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    This applies to a lot of wind development. Show us the engineering!

    Dominion’s deception hits new high with offshore wind
    By David Wojick
    https://www.cfact.org/2022/03/11/dominions-deception-hits-new-high-with-offshore-wind/

    The beginning: “I recently published a Study done for CFACT, titled “Dominion’s VCEA Compliance Plan is Disastrously Unreliable”. The study is summarized in my article “How and why Dominion and other utilities lie” at https ://www.cfact.org/2022/02/23/how-and-why-dominion-and-other-utilities-lie/ .

    The great deception is that Dominion proposes to build a huge amount of wind and solar generating capacity, together with retiring all of its fossil fueled generators, with almost none of the enormous storage capacity that is required to make the renewables viable. This proposed long term Plan does not work and Dominion knows that, but in the short run they can make billions in profit by building the unreliable wind and solar. The disastrous unreliability only shows up in the long run

    Now Dominion has topped that long term deception with a bigger short term one. They have applied for approval of a gigantic offshore wind power project. This is the beginning of the con described in my study.

    The proposed project consists of 176 monster wind machines, each with a generating capacity of 14.7 MW, which is as big as giant windmills come. Each is over 1.5 times as high as the Washington monument. The total capacity is roughly 2,600 MW. As pointed out, there is no storage capacity to make this intermittent power reliably available, so the power will just come and go with the wind.

    Dominion’s proposal has two very specific (and very big) deceptions. The engineering is secret and the published cost estimate is preposterously low.”

    Lots more in the article.

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      Hanrahan

      These monsters are almost as high as Townsville’s famous Castle hill, this pic gives scale.

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      yarpos

      zero to 2.6GW of variable power. That wont upset the grid much.

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        Dennis

        Last night the PM pointed out that the Federal Government has proposed four gas fired generators to be constructed in VIC, NSW and QLD, so far only one has been granted State Government planning approval to proceed, NSW Hunter Valley location.

        Also for NQLD a coal fired HELE power station proposed with Federal Government underwriting the finance, that remains to be given State planning approval.

        State Governments have always been responsible for electricity supply, they privatised what were State Electricity Commission power stations and transmission lines, SA was first to start a transition to so called renewable energy and demolished State owned coal fired power stations. Most areas of infrastructure, dams are another and water supplies, are State Government responsibilities.

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          another ian

          Got it! States are responsible for electricity supply,

          And the Federal Government is responsible when they don’t provide it.

          Sounds totally modern

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          Ted1

          Dennis, I recall a NSW ALP government facing electoral defeat rushing the sale of major electricity infrastructure through before the election. Do you recall the details?

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          GlenM

          Well the unions campaigned against privatisation arguing that it will cause an increase in costs to the consumer. Enter the carpetbaggers.

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            Hanrahan

            The unions do indeed campaign against privatisation but more often than not it is their party does the sale. They have no option, how else do they get a few millions into the balance sheet?

            I Know for sure it was labor that sold the cash cow QRNational. That only existed because of Premier Joh’s foresight.

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      Graeme#4

      Sounds similar to the Australian Sun solar/battery farm concept, to supply 10GW of (continuous?) power to Singapore via undersea cable, 4200 kms away. And they claim that only 30GWh of backup battery is required! Then they claim they can provide all this for only A$30bn, but a 2020 study showed that as a minimum, over A$76bn would be required.

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        StephenP

        What is the power loss % over 4200 km of cable?
        How many tons of copper are required for the cable?
        How much will the cost of battery storage add to the total cost?
        How much extra capacity is needed to recharge the batteries once they have been discharged in a wind drought?
        What is the total cost of the project?
        What is the total cost per MWh actually produced, not the nameplate potential?
        Are any subsidies involved, if so how much and who pays?

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          Graeme No.3

          5% per 1,000km is the accepted claim, so 210 GW.

          For the rest the answer is “whatever the taxpayers will bear” as obviously it will involve lots (and lots) of Australian subsidies.
          Personally I wonder whether the clots who dreamt this one up (and those who applaud it) have ever heard about tectonic fault lines? You know “the Ring of Fire” volcanos and earthquakes.

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            Graeme No.3
            March 16, 2022 at 7:50 am ·
            5% per 1,000km is the accepted claim, so 210 GW.

            Im sure you intended that to be 210 MW ,..not GW !
            ……but even that is an improvement over the alternate plan which is to use the solar to produce green hydrogen, which would then be tankered to Singapore and reconverted ( fuel cell, or thermal gas generator ?). back into electricity.
            That idea would have had a 50+% loss in the system !

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              Graeme No.3

              My mistake? You are right.
              I thought they were talking of 4,000GW (presumably delivered to Singapore by the Fairy Godmothers Union in Pumpkin carriages drawn by Unicorns and why not? just as likely as their claims).

              Solar electrolysis (intermittent) 38% theoretical hydrogen production. Loss of condensing hydrogen to liquid (I don’t know but have seen 50+%)? Followed by losses on shipping which are unlikely to be less than 10% even if the “boiled off hydrogen”) is (somehow) used to power the ships. At best they were looking at 83% loss (and a cost of 5.9 times that “cheap solar”.

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              Graeme No.3

              Oops!

              I misunderstood their figures. 4,000MW.
              But the losses are cumulatives so
              4000 3800 after 1,000 km
              3610 after 2,000 km
              3258 after 3,000 km
              3096 after 4,000 km
              3064 after 4,200 km
              So nearly 24% loss.

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                Graeme#4

                Didn’t realise that there was a cumulative effect. Thanks for that info G3.

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                Graeme#4

                Should have added that further info on the Sun project in The Australian today indicate that the system will output only 3GW continuous, with the rest of the farm output going to the storage batteries of 45 GWh.

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                Following up on this with further clarification on the Thursday open thread

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    ColA

    Vitamin D3 continues to show it is essential to good health and fight Covid-19 but our clever conmen and conscientists keep ignoring it!
    I swear it is one of the reasons I haven’t been sick with Covid-19 (either didn’t get it or didn’t get sick!)

    https://vitamind4all.org/letter.html

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      Dave

      Have you tried D4 yet ?

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      Annie

      Excellent article. Thanks ColA.

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      Hanrahan

      Yet the Slip, Slap, Slop message is relentless.

      It’s not easy to get enough Vit D naturally, even in the tropics. PPE for outside workers is long pants and sleeves. Even at home if I’m out in the heat I am upright with hat and shirt so there is little skin actually getting the sun.

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      Leo G

      I swear it is one of the reasons I haven’t been sick with Covid-19

      Only five years ago medical “experts” were telling us that claims populations were deficient in vitamin D were “based on misinterpretation and misapplication of reference values for nutrients”.

      They examined data from a US National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey and concluded than “a more appropriate cutoff for vitamin D deficiency would be 12.5 ng/mL. A cutoff of 12.5 ng/mL would mean that only about 6% of the US population would be regarded as deficient.

      We now have data that informs us that the level of Vitamin D critical for people hospitalised with SARS-CoV2 infection is 30ng/ml. Hospitalised cases with levels at or below 15ng/ml were 14 times more likely to require ventilation or to die compared to those at or above 30ng/ml.

      Moreover, risk of infection was three times lower for the latter group.

      The realisation is enough to make anyone swear.

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      Dennis

      My GP prescribed Vitamin D3 for me years ago.

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        Hanrahan

        I have been giving my underweight Lady 5,000/D for many years. There are no observable symptoms of overdosing.

        I have a suspicion that UVb can scatter and be absorbed incidentally.

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    Ian1946

    It appears that Pfizer varied the ingredients of their “vaccine” during the trial. Surely this violates the rules of clinical trials.

    https://richardsonpost.com/jim-hoft/26124/vaccine-batch-ingredients-vary/

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      Anto

      Ian

      I wonder if these are different strengths for different age groups, but I don’t know the answer.

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      Hanrahan

      On that thread there is a link to another site: “How Bad Is My Batch

      Some months ago I saw a list of batches and adverse effects for the 50 states. Abt 5% of batches had a thousand or so reactions while the rest had less than 10. Now we see WHY!

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    David Maddison

    Leftists have created all sorts of new and parasitic industries that drain economies and lives and enrich the Elites.

    Such as:

    A) Windmills.
    B) Solar farms.

    C) Soon: “Green hydrogen”.
    D) Soon: Insect farms so that we Deplorables can be fed “insect protein” instead of meat.

    https://www.forbes.com/sites/timworstall/2013/05/14/the-united-nations-says-we-should-all-be-eating-insects/

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    John Connor II

    Dr. Rachel Levine named among Women of the Year by USA Today

    Levine, the U.S. assistant secretary for health for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the head of the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps., is the nation’s highest ranking transgender official

    https://www.pennlive.com/news/2022/03/dr-rachel-levine-named-among-women-of-the-year-by-usa-today.html

    If “she” goes back to being a man, will she be a transformer? 😉

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      PeterS

      Still waiting for an answer to my question I posted earlier. Have our politicians decided yet what is “woman”? There’s certainly a lot of confusion around.

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        Graham Richards

        To get a good quick conclusion to the question that appears to evade all the old farts I would suggest the question be put to a panel of 18 year old males.
        You can rest assured of a prompt & accurate definition.

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      David Maddison

      The Left are pushing the ideology of transgenderism VERY hard, including to young children.

      What they won’t tell you is the extremely common regret about “transitions”. Unfortunately there is no going back after various parts of your anatomy are removed.

      There are a lot of online videos about regret and “detransitioning”.

      Frankly, I think any doctor thst participate in such procedures is behaving unethic Sally, at best and should be deregistered.

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        David Maddison

        Unethically not “unethic Sally”…

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        David Maddison

        It’s odd that the Left heavily promote transgenderism even though they also tell us there is no difference between genders…

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        YWNBAW

        That’s why YWNBAW was invented

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        Fran

        Every discussion of this makes my stomach contract. My niece decided her second son was a girl when he liked playing with beads and pretty clothes at the age of 2. She claims she knew she was carrying a girl. She has sent him to school as a girl. Despite all this, he shows normal male activity levels and a penchant for rough and tumble play. In just a few years the puberty blockers will come up.

        I believe one of the motivations driving the “transgender” movement is a deep and denied disgust of homosexuality. Thus parents and the proband both prefer to be mutilated than to admit same sex attraction.

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      Joao Martins

      Whatever happens, she will go on being an ALF (Alien Life Form).

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    Ian1946

    We were told way back that the vaccines would stop us catching COVID this turned out to be false. We were than told they would lessen the effects of COVID this also turned out to false as well. It now seems that more vaccinated people are now dying of COVID than unvaccinated people.

    Why is the vaccine still being pushed so hard as the evidence shows that it is completely In affective against each new variant.

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      Dennis

      That is not correct, the vaccine was always for protection meaning a person could still catch the virus but be protected against the worst medical issues the virus can cause.

      And for people in hospitals with the virus, as now former Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Federal Health, Dr Nick Coatsworth commented on Sky News – Credlin not long ago, would be prescribed anti-viral drugs to deal with the virus.

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        Hanrahan

        WHAT anti-viral drugs? Remdesivir? No thanks.

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          OldOzzie

          Found my HCQ – Vit D Levels Fine – Antivirals for over 2 years and feeling fine

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            David-of-Cooyal-in-Oz

            G’day OO,
            When you say your vitamin D levels are “fine” is that your doctor’s term or your own? My own doctor was happy when mine were at 20!

            I’d be fascinated to know your actual in ng/ml? Last time mine was checked I was at 71 ng/ml and I was taking 10,000 IU per day. When NSW opened up a couple of weeks back I increased my intake to 12,000 IU per day in anticipation of an influx of visitors to the area, with a resulting increase in cases. The latter isn’t obvious to me so far.

            Overall I’m happy with being at 70+ ng/ml, but I’d also be happy at 80.
            (I’m also taking zinc and quercetin, plus a few things to support the vitamin D.)
            Cheers
            Dave B

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              OldOzzie

              25-oh vit d reading 200 nmol/l

              Excess or toxic levels of vitamin D are thought be over 250 nmol/L (100 ng/ml), but again there are many views on this. Vitamin D or 25(OH)D concentration can be very high before hypercaelcemia occurs. Several studies suggest it is safe to have a 25(OH)D concentration of 300 nmol/L (120ng/ml).

              And of course our optimal vitamin D levels are influenced by our age, gender, weight and health.

              Calcium 2.37 mmol/L – (2.10-2.60) mmol/L
              Corr Calcium 2.42 mmol/L (2.10-2.60) mmol/L

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                Hanrahan

                “And of course our optimal vitamin D levels are influenced by our age, gender, weight and health.”

                Who said that? Those variables effect the dosage [kids SHOULD spend more time outdoors] but not the goal.

                Anyone doubt our 95 yr old Monarch doesn’t have at or about 100nmol/l? Be assured she does not use NHS guidelines.

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                David-of-Cooyal-in-Oz

                Thanks OO,
                Your 200 nmol/l (= 80 ng/ml) is great. I’m hoping to reach, and sustain that level with my 12,000 IU/day intake, and may get verification from my next blood test. Will report.
                I’d been on 10,000 IU/day since end September 2020 and my increase in blood levels had started to taper off in reaching 71 at my last test.
                Cheers
                Dave B

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              Hanrahan

              Doctors HATE non prescription micronutrients.

              I found one who immediately did a Vit D test on my lady [my patient, I am her DR Google] and it came back >100 mmol/l. I asked “Isn’t that high?” he said “No way!’ But like all good doctors in a small town he moved on. Rats!

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              Fran

              The physiological test for adequate vit D levels is probably normal parathyroid hormone levels.

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        Mark Allinson

        ” … meaning a person could still catch the virus but be protected against the worst medical issues the virus can cause.”

        Why then were we told by Dr Fauci, the Covid authority himself on 17 May, 2021:

        “When people are vaccinated, they can feel safe they will not be infected.”

        The very term “fully protected” is still ringing in my ears, having heard it daily on our media for months on end, and was only recently replaced by the new term “up to date.”

        We have been fed with lie after lie, and many of us have reliable memories of those lies.

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        PeterPetrum

        Not so. I have not got the figures in front of me, but from memory information from the Scottish health department shows that about 72% of Scots are fully vaccinated but 78% of the infections are the fully vaccinated and 73% (from memory) are amongst those who died. Now I admit that Scotland is well known for being the heart attack capital of the world (something to do with deep fried Mars Bars) and this may have some bearing on it, but clearly being vaccinated in Scotland is not a guarantee against Covid mortality.

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        MrGrimNasty

        Wrong Dennis.
        The early headlines clearly stated it was 90% protection from getting covid.
        https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-54873105.amp

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      TdeF

      “more vaccinated people are now dying of COVID than unvaccinnated people”.

      Of course!

      Consider that if 100% of people are vaccinated, 100% of people who get infected will be vaccinated.
      And 100% of those who die will be vaccinated.

      But it does not mean that the vaccine is ineffective. Not at all.

      The vaccine does not prevent death or prevent infection or prevent passing it on. No one said it did.

      The real question is how many would die if no one was vaccinated.

      The vaccine reduces the risk and the severity and likelihood of death but the reduction of risk is debatable but about 6:1 or even 10:1.

      Defeating the virus is entirely up to your immune system, not the vaccine. The vaccine does not kill the virus. You do.

      The vaccine only gives you a head start and hopefully the virus is recognized faster and defeated by your antibodies because your immune system remembers the pattern and has already prepared an answer. You may even be carrying high levels of the appropriate antibodies, which would be perfect, but you do not want your system on full alert all the time.

      When the British innoculation rate was 95%, my memory is that 70% of the people who died were vaccinated. But consider that the 30% of people who died were unvaccinated but represented only 5% of the population, so the risk of dying if unvaccinated was 6x higher than the rest of the population. But vaccination is no guarantee. And it does not prevent the spread of the virus.

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        PeterPetrum

        See my comment above. A higher percentage of the vaccinated in Scotland die than the unvaccinated

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          TdeF

          Again, it is easy to draw the wrong conclusion from such a statement and in particular in Scotland.
          Firstly this is a virus where deaths are extremely skewed to the very old and the fully vaccinated are usually the highest risk group. Vaccination reduces the risk for the elderly but not below that for the non vaccinated sub fifty people.

          Plus it is a clotting disease associated with consequential very high blood pressure and Scotland has one of the highest level of cardiac disease in the world. And of course in the same group. So it’s double jeopardy for elderly Scots, deep fried Mars bars notwithstanding.

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            TdeF

            The other place with very misleading results is Israel because they have 1.5 Million typically older native Russians and if any group would challenge Scotland for heart disease and high blood pressure, it is Russia. So expect a disastrous result for inoculation failure measured against unvaccinated typically young people.

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              Joao Martins

              So, as I understand from what you have written in these two comments about Scotland and Israel, you are stating that what kills people is heart disease, NOT covid.

              In that assertion, I can agree with you…

              And from that I can also conclude:

              1. That covid danger has been and continues to be highly exagerated; and

              2. That the so-called “vaccines” are a solution to a non-existing problem (i.e., they are useless); and

              3. That general practice of medicine has been conditionned to NOT finding early treatments in order to promote the so-called “vaccines”; and

              4. That the misregard by governments (everywhere) and even the prohibition (in some countries) of research of early tretments for covid has been a criminal decision.

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            PeterPetrum

            I have found these figures. From Public Health Scotland weekly report.

            72% of Scots fully vaccinated
            85% of cases are the vaccinated – so a higher percentage are those vaccinated
            78.5% of those hospitalised are the vaccinated – so again a higher percentage are the vaccinated
            79.5% of deaths are the vaccinated – make what you like of that.

            Clearly, in Scotland at least, vaccination is not having a positive effect on infection, hospitalisation or death rates.

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        Peter C

        The vaccine does not prevent death or prevent infection or prevent passing it on. No one said it did.

        Yes they did say that.

        I have a letter from the Australian Government signed by both the Prime Minister (Scott Morrison) and the Health Minister (Greg Hunt) assuring me, not only of the effectiveness of the vaccines but also their safety. The letter also said I would protect others by having the shot.

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        Grogery

        Of course!

        Consider that if 100% of people are vaccinated, 100% of people who get infected will be vaccinated.

        Totally agree with the math, but …

        If the c19 vaccine was a “vaccine”, that hypothetical 100% of vaccinated people would not be infected and dying of covid.

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      Ian

      ” It now seems that more vaccinated people are now dying of COVID than unvaccinated people.”

      That’s because there are far more vaccinated than unvaccinated people. What’s the percentage of deaths in vaccinated and unvaccinated people?

      The data in the link below explains why that question is necessary

      https://ourworldindata.org/covid-deaths-by-vaccination

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        yarpos

        “That’s because there are far more vaccinated than unvaccinated people”

        only if both groups have similar risk levels, the vaccines are supposed to protect

        the very fact that word games and clarification are needed speaks volumes

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          b.nice

          “the vaccines are supposed to protect”

          Ian has confirmed that they have minimal protection over time.

          That linked with unknown damage from the vaxxines over time leaves the twice, plus maybe boosted in a untenable situation.

          I suspect many, if they are capable of rational thinking, will be waking up to that fact.

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        Hanrahan

        “What’s the percentage of deaths in vaccinated and unvaccinated people?”

        A classic case of Do Your Own Research, but you have to dig, the data is not readily available. My bet is that, by now, vaxxed but unboosted recipients would now be in the -ve protection zone. Yes, I mean they are more vulnerable than “pure bloods”.

        But even then things are not necessarily what they may seem. Most unvaxxed have prolly “prepared the terrain” so would NOT be deficient in the nutrients spoken of here.

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      Tides of Mudgee

      Here is the list of adverse events due to Pfizer’s covid jab. Within the initial article is a link which opens a PDF (save you time the second link is it). Within that scroll down to page 29 and the following page is APPENDIX 1. LIST OF ADVERSE EVENTS OF SPECIAL INTEREST. There follows 9 pages of adverse events. And still they push the booster. ToM

      https://euroweeklynews.com/2022/03/11/fda-pfizer-adverse-events/

      https://www.riotimesonline.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/03/Pfizer-real-data-released.pdf

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    Richard+Ilfeld

    So, reality has condemned the greens to trying to live their narrative; as oil/gas/coal are in politically driven short supply they have an opportunity to show us the transition to , to…. to oil/gas/coal from somewhere else. That’s not the transition promise I seem to recall them making. “Drive an electric car” — well, OK, it’s good that you force a lot of folks to realistically consider that, so
    they can determine the mission unsuitability for themselves. The green future could always be made to sound wonderful when it was nothing but a promise of energy Eden; like a lots of utopian ideas delivery is tougher. And the pretense that China/Russia/India are onboard will be a bit harder to sell as well.

    Now its time to cope with a world food shortage, and ask these same folks why a third of our Soy Oil crop and a hug amount of corn are being burned as fuel, for no measurable benefit, in a hungry world.

    We’ll get to the geopolitics of who we trade with for battery and windmill supplies a bit later. A lot of self proclaimed “adults in the room” are proving to have bumper sticker brains when it comes to solving real problems.

    Problems like the ones we are having tend to compound. In most of the western world, folks under 50 haven’t experienced social crisis brought home unless the have the misfortune to live in the path of extreme weather. Even the academy is gonna feel some pain this time, and for the first time in many folks adults lives, we as societies will have to decide that there are some things we want we can’t afford, and some things we’d rather not do that we must afford.

    I expect all who share a WWII birthday with me understand all too well.

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    John Connor II

    Edelman trust barometer 2022 global report

    Download the report:
    https://www.edelman.com/trust/2022-trust-barometer

    Australia:
    Trust in media down to 43%
    Trust in government down to 52%
    Fake news considered a problem up to 73%
    Job loss fears up to 85%
    Losing my freedoms up to 65%
    Trust in democracy down to 53%
    If you think the current crop of political candidates will save from anything I’ve got bad news for you.
    A neo direct democracy is the way to go but that will be after the c&b.

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      David Maddison

      The legacy media certainly don’t publish those figures…

      Thanks for posting.

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        PeterS

        Legacy media? Isn’t that the same as the old media pre-MSM of today? Back then the journalists had at least some honesty in them, unlike those of today who are as crook as they can come. Even the original fictional Daily Planet had better journalists than the real ones of today.

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          Grogery

          Legacy media?

          Yeah, I don’t think legacy media exists at all now, there are only MSM or “alternative media” to choose from.

          I opt for alternative media because I can preempt what will come from MSM every day.

          I do believe some genuine journalists still exist in alternative media (probably why I am commenting here).

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      Old Goat

      JC,
      I believe that those figures are on the low side. Anybody with a reasonably high IQ will be concerned about all three( Business , Government and Media) as they are all prisoners of the elite . If you go to the end of that page you will see a list of “untrustables” at the launch. Most people are scared to say what they really think…..except here.

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    Mark Allinson

    How about this for “safe and effective.”

    “The clearest proof yet of the failure of lockdowns and Zero Covid as a long-term strategy against the coronavirus is now unfolding in Hong Kong. The territory is suffering the worst coronavirus epidemic anywhere since New York City in April 2020. For two weeks straight Hong Kong has had the equivalent of 10,000 American deaths a day.”

    https://alexberenson.substack.com/p/hong-kong-learns-the-hard-way-virus/comments?token=eyJ1c2VyX2lkIjo0NjUyNzUzOCwicG9zdF9pZCI6NTAzMTExMzEsIl8iOiJJYlF2ciIsImlhdCI6MTY0NzMwMjA2NCwiZXhwIjoxNjQ3MzA1NjY0LCJpc3MiOiJwdWItMzYzMDgwIiwic3ViIjoicG9zdC1yZWFjdGlvbiJ9.I-SOI9BJLsIapW_x7RY8ORwTPcHB8JgfNE8XFUsx72k&s=r

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    John Connor II

    The price of Nickel has exploded by 90% recently.
    Russia is the 3rd largest producer of Nickel (Indonesia is #1 followed by Phillipines)
    Nickel is a key ingredient in Li-ion batteries for ev’s.
    Biden’s solution to high fuel prices is to buy an ev….

    Meanwhile California asks citizens to avoid charging ev’s to prevent overloading the grid…
    Biden also wants to build 500,000 charging stations.
    30% of people don’t want an ev again having owned one.
    I recall an article in Scientific American many years ago saying it would take 20 years to deploy such a system and that didn’t even factor in the totally decrepit existing infrastructure that needs to be replaced at a cost into the trillions (American Society of Engineers report a few years ago).

    It’s pure delusion to pursue this ev future.
    It’s a transient fantasy rapidly being exposed for the fraud it is, just like Covid and AGW.

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    Raven

    One small win for common sense, at least.

    “Environment Minister Sussan Ley has won her appeal against a landmark court ruling that found she had a duty of care to protect Australian children from climate change harm.”

    https://thewest.com.au/news/environment-minister-wins-major-climate-change-case-c-6059157

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        TdeF

        “Justice Bromberg agreed the minister had the duty of care to protect young people from climate change, that climate change would cause catastrophic and “startling” harm to young people, and that approving a new coal mine would increase the chance of that harm.”

        I would love to see the evidence for this statement by Justice Bromberg. Or has post modernism now corrupted logic so much that judges now rule on matters of science based on popular opinion?

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          Strop

          I believe in that original case the applicant had expert witnesses to claim such things and the govt didn’t challenge it. Typically a judge would have to decide between differing “expert” opinions, but the judge only had one given. Don’t know if a judge is allowed to decide they’re more of an expert than the experts and dismiss the expert evidence that’s all one way.

          I think the govt didn’t challenge it because the govt didn’t think that the claimed danger, real or not, was irrelevant. The govt was simply arguing the duties of the minister under law and not the merits of climate change.

          I think today’s decision also doesn’t necessarily consider the merits of the climate claims. It’s simply a decision on the minister’s duties under law.

          So, you can bet that if Labor/Greens win the election they’ll be changing the law to ensure the minister’s duty of care is different. That will either kill more fossil fuel projects or require a company to fight the minister’s decision on the merits of climate change and not simply on the minister’s duties.

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            Strop

            correction: govt didn’t think that the claimed danger, real or not, was relevant. (not irrelevant)

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            TdeF

            It would be very interesting to know who were the expert witnesses, if any. It is possible there were none.

            In this new post modernist science, facts do not matter. It is science by consensus and in many courts in the US there are activist judges, a new phenomenon around the world, judges who try to legislate from the bench. And this judge certainly stood for preselection for the ALP. Plus he was part of the panel which convicted Andrew Bolt of breaching 18c. It is a good result that he was overruled. We may have incompetent politicians but it is wrong for unelected judges to intervene in such matters.

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          Philby

          How many of Mordys judgements have been overturned on appeal? I believe many.
          The trouble is activism by the Judiciary it seems they obey the masters that appoint them in some instances.

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        Raven

        For those who can’t get behind the paywall.

        Oh, right, sorry.

        Deleting the appropriate cookies should fix that.

        The below text is from the Sydney Morning Herald (because I don’t trust the ABC to not gloss over stuff . . as per usual) and ‘The West’ article was rather limited.

        “The Federal Environment Minister Sussan Ley does not have a duty of care to protect Australian children from climate harm caused by the potential expansion of a coal mine, a court has ruled.

        The ruling of the full bench of the Federal Court overturned an earlier decision that ruled in favour of eight teenagers who brought a class-action case that challenged a proposal by Whitehaven Coal to extend its Vickery coal mine, near Boggabri in NSW. The teenagers argued the mine expansion would endanger their future because climate hazards would cause them injury, ill-health and economic losses. While the court dismissed the teenagers’ application in May to prevent the minister approving the coal mine extension, it found Ley owed a duty of care to Australia’s young people.

        In July, Ms Ley argued that she did not have a duty of care to protect Australian children from climate harm caused by the potential expansion of a coal mine. The minister’s appeal said the primary judge, Justice Mordecai Bromberg, erred in his findings about global temperature rise.

        “The court is unanimous in the view that the duty should not be imposed upon the Minister. The three judgments of the court have different emphases as to why this conclusion should be reached,” Chief Justice James Allsop said in his judgment on Tuesday.

        These reasons included that the control of emissions and the protection of the public from personal injury caused by the effects of climate change were not roles that the Parliament entrusted to the minister under current laws.

        Tuesday’s hearing was the result of that appeal. Ms Ley’s office has been contacted for comment.”

        https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/federal-environment-minister-does-not-have-a-duty-of-care-to-protect-children-from-climate-harm-court-20220315-p5a4pl.html

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          Stanley

          That would be the justice who was unsuccessful in getting Labor pre-selection in 2000/1 but was appointed to the Court in 2009 by Labor, and judged Andrew Bolt to have been in breach of the Racial Discrimination Act. Good outcome on this current matter.

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    John Connor II

    “Cancel culture” hits the medical system as European hospital REFUSES to treat Russian patients who have nothing to do with the war

    https://www.sgtreport.com/2022/03/cancel-culture-hits-the-medical-system-as-european-hospital-refuses-to-treat-russian-patients-who-have-nothing-to-do-with-the-war/

    That’s medical professionalism, integrity and ethics for you.

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      David Maddison

      Is this the same medical “profession” that collaborated with Big Phama and the Left to deny the use of HCQ and IVM, even when no other effective covid treatments were available?

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      Annie

      I thought it was a given that medical treatment was to be given to anyone in need, regardless of any other consideration like race, religion, ethnicity.

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        David Maddison

        I thought it was a given that medical treatment was to be given to anyone in need, regardless of any other consideration like race, religion, ethnicity.

        We saw the end of that medical ethical philosophy of ancient standing when the (covid) unvaxxed were and are given second grade treatment in hospitals.

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          b.nice

          If “first grade” hospital treatment for CV-19 is Remdesivir and incubation..

          …. give me the third world remedy of IVM, any day!

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        Joao Martins

        “I thought it was a given that medical treatment was to be given to anyone in need, regardless of any other consideration like race, religion, ethnicity.”

        Allow mw to add: and state of war. Military doctors have a duty to treat equaly the wounded enemies!

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        another ian

        At the staff end but swab the administrators

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      Mark Allinson

      How long before we are required to show proof of our hatred for Russia and support for Ukraine to eat at restaurants or fly anywhere?

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    David Maddison

    Mice die in mouse traps because they don’t understand why the cheese is free.

    The same thing happens with socialism.

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    John Connor II

    Dr. Naomi Wolf Details Unsettling Pfizer Documents, Enlisted 161 Attorneys To Address ‘Crimes Of Extraordinary Scale’

    There’s a great deal surfacing. We need 161 lawyers because the crimes are of such an extraordinary scale as we’re starting to see what was really done to the American people and to people around the world.”

    https://www.redvoicemedia.com/2022/03/dr-naomi-wolf-details-unsettling-pfizer-documents-enlisted-161-attorneys-to-address-crimes-of-extraordinary-scale-video

    Who will be around to see the end of the legal trials though?

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      William Astley

      Dr Wolf has 171 lawyers preparing for a lawsuit.

      The public is not aware that there has been criminal hiding of RNA vaccine, complex side effects. The RNA vaccines should not have been approved. At the least the public should have been informed that the RNA vaccines cause complex side effects and deaths. The politicians logically must and will, find scape goats to explain why the FDA and Pfizer lied to the public and hide the RNA vaccine side effects.

      “So you remember, you’ve been assured by the AMA, the CDC, the FDA that it stays in your bicep, in your arm when you’re injected with the vaccine. But these studies show that that is categorically not the case, at least when it comes to these mammals. It leaves the muscle within 48 hours, it enters the bloodstream, and it enters the liver in a matter of hours.”

      In Dr. Wolf’s words, she claimed that “so the CDC knew and the FDA knew and lied when they said it stays in the bicep.”

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      Strop

      Hope Wolf does more good for the “cause” than harm, given her past causes and errors.

      Funny, during the interview with her title Dr Naomi Wolf on the screen she says, “I’m not a doctor” while explaining the effect of the injection.
      I know, I know, she has a philosophy doctorate or similar. Just sounds funny when she says, “I’m not a doctor”.

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        Annie

        ‘Not a physician’ is presumably what she meant. Many doctorates are not at all medical, many ‘doctors’ have two batchelor degrees!

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          Strop

          Yep, understood that. Still sounds funny when someone who wants to be titled “Doctor” says “I’m not a doctor”. 🙂

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    David Maddison

    Some say “Vitamin D” is a hormone but others say it’s a vitamin.

    These comments address the issue.

    https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/15225841/

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      Hanrahan

      Is the confusion a result of its omniscience in the body?

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      Serp

      Thanks for that. I’m happy to continue referring to it as a hormone wrong and all though it be according to the abstract; I’m sure that most of the stuff I believe is in error so at least I’ll maintain the virtue of consistency.

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    John Connor II

    Countering weapons of mass destruction – TEDx

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=8L4SAOkfZAs

    Obama, biolabs, Ukraine, Anthrax and more.

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    John Connor II

    House and land prices CRASHING in China.

    https://twitter.com/RickPalaciosJr/status/1503107418850414592

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    beowulf

    The circus that was the NSW emergency response to the Northern Rivers floods is proving to be more outrageously incompetent as details emerge.

    • Private helicopter firms specifically retained by the NSW government for emergency rescue were in one instance sent by the SES — at the height of the floods — to the opposite end of the state to Cooma in the Snowy Mountains of all places, until they were stood down; another firm sent 2 choppers north from Sydney at its own expense, one of which was used for 21 hours, while the other sat on the ground unused near the floods for 6 days. These are specially equipped choppers with rescue-trained crews that have a 15 minute response time when tasked. Other retained helicopter rescue firms sat by the phone waiting for calls that never came from the SES.
    • The mayor of Ballina got desperate for food drops to her shire and managed to get hold of the Sea World theme park chopper to come down from the Gold Coast with a load of supplies. It is only equipped and trained to ferry tourists about on joy-rides.
    • The NSW Rural Fire Service is in charge of flight operations at NSW emergencies. It claims it was not requested to provide more air support by the SES. Apart from the exceptions mentioned above, only state-owned helicopters seem to have been used.
    • The Army claims it offered assistance to the SES twice before the worst of the floods hit around Lismore, and it was rejected both times.
    • The SES state commander claimed the Army didn’t offer help, then claimed the help was only offered to the SES at the local level. That the army would bypass normal channels and go directly to a local district SES manager defies credulity.
    • Things on the water were no better than things in the air, with people clinging to the roofs of their houses for days before being rescued.
    • A local woman was forced to fill the SES organisational void by setting up a Facebook system to organise boat owners who were able to do rescues, reaching out to people calling for rescue. She ended up with a hub staffed by volunteers who tasked boats with rescue missions. This was after the NSW SES commander had reportedly specifically ordered private boat owners to stay out of rescue operations. And thank goodness they didn’t or the death toll would likely be higher.
    • The SES state commander claims they “didn’t expect storms” around Lismore and they were just following the BOM’s forecasts, therefore they weren’t ready for flooding. The fact that a massive rain system had been working its way south through SE QLD for the preceding week apparently didn’t ring any alarm bells south of the border at the NSW SES. Rain stops abruptly at borders.
    • The SES seems to have been way out of its depth, and I won’t say it was prioritising the protection of its patch from other agencies, but that’s the impression given.
    • The NSW SES and the RFS between them have annual budgets in the several hundreds of millions and all we get when the poo hits the fan is a banana republic response. Everyone is blaming everyone else. The buck stops with the SES and the NSW Minister for Emergency Services and Resilience, not the Army.
    • They don’t need more money: they need more competence, and I am not referring to the local volunteers who do the leg-work. The managerial levels need to feel the axe, and fast.
    • To rub salt into the wound, the Royal Singapore Air Force deployed two Chinook helicopters from its Queensland base to assist the ADF with flood clean-up work last week.

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      Kalm Keith

      NSW

      Government?

      Matt Keane

      The thinking; If you fix an environmental problem too quick the taxpayers won’t get to see the full drama of Climate Change.

      Don’t ever make the mistake of thinking that politicians care about the plebs.

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        PeterS

        The day when our current politicians care about the plebs will be the day they go to the police and admit their guilt so they can be arrested and prosecuted.

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          Dennis

          A few decades ago newly appointed State Government Cabinet Ministers and Premier attended a handover dinner at Government House (State Governor) including the former Government members then in Opposition.

          A senior public service executive was chatting to his department’s new Minister’s wife and told her that “we”, meaning the public service, are the real Government, elected Members of Parliament appointed to Cabinet positions are temporarily in charge much like a public company board of directors, meaning non-executive and not directly involved in operational matters.

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            Ronin

            “A senior public service executive was chatting to his department’s new Minister’s wife and told her that “we”, meaning the public service, are the real Government, elected Members of Parliament appointed to Cabinet positions are temporarily in charge much like a public company board of directors, meaning non-executive and not directly involved in operational matters.”

            Very good chance he is 100% right, they must have been watching ‘Yes Minister’.

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              Annie

              My thought exactly.

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              another ian

              Years ago I recall someone who had looked at the US public service system, with its voting for the top jobs.

              Conclusion was that the “permanents” who “provided stability” and actually ran the system were about four layers down.

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      yarpos

      Quite a litany of failure. Sadly competence is not the norm, and in some organisations it actually matters.

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      Dennis

      What is becoming clearer now is the self protection of senior position holding SES paid executives, full-time employees, who decided to reject Federal Government offers of ADF assistance not long before the rainfall resulting in flooding.

      It reminds me of senior Health Department employees and their overkill advice to State Governments during the pandemic.

      Of course Federal Government has limited resources to offer, natural disasters and other emergencies are funded and handled via State Governments and State services.

      Apparently senior government department employees have a siege mentality, well too many of them do, which reminds me of the television comedy series Yes Minister.

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        Hanrahan

        The Peter Principle understates the case. His claim was “Everyone rises to their own level of incompetence” but if you are working just a little above your skills you can’t stuff up TOO much can you?

        Mr Average has interests: Family, friends, sports, fishing etc and likely not driven to the point where work interferes with everything else. OTOH the “driven” are prolly mildly [?] psychotic and nothing matters more than pay grade. These are the dangerous ones.

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          yarpos

          Outside of govt the “driven ” ones are more harshly assessed and more success oriented. Being driven isnt the issue, its lack of consequences.

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      Strop

      Sounds a bit odd because according to news vision and hearing one of the army rescuers being interviewed about him lifting people off roofs, it seemed like the army were doing helicopter rescue missions off roofs from about the day people climbed onto their roofs.

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    John Connor II

    BREAKING: Israeli government sites crash in the largest-ever cyberattack carried out against the country, according to a defense official (Haaretz).

    https://twitter.com/thebias_news/status/1503450148235800576?cxt=HHwWgMDT8bb8qd0pAAAA

    Waut until the net or banks go down…

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      PeterS

      When that happens cash will be king. Trouble is we are moving towards a cashless society. Those who are awake know the move has seriously sinister overtones.

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    Liberator

    I’m just waiting for Northern Victoria to flood again, so those who have built on the flood plains of both the Goulburn and Murray rivers will have the opportunity to blame who ever is our prime minister again. I just don’t see the logic of blaming the government. Have a look at Google maps and the satellite images of Shepparton, and where people are building along the banks of the Goulburn River, Broken and Seven Creeks and especially the south end of Shepparton around Kialla Lakes – a ticking time bomb…

    If we’d turned off all fossil fuel burners 10 years ago and replaced with solar, wind and batteries would not have made one iota of difference to what happened. They say CO2 is the cause of this, the cause of climate change. So if we did substitute our FF with Solar and wind, how would that have made nay difference when other countries are still pumping this gas out into the atmosphere?

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      Ronin

      They want the river views and breezes, well, they’ll also get the river in their lounge room.

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        yarpos

        Not much in the way of of views and breezes just south of Shepp, it as flat as a tack. More to do with population and cheaper housing

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    David Maddison

    Why is it still the case that Australia won’t allow unvaxxed political dissidents to leave Australia?

    What purpose does this serve apart from cruel punishment of independent thinkers?

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    David Maddison

    The fact that Australia made it a serious offence for doctors to practice “off label” prescribing for covid and only allow expensive and mostly poorly effective treatments permitted by Big Pharma and the Left won’t stop there.

    There are many other conditions that benefit from off label drugs as well.

    Expect those to be banned soon.

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    David Maddison

    The original version of the Hippocratic oath.

    I swear by Apollo Healer, by Asclepius, by Hygieia, by Panacea, and by all the gods and goddesses, making them my witnesses, that I will carry out, according to my ability and judgment, this oath and this indenture.

    To hold my teacher in this art equal to my own parents; to make him partner in my livelihood; when he is in need of money to share mine with him; to consider his family as my own brothers, and to teach them this art, if they want to learn it, without fee or indenture; to impart precept, oral instruction, and all other instruction to my own sons, the sons of my teacher, and to indentured pupils who have taken the Healer’s oath, but to nobody else.

    I will use those dietary regimens which will benefit my patients according to my greatest ability and judgment, and I will do no harm or injustice to them. Neither will I administer a poison to anybody when asked to do so, nor will I suggest such a course. Similarly I will not give to a woman a pessary to cause abortion. But I will keep pure and holy both my life and my art. I will not use the knife, not even, verily, on sufferers from stone, but I will give place to such as are craftsmen therein.

    Into whatsoever houses I enter, I will enter to help the sick, and I will abstain from all intentional wrong-doing and harm, especially from abusing the bodies of man or woman, bond or free. And whatsoever I shall see or hear in the course of my profession, as well as outside my profession in my intercourse with men, if it be what should not be published abroad, I will never divulge, holding such things to be holy secrets.

    Now if I carry out this oath, and break it not, may I gain for ever reputation among all men for my life and for my art; but if I break it and forswear myself, may the opposite befall me. – Translation by W.H.S. Jones.

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    PeterS

    With so much corrupted information coming from the MSM with regards to climate change science, COVID-19 science, emissions reduction science, etc., one wonders how the scientists who back up all the fake news can sleep at night. I suppose the money they get must be a good sleeping pill.

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      and for today’s glib comment, over to PeterS

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        PeterS

        Nothing glib about the MSM being caught out repeatedly telling lies on certain really serious topics. You must be one of those who believes everything the MSM tells you. It wouldn’t normally be such a big deal but the topics they lie about are very serious and lives have been lost as a result. If you find that’s glib then you have a problem with which I can’t help you.

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          Dennis

          A person name unknown published a website years ago called stopturnbull.com and it contains a timeline of history from high school days to date of website which was in the last chapters or sections about Turnbull and his LINO left faction manoeuvring to take control of the Liberal Party and Coalition then in Federal Government, and the “relentless negativity” of character assassination and smearing of Tony Abbott MP. And earlier Opposition Leader Dr Brendan Nelson and others before him.

          The campaign was supported by the ABC and other left leaning sections of the media, and the LINO (Black Hand they called themselves privately) faction even went to Union established GetUp activist organisation for help in the undermining campaign.

          Astute and well informed political observers realise that when Scott Morrison replaced Malcolm Turnbull in a vote late 2018 he Morrison became a target.

          It has been said that when mud is thrown some of the mud sticks, over time as more mud is thrown gradually the target is covered in mud and most voters forget, if they were ever really aware, who the person covered with mud really is.

          Albo for example is adopting a very low profile right now hoping his past history will remain hidden from voters and while he and his comrades continue to throw mud at the PM Morrison. They are now blaming him for flooding issues and even still reminding people about 2019 bushfires and their blame the PM politics. And hoping that most voters cannot identify areas of responsibility and powers between Local Councils, State Governments and the Federal Government. For floods and fires, public health, State Governments and services have the primary responsibility.

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          Yes… I must be.

          How do you determine that your sources are truthful PS? Do you go into warzones etc yourself to see?

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          Dave

          You’re clearly talking about Sky News

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        yarpos

        how to be glib while calling someone glib

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      Len

      I believe they would be using alcohol to dampen the conscience or gunga.

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      YWNBAW

      all sleeping on Fang Fangs creamy bosoms no doubt

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    John Connor II

    PORTUGAL ADMITS IT’S RATIONING FOOD

    National producers in Portugal have admitted to food rationing, with price increases of 30% expected in the coming days. “We are in a food emergency situation like I don’t remember having lived through”, said Eduardo Oliveira e Sousa, president of the Portuguese Agriculture Confederation (CAP).

    Sousa is also seeing farmers giving up growing various seasonal crops, such as corn, vegetables and some fruits, because of spiraling production costs. Arable farmers, meat producers, dairy farmers, bakers, poultry farmers and all the industries within the food sector have never seen or experienced anything like the issues stacked up against them

    https://electroverse.net/greece-breaks-national-record-snow-falls-on-turkish-beaches-u-s-sets-hundreds-of-cold-records-portugal-rationing/

    Well..input costs are destroying farming.

    When will governments tell their people the truth?
    No doubt only when it’s totally undeniable.

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      Dennis

      Cost of living in Australia is of course rising, the war in the Ukraine impacting on petrol, diesel and other fuels but soon as a result of the floods there must be food shortages and corresponding rise in prices at the shops. Of course the rising price of transportation via diesel prices is impacting on what we must pay.

      So far Australia has been very well managed with a budget surplus forecast for 2019/20 stopped by the unforeseen pandemic crisis, but since GDP growth has been recovering strongly and hovering around 3.4% which compares to the long term average of decades past of 3.5% GDP growth for Australia.

      Unfortunately the economy is facing serious problems and including financial storm clouds overseas on the horizon. Trade related problems as well, and defence issues.

      I shudder to think about a return of Rudd, Gillard & Rudd style Union controlled Labor Federal Government with their Greens comrades, and with Labor in VIC, QLD and WA at the same time.

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        Dennis

        I just re-checked that this is the Tuesday Open Thread so my comments cannot be off topic can they.

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        Gerry

        I keep hearing about the war in Ukraine impacting on our petrol prices. I’m struggling to understand why. Please explain???

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          yarpos

          Reduced oil supply from Russia
          Supply uncertainty linked with unknown future scope of war
          Maybe some heightened demand from escalating military activity everywhere
          Unwillingness or inability of OPEC to ramp up
          Bidens policies making the US an importer rather than an exporter
          Lack of exploitation of known reserves in Australia so import dependent
          Reduced and degrading Refinery capacity in Australia so import dependent

          All lead to increased demand and increased price globally

          Australia is an importer of oil and refined product ,mainly from Singapore
          Global costs go up Australias costs go up. Minimal reserves in Australia so overseas impacts feed through quickly.

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            Gerry

            Thanks yarpos …. So basically OPEC is putting its price up because Russian oil is scarce. They have us by the proverbial and we have to pay the price.
            Gee, how about Scotty deciding we will become energy independent ?

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          KP

          Not the war in Ukraine, its the sanctions on Russia that the West have piled into. Russia, with as much oil as Saudis, is no longer exporting, so demand has gone past supply.

          …and any chance is a good one for an extra profit.

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      Ronin

      I seem to remember Portugal forcing its farmers to go organic now, big fail, they had to relent.

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    yarpos

    I like Clarice Feldmans articles on American Thinker. She has very readable style and a range of topics, so she doesnt just bang on about one issue.

    When I saw one that started “It’s a weird feeling, watching the globe-wide death of reason and the herdlike behavior of virtue-signaling nincompoops.” I thought it might be entertaining. You may also enjoy.

    https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2022/03/awash_in_a_sea_of_stupid.html

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    John Connor II

    Gordon Ramsay – Shark Bait documentary.

    I watched this 2 weeks ago and it’s a good doco on shark fishing and the shark fin soup trade.

    https://youtube.com/watch?v=3y2uK958bjU

    Shark fin soup is just as idiotic as birds nest soup. They’re basically tastless and devoid of nutrition but are status symbols.

    Even better is his 2 part doco on the Cocaine trade. Just incredible what that farmer goes through to make a living.
    Can’t provide links but try hard enough and you’ll find them. 😊

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      Hanrahan

      Many years ago Mrs H and I were among the few white-eyes at a Chinese banquet. No way would you buy shark fin soup twice.

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    John Connor II

    The year is 2042. It’s been 20 years since your “it can’t rewrite your DNA” vaxx shots, and you feel peckish…

    https://va.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_r8lr6rZJPt1yl671l.mp4

    😯😯😯

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    John Connor II

    World Economic Forum – Covidpass – you’ll need to give a BLOOD SAMPLE!

    https://odysee.com/@FwapUK:1/wef-covidpass:5

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      Dennis

      My GP requests a blood sample from me every four months of every year and has done for years.

      So mine is on record.

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        Dennis

        And the Federal Government, Commonwealth of Australia, has a digital record attached to my Australian Passport and readable when travelling overseas, it speeds up the immigration processing.

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        Honk R Smith

        WEF, your personal physician, your government (for which you presumably have SOME say, and some method of communication) …
        totally the same thing.
        I have Klaus Schwab’s cell number if you want it.

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    STJOHNOFGRAFTON

    Time to wake-up before the nightmares start:
    This is where Klaus Schwab’s World Economic Forum (WEF) criminal, globalist elite pals would like to take us and make us hackable and trackable: Watch the WEF’s top adviser Dr Yuval Noah Harari expound on “Humans Are Now ‘Hackable Animals’ And Will Be ‘Re-engineered’; Coronavirus Epidemic is the Moment it Was Achieved”. (emphasis added)
    https://newsrescue.com/klaus-schwabs-wef-humans-are-now-hackable-animals-and-will-be-re-engineered-coronavirus-epidemic-is-the-moment-it-was-achieved/

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    David Maddison

    Biden has a squid named after him. Not a joke. I fact checked this. (A genuine fact check, not what Leftist “fact checkers” do.)

    “The Syllipsimopodi bideni is the oldest known cephalopod with suckers on its arms.”

    https://nypost.com/2022/03/08/prehistoric-vampire-squid-named-after-president-biden/

    From Wikipedia:

    The type and only known species is Syllipsimopodi bideni, named in honor of US President Joe Biden, and to raise awareness of his climate change policies

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      Joao Martins

      You forgot to mention that the beast is an extinguished fossil.

      A dead fossil named after a living fossil.

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    PeterS

    Confirmation of we found out recently…
    DuckDuckGo Has Been Compromised

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    el+gordo

    There is nervousness in the zealot ranks, what if El Nino goes AWOL for five years.

    https://www.weatherzone.com.au/news/could-we-see-a-third-consecutive-la-nina/536643

    Hat tricks are rare in weather lore, so a third consecutive La Nina indicates a climate shift of significance.

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    CHRIS

    Nailed it, El Gordo. We’ve just experienced a Super La Nina event, and I predict that the next 5 years will be La Nina or Neutral SOI conditions. The ” modern warming period” is in a state of flux, meaning it is waning, and this is NOT related to CO2 levels in the atmosphere. The Earth is beginning to enter another “Little Ice Age”, and I hope the green trash that caused us to shiver (ie: renewable energy LOL) will wither and die.

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      William Astley

      The sun is transitioning to a Maunder minimum. The warming in the last 30 years has caused by wind pulses from solar coronal holes which suddenly started to appear in low latitude positions in 1997 and during solar minimums. Prior to 1997, there was a close correlation between the strength and extent of the solar heliosphere and cloud cover.

      The sun as it transitions to a Maunder minimum, has stopped producing long lived sunspots and sunspot groups and is now producing tiny short lived solar pores. It appears that solar cycle 25 will fail in the next few years.

      Astronomers have been studying sun like stars for the last couple of decades and have found that all stars of the same age, size, and composition as the sun have stopped producing sunspots and produce a much weaker stellar wind.

      The solar wind and the pieces of magnetic flux that are transferred from the surface of the sun to the solar wind, form the solar heliosphere. The magnetic flux in the solar heliosphere deflects mostly high cosmic speed protons (which are called Galactic cosmic rays, GCR even though there are no rays only high-speed particles mostly protons) from striking the earth. The high-speed protons create ions in the atmosphere which cause cloud formation.

      https://academic.oup.com/mnrasl/article/506/1/L50/6324494?login=false

      Stellar mid-life crisis: subcritical magnetic dynamos of solar-like stars and the breakdown of gyrochronology

      ….observed bimodal distribution of long-term sunspot observations, and recent findings suggesting that the Sun may be transitioning to a magnetically inactive future.”

      https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/07/210728105700.htm
      In turn, the slower rotation leads to altered magnetic fields and less stellar activity — the numbers of sunspots, flares, outbursts, and similar phenomena in the atmospheres of stars, which are intrinsically linked to the strengths of their magnetic fields.

      …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.

      …as fast as in their youth, the breakdown of stellar gyrochronology relations, and recent findings suggesting that the Sun may be transitioning to a magnetically inactive future.”
      The new work provides key insights into the existence of low activity episodes in the recent history of the Sun known as grand minima — when hardly any sunspots are seen. The best known of these is perhaps the Maunder Minimum around 1645 to 1715, when very few sunspots were observed.

      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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      el+gordo

      ‘The Earth is beginning to enter another “Little Ice Age”,

      To test the theory you would need to point out the mechanisms involved, what the oceanic oscillations were doing, along with solar behaviour and volcanic eruptions. The latter may have been the trigger in the mid 13th century.

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      David-of-Cooyal-in-Oz

      G’day Chris,
      Dr Weiss showed in this presentation that just a few cyclic events could explain all the major climate changes for past several thousand years from which he predicted significant cooling as the next mjor movement. From 2021. About 20 mins.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tAELGs1kKsQ

      Cheers
      Dave B

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    PeterS

    Ample evidence has been on display for a long enough time to show that the West have lost the plot years ago. It’s all coming to a climax some time eventually, only time will tell. Unless the West changes direction and stops threatening other countries wilt acts of war and sanctions, the West will find itself the big looser. One sure way to stop the rot is to vote out all leaders of the Western world; they are all on the same page heading in the same direction. It starts with Biden…

    The Insanity of the Biden Administration – Decline & Fall of the West

    Funny how when Trump was POTUS the MSM and even ordinary people including one of my relatives talked about Trump being a danger to the world that could lead us to a world war. Yet with Biden they are not only all silent they are siding with Biden and goading him to attack Russia, which ultimately also means China. People really need to look in the mirror and stop throwing stones from glass houses.

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      PeterS
      March 16, 2022 at 5:41 am ·
      Ample evidence has been on display for a long enough time to show that the West have lost the plot years ago. It’s all coming to a climax some time eventually, only time will tell. Unless the West changes direction and stops threatening other countries wilt acts of war and sanctions, …….

      Lost the plot on many things for sure,…but threatening war and sanctions ???
      And where are you drawing the line between the “West” and “Other countries”. ?
      To me, it seems like most of the “threats of war” have been coming from the East, and Middle east..China, Iran, Iraq, Russia, Al-Qaeda, ISIS, etc..
      When dis a “Western” nation ( USA, European, etc) last INITIATE or threaten a war without provocation. ?

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        KP

        Oh Chad! Since I was born the USA has been at war, almost continually! Lets see..
        Korea, Vietnam along with Cambodia & Laos, Lebanon in the late 50s, Cuba for the Bay of Pigs invasion, Dominica, Cambodia again, then back into Lebanon, Grenada, then Libya, Panama, the first Iraq invasion, Somalia to get the ‘Blackhawk down’ film, then bombing the shit out of Yugoslavia, Haiti for holiday, then Kosovo again, Afganistan, Yemen, Iraq again, and Syria!! Of course they declared war on the whole world after 911, no-one is safe.

        The most war-like country in the world, spending more on offensive weapons than the next 6 countries combined.

        When they collapse in the next decade, the world will be a safer place. We won’t be riding on their coat-tails at the expense of the non-Western nations, so it may be uncomfortable for some.

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      yarpos

      They wont want war when it stops being “over there” and comes to their doorstep.

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    PeterS

    Yet another sign of the West trying it’s best to implode. Its hatred of fossil fuels is so big the West is shooting itself in the foot with a machine gun.

    Petrodollar Cracks: Saudi Arabia Considers Accepting Yuan For Chinese Oil Sales

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    PeterS

    The MSM yet again appear to be telling lies. They claim Russia is losing the war with Ukraine. Independent news sources claim otherwise. What is the truth? Time will tell but the problem is the West is desperate to bring down Russia and so can be as devious as any other country and create a false flag operation. Let’s hope the West doesn’t go along with the Zelensky’s nightmare scenario. I personally doubt the West are that stupid as the blow-back would be massive.

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    PeterS

    Biolabs do exist in Ukraine – that is a fact, even the US government admitted to it. The problem is the MSM is still trying to say otherwise. How many big lies do the MSM have to spew before they are held to account and forced to close to avoid them leading the West to war with Russia and China?
    Tulsi Gabbard reacts to Romney accusing her of ‘treasonous lies’

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      Every country has biolabs. It is literally a biology lab. Your local high school has one. What is being twisted is the meaning of the term and the intent of the lab. I have colleagues who work on pathogens and who collaborate with people in many other countries. There will be labs in every country on earth (that have labs) that have links with a mulitude of labs in the US. It is so mundane and so is the fact that someone “admitted” to it. Yes, they admit to doing collaborative research on something biological.

      This is the level of research that is being elevated with ALL CAPS and spooky background music … BIOLABS …

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    PeterS

    Our Top Minds In Government, including our own PM Morrison, and possibly our new PM soon from the ALP hard at work to maintain our downward spiral. The Western leaders are psychotic liars relying on the MSM to promote their lies in a fashion that’s convincing to enough people to keep one or the other major party in power who are for all intents and purposes on the same page when it comes to fighting a war against fossil fuels, and by association any nation that keeps promoting fossil fuels, which means Russia and ultimately China. Do we really want to keep voting for these types of Western leaders? I bet Putin and Xi do.

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    OldOzzie

    From 15 Days to Two Years

    The date of March 16, 2020 isn’t just a day that will live in infamy—it marked the beginning of the largest crime against humanity since the last world war.

    To say the least. In March 2020, once-free citizens around the world surrendered their liberty and livelihoods in a futile attempt to “stop” a virus. The most technologically advanced civilization in the history of mankind quickly adopted medieval fixes that bordered on quackery, sold by snake oil salesmen in the credentialied class and news media, codified through executive fiat by elected leaders of both parties.

    “Just 15 days,” we were told on March 16, 2020, “to slow the spread.” Do your part to promote the “common good”—the historical rallying cry of every wannabe despot—or be branded a heartless heretic. And it worked, far better than the original architects probably anticipated.

    On the same day my daughter left her college dormitory in upstate New York, not to return to a normal campus life for two years, I posted this on Twitter:

    This is what the Left wants. They want people stripped of wealth, isolated, and terrified. They want sources of joy—church, sporting events, vacations, large social gatherings—eliminated. This is how they get control. And it’s far scarier than any virus.

    To say that was a very unpopular view at the time would be an understatement. But having covered the climate change movement for years, I recognized a familiar approach to the spread of COVID-19 hysteria: use flawed data to whip up a public frenzy and shut down all debate in fealty to “science!”

    Any disagreement over the data, no matter how unreliable or untested the data happened to be—and in the early months, the only available data came from China—made you a “science denier,” or worse.

    This time around, sadly, the hysteria wasn’t pushed solely by lefty environmental activists but also by President Donald Trump, Republican governors, and “conservative” influencers throughout the media. Once that buy-in was made, all hope was lost.

    Trump’s catastrophic decision to acquiesce to the demands of Drs. Anthony Fauci and Deborah Birx—the former a charlatan, the latter a dunce—and shut down the country two years ago this week was by far the worst moment in his presidency and rivals the worst moment in any presidency. As usual, however, Trump’s first instinct (the one he suppressed to appease those demanding we honor The Science™) was the right one. The cure should not be worse than the disease, he fretted. He knew it, but he listened to the quacks anyway.

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      OldOzzie

      Two Years After Lockdowns, The West’s Troubles Aren’t Ending — They’re Just Beginning

      The lockdowns mark the start of a ride we can’t get off.

      Two years ago this week, the United States shut down. Churches, schools and businesses went dark. Weddings, funerals, and birthdays went silent. City streets stood empty, with an eeriness closer resembling occupied Paris than the bustling hubs they’d been just days before.

      Two years later, as the last of the mask mandates for school children falter and crack, it’s tempting to believe our nightmare is finally over. Just as the disease is going to haunt us a long while, however, so too will the effects of how we tried to fight it.

      Americans’ relationships with our politicians, bureaucrats, schools, media, police, and churches are fundamentally altered. Indeed, the entire West’s relationships with these major segments of society are forever remade. As we look out on the wreckage of two years of Covid policies, as well as our spiking fuel prices, rocketing inflation, a contested election, a Chinese Olympics, and a land war in Europe, it’s increasingly clear that, far from standing at the end of a dark era, our civilization teeters unsteadily at the very beginning of one.

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    Not the Babylon Bee

    Ukraine LIVE: Russia demands return of Alaska and Californian fort in fury at US sanctions

    RUSSIA has demanded reparations from the US over the economic sanctions placed on the Kremlin by the West.

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    The AFR View

    Time to bring clarity to the federation’s blurred lines

    The post-election tax review sought by The Australian Financial Review should be the beginning of a wider review of federal-state financial relations and where responsibilities should then lie.

    Devastating bushfires, a global pandemic and now extraordinary floods have combined to seriously blur the lines of what Australians think are the specific or shared responsibilities of the federal and state governments. Unanchored expectations have encouraged unhelpful politicisation along with the buck-passing and blame-shifting endemic in Australia’s federal system of government. As federal government net debt blows out towards $1 trillion, Australia needs to urgently reassess the tax system that raises public revenue and the federal-state financial relations to clearly set out who should do what and how it is to be paid for.

    That’s a heartfelt complaint by a Prime Minister who is well aware of the perils of explaining to voters that he doesn’t hold the hose. But the blurred lines run everywhere. The feds run the universities but not the schools, though they part-fund the latter. The feds fund GPs and out-of-hospital care, and they part-fund hospital care, which is run by the states. They fund and regulate age care, and childcare too. Broadly, the feds have most of the tax-raising powers and the states most of the service delivery duties. But the feds don’t give out money without strings, and that inevitably blurs responsibility. It extends to further areas: there is an independently regulated National Electricity Market, but its future functioning is being heavily determined by emissions targets set by the states.

    It is not as though Anthony Albanese can expect to find it easier. As he casually remarked to The Australian Financial Review Business Summit: “If you are starting Australia again, you’d have two levels of government. I am not proposing that, although it’s a good idea.” In normal times, the great advantage of the federation over more centralised governments such as Westminster-dominated Britain is that the whole country cannot be governed badly at once. Instead, the sequence of fires, plague and floods has exposed federalism at its squabbling worst.

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    OldOzzie

    Condev Construction to enter liquidation in another major industry collapse

    Another major Australian construction firm has collapsed with staff told not to come into work as liquidators are appointed.

    Australian construction firm, Condev will go into liquidation after failing to secure a reported bid for $25 million from developers.
    The Gold Coast-based builder announced Tuesday a liquidator was being sought to take over its affairs.

    Last month, another local construction giant, Probuild was placed into administration citing similar issues with rising business costs.

    A lawyer for the couple explained the decision was made based on “forward projections dictated by increasingly challenging market conditions including the exponential rise in material costs.”

    In the email they referenced the global pandemic and materials price hikes as contributing to putting them out of business.

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    OldOzzie

    CDC Study of VAERS Data Finds High Incidence of COVID Vaccine Side Effects, Including Death

    But maybe now we can finally have open discourse because a new peer-reviewed study from the CDC found significant instances of death and severe side effects from the mRNA vaccines.

    While data shows that “most reported adverse events were mild and short in duration,” according to the study, which was published in the UK-based medical journal The Lancet, 6.6% of all side effects were categorized as “serious,” and resulted in “inpatient hospitalisation, prolongation of hospitalisation, permanent disability, life-threatening illness, congenital anomaly or birth defect.”

    Deaths represented a stunning 1.3% of side effects reports.

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    KP

    “But speaking at the Global Soft Power summit in London, former Belgian Prime Minister and leading member of the European Parliament Guy Verhofstadt said NATO needed reforming and that it should be done by using the European Union and creating an EU-army…. I think NATO has to be reformed into a defence alliance of big continental organisations, a European one, a North American one, an Asian one, so like a triangle.”

    There ya go! Eurasia, Oceania and Eastasia, straight out of “1984”

    This bits a laugh- If you are going to have a NATO army to fight invaders, why would you need internal armies for each country?

    “We don’t need to abolish 27 national armies but we need to create on top of that a joint armed forces of the European Union,”

    https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/china-must-condemn-russia-s-brutal-invasion-of-ukraine-says-nato-boss-20220316-p5a4z4.html

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    OldOzzie

    A bit late to the game – Jo’s Blog well ahead

    March 15, 2022
    COVID Care Fiasco: The Hill-Lawrie Video

    By Henry F. Smith Jr, M.D.

    Let me tell a story. It details probably the most important event in the suppression of the drug Ivermectin for treatment of COVID-19 a medication that had the potential to have saved many lives.

    Dr. Teresa Lawrie is an M.D., and the leader of the Evidence-Based Medicine Consultancy in Bath, UK. Her incredibly tedious job is to statistically evaluate medical studies and provide data to the National Health Service so that clinicians can decide on therapy guidelines. In Britain, she is been referred to as “the conscience of medicine.”

    Andrew Hill M.D., Ph.D. is a virologist and from his bio, a senior visiting Research Fellow in the Pharmacology Department at Liverpool University. He is considered an expert on therapy for HIV/AIDS. He is also a consultant to the World Health Organization. He is considered a very powerful voice who can influence medical practice worldwide.

    Then something odd happened. Dr. Hill finally released a preprint of his meta-analysis, with all of his data. But the conclusion of the paper questioned the quality of the data and called for more research. This was obviously an opinion severely at odds with his previous stance. Many people, were taken completely by surprise, most prominently Dr. Lawrie. She arranged for a meeting via Zoom. Here is a link to a documentary that describes these events, and includes a video of the actual meeting. It is completely infuriating.

    During the meeting, Dr. Hill admits that people from UNITAID had input on his conclusions. You can observe his demeanor and draw your own conclusions.

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    OldOzzie

    Federal election 2022: Australia’s move away from China with electric car manufacturing

    The Prime Minister will make an announcement related to electric vehicle manufacturing in Australia and becoming less reliant on China.

    Scott Morrison will announce $243m in grants for manufacturing projects that will enable Australia to seize on the rise of electric vehicles and reduce global reliance on China for a crucial rare earths material needed to make them.
    In a speech to the Western Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Prime Minister will on Wednesday outline funding for major private projects that produce critical minerals or are involved in manufacturing batteries.

    “These projects are about manufacturing the products and materials Australians need and the world needs, by making them right here at home,” Mr Morrison said.

    “Australia is lucky to have some of the largest reserves of the critical minerals and metals which drive the modern global economy,” he said.

    “But China currently dominates around 70 to 80 per cent of global critical minerals production and continues to consolidate its hold over these supply chains. This initiative is designed to address that dominance.”

    The grants fall under the $1.3bn Modern Manufacturing Initiative.

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      There have been ( and are still ?). several “projects” in Australia to manufacture both Battery’s and full EVs .
      Most of these will be the recipients of various start up benefits and grants.
      This has been going on for 5 + years…..with little or nothing to show so far !
      ….other than a steady flow of public funds into corporate funding…no doubt.
      NO ONE with any commercial nouse would be investing in a battery manufacturing start up here, or anywhere, at the moment. It is a technology minefield with huge business and financial risk involved
      Even “Electric Jesus” , Elon Musk, The EV battery King, has had a major change of battery technology and is buying cells from China. Instead of the ones from his own battery manufacturing plants.

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    OldOzzie

    Americans United On Prioritizing Domestic Fossils Over Climate Change

    Energy security ahead of climate change.

    Despite polarization on most issues, Americans unite on energy independence – even if it comes at the cost of climate change priorities. Two-thirds (63%) support drilling for domestic fossil fuels at the expense of climate change.

    The IBD/TIPP Poll of 1,308 adults, completed in early March, asked Americans the following question: To what extent do you agree or disagree with the statement: The United States should pursue energy independence even if it means relying on domestic fossil fuels at the expense of climate change priorities?

    We tally the responses as follows:

    . 34% agree strongly,
    . 29% agree somewhat,
    . 16% disagree somewhat,
    . 8% disagree strongly, and
    . 13% not sure.

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    Biden and Obama Must Answer for Russiagate

    What did Barack Obama and Joe Biden know about the Russiagate collusion hoax their fellow Democrats ginned up to kneecap Donald Trump – and when did they know it? How much did their chicanery contribute to Vladimir Putin’s decision to invade the Ukraine?

    Those questions are coming into sharp relief following a definitive report by my RealClearInvestigations colleague Paul Sperry last week that places the worst political scandal in our nation’s history and Putin’s brutal war directly inside the White House.

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    OldOzzie

    Leica’s M11 is a camera to keep close to your heart

    There’s something about holding this beauty that makes you think: Someone is going to steal this if I’m not careful.

    The iPod never had the staying power of a Leica, either. It lasted less than a decade before being all but swallowed up by the iPhone, whereas Leica’s M series of 35 mm/full-frame cameras have been going strong since 1954, has been through wars and famines and through the hands of many of history’s greatest documentary photographers.

    Also, you can pick up an iPod for $299. The Leica M11 costs $13,500, and if you buy it with just one lens, you’re looking at closer to $20,000. Maybe $21,000 once you throw in the electronic viewfinder, which you probably should.

    Anyway, shooting with the M11 isn’t really the same as shooting with the cameras of our forebears. This thing has a beast of an image sensor, with 60 megapixels of sharpness and 15 stops of dynamic range that allows you to easily take photos that would have been difficult, or maybe impossible, on a film camera.

    (Film has around 13 stops of dynamic range, and that two-stop improvement in the Leica M11 can mean the difference between images which have shadows that are completely crushed, and shadows that still have plenty of depth and detail.)

    Also, being digital and not film, the M11 doesn’t force you to choose a film sensitivity (known as an ISO) and stick with it till the roll runs out, the way the original Leica Ms did.

    Quite the opposite. It’s got a marvellous Auto ISO shooting mode, in which you can tell it to increase the ISO of the image sensor when and only when the exposure time would be slower than the inverse of the focal length of the lens.

    That’s an old-school way of handling the issue of camera wobble, which this camera ought to be prone to given it’s 60-megapixel image sensor and yet no image stabilisation whatsoever.

    Interestingly, the anti-wobble formula involves multiplying the focal length of the lens by four, which is rather conservative compared to film cameras, and which is testament to how demanding the camera’s image sensor is.

    It’s so sharp, you have to hold the camera really, really still – much stiller than we were taught for film cameras –if you don’t want it to capture the slightest hint of a camera wobble.

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    A classic case of technology completely overwhelming the ultimate objective…..the image !
    No matter how clever the camera is , or how high quality its components, unless it is operated by an “artist” , the resulting image will be disappointing .

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      That was obviously in reply to #53..
      Which was, appropriately and not without irony, …..an article behind an FR paywall !

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      yarpos

      A great many people spend prodigious amounts on cameras like these, then leave them on auto everything taking snapshots. A bit like that person in an exotic car who has trouble staying on their own side of the road.

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      Hanrahan

      My son complains that his Cannon, with expensive lenses leaves little room for skill and creativity.

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    Tintarella di Luna says:

    March 16, 2022 at 5:51 am

    Komrade Killers and the display of deep Christian values by a certain “soon to be installed in a safe Labor Lower House seat” Senator – this article in The Australian implies the woman problem for Labor:

    Labor Party’s ‘mean girls’ ostracised Kimberley Kitching

    EXCLUSIVE
    SHARRI MARKSON
    INVESTIGATIONS EDITOR
    @SharriMarkson
    8:31PM MARCH 15, 2022

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      They already know about it. They just don’t WANT to know about it.

      That study at 2 mg/kg for two days, fortnightly is the minimum dose anyone recommends.

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    EXCLUSIVE: New Covid-19 variant sweeping across Australia is one of the most infectious diseases the earth has EVER seen – as renowned scientist warns EVERYONE is going to get it

    . Omicron sub-variant BA.2 up to six times as contagious as original Wuhan virus
    . Daily cases surged to 30,402 in NSW on Wednesday, partly due to extra RATs
    . Your chances of catching Covid-19 are now believed to be ‘very high’ in 2022
    . Omicron usually less severe than Delta but ‘nasty’ because it evades immunity

    Even the triple-vaccinated will be at heightened risk of catching the new strain

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      KP

      OMG! We need extra boosters!! Line up everyone… You don’t want to have to take a week off work with a cold..

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    Kim

    WWIII
    The Take Down of the West. Strategy: destroy the West internally – via the wokies & warmies – the ‘useful idiots’. Destroy the West externally. Create a Russo Sino Eastern Bloc comprising half the World’s population and based on resources. Versus a Western Bloc based on freedom and technology. If the Western Bloc goes the totalitarian way then the Eastern Bloc has won. If the Western Bloc believes in itself – in “strength through freedom” then there is still hope.

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    DD

    A rather amusing summary of Europe’s future energy options:
    https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-60664799

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    A little bit more freedom – British Airways makes masks optional.

    Wednesday, 16 March 2022

    British Airways
    @British_Airways

    From 16 March, our face mask policy is changing.

    Where we’re clear the destination you’re travelling to doesn’t require a face mask on board, it will become optional 😷 ✈️

    Please continue to respect fellow passengers’ mask preferences in these instances.

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    Artillery: New Jobs And Family Matters

    March 13, 2022: The U.S. Air Force continues to lose competent pilots and the rate of loss keeps increasing because there are more pressures on career pilots to leave. This makes it difficult to find a solution to its persistent and growing pilot shortage.

    Many studies have been commissioned, many experiments conducted and while there has been some progress the problem persists. There are always new reasons to get out so collecting and analyzing reasons for leaving has become an ongoing task. The problem has been around since the late 1990s. The latest crisis has been caused by a problem that has been around forever but has now become a major source of pilot loss. It’s all about family life and most pilots marry women with a college degree. That has gone from 11 percent in the 1970s to 84 percent now. Pilots wives are often better educated than their husbands and can earn more except for the disruptions caused by military life. The wives find that the military is a good place to be if you are starting a family, but not so much when the kids get older and mom seeks, and often finds, a new career that is not compatible with the periodic moves to a new base. Women now comprise the majority of college graduates in the United States and have become a key source of trained and capable candidates for the growing number of jobs requiring those skills. Wives of pilots cannot consider a lot of the attractive job offers available because of the constant moves pilots and their families must make. The wives can often make more than the pilot husbands. As a result, even more pilots, once their obligatory term of service is done, get out.

    Another frequently cited problem is inadequate pay. The air force looked into the matter by performing a cost/benefit analysis of paying pilots more to remain in the air force versus recruiting and training new pilots. The air force has previously used cash bonuses to persuade pilots to stay, but it has been pointed out that not all pilots cost the same to train and you still need new pilots to replace those that retire or are shifted to non-flying jobs. The key issue here was the need to hold onto more of the older and experienced pilots.

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      Col Douglas Macgregor Gives His Current Status Perspective on Ukraine Conflict

      Trying to provide alternate perspectives on the status of the conflict in Ukraine, Aaron Mate of the Grayzone asks Col Douglas Macgregor his take on the dominate narrative in the US that militarily this is a disaster for Russia. Colonel Macgregor outlines that western media has a specific narrative diminishing reality and filled with wishful thinking. Max Blumenthal follows up with a question on the military situation.

      Col Macgregor’s take is the entire Russian Operation is focused on the Military Destruction of the Ukrainian Army. The Russian Army is largely successful in this goal, but it is going slow, because of the Russian intent to maintain critical infrastructure. The Azov Battalion’s operations Mariupol also comes up as point of discussion as one of the dynamics of the conflict. WATCH:

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      Surrender, Zelenskyy: It’s time for the U.S. to broker the terms

      But none of this constitutes a red line for the Biden administration. The only red line Mr. Biden has drawn against Mr. Putin is the enforcement of the Article 5 mutual defense pledge if a NATO country is attacked. None has been so far.

      Mr. Biden has slow-walked lethal aid to Ukraine, denied them the transfer of MIG-29 jets from Poland, ruled out U.S. ground troops and a NATO-enforced no-fly zone – all vital for the Ukrainian forces to go on the offense. On Sunday, White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan said Russia would “pay a severe price” if it were to launch a chemical weapons attack in the country. No other details were given.

      For these reasons alone, Mr. Zelenskyy should surrender.

      Mr. Putin has been clear in his demands: He wants to seize the separatist east of Ukraine, which he already controls; incorporate Crimea, a territory he laid claim to in 2014, fully into the Russian Federation; and force Ukraine to alter its constitution to declare it will never become part of NATO.

      Mr. Zelenskyy should concede.

      Unless Mr. Putin is mad — about which there’s been much debate — he doesn’t want to seize control of all of Ukraine. The Ukrainians have shown their will to be independent. If Mr. Putin is logical, he will settle for a weaker, smaller, neutral Ukraine as a buffer zone separating his country from the West, while laying claim to large portions of it. Mr. Putin could walk away with a win and spare hundreds of thousands of Ukrainian lives. It’s likely European sanctions would then be dropped, giving a lifeline to his country and an economic path forward.

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        OldOzzie

        Team Biden is not up to defending America

        U.S. defense budget is five times Russia’s, yet lacks comparable weapons

        History will mark the Russian invasion of Ukraine as the moment hopes for a peaceful democratic world died. Russian President Vladimir Putin may be the evil protagonist, but American and European folly bear some responsibility.

        At the end of the Cold War, Western nations sought to embrace Russia and China economically to help forge democracy. Russia found new markets for its gas and oil, and China joined the World Trade Organization.

        Yearnings for democracy are not universal. Granted, Mr. Putin maintains power by bullying and jailing opponents. Until setbacks took hold, he was able to generate enough public support for his invasion by generating propaganda about NATO’s aggressive intentions and with successful foreign adventures — Georgia in 2008, the Crimea in 2014, disrupting Western elections and SolarWinds in 2020.

        Articulated by successive American presidents, U.S. policy is guilty of five sets of strategic mistakes.

        Missed was that Mr. Putin also brandished “several cutting-edge weapons” that could defeat any adversary. Russia and China possess hypersonic missiles and anti-satellite and cyber weapons that could crack an American warship in two, disable the navigation systems of the U.S. fleet and wreak havoc on the American power grid.

        The United States spends $768 billion on defense — Russia $154 billion and China less than $250 billion.

        I doubt Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin could adequately explain why U.S. forces lack comparable weapons.

        Like other top-level Biden appointees, he’s good at forming task forces, producing vapid reports and satisfying the diversity and inclusion mafia in the West Wing and the bureaucratic interests of his departmental employees.

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    John Connor II

    Warning: Swine Flu Shot Linked To Killer Nerve Disease

    A warning that the swine flu vaccine has been linked to a deadly nerve disease has been sent by the UK Government to senior neurologists in a confidential letter.

    The letter from the Health Protection Agency, the official body that oversees public health, was leaked to The Daily Mail, leading to demands to know why the information has not been given to the public before the vaccination of millions of people, including children, begins.

    It tells the neurologists that they must be alert for an increase in a brain disorder called Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS), which could be triggered by the vaccine. GBS attacks the lining of the nerves, causing paralysis and inability to breathe, and can be fatal.

    https://vervetimes.com/warning-swine-flu-shot-linked-to-killer-nerve-disease/

    Sounds familiar…

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    OldOzzie

    Joe Biden Gets Confused After Announcing He Has COVID

    March 15, 2022 – Sundance

    Earlier today, the installed occupant of the White House, Joe Biden, announced, “the first lady’s husband has COVID”, then someone off camera interrupted him to remind him the First Lady’s husband would be him. Apparently, what Joe Biden was attempting to convey was that Kamala Harris’s husband has contracted COVID… It was very awkward. WATCH:

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    el+gordo

    Deluge floods Broken Hill because the town has no underground drainage.

    https://www.weatherzone.com.au/news/man-dies-in-floodwaters-in-broken-hill-deluge/536660

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    Australian team have developed a new hydrogen electrolyser which they claim is 95-98% efficient, a full 20% more efficient than current systems.
    Somehow ?? ..they then claim that this can enable hydrogen to be produced for less than $2 /kg …..Which represents a 400-500% cost reduction ??
    https://www.pv-magazine-australia.com/2022/03/16/australian-electrolyser-invention-enables-green-hydrogen-under-2-kg-by-mid-2020s/

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      Graeme#4

      From what I have read, it takes three times as much energy to produce (and use?) hydrogen, compared to using electricity directly. If that’s correct, improving the production process by 20% surely won’t make much of a dent in the entire process.

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        “3 times” is a bit of a stretch G 4..
        Current PEM Hydrolyser technology uses 52- 55kWh to produce 1 kg of Hydrogen.
        1 kg hydrogen contains 39 KWh of energy, …so that process is currently 70-75% efficient.
        However when that hydrogen is run through a Fuel Cell to produce electricity , current best practice realises only 30-31 kWh of electricity ..ie 80% ish
        So, the PROCESS EFFICIENCY is only 55-56% but that ignores any losses or other energy uses for things like compression, storage, refrigeration, transportation, etc…another 5% or so
        Say 50% overall efficiency ?
        ..but still very unimpressive !

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    KP

    Facebook will pick your next Govt-

    “Facebook parent company Meta has announced a comprehensive package of measures to coach Australian politicians about the spread of “misinformation” ahead of the country’s general election this year. The company will “help train Australian political candidates on aspects of cyber security and coach influencers to stop the spread of misinformation in a bid to boost the integrity of an upcoming election,” according to a Reuters report published on Tuesday.

    Meta’s Australian chief of public policy, Josh Machin, said the company would “stay vigilant to emerging threats and take additional steps, if necessary, to prevent abuse on our platform while also empowering people in Australia to use their voice by voting.”

    Machin also said Meta’s plans were “by far the most compressive package of election integrity measures we have ever had in Australia.””

    There vill be NO DISCUSSION of Covid policies!!!

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    KP

    oooohh… not allowed to discuss Facebook taking over the Australian elections to make sure we don’t come across any views that are not approved?? “Training and security” for wannabee politicians??

    What can we say about it? Is it even in the budget? It wont be cheap!

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    CHRIS

    Never knew that this is the OLD OZZIE forum. If I want to research items relating to this website, I’ll do it myself (thank you very much).

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