rewards?

    Mr. Biden has tightened his authoritarian grip just as COVID-19 is fading. The number of cases has fallen nearly 50 percent during the past six weeks, while the proportion of inoculated citizens in the vulnerable, 65-and-older U.S. demographic has reached 84 percent rate. Moreover, a therapeutic pill developed by Merck promises to reduce hospitalizations and death by 50 percent.

    Stripping Americans now of their freedom-loving birthright is presidential overkill.

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      Mark+Allinson

      “Biden targets COVID-19 but hits liberty”

      That headline needs a tweak for accuracy:

      ‘Biden targets liberty using the weapon of Covid.”

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    Brenda Spence

    Maybe some good news, the Russians may have found a drug to fight the cytokine storm.

    A group of Russian scientists have created a drug that may potentially revolutionize the treatment of Covid-19 by defusing the most catastrophic reaction the disease causes in patients, while not destroying their immune response.

    The drug, called Leitragin, was developed by the Biomedical Technology Research Center of the Russian Federal Medical and Biology Agency (FMBA), and is currently undergoing clinical trials in Russia. Although its base substance was previously known and used in ulcer treatment medicine by Soviet and Russian doctors, it was the FMBA team that discovered how to apply it for the treatment of severe cases of Covid-19 and, potentially, other deadly diseases that cause life-threatening lung inflammation.

    https://www.algora.com/Algora_blog/2021/10/12/treatment-to-calm-cytokines-storm-life-saving-russian-discovery

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      OldOzzie

      Moreover, he believes the two teams may have independently discovered a universal “evolutionary suicide mechanism” that kills an organism to prevent the spread of severe infections.

      “We cannot live without the immune system. If a person has been suffering from a severe viral infection, one has to be meticulous in choosing a moment for administering the drug. Do it a few hours too early and a virus would kill a person through self-replication,” he said.

      Currently, medics do not have many options in their fight against the cytokine storm. They have to either use monoclonal antibodies – highly expensive drugs capable of suppressing a single type of cytokine – or “kill” the immune system completely with steroid anti-inflammatory drugs. Both methods have serious drawbacks.

      The FBMA center’s research showed that suppressing the oft-targeted cytokines might not always provide the required effect as the “storm” could continue raging after a brief respite, Karkishenko said. Skulachev, meanwhile, notes that using hormonal steroid drugs could be even more dangerous.

      If proven effective and safe, though, the drug may be found to have uses far beyond Covid-19 treatment, since it’s designed to deal with the immune system’s reaction and not one specific virus.

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        Vicki

        This is a very promising drug. However, it seems to this layman, that the trick is to get the virus before replication starts.

        This is why it is so important to use iodine throat gargles (proprietary ones!) as a prophylactic. And, of course, repurposed drugs like Ivermectin, if possible. But, without that, any preparation that inhibits inflammation is worth using. A Spanish aged care home, which had nothing but anti-histamines available, used them and did not lose any of their old people when COVID struck.

        Again, prophylaxis through zinc, Vit D, Quercetin etc which may inhibit viral replication, and low dose aspirin for inflammation, are all worth using.

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          OldOzzie

          Vicki,

          BETADINE Cold Defence Nasal Spray for adults + kids kills most cold/flu virus – ordered from Malaysia on eBay on 23 Sep 21 – arrived today

          3.5. Polyvinylpyrrolidone-iodine

          Polyvinylpyrrolidone polymer with iodine (PVP–I), also known as povidone iodine, was discovered and marketed as disinfectant since 1955.

          The viricidal activity in-vitro of topical and oral PVP‐I products against SARS‐CoV‐2 was recently reported (Bidra et al., 2020). All four products (antiseptic solution, PVP-I at 10%; skin cleanser, PVP-I at 7.5%; gargle and mouth wash, PVP-I at 1%; and throat spray, PVP-I at 0.45%) achieved ≥ 99.99% viricidal activity against SARS-CoV-2 within 30 seconds of being in contact with the virus (Bidra et al., 2020). The use of 0.5% PVP-I was proposed among healthcare workers and their patients to minimize the risk of the spread of COVID-19 in addition to the recommended IPC measures and PPE. A mouthwash or nasal spray containing PVP-I may be an effective strategy both to combat the virus at its point of entry and to reduce SARS-CoV-2 transmission through its droplet emission from the mouth

          A phase III clinical trial (ACTRN12619000764134) is ongoing to assess the safety and efficacy of povidone-iodine nasal spray (Nasodine®) in the treatment of subjects affected by common cold, potentially caused by human coronaviruses (Firebrick Pharma Pty Ltd., 1261). PVP-I awaits clinical trial data confirming an effective activity of drug against SARS-CoV-2.

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    Geoffrey+Williams

    Our astronomers are finding some strange and exciting objects indeed both in our galaxy and much further afield. We should bear in mind that the Miky Way is at least 100,000 light years across. And since we are located towards the outside of our galaxy these latest signals may have taken/been travelling for perhaps 50,000 years in order to reach us. Extraordinary thought.
    Talk about the ‘tyrany fo distance’.
    GeoffW

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    OldOzzie

    PM’s switch to net zero leaves us in dark

    Peta Credlin

    How can something be dead wrong two years ago – in the words of Scott Morrison, “a reckless target … (that) will come at a tremendous cost to Australians” – but now be absolutely right?

    This is the obvious question the Prime Minister knows he must answer if he expects to win quiet Australians over to a climate policy requiring higher targets, deeper cuts and billions more in taxpayer expenditure than ever proposed by his predecessors, Kevin Rudd, Julia Gillard, Tony Abbott and Malcolm Turnbull.

    But it isn’t just politicians in the hot seat; so are corporate leaders following a backflip from the Business Council of Australia.

    The BCA slammed Bill Shorten’s 2019 election plan for a 45 per cent emissions cut by 2030 as “economy wrecking” but now demands a 45 to 50 per cent cut by 2030. It is urging the Morrison government to commit immediately to net-zero emissions by 2050.

    The BCA, representing Australia’s 100 or so biggest companies, claims “circumstances have changed” since then. Wrong. All that has changed is the politics.

    US President Joe Biden is a climate warrior while British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is desperate for a diplomatic triumph at next month’s Glasgow climate conference. There are concerns Morrison may be asked to pay a blood price for the nuclear-powered subs deal.

    The BCA’s about-face is being hailed as a free pass enabling the Morrison government to change its position without having to worry about the economic consequences of more drastic emissions cuts or political blowback. As if.

    The BCA paper is shallow boosterism that should shame an organisation that led the intellectual charge for the economic reforms of the Hawke and Howard eras, and still was making good economic and political sense a decade back. It cites Deloitte Access Economics modelling purporting to show that achieving net zero by 2050 will provide a $890bn boost to the economy and 195,000 extra jobs by 2070.

    Let’s pass over the implausibility of being able to model anything with precision 50 years hence. Unsur­prisingly, the working papers for this modelling are not published; what is said, though, is that it’s based on “avoided warming damages to the economy” plus the “benefits of low-cost renewable electricity production”. That would be the ostensible benefits Britain is experiencing as a result of relying on renewables for up to 40 per cent of its power.

    As Energy Minister Angus Taylor said this week, “reliance on gas imports … and a prolonged wind drought have plunged (the UK) into an extraordinary energy crisis”. He also said: “The UK’s energy crisis has literally stopped industry in its tracks. Jobs are uncertain, production of critical outputs has been paused (and) bills have skyrocketed.”

    But none of this bothers the BCA or, so it would now seem, the Morrison Liberals. That’s because, as the BCA claims, technological change, especially “green hydrogen” – or hydrogen produced using renewable energy – is going to drive our reliance on fossil fuels (mainly coal) for about 70 per cent of our electricity to under 15 per within a decade.

    This is notwithstanding the cav­eat from the International Energy Agency – effectively explod­ing the premise of the BCA report – that “reaching net-zero emissions will require the widespread use after 2030 of technologies that are still under development”. The IEA says: “In 2050, almost 50 per cent of CO2 emissions reductions … come from technologies currently at demonstration or prototype stage.”

    In other words, Australia is being asked to jeopardise affordable and reliable fossil-fuel-based power now in the hope something will be developed to replace it sometime in the future, demanding a leap into the dark. This is economically irresponsible but politically it’s also almost bewilderingly stupid.

    But it won’t be long-gone boards and chief executives that will pay the price but the Coalition and, in real terms, the small business sector (which can’t survive passing on every climate cost to consumers) and households on low and fixed incomes.

    It is building as an almost perfect storm for Morrison; and it’s far more than just a party-room showdown between “modern Liberals” from rich, Tesla-driving electorates in the leafy suburbs and the disparaged but politically astute redneck Nationals representing coalminers and the poorer regional seats.

    If it were, it might be fixable by another round of rural pork-barrelling or, better, by opening some new low-emission coal-fired power plants to keep power affordable and reliable while transitioning to nuclear power in coming decades. At least that would mean Morrison’s fight is with the Labor Party rather than within his own team.

    Instead, there’s something far more important at stake here. Politicians with elastic principles and no conceivable convictions are what drive our despair about public life. Apart from a bedrock preference for freedom and a commitment to budget responsibility (both of which have been tested almost to destruction by this pandemic), this government was elected to end Labor’s emissions obsession.

    Indeed, even before that, Rudd’s flawed carbon pollution reduction scheme, which Turnbull crossed the floor to vote for, only hastened Rudd’s demise. Gillard just limped over the line when she promised “no carbon tax under a government I lead”. Breaking this promise helped to secure Abbott’s landslide win when he vowed to repeal it. In 2016, Turnbull narrowly survived losing 14 seats because the Nationals kept his green-left zealotry at bay. When it came back again in 2018, the party room handed his job to Morrison, who won a miracle victory in 2019 by standing firm against Shorten’s uncosted emissions policy.

    That’s the political reality of the past 20 years in terms of real votes cast at real elections, not opinion polls with loaded questions designed to build climate crisis drama in the media. That Australians care about the environment is not the issue; they do, and our country has an extraordinary record of conservation.

    But net zero by 2050 isn’t just an environmental issue. It’s an economic and national security issue, too. That is what’s at stake against a background of global capital rent-seekers – the billionaires, bankers and big corporates, all desperate for another way to make money by way of global taxpayer trillions and consumers bearing the brunt of soaring costs for life’s essentials.

    It is not a question of should we protect our environment, that’s a given; it’s how we do it that’s the issue. Making our nation poorer and our energy security more precarious at one of the most volatile times in our history defies sense.

    This is a government with no seats to spare, seeking a fourth term on a thin record, that has all but exhausted the goodwill of its natural supporters. By continually ruling out nuclear power Morrison has brought many to the point of no return. Leaders lead, and followers head to Glasgow.

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      OldOzzie

      Michael Smith News Johannes genius on the climate cave-in Superb Cartoon from above Peta Credlin Australian Article.

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      OldOzzie

      Mission Zero: Gina Rinehart backs renewables, fears farmers and Australians can’t afford it

      Australia’s richest woman, Gina Rinehart, has warned rushing to reduce greenhouse emissions would cause farmers and consumers financial pain.

      Australia’s richest woman, Gina Rinehart, is warning that rushing to reduce greenhouse emissions without proper costings could imperil family farmers and cost taxpayers “billions in subsidies”.

      The mining and pastoral tycoon has outlined her particular concern that family farmers who have endured years of drought, bushfires and Covid-19 do not have spare cash, so cannot afford to invest to change to renewable energy.

      Mrs Rinehart said costings should be the first priority and urged the federal government to “stand firm” until these had been properly assessed and made public.

      She said her pastoral firm had spent millions on measures, including installing solar bore pumps and solar hot water systems, as well as trialling electric vehicles, but warned smaller operators would not be able to afford all of this.

      A hybrid solar power station built in June for more than $500,000 at her Hancock Agriculture firm’s showcase Fossil Downs station in Western Australia’s Kimberley had proved uneconomic, despite slashing diesel use.

      “To make (the power station) profitable would require government subsidies. We are not promoting that industry should be asking for government subsidies to change to sustainable energy – we are already in record debt – and are concerned rushing to reduce emissions will cost the taxpayers billions in subsidies,” Mrs Rinehart said.

      The founder and patron of Australia’s National Agriculture and Related Industries Day, Mrs Rinehart warned increasing costs for farmers would trigger rising food prices and other unintended consequences.

      “How many others in the agricultural industry have iron ore mines to help them to fund their properties, and invest in solar bores, solar hot water systems, battery or electric vehicles, hybrid solar power stations – all things that would be required with mandatory emissions reductions? Very few,” Mrs Rinehart said.

      “And it doesn’t just stop with the farmers having this problem; city people will find that the cost of their food will have to increase – not a good future for pensioners and others on low incomes especially.

      “What will subsidies cost to protect those on low incomes from consequent food cost rises?”

      Mrs Rinehart also said figures had not been produced to show the costs of changing locomotives and trucks to electric power, which she warned also would add costs to farmers and drive up food prices.

      She said she was also concerned that to cut animal emissions, quotas might be installed, restricting numbers of animals per property with an unknown basis.

      This too, she said, would add to costs and risked making properties uneconomic, forcing farmers to leave their properties and homes and affecting businesses supported by agriculture.

      The Fossil Downs hybrid power plant, featuring 136 solar panels and 45 lithium batteries, was not economically viable at current diesel prices, despite the large amount of sunshine in the Kimberley.

      “We built this solar hybrid power plant to see if it could operate economically and, if so, our plan was to roll out to each of our other sunshine-filled properties in the north,” Mrs Rinehart said.

      “However, given it is not economic, unless government-subsidised, the question arises: ‘How much will the taxpayer have to pay to subsidise solar hybrid power plants or other green energy forms on stations and farms around Australia?”

      Mrs Rinehart, who in 2016 became the principal owner of the famous pastoral firm S. Kidman & Co, said installing the Fossil Downs solar hybrid power plant, solar bores, solar hot water systems on station houses, and trialling electric/hybrid vehicles had “required capital investment across our stations and farms of some millions of dollars”.

      Since June 30, it has reduced generator use for the homestead and staff accommodation areas by 84 per cent, saving up to 130L of diesel daily.

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      RickWill

      Peta Credlin is not in the mining industry. Climate Change is manor from heaven for every miner. Australia has spent at least $50bn on random energy to achieve 0.6% of its energy output in the last 20 years. What could be a better waste of resources than that. It is almost nothing for a massive expenditure.

      Think if the rest of the globe try to match Australia. It creates unparalleled demand for all the goodies that Australia digs out of the ground.

      Spending money on an illusion means it can never bear fruit so there is never an end to it. The job can never be done. Meanwhile Australia just keeps extracting wealth from all the developed countries trying to achieve the same unachievable objective.

      Even if nuclear fission becomes the new direction, it will still create enormous prosperity for Australian mining. Australia provides more than 50% of the global iron ore. Iron ore mining in Australia is the closest thing to the US central bank for making money. The difference is that it is only a matter of time before China stops taking US paper whereas they will not stop taking Australian iron ore until it is all gone. Without finding any more, Australia can keep supplying China with iron ore until the end of the century.

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        Robert Swan

        RickWill,
        The expression is manna from heaven. I let it pass a couple of days ago, but it’s best to use the right word if you use the expression a lot. Fun expression for a mondegreen, Besides “manna” and “manor” you could plug in “manner” and even “mana”.

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          Serp

          Castles in the air came to mind when I corrected him on his previous misuse but he probably hasn’t heard of that either let alone read Velikovsky’s scholarly explanation in the “Ambrosia” section in Chapet VI of Part I Venus in Worlds in Collision; this is a bloke who thinks solecisms such as “would of” have a place in meaningful writing.

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        Strop

        That’s a bunch of red thumbs for Rick’s comment. (0/9 as a write this).

        I didn’t think it was a particularly controversial comment for most commenters on this blog. My interpretation is, that it was a dig at the renewables or net zero crowd and how their failures are a boost for the mining industry through all the minerals waste.

        And the reference to Peta Credlin was more a facetious thing. In that if she was in the mining industry she’d stop trying to show the folly of renewables.

        Perhaps the thing in the comment to take issue with is

        Climate Change is manor from heaven for every miner.

        and not for the reason Robert Swan mentions. (never heard of a mondegreen BTW.)
        Coal miners won’t benefit from a move to renewables or nuclear.

        Anyway. Maybe I misinterpret.

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    OldOzzie

    Vale St George legend Norm Provan – immortal.

    I was at the 1963 Rugby League grand final where the Gladiators Legend arose

    When rival captains Norm Provan and Arthur Summons came together in a momentary embrace at the end of the 1963 Rugby League grand final, they could never have imagined the tradition they were building. They became the subject of one of sport’s most enduring images, and ultimately the centrepiece of League’s premiership trophy. Fifty years on, that moment is still celebrated as an iconic reflection of the game and its people. It is also a symbol of the changing face of sport, and of the role that sport has played in the Australian way of life.

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      Hanrahan

      What was so “different” about that photo was the difference in size, yet they are both Immortals.

      Both rugby codes have a reputation as being the games of big thugs but nothing is further from the truth. The most recent dominant figure in the Dally Ms was Johnathon Thurston. Won it four times and he was neither.

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    OldOzzie

    SCIENCE ROBOTICS – A bipedal walking robot that can fly, slackline, and skateboard

    INTRODUCTION

    Many of existing mobile robots use either ground locomotion or aerial locomotion, but not many of them are capable of both. Furthermore, only a few of these robots can perform complex locomotion tasks beyond simple walking and flying. In an effort to develop such a hybrid locomotion robot, this paper presents a multimodal locomotion robot called LEONARDO, or LEO for short, which is an acronym of LEgs ONboARD drOne (Fig. 1 and Movie 1). As the name suggests, the robot has two different locomotion mechanisms: multijoint legs and propeller-based thrusters, thereby achieving both terrestrial and aerial locomotion as well as the transition between walking and flying. The goal of LEO is twofold: (i) to enable robotic locomotion capabilities by leveraging its multimodality of flying and walking and (ii) to study the underlying robot design, dynamics, and control challenges of such a hybrid robotic platform, especially at the interface between walking, takeoff, and landing by using synchronous control of propellers and articulated joints.

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    rowingboat

    Caught up with a friend whose husband was stranded in Budapest for most of 2021, caring for a terminally ill relative. When she passed, the hospital requested that their family lie and tick the “Died with Covid” box in order to receive a discount for their funeral expenses. Such corruption is becoming increasingly evident in Hungary and vaccination rates have (apparently) plateaued in the 40’s percent level. When a law was introduced banning unvaxxed people from entering shops, retailers took their business outside onto the footpaths. Back in Australia, my friend’s circle/community choose to receive their Covid news from German and Russian outlets, which I found interesting.

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      apparently it has been happening here in Australia since the start or so l have been told by an aged care worker who said a while ago that she had never met a person who had covid but had seen death certificates for covid deaths, she told my wife and l that the family and the facility receive money for a covid death
      when this has been bought up by MSM of course it has been denied by the government

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    wal1957

    NT leader Michael Gunner has mandated the vax for front line workers, essentially anyone who has contact with the public.
    If by 13th november these workers have not had at least one jab they cannot attend their workplace.If they do attend the workplace in contravention of the mandate they face a $5,000 fine.

    Scomo, where the [email protected]#$ are you?

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      farmerbraun

      Vaccination is no longer the “talk” in N.Z.
      A positive test no longer means MIQ ; instead you go home and you’re given an oxygen meter so if your saturation drops i.e. you develop a symptom, then you call the doc.
      There is a growing realisation (admission) that the virus is not a death sentence ; nowhere near it, except for those identified at the outset as being at risk. So here we are -almost back at the beginning.

      I’m still intrigued by a remark from Bill-in-Oz way back when we were discussing viral pneumonia and respiratory illness etc in the context of covid, and Bill said words to the effect that it wouldn’t be a problem where ivermectin was in use.
      Now whaddya reckon about that?
      Clever guy that Bill , I reckon .

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        Vicki

        Interesting development in NZ.

        Was reading personal reflections of Scottish doctor, Dr. McKendrick, who has treated over 4,000 COVID patients. He said what amazed him most about COVID was the occasional patient who was fine one moment & dropped dead the next. This is all about the inflammatory process which may get out of control in the lungs, so that oxygen levels drop suddenly. He said he has never seen anything like it in his career. As a result, he monitored his own oxygen levels constantly when treating patients.

        When he was finally forced to be vaccinated, he took Aspirin for a month, for the same reasons re the vaccine.

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        farmerbraun

        Frustrating when you get a down vote and you don’t know which one of the half dozen statements in your comment is wrong or disagreed with .
        Not very helpful.

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        mawm

        Any day now we might actually start treating the disease! This “go home until you are blue” is an indictment on the medical profession.

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        Yonniestone.

        Today was to be my last at work (AusPost) as I refused to get vaccinated and was going on forced annual leave, then today they reversed on the mandate stating that all commonwealth employees don’t have to comply with state mandates and so I’m allowed back on site tomorrow, could have been partly due to the emails we sent to top levels that clearly outlined the laws and rights being broken as well as the fact they are legally liable for any injuries from the vaccines they forced upon its employees.

        We were almost made second class citizens in our own country due to a madmans bluff.

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          robert rosicka

          Make sure they restore your annual leave that you have taken Yonniestone and it’s great to hear you have a favourable result.

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          John+R+Smith

          Yonniestone,
          please note my sharp salute.
          Lets go Brandon

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          OldOzzie

          Well done – then today they reversed on the mandate stating that all commonwealth employees don’t have to comply with state mandates and so I’m allowed back on site tomorrow, could have been partly due to the emails we sent to top levels that clearly outlined the laws and rights being broken as well as the fact they are legally liable for any injuries from the vaccines they forced upon its employees.

          We were almost made second class citizens in our own country due to a madman’s bluff.

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      David Maddison

      ScoMo is nowhere to be seen as usual. He is a huge disappointment. He provides no leadership whatsoever and just adopts a non-commital position on just about everything.

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    rob dinn

    10-5-21 Thousands of people have been snatched from their homes and off the street by Chinese authorities as part of a secretive and sinister program to disappear those who fall foul of the regime.
    It doesn’t matter how rich and powerful a person is nor how anonymous and low-profile they are – anyone who dares criticise the Communist Party or not espouse its values can be targeted.
    The most minor of indiscretions, like uttering a frustrated remark in the street that’s overheard, to serious missteps like speaking out about government policy at a business conference, are not tolerated. https://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/thousands-of-people-being-disappeared-in-china-for-criticising-the-communist-party-or-being-too-rich-and-powerful/3M32MV2ZIFJ6ZKY3BKCH4XWCLA/
    ………………….

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    David Maddison

    Australian science and academic inquiry in general is finished.

    What academic would now dare publish an alternate opinion that didn’t agree with official Leftist ideology such as that anthropogenic global warming is an incontestable fact or that vaccines from Big Pharma are the only possible way to deal with COVID or that there are more than two genders?

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    OldOzzie

    Diesel Stockpiles Are at a 20-Year Low as U.S. Heads Into Winter

    The U.S. may be heading into winter with the lowest stockpiles of heating oil to meet surging demand in more than two decades.

    Inventories of distillates — used as diesel for both transportation and heating oil — are enough to meet 31.2 days of demand, according to the Energy Information Administration. That’s the tightest it has been for this time of the year since 2000.

    The dwindling supplies raise the specter of energy shortages and price spikes in the U.S. this winter — at a time when the rest of the world has already been upended by fuel shortages and blackouts. They also underscore how the economic rebound from the Covid-19 pandemic, a surge in demand for virtually all goods and an ensuing trucking boom are now colliding with volatile energy markets, threatening to raise the cost of fuel for homeowners, farmers and truckers.

    The tightness is largely the result of the freeze in Texas in February that took down 18 refineries. As much as 5.5 million barrels a day of processing capacity were taken offline by the arctic temperatures, causing a drawdown of gasoline and diesel inventories.

    The squeeze may get worse before it gets better as truck drivers respond to a surge in online shopping and historic delays in the global supply chain. Midwest farmers are out with their tractors harvesting the second largest corn crop ever produced. The timing couldn’t be worse, with many U.S. refineries typically shutting down production this time of year to conduct maintenance.

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      OldOzzie

      Confronting the Supply Chain Crisis

      For a generation, the Long Beach and Los Angeles harbors in California handled more than 40 percent of all container cargo headed into the US and epitomized the power of a globalizing economy. Today, the ships—mostly from Asia—still dock, but they must wait in a seemingly endless conga line of as many as 60 vessels, sometimes for as long as three weeks. These are the worst delays in modern history, and the price per container has risen to as much as 10 times its cost before the pandemic. The shipping crisis is now projected to last through 2023.

      A pandemic-driven shortage of parts and labor has combined with a congested transport system to create an inflationary spike, with shipping rates doubling on some routes. Prices for everything from soybeans to natural gas have soared as supplies take longer to produce and arrive, and this high inflation is wiping out wage gains in the US, the UK, and Germany. The chaos on the ground may not disturb the lifestyles of the tech and financial elites, but it is hurting the middle and working classes, the groups most threatened by surging inflation.

      The supply chain disaster has also revealed the existence of crippling economic dependence, particularly on China, in high-income countries. Today, whole industries in the West—from medical equipment to chip and car makers to food—rely on China for finished products and key components. When China cannot (or decides not to) supply these parts, whole industries suffer debilitating supply chain shortages. The notion of a rational, self-regulating market system is unraveling and may yet presage the demise of the prevailing neoliberal

      – Walking away from production
      – Pandemic lessons
      – Reshoring: A possible answer
      – The China challenge
      – Needed: A policy and political response
      – A post-globalist politics?

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      David Maddison

      What? You mean windmills and solar panels can’t keep people warm?

      Fancy that.

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    David Maddison

    Recent video about modelling the use of nuclear warheads to deflect asteroids on a collision course with earth.

    https://youtu.be/3gmtSTpZvRY

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      PeterS

      That’s the sort of research I don’t mind being funded, not other nonsense, such as allegedly to solve non-existent man-made climate change.

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    PeterS

    The restrictions in NSW for shopping just goes to show the pandemic is not serious at all. A person who is not fully vaccinated can shop at office suppliers, such as Officeworks but not at other shops, such as K-Mart. However, I did hear someone argue that K-Mart also sells office supplies of sorts so it could be argued that unvaccinated people should be allowed to shop there.

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      Come to the ACT where the pragmatic green/labor government will not pass laws that discriminate between vaccinated and unvaccinated

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        farmerbraun

        Similar trend becoming evident in NZ , although it was a bit weasley . Anyway home-D next week instead of MIQ – “mostly for the vaccinated” . Bit vague I thought.

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        Serp

        Desist please Gee Aye; this is the third or fourth time you’ve extolled the beauties of the ACT but I’ve been there and know it for the most miserable cold desolate place I’ve seen, and that was in 1968 so I’ve done a lot of comparisons since then. Besides which we Melbournians are under curfew and tethered within a slowly increasing radius of our homes so interstate trips are only essayed by criminals.

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        Strop

        So no discrimination in ACT between vaccs and unvaccsed. Really?

        Well, that’s very good. That’s the best thing I’ve heard from the greens/labor since they celebrated their election victory the night before it didn’t happen.

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        Lucky

        Waiting for guidance from Xi.

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      OldOzzie

      Wife went into KMart Warringah Mall today – as crappy 16Gb Apple IPhone 5se(IOS takes up most of 16Gb) does not have Covid App (neither do I – not interested) – said to Guy on door “can I log in and I have Vaccination Certificate on phone) – no need for Vax – just sign log

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      Peter C

      Keep us updated Vicki.

      I don’r see how a charge of incitement can be sustained, but maybe that is not the point. Perhaps they just want to shut Topher up.

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        Serp

        It’s all enabled by the emergency declaration; being restrained from incitement to transgress a pettifogging paragraph in the Chief Health Officer’s schedule of restrictions is not what any electorate would ever vote for. We’ve been seriously dudded Australia wide.

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      David Maddison

      Australia is not heading toward a good place.

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      Yonniestone.

      They did the same to Monica Smit from RDA for being over 5ks from her home, it was a summary offense at best but made indictable and she was held in solitary confinement for 23 days while being pushed to sign a written agreement to disband the RDA and never talk about covid/government again in exchange for her freedom.

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        Monica Smit was locked up for 29 days because she would not sign the draconian bail conditions that would exclude her from social media ect… an attempt by the Vic Police to silence her that backfired
        the made a martyr of her

        Aussie Cossack is another who has hilariously been taking on the NSW police and was recently arrested to try and quieten him down to teach him a lesson, he was taken to Burwood police station and locked up for the weekend, the public outrage from all over the globe was not expected by the police who have been helping him create a utube channel by being over reaching thugs who have been hounding him like flys on @#$%
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5B-FakWVFDw
        silly police need to get their big people undies on and act within the law without wasting the taxpayers money, Cossack has many videos made and as l said is hilarious, well worth a watch IMHO

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    John Connor II

    Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte, in a late-night speech, threatened to have Filipinos forcibly inoculated against COVID-19 in their sleep if they were reluctant to receive vaccinations, but the presidential palace later brushed off the comments as a “joke.”

    In remarks made during a televised cabinet meeting on Monday evening, Duterte expressed frustration over the spread of COVID-19, which has infected more than 2.6 million Filipinos since the pandemic began.

    “I know a lot of people do not want to be vaccinated,” Duterte said. “That is the problem, those who refuse vaccination.”

    The president called for village officials to scour neighborhoods for people refusing to be vaccinated.

    “Let’s enter their homes while they are sleeping and inoculate them,” he said. “I will lead the journey.”

    Duterte insisted that everyone who is eligible for vaccines be inoculated. He said it was their “civic duty to protect others and also allow us to turn the page to get everyone back on track to normalcy.”

    This was not the first time the president, whose six-year term ends in 2022, has made controversial statements or threats.

    In June, he caused a stir when he threatened Filipinos who refused to be inoculated to leave the country.

    Coming to a totalitarian hellhole run by bribed sociopathic politicians near you soon.
    Won’t be long now before the inevitable.
    About a week.

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    John Connor II

    Perhaps our “elected public servants” (a concept they have clearly forgotten) would care to explain the following.

    Study finds Covid-19 Vaccines do not work after vaccinated patient sparked hospital outbreak among fully vaccinated leaving many in a critical condition whilst the unvaccinated were fine

    A paper published September 30th in Eurosurveillance raises questions about the legitimacy of “vaccine-generated herd immunity”

    The authors concluded:

    “This communication … challenges the assumption that high universal vaccination rates will lead to herd immunity and prevent COVID-19 outbreaks … In the outbreak described here, 96.2% of the exposed population was vaccinated. Infection advanced rapidly (many cases became symptomatic within 2 days of exposure), and viral load was high.”

    https://www.cracknewz.com/2021/10/study-finds-covid-19-vaccines-do-not.html?m=1

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    David Maddison

    Interesting recent video from Dr John Campbell about how the BBC and an opinion piece in the once reputable journal Nature lied about ivermectin studies. The lies involved the false claim that a third of ivermectin studies showing it was effective involved fraud or errors. Such papers either couldn’t be found or had already been withdrawn. That leaves a majority of papers showing ivermectin is effective.

    It’s too bad our government gets its advice from the BBC and former reputable journals like Nature.

    https://youtu.be/zy7c_FHiEac

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    From Mater’s Musings #34: Bait and Switch

    Therapeutic Goods Amendment (2017 Measures No. 1) Bill 2017, Therapeutic Goods (Charges) Amendment Bill 2017

    Second Reading

    I turn now to the detail of the legislation. Schedule 1 of this legislation provides a pathway for the provisional registration of promising new medicines. These will be included in a new class of therapeutic goods, which will be known as provisionally registered goods. Sponsors will be able to apply for this provisional registration subject to the Therapeutic Goods Administration reviewing and accepting early clinical data on the efficacy and safety of the medicine. That registration will be limited to a two-year period, although they may apply for up to two extensions. Sponsors will also be required to comply with additional conditions relating to the efficacy and safety of these medicines after it is available on the market.

    Whether we are talking about medicines, medical devices or procedures, there are always risks. In many cases those risks may be very low, but they are there and patients often do not fully appreciate this until after something has gone wrong. The potential risks must, however, be weighed against the potential benefits. In many situations it is the patients themselves who must weigh up these risks and benefits, hopefully with the guidance of health professionals. Patients who are presented with the same risks and benefits may well reach different conclusions about what is right for them. Even with medicines that have been in use widely and for a long time, new information may become available. That new information may improve our understanding and change either side of the risk-benefit ratio.

    Recognising that these medicines are based on early clinical data, it’s important that doctors, health professionals and, most importantly, patients fully understand and appreciate the risks involved. With access to a medicine being given without the level of clinical data that would normally be provided, it is foreseeable that new information will show some of these medicines to be less effective than first thought, and there may be greater or new risks that weren’t known at the time. Of course, the opposite could also occur. There will be strict conditions under which a medicine will be available through the provisional approval pathway. It will be for patients with unmet clinical needs for serious health conditions.

    These bills also reform the regulatory framework for complementary medicines. These reforms include: establishing a list of permitted indications for listed complementary medicines by the minister through a legislative instrument; creation of a new assessment pathway for listed complementary medicines; and allowing sponsors to claim evidence of efficacy. Complementary medicines fit into two categories: they are listed or registered. Listed medicines are assessed for quality and safety by the TGA. However, they are not assessed for efficacy. Registered medicines are assessed by the TGA for efficacy in addition to quality and safety.

    Schedule 2 of the bill allows the establishment of the permitted indications list, which removes the option of a free-text field for sponsors and allows only pre-approved low-level claims to be made. The National Boards and the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency stated in their submission to the Senate inquiry that the current system:

    … will be greatly strengthened by the removal of the free text field for indications and replaced by a more controlled approach to permitted indications.

    This was an area where stakeholders’ views diverged greatly. Many stakeholders made submissions to the inquiry suggesting that there should be a disclaimer in relation to indications based on traditional evidence, stating that there is no scientific evidence of efficiency.

    Schedule 3 of the bill creates a new assessment pathway for listed complementary medicines and provides an option for sponsors who want to use indications that are not on the permitted indications list. In this case, the TGA would assess the evidence of the efficiency, and the sponsor would certify the quality and safety. Sponsors would then be able to indicate in their promotional material that medicine had been assessed.

    Schedule 4 amends the act to provide classification so that it more accurately reflects existing administrative practices. For example, an application must meet primary requirements before it can further proceed. It makes little sense to waste resources further processing an application if that application is clearly deficient.

    Schedule 5 provides changes to the act in relation to Australia’s conformity assessment body. This was a major part of the Therapeutic Goods Amendment (2016 Measures No. 1) Bill 2016 and ensures that the TGA has the power to obtain documents relating to certification activity from these bodies and the manufacturers whom they have certified. It also enables the greater use of assessment by overseas regulators for medical devices.

    Schedule 6 makes changes concerning the advertising of therapeutic goods. It allows for the TGA to be the single body responsible for management of complaints about advertising of therapeutic goods. It also broadens the sanctions and penalties available in relation to misleading advertising.

    Part 2 of schedule 6 reviews existing requirements for pre-approval of certain advertisements. Presently, there are inconsistencies in which therapeutic goods require pre-approval before they are advertised to the public. For example, medical devices do not. The inconsistency also extends to the media in which goods are advertised, with over-the-counter medicine advertisements being subject to pre-approval on television, on radio and in print; however, those same goods don’t need pre-approval when advertised on the internet.

    The removal of the pre-approval process appeared to be the primary concern that arose from the Senate inquiry, with many civil society groups expressing alarm. CHOICE in its submission stated:

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    something that has been spoken about for awhile
    copied and pasted from a facebook post FYI

    BREAKING NEWS FROM TELEGRAM
    Direct from UK Lawyer Anna De Buiscuit
    “SHARE SHARE SHARE!!!
    Breaking news. share on all platforms: FDA document admits “Covid” PCR test was developed without isolated samples for test calibration, effectively admitting it’s testing something else.
    A document just released by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) openly admits that the infamous PCR test for the Wuhan coronavirus (Covid-19) was developed not with actual samples, but rather with what appears to be genetic material from a common cold virus.
    In the FDA document, it is clearly stated that ordinary seasonal flu genetic material was used as the testing marker in the PCR test kits because the authorities knew that many people would test “positive” for it, thus allowing them to use these results to create the “Covid” narrative.
    It is somewhat of a lengthy read, but have a look for yourself and see the deception in plain sight. There is no legitimate test out there that accurately identifies the presence of SARS-CoV-2. From the document:
    “Since no quantified virus isolates of the 2019-nCoV were available for CDC use at the time the test was developed and this study conducted, assays designed for detection of the 2019-nCoV RNA were tested with characterized stocks of in vitro transcribed full length RNA (N gene; GenBank accession: MN908947.2) of known titer (RNA copies/µL) spiked into a diluent consisting of a suspension of human A549 cells and viral transport medium (VTM) to mimic clinical specimen.”
    Another revelation in the document is the admission by the FDA that test results are “pooled” together to produce numbers that are inaccurate. The FDA is quite literally manufacturing data to support a false narrative.
    We are now at a crossroads worldwide. The time is upon us to decide if we are going to allow this type of medical fascism to persist, and impact upon the futures of our children. Or if we are finally going to say no to tyrannical government policy.
    You can DOWNLOAD THE DOCUMENT HERE: https://www.fda.gov/media/134922/download

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      Brenda Spence

      Since no quantified virus isolates of the 2019-nCoV were available for CDC use at the time the test was developed and this study conducted, 

      That was then, what about now? Are they still usiing the concocted sample? They dont say anything has changed but have announced the test would go at the end of December.

      Dodgy science to me. By the way Gee Aye how many cycles do you run in Canberra?

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      Fear pawn with false statements.

      Quantified virus and quantified target are effectively the same thing and if there is a difference it is minuscule. Also it is miniscule compared to the variation in samples collected in the real world so that relating a quantification via PCR (effectively available copy numbers/sample) has a wide error range.

      The main point of the PCR test is detection with quantification a nice but not not always reliable, side outcome.

      effectively admitting it’s testing something else.

      Is complete ignorant tosh.

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        so can you tell us all G A what is the test used to distinguish the difference between Wu Flu #1 and Delta?

        and what test has been found to work after the PCR test looses it EUA?

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            crickets not just because your question is silly but also I’ve not been on the internet for a day. Be surprised if you reply to this. Crickets.

            going back to your original bunkum post – there are literally hundreds of tests marketed out there that target and quantify (with caveats) the virus. They are from all sorts of manufcturers and have different characteristics and levels of approval. Whatever that guy was on about was a storm in a very large tea cup.

            Delta is mostly identified using direct sequencing. That, indeed, is how strains are defined. I’m not aware of kits for the specific task you challenged me on but it would be easy to use a multiplex SNP method to characterise strains without the need for genomic sequencing.

            Reading your comment makes me think that doing these things is in some way difficult or even fraudulent. It is pretty basic stuff once you have some key data to work with.

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              so the crickets were too loud G A LOL, well done

              you make it sound so simple but in reality its not
              here is a report by Dr Norman Swan on rapid antigen tests that Australia will be using after the EUA is taken off the PCR test on December 31st, the ABC’s expert that we can believe, NOT LOL
              https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-07-29/what-is-a-rapid-antigen-test-nsw-covid-schools/100331220
              this is the garbage we are expected to believe

              here is a report that shows it is that good at detecting covid it finds it in coca cola
              https://greatgameindia.com/coca-cola-covid-19-positive/
              these tests were knocked back for home use by Greg Hunt last year as useless, they test positive to tomatoes, blueberry’s, strawberry’s, tennis balls and many other things, in the UK the schools had to stop the students from using them as they were getting false positives to get out of school on purpose

              although when Gladys was still a premier she could tell exactly where the covid delta variant was superspreading in Sydney hotspots but Australia Clinical Labs, Australia’s third largest private pathology network who is testing for covid cant tell the difference between WU Flu #1 or delta
              https://cairnsnews.org/2021/08/18/laboratory-goldmines-do-not-reveal-delta-stats/
              have a listen to the phone call audio G A

              in truth the PCR test is not suitable for this virus and is having the EUA taken off it making it null and void, no validity at all, you have made it look simple to test for when it is not and there is not test that is any good to take the place of the PCR that is useless as well

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    David Maddison

    I wonder if there are now “people smugglers” operating in Australia to take people across state borders or even beyond the 15km limit as applies in Afdanistan?

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    beowulf

    Five million doses of hydroxychloroquine were destroyed after a stand-off between Clive Palmer and the TGA.

    https://www.msn.com/en-au/news/australia/five-million-doses-of-hydroxychloroquine-destroyed-after-stand-off-between-clive-palmer-and-government/ar-AAPqKY6?ocid=msedgntp

    A batch of 1,118kgs of hydroxychloroquine sulphate, the equivalent of about 5m doses, arrived in Melbourne Airport on 14th August last year, where it was left in a warehouse until was sent for destruction in April 2021 following a standoff between the billionaire and the Therapeutic Goods Administration over who should have to deal with it.

    A spokesperson said the government had not used any of Palmer’s previous donations, which means 22m doses are still sitting somewhere rotting in the national medical stockpile.

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    beowulf

    “Fully vaccinated” — what con-job joke.

    https://www.msn.com/en-au/news/australia/third-covid-19-vaccine-doses-already-being-given-out-in-victoria/ar-AAPrZtl?ocid=msedgntp

    Third shots of COVID-19 vaccines are already being given to Victorians with weakened immune systems, with a broader booster vaccination program expected to be rolled out in coming weeks.

    University of Queensland virologist Dr Kirsty Short:
    “What I’m really hoping with boosters is that they will have a really significant impact on these viruses to stop transmission.”

    Good one Kirsty.

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      Serp

      If the double vaccinated are super spreaders then the triple, quadruple, quintuple vaccinated are bound to be super duper; best look on the bright side being that the worldwide supply chain is headed for complete collapse well before Christmas and supplies of this essential medication will dry up.

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      LOL……..I keep telling these people that I am fully vaccinated for those vaccines that I need. Polio, Smallpox, Tetanus, TB, Yellow Fever and many many more. I don’t need the Flu Jab every year as I don’t get the Flu and I won’t have these alleged vaccines as they are experimental and only have emergency approval. All of the other vaccines that I have ever had were either given to me as a child at School or with MY CONSENT as an Adult. Not only that but these vaccines were developed for the early strain of COVID19. So, as this Virus mutates and changes how on earth will these vaccines work? Same problem with the Flu virus that mutates. It needs a different vaccine each year which can only anticipate how the Flu virus mutates. A Shot in the Dark………lol

      As I have said before, my “top notch” Immune System at age 68 years is way, way better to fight a virus that is no worse than a bad Flu Season. So Fark Off Governments and Health Dick Heads in the Public Circus. I know my body and you know SFA………QED

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    beowulf

    Why experts are seeing an explosion of fat, venomous snakes. A billion $$ in crops eaten by mice = a glut of finger-lickin’-good mice.

    https://www.msn.com/en-au/news/australia/why-experts-are-seeing-an-explosion-of-fat-venomous-snakes/ar-AAPrqB6?ocid=msedgntp

    Sean Cade, owner of Australian Snake Catchers, removed an “extra-large” six foot eastern brown snake from a western Sydney home at the beginning of October. Its body was as thick as a beer bottle.

    Mr Cade added that the red belly snakes were like a ‘mandarin size’ in diameter.

    “We’re definitely seeing bigger ones coming out,” Mr Cade told 9news.com.au, explaining there’s not necessarily more snakes – just healthier ones.

    CSIRO mouse expert Steve Henry told 9news.com.au that the mouse plague which gripped central and western NSW at the start of the year is contributing to the healthy snakes being reported.

    “The mice are providing great food for snakes,” Mr Henry said.

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      Serp

      Your snake meat is highly nutritious and provides medical benefits according to Public Health Nigeria; alas there’d be no guidelines for our Australian meat inspectors so it’s not likely one could build a business on the snake’s back hence all that good bush tucker will not be harvested.

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      Vicki

      Why experts are seeing an explosion of fat, venomous snakes.

      Absolutely right. The first snake of the season at our place was a Red Belly Black that cruised past when I was out whipper-snippering in a paddock. He was as thick as my upper arm.

      Since the beginning of September (they appear beginning of Spring on cue!) I have seen 4 snakes so far. Two have been spotted on my daily walk around the property (both Eastern Browns – one in the cattle grid & the other in a paddock), the Red Belly Black on the side of a hill & another in the home paddock near the chook pen.

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    china in focus reports on vaccination deaths in Taiwan more than deaths from covid 10:42
    who would have thought it possible

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KI3rlE62R9k

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    David Maddison

    This quote applies to Australia where it seems to be true for many, perhaps most people.

    “People will come to love their oppression, to adore the technologies that undo their capacities to think.” – Aldous Huxley.

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    David Maddison

    Intellectuals are naturally attracted by the idea of a planned society, in the belief that they will be in charge of it.

    Roger Scruton, Fools, Frauds and Firebrands: Thinkers of the New Left

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    Analitik

    Letter to the FDA and CDC on September 28 by Dr Patricia Lee (California ICU) regarding side effects from the CoViD vaccines. She is vaccinated herself but has seen multiple serious issues including death arising shortly after vaccination.

    No response from either agency as yet according to her lawyers on 6th October

    I have been a doctor for more than twenty years and I have never witnessed so many vaccine-related injuries until this year. As a fully vaccinated physician, I feel pained in admitting this.
    ..
    While causation is difficult to prove definitively, it is my clinical judgment that each of these injuries were caused by a Covid-19 vaccine, because there was no other plausible explanation for these injuries other than the fact that the patients had recently been vaccinated. I had a direct doctor-patient relationship for each of the patient accounts
    ..
    I have spoken with colleagues who have also had similar experiences in treating patients, while some seem willing to accept these vaccine injuries as unavoidable collateral damage in a mass vaccination program, many do express dismay. None of them would speak publicly about their experience, with the former not wanting to fuel vaccine hesitancy and the latter fearing potential backlash.

    https://newsfinale.com/news/icu-doctor-describes-nightmarish-covid-19-vaccine-injuries-in-letters-to-fda-cdc-lawyer-says-agencies-havent-replied/

    The orignal letter
    https://www.sirillp.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/Letter-Regarding-Covid-19-Vaccine-Injuries-Dr-Patricia-Lee.pdf

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      David Maddison

      I have a relatively small circle of friends and:

      1) a friend’s sister in NSW in early 60’s who was a medical doctor and in excellent health died unexpectedly during her regular swim shortly after the second shot of the vaxx (when post vaxx cardiac events tend to happen as explained by John Campbell)

      and

      2) a friend’s daughter in her 30’s is in hospital (2 weeks so far) in Vicdanistan with cardiac issues after taking the vaxx, the cardiac ward was full so she was put in the dementia ward where she appreciates the extra attention due to more nursing staff.

      What do you think are the chances?

      There is a good reason the Left want all criticisms of the covid vaxx cancelled and they want it compulsory for everyone (except the Elites). Plus you won’t see these instances reported in the media.

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        Vicki

        The trouble is that most of the reports now are anecdotal. The MSM &, as far as I can see, the medical authorities themselves, no longer report adverse reactions.

        I think that everyone who knows such cases, should note these here as they come to their attention.

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          David Maddison

          Yes. There is little or no investigation because Big Pharma has been granted exemption from prosecution for harm their product may cause and also the government can’t be sued (in Australia) and in any case would never admit to making a mistake by pushing untested experimental vaccines onto people while banning other safe treatments.

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            farmerbraun

            But did you note that the NZ Govt. is sending a questionnaire to all vaccinated asking for reports of any sort of adverse experience. Should be useful info. I think.

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          RossP

          Ardern, NZ’s PM, put up a post on her Face Book page asking people to share their vaccination experience. It was presumably a political stunt to try to allay fears of the vaccine.
          It has back fired spectacularly. In the first 24-48 hours it got about 25,000 responses, almost all very negative. Apparently about 14,000 were deleted but as of a few days ago (which is about 2 weeks from when it started) there are 37,000+ responses still on the page , mainly negative. So 50,000 people bothered to comment. Normally her posts attract 2000-3000 comments.

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        Ando

        The geeaye troll will be calling you a liar for citing such examples any second now…

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    Vicki

    Imagine what it must be like to be a world leader in your field, like Peter Ridd, or Martin Kulldorf and others, & be marginalised by your “peers” so that your opinions are censored and censured.

    In the latest Australian Spectator Prof Martin Kulldorf’s bewilderment reflects the concern of us all:

    https://spectator.com.au/2021/10/covid-lockdown-and-the-retreat-of-scientific-debate/?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=MDS%20%2020211014%20%20GK&utm_content=MDS%20%2020211014%20%20GK+CID_b01398a72aebac611cc41629dc83be6f&utm_source=CampaignMonitor_Australia&utm_term=Covid%20Lockdown%20and%20the%20retreat%20of%20scientific%20debate

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    Analitik

    2 young kids from an Iniana family were accidentally given adult doses of CoViD vaccine rather than flu vaccine by mistake at a Walgreens – both are now suffering heart conditions.

    After the alleged vaccine mix up, both children are now experiencing signs of “heart issues,” according to their pediatrician.

    https://nationalfile.com/two-children-accidentally-given-covid-19-vaccines-at-walgreens-one-now-suffering-from-heart-issues-lawyer/

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    David Maddison

    It appears the vaxx is cardotoxic.

    Dr John Campbell explained how this could be due to accidental IV rather than IM injection.

    https://youtu.be/nBaIRm4610o

    And IV injection of the vaxx into mice can result in myopericarditis.

    https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/34406358/

    Intravenous injection of COVID-19 mRNA vaccine can induce acute myopericarditis in mouse model

    [..]

    Post-vaccination myopericarditis is reported after immunization with COVID-19 mRNA-vaccines. The effect of accidental intravenous injection of this vaccine on the heart is unknown.

    [..]

    Results: Though significant weight loss and higher serum cytokine/chemokine levels were found in IM group at 1 to 2 days post-injection(dpi), only IV group developed histopathological changes of myopericarditis as evidenced by cardiomyocyte degeneration, apoptosis and necrosis with adjacent inflammatory cell infiltration and calcific deposits on visceral pericardium, while evidence of coronary artery or other cardiac pathologies was absent. SARS-CoV-2 spike antigen expression by immunostaining was occasionally found in infiltrating immune cells of the heart or injection site, in cardiomyocytes and intracardiac vascular endothelial cells, but not skeletal myocytes. The histological changes of myopericarditis after the first IV-priming dose persisted for 2 weeks and were markedly aggravated by a second IM- or IV-booster dose. 

    [..]

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      Hanrahan

      What reaction would you get if you insisted your jab be given by an RN and that he/she aspirate first?

      Probably mocked as in “What are you, some sort of expert who has asked Dr Google for an opinion?”

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      Vicki

      How very interesting. Like so many others, my husband and I have often wondered why some suffer dreadful effects from “vaccination”, while others are unaffected. Nor does this seem to relate to health levels or ailments.

      Obviously, like others, we noted the sometimes dubious inoculation techniques seen on TV, often unaspirated, & have wondered if some injections have been inadvertently into bloodstream, instead of muscle. We have also speculated about contaminants in the vaccines.

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      Custer Van Cleef

      “cardiomyocyte degeneration, apoptosis and necrosis”

      In other words, the heart muscle cells, of the mice, went through the stages of “cell death”.

      This is bad news, if it happens in human subjects — that’s real damage happening to the heart muscle … does anyone check for the release of troponin in the blood, to confirm?

      The only explanation I saw, for the refusal to do aspiration is: they want to make the injection process quick and painless. Supposedly people would be put off if the nurse says “sorry, the needle went in the wrong place, I’ll try again”.

      How is that “following the science”, when safety gets tossed aside for “convenience”?

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    David Maddison

    Here are 15 quotations from Thomas Sowell, the master of “idea density,” on one of his favorite topics — the “vision of the political left” and the many defects, deficiencies and imperfections of that flawed vision.

    Go to link:

    https://www.aei.org/carpe-diem/thomas-sowell-quotations-on-the-political-left/

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      Thomas Sowell is so observant and investigative. No 5 on David’s List is especially apt to the left/right disagreement:
      “The political left can never understand that if you give the government enough power to create ‘social justice,’ you have given it enough power to create despotism. Millions of people around the world have paid with their lives for overlooking that simple fact. “

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    Sambar

    Stairman Dan is reported at News dot com that he is unapologetic for making vacination compulsory and making life hard for those who choose to remain unvaccinated.
    ” I make NO APPOLOGIES for keeping people safe”.
    Stairman Dan also makes no apologies for :-
    Being unable to remember who authorised a Sydney security firm to oversee quarrantine, resulting in 800 deaths
    Being completely unaware of “The red shirts rorts”
    Being completely unaware of “Branch stacking allegations”
    Being completely unaware of why “Health advice on lockdowns” cannot be made public
    Being completely unaware that under the law “Work place prosecutions for anyone that manages or controls anyone that dies while working for that manager is liable to be charged with industrial man slaughter”

    The big question of course is, how can anyone in charge remain “In Charge” of any organization while clearly demonstrating a total lack of competence in knowing what the organization is doing.

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    Raving

    With Nordstream 2 coming on line, I cannot see a gas shortage in Europe this winter

    Must be missing something

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      Hanrahan

      You may be missing something, like, maybe, Russia barely having enough gas for itself. Winter is upon them and their own stocks are still depleted. Theirs is a big, cold country.

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        Raving

        Russia miss an opportunity to sell gas because it has to heat it’s own? Nawh

        Seriously doubt there is a gas shortage. The flow rate to Germany with NS2 doubles that from NS1

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        Raving

        Looks to me as if everyone has been gambling that gas prices will fall and delayed their orders for as long as possible. You know. New pipeline coming on line. Gas is a stranded asset falling out of favor.

        Net zero Europe believing it’s own propaganda

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          Graeme No.3

          Very likely.
          But is Nordstream2 in operation? The last I heard was that it was waiting for approval by the German Safety Authorities which would take 3 months (i.e. by Christmas). They may have been given a Speed-Up order.

          Re gas supplies – Russian supplies of gas dropped nearly 40% from 2020 to the end of July 2021 (supposedly due to mechanical difficulties but possibly political pressure on the EU who wanted free (or near free) gas for The Ukraine). Since then it has dropped another 30% and it is likely that Putin is looking after Russia by building up gas stocks in expectation of a cold winter. It should be noted that Russia has recently started exporting large quantities of gas to China.
          Norway has also reduced its supplies of gas to Europe recently (building own stocks?)..

          Back around 2010 the UK decided to rely on Wind and gas for electricity and heating, wth nuclear expected to come soon. The UK has been running down its own production by not allowing new gas fields development. More nuclear has been very limited, and coal-fired power stations shut down and demolished. It has also reduced its gas stocks to very low levels, so it is in desperate need of imports. On top of that wind which supplied 25% of electricity in 2020 has dropped to a 7% share in the last few months (aparently affected by the weather!). Foretold by Derek Birkett (electrical engineer) in his 2010 book When Will The Lights Go Out? Well worth reading if you can get a copy.
          Gas is in short supply world-wide (and the price is high) and France, Norway and Ireland have reduced supplies of electricity. Meanwhile the British P.M. thinks that the Glasgow Climate Conference is important. Will he last?

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    OldOzzie

    Hunter Biden isn’t Trump, but what he’s up to is bad and deserves your attention — even if you hate Fox News

    Corporate-owned media this week can no longer ignore mounting evidence of Hunter Biden’s ethics scandals, with both Politico and Business Insider — both owned by Germany’s Axel Springer SE — publishing articles on the Biden family’s culture of corruption.

    Business Insider’s article, by senior correspondent Mattathias Schwartz, declares in its headline: “Hunter Biden isn’t Trump, but what he’s up to is bad and deserves your attention — even if you hate Fox News,” above an illustration of President Joe Biden cradling his chin in his hand, with Hunter hiding behind a wall of money.

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    Ronin

    NSW public servants to get paid leave to go help on farms.
    LOL, what use would an office worker be on a farm, making cups of tea perhaps.

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      Sambar

      Welllllll, This is third hand so I cannot be certain beyond doubt, however;- A nephew has a 16 year old who is currently employed as a rouse about on a large property in NSW.
      A couple of days ago a medical team reportedly turned up at the property, advised all that were there that no one , repeat no one , would be allowed to leave the property unless they had received vaccination for covid. The group was advised that police were stationed at the gate and anyone trying to leave would be detained.
      So, what a catch 22 if this is correct. Apparently everyone in the whole country is deemed an essential worker so no jab, no job.
      Along the same draconian lines, I am a member of a local mens shed, This orangisation has recieved an edict declaring that no unvaccinated people are permitted to attend.
      Apparently the place where men go to support their mental health is now the place they are not allowed to go, cause , you know, you might pass on the dreaded covid.
      The government logic is many people that attend these places are also community volunteers and, well, you know, community volunteers are classified as ” essential workers”
      Why are governments of all colours so determined to make sure that everyone gets the inoculation not just the afore required 70% 80%. moving goal posts now seem be be very squarely set at 100% without exception.

      The local SES guy was on the radio also declaring that any members are required to be inoculated before being allowed to attend, the exception being an emergency that required many people !
      The march to dictatorship certainly continues at a great pace.

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        Wonder if the NSW bureaucrats will require the volunteers in the various branches of the Rural Fire Service to be vaccinated?
        I imagine that would cause a furore in many regional areas where vaccination is resisted.

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      Tel

      Always plenty of work do to around the farm … they can roll up their sleeves, pull on some heavy boots and chip in filling in the fuel rebate forms, the agg subsidy forms, the application for cheap Internet in remote areas, the tax deduction for primary producers.

      Then there’s that heap of OH&S compliance paperwork … that lot ain’t gonna sort itself out … then after that’s done we start on the carbon credit accounting, the biodiversity register, the water regulation updates, the animal welfare affirmation, bushfire management plans (ensure there is plenty of dry brush around for the next bushfire we can blame on climate change) … and finish up with three or four random checklists which apparently serve no purpose whatsoever but you have to fill them in because we always have done.

      Since none of this work requires any access to the actual farm itself, it can all be done as remote work-from-home and even better, the public servant can then email the forms to herself … then connect up to the government and process the same forms at the other end. No doubt she will find some trivial detail wrong, and dutifully send it back to be filled in again.

      Yup… there’s always plenty of work do to around the farm … not a whole lot of it related to farming.

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    John Connor II

    Latest UK PHE Vaccine Surveillance Report figures on Covid cases show that doubly vaccinated 40-70 year olds have lost 40% of their immune system capability compared to unvaccinated people. Their immune systems are deteriorating at around 5% per week (between 2.7% and 8.7%). If this continues then 30-50 year olds will have 100% immune system degradation, zero viral defence by Christmas and all doubly vaccinated people over 30 will have lost their immune systems by March next year.

    https://theexpose.uk/2021/10/10/comparison-reports-proves-vaccinated-developing-ade/

    Now – I have noted something very odd with the Oz BAAxines but I won’t post it here just yet. But soon…

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    TedM

    Dr. John Campbell discusses the BBC’s debunking of Ivermectin.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zy7c_FHiEac

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    Analitik

    Novavax, which contains the spike proteins rather than getting your cells to express them, is demonstrating fewer side effects than the gene therapy Covid vaccines. It MAY still end up in use before the end of this year.

    The trial also monitored for very rare side effects that have been linked to a tiny number of recipients of other vaccines, notably thrombosis with thrombocytopenia and myocarditis.

    The study found no incidence of either condition in the 30,000 trial participants.

    [Note the usual downplay of clotting and heart conditions as well as no mention of neurological effects by “our” ABC]

    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-10-13/when-is-the-novavax-vaccine-coming-to-australia-/100532184

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    Analitik

    Dr. J Michael Burry posts reality checks on Twitter showing who pays most of the US tax income, what Trump actually said as opposed to what the MSM misstates, that ivermectin is safe, that only 2 genders exist, the founding of the USA was nothing to apologise for and conservatives face persecution.

    For those unfamiliar with him, Burry was the first to act on the subprime ponzi by getting the banks to create products allowing the securitised loans to be shorted. He was also a medical doctor prior to starting his hedge fund, Scion.

    https://www.zerohedge.com/political/michael-burry-drops-redpills-epic-twitter-rant

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    Hanrahan

    So our bureaucrats want an extra 2 mill immigrants.

    That’s the laziest, most unimaginative way to boost GDP. Why do we need to boost GDP so much? To pay off the debt we incurred assimilating previous immigrants.

    These guys will share tea and bickies with the “shut down coal fired power stations” mob but never question if their goals are compatible.

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    yarpos

    Hydrogen seems to be the latest and greatest political green bandwagon to leap on. That alone probably assures it will be an expensive dead end. Every announcement claims to make (insert country/State here) an “RE powerhouse”

    In other news, I noticed this afternoon that Sydney was “spared” a tornado. Wow headlines for weather that didnt happen, there really is a climate conference coming up isnt there.

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    another ian

    “Joe Rogan Confronts CNN’s Sanjay Gupta About COVID Propaganda Including Ivermectin
    October 14, 2021 | Sundance | 60 Comments”

    https://theconservativetreehouse.com/blog/2021/10/14/joe-rogan-confronts-cnns-sanjay-gupta-about-covid-propaganda-including-ivermectin/

    Spotify link to full sequence there

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      John+R+Smith

      How is this not strong evidence that this thing is not about public health?
      This ‘doctor’ knows full well the fib is exposed.
      He is knowingly working for a propaganda organization.
      And after this embarrassment will continue to do so, while pretending the interview didn’t happen.
      And call those of that saw it ‘theorists’.
      So many naked Emperors.

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    el+gordo

    Putting this post up for the comments, there are some interesting comments on us.

    https://judithcurry.com/2021/10/10/radiative-energy-flux-variations-from-2000-2020/#more-27917

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    el+gordo

    Forget COP26, its everyone for themselves.

    ‘Chinese coalmines have been ­ordered to increase production by tens of millions of tonnes as President Xi Jinping prioritises a power crisis over reducing Beijing’s dependence on fossil fuels.’ (Oz)

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    CHRIS

    COP 26 = Snouts in troughs Fest. Just how many ‘advisers’ and ‘éxperts’ are expected to attend? And what is their carbon footprint? ScoMo would be advised to avoid attending this waste-of-time meeting.

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    Lance

    EIA: Renewables no longer expected to be #1 by 2050

    “As an “added bonus” EIA now forecasts that coal consumption for energy will exceed its alleged 2014 peak by 2043…..And they continue to forecast that fossil fuels will continue to be the world’s dominant source of primary energy for many decades to come…”

    https://wattsupwiththat.com/2021/10/06/eia-renewables-no-longer-expected-to-be-1-by-2050/

    Apparently, NetZero refers to the number of goals the UK will muster in every World Cup up until 2050. 🙂

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    another ian

    “Ivermectin Real Time Meta Analysis”

    “https://ivmmeta.com/

    (Note that the URL is IVM-meta not IVER-meta which is something else)”

    “This is an interesting way to do meta analysis over time in dynamic circumstances. Essentially they include published papers on the efficacy of Ivermectin and do a periodic scan for any that are retracted, then remove those and re-run the meta-analysis. As all the math is fairly standard, they can just program it up, and it becomes an exercise in having new data entry files and retracted files removed.

    There’s a fairly large number of views of the results (text, tables, graphs) and it is well worth a look.”

    More at

    https://chiefio.wordpress.com/2021/10/14/ivermectin-real-time-meta-analysis/

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    PeterS

    Why the US Will Not Defend Taiwan

    All sound arguments as far as I can see. See the link for explanations.

    1. The USA will not risk the conclusive loss of its global status in a single throw.
    2. The American people will not support a war against China.
    3. The US military is not in any shape to fight a major regional power.
    4. Joe Biden is not a credible wartime leader.
    5. The USA has nothing to gain and much to potentially lose from a conflict over Taiwan.
    6. The US government cannot afford a war against its second-largest creditor.
    7. Xi Jinping knows Taiwan.

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      OldOzzie

      The World Relies on One Chip Maker in Taiwan, Leaving Everyone Vulnerable

      Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co.’s dominance poses risks to the global economy, amid geopolitical tensions and a major chip shortage

      Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co chips are everywhere, though most consumers don’t know it.

      The company makes almost all of the world’s most sophisticated chips, and many of the simpler ones, too. They’re in billions of products with built-in electronics, including iPhones, personal computers and cars—all without any obvious sign they came from TSMC, which does the manufacturing for better-known companies that design them, like Apple Inc. and Qualcomm Inc.

      TSMC has emerged over the past several years as the world’s most important semiconductor company, with enormous influence over the global economy. With a market cap of around $550 billion, it ranks as the world’s 11th most valuable company.

      Its dominance leaves the world in a vulnerable position, however. As more technologies require chips of mind-boggling complexity, more are coming from this one company, on an island that’s a focal point of tensions between the U.S. and China, which claims Taiwan as its own.

      Analysts say it will be difficult for other manufacturers to catch up in an industry that requires hefty capital investments. And TSMC can’t make enough chips to satisfy everyone—a fact that has become even clearer amid a global shortage, adding to the chaos of supply bottlenecks, higher prices for consumers and furloughed workers, especially in the auto industry.

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      Rubbish comment. 12 US Nuclear Submarines in the Taiwan Strait can defend Taiwan as well as Taiwan can defend itself. So how can all those Red Army Soldiers get to Taiwan? By boats which are sinkable by torpedoes?………LOL

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    Catherine

    The United States is returning as a member of the United Nations Human Rights Council after more than three years of absence.
    —————————-

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=owYhYeov86s
    Is the UN living up to its founding principles?

    https://unwatch.org/un-rights-body-at-new-low-as-democracies-drop-to-31-9-in-fixed-election/

    – New 130-page report: UNRWA teachers incite terrorism and anti-Semitism
    february 12, 2017
    UNRWA

    https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=unwatch++PLO+talks+inUN

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    OldOzzie

    Kongsberg: Norway – Bow and arrow attack appears to be terrorism – officials

    A deadly bow and arrow attack in Norway which left five people dead appears to have been an act of terror, Norway’s security service (PST) said.

    The suspect, a 37-year-old Danish citizen named Espen Andersen Brathen, had converted to [email protected] and there were fears he had been radicalised.

    However a motive has not yet been determined.

    He is accused of killing four women and a man on Wednesday night in the southern town of Kongsberg.

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    Vicki

    It seems some good news has arrived. Novavax is to arrive in November.

    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-10-13/when-is-the-novavax-vaccine-coming-to-australia-/100532184

    Further – this morning on breakfast TV we learned that the Rapid Antigen Tests will be available to the public later this month.

    All good.

    However, re Novavax – remember that it has only been tested on 30,000 people. No significant adverse reactions were noted. But, of course, we were told, and are still being told, that the current “vaccines” are perfectly safe. Novavax is manufactured by a company that has never before brought a vaccine to the marketplace. They also encountered production problems – which is why it has been delayed 6 months. Even so, there is some comfort in that it is regarded as a “conventional” vaccine, & not based on gene technology.

    So, the “vaccine hesitant” now have options. If the government permits vaccination for the currently unvaccinated, and don’t reserve it as a “booster” for the already vaccinated, it is a real option.

    A second option for the unvaccinated is the use of regular rapid antigen tests, and, if they are available as predicted, the immediate use of anti-virals should a test be positive.

    All of this depends on the good will of the medical & government authorities towards the unvaccinated. Since punishment for disobedience seems their primary concern at the moment, I worry that this will be offered.

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      OldOzzie

      Vaccinated or not, everyone is likely to get COVID-19 at some point, many experts say

      ‘The idea that we’re going to live our lives without ever getting it is a fantasy — and a dangerous one,’ says one epidemiologist

      “The idea that we’re going to live our lives without ever getting it is a fantasy — and a dangerous one,” said Andrew Noymer, an epidemiologist and demographer at UC Irvine. “A lot of people just don’t understand that. We’re all going to get it.”

      While many experts agree, this idea — like most everything in science-as-it-unfolds-before-your-very-eyes — is not universally embraced.

      “That’s a particularly dystopian view,” said Dr. George Rutherford, professor of epidemiology and biostatistics at UC San Francisco. “I don’t plan to get it, and I don’t think people who’ve been vaccinated have to plan to get it.”

      All bets are off, though, for the unvaccinated. “Unless you live off the grid like a hermit and don’t come in contact with other people,” Rutherford said, “it’ll find you.”

      But most experts agree on one thing: Ditch plans for the COVID party to just get it over with. With as many as a third of patients suffering “long COVID,” even if their cases were mild, “it’s playing with hand grenades,” Noymer said.

      COVID-19 for all

      “While initially we thought that we could aim for perhaps elimination of the virus, bringing it to very low levels, the delta variant has been a great example of how humble we have to be when we look at the future,” said Dr. Jorge Salinas, an infectious diseases expert at Stanford.

      “Now there is growing consensus that there will be some level of transmission of this virus on and off for the foreseeable future. We may be able to bring levels down to very manageable level, with some seasonal increases, but this virus will very likely not go away. And, therefore, the possibility of being exposed to it is present for all humans. A good proportion of humankind will be exposed at some point, and may even develop disease.”

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      Destroyer D69

      Have previously read that Novavax will be restricted for use as a booster dose for those already having at least one vaccine “jab”or have recovered from a covid infection. Also the Rapid antigen test requires the connection to the “web” for assessment and delivery of the results as a text. IE the results will be a compulsory data entry on your “Passport”. Considering that a normal covid serum antibody test is banned(I asked for one to be added to my annual test but was simply told that “That is not available” )I suspect that there is still a considerable amount of a hidden agenda in play.

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    OldOzzie

    Michael Smith News – Do you reckon these blokes signed up to enforce mask mandates?

    There’s been a dramatic arrest outside Wagga Local Court with police tackling a man to the ground.

    From the Comments

    I’ve seen archival footage and photos of SA-Brownshirts “dramatically” beating [email protected] to death, and “dramatically” setting fire to the beards of elderly [email protected] men, and of naked [email protected] women being herded into common graves to be “dramatically” murdered.

    All carried out according a government mandate, that arbitrarily decided to make one group of people “sub-human”, and so deny them their inherent freedom and dignity as human beings, based “on the science”.

    And done so in good faith, by a politician who honestly believed that is was the best course of action for his country, according to his ideology.

    Isn’t it about time we finally learned the lessons of the past, written so vividly in the blood of innocents, and stopping giving absolute power to any politician?

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      KP

      Ah- so that’s how we discuss ‘[email protected]’ here. I wondered why Jo censored my post about the new laws coming in to deny the reality we see every day. Hands up those who think they have a disproportionate influence on the media or politics or banking… well, even if you are right, you won’t be able to say that in the future..

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    OldOzzie

    Queensland Public Service chiefs on the money

    Annastacia Palaszczuk and her cabinet, who are being rewarded with three pay rises this year, are not the only ones being well remunerated by taxpayers.

    It’s that time of year when public service departments dump their annual reports in the parliament all at once.

    Chooks scratched through dozens of annual reports to see who got what.

    Palaszczuk’s recently resigned director-general, Dave Stewart, who served in the role for 11 months, took home $622,000 — a little more than his former boss’s income of $427,500.

    Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young pocketed $595,000 for managing the state’s pandemic response, up 2.2 per cent from the previous year.

    Graeme Newton, the man in charge of Brisbane’s planned underground railway the Cross River Rail, got a $653,000 package while Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll’s was paid $558,000.

    But the real big bucks were earned by the CEOs of government-owned corporations and statutory bodies.

    Top earner was Queensland Treasury Corporation boss Philip Noble at $1,245,859 followed by Energy Queensland chief Rod Duke ($973,000) and Queensland Rail CEO Nick Easy ($825,000).

    Then there were the Labor mates and ex-pollies who sit on government boards.

    Former union boss and president of Queensland Labor, John Battams, pocketed $103,094 as part of his work as a director of the QIC.

    Jim Soorley, former Brisbane lord mayor, took home $124,000 for his time on the board of Unitywater and a further $96,000 as chair of CS Energy — which also posted its first ever net loss of $266m.

    Australia‘s former deputy prime minister and treasurer Wayne Swan, who is Labor’s national president, was paid $34,000 in his capacity as director at the state-owned electricity generator Stanwell, which returned a profit of $375m.

    Former state treasurer and long-serving Labor MP David Hamil made $113,500 on the Seqwater water board.

    We are all in this together

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    OldOzzie

    Victoria has reported 2,179 locally-acquired cases of coronavirus in the 24 hours to midnight on Thursday, and six Covid-related deaths.

    NSW has recorded 399 new local cases in the 24 hours to 8pm on Thursday, with four deaths.

    The deaths take the state’s toll for the current outbreak to 131 – adding to 820 deaths of people with Covid in 2020.

    Friday’s 2,179 cases are down slightly on Thursday’s record 2297 cases, and compare with 1571 cases reported on Wednesday, 1466 on Tuesday, 1612 on Monday, 1890 on Sunday, the previous record of 1965 cases on Saturday, and 1838 last Friday.

    There are currently 21,324 active cases. As of Thursday, there had been 59,710 Covid cases confirmed in Victoria since the pandemic began.

    There were 704 people in Victorian hospitals on Thursday with coronavirus, including 147 in intensive care, of whom 100 were on ventilators.

    This compares with 705 people in hospital on Wednesday, including 146 in intensive care, of whom 92 were on ventilators.

    The latest cases come after 73,942 tests were processed on Thursday, down from a record 82,762 on Wednesday, the previous record of 79,200 on Tuesday, 68,509 on Monday, 73,138 on Sunday, 74,105 on Saturday, 73,443 on Friday, and 77,554 last Thursday.

    According to latest commonwealth figures, 87.15 per cent of Victorians aged 16 and over had received at least a first dose of Covid vaccine as of Wednesday — including 0.45 per cent of the group who had a first jab that day.

    The full vaccination rate for Victoria is at 62.65 per cent, including 1.16 per cent who had their second dose on Wednesday.

    Victoria is currently on track to reach its 70 per cent double vaccination target on October 22 – four days ahead of the Andrews government roadmap date of October 26.

    Based on the current rate of second doses, Victoria will reach 80 per cent full vaccination on November 1 – also four days ahead of schedule.

    Despite the surge in case numbers, Premier Daniel Andrews on Thursday pledged to stick with his road map out of lockdown, which will see restrictions eased from late next week when the 70 per cent target is reached.

    The vow comes amid much lower rates of hospitalisation than forecast in Burnet Institute modelling on which the road map is based, and much lower rates than those experienced at the peak of the NSW Delta cluster early last month, due to higher vaccination rates.

    The current outbreak emerged just over 10 weeks ago, amid short-lived celebrations of a zero case day on August 4 – the day before the state’s sixth lockdown was announced.

    Perhaps I am dumb or stupid – can anyone explain why Dictator Dan is opening VictoriaStan with this level of cases

    Despite the surge in case numbers, Premier Daniel Andrews on Thursday pledged to stick with his road map out of lockdown, which will see restrictions eased from late next week when the 70 per cent target is reached.

    Why in the Heck did Dictator Dan lockdown VictoriaStan in the first place when he is going to open on these figures???

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    Furiously+Curious

    An artistic friend has created a very beautiful diary/slide show of the last 365 days. “Where have all the flowers gone?”

    https://odysee.com/@aannakeyy:6/Where-have-all-the-flowers-gone2:0?r=8fCYRBk1oRGeRAzPE8WRasBQh22HjeMZ

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    another ian

    I’m reading Bill Bryson (Ed) 2010. “Seeing Further: the story of science and the Royal Society”.

    Chapter 13 Philip Ball “Making stuff: from bacon to bakelite” makes interesting reading in 2021 (IMO)

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    Serp

    The Amish slide at 2:10 “Why isn’t covid affecting you people?” –“we don’t have tv.” says it all.

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    Broadie

    Oldest Woman in Australia, second eldest in the world (ever) is listed as an Adverse reaction from SpikeVax in the DAEN Database on the Therapeutic Goods Administration website.
    Remember the Oregon Petition being dismissed because Mickey Mouse and other such celebrities signed it.
    Maybe the same tactic is being employed here. I have previously questioned a <1 Year Old having died.

    635725 01/10/2021 121 F
    Spikevax COVID-19 vaccine (Elasomeran (mRNA)) – Suspected
    Paraesthesia

    So who would be sticking the experimental Clot Shots into a 121 Y/o or even worse a baby?

    I have to report some beneficial side affects I have heard about. Shift nurse reported the staff had seen benefits for those with breathing difficulties, Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and a friend had an enlarged end on his appendage after second Astra Zeneca. His wife saw the problem but did not declare any interest. Therefore this may have been an adverse event.

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    OldOzzie

    Backed-Up Cargo Ships Positioned To Spell Out ‘Let’s Go Brandon’

    PACIFIC OCEAN—With a tremendous backlog at Long Beach and dozens of cargo ships helplessly stranded in the ocean waiting to be unloaded, the bored crews have arranged their ships to form the words of the patriotic cheer taking the world by storm: “Let’s Go Brandon.”

    “Yeah, let’s go Brandon!” said one ship’s captain as he removed the cork from a bottle of mead and took a long, slow drink. “We here on the high seas often sing our sea shanties in his honor and pour out rum for such a swell guy.”

    “SQUAWK! SUCH A SWELL GUY!” the parrot on his shoulder repeated.

    The captain said he and the other ship captains wanted to spell out a different phrase, but it was rated “ARRRRR”.

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      OldOzzie

      The California Version of The Green New Deal and an October 16, 2020, EPA Settlement With Transportation is What’s Creating The Container Shipping Backlog – Working CA Ports 24/7 Will Not Help, Here’s Why

      October 14, 2021 | Sundance | 394 Comments

      The issues being discussed today relate to events that happened a long time ago. As a matter of fact, it was so predictable that Amazon, Walmart, UPS, FedEx, Samsung, The Home Depot and Target all had taken actions years ago -long before COVID- because they knew this day would come. It was not accidental that those companies showed up at the White House to discuss the issue, because there’s now a full court press to hide it.

      There is one very specific regional issue driving the problem. Read on:

      The trucking issue with California LA ports, ie the Port of Los Angeles (POLA) and the Port of Long Beach (POLB), is that all semi tractors have to be current with new California emissions standards. As a consequence, that mean trucks cannot be older than 3 years if they are to pick up or deliver containers at those ports. This issue wipes out approximately half of the fleet trucks used to move containers in/out of the port. Operating the port 24/7 will not cure the issue, because all it does is pile up more containers that sit idle as they await a limited number of trucks to pick them up. THIS is the central issue.

      In effect, what this 2020 determination and settlement created was an inability of half the nation’s truckers from picking up anything from the Port of LA or Port of Long Beach. Virtually all private owner operator trucks and half of the fleet trucks that are used for moving containers across the nation were shut out.

      In an effort to offset the problem, transportation companies started using compliant trucks (low emission) to take the products to the California state line, where they could be transferred to non-compliant trucks who cannot enter California. However, the scale of the problem creates an immediate bottleneck that builds over time. It doesn’t matter if the ports start working 24/7, they are only going to end up with even more containers waiting on a limited amount of available trucks.

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        OldOzzie

        DOES ANYBODY IN THE BIDEN ADMINISTRATION ACTUALLY DO ANYTHING? Pete Buttigieg has been MIA.

        While U.S. ports faced anchor-to-anchor traffic and Congress nearly melted down over the president’s infrastructure bill in recent weeks, the usually omnipresent Transportation secretary was lying low.

        One of the White House’s go-to communicators didn’t appear on TV. He was absent on Capitol Hill during the negotiations over the bill he had been previously helping sell to different members of Congress. Conservative critics tried (unsuccessfully) to get #WheresPete to trend and Fox News ran a story on October 4 with the headline: “Buttigieg quiet on growing port congestion as shipping concerns build ahead of holidays.”

        They didn’t previously announce it, but Buttigieg’s office told West Wing Playbook that the secretary has actually been on paid leave since mid-August to spend time with his husband, Chasten, and their two newborn babies.

        “For the first four weeks, he was mostly offline except for major agency decisions and matters that could not be delegated,” said a spokesperson for the Department of Transportation. “He has been ramping up activities since then.” As he does that, Buttigieg will “continue to take some time over the coming weeks to support his husband and take care of his new children,” the spokesperson added.

        In other words, Buttigieg went from paid child leave for two months followed by lots of DNC-MSM appearances, while the supply chain went to hell. Keep that in mind as headlines fly such as this: White House: Cancel Christmas? “Forget malaise, and let’s start talking Grinch. With supply-chain issues still festering for months and inflation beginning to roar, retailers wonder whether they can provide the goods for the holiday season on which they rely for fiscal solvency. The White House offered its advice yesterday, which was. . . get used to disappointment.”

        As a legendary community organizer warned, “Don’t underestimate Joe’s ability to f*** things up” — beginning with the team he assembled.

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        another ian

        Chiefio points out that the semis are only part of the problem. The small delivery truck fleet that does the distribution from the warehouses where the containers are unpacked has also been hit by those regulations and many gone elsewhere. Then there all that diesel powered unloading equipment hit with the same regulations. And the shipping in California waters.

        And that a combination of driver hours regulations, legal heavy vehicle rest areas being deemed unsightly and eliminated, 24 hour traffic jams, unloading delays etc making it virtually impossible for a truck to get from the eastern border to San Francisco, unload and get the driver back to a heavy vehicle rest area within legal driving hours.

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