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    OldOzzie

    ‘No restrictions on unvaccinated’ decrees India’s Supreme Court, orders gov’t to make side effect data public

    The Supreme Court on Monday said that no person can be forced to get vaccinated against COVID-19 and directed the Central government to make public adverse effects of vaccination.

    A bench of Justices L Nageswara Rao and BR Gavai said bodily autonomy and integrity are protected under Article 21 of the Constitution. The top court said the current COVID-19 vaccine policy cannot be said to be manifestly arbitrary and unreasonable.

    “Till numbers are low, we suggest that relevant orders are followed and no restriction is imposed on unvaccinated individuals on access to public areas or recall the same if already not done,” the bench said.

    Regarding segregation of vaccine trial data, subject to privacy of individuals, all trials conducted and to be subsequently conducted, all data must be made available to the public without further delay, it said.

    “Regarding segregation of vaccine trial data, subject to privacy of individuals, all trials conducted and to be subsequently conducted, all data must be made available to the public without further delay,” the court said.

    The apex court also directed the Union of India to publish reports on adverse events of vaccines from the public and doctors on a publicly accessible system without compromising the data of individuals.

    The court delivered the judgement on a plea filed by Jacob Puliyel seeking directions for disclosure of data on clinical trials of COVID-19 vaccines and post-jab cases.

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    OldOzzie

    https://www.michaelsmithnews.com/2022/05/cicero-on-the-collapse-of-empires.html

    “The closer the collapse of the Empire, the crazier its laws are.” ? Marcus Tullius Cicero

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      PeterS

      Indeed that’s one of the clear signs of the fall of all past empires. We are now witnessing the Western empire collapsing as we speak. Let’s see how long it takes. Of course it will be faster under the ALP+Greens.

      [“Let’s see how long it takes” are the words of a man who has already given up. Spare us. – Jo]

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        Kalm Keith

        Peter,

        I can’t understand the comment about your comment when this sort of thing; https://joannenova.com.au/2022/05/2000-mules-the-election-was-organized-crime/#comment-2544418

        sits unacknowledged. Fair enough, the author has made it sound almost real but the commenters next comment below could be described as “infill” which clogs the blog.

        The fact that these comments received over 140 little red thumbs shows the general feeling of the blog contributors.

        The world is a puzzling place and, like you, I would like to see a way out of this crisis but all that shows, at the moment, is further descent into hell.

        Wish us luck.

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          Keith, Peter has posted more than 14,000 comments here. Those who post 10-15% of a thread may control the conversation. I’ve been asking him simply to try to be constructive rather than passively and repetitively predicting defeat. My remark is part of a long conversation with Peter, mostly behind the scenes.

          We are not in the gulags yet. Those who once were, I suspect, would wish they had all our options.

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        Philip

        I agree with Peter. I am totally black pilled, as they say. But my white pill is the dystopia you imagine isn’t as bad as you think. Things just aren’t as good as they could be.

        I’ve lived in a shoe box in the second world before, and I was pretty happy. Kind of like as the Dark Lord Klaus says actually.

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      OldOzzie

      Musk Blasts Soros ‘Dark Money Groups’ Threatening Twitter Advertisers

      Musk’s purchase also prompted a constellation of 26 Soros-linked NGOs to sign a letter expressing concern about the plan – writing that “Elon Musk’s takeover of Twitter will further toxify our information ecosystem and be a direct threat to public safety, especially among those already most vulnerable and marginalized.”

      The authors that under Musk’s management, “Twitter risks becoming a cesspool of misinformation, with your brand attached, polluting our information ecosystem in a time where trust in institutions and news media is already at an all-time low,” adding “Your ad dollars can either fund Musk’s vanity project or hold him to account. We call on you to demand Musk uphold these basic standards of community trust and safety, and to pull your advertising spending from Twitter if they are not.”

      Those advertising on Twitter would risk their company associating “with a platform amplifying hate, extremism, health misinformation, and conspiracy theorists,” according to the letter.

      A quick look at the signatories:

      Musk responded to the campaign against him by asking “Who funds these organizations that want to control your access to information? Let’s investigate …” adding “Sunlight is the best disinfectant.”

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    OldOzzie

    The Poison Frog Strategy

    Preventing a Chinese Fait Accompli Against Taiwanese Islands

    A fascinating read

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      Bruce

      The first time i heard that term it was a line from, I think, Lee Kwan Yew, describing his philosophy for the security of Singapore.

      An Australian analogy: Like a dog eating a Cane Toad.

      Except I have increasing doubts about the inherent toxicity of “Australians” to foreign predators. Then again; I am old and do not get my “opinions” from he “cretinizer in the corner”.

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    OldOzzie

    Supreme Court Abortion Leak is the Job for Biden’s Ministry of Truth

    By John Kass

    With the November elections fast approaching, the Democratic Party was in hysterics, panicking over they feared would be wave election, a massive mid-term butt kicking in payment for inflation, crime, the open border and everything else they’ve done to the American people.

    They screamed about insurrections wherever they could imagine them, under your neighbors’ bed, among parents who don’t want their kindergarteners indoctrinated on gender identification, among those smeared as domestic terrorists for daring to oppose racist Critical Race Theories in government schools. They piled dry wood around the stakes, like witch burners of the Middle Ages, and their media allies drowned out the heretics.

    But that wasn’t helping all that much. The American public wasn’t all that interested in burning millions at the stake for the alleged “insurrection” on Jan. 6, especially when Democrats were so forgiving about the Black Lives Matter riots when the cities burned, and downtowns ruined and businesses were destroyed.

    Something else was required. The leak of a Supreme Court draft opinion ending Roe v Wade was that shiny weapon they wanted. If enacted, the leaked draft would not end abortion in all 50 states. All it would do is return the choice to the people. But the Democrats reached for the Supreme Court leak as their weapon. They screamed and held the club in both hands.

    A real insurrection has plopped into their laps. Not an imagined one. A real one involving real force and the mob hoping to intimidate the Supreme Court.

    The Democrats say they’re angry, at least publicly so, between fundraising calls and getting themselves on TV to say democracy is over. But do the Democrats really want to get to the bottom of this leak thing? I don’t think so. None of them are condemning the leaker.

    So I’m wondering: Isn’t this really a job for Nina Jankowicz, the ridiculous party hack and self-described “Mary Poppins of Disinformation” who runs President Biden’s Ministry of Truth?

    Who else could do the job? No one else, but Nina. C’mon Joe. Give Nina a chance.

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      OldOzzie

      Doocy Nails WH Over SCOTUS Leak, While Bret Baier Sources Raise Alarm on Timing

      Then Fox’s Peter Doocy asked if Joe Biden thought that the leaker should be punished. Again, Psaki put off the question, declaring that Biden’s “focus was on not getting distracted” from what they claimed was most important — a non-decision by the Supreme Court that they want to use to jack up the anger on the left to help their chances in the midterms. There is no decision to be focused on, but there is an unprecedented attack on the Court, trying to undermine and intimidate. But then, Joe Biden couldn’t give a darn. More than that, he and the Democrats are using it to attack the Court even more.

      Doocy also pointed out how this reaction from the White House differed from their prior position — saying they wouldn’t comment on “leaked” material. Yet, here they were commenting on this leaked material because they thought it served their political purpose.

      That was a question Psaki didn’t anticipate, and she had no real response except to say that they said it was a real draft. But it’s still a leak and not a final decision. So the answer is, once again, that they are hypocrites.

      Fox’s Bret Baier mentioned on air a report that the White House knew about the leak/opinion beforehand. I’ve been trying to track down more on that report. Now, if that’s true, it might explain why the White House wouldn’t condemn it and invites a lot of questions along the lines that Sen. Josh Hawley was asking the other day: What did they know and when did they know it?

      UPDATE: Here’s video (30 Sec)of Bret Baier talking about the report (with thanks to Right Glock Mom)!

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      Ronin

      The democrats haven’t been this angry since the Republicans freed their slaves.

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      yarpos

      the real issue is what is the strike price of options held by Disney management.

      if they arent underwater, they are still golden

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    John Connor II

    How an Obsession with SAFETY Leads to Mental Illness & Tyranny

    https://youtube.com/watch?v=tKo8oC0LHMU

    Focussed on safety and Covid but it also shows why we have MAJOR trouble getting through to the lefty-loonies on any topic. 😉

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    OldOzzie

    Biden Says Kids Belong to Their Teachers

    Schools are becoming indoctrination factories, trying to turn children against their country and their own parents’ values. It’s what the teachers unions intend.

    Amazingly, that’s just fine with President Joe Biden, who told a gathering of teachers and union bigwigs on April 27 that the kids are “yours when they’re in the classroom.” That wasn’t just a Biden stumble. He repeated it for emphasis: “They are all our children … They are not somebody else’s children.”

    Sorry, Joe. But parents have a right to know what their children are being taught, and to set limits. State legislators in at least 12 states have introduced bills requiring teachers to post teaching materials, including books and videos, on a website for parents to inspect before their kids see them.

    Good teachers will have no problem with that. But ideologically driven teachers, as well as the unions, are fighting back. That includes Randi Weingarten, head of the American Federation of Teachers. As she launched Teacher Appreciation Week — and most teachers do deserve our appreciation — Weingarten smeared classroom transparency requests as the work of political “extremists.”

    Concerned parents are not political extremists, but Biden is joining the attack against transparency, parroting the unions. He and most Democrats in Congress are teachers union flunkies.

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      OldOzzie

      5 Ways Democrat Policies Work To Destroy Children’s Lives

      Once again, children have become objects unworthy of life, protection, or tutelage. What kind of society does this to children?

      Americans who would sacrifice anything to protect their children may be surprised to learn that their inclination is a rather modern phenomenon. For most of human history, the most dangerous period of any person’s life was childhood. Only if a newborn survived the first decade of disease, warfare, hunger, and all the other mundane threats to ordinary human existence would the survivor gain any type of social recognition.

      Today, we sadly are witnessing the reverse of this civilizational achievement. Once again, children have become objects unworthy of life, protection, or tutelage.

      Their mere right to exist is balanced against a mother’s right to convenience. Their childhoods have become sexualized. Their education has been abandoned and replaced with regimens of indoctrination that make them easy targets for governments, corporations, and predators to exploit.

      Right before our eyes, those with power are stripping American children of their personhood.

      Here are five ways I see this clearly happening in our society right now.

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    John Connor II

    Satellites have detected land surface temperatures in some parts of India at 149 F. (65C)

    Owing to the absence of cloud cover on April 29 (10:30 local time), the Sentinel-3 spacecraft was able to obtain an accurate measurement of the land surface temperature of the ground, which exceeded 60°C (140°F) in several areas. The data shows that surface temperature in Jaipur and Ahmedabad reached 47°C (117°F), while the hottest temperatures recorded are southeast and southwest of Ahmedabad (visible in deep red) with maximum land surface temperatures of around 65°C (149°F).

    https://m.dailykos.com/stories/2022/5/1/2095070/-Satellites-have-detected-surface-temperatures-in-some-parts-of-India-at-149-F

    Watch India 😉
    If the satellite data is correct then that’s just horrifying.
    Like being baked alive.

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      RobB

      Somebody doesnt know how to read a scale on a map

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      Graeme#4

      I used to work in temps above 47. Stripped down to shorts, cloths wrapped around the hands as any metal was too hot to touch, and many plastics were also very hot to handle. About two hours was the max time I could work in that environment. I believe some of the deep diamond mines in South Africa are hotter.

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        Graeme#4

        Never really knew how hot it was as the portable thermometer only went to 127 F max, and it used to shoot to the top and stay there.

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        Graeme+P.

        I did a spell in the Pilbra on the HBI plant over summer ’96-97. That was enough for me.

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      65C ?…..almost as hot as Bondi beach sand in January !

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      Mullumhillbilly

      65deg C is not the air temp, it’s the soils surface temp. It’s hot but not unprecedented.
      Dry an egg on a rock kind of temperature.

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      Len

      Major Denis Bloodnok never had any trouble with the heat in India

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      Kevin Kilty

      Why is anyone surprised that a surface temperature in full sunlight reaches 150F? The west wall of my home reaches that temperature on any clear afternoon in summer. Try walking barefoot on any pavement at midday. Do these people understand nothing about heat transfer?

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    Clem Cadiddlehopper

    I have just been watching Bolt on Sky https://www.skynews.com.au/opinion.There two clips on reactions to the Aboriginal situation, one with Lidia Thorpe and the other with Jacinta Price. The difference between the two women couldn’t be any any more stark. One of them ignorant, bitter and twisted and full of impotent rage, the other intelligent, rational, calm and genuinely caring about her people and their welfare. I will leave it up to others to guess which is which. cheers

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      What is the aboriginal situation?

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        OldOzzie

        How many Billions have been spent?

        Outback town erupts in violence as 500 people have their homes burnt to the ground after roaming gangs and rival families go to war as shocking new footage of the carnage emerges

        . Vulnerable residents have been evacuated from remote NT community, Wadeye
        . Community unrest has descended into lawlessness as rival families feud
        . Buildings have been burnt down leaving hundreds displaced and forced to flee
        . NT Government will provide displaced residents with food, shelter and supplies
        . Police have made presence known in the town since February as tensions rise
        . Tensions escalated after a man died last month from injuries sustained in a brawl

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        Dennis

        The latest, not being widely reported, rioting in settlements, many homes burnt down, many people badly injured, out of control tribal and clan related warfare.

        The wonderful Australian Indigenous woman and Senate candidate Jacinta Price has always been unafraid to discuss the disadvantaged but also the hidden self imposed community based crime, especially impacting on women and children.

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        el+gordo

        Jacinta doesn’t support a referendum for a voice in Parliament, “we are all Australians” and race shouldn’t come into it.

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          Dennis

          And already there are several Indigenous Australian MPs in Federal Parliament with Jacinta Price now a Senate candidate and likely to win the Senate seat.

          On a per capita basis, I understand, Indigenous Australians are already well represented.

          However, where does the quota system go next, multi-cultural Australia has many ethnic groups, should each of them have a quota representation as well?

          Doesn’t it make much more sense to continue with the present system, eligible candidates apply to be candidates for election and we the people make our choices?

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        b.nice

        “What is the aboriginal situation?”

        What people like Lidia Thorpe make it. (bitter and twisted and full of impotent rage)

        Aboriginals ought to be listening much more to people like Jacinta.

        A much better example of humanity, don’t you agree, Gee. !

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          Dennis

          My serious question on his subject is how exactly can an Australian claim to be Indigenous or Australian Aborigine unless they are born with Australian Aborigine parents?

          The Greens Senator, I read recently, claims that status based on a great grandmother?

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            what about this fella?

            “While discussing the plight of the Murugappan family from Biloela and refugees policy more broadly, Katter referred to himself as a “Blakfulla”. “I come from Cloncurry and I’m dark – I’m one of the Curry mob, you know? We made a hell of a bad mistake 150 years ago, letting you whitefellas in. I don’t know that we should make the same mistake again.”

            So much wrong there.

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              b.nice

              “His Aboriginality stems from his time as a miner, when he was “accepted” via tribal law as part of the mob in Cloncur”

              So he is an accepted member of an aboriginal tribe.

              Get over it.

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              MP

              He failed to use a pronoun?

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            b.nice

            Can’t remember exactly, but something like 1/16. (might be 1/32)

            Or maybe nowadays, its just if you “identify” as being an aboriginal.

            Andrew Bolt found a few years ago that he wasn’t even allowed to ask. Got slap with a legal case.

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              b.nice

              I know of quite a few that look more Irish (white skin reddish hair), but still claim to be Aboriginal so they can access certain payments.

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        Grogery

        What is the aboriginal situation?

        At the moment? Not too phlash.

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      Kalm Keith

      Haven’t watched the link, but you are spot on with Jacinta, she’s fantastic.

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      KP

      Ah, you Australians… Just learn from NZ about letting the racial creep continue, where you have a small native population demanding an equal share in Government, ownership of the natural environment, ownership of the coast & beaches, all water, all Govt land, the TV and radio spectrum.. Its all coming for you too, courtesy of the UN.

      Nearly every Aussie I tell this to says “It’ll never happen here mate, our Abos aren’t like that!” Just like the South Africans in the 1980s told me RSA would never end up like the rest of the African colonies..

      It took a long time for some people to learn that democracy only works in some cultures, as does a Welfare State, and not all races are equal! Strike the word ‘Aboriginal’ from all legislation now, or your grandchildren will regret it.

      ““we are all Australians” and race shouldn’t come into it.”

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    David Maddison

    Interesting that Biden’s controllers established his Ministry of (un)Truth coincident with Musk buying Twitter to turn it into a free speech platform and also the Dinesh D’Souza documentary on US election fraud being released.

    Incidentally here is an article on Biden’s Ministry of Truth (link below).

    The person chosen to lead it is a mere 33 years old and an anti free-speech zealot. At her age her background would have been a fully woke education with no traditional values taught whatsoever.

    https://thehill.com/opinion/white-house/3472878-joe-bidens-ministry-of-truth/

    She has also spoken out against the US First Amendment:

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10760907/Biden-starts-Disinformation-Board-led-Russia-expert-called-Hunters-laptop-Trump-product.html

    She is about as scary an Orwellian character as you can get.

    NOTE TO LEFTISTS: Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty Four was a warning about you, not an instruction manual.

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    John Connor II

    Virus might be behind mystery child hepatitis cases: CDC

    Nine young children from Alabama affected by a mysterious hepatitis (inflammation of the liver) all tested positive for a common pathogen called adenovirus 41

    https://insiderpaper.com/virus-might-be-behind-mystery-child-hepatitis-cases-cdc/

    I suspected a virus and a causal link.
    Looks like I’m right on the virus part.
    However Indonesia is now reporting cases and 3 child deaths and their “disease spectrum” isn’t the same as other affected countries. So unfortunately it’s still a growing mystery for now.

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    John Connor II

    Labor Housing Plan is Great Reset Down Under

    Labor has announced a policy to purportedly tackle housing affordability, we use the term “purportedly” because it does nothing of the sort. Their plan is to literally own 40% of your house.

    https://xyz.net.au/2022/05/pauline-hanson-is-right-labor-housing-plan-is-great-reset-down-under/

    A disaster in the making. A particularly powerful form of control over people and their lives worse than vaxx coercion.
    Just another tentacle of the WEF seeking to force the great unwashed into compliance. Reject at all costs!

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    OldOzzie

    Who knew? Are there any others?

    Eromanga Refinery

    We have been proudly operating the Eromanga Oil Refinery since 1986.

    We have been proudly operating the Eromanga Oil Refinery, located in the small town of Eromanga approximately 1000 km west of Brisbane Australia since 1986. The refinery produces high quality diesel fuels, heating oils and kerosene, as well as variety of speciality petroleum products for industrial uses.

    Eromanga UMF, the main product of our refinery, is a highly specialised diesel mining fuel with the lowest exhaust gas particulates of any fuel currently available on the market.

    The refinery has been continuously processing up to 1,250 barrels per day of locally produced crude oil since it was commissioned in 1986.

    Located in one of the remotest regions of Australia, the Eromanga Refinery remains a significant contributor to the local community through the training, employment and business opportunities it provides.

    Have questions about our Eromanga refinery, its products or its role in the local community? Let’s chat!

    The refinery is about 100k from Haddon corner and sits smack bang in the middle of the Cooper-Eromanga basin from which the crude is sourced.

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      Ronin

      I wonder what the sulfur content of their diesel is.

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        OldOzzie

        Eromanga UMF, the main product of our refinery, is a highly specialised diesel mining fuel with the lowest exhaust gas particulates of any fuel currently available on the market.

        Australian oil refineries and fuel security

        Less than one month after provision was made in the 2020–21 Budget for the design and implementation of a market mechanism to support domestic refineries, BP Australia announced it would cease fuel production at its Kwinana Refinery. Once this refinery is wound down over the next six months, Australia will have three remaining fuel refineries. The continued reduction in refinery numbers has implications for Australia’s liquid fuel security.

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        James Murphy

        Cooper/Eromanga oil is low sulphur.
        I’ve had the pleasure of working in this area for a few years, visiting Eromanga at least once, plus a few other satellite stations, balera, Jackson, Dullangari, etc, and Moomba, of course. I still have a drawer full of oil samples from “drill stem tests” – where, after drilling a well, a specific interval is isolated via inflatable packers, then exposed to atmospheric pressure to see what flows out of the formation – gas, oil, or water, or sometimes, all 3, sometimes, nothing much at all!

        people forget that the Cooper/Eromanga basins have been continuously producing oil and gas for decades. it’s not enough to meet local demand, but every bit helps. it also employs a lot of people. Santos has 4 drilling rigs, very soon to be 5, continuously drilling for decades, plus some work-over rigs, and Beach Energy has another handful.

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        Bruce

        Extremely low, according to my sources.

        Australian crude, in general, has extremely low sulphur content.

        Interestingly enough, this also applies to teh high-grade anthracite coal from the Bowen basin.

        I say “oddly enough”, because “oil’ and coal appear to have have UTTERLY different origins and formations.

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          KP

          Russians were right then?? Coal from trees, oil from chemistry with no life involved. They reckoned oil was still being continuously produced below the oil wells.

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    John Connor II

    Looming fuel and food crisis

    Via Martin A.

    The Biden Administration is directing oil companies to reduce diesel fuel production. One here in Florida just closed. They are deliberately pushing diesel fuel costs higher to force their GREEN objectives. This is all part of the plan to end fossil fuels making the cost so high that it reduces their use. In the process, they are accelerating the inflation rate and the food crisis which will become more dramatic next year.

    Reliable sources behind the Silk Curtain confirm that Chinese regulators called an emergency meeting with all large domestic and foreign banks operating in China concerning how they could protect the country’s overseas assets from the United States which appears determined to destroy the world economy. China has $3.2tn in foreign reserves but unlike Russia, the Chinese economy is interlinked with virtually every other economy in the world. Sanctions against China will be far more devastating to the entire world economy than what Biden has inflicted on Russia.

    RELIABLE SOURCES confirm that the food shortage is also being created DELIBERATELY and they are well aware that without fertilizer from Russia, farmers will suffer crop failures. They are now trying to force farmers to turn GREEN and grow food that complies with the Great Reset. Then concerning fossil fuels, world crude oil production has been declining since 2019. They are also fully aware of this problem and once again it is DELIBERATE. This will also result in the contraction of the world economy.

    Please stock up on food that will last a few years. It is not good news that Putin is undergoing cancer surgery. I have stated many times, that the propaganda against him is not warranted. Those behind him are far more aggressive and again RELIABLE SOURCES confirm that without Putin, they may just nuke Kyiv to scare the hell out of NATO.

    I agree 100%. Other trusted sources are confirming this.
    Like I’ve said, stock up as much as you can afford and don’t waste your money on non-essential things like holidays and new cars and especially avoid a mortgage…
    We need to see through the distractions like elections and fake climate change and focus on what’s really important like self preservation.
    Major food runs are coming very soon so don’t say you weren’t warned 😉

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    Broadie

    2GB this morning.
    Ray was talking about how his blood pressure monitor did not disturb his sleep.
    Last week I thought he interviewed one of the Bureaucrats in charge of jabbing. From my recollection he had met her at the regional ‘Clot-o-seum’ when he was having another ‘Jab’.

    This morning he was putting the boot into his once upon a time ‘bestie’, Craig Kelly and the news followed with a boot into his other once upon a time ‘bestie’ George Christensen, with a serve at Palmer for good measure.
    What was the source of his glee? The Brazilian study on Invermectin’s effect on the Covid 19 disease has been published. Maybe he would like to know how the various groups were chosen.

    I avoid getting too excited if I was Ray, there appears to be a lot of weakness in the arteries and walls around your heart from what we are seeing and I would certainly not be risking pissing myself laughing with what has been going on with the prostate gland.

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      PeterS

      He certainly won’t be having the last laugh when the ill side effects of the experimental vaccines keep surfacing.

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    OldOzzie

    Insight, Green Senator Lidia Thorpe says she is a ‘crazy angry Blak woman’. Thank you.

    From the Comments

    What makes her think that she is a woman?

    Is she now a Biologist also?

    Women?

    Aren’t they those odd, indefinable creatures (comprising 50% of humanity) who now lack the basic sporting prowess to even compete in their own sporting contests thanks to pig-ignorant misogynist A.L.P./Green Socialist Leftards?

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      OldOzzie

      Dems Make Stunning Admission About Who Can Actually Get An Abortion

      Democrats made an admission about what type of people can actually get abortions in the wake of a leaked Supreme Court draft opinion showing justices could potentially overturn Roe v. Wade.

      After many liberals pushed for gender-neutral terms surrounding pregnancy and abortion such as “birthing people” instead of “woman,” prominent Democrats made statements appearing to suggest only women can get pregnant and have abortions.

      President Joe Biden characterized abortion as a women’s rights issue in a Tuesday statement which emphasized women’s reproductive freedom.

      “I believe that a woman’s right to choose is fundamental,” he said. “[I]f the Court does overturn Roe, it will fall on our nation’s elected officials at all levels of government to protect a woman’s right to choose.”

      Hillary Clinton also painted abortion as a women’s issue.

      But neither Joe Biden or Hillary Clinton are Biologists – How can they say who a Women is?

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      Dennis

      The detainees are all being processed for deportation for criminal behaviour in Australia, none are Indigenous people, obviously, but not apparently obvious to the Greens Senator.

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    Ted1

    On the 1st of May we are hearing about The Ministry of Truth.

    On the 5th of May we are hearing about “2,000 mules” which goes to air on the 7th of May.

    So that’s what it was all about. Manning the barricades! With two days to spare!

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    John Connor II

    Coronavirus Particles Likely Travel Farther Than Thought – Infectious Up to 200 Feet

    A recent study by scientists at the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory offers a third possibility: microscopic respiratory particles may stay wet and airborne for longer periods of time and travel further than previously thought.

    “There are reports of people becoming infected with a coronavirus downwind of an infected person or in a room several minutes after an infected person has exited that room,” said Leonard Pease, the corresponding author of the study. The findings were published in the February issue of the journal International Communications in Heat and Mass Transfer.

    https://scitechdaily.com/coronavirus-particles-likely-travel-farther-than-thought-infectious-up-to-200-feet/

    Better make those supermarket “stand here” circles 60m apart.
    No more than 4 people in the whole store at once 😅

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      Klem

      I had Covid last week, it was one of the mildest flus I’ve ever had. It was over in 3 days. I’m not vaxxed.

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    OldOzzie

    Labor plans to attack primary producers again
    Thursday, 05 May 2022

    Labor & The Greens have plans to phase out the massive live export industry.

    Appeasing the unappeasable.

    Remember?

    They tried it once before.

    From the Comments (I left the first one out – I thought humourous, but possibly not in good taste)

    – Animal Justice are enablers of Daniel Andrews they allowed him the power he wanted.

    – I am for Animal Justice.

    I have nearly hit a jay walking sheep on a major highway.

    The continuing disrespect displayed by these animals towards Australian road rules is an absolute disgrace.

    These animals must be brought to JUSTICE!

    Animal Justice NOW!

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      Ted1

      Nobody kicks a cow in the head. All that will get you is a broken foot, and that without causing the cow any great discomfort. Cows’ heads are hard and heavy, and accustomed to bashing each other.

      But the Gillard/Brown government banned live cattle exports to Indonesia on the basis of a video which showed a man kicking at a cow’s head.

      That video was contrived! As was the whole 4 Corners program.

      The characteristic which the “animal lovers” and “tree huggers” display in common is that they hate people. And not just any people. Most people.

      Australia has already paid a substantial diplomatic cost over that uncivilised ban, and will pay again as we are forced to work with Indonesia to sort out the China problem.

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    OldOzzie

    You live & learn a new word every day

    When Nina Met Joey

    When it comes to picking a disinformation boss, don’t discount the possibility of poontronage.

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    It’s May 5. What is happening? Has it happened?

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    OldOzzie

    How many Billions have been spent?

    Outback town erupts in violence as 500 people have their homes burnt to the ground after roaming gangs and rival families go to war as shocking new footage of the carnage emerges

    . Vulnerable residents have been evacuated from remote NT community, Wadeye
    . Community unrest has descended into lawlessness as rival families feud
    . Buildings have been burnt down leaving hundreds displaced and forced to flee
    . NT Government will provide displaced residents with food, shelter and supplies
    . Police have made presence known in the town since February as tensions rise
    . Tensions escalated after a man died last month from injuries sustained in a brawl

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      Geoff Sherrington

      OO,

      Here is another of my photos from Port Keats 1960.
      It seemed rather peaceful then.
      Many people then considered that the missionaries were doing an excellent job of helping make a society in which children could grow up in comparative safety.Geoff S
      http://www.geoffstuff.com/keatsb1960.jpg

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        Hanrahan

        One of my brothers was born while Dad was working on Palm Is., another while at Cherbourg. He had a few photos like yours [it was 80+ yrs ago] but while there was clearly a patronising attitude and with a pay gap, things were orderly.

        Even in my youth, in a town with a high number of this group [careful wording] they were generally hard working, honest people and by then equal pay. As a teenager I spent some months manually calculating pays for railway’s line gangs [no calculators then, I must have done well enough] all races were paid the same.

        Where did things go wrong? May I suggest sit down money.

        The grand kids of respectable families I knew became notorious petty criminals and car thieves. Elders are no longer respected, and the respectable elders have passed anyway. The elders now participate in gross crimes in the settlements. Time to say “Live traditionally by all means, but not on white man’s $”.

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    OldOzzie

    Despite SCOTUS Roe Leak, Republicans Double Democrat Turnout in Ohio Primaries

    The Supreme Court’s potential decision to overrule Roe v. Wade certainly did not prompt Democrat voters to turn up at Ohio’s midterm primaries on Tuesday.

    The House Democrat’s campaign chief Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY) announced after Politico’s bombshell report on Monday night that abortion will “now” become the “central choice” in the November midterms and claimed that “only Democrats will protect our freedoms.”

    But despite the Democrat Party’s attempt to rile their base over the supposed “right” to end the lives of unborn children, Republican voters doubled Democrat voters in the Ohio gubernatorial primary just a day after the Supreme Court’s potential ruling was leaked.

    Data from the New York Times shows Republicans cast 1,068,817 ballots in the GOP primary for governor, the highest number of ballots cast in a midterm primary in two decades, according to the Republican National Committee (RNC). GOP voters outdid themselves by roughly 200,000 votes compared to 2018 gubernatorial primary numbers and increased their turnout by 29 percent. In stark contrast, only 502,100 Democrats cast their ballots, a 26 percent decrease from 679,738 ballots cast in 2018.

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      I believe, A woman’s right to choose, to dispose an unwanted baby, by throwing it onto a rubbish tip, ended in 380, when Christianity became the State Religion of the Roman Empire. Since then until the end of Christianity in the United States in 1973, it was not a woman’s right to choose this option.

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    Broadie

    Annnnnddddd Influenza !!!!

    Weekly Covid 19 Data from NSW Health morphs again.

    Seven people aged under 65 years died with COVID-19. Of these, two were unvaccinated, three had received
    two doses, one had received three doses and one had received four doses. Six had records of significant
    underlying health conditions that increase the risk of severe disease from COVID-19.

    Nice to watch professionals at work.
    Health professionals? NNNo!
    Propaganda Pros? Yes! Why else would you dilute a Weekly Covid 19 Report with another illness. Is it because you are seeing Covid does not affect the young and more people are dying ‘with Covid’ after having been ‘Clot Shotted’?

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      Hanrahan

      At first glance I thought you said “Annandale flu” and wondered if it was like “man flu”.

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        Broadie

        Annandale flu

        In that Townsville suburb they call that Ross River Fever.

        More to the point, why does the Weekly Covid Report become the Fortnightly Covid Report and then the Weekly Covid & Flu Report?

        How is any of this Data relevant with time?

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    Ronin

    Surely Albos’ goose is cooked now, how many gaffes can a Prime Ministerial aspirant make before someone loses confidence in him.

    If you were going for promotion within your company and they asked you relevant questions about your new job and you fluffed most of the Qs, you would be shown the door.

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      Ted1

      In a sane world yes, his goose would be well done.

      But did you see the polls? No sanity!

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      Dennis

      Ah yes, but he apparently does hold a hose and he will not say it’s not his responsibility, and this is very important, apparently, and used regularly to smear the PM with despite taking the quotes out of context and ignoring what is State Government and what is Federal Government powers and areas of responsibility, whatever it takes to score points.

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      Hanrahan

      Even here where we assume there are thoughtful posters who may take notice of such things, anyone dumping on ScoMo gets greens and when I say “Don’t dump on him” I get a couple of reds.

      This is not an informed electorate and definitely one with memories so bad they don’t remember Rudd/Gillard. I do.

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    Graham Richards

    Hey Old Ozzie,

    Out of a total of 41 comments, 22 bear your name. Time to set up your own Blog Site???

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    OldOzzie

    Hillary Clinton’s blood-red Met Gala dress turns heads

    Based on the color of her dress, her outfit would have been appropriate for paying homage to either abortion or Benghazi.

    Hillary said the dress embellishment “also reflected Joseph’s interest in what were called ‘friendship quilts’ that women used to embroider sayings or phrases or the names of family or friends.” A nice touch could have been to embroider the names of Hillary’s dead friends as a reminder of the morgue quilts that cover the [email protected] of all the “suicide” and Benghazi victims Hillary and Bill would rather forget.

    Meanwhile

    Accompanying her was what appeared to be a masked black servant-type who kneeled while arranging the folds of her gown so she wouldn’t trip and fracture her other wrist.

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      another ian

      Someone has added names – can’t find it ATM

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      Ted1

      I thought it hid Hillary fairly well.

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      Hanrahan

      Accompanying her was what appeared to be a masked black servant-type who kneeled while arranging the folds of her gown so she wouldn’t trip and fracture her other wrist.

      This from the party that sees racism EVERYWHERE. They have no self awareness. 🙁

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    David Maddison

    (Australia) I notice a lot of movement away from NBN Co broadband (wired connection) to 5G wireless connection for home broadband services.

    Presumably this is to escape the monopoly of NBN Co, a network conceived by stupid politicians, not engineers, and it shows.

    NBN Co is pushing for a 5G tax so they can keep their monopoly.

    https://www.itnews.com.au/news/nbn-co-puts-broadband-tax-target-back-on-cellular-leo-operators-572444

    Other potential NBN Co competitors are already heavily taxed. Your clueless “representatives” voted for this.

    https://www.zdnet.com/home-and-office/networking/nbn-broadband-tax-clears-parliament/

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      MP

      Abbott wanted to go down the 4G, 5G route and knew NBN was Pi$$ing money into other peoples bank accounts.

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      OldOzzie

      Son was pressured to go with NBN and said no – as he has 5G in his area will be going with Optus 5G Cube

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      Grogery

      Presumably this is to escape the monopoly of NBN Co, a network conceived by stupid politicians, not engineers, and it shows.

      The NBN we got is not the NBN we were promised.

      There’s a myriad of reasons why this occurred, including the “communications minister” and later short term PM who should not have been in the LNP, Turdball.

      Before I make any comments below, I’ll make this statement: Regardless of what people say – along with premium routing equipment, optic fibre to the premises (FTTP) will absolutely sh*t all over any current wireless technology and that will remain the case for many years to come.

      Massive mistakes:-
      – Telstra. If the company wasn’t viable, it should have been leased (not sold), along with all exchange buildings, towers, pits & pipes, etc. Australian taxpayers had a stake in PMG/Telecom/Telstra and the real estate alone was massively undervalued in the sale. NBN began rolling out (optic fibre from power poles) before a deal was done with Telstra for the use of their (previously taxpayer owned) pits & pipes. This fact alone made the NBN costs skyrocket.
      – Telstra had too much involvement in (political) decision making. The NBN network started with 121 points of interconnection (POI’s). This was decided solely because Telstra already had equipment at all of those locations which almost made them invincible. For other companies to compete, they would need to make significant investments. Impartial intelligent engineers suggested at least one POI in each capital city with possibly a few extras in large regional cities. i.e. Maximum 10 – 20 POI’s.
      – Running NBN like a private business when it wasn’t. Our money, huge wages, no results, say no more.
      – By not doing what was initially promised (FTTP), the NBN barstardised the whole industry. eg. Now we have fixed wireless NBN which in some cases performs worse than outdated ADSL technology. People are now confirming what NBN technology exists at a given premises before considering occupying that premises.

      Much more could be said, but my general message is that the Australian NBN should have been world class, but as usual, bureaucracy got in the way.

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        Grogery
        May 5, 2022 at 10:32 pm · Reply
        Presumably this is to escape the monopoly of NBN Co, a network conceived by stupid politicians, not engineers, and it shows.

        The NBN we got is not the NBN we were promised.

        There’s a myriad of reasons why this occurred, including the “communications minister” and later short term PM who should not have been in the LNP, Turdball.

        Before I make any comments below, I’ll make this statement: Regardless of what people say – along with premium routing equipment, optic fibre to the premises (FTTP) will absolutely sh*t all over any current wireless technology and that will remain the case for many years to come.

        Massive mistakes ….etc..:-

        Agreed.
        But, what we were promissed was never going to be possible, either practically or financially.
        It was a typical political prommiss based on a distorted technical brief.
        FTTP.. was never going to be possible beyond urban areas, and even in those areas, any experienced civil/ systems engineer could see the complications and costs were way underestimated. Some form of wireless network was always going to be necessary for regional areas.
        My experience with NBN ..( FTTN Hybrid) in Sydney was painful, to say the least. Frequent dropouts and complete failures compounded by a nightmare customer service support.
        The fundamental problem with the whole system is that it is a BUSINESS which prioritises profits over Service . Considering that public money was used to build the system, the service charges are extortionate, with unsurprisingly , little variation across all providers.
        A typical public corporation disaster

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      Hanrahan

      I have better things to spend a grand on than a “smart” phone so still use the landline.

      Do I still need NBN for my wired phone should I go 5G?

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        yarpos

        Wired phones / landlines are now being delivered via NBN. My mother in law has fibre to her home, a router and a phone plugged into it. She has no internet service.

        If you live regionally it makes no sense to buy a 5G phone as it will spend most of its time on 4G anyway. The 4G phone I am using now costs $120. If i do a speedtest on it , it is slightly faster than the NBN fixed wirless to our house.

        Our daughter up in Wangaratta uses a 4G plan for her Internet and is quite happy with that. I can see why 5G would be a great option for city people and why NBN wants to crush it.

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    John Connor II

    WEF and UN just signed an agreement to accelerate Agenda 2030

    https://twitter.com/DaleForTrump/status/1521972695516303360?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

    The masses are waking up too fast 😉

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      Dennis

      By video link during January 2022 Prime Minister Morrison told delegates at the WEF Conference in Davos, Switzerland, that Australia will not adopt the WEF economic model, the PM referred to the WEF model in a sarcastic way, and said that Australia will continue to support the free enterprise, free market system and seek to continue to improve national economic prosperity.

      As various websites have reported, WUWT for example, the UN is not happy with the present Coalition Government in Australia following COP26 and refusal to ban coal mining, refusing to increase Paris emissions target and change the target date from 2030 to 2025.

      Worse, Australia refused to sign an agreement to achieve net zero emissions by 2050 as demanded by the UN and recommended by our major allies US and UK.

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          Dennis

          For Australia net zero emissions is “an aspirational goal” SUBJECT to development of new technology and without damaging the economy.

          To understand better knowledge of global politics, UN politics, IPCC politics and diplomatic affairs (foreign affairs & trade) and the rest of the minefield is essential.

          Christopher Monckton explained it quite well in or around 2014 when he warned Australians (and in other videos Canadians and New Zealanders) to watch the back of Prime Minister Abbott (and the other PMs) because they were under attack from the above foreign forces and their local representatives. And as we now know in 2015 PM Abbott was replaced by a LINO left PM and similar took place in the other nations where the leaders were not UN and IPCC puppets.

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            MP

            I know all about Monckton, your very late to the party.
            So the Globalist UN gave us Turdbull and we have Morrison now. My thoughts exactly.

            Put the sitting member last!

            Do you have a talking points spread sheet, copy paste. I have read those exact words from you a half dozen times.

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              yarpos

              I used to work with a guy that used Lotus 123 (spreadsheet of the era) for all his office needs. If 123 couldnt do it it got done by someone else.

              A few years later I came across a factory manager (100 million USD p.a. type factory) who has his secretary print out all his emails and have them on his desk when he got in. He annotated them and she replied to the emails. He was a great greenfields factory manager and in demand around the world in the company, but he was [email protected] with technology. As long as he had a phone, a notepad, a pencil and a calculator stuff got done.

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    Dennis

    NBN Co, a Federal Government owned private company that does not publish public accounting, established by Labor to build and manage the $4 billion, then $40 billion NBN network (figures rounded off).

    The network that auditing commissioned by the Minister for Communications in the Abbott Coalition Government discovered was over $50 billion in cost and estimated to be heading towards or close to $100 billion resulting in a Cabinet decision based on advice to change the NBN connections and related costs.

    A history of Labor Federal governments: free university courses later changed because of mounting costs to include Higher Education Contribution Scheme, Medibank another great idea that mounting costs caused to be changed and Medicare resulted, Gonski education grants to State Schools for no gain in education standards, in fact falling standards continuing and National Disability Insurance Scheme now costing much more than Labor estimated when they announced it.

    No need to add which sides ends up having to fund these Labor thought bubbles.

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      Dennis

      One of the “mistakes” NBN Co made was to order a satellite for remote area internet access and they forgot to order and secure a satellite launch date, as a result the delivery timing for the satellite was a long time before the first available launch date.

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      yarpos

      The NBN is a weird organisation. For a while i kept getting a lot of how are we doing rating style surveys.

      I asked them why are you surveying me? I have no commercial relationship with you. Why dont you go survey the ISPs ? They are your customers. No reponse, just more survey requests.

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      MP

      NBN started rolling out in 2011, Libs won election in 2013 and they continued down the same route.

      Can’t blame labor now, the libs kept flogging that horse for nine years since winning office. According to wiki it has now cost us $51 billion and climbing with most of that wasted by the Libs!

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        yarpos

        Bit like the Dems bleating about gun control. All Clinton years, all the Obama years and nothing of consequence.

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    another ian

    Bumped from Tuesday Open

    More covid

    “As we are now discovering the odds are that significant percentage of those who took the jabs are ****ed and there’s nothing you can do about it if you did so; what’s done is done.

    If you took these jabs, read this, and your blood doesn’t run cold — or hot enough to get the people who did it to you — your IQ is smaller than your shoe size.”

    More at

    https://market-ticker.org/akcs-www?post=245779

    And this added

    https://chiefio.wordpress.com/2022/04/30/w-o-o-d-30-april-2022/#comment-156569

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    John Connor II

    University midwife students taught to care for men giving birth ‘through their penis’

    Edinburgh Napier University has advised students they need to be prepared for both men and women giving birth.

    https://www.gbnews.uk/news/university-midwife-students-taught-to-care-for-men-giving-birth-through-their-penis/283839

    The woke delusional insanity rolls on…
    If you’ve ever passed kidney stones, imagine the pain of passing a watermelon 😨

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      Dennis

      I didn’t know that Greens were born that way.

      /sarc.

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      another ian

      A male friend has just had prostate surgery.

      He said to the nurse who was explaining the procedure “How in the hell do you get enough room?”

      The answer was “Modern technology”.

      Might be a lot more of it needed to be able to cater for that idea as –

      A female friend described giving birth to a large baby as “Like shitting a watermelon”

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        Dennis

        Having closely observed a delivery from the operating end as a doctor friend carried out the procedure I do feel sorry for mothers and childbirth suffering they endure.

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    John Connor II

    ‘Serious’ Covid vax side-effects 40 times more likely than reported – researcher

    Professor Harald Matthes of Berlin’s Charite University Hospital said on Tuesday that he has recorded 40 times more“serious side effects” from Covid-19 vaccinations than official German sources have. As Matthes called on doctors to speak up for those allegedly injured, US pharma giant Pfizer released a tranche of data apparently showing its jab was far less effective than claimed.

    https://alethonews.com/2022/05/04/serious-covid-vax-side-effects-40-times-more-likely-than-reported-researcher/

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    OldOzzie

    Chanticleer

    Banks relaxed on property prices but watch NZ

    The high level of home loan debt means interest rate rises may have a larger effect and be felt more quickly than in the past, particularly if confidence and house prices take a hit.

    National Australia Bank chief executive Ross McEwan is a firm believer in the Darryl Kerrigan Rule.

    McEwan, who delivered a stellar result for the six month to March on Thursday, remains relatively sanguine about the outlook for property prices as interest rates rise.

    Not only has NAB stress tested mortgage borrowers at interest rates at or around 5 per cent for some time, but his customers on average are four years ahead on their loans (including mortgage offsets) and mainly have secure jobs, given the historically low unemployment rate.

    More than that though, history says borrowers will find a way to meet their mortgage repayments.

    “People are starting to have to juggle around where they spend their money,” McEwan says. “And the first thing they want to look after is to hold on to the home.“

    The belief in the Darryl Kerrigan Rule is justifiably strong across the banking sector.

    Australian banks have proven very good risk managers around residential property for a long time and loss rates are well below 1 per cent across the majors.

    The majority of mortgage borrowers are ahead on their repayments and the wave of stimulus payments seen in the last few years have boosted savings and reduced onerous forms of debt, such as on credit cards.

    The prudential regulator also strengthened lending buffers last year in anticipation of the interest rate cycle turning and the flurry of rate rises in other jurisdictions should have helped prepare borrowers for what’s to come.

    But Australia’s high level of household indebtedness do raise the risk that the impact of rate rises could be larger and felt more quickly than in the past, particularly if confidence and house prices take a hit.

    That’s exactly what RBC economist Su-Lin Ong expects. While she expects the peak of the RBA’s cycle of rate rises will be lower than the market at 1.85 per cent, she does expect the bank to get there sooner than she thought before Tuesday’s 25 basis point move.

    Kiwi in the property coal mine

    If house price pain does ramp up, Australia’s major banks should get a warning from inside their New Zealand operations, where interest rates have leapt from 0.25 per cent in September 2021 to 1.5 per cent in April.

    The percentage of new loans going to borrowers with a debt-to-income ratio above six times in 24 per cent in Australia, but it is 39 per cent in New Zealand and a staggering 51 per cent in Auckland, where the property market is particularly hot.

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    John Connor II

    As Vaccine Demand Collapses, U.K. Faces £4 Billion of Waste, With 80% of its 650 Million Dose Stockpile Unused

    The U.K. has used just 142 million of the stockpile of 650 million vaccine doses it purchased, leaving an estimated £4 billion worth of vaccines unused and, at current levels of take-up, likely going to waste. The vaccines typically have an expiration date of six to 12 months after manufacture

    https://alethonews.com/2022/05/04/as-vaccine-demand-collapses-u-k-faces-4-billion-of-waste-with-80-of-its-650-million-dose-stockpile-unused/

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    John Connor II

    The incredible human rights abuses on Tokelau at the hands of the NZ government

    Several families who refused to be mRNA injected have been on HOUSE ARREST now for 8 months…unable to leave their homes.

    There is not a single case of Covid on Tokelau.

    Now the 5 to 11 year olds are being injected AND IF YOU REFUSE TO HAVE THEM VACCINATED THEY WILL ALSO BE CONFINED TO HOUSE ARREST.

    https://www.thedailyexaminer.co.nz/tokelau-house-arrests-now-include-children/

    The crimes and attrocities of the past are repeating and there’s little time to stop them from advancing further.

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    Catherine

    GREEN Technology:

    – ‘Not So “Green” Technology: The Complicated Legacy of Rare Earth Mining
    Production of these new technologies requires companies to dig up what are referred to as rare earth elements (REEs).

    REEs describe the 15 lanthanides on the periodic table (La-Lu), plus Scandium (Sc) and Yttrium (Y). Contrary to what the name suggests, REEs are abundant in the earth’s crust. The catch is that they come in low concentrations in minerals, and even when found, they are hard to separate from other elements, which is what makes them “rare.” Perhaps these elements also get their name from being rarely discussed, even though everything from the iPhone to the Tesla electric engine to LED lights use REEs.

    Demand for these elements is projected to spike in coming years as governments, organizations, and individuals increasingly invest in clean energy. An electric car requires six times the mineral inputs of a conventional car, and a wind plant requires nine times more minerals than a gas-fired plant.
    With current estimates, demand for REEs could increase six-fold by 2040. Lithium and cobalt demand could increase ten to twenty times by 2050 because of electric cars. Demand for dysprosium and neodymium is estimated to increase seven to twenty-six times over the next 25 years as a result of electric vehicles and wind turbines. But REEs also have grim prospects: the way companies extract REEs largely damages communities and contaminates surrounding areas.

    There are two primary methods for REE mining, both of which release toxic chemicals into the environment. The first involves removing topsoil and creating a leaching pond where chemicals are added to the extracted earth to separate metals. This form of chemical erosion is common since the chemicals dissolve the rare earth, allowing it to be concentrated and then refined. However, leaching ponds, full of toxic chemicals, may leak into groundwater when not properly secured and can sometimes affect entire waterways.

    The second method involves drilling holes into the ground using polyvinyl chloride (PVC) pipes and rubber hoses to pump chemicals into the earth, which also creates a leaching pond with similar problems. Additionally, PVC pipes are sometimes left in areas that are never cleaned up.

    Both methods produce mountains of toxic waste, with high risk of environmental and health hazards. For every ton of rare earth produced, the mining process yields 13kg of dust, 9,600-12,000 cubic meters of waste gas, 75 cubic meters of wastewater, and one ton of radioactive residue. This stems from the fact that rare earth element ores have metals that, when mixed with leaching pond chemicals, contaminate air, water, and soil. Most worrying is that rare earth ores are often laced with radioactive thorium and uranium, which result in especially detrimental health effects. Overall, for every ton of rare earth, 2,000 tons of toxic waste are produced.

    The most infamous mine in China is Bayan-Obo, the largest REE mine in the world. Even more infamous than the mine itself is the tailing pond it has produced: there are over 70,000 tons of radioactive thorium stored in the area. This has become a larger issue recently because the tailing pond lacks proper lining.

    As a result, its contents have been seeping into groundwater and will eventually hit the Yellow River, a key source of drinking water. Currently, the sludge is moving at a pace of 20-30 meters per year, a dangerously rapid rate.’

    – ‘Rare Elements of Security – Air Force Magazine’

    – ‘The future of rare earths in Australia – Australian Resources & Investment’

    – ‘The Struggle To Mine Rare Earths
    Molycorp faces operating and financial hurdles at the only U.S. rare-earth mine
    by Melody M. Bomgardner’

    ————–
    – ‘Taiwan chip industry emerges as battlefront in U.S.-China showdown – Reuters’

    ————-
    – ‘Student midwives are being taught at university how to help biological MEN give birth in trans ‘inclusive’ manual – even though it’s scientifically impossible’

    ——–
    ‘In east Ukraine, the war-weary listen out to stay alive
    Residents and soldiers in Donbas have learned to listen closely to the tell-tale sounds of war to stay alive.’

    ——
    interview of Klaus Schwab by Charlie Rose
    full video/23789 on Charlie Rose’s website ‘full transcript’

    ‘Friday 11/13/2015
    Klaus Schwab, founder and executive chairman of the World Economic Forum, talks about this year’s theme for their annual gathering in Davos, the 4th industrial revolution.’

    ———–
    I’ m considering a flu shot… but what are we suppose to think of this:

    EMA, November 2021: (European Medicines Agency)
    -Missing Information: Interaction with other vaccines Risk-benefit impact
    COVID-19 mRNA vaccines will be used in individuals who also may receive other
    vaccines.
    Studies to determine if co-administration of COVID-19 mRNA vaccine with other
    vaccines may affect the efficacy or safety of either vaccine have not been
    performed.
    One protocol study (C4591030 – Co- administration study with seasonal influenza
    vaccine) is planned.

    -Missing Information: Long term safety data Risk-benefit impact
    The long-term safety of COVID-19 mRNA vaccine is unknown at present, however further
    safety data are being collected….

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      Catherine

      as posted before:

      ‘Natural Wealth of Ukraine
      Ukraine belongs to the leading mineral-raw countries of the world with a wide range of minerals. Ukraine – 0.4% of the Earth’s surface and 0.8% of the world’s population – has about 5% of the world’s mineral resources.

      More than 20,000 deposits and manifestations of 200 different minerals have been discovered in Ukraine. Of these, 7,807 deposits of 94 types of minerals are of industrial importance. Ukraine holds one of the leading places in the reserves and extraction of iron, manganese, titanium-zirconium ores, non-metallic raw materials.

      Manganese. Ukraine has the largest reserves of manganese ores in Europe and the second largest in the world (after South Africa). The main reserves (about 2.28 billion tons) are concentrated in the south of Ukraine: the Nikopol manganese basin in the Dnipropetrovsk and Zaporozhye regions (33% of the explored reserves of the country) and the Veliko-Tokmakskoye field in the Zaporozhye region (67%).

      The total copper reserves are about 25 million tons.

      Titanium. Ukraine has the largest reserves of titanium in Europe. 15 titanium deposits have been discovered in the country (4 of which are being developed). The deposits are located in the Kyiv, Dnipropetrovsk, Kharkiv, and Donetsk regions.

      Uranium. The total confirmed uranium reserves are also the largest in Europe. The deposits of Russia exceed the Ukrainian ones, but there are not located in the European part of the Eurasian continent. Ukraine has 1.8% of world uranium reserves, 45.6 thousand tons. There are 17 deposits (14 in the Kirovohrad region, 2 in the Nikolaev region, 1 in the Dnipropetrovsk region).

      Mercury. The total mercury reserves (1.9% of the world, 29,000 tons), Ukraine ranks 5th (after Spain, Algeria, China, and Kyrgyzstan).

      In Ukraine, the total gold reserves are 3,200 tons.

      Graphite. Ukraine holds the second place in the world in terms of graphite reserves (about 300 deposits with more than 1 billion tons, 20% of the world reserves, China – 26%).’

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        OldOzzie

        I’ m considering a flu shot… but what are we suppose to think of this:

        Having got Cold from 10 year old Grandson (and having passed cold onto Wife – not appreciated) – all PCR negative

        I am Unvaxxed – was going to have Novavax as subunit protein same as Pneumococcal vaccine of which I have had 3 doses, but given chaos re vaccine vaccination certificates, have decided to give it all a miss

        However due chest rattle (previous pneumonia) visited Female GP and antibiotics and pseudoephedrine solved cold in 1 week and agreed with her, had early Seniors Flu Shot (have had annually for 12 Years) and this year will get second late winter

        Will continue with 2 year antiviral approach as Covid Vaccines don’t work

        Have the Flu Shot

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      Geoff Sherrington

      Catherine,
      You seem to know little about rare earths and mining.
      For example, you mention “there are over 70,000 tons of radioactive thorium stored in the area. This has become a larger issue recently because the tailing pond lacks proper lining.”
      People go irrational at the mention of radioactivity. My guess as to what would happen to that tiny amount of thorium, if released into the environment, is practically nothing. You are making mountains out of mole hills. I spent years exploring for uranium and thorium, found lots of both, but at age about 80 I still do not have two heads or seven fingers per hand.
      Then you go on about Ukraine “More than 20,000 deposits and manifestations of 200 different minerals have been discovered in Ukraine. Of these, 7,807 deposits of 94 types of minerals are of industrial importance.” Look, Australia would probably have several times that amount of mineral show, but when we talk about it we use carefully chosen words like reserves, resources, proven resources, economically mineable resources etc. It is really not all that hard, if you are experienced, to fins anomalous scatters of mineralisation all over the place. Finding a viable mine is rather hard. Most exploration geoscientists spend their whole career without finding a viable mine. My mob were a bit better, found about a dozen, some world class. Geoff S

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    John Connor II

    Vaxxed Aussies more likely to get the flu

    https://rumble.com/v1367et-what-did-he-say.html

    Well of course they are!!

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    OldOzzie

    Apple Magic Mouse “Low Battery – 2%

    Everyone agrees this is Apple’s worst ever design decision

    Not such a Magic Mouse!

    If there’s one company known for its design prowess, it’s Apple. From the iPhone to the Apple Watch, everything just works. Well, almost everything. Curpertino’s finest has been known to make the odd design mistake – but none seem to rankle the internet quite as much as the Magic Mouse 2.

    It’s a typically sleek-looking Apple peripheral and even made our best mouse for Mac list. But as soon as you need to charge it, the product instantly becomes useless. In possibly Apple’s most mind-boggling design decision ever, it placed the lightning port on the bottom of the mouse, rendering it utterly unusable while being charged. And judging by the endless torrent of tweets about it, this one trips up Apple users every single day.

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      Hanrahan

      I have a simple Logitech, two buttons and a wheel which works well and the single AA lasts ages but I’m thinking of trying the Apple touch pad to see if it is quicker playing sudoku against the clock.

      Anyone used one?

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        Have you looked at gamer’s mice? Clicking speeds can be significantly faster than regular mice

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        OldOzzie

        Using iMac Apple Magic Touchpad now whilst charging Magic Mouse

        I am clumsy and not used to using it, so am slow – suppose with practice could become as fast as Daughter and Grandkids, but look forward to Magic Mouse when charged – lightning fast

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      I like using the magic mouse and the battery lasts a long time. The port is silly but has never been an inconvenience for me. Just plug it in for 30 minutes – obviously when not in use- and months of use.

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        ooh red thumb in less than a minute… Andy must be in a rage again.

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        OldOzzie

        Gee Aye – Magic Mouse 2% 3.35pm. 75% 4.55pm

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          OldOzzie

          Gee Aye – finally 100% – 2 hours on powerboard usb charging slot

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            hmmm… usually quicker than that from the USB C slot off the imac. And 30 minutes was the amount of time (actually 10 would do) to give way more charge than you’d need before you could charge it while you sleep.

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              OldOzzie

              Gee Aye

              Thanks – Ok will try USB off iMac next time, but have 4 splitter USB running off one of the iMac USB ports

              Will be interested to see if different next time

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    John Connor II

    Top Ten Scientific Flaws In The Big Bang Theory

    The first is that there is a good reason it is only called a “theory”. The proponents of this theory would have you believe that it is set in stone and factual; but this is far from the truth. In fact, the Big Bang theory has so many holes that there is not enough evidence to even confidently say that it could even possibly be valid.

    https://principia-scientific.com/top-ten-scientific-flaws-in-the-big-bang-theory/

    While we’re physics:

    Time is NOT real: Physicists show everything happens at the same time

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology physicist Max Tegmark, told space.com: “We can portray our reality as either a three-dimensional place where stuff happens over time, or as a four-dimensional place where nothing happens [‘block universe’] — and if it really is the second picture, then change really is an illusion, because there’s nothing that’s changing; it’s all just there — past, present, future.

    https://www.express.co.uk/news/science/738387/Time-NOT-real-EVERYTHING-happens-same-time-einstein

    There are a number of recent good vids on uselesstube for those interested.

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      As soon as someone says “only a theory” you know that they are scientific illiterates.

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        b.nice

        So Gee, do you have any proof that it is more than “only a theory”.

        Or are you scientifically illiterate?

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        Honk R Smith

        I think some of the first ‘scientists’ were illiterate.
        Until they developed the ‘science’ of symbols.
        Now it’s settled.
        Science is now a special cave that only the literate are allowed into.

        All of existence is contained in a single non-existent ‘point’.*
        There is an explosion.
        Stuff begins randomly crashing into other stuff.
        14.7 billion years later (for the scientifically illiterate, that’s counting the time it takes for one the random rocks to circle one the fires) …
        out pops a Lamborghini Countach.
        I like red.
        Science.

        *(If we keep blowing up tiny things, we’ll figure out what was in that non-existent point, and science will be finished.)

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        robert rosicka

        Theory , guess , coin toss , prediction , forecast , we think , research suggests , it may , it could etc etc etc . Was DDT proven to be a dangerous chemical or did they just borrow a few of the above Gee Aye? Check your well read blog for the answer. And yes “it’s only a theory” is a valid statement in much the same way as it’s only a forecast is .

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    John Connor II

    Australia and India Form an Alliance to Lessen Reliance on China


    Trade tension between China and Australia has hit a new peak, with Australia now seeking to limit trade with China entirely. Former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said that India will replace China in trade.

    https://www.armstrongeconomics.com/world-news/world-trade/australia-and-india-form-an-alliance-to-lessen-reliance-on-china/

    ..and you thought Chinese quality control was bad…
    The only thing worse than Indian QC is their customer service ethic.
    That’s many years of experience speaking.

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    Dennis

    Minister for Defence Peter Dutton announced today that development of autonomous submarines is underway for the RAN and based on development of the technology over decades past to be incorporated.

    These will not replace conventional submarines, but like the RAAF Loyal Wingman, now Ghost Bat, pilotless jet fighters designed by Boeing Australia and built here, 6 already delivered to the RAAF, the drone submarines will add to the capabilities of the ADF and are expected to be in service many years earlier than new nuclear submarines.

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      b.nice

      Chinese software and hardware ?

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        Dennis

        Nor even Chinese steel, like Collins Class Submarines steel Made in Australia to specification demanded.

        Thankfully Australia still has steel mills in Port Kembla NSW and Whyalla SA.

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          KP

          “Thankfully Australia still has steel mills in Port Kembla NSW and Whyalla SA.”

          They’ll do well on solar & wind….

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    John Connor II

    Neutrino energy – unlimited free power or snake oil?

    https://neutrino-science.com/the-first-technical-details-of-the-neutrino-power-cube-have-been-revealed/

    https://www.zpenergy.com/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=3953

    Matches Dr Nakamats data which I’ve posted about before. There’s a lot of waffle but not much technical substance but it’s definitely the way forward.

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    another ian

    “My Testimony On New York’s “Scoping Plan” To Achieve Net Zero Carbon Emissions”

    https://wattsupwiththat.com/2022/05/04/my-testimony-on-new-yorks-scoping-plan-to-achieve-net-zero-carbon-emissions/

    “The overriding message was an emotional plea to the Climate Council to please, please save us from these evil fossil fuels before it is too late for ourselves and our children and our planet. “

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    another ian

    “Ski Industry Expert: Austrian Ski Resort Temperature Rise Over Past 50 Years “Not Statistically Significant” ”

    https://wattsupwiththat.com/2022/05/04/ski-industry-expert-austrian-ski-resort-temperature-rise-over-past-50-years-not-statistically-significant/

    “In summary, skiers need not worry about snow disappearing from the European Alps and can count on continued excellent conditions for years to come. Ignore the climate doomsayers.”

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    John Connor II

    MIT study finds COVID vaccines ‘significantly associated’ with jump in emergency heart problems

    Published last week in the Nature journal Scientific Reports, the study found no association with COVID infections, however.

    https://justthenews.com/politics-policy/coronavirus/mit-study-finds-covid-vaccines-significantly-associated-jump-emergency

    I suspect the average morbidly obese person with a shopping cart full of cancer buying cigarettes on the way out of the supermarket while wearing an ineffective face mask to save them from getting sick and that hasn’t seen the inside of a washing machine in 6 months doesn’t care though.😁
    Is that too cynical or too close to the truth? 😝

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      yarpos

      By what I see each Monday while shopping its a good description, although it seems that the people who wear masks like to wear them below their nose. Just to make it that little bit more pointless.

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        MP

        Incredible to watch, we are masking ourselves, testing ourselves, policing ourselves and even dobbing ourselves in, the government calls “fire” and we willingly march ourselves into tyranny and demand they bring down more.

        See the Rode V Wade thingy in the USA now has the “my body my choice” crowd back in action. A month ago it was your body my choice. We are just going around in circles!

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    Liberator

    Australian Tropical Cyclone Wrap Up:

    https://www.weatherzone.com.au/news/tropical-cyclone-season-202122-wrapup/542923

    Some interesting stats:

    “By historical standards, this was a quiet season.
    there has been an observed decrease in tropical cyclone frequency near Australia in recent decades.
    …with a noticeable downward trend in overall cyclone numbers in recent decades.
    With only two coastal crossings, it was certainly a quiet season for most communities along Australia’s tropical coastline.”

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      yarpos

      I cant imagine how shrill the media will be when the next major cyclone crosses the coast.

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    OldOzzie

    Two more Omicron subvariants detected in NSW as 11,000 are infected for second time

    NSW has detected another two Omicron subvariants that are driving a spike in infections overseas, as health officials confirm at least 11,000 people across the state have caught the virus more than once.

    New variants of Omicron – BA.5 and BA.2.12.1 – have been detected in NSW, in addition to at least six BA.4 infections, which was first identified last week.

    Experts are keeping a close eye on the proliferation of subvariants, including BA.4, BA.5 and BA.2.12.1, which have driven sudden infection surges in South Africa and New York. South Africa is facing a potential fifth wave after a sustained uptick in infections, test positivity rates and hospital admissions.

    Experts say the arrival of new and highly contagious Omicron subvariants are likely to increase the chance of second or even third infections, with reinfections likely to become more common as immunity wanes after the summer’s massive Omicron surge.

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    Peter Fitzroy

    GWPF, which for a long time has refused to list its donor base, has after tax filings been exposed as accepting around 50% of its funding from American oil and gas sources. This is a clear attempt by foreign actors to alter british policy.

    Source: Open Democracy

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      b.nice

      Can’t argue any of the real science they put forward, hey Peter.

      You are a scientific empty space.

      Your source = far-left grub site

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      b.nice

      Yes, it costs money to present real science.

      Get over it.

      Then look at how much funding the so-called “renewable” industry puts into propaganda and anti-science.

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      b.nice

      RenewEconomy, funded totally by the renewable industry.

      Talk about foreign actors destroying economies and interfering in politics….. around the world.

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      robert rosicka

      Candidate for Indi has shares in a pommie fracking and oil company fitzy, does this mean she is being influenced by outside sources ?

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      b.nice

      “around 50% of its funding from American oil and gas sources”

      Which, when you read the putrid far-left link, is a load of blatant misinformation based on basically nothing.

      A lot of old money came from coal.. and tobacco (Gore iirc)

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      Grogery

      GWPF

      Global Warmist Peter Fitzroy?

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      R.B

      search for gwpf and you get urls of propaganda against it and lefty organisations set up 10 years ago to use the same acronym. If its money that wins an argument, whether right or wrong, sceptics are not on the winning side.

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    R.B

    https://youtu.be/ykenAXkxb88

    The truth behind Labor’s current TV ad. Despite being outed, it’s still airing.

    Interestingly, it asks if you can trust Morrison to fix problems rather than have confidence in his disability to do so. Do you trust Labor to be truthful?

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    John Connor II

    Fecal transplants reverse signs of aging in brain, gut and eyes of mice

    The connection between gut bacteria and human health continues to be illuminated in all kinds of ways, and among the more fascinating is the way these microbes might influence different aspects of the aging process. A study has not only highlighted new facets of this relationship, but demonstrated how hallmarks of aging in the brain, gut and eyes might even be reversed through fecal transplants.

    https://newatlas.com/medical/fecal-transplants-aging-mouse-brains-eyes/

    I’m accumulating a lot of good info on the topic. I might have to a “dump” post.😁

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    John Connor II

    Ceará (Brazil) registered growth of 503.5% in the number of reported cases of arboviruses during the first weeks of 2022.

    Ceará registered growth of 503.5% in the number of reported cases of arboviruses during the first weeks of 2022. The comparison is made with the same period in 2021, according to information from the Epidemiological Bulletin of the State Health Department (Sesa).

    In all, 36,773 suspected cases of arboviruses were recorded. In the previous period, there were 6,093. Of this year’s amount, 21 thousand (57.1%) were from dengue and 41.9 thousand (41.9%) from chikungunya.

    https://playcrazygame.com/2022/05/03/ceara-has-a-503-5-increase-in-reported-cases-of-arboviruses-in-2022-ceara/

    Global diseases are ramping up a LOT, right on schedule. Heaven help anyone with a weak immune system…

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    OldOzzie

    Just watched on Fetch – Edge Sport Goodwood Festival of Speed Future Lab Show 2021

    Worth Watching 45 Min 50 Secs – Amazing Concepts

    https://www.edgesport.com/goodwood-festival-of-speed-2021/goodwood-future-lab-show-2021/

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    John Connor II

    Feminists Freak Out After Discovering Men Don’t Want To Date ‘Woke’ Women

    It turns out, there is an entire segment of men — even, perhaps, a rather large one — that has sworn off dating “woke women,” and feminists, predictably, are quite angry about it.

    https://www.dailywire.com/news/feminists-freak-out-after-discovering-men-dont-want-to-date-woke-women

    An older article but increasingly relevant.
    Not just “woke” but of “generous exterior dimensions” too.
    Whilst casually surfing recently for…err.. “tractors” (😄😄) I was unexpectedly redirected to a site which contained images of what biologists apparently class as “women” with the accompanying notation of #nogorilla.
    Suffice it to say they were indeed streamlined tractors and the hashtag caused some mirth.
    Perhaps a return to the good old days of alpha males and real women would solve a few problems?

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    b.nice

    Coal production surges in India

    https://notalotofpeopleknowthat.wordpress.com/2022/05/04/coal-production-surges-28-in-april-in-india/

    And in China.

    https://notalotofpeopleknowthat.wordpress.com/2022/05/04/china-promotes-coal-burning-again/

    And stupid little Australia, with its tiny world percentage of coal fired power.. keeps on destroying the energy that has built the nation.

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      Dennis

      Another problem Australian coal miners and related businesses are encountering is insurance companies, international or multi-national companies, now refusing to provide insurances to those coal industry based businesses.

      It was discussed on Sky News tonight.

      Accordingly the coal industry is working to establish an industry specific insurer but need Federal Government support, not funding as such, but to back the venture.

      Of course this is another climate hoax situation and woke executive decisions, maybe also shareholders as many would be other companies such as bankers and superannuation schemes, etc.

      I wonder if coal fired power stations are on the hit list or next?

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        MP

        Should be right, its Morrisons job to protect our national energy infrastructure and if not I’m sure he will Build it Back Better.

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    b.nice

    Prices in the 5-6pm slot hit $11,000 today in NSW and $12,000 Qld.

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    Jay Jade

    11,300 reported to have caught Covid twice. It would be interesting to read how this number was compiled. Many people have of course tested positive for Covid more than once. Over a three week period I tested positive three times. What was the time period between tests for the 11300? It would also be interesting to know their vaccination details, that is, if, when, and how many. Until then, and maybe beyond then, I’ll remain sceptical.

    What’s the trick to posting this at #51?

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    OldOzzie

    Buffalo Hat-Wearing Elizabeth Warren Leads Insurrection Against Supreme Court

    WASHINGTON, D.C.—Eyewitnesses reported Senator Elizabeth Warren donned a buffalo hat and led a group of bloodthirsty insurrectionists up the marble steps of the Supreme Court Building Wednesday morning. According to sources, they are outraged that the murder of babies as a constitutional right is under dispute.

    Sen Warren, literally shaking, tumbled up the building steps and wailed righteously at the main door of the marble palace as her minions violently assaulted it with poster board and clothes hangers.

    “The court has been compromised!” she yelled. “They are ruling in a way I disagree with!”

    “America has fallen! WE DEMAND BLOOD! MORE BLOOD FOR THE BLOOD GOD!”

    While rallying her supporters, Elizabeth Warren explained that overturning Roe v Wade wasn’t a big deal because Congress had the power to amend the Constitution but that she was still angry anyway because she hadn’t eaten in a while “AND COULD SOMEONE PLEASE GRAB ME A SNICKERS?!”

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    another ian

    Hi Jo

    A trip to the EU might be dangerous

    “The world is getting scary…

    Anatoly Shariy, an ethnic Ukrainian YouTuber, was just arrested by Spanish federal police for the crime of “discrediting the state policy of Ukraine.”

    https://national-conservative.com/spain-arrests-youtube-star-with-3-million-subs-for-criticizing-the-ukrainian-government/

    Via Chiefio

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      MP

      YouTube cancelled all pro Russian anti Ukraine way back at the start of what ever is happening, now new ones are appearing unhindered. Got to question everything you are being fed.

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    OldOzzie

    Our insider’s guide to the all-new Miami International Autodrome

    1st Time for F1 in Miami – great simulator run (1 Min 55 Secs Video) around the circuit

    With walls so close, probably some safety car deployments.

    Will be interesting to see if Mercedes F1 Updates will improve performance and stop F1 porpoising, especially for George Russell whose head goes up and down like a Bobble Doll. and he says really damages his back.

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      OldOzzie

      What time does the 2022 Miami GP start in Australia?

      When is the Miami Grand Prix?

      Round 5 of the 2022 Formula 1® season takes place on Sunday, 8 May at the Miami International Autodrome.

      Practice begins on Friday, 6 May with Practice 1 and Practice 2, followed by Practice 3 and the Qualifying on Saturday, 7 May.

      The Formula 1® Miami Grand Prix 2022 starts at 3:30 pm local time on Sunday, 8 May, which is 5:30 am Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) on Monday, 9 May.

      The AEST for each session in Miami is as follows:

      Formula 1®

      Practice 1: Saturday 4:30 am – 5:30 am
      Practice 2: Saturday 7:30 am – 8:30 am

      Practice 3: Sunday 3:00 am – 4:00 am
      Qualifying: Sunday 6:00 am – 7:00 am

      Race: Monday 5:30 am

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    OldOzzie

    Abortion and the Left’s Lies

    Peter Smith Posted on May 5, 2022

    From the Comments

    WolfmanOzsays:

    May 5, 2022 at 8:41 pm

    Ronald Reagan said it best:

    “I’ve noticed that everyone who is for abortion has already been born.”

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    OldOzzie

    FOI reveals Pfizer and Medicine Regulators hid the dangers of Covid-19 Vaccination during Pregnancy because Study found it increases risk of Birth Defects & Infertility

    A ‘Freedom of Information’ request alongside an in-depth dive into the only pregnancy/fertility study performed on the Pfizer Covid-19 injection has revealed that Medicine Regulators and Pfizer chose to publicly cover-up alarming abnormalities of the developing foetus and falsely downgraded the actual risk of Covid-19 vaccination during pregnancy by suppressing documented findings of the clinical data.

    These decisions led to medical professionals, who are far too trusting of Medicine Regulators, to wrongly inform pregnant women that the Covid-19 injections are perfectly safe during pregnancy, leading to many pregnant women feeling pressured to get vaccinated.

    This fraud and deception has caused at least 4,113 foetal deaths due to Covid-19 vaccination in the USA alone, and a further study shows Covid-19 vaccination actually increases the risk of suffering a miscarriage by at least 1,517%.

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    another ian

    A fine rant on covid et al (IMO)

    https://market-ticker.org/akcs-www?post=245781

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      OldOzzie

      In May of 2020 I pointed out that we already had data on one particular metabolic factor for severe or fatal Covid-19 — Vitamin D levels.

      It was a correlation, which does not prove cause, but nearly everyone who wound up in the hospital or dead was deficient or severely-so. There is exactly zero risk in making sure you’re not; that is, using a supplement at a reasonable level that anyone can buy over the counter for literal pennies.

      Very high levels of Vitamin D are dangerous, and the damage from them can be irreversible. But we’re not talking about very high levels. We’re talking about normal, healthy levels. Levels everyone should have. Levels that, absent supplementation, are gained exactly one way: Through exposure to the sun on bare, unprotected skin.

      In other words exactly what cannot occur if you’re locked inside by government edict.

      Well, now its not correlation anymore. Now its a randomized clinical trial, the gold standard of medicine.

      Of 321 recruited subjects, 94 VDG and 98 PG completed follow-up. SARS-CoV-2 infection rate was lower in VDG than in PG (6.4 vs. 24.5%, p <0.001). The risk of acquiring SARS-CoV-2 infection was lower in the VDG than in the PG (RR: 0.23; 95% CI: 0.09–0.55) and was associated with an increment in serum levels of 25-hydroxyvitamin D3 (RR: 0.87; 95% CI: 0.82–0.93), independently of VD deficiency. No significant adverse events were identified.

      These were all health care workers and thus at extremely high risk for exposure and the study was done before there were vaccines, so jabs could not have possibly changed the outcomes. The cohorts are reasonably-well matched. The relative risk reduction is approximately 75% to get the virus at all, and obviously if you don’t get it you can’t get seriously ill or die.

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      another ian

      More covid

      “US FDA limits approval of Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine due to risk of thrombosis”

      https://www.michaelsmithnews.com/2022/05/us-fda-limits-approval-of-johnson-johnson-covid-19-vaccine-due-to-risk-of-thrombosis.html

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      OldOzzie

      LAUGHTER IS THE BEST MEDICINE

      COMEDY IN THE AGE OF TOLERANCE

      The brilliant Michael Ramirez manages to smuggle several jokes into his editorial cartoon today (posted here on his Substack site. You’ve the title. You’ve got the bodyguards. You’ve got comedian Dave Chapelle barely visible in the background. You’ve got the comedian’s putative conformity to the tyranny of the times. (Chapelle actually took his life in his hands with his performance at the Hollywood Bowl.) And you’ve got the drawing.

      Comedy gives rise to pleasure unrestrained by the ego or the superego. After laughing, let us pause over this one.

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    OldOzzie

    Disinformation Panels, Control over Social Media Content and Now DOJ Environmental Justice, it is all One Long Continuum

    May 5, 2022 – Sundance

    Barack Obama and Eric Holder did not create a weaponized DOJ and FBI; instead, what they did was take the preexisting system and retool it, so the weapons only targeted one side of the political continuum. This point is where many people get confused.

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    OldOzzie

    Biden’s America, Supreme Court Justices Threatened by Democrat Activists, Fences Installed to Prevent Insurrection, White House Silent

    This is the state of our union. These are the real Domestic Violent Extremists (DVE’s).

    Democrat activists have listed the names and home addresses of conservative Supreme Court justices in an effort to organize violence against the court. A taller perimeter fence was installed around the Supreme Court building last night to stop any violent efforts by democrat activists, and personal security measures have been increased for the justices.

    (Daily Mail) – An activist group called ‘Ruth Sent Us’ has published the supposed addresses of Justices Samuel Alito, Clarence Thmas, Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh, Amy Coney Barrett and Chief Justice John Roberts and are planning a ‘walk-by’ of their homes next Wednesday, May 11.

    ‘Our 6-3 extremist Supreme Court routinely issues rulings that hurt women, racial minorities, LGBTQ+ and immigrant rights,’ the group’s website reads. ‘We must rise up to force accountability using a diversity of tactics.’ (read more)

    Unfortunately, and in keeping with all prior support precedent for Occupy Wall Street, Black Lives Matter, Antifa and other violent groups, the installed president and radical administration officials have aligned themselves with the violent confrontation. The White House has refused to speak out against the intimidation effort and/or condemn the violence.

    This is the state of our union with Democrats attacking the institutions of government.

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    OldOzzie

    Labor Warning, First Quarter Productivity Drops 7.5 Percent, Largest Decrease Since 1947

    CTH puts released economic data into ‘what does it mean‘ terms as a conversational priority. The Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS) releases the first quarter productivity and costs report today [BLS Data Here].

    Outputs, what was created, dropped 2.4 percent, yet labor hours used to create those outputs increased 5.5 percent. This creates a productivity drop of 7.5% for the overall business. The largest quarterly drop in productivity since 1947.

    This is a warning indicator inside the economy to employees of large organizations. CTH has been tracking productivity for quite a while, and the signs have all looked foreboding. {Go Deep} Businesses cannot afford to keep employees on payroll if customer demand drops.

    The per unit labor cost to make the products has increased 11.6%. Wages have gone up 3.2% (pay increases) and productivity has dropped 7.5%, combined that creates the 11.6% increase in per unit cost to producers.

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    OldOzzie

    Turnbull’s Washington speech in full – urging election of Teal ‘independents’ over Liberals.

    In a number of hitherto safe Liberal seats, residents have organised to support small “l” liberal independent candidates who are typically progressive on climate and social issues, but more conservative than Labor on economic issues.

    In many respects this may be the most interesting part of the whole election, because if more of these “teal” independents win, it will mean the capture of the Liberal Party will be thwarted by direct, democratic action from voters. People power, you might say.

    …if the members of a political party cannot escape from the thrall of the dominant faction, their traditional supporters in the electorate can do so by voting for an independent who has a real chance of success.

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    OldOzzie

    Pauline Hanson’s Please Explain – Keyboard Warriors

    Pauline Hanson’s Please Explain, Episode 25 “Please Explain Keyboard Warriors” – 2 Mins 19 Secs

    From the Comments

    – Very, very clever. If it weren’t so true it would be actually hilarious.

    – And THAT got censored? Elon has an uphill battle.

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    another ian

    ““The party told you to reject the evidence of your own eyes and ears” ”

    http://www.smalldeadanimals.com/2022/05/05/the-party-told-you-to-reject-the-evidence-of-your-own-eyes-and-ears/#comments

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      OldOzzie

      From the Comments

      – No….no we don’t have to trust them. For one simple reason….they aren’t “experts”. They are stooges masquerading as “experts”.

      I never trusted a person who benefits from being wrong and have no accountability in my life. Unfortunately those very people are in charge now for writing laws and mandate for the public to follow.

      I never trusted a person who benefits from being wrong and have no accountability – Describes every Politician and Public Servant in Australia

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    OldOzzie

    Did Supreme Court Nominees Lie to Congress?

    The Justices did not promise to uphold abortion precedents.

    By The WSJ Editorial Board

    One media narrative congealing after this week’s Supreme Court leak is that President Trump’s nominees lied to Congress by claiming they wouldn’t overturn the abortion precedent of Roe v. Wade. So allow us to check the tape—and explain why respecting past decisions doesn’t bind the Court to stand by serious constitutional errors.

    Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer accused “several” of the “conservative Justices” of having “lied to the U.S. Senate, ripped up the Constitution and defiled both precedent and the Supreme Court’s reputation,” among other modest claims in a statement after Politicopublished a draft opinion written by Justice Samuel Alito. The insinuation is that Justices Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett promised Congress they wouldn’t touch Roe.

    The truth is available to anyone willing to call up the C-Span archives. Justice Gorsuch said in his 2017 confirmation hearings that Roe “is a precedent of the U.S. Supreme Court. It was reaffirmed in Casey in 1992 and in several other cases. So a good judge will consider it as precedent of the U.S. Supreme Court worthy as treatment of precedent like any other.” In another exchange, Justice Gorsuch said he would have “walked out the door” if President Trump had asked him to commit to overturning Roe. That’s “not what judges do.”

    Justice Kavanaugh during the 2018 spectacle that passed as his confirmation hearings noted that Roe had been “reaffirmed many times.” He also declined to prejudge cases. “You have an open mind. You get the briefs and arguments. And some arguments are better than others. Precedent is critically important. It is the foundation of our system. But you listen to all arguments.”

    As it happens, this is what Justice Alito’s draft opinion does. He explains at length why stare decisis is essential, for instance, in restraining judicial hubris. But the Court has long recognized in other cases it is “not an inexorable command” and is “at its weakest when we interpret the Constitution.”

    In other words, some mistakes are so egregious they require correction.

    Overruling precedent, Justice Alito writes, is “a serious matter.” But “Roe was on a collision course with the Constitution from the day it was decided, and Casey perpetuated its errors, and the errors do not concern some arcane corner of the law of little importance to the American people.”

    Americans may disagree with this analysis, and many understandably dread the political brawl over abortion that would follow. But if some version of Justice Alito’s opinion is adopted, the Justices who sign onto it will have done what they promised Congress: Decide cases on the legal and constitutional merits.

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      Nothing but Abortion to Run On

      Democrats blame their unpopularity on everything but their own failures.

      By Kimberley A. Strassel

      Democrats this week seized on the leaked Supreme Court draft opinion on abortion as a new political lifeline for the midterm elections, looking to channel outrage into electoral success. Put another way, they are going down the same road that landed them here in the first place.

      The liberal response to Justice Samuel Alito’s draft opinion that would overturn Roe v. Wade was as predictable as it was substance-free. Forget any discussion about the legal reasoning in the case. Or any soul-searching as to how Democrats came to face a 6-3 conservative high-court majority. Or any internal debate about how the party might craft an agenda that resonates with the public, so that it can maintain its hold on power and begin the process of reshaping the court.

      Instead, Democrats proposed to burn every Washington institution down. Party leaders and activists openly attempted to intimidate the justices, hoping to change the outcome. Democrats renewed calls to kill the filibuster, so that they can impose with 51 votes a new abortion law and to expand the court’s size and pack it with liberal jurists. Progressives are even campaigning to impeach sitting justices on the ground that they “lied” to the Senate in confirmation hearings.

      Will it work? No question that abortion will now take a premier spot in races for the governorships and legislatures that could soon be recrafting state abortion laws. But it’s a much bigger question whether Democrats can move voters to place abortion at the top of their federal priority list, much less sustain outrage over the topic for another six months.

      The bigger risk for the party is that a scorched-earth abortion campaign simply allows it to continue to ignore the real reason for its dismal polls (which also happens to be the reason it is now losing court cases): a failed progressive agenda.

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    Dow Declines 1,063 Points in Worst Day Since 2020

    The stock market took its biggest U-turn since the early days of the pandemic Thursday, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average posting its largest decline this year just 24 hours after its largest gain since 2020.

    The reversal wiped out the euphoria that reigned on Wall Street Wednesday in the wake of Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell’s comment that the Fed wasn’t “actively considering” raising interest rates by 0.75 percentage point at a future meeting. With inflation at its highest level since the early 1980s, markets had been anticipating such an increase and the prospect of a slower rise in rates set off a furious buying spree in the late afternoon.

    The optimism behind that rally was long gone Thursday, when selling was widespread, though most intense for technology shares, which have fallen on hard times in 2022 after years of leading the market advance.

    The Nasdaq Composite Index fell 647.16 points, or 5%, to 12317.69, the largest one-day percentage decline since June 2020. The S&P dropped 153.30 points, or 3.6%, to 4146.87, and the Dow slid 1063.09 points, or 3.1%, to 32997.97, erasing Wednesday’s gains. The major indexes declined between 7.02 and 9.38 percentage points from Wednesday’s highs to Thursday’s lows, according to Dow Jones Market Data, their largest swings since the first half of 2020.

    In the bond market, the yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note rose to 3.066%, the highest level since November 2018. Bond prices fall when yields rise.

    Bucking the trend, shares of Twitter jumped 2.7% after Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk said he has received letters from investors committing more than $7 billion in fresh financing to boost the equity part of his offer to buy the social-media company. Last month, Twitter agreed to a deal with Mr. Musk to take the company private for $54.20 a share.

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    UK government data shows NOBODY should take the COVID vaccines

    I’ve been asking everyone: Show me the all-cause mortality data proving the vaccines are safe. I finally got the data. It’s from the UK government. I was right. They were wrong. Vindicated!!!

    https://stevekirsch.substack.com/p/uk-government-data-shows-nobody-should

    Bring back the death penalty for crimes against humanity. I’d have no problem sleeping after pulling the lever a few times for some sociopathic pollies and their followers.

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    John Connor II

    Geert Vanden Bossche – Omicron is not what was initially considered a mysterious blessing..

    Why do breakthrough infections with Omicron have a deleterious impact on both, individual and public health? Why will re-vaccination of C-19 vaccinees with an updated S(Omicron)-based C-19 vaccine during a pandemic make breakthrough infections even more likely and further increase population-level immune pressure on viral virulence?

    https://www.voiceforscienceandsolidarity.org/scientific-blog/why-are-breakthrough-infections-with-omicron-anything-but-a-blessing-and-why-will-re-vaccination-of-c-19-vaccinees-with-an-updated-s-omicron-based-c-19-vaccine-make-things-even-worse

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    Poop-Boom: Manure Supplies Tighten As Fertilizer Prices Soar

    Manure has become a hot commodity. U.S. farmers hunting for organic fertilizer come as chemical fertilizers are in short supply or at sky-high prices. According to Reuters, soaring demand for manure has unleashed a poop shortage.

    “Manure is absolutely a hot commodity,” said industry consultant Allen Kampschnieder, who works for Nebraska-based Nutrient Advisors.

    Kampschnieder said cattle feeders selling waste are sold out for 2022. “We’ve got waiting lists,” he said.

    Farmers quickly switched to animal manure, a mixture of animal feces and straw, because the prices for industrial fertilizer jumped since the European natural gas crisis in the winter of 2021 and Western sanctions on Russia for invading Ukraine in March.

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    John Connor II

    Study finds Covid-19 Vaccination increases risk of suffering a Stroke by 11,361%

    Between 2008 and 2020, the rate of adverse event reports to the flu vaccine resulting in a stroke equates to 1 stroke per 14,101,639 doses administered.

    But the rate of adverse event reports to the Covid-19 vaccines resulting in stroke equates to 1 stroke per 121,340 doses administered.

    https://dailyexpose.uk/2022/05/02/study-covid-vaccines-increase-risk-stroke-11361percent/

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    Big Pharma In Crisis As Triple-Jabbed Revealed To Be 391% More Likely To Catch COVID

    It has taken a couple of years, but Big Pharma Covid-19 vaccines have finally been exposed as the scam that they always were.

    https://newspunch.com/big-pharma-in-crisis-as-triple-jabbed-revealed-to-be-391-more-likely-to-catch-covid/

    Meanwhile NZ is planning the 4th shot…

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    John Connor II

    Russian hackers threaten to shut down UK ventilators after ‘cyber criminal’ arrest

    Russian tech terrorist group Killnet has claimed responsibility for cyber attacks in Romania but says it will target NHS ventilators if a suspect, arrested in London, is not released

    https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/russian-hackers-threaten-shut-down-26887824

    Welcome to the modern world, IOT and remote monitoring…

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    OldOzzie

    Tour — The Dollophttps://www.dolloppodcast.com › tour

    The Dollop On Tour … Special Live Show of our new podcast The Past Times 〰️ Special Live Show of our new … Sunday 1 may @ Enmore Theatre, Sydney.

    Daughter-in-law went and said in response to friend

    Love the Dollop – hope it‘s as good live!

    they were hilarious. Podcast should be out soon, I see their Melbourne show went up Tuesday

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    OldOzzie

    Has The Metropolitan Opera Violated Anti-Discrimination Laws by Firing a Russian Singer?

    by Alan M. Dershowitz

    . The law of New York and many other jurisdictions prohibits employment discrimination based on national origin. Anna Netrebko’s firing would seem on its face illegal. Had she been born in the Donbas region of Ukraine instead of across the border in Russia, she would not have been fired even if she had refused to condemn the war or Putin.

    . She did condemn the war but refused to condemn Putin personally. If she had, she would be endangering her family, friends and her own ability to ever return safely to her homeland.

    . Netrebko is an Austrian citizen, but her country of origin is Russia.

    . “Forcing artists, or any public figure, to voice their political opinions in public and to denounce their homeland is not right…. I am not a political person…. I am an artist and my purpose is to unite people across political divides.” — Anna Netrebko, quoted in The New York Times, March 2, 2022.

    . “She’s damned if she does, and damned if she doesn’t.” — Simon Morrison, Princeton Professor of Music, The New York Times, April 1, 2022.

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    ‘That Doesn’t Feel Like $150 Worth of Groceries’

    Why inflation is worse than you think.

    In 2011, the last time inflation was on the rise, the then-president of the New York Federal Reserve, William Dudley, ventured into a working-class neighborhood in Queens, New York, to give a speech explaining why inflation wasn’t a big deal. Finding that he wasn’t making an impact, Dudley famously picked up an iPad 2 and told his audience, “Today you can buy an iPad 2 that costs the same as an iPad 1 that is twice as powerful.”

    “I can’t eat an iPad!” someone in the audience shouted back.

    I was reminded of this story recently while standing in the checkout line of my local grocery store. An elderly neighbor standing in front of me saw the total price of her purchases flash up on the screen. For a moment, her eyes registered shock. Then I heard her mutter, “That sure doesn’t feel like $150 worth of groceries.”

    What my neighbor was sensing was the general increase in the price of goods and services and an associated decline in her money’s purchasing power. That’s the essence of inflation.

    I didn’t have the heart to tell her that a bag of groceries isn’t included in what’s called the “core inflation” measurement. That’s because energy and food prices are subject to sudden variations caused by events like crop failures or war. Fluctuations in the price of a carton of milk are not thought to tell us much about long-term inflationary trends.

    The problem is people still have to spend their hard-earned dollars on food and gas—and there’s no reason to assume that spiking inflation doesn’t affect that.

    Making matters worse is the fact that the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Federal Reserve, which measure inflation, have long relied on measurements that make it appear as if inflation is not as bad as it really is.

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    Ukraine Is a Russian Vital Interest, and Moscow Will Behave Accordingly

    Advocates of helping Ukraine achieve “victory” and thereby humiliate Russia are flirting with Armageddon.

    Analysts and pundits in the United States and Europe are increasingly optimistic that Ukraine can win its war against Russia. They also are prodding the Biden administration to increase the flow of military hardware to Kyiv to maximize Ukraine’s chances of victory. A new missive along those lines comes from Council on Foreign Relations Senior Fellow Max Boot in a May 2 Washington Post column. Boot contends that the United States should provide Ukraine “with every weapon it needs to win.” Nor, according to Boot, should the administration let Vladimir Putin’s threats of escalation deter Washington from that course of action.

    More worrisome than recklessly hawkish sentiments from smug pundits is that U.S. and European officials also speak openly of helping Ukraine win its war and inflict a humiliating defeat on Russia. The U.S. delegation headed by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that visited Kyiv at the beginning of May repeatedly emphasized that theme, along with a pledge of Washington’s continuing military assistance until victory is achieved.

    What such individuals do not seem to comprehend is that Ukraine is a vital Russian security interest, and the Kremlin likely will do whatever is necessary—probably even the use of tactical nuclear weapons—to prevent a defeat. The failure to understand just how important Ukraine is to Russia caused Western leaders to disregard Moscow’s warnings over more than a decade against making Kyiv a NATO member or an informal military ally. For the same reason, they seem to be making an even more dangerous blunder by ignoring the Kremlin’s latest warnings about dire consequences if NATO uses Ukraine as a pawn in a proxy war against Russia.

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    Gbees

    Just got my renewal notification for Australian Institute of Company Directors. The AICD is now officially a lost, woke cause. I won’t be renewing after nearly 40 years of membership.

    Latest BS from them with none other than David Karoly attending.

    https://aicd.companydirectors.com.au/events/events-calendar/nsw/ev159349-special-events

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      Serp

      Alas, sixty wasted Professional Development units redeemable only at AICD; nevertheless, you’d do well to abandon the group to judge by the quality of mountebank which will be uncaged at the function advertised in the flyer.

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