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    PeterS

    Facebook is interfering in the federal election (in Australia).

    Whether her issue with FB was influenced by the government or not is not clear, but her frustration is well and truly warranted as it’s not the first time, and probably not the last. Of course, the majors would be running scared as they fear losing their power over people. A lot of people don’t realise that the majors are threatened by the people like Monica who is doing her level best awakening the people to reality, and so they must be desperately finding a way to stop her yet again. For example, there is a real risk she will be arrested like before to try and shut down her crusade for libertarianism and true democracy. Desperate people carry out desperate acts. If we are not going to do anything to follow her cause and at least follow her advice as to how to vote in the coming federal election then we are part of the problem and on the side of the globalists whether we realise it or not. So, are you prepared to stand up and be countered? Or are you pretending we are not going down the toilet as a nation and on the path of a globalist agenda to engineer a regime change such that we the people will be treated like slave robots much like how China already is? Australia, awake! It might be our last chance at the coming federal election.

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    OldOzzie

    Porsche eyes millions of vehicles left behind in EV switch

    More than 70 per cent of the estimated 1.1 million iconic Porsche 911 models made by the luxury carmaker since 1964 are still on the road, bringing owners joy from driving and also fattening their wealth as the value of classic cars rises in uncertain times.

    It is a symbol of the dilemmas faced around the world by car manufacturers as they accelerate their own transition to making electric vehicles. What to do about the hundreds of millions of vehicles with traditional internal combustion engines that will be around for a long time?

    Porsche is on the front foot with an each-way bet. It is part of a large project operated by HIF Global centred in southern Chile, a region noted for its strong winds to power wind turbines. A large plant is mid-way through construction to produce synthetic fuels to power traditional vehicles. These “e-fuels” are almost climate-neutral, the company says.

    Porsche on April announced it would invest $US75 million ($100 million) to buy a 12.5 per cent stake in HIF Global, which is building the Haru Oni pilot plant in southern Chile to make the synthetic fuel. It is working with Siemens Energy and ExxonMobil on the Chilean project.

    The plant aims to produce 55 million litres of the fuel annually by 2024, and can be scaled up to 550 million litres by 2026. There are some other heavyweights involved as investors, including Chilean company Andes Mining & Energy. Other new shareholders alongside Porsche include US companies EIG, Baker Hughes Company and Gemstone Investments.

    HIF Global is also eyeing a $1 billion synthetic fuels plant in Australia, which it hopes to have up and running by 2026. A similar-scale plant is also on the drawing board for the United States.

    How does it work?

    The howling winds in southern Chile turn a large wind turbine, which provides renewable energy to power electrolysers. The electrolysers split water into oxygen and hydrogen. Carbon dioxide is then filtered from the air and combined with hydrogen to produce synthetic methanol. It is then converted into fuel using a methanol to gasoline technology licensed by energy and fuels giant ExxonMobil.

    This methanol is then used as a fuel to run traditional internal combustion engines.

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      Klem

      Electric cars are being rammed down our throats by law whether we want them or not. We have not been consulted, there has been no debate. Automakers are taking a high risk gamble switching to electric with the belief that the legislation will continue unquestioned, and that people will simply roll over and take it.

      Alot can happen between now and 2030.

      The battle for the fossil fuel car is not over, it hasn’t even begun.

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        yarpos

        Some snide little twerp will be along shortly to talk about buggy whips and the horse to car transition. If you are delusional enough you can convince yourself its somehow relevant.

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    Strop

    Article by Dr Robert Malone
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    When Is mRNA Not Really mRNA?
    What is pseudouridine, why is it being injected into you, and why should you care.

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    https://www.theepochtimes.com/when-is-mrna-not-really-mrna_4397407.html?utm_source=ref_share&utm_campaign=copy&rs=SHRDCZND&

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    Strop

    Friends of Science Newsletter #366 10 April 2022

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    https://friendsofscience.org/index.php?id=2738

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    Topics include

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    Warm European Climates Led to Lower Food Prices

    A new paper titled “The significance of climate variability on early modern European grain prices” looked at the extent to which climate variability affected grain prices for barley, oats, rye, and wheat across Europe from the years 1500–1800. Grain was the most important food source during the period in Europe, providing 70% to 80% of the caloric intake for a majority of the population. The authors used a large grain price data set and long temperature and rainfall data sets. They made extensive use of correlation and spectral analysis methods. The abstract say “A highly significant negative grain price–temperature relationship (i.e. colder = high prices and vice versa) is found across Europe.” Temperatures explain 41% of the annual grain price variability and 63% on decadal time scales. The strongest temperature signals are obtained for the grain type means and the average of all 56 grain price series. Grain price variability only partly reflects harvest yield variations which also depend on non-climatic factors. Cold temperature reduces grain yields and increases grain prices, which frequently caused economic destitution, civil unrest, malnutrition, and even famines. The paper also reports “Only weak and spatially inconsistent signals of hydroclimate (precipitation and drought), and no meaningful association with solar variations, are detected in the grain prices.”


    Arctic Was Much Warmer 6000 Years Ago with Smaller Glaciers and Ice Caps Than Now

    The northern extratropics was much warmer over much of the past 10,000 years than now. This paper published in the journal Climate of the Past, examined the Arctic glaciers and ice cap (GIC) over a large part of the Arctic from a synthesis of lake-based temperature reconstructions. This summary by P. Gosselin says “Using a comprehensive sampling of sediment cores extracted from 66 lakes and seas, the scientists reconstructed the melting and expansion of the Arctic ice over the past 12,000 years. What they found was that the Arctic was far warmer 6000 years ago than it is today.” The paper’s abstract says “the full Arctic compilation suggests that the majority (50 % or more) of studied GICs were smaller than present or absent by ∼10 ka. We find the highest percentage (>90 %) of Arctic GICs smaller than present or absent in the middle Holocene at ∼ 7–6 ka, probably reflecting more spatially ubiquitous and consistent summer warmth during this period than in the early Holocene. Following this interval of widespread warmth, our compilation shows that GICs across the Arctic began to regrow and summers began to cool by ∼6 ka. Together, the Arctic records also suggest two periods of enhanced GIC growth in the middle to late Holocene from ∼ 4.5–3 and after ∼2 ka.”

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    Wind Turbines Negatively Affects People, Birds and Bats

    This article by Parker Gallant discusses several negative effects of industrial wind turbines. A wind energy company, a subsidiary of NextEra Energy, was ordered to pay more than US$8 million in fines and restitution after at least 150 eagles were killed over the past decade at its wind farms in eight states. The Canadian subsidiary sued a lady for posting a video on YouTube showing NextEra workers chopping down a tree with an active eagle nest in the Haldimand, Ontario area. She changed the company’s logo to read “NextError” and “Next Terror”. Chatham-Kent residents have been raising concerns for years after several water wells in the North Kent Wind farm area began getting clogged with sediments during and after 34 industrial wind turbines were erected. The well water quality became poor with high levels of total dissolved and suspended solids and iron. The residents blamed the vibrations from erecting the turbines, which involved driving piles into the Kettle Point black shale aquifer that the wells draw water from. A Bloomberg article reports that the rotor and three blades fell into the sea from an offshore wind farm in Denmark. The turbine manufacturer asked the authorities to stop all marine traffic near all of its sites that use those machines.

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    Data Shows Climate Change Is Not Making Storms Worse

    An article by H. Sterling Burnett says that, contrary to a recent story published by WQAD, data show storms are not getting worst with warming. The WQAD story is misleading as it is based on climate model predictions, not storm data. Models overstate warming and for more than 30 years have consistently predicted increases in extreme weather that have failed to materialize. Global warming could cause fewer, less intense storms across the U.S. The IPCC’s recent assessment report (AR6) reported no increase in the frequency or intensity of tornadoes during the period of modest warming. While the number of reported tornadoes has increased due to better reporting over the past 50 years, data from NOAA indicates the number of strong tornadoes has declined by over 50% during the period of warming since 1970. AR6 also reports no evidence that thunderstorms are becoming more extreme and there is no evidence winter storms are becoming more intense, delivering more powerful wind or greater amounts of snowfall. The extent of average North American snowpack has been virtually unchanged in recent years compared to the late 1960s.

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    CO2 Airborne Fraction Has Decreased as CO2 Sinks Grow Faster Than Emissions

    About half of the anthropogenic CO2 emissions remain in the atmosphere and half are taken up by the land and ocean. The airborne fraction is the ratio between the atmospheric growth rate and anthropogenic emissions of CO2. Emission estimates due to land use changes contributes the most uncertainty to the airborne fraction. This paper published last month presents a land use change dataset using visibility data in deforestation zones. The authors’ results indicate that the CO2 airborne fraction has decreased by 0.014 ± 0.010 per decade since 1959. This suggests that the combined land–ocean sink has been able to grow at least as fast as anthropogenic emissions. This implies that CO2 concentrations in the air will increase slower for a given emissions scenario as more of those emissions will be sequestered by the land and oceans. This is contrary to climate models which all assume that the airborne fraction will increase over time.

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    Ancient El Niños Reveals Limits to Future Climate Projections

    This article discusses a new study that shows the ENSO climate pattern varies over time to such a degree that it will be very difficult to detect if El Niño is getting stronger with global warming. The researchers analyzed 9,000 years of Earth’s climate history using ancient corals to determine how climate change may affect El Niño in the future. They found that although the occurrence of strong El Niño events slightly intensified over time, the change was small compared with El Niño’s highly variable nature. The paper’s abstract says “Although the model diverges from the observed coral data regarding the exact magnitude of change, both indicate that modern ENSO variance eclipsed paleo-estimates over the Holocene, albeit against the backdrop of wide-ranging natural variability.” A study co-author said “It’s like trying to listen to soft music next to a jackhammer”.

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    Wind Noise: A Continuing Issue (Night Amplification)

    Sherri Lange wrote this article about a study by researchers of Flinders University, Australia, of the effects of wind farm noise on humans. The study found that the “swoosh” sound made by spinning turbine blades was likely to be more noticeable – and more annoying – to nearby residents during the night than during the day. The research combined long-term monitoring of wind farm noise with machine learning to quantify and characterize the noise produced by wind turbines. The noise can cause sleep deprivation. Dr. Christopher Hanning, a sleep disorders expert, says “In the short term … deprivation of sleep results in daytime fatigue and sleepiness, poor concentration and memory function. Accident risks increase. In the longer term, sleep deprivation is linked to depression, weight gain, diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease.” Lange wrote “It is well known and accepted worldwide that residents near wind turbines face special challenges, not the least being loss of restorative sleep.” Steven Cooper, an expert in “amplitude modulation” says that sensitive people can identify inaudible “noise” as a sensation. Cooper’s work includes studying the infrasound sound of wind turbines versus the pulsation of the wind turbine sound that is occurring at an infrasound rate. The Flinders study confirms the work of Cooper and shows that the proximity to wind turbines caused serious health effects.

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      el+gordo

      ‘The paper also reports “Only weak and spatially inconsistent signals of hydroclimate (precipitation and drought), and no meaningful association with solar variations, are detected in the grain prices.”

      Clusters of cool wet summers produced famine throughout Europe.

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        Strop

        I think wheat is typically planted in Autumn so not sure if cool wet summers affect it too much. Except maybe the seed might spoil if grain can’t be stored dry. Oats probably not affected as much but corn and rice would be of the grains.

        Cool wet summers would affect vegetables and grass growth for animal grazing. Both of which would contribute to famine.

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          el+gordo

          A wet spring and summer will see harvest failure, then there is always the problem of people eating next season’s seed.

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      Honk R Smith

      “Data Shows Climate Change Is Not Making Storms Worse”

      Change is not causing change.

      And we thought there was no magic in the Realm.
      Science.

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    Peter Fitzroy

    extinction rebellion now has offshoots, notably science rebellion

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      b.nice

      Not scientists, but activists. Must be a sale on lab coats somewhere !!

      Gotta luv the toxic smoke they are emitting, and the huge plastic sign 😉

      Did you know that in the US, the leader (the one with the metal megaphone in the link below), drove some 800km to attend, then back home again.

      https://wattsupwiththat.com/2022/04/12/scientist-rebellion-risking-arrest-to-demand-climate-action/

      They make a mockery of themselves.

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      el+gordo

      Over 1000 scientists worldwide, that isn’t many.

      ‘A 2019 review of scientific papers found the consensus on the cause of climate change to be at 100%, and a 2021 study concluded that over 99% of scientific papers agree on the human cause of climate change. Papers that disagreed with the consensus either cannot be replicated or contain errors.’ (wiki)

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      b.nice

      And yes, there is absolutely no doubt they are rebelling against real data driven science,

      … as well as against the basics of actual atmospheric physics.

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        Joao Martins

        … which makes them the true negationists, according to the definition of “negationist”

        (Oxford English Dict.: ‘One who uses negation; esp. one who merely denies accepted beliefs without advancing anything positive in their place‘; Webster’s Unabridged: ‘an adherent of a doctrine or theory of mere negation‘)

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      Honk R Smith

      We can weld you into your apartment and terminate your pets.
      You can play with the robot dog.
      Wait … maybe you’re already in Shanghai.
      If not, I’m sure you’d like to be.

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    another ian

    “It’s probably a bad idea to let environmentalists do your energy planning. They actually prefer for you to be uncomfortable.”

    https://instapundit.com/514765/

    “if people also reduced indoor temperatures more drastically—by something like 8° or 9° C, which would be the amount needed according to the IEA’s estimate that each degree lower on everyone’s thermostats would result in an annual savings of 10 billion cubic meters of gas.”

    Via SDA

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      John Hultquist

      First I’ve seen that number.
      People’s body temperatures would drop and instead of 2,000 calories per day about 5,000 would be needed. Because you are not supposed to eat high calorie foods the need for pluses would increase and human gas production would skyrocket. Windows would need to be open and the ability to keep warm would be more challenging. So-called green-house gases would increase.
      We would all be doomed. ‘caues, you know, global warming.

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        Fran

        The problem with pushing pulses is that to obtain a complete protein pulses must be eaten with grain. The ratio is 1 part pulse to 3 parts grain by dry weight. Cooked it looks as if the pulses are about half the grain. If either grains or pulses are consumed alone, the body cannot use the amino acids to build proteins, so they are burned for fuel. A vegetarian diet based on pulses is necessarily a high carbohydrate diet. Most of India eats this, with either wheat or rice as the grain; where the soil is very poor it is millet.

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    Ian

    interesting to read previous supporters of Ivermectin as a treatment for Covid-19 are walking back from their support.

    https://trialsitenews.com/sean-hannity-fox-and-the-art-of-walking-back-their-support-of-ivermectin/?utm_source=Contextly&utm_medium=ChannelEmail&utm_campaign=Ivermectin&utm_content=Notification

    These walk-backs were made after a “flawed ivermectin preprint highlights challenges of COVID drug studies
    The study’s withdrawal from a preprint platform deals a blow to the anti-parasite drug’s chances as a COVID treatment”

    https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-021-02081-w

    An earlier randomised clinical trial also found no clinical benefit to support the use of either hydroxychloroquine or lopinavir-ritonavir in an outpatient population. This adds to the growing evidence that these drugs should not be used for the treatment of COVID-19. While evidence emerges to evaluate these drugs as prophylaxis, as treatment for both outpatients and inpatients, hydroxychloroquine and lopinavir-ritonavir do not appear to confer any clinical benefit.”

    https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamanetworkopen/fullarticle/2779044

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      b.nice

      TrialSite link, .. opinions only, no evidence of anything at the link.. !

      Second link.. “many say”.. ie, baseless opinion.

      Last link…

      “The trial was supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.”

      …. yawn !!

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      How often it’s told, that this one study was retracted ? But not that one and only study is relevant, it’s the sum of all others, as several meta studies show.

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      Furiously+Curious

      This is the rest of the Trial site news article that is behind the paywall. I think that Fox could being sued for it’s stance on IVM is ridiculous. Maybe editorial have decided it’s a fight they’re not going to win?

      “Possible Lawsuits
      Though highly unlikely, it’s not out of the realm of possibility that Fox could be sued for its stance on ivermectin. Some legal scholars argue Fox willingly misled the public about the medication and, therefore, the network could be going to court. That could be why Hannity and the rest of the network are walking back their strong stance on ivermectin. At the end of the day, Fox and Hannity are interested in the bottom line, and if that’s threatened, everything previously said and advocated gets denied and forgotten.

      Contrast with Spotify
      In contrast to Sean Hannity, Joe Rogan has stood his ground with Spotify and said he wouldn’t “walk on eggshells” for the podcast carrier. Right or wrong, Rogan has maintained his stance, withstood boycotts, and, in some cases, turned the tables on his critics. Perhaps this is the difference between a host who believes in what he’s doing and another whose only concern is his pocket.

      With 82 studies involving human beings and ivermectin, most of which indicate a positive impact. However, the medical establishment looks to the few prominent studies that didn’t meet the protocol’s primary endpoint. So does Hannity, as he probably never cared about the science of ivermectin one way or another. ”

      Link 2 is about 6 mths old. The study was immediately cut from meta studies. I think it was as likely to be a big pharma plant as a ‘genuine’ fake study.

      Link 3, Gates.

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    John Connor II

    There’s rich, there’s humble and then there’s Keanu

    Matrix movie star Keanu Reeves. He was abandoned by his father at 3 years old and grew up with 3 different stepfathers. He is dyslexic. His dream of becoming a hockey player was shattered by a serious accident. His daughter died at birth. His wife died in a car accident. His best friend, River Phoenix, died of an overdose. His sister battled leukemia.

    No bodyguards, no luxury houses. Keanu lives in an ordinary apartment and likes wandering around town and often seen riding a subway in NYC.

    When he was filming the movie “The Lake House,” he overheard the conversation of two costume assistants, one crying as he would lose his house if he did not pay $20,000 – On the same day, Keanu deposited the necessary amount in his bank account. In his career, he has donated large sums to hospitals including $75 million of his earnings from “The Matrix” to charities.

    In 2010, on his birthday, Keanu walked into a bakery & bought a brioche with a single candle, ate it in front of the bakery, and offered coffee to people who stopped to talk to him.

    In 1997 some paparazzi found him walking one morning in the company of a homeless man in Los Angeles, listening to him and sharing his life for a few hours.

    In life, sometimes the ones most broken from inside are the ones most willing to help others.

    This man could buy everything, and instead every day he gets up and chooses one thing that cannot be bought:

    Be a caring and kind person.

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    John Connor II

    Could high-flying kites power your home?
    Nearly a dozen companies are betting on computer-controlled, airborne wind energy to electrify the future.

    In 2021, Hamburg-based SkySails Power became the first company to offer a commercial product. Its production model consists of a soft, steerable kite up to 180 square meters in area. The kite is attached by an 800-meter tether to a ground station contained in a shipping container.

    In operation, the kite makes large, graceful figure eights in the sky and powers a ground-based generator capable of an average output of 80 kilowatts — enough to supply electricity to about 60 average US households. That’s small compared with a typical 2.75-megawatt wind turbine but is similar in scale to many portable industrial diesel generators. The unit is designed for use in remote locations away from the power grid.

    https://knowablemagazine.org/article/technology/2022/could-high-flying-kites-power-your-home

    Of course 800m could potentially be in flight paths but ok for country areas.

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      Broadie

      Thanks Jennifer, how was the Floating Hotel?

      Was there a five foot long friend in the swim-through? On with a little bleaching on the dorsal fin?

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    KP

    More censorship… I’ve been using the world fire map for a few weeks as a proxy for battles in Ukraine. Then yesterday, for the first time, there’s not one red dot East of Kiev… Same for today.

    https://effis.jrc.ec.europa.eu/apps/effis_current_situation/index.html

    Press the buttons for MODIS & VIIRS.

    Last week you could see artillery firing as groups of 6 or so red fires in a couple of hundred metres, and fires from the results if the satellites came around at the right time.

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    John Connor II

    Sri Lanka defaults on debt

    The tiny island nation of Sri Lanka in the Indian Ocean released a statement Tuesday that said it would default on its foreign debt, including bonds and government-to-government borrowings, amid its worst economic crisis in over seven decades.
    The socio-economic crisis unfolding on the island nation of 22 million people has already sparked mass unrest. It suffers from widespread food shortages, out-of-control inflation, and rolling blackouts.

    https://seemorerocks.is/sri-lanka-defaults/

    Sri Lanka is #4 on the list followed by my “priority watch” India:

    https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/violent-inflation-riots-begin

    How long indeed. Of course fewer mouths to feed means more food to go around.

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      el+gordo

      ‘China and Japan, two key bilateral sovereign creditors, hold about 10 percent each of Sri Lanka’s foreign debt while India’s share is under five percent.’

      India is offering two billion in aid, to match China’s effort. Surely we can expect Japan to step up to the plate with monies and constructive criticism.

      On the energy front, China had plans to build power plants, but pulled out in December because of security concerns. India will now build the two plants. The geopolitical noose tightens, but China is unconcerned.

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      David Maddison

      China signed them up for the Belt and Road.

      This was China’s plan.

      They will do a debt for equity swap.

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    David Maddison

    Senator Antic (Libera, SA) is worth keeping an eye on.

    In the linked video, watch him grill a bureaucrat about Australians needing exit visa to leave the country which the unvaxxed can’t acquire.

    The power these unelected and (in practice) unaccountable bureaucrats have is frightening.

    About ten percent of the adult population are conscientious objectors to compulsory covid vaccination. That the Liberal Party is prepared to throw away that ten percent of the votes by not allowing such people to leave the country proves this is about ideology.

    Frankly, I am surprised Senator Antic hasn’t been censored and censured by his own party for his pursuit of common sense and decency.

    Thank you for what you have done Senator but I see your future with a pro-freedom party, not the LibLabs.

    https://fb.watch/cnue7SDIak/ (2 min 16 sec)

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      OldOzzie

      About ten percent of the adult population are conscientious objectors to compulsory covid vaccination.

      David,

      not conscientious objector, just not interested in taking Suss Pfizer and now having been on AntiVirals for over 2 years – will give Novavax a miss and stick with antivirals

      Had Flu Vaccine last week as not over cold caught from 10 year old live-in Grandson – first time in 3 years and agree with my female GP will have a 2nd Flu Vaccine later in winter. and have beaten cold and feeling fine

      https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10713447/The-flu-Expert-warns-flu-rip-Australia.html

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    Robber

    Per AEMO, big jump in wholesale electricity prices this month:
    All States above $130/MWhr for April, Qld highest at $237.
    In March, Qld highest at $147, Vic lowest at $55/MWhr.
    Financial Year: Qld $127 vs $62 the previous year
    Coal generation in Qld down from 78% to 73%, with exports to NSW down.

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    TedM

    The Australian Govt. almost certainly knew the truth about Ivermectin.
    From Dr. Robert Malone.

    I have never met Dr. Tess Lawrie in person, but the fight for truth and integrity in scientific endeavor has brought us together and today, I consider her an ally at the front line. You may already know Tess. She used to work as a consultant to the WHO, evaluating evidence and developing recommendations. When she saw Dr. Pierre Kory testify before Congress about ivermectin, she gave up her Christmas holiday to run one of these reviews (unpaid) and see if the evidence really did back what Pierre was claiming. It did, so she went to work, writing to health authorities and governments around the world and sharing the great news.
    I don’t need to tell you how that went down. Thankfully for all of us, Tess doesn’t give up easily. Since then, she’s worked without a break to get the message about ivermectin and early treatment out to the public. I asked her to write about her experiences in my new book, but you can read her chapter right now on her Substack (worth signing up to, if you haven’t already).

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    David Maddison

    https://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/victoria/victorian-hospo-workers-abused-over-mindboggling-vaccine-rule/news-story/ba07c002fa649ee6f4f988d89df2795c

    Victorian hospo workers abused over ‘mind-boggling’ vaccine rule

    Victorian hospitality workers are calling for an end to “business damaging restrictions” amid worsening abuse over vaccine mandates.

    Mitch Clarke and Kieran Rooney

    April 14, 2022 – 6:00AM

    PAY WALLED

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    another ian

    “Exit the Paris Climate Accord (Marlo Lewis on offense)”

    “Lewis recently proposed “Expressing the Sense of Congress on the Paris Agreement” for serious debate now that Net Zero is fantastical. Global-government central climate planning must stop. No target should be set for carbon dioxide for reasons that are scientifically sensible and well articulated. Let the market decide with methane too, a market rich in pipeline capacity and end-user growth to naturally reduce natural gas release/flaring.

    Lewis’s draft for Republicans and consumer-and-taxpayer-friendly Democrats follows:”

    https://wattsupwiththat.com/2022/04/13/exit-the-paris-climate-accord-marlo-lewis-on-offense/

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    Broadie

    Put your surf boards away.

    Until a few days ago, asteroid 2009 JF1 was present in the top-10 ranking of our risk list, for a possible impact on 6 May 2022. It is a small object, only about 10 m in diameter, and therefore the possible impact was not of significant concern. However, its probability of 1 in 4000 made it one of the most likely predicted events in our risk list, and together with its approaching impact date attracted our attention for further investigation.

    https://neo.ssa.esa.int/-/2009-jf1-kicked-out-of-the-risk-list-top-ten-thanks-to-observation-re-measurements

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    Hanrahan

    How long can Russia pretend they are winning the war?

    It is particularly noticeable among the Putin ‘pologists that “You can’t believe anything you read” but that is only a half truth. We now know that Russia has lost a missile cruiser, after it was already confirmed they lost a large landing ship.

    I do not ignore my son’s contacts, they are usually accurate and well ahead of “official sources™” and they say only about 50 sailors were rescued out of a compliment of > 500.

    I’m a fan of Victor Davis Hansen and he makes the point that wars never end under an armistice, The Great War [I never call it WWI] and the Korean War obvious examples.

    However long it takes, Russia must surrender, be humbled.

    Note: I did not nominate Ukraine to be the fall guy, that was very much their own choosing. Diplomacy failed, big time.

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      l actually dont think Russia is trying to win a war?
      if Russia was trying to win a war they would have gone in like the Americans have for the last 50 or so years
      total destruction

      but anyway here are a couple of other views away from the NATO WEF MSM stuff for you

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

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X1b-RKDHZOo

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        Hanrahan

        Cite an example of total destruction.

        The skies over Bagdad were far too hostile to put aircraft and crews at risk bombing civilians. Did they do it in Bosnia? They were in Vietnam for six years before they bombed the north.

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        Hanrahan

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

        Ah, the two Alexes. They have been wrong, apologising for Russia since the start. They actually guaranteed that Russia had no intention of invading.

        To think I have wasted hours listening to them as European observers.

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        Hanrahan

        OK You’ve given me a couple of reds [I have some empathy for GA] but when did the US or “The Axis Of The Willing” last carpet bomb anyone?

        Seriously, those receiving the Daily Talking Points mention this regularly, but you have never backed up your lies with anything.

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      Hanrahan

      Only one of five red thumbers have replied.

      I challenge you to make your case.

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      well that went down well didn’t it? hit the nerve right on the head LOL
      but
      its odd that Ukraine has not released any videos of the missiles being launched – given that this is the first use of that weapon, I can’t believe they wouldn’t have recorded that. Moskva is very well protected by missile defences and also has six CIWS that can fire 4000-5000 30mm rounds a minute.
      Seems odd that two subsonic missile could penetrate those defences

      my money is not on the Ukraine/Nato propaganda eg…. the gost of Kiev, snake island saga ect…
      my point to you was to look at both sides of the story with scepticism

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        Hanrahan

        Either Ukraine sank it or the Russians sunk it themselves through incompetence or sabotage. Neither option changes my opinion that Russia is losing the war.

        Playing your game: The ship died when its magazine exploded because a seaman was smoking. Why does that prompt a retaliation? Any overt retaliation will prove it was the Ukrainians.

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          well Hanrahan time will tell wont it
          and considering all of the BS Ukraine propaganda reports so far that have been debunked it should not take that long for us to find out,
          as well as l do not see that one ship out of action is the end for Russia however it happened LOL
          but time will tell
          Nato just needs to keep upping the anti sending in more powerful and bigger arms and Russia will fold LOL
          that’s how they will get peace in the region “wink wink” LOL

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    Victorians watch this and see how much you remember

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RhcxNZ8ePNw

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    CHRIS

    Russia VS Ukraine is very similar to the Russo-Finnish war in 1939-40. In 1939, Russia invaded Finland and thought that victory would only take a few weeks. However, the Finns fought back and routed the Russian armies. It was only when Russia used 5 times as many troops that Finland was defeated. The parallel between Stalin and his useless Generals in 1939-40, and Putin and his useless Generals in 2022, is staggering. Intellectually challenged morons like Putin (AKA Putrid) never learn from history.

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      red edwards

      It’s not the personalities. It’s the Russian system/culture. An undisputed strongman on top (it’s referred to as the “strong back” in the Russian culture), who has people underneath him who don’t dare tell the strongman what he doesn’t want to hear. It works until the “strong back” makes a big mistake (usually due to not having accurate information. This structure goes back well into the Czars. . .

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      el+gordo

      Thanks Chris, a clear example of history repeating, and I’m struck by the similarity on the battlefield. It has a surreal WW2 feel about it.

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      farmerbraun

      What do you make of the videos of hundreds of Ukrainian troops surrendering? And the achieving of total air supremacy, along with annihilation of Ukrainian comms. in the first few days?

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    Lance

    Excellent Quadrant.AU article.

    “Why Teachers Get Away with Preaching Green Rubbish”

    https://quadrant.org.au/opinion/education/2022/04/why-australian-teachers-can-preach-green-rubbish/

    “I suggest conservative parents hold principals’ feet to the fire over indoctrinations, with the help of these policy extracts.”

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      Serp

      The comment by 1735099 on 10 Apr 2022 was off topic but telling; it’s on account of his pushing back that the ANZAC Day Commemoration Committee website was obliged to take down the barefaced lie that “every national serviceman who served in Vietnam was a volunteer” the sort of statement our prime minister habitually utters without turning a hair.

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    red edwards

    New COVID vaccine given EUA by Britain. A classic “killed” virus vaccine.

    https://finance.yahoo.com/news/2-britain-approves-valnevas-easy-062000830.html?fr=sycsrp_catchall

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    farmerbraun

    Fauci says “You use lock-downs to get people vacccinated “.
    Ya don’t say?
    So he means that the video out of China way back then , of a businessman suddenly clutching his throat in the street , and falling down dead , was just theatre? .
    Go on !

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    another ian

    The Covid memory hole

    “Remember when the public health authorities assured us that herd immunity would be achieved when a large percentage of the population was fully vaccinated? Someone needs to remind them of that, since they clearly seem to have forgotten. Who needs accountability when you can just redefine failure out of existence?”

    More and links at

    http://www.smalldeadanimals.com/2022/04/14/down-the-memory-hole-2/

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    another ian

    “Is There Anyone Taking This Green Energy Transition Thing Seriously?”

    https://wattsupwiththat.com/2022/04/14/is-there-anyone-taking-this-green-energy-transition-thing-seriously/

    “New York State’s Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, enacted in 2019 and effective in 2020, commits the State to the energy transition. And to prove its own bona fides, the City Council just enacted legislation at the end of 2021 banning new buildings from burning natural gas starting for smaller buildings (up to six stories) in 2024, just two years from now, and then applying to all new buildings by 2027, just five years away. Yup, natural gas is definitely on the fast train to oblivion around here.”

    “So it’s great to know that we will shortly have a new natural gas distribution system in Greenwich Village, ready for the next hundred years or so.”

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    another ian

    in comments at

    https://wattsupwiththat.com/2022/04/14/extinctions-yo-yo-the-ivory-billed-woodpecker/

    “Kip Hansen(@kiphansen2)
    Author
    Reply to
    Bob
    April 14, 2022 12:53 pm
    Bob ==> Strange isn’t it, the response of wildlife officials to reports of animals their bosses need to say don’t live here?”

    Similar things might have something to do with kangaroo management too?

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      Sambar

      Arrgh, shades of our own beloved and extinct, nearly extinct and now apparently wide spread leadbetters possum. Easiest way to bring this possum back from the dead was declare a new logging coup, possums appeared on cue and hence logging could not be permitted.

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        yarpos

        Twas similar in the 70s and 80s with aboriginal sacred sites. It was pretty much mandatory for a sacred site to be discovered on any new mining lease.

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    another ian

    “A Working Hypothesis You Will NOT Like”

    Vitamin I and cancer

    https://market-ticker.org/akcs-www?post=245628

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    KP

    “US cannot ‘take lightly’ threat Russia could use nuclear weapons: CIA chief” SMH this morning.

    The next false flag being talked up, the final one to save the petro-dollar and America’s domination, the chemical weapons one didn’t gain traction.

    Once countries defy America and start buying oil & gas in Roubles we will see screams of “Russia used a tactical nuke!!”

    The article will no doubt say- “Informed intelligence sources who cannot be named released a report saying…”

    and in extremely small microprint “unverified”.

    I’m surprised the West doesn’t use an asterisk and put ‘unverified’ at the bottom of their articles. Maybe that will be later.

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    John Connor II

    Discovery Dramatically Rewrites History of Life on Earth, Scientists Say

    Scientists believe they have identified the oldest fossils on Earth, dating back at least 3.75 billion years and possibly even 4.2 billion years, in rocks found at a remote location in northern Québec, Canada, according to a new study.

    If the structures in these rocks are biological in origin, it would push the timeline of life on our planet back by 300 million years at a minimum, and could potentially show that the earliest known organisms are barely younger than Earth itself. Such a finding would have major implications for understanding the emergence of life on Earth

    https://www.vice.com/en/article/7kb399/discovery-dramatically-rewrites-history-of-life-on-earth-scientists-say

    https://www.science.org/doi/10.1126/sciadv.abm2296

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    another ian

    To have the wind industry contribute to this net zero by 2050 won’t there have to be a carbon-free epoxy to make the fan blades?

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    OldOzzie

    DOES VACCINATION MAKE YOU MORE LIKELY TO CATCH COVID?

    Walgreen’s must run an enormous number of covid tests, nationwide. So their data should be a pretty good sample. Check out these numbers from Walgreen’s web site. This chart shows the positivity rate by vaccination status. It indicates that unvaccinated people currently have a lower rate of positive covid tests than vaccinated people:

    This chart, from the same source, shows what percentage of tests were administered in each group and what percentage of tests were positive:

    So unvaccinated people accounted for 28.5% of the tests, but only 16.6% of the positive covid results.

    There are several possible explanations here. The obvious one is that vaccination makes you more likely to catch covid. But it is also possible that people who don’t get vaccinated are, on average, healthier than people who do, and therefore their immune systems are more likely to fight off covid and other diseases. A third possibility is that unvaccinated people are, on average, more worried when they catch a cold and therefore are more likely to seek out a covid test. Of those possibilities, the second and third are totally hypothetical and speculative, and to some degree contradictory. Maybe there are more explanations that I haven’t thought of.

    It is generally a mistake to draw cosmic conclusions from a single data set, but as noted, Walgreen’s administers an enormous number of covid tests.

    I can’t draw that conclusion from these numbers alone, but it would be interesting to see what other data are out there. Frankly, I trust Walgreen’s a lot more than I trust the thoroughly politicized CDC.

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    Furiously+Curious

    Wondering what would be possible to do, if there looked like a total financial collapse coming along shortly. OK cash is good, but you need small denominations, as who’s going to have change for $50s or $100s? Silver coins? You can cut bits off them, but who’s going to assay, and where can you get them at short notice? Vehicles – might be useless if fuel runs out, or the grid is down? So the only thing that comes to my mind is hard booze! Rock up to your local bottle shop with a truck. Large quantities aren’t too bulky to store, lasts indefinitely, and can be poured into any denomination. Beer could be good for small denominations, but how long will it last without refrigeration? Or invest in a good still! Someone said drugs, but you’d need to be already tied into a network to score quickly. Too much time on my hands?

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    another ian

    “Yes, It Is”

    “What Fauci just admitted as policy id criminal extorsion”

    http://www.smalldeadanimals.com/2022/04/14/yes-it-is/

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    yarpos

    Watching a crop duster operating over the last couple of days. It appears many old aviation maxims are not true and altitude is an overrated thing. Just dont make a mistake.

    Have been using some nice quality hand tools today rather than power tools. It reminded how nice they are to use and that I must sharpen my chisels, I doubt they are ready for any real use.

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    another ian

    “Prison Canuckistan”

    Viva Frei – watch it all!

    https://youtu.be/eG7FOAomNms

    http://www.smalldeadanimals.com/2022/04/15/prison-canuckistan/

    In comments from BARD “The Pandemic Worship”

    Prison Australia anyone?

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    yarpos

    Surprised Elon Musks moves on Twitter hasnt attracted discussion here. This situation must be putting the wind up management and staff. Some of the hypocritical bleating about a billionaire taking over Twitter and influencing communication is amazing in the face of what Google , Facebook and people like Bezos (WaPo) do every day.

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