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    OldOzzie

    Six13 – West Side Chanukah Story | Presented by MJE

    Superbly done effervescent 4 mins 57 secs

    For [email protected] bloggers (as well as everyone else) – enjoy

    Chanukah is the [email protected] eight-day, wintertime “festival of lights,” celebrated with a nightly menorah lighting, special prayers and fried foods.. The Hebrew word Chanukah means “dedication,” and is thus named because it celebrates the rededication of the Holy Temple (as you’ll read below). Also spelled Hanukkah (or variations of that spelling)

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    Steve of Cornubia

    It’s persisting down here in Cornubia. Mrs Wife and I just spent a soggy few days up at Tin Can Bay. Wet, wet, wet – and cool.

    I recall a couple of our resident weather wizards predicting a “cool November” weeks ago.

    10/10 folks!

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      Sambar

      Melbourne could possibly have its first November in 30 years to “not have a 30 degree or above day”. Todays prediction for Melbourne is the magical 30, if it makes it, it will be just in time to keep the warming mantra going.

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        Deano

        In Perth, we’ve had a wet cool winter and spring. Our water minister wants to introduce sprinkler bans for people with ground water bores (3 days per week) to match those who use scheme water (2 days). It’s justified on the basis that ground water levels have fallen 10 meters!
        Well, I drive past two lakes each day as I have done for 35 years and currently, they are fuller than they’ve been for many years. The Water Authority of Western Australia’s own website shows dam levels higher than they’ve been for at least 10 years. I realise ground water is a separate thing but I find it unbelievable that the 10 meter claim can be true.

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          The local bore repair man tells me water tables are higher and its bad enough to be losing pumps (submerged). Our local park is a swamp in lower regions. Summer is set to start and yet there is still water lying visible on what should be grass. I have never seen that before.

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            farmerbraun

            Same in NZ . But the question is this – is the perceived “wetness” the result of excess rainfall , or is it reduced evaporation? The latter might be the consequence of excessive cloudiness and reduced wind run.
            Soil moisture here , at depth , is typical for November ie dry, but grass is green and haymaking is problematic.
            So you can call it wet , but the soil is nowhere near field capacity.
            Just saying.

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            Forrest Gardener

            Flannery did say that the rain would no longer fill our dams (although of course it has).

            He should have completed his nonsense and said it would not replenish the ground water either.

            For the trifecta was it Flannery who foresaw that Perth would become the world’s first ghost metropolis?

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            Deano

            Right up until the last late rains in October the ‘experts’ were still claiming the rain was just soaking into the ground around our catchment areas and wouldn’t add to dam levels. So the rain just soaks into the ground, while the dams fill up because water flows uphill from the ground water below. Must be.

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      clarence.t

      Been damp and persisting for several days in the mid/upper Hunter region too.

      Brought to light several drainage issues…. which means hard work to fix, when/if it stops raining for long enough. 🙁

      Forecast is … rain !!

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      Simon

      Typical La Niña conditions. The corollary is warm oceans around New Zealand due to more northeasterly winds than normal.
      https://niwa.co.nz/news/our-seas-are-sizzling-again

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        el+gordo

        “Frequent patterns of high pressure near and south of New Zealand during November, owing to La Niña, have caused more sub-tropical, northeasterly winds than normal.”

        The semi-permanent blocking high pressure is causing the marine heatwave, I don’t believe La Nina is involved.

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        farmerbraun

        “Typical La Niña conditions. ”
        The weather conditions which exist in a la Nina are variable , as always .
        Wet/dry , hot/cold . It varies.

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          el+gordo

          On the mainland we are concerned that the marine heatwave will ruin our summer in the south east.

          If BoM tries to push the yarn that the warm blob has been created by AGW, how can we demolish the idea before it emerges?

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            farmerbraun

            Yes , Niwa’s description of a dry area in the Sth. Wairarapa as a “hotspot” when it’s anything but hot is what we are up against. Why they cannot bring themselves to say “dryspot”, one can only guess.
            We are dealing with people for whom everything is caused by AGW (or catastrophic climate change, as they prefer to call it).

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            KP

            There was a enormous area of ocean just to the East of NZ warmed up suddenly after the White Island eruption. It never vanished, it just widened out and spread. It appeared within a month, one NOAA diagram it wasn’t here, the next it was. That would have been autumn 2020.

            Kevin Long had it up on his long-range weather page.

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    New Chum

    Completed in 1890 the Forth Railway Bridge 151 feet (46 m) above high water level at high tide has a long way to go before it covered by rising sea levels.
    https://www.worldheritagesite.org/list/Forth+Bridge

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      Bozotheclown

      Wouldn’t be even more beautiful with volumes of steam/coal smoke from a big steam powered locomotive? or maybe two passing each other!

      Note to self; must put Scotland visit on bucket list.

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      Fran

      More than 200 years ago British engineers built the main North-South road and railway that passed where I grew up in central India. In the early 1960’s we had a “100 year” flood where the river rose over 60 feet. Needless to say, the road, railway and railway bridge were well above the water.

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    Old Moss

    What becomes of covid test samples?
    WHO announces a new covid variant of concern and a couple of days later it is identified in fully vaccinated arrivals in Sydney.
    Jo notes yesterday that it has probably been circulating for months.
    Shouldn’t it have been identified well before this?
    Do testers only find what they are looking for?
    Are ‘tests’ essentially just ‘hit and miss’?

    Does anyone know just what the chain of custody protocols are for test samples?
    Are samples, for instance, able to be tested subsequently either for covid or any other purpose, or are they, as many people would suppose, destroyed?

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      Ronin

      “What becomes of covid test samples?”

      Returned to China for rebreeding and redistribution.

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        Chris

        From “The Conservative Woman’

        Take Scotland. The Daily Record has reported that ‘the NHS mobile phone app which presents personal medical information in the form of a QR code shares data with companies including Amazon, Microsoft, ServiceNow, Royal Mail and an AI facial recognition firm’. Users were not informed that their data would be shared.

        Many people applied for these tests to secure a vaccine pass, to enable them to participate in normal social activities, such as events and visiting. Sam Grant, of Liberty, expressed serious concerns in that data has been shared with third parties without individuals having the option of opting out, or even being made aware it was happening. In Liberty’s view this casts serious doubts on the legitimacy of the ‘passports’.

        It doesn’t stop there. Armstrong Economics reports that a UK-based Covid testing company, Cignpost Diagnostics, is suspected of selling on swab samples containing customers’ DNA. The company claimed that it had the right to sell data to third parties in an effort ‘to learn more about human health’. There does appear to have been a consent form, but it was buried deep within the testing information sheet and unlikely to have been read, since the company primarily sells tests to travellers interested only in rapid results.

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      Forrest Gardener

      Definitely more details required from the powers that be. We know that only a fraction of test samples go on to genomic analysis. And now we are told that three samples have been detected in Australia.

      So riddle me this. Are all positive test samples now subject to genomic analysis?

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        These were international travelers and all of them were tested in light of the newly declared strain.

        So there was a good reason to test all of them.

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          Forrest Gardener

          Off on your own little tangent as usual. Fact free as usual.

          Be a better troll. Somewhere else.

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          farmerbraun

          ” international travelers”
          Double vaccinated , and spreading the love.
          You have to laugh , right?

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            Forrest Gardener

            Yep. Sooner or later the focus will switch from injection status to infection status.

            Just how did these people come to arrive in Australia whilst infected?

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              If nothing else, it demonstrates that the international flight testing system is not foolproof. !
              Even “asymptomatic”. Individuals should be detected in 100% passenger testing before boarding.
              But,..can you be a “carrier” and still not test positive ?

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      Don B

      Ivermectin has six different mechanisms for fighting Covid, while the new Pfizer and Merck anti-viral pills are one trick ponys.

      https://rclutz.com/2021/11/27/ivm-beats-pfizer-and-merck-one-trick-pony-pills/

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    LloyfWW

    According to the National Law anyone can make a notification about any health practitioner. Even entities such as health insurance funds and hospitals can notify.

    I wonder whether formal notifications against the individual and various Medical Board members, CHOs and registrants serving on the TGA might not be in order. The grounds for the notifications would be

    Reckless endangerment of the public causing death
    Reckless endangerment of the public causing injury
    Failure to adequately provide pertinent information to enable informed consent
    Failure to obtain informed consent (follows the third reason)
    Unprofessional conduct
    Conduct below that which is can be reasonably be expected of a health practitioner of their station.

    No doubt a single notification would be ignored by AHPRA and dismissed as vexatious but multiple notifications from a large number of concerned individuals? Who knows? The regulatory machinery would have to refer the matter back to the Boards which might then tie themselves in knots over conflict of interest issues, at over the notifications of themselves.

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      Will

      From my knowledge, no real attempt is made to remove the vexatious, trivial or blatantly dishonest claims made to AHPRA before they knock on your door demanding an explanation. The targeted individual has to jump through hoops to even be rid of these and never finds out for months, if ever, that he/she is cleared.

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        Simon Thompson

        I have been under investigation for a year for punching a druggie thief in the head (stole $40 000 worth). Magistrates court fined me $300 no conviction. ONE YEAR later, the “investigator” sends an email demanding that I give the druggies full medical record to them within 14 days. Filed under “shit tests” I suppose. Oh I have had zero income for 10 months.. and my practice of 25 years is defunct- but they demand the information under penalty of “National Law”. AHPRA is a Joke, not fit for purpose. Look at the expose of dodgy cosmetic surgeons- timed to distract from political machinations to be sure!

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    David Maddison

    The omicron covid strain might be what we’ve been waiting for if it is less lethal and more infectious than other strains (as claimed by people who are not Leftist propagandists or government or Big Pharma employees).

    It will spread, infect a lot of people and be effectively a self-spreading vaccine, albeit a safe and effective one.

    The virus has become what is expected of all pandemic viruses after 2-3 years, they either disappear or become endemic and of little harm.

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      Hmm ? Isnt that basicly what the Japanese concluded when their last wave collapsed ?
      The Virus mutated to a version that self extinguished the itself.

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      Klem

      It seems that people are not hysterical over Omicron like they were for Delta so governments are going to have to fearmonger more this time around, othwise they won’t sell booster shots or impose Christmas lockdowns as planned.

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        Who is planning this and why?

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          MP

          Grego and Janeo and Julia, the rest of your communist mates.

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          farmerbraun

          “Who is planning this and why?”

          Wrong question.
          Who is taking advantage of this , and why?

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          David Maddison

          I don’t support the political objectives of this organisation but they do name a few.

          https://www.oxfam.org/en/press-releases/covid-vaccines-create-9-new-billionaires-combined-wealth-greater-cost-vaccinating

          At least nine people have become new billionaires since the beginning of the COVID pandemic, thanks to the excessive profits pharmaceutical corporations with monopolies on COVID vaccines are making, The People’s Vaccine Alliance revealed today ahead of a G20 leaders Global Health Summit.

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            David Maddison

            Plus the Left who are using covid to implement their long-awaited totalitarian governance.

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              Catherine

              https://unherd.com/2021/11/how-fear-fuels-the-vaccine-wars/

              ‘In an honest society, all of this would have been subject to robust public debate. We would have seen scientists of all opinions openly debating on TV and radio and in the press; views of all kinds aired on social media without fear of censorship; journalists properly investigating reports of both vaccine successes and vaccine dangers; serious explorations of alternative treatments; public debates about the balance between civil liberties and public health, and what “public health” even means.

              But we have not seen this and we will not see it, for debate, like dissent, is out of fashion. The media here has not asked a critical question of anyone in authority for at least 18 months. Google’s algorithms are busy burying inconvenient data, while the social media channels from which most people receive their worldview are removing or suppressing critical opinions, even if they come from virologists or editors of the British Medical Journal.
              (https://blogs.bmj.com/bmj/2021/08/23/does-the-fda-think-these-data-justify-the-first-full-approval-of-a-covid-19-vaccine/,
              interesting read)

              What could possibly justify this?

              Covid-19 is certainly a nasty illness which should be taken seriously, especially by those who are especially vulnerable to it. For the elderly and infirm especially, it can be a serious risk. But it is not dangerous enough — if anything could be — to justify the frightening atmosphere which is rising across the world. The authoritarian response to the virus has become the go-to solution for governments everywhere, and the climate of fear in society as a whole has often meant enthusiastic support for such a response. As the vaccines fail to end the pandemic, new variants continue to arise and every promise of “unlocking” ends with the reimposition of restrictions, so the calls grow for more clampdowns, more segregation, more isolation and internment. With each call, a new roughness comes over the culture.’

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          Adellad

          The groupthink pile-on to this bloke is unseemly IMHO. He seems to generate heaps of downvotes merely by listing his name. What on Earth is the big deal with his “who is planning this and why” question? Bizarre.

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            Klem

            You must be new here.

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            yarpos

            you are new, aren’t you

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              But he has a point. Groupthinkers drive out counter views and live in a fishbowl of confirmation bias.

              Let’s not do that.

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                Robert Swan

                Jo,
                If you want to reduce the groupthink, abolish the thumbs. The things are widely liked here, but what have they done to the atmosphere? They are literally a “positive feedback loop” where popular comments lead to similar comments from people who want their comments to be popular. Groupthink would be reduced if people stopped relying on the thumbs and thought things through for themselves.

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                clarence.t

                But this is exactly the response ga wants.

                Meaningless one-liners designed to stir.

                It is not about rational argument.

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                farmerbraun

                ” Groupthinkers drive out counter views ”
                Hey , I’m still here.
                🙂

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                clarence.t

                “Groupthinkers drive out counter views”

                ga is a groupthinker, as is Simon, PF etc

                They just follow the MSM meme, no thinking or science involved.

                So no, their usually fatuous comments do not drive out counter/realistic views,

                … they help stimulate the push for reality and truth as their misinformation is exposed.

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                Let me rephrase, when I said groupthinkers I wasn’t talking about GA or anyone here who writes counter to most views here. By definition, in this forum, they are the contrarians, the heretics and for the most part, I am thankful. It’s hard to find people willing to go against the flow and not dominate (think Tilba) and not post comments that are too stupid to publish.

                I was referring to Groupthinker forums which drive out contrarian views. We don’t want this forum to be like those.

                We who value freespeech can surely rise above that, yes?

                I’d rather people answered GA than turn GA into the topic. For the silent onlookers that’s a much better answer and I’m grateful to those who do.

                And for reference, having studied similarish areas of science to GA I have no doubt of GA’s qualifications and knowledge in those areas. It’s obvious GA understands evolution and genetics, biology.

                Sometimes I learn something, and I’m always grateful for that.

                Tilba BTW would post 20 comments each day, 17 of which were a total waste of time, and I was filtering the most stupid out. But I won’t be an editor for anyone for long, and since he couldn’t learn restraint, wouldn’t snip his own 17 trashy comments out, he was a net drain, and after repeat warnings had to be blocked.

                I want counter views, but not commenters who abuse the forum by repeatedly saying the same thing, adding little content, or diluting the thread by being off topic, using ad homs, argument from authority, or adding too much emotional heat. I have blocked people from both sides who do that, but never blocked anyone just because they disagreed.

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                PS: Robert, your feedback is useful. There are disadvantages to the thumbs, but I find the Thumbs Up useful (with caveats) and readers apparently get satisfaction from clicking them. I wouldn’t want to remove a deserved reward and a key indicator that helps people skimming comments to find the ones that are well written.

                Perhaps we as a group could shift the thumbs culture and manage it better?

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            farmerbraun

            “What on Earth is the big deal with his “who is planning this and why” question?”
            As I said , it doesn’t matter if it is a plan or not , or , if it is a plan , who is doing it.
            What matters is , who is getting screwed ?
            Get it?

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        Deano

        They’ll make masks mandatory again just in time for Christmas and ban meetings of more than 5 people over the festive season. Ruining Christmas would fit the pattern established so far.

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    John Connor II

    Just to scare the Alex Jones squad. Smirk.

    Now scientists at the University of Vermont, Tufts University, and the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University have discovered an entirely new form of biological reproduction—and applied their discovery to create the first-ever, self-replicating living robots.

    https://wyss.harvard.edu/news/team-builds-first-living-robots-that-can-reproduce/

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    David Maddison

    https://www.indiatoday.in/world/story/uganda-international-airport-china-default-debt-repayment-1881674-2021-11-28

    Uganda loses its only international airport to China for failing to repay loan: Reports

    Uganda lost its only international airport, the Entebbe International Airport, to China for failing to repay a loan, reports have said.

    SEE LINK FOR REST

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    OldOzzie

    Joe Biden was involved in a deal with a Chinese giant — and was expecting a 10 percent cut

    By Miranda Devine

    “I don’t have a political ax to grind; I just saw behind the Biden curtain, and I grew concerned with what I saw. The Biden family aggressively leveraged the Biden family name to make millions of dollars from foreign entities even though some were from Communist-controlled China.”

    Oneida would be split according to an email sent by James Gilliar to the group on May 13, 2017, laying out the distribution of shares.

    “The equity will be distributed as follows,” wrote Gilliar, listing the shares in percentages.

    “20 H [Hunter]

    “20 RW [Walker]

    “20 JG [Gilliar]

    “20 TB [Bobulinski]

    “10 Jim [Biden]

    “10 held by H for the big guy.”

    Three years later, Bobulinski would tell the world that “there is no question” that “the big guy” is Joe Biden.

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      TdeF

      Not so sure. The intermediary was a Chinese called Mr. Bao. And Bao in Chinese means big.

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        Neil+Crafter

        Bao in Chinese means treasure, or bag / package. Hence steamed bun is a bao.

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          TdeF

          Agreed. I was aware of this meaning but had learned another. Four tones give about four meanings to every character like Bao, Mao. It looks like I was wrong and big is not one of them but it is still possibly Mr Bao and not Joe Biden. The biggest steel company is Bao Steel but it could mean package steel. Maybe. And I was taken by this potential characterization of his name and caution on jumping to conclusions.

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    el+gordo

    Warm blob recognised as major driver.

    ‘The ECM ENS maintains a soaking wet forecast across East Australia in the 15-day outlook. Additionally, wet weather may become important over Southwest Australia.

    ‘The SSTA pattern in the South Pacific identifies the wet weather-driver. The semi-permanent “warm blob” of SSTA near and east of New Zealand is reflected in the upper air pattern by a semi-permanent amplified high-pressure ridge.

    ‘Upstream the upper ridge is compensated for by a semi-permanent wet low-pressure trough with anchor dropped on East Australia. The pattern is locked-in for now with any significant change slow to occur.’ (Climate Impact Company)

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      farmerbraun

      Oh well , my “eye of newt ” forecast for wetter conditions from mid -December to mid -January should be safe .
      May as well leave the new (second -hand ) hay baler in the shed.
      Lucky we only paid $7000 for it.

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        WXcycles

        Lots more rain, early indication of growing monsoonal influence from ~8th Dec. Eastern states should already be looking greener from space.

        10-day rain forecast.
        https://i.ibb.co/VqVJmny/2021-11-30-174719.png

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        GlenM

        A good investment. So much grass and so little stock. Geez, methane would go gangbusters.

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          farmerbraun

          The thing is , we’ve increased stocking rate by about 150 head of cattle , we’ve made three stacks of silage of about 100 acres each , and we’ve still got 3 stacks leftover from last year, and still the grass is beating us.
          I knew I shouldn’t have put that fertiliser on 2 years ago , but it was the first in 10 years 🙂

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      GlenM

      Professor Turney? Has co- authored a piece from UNNSW telling us that Antarctica is melting. Reader alert: ” tipping point ” was a term used. Too lazy to link, but really, why would I bother.

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    Strop

    From Friends of Science


    Modelers Got Aerosols All Wrong…CO2 Climate Sensitivity Likely Another 0.4°C Overstated!

    A new paper (Liu et al 2021)published in Science Advances presents evidence from records of 14 Antarctic ice cores and 1 central Andean ice core, suggesting that historical fire activity in the Southern Hemisphere (SH) exceeded present-day levels. SH aerosols from fires have declined by about 30% over the 20th century. This is likely due to the expansion of land use for agriculture and animal production. The decline of fire soot aerosols negates the cooling effect of increasing aerosols from fossil fuels and biofuel sources. The implications of the study are discussed in this article by Pierre Gosselin. Global climate models show that global average temperatures should have risen of 1.5°C since 1850 due to the higher greenhouse gas concentrations but it has instead risen by only 1.1°C. The modelers falsely claim that higher the 20th and 21st centuries aerosol levels in the atmosphere compared to 1850 has a cooling effect of 0.4°C. The Liu et al 2021 paper shows that atmospheric aerosols in the preindustrial times were just as high as they were just recently. It means CO2 climate sensitivity has been overestimated. “The consequences for the climate models could be enormous,” Die kalte Sonne adds. “This means that CO2’s warming effect thus has to be much less.”

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      Yes, negative forcing from lots of aerosols, especially SO2, is the trick the modelers use to get their hot models to fit the past period of no warming around mid last century. Then with no future aerosols we get the runaway crisis warming. This paper says the required aerosol buildup never happened.

      Woohoo

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      Simon

      The aerosol effect from indigenous burning apparent in Antarctic ice cores would have been primarily restricted to the Southern Hemisphere. It is wrong to extrapolate that to global temperatures.

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        RobB

        Yeah, nobody in the northern henisphere would have ever llighted a fire

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        yarpos

        “indiginous burning” aka lightning

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        el+gordo

        Yes it would have been confined to the SH, but it might not have been totally associated with fire stick burning. Lightning strikes and massive bushfires also happened before Europeans arrived.

        ‘Most of this was caused by widespread and regular burning practiced by indigenous peoples in the pre-colonial period,” said Jed Kaplan, Associate Professor at the University of Hong Kong and co-author of the study.’

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          Hanrahan

          Yes, lightening starts fires but so did fire stick burning hunting.

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            GlenM

            I thought Flannery wrote a book some years ago that determined that extensive Fredrick burning altered the landscape and contributed to the extinction of megafauna. Living in harmony I guess. Diprotodon may be fine, but there was some pretty big and dangerous species as Well.

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          ‘Most of this was caused by widespread and regular burning practiced by indigenous peoples in the pre-colonial period,” said Jed Kaplan, Associate Professor at the University of Hong Kong and co-author of the study

          I might suggest that as the case is today, so it was in history,..that Lightening is responsible for the vast majority of large bushfires.
          After all,.. we are told that Aboriginal practices were “cool burns” .. controlled and restricted !
          Also , consider that most of Europe was effectively deforrested for fuel way before the industrial age , and the US was subject to the same natural forrest fires that we see today.

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            Hanrahan

            Also , consider that most of Europe was effectively deforrested for fuel way before the industrial age

            Or was that for man-o-war ships and their spars?

            Australia would do well to do reforestation with non eucalypt species.

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              Greg in NZ

              Man O’ War Bay, Waiheke Island, New Zealand – named by Lieutenant James Cook on his first recce to these shaky isles in 1769, having spied vast and YUGE stands of tall, straight, kauri trees (some of which were thousands of years old) “ideal for masts and spars” for the Empire’s battle ships.

              Once word got out, it didn’t take long for ALL those mighty giants of the forest to be felled and shipped offshore, not as envisaged by the Cookie Monster [sic] as man o’ war spars, but for floorboards in houses in the growing cities of Melbourne and San Francisco.

              Today there’s a vineyard, of the same name, overlooking the bay where the HMS Endeavour anchored, ironically owned by ‘the toilet paper king’, a self-made millionaire immigrant who made his fortune out of selling bog roll.

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              Hanrahan
              November 30, 2021 at 9:48 pm · Reply
              Also , consider that most of Europe was effectively deforrested for fuel way before the industrial age

              Or was that for man-o-war ships and their spars?

              Sure , all ships and most buildings were made from wood., but what was the primary (only ?) fuel source uo to the 1800s ?
              And much of the forrests that were no good for building with were simply felled and burned on the spot to open up land for farming.

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        clarence.t

        Wow, apparently Simon thinks land clearing by fire never happened in the NH, which just happens to have some 70% of the world’s land surface.

        D’oh !

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    OldOzzie

    Hard Data Shows the Covid Vaccines Don’t Work

    The example of Gibraltar should stand as a clear lesson and a dire warning to health officials and politicians around the world who are trying to force their populations into high vaccination uptakes. Gibraltar clearly shows that even a 99 percent vaccine rate followed by intense boostering will not tame or eliminate Covid 19 from the population. Quite to the contrary, it can coincide with near-record spikes that will likely surpass previous highs, especially as in the weeks ahead the country enters the winter period.

    Singapore’s very high vaccination rate, however, did nothing to decrease the presence of the disease in the nation. The exact opposite, in fact, happened. On October 27, 2021, Singapore posted its record case count of 5,324 new cases.

    This figure was nearly 300 percent higher than the previous record of 1,426 that occurred on April 20, 2021. At that time Singapore’s vaccination rate was only 15 percent.

    If the vaccine were even remotely effective such a situation could have never arisen. There is simply no way that a country where 83 percent of the population received an effective vaccine could ever experience such a record-breaking surge. Rather than an explosion of Covid, Singapore’s very high vaccination rate should have brought about herd immunity.

    The vaccines have not only failed to live up to their promise, but the data indicates that in a number of places they have made the situation worse by bringing about surges.

    The data clearly demonstrates that the vaccines do not have the effect they were supposed to have. The figures and graphs above provide hard evidence of vaccine failure.

    For governments to pursue high vaccination rates with the obviously ineffective vaccines is misguided and counterproductive. It is also highly irresponsible and dangerous because of the vaccines’ extensive and severe side effects.

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      Strop

      I suppose it depends on the definition of “don’t work” or “ineffective”.

      Since early this year we’ve been told the vaccines don’t stop you getting covid but they reduce the severity of the case. Whether they work or are effective needs to measured on whether they reduce deaths and hospitalisations. Not whether it reduces cases.

      The vaccine isn’t a glass wall. The virus reaches you whether vaccinated or not. The vaccine does it’s job if the body has a better ability to resist illness. Maybe the same could be achieved with Vit D or Ivermectin or something else. But that would just make the vaccine a waste of development rather than ineffective.

      I’m not saying the vacs is or isn’t effective. Just that results need to be measured against the aim.

      Ideally the vaccine would stop the virus in its tracks and not allow transmission.

      Why the increase in cases after vaccination? Don’t know but I would speculate it might have something to do with people being less cautious because they feel protected or restrictions being eased when vaccinations rate increase.

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        OldOzzie

        Omicron anagram of Moronic – Narrative imploding — look at Table 10, UKHSA Vaccine Surveillance Report week 47, on p31

        80.3% of COVID-related deaths are in the Vaccinated population.

        Page 31 – 1.

        In the context of very high vaccine coverage in the population, even with a highly effective vaccine, it is expected that a large
        proportion of cases, hospitalisations and deaths would occur in vaccinated individuals, simply because a larger proportion of the population are vaccinated than unvaccinated and no vaccine is 100% effective. This is especially true because vaccination has been prioritised in individuals who are more susceptible or more at risk of severe disease. Individuals in risk groups may also be more at risk of hospitalisation or death due to non-COVID-19 causes, and thus may be hospitalised or die with COVID-19 rather than because of COVID-19

        With W.H.O. (Wuhan Hucksters’ Organisation) – Made in China, bypassing Nu and Xi, no wonder they named it

        Omicron anagram of Moronic

        So we have Vaccines that US CDC changed the definition of Vaccines on 1 September 2021

        Starting in 2015, the definition was altered to say that vaccines “produce immunity,” without necessarily preventing disease.

        After the Covid-19 vaccines were introduced, and it was discovered they do not necessarily “prevent disease” or “provide immunity,” CDC altered the definition of vaccines again to say that they merely “produce protection.”

        And Covid Vaccines that have an Efficacy of Zero after 6 Months

        And we should have belief in our Health Professionals?

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          Strop

          You’re posting data and passing it off as an indication of vaccine effectiveness when the data is clearly labelled in the report as cannot be used to determine vaccine effectiveness.
          It also clearly explains why the percentage deaths etc of vaccinated people are high.

          The deaths you refer to are not necessarily covid deaths. They’re simply deaths that have occured within 28 days of the person having a positive covid test. Covid may not have had anything to do with the cause of death.

          The report findings state:
          The rate of hospitalisation within 28 days of a positive COVID-19 test increases with age, and is substantially greater in unvaccinated individuals compared to vaccinated individuals.
          The rate of death within 28 days or within 60 days of a positive COVID-19 test increases with age, and again is substantially greater in unvaccinated individuals compared to fully vaccinated individuals.

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        farmerbraun

        We’ve known from the outset that a vaccine to ” stop coronavirus in it’s tracks” is a theoretical impossibility; that’s why there has never been an eliminative vaccine.

        ” reduce the severity of the case.”
        It’s quite difficult to reduce the severity to less than “asymptomatic” wouldn’t you say?

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          Strop

          It’s quite difficult to reduce the severity to less than “asymptomatic” wouldn’t you say?

          Yes. But I don’t understand the point you’re making with that given not all cases are asymptomatic.

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            farmerbraun

            I was just obtusely alluding to the fact that an overall fatality rate of 0.36% does not a global pandemic disaster make.

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              Strop

              Where does the 0.36% come from?

              Using the basic information on Worldometer which has the total recorded covid cases and total recorded covid deaths, the death rate is 2%.

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                farmerbraun

                Well colour me conspiracy theorist , but I don’t believe that the 2% death rate is for those completely without a co-morbidity, and age itself is not a co-morbidity in my book.
                So 2% death rate in the perfectly healthy . . . I don’t think so.
                Maybe in the absence of any” permitted ” treatment . Maybe.
                I could be wrong.

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                Strop

                That’s fine. The stats do need scrutiny. For example no doubt not all covid cases are recorded.

                On the aspect of comorbidities inflating the death rate of “healthy” people. Of course the effect of covid is inflated by certain demographics. But we have to consider that many of those with contributing factors would otherwise continue to live reasonably fulfilling lives for quite a few years. It’s still covid that has brought about a premature end.

                What it means is statistically different demographics need to take different precautions. But we don’t just dismiss the virus as a fatality rate of 0.36%

                Where did the 0.36% come from?

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                farmerbraun

                “Where did the 0.36% come from?”
                I believe that I read it here a couple of days ago. Something about a 99.64% survival rate.

                “the effect of covid is inflated by certain demographics. ”
                I can accept that the prevalence of co-morbidities increases with age.

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              Greg in NZ

              Hear! Hear!

              Nothing like a little obtuse allusion first thing in the morning to go with coffee #2, cheers!

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      David-of-Cooyal-in-Oz

      G’day OO,
      We know that all, that is 100%, of Australian “cases” are from overseas. We know that 100% of travellers are required to be double vaxxed.
      One vaguely possible conclusion is that 100% of Australian cases are in double vaxxed people.
      So just perhaps double vaxxed people became infected.
      And an old cynic like me might just decide that the ” vaccines ” are ineffective against infection of Omicron. Even 100% ineffective?

      But health officials might find those numbers difficult to deal with.

      “We don’t know still about the vaccine effectiveness,” he said. “We don’t know about severity and there’s mixed reports on that from South Africa itself.”

      https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-11-30/government-borders-omicron-covid-variant/100660576

      Cheers
      Dave B

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        Strewth

        To enter Australia, you not only need to be double vaxxed but also get a negative covid test within 3 days of travel. So if any travellers were found with Omicron, then it would appear that they incubated it while travelling.

        Strange, the WHO says Omicron is a variant of concern, but says they can’t tell if it is highly transmissible or cause severe disease yet. I can’t find any reports of death from it yet.

        Still, don’t let a good panic go to waste. Already Pfizer said they will reformulate their vaccine in 100 days. Novavax said they will reformulate theirs as well.

        We all know, don’t we, that the Australian govt has purchased 255,800 doses of Covid vaccines. That’s 10 doses each for every man, woman, child and infant in the country. How are they going to use it up, if they don’t drum up a need?

        https://www.health.gov.au/initiatives-and-programs/covid-19-vaccines/about-rollout/vaccine-agreements

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        RobB

        Dave it is possible to enter Australia unvaccinated, but you must be quarantined in the ‘Centre for National Resilience’ for two weeks

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      Tel

      Quite to the contrary, it can coincide with near-record spikes that will likely surpass previous highs, especially as in the weeks ahead the country enters the winter period.

      I have an uneasy feeling that’s exactly what will happen in Australia around about May next year … especially if we have an unusually cold Winter, like the way we had a cooler than average Summer, in the Southeast.

      One argument against democratically elected politicians, is that they are attracted to short term gains and never think past next election. The federal Liberal Party has only been hanging in there by the slightest margin and ScoMo knows he has a better than even chance of losing next election … thus there is absolutely no reason for him to worry about Australia’s future. On the other hand Albo just behaves like he has sat around long enough for it to have become “his turn” and therefore he does nothing and maintains the low profile strategy. If he wins, he always starts by blaming everything on the other guy and for the first couple of years that even works. Doesn’t matter that the ALP supported quite a number of the braindead policies that went through recently.

      The alternative is a monarchy, where they see the nation as the family business and therefore think ahead, trying to keep it viable for their children, and grandchildren. This approach has worked well, although it also can go wrong in other ways.

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        el+gordo

        In a democracy they are career politicians, struggling to remain relevant, adopting the party line and putting aside anything that could lose the next election. The Westminster system seems to work reasonably well.

        The other day in Parliament the Opposition leader was on his feet and so was Dutton, Albo said “sit down boofhead”. So funny.

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    beowulf

    German doctor says vaxxed should be locked away because they are the biggest virus spreaders. He wants a 2 month lockdown exclusively for the vaccinated.

    https://freewestmedia.com/2021/11/28/vaccinated-as-the-biggest-virus-spreaders-should-be-locked-down/

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    beowulf

    More mysterious collapses of young athletes. 69 known cases in one month.

    https://freewestmedia.com/2021/11/26/at-least-69-athletes-collapse-in-one-month-many-dead/

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    MP

    Meanwhile in NZ

    https://www.legislation.govt.nz/act/public/1956/0065/latest/DLM307083.html
    70Special powers of medical officer of health
    (1)
    For the purpose of preventing the outbreak or spread of any infectious disease, the medical officer of health may from time to time, if authorised to do so by the Minister or if a state of emergency has been declared under the Civil Defence Emergency Management Act 2002 or while an epidemic notice is in force, by notice,—
    (a)
    declare any land, building, or thing to be insanitary, and prohibit its use for any specified purpose:
    (b)
    cause any insanitary building to be pulled down, and the timber and other materials thereof to be destroyed or otherwise disposed of as he thinks fit:
    (c)
    cause insanitary things to be destroyed or otherwise disposed of as he thinks fit:
    (d)
    cause infected animals to be destroyed in such manner as he thinks fit:
    (e)
    require persons to report themselves or submit themselves for medical examination at specified times and places:
    (ea)
    if the spread of the disease would be a significant risk to the public, require people to report, or submit themselves for medical testing, at stated times and places:
    (f)
    require persons, places, buildings, ships, vehicles, aircraft, animals, or things to be isolated, quarantined, or disinfected as he thinks fit:
    (fa)
    if the spread of the disease would be a significant risk to the public, require people, places, buildings, ships, vehicles, aircraft, animals, or things to be tested as he or she thinks fit:
    (g)
    forbid persons, ships, vehicles, aircraft, animals, or things to come or be brought to any port or place in the health district from any port or place which is or is supposed to be infected with any infectious disease:
    (h)
    require people to remain in the health district or the place in which they are isolated or quarantined until they have been medically examined and found to be free from infectious disease, and until they have undergone such preventive treatment as he may in any such case prescribe:
    (3)
    In no case shall the medical officer of health, or any environmental health officer or assistant or other person, incur any personal liability by reason of anything lawfully done by him under the powers conferred by this section.
    For your safety NZ
    But wait there’s more, read on.

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      Ross

      So basically doing all the same useless stuff we know didn’t work the first (and second and third…) time around.

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        farmerbraun

        “the same useless stuff we know didn’t work the first (and second and third…) time ”

        But Ross , as you well know , it’s an ill wind that blows nobody any good . .

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      KP

      Confiscated all the guns first, did they?

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      Strop

      None of that surprises me except the repeated use of “he” for the medical officer of health.
      If they appoint a she, or someone who identifies as other than he, they won’t be able to execute half those clauses 😉

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    beowulf

    An inconvenient Amish truth.

    How Amish Communities Achieved Herd Immunity Without Higher Death Rates, Lockdowns, Masks, Or Vaccines

    https://thepulse.one/2021/11/25/the-amish-took-a-different-approach-to-covid-it-appears-to-have-worked/

    By March 2021 the Lancaster County PA Amish stronghold was claimed to have achieved herd immunity by natural infection with 90% of households having at least one infected member. That claim about the infection rate is disputed, but the hard fact is that there was no higher death rate amongst the Amish than in the vaxxed, masked, locked-down world around them.

    Most Amish continued to engage in “risky” behaviours like sharing a common communion cup, continuing to visit each other’s homes for church services with their large extended families, continuing to work and trade freely with the “English” — in fact they reportedly had their best trading year ever — and the vast majority didn’t get the vax or mask-up to achieve any of that; they continued to live their normal lives.

    They represent another inconvenient control cohort in the global vax experiment.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O1DgWYdukZU

    But the critics came out to defend the vax regardless.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BWiuzHNH9D4

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      Ross

      That experience repeated in scores, possibly hundreds of countries, states, island communities etc around the world and we never hear about in the media or news. We have way too much focus on the US ( but not the more moderate COVID reacting states eg. Florida), UK and Australia. We’re hearing now about Omicron but there’s probably scores of countries on the African continent alone who have had minimal COVID policies with probably equal or better outcomes than most Western countries who think they are following the “science”.

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      beowulf

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jwxi4R_Dyj8

      Amish also made face masks and face shields, and laundered used masks for Ohio hospitals. Sounds risky. Gulp.

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    Ian Hill

    I reckon this is pretty funny! Sir David Attenborough writing to a shopping centre in Adelaide.

    https://www.msn.com/en-au/money/markets/sir-david-attenborough-writes-to-tea-tree-plaza-shopping-centre-asking-for-removal-of-falsely-attributed-quote/ar-AARhlZb?ocid=msedgntp

    Save the bees to save the planet. In the hallway to the toilets no less!

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      GlenM

      No evidence that Einstein said it either.

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      Mark Kaiser

      Here’s the quote

      “In the last five years the bee population has dropped by a third. If bees were to disappear from the face of the Earth, humans would have just four years left to live”.

      The article states: “”I know that they’ve been attributed to [Albert] Einstein in the past,” he said.”

      This is the kind of environmental garbage that pisses me off, that some environmental idiot would claim that Einstein said this.

      Einstein died in 1955.

      So that means for at least 65 years bees have been on the verge of extinction.

      Next item on the threatened species list: unladen swallows. Not sure whether African or European swallow though.

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    David Maddison

    Be aware of falsely rated solar panels.

    I bought one off Ebay from a top rated seller. The panel was rated at 200W and I quickly became suspicious that it was anything but.

    Consider the following:

    Panel is 820 x 710mm = 0.58sqm.

    Solar irradiance at surface in Melbounistan on average is about 1100W per square metre.

    Quoted efficiency is 17% efficiency.

    Therefore 0.58sqm x 1100W x 0.17 efficiency is 108W.

    Allowing for empty space this is probably a 100W panel being incorrectly sold as a 200W panel.

    Also, I measured the short circuit current at 5.84A in peak sunlight. According to the label on the panel peak power is at 18V. This means the panel is generating no more than 105W but in reality it will be less than that. Open circuit voltage was 21.7V.

    The sticker on the panel does not show the power rating or short circuit current, which is most unusual. This is NOT a 200W panel. It is a 100W panel falsely sold as 200W.

    I wonder how common such fraud is, including in domestic solar installations.

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    MP

    UK has recomended 3 monthly boosters.

    https://odysee.com/@TimTruth:b/booster-shots-every-3-months:d

    May explain the 380 million doses Smirko has bought.

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      David Maddison

      Why only 3 months? Make ’em monthly….

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        MP

        Billy said at the start of the roll out, “it may need to be monthly”

        I am going to rent one of the many closed shops in our local shopping centre’s and set up a walk through Vaxx hubs. I need some other interested parties as it will be in every city and town. This can be bigger than Mcdonalds, its a government backed production line. Guaranteed monthly income.
        Low setup costs, fridge and some garden chairs, defibs we get with funding. Just needs a back door to an ambulance accessible area.
        I won’t say to much as there are potential customers that read this blog. Drop me a note if your interested and think 380 million and the years not up.

        I have experience in this area as on my school holidays I worked at the abattoir, at times in the knock box. (the people that do this job are best kept in sight) The animal would just walk into the knocking box, you gave him the drop shot, open the side and out he would roll. Open the gate and the next would just walk on up for the same. Had the odd non compliant one protesting, got the long drop on them.

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        Line up…line up …fer yer mandatory monthly jab…

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      Neil+Crafter

      Any testing on what regular 3 monthly boosters will do to a person’s own immune system? Will there be one left?

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        MP

        Safe, effective and Free. Free stuff every month, socialists dream!

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        Philip

        yes the burning question. Id like to know more about this as well

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        marksman

        l could not believe my ears when told about one of my wife’s friends daughters boyfriend who had a booster three weeks after his second Jab,
        apparently his irrational fear of the Wu Flu got the better of him because more is better, right,
        so he went to the pharmacist where he had been given his two jabs and they gave him his booster jab
        apparently he had the shakes for a day or so and could not sleep for two days, a mild head ache but l have been told he is all good now
        l could not believe it but that is the mentality of some

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    Rowjay

    Hats off to the ACT Government for publishing, online, the actual performance of their contracted renewable energy suppliers. The data reporting commenced in calendar Q4 (Oct-Dec) 2019, with each quarterly summary up to Q2 (Apr-Jun) 2021 available online here. Each producer has nominated a contracted? capacity factor, taken from here.

    There are 3 solar providers (Mugga Lane, Royalla and Williamsdale) with a total 2019 contracted nameplate capacity of 40 MW, expecting an overall supply capacity factor of 21.4%. There are 5 wind providers (Crookwell, Sapphire, Hornsdale, Ararat and Coonooer Bridge) with a total 2019 contracted nameplate capacity of 599.9 MW, expecting an (optimistic) overall supply capacity factor of 41.6%. Note that there is no guarantee of providing this contracted power when it is most needed – the morning and evening usage peaks.

    The following is a summary of how all of the energy providers performed as a percentage of contracted output:

    2019 Q4 – 87.8%
    2020 Q1 – 82.2%
    2020 Q2 – 76.4%
    2020 Q3 – 87.1%
    2020 Q4 – 85.5%
    2021 Q1 – 79.3%
    2021 Q2 – 68.9%

    The total contracted supply has not been met for any quarter to date. Of particular note is the poor 2021 Q2 (Apr-Jun) generation performance, coincidentally in line with reduced wind generation in the UK and Europe.
    Are we seeing a global reduction in windiness in line with increasing numbers of wind towers sapping the energy out of the global system? (/sarc of course).

    So to keep the lights on, the ACT Govt has had to constantly dip into the firm power bucket. Based on the above results, April to June is problematical for wind.

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    How cool is this?

    As each new variant gets weaker and weaker until it’s no more than ….. (Oh, Tony, please don’t say the Flu!) there’s a real up side for all the politicians.

    After the Goldrush, the last and now harmless variant, they can always say ….. “See, we told you the vaccination would protect us all.”

    Tony.

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    sophocles

    From the sublime to the ridiculous:

    Pfizer Ceo on annual “Revaccination.”

    https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2021/11/pfizer-ceo-says-likely-scenario-annual-revaccination-covid-video/

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    Simon

    An important paper worthy of discussion. The results are unsurprising but should silence a few naysayers out there.
    Multi-decadal increase of forest burned area in Australia is linked to climate change
    Josep G. Canadell, C. P. (Mick) Meyer, Garry D. Cook, Andrew Dowdy, Peter R. Briggs, Jürgen Knauer, Acacia Pepler & Vanessa Haverd
    Nature Communications volume 12, Article number: 6921 (2021)
    https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-021-27225-4

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      Peter Fitzroy

      Thanks Simon

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      Gerry

      From the article :

      “fuel loads and their distribution and structure are key determinants of fire spread, intensity and severity” …..goodness, what can be done about fuel loads.

      “the four components that must simultaneously come together for fire to occur: biomass production, its availability to burn (fuel loads), fire weather, and ignition7, making Australian forests vulnerable and sensitive to changes in fire activity.”…what can be controlled ? Biomass production and the availability of fuel loads.

      “We extracted the prescribed burning areas in forest ecosystems over the past 32 years from the State and Territory fire history databases (“Methods”: Burned area data). Prescribed fires burned an average of 3071 ± 732 km2 per year, or about 1% of the current area of forest ecosystems.” …. So the effect of consistent good quality burn offs in WA is diluted by haphazard burn offs in Victoria (eg)

      Fuel loads management remain the single most practical way of impacting on the size and intensity of BUSHFIRES (why are they now “wildfires”)

      I don’t know what is important about this article, it seems to dismiss practical efforts to combat bushfires while at the same time pushing climate change (I think the authors really mean global warming drying out the fuel loads). Perhaps it’s important to the authors because it has secured their jobs for a few more years and they can go ahead with the extension at home now.

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      TedM

      “Anthropgenic climate change”. so the whole paper is based on an assumption. A typical desk jockey paper. And might I say that I am familiar with some of the authors.

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      Ronin

      How are the fires going this year, anything to be on guard for. hmm

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      yarpos

      I doubt it will silence anything, most here are focused on observable reality, rather than “studies” that find (of course) what they are looking for.

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      el+gordo

      ‘ … all associated to varying degrees with anthropogenic climate change.’

      That is wrong headed, a throw away line to garner grant money.

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      Simon, as usual I disagree with your comment, the following paper was newly published and is very actual.

      Megafauna extinctions led to more grassland fires worldwide

      Continents that lost the most large grazing herbivores over the past 50,000 years have seen the biggest increases in grassland and savannah fires

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        Graeme No.3

        A ‘sure fired’ reason was that the megafauna were trampling the small fires, putting them out. With the megafauna out of the way the fires could get bigger.

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      GlenM

      Same old stuff that a few ” publish or perish ” mindset academics put out that AGW is the cause of MEGAfires. Easily refuted, but will gain traction with ABC types.

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      clarence.t

      LOL, now why would they restrict all their calculations to 32 years. !

      Would it be because it misses all the really big areas and disastrous bush fires before that ?

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_major_bushfires_in_Australia

      Bet they don’t count the area burnt in 2020 and 2021.

      Be lucky in anything would burn this year !!

      The whole paper is based on a cherry-pick time period that just happened to have a bad year, 2019, at the end.

      It also happens to be a period where the green agenda stopped/slowed proper pre-burning and logging, allowing the bush land to become much more dense and hence prone to more intense fires.

      If you ever went anywhere near the bush, you would know that.

      Its so easy to be naive and gullible from your inner city existence, isn’t it.

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      clarence.t

      And as you well know, anthropogenic climate change is an unproven myth..

      It exists only in erroneous models.

      For the record.

      2019 area burnt 18.6M hectares
      2002 area burnt 38M hectares
      1974 area burnt 117M hectares
      1970 area burnt 45M hectares
      1969 area burnt 40M hectares

      Now we know why they only went back 32 years !

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      Graeme#4

      You cannot simply “average” the burn-off percentages. WA is the only state that burns off at anywhere close to the required eucalyptus burn off percentage, which is greater than 10%, most likely closer to 15%. WA attempts to burn off at 10%. Both Victoria and NSW burn off at less than 2% annually.
      Eucalyptus litter accumulates at a rate of around 8 tonnes per hectare annually, but only 29% of this decomposes annually. So without an adequate burn off rate, the litter quickly accumulates to greater than 20 tonnes/ha. At this amount, a bushfire is unstoppable. See the CSIRO reports for full details.

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      Graeme#4

      An extra comment: Bushfires normally occur during hot, dry summers that are preceded by more than average rainfalls. There is no observable trend on the amount of rainfall in Australia over the last 100 years. None. If anything, bushfires may correlate well with natural climate events such as El Ninos and La Ninas.

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        clarence.t

        If you look at rainfall patterns in SE Australia over the period 2015-2019 you will see exactly what you describe.

        2016, 2017 were above average rainfall, causing rapid growth.

        2018 was dry, and 2019 was very very dry, a perfect bush fire scenario, with the lush growth from the previous years, with very little attempt at control burning in the lead up.

        2020 was cooler and somewhat wetter, so bush fire area was small

        2021.. at the moment, most of SE Australia is saturated, and unless we get a very hot dry spell over summer, their will be basically no bush fires worth talking about this year.

        But watch out for the growth this rain will bring.. next dry year, lots of fuel again.

        Its normal for Australian weather to do this.

        And it is absolutely nothing to do with the myth of “climate change”.

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    KP

    “Prime Minister Naftali Bennett told Shin Bet, Israel’s internal security service, to use the phone-tracking technology initially developed for counter-terrorism purposes, as part of the measures announced Sunday aimed at preventing the new Omicron strain of the virus from spreading. Bennett also sealed Israel to all foreign travelers for 14 days.
    The surveillance technology matches the location of a person’s phone to others nearby to determine who may have come into close contact with a potential carrier of the virus. A Health Ministry official said on Sunday that its use would be “surgical” and target only confirmed or suspected carriers of Omicron.”
    https://www.rt.com/news/541692-israel-omicron-spying-phones/

    ..and I’m sure you’re all up with the Stasi here wanting to spy on all Australians any way, for any reason, without repercussions while doing it without any oversight.
    https://www.rt.com/op-ed/541624-australia-law-allows-spying/

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    David Maddison

    I have had to fill out several Australian state and federal government forms lately.

    They are OBSESSED with race, ethnicity and gender identification.

    You are interpreted based upon these identities, not the content of one’s character.

    And one of the standard questions most people are familiar with is “are you an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander?”. There was a new twist on that because you had the option to select BOTH.

    Also, for questions about what language you spoke at home there were options for dozens of Aboriginal ones.

    Gender identity included male, female, intersex or other (please specify).

    It’s ridiculous. These questions are irrelevant and serve no purpose but to create divisions, which of course is the plan.

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      Ronin

      On some hospital forms, a question was do you ‘identify’ as aboriginal, Torres Strait, etc, not ‘are you’.

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        RobB

        I identify as a dog

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          Vlad the Imapler

          I identify as a gay, transgender, sea anemone.

          Tomorrow, I’m going to be a dandelion, but my roots will be palm, since I like warm climates, and not temperate ones.

          After that, I’m not sure, but I’m thinking maybe a moss, since I’m lichen not having to do a lot of work.

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      yarpos

      I identify as everything, it gets quite complicated at census time. Somebody, somewhere is taking that nonsense quite seriously.

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      clarence.t

      If this is followed by a couple of really dry years, with the huge growth the rain will bring, and near zero attempt to clear any..

      Expect another bad bush fire year.

      Its Australia !!

      Must ask Tim Floolery about those dams filling !

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        el+gordo

        We shouldn’t expect to see El Nino surface for a few years, the PDO is returning to its cool phase. At some point the penny will drop.

        ‘Records tumble after NSW’s wettest and coolest November ever.

        ‘The Bureau of Meteorology said the state recorded nearly three times the average November rainfall, breaking a previous record from 1917.’ (SMH)

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    Any body understsnd why the media has suddenly changed the nane of respected Aboriginal actor David Gulpilil to David Dalaithngu, following his passing.?
    I know it was one of his native names, but he has been known as Gulpilil all his life,..even making a documentary about his life called “My name is David Gulpilil”
    Seems odd to now change that name !

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    marksman

    another anagram for Omicron

    “oncomir”

    look it up

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    CHRIS

    Yes, RNA – derivative cancer. So what, marksman?? Anagrams for every letter of the Greek Alphabet? GET A LIFE

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      marksman

      your response is inappropriate Chris showing you to be testy
      probably caused from irrational fear making this a sensitive subject for you

      maybe its you who needs to grow up and get a life LOL

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    Dave in the States

    Biden’s press secretary, Jen Psaki, is being referred to as Little Red Lying Hood in America now. I liken her to Baghdad Bob.

    https://www.liveabout.com/baghdad-bob-quotes-4068522

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    John+R+Smith

    Considering Wuhan, and ADE …
    should we be concerned about Anthropogenic Virus Change?
    I might support Net Zero laboratory emissions.

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    R.B.

    Family moves to another city to escape ‘atrocious’ temperatures due to climate change…An Australian climate scientist who specialises in heatwaves has told of how she moved her family to a new city to escape “atrocious” temperatures due to climate change.

    University of NSW climate scientist Dr Sarah Perkins-Kirkpatrick shared her story in the documentary series Life at 50 Degrees, available to stream on Flash News.

    News.com.au

    For some strange reason, maximum temperature data in Western Sydney is sparse before 50 years ago. Only Parramatta has an open station from 1965 (data from 1967). So while the record maximum for temperature was set in 2020 (and record for Feb and Dec set in the same year), it’s only for a short record for some strange reason. That was 47.0, possibly lower if older equipment were used. Looking up Trove, Parramatta had 113.7°F or 45.0 ° C on Jan 3, 1909, and not reported as a record. I can’t seem to find a temperature for 1896, but 4 people died from heat on one day in January.

    This heat is from central NSW that cools as it climbs over the Great Dividing Range than warms as it is compressed while flowing downhill again.

    Bathurst Gaol is 700 m high and on January 12, 1878, it recorded 44.7. While maybe higher than what would have been recorded than in a Stevenson screen, it would still have been at least 43° C. If the wind brought the heat to Parramatta, it wouldn’t have been completely adiabatic winds bringing the heat down to 50 m at Parramatta, but 10° C per 1 km suggests that the temperature might have been as high as 49° C. It should have been at least 47.

    The point being, she is working in an airconditioned office because fossil fuels brought prosperity, not only A/C but a massive trough for people such as her to stick her snout in. Even if its one or two degrees higher under the same weather patterns as 100 years ago, its much more survivable.

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      Analitik

      Great observation on adiabatic heating. The rapid expansion of Sydney’s western suburbs is probably why the temperature records in that region are so spares.

      Paramatta used to be a satellite city to Sydney (like Sunbury to Melbourne) until the 1990’s. That is why the Eastern Creek racetrack was built out there (amid farm paddocks) and the second airport proposal was in that area. Now it is heavily built out. Sarah Perkins-Kirkpatrick chooses to totally ignore this.

      http://www.tpub.com/weather2/2-16.htm

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      yarpos

      so basically a job transfer came up and it got wrapped in climate drama queen nonsense

      makes you wonder how Singapore and KL are even populated

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    Analitik

    A video compilation of 2021 athletes collapsing. But the Guido Pieles, Lead for Sports Cardiology at ISEH London at HCA Healthcare says its all coincidental

    https://nomoresilence.world/miscellaneous/the-sporting-athletes-video-reality-not-rarity/

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    Analitik

    Chris Martenson at Peak Prosperity asks about all cause mortality in nations & states with high vaccination rates vs those with low rates.
    An Inconvient Question indeed!

    How have the various agencies done in the US on those fronts? Terribly! They get an “F.” In 2021 excess deaths (above expected baselines) are higher than they should be, by far, and are even running above 2020 levels – the supposed height of the pandemic.

    What are the reasons for this? We don’t know. For some reason the national health agencies are not only silent on the matter, but apparently completely uninterested.

    https://www.peakprosperity.com/an-inconvenient-question/

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    Dave

    I don’t know if anyone has already posted this?
    “Sperm is being used to make cups instead of using Plastic”

    In the article it also says:

    “The fact that it can be recycled using water alone means that it would need to be kept dry.”

    So the Green Dreamers invent a cup that you have to keep DRY?

    I think drugs may have played a part in this!

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    MrGrimNasty

    In case anyone is interested:

    Farage interviews Trump, GB News 7PM 1st Dec London time.

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      Serp

      I’d quite forgotten Australia had put itself in possession of such a misconceived body as the Climate Change Authority so thanks for the reminder el+gordo; gradually I’m getting up to speed with the Australian ethos of building upon stupid ideas.

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