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    John Connor II

    Martin Armstrong – Food Shortages, Economic Collapse, the Failing Great Reset & How to Prepare

    Martin interviewed by Maria Zeee.

    https://rumble.com/v1614jj-martin-armstrong-food-shortages-economic-collapse-the-failing-great-reset-a.html

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    John Connor II

    Update part 2 – Monkeypox

    NO UPDATE for now as something else is trumping it so I’m focussed on that.

    Monkeypox – spreading everywhere!
    But why…

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    OldOzzie

    What I find interesting is that not one Major Media outlet has raised the fact that the shooter Salvador Ramos appears to be a Trans – has Democrat Transgender Forcing created a Mental Unstable?

    From Comments in – https://theconservativetreehouse.com/blog/2022/05/24/horrific-elementary-school-shooting-in-ulvalde-texas-14-students-killed-and-one-teacher/

    I’ve seen this picture in very few places … is it being scrubbed from the web to protect those identified as gender fluid?

    https://citizenfreepress.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/salvador-ramos-trans.jpg

    [See Tonyb’s comment below. Not the same person. – Jo]

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    OldOzzie

    Power bills to rise by up to 8pc from July 1

    Electricity prices will surge by up to 8.2 per cent in NSW and 5.5 per cent in Queensland from July 1 after the Australian Energy Regulator released its final default market offer for next financial year.

    Higher wholesale prices, the war in Ukraine and soaring coal and gas prices forced the regulator to push up the default regulated prices to allow energy retailers to pass on their higher costs to consumers.

    AER chairwoman Clare Savage said it was a tough decision to increase prices, but retailers needed to recover their costs or risk going out of business like in the United Kingdom.

    “From our perspective, we’ve had to walk a really fine line of protecting customers and making sure they aren’t paying unjustifiably high prices, but making sure retailers can recover their costs.

    “We’ve seen a lot of retail failure in the UK and we know that just adds to costs for customers.”

    Over the next few weeks, energy retailers will inform customers of their proposed price increases from July 1.

    The big spike in power prices comes after a federal election campaign fought on cost of living issues and rising inflation.

    Business prices to rise even higher

    Treasurer Jim Chalmers on Wednesday admitted power prices were on the way up, despite both major parties claiming their respective policies would bring down power prices.

    Under the default market offer prices released on Thursday, households in NSW, south-east Queensland and South Australia will have to pay between 1.2 per cent and 8.2 per cent above inflation for their electricity.

    Small business customers will have to pay even more, facing an increase of up to 13 per cent.

    The AER said wholesale power costs for retailers had risen by 41.4 per cent in NSW, by 49.5 per cent in Queensland and 11.8 per cent in South Australia.

    Under the price ruling, residential customers on default market offers in NSW will pay between 2.9 per cent to 12.1 per cent more, or between $40 and $200, on their power bills next financial year.

    For south-east Queensland customers, they face price hikes of 5.5 per cent to 6.8 per cent ($85 to $100 more), while in South Australia, household bills will go up between 1.7 per cent and 3.8 per cent ($30 and $50).

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      Tel

      Let me see … Putin forced the regulator to increase the “market” price of electricity in Australia. Yeah, he sends around those spetsnaz guys, very intimidating.

      What choice do those helpless “independent” regulators have, with Putin running around off the leash?

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    OldOzzie

    Surprisingly the AFR – Forget final victory – Ukraine should start negotiating for peace

    This is not 1943. Urging Ukrainians to deliver a final victory against Russia, when NATO is not even thinking of putting boots on the ground, is hypocritical and irresponsible.

    Yanis Varoufakis

    Today, the West acts like the United States did before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour: standing on the sidelines, arming and cheering those who are doing the actual fighting.

    Under the circumstances, urging Ukrainians to deliver a final victory against Russia, when NATO is not even thinking of putting boots on the ground or warplanes in the air, is both hypocritical and irresponsible.

    Given that cornering Putin in some Moscow bunker cannot sensibly be the West’s endgame, what would a final victory for Ukraine look like?

    How likely is such a serendipitous outcome for Ukraine and NATO? And how reasonable is it to wager Ukraine’s future on it, especially in view of the West’s sorry track record on attempts at regime change?

    In fact, most evidence points in the opposite direction. While the war is going badly for Putin, the economic war is working rather nicely for him. Granted, underprivileged Russians are suffering, skilled workers are fleeing, and many industries are running out of parts.

    Even so, according to Robin Brooks of the Institute of International Finance, a gigantic current-account surplus is in the making (projected to reach $US200-250 billion in 2022, up from $US95.8 billion in April). No wonder the ruble has recovered fully.

    This massive windfall allows Putin’s regime easily to finance a long-term war of attrition in Ukraine. Many Russians will be impoverished, and their economy will be condemned to long-term stagnation. But on Putin’s chessboard, ordinary Russians are mere pawns whose sacrifice is acceptable, if not necessary, to inflict long-term damage on Ukraine while waiting for ruptures to appear within NATO – especially once the fickle Western media turn their attention to other matters.

    In this context, calls for a final Ukrainian victory gravitate toward a wholesale defeat for everyone – except perhaps arms dealers and the fossil-fuel industry, whose fortunes the war has mightily revived.

    Least worst outcome

    We know that those caught up in war must economise on offers of negotiations, lest they be branded weak. Nonetheless, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky confirmed earlier this month that the war cannot end without negotiations: “Despite the fact that they are destroying our bridges,” he said, “I believe that not all bridges have been destroyed yet.”

    It should be the job of those of us not directly involved in the war to help the combatants envisage what a negotiated peace may look like – and to say the things that they cannot afford to say before the negotiations begin.

    A fair deal, we must agree, should leave everyone somewhat dissatisfied, while constituting a great improvement over every feasible alternative. Both sides must make gains that far exceed their losses, without losing face.

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    OldOzzie

    Driving law changes: All home EV chargepoints will need smart chargers from next month

    MASSIVE law changes are coming into effect at the end of June which will require all home and workplace electric car chargers to have smart charging capabilities.

    The Government regulations come into effect on June 30, and are intended to help manage the strain on the National Grid with thousands of electric cars charging at once. These set out minimum standards for all home and workplace chargepoints sold in England, Scotland and Wales from that date, whereas previous rules had only applied to units funded by OZEV grant schemes.

    So whenever there’s “strain on the National Grid” your charger will be remotely turned off. Which at very least means the evening and morning peaks. Thus instead of about 14 hours of charging after getting home from work you might get 8: from 10pm to 6am.

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        OldOzzie

        Volvo XC40 – they seem very coy about home charging on a standard socket

        https://www.volvocars.com/au/cars/xc40-electric/specification/

        28 min Fast charging – Typical time to charge from 10 to 80 per cent with 150kW DC fast charging.**

        8hr Home charging “Typical time to charge from 0 to 100 per cent with 11kW AC fast charging/wallbox (Type 2) 3-phase 16A.**”

        Now given the standard wall socket is 10A single phase, 24 hours sounds about right.

        Oh – and if your house is not already wired for 3-phase, factor that into your costs, too.

        Note Wiring for 3-phase is only if a number of others have not got in before

        Service and Installation Rules; – SA Power Networks

        1 May 2022 — 1 phase/split phase, 2 and 3 wire 230/460V system, for SWER applications. The supply arrangements may be restricted in some locations

        But unless you have three-phase at home, it might not be worth the effort.

        The cost of converting to three-phase depends on the distance between your house and the nearest three-phase connection, and the type of service supply in your area (overhead or underground). Some providers quote a minimum of $500–$800 before any underground or overhead work, nor any specific equipment, consultation or other hardware needed – which can quickly add up.

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        Hanrahan

        Wanna bet those four also have one or two high powered ICEs?

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      Dennis

      That reminded me of a story I read a couple of years ago about a Melbourne block of commercial offices and apartments near the Port, the tenants decided on installing recharging points for EV in the carpark below and the body corporate arranged for electricians to provide a quotation.

      After inspection and consulting with the electricity supplier the electrician reported that they could not do the job at that time, not until the local grid was upgraded and there was no plan to do that in the foreseeable future.

      But advised that when the upgrading was done the costs involved would be high, several thousand dollars per 415v 3-phase outlet.

      The article also mentioned an inner Melbourne suburb and high value areas estate area where in one street several EVs were garaged and disruptions to the local grid when more than a couple of them were connected for recharging.

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        Chad

        But how many need a “full” recharge overnight ?
        The average aussie car travels _+< 30km per day, which would use about 7-8 KWh.
        That could be recharged in <4hrs from a domestic 10 amp single phase power point.
        Many city commuters, school run, shopping, cars do far less that 30 km.
        Leave the long average distance drivers to the highway “superchargers” …..
        ……or keep the ICEs !

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          Dennis

          As to was a commercial offices and apartments building maybe commercial office employees travel in company cars.

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            Dennis

            And by the way, sonething that occurred to me a long time ago, you reminded me by quoting the EV excuse often used about the average car travels ….

            So why bother to increase battery pack size and energy capacity, according to the average the original Nissan Leaf had excess range capacity but Nissan decided to provide for three times more?

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              yarpos

              less than 30km as a daily average sounds like cobblers to me , thats less than 11k klms a year. Ive heard 45 used before but never sourced. Bit academic really , just like the grid example the practical world doesnt care about averages.

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                Chad

                Look it up then !… Statistica can help.
                Of course there are plenty of people who drive much further…..im sure some regularly drive 500+km in a day…
                ………. and as many again who drive much less than 30 km/day !
                EVs are not for everyone, but for many (50%+ ?) they can be a serious option……if the prices ever become comparable !

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              Mike Jonas

              At the average annual temperature where I live, and probably where many others live, you don’t need heating or cooling. But I have both heating and cooling, and I most definitely need both. That’s how daft it is to work these things from averages.

              I do average over 30km driving a day, maybe 50-60, but from time to time I do like to get to places like the south coast (300+km, 4Hrs) or visit friends further west (500km. >5hrs). At that kind of daily average, an EV would never pay for itself, and an EV would be a nightmare for the longer trips.

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                Chad

                Mike Jonas
                May 26, 2022 at 9:32 pm · ,

                I do average over 30km driving a day, maybe 50-60, but from time to time I do like to get to places like the south coast (300+km, 4Hrs) or visit friends further west (500km. >5hrs). At that kind of daily average, an EV would never pay for itself, and an EV would be a nightmare for the longer trips.

                There is NO FINANCIAL CASE to justify an EV currently.
                But that can change depending on tax, fuel, toll, rebates, etc etc charges
                Look at Norway for example.
                And why would a 500 km trip be a “nightmare” in an EV with a 1000km range ? ( they do exist !)

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                Dennis

                In other words EV like renewable energy could be affordable if taxpayers generally subsidised them to make them affordable?

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          James

          How many people refuel their car every day? I don’t. Once per week for me. If I had an electric car would want only want to charge it once per week.

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          Hanrahan

          Want to live in a house designed to withstand AVERAGE winds?

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            Chad

            I doubt you live in a house designed to withstand a Cyclone !
            Most things are a compromise

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              MP

              His in Townsville, can guarantee he lives in a house designed for cyclones and has been through Yasi.

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    John Connor II

    Some Thoughts On The Australian Election, 2022

    In a country where it is compulsory to vote, 4.5 million did not even bother. Of those who did turn out to vote 644, 677 voted informally, which means that they filled out the ballot incorrectly so their vote was not counted. There are 5,000,000 people who didn’t vote.

    The Liberal government was punished for the last two years, for its lies and its pretending to be on our side when it wasn’t, for shutting the country down over Covid. The current narrative is that the election was about climate change, well for some electorates that was true. 7 of the 10 richest electorates voted for more action on climate change. But the issue has brought down two Prime Ministers before, because the issue is simple in concept but it is very complex and costly in reality. No one has been able to square that circle and I believe that on that score nothing has changed.

    https://xyz.net.au/2022/05/some-thoughts-on-the-australian-election-2022/

    5M said “fine me, these suckers aren’t worth voting for” 😆
    It was a vote against the WEF and the sell-outs not a vote FOR anyone.
    So Albo runs the show now – a man with no interest in economics is going to not only undo the financial damage of the plandemic but lead us all to a bright (solar led 😉) future.
    Yeah right.
    Govern me harder daddy.😈

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      those numbers are incorrect.

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        John Connor II

        Then provide “correct” ones instead of blindly naysaying and contradicting 😎

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          They appear from nowhere in your linked article. Since you started it, you go first.

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            Tel

            In the linked article above the author explains where the numbers come from … the AEC Tally Room.

            The 5,000,000 is not exact obviously, the real number is slightly larger … but that’s irrelevant for the subject of the article.

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      OldOzzie

      Moment Peter van Onselen reveals he forgot to vote in federal election again

      Political editor Peter van Onselen shocked colleagues and viewers revealing he forgot to vote in the election, but it’s not the first time.

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        yarpos

        voting is so working class

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        Damo

        Seriously, why should he bother! His influence and reporting would affect more votes in multiple electorates. Why worry about his single vote? One person, one vote, well he has more than his fair share from the job he does, particularly when conducted in a bias manner.

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      Ross

      I think those figures are based on the current % vote counted figures. I think that figure is around 75% votes counted. So a rough final estimate would be 100/75 x 12m (votes currently counted)= 16m possible total votes. 16/17.2= 93% total possible. Which is equivalent to last election.

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        Ross

        Which means around 7-8% of registered voters didn’t vote – which is a bit scary. Thats around 1.2 m people, at least equivalent to total voters in one of the minor states.

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          Dennis

          I believe it is now fair to comment that the very poor result for Labor with about or just under one third of the primary vote, and for the Liberal-National Coalition just a couple of points more primary vote than Labor received, and one third of eligible voters who voted last Saturday, most Australians are disenchanted with our political system, and the behaviour of too many woke left leaning politicians regardless of what side they are on.

          Australia needs to change from preferential voting system to first past the post, primary vote only.

          Too many candidates are gaining seats who are very clearly not supported by the majority of the electorate they want to represent.

          And the pale Greens should not be permitted to blatantly campaign as Independents when they are supported financially and in other ways like a political party, the dark Greens stand as a Party.

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            David-of-Cooyal-in-Oz

            G’day Dennis,
            There is another option, that is to make the preferential vote optional rather having it mandatory to number every square.

            That at least allows voters to leave out any contestants they consider inappropriate for their vote. That is the method here in NSW and in the Senate. Why not the Reps?

            It’s certainly my preference. And easily implemented.

            Cheers
            Dave B

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          KP

          Civilised countries don’t force you to vote…

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            Sceptical+Sam

            You do realize that you are not forced to vote in Australia?

            You have options:

            1. Attend the polling station get your name marked of the roll, write a message of your own choice on the voting slips, slot them in the boxes and walk out.

            2. Vote as you please

            3. Vote as many times as you like using somebody elses name and address (no ID is required).

            4. Don’t attend and hence don’t get your name marked off the roll. Get a “please explain” from the fascists. Tell them to go to buggary and pay a fine of $20.

            5. Same as 4. above except: don’t waste your time going to the polling station; go to the beach instead and tell the fascists to go to buggary etc.

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        James Murphy

        AEC says there are 17228900 people registered to vote.
        not many stats available yet, but the pre-poll stats are interesting.
        postal vote stats are not indicative of how many people voted that way – just because they were registered as a postal voter, doesn’t mean the ballots were returned. some people may have voted in person regardless.

        https://www.aec.gov.au/election/downloads.htm

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          Peter C

          just because they were registered as a postal voter, doesn’t mean the ballots were returned. some people may have voted in person regardless.

          One way to obtain the Senate Voting Paper was to apply for a postal vote. This was done by a friend of mine.

          When I vote I like to know a bit about the parties and candidates. That takes a little time and effort. It is very helpful to have a full list of the parties and the candidates. So far I have not found a way to download a copy of the Senate paper from the web.

          In the end we both voted in person.

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        James Murphy

        national “informal” vote sitting at about 5% based on House of Representative votes counted so far
        highest informal vote in Blaxland, followed by Fowler at almost 11% for each, with a decrease from last election.
        https://tallyroom.aec.gov.au/HouseInformalByDivision-27966-NAT.htm

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      Zane

      Possibly they saw that there was nobody worth voting for… 😀

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    OldOzzie

    Coalition can’t sell net zero socialism

    The Coalition legitimised our opponents by signing up to the radical, green idea that we should totally transform how we make food and energy, within a generation, using technologies that don’t exist.

    Matt Canavan

    McDonald’s has tried many times to sell health food but it has always failed. As the Wall Street Journal put it in 2017: “After losing about 500 million US orders over the past five years … [McDonald’s] said it was going to embrace its identity as an affordable fast food chain and stop chasing after people who will rarely eat there.”

    McDonald’s can’t sell health food and the Liberal and Nationals parties will never be able to sell socialism.

    For the Coalition to win back government we have to stop chasing people that rarely vote for us. People that are committed to climate change action will not vote for us. As this election proved once again, climate conscious voters will go for the real deal, or the real teals in this case.

    The net zero emissions agenda is for the massive expansion of government and corporate control. To enforce net zero there must be an army of bureaucrats measuring this and taxing that. And, an associated bureaucracy in the corporate and banking world who decide what investments are taboo.

    I joined the Liberal and Nationals parties because I believe that we should lower taxes, get rid of red tape and provide freedom to individuals and families to pursue happiness. Net zero emissions does the opposite.

    By supporting net zero, we legitimised our opponents by signing up to the radical, green idea that we should totally transform how we make food and energy, within a generation, using technologies that don’t yet exist.

    In fairness, we proposed getting to net zero slower, but this just made us Fabian socialists. We agreed with the socialist ideal – we just didn’t support the aggressive tactics of the Bolsheviks to get there.

    In any case, the record is clear. We took net zero to the election and we lost. Those saying we should be more “ambitious” on climate change are parroting the old trope that socialism has not failed, it just has not been properly tried yet. And further, how exactly could we be more ambitious? Should we support a carbon tax? Should we ban petrol cars? Or, should we restrict the consumption of red meat?

    Exporting the problems elsewhere

    The net zero agenda has proven to be a complete and utter failure in practical terms. Since the Glasgow conference, coal prices are up threefold, oil prices are up 32 per cent, gas prices are up 90 per cent, wheat prices are up 56 per cent and corn prices are up 41 per cent.

    Prices were increasing before the war in Ukraine, but the war has exposed the folly of the West’s net zero obsession. What climate change policies have done is to export the manufacture of high emission goods – such as fertiliser, transport fuels and raw energy – to other nations not obsessed with reducing emissions. This has left the free nations of the world dangerously exposed to the whims of dictatorial regimes.

    During the Glasgow conference, Russia and China banned the export of fertilisers. Thanks to many Western countries not developing their gas resources, Russia and China are now the world’s largest producers of ammonia, the feedstock for the most commonly used fertilisers.

    This is the principal reason why food prices have gone through the roof and why people are starving around the world. The first green revolution unlocked the carbon content of fossil fuels to help make fertilisers that boosted crop yields. Around half of the world’s food is now grown using fertilisers made from natural gas.

    The net zero emissions agenda is for the massive expansion of government and corporate control.

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      el+gordo

      Labor is now in power and they may try to get Net Zero earlier, which will give the Coalition a chance to put the boot in. Assuming the Coalition members understand that CO2 doesn’t cause global warming.

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        Dennis

        Trying to put politics aside, what about the logistics involved if net zero emissions was achievable and desirable, and with due consideration for avoiding economic vandalism?

        Taking one relatively minor objective, Electric Vehicles, where would the millions of them come from to replace the fleet of ICEV here by 2030 as Labor plans?

        So many major problems and issues involved but I doubt that the majority of lawyers and accountants in our parliaments have thought it through, no engineering expertise or even basic understanding of the technical problem solving.

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      Graeme No.3

      From the Oscar Wilde school of plagiarism:

      Setting the scene: Election day in the Adelaide Hills was fine and sunny, but not hot. Similar weather Sunday, Monday and early Tuesday. The rain clouds rolled in Tuesday afternoon. Wednesday was overcast and wet. Similar on Thursday.
      Waiting under the shop verandah for the shower to stop raining A Bloke standing there remarked “I’m impressed. Labor has only been in power for 5 days and already they’ve changed the climate”.

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    RoHa

    @ David Middleton

    You might have missed my earlier reply, so I will thank you here for directing me to “vail”.

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    John Connor II

    Mathematics is bad: 14=793

    South Australia’s COVID-19 state of emergency declaration has been lifted for the first time since March 22, 2020.

    Premier Peter Malinauskas said the move was a “significant moment” for South Australia as the order had ended after 793 days.

    https://www.skynews.com.au/australia-news/coronavirus/premier-peter-malinauskas-lifts-south-australias-covid19-pandemic-state-of-emergency-declaration/news-story/58ae9c9d57cdaec13e25a1a596acf3dd

    14 days to flatten the curve became 793 days of tyranny, lies, scientific fraud, medical malpractice, financial ruin, debt blowouts, mental & physical sickness as a consequence of the aforementioned.
    All for a hyped threat of a flu level mortality virus.

    Wait until the WHO runs the show 😈

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      OldOzzie

      Description: Coronavirus (COVID-19) at a glance – 24 May 2022

      As at 3pm on 24 May 2022, a total of 7,020,862 cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Australia, including 8,178 deaths, and approximately 353,415 active cases.

      COVID-19 cases were reported across all ages:

      The median age of all cases is 31 years (range: 0 to 110 years).
      The median age of deaths is 83 years (range: 0 to 110 years).

      There is a relatively equal ratio of male-to-female cases across most age groups.

      In 2020 case numbers reached an initial peak at the end of March. This was followed by a period of low case numbers. In mid-June 2020 case numbers started to increase before reaching a secondary peak in early August 2020. Case numbers gradually declined and remained low with spikes occurring in mid-late December 2020 and mid-late April 2021. From late June 2021, case numbers increased and peaked from late September to mid-October 2021. From mid-December 2021, case numbers increased sharply and peaked in January 2022.

      To date, more than 71,359,500 tests have been conducted nationally.

      The ‘cases in aged care services’ table presents the number of cases that have been reported among care recipients in Australian Government-subsidised residential and in-home care settings in each state and territory.

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    another ian

    Rebel News

    “EVERYTHING about the World Economic Forum is FAKE”

    https://youtu.be/9yDS-0zZixk

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    John Connor II

    Dyson’s robot claws could retire your dishwasher by 2030

    Dyson has revealed its next advancements in household robots, which are capable of washing and drying dishes, cleaning furniture and tidying up after messy children.

    The reveal at the International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) showcases prototype robots that can grab household objects without breaking or dropping them, as well as navigate around furniture and clean the upholstery.

    https://www.trustedreviews.com/news/dysons-unveils-robot-claws-that-could-retire-your-dishwasher-by-2030-4236558

    …and best of all it’ll be FREE thanks to Klaus Schwab’s “you’ll own nothing” plan 😅

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      PeterS

      It’s only a matter of time before robots are utilised in various ways. Not looking forward to it for obvious reasons.

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        another ian

        Maybe try a robovac to dampen any enthusiasms you might have – unless they have improved a lot

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    David Maddison

    There is always someone here who knows about something…so…does anyone know about laying carpet?

    I am doing a renovation. One area has a central stair landing on a middle floor off which are various rooms. I want to carpet the whole floor but it would help the project flow if the rooms were carpeted first. However my carpeting contractor says the best job would be obtained if the central area was carpeted first then the rooms radiating off that. What do you think?

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      John Connor II

      Don’t know the logic but that’s what carpeter layers seem to do based on my experience with new homes.
      Why not just ask him why?
      Ask a few other installers why.
      Last resort – ask on Whirlpool forums – guaranteed to get replies 😆

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      b.nice

      I claim the Sgt. Schultz on that one ! 🙂

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      theotherross

      Could be due to offcuts from one area used in other rooms but should ask the contractor, if he is any good there should be a logical reason.

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        theotherross

        PS. Make sure the carpet is well protected if trades are still working once the carpet is down, stains, ladders and scaffolds can be problematic if not carefully protected.

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      Hatrack

      If the carpet you have selected has a pattern in it then the landing should be done first to ensure that the pattern radiates seamlessly into each adjoining room. Otherwise it could look a bit DIY. Another reason could be that the price quoted was based on, say, one trip to site, but now there would have to be two. Or it could be something else entirely. In which case, revert to JC11 #13.1 above.

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        Hatrack

        Sorry. What I mean by “seamlessly” is that the carpet pattern in each adjoining room can be matched to the carpet pattern at the doorway from the landing. Done well it can seem seamless.

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    John Connor II

    Some Effects Of Using Microwave Ovens

    Animals fed microwaved food fare just as poorly. Scientists at the Federal University of Technology in Nigeria fed two groups of young rats an identical diet including boiled rice and stew, beans, yams and boiled fish — identical except that the food for one group was microwaved for four minutes and then cooled. After three months, all blood parameters were impaired in the rats fed microwaved food.

    Red blood cells decreased by 12 percent, white blood cells decreased by 30 percent, packed cell volume decreased by 25 percent, and hemoglobin concentration decreased by 19 percent. Lymphocytes, monocytes, and eosinophils all significantly decreased, while neutrophils significantly increased.

    https://principia-scientific.com/some-effects-of-using-microwave-ovens/

    Interesting…
    I have a convection microwave (I’d never go back to an ordinary microwave!) so rarely use the microwave feature except for a quick defrost.

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    David Maddison

    Some of the world’s biggest hypocrites have flown into Davos on their private jets to discuss “climate change” among other things on their totalitarian agenda.

    What is interesting is that this independent reporter says one of the private jets has an Australian flag on it implying it is a government jet. Given the PM is not in Davos, which other government official warrants flying to Davos in a VIP jet at taxpayer expense?

    We are here at a private jet airport near davos where the WEF attendees there is dozens of private jets here.

    Whilst we aren’t supposed to fly and have to eat bugs.

    Words from the locals, many flew in here yesterday and there’s typically a helicopter ride to Davos

    Hypocrites https://t.co/EkylJMVbUw

    https://twitter.com/sophielouisecc/status/1528683399573082115?t=dTSc3VV8efHeKnR-jjLuYQ&s=19

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      Dennis

      Yes of course they have, private executive jets are exempt from emissions reduction when on emissions reduction trips.

      /sarc.

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    David Maddison

    Apparently there are two antivirals approved by the US FDA for monkeypox. These are the patented drugs Tecovirimat and Brincidofovir. They are also approved for smallpox but one wonders why that is a concern as it is officially eradicated in the wild.

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      Apart from demonstrating that the drug is safe to take, the primary sources inferred it’s action against smallpox due to the drug acting on a shared target with the others. If some lunatic releases smallpox it is there ready to be used, but otherwise it is included simply by association.

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    David Maddison

    I have a female friend who recently got ‘Rona along with her daughter. Both double vaxxed and both got severely ill. Doctor said she (the mother) should go to hospital but she didn’t want to as she thought she’d probably die there (and she was probably right).

    Her doctor prescribed her molnupiravir at A$1000 per dose which is of low to moderate effectiveness but also possibly dangerous (see link below). Fortunately friends also procured Ivermectin for her which unlike molnupiravir is inexpensive, safe and known to be effective (but illegal for doctors to prescribe for covid in Australia). It was administered in accord with the FLCCC protocol.

    The daughter was less severely ill.

    Both have now pulled through but I am wondering why both got so severely ill, especially the mother as the dominant strain is meant to be omicron which is not so bad. I hypothesise they may have both been vitamin D deficient.

    https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/molnupiravir-vs-covid-19-will-the-drug-live-up-to-the-hype

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      Tel

      Dominant strain Omicron only means more cases of Omicron, but a lot of those have barely any symptoms at all.

      Doesn’t mean you friend didn’t get Delta, which is still out there. After years of lockdowns and then a Summer where it hardly stopped raining and was cloudy most of the time … I would guess anyone not very deliberately taking Vitamin D supplements is likely to be deficient.

      As for Ivermectin … is she a horse? Neigh! 🐴

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      David-of-Cooyal-in-Oz

      G’day David,
      Sorry to here of your friends’ plight. Maybe they were (also?) low on zinc?
      Don’f forget that one of the properties of IVM is that it is a zinc ionophore.
      Cheers
      Dave B

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        David Maddison

        Thanks David. They took zinc with the IVM as per the protocol.

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          Peter C

          Thanks David,

          Do you have any information about when they actually started treatment from onset of symptoms? It seems the earlier treatment is stared the better.
          Zinc apparently acts quite rapidly but Vit D can take a lot longer and is best used prophylacticly ie people should be taking it before exposure to the infection.

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w9h-XQm2qEY&t=16s

          Any info on time to recovery after starting treatment?

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      robert rosicka

      I’ve heard of some with full vax shots plus boosters having had Rona 3 times , all reported last infection was the worst .

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    Zane

    11 degrees forecast for next Monday in Geelong. The climate seems to be getting colder. These are New Zealand temperatures.

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      Dennis

      I read earlier that from West across to East coast Australia will soon experience very cold weather conditions.

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        b.nice

        ” West across to East coast Australia will soon experience very cold weather conditions”

        Commonly called, Winter !

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        Graeme#4

        With a sunny 23 degrees in Perth today and 24 degrees forecast tomorrow, I doubt that given the current La Nina conditions, Perth is going to become noticeably cold any time soon. Still wearing T-shirts during the day.

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          Sceptical+Sam

          Yes Graeme#4, it was such a nice day I took a trip up to Guildford to visit the amazing sculptures at Earlsferry House in Bassendean just over the Swan. On my way back to Guildford I walked through Stirling Square where I came across a plaque set into the ground which said:

          “This location marks one of the first meteorological stations in Perth. Rainfall observations commenced on the 1st of January 1877, temperature recordings began on the 1st of January 1901. The Guildford Postmaster performed the weather measurements until the recording station was closed on the 1st of July 1954.”

          The BoM no longer makes the temperature measurements available on its site. Presumably it’s been removed because it’s inconvenient. It’s a rural type site with little urban heat island effect.

          The rainfall data is still available. There doesn’t seem to have been any great variation in it over the years. However, getting a read on the 1954 to present rainfall, for comparison purposes, in an impossibility.

          That’s how they do it.

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        David-of-Cooyal-in-Oz

        Today’s BOM “Colour forecast map” for the next four days has a significant low pressure system bringing strong southerly winds to SW WA, straight off the Southern Ocean. Cold.

        http://www.bom.gov.au/australia/charts/4day_col.shtml

        Cheers
        Dave B

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          Graeme#4

          Actually Perth has been experiencing warm nights for Autumn David, in some cases only dropping to 17C. The NOAA OSPO site still shows the oceans off the SW corner as very warm.
          But the southerly winds we now experience are interesting, as I’m sure the winds were mostly from the SW in winter. They now seem to often sweep up directly from the south.

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      Honk R Smith

      Hey Ozzies,
      once we achieve Net Zero and Climate Change is halted …
      I’m writing my congressnonbirthingperson to demand that it stop in May or June-ish.
      If we stop Climate Change, and we must, someone has to get stuck with permanent Winter.
      There are less of you down there.
      And the SH already has a big cold spot.
      More newly acquired seaside estates might be threatened from SH melting.
      The NH has more historically marginalized people that need freedom from climate change.
      Plus Davos is in the NH.
      Isn’t your government planning on outlawing private food gardening anyway?
      Once Global Elite Democratic Governance (GEDG) is established, you guys won’t have enough votes anyway.
      🙂
      The Tall Ships will bring food and vaccines, with vaccines of course, prioritized.

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    Earl

    How Australians desperate to get onto the property ladder could LOSE money if they buy a home under Labor’s 40 per cent ownership plan

    Why do they not just go back to or expand the salary sacrifice option that people could do in the past to buy a car or a computer etc through their work? I believe that some not for profits allow mortagage salaray sacrifice (or use to?) and record keeping/conditions of use would be so much easier to understand/apply.

    Also if the marriage goes pear shape or inheritence through death occurs there is no immediate issue of having to sell to pay money back in a depressed market etc. Why do things hard when you can do them easy?

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    Graeme#4

    Have just finished reading the 12-page paper “Full Cost of Electricity (FCOE) and Energy Returns (eROI): https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=4000800
    Defintely recommended reading for everybody with lots of very interesting data and graphs. Clearly explains why trying to go down the renewables path to accomplish “Net Zero” is a disaster.

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    John Connor II

    Germany – EC card system down across country – cash only since Tuesday

    https://youtube.com/watch?v=Bu5ym6UkhBA

    A lot of stores affected but not all luckily for them.
    I wonder if they had cash on hand 😉

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      Dennis

      I don’t understand why the banks don’t issue a modern version of the before internet when credit cards were introduced franking machine that makes an imprint of your credit card onto paper, copies customer, business and banker.

      Hand operated.

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        James

        A lot of credit cards no longer have the raised numbers anymore. But you can write down the numbers and process manually!

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        MP

        Should work out well for people with no money on their cards. Not so much for businesses.
        Kids with their dollar purchases.
        Will extend the time at the checkout and lines.

        How does the retailer cash in the imprints if the banks are down with the same issue.
        Cyclone, fire, flood and now blackouts.

        Cash must stay, you have your convienence method that works now. Do you have a limit on how much freedom you will give away for convienence or for that matter safety.

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    PeterS

    Of course it’s too early to tell but it’s possible that the NWO won’t be sprouting from the West but from Russia.
    Kremlin says Russia will win ‘hybrid war’ with Ukraine, West
    Russia-West confrontation will end with formation of new world, spokesman says

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    DLK

    World Health Organization “Global Pandemic Treaty” Includes Plan For Mandatory, Universal Digital Passport and ID System

    What’s more, the changes also include plans for a mandatory and universal vaccine passport system that’s overseen by the WHO. In fact, the globalist organization has already contracted a German-based company, called ‘T-Systems’, to develop the technology.

    They’re that confident the measures will be approved.

    gaterwaypundit

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      DLK

      According to Garret Mehl – the head of WHO’s Department of Digital Health and Innovation, the plan for the new universal system is to issue a QR code digital ID to every single person on the planet – that way, everyone is tracked. But, don’t worry, it’s just a “trust-building” exercise, Mehl explains.

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        Dennis

        Digital ID like Tax File Number, Medicare Number, Passport Number, Drivers Licence Number, Bank Account numbers, property registrations, and many other identification on files?

        Like Highway Patrol Police cars equipped with number plate recognition and instant check on the plate owner’s records without stopping the vehicle.

        All of our banking is digital internet based, Information Technology Age is now and with 5G about to become even more intrusive, and the only people who need to worry are criminals including tax avoiders.

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          DLK

          [another one from the ‘trust the government and international corporate cartels, what could possibly go wrong!’ school of thought].

          as someone who has tracked the advantages and perils of technology for human rights over the past ten years, I am nevertheless convinced that digital ID, writ large, poses one of the gravest risks to human rights of any technology that we have encountered. Worse, we are rushing headlong into a future where new technologies will converge to make this risk much more severe…

          For starters, we are building near-perfect facial recognition technology and other identifiers, from the human gait to breath to iris. Biometric databases are being set up in such a way that these individual identifiers are centralized, insecure, and opaque…

          In addition, systems using artificial intelligence and machine learning are used to make decisions based on our identities. Those systems are often built on data that can reinforce bias and discrimination, and are wielded without sufficient transparency or human review. Ultimately, social credit systems, such as those that are currently being developed in China, will be based on digital ID, thereby enabling or disabling our full and free participation in society… [and so on]

          Digital IDs Are More Dangerous Than You Think

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            Dennis

            What more can governments know about citizens than our individual records from birth to death already contain?

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              James Murphy

              I don’t know if it’s about knowing more info about you, or just being able to isolate and destroy you if you are deemed a troublemaker for some arbitrary reason.
              Look at China, where the social credit system is very real.

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                MP

                These are the people that will give up all their rights and liberties and demand you give up yours. Can’t see past the next “convience”.

                These are quanity of lifers, there is nothing of yours they will not give up for one more day on their life.

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                Dennis

                MP can you tell us what governments in Australia don’t already know about us, referring to my list and adding to it?

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                MP

                It’s written below this comment.
                Bad case of tunnel vission, you need to open your eyes.

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          MP

          I spend cash for 99.99% of my purchases. The Government (corporations) does not know what I buy, how often I buy it, how far I travel, how much carbon I emit or consume or where I go.
          I am not a criminal and I do not have a mobile phone.
          Your willingness for totalitarian control, more survaliance, less privacy, less freedoms, less rights. Fine if you need government to control your life, you do not have the right to demand the same from others.
          You needing others to make your decisions for you is no suprise.

          Here is a vid with your digital currency/ID and carbon tracker disscussed at DAVOS. When they say it will be ready in 3 years, they mean it was ready 3 years ago.
          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GD5lKEvnXo4

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      David Maddison

      Morrison was already going to sign this so Albanese will be more than obliging.

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        Dennis

        PM Morrison was asked by Ray Hadley on Sydney Radio 2GB a week before the election and the PM stated emphatically NO.

        Australia will not sign the proposed WHO Treaty, but the PM did say that a system to gain better communication and coordination between nations was worth looking into.

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      Curious George

      A beginning of a new era: now we know that life begins when you get issued a planetary T-ID.

      I wonder what China wants to achieve with this?

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    Furiously+Curious

    I mentioned Jim Steele yesterday, and recommended he’s really worth checking out. This is a blurb from Amazon, for a book he wrote in 2013. He put out a new youtube today, on how land areas effect temperatures. He just does it really well. Learned that world urban areas cover 1% of the global land surface, but hold 27% of the weather stations, leading to higher overnight temps pushing up the daily average. He has 30+ vids on specific topics, taking in the German floods, blocking highs, wildfires. He is clear and concise.

    “For 25 years, as director of San Francisco State University’s Sierra Nevada Field Campus, Jim Steele has opened the eyes and ears of countless students to the magic of California’s Sierra Nevada. His first book, ‘Landscapes and Cycles, An Environmentalist’s Journey to Climate Skepticism’ will likewise open your minds. It compares the effects of landscape changes, natural cycles and climate change on polar bears, whales, walruses, penguins, frogs, pika, butterflies and marine ecosystems. Although it is wise to think globally, all wildlife reacts locally and all regions of the earth have been behaving very differently from what a globally averaged statistic might suggest. Despite media horror stories, many species have benefitted from recent climate change. Those species that are struggling have invariably been affected by issues other than climate change and require very different remedies. Controlling our carbon footprints will never address the most pressing issues of habitat loss and watershed degradation. Landscapes and Cycles juxtaposes environmental optimism and with concern. It celebrates the work of conservationists and scientists whose tireless efforts have enabled the full recovery of a great many species. On the other hand it presents withering criticism against the politicization of climate change and those who have hijacked key environmental issues to the detriment of good environmental stewardship. Steele highlights how faulty science, and bad models have misguided critical conservation efforts and misrepresented conservation success. Most distressing Landscapes and Cycles reveals how global warming advocates have opposed appropriate conservation efforts simply because the concerned scientists did not blame climate change.”

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ja6ZRgntPsg

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    Deano

    Well, as Gomer Pyle USMC would say – “Well Golllleeyy!” Even my electorate of Curtin in Western Australia has been lost by the Liberals to a ‘teal’ independent’. That was a blue ribbon Lib seat since the Earth started cooling. Er….but don’t shock those ‘independents’ that the Earth has been cooling.

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      Len

      Same area as the Cottesloe MP David Honey. He is the only metropolitan liberal and the other liberal in the State lower house is from Vasse near Busselton.

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    Vlad the Impaler

    Preliminary report on President Trump campaign stop for Harriet Hageman, trying to un-seat RINO Liz Cheney in the Republican Primary (August), in Casper, Wyoming on Saturday, 28 May:

    My wife saw an article in the local newspaper that claims that all hotel/motel rooms are booked for the rally, for a distance of two hours (or more) around Casper (and trust me, that ain’t much! We’re near to dead-center Wyoming, and the second-largest community in Wyoming at 61,000).

    Approximately 60,000 visitors expected for the Trump/Hageman rally. For the August 2017 total solar eclipse, Casper had about 50,000 visitors.

    Bye bye Liz?

    Vlad

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    el+gordo

    Jennifer Marohasy discusses mass delusion and those Teal women.

    https://jennifermarohasy.com/2022/05/australia-has-finally-caught-the-net-zero-bus/

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    KP

    Previous research, including a study by South African researchers, has indicated that the spike protein may be involved in the production of small blood clots. The blood contains the fibrin protein, which helps the blood to coagulate when a vessel is damaged, so that the hole seals again and stops bleeding. When the injury has begun to heal, the coagulate is supposed to be broken up by plasmin, which is also found in blood. The researchers at LiU mixed amyloid-producing protein pieces from the spike protein together with these bodily substances in test tubes, and saw that the fibrin coagulate which was then produced could not be broken down in the usual way by plasmin. This newly discovered mechanism may lie behind the production of similar micro blood clots that have been observed in both serious and long-term COVID-19. Disturbed blood coagulation is also seen in many amyloid-related illnesses.

    All about people with long covid suffering blood clots from spike proteins blocking them being dissolved… No mention at all about the spike proteins being produced for far far longer by the vaccines and doing the same.

    https://medicalxpress.com/news/2022-05-discovery-mechanism-mysterious-covid-symptoms.html

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    PeterS

    People have been claiming that the COVID-19 vaccines have “chips” to track or monitor people. Well, at the recent WEF meeting that’s exactly what they are proposing to do, and it gets worse.
    Imagine the Compliance – Microchips are Coming

    No major media outlet has called out these dystopian plans for total control, and any mention of the topic will result in an instant ban from all social media platforms. Microchips are NOT a conspiracy theory; rather, it is a plan that they are currently devising and will implement once the opportunity presents itself. Do not comply.

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    another ian

    Latest Pointman

    “I’ve given up trying to detect any sense in American foreign policy these days.”

    “TURNING OFF THE WAR”

    https://thepointman.wordpress.com/2022/05/27/turning-off-the-war/

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    CHRIS

    I never thought I would say this, but I hope the ALP obtains a solid majority (76+ seats) in the House of Reps, so that Stegall and the “teal ladies” can’t have any influence over government policy. If these so-called “independents” have any say in the running of this country, then God Help Us All.

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