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    Geoff from Tanjil

    My interest is geography and the relative sizes of countries.
    Russia is about twice the size of Australia and Ukraine is about the size of New South Wales.

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      Ted1

      Which rubber band are you using to measure?

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        Ted1

        Land area?

        Population?

        GDP?

        Potential GDP?

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          Geoff from Tanjil

          Hi Ted1, I think you are trying to be too clever.
          My first sentence “My interest is geography and the relative sizes of countries” is self explanatory.
          If I was referring to population, I would have used the word demographics.
          If I was referring to GDP, I would have used words relating to finance.
          I have never used rubber bands to measure anything so I was a but perplexed by your first comment.
          That said, I do like reading your comments on Jo’s blog.

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      Russia is 2.2 times the size of Australia. NSW is 1.34 times the size of the Ukraine. So your abouts are a bit about……..

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      yarpos

      As I used to say for decades before it actually became a real thing; if my aunty was a bloke she’d be my uncle too, so what?

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    philemon

    So, how safe are the so-called “vaccines”?: https://jessicar.substack.com/p/it-does-incorporate-into-human-dna?utm_source=url

    Not looking good.

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    Its hard to get a reliable view on the Ukraine conflict from MSM and popular News sites…..
    But…
    Is Putin just a power crazed megalomaniac intent rebuilding the USSR ?…
    Or is he just trying to end the 8 year old war and conflict in Eastern Ukraine, and protect the traditional Russian population that lives there ?
    Is the current government and President of Ukraine. a valid, democratically elected authority, or a puppet of the West ?
    Why would Putin want control of the Chernobyl reactor site ?…. it would seem to be a low priority asset , if not a liability !

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      Ted1

      As ever it was in war, the first casualty is truth.

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        Hanrahan

        Does The Ghost of Kyiv exist?

        He/they are credited with six aircraft and two helicopters shot down on the first day.

        Ward Carroll, an otherwise sane ex-USN pilot and blogger seems to think so. Assuming Ward is right, the aircraft he shot down were all front line fighters. The first Ace of the 21st century.

        This is becoming an expensive exercise for Russia. I’ve heard two transports full of paras have been shot down since.

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      Forrest Gardener

      My take on your questions:
      1. Yes Putin is a power crazed megalomaniac but all politicians are power crazed megalomaniacs.
      2. Eastern Ukraine conflict mutually exclusive with 1. Also bear in mind the transmigration which was USSR policy to alter the ethnic makeup of various places.
      3. More democratically elected than many but buffeted by entrenched corrupt forces beyond government control.
      4. Unlike most of the border the Chernobyl area was totally unprotected and provided easy access.

      As this stuff is way beyond my pay grade I reserve the right as always to be dead wrong.

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        OldOzzie

        Shellenberger: Western Elites Are Putin’s ‘Useful Idiots’

        As Shellenberger points out (obviously to many), “if Putin thought the costs of invasion outweighed the benefits, he wouldn’t have done it. He’s a rational actor not a madman. And today it’s clear Putin calculated correctly.”

        After Russia invaded, a few people demanded that Europe stop buying its natural gas, but European utilities snatched up long-term Russian contracts…

        …and the White House said, “Our sanctions are not designed to cause any disruption to the flow of energy from Russia to the world.”

        People who believe that nothing could have been done to prevent Russia from invading Ukraine thus imply that Russia’s chokehold over European energy supplies was inevitable, but it wasn’t. Europe could have easily increased, rather than closed, nuclear plants and natural gas.

        Britain could have increased fracking for nat gas but didn’t. Why?

        Because Russia pumped $95M into anti-fracking advocacy.

        Noted the head of NATO, Russia “engaged actively with environmental organisations… to maintain Europe’s dependence on Russian gas”

        Europe could have kept operating and expanded its nuclear power plants but instead, under pressure from climate activists, including Greta Thunberg, shut them down…

        Climate activists even forced nuclear-heavy France to throttle its nuclear plants so order to use more industrial wind energy. The result was significant outages over the last few weeks at a time when French nuclear plants were needed most.

        Efforts to make Europe less energy independent, and thus more dependent on Russian gas imports, were led by powerful banking interests in coordination with climate activists and center-Left parties around the world.

        The goal of Western elites is energy scarcity

        The cost of that scarcity is to empower tyrants like Putin who can invade nations like Ukraine with little cost

        Western elites are thus Putin’s useful idiots

        They are the ones now saying nothing could have prevented invasion

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          OldOzzie

          PUTIN’S BEST FRIEND IN THE WEST: ENVIRONMENTALISTS

          Just as the Soviet Union encouraged—and clandestinely funded—the so-called “peace movement” in Europe back in the 1970s and 1980s, in recent years Russia has encouraged (and also clandestinely funded) environmental opposition to fossil fuel production, and especially fracking, in Europe and elsewhere.

          Matt Ridley reported on this at length back in 2019 in “The Plot Against Fracking.” Key part:

          Ridley goes on to trace out how David Cameron’s conservative government a decade ago buckled under the public pressure, and killed a nascent natural gas production industry in Britain. The Russians were also behind successful anti-fracking campaigns in several eastern European countries, such as Bulgaria (I learned about this first hand in two trips to Bulgaria I made several years ago).

          And here we are. Daniel Yergin has some useful thoughts on the scene in his interview this weekend with Andrew Ross Sorkin at the New York Times:

          Yergin is being typically diplomatic. If you read between the lines, it’s clear he is saying our policy makers both here and in Europe are idiots.

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          OldOzzie

          Trump Was Right: Europe’s Reliance On Russian Oil and Gas Emboldened Putin

          Trump was right. About all of it.

          If these weren’t such dark times, it would be rather amusing how completely wrong Democrats and their media stenographers continue to be about President Trump. They are busily swooning onto their fainting couches over Trump reportedly stating that he thought the war-mongering Putin was “smart” to take “over a country for $2 worth of sanctions.”

          Anyone who has listened to President Trump blast Russia, China, and / or try to reason with the Europeans/NATO knows that this is a comment not about how “smart” Putin is but about how incredibly, unbelievably, shamefully weak and feckless Biden is.

          As Trump later explained (via the Wall Street Journal):

          In a telephone interview with Fox News late Wednesday night, as Russia launched its invasion, Mr. Trump called the unfolding events a “very sad thing for the world and the country.” He said Mr. Biden hadn’t done enough to dissuade Mr. Putin from invading.

          “He was going to be satisfied with a piece and now he sees the weakness and the incompetence and the stupidity of this administration,” Mr. Trump said on Fox News on Wednesday night.

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          Not only that but the USA continues to purchase and import Russian oil. Now, how will the USA pay for this oil with all of these sanctions?. Can’t be with US Dollars now. How about with Bitcoin, Gold, Silver, or a small US state or two. How about Deleware where the ice cream man goes for the weekend………….

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      John Connor II

      Clear view:
      Putin does NOT want to restore the old USSR days and expand his empire. That’s pure MSM trashy lies.
      He DOES want to protect the Russian people currently being persecuted.

      Via Martin A:

      They are no match for Russia and the West seems to have deliberately used Ukraine to further their Climate Change agenda. John Kerry is out there already preaching that Ukraine should not distract the West from executing its Climate Change Agenda.

      The rumor behind the curtain is that the West abandoned Ukraine giving Putin a green light to invade the entire country rather than just seize the eastern Russian areas for the sole purpose to justify killing the pipeline to reduce fossil fuels consumption. These climate change people care only about that regardless of the lives lost to pull off their agenda.

      So the west abandons Ukraine despite all their puffing to the contrary to further the WEF delusional & flawed agendas.
      Any surprise there?
      Russia is way more militarily advanced than the west so a war would be a very very bad idea.

      It’ll all play out in the next few weeks.
      Don’t worry – no WW3 coming.

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        John Connor II

        Make that “no WW3 coming this year” 😇

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        Jim West

        Russian military equipment is, and always has been, junk compared to the Western equivalents. If you want to argue it, first look up kill ratios of:

        F15s Vs anything Russian,
        Abrams tanks pitted against Russian tanks,
        Old Centurions Vs newer T64s in Arab-Israeli wars
        Mirages Vs MiG 21s,

        Right back to Korean war (MiG15s Vs Sabres), the Western equipment has handed out floggings to the Russian rubbish.

        Of course, none of that helps Ukraine, as most of their stuff is Russian.

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          GlenM

          Depends on the operators and their support infrastructure. Some countries that Russia exports to have basic training. I point out MiG21 flown by North Vietnam had great success against F4 Phantom. A SU 33 and variations are equal if not superior to F15 F16 in many aspects. The F22 Raptor is probably the best.

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            Jim West

            The MiGs had a pretty poor success rate against American planes overall, and really bad one against F4s operating as fighters, especially after they were retrofitted with guns for close in work, and started carrying more sidewinders and leaving the near useless sparrow missiles at home. Don’t forget F4s, as often as not, were carrying bombs for ground attack when shot down, so it’s like comparing a bomber to a fighter. The comparison should be between F4s operating as fighters, and MiGs operating as fighters (which the latter always were, in Vietnam).

            There is a useful table about half way down here: https://www.historynet.com/great-kill-ratio-debate/

            MiGCap is the relevant fighter Vs Fighter stuff.

            Re SU33 Vs F15, I don’t think they have ever faced off, but the F15 has has a 104:0 kill ratio against everthing it has encountered. What is the SU33’s record?

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              yarpos

              Are SU33s owned by countries that continually stomp around the world looking for a fight?

              All the technology in the world didnt help in Vietnam or Afghanistan. Committed people, on their own ground , with rubbish like AKs seemed formidable enough and kept coming

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              Hanrahan

              Half way down that is a passage:

              The year started with Operation Bolo, where Col. Robin Olds’ 8th Tactical Fighter Wing, equipped with F-4 Phantoms, set up an ambush by imitating the routes, call signs and even radar-jamming pods that F-105D Thunderchiefs used on their way to bomb targets in North Vietnam. When the North Vietnamese MiG-21s came up to intercept the “Thunderchiefs,” they were surprised to meet Phantoms equipped with missiles for air-to-air combat, instead of the bomb-laden F-105Ds they were expecting. In that engagement, on Jan. 2, Olds’ crews claimed seven MiG-21 kills without a loss.

              Robin Olds was already as Ace before taking over the fighter wing, a rather dispirited wing too. He changed things as described in that passage. Qualified as Ace again, Korea and Vietnam.

              Somewhere on the ‘tube there is a doco about this. Must look for it, it’s uplifting and I like warries. 🙂

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            Hanrahan

            The problem with the F4 in ‘Nam was its terrible missiles. It was built as a post-gun fighter and did not have cannon fitted but the missiles had V high failure rate. There was also lack of imagination in planning at command level. Like the F117 Night Hawk shot down over Kosovo their missions were predictable.

            The Yanks can be slow learners, in 1942 the US subs did badly in the Pacific because their torpedos often didn’t work. It may have been batches but some subs had near universal failure. The top brass refused to believe reports from the fleet and blamed the crews. They took a long time to improve their missiles in ‘Nam too.

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      KP

      Nah- He needs to stop the Yanks taking over and putting missiles right on his border, and clean out the biolabs they have built in Ukraine. Not to forget cleansing the place of the Americans in all the positions of power in the companies/Govt Depts that launder money for them.

      I expect he’ll be happy if Ukraine agrees to become like Switzerland, trading with Europe and Russia but not in NATO. Chernobyl he would need to stop Ukraine developing its own atomic weapons, or maybe it was on the road to Kyiv and had Ukrainian military there.

      The comedian in charge of Ukraine was elected, and is a puppet of America. You’re right on both counts.

      As said, it’ll play out in the next couple of weeks. The best thing Ukraine could do would be surrender immediately, a guerrilla war would just add to civilian casualties and Russia will win, its just a matter of how much Putin throws at them.

      I’ve heard different stories to Jim West, the Yanks were astounded at the Gen4 aircraft the Russians use and poured billions into their Gen5 development. They still have no answer for Russian hypersonic missiles. I’m sure they have every spy device they own watching battles right now to see how effective Russian weapons are.

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        GlenM

        A fair assessment KP. Contrar6to the blanket idignation put out by the West and its media, Russia had put its grievances on the table for sometime and were rebuff3d. Ukraine unfortunately has become a client to clandestine US operators. Putin knows about the grubby antics as exemplified by the Bidens. As for the neocons saying Poland and Estonia are next, well,that’s crap.

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      MarkMcD

      Obama, Biden and Nuland orchestrated a coup in Ukraine in 2014, overthrowing the elected President Yanukovych – the installed regime was pronouncedly pro-fascist – not sure about Zelenskyy but he did win an election by quite a majority.

      If he wasn’t pro-US enough it is quite believable the neocons and Left in the US would want him gone but then if he wasn’t, why would Putin want him gone?

      IMO Biden & Co pushed Putin into a corner – I think quite deliverately. He had either to act or be seen as weak and he’d already taken a stance to protect the Russian-descended in the East of the country so stepping over the border was a natural way to avoid the knives that would be waiting for him if he let the imbecilic Biden face him down.

      Plus he has the backing of China – of what force are sanctions with China guaranteeing supply?

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      yarpos

      If its about the Eastern Provinces it seems a significant overshoot to be attacking Kiev/Kyiv

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    Greg in NZ

    Not so long ago, ‘experts’ predicted NZ would soon ‘suffer’ a climate similar to that of Sydney’s – whaddaya know! – they got it completely bass ackwards: NSW is now ‘suffering’ our climate, ie. wet and mild, while we’ve been having a primo summer, ie. sunny, calm, dry, warm-to-hot (as they were in previous cycles)… most enjoyable, especially as I’m on the road tiki-touring in my van.

    Has Flim Flammery been heard of recently on their ABC? Just wondering about the state of rivers and dams in QLD and NSW and (soon) VIC. Good luck with the permanent drought downpours!

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      Ross

      Don’t know about the ABC – but he has just been named in the top 100 Green influencers by the BRW and also featured in the Australian. The only consolation is, he is well down the list. Note , also on the list is Bob Brown, ex Australian Greens Leader. Basically the list is a who’s who of climate cultists who are either just sucking up green subsidies, about to , or want to.

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      You are correct and we now call the rain when it pours down here a “Flannery”. Plenty of “Flannery” at the moment. The inland rivers are doing fine, however, we have missed out on so much as we never built more dams when we had the time and the money. Instead, Mr Flannery “conned” the State Governments to build Desalination Plants. Most of which are now in moth balls and continue to cost a mozza even when not being used………………

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    Serp

    ABC had Victoria’s Brett Sutton spruiking the benefits of wearing a mask even when not mandated; each day there is some quasi official advocating for it, yesterday it was Nancy Baxter of Melbourne University, the ABC’s fourth use of her in my recent hearing –the newsroom would consider her to be good talent innit.

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      Forrest Gardener

      A few days ago their ABC described the novavax injection technology as “tried and tested”. That was an interesting change because the mRNA have most certainly were not tried and tested.

      At some stage there will be a change in the mRNA narrative. The injections will be declared “mostly” safe and effective.

      You will know it is official when their ABC slips the changed words into each and every virus article.

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        MarkMcD

        And yet, strangely, they say nothing of Covax-19, a South Australian vaccine that has been used for several million people in Iran and has 0% re-transmission of the virus – unlike pretty much all the others (don’t know about Novax) which are actually just ‘leaky’ training injections to teach the virus how to mutate.

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      yarpos

      You can bet that health “celebrities” having enjoyed their 15 minutes of fame will be clamouring for camera time with every new outbreak of anything. I expect we will swamped with fearful updates and predictions for some time to come. If Murphy is correct nothing will happen until complacency sets in again eg. Andrews now forgotten long term neglect of public health pre Covid

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    John Connor II

    More predictable fake news and propaganda.
    Putin is now the equivalent of Trump.
    First was Spain.

    War Propaganda: Video of ‘Russian Mobile Crematoriums’ Used to ‘Hide Evidence’ is From 2013 Ad

    The controlled media all ran with a propaganda piece from The Telegraph this week claiming Russia had deployed “mobile crematoriums” to “hide evidence of battlefield casualties.”
    “Russia deploys mobile crematoriums to follow its troops into battle,” The Telegraph’s headline read.

    http://www.informationliberation.com/?id=62924

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      Forrest Gardener

      Ummm. There probably is some propaganda benefit to removing corpses from the streets and battlefields.

      But if you are going to slaughter people and lead them to slaughter others what is the alternative? At a guess most warring forces make some arrangement when large numbers of deaths are expected.

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    Jim West

    I should have posted this here rather than on the Barrier Reef thread, so it’s a repost:

    Has anyone had a look at the SEQ online water grid data recently? At https://www.seqwater.com.au/dam-levels?

    The individual dams shown are almost all way over 100% capacity and spilling, including the biggies (Wivenhoe and Somerset), but the total grid capacity is still show as <100% (97.5 at time of writing).

    When I added up the individual rated capacities and current levels, I got 2,574,175ML and 3,523,330ML respectively, which is around 137% capacity rather than 97%.

    It looks like they've found a way to vindicate Tim Flannery, as no matter how much rain falls, it seems the system will never actually fill again 🙂

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      Forrest Gardener

      I haven’t looked at the data in any detail but one explanation for the 137% capacity is that Wivenhoe in particular was built with additional capacity over its 100% level to slow floodwaters.

      That’s what went wrong last time when the authorities did not want to release capacity before the dam filled to its nominal 100%. And then the engineers miscalculated thinking the additional capacity would not fill. Instead of releasing the over capacity as soon as it arrived they held it back. The floodwaters eventually overfilled the additional capacity and were close to triggering a deliberate collapse of part of the dam wall. To prevent that collapse the water release flooded Brisbane.

      It took quite a lot of public money to prove to the government’s satisfaction that nobody had stuffed up in any way at all. In fact it all went swimmingly.

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        Ted1

        On the second morning of that flood, with everybody in deep shock over the Toowoomba and Lockyer floods, it rained again at 50 mm an hour across the Wivenhoe catchment for four hours, more in some places.

        The only error in the management was in the time it took for this new rain to be noticed. About two hours.

        Lawyers touted weather forecasts in their claims of negligence. Weather forecasts did not have a good record. And hanging over it all was the publicity given to the “expert” declaration that the dams would never fill again.

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        Jim West

        Hi Forrest,

        I worked out the probable explanation. Individual dams registering above 100% are being levelled back to a maximum of 100% for the system total calculation. That means that the system total will only ever reach 100% (and almost certainly less) until this is changed.

        I would say it’s an innocent mistake, but the outputs will probably be put to nefarious uses in the future e.g. proving Tim was a prophet rather than a fool.

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      Hi Jim

      Actually the dam sizes are in the process of being increased the big ones Pine and Somerset and Wivenhoe, click on the Dams themselves, so 100 per cent capacity is actually about 70 per cent with the usual flood capacity.
      I think they are actually shooting pretty straight on this.
      I monitor these as drought indicators weekly. You dont get bigger rain gauges than those big dams.
      Farmers and graziers use them piddly little plastic things, me I like my big rain gauges.

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        Jim West

        Unfortunately, that’s not the explanation. They haven’t recalibrated the individual % shown for dames to show, from memory, 68% for Noth Pine as the new 100%. I’ve been watching that (and you can see it when you go into the historical data for the individual dams).

        That said, I’d wager it’s not some sinister plot. I suspect that what has happened is that the poor techie responsible for the site programmed the system total to be calculated using a maximum of 100% for each individual dam, thinking it was a logical filter (most people would think dams can’t logically go above 100% of capacity). Unfortunately, that will have the effect that even one tiny dam at < 100% will always give a system total < 100%, no matter if, say, Wivenhoe and Somerset are above 150%.

        An understandable error, but one which will almost certainly be used by our ABC or similar, several years from now, to show that Tim Flannery was in fact right. The system total, as currently calculated, will never reach 100% again.

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        Jim West

        Hi John,
        rather than keep wondering about my diagnosis, I just went back to my spreadsheet of today’s data, and re-did the calculation with > 100% defaulting back to 100%. The result was a system total of 97.2% (compared to 97.5% shown on site). That’ll do me for the explanation.

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        yarpos

        My favourite on that site was Enoggera at 263% full. In the comment field “Dam now spilling” No $h1t Sherlock.

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      Ted1

      “It looks like they’ve found a way to vindicate Tim Flannery,”

      I hadn’t thought of that. But they do report some dams differently. e.g. Burrendong, which used to be rated at 1,188,000 ml, which I think is spillway level, and is now rated much higher capacity. I do not know how the higher figure was arrived at. I did know that floods sometimes took it to much higher capacity without raising the level a lot because of the increased surface area.

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      The individual dams shown are almost all way over 100% capacity and spilling, including the biggies (Wivenhoe and Somerset), but the total grid capacity is still show as <100% (97.5 at time of writing).

      Ahh,! It is the universal 97.5% of anything potentially associated with climate change !!
      ( remember 97.5% of climate scientists agree on everything …)
      And sad to report Flim Flannery does keep popping up on ABC as a “go to”. expert on everything !

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    Lance

    “There’s only one way to look at this. The Biden administration was purposefully baiting Putin, and provoking Putin to invade Ukraine, because the team around Biden wanted Putin to invade Ukraine….Watch what happens if our own government, these same entrenched ideologues, are successful in leveraging the sanctions against Russia to include the removal of Russia from the SWIFT financial exchanges.

    Russia, China and Iran will immediately respond to the “west” blocking Russia from the SWIFT financial system. If they launch a counter trade currency to work around the petro-dollar, it will not take long before the dollar is weakened or removed as the global trade currency. If that happens, it’s game over for the United States of America as we know it.”

    https://theconservativetreehouse.com/blog/2022/02/26/stunning-discovery-evidence-suggests-u-s-intel-baited-russia-in-december-by-telling-china-ukraine-was-coming-into-nato/

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      Forrest Gardener

      Yes, there is no doubt that the US administration wanted to manufacture conflict. And that leads to the first question to asks. Who gains from each action?

      Some Russian banks are reported to have been now excluded from the SWIFT system. The key is that not ALL Russian banks have been excluded. So excluded Russian bank A transfers funds through unexcluded Russian bank B and nothing really changes. Except somebody can claim to have applied sanctions and a whole bunch of people make windfall profits.

      And in the meantime arms manufacturers make a killing and peoples lives are destroyed or ended. The whole thing is FUBAR.

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      William Astley

      Putin’s move.. The attack does not make sense from Putin’s or Russia standpoint. This attack makes sense from the Chinese standpoint. Putin looks as if he has been biologically tampered with, to become obsessed with the idea that he could do what is not possible, return the Soviet union to its former ‘glory’ rather than face a coup.

      Logically or rationally, Putin does not have the political power to do stupid pointless things, kill Russians and destroy the Russian economy. Putin is a smart guy and he is a detailed guy.

      The Ukrainians had two hundred new Javelin soft launch soldier cartable portable anti tank and anti helicopter, low flying plane missiles. And the US have sent more of the super smart deadly Javelin missiles and the British have sent their new smart guided portable missile to Ukraine also. The Javelin has a close to 100% kill ratio because it identifies the target and plans an optimum path to destroy the target. The missile guides itself to hit the target. It has two charges which is highly effective at destroying armoured vehicles like tanks or helicopters.

      This is the reason why the Russian tanks have not been making progress and why the Russia helicopters were shot down. The Javelin missile is not new. The Chinese have copied it and the British have a cheaper version which it is believed will be the world weapon.

      This weapon makes Putin’s tanks and helicopter ineffective. This weapon changes the nature of warfare. Putin and his military should know that the Ukrainians had the Javelin missile and what it does.

      Russia and Russians will be significantly poorer because of because of the attack. Every country is stopping buying Russian products. Russia has agreed (was forced to agree to) to provide the Chinese energy at 10% less than world price.

      There are protests in Russia. This is the actions of an unstable leader.

      https://www.foxnews.com/politics/condoleezza-rice-putin-russia-erratic-ukraine
      Condoleezza Rice: Putin ‘seems erratic,’ ‘descending into something’ never personally seen before

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    Ted1

    The Mary River flood level at Gympie in the 1893 flood was 80 feet.

    At 10:35 am this morning it was 22.46 metres and rising. 2 metres lower.

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      Forrest Gardener

      The power of nature is awesome.

      What is happening along the Mary River valley? There are a lot of people who live there. And quite a few farms along the river have been subdivided and sold as residential land.

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    John Connor II

    BUT THEY SAID IT COULDN’T HAPPEN

    Peter McCullough mega news.
    Are you ready for this?

    https://twitter.com/p_mcculloughmd/status/1497284602540351491?s=21

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      Forrest Gardener

      Keep your fingers crossed that the immense power of the human DNA is sufficient to self correct.

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      beowulf

      “This page doesn’t exist.”

      It’s been disappeared. What did it say? Was it RNA transcription into our DNA or what?

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      KP

      John at 14.00 Oz Eastern time, twitter tells me “This page doesn’t exist”… That’s from clicking on your link.

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          Kippax

          In the BNT162b2 toxicity report, no genotoxicity nor carcinogenicity studies have been provided [26]. Our study shows that BNT162b2 can be reverse transcribed to DNA in liver cell line Huh7, and this may give rise to the concern if BNT162b2-derived DNA may be integrated into the host genome and affect the integrity of genomic DNA, which may potentially mediate genotoxic side effects. At this stage, we do not know if DNA reverse transcribed from BNT162b2 is integrated into the cell genome. Further studies are needed to demonstrate the effect of BNT162b2 on genomic integrity, including whole genome sequencing of cells exposed to BNT162b2, as well as tissues from human subjects who received BNT162b2 vaccination.

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          beowulf

          Yes, thanks Kippax.

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          William Astley

          Here is a discussion of the two papers and a link to the two papers. The in vitro study found that the first release RNA vaccines altered human liver cell DNA. The second paper discusses the fact that the first release covid virus contains a portion of a patented biotechnology which was discussed here, also. The assertion is that first release covid has designed to be a complex bioweapon to cause fear in people and economic damage.

          I disagree, with the paper’s comment that more study is required before some action is taken. We know that some people are getting heart damage, liver damage, and neurological damage after first release vaccinations. There is a smoking gun. Th We know that many countries like Australia have threatened doctors to stop them from entering adverse effects for their patients. When covid started the only solution allowed was the vaccines. This was the justification for the inadequate testing of the first release vaccines and the hiding of papers and discussions on the internet of dangerous side effects.

          This (hiding dangerous side effects from the public and force vaccinations when most people now have long term natural immunity because of Omicron) should not happen in our system. There were no first release RNA vaccine warnings about these side effects. The public assumed the first release vaccines were safe and that they would provide years of protection rather than less than 6 months. Everyone was got or will get Omicron. Omicron has 32 mutations on the covid spike. Omicron is not causing the dangerous side effects.

          Omicron’s mutations/changes to the first release covid, took out most of the dangerous biochemistry in the covid virus. We now are discovering that the first release covid vaccines are dangerous, in complex biochemical ways. For these reasons, mandatory first release vaccination should stop.

          https://jessicar.substack.com/p/it-does-incorporate-into-human-dna?utm_source=url

          It does incorporate into human DNA. And it’s probably messing up embryogenesis.

          https://joannenova.com.au/2022/02/hm-a-tiny-part-of-the-covid-spike-is-the-same-as-something-moderna-patented-in-2016/

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        Thanks JCII. McCullough frustrates the hell out of me when he makes grand comments, but doesn’t link to the source document. He does it all the time.

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    John Connor II

    German propaganda rag Bild.de uses Chinese explosion footage from 2015 and pretends it’s Ukraine.
    Removed from youseless tube in about 30 seconds

    https://www.bitchute.com/video/qR2exE4Vm75r/

    Jo – you should do a dedicated post with nothing but exposed lies like this.
    Show the msm for what it is.

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    another ian

    “One New Coral Reef Study Wipes Out Four Climate Alarm Narratives In One Fell Swoop”

    https://wattsupwiththat.com/2022/02/26/one-new-coral-reef-study-wipes-out-four-climate-alarm-narratives-in-one-fell-swoop/

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    another ian


    AndyHce
    Reply to
    Rud Istvan
    February 25, 2022 6:29 pm

    It has now been replace with something more current, but earlier this morning Climate Etc’s link to something of possible interest on Twitter was about a claim floating around that any need for grid reliability or stability is nothing more than a climate denialists’ conspiracy theory.”

    In comments at https://wattsupwiththat.com/2022/02/25/will-siemens-financially-catastrophic-wind-power-division-bankrupt-the-company/

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      another ian

      Another outbreak – another pandemic in the making?

      “Very Disturbing, Joe Biden Claims Inflation Is an Imaginary American Psychosis That Does Not Exist in Reality
      February 26, 2022 | Sundance | 233 Comments”

      https://theconservativetreehouse.com/blog/2022/02/26/very-disturbing-joe-biden-claims-inflation-is-an-imaginary-american-psychosis-that-does-not-exist-in-reality/#more-228645

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        Serp

        Yeah; I’m agog for Daniel Andrews to begin asserting Victoria was never actually locked down and hoping against hope that Somyurek can ease the evil premier into gaol over the coming months.

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          yarpos

          The run down of public health resources pre Covid
          Incompetent hotel quarantine
          Security contracts to people not even on an approved supplier list
          The “I don’t recall” enquiry, governance with records, minutes or diary notes (allegedly)
          World leading lockdowns based on?
          Vindictive punitive measures for those that defy his mandates
          Police State selective focus on Dear Leaders pet hates, a blind eye elsewhere
          Untold damage to lives, relationships, mental health, business

          and now pre election he will pretend that was all a dream and come at us with a smiley face talking about major events, tax relief , railway level crossings removal (something which got started in the 1970s in Sydney) and wonderful (but destructive) “green” initiatives.

          I suspect VICs have been so conditioned that he just may get back in.

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    Vlad the Impaler

    As I’ve tried to say (maybe not on this blog, but I’ve said it), we have an entire generation, or maybe an entire society, which has become nothing more than ScreenZombies:

    https://getpocket.com/explore/item/constant-craving-how-digital-media-turned-us-all-into-dopamine-addicts?utm_source=pocket-newtab

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    I was just about to Post a comment regarding the situation with the dams in SE Queensland, when I saw the comment from Jim West above.

    Here’s the link to the Dam Levels, and there’s a couple of things I would like to point out.

    As Jim mentions, nearly every dam is up beyond 100%, and I might also suspect that the total grid capacity is up beyond 100% also.

    After the 2011 flood and umm, the ‘problem’ at Wivenhoe, (comprehensively detailed here in real time as it was happening in my own Post on the subject) the dam levels site was changed.

    Okay then, at that dam level site, scroll down to the bottom, and you’ll see Wivenhoe second from the bottom. (Incidentally, Wivenhoe has gone from 38% Capacity to 160% Capacity in, wait for this, seven days!)

    The first number is the full Supply Volume. (Be careful here as this is not 100%, scroll down a little and you’ll see that Wivenhoe and Somerset both have their full supply level reduced to 80%, so here 100% is 80% if you can see that. Also note in italics under the list that the full supply level does not include flood compartment storage)

    The next number is the current volume. And then the percentage, and then the most recent observation, and then the comments.

    Okay, scroll down a little further and you’ll see the flood storage capacity for both Wivenhoe and Somerset.

    Have you worked it all out yet ….. Hmm, why is that in an effort to make things easier to understand, they have now made it exceedingly complex to try and work out, you know, hiding any truths in plain sight, so opaque that the average person cannot make the ‘sums’ add up.

    Okay, scroll back up to Wivenhoe and under the dam name is the tab ‘view historical dam levels’. click on that and it opens to the default, the most recent five years, and hey, look at the spike on the right of the last week or so ….. umm, hockey stick anyone? You can ‘tool around’ with the time tabs at the top, but hey click on the ‘All’ tab and it opens up the dam capacity dating back to July 2008.

    Hmm! Anyone notice what I’m seeing here?

    That 2011 major flood event, umm, does not show up at all.

    I wonder why that would be.

    Could be clever data entry I suppose.

    Hover your mouse around the time of the flood. It shows the levels for the first day of the Month, eg January 1 2011, and than February 1 2011. So they entered the dam level as of the first day of the Month and then the first day of the next Month.

    Just convenient I suppose that the flood fell in the middle of the Month of January. Lucky eh!

    Both Somerset and Wivenhoe were up at 189% both during those dark days, as I showed with screen capture images of both with explanations at my post, those images taken (thankfully I suppose) from the old, now replaced, dam level site, you know, with the new one so easy to work out stuff on.

    Please excuse my cynicism.

    Tony.

    Post Script – They Updated the levels as I was writing this, and the level at Wivenhoe has now gone up by 5% since the last reading of a couple of hours back, and 5% is a whopping amount of water, when you consider the size of Wivenhoe, now at 165%. I have this worrying thought that maybe 2011 might just repeat.

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      Forrest Gardener

      Nice work Tony.

      Barring sheer dumb luck that the upstream flooding eases we are about to find out whether the authorities learned anything from 2011. Except how to exonerate themselves after the disaster of course. They learned a lot about that.

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      Jim West

      Hi Tony,

      WRT the system total being (much) less than the sum of its parts, I think the problem is that before calculating the system total,(I’m pretty sure that) they are levelling any individual dam levels above 100% back to 100% max.

      Probably an innocent mistake, but it gives a very wrong, low-ball estimate for the system, and one which gives a system which will (apparently) never , ever, exceed 100% again, no matter how much real world flooding we might experience.

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      Leigh

      Hi Tony

      I’ve been watching Brisbane, Bremer River Heights since start of the rain event.

      Interestingly, the height at Tailwater for Wivenhoe Jumped from 26 to 31 metres on Friday night. Fair enough, they did report the release from 10-11pm but it was supposedly ceased at 11pm. Only thing is that it stayed at 31 metres until 10pm Sunday night when it jumped in one reading to 41 metres and there it stayed.

      When I checked yesterday, they had changed the graphic to a slow steady increase from 31-41 over night.

      Today the plot and the table are no longer available.

      While I think they did a reasonable job this time around why are they getting rid of the evidence?

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    John Connor II

    EU, UK, Canada, US pledge to remove selected Russian banks from interbank messaging system SWIFT

    https://www.cnbc.com/2022/02/26/eu-uk-canada-us-pledge-to-remove-selected-russian-banks-from-swift.html

    Yawn. Like Russia cares. They’ll just route transactions through alternative systems like China has.
    This just hurts western entities more.

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      Forrest Gardener

      Correct conclusion.

      And now ask who gains from the alternate routing? Who wants to be a billionaire?

      Any authority who wants to reduce corruption would be looking at share transactions on Russian banks right now. My guess is that a good time to check would be shortly after the US election was stolen.

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      OldOzzie

      EU and NATO Remove Selected Russian Banks From SWIFT Financial Exchange

      The key word in this release is “selected“. I would guess that any bank involved in state energy sales, and/or the bank of any energy company involved in the direct sales of Russian oil and gas, are not included.

      Joint statement from NATO, EU Commission and White House:

      First, we commit to ensuring that selected Russian banks are removed from the SWIFT messaging system. This will ensure that these banks are disconnected from the international financial system and harm their ability to operate globally.

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      yarpos

      Window dressing. Selected Russian banks are already subject to sanctions, the just add SWIFT access to that. Gives the appearance of doing something in the MSM.

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    John Connor II

    Energy crisis solved. Unlimited free energy in Australia.

    South Korean professor develops toilet that turns poop into power and cryptocurrency

    https://news.yahoo.com/south-korean-professor-develops-toilet-163551434.html

    As all politicians are “full of it” we just connect them up and we’ll have free energy & money forever 😅😅😅

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    OldOzzie

    British Spy Boss: ‘LGBT+ Rights’ Are What ‘Distinguish Us from Putin’

    “LGBT+ rights” are the most important “values and hard won freedoms” distinguishing “us” from Russian President Vladimir Putin, Richard Moore, chief of MI6, the UK’s Secret Intelligence Service, wrote on Friday.

    Moore did not specify if his use of “us” was a reference to the United Kingdom, the Anglosphere, or the broader West.

    He expressed his sentiments via Twitter, relating his remarks to ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine. He included an acronym from “LGBT+ History Month,” with “LGBT+” for “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans +.”

    He wrote, “With the tragedy and destruction unfolding so distressingly in Ukraine, we should remember the values and hard won freedoms that distinguish us from Putin, none more than LGBT+ rights. So let’s resume our series of tweets to mark #LGBTHM2022.”

    Moore highlighted an “LGBT+ support group” within MI6 to illustrate his emphasis of “LGBT+ rights” as the primary philosophy distinguishing “us from Putin.”

    He added, “Introducing P: ‘I had to move for the job when I joined #MI6, so I was relieved to find out there was an LGBT+ network group. Through the group I’ve made some great friends in the office, and it’s reassuring to know it’s there for support if I need it.’”

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    Brenda Spence

    Interesting news out of Iceland

    Game-changing news has emerged out of Iceland.

    As of this week, Iceland is the first country in the world to completely drop ALL Covid measures. There will be no lockdowns or social restrictions. There will be no mandatory Covid testing and if you happen to catch Covid you do not have to isolate. There will be no vaccine passports and no vaccine mandates. Anyone regardless of their vaccination status can travel to the country with no test required. The unvaccinated will not face any form of discrimination or exclusion from society.

    Iceland is returning to going back to life as it was before Covid.

    This by itself would be astounding enough given that Iceland is in the midst of a massive Covid surge and posting record cases even as we speak.

    https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2022/02/the_collapsing_covid_narrative_is_being_replaced_with_putin_and_ukraine.html

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      Kippax

      Nice. Another country on my short “to visit” list

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      Ross

      Sanity is slowly returning. Even in Iceland. New York dropped their face mask mandates about 2 weeks ago. COVID cases dropped 62% in the same time. People in Florida going ” yeah, duh!”

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    STJOHNOFGRAFTON

    The collapsing Covid narrative: Iceland (hopefully) starts the ball rolling by dropping ALL Covid restrictions. Link to an interesting read from an article in American Thinker:
    https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2022/02/the_collapsing_covid_narrative_is_being_replaced_with_putin_and_ukraine.html

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    John Connor II

    Oh let’s add Fox “News” to the list.
    Laughable…

    https://i0.wp.com/clownuniverse.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/euzZr51y47gN.png

    The lefty anti-gun & USA 2A squad is now cheering Ukrainians getting guns (full auto btw) to fight back against oppression.
    The hypocrisy, it burns..
    The evolution, it was wasted..

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      Ross

      Yes, noticed and had the same thoughts. Apparently, guns not so bad now. The other thing that infuriates me is that every bloke/ sheila (and his:her dog) in Australian politics is tweeting and posting at how bad Putin is etc. How he is abusing human rights etc. Not a word from these same people when the whole population of Melbourne was locked down for endless weeks during 2020/21 under a night curfew and travel limits. How, the Victorian police were body slamming protestors, spraying capsicum spray in peoples faces and firing rubber bullets. Arresting pregnant women over Facebook posts. Not a peep. To them, I say you are a bunch of hypocrites.

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        yarpos

        While I agree, there is a fair gap between all that and invading a country, missiles, bombs and related death and destruction. Although maybe thats how Vlad got started.

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        Serp

        Principally coward with a tincture of hypocrite I thought.

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    KP

    Well, no need to worry about Ukraine, the full might of the Russian forces have only killed 198 Ukrainians, yet they have lost 3500 soldiers themselves. I expected the West would be pushing ‘millions of civilians brutally murdered, women children and teddybears..’

    “198 Ukrainians have been killed by Russian forces. An estimated 3,500 Russian soldiers have been killed”
    Twitter, from mainstream media.

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    Earl

    Sorry Rant time. Channel 9 flood reporting and first cross to flooded Albion (Brisbane city suburb) and studio asks on site reporter about “community spirit”. While he’s telling us about that over his shoulder you can see some teens on paddle boards at a flooded roundabout. We cross back to the studio to be assured that those paddle board children were being supervised so not to worry because the water wasn’t that deep and people should not do this. Then we go to Grantham which is a small town totally cut off and again conversation is about community spirit.
    Can you drop the touchy feely and tell us information actually about the flood happening now ie what suburbs to totally avoid if you have to go out, are the Brisbane water treatment plants holding up – we were told this morning to conserve water as processing capacity had been affected by all the debris in the water. Where is the worst of the storm at present and what suburbs are in its path and should batten down? Apparently, it is moving south – at what speed, has it passed Gympie. Also, how many dam releases have there been and what can downstream expect the effect to be?

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      yarpos

      Its the same in bushfires , where they cross to 20 something Scoop McTavish “on the fire ground” for an update. Scoop stands there in their pristine fire gear and says nothing of consequence and maybe does one of those “how do you feel” interviews with someone who has just lost their home. And now back to the studio…..

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    Ross+Holding

    Have they used the word “ unprecedented “ yet?

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    OldOzzie

    Very Disturbing, Joe Biden Claims Inflation Is an Imaginary American Psychosis That Does Not Exist in Reality

    February 26, 2022 Sundance

    There is so much that’s disturbing about this interview, it is very difficult to adequately contextualize the danger we are facing as a nation.

    It’s an easy disposable line to say Joe Biden is clueless about things. He stumbles with cognitive thought, has trouble putting thoughts into understandable sentence structures using words, makes frequent gaffes and generally struggles to communicate issues that are simple and not complex. When the issues are complex, the cognitive impairment gets worse. These are easy truths to hit him with…

    However, there’s a more concerning aspect once you listen to how genuinely he has been led to believe in things that are fundamentally false. That’s where the danger comes from. In this prompted segment on COVID and the economy, Joe Biden references a perspective, a belief in current events, that has been seeded into his brain by Surgeon General Vivek Murthy.

    I know it’s hard to listen to him, but in this segment pay close attention. Joe Biden believes, really believes, that a COVID induced mental psychosis is responsible for people convincing themselves that prices have gone up, that inflation is extreme, and that economic pain is real.

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      OldOzzie

      Biden Says He’s Made Everything Awesome, but Americans Have a ‘Psychological’ Issue With Being Happy

      Just when you think Joe Biden can’t possibly say anything more ridiculous than the last time, he proves you wrong. Lesson: Never underestimate our intrepid president and his ability to stoop to new lows of silliness, causing you to spit your liquid refreshment all over your computer screen. Or wherever. No, really.

      The latest hysterical case in point, which was posted to Twitter on Saturday by our friends at the Republican National Committee, speaks for itself, but I can’t stop myself from transcribing the damn thing.

      Ready? This — with a Barney Fife-like straight face, mind you:

      There’s a phenomenal negative psychological impact that COVID has had [COVID! Of course!] on the public psyche. And so you have an awful lot of people who are, notwithstanding the fact that things have gotten so better for them economically, uh, that they are thinking, but, how do you get up in the morning feeling happy? Happy that everything’s alright.

      Here’s Joe, America.

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    OldOzzie

    Canada: The Crisis Is Not Over

    The news cycle today is dominated by Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine and the cognitive absence of the American president. Canada has been all but forgotten, but the situation in this country threatens to destabilize a Western democracy that shares a border with the U.S. It still requires to be addressed.

    As long as Justin Trudeau and his inner cabinet remain intact, Canada will always live under the shadow of potential or imminent crisis. With the sudden and, for many, inexplicable revoking of the Emergencies Act, the country—or the best part of it—breathed a collective sigh of relief. But there is no guarantee against further irruptions to civic and political life. Our whirling dervish of a prime minister, like his favorite totalitarian regime, changes his mind “on a dime.” A man so labile and shallow cannot offer stability and democratic governance to his country, only insecurity, upheaval, and rule by edict.

    It is by no means clear why Trudeau needed to invoke the Emergencies Act to dismantle and criminalize a peaceful, blue-collar trucker convoy protesting the vaccine mandates or why a brief interval later he saw fit to revoke it. One day it was necessary; the next day it was not. One theory is that Trudeau saw the polls were turning against him. Another hypothesis, as the Conservative Treehouse explains, is that the undermining of the banking system, caused by the targeting of accounts of those involved with the Freedom Convoy could not be allowed to stand because it obstructed the plans of the World Economic Forum and the collaborative use of the Canadian Bankers Association to create a digital ID system. This assumption seems implausible to me as Trudeau and his finance minister Chrystia Freeland must surely have been on the same page as their WEF masters.

    A third possibility, which seems to me the most likely, is that the obligatory Senate vote, judging from the powerful speeches against the legitimacy of the Act, would have been an embarrassing rebuke to Trudeau’s dictatorial and unjustifiable actions, which may have ultimately caused a vote of no confidence in his government.

    Justin Trudeau has been temporarily displaced by Vladimir Putin; a genuine dictator provides cover for a wannabe dictator. But Trudeau is not going away. As long as our blackface prime minister and his minions remain in power, the crisis we have just lived through is only in its initial stages.

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    Elon Musk Comes To The Rescue After Ukraine Government Pleads For His Help

    Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk said late on Saturday that SpaceX’s Starlink satellite broadband service was now available in Ukraine with more terminals en route to the country.

    Musk made the remark on social media in response to a tweet from Mykhailo Fedorov, the Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine, who tweeted: “@elonmusk, while you try to colonize Mars — Russia try to occupy Ukraine! While your rockets successfully land from space — Russian rockets attack Ukrainian civil people! We ask you to provide Ukraine with Starlink stations and to address sane Russians to stand.”

    https://www.dailywire.com/news/elon-musk-comes-to-the-rescue-after-ukraine-government-pleads-for-his-help?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=benshapiro&fbclid=IwAR2YQBnCgvOu-ODWY3UE90ncvHlCE-yd1pBIwyJDl6PFsuBvLRmK7QaYDKc

    Well at least his remaining satellites won’t spontaneously combust unlike his cars…

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    OldOzzie

    ON ENERGY, THE CHINESE-RUSSIAN ONE-TWO PUNCH

    Steve has noted how America’s energy policies–suppressing fossil fuels and spending vast sums to develop inherently unreliable wind and solar energy–play into the hands of the Russians. While we waste trillions of dollars on expensive and unworkable energy sources, we simultaneously feed Russia’s export economy by buying Russian oil and gas. Meanwhile, if our “green dreams” are realized, we will allow them to run their economy on a far more efficient basis, with regard to energy, than our own.

    There is a real irony in the fact that we purport to sanction Russia while at the same time we and our European allies are financing Putin’s adventurism:

    [I]n just the 24 hours immediately following Putin’s recognition of the so-called People’s Republics of Luhansk and Donetsk the European Union, U.S., and United Kingdom “bought a combined 3.5 million barrels of Russian oil and refined products, worth more than $350 million at current prices,” and “another $250 million worth of Russian natural gas.”

    With respect to our strategic position vis-a-vis Russia, our current energy policies are literally insane. But they might be even worse with regard to China. China is a far more serious economic competitor than Russia. Russia is pretty much a basket case apart from its oil and gas exports. But if the U.S. actually does try to transition from fossil fuels to wind and solar, it will effectively give the Chinese Communist Party control over our economy.

    Wind and solar consume a considerable amount of petroleum, but much more of other materials. Who produces or processes a large majority of the minerals that go into wind and solar energy production? China. But it gets worse

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    John Connor II

    Just to lighten the mood.

    Upcoming elections everywhere explained.

    https://va.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_r7nyqvIPA91w5pr9j.mp4

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    John Connor II

    ..and world “leaders” when confronted with Putin:

    https://va.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_r7nyp9zJ4O1w5pr9j.mp4

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    OldOzzie

    Here Is Why Iran’s Mullahs Are Excited About Biden’s Nuclear Deal

    . That the ruling mullahs are asking the Biden administration for guarantees that the US will never be able to leave the new nuclear deal, even after President Joe Biden leaves office, should signal that the mullahs want this deal badly and set off all sorts of alarms.

    . It is worth noting that Iran’s ballistic missile capability is one of the most critical pillars of Tehran’s national security policy – the third-most important program of Iran’s [email protected] Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), along with Iran’s nuclear program and supporting the country’s foreign proxies.

    . A nuclear deal will be a victory for Iran’s foreign militias and terror groups. The 2015 nuclear deal allowed the flow of billions of dollars into the treasury of Iranian regime, thereby providing the revenues that the [email protected] Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) needed to escalate their military adventurism in the region. That project included financing, arming and supporting their militias and terror groups in Lebanon, Iraq, Syria, Gaza and Yemen. After the nuclear agreement, Iran’s meddling, interventions in the region, and funding militia groups immediately escalated.

    . Iran also increased deliveries of weapons and munitions to its foreign militias, and the number of ballistic missiles deployed by Iran’s proxies rose to an unprecedented level. When the JCPOA nuclear deal was scuttled in 2018, some of Iran’s authorities publicly announced that they did not have money to pay their mercenaries abroad.

    . That the ruling mullahs of Iran seem to be so delighted with what the Biden team is apparently offering, that Iran even wants assurances from the administration that the US can never pull out of the deal, should blowtorch the US negotiators out of the room.

    . Will the US and the international community reward yet another predatory, expansionist regime with nuclear capability and billions of dollars and the ability to have increased oil and missile production?

    How much punishment to his legacy is Biden eager to take on?

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    OldOzzie

    Why Is Democratic Biden Rescuing Autocratic Erdoğan at the Expense of U.S. Allies?

    . In early January – in a bolder, less expected and potentially damaging geostrategic move that angered all four of Turkey’s Mediterranean rivals (Greece, Cyprus, Israel and Egypt), the Biden administration silently abandoned an eastern Mediterranean pipeline project (EastMed) that would carry Israeli gas through Cyprus to Europe.

    . “By undermining the project, the administration is undercutting three of our strongest allies in the region: Israel, Greece, and Cyprus, as well as the European Union’s hopes for energy independence and economic prosperity.” — Press release published on the congressional website of U.S. House Representative Gus Bilirakis, January 24, 2022.

    . “The Biden administration’s actions in this matter are particularly objectionable and hypocritical in light of its tacit approval of Russia’s Nord Stream pipeline, which will only deepen Europe’s energy dependence on a volatile adversary.”

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    John Connor II

    ..and rising sea levels for Greta:

    https://va.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_r46jnnmHD41w5pr9j.mp4

    Then again maybe it’s just natural climate change…

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    David Maddison

    A few months ago the covid narrative changed and so did the language. People are no longer said to die “of covid” but “with covid”. Which makes sense because if Australians were 90%-95% “vaccinated” and people were still dying “of covid” people might lose confidence in the honest of politicians and medical bureaucrats.

    But if they’re not dying of covid, what are people actually dying of? Just the normal causes I guess, especially as the average age of covid death exceeds the average age of death.

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    John Connor II

    The Pentagon Bio-weapons

    The US Army regularly produces deadly viruses, bacteria and toxins in direct violation of the UN Convention on the prohibition of Biological Weapons. Hundreds of thousands of unwitting people are systematically exposed to dangerous pathogens and other incurable diseases. Bio warfare scientists using diplomatic cover test man-made viruses at Pentagon bio laboratories in 25 countries across the world. These US bio-laboratories are funded by the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) under a $ 2.1 billion military program– Cooperative Biological Engagement Program (CBEP), and are located in former Soviet Union countries such as Georgia and Ukraine, the Middle East, South East Asia and Africa.

    http://dilyana.bg/the-pentagon-bio-weapons/

    For those that read my posts, I’ve been on about the UK/EU and bird flu for weeks now.

    Potential pandemic bird flu modified to be more dangerous in new risky NIH research

    The US National Institutes of Health (NIH) has continued funding risky gain-of-function research (GoF) on potential pandemic pathogens, newly disclosed information reveals. The US government medical research agency has funded scientists to study avian influenza (bird flu) which does not transmit among humans. However, the NIH projects aim to make avian influenza viruses able to transmit among mammals and assess their pandemic potential as a possible threat to humans.

    http://dilyana.bg/potential-pandemic-bird-flu-modified-to-be-more-dangerous-in-new-risky-nih-research/

    Biological Threat Reduction Program

    The U.S. Department of Defense’s Biological Threat Reduction Program collaborates with partner countries to counter the threat of outbreaks (deliberate, accidental, or natural) of the world’s most dangerous infectious diseases.  The program accomplishes its bio-threat reduction mission through development of a bio-risk management culture; international research partnerships; and partner capacity for enhanced bio-security, bio-safety, and bio-surveillance measures.

    I have little doubt about the “culture” they’re working on..

    https://ua.usembassy.gov/embassy/kyiv/sections-offices/defense-threat-reduction-office/biological-threat-reduction-program/

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      OldOzzie

      US Bioweapon Labs in Ukraine, What will Russia Find?

      Georgia is a testing ground for bioweapons

      The Lugar Center is the Pentagon bio laboratory in Georgia. It is located just 17 km away from the US Vaziani military airbase in the capital Tbilisi. Tasked with the military program are biologists from the US Army Medical Research Unit-Georgia (USAMRU-G) along with private contractors. The Bio-safety Level 3 Laboratory is accessible only to US citizens with security clearance. They are accorded diplomatic immunity under the 2002 US-Georgia Agreement on defense cooperation.

      The Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) has outsourced much of the work under the military program to private companies, which are not held accountable to Congress, and which can operate more freely and move around the rule of law.

      US civilian personnel performing work at The Lugar Center have also been given diplomatic immunity, although they are not diplomats. Hence, private companies can perform work, under diplomatic cover, for the US government without being under the direct control of the host state – in this case, the Republic of Georgia. This practice is often used by the CIA to provide cover for its agents.

      Three private American companies work at the US bio-laboratory in Tbilisi – CH2M Hill, Battelle, and Metabiota. In addition to the Pentagon, these private contractors perform biological research for the CIA and various other government agencies.

      The DoD Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) has funded 11 bio-laboratories in the former Soviet Union Country Ukraine, bordering on Russia.

      Biowarfare scientists under diplomatic cover

      Among the set of bilateral agreements between the US and Ukraine is the establishment of the Science and Technology Center in Ukraine (STCU) – an International organization funded mainly by the US government which has been accorded diplomatic status.

      The STCU officially supports projects of scientists previously involved in the Soviet biological weapons program. Over the past 20 years the STCU has invested over $285 million in funding and managing some 1,850 projects of scientists who previously worked on the development of weapons of mass destruction.

      The US personnel in Ukraine work under diplomatic cover.

      Very Very long and fascinating Article

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    David Maddison

    I didn’t write the following but was wondering what you think of this alternative opinion on the Ukraine situation?

    Ukraine situation – uncomfortable facts:

    This was both entirely predictable and entirely avoidable. Putin has made it very clear for over a decade that under no circumstances would he allow a NATO nation on his borders.

    In 2014 NATO intelligence orgs pulled off one of their greatest post-cold war efforts by staging a largely bloodless coup in Ukraine. A lot of black dollars were behind this – check out photos from the time and witness the shiny new tents, toilets, medical stations etc that spontaneously appeared amidst the mass protests. A pro-Russian crony Government was toppled and replaced by a pro-Western crony Government.

    Imagine the US reaction if Russia pulled that in Mexico. Or the UK if Russia did it in Ireland.

    Meanwhile in the Eastern Donbas region where 75% of people are Russian speakers and around half the population are ethnic Russians, there has been a war for independence underway since 2014. Ukraine has had none of it and fought to keep the area under their control.

    Faced with NATO courting Ukraine for membership and Ukraine refusing to allow independence in Donbas, Russia has moved in to sort stuff out. Much as Australia did in East Timor. But that was righteous and just because we did it – even if we took the opportunity to shaft them out of their natural resources in the process. Muh ethics.

    Russian strikes in Ukrainian cities (including Kiev) have been largely limited to taking out C3 facilities, IADS facilities and airfields – allowing Russian air superiority. If Putin wanted to crush Ukraine, right now Kiev would look like Berlin in 1945.

    So no WWIII. No extermination of Ukrainians. Donbas will become independent, a pro-Russian puppet Government will replace the pro-Western puppet one in place now, and back to pre-2014 normal on the whole.

    Unless the Russians notice a lot of blue & yellow profile picture filters on Facebook – then they will withdraw their troops immediately.

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      yarpos

      Doesnt fit the whole Putin is the devil thing but is more reasonable than most stuff I read. The East Timor mention was a nice touch I thought.

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      KP

      Dead right David! I worry that the West is pushing civilians to take up arms in some romantic version of a Hollywood war movie where the hero takes out tanks with molotov cocktails… The Russians will just sterilise the whole area and the town WILL end up looking like Berlin in 1944.

      The time for civilian resistance is after you have surrendered, you make occupation very difficult for the enemy.

      In regards to the relative sizes, Russia has a GDP of US$1700Billion, Ukraine US$153billion, and money wins wars. Its not although the Ukrainians are giving anything up, if they lose control of the fractious Russian Easterners its a win, and if they can get rid of the Yanks and their corruption while trading with Europe they are far better off. They just don’t realise they are only pawns on the board.

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        TedM

        “The time for civilian resistance is after you have surrendered, you make occupation very difficult for the enemy.”
        That’s how you guarantee an autocratic Govt. and civilian resistance results if reprisals against civilians as we saw from the Nazis in WW11.

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      TedM

      ” even if we took the opportunity to shaft them out of their natural resources in the process. Muh ethics.” This was not the final outcome.

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    another ian

    “The CDC Discovers Actual Public Health, Just in Time”

    https://brownstone.org/articles/the-cdc-discovers-actual-public-health-just-in-time/

    Via Chiefio

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    el+gordo

    Unprecedented precipitation in Brisbane, is it a global warming signal?

    ‘An extremely dangerous flooding situation has developed in southeast QLD and northeast NSW in response to several days of unrelenting rainfall, which included Brisbane’s wettest three days on record.’ (Weatherzone)

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      Furiously+Curious

      Unprecedented water in the Northern Rivers. So that’s saying something, as we are pretty used to serious rain. I’m high on a hill, but friends are going under. Can someone give us the mechanism showing the connection with CO2. How does CO2 slow weather systems down? But the screaming is about to begin. We’re just on the cusp where the pressure drops 1010 down to 1004, I guess allowing the humid air coming onshore from the Pacific to rise, dropping it’s moisture. And for the second time in about a month, we have an unmoving lowish pressure system, floating above us.. It will be a long clean up.

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        el+gordo

        The 2011 flood was a ‘one in a century’, but now that its happening every ten years they will say its climate change. The 1950s were wet and also the 1890s, there is roughly a 60 year cycle controlling our weather. That low pressure has the potential to go off shore and regenerate, then head towards NZ.

        Meanwhile, in northern NSW the proof is in the pudding.

        ‘A rain gauge to the north of Lismore just recorded the second highest daily rainfall total on record in NSW.

        ‘Dunoon, a small village located roughly 20km north of Lismore, registered a whopping 775 mm of rain during the 24 hours ending at 9am on Monday.

        ‘This deluge is the 2nd highest daily rainfall total ever officially observed in NSW, beaten only by 809.2 mm at Dorrigo in February 1954.’ (Weatherzone)

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        yarpos

        But werent we all told that drought was the “new normal” back in desal days?

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      yarpos

      Hard to get excited over anything centred on BOM adjusted temps, but yeah Perth gets hot spells. I went over there in the 80s to put in a couple of systems in Perth and Fremantle, it was scorching hot all week with the most noticeable aspect being very little relief at night.

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      Graeme#4

      Nothing more than a La Niña at work again. The last major hot spell was in the mid 1970s, a time of strong La Ninas. La Ninas have a totally different effect on the lower part of WA, where increased cyclonic and tropical low activity in the north causes stationary lows down the coast of WA. These stationary lows divert the weather changes that normally sweep through the SW of WA down into the Bight, thus bypassing WA. Look at the ocean temps around the SW of WA – very warm this year.

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    another ian

    “Get Your Program! Can’t Tell The Globalist Players Without A Program!”

    Chiefio’s form guide to players in “The Great Reset” that should be on your “vote no” list

    https://chiefio.wordpress.com/2022/02/27/get-your-program-cant-tell-the-globalist-players-without-a-program/

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