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    My research report on the unreliability of wind and solar in Virginia is posted:

    http://www.cfact.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/VCEA-Reliability-Research-Report.pdf?mc_cid=a4827a5419&mc_cid=8d1127ec83&mc_eid=af7d3e4fc4

    The general method applies everywhere there are clouds. See Section 2.
    Pass it on.

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      Jojodogfacedboy

      Want to know something fleeing quicker than wind blowing?
      Canadian Dollars…

      Wow…lots of billions left our 5 Canadian Banks.

      bu/ac on Twitter: “5 Big Banks this morning. Must have got… — disq.us

      I wonder if this is Collateral Damage from Trudeau?
      So, yes, it’s a bank run on trust in what Trudeau does next.

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    David Maddison

    Now, in Australia, they are talking about five DOUBLE DOSES of C-19 vaccine.

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10520621/Australians-need-five-doses-Covid-vaccine.html

    Warning that Australians could need FIVE double doses of the Covid vaccine to be considered fully jabbed

    Australia’s immunisation regulator cannot rule out four or even five doses of COVID-19 vaccine being required to be considered ‘up to date’.

    SEE LINK FOR REST

    In fact, the Government has purchased enough vaccine for ten doses for everyone in Australia aged zero plus . So that makes sense. You can see all the doses ordered here:

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

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      Graham Richards

      Talk about Genocide.

      The first jab I had nearly killed me by way of a “stroke” that “wasn’t “ a stroke and nobody from the hospital to my GP wants to talk about it.

      Don’t let anyone stick a poison dart in your arm!

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        Ian

        That was very unfortunate. On the other hand neither my wife and I or four of our friends have had any reaction whatsoever to the three vaccinations each of us have had.

        Consequently from those experiences, our advice is get vaccinated it is problem free.

        From your comment it seems you may have had only had one eventful jab whereas myself, wife and friends have had a combined total of 24 uneventful jabs. However the sample sizes of these experiences are far too small to draw any valid conclusions or to make meaningful recommendations.

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          Ted1

          I had no reaction, my wife too as far as I could see. Our daughter got “hit by a bus” and lost a day’s work. Our son also lost a day’s work. I think on first jab.

          As far as I know all with AZ.

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            Ian

            “As far as I know all with AZ.”

            That’s a very good point Ted1 that neither I or Graham Richards mentioned. I should have done.

            My wife, our friends and I all had AZ for the first two jabs. My wife and I had a Pfizer booster and our friends had Moderna. Those differences may be significant on vaccinations numbering in the 100s of thousands but not in my minuscule study.

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              Mantaray Yunupingu

              Ian. Same deal with those Takata air-bags that have been recalled world-wide.

              Sure there’ve been loads of injuries and deaths in dozens of countries, AND everybody knows it, but the ones in my Subaru have not exploded YET, so I say “Go buy a second-hand Outback and enjoy the safety the Takatas offer!

              BTW: I still smoke 50 ciggies a day too, and, after 25 years, they haven’t killed me yet. Go you cancer-sticks, ya good things!

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                Mark Allinson

                Or, as I have said here before, this is like the chap who heard that jumping off the top of a skyscraper is dangerous if not deadly, saying:

                “What rubbish that is, I took the plunge and I am now just passing the 34th storey and I feel great!”

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                In case readers don’t believe you Mantaray, let me affirm that my dear departed mother chain smoked all her life from her teens. She lived till the age of 84, and did not die with lung cancer. My father, who had co-existed with a chain smoker, lived until 91, and similarly did not die from lung cancer.

                I am not suggesting here that smoking will not cause cancer. But I am suggesting, like Mantaray, that all immune systems in individual are custom made!

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          Forrest Gardener

          Be very careful giving medical advice Ian.

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            what about the guy advising that it is genocide?

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              Forrest Gardener

              Try thinking GI. You’ll like it!

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              Mantaray Yunupingu

              Gee Aye: Oz Govt has already accepted liability for the genocide now occurring and has DEMANDED more of it…..”Deceased COVID-19 vaccine recipient payments and funeral costs“….

              https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/deceased-covid-19-vaccine-recipient-payments-and-funeral-costs-you-can-claim-through-covid-19?context=55953

              Govts only establish new payment types when huge numbers of people will be claiming. Normally minor events are covered by “Special Benefit” or “Special Payment”, such as following say a cyclone in NQ.

              There has never been a case ever, where govt establishes a payment to cover damage caused by a private manufacturer’s product, where that manufacturer is still in existence (see below). And absolutely never a payment for a product which continued to be ferociously promoted by that same govt.

              One example where a govt accepted responsibility was when the West German Govt accepted liability for the use of Zyklon B gas, but IG Farben was then in liquidation. This Oz govt follow-on IS ratherr noteworthy, eh G!?

              Wake up, GI!

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                bobby b

                Every person who has received a Covid vaccination – every single one – is going to DIE.

                😉

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                Mantaray Yunupingu

                bobby b (12.24pm). Yes indeed, but as an old Ukrainian mate working at a nuclear power station outside Pripyat replied to my comment in late April 1986….along the same lines…we all die…

                “Yeah, but not all from radiation sickness….and NOT all within the next three years”!

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                Mantaray Yunupingu

                Gee Aye (11.11am) Here’s a friendly tip. use it if you like…

                The ASX is up 6.43% in the past twelve months. Company Code IVC is up 18% and Company Code PFP is up 60%!

                What ARE these two you ask? Yeap, Australia’s only listed Funeral Firms….the money knows!

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            Anto

            Yes, especially when one is so easily befuddled by simple multiplication. Kinda reduces the credibility, somewhat.

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          Ross

          I could contrast your vaccine experience with my family and friends and it would be the complete opposite. My wife just recently had her 3rd AZ and it put her in bed for 2 days with incredible muscle soreness etc. My youngest son had his 2nd Pfizer back in November and said he had brain fog for a whole weekend. 80% of family and friends have had some form of “adverse” reaction. That is, a symptom that made them fell “sick”.

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          Strop

          Ian, I know a number of people who have had covid before vaccination and they were essentially uneventful apart from feeling unwell. But no threat to life. So, by your rationale, consequently from those experiences our advice is to not bother getting vaccinated because it is problem free.

          From your comment it seems you may have had only had one eventful jab whereas myself, wife and friends have had a combined total of 24 uneventful jabs.

          The death rate from covid is less than 1 in 24 on a far greater sample size. Still think that 1 in 24 is not significant or do you want to start sounding the alarm for vaccination events?

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          NO. The jabs are not problem free as there are others who have suffered with significant side effects including the most significant side effect – DEATH. I have not been jabbed and as yet have not the virus. I haven’t had the Flu since last Century so I don’t expect the virus to impact me. Also, I know of two Couples and one Cafe Bar Owner who have had the virus and all 5 had been double jabbed. Why the need for all of these boosters now being proposed? Does that mean that the first two jabs don’t work? I only had the Polio jab when I was a young boy the once and it still appears to be working…………………..

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          Mate, you might try looking at the VAERS stats for the USA – or even our own government’s data.

          Numerous friends and acquaintances have had adverse reactions – including serious blood clotting, miscarriages, shingles and so on – including one deceased (around 50 years old with no pre-existing health conditions). My own granddaughter had unexplained bleeding in upper gastro tract.

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          Hanrahan

          I’m sure there were more than 4 “mothers” who took thalidomide without having a deformed baby. Would you have banned it or not?

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          Graeme+P.

          I’ve said it before here but it seems to need saying again. I personally know 6 people who have suffered Pericarditis, another with multiple blood clots and another who was prescribed morphine for 10 days to treat crippling chest and arm pain. Rare my arse.

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        Ronin

        Member of a friends family was hospitalised with pericarditis a couple of nights after the booster jab.

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        Leo G

        Two in my household both received the second AZ vax on the same day in October. Each had a mild reaction to the first jab which eased after about two weeks.

        The second jab, six weeks later, produced more serious and longer-lasting reactions. The reactions included muscle and tendon pain in the back, arms and legs, disturbed sleeping patterns, difficulty swallowing, sinusitis, some bruising in the lower legs and in one of the pair, a pronounced heart irregularity prompting a consult with GP and cardiologist.

        The effect peaked about 10 weeks after the second jab and then subsided over several weeks.

        A medical opinion was that general inflammation from the vax aroused an existing inherited condition affecting each person.

        I’m not calling the two reactions genocide, but they do suggest that an inflammatory response to the viral vector mRNA vaccine can last up to 3 months, even if in most people the inflammation passes unnoticed.

        These vaccines need more thorough testing, preferably on volunteers.

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          yarpos

          Think you are mixing termninolgy. Viral vector is one thing eg. Astra Zeneca and mRNA is another thing eg. Pfizer. They are different mechanisms.

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            Leo G

            Viral vector is one thing eg. Astra Zeneca and mRNA is another thing eg. Pfizer. They are different mechanisms.

            The mechanisms differ, but mRNA is a common

            The AZ adenovirus vector releases its DNA into cells and the DNA is then transported to nuclei where it is transcribed into mRNA leading directly to production of spike proteins.

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      Here we are, take your jab 3 times a day, best after meal.

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        Earl

        Kelog’s* Covitees breakfast cereal WILL be your jab. You will love them that much your heart will race and your head will spin.

        *SIC – nothing to do with that other cereal maker.

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      The jab contains poisonous graphene oxide, See:
      https://principia-scientific.com/official-u-k-lab-report-covid-19-jabs-do-contain-graphene-oxide/

      This references yet another analysis showing that the Covid vaccines containing deadly graphene oxide not listed in the contents of the vaccines by the manufacturers. Our Federal and State Governments are encouraging physical injury or death to our fellow citizens by promoting the ‘jab’. This disaster must be stopped immediately by whatever means we have within our power.

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        Scissor

        Those results are concerning but not conclusive. If, however, graphene or graphene oxide are indeed present in these formulations, then the vaccine manufacturers are committing crimes.

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      Mark Allinson

      “Australians will need five jabs …”

      What nonsense!

      They will need ten shots, since this is the actual quantity we have bought.

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        Mantaray Yunupingu

        Mark Allinson. I reckon there are many more gene-jab refuseniks than the govts are letting on about….

        Supposed to be roughly 5-10% in Oz, and also supposed to be mainly because they are suspicious of mRNA jabs. The new Novovax is being widely touted as the solution to the mRNA-vax hesitancy…..

        Ok, so about 1-2 million unjabbed according to the govt’s stats. yet there are 51 million doses ordered…and ACCEPTED. That’s either 25-30 jabs per person, or else there are a lot more unjabbed than they reckon!

        BTW: Before any govt shills try the old “but the orders were in long ago”, think French Submarines and how easy it is to cancel orders if Govt feels like it!

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          Mark Allinson

          ” The new Novovax is being widely touted as the solution to the mRNA-vax hesitancy…”

          But the Novavax route is a dead-end.

          To be fully “up to date” one also needs at least one mRNA vaxx booster.

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            Stuart

            Mark, Novavax actually works so it doesnt need a booster, 2 shots 3 weeks apart and you are fully vaxed forever. There will be no need for a booster, but then of course the mRNA victims will start asking questions.

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          RobB

          There were get-out clauses in the French submarine contract. Do you know the terms of the vaccine contracts?

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          yarpos

          accepting 51 million doses ordered, how do we get to 25-30 doses per person? do you mean 2.5-3?

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      Catherine

      https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20220208005226/en/Pfizer-Reports-Fourth-Quarter-and-Full-Year-2021-Results

      Risks Related to Our Business, Industry and Operations, and Business Development:

      ….in any of our studies in pediatrics, adolescents or adults or real world evidence, including the possibility of unfavorable new pre-clinical, clinical or safety data and further analyses of existing pre-clinical, clinical or safety data or further information regarding the quality of pre-clinical, clinical or safety data, including by audit or inspection;….

      …in real-world data studies or in larger, more diverse populations following commercialization;…

      … the risk that more widespread use of the vaccine or Paxlovid will lead to new information about efficacy, safety or other developments, including the risk of additional adverse reactions, some of which may be serious;
      ….
      ———

      1) I’m not sure… but does this report from Pfizer ‘confirm’ the countless statements from the CDC etc that:
      “The Covid vaccines are safe.”?
      I understand from this that ‘Pfizer’ is not ‘sure’? But, I hope I am wrong.
      2)’The immunisation regulator cannot rule out four or even five doses of COVID-19 vaccine being mandated for
      Australians to be considered ‘up to date’ in their protection against the virus.’
      And than what about this?:
      https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2022-01-11/repeat-booster-shots-risk-overloading-immune-system-ema-says
      European Union regulators warned that frequent Covid-19 booster shots could adversely affect the immune response and may not be feasible.
      Repeat booster doses every four months could eventually weaken the immune response and tire out people, according to the European Medicines Agency.
      ———

      Comirnaty (BNT162b2, COVID-19 Vaccine, mRNA)

      -Clinical and Research Developments:
      In November 2021, Pfizer and BioNTech announced topline results from a longer-term analysis(longer-term…) of the safety and efficacy of Comirnaty in individuals 12 through 15 years of age. The updated findings from the companies’ pivotal Phase 3 trial show that a two-dose series of Comirnaty (30 µg per dose) was 100% effective against COVID-19, measured seven days through over four months after the second dose. The adverse event profile was generally consistent with other clinical safety data for Comirnaty.

      In January 2022, Pfizer and BioNTech announced the initiation of a clinical study to evaluate the safety, tolerability and immunogenicity of an Omicron-based vaccine candidate in healthy adults 18 through 55 years of age. The study will have three cohorts examining different regimens of the current Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine or an Omicron-based vaccine. The study will draw upon some participants from the companies’ Phase 3 COVID-19 booster study and is part of their ongoing efforts to address Omicron and determine the potential need for variant-based vaccines.

      -Regulatory Developments:
      In February 2022, Pfizer and BioNTech announced that, following a request from the FDA, the companies have initiated a rolling submission seeking to amend the EUA of Comirnaty to include children 6 months through 4 years of age, in response to the urgent public health need in this population. This application is for authorization of two 3 µg doses of BNT16262 in this age group. Data on a third dose given at least 8 weeks after completion of the second dose are expected in the coming months and will be submitted to the FDA to support a potential expansion of this requested EUA.
      ————-

      Paxlovid (nirmatrelvir [PF-07321332] tablets and ritonavir tablets)

      -Clinical and Research Developments:
      In November 2021, Pfizer announced positive topline results from an interim analysis of 1,219 adults enrolled in the Phase 2/3 EPIC-HR (Evaluation of Protease Inhibition for COVID-19 in High-Risk Patients) randomized, double-blind study of non-hospitalized adult patients with COVID-19, who are at high risk of progressing to severe illness.
      The scheduled interim analysis showed an 89% reduction in risk of COVID-19-related hospitalization or death from any cause compared to placebo in patients treated within three days of symptom onset. Similar risk reductions were observed in patients treated within five days of symptom onset. Treatment-emergent adverse events were comparable between Paxlovid and placebo, most of which were mild in intensity.

      In December 2021, Pfizer announced final results from an analysis of all 2,246 adults enrolled in the EPIC-HR trial. The results were consistent with the interim analysis announced in November 2021, showing Paxlovid significantly reduced the risk of hospitalization or death for any cause by 89% compared to placebo in non-hospitalized, high-risk adult patients with COVID-19 treated within three days of symptom onset.
      Paxlovid reduced the risk of hospitalization or death for any cause by 88% in patients treated within five days of symptom onset.

      -Regulatory Developments:
      In December 2021, Pfizer announced that the FDA authorized Paxlovid for emergency use(8) for the treatment of mild-to-moderate COVID-19 in adults and pediatric patients (12 years of age and older weighing at least 40 kg [88 lbs]) with positive results of direct SARS-CoV-2 viral testing, and who are at high risk for progression to severe COVID-19, including hospitalization or death. Pfizer plans to file a New Drug Application (NDA) with the FDA for potential full regulatory approval in 2022.

      ——–
      https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/canada-vaccine-deliveries-progress-report-1.6034624 May 2021
      Politics(?)
      Canada has ordered more than 400 million COVID-19 vaccine shots: Here’s the progress report

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      Deano

      They’ve altered the questions for the 3rd injection from “Did you have any side effects from the first two?” to “Did you have any SERIOUS side effects from the first two?” Feeling like Mike Tyson had thumped you for 2 days isn’t considered much of a side effect.

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    David Maddison

    Medical freedom to choose has now returned to one state in the US, Oklahoma.

    The Left will be terrified that such rationalism and freedom of choice might spread elsewhere in the US and Canada.

    Can you believe doctors will be able to use their professional judgement to prescribe medication to treat covid (or at least the Attorney General assured doctors they were not prohibited to do so under his state’s laws)?

    https://www.oag.ok.gov/articles/attorney-general-oconnor-assures-oklahoma-physicians-are-not-prohibited-prescribing-label

    “I stand behind doctors who believe it is in their patients’ best interests to receive ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine,” said Attorney General O’Connor. “Our healthcare professionals should have every tool available to combat COVID-19. Public safety demands this. Physicians who prescribe medications and follow the law should not fear disciplinary action for prescribing such drugs.”

    Also see Dr John Campbell video: https://youtu.be/56gG_OD9KjM

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      Jojodogfacedboy

      All five Canadian Banks are currently offline.
      Some cash is still available in some banking machines but they too are quickly being depleted.
      https://twitter.com/buperac?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1494071510952144897%7Ctwgr%5E%7Ctwcon%5Es1_&ref_url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.smalldeadanimals.com%2F

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        Ian

        The banks going off line could be due to cyber attacks or as a part of the financial crackdown and broadening of its anti-money-laundering rules to cover cryptocurrency trading platforms and crowdfunding sites such as GoFundMe, both of which have been used to funnel donations to protesters.

        If it is due to the government’s actions surely these actions were considered by the truckers before they made their protest. If not, why not?

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          Mantaray Yunupingu

          Ian. In Canuckistan they have paper money in the same manner as in many other Commie countries.

          Never heard of cash, eh?

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            Steve of Cornubia

            Don’t feed the trolls.

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              Mantaray Yunupingu

              Steve. Is Ian really just a troll?

              Thus far I’ve found his comments to be more naively ill-informed than deliberately malicious. Especially the ones where he writes stuff about mRNA vaxes like “Just swallowed rat poison 2 minutes ago and not dead yet. Is Rat Poison: Is Good!”

              Maybe I’ll yet change my mind, eh?

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            Ian

            I think you have not realised that my comment was in reply to comment 4.1.1 which stated the Banks were offline so not sure about your cash comment.

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          Strop

          or as a part of the financial crackdown and broadening of its anti-money-laundering rules to cover cryptocurrency trading platforms and crowdfunding sites such as GoFundMe, both of which have been used to funnel donations to protesters.

          If it is due to the government’s actions surely these actions were considered by the truckers before they made their protest. If not, why not?

          Yes Ian, of course it’s the protestors’ fault for not foreseeing that the govt would cease any crowd funding (that wasn’t in place when the protest started) and also shut down the banks affecting millions of citizens and businesses who aren’t protesting.

          Yep, it’s the truckers’ fault. They should have known they were dealing with a tyrannical govt because that’s what they were protesting about … a tyrannical govt. Any tyrannical reaction from a tyrannical government being provoked is the provokers fault. Yeah, I see how you’ve really thought this through. It’s the truckers’ fault that people can’t bank right now.

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            Ian

            I guess you may not have heard the term Unforeseen Consequences. It seems that freezing bank accounts in response to the Truckers’ actions wasn’t foreseen.

            The truckers and their supporters surely would have been aware of Canada’s Emergencies Act that was put in place to deal with national emergencies of urgent and temporary nature that couldn’t be efficiently taken care of under any other law of Canada. Justin Trudeau-led government decided to impose this following the Freedom Convoy protest.
            https://watcher.guru/news/not-bitcoin-major-banks-in-canada-go-offline-following-the-emergencies-act

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              el+gordo

              ‘Furthermore, it was revealed that a few of their ATMs still entailed cash. The chances of the cash in these ATMs running out were high. Consequently, the citizens of Canada expressed fear over their funds locked up in the bank.’

              From the outside it looks like a failed state in the Third World, its a politically risky venture.

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                Obviously they are afraid of thousands of conservative middle-of-the-road Canadians wanting to withdraw all the money from accounts that were suddenly political targets.

                Like any third world banana republic, they have to shut the banks down, or banks would collapse with a bank run?

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          GreatAuntJanet

          Maybe they believed they were living in Canada, and not China? They were wrong of course.

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        yarpos

        It will be interesting to see what they claim to be the cause.

        Absent other reports it doesn’t appear to be a general network related. However, disparate systems (online, ATMs, call centre) have all gone down across multiple banks at the same time.

        Its hard to believe there would be that much shared infrastructure to allow that to happen outside an orchestrated and targeted event.

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      bobby b

      Wondering if it’s not related to this:

      https://www.cnbc.com/2021/02/24/the-feds-system-that-allows-banks-to-send-money-back-and-forth-is-down.html

      This is the USA Fed, but it seems strange that these would not be connected, given the timing.

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    The Lemmings have started their dash to the cliff…

    XOrigin has applied to the regulator to shut the Eraring Power Station seven years before its previously planned retirement
    Eraring is Australia’s largest coal-fired power plant, with a capacity of up to 2880 megawatts
    The company says it intends to install a big battery of up to 700MW on the site

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      Origin’s CEO Frank Calabria..

      “The reality is the economics of coal-fired power stations are being put under increasing, unsustainable pressure by cleaner and lower cost generation, including solar, wind and batteries.”

      Hopefully this is a strategic move that will stir up the Generation sector and help them realise the consequences of committing to wind and Solar.

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        TdeF

        Naturally they are not lower cost. Rather people have to pay double to buy coal power and the money is given as cash to the owners of windmills, solar panels and batteries. That’s how the law works. AGL is not crazy. They want to get out of coal, which is the entire intention of this huge carbon tax on coal. Oil and gas are included. Renewable Energy (Electricity) Act 2001 aka the RET. Daylight robbery and having the intended effect.

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        Graeme No.3

        The interesting thing will be after the next NSW election in March 2023 with the closure of 20% of generation in NSW (already needing imports) in 2025. I don’t see our current politicians – State & Federal – at all able to see the consequences, let alone planning anything.
        Mad Matt Keen may well be Premier by then and he will find out the hard way what happens when there are multiple blackouts despite lots of renewables installed.
        Electricity prices will shoot up as NSW desperately imports from Qld. (possibly Vic but I think President Premier for Life Dan will have reduced that chance). Instability across the entire 5 eastern States. The only “good news” is that Canberra won’t be spared.

        The curious thing is that had we up-graded our coal plants to the latest technology (currently being installed in China) we would have had reliable supply with 70% reduction in CO2 emissions (for what that’s worth). Instead a lot of people are going to install diesel generators.

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          TdeF

          The whole business is driven by the RET act. There is absolutely no science in Man Made Global Warming. It is proven rubbish.
          But no matter how much Prof Ian Plimer writes and lectures, there is no impact.

          Nett zero is not science. It is a ridiculous piece of nonsense. Nothing humans have done or can do has any impact on CO2. Just look at the graph, but who bothers to do that.

          And if the world is having no discernible impact on CO2, how are we going to make it go down?

          But now they are shutting down our cheap, reliable, commandable, free power from our own coal? You should never let politicians or businessmen in charge of major decisions. They always act in their own interests, not yours.

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          David Maddison

          Instead a lot of people are going to install diesel generators.

          Diesel produces somewhat less CO2 per unit of energy (not that it matters) but is hugely more expensive than coal. I recall that in a free market, coal per unit of energy produced is about one twentieth the cost of diesel.

          Diesel should be used as the valuable transport fuel it is, not as a means of expensive and woke electricity production as it is being used increasingly in Australia. That should be primarily with cheap coal (or nuclear if Australia ever gets smart enough to use it).

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          Hatrack

          Graeme No 3. it may even become interesting before the NSW March 2023 state elections. Liddell, which has been down graded from 2,000MW to 1,680MW, is presently due to close April 2023, a month after those elections. So with the newly announced closure of Eraring (2880MW) for 2025, NSW will lose 4,560MW (32%) of it’s reliable power generation over 2 years – 3 at the most. Will people realise the potential for disaster before or after the elections? And when they do, what can they do about it? Either way, things should get real interesting

          “…. a lot of people are going to install diesel generators.” Yep, already done here.

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            Graeme No.3

            I have a friend who predicted years ago that eventually people in Australia would have to generate their own electricity. He was very interested in co-generation. He relies now on a lot of wood for winter heating.
            I knew another bloke who went off-grid for a cost around $50,000 with lots of solar panels, batteries and diesel generator all controlled by a computer (to start generator when needed). That was before the price of solar panels dropped, but the cost of batteries has gone up, so I don’t know what it would cost these days. Even so I don’t see that many voters being delighted with the thought of spending that amount to cover for the bungles made by those Climate Clowns in Canberra.
            Wind farms in the North Sea produce over 50% (nominal) capacity around 40% of the time, and that is supposed to be the most favourable place for “reliable” wind generation. They dropped to close to ZERO in Oct. 3 & 4 last year (66MW from 9,000MW) and from September 1 to October 21, metered wind produced 2,018 gigawatt hours of electricity out of a possible 8,990 gigawatt hours, representing a load factor of 22.5 percent during this period. Diesel generators were running flat out.
            From the UK “The central planning of the 2010s has given us among the most expensive energy on the planet, futile price caps, bankrupt energy suppliers, import dependence, rising worries about the reliability of supply and – because of the fading influence of nuclear power – not much prospect of further falls in emissions.” Whoopee!

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        “The reality is the economics of coal-fired power stations are being put under increasing, unsustainable pressure by cleaner and lower cost generation, including solar, wind and batteries.” – Origin’s CEO Frank Calabria

        So the CEO of one of our biggest energy providers thinks batteries are generators? Seriously? This is where we’ve got to?

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      Huh!

      Eraring replacing a 2880MW generator with a 700MW Battery.

      2880MW of actual power generation replaced by a 700MW net power consumer.

      Man, there’s logic there!!!!!

      Somewhere!

      And umm, I wonder what they’re going to charge the battery with.

      That’s 20% of the total power consumption of NSW. Just wait till that bovine waste comes into contact with the rotating wind generating device!

      Tony.

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        Peter Fitzroy

        it is averaging 64% of capacity, a fact to which you seem to be unaware

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          robert rosicka

          How much does wind and solar average Peter ? And 4am next Wednesday morning how much will solar and wind contribute to the base load of NSW ? You’ve come a long way for someone who didn’t know how much he paid for electricity just a few years back !

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            robert rosicka

            Right now 10.22pm NSW is relying on power from Victoriastan and QLD , no solar and not much wind by the look of it , drop 25% and see what you’re left with .

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          Kalm Keith

          I heard it was 65%.
          So even better, or was that worse.

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          yarpos

          Quite a mindless and pathetic quibble PF.

          As usual the big picture escapes you and dogma/nit picking is what matters.

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        Forrest Gardener

        Makes no sense to me either.

        I would be surprised if Origin had not analysed the various scenarios and concluded that at least foreshadowing the closure of the plant would provide a financial benefit.

        They may well be able to milk some more emergency government money at a later date to keep it operating. They may well have calculated that they will be able to charge higher prices for power from other assets when the sun doesn’t shine and the wind doesn’t blow.

        For example those giant batteries are hugely profitable arbitrage machines if you can afford one.

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          Forrest mentions this:

          They may well be able to milk some more emergency government money at a later date to keep it operating.

          (A knowledgeable) NSW State Government could (very coyly) mention ….. Say, you guys just walk away on the date you propose. We’ll even clean it all up for you, you know, save you further hemorrhaging money, as you keep saying you are doing. All you need do is just sign it over to us.

          Then, the day after Origin walk away, The State walks in, fires it up, and keeps it going.

          Tony.

          Umm, keeping it going is the intention by Origin anyway. They just want the State to pay them to keep it going. There’s no way they could withstand the backlash of a whole State losing a fifth of its total power. Sydney would ….. go black. A 700MW part time energy consuming battery to replace 2880MW of actual power generation. There is NOTHING that can replace Eraring in that time frame. Wait till that truth gets out.

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            Forrest Gardener

            Who was it that owned a power plant, refused to keep it going and refused to sell it to the government?

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        Kneel

        It’s worse than that – Eraring is “nominal” 2640 (4 x 660), but if you can afford to halve the maintenance interval, you can run them at 990 each. So I was told by the Japanese guy in charge of installing Eraring #4 generator (I was on-site when they were commissioning #4 at Eraring)

        Oh, they also have several (4?) gas turbines on-site that are large enough to start a single unit – so they are part of the “black start” sequence (or were…)

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      Assuming a standard 4 hour battery that is 2800 MWh or enough to replace the coal plant for one hour except you can only get the juice 700 MW at a time.

      Do you not have a capacity market that pays to have the coal plant there when needed? That was the Texas problem, no capacity market. If all you buy is energy then coal plants lose money.

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        Ross

        Australia has lost the bulk of its manufacturing industry over the last 30 years. It was the reason all our coal fired generation was established back post WWII. To power industry that would employ ever increasing immigration to populate our country. Hence, the need for good dependable baseload power to power industry has largely disappeared. Power generation is now almost all for domestic use. In Victoria our most susceptible time for brownouts/ blackouts is late Summer. About now. When there is a week long heatwave in the major eastern states accompanied by windless days. But the various governments manage those potential disasters by firstly asking the few major power consumers ( eg. oil/aluminium refineries ) to power down. Then, they ask all house owners to reduce their power reqts and run rolling or managed outages. They never call them blackouts. We once had the cheapest electricity, large amounts of heavy industry and apart from natural disaster events (bushfires, storms etc) had very few power outages.

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          Ross
          February 17, 2022 at 10:44 am · Reply
          Australia has lost the bulk of its manufacturing industry over the last 30 years. It was the reason all our coal fired generation was established back post WWII. To power industry that would employ ever increasing immigration to populate our country. Hence, the need for good dependable baseload power to power industry has largely disappeared. Power generation is now almost all for domestic use

          Ross, i think you will find that domestic consumption is only about 30% og power usage.
          Industry, transport, commercial ( Shops, office’s building HVAC etc) are still the main consumers.

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        NSW response to closure of Eraring Power Station..
        There is some interesting details on this Govmt site..
        https://www.energy.nsw.gov.au/nsw-response-to-closure-of-eraring-power-station
        There seems to be some confusion over exactly what a 700MW battery actually is and what is capacity might be .. eveything from 1400 MWh to 2800 MWh is quated on various reports ?
        There is also a graphic on that site to show how the lost Capacity from Eraring is intended to be replaced.

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      Ronin

      700MW battery, LOL, that’s pathetic.

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      Kevin T Kilty

      And a great big power cord leading off to where?…

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        Anto

        Err…diesel generator?

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        Kevin T Kilty
        February 17, 2022 at 12:56 pm · Reply
        And a great big power cord leading off to where?…

        Read the Govmt paper i linked to it has some answers..
        1) total demand (NSW) is forecast to reduce by 1GW in 2026
        2) Closure of Liddell and Eraring will reduce capacity by 3.5GW
        3). New capacity OCGT will introduce 1.35 GW ( with battery ?)
        4) new battery and distribution upgrades will enable an extra 1 GW of RE to be utilised
        5) a few other “adjustments” such as “Demand Management” will further reduce peaks etc

        Well, that is what the AEMO think, ..personally i am not convinced !

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      Robber

      A Big Battery to replace Eraring? To deliver a maximum of 700 MW for 2 hours at what cost? Eraring can deliver 2,800 MW 24×7. The SA Hornsdale battery can deliver up to 150 MW for 1 hour, but normally only delivers 30 MW, and cost over $100 million.
      And coal will be replaced by surging investment in solar and wind generators?
      Except when the sun isn’t shining and the wind isn’t blowing.
      Last night at 7pm, coal 62%, gas 16%, hydro 14%, wind 7%, solar 1%. Oh, and those big batteries, 0.4%, to meet demand of 26,000 MW.
      And in NSW, coal provided 70% of demand, wind just 4%.
      Shutting Eraring in 2025, capacity 2,800 MW, last night delivering 2,000 MW. Meanwhile, all the windmills in the AEMO grid delivered just 1,700 MW from a nameplate capacity of 8,500 MW. I see blackouts and load shedding ahead.

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        Graeme No.3

        Robber,
        the SA Hornsdale battery was built in 2 stages, so the total cost was around $160 million — what the goofus Premier of SA (at that time) handed over is still not known. I am not sure that it can deliver 150MW in an hour, rather it may deliver that 30MW over a short time for frequency stabilising during high load conditions (e.g. output from renewables dropping). This was the most profitable business and I’ve heard that the new synchronous condensors are cutting into that.
        Hornsdale wind farm has a capacity of 315MW so in average terms 95MW.

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        Some of the Media ( Ben Fordham, 2GB) have picked up on this fiasco.
        Whilst the NSW govmt have been discussing this revised shut down timing for Eraring, it seems that the Federal gov were not made aware until yesterday !
        They are not happy !
        Angus Taylor is hopping up and down realising this could be a National Crisis for power supply and demanding the AEMO review their proposals to replace the lost generation capacity and prevent further shortages and price increases.
        Hopefully this will bring the whole electricity generation / coal/ gas issue into the forefront of public debate.

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        February 17, 2022 at 3:09 pm ·
        A Big Battery to replace Eraring? To deliver a maximum of 700 MW for 2 hours at what cost?……..

        Im sure you know the answer….it is simple..
        The cost of Battery storage is approximately us$1.0 million per MWh
        So depending on which reported capacity you use 1400MWh, 2400 MWh, or 2800 MWh..
        …then the cost is between Au$2.0 bn, to Au$4.0 bn
        But the REAL cost will be in its impact on grid supply…or lack of in this case..and consumer costs.

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        yarpos

        Did they say it was replacing Eraring , or its just what they are building there after the coal plant shuts down as part of a bigger picture? Sounds like they are either following the money or forcing the government to think.

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    John Connor II

    Interesting. Or maybe just expected…
    South Dakota reports meteoric rise in syphilis early in 2022

    The rate of Syphilis in South Dakota is seeing a meteoric rise in 2022, according to the South Dakota Department of Health (DOH).
    Of the 56 infectious diseases tracked, none are seeing a spike on the level of Syphilis, which has climbed 900% in 2022. The only other diseases listed that have charted increases as of February 8, 2022 are salmonellosis (salmonella), which has doubled in 2022, and Gonorrhea, which has seen an 18% spike.

    https://www.keloland.com/keloland-com-original/syphilis-cases-up-900-in-south-dakota/

    Well now..what would cause that especially in lockdowns.

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      TdeF

      Lockdown, midwinter. Syphilis was the American Indian’s gift to Europe. Just as small pox was given in return. At least we understand these diseases very well now and the Wuhan Flu virus is extremely well understood. After all, it was obviously man made using the AIDS virus to give the bat virus the ability to infect humans. What a triumph of military technology!

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        Syphilis has been found in pre-columbian skeletons in England. So likely not from America (unless from earlier travels of vikings or Iberian fishermen?).

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          TdeF

          So it died out? How? Someone needs to check their divinations.

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          Chris

          Syphillis has been found in the bones of Romans in Ancient Rome, long before any Europeans went to the Americas. It was assumed that the disease came from Africa and started as a close contact skin disease and mutated to a venereal disease.
          A careful read of the Mosaic Law pre Christian Era, shows that venereal diseases were a constant threat .

          It was for this reason that female virginity was highly prized.

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            Female virginity was always and ever highly prized because it meant a man might not be raising someone elses baby. It’s the only kind of fertile women who might not carry a silent pregnancy.

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              Anto

              Yes, agreed. Until the germ theory of disease took off in the late 1800’s, most afflictions were considered to be punishments by the Almighty. If the primary presentation was on the genitalia, God was punishing the act of fornication or adultery by fouling the organs which sinned.

              To people of the time, two young virgins would have been just as likely to contract a venereal disease, based on God’s verdict. Even if VD wasn’t the punishment meted out, atonement would occur somehow, either during life or at the end of their days.

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                Hmm. that’s another good reason to prize virgins.

                People were smarter then than “modern experts” like to make out. Before Germ Theory there were also extremely knowledgeable people.
                See 10th Century cure for MRSA “Superbug”. the “leech” doctors circa 1000AD were able to treat superbugs that modern doctors struggle with…

                People figured out how to sanitize rooms after the Black Plague. They also knew how to do primitive innoculations against small pox long before “germ theory”.

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      bobby b

      South Dakota had 4 (four) cases in 2020. Then it had 40 (forty) cases in 2021. “900%” sounds more terrifying, though.

      That’s just one overly frisky young thing in a Sioux Falls bar playing Typhoid Mary, not a societal trend.

      (Or, 30 people who weren’t getting in to see their doc during the height of the Covid lockdown finally went in later?)

      😉

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      Chris

      Boredom and sneaking off to visit another bored friend.

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    Anyone a photographer?

    This is weird

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-10518737/Prince-Andrews-ex-Lady-Victoria-Hervey-calls-Virginia-Roberts-scam-artist.html

    A claim by Prince Andrews ex girlfriend that the infamous photo of Andrew and the girl he has just settled his court case with, was doctored.

    The claim is that the two figures were inserted into the photo. As can be seen there is a photo of a sole figure and one with all three of them. With the latter there appears to be a picture frame on the wall behind Andrew.the perspectives look wrong as if the two pf them had been placed into the photo.

    Anyone expert enough to determine which photo is fake?

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      That D Mail site keeps crashing on me ??

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      mawm

      There are a number of bits that are funny. The door frame is missing, the window sill does some funny things, what is that shadow above Andrew’s hand running alongside Robert’s chest and waist. Maxwell has her hands together when with them but her R hand is along her side when on her own. Everything else about her is the same otherwise. It does look like a photoshop of Andrew and Andrews onto the picture of Maxwell on her own except for Maxwell’s different hand positions.

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      MP

      It looks the other way round.
      It appears that the Andy and the girl have been removed.
      Right breast of Max, girls elbow. Arch in girls arm, power point and a pink thing, removed Maxwell’s arm is flat. Maxwell’s right hand missing.
      Architrave around door got me though, why add that.

      Who cares, guilty by settling.

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        TdeF

        The reputational damage may have been worth it. And while a great deal is made of the donation to charity, who is paying the high priced lawyers on both sides?
        It is possible this is typical ambulance chasing. Judges in the US are far less impartial than in the UK and the sheer cost of a US trial would justify settlement.
        As with any case, it’s all about the lawyers.

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          TdeF

          And I would suggest lawyer Michael Avenatti acting for is a prime example of how crooked the lawyers can be. And again with his extortion against Nike. Whatever the truth against Prince Andrew, the Clintons(each), Bill Gates and more, there is no surprise that Jeffrey Epstein did not survive incarceration. In fact it’s a wonder Ghislane is still alive.

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      David Maddison

      I wonder why that photo wasn’t released earlier?

      And how much commission did the lawyers take on the settlement money?

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      Kevin kilty

      The photo of all three, the allegedly photoshopped one, has the moulding straight across the doorway. In the one with Maxwell alone that moulding is a mess. English carpentry maybe? There are all sorts of spurious features in the moulding around the doorframe that show when one uses cut and paste to build a feature after removing something in the foreground. There was no way to build Maxwell’s right hand so it vanishes leaving the left hand in an awkward fist.

      I dunno. It looks just as likely that the photo with Maxwell alone could be the photoshopped one.

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    John Connor II

    So – a few predictions by me for the second half of the year.

    1. More of the same, post election. It will be either Liberals or Labor but the other parties shouldn’t have bothered. The “I’ve always voted for them” squad rules again.
    So more political chaos and nightmares ahead.
    You thought all the craziness was finally winding down. Nope. Stage 2, remember 😆

    2. Big badda boom in real estate. The hyperinflated bubble will burst resulting in at least a 30% correction (price crash). An attempted mass exodus (selloff) will be a major problem as potential buyers won’t be able to buy, for the same reason people want to sell. The sheer cost of living makes mortgages unaffordable.
    ie looming large energy and food price hikes and shortages.
    Given how people are lying about their debt on loan applications now this is inevitable.
    Couple that with economic chaos & VAIDS cases going crazy and the lemmings will finally see the stupidity of following the crowd.
    Of course the sellers are on the hook for the principal amount. An ugly picture for them.
    Tassie looks particularly bad. $200k house price hikes in one year. Lunacy..

    Predictably motorhome sales are absolutely booming. The equivalent of the real estate frenzy.

    3. 2 major volcanic eruptions on par with Tonga. I have some interesting projected data saying this and it’s been pretty accurate so far.
    Greta on standby to advise how taxing us will stop this.

    Interesting times ahead.

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      3 – that is interesting but only if you give us details otherwise it is a bit of a nostradamus effort

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      Forrest Gardener

      Your crystal ball gives way more detail than mine John.

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      Mantaray Yunupingu

      John Connor II. Further to prediction #2…the bursting bubble will be further accelerated by “Deceased Estate” property flooding onto the market as the gene-jabs work their “magic”.

      Gonna be messy. Hope everyone’s got their gold (physical gold) stashed away in the vegie patch, or wherever!

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      el+gordo

      1 There will be a lot of citizens voting for independents or anyone other than the incumbent (a pox on both their houses) both at federal and state level. Minority governments should produce political chaos for years to come.

      2 No hyper inflation, but definitely inflation and if they don’t bring in guest workers we’ll have ‘wages push’. Wages have been muted for more than a decade because of immigration, a clever capitalist trick.

      3 Volcanic eruptions are impossible to forecast this far out, but I’ll have a look.

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    John Connor II

    Didn’t know batteries could be so entertaining.
    Be sure to send this to your electric-bunny friends 😅

    https://veteranweb.asn.au/news/batteries-by-nmc532-x/

    Cellphones & CR2032’s 😂
    Apart from that it’s good.

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    John Connor II

    Lightning strike???

    Not even a light pillar…

    Any locals able to comment?

    https://t.me/greatreject/30657

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    David Maddison

    QUOTE
    A record 493 new billionaires joined the list this year, propelled by a red-hot stock market and unprecedented economic stimulus. Among those newcomers are at least 40 new entrants who draw their fortunes from companies involved in fighting Covid.

    https://citizenfreepress.com/breaking/40-newest-billionaires-got-rich-off-covid/

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    David Maddison

    Notice yet another change in covid terminology?

    Rather than describing someone as “fully vaccinated”, because they are not, they are now described as being “up to date”, or not. And that currently means three injections although, as per my other post, it might mean five double doses, so ten in effect.

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    Catherine

    on ‘Common Sense’:

    Yesterday I Was Levi’s Brand President. I Quit So I Could Be Free.
    I turned down $1 million severance in exchange for my voice.

    Jennifer Sey Feb 14

    ….But they clamored for my denim and all that it represented: American ruggedness, freedom, individualism.

    I loved wearing Levi’s; I’d worn them as long as I could remember. But if you had told me back then that I’d one day become the president of the brand, I would’ve never believed you. If you told me that after achieving all that, after spending almost my entire career at one company, that I would resign from it, I’d think you were really crazy.

    Today, I’m doing just that. Why? Because, after all these years, the company I love has lost sight of the values that made people everywhere—including those gymnasts in the former Soviet Union—want to wear Levi’s.

    National media picked up on our story, and I was asked to go on Laura Ingraham’s show on Fox News. That appearance was the last straw. The comments from Levi’s employees picked up—about me being anti-science; about me being anti-fat (I’d retweeted a study showing a correlation between obesity and poor health outcomes); about me being anti-trans (I’d tweeted that we shouldn’t ditch Mother’s Day for Birthing People’s Day because it left out adoptive and step moms); and about me being racist, because San Francisco’s public school system was filled with black and brown kids, and, apparently, I didn’t care if they died. They also castigated me for my husband’s Covid views—as if I, as his wife, were responsible for the things he said on social media.

    All this drama took place at our regular town halls—a companywide meeting I had looked forward to but now dreaded.

    Meantime, the Head of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the company asked that I do an “apology tour.” I was told that the main complaint against me was that “I was not a friend of the Black community at Levi’s.” I was told to say that “I am an imperfect ally.” (I refused.)

    The fact that I had been asked, back in 2017, to be the executive sponsor of the Black Employee Resource Group by two black employees did not matter. The fact that I’ve fought for kids for years didn’t matter. That I was just citing facts didn’t matter. The head of HR told me personally that even though I was right about the schools, that it was classist and racist that public schools stayed shut while private schools were open, and that I was probably right about everything else, I still shouldn’t say so. I kept thinking: Why shouldn’t I?

    In the last month, the CEO told me that it was “untenable” for me to stay. I was offered a $1 million severance package, but I knew I’d have to sign a nondisclosure agreement about why I’d been pushed out.

    The money would be very nice. But I just can’t do it. Sorry, Levi’s.

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      David Maddison

      .That I was just citing facts didn’t matter.

      Pretty well sums up everything about the Left.

      Anyway, no doubt Levi’s will soon learn the meaning of “Get woke, go broke.”.

      about me being anti-fat (I’d retweeted a study showing a correlation between obesity and poor health outcomes)

      Oh yes, Leftists will tell you obesity is healthy and something to be celebrated, even though it might kill you.

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      Are you breaching copyright?

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    David Maddison

    On a previous post:

    https://joannenova.com.au/2022/02/canadian-provinces-rebel-against-trudeau/#comment-2519999

    Neville commented on ABS (Australian Bureau of Statistics) stats which showed people of African or Middle East origin had a higher mortality than people from other areas.

    Those figures make sense.

    Samoans are known to be extremely obese. A major risk factor.

    Those from Africa and the Middle East are known to be Vitamin D deficient due to skin colour and/or clothing choice. A major risk factor.

    Sadly, obesity and Vit D deficiency, even though well known risk factors for covid susceptibility and death, were given little to no attention by “health” authorities.

    The only option provided after antivirals were banned was vax, vax, vax and more vax.

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    David Maddison

    Did anyone hear Supreme Leader McClown of Western Australia yesterday, when talking about Clive Palmer, claim that hydroxychloroquine was a “dangerous” drug?

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    Furiously+Curious

    V For Vendetta, Canada edition
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kp2nBb70u7M

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    Furiously+Curious

    Charlie Kirk with some very uncommon sense. Running on anti-woke isn’t enough, you actually have to have a rebuilding program! Falling into power is a disaster.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NcihzGd9fCY

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    Liberator

    We’ll turn off your solar when we want to and because we have too. Otherwise no one is getting electricity – solar system owners unhappy!

    https://www.abc.net.au/news/science/2022-02-16/solar-how-is-it-affected-by-renewable-energy-curtailment/100830738

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      Ronin

      What a great way to manage the grid, never had to do this crap before, same with storage, never needed storage before.

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      yarpos

      The good news is that now they can control your solar, they can command them on when supply is running low on a hot summer night….oh, wait

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        Lucky

        The energy market regulator will apply the same economic algorithms as used to ‘ramp up’ the wind turbines.
        All is under control.

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    David Maddison

    The truth is starting to leak out despite the best efforts of politicians, “health” bureaucrats, the Left and the Misleadia.

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10516561/Ben-Fordham-exposes-data-shows-whats-really-causing-Covid-deaths.html

    Ben Fordham exposes astonishing list highlighting what’s REALLY causing coronavirus deaths in Australia and the damning statistic that will leave you fuming: ‘There’s an overblown scare campaign’

    By Charlie Coë For Daily Mail Australia
    09:11 AEDT 16 Feb 2022 , updated 11:53 AEDT 16 Feb 2022

    Host unleashed as he cited data released by Australian Bureau of Statistics

    Showed Covid was underlying cause of 2,556 of Australia’s 2,639 deaths

    The average victim had three underlying conditions, according to the data

    Fordham said newly-released data ‘expose scare campaign we’ve witnessed’

    ‘It wasn’t just Covid that claimed their lives,’ the breakfast radio host said

    Median age of those who died with virus was 81 for men and 86 for women

    Ben Fordham has revealed new data which shows the vast majority of Covid patients who died from the virus had pre-existing conditions – and how coronavirus fatalities make up only a very small proportion of all deaths in Australia.

    SEE LINK FOR REST

    No kidding!

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      Fordham also quoted a health official who confirmed that the hospital covid numbers are way exaggerated., siting the example of a patient who had recovered from covid 2 weeks earlier , but when admitted again via ER due to a cycling accident, was recorded as a Covid case simply because he was on record as previously tested +ve !
      Many similar situations apparently !

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    Ross

    The Victorian clown show continues. Head clown announces dropping of QR codes and density limits for some venues. You can tell he’s going to reduce all the present COVID restrictions as slowly as possible. Assistant head clown (Foley not Sutton) says further decisions on indoor masks need more data analysis. Basically the Labor govt haven’t done their polling on masks yet. Last year there was a circuit breaker lockdown announcement by Andrews Saturday morning and most retail/ restaurants were closed by 2pm. What’s the point in delaying the dropping of all the crazy restrictions? I’m sitting here watching an NBA match during lunchtime being played in New York. The crowd is mostly maskless. That’s New York with a population of nearly 20 million, still in Winter with high rates of infection. Victoria, population 5m, summer with extremely low infection/death rates with a 95% vaxxed. Yikes!!

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      David Maddison

      Because it’s about control, not science.

      And all Australian Governments are fanatical followers of UN decrees.

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      beowulf

      Apologies if this has been covered previously.

      A NSW Government QR code breach saw 566,318 NSW addresses — including sensitive locations — leaked to a public website where the data could be searched and viewed, with the Premier acknowledging it ‘shouldn’t have happened’.

      An independent technology security specialist made the discovery and sounded the warning.

      Premier Perrottet said that he was only told about the QR data leak on Monday, even though it happened some time in 2021.

      https://www.rebelnews.com/qr_breach_exposes_500_000_nsw_addresses

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      Yes. The Indian Government made a good call. No evidence of safety, no sale. They’ll probably unload the product on one of the world’s most gullible governments, Australia’s.

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      India has a population of 1.4 billion.

      It would have been worth the effort to sell them something.

      For Pfizer to refuse or be unable to provide safety and efficacy data suggests something is very wrong.

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      Ross

      It all has to do with those EUA’s and the fact that the US FDA look to be a totally compromised regulator. The Indian authorities clearly don’t think COVID is an acceptable emergency use anymore. Ivermectin anyone? Asking for local trials is smart, particularly as trial data from non Indian studies is not representative of their population. Shame they didnt do that for all the original vaccines.

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        Lucky

        Rather than available data from non-Indian sources being not representative of the Indian population, I suggest that available data does not represent any population.
        One major justification for this view is from reports of incompetent and careless trials.

        In addition, I have looked at one of the FoI released reports and it is, well, quite unsettling.

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          Kalm Keith

          Yes, good point.

          The “trials” are more tokenism than anything else.

          On the books it appears that a trial has been done, tick, but in reality there’s nothing of substance.

          The swamp has won this round.

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      Stuart

      actually, the Indians are concerned with the storage requirements in a hot country. Sometimes we need to look deeper into a story and not jump in with both feet to the wrong conclusion. starting unsubstantiated claims that can be shot down easily negates the whole argument and they only need to shoot us down once to discredit the whole agenda.

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    David Maddison

    It’s alarming hearing some politicians speak, especially from the Labor Party. They are often only given positions because they have certain factional quotas to meet and might be drawn from a variety of sources such as being petty union officials. Such an example was Peter Spyker who was Joan Kirner’s Minister for Transport in 1990 and who could barely string two words together and yet was responsible for a multi-billion dollar portfolio. A lot of the Labor politicians (and others as well) would have to be described as borderline mentally challenged.

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      Ross

      What’s worse with Labor – its virtually the same mob from the RGR years. At least the LNP have recycled a lot of MP ‘s (PM’s) in that time. If LNP were smart ( debatable) they would be constructing a whole heap of hit ads for TV/Radio/Facebook/ YouTube featuring all the crazy stuff they did last time. There must be hours of footage.

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        Sambar

        ” If LNP were smart ( debatable) they would be constructing a whole heap of hit ads for TV/Radio/Facebook/ YouTube featuring all the crazy stuff they did last time. There must be hours of footage.”

        I went down this road with my local Liberal member. The whining sounded like a jet turbine starting up,
        ” The media won’t give us a fair go” so take out paid advertisements,” We have a couple in the pipeline but we don’t have the funds.”
        I volunteered to come and draw the ads up for free ( polite laugh from polys assistant) I have given up on the Libs.
        Got an interesting e mail couple of days ago asking me to donate funds to relection campaign. Donations up to $1049 are tax deductable and can be anonymous.
        I dont think I ll take up the offer.

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          David Maddison

          Ha! They asked me as well. This was after I told my “representative” that he was barely differentiated from Labor and the Libs had to say something different than Labor and attend some legal pro-freedom marches. I told him choosing to vote was now not a matter of choosing who was best for Australia but who was least dangerous.

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    David Maddison

    Did you know most of the actors in the movie A Clockwork Orange have passed away?

    https://youtu.be/xqQ3VPJp8Dk

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      TdeF

      Interesting, but it was a 1971 film, so 51 years ago! Half a century.

      Anyone over 40 then would be over 90 now and some of the cast died in their 90s. And two died just this year including Malcolm McDowell at age 78.

      The Gone with the Wind is completely gone too. Olivia De Havilland dead 6 years ago at 104. The only surprise is that she lived so long.

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        TdeF

        And almost no one left from WWII which started 83 years ago and ended 77 years ago. Most participants would be over 100. My father’s second cousin died last year at 108 in Victoria. What was a surprise was that he was living at home and independent. Except the police took his driver’s licence away on principle when he was 103. Born in 1913 the 100 year clock is up to 1922.

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          TdeF

          And the Wuhan flu would have decimated these numbers.

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          Annie

          It is TdeF. My mother was in the ATS in the war and is heading for 100 this year if she survives just a little longer.

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            Annie

            Now listening to Vaughan-Williams’ piece on a theme by Thomas Tallis on BBC Radio3. It is intensely English and makes me homesick (as does Elgar’s cello concerto).

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              Annie

              Fantasia on a theme of Thomas Tallis, first performed at Gloucester Cathedral over 100 years ago.
              We went to a wonderful concert by The Sixteen at Gloucester Cathedral some years ago. We bought a couple of their cd’s which I cherish.

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              Kalm Keith

              We saw the Tallis Scholars here in NovoCastria 1st Nov 2016.

              https://www.artshub.com.au/news/reviews/the-tallis-scholars-252511-2354217/#

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                Annie

                We loved them too and I went to hear them in Melbourne quite some years back; early 90s I think. The Tudor Choristers were great too but I haven’t been to much for years; just once to the Melbourne Concert Hall before all this Covid stuff afflicted us. Getting to concerts from up country takes a lot of effort now and so I prefer to listen at home.

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    Ross

    I can see your comment – so maybe not?

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    John Connor II

    Ancient solar storm smashed Earth at the wrong part of the sun’s cycle — and scientists are concerned

    The 9,200-year-old storm left researchers with a stark conclusion: We are not ready for the next one.

    An extremely powerful solar storm pummeled our planet 9,200 years ago, leaving permanent scars on the ice buried deep below Greenland and Antarctica.

    A new study of those ancient ice samples has found that this previously unknown storm is one of the strongest outbursts of solar weather ever detected and would have crippled modern communications systems if it had hit Earth today.

    But perhaps most surprising, the massive storm appears to have hit during a solar minimum, the point during the sun’s 11-year cycle when solar outbursts are typically much less common, according to the study, published Jan. 11 in the journal Nature Communications. Because of this unexpected discovery, the study researchers are concerned that devastating solar storms could hit when we least expect them — and that Earth might not be prepared when the next big one arrives.

    https://www.livescience.com/ancient-solar-storm-solar-minimum

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      William Astley

      This is the next part of our story. Astronomy has sort of covered up this topic. The sun has currently changed. It is producing tiny sunspots most of which cannot be seen visually. For the last 10 years or so the magnetic field strength of individual sunspots has been getting weaker and weaker. Solar cycle 25 appears to be the last cycle before the strange minimum.

      The sun is at the point in its life where it suddenly slows down and no longer produces a magnetic cycle.

      Based on long term observation of a set of solar like stars (same size and age)… As the solar like star enters the transitional period it starts to enter into periods when there are no ‘sun’ spots produced on the surface of the star. Based on observations of sun like stars, undergoing the change in rotation from fast to slow… The period of no ‘sun’ spots is followed by single spot on the star that covers roughly 18% of the area of the surface of the star. That (how or why it forms is not known.) has a lifetime of about a year and shoots off massive flares a couple of times a year.

      https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/07/210728105700.htm

      Using dynamo models of magnetic field generation in stars, the team show that at about the age of the Sun the magnetic field generation mechanism of stars suddenly becomes sub-critical or less efficient. This allows stars to exist in two distinct activity states — a low activity mode and an active mode. A middle aged star like the Sun can often switch to the low activity mode resulting in drastically reduced angular momentum losses by magnetized stellar winds.

      https://academic.oup.com/mnrasl/article/506/1/L50/6324494
      It has been reported that the Sun is currently going through a weakened braking phase at about its mid-life of 4.5 billion years (van Saders et al. 2016). What causes this weakened magnetic braking is an intriguing question. The latest measurements confirm that the Sun is less magnetically active than similar stars (Reinhold et al. 2020b). This has spurred debates and controversy on whether the Sun is already transitioning to a magnetically inactive future (Metcalfe & van Saders 2020; Reinhold et al. 2020a); studies exploring rotation period, magnetic cycle period relationships support this hypothesis (Metcalfe, Egeland & van Saders 2016; Metcalfe & van Saders 2017)

      The peculiar solar cycle 24 – where do we stand?
      http://iopscience.iop.org/1742-6596/440/1/012001/pdf/1742-6596_440_1_012001.pdf

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      William Astley

      What we have just lived through is a Dansgaard-Oeschger warm period. The D-O warming period have no explanation as the solar explanation is suppressed. The D-O warming periods are primarily regional (most amount of warming is on the Greenland Ice sheet, however there is warming also in the Southern hemisphere, 342 cycles found in the Antarctic peninsula ice core with the same periodicity as the Greenland ice core events) rather than global warming. Same as we just observed.

      The past warming events had the same ‘signature’ as the most recent warming event which based on solar observations (Sun spots are shrinking in size and the lifetime of a sunspot group is now about 10 days, as compared to the normal 20 days, if it is visible) is now over. The past warming period has a total duration of 100 to 150 years and there is short term warming period for either 20 years or 30 years correlating with a change in the sun, that is followed by a Maunder minimum.

      The paleoclimate guys locate the cyclic D-O climate change events in time by looking for changes in cosmogenic isotopes in geological record. The change in cosmogenic isotopes is caused by changes in the sun.

      Greenland ice temperature, last 11,000 years determined from ice core analysis, Richard Alley’s paper.

      http://www.climate4you.com/images/GISP2%20TemperatureSince10700%20BP%20with%20CO2%20from%20EPICA%20DomeC.gif

      http://wattsupwiththat.files.wordpress.com/2012/09/davis-and-taylor-wuwt-submission.pdf

      Davis and Taylor: “Does the current global warming signal reflect a natural cycle”

      …We found 342 natural warming events (NWEs) corresponding to this definition, distributed over the past 250,000 years …. …. The 342 NWEs contained in the Vostok ice core record are divided into low-rate warming events (LRWEs; < 0.74oC/century) and high rate warming events (HRWEs; ≥ 0.74oC /century) (Figure). … …. "Recent Antarctic Peninsula warming relative to Holocene climate and ice – shelf history" and authored by Robert Mulvaney and colleagues of the British Antarctic Survey ( Nature , 2012, doi:10.1038/nature11391),reports two recent natural warming cycles, one around 1500 AD and another around 400 AD, measured from isotope (deuterium) concentrations in ice cores bored adjacent to recent breaks in the ice shelf in northeast Antarctica. ….

      http://www.agu.org/pubs/crossref/2003/2003GL017115.shtml

      Timing of abrupt climate change: A precise clock by Stefan Rahmstorf
      Many paleoclimatic data reveal a approx. 1,500 year cyclicity of unknown origin. A crucial question is how stable and regular this cycle is. An analysis of the GISP2 ice core record from Greenland reveals that abrupt climate events appear to be paced by a 1,470-year cycle with a period that is probably stable to within a few percent; with 95% confidence the period is maintained to better than 12% over at least 23 cycles. This highly precise clock points to an origin outside the Earth system; oscillatory modes within the Earth system can be expected to be far more irregular in period.

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        el+gordo

        Totally agree with the hypothesis, so I’ll amuse myself to see what the weather was like at the end of a D-O Event.

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        el+gordo

        ‘D-O climatic oscillations typically consist of a rapid warming episode that unfolds over decades and is followed by a gradual cooling interval that extends across centuries or millennia.’ (Brittanica)

        There has been talk that a Bond Event began around 1500 AD, in the middle of the LIA, but I have my doubts.

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    Tides of Mudgee

    Thanks to Fuel Filter’s link at No. 6 in yesterday’s “Canadian Provinces rebel” post, to watch David Martin is always great, but to watch him fired up as he is in the below link, is nothing short of sheer joy. Don’t tangle with David Martin. ToM

    https://www.bitchute.com/video/yZyVPD4m8PUj/

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    PeterS

    India’s Ambassador: Trudeau is an Embarrassment to Canada & India
    India’s ambassador, Deepak Vohra, tears into Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for his blatant hypocrisy. Last year when thousands of farmers protested in Delhi, causing blockades, Trudeau was in support of the protestors and urged the Indian government to have a dialogue with the disgruntled farmers.

    The Indian ambassador stated:

    “The fellow who was trying to give us advice has actually gone into hiding,” Vohra stated. “He has betrayed their trust. The saddest thing about betrayal is that it never comes from your enemies, it comes from those you have faith in. Some of the most poisonous people come disguised as friends and family.”
    “My motto has been to always protect the oppressed, even if he is my enemy,” Vohra said, “But I will never forgive the traitor, even if he is my friend.”

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    PeterS

    The Republican party is echoing Donald Trump’s call for Hillary Clinton to be prosecuted over recent revelations that she spied on the Trump administration.
    If she is prosecuted there is a possibility a whole lot of others will go down as well including a few well know people. Now that would be interesting. The “master” globalists though will escape prosecution as always.

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      Annie

      It certainly gives them a considerable advantage while camping or on the battlefield! Women’s bodies are really not designed for such! How very un-PC of me.

      Deplorable Annie.

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    John Connor II

    A Helium shortage could create a looming crisis for the entire tech sector.
    Today, all the biggest names in tech are likely to find themselves scrambling to get their hands on more of this ultra-rare commodity.

    Without it, Netflix couldn’t stream movies and shows to TVs around the world.
    Google couldn’t support the 5.6 billion searches made per day.
    And Apple couldn’t produce the millions of iPhones and Apple Watches that so many fanatics die for.
    However, Big Tech’s house of cards may be closer than ever to falling apart because of a massive supply squeeze that’s only getting worse.
    That’s because after 70+ years of production, the world’s single largest source of this commodity, the US National Helium Reserve in Amarillo, TX has finally dried up.

    Because of its unique properties, helium is one of the best options in the world for cooling the equipment needed to keep the world as we know it running.
    That includes everything from diagnosing health problems (MRI machines) and connecting us with friends and family (fiber optic cables for the internet)…
    To building the world’s most popular electronics (semiconductors) and keeping trillion-dollar businesses in operation (supercomputing and data centers).

    https://oilprice.com/Energy/Energy-General/How-To-Play-The-Coming-Helium-Boom.html

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    Can’t understand Climate politics. Zaria Steggle, Climate warrior receives donation from coal baron. She’ll get off lightly..That’s common knowledge.
    Today we learn another coal station is closing early. Looks like retail price maintenance to me, or maybe, as Lenin said, capitalists are so venal they’ll sell you the rope you propose to hang them with

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    PeterS

    As to be expected the Europe’s insane push for emission reductions has just got worse; they now say families bringing up children and babies are to blame for climate change.
    The Agenda is in plain sight
    As one comment says:

    Forget the Ukraine. Give Germany to Putin and get it over with.

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    Neville

    Our Greens imbeciles want to waste another 40 billion $ on so called Green energy and hope to blackmail Labor if the Albanese donkey wins.
    Just like they did under the Gillard, Brown agreement to wreck our economy with their clueless co2 tax.
    Albanese also wants to waste another 20 bn $ on new electricity infrastructure and also stuff up the economy with more RUINABLES and many more blackouts to come.
    Of course ZERO change to our climate or temp by 2050 or 2100. But who cares about wasting another lazy 60 billion $ as long as it stuffs up our economy ASAP.?

    https://www.msn.com/en-au/money/markets/greens-propose-dollar40-billion-takeover-of-electricity-sector-to-eliminate-coal-by-2030/ar-AATZSHo

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    RealWorld

    It seems clear now that covid was created in the Wuhan lab – yet still barely a mention by our media
    Anyone else find this a bit surreal?

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    KP

    “Australia has changed its national brand logo after the previous iteration was mocked for bearing a close resemblance to a Covid-19 particle. The new logo, which was unveiled on Friday, features a minimalist kangaroo made of boomerangs and ‘Australia’ in dark green capital letters below.
    blah blah blah…
    The logo was changed after the last version – which was unveiled in July 2020 amid the global Covid-19 pandemic – was ridiculed for bearing a strong resemblance to a coronavirus. While Australia’s Nation Brand Advisory Council argued at the time that the country’s traditional kangaroo symbol did not adequately represent Australia, critics such as Sky News host Chris Kenny claimed the image looked like the “coronavirus under a microscope” and said it was “insulting” that Australian taxpayers had to pay for it.

    The design – which cost a whopping $10 million to create and was supposed to represent a wattle tree – was quietly retired after just a month of use.”
    https://www.rt.com/news/549781-australia-redesigns-national-logo/

    Monty Python couldn’t make this shit up! Still, cheaper than paying for a new aboriginal flag..

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