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    Ted1

    My observation of the state of affairs was that we of the empirical climate science have lost the battle against the bogus science, and that the rock we perished on was Clive Palmer’s association with Al Gore.

    Can recent events, including the wind “drought” in Europe and the war in Ukraine change the prevailing attitude before the election just six weeks away?

    And will the electorate again fall for Clive Palmer’s advertising blitz?

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      Hanrahan

      And will the electorate again fall for Clive Palmer’s advertising blitz?

      He and his ilk have a following here.

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        Selwyn+H

        I for one would like to see Craig Kelly back in Parliament as he is the only MP to have the guts to stand up and tell the truth about Covid-19 treatments that work. With no resources available to him he accepted Clive Palmer’s help to continue fighting Big Pharma disinformation and if he stood for the Senate in the forthcoming election he would have a good chance of gaining a spot.

        We all know Clive Palmer’s unsavory reputation but I think Craig has demonstrated he is his own man and will do what he considers to be right. Watching him with his handicapped son gives me confidence that he has the “right stuff” to continue his fight against political hypocrisy.

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          Yellingbodweller

          Craig is not only standing up to the Covid tyranny, he is also standing up against that climate change BS. Wish we had more honest politicians like him.

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          Dennis

          SA State Election last Saturday PHON about 3% and UAP 0%

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        Yonniestone.

        A following on this blog?, I’m very wary of UAP mostly because of Palmer and his Gore antics but also the strong ties he and Craig Kelly have with Liberal/Nationals, sure they’re saying the right things in adverts and Telegram but the vote preferences aren’t clear at this stage.

        I know we can preference everyone under the line but most will go above and leaves it open for vote games, even if under the line you put the majors last places but UAP 1st choice your still potentially giving a false party some power in seats, they have to come clean.

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          Steve of Cornubia

          I was interested in UAP when Palmer joined the anti-mandate movement, speaking at one big Brisbane rally. Since then though, he and pretty much every body else (Hanson excepted?) has abandoned the unvaccinated and switched into ‘getting elected’ mode. I contacted my local UAP candidate to explain why I was cooling off on UAP, and saying that the mandates were more important than just about every other issue, but while she said she agreed she couldn’t do much more than point to a speech Kelly made last August.

          Yeah, nah.

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            Dennis

            PUP now UAP (the name of the now Australian Liberal Party a long time ago, political tactics lack conviction and I suspect are mostly about the banker’s fun times and spare petty cash.

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            Hanrahan

            Steve, surely you are too old to get sucked into supporting single issue parties.

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              Steve of Cornubia

              Normally I wouldn’t, but I consider the loss of freedoms and the tyranny of vaccine mandates, accompanying the rise of authoritarian bureaucracy, trumps EVERYTHING else right now. IF UAP – or any other party – had championed freedom all the way to the election, I’d be happy to vote for them. My reasoning is that, while these minor parties won’t win government, a big vote on that one issue would have sent a strong message to the Uniparty and globalists generally.

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    Hanrahan

    Putin is making a laughing stock of himself and his army. They have suffered at least X20 deaths than the Americans in Desert Storm, a war against a far more formidable opponent than Ukraine.

    Note to China: No one thinks YOUR army could do better. Russia just had to drive across a line on a map, you need to emulate the Normanby Landings to attack Taiwan. Pull your head in and start obeying international norms.

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      el+gordo

      Beijing has no intention of invading Taiwan, they are prepared to wait until all the Third World votes in their favour at the UN. As time goes by the mainland could adopt Taiwan’s political democracy and then the wooing begins.

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        Hanrahan

        Beijing has no intention of invading Taiwan

        You are using the same logic that says Russia would never attack Ukraine.

        The Chinese Admirals and The Global Times had every intention of doing so, at least until a few weeks ago. Xi has not corrected them.

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          el+gordo

          Took everyone by surprise, Putin is clearly mad to invade in the winter.

          What exactly did the Admirals say?

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            Hanrahan

            el Gordo, I have egg on my face. I have for years been saying Putin is a sane man. Defending him [a little] with the old saying in my mind “Give a dog a bad name, then hang him”. I have justified some belligerence on the truth that NATO have constantly broken agreements, going back to Reagan and Gorby when NATO promised never to push their boundaries East.

            When the facts change I change my mind and starting a war is a material fact.

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        TedM

        What planet are you commenting from el+gordo.

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      OldOzzie

      Putin’s War: The Next Phase

      . Most wars are aimed at replacing a status quo regarded as undesirable by one or both adversaries, with a new one acceptable by the winning side and tolerable by the loser.

      . So far, the European Union and NATO have opted for what amounts to knee-jerk reaction to show that they are doing something without deciding what it is they are actually facing.

      No matter how this war ends, the issue of how to fit Russia into the international order will have to be tackled. Right now, however, there are few signs that Western policymakers are preparing for that immense task.

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      OldOzzie

      Under Martial Law, Ukraine President Zelenskyy Consolidates All Media Into State Media, Disbands All Political Opposition Parties

      Following the ‘democracy must be destroyed in order to preserve it model‘, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has dissolved all political opposition parties and consolidated all media.

      There’s a word to describe when a single national leader takes control over all media platforms and dissolves the political parties of his opposition. However, apparently, we are not allowed to notice that because Russia “invaded a sovereign democracy” or something.

      LVIV, Ukraine, March 20 (Reuters) – Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has signed a decree that combines all national TV channels into one platform, citing the importance of a “unified information policy” under martial law, his office said in a statement on Sunday.

      Ukrainian privately owned media channels have hitherto continued to operate since the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine on Feb. 24. The decree announcement, made on the presidential website, did not specify how quickly the new measure would come into force. (link)

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        OldOzzie

        Sunday Talks, Zelenskyy Says Willing To Talk to Russian President Putin, but if Talks Fail It Would Mean World War III

        That’s an odd statement by Zelenskyy considering that any WW-III triggering would need NATO and the U.S. to enter it. Why would Zelenskyy speak on behalf of the United States and NATO unless he has received that message in advance? If the U.S. and NATO have assured Zelenskyy they would directly engage in a war with Russia, wouldn’t that be something the citizens of those countries -especially us- would have to be consulted on?

        Either: (1) the statement by Zelenskyy is undiplomatically presumptuous; or (2), he’s trying to drag us into his war; or (3), U.S. government officials speaking on our behalf have already made those assurances. None of those scenarios are good. WATCH:

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          Curious George

          Putin threatened to use nuclear weapons if anybody attempts to “interfere” with his surgical precision military operation. Putin himself will determine what constitutes an “interference”.

          OldOzzie, are you older than Greta?

          Desperate situations require desperate acts.

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            OldOzzie

            Curious George

            in this day and age of media disinformation, always worth looking at all sides of a situation

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            KP

            “Putin threatened to use nuclear weapons if anybody attempts to “interfere” ”

            Quote please or you are lying…

            We will all find that he doesn’t say “nuclear weapons”

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              Curious George

              https://www.foreignaffairs.com › articles › ukraine › 2022-03-11 › putins-nuclear-bluff
              When starting the invasion, Putin warned that any outside country standing in Russia’s way would face “consequences such as they have never seen in their history”—a thinly disguised nuclear threat.
              KP, you are entitled to your own interpretation.

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        OldOzzie

        Alternative View

        The Battle in Mariupol Is Intense and Filled With Western Propaganda – Russian Military Fighting Ukrainian Azov Battalions and Ultranationalists in Eastern Region

        Keep in mind, the western narrative about the battles in Eastern Ukraine are all framed around calling the Ukrainian military, spearheaded by the Azov battalions and the ultranationalists, as the good guys. Nothing could be further from the truth. According to increasingly obvious reports, coming from ordinary citizens in/around Mariupol, the Ukrainian army has been using them as human shields and keeping them from evacuating.

        There is a lot of war fog surrounding the conflict, however, it is the absence of any pro-Ukraine army sentiment from the local residents that supports the evidence the Ukraine military (Azov Nazi battalion, supported by U.S. and NATO alliance) are actually the bad guys in this region. The eastern region conflict has been ongoing for years, with Russia supporting the residents and the Ukraine military attacking them.

        The Russian army has been fighting the Ukraine military in/around Mariupol while the Azov battalions have kept the citizens captive. However, the Russians are now surrounding the Ukraine military and slowly clearing each of the surrounding villages allowing the formerly captive people to leave or seek safety.

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      OldOzzie

      What was the 2014 Euromaidan Coup in Ukraine and why does it matter?

      This is a comment on a post at Powerline. It highlights how little we know about anything that surround so many of the major issues of the world today.

      There is evidence that the US was involved in the 2014 Maidan coup replacing the Ukrainian leader friendly to Russia with one friendly to the US. This 2014 photo shows Klobuchar, McCain and Graham in Ukraine around the time of the coup. Why Klobuchar is circled I do not know.

      On the other side of Klobuchar is Ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch, an Obama appointee who was fired by Trump for undermining his effort to get evidence of Biden’s corrupt activity in Ukraine. She testified against Trump in the first impeachment.

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      OldOzzie

      The Causes of War
      21st March 2022

      Keith Windschuttle Editor-in-chief
      Editor, Quadrant Magazine

      As much as I enjoy reading Keene’s columns, I think he is wrong about the connection between Putin’s psychological state and his resort to warfare. A more credible case can be deduced from one of the great works by the Australian historian Geoffrey Blainey, The Causes of War (1973). Although originally written almost fifty years ago, its third, updated edition remains in print today. It is still recommended reading in US military training academies.

      The critical factor is one nation’s perception of its power relative to others. The actual distribution of power is less important than how the nations’ leaders perceive it is distributed. “Wars usually begin,” Blainey argues, “when two nations disagree on their relative strength.” Moreover, wars usually come to an end when both sides learn from experience what each other’s true strengths are.

      Putin’s aggression has corresponded to widely held perceptions among the Western intelligentsia of America’s reluctance to act as protector of last resort. His actions appear predicated on the belief that not only have the Obama and Biden administrations been reluctant to get involved because of those Presidents’ characters and ideological predilections, but that the United States is unwilling to do so because of its decline, both economically and militarily.

      This is a set of assumptions that appear to have also influenced Xi Jinping’s recent pronouncements about Chinese sovereignty over Taiwan and his determination to bring it within the realm of his power. Since the embarrassing disaster of Joe Biden’s desertion of Afghanistan there has been a direct line of increasing Chinese propaganda on this topic.

      Hence, if the military adventurers of Russia and China are predicating their exploits on some perception of American decline, they are badly mistaken. The only thing they have got right is their view of the lack of resolve of Barack Obama and Joe Biden, who have been, so far, the most timid American presidents since Jimmy Carter.

      The American democratic system was not principally designed for warfare, but weak presidents usually beget strong ones, and sooner rather than later.

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        KP

        “The American democratic system was not principally designed for warfare,”
        Yes it was… They spend more on their military than the next nine countries combined. Their military budget is the biggest item in their spending, about $800billion, all invented money!

        They have never been invaded and have no reason to have offensive forces, except to invade other countries.

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      John B

      You under estimate the Chinese. They did all right in the Vietnamese and Korean War against the might of the US military machine. They will bide their time. Although under a weak Biden White House and a woke military leadership it may be time for them to test the waters.

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        Len

        When the Communists in Vietnam signed the Peace Treat in Paris they had been badly beaten. The Democrats in Congress in which Joe Biden was involved denied funding to the South Vietnam Armed forces. They had no money or parts to carry out repairs on aircraft or their tanks. The Communists broke the peace agreement and invaded the country. The Democrats are/were basically communists helping out their own.

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          Len

          The Chinese Army tried to invade Vietnam after the Vietnam war. They had had their rear ends severely kicked. The Vietnamese armour was very successful against the Chinese.

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            Hanrahan

            Yet the West is bluffed by China’s numbers on strength. Russia has the numbers too.

            Am I the only one who sees this as the last hurrah of the communist nations, both of them?

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      Big Moose

      It took the United States 42 days to take Baghdad and Iraq is 2/3 thirds the size of Ukraine and only had half the population. Iraq was friendless and the Ukraine has had global support providing sophisticated weaponry and it is fighting hard – something the bulk of the Iraqis did not do. The Russian mindset is not well understood and it’s way of war may not be what the West would do, however the ground truth is that Russian forces are inexorably moving towards achieving their objectives. Yes, they are incurring casualties but war is as much a contest of will and the Russians have previously demonstrated that they are prepared to incur and cause significant casualties to achieve their results I.e. Chechnya. A more balanced assessment at the moment is difficult as the information operations from the Ukraine side are full of false or distorted narratives such as the Ghost of Kyiv, whilst Russian information (no doubt, also distorted) is hard to come by as big tech and the western media have de-platformed media outlets such as RT and any websites that provides favourable coverage to Russia.

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        Hanrahan

        After 3 weeks of arial war it took 100 hours to remove Iraqis from Kuwait. The world reviled at the slaughter on the road out so the US allowed the column to escape.

        Watch a doco on 73 Easting to see how dominant the Americans were.

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          Big Moose

          It is problematic to use Kuwait as an example. Ukraine is 34 times the size of Kuwait and has approximately 21 times the population Kuwait had in 1990 (44 million compared to just over 2 million). Kuwait is a desert country with relatively little impediment for large scale mechanized forces, whilst Ukraine is heavily fortified, has significant urban population centres, a series of of large water hazards and most importantly, the population is fighting for its homeland.Even still using your metrics of success, 100 hours to defeat Iraqis in a country the size of Kuwait, when extrapolated would equate to 3400 hours or 141 days in Ukraine.

          You mentioned the 73 Easting documentary. If you want to know about the mechanized battles that occurred in this conflict you might be interested in reading Colonel Douglas McGregors book -Warriors Rage – which is one of the best books I have read on Operation Desert Storm. Colonel McGregor also provides very reasoned and sobering assessments on the situation in Ukraine and this is in sharp contrast to most of the other analysts commentating today

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            Hanrahan

            The US was fighting Iraq, not Kuwait.

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              Big Moose

              Correct – that what I stated “defeat Iraqis in a country the size of Kuwait,”

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              Big Moose

              The ground war was in Kuwait and am not sure what point your making as there is no further explanation

              My original point stands – a balanced assessment of Russian military performance in Ukraine will only be available after the conflict is concluded and after sorting through the narratives of both sides. Comparing it to other conflicts at this point in time is problematic and does not take into account the different factors and conflating tensions at play here.

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                Hanrahan

                How many thousands of dead Russians and destroyed vehicles do you need to be convinced Putin has stuffed up, that the Russian army is not a credible force?

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                Big Moose

                I keep emotions in check when conducting a conflict assessment and take all factors into account.At this stage we still do not know what the operational plan of the Stavka was and how it has been modified or adapted for going forward. If you look at the French MOD they believe that the Russia is making steady advances reflective of a plan focused in grinding down Ukrainian military forces, the British MOD considers that the Russian advance is progressing despite stiff resistance whereas the US DOD postulates that the Russian advance has been contained. I don’t know who is right but in the past the US DOD got WMDs in Iraq wrong as well as the recent collapse of the Afghan army.

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                KP

                You could try searching for thesaker, russians with attitude, spriter99800, and the moon of alabama, all of which get rid of the Westerm propaganda to examine the results on the ground. I have several more I read.

                Russia will prevail, they are not going to raze the country and mass murder the civilians like the Yanks do. They are running their B team to get them ready for war with NATO when it comes. They put an army one third the size of the enemy up against a larger but just as sophisticated enemy. America hasn’t done that, ever! The enter wars late when the hard work has been done, or picks on some 3rd-world country to destroy.

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      Geoff Sherrington

      el+gordo, Why would it explain a lot?
      Either 1. The heat flow from it is constant over millennia, in which case it changes nothing; or
      2. The heat flux is variable, in which case you cannot draw inferences unless you quantify the flow over the next several decades at least.
      In other words, there is nothing that can be done as a consequence of the surmise about the mantle plume, so why discuss it?
      Geoff S

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        el+gordo

        You’re probably right, Judith Curry seemed impressed.

        The Western Pacific Warm Pool is another matter altogether, how is it possible for the SST to remain stable if not for geothermal heating?

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        Ross

        Except in past times I have heard some volcanologists say the plume has been active for the last 6k years. Hence, why that part of Antartica is regarded as possibly “melting”.

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      OldOzzie

      A Powerful Heatwave is Affecting a Large part of Antarctica with Unprecedented Warm Temperatures More than 40 degrees Above Average

      East Antarctica, the coldest place on Earth, is experiencing an incredible heatwave unlike any ever observed, according to model-based data sources and on-site measurements performed in the last few days.

      The area-averaged surface air temperature anomaly over the Antarctica continent these days is almost +4.0 ° C, which is +7.2 ° F. However, in a large part of East Antarctica temperatures anomalies are close to 30 ° C (54 ° F) above average for this time of the year.

      Locally, as reported for instance by a weather station in Concordia over the Antarctic plateau, the temperature is almost 50 ° C (90 ° F) above average. These values make this heatwave exceptional, specifically for the internal part of Antarctica.

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        R.B

        Seems that this is based on the data of one station with data going back to 1989, and the rest is from modelling.

        And the March maximum temperatures are trending down.

        Last March had the previous record of 4.1 but was barely a third of a degree warmer than than the median.

        Aprils record of 3.0 is sill in 1989, and Sep of 3.9 is still in 1990.

        All the unprecedented heat rubbish is to blame the weather event on climate change a.k.a. global warming even with not a single climate model being able to identify why the monthly average is in a downward trend but the one day degrees above average was the result of global warming.

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      Dennis

      Biden
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      PeterS

      The Laptop is Real

      Of course, we all knew it was, and that it wasn’t “Russian disinformation” as dozens of now-discredited globalist “intelligence officers” falsely claimed it was in the runup to the 2020 US presidential election. And while we’ve learned to be deeply skeptical of a) any information actually being released to the public and b) the damning nature of any information that is released to the public when a big drop is being advertised, the fact that The New York Times is suddenly attempting to get in front of the Narrative on Hunter Biden’s laptop may be an indication that the full information from the laptop will actually be made available.

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        Graeme No.3

        PeterS:
        and if Russia has that information it could well release it. Although I see a few references (USA) to a possible removal of Biden as soon as they can get rid of his Vice President who seems likely to be worse. It seems a number of Democrats are worried that the Mid Term elections in November will be the End of Term for them.

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    OldOzzie

    The New York Times Signals the End of Biden’s Road

    I can’t disagree with wretchardthecat who apropos tweeted: “The difference between a conspiracy theory and ‘so it happened, get over it’ is about six months.”

    Well, that seems to be the Clinton-Obama-Biden playbook for what you do when the evidence of your wrongdoing has finally made its way through the layers of disinformation and media coverup.

    I don’t think that will work this time. For one thing, there does seem to be some kind of ongoing federal investigation in which at least Devon Archer, Hunter’s close business associate, was sentenced for defrauding an Indian tribe. And that investigation seems to involve Hunter’s dealings:

    I’m inclined to endorse this Facebook post of Michael Walsh:

    It’s important for you civilians to know how to read the secret messages encoded in Pravda’s “news” stories. Its admission that — surprise!! — the Hunter Biden laptop stories were all, of course, true is a signal to Dems that the Big Guy is now expendable.

    This certainly would be a convenient time to give Joe Biden the hook, as he’s so far underwater he’s dragging the whole party down with him, and a predicted dire assessment of his party’s chances in the midterms seems widespread. If the charges against Hunter are filed, his father is inextricably involved in the foreign payoffs, and a majority Republican Congress in the coming term could well institute impeachment proceedings. So why not have his own party usher him out the door first to signal their togas are clean?

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    OldOzzie

    Samuel Huntington Correctly Predicted What’s Happening In Ukraine

    In 1996, the late Samuel Huntington (1927-2008), a respected Harvard professor, published The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order. It was his rejoinder to Francis Fukuyama’s 1992 bestseller, The End of History and the Last Man. Both were engaged in imagining the future of the post-Cold War world.

    The outbreak of the war in Ukraine reminded us of the debate that had unfolded over Fukuyama’s and Huntington’s differing visions.

    Huntington simply could not imagine that an increasingly faithless, feckless, radically secularized, and libertarian West (and America) might be a greater danger than other cultures in widening the post-Cold War world’s civilizational divisions. In other words, he did not perceive that the contemporary West, culturally in disrepair and spiritually broken, can provide neither leadership nor moral guidance to others when needed in preventing the clash of civilizations.

    Huntington was also not entirely right about America’s foundational culture based on Enlightenment values being unique because it has universal appeal. But he was right that America, by spreading her culture (however degraded), when backed by force (defensive or otherwise) to non-Western peoples, would corrupt her American exceptionalism into American imperialism.

    For the last twenty years at least, American would have done well to recall John Quincy Adams’s words:

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      John R T

      Adams’ last/lost words?

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      PeterS

      Yes, to some degree it’s a kind of religious war that actually began when the Eastern Orthodoxy and the Roman Catholics split back in 1054. Schisms happen all throughout history. In 2018 Eastern Orthodoxy itself suffered a schism; the Moscow-Constantinople schism between the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople and the Russian Orthodox Church over the issue of Constantinople granting autocephaly to the Orthodox Church of Ukraine. That’s how we now have Greece, an Eastern Orthodox nation supporting Ukraine to fight against Russia, who also is an Eastern Orthodox nation. It’s all insane.

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    el+gordo

    More wet weather for eastern Australia, we’ll need to dig out the old records to explain it has nothing to do with global warming.

    https://www.weatherzone.com.au/news/rain-on-the-horizon-for-eastern-australia-/536711

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        Graeme#4

        Yep, may be 1978 all over again, when cyclone Alby swept right down the WA coast to the lower SW. Took out a couple of large iconic jetties and covered Perth in red dust, the legacy of around five year’s severe drought in the northern wheatbelt. Was upstairs in Perth that day, watching roof sheeting peeling off adjacent buildings and crashing down into the street. No doubt everybody will be blaming it on climate change, but it’s the same as the mid-1970s, when strong La Ninas increased cyclones and tropical instability along the WA coast. Just that the last major La Niña period was so long ago that nobody knows about it.

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      Dennis

      Flood rubbish travels a long way and ended up this morning on a North Sydney Council roadway for ratepayers expense to clean up, delivered in a truck by six only Northern Rivers NSW Districts Greens supporters.

      And they looked like country bumpkins and flower power sixties hippies.

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      Chris

      Satire that sticks the knife right in to the biologically blind.

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      David Maddison

      If it weren’t for the fact that it was on a satire site, I would regard such a story as completely plausible.

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      well really, why not?
      there is male sports and there is ………..

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      OldOzzie

      Man! I Swim as a Woman

      Shania Twain once had a hit song called “Man! I feel like a woman,” recorded in 1997, which was a celebration of womanhood

      Twenty-five years later, women athletes are singing a different tune, one of dismay over competing against biological men.

      What was once “girl power” is now simply horsepower, the benefits of male puberty and testosterone. In the song, it is, “Men’s shirts, short skirts”, but now it’s women’s swimsuits, long hair, and first-place finishes.

      I am referring to Lia Thomas, winner of the NCAA collegiate women’s swim championship 500-yard freestyle event last week. But Lia wasn’t always Lia and was born and grew up as a guy.

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    David-of-Cooyal-in-Oz

    I didn’t watch this live, but I’m glad I was sent the link.

    Rowan Dean, Sky News
    6 mins
    March 18, 2022

    
    https://www.skynews.com.au/opinion/outsiders/it-is-clear-the-pm-and-energy-minister-made-a-monumentally-foolish-decision-on-net-zero/video/4059826b026168c1c2888e2937301241

    Enjoy
    Dave B

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      Graeme#4

      Thanks for that link. An excellent summary.

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      David Maddison

      If it weren’t for the fact that it was on a satire site, I would regard such a story as completely plausible.

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      OldOzzie

      Dear Elites Chasing 100 Percent ‘Clean Energy’: Your Ignorance Is Showing

      The electric vehicle conversation reveals two things: Biden’s ignorance of Americans’ lives, and Democrats’ fake concern for the planet.

      This story repeats itself in countless industries across the country. How are lawn care and snow removal companies ubiquitous in the Midwest supposed to ditch gasoline for electric cars? Do Washington elites — especially the Biden administration, which is “all in” on its goal to achieve “100 percent clean electricity by 2035 and net-zero carbon emissions by 2050” — really expect these blue-collar workers to trade in their plow-mounted, rough-and-tumble dually diesel trucks for the soon-to-arrive, gadget-mobile electric pickups that appear better suited for a coastal dad show-and-tell than for actually working?

      When these workers are 24 hours into a snow-removal job, what are they supposed to do while their trucks are recharging and the flakes are still coming down? What about independent drivers of 18-wheelers who aren’t part of, say, a Walmart or Amazon fleet?

      . Where Do You Think EVs Get Their Electricity?
      . None of Your Business

      The Democrats pushing electric cars while scurrying around to speeches and fundraisers in private jets and fleets of SUVs clearly don’t really care about the planet, and they don’t care about the lives of normal Americans.

      But it’s more than hypocrisy. Using gas prices to push vulnerable Americans into their green policy goals is also coercive. And bragging about “zero emissions” by pushing expensive cars that are still built on fossil fuels and pollution is completely dishonest.

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        OldOzzie

        U.N. Chief Guterres Says Endure High Gas Prices for the Good of the Planet

        The pain of soaring gas prices must be endured because any wider embrace of fossil fuels as an alternative is “madness” and threatens global climate targets, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres cautioned Monday.

        If countries “become so consumed by the immediate fossil fuel supply gap that they neglect or knee-cap policies to cut fossil fuel use” a climate disaster is the guaranteed outcome, Guterres said in a pre-recorded address to the Economist Sustainability Summit.

        The invasion of Ukraine has seen rapid rises in the prices of coal, oil and gas as countries scramble to replace Russian sources but Guterres fears these short-term measures might “close the window” on the Paris climate goals.

        The BBC reports the veteran Portuguese Socialist also called on countries to fully phase out “stupid” coal by 2040 and endure the financial costs without complaint.

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          And why did Guterres specfically identify only Australia as a country that must do more to reduce emissions, when we are probaly the ONLY nation to meet its targets ??

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    Fuel Filter

    On our RFS (renewable fuel standard) debacle. Some paragraphs:

    Though mostly invisible to the public, the RFS program affects the lives and pocketbooks of all U.S. consumers and has remade the face of American agriculture. Today, roughly one-third of U.S. soybean oil production is used to make biofuels. Corn-based ethanol has an even bigger footprint. Virtually every gallon of gasoline sold in this country contains 10 percent ethanol, the maximum allowed by law. (A small number of gas stations also sell E85, an 85 percent ethanol blend that can only be used in specially designed engines.) Growing the corn to make all that ethanol requires a staggering 38 million acres, an area larger than the state of Illinois. If used to grow food for human consumption, Loyola writes, that acreage could feed 150 million people.

    By diverting about 40 percent of the U.S. corn crop to ethanol production, the RFS program drives up food prices across the board. Since corn is a critical livestock feed, higher corn prices have inflated meat prices. The cost of ground beef has climbed almost 100 percent since the program began. Wheat and rice prices have also gone up as many farmers shifted to growing corn instead. As Loyola concludes, “The ethanol program functions as a hidden food tax—the most regressive of all taxes.” Those effects are felt not just in the U.S., but around the world.

    But recent research shows the mandates don’t even achieve the two things they were meant to accomplish: reducing fossil-fuel use and cutting greenhouse-gas emissions. If anything, it worsens these problems. Planting, fertilizing, and harvesting corn and then processing it into ethanol requires lots of energy. Researchers debate whether the resulting gallon of ethanol contains a bit more energy than went into it or a bit less, but the balance appears to be a wash at best. Rather than replacing fossil fuels, then, the RFS program simply converts those fuels into a more expensive form. Corn ethanol also backfires when it comes to reducing emissions. According to the new DOE study, “the carbon intensity of corn ethanol produced under the RFS is no less than gasoline and likely at least 24 percent higher.”

    You think our Occupier in Chief is gonna help? Nahhhhhhhhh

    @ https://www.city-journal.org/suspend-the-renewable-fuel-standard

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      Ted1

      Yes. Then there is Europe.

      When the Chernobyl power station blew up, it was reported that it made a quarter of the USSR’s potato crop unfit for human consumption. And that was just the potatoes.

      It so happened that at the time the US of A had 50 million tonnes of surplus wheat. That wheat greatly simplified the task of feeding the good citizens of the USSR, replacing their lost production.

      This was also the last nail in the coffin of the Cold War. The “West” had a better system.

      If this war continues, and maybe even if it doesn’t, it seems likely that there will be a massive reduction in food production. This might make it necessary to stop the ethanol fuel program and use the feedstock for human consumption.

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    Hanrahan

    Bloomberg News: Let Your Pets Die to Fight Inflation

    How tone deaf are these people?

    Why is caring for your pet, where the $s circulate in vet clinics and their food provides a market for scraps and offal meats we humans should eat but don’t [the offal meats ie] somehow more inflationary than a $100 hair job?

    At times like these I’d guarantee a great many people gain solace from their furry friend. Not only now, always. our little dog contributes more than he could understand.

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    Dennis

    Canberra opposition today was written about a long time ago …

    Song of the Witches: “Double, double toil and trouble”
    BY WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
    (from Macbeth)

    Double, double toil and trouble;
    Fire burn and caldron bubble.
    Fillet of a fenny snake,
    In the caldron boil and bake;
    Eye of newt and toe of frog,
    Wool of bat and tongue of dog,
    Adder’s fork and blind-worm’s sting,
    Lizard’s leg and howlet’s wing,
    For a charm of powerful trouble,
    Like a hell-broth boil and bubble.

    Double, double toil and trouble;
    Fire burn and caldron bubble.
    Cool it with a baboon’s blood,
    Then the charm is firm and good.

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    PeterS

    This video of the white house press in action shows it almost unanimously wants a war with Russia. I doubt that any Western leader really wants a war with Russia, unless they are so far gone they are totally insane, which is questionable. Conclusion: the MSM wants war not peace but the politicians are holding back and not saying much. Either the US government doesn’t know what they are doing or they are covering up something sinister.
    Video: White House Press Wants MORE WAR

    The article below explains why the US is confused only in appearance. While the MSM maliciously falsifies the truth, Washington deliberately pretends to know nothing, and as result they act in unison to feed the chain of fake news. As the article explains it’s all unprofessional, immoral, and irresponsible, and will only further discredit the US in front of the world, making it not much different to what Russia and China are doing.

    The way I see it how it’s playing out, it’s a war between two empires or cabals, both telling lies. So, the obvious question is who will win? The one who tells the most lies or the one who tells somewhat less lies? Not much of a choice, much like the choice most people will make as to which major party they will vote into power. At least there we have other choices but with regards to the world scene we have no earthly solution – it will fail catastrophically if left to its own devices.

    How long can US politicians and media continue to play ‘double act’?: Global Times editorial

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    PeterS

    Vaccine delivered AIDS in order to shut down the immune system and allow the gene therapy to do its work? Not sure if that is stretching it a bit.

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    David Maddison

    Major study in the US shows ethanol from corn for fuel makes more CO2 than gasoline.

    https://youtu.be/F-yDKeya4SU

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      Hanrahan

      This year the F1 circus is using E10 to show how environmentally aware they are. Ya kiddin me!

      At least they seem to have dropped sponsorship of BLM. I didn’t see We race as one on anyone’s halo.

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        OldOzzie

        This year the F1 circus is using E10 to show how environmentally aware they are. Ya kiddin me!

        ‘Brutal’ double Red Bull retirement ‘extremely painful’ says Verstappen, as team reveal cause of Bahrain issues

        “But then I was still in second with that big issue so you think, okay, with all these issues that I’ve had today, second would be a good result. And then suddenly I had to retire, everything just switched off. It looked like a fuel pump or issue, there was no fuel coming to the engine. Of course these things, you don’t want them to happen and it’s very painful for the team as well that both cars retired. We need to look into everything.”

        Speaking after the race, Red Bull Team Principal Christian Horner revealed the team’s initial investigations into their technical problems, telling Sky Sports F1: “It looks like a similar issue on both cars. We don’t know exactly what it is yet, whether it’s a lift pump, whether it’s a collector, or something along those lines, but we’ve got to get into it and understand exactly what caused it.

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          OldOzzie

          The background behind Red Bull’s Bahrain DNFs

          The dramatic late retirements of Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez from Formula 1’s Bahrain GP triggered some intrigue about what caused their fuel pump issues.

          It quickly became apparent that the power units of both men were starved of fuel, despite there being plenty of ExxonMobil’s finest E10 in their respective tanks.

          In other words, something in the fuel system of the RB18 had failed and was not picking up the last few litres that were supposed to get the cars to the flag.

          The intriguing part of the story was that F1 fuel systems are now comprised of elements provided by the team, by the power unit manufacturer, and also by third parties who won FIA tenders to supply standard components to the whole grid – notably two types of fuel pump.

          Thus the big question in the aftermath of the race was: Did one of the generic items fail in both cars, and thus the hugely frustrating double retirement was triggered by something that was not manufactured by Red Bull Technology or Honda?

          And if that was the case, was there perhaps something in the packaging around it that the team or its engine partner were responsible for that somehow led to it failing on the two RB18s, and not on any other car?

          Indeed, Red Bull motorsport boss Helmut Marko implied that the fault lay with a key component from an outside supplier.

          “What we suspect is that there are problems with the fuel pump for both cars,” he told Motorsport.com.

          “But the fuel pump doesn’t come from us, we just have to take it. And we never had this problem before, that’s the strange thing.”

          There’s a good chance that whatever happened was temperature related. Sunday was the first time that the 2022 cars tackled a race distance with the new E10 fuel in real world conditions, with the drivers often behind other cars. Things like high brake and engine temperatures were an issue up and down the pitlane.

          It was perhaps no co-incidence that the Red Bull failures happened just after the field had been under safety car conditions. In the past, we’ve seen cars to grind to a halt when something gets too hot when running slowly, especially early in the season.

          Keeping fuel cool is always challenge for teams, for as the regulations note, “the use of any device on board the car to decrease the temperature of the fuel is forbidden”.

          That rule apparently hails from the atmospheric engine era, when cooler fuel created a performance advantage that doesn’t apply as much to the current V6 turbos.

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            OldOzzie

            Note Safety Car caused by – Gasly’s car was a ‘barbecue’ after Bahrain fire

            The Frenchman had been running well inside the points throughout the race in Sakhir, but suddenly pulled off to one side as his steering wheel cut to blackness and his AT03 was left without power.

            He swiftly clambered out of his stricken car as it caught alight and quickly turned into a blaze towards the back of the AlphaTauri, with marshals on hand nearby with fire extinguishers coming quickly to put it out.

            Gasly was understandably disappointed to end the race in such fashion after a solid race up to that point.

            “The whole car just switched off outside of Turn 1 and then after, it started to smell not too good inside the car,” he told Formula1.com.

            Along with the retirements of Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez, the debut of Red Bull Powertrains saw three of their four cars not make the finish line.

            But despite those issues, Gasly is confident the team’s engine operation, still run closely in conjunction with Honda as they transition away from Formula 1, will be back on track sooner rather than later.

            “I was positively surprised,” Gasly said of his car’s pace. “I must say it’s looking pretty good for the next few races. Obviously, we still need to understand what’s happened because I saw Max had a problem and also Checo as well.

            “So not a great day for Honda, but I’m sure we’ll find solutions and, as we said, the pace was great, I had some good battles.

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    Turtle

    Hey Jo,

    I’ve had a thought. We always hear about carbon emissions per capita, but has anyone done an analysis of countries’ carbon emissions per square kilometre? Australia would have to be doing pretty well.

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    OldOzzie

    We Will Delete You

    How liberal democracies acquired the power to end your participation in society with the push of a button

    Before beating a hasty retreat, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau went where no world leader has gone before. Last month, he became the first Western leader to wield the financial system as a push-button weapon of government enforcement against opinions and behaviors that he found politically distasteful or inconvenient. This is an entirely new form of power, which much of the world has not even begun to reckon with—but which may well define our politics in the years to come.

    Corporations and government have always exercised tremendous power, of course. Government has a monopoly on the use of force, using the policing powers to enforce laws. Corporations have always exercised enormous power via market share, advertising, lobbying, and other financial instruments. But never before have they been able to lock ordinary citizens out of social participation with the flip of a switch.

    This push-button tyranny is real, and it represents a greater abuse of power than any that has been exercised before within the boundaries of liberal democratic government. It is new, it is breathtaking, and it is very dangerous.

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    OldOzzie

    The New York Times Doesn’t Care If You Know That Big Tech Helped Rig Joe Biden’s Election

    There’s a whole lot of rats under this rug. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to help your neighbors see them scurrying.

    . Major National Security Implications
    . Hiding Democrats’ Dangerous Scandals
    . Reinforcing the Power Hierarchy

    This New York Times article, after all the lies and manipulations about the Hunter Biden laptop, is also a chilling public affirmation that the ruling class believes Americans are helpless to choose their own government. They’re even bold enough to confirm their power openly.

    . Big Tech Is a Threat to Democracy

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    OldOzzie

    MU5735’s two-minute death plunge: Boeing 737-800 went into sudden terrifying 350mph dive and smashed into mountainside in China killing all 132 people onboard

    Horrifying CCTV footage emerged on social media supposedly showing the jet racing vertically towards the ground in the moments before the smash.

    FlightRadar tracking data showed the aircraft cruising at 29,100ft at 2.20pm. Around two minutes later it had plummeted to just over 9,000ft and 20 seconds after that it had fallen to just 3,225ft. The data indicates a vertical descent of 31,000ft per minute or around 350 mph.

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    TdeF

    Climate Disaster and gas prices..

    “The pain of soaring gas prices must be endured because any wider embrace of fossil fuels as an alternative is “madness” and threatens global climate targets, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres cautioned Monday.

    If countries “become so consumed by the immediate fossil fuel supply gap that they neglect or knee-cap policies to cut fossil fuel use” a climate disaster is the guaranteed outcome”

    It is quite amazing to me that the head of the UN can conjure up a Climate Disaster from nothing with a straight face. And no one questions it or laughs.

    What Climate Disaster? When? Where? But it is a ‘guaranteed outcome‘. If it’s guaranteed, what is it?

    The world has been brainwashed. At the very least, the entire press. Why would the United Nations lie to us?

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      TdeF

      The point of the United Nations was to prevent World War III. Not control gas prices. Or the weather. And while Putin is talking imminent WWIII, the UN is really concerned about the Climate and the potential for a ‘Climate Disaster’. And the Great Barrier Reef.

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    PeterS

    We are looking at the beginning of World War III. In order to pull off this Great Reset, they needed to remove Trump, Putin, and Xi in hopes of then subordinating both China and Russia to the New World Order with the United Nations in control.

    I sincerely hope he (and I as that has been one of my pet theories for some time) is wrong but everything we see happening today correlates to his view. One only needs to listen to some journalists pushing desperately for more action against Russia. Some of the hysteria is way over the top. Let’s hope Biden doesn’t listen to them. We need a peacemaker not warmongering. We should try everything we can to make peace first. War is to be used only as a last resort if and when a NATO country is attacked first, which is increasing becoming likely as time goes by with nothing being done to cool their jets. The trouble is though we have globalist fingers in the pie stirring for major trouble thus minimising any possibility of cooling to occur. Let’s hope Biden changes his attitude by stop listening to his warmongering advisors and opens a real dialogue with Putn and Xi. It may be our only opportunity to avoid a world war. Too bad we don’t have Trump there to go through that process as he would have a much better chance of succeeding although there are no guarantees. Then again the article below shows how Trump was removed so as to minimise the chances of peace with Putin and Xi. Therein lies the rub.
    Neocon Plot to Overthrow Putin & Xi

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      el+gordo

      There is no Neocon conspiracy, Trump was rolled because the Democrats asked everyone to vote and it worked like a charm.

      Putin is deranged and has become a universal pariah, leaving Xi free to spread the BRI. Eventually, the US dollar will lose its status to the yuan.

      Biden won’t listen to those who are overwhelmed by the horror of 20th century warfare.

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    PeterS

    He makes a good observation. People can’t say Putin is hopeless and losing the war in Ukraine yet at the same time say he is the greatest threat ever and needs to be stopped to prevent him from expanding his territorial ambitions to move Westward and attack NATO nations. Which is it? More likely neither but given all the smoke coming from the MSM it’s impossible to know the truth.

    Dave Smith “I trust Col Douglas Macgregor”

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    PeterS

    Voting eduction program coming…

    Good luck! As one comment says it, unfortunately most Australians are ignorant, and our politicians know it. We need more people like her to educate them.

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      PeterS

      I’ve determined why most people don’t want to think outside the box and stop supporting for one or the other major party. It affects their delusion that life is supposed to be simple and that we should only ever have two choices to keep that illusion in their minds, even if they agree the two parties have the same policies that are wrong and destructive to our economy and way of life. It adds weight to saying “we get the government we deserve”.

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        Graeme No.3

        Well in SA there are 8 seats being decided between Liberal and Independents. 4 of the 5 independents forced out of the Liberals have been re-elected, the fifth lost out but his preferences helped another Independent take the seat. There are 3 other seats still to be decided.
        And I noticed that in 3 way seats (Lib v Labor with Greens) there seems to have been around 16-20% of the Green vote giving their preference to the Liberals.

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    PeterS

    I hope history isn’t repeating in Ukraine. A comment made by one extremist actually has some sound logic but it’s not that simple. All those who side with Russia should move to Russia and let Ukraine be for Ukrainians. The problem though is Ukraine was part of old Russia and so many Ukrainians are Russian speaking but want to be independent of Ukraine and Russia. As often is the case it’s too complex a problem to solve peacefully but we must at least try. The alternative is too horrific.

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    OldOzzie

    History does repeat itself – Sudetenland – historical region, Europe

    Sudetenland, sections of northern and western Bohemia and northern Moravia, in the vicinity of the Sudeten mountain ranges. The Sudetenland, which had a predominately German population, was incorporated into Czechoslovakia when that new nation’s frontiers were drawn in 1918–19. The Sudeten and other Germans in Czechoslovakia numbered about 3,000,000 in the interwar period. Because of its German majority, the Sudetenland later became a major source of contention between Germany and Czechoslovakia, and in 1938 participants at the Munich Conference, yielding to Adolf Hitler, transferred it to Germany.

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    Neville

    Another top article from Matt Ridley explaining how Russia funded the western anti-fracking extremists and helped to increase EU dependence on Russian gas and more millions of $ for Putin and his vile cronies.

    This so called climate mitigation disaster has to be the greatest scandal and con trick in history and involves nearly every country on Earth. And yet the climate extremists are happy to see OECD countries reduced to trying to survive on TOXIC , UNRELIABLE S & W energy while Putin and his treasonous Western allies become stronger through more funding plus compliant influence in the MSM.

    Ridley even names a quisling Russian supporter who is a member of the House of Lords. Here’s his article and link.

    https://www.rationaloptimist.com/blog/putins-fake-fracking-news/

    “HOW PUTIN SPENT MILLIONS SPREADING FAKE NEWS ABOUT FRACKING”

    Published on: Tuesday, 15 March, 2022

    My article for The Sun:

    “When Lorraine Allanson spoke up in favour of drilling for shale gas in her part of North Yorkshire, activists cut off her internet, called her a “whore” and linked her to a fake crime number. “Shouting, abuse, public defecation, intimidation, hijacking lorries to stop deliveries, blocking the village street, this was the locals’ daily experience,” she wrote in her book My Story.

    The wave of noisy protests against shale gas in Lancashire and Yorkshire in recent years looked like a grassroots movement. It was anything but.

    It was peopled by a middle class rent-a-crowd, ramped up by misleading scare stories from Friends of the Earth, amplified by the BBC and The Guardian, funded by wealthy hedge-fund billionaires and welcomed by incumbent energy firms worried by the prospect of new competition for renewables, nuclear or offshore gas.

    All this suited Vladimir Putin’s regime, because banning shale kept the gas underground and left us more dependent on Russia for our energy supplies.

    Unlike Germany, the UK gets most of its gas from Norway and Qatar, but an increasing amount comes directly from Russia. And the refusal of Europe to frack helped drive up the gas price everywhere.

    Not content with letting the radical Greens do this work for him, Mr Putin decided to give them a helping hand. Alarmed by the fall in the gas price that America’s shale revolution promised, he told a global economic conference in 2013 that “black stuff comes out of the tap” when you frack near people’s homes, an absurd claim that not even Friends of the Earth would dare make.

    SCORES OF STORIES

    Russian support for anti-fracking campaigns over the past decade took the form of public comments from the Kremlin’s cronies, a blizzard of scare stories on the Russia Today TV channel, some overt political lobbying by the country’s Gazprom and Russian money almost certainly finding its way into the coffers of environmental pressure groups.

    In 2011 Gazprom, a firm with a mixed environmental record, claimed wrongly: “The production of shale gas is associated with significant environmental risks, in particular the hazard of surface and underground water contamination with chemicals.”

    Alexander Medvedev, the general director of Gazprom Export, said fracking would never work in Europe. But just in case it did, he added in a speech in Brussels that the Russian state was “ready to wage its war on shale”.

    In just six months Russia Today ran scores of anti-shale stories, with headlines like:

    “Wrecking the Earth: Fracking has grave radiation risks few talk about”, “Fracking fluid linked to fish die-off”, “US fracking wells annually produce 280bn gallons of toxic waste water destroying environment”, “We say no to shale gas”, “Fracking nightmare”, “Fracking chemicals disrupt human hormone functions, study claims”, “Living near fracking sites increases infant birth defects”, “Hundreds gather for anti-fracking march in Manchester”.

    One ludicrous story went even further, claiming frackers were “the moral equivalent of paedophiles”. Russian social media amplified every alarm, fanning the flames of concern.

    Behind the scenes Russian interests lobbied hard for bans on shale gas. Bulgaria rushed through a ban in 2012 under pressure from the socialist party and Bulgaria’s gas company, Overgas, which gets almost all its gas from Gazprom. The ban followed some small protests featuring several leading members of the Soviet-era secret police.

    In Germany, Gazprom Germania lobbied the Bundestag and the key ministries for a ban on shale gas, as did German energy companies with large Russian investors. Here, Lord Truscott, married to a Russian colonel’s daughter, made several interventions in the House of Lords to criticise shale gas as vice chair of the short-lived All-Party Parliamentary Group on Shale Gas Regulation and Planning — an anti-shale lobby front.

    In America, a congressional inquiry concluded that two environmental foundations in San Francisco, the Sea Change Foundation and Energy Foundation, were “pass-through” conduits to anti-fracking campaigns channelling huge donations made in jurisdictions that allowed anonymity such as Bermuda.

    COVERT PAYMENTS

    There they appeared to share connections with Russian investors.

    The Center for Strategic and International Studies, a think tank based in Washington DC, published a report that concluded: “Russian-supported consultancies in Europe may be helping some of the environ-mental groups opposed to hydraulic fracturing”.

    In 2014, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, secretary-general of Nato and former Prime Minister of Denmark, told the Chatham House think tank: “I have met allies who can report that Russia, as part of their sophisticated information and disinformation operations, engaged actively with so-called non-governmental organisations — environmental organisations working against shale gas — to maintain European dependence on imported Russian gas.”

    National Review, a US magazine, concluded in 2015: “Russia has ramped up covert payments to environmental groups in the West. By supporting well-intentioned environmentalists with hard cash (often without their knowledge), Russian intelligence gains Western mouthpieces to petition Western audiences in its favour.”

    The Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies in Belgium published a report in 2016 which concluded that “the Russian government has therefore invested €82million in NGOs whose job is to persuade EU governments to stop shale gas exploration”.

    Much of the support for the anti-fracking movement was still homegrown. But it did Putin’s dirty work for him”.

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    Furiously+Curious

    Has Western Civilisation moved into ‘Survival of the Weakest’ mode, where the biggest victims get to lord it over everyone else? It’s just a thought.

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      KP

      Not only that, we pay the worst to breed, we concentrate our resources on the worst at school, we lower University standards to give more people degrees..

      All our incentives are on making life easier for the lowest, rather than helping push the best further ahead. THEY are the people who advance society, not those we waste money on currently.

      ..and it shows in the declining West.

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        Giles Playfair

        “…rather than helping push the best further ahead.” KP

        The way to make sure no one is left behind is to make sure no one gets ahead. And hey-presto, we become that mythical egalitarian society the left dreams about. They know of course – in their hateful way – that egalitarianism and freedom are incompatible. After-all, someone has to force me to be equal and freedom cannot exist under those circumstances. But they like to keep that a secret.

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    Furiously+Curious

    It sounds to me that when people are chanting ‘climate change, climate change, climate change,” they think they are saying E=MC2! They seem to believe that saying ‘Climate Change’ invokes a formula and mechanism of action, but they are in fact just mouthing a slogan, Pavlov style. Climate Change is not E=MC2 guys, it really isn’t.

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    Furiously+Curious

    Maybe in certain discussions, some people could be reminded to remove their abc goggles?

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    Neville

    Another look at their so called SLR by Andy May at WUWT. Here’s my comment at the link.

    “I think Prof Humlum’s estimate for SLR is about 1.5 mm a year or about 150 mm/ century or 6 inches by 2122.
    And the adjusted satellite data is about 3.2 mm/ year or about 320 mm /century or about 12.8 inches by 2122.
    But we also know that coral islands are mostly stable or growing today, see the Prof Kench studies over the last 35 years”.

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    It is very interesting that some commentators (and Russia) have/has expressed the view that the Russian speaking eastern part of the Ukraine adjacent to Russia should have been allowed to join up with Russia (after “proper” elections). Looks like that this will now happen by military action. However, Taiwan has already voted with its feet and with democratic elections NOT to join up with the Chinese Totalitarian mainland. Now, will Taiwan be allowed to keep going its own way and there be no military action?

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    Yonason

    IVERMECTIN DOESN’T WORK…

    …if you don’t take it.

    (gotta read the fine print – usually in invisible ink)

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    https://www.facebook.com/gerard.rennick/videos/500272318108164/

    Senator Gerard Rennick (Has some great posts)
    Spin spin spin.
    The science is settled yet there are 40 different climate models. I would have thought if the science was settled there would only be one algorithm, as complex as that may be.

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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qS0V_LYRo1U
    Babylon Bee Suspended From Twitter, CEO Refuses To Back Down

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    philemon

    And the hits keep coming. “results from the moderna pediatric covid vaccine trial: if this is success, i’d hate to see failure”:

    https://boriquagato.substack.com/p/results-from-the-moderna-pediatric

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