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    YWNBAW

    First and Last and Always

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      Jojodogfacedboy

      May the ‘fossil fuels’ human created forces be with you…
      Without it, current human species doesn’t exist as our planet is in a constant change, so do it species change with the environment or goes extinct.
      Many species have shown this cycle.
      Too bad our politicians don’t quite understand this.

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    My latest:
    https://www.cfact.org/2022/05/03/7th-grade-science-should-not-include-climate-indoctrination/

    Includes a listing of all the science topics normally taught in middle school, pre NGSS. Pretty impressive actually. Climate not one of them.

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      RickWill

      Climate Change has largely replaced other religious studies. It is the religion of today.

      Climate Change has become a powerful and pervasive belief system. Every adverse weather event, meaning almost all weather, is the result of humans burning fossil fuels. With increasing reliance on weather dependent electricity, overcast calm days are now adverse weather created by the demon CO2.

      The current proposed solutions to Climate Change are so preposterously resource hungry that they can never be achieved. I think it is time we started making sacrifices of virgins to weather gods. That would be far more beneficial than trying to extract electricity from weather.

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        Jay Jade

        Perhaps, but they too appear to be in short supply nowadays.

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        RickWill
        May 7, 2022 at 9:30 am · Reply

        Environmentalism is a religion
        Written by Michael Crichton (September 15, 2003)
        Today, one of the most powerful religions in the Western World is environmentalism. Environmentalism seems to be the religion of choice for urban atheists. Why do I say it’s a religion? Well, just look at the beliefs. If you look carefully, you see that environmentalism is in fact a perfect 21st century remapping of traditional Judeo-Christian beliefs and myths.

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          RickWill

          in fact a perfect 21st century remapping of traditional Judeo-Christian beliefs and myths.

          I consider Climate Change to be a more powerful belief system than Christianity. Every day there is a weather event somewhere that gets reported everywhere as a result of Climate Change. Every day that goes by provides a weather story that demonises CO2.

          The opening comment of the latest operational report on Australia’s electricity supply blames weather (and by association, Climate Change) for high wholesale electricity price:

          Despite ongoing La Niña conditions and unprecedented rainfall events in Q1 2022, average temperatures across much of Australia were well above Q1 2021, increasing average electricity demand in all National Electricity Market (NEM) regions. Together with reduced availability of thermal generators and higher prices for key generation fuels, influenced by volatile international energy commodity prices, this drove NEM wholesale spot prices to an average of $87 per megawatt-hour (MWh)1, up 67% on Q4 2021 and 141% on Q1 2021.

          The Climate Change church rewards believers and criminalises deniers. Its command of resources is more subtle than the Christian Church, which had direct taxing powers. The Climate Change Church extracts fees from all energy used in the modern world and enriches the believers.

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            RickWill
            May 7, 2022 at 1:50 pm

            I consider Climate Change to be a more powerful belief system than Christianity.

            It is belief that teach in compulsory government schools –Church never had that much power or for that matter kings or queens –all this arrived with French Revolution.

            any political candidate proposing abolition of compulsory government schooling?

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            Mantaray Yunupingu

            RickWill. You (and many others here) are far too pessimistic. Too much pearl-clutching, hand-wringing and teeth-gnashing cannot be good for the body, nor the soul….

            Sure the teachers and pollies fake a little conviction: the kids fake a little acceptance, and plenty of the common folk nod in agreement…but reality is….

            The airports are packed with “anti-fossil-fuel” acolytes jetting off to exciting destinations; garages and car-ports are jammed with multiple fossil-fuel burning vehicles; every 16 year old is dreaming of getting their own fossil-fuel machine; the Greens and the rest are driving HUGE diesel 4WDs…AND there is constant whining that the heavy-fueled freighters etc are not delivering their loads fast enough to match demand.

            Facts are that the “priests” in this climate-change religion are very similar to any other priest….

            Lotsa preaching about what not to do, but then found out the back committing adultery with members of the congregation (who are very willing “sinners” to boot), pilfering funds; breaking plenty of their sacred vows and commandments with alacrity. Why bother being SHOCKED?

            What does “sanctimonious” mean, Rick?Really on the level…or just hypocritical BS artists?

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    David Maddison

    Just curious, has anyone heard of an Eidophor, a fascinating apparatus of yesteryear. My belief is that almost no one, even technically informed people, have ever heard of it.

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      Strop

      What’s an Eidophor?
      It’s to confirm you take a person as your partner when asked by the celebrant.

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      yarpos

      Thats my preferred pronoun

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      Graeme#4

      Had to look it up. Apparently NASA Mission Control used it for those wall-sized projections you see in photos of the control centre. Interesting.

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    David Maddison

    Last weekend I went to the Lake Goldsmith Steam Rally, about 2 hrs drive from Melbournistan.

    https://www.lakegoldsmithsteamrally.org.au/rallies.html

    It is (or was) located within pleasant countryside but now the entire area has been destroyed by the presence of 149 monstrous windmills which are part of Australia’s biggest wind subsidy farm with a claimed nameplate capacity of 530MW (which we know has no bearing on its actual production). See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stockyard_Hill_Wind_Farm?wprov=sfla1

    The sight of these things was sickening

    At the Steam Rally, which is a permanent site, it was interesting (but disturbung) observing steam engines and early internal combustion engines and other machines of the Industrial Revolution juxtaposed against a background (outside the site) of the machines of the ANTI-Industrial Revolution.

    Incidentally, because of the high coal taxes in Vicdanistan, the people there run their steam engines on wood rather than coal.

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      David Maddison
      May 7, 2022 at 6:19 am ·

      Incidentally, because of the high coal taxes in Vicdanistan, the people there run their steam engines on wood rather than coal.

      David,..
      I suspect they burn wood because they have their own sources on their property.
      If they had to buy fuel commercially since coal (even in Victoria !) is cheaper than good burning wood on a weight for weight basis,…..
      ….and when you consider that coal has 4-5 times the thermal heat content,…then they would have to be using free wood supplies to justify its use !

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        RickWill

        and when you consider that coal has 4-5 times the thermal heat content

        Dry wood is around 20MJ/kg. Anthracite around 30MJ/kg. Victoria lignite about 16MJ/kg. Not 4 to 5 times on mass basis.

        On volume basis, it depends on the type of wood and the type of coal. Anthracite is 1500kg/Cu.m. Pine only 500kg/Cu.m. So anthracite would have about 5 times the heat value on a volume basis.

        Actually flame temperature of wood chips is higher than natural gas but about 200C lower than anthracite. And wood much higher than lignite.

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        yarpos

        Bunnings has a nice 10kg pack of bricquettes for coal fans. One of my friends uses them last thing at night because they burn longer.

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          Mantaray Yunupingu

          A “coal fan” is what exactly, yarpos? Googled it and got thousands of hits regarding coal mine ventilation systems.

          Care to elaborate?

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      Ted1

      My brother in law runs a motor workshop in town, doing radiators, windscreens and 4WDs.

      One sunnny Saturday a few year back I was driving east in town on the highway when I saw a cloud of steam rise from a car coming the other way. As I passed it was an old style car, and the occupants were getting out. I looked in the mirror and saw a big cloud of steam rise up.

      I thought; “She’s bu*****d now! I then thought: They might have trouble finding a workshop that’s open. I wonder if they would like me to call brother in law.

      So I turned around, in time to see everybody get back into the car and drive off. I was stunned!

      I was talking to brother in law a few days later and he said: “I did a weld on a Stanley Steamer on Saturday”. There had been a steam rally in town.

      He said that as it drove off there wasn’t a sound.

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      Hanrahan

      I’ve just found the lake and the turbines on windy.com. There certainly is a mass of them.

      But even this morning with a 999mb low off Tas causing strong winds onto Vic and SA, windy says it is only abt 7m/s while a graph I just looked at puts the cut-in for a typical* turbine at a little below 6m/s and rated at 13 m/s.

      Just found how to get windspeed at 100m elevation and that is 11m/s, but even that only gives 66% of rated o/p.

      *Probably an old chart, things may have improved.

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    Simon

    India is faced with a double whammy of heatwaves and lack of coal due to supply chain disruption.
    https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/explained-why-india-is-facing-longest-power-cuts-in-6-years/articleshow/91198487.cms

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      David Maddison

      India once wished to purchase a large amount of brown coal from Vicdanistan but the racist Marxist government of Dan Andrews cancelled it.

      They need real coal, gas, nuclear or hydro power, not more $%^&* windmills or solar panels.

      And I wonder how much of this “supply chain interruption” is engineered rather than genuine?

      https://www.news.com.au/finance/business/government-shelves-coal-export-plans/news-story/ba046c3ff1ef6aa4b10d4423c5f8fa9d

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      b.nice

      Yep, they need more access to coal. That is for sure.

      World bank, and other ugly climate agendas, have made it difficult to expand their supply chain as required.

      Look how long it took Adani to get through all the slimy green tape.. and there are still climate thugs that want to stop these shipments and get the mine closed.

      They want India to suffer.. denying a developing country the right to further its struggle to become “developed”…

      .. disgusting, isn’t it. !

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      el+gordo

      This current heatwave in India is not unusual and cannot be blamed on AGW.

      ‘Despite regularly having extremely high temperatures and levels of heat stress in absolute terms, when defined in terms of deviation from the local normal, heatwaves in India and Pakistan to date have not been all that extreme.’ (The Conversation)

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        PeterPetrum

        My wife and I were training Quarantine fumigators in Cheni (the old Madras) in 2007 and temperatures then were well into the 40’s. Not pleasant, I concede, but we coped. Not unusual, we were told.

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      MrGrimNasty

      Any alarmist can ambulance chase heatwaves around the globe, it would be abnormal if somewhere were not experiencing massive positive temperature anomalies, of course there are always cold waves too, but for some reason alarmists aren’t interested.

      FYI the Indian heatwave moved on, the vast majority of the country is relieved.

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      David Maddison

      So, it’s hot in India, a mostly tropical country.

      Fancy that.

      Back in the day, they used to teach geography in the real schools they had back then.

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        yarpos

        mmmm we seem constantly surprised as a nation that we have droughts and flooding rains also

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        Gary S

        Back in the days of the Raj, the British would retreat to hill stations when things got too not on the plains. Seems like India has been rather hot for a very long time.

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      el+gordo

      Putting aside supply chain interruption its clear that CO2 is not responsible for the subcontinent heatwave.

      https://climateimpactcompany.com/ag-market-hot-spot-convection-phase-of-the-madden-julian-oscillation-inspires-historic-india-heat-2/

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    Peter Fitzroy

    AEMO’S latest quarterly report highlights just how unreliable coal power is becoming with outages all over the grid, and not restricted to the older plants like Vale’s Point. ‘ Kogan Creek – the main grid’s biggest and most modern generator – was out of service for around 26 days due to an unplanned outage during the quarter.’

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      robert rosicka

      Yet solar and wind power have unplanned outages for nearly two thirds of the time and never get a mention .

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      David Maddison

      You can’t be serious Peter. Coal power stations are extremely reliable and can deliver cheap, reliable power 24/7. Any deficiency is due to the extremely unfavourable circumstances they are being forced to operate under. It is more profitable for the Elites to harvest subsidies from the high electricity prices of working people using windmill and solar subsidy farms than providing said people with cheap, reliable power.

      And you do realise wind and solar is random in nature don’t you?

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      Robber

      If a coal generator owner keeps getting told that end of life is near, and cash flow is being heavily impacted by the forced cutback in production every sunny day due to solar, the logical economic response is to cut back on maintenance. And an unplanned outage on one generator in times of demand shortfall can lead to higher prices for all other generators. Coal generators used to be seen as the backbone of the grid, delivering reliable baseload power 24×7, but now we are assured that the new world order will deliver cheaper power with “renewables” and some mumbo jumbo green hydrogen and BIG batteries.

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      Ronin

      So, Peter if that’s the case now is the time for S&W to step up and show us their capabilities, why is it they can’t or won’t.

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        Graeme No.3

        But we are being bombarded with election advertisements promising cheaper electricity and lower emissions once lots more wind turbines are installed.
        This in SA where we have the “highest percentage of renewables” and the highest cost of electricity in Australia.

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          b.nice

          Currently, Interconnects to SA are providing more than any other source (values in MW)

          Inter: 534
          Gas: 475
          Wind: 287
          Solar: 98

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            Ronin

            That interconnector is 69% brown coal. shoots SA green cred in the leg.

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              b.nice

              yep, I was hoping someone would see that 😉

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              yarpos

              yet if you select fuel source on the NEM dashboard , brown coal isnt ever accounted for even though they depend on it for stability and often basic supply.

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      b.nice

      Yes, we know there is no longer enough leeway in coal-fired power to carry the NEM on the many occasions that wind and solar are a no-show.

      That is why prices have become unstable as gas peakers have to be paid to fill the gap.

      What Peter is actually say is that we need a couple of extra coal-fired power stations to carry peak loads.

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        yarpos

        yep, if you remove spare coal capacity them at some point all downtime becomes an outage event instead of a maintenance event. Depending on management you also start to reduce windows where scheduled maintenance can occur.

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      b.nice

      How about we use a term called “outage factor”

      Define “outage” as… “a period when the supply is not able to provide at least 2/3 of the nameplate capacity.”

      Do you want to play, Peter. 😉

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      MP

      Great fishing spot you found here Peter.

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        Forrest Gardener

        Indeed. Sometimes even the most tolerant people have to swat blowflies.

        Now where’s the ignore button so my day isn’t cluttered any more by PF and the usual suspects.

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      That’s just a shocking thing, those disgustingly unreliable coal fired Units eh!

      Each and every single day, the difference between the high and the low for wind power generation varies between 1500MW and 3000MW. (the latter on those rare days when wind power is higher than the average)

      So here we have wind generation varying by the equivalent of three or more of those coal fired Units ….. EVERY SINGLE DAY.

      The high and the low NEVER correspond to the highs and lows of the actual Seasonal daily Load Curves for actual power consumption, which are the same all year round, year in year out.

      Oh, and did I say each and every single day.

      49 individual coal fired Units ….. 4600 individual wind towers.

      Average Daily Wind Generation Versus Average Daily Total Power Consumption

      Tony.

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        Oh, and that unreliability.

        Hmm! have any of you EVER noticed it at all?

        The very second one of those big Units drops off line, the very second, the equivalent Hydro Units run up, as they can replace that lost power within 15 to 30 seconds.

        At the same time of the drop offline, in the same State where the Unit dropped off line, gas fired plants get the call to run up, or a number of them, also equivalent to what was lost. It takes them a little longer to run up to full power than the hydro Units. As soon as those gas fired plants are at full power, they come on line, and the hydro units go off line.

        NO ONE, no one, even knew it happened, until they were told the next day.

        Oh, and up to ten years ago, we had what was referred to as rolling reserve. That was those much older coal fired Units that were close to their own end of life after 50 years ….. or more. One or two Units in each State were kept ‘burning and turning’, consuming considerably small amounts of coal, just enough to keep the Unit humming over. When scheduled maintenance came around at the big operational Units, or if there was an unscheduled offline, then those rolling reserve Units flicked the switch, and within minutes, (after the hydro Units took up the instantaneous loss) they were feeding their power into the grid.

        Oh, and again, NO ONE, no one, ever knew, oh until a rabid greenie told them the next day, or a few days later, you know, after he got told by someone else, and then said how unreliable those coal fired Units really are, because even that rabid greenie didn’t know, and didn’t even know where to look in the first place to see.

        The grid rolls along as best it can, only now, with none of those rolling reserve plants, and no fall back, and who knows how little power from wind and solar, and if it’s even there at all, that grid is INFINITELY harder to keep going.

        But hey believe what you want to believe.

        49 coal fired Units – 128,000GWH a year
        4600 wind towers – 23GWH a year.

        Who knew?

        Tony.

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        List of Coal Fired Power Plants in Australia. (All Plants are Sub Critical, unless otherwise stated)

        There are no coal fired power plants in either of the two States of South Australia (SA) and Tasmania. (Tas)

        New South Wales (NSW)

        Bayswater – 2640MW (4 Units)

        Eraring – 2820MW (4 Units)

        Liddell – 2000MW (4 Units)

        Mount Piper – 1400MW (2 Units)

        Vales Point – 1320MW (2 Units) TOTAL NSW – 5 Power Plants – 10180MW (16 Units)

        Queensland (Qld)

        Callide A and B – 730MW (3 Units)

        Callide C – 840MW (2 Units) – SuperCritical

        Gladstone – 1680MW (6 Units)

        Kogan Creek – 744MW (1 Unit) – SuperCritical

        Milmerran – 852MW (2 Units) – SuperCritical

        Stanwell – 1460MW (4 Units)

        Tarong North – 443MW (1 Unit) – SuperCritical

        Tarong – 1400MW (4 Units) TOTAL QLD – 8 Power Plants – 8149MW (23 Units)

        Victoria (Vic) (All Victorian plants burn Brown Coal)

        Loy Yang A – 2210MW (4 Units)

        Loy Yang B – 1000MW (2 Units)

        Yallourn W – 1480MW (4 Units) TOTAL VIC – 3 Power Plants – 4690MW (10 Units)

        TOTAL AUSTRALIA – 16 Power Plants – 23019MW (49 Units)

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          ozfred

          I always knew that Western Australia was never really part of the country of Australia…..
          And we still have some coal plants generating electricity. Just not in the NEM. About 43% of SWIS right now. Wind was 43% overnight at times, but about 15% now

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        Peter Fitzroy

        so what is the current capacity factor for qld coal?

        that is my point, coal is not 100% reliable, and that needs to be incorporated into any energy planning.

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          b.nice

          Wind and solar are totally unreliable.

          They are the cause of nearly all the problems with maintenance at coal fired power stations.

          You have absolutely zero point.. Your point is meaningless because it is based on warped ideology rather than engineering supply and demand logic.

          The energy plan needs to be to get rid of the unreliability of wind and solar, and have enough coal fired to cover most peak loads plus extra.

          The plan needs to be to build a new HELE coal fired plant in each eastern state. That is the only thing that will help combat future blackout scenarios.

          Currently coal and gas are covering 91% of Qld plus sending some to northern NSW

          Wind and solar are contributing just 7%.. dropping to even less within the next hour or so.

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          yarpos

          Omg have you ever been involved in the delivery of a real thing ever?. Nothing is 100% reliable, that is not news.

          Now that virtue signalling governments have destroyed spare capacity in coal generation, outages that would have been easily covered now affect the consumers.

          The RE dweebs then point at coal with zero clue what the real issue is.

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          b.nice

          Here is the last 48 hours of power generation in Queensland

          Basically all Coal and Gas, with some solar during the day.

          https://i.ibb.co/ZH4bzyw/QLD-electricity.jpg

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      Forrest Gardener

      … and PF will no doubt see his feeble research as a reason to shut down and blow up coal powered fire stations immediately if not sooner.

      That’ll show ’em. Right PF?

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      New Chum

      That may have been the time there was heavy rain and flooding.
      The power station is supplied with coal from an open cut mine four kilometers away by conveyer belt.
      I lost power during the flooding.

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      RickWill

      just how unreliable coal power is becoming with outages all over the grid,

      That is another cost of intermittency. Queensland set a new intra-day swing record for wholesale generators of 3.85GW from 6.5GW to 10+GW.

      Making big thermal machines dance to this new tune increases maintenance demand. For example, when materials inside a furnace are up at 1400C they last longer if they can stay at that temperature. Varying demand requires varying fuel and varying temperature. The variation comes with a higher maintenance burden. The same issue with variability occurs throughout the power station.

      In the same vein, the key reason that QANTAS maintained the oldest 747 aircraft was that it has the longest routes. The main variability with aircraft is landing. Every landing requires a take-off and each one involves significant variability in forces and temperature cycling. An aeroplane structure does not fatigue much in flight at altitude. But getting there and getting back to ground imposes high variation. So landings are a key factor in the maintenance burden; more so than distance travelled.

      Fatigue is a major issue in the operating life of wind turbines; corrosion in offshore turbines makes it worse. They are subjected to highly varying operational demand; at the whim of the weather! That is the reason they have a relatively short life for an industrial machine.

      The proponents of wind and solar do not factor in the cost of intermittency on the rest of the system. And most of that that cost is not imposed on the intermittent generator. That is the reason retail prices just keep going up.

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        another ian

        Metals have a flex life. For some like steel it also depends on load so if lightly loaded iit s longer.

        That for aluminium is independent of load. In discussion with an aeronautical stress engineer (he did that analysis for the P & W PT6 engines) I asked how DC3’s were still flying then?

        The answer was that the designers knew what they were doing. There are 3 wing spars, any one of which will keep the wings on. And a schedule of replacement that, if followed, means they keep going. There are current conversions that extend the fuselage, convert to turbine power and send them out zero timed.

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Douglas_DC-3

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          David Maddison

          The DC-3’s can be kept going at reasonable cost essentially forever, especially the modernised ones. There is a company rebuilding them in America and they are so totally rebuilt the FAA regards them as new aircraft. To this day, there is still nothing to replace them. They came from a time when scientists and engineers had deep knowledge of what they were doing. They didn’t do models, they did the real thing.

          The rebuilt DC-3’s are called Basler Turbo 67’s.

          https://www.baslerturbo.com/

          Another example of an aircraft built by people who actually knew what they were doing was the Boeing B-52 which the US Air Force intends to keep going until the 2050’s and maybe beyond that which would make them about 90 years old.

          Also, some nuclear reactors in the US have been recertified to have an 80 year life.

          https://www.energy.gov/ne/articles/whats-lifespan-nuclear-reactor-much-longer-you-might-think

          The scientists and engineers produced from universities today are too woke and too clueless to do any of this. I have previously mentioned here a conversation I had with a recent mech eng graduate who had never even heard of a Carnot cycle heat engine…

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          yarpos

          Not being pressurised helps a whole lot. Great aircraft, have had the pleasure of many hours in them. A little while ago we did the DC3day trip to King Island , it was a great day all around.

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            Graeme#4

            Not very pleasant when you have a cold. Did 10 excruciating hot and uncomfortable hours in a commercial DC3 on a milk run, constantly taking off and landing. Made sure I didn’t return in one.

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          Hanrahan

          Ah, those pesky wing spars. The Bristol Frightener Freighter had wings break off. RAAF 10 Sqn had nearly all of its Lincolns grounded overnight when spar life was shortened. It is the main lifed item on an airplane.

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            another ian

            https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_accidents_and_incidents_involving_the_Bristol_Freighter

            “This is a list of accidents and incidents involving the Bristol Freighter, a twin-engined transport aircraft used as both a freighter and airliner as well as a troop transport and car ferry.

            Sixty-eight of the 214 Freighters built were destroyed or damaged beyond economical repair in accidents. At least 45 of these were fatal, resulting in the deaths of at least 385 passengers and crew.[1]”

            1953 “25 November – Freighter 21E A81-2 of the Royal Australian Air Force crashed after structural failure near Woomera, Australia, three killed.[2][3]”

            1957 “21 November – Freighter 31 ZK-AYH of Straits Air Freight Express crashed and burned at Russley Golf Course, Christchurch, New Zealand, after it broke up in flight due to a severe gust of wind initiating the fatigue failure of the right wing. The wing failed at a bolt hole that had been drilled in its front spar during a modification meant to fix an existing fatigue problem in the wing. The four occupants were killed.[2][11][12]”

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      Ted1

      A glance at the Callide report suggests strongly to me that an investigation should be made into the possibility of criminal activity. Sabotage!

      The market which governments have created by regulation creates a huge incentive for malpractice. The last thing operators want is competition with cheap power.

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        Hanrahan

        What, in the report, raises your suspicions, or maybe a link.

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          Ted1

          It appeared to me that it ran faulty for more than half an hour before blowing up. Surely that shouldn’t have been possible.

          I only read a bit of it, my prejudice stands against the system, and the stakes are high.

          Do we need more?

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      R.B.

      Coal backs up wind and solar so we need to build more solar and wind to backup the increasingly unreliable coal.

      What am I missing?

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      Philip

      I once lived in a coal electricity country and we had cheap power that was on all the time. But that could have just been luck I guess ?

      Has anyone lived in a 100% renewables country and had cheap power on all the time ? No they haven’t.

      So one is tried and tested, the other an idea from our intellectuals. So which one would you put your own money into ?

      If you answered the latter, go and build a completely “off grid” renewables only house, no gas or wood fire, and put your own money into that. Observe how your attitude changes.

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        yarpos

        I often wonder how those bleating about “unreliable coal” imagine the country has been powered for the last half century. Powered so well and reliably that we took it for granted it seems.

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        Ted1

        A neighbour is building a new house 100 metres from our boundary. He sought permission to run a power line from a pole on our farm with a single span of about 250 metres.

        They didn’t go head because the cost of connecting the mains power was too high.

        I think if I was building a house away from the present connections on our farm I would use solar for lighting and gas. Might have to stop washing the clothes.

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          Graeme No.3

          Ted1:
          An acquaintance was quoted $75,000 for connection to the Grid, from a line less than 500 metres away) in the Adelaide Hills. He decided to go Off-Grid and installed solar, a diesel(?) generator, a battery bank (to cover drop outs and ensure reliable supply) and a computerised controller (charge controller and automatic start-up of generator). Result no power problems, no blackouts and a cost of about $50,000 (and little fuel use).
          This was for a house (on acreage about 40 km east of Adelaide city) he was building about 5 years ago. Another result was that the quote from the Grid when he declined their offer, suddenly dropped by $20,000 (but still higher than the alternative approach).
          I would guess that such a set-up would be a bit cheaper these days, but budget for replacement of inverter cost (7 years) and DO NOT buy the cheapest (Chinese) thin cells panels.

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            Ted1

            They call it The Law of Supply and Demand.

            And most of the people citing it exhibit not the slightest comprehension of either Supply or Demand.

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            Philip

            Indeed connection costs may be high. That is a result of a monopoly market where there is no competition and a highly unionised workforce. Had they employed the same economics when the grid was rolled out not many people would have power on. It is extraordinary where some power lines go, it couldn’t have always cost that much.

            Let me tell you an alternative story. IN a hippy up river valley, a person had a quote for $40,000 to connect, which wasnt far away at all, but required some box for something on a pole. Horrified, he opted for solar, of course. The end result was something that barely run the fridge before his money was exhausted, and he got it on the cheap without some safety bits and pieces apparently. But the big problem was hours of sun. Not all houses have sun pouring down from sun up until down, trees and hills often shade them.

            The girlfriend ended up selling the Sydney house and the payed out the connection cost and lived happily ever after.

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            Philip

            And once again, did this off gird house have no fire or gas ? Id dare say not. The point is all these people saying you can run a house on solar for $50k are comparing apples and oranges. Theres always a gas fridge or wood something or other in there. You can not run an electric oven and an electric hot water system and an electric heater on solar, you just can’t.

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      ghl

      Remember Enron and the planned and unplanned outages that just happened that happened to drive prices through the roof? Our market was set up by a new york executive chosen by a merchant banker.

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    David Maddison

    Since the Left love controlling the agenda by inventing new words, I thought I’d invent some of my own to describe the Left.

    Coalophobe.
    Gasophobe.
    Nucleophobe.
    Hydrophobe (as distinct from hydrophobia).
    Energyphobe.
    Truthophobe.
    Westernophobe.
    Civilisationophobe.
    Industrialphobe.
    Progressophobe.
    Scienceophobe.
    Marxophile.
    Freedomphobe.
    Freespeechophobe.
    Freethoughtophobe.

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      Graeme No.3

      CARBONophobic?

      They confuse CARBON with the Devil because it is black as in “Diamonds are a Girl’s best friends.”

      Or there never-ending pictures of power stations cooling towers with backlight photos of “black” emissions, nasty pollution.
      Extends even to cooling towers on nuclear power stations.

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    David Maddison

    This (link below) is a new acquisition at the Lake Goldsmith Steam Rally I mentioned above. It is yet to be fully set up. It is a metal working lathe from 1886 with a 4ft swing over the gap in the bed. It is complete with all accessories. Back in the day it would have been powered by a coal fuelled steam engine. It will be powered that way soon as well, via an overhead rotary shaft and leather belt drive (proper name, “line shaft”). (But with wood for the steam engine due to high coal taxes in Vicdanistan.)

    https://youtu.be/0tejVm-0uYc

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      b.nice

      Looking forward to Maitland SteamFest at end of July 🙂

      Earlier date was cancelled due to flooding making the area a quagmire.

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      David.
      ….again. You have a misunderstanding over that coal tax in victoria.
      I suggest you check relative cost of coal vs wood, and their respective heat energy content
      PS, have you seen the Lathe on Cockatoo Island , Sydney ?
      Used for turning ships prop shafts etc ..many years ago.
      https://youtu.be/zfXFLGpGcZU

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        Ronin

        Kerrrnell, that’s a lathe, need a pushbike to get to the tailstock.

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          ….and a ladder to get to the toolpost. ,
          If any “Engineeers” or enthusiasts here have never visited the workshops on Cockatoo island,..you are missing an oportunity to see a history lesson in heavy engineering.
          Highly recomended and an idilic spot in the harbour also.

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            Sambar

            Had a school visit in the 50’s to the Marybynong Ordinance factory in Melbourne, remembered to this day, lathes with 30 or 40 feet long beds turning gun barrels.
            Drop hammers making fly wheels for tank engines it was fascinating. Then over the years the realisation that some absolute genius had invented all this stuff.
            So, a blacksmith goes to bed one night and has a dream or idea to make a machine that will make any shape of metal round. Where do you start, well I guess spinning a bit of metal between centres is a good start and look where we wind up. Now if we only had a perfectly level base to work from, Hmmm lets start by rubbing two pieces of metal together and reveal the high spots, just work on the high spots with a scraper and lo and behold solid flat beds of metal that were accurate to tiny thousands of an inch.
            When the politically correct and ever increasing number of reasons to whinge about something starts to get me down I think about the ingenuity of man and the abitity to solve problems, yes we have backward steps, the dark ages, wars, pestilence but so far the geniuses have prevailed and life, for all of us improves.

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      beowulf

      David, the drive-belts from the overhead shaft you speak of were ideally made of rhino hide, that being the strongest, most wear-resistant leather. They had to be regularly dressed with special leather dressing to keep them supple.

      My father worked at Garden Island navy dockyard in Sydney during WWII and all of their overhead drive-belts were rhino — all flapping around un-guarded of course — an OH&S inspector’s wet dream.

      To disengage a machine from the drive shaft they had a long pole that was used to knock the belt sideways off the drive pulley onto an idler pulley.

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        David Maddison

        Thanks beowulf.

        Incidentally, they are looking for more parts for the line shafts, especially pulleys at Lake Goldsmith as well. I guess they wouldn’t say no to some rhino hide drive belts either…

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        Hanrahan

        As a boy, 70 yrs ago, I used to ride my bike to my grandfather’s boat building shed. The saw and plane were belt driven from a single electric motor. No guards on anything but us kids would run timbers through them. No probs.

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        another ian

        IIRC our buffalo hides went to that market too

        Way back in BC when we made things – I have a Mars Junior lathe made in Brisbane that went into the local garage in 1935 with a 3 step flat belt drive that still uses a laced leather belt.

        It had a rough life. I had to weld up and recut the slots for the tool post. The tailstock adjusting screw (left hand acme thread) is now made from the lhs of a turnbuckle and one back gear was made using an angle grinder and a thin wheel to cut the teeth.

        And it periodically demonstrated that “a lathe beats no lathe ”

        I idly contemplate a serpentine belt for a replacement but that means a major strip.

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    Vlad the Impaler

    I know this is an ‘unthreaded’, but this is waaaaaay off any reasonable topic, so bear with me.

    At least some of you (us) have watched that NetFlix production “Don’t Look Up!” Obviously, depending on your viewpoint, it can be considered satirical, with a wide range of interpretations.

    Just because there was very little else on, I decided to have another go at it. At the end of the story, if you’ve seen it, you know there is an encounter with a Brontoroc. If you haven’t seen it, no worries; just trust me on this.

    What was strange to me was that after the credits started to roll, I noticed the time ‘remaining’ on the ticker showed there was 11 minutes left. Curious, I fast-forwarded through the credits, and there is a little gem of a 30 – 45 second snippet that everyone should see. It is priceless, and really shows the unawareness that most of the “left” or “socialist” bent have for what is happening around them.

    Please do not mis-understand here: I’m no fan of Leo and his hypocritical policies and such, but he did do a bang-up job of acting in this movie.

    And, again, off-topic, even for an ‘unthreaded’, can someone explain how they made Cate Blanchett look like that?

    My Best Regards to all,

    Vlad

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      GlenM

      Will give it a run. Currently watching “Black Sails” an excellent pirate series based on the trading port of Nassau in the early 18century. Based on the book.

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      David Maddison

      Is this the scene you are referring to?

      Apparently it contains spoilers so be warned.

      https://youtu.be/GgdC23Shetk

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        Yonniestone

        Besides the obligatory climate doom claptrap I believe a surviving spacecraft containing characters of that ilk would’ve been covertly locked on course for the sun.

        The universe couldn’t risk the exposure to parasites such as these.

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        Vlad the Impaler

        Well, that’s the start of the credits, but you have to go about seven – eight minutes past this part to get to the ‘gem’ scene.

        Please do not post, if you can contain yourself. It was too good to pass up!

        Respects,

        Vlad

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          Yonniestone

          I can only stand very small snippets of movies nowadays, the entire industry makes me sick after learning of its origins and true purpose.

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      b.nice

      “job of acting in this movie.”

      Yep, everything is “acting” to him.. Especially his ideology on climate.

      His virtue-seeking keeps him front and center, where his ego wants him to be.

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      I laughed so loud during that movie, just how they kept a straight face.

      When I saw the ‘escape’, the first thing I thought of was the “B” Ark!

      Oh and Meryl getting chomped in that last scene, well the laughs went ballistic then.

      Tony.

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        Forrest Gardener

        The HHGTTG film was interesting for the skits which survived the transition from TV and which didn’t.

        The B Ark skit was notable for mine in that including the telephone sanitizers turned out to be a bad move because after they left the earth was wiped out by a virus spread through telephone handsets. Adams had lots of little twists like that in the TV series.

        And you tell that to the kids of today and they will have no idea whatsoever what you are talking about.

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          I went out and purchased the fourth book of HHGTTG, So Long, And Thanks For All the Fish for one reason only, the cover, where it said

          Book Four of the Trilogy

          Tony.

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            Sambar

            The subtle humour that only those of a certain age can appreciate. Comedy when it was funny. Adams was pretty good at making you think about what he was thinking. Sometimes it took a couple of reads to get to the point where bingo, I’m with it

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        Hanrahan

        Was the “B” Ark you refer to the one on which they put the phone sanitisers?

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      Honk R Smith

      Is it interesting that pop culture warnings of environmental doom have been completely absorbed by the political structure …
      yet, the warnings of dystopian totalitarianism by Orwell, Huxley, and countless other Sci-Fi creators, are mostly ignored, or labeled conspiracy theories?

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    David Maddison

    Is this the scene you are referring to?

    Apparently it contains spoilers so be warned.

    https://youtu.be/GgdC23Shetk

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      Neville

      More laughable lunacy from Leonardo and others.
      But then again I suppose we shouldn’t be laughing at their contrived nonsense, because so many clueless lefties will take it seriously. And they’ll BELIEVE this message is somehow about their equally serious( ??? ) delusions of a climate crisis and EXISTENTIAL threats.

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    GlenM

    By RL Stevenson of course before Treasure Island.

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    RexAlan

    ‘Risk of further outages’: California warns of blackouts as another hot summer looms

    As a result they are postponing the shutdown of several gas power plants until 2023 plus Diablo Canyon nuclear plant.

    Maybe just maybe the energy penny is starting to drop, let’s hope so.

    https://www.sacbee.com/news/california/water-and-drought/article261179737.html

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    Ronin

    “We really had everything”.

    The human race before the CO2 farce became a thing.

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      David Maddison

      Yes. We reached peak Western Civilisation, the greatest civilisation the earth ever knew, about 3000 years in the making.

      I think the date of peak Western Civilisation was perhaps somewhere between the mid 1970’s and mid 80’s.

      It’s going down the drain rapidly now, at an exponentially increasing rate.

      Civilisations are very hard to build but very easy to destroy as the Left fully understand.

      The United States was their prize target and they are fully in control of that now. The end of the US is now near, and so it is for the rest of the West.

      I never thought I’d witness the deliberate destruction of the United States and Western Civilisation in general.

      Tragic.

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    Neville

    The King Island system is AGAIN generating most energy from the Diesel 60%, Wind 19%, Solar 1% and the clueless battery is still FLAT.
    Yet our silly elites BELIEVE we can power Australia with this idiocy and will strongly endorse the ALP’s Albo clowns and their Greens allies in a couple of weeks.

    https://www.hydro.com.au/clean-energy/hybrid-energy-solutions/success-stories/king-island

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      Ronin

      Yep, it and Flinders Island are in the Roaring 40’s, if it don’t work there it won’t work anywhere.

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        David Maddison

        Yes. If wind and solar could conceivably be useful anywhere, that would be the place.

        And it doesn’t even work there.

        The only possible saving might be a slight reduction of the cost of expensive diesel deliveries but any saving is unlikely to outweigh the true cost of the Green fantasy.

        No wonder Hydro Tasmania who run it refuse to release the financials.

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      Forrest Gardener

      That 1% solar is a dead giveaway of poor planning. Everybody knows you need additional solar panels at night. The way forward is clear 🙂

      Twenty years ago one of the locals told me that the giant propellers were an obvious failure because they had failed to move KI one inch closer to either Tassie or the mainland. He said then that they would need many more.

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      Simon

      24 knots gusting 34 at the moment so lack of wind is not the problem. http://www.bom.gov.au/tas/observations/tasall.shtml#KI

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        Forrest Gardener

        Talking of blowflies, here’s Simon!

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        b.nice

        yes, wind happens .. occasionally and erratically

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        24 knots gusting 34 at the moment so lack of wind is not the problem.

        Wow!

        So much wind in fact that wind generation is delivering a monumentally humungous 3640MW.

        Huge in fact.

        Why that’s a 41% Capacity Factor, eleven percent higher than the average.

        41%, not even remotely close to HALF its Nameplate.

        Supplying an immensely huge 14.4% of the total Demand of 25200MW.

        Oh it’s on the way back down now, and by Midnight, will be back around 1000MW or lower, a difference of 2600MW +, you know, the equivalent of FIVE 0f those totally unreliable (yeah, right!) coal fired Units.

        Tony.

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        Philip

        You’d better vacuum the floor then Simon while you have power.

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        b.nice

        SA is using some diesel again 🙂

        Plus gas, plus brown coal power from Vic

        Love that CO2 !

        It really is a state of make-believe, isn’t it. 🙂

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          David Maddison

          One normally only thinks of grid scale electricity produced by diesel in third world countries that haven’t yet progressed to large scale power generation by coal, gas, nuclear or hydro.

          But here we have it – in Australia.

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        b.nice

        LOL,

        SA is currently importing 3 times as much Brown coal power from Victoria than wind is producing

        Gas is producing 4 times what wind is producing

        Wind power in SA is total farce as an electricity supply.

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    Ronin

    Apart from Ron Perlman, it seems to be full of my least favourite actors. Pffft.

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    David Maddison

    So, why aren’t any “feminists” complaining about the assault on women’s bodies bodies by the covid vaccines?

    As Jo reported yesterday, the spike protein accumulates in ovaries, and elsewhere. Does it cause menstrual irregularities? Does it cause reduced or zero fertility in some cases? Does it cause possible genetic damage or alteration of the germ line?

    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8919838/

    According to our data analysis, approximately 50–60% of reproductive-age women who received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine reported menstrual cycle irregularities, regardless of the type of administered vaccine.

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      Ronin

      Just like transgenders in womens sports, they have been told to sit down and shaddup.

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      Forrest Gardener

      Why aren’t femininists complaining? Because they prefer softer targets and are spoiled for choice? Because they haven’t quite got the numbers to change a light bulb? Because all men are bastards?

      Seriously David, are you really trying to apply rational analysis to the woke mind?

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    MP

    Rebranding Scotty from the trading post.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5c_UO5PCklY

    Sums it up well.

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      Graeme No.3

      Scotty has passed his Use-by-Date. Unfortunately there doesn’t seem to be any other suitable choice.

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      Forrest Gardener

      Your on a slippery slope when you take any material from their ABC as anything other than propaganda against the cause of sense and reason.

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        MP

        Yeah, me and the ABC finally agree on something.

        SCOMO, you gotta go.

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          Forrest Gardener

          I understand MP. Scomo is a shocker and should never have been put into the position in the first place. And the skit was very smooth propaganda.

          Speaking of gotta go, I recall Magda Szubanski (sp?) doing a skit on Australia You’re Standing In It years ago where she explained to her friends the essence of the dismissal of the Whitlam government being the GG telling Whitlam you’ve gotta go coz you’re a dag and you’ve just gotta go.

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          el+gordo

          ‘SCOMO, you gotta go.’

          Hmmm … careful what you wish for.

          Let us jump to the chase, Labor gets in with the help of female Independents and the Nats split from the Coalition.

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            MP

            That’s exactly what I wish for.
            Everything that has happened, is happening, is his responsibility, everything.

            If independents get balance of power, Libs, Nats, Labor, Greens will all side together and continue to vote these Orwellian bills through and vote against the independents.
            Its one big party and we ain’t invited.

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              Hanrahan

              The question is: How often do we need to be told of your white hot hatred?

              I find it offensive.

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                MP

                aaaaaww sweetie, you offended.

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                yarpos

                not offended, just bored

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                MP

                No he wrote offended, cause his feelings are crushed.

                I just posted a comedy video, replied to comments.

                Funny nothing ever said about the very obvious Lib shills continually putting up propaganda, pro Liberal.

                Couple of weeks you will all be put out of your misery.

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                Hanrahan

                “Offended” doesn’t mean I’m crushed.

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              el+gordo

              ‘That’s exactly what I wish for.’

              So you are a closet Green.

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                MP

                How does your head work, because I am anti libs I’m a greens supporter?

                I differ from most here because I hold the government responsible for the decline of our country. Labor, Greens are not in charge and have not been for nearly 10 years, its all Liberal/National, everything. The rot started at the top and that’s Smirko.
                You vote for more of the same, you will get more of the same.

                They are all the same, time for a change.

                Put the sitting member last.

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                el+gordo

                Your argument would have more credibility if you said put the majors last.

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                MP

                Brain fog is a common side effect.
                As a vast majority of sitting members are majors, covered. The minority sitting, most voted for the Orwellian government mandates. covered.

                But your a locked in one party lifer and will follow the how to vote party card. That way you don’t have to think.

                Everything you have complained about for the last nine years is due to the government in power. The decline of our society is due to the government.
                except for a few short years the last 30 years have been Libs. So how have labor or greens been a driver in this decline?
                Putting the sitting member last does not mean flipping from one major to another, that’s only in your head. The fact you do not recognise this shows the state of your reality.

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                el+gordo

                The Coalition is composed of two parties, I’ll vote for Andrew Gee (Nats) and at least we’ll have a good member.

                Vote Majors Last.

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            Ian

            e+gordo you write

            “Let us jump to the chase, Labor gets in with the help of female Independents and the Nats split from the Coalition.”

            That would be my dream result.

            The Nat’s splitting from the Coalition would make it very difficult in the long term for either to get back into government and in the immediate aftermath of the election they would be too few in numbers to govern in their own right or to prevent Labor and the Independents forming a functional government. And, as the icing on that cake, ScoMo would be gone.

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              Ian

              Sorry that should read:

              el+gordo you write

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                el+gordo

                Labor will undoubtedly rule the roost for a decade.

                I’ll vote for a Nat, to have a clear conscience.

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                MP

                El loco, Its a lib/nat coalition, vote Nat is a vote for more of the same, a vote for smirko.

                Clear is one thing you are not, you are voting for smirko, so you can wash your hands and say you didn’t vote for smirko. Yeah real clear.

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                el+gordo

                I have never voted Liberal (major party), the Nationals are a minor party like the Greens.

                The Coalition could well split after the election, which will give you great joy.

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              b.nice

              Yep, we know you want to see Australia go down the gurgler.

              Remember.. you and your fellow leftists are starting on a much lower level, toes in already, and will be the first to hit the S-bend.

              Watch the howling and carrying on when the woke inner-city latte set start getting hit with recurring blackouts as coal is shut down.

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                Ian

                ‘Yep, we know you want to see Australia go down the gurgler.’

                Why would I want to shut Australia down? To cut of my nose to spite my face? Get real. Of course you and your fellow travellers don’t like to consider reality as you look on the shambleswe are currently thats to Morrison

                What’s the current budget deficit? How are relations with our chief trading partner? How’re the flooded residents of Ballina, Byron and Tweed feeling? Why did the hard right, pro-big business, anti-labour American political organisation rank Australia Australia’s global score on economic freedom to an all-time low?

                It is far from certain Morrison will lose but another term of his incompetence will bring Australia down on its knees.

                And when the woke inner-city latte set (to which I do not belong or have any allegiance) start getting hit with recurring blackouts as coal is shut down they won’t give a tinkers’ cuss as they are too important to both sides of government. to be impacted

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                Ian

                ‘Yep, we know you want to see Australia go down the gurgler.’

                Why would I want to shut Australia down? To cut of my nose to spite my face? Get real. Of course you and your fellow travellers don’t like to consider reality as you look on the shambleswe are currently thats to Morrison

                What’s the current budget deficit? How are relations with our chief trading partner? How’re the flooded residents of Ballina, Byron and Tweed feeling? Why did the hard right, pro-big business, anti-labour American political organisation rank Australia Australia’s global score on economic freedom to an all-time low?

                It is far from certain Morrison will lose but another term of his incompetence will bring Australia down on its knees.

                And when the woke inner-city latte set (to which I do not belong or have any allegiance) start getting hit with recurring blackouts as coal is shut down they won’t give a tinkers’ cuss as they are too important to both sides of government. to be impacted

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                el+gordo

                ‘ … they won’t give a tinkers’ cuss …’

                When they don’t have electrical power the cafe latte set will march in the streets against the government, whoever they are. Sri Lanka will be our future if we continue to eradicate base load power.

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                b.nice

                “‘Yep, we know you want to see Australia go down the gurgler.’”

                You are a far-left nothing person.. of course that’s what you want, society to be at your level.

                Otherwise you wouldn’t voting Lab/Green

                Even you aren’t dumb and naive enough not to see that they will destroy what remains of the country after the destruction wrought by Turnbull/Morrison wannabe leftist twins.

                Why go from bad to disastrous.

                But its what you want..

                And pretending you are anything but a woke virtue-seeking soy-latte.. you only fool yourself.

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                Hanrahan

                Otherwise you wouldn’t be voting Lab/Green

                Otherwise you wouldn’t be stuffing around with protest votes.

                Vote as if your life depends on it. Your lifeSTYLE does.

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                b.nice

                ” Why did the hard right, pro-big business, anti-labour American political organisation rank Australia Australia’s global score on economic freedom to an all-time low”

                Getting very incoherent, and blathering, yet again, Ian. !

                Anyone can see how far left the country has been dragged on basically everything, so of course it is going to be ranked low.

                That is what leftists do, drag everything to the bottom rung… so they have company.

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                b.nice

                Ian can’t even type his email address in the same each post.

                Very sad.

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                b.nice

                “stuffing around with protest votes”

                ??

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              b.nice

              “Labor and the Independents forming a functional government.”

              No, Labor and climate200 will never be able to form a “functioning” government.

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      Philip

      The Liberal party is in a sad state but the reality is it’s a choice between two, and I have to hope Albo isn’t the winner. He is the absolute worst candidate I have ever seen.

      So my complacency on who wins has to favour Scomo. I will not be voting primary for them in the lower house, but preferences have to. You’re primary vote gets $2.95 (if a party or something like that?) so I am not giving that to the climate coward Libs (or Nats here actually).

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        Hanrahan

        Voting for the “least worst” is legitimate.

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          another ian

          H

          I’m resigned that it seems to have become mandatory given that the selection seems to be vote for a “fuster” or “a monumental fuster”

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        b.nice

        No Libs in my seat, but a good Nats candidate.

        Thank goodness that slimy Fitzgibbon creature has gone, makes my skin crawl !

        UAP, ONP, Nats, others…and right at the bottom… Lab, Grn

        With ONP polling so close to the Nats last election, could be quite an interesting seat.

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          Hanrahan

          I live in Townsville but my postcode is attached to Mackay*. I will vote Nat but no way will an anti-coal party get up in Dawson so my vote will be a formality.

          * Mackay is the coastal gateway to the Bowen Basin coal fields.

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    another ian

    Latest Pointman

    “THE UKRAINE WAR – RUSSIA FINALLY RETALIATES.”

    https://thepointman.wordpress.com/2022/05/06/russia-finally-retaliates/

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    MP

    NZ is about to go under, don your life jackets and follow this mule to safety.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dVG3f3mSS0g

    2 mins of teeth and arm waving.

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    Say, who can remember Creedence Clearwater Revival? They say that if you remember the 60s/70s then you weren’t really there. I had their album Cosmos Factory.

    Well the other day, I heard John Fogerty had done an album of his own songs, only he recorded each of the songs with a different artist or band. It’s actually an album of his from 2013, and he titled the album Wrote A Song For Everyone, a clever play on the fact of different artists, and also a title for one of Creedence’s earlier albums Green River.

    The song I heard was the classic As Long As I Can See The Light, and it’s just a wonderful reworking of the song from 43 years earlier.

    And if you do remember the wonderful music from the 60s and 70’s then you just love a good guitar break, and on the original, John did that break with an electric piano and a sax, but the guitars sound much better.

    This song features John Fogerty and the American band My Morning Jacket.

    A really nice version of his own song, and he released the album on his 68th Birthday back in 2013.

    (Link) As Long As I Can See The Light

    Tony.

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    MP

    The great Senator Malcolm Roberts, 2 mins

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fA8da3s-9z4

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    MP

    Coming to a country near you. 2 mins.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F__r8YhSPRw

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    David Maddison

    Everything you needed to know about Biden’s controllers’ Ministry of Truth by AwakenWithJp.

    https://youtu.be/td58JaUL054

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    Neville

    More data on the reduction of global wildfires, using recent satellite data from NASA.
    About 25% reduction since 1998 and yet we never hear of this data in the MSM? I wonder why?
    Of course global wildfires have also shown a lower trend since the 19th century. But who cares?

    https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/images/90493/researchers-detect-a-global-drop-in-fires

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      Neville

      BTW we should also observe that 120 + years ago there were under 2 billion people , yet today we have about 6 billion more people and STILL less wildfires.
      How is this possible in the 21st century and we know that in Australia 40% of fires today are deliberately started by arsonists? THINK about it.

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    Tides of Mudgee

    This from One Nation’s newsletter:

    Victoria’s farmers and other property owners are targeted under provisions of a dangerous new Bill that was debated in the State Legislature this week.

    Called the Agriculture Legislation Amendment Bill 2022, the Bill has bipartisan support from both Labor and Liberal, despite the incredibly dangerous precedent it sets for state control over farmers’ property rights.

    It is all being done under the guise of ‘Biosecurity’.

    The ground has been prepared for months now by the mainstream media, who has run countless ‘scare’ stories around biosecurity threats – the dangers of which are all very real, but which the media never gave a damn about before.

    But what everyone in the media and government knows is that anything that pretends to address ‘biosecurity’ will be a sure-fire vote-winner in the regions.

    This Bill exploits this but it is a ‘Trojan Horse’, for another agenda altogether. One that is far less beneficial for farmers and one, I suspect, they may not be fully aware of.

    When you boil everything down, the State’s new Agriculture Bill basically gives the Government complete and unfettered control over all forms of food production in Victoria.

    It grants its agents enormous powers and allows them to show up and enter any farm in the State, without notice or warrant.

    Agents do not even have to provide identification to property owners if requested to do so. The Bill specifically removes that right.

    The government can take samples from your property, remove plants or livestock – even kill them.

    Other provisions include beekeepers now being forced to ‘register’, while the State’s bees are to be implanted with tiny microchips so they can be tracked.

    Market meat vendors must become ‘accredited’, something that involves huge upfront and ongoing costs as well total loss of autonomy and control.

    The Bill threatens the country’s food security, particularly when viewed in the context of global food shortages, which we are told are just around the corner.

    Anyone who thinks I’m exaggerating the danger here should take a look at yesterday’s news out of Northern Ireland.

    Sheep farmers have been told that a million sheep must be culled in order to meet the government’s internationally-set emissions target.

    There is also a massive concern around property rights overall, with the dangerous precedent set by the Bill, because there is nothing in the wording that restricts the new laws to farms.

    This means the government can also enter private homes, seize owners’ pets – even kill them – and destroy any vegetable gardens or domestic chickens it finds.

    Exactly as is happening right now in China.

    ToM

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      Ronin

      “Sheep farmers have been told that a million sheep must be culled in order to meet the government’s internationally-set emissions target.”

      It has got nothing to do with emissions, it’s the start of the culling.

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        Ronin

        The Watermelon Party in Australia have the banning of live exports high on their to do list as well.

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          Hanrahan

          Gillard’s ban has been deemed illegal and the gov [us] is liable for a billion in damages.

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            another ian

            One comment I got was “They haven’t finished paying off the last class action yet!”

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              Hanrahan

              Riding instructions for gov lawyers seem to be: Don’t tell me what I can’t do, tell me what I can.

              There is an attitude of “Write the law, we’ll defend it in the courts if someone finds the money to challenge”.

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      Ronin

      I wonder if their wonderful ‘bill’ covers a shotgun up the nose.

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      there is a lot more to this bill than has been discussed

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    Neville

    This is the Lancet graph showing typical hot and cold deaths from certain countries around the world. This 2015 data covered more than 73 million deaths and cold and moderate deaths were 7 to 10 times higher than moderate heat and extreme heat. Australia also showed the same results as all the other countries.

    Figure thumbnail gr2

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    Furiously+Curious

    If the conversation hasn’t started. If minds aren’t starting to switch on, he just comes with a bigger hammer. You gotta give him kudos for trying. “Wake up!” through the megaphone. He throws it so hard, even synapses in slug brains surely have to fire a little.
    7/05/2022 Tom MacDonald ‘The System’. All 3.17 of it.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OshNahVo9-c
    How long can it be allowed to stay up?

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    Ronin

    Fat Al Gore and David Blood started an ‘Environmental Sustainability Fund’, should be called Blood and Gore Inc, but instead they gave it some gay harmless name.

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    John Connor II

    Man who received landmark pig heart transplant died of pig virus

    The 57-year-old patient who survived two months after undergoing a landmark pig heart transplant died of a pig virus, his transplant surgeon announced last month.

    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/may/06/man-landmark-pig-heart-transplant-death-pig-virus

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      theotherross

      man kills pig, pig kills man

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      David Maddison

      That’s always been the concern for living xenografts. That’s the first time I think it’s happened though. I assume that the pig had genetically modified cell surface antigens so it wasn’t immediately rejected?

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    John Connor II

    ‘Equitable Speech’: The Swamp’s Replacement for Free Speech

    Legacy corporate media, in reply to his ostensible effort to restore free speech, the foundation of the US Constitution, called Musk a fascist “trying to control how people think.”

    MSNBC: Elon Musk ‘can actually control how people think. That’s our job.’

    Joy Reid and her POC Fonzie goon never actually get around to clarifying exactly what they’re calling for – not defining the standard is a key feature of “equitable speech,” as with “hatespeech” and other such vagaries, that enables arbitrary enforcement. But we can be sure it means something like:

    “Domestic terrorists, something something, Russia, something something, problematic disinformation, something something, marginalized communities, something something, Our Values©, something something, harm reduction, something something, diverse voices.”

    [Fill in the blanks with histrionic buzzword salad.]

    https://www.thedailybell.com/all-articles/news-analysis/equitable-speech-the-swamps-replacement-for-free-speech/

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    John Connor II

    Zelensky & World War III

    Our computer warned back in 2013 that Ukraine would be the place where World War III would begin. I warned that the ONLY way to prevent that was to split Ukraine based on the language.

    The East of that river was NEVER Ukrainian territory. It was assigned to Kyiv under the USSR for administrative purposes. Crimea was always Russian and was merely assigned to Kyiv in 1954 under the USSR. Nevertheless, we are to throw the entire world into war over this nonsense only because it serves the objectives of the Neocons and the World Economic Forum which cannot pull off this Great Reset without also overthrowing both the governments of Russia and China. Sorry to inform them that our computer has NEVER been wrong on geopolitical forecasts and it is written in stone, in the end, the West will lose to China, which has already stated that it is in a strategic partnership with Russia.

    https://www.armstrongeconomics.com/world-news/war/zelensky-world-war-iii/

    Now that Poland is moving to “erase” borders with Ukraine the bear is getting poked to the point of striking back HARD.
    If anything, a tactical nuke on Kyiv.
    Will NATO respond in kind is the question.

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    Sambar

    Hey Greg in NZ, so sorry to hear the bad news, your beautiful country is vanishing as scientist have discovered that sea levels are rising much faster than predicted in some areas. Auckland is under immediate threat with areas of indundation expected at such a fast rate mitigation will not be able to keep up. The only bright spot in the report was those loverly words “models predict” So keep safe and dry, I’m running a model that will give the answer that sea levels around Auckland are falling at an unprecedented rate. When the results come through Ill let you know where to snap up the new real estate

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    John Connor II

    US STRATCOM chief issues nuclear warning

    The head of America’s nuclear forces has sounded an alarm in Congress, suggesting that Washington’s ability to deter attacks by rivals may be lacking amid threats from Russia and a rapid buildup of China’s strategic weaponry.

    “We are facing crisis-deterrence dynamics right now that we have only seen a few times in our nation’s history,” US Strategic Command (STRATCOM) chief Admiral Charles Richard said on Wednesday in a Senate hearing.

    https://www.rt.com/news/555037-us-nuclear-chief-warns-deterrence-gap/

    Translation: our weaponry is as decrepit as our country’s infrastructure.

    With WW3 a high risk by 2024 the USA doesn’t have the development time they would need to compete with Russia’s advanced technology.
    It’ll end with a bang and a whimper for the USA I suspect.

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    John Connor II

    Lockdowns Expand in China; Geert Vanden Bossche’s Final, Dire Warning to the World

    https://thehighwire.com/videos/episode-266-geert-vanden-bossche-my-final-call/

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      Mark Allinson

      At the end of the interview Geert expresses his frustration at the “stupidity” and “stubbornness” of the medical and political authorities – I would prefer to call them malevolently intelligent, and dedicated to a destructive plan.

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    John Connor II

    Iceland: Stillbirths and Neonatal Deaths increased by 80% in 2021

    The rate of stillbirths in Iceland almost doubled compared with the average for 2011-2020 and first-year infant deaths more than doubled. Taken together there was an 82% increase, as reported by Icelandic daily Frettin based on new data from Statistics Iceland.

    “A study published in early 2021 purportedly proving vaccination to be safe for pregnant women turned out to be so poorly designed its conclusion was invalid and had to be corrected. This didn‘t prevent its findings from being used around the world to justify the vaccination of pregnant women

    https://dailyexpose.uk/2022/05/05/iceland-stillbirths-and-neonatal-deaths-increase/

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      yarpos

      Not a problem in Australia where our stats are two years behind. The medical establishment has its eyes fixed firmly on the rear view mirror.

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    another ian

    “Speed limiters could be fitted to all new cars under EU ruling”

    https://www.autoexpress.co.uk/news/354437/speed-limiters-could-be-fitted-all-new-cars-under-eu-ruling

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      wal1957

      This is stupidity.
      The article you pointed to suggests limiting available power. Anyone who has done even a limited amount of travel knows that power can and does get you out of trouble. This is another thought bubble that will have unintended consequences if put into practice.

      I finally was able to travel into NSW recently. Pluckachook deemed it was safe to allow me, (the unwashed) to travel.
      99% of motorists were travelling at the speed limit. I think we were all scared of those pesky speed cameras…road safety doncha know!
      However when you overtake you need to accelerate to pass safely. If someone is doing 95k how much distance are you going to need to pass safely without exceeding the speed limit? By my rough reckoning you would need to be in the overtaking lane a minimum of 20 seconds, possibly more.
      Therefore you would need a minimum of 330 metres to pass the vehicle. If the vehicle was a truck I think you would have to hope for an overtaking lane.

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        another ian

        Fully in keeping with reducing kettle power though

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        Len

        If you cannot pass at the speed limit, then you should not pass. It is an offence to pass a vehicle above the speed limit. The slow drivers are easy to pass at the speed limit.

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          Hanrahan

          You cannot SAFELY overtake a B double, let alone a road train, doing 80 kph at 100. My standard overtake speed would rise to 140. The sooner you are back on your own side of the road the safer.

          Modern cars have ALB, traction control and steel belted tyres and are very safe at speed.

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          another ian

          A friend’s driving report on his new earlier Landcruiser diesel –

          “If you want to pass someone doing 95 kmh you need a very long straight and a fair bit of courage”

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      Hanrahan

      I think Germany is trying to reduce Autobahn speeds but they have nothing in common with out regional roads.

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        Graeme#4

        Felt a lot safer driving on the very good Autobahns in Germany than I do driving in WA. Come to think about, I feel a lot safer driving anywhere than WA…

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    John Connor II

    Your passwords suck so hard that Google, Apple, & Microsoft are getting rid of them

    In a joint effort to combat cyberattacks and online frauds, Google, Apple, and Microsoft joined an alliance for the FIDO standard to bring the passwordless future closer to all of the devices that we use throughout the day. All three technology giants announced their commitment to expand support for a “common passwordless sign-in standard that is created by the FIDO Alliance and the World Wide Web Consortium.”

    The new login method will ask users to enter a PIN, and scan their fingerprint or face, much like how easily and effortlessly you can unlock a modern smartphone today.

    https://pocketnow.com/google-apple-microsoft-go-passwordless-fido

    The plebs using passwords of “password” and “abc123” will be happy.
    That type of password sucks harder than Pelosi. 😆
    Oh what a nice biometric database building rapidly…Schwab will be pleased.

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      Graeme#4

      There are three basic levels of personal security:
      What you have.
      What you know.
      What you are.
      So increasing our personal security by moving up a level isn’t a bad thing.

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    John Connor II

    Update: Increasing number of acute hepatitis cases in children in 20 countries

    Cases of acute hepatitis above have been reported in 20 countries and are common in children aged 1 month to 16 years.

    Earlier, the Indonesian Ministry of Health advised people to increase monitoring and vigilance for acute hepatitis in children after the country recorded 3 cases of suspected death from this disease. These three children presented with symptoms such as vomiting, severe diarrhea, fever, jaundice, convulsions, and loss of consciousness.

    https://scienceinfo.net/increasing-number-of-acute-hepatitis-cases-in-children-in-20-countries.html

    We know it’s viral but we don’t know the infection pathway and the “disease spectrum” for affected countries is dufferent so no common factor even though there looked to be one until recently.

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    R.B

    Amnesty have chosen, two weeks before an election, to harass the Federal Government for locking up 10 year olds in gaol. Pretty sure that no 10 year is locked up in Australia by state or territory police, at the moment.

    “Victoria Police and the police union have said they see no need to raise the age, arguing it is important for police to have options in serious cases and that 10-year-olds were not ending up in jail in Victoria.

    Children aged 10 and older can be imprisoned in every state and territory, a setting the council of attorneys-general started reviewing in late 2018 in response to concerns Australia lags behind many countries, with the most common age of criminality internationally being 14.”

    The Age

    it’s been a state or territory issue for years but Amnesty int feel it’s the right time to put out the ads. There have been case of 10 yo murdering for the fun of it. They get put in a home rather than prison as shown in the ads. Very misleading.

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      David Maddison

      Apparently there are a LOT of major food processing plants in the US that are mysteriously burning down or having other major malfunctions.

      Of course, the Leftists “fact” checkers claim that “there’s nothing to see here”…

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    John Connor II

    Victoria trying to grant chief health officer immunity for the past two years

    https://youtube.com/watch?v=H1v_RC3PGa0&feature=youtu.be

    The walls are closing in fast on these people and there’s nowhere to hide. 😷

    I wonder if Bunnings sell pitchforks and rope? Might pay to stockup. They’re going to be top sellers 😅

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      David Maddison

      It sounds like the politicians and public serpents are running scared. Good. But I hope the bill doesn’t pass. These people need to be held to account.

      It’s a sure sign of a collapsing and corrupt society when the Government renders itself immune to prosecution.

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      Safe and effective?
      https://twitter.com/TheNo1Waffler/status/1522271917696294912
      Bill Gates on Covid 19.

      “We didn’t understand that it’s a fairly low fatality rate & that it’s a disease mainly in the elderly, kind of like flu is, although a bit different than that.”

      [DUPLICATE]

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    John Connor II

    Chili peppers could be the secret ingredient for beating all forms of cancer

    Researchers at Marshall University say capsaicin — the substance which gives chili peppers their hot and spicy taste — can also keep multiple forms of cancer from growing.

    The biggest hurdle scientists have to overcome, however, is finding the best way of delivering capsaicin to patients.

    https://www.studyfinds.org/chili-peppers-beating-cancer/

    They need to harden the [email protected]@@ up and take it like we chiliheads do 😅😅

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    John Connor II

    US Court Orders Every ISP in the United States to Block Illegal Streaming Sites

    More than a decade after U.S. lawmakers scuttled the controversial SOPA legislation that would’ve required ISPs to block pirate sites, a US court has demonstrated that the ability to block sites has been available all along. Injunctions issued in response to lawsuits against three pirate streaming services require every ISP in the United States to prevent subscribers from accessing them.

    http://www.informationliberation.com/?id=63073

    “Whoopdy-do” says everyone, but…

    Not only that, these are examples of so-called ‘dynamic’ injunctions that are designed to adapt to any anti-blocking countermeasures the sites might deploy in the future.

    All three injunctions prevent any third-party company (including ISPs, webhosts, CDN providers, DNS providers, domain name companies, advertising services, financial institutions, payment processors, etc) from doing any business with the sites at their current domains or any new ones.

    All domains must be channeled to the landing page operated by the plaintiffs and all companies where the defendants hold accounts must be located and frozen.

    This is the thing. It can be applied to any website/forum/blog…that governments disapprove of. This will be the future (for all the good it’ll do them) as the western world spirals down.

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    b.nice

    best way of delivering capsaicin to patients.

    The police have it down pat.. used it lots in Melbourne over that last couple of years.

    Who knew they were doing it to cure cancer !!. 😉

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    yarpos

    I was reading a report that said all cause deaths were still running 20% above normal trends in the US. I wondered what was happening here.

    The ABS latest report for January is at https://www.abs.gov.au/statistics/health/causes-death/provisional-mortality-statistics/latest-release#content Interestingly it also indicates 20% ish above normal also. The point the finger of correlation with the Omicron wave but they make no statement about why deaths departed above the normal range around August/September and stayed there while Covid infections were flat.

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    another ian

    From an email


    “IF YOU CAN’T FIX IT WITH A HAMMER, YOU’VE GOT AN ELECTRICAL PROBLEM”

    WRITTEN BY A 21 YEAR OLD FEMALE

    Wow, this girl has a great plan! Love the last thing she would do the best.

    This is how she feels about the social welfare big government state, that she’s being forced to live in!

    These solutions are just common sense in her opinion.

    PUT ME IN CHARGE . . .

    Put me in charge of food stamps. No cash for smokes or cokes, just money for 50-pound bags of rice and beans, blocks of cheese and all the powdered milk you can haul away.

    If you want steak and frozen pizza, then get a job.

    Put me in charge of Medicare. Then, we’ll test you for drugs, alcohol, and nicotine.

    If you want to use drugs, alcohol, or smoke, then get a job.

    Put me in charge of government housing. Ever live in a military barracks?

    You will maintain our property in a clean and good state of repair. Your “home” will be subject to inspections any time and possessions will be inventoried.

    If you want a plasma TV or Xbox 360, then get a job and your own place.

    In addition, you will either present a check stub from a job each week or you will report to a “government” job.

    It may be cleaning the roadways of trash, painting and repairing public housing, whatever we find for you.

    We will sell your 22-inch rims and low profile tires and your blasting stereo and speakers and put that money toward the “common good.”

    Before you write that I’ve violated your rights, realize that all of the above is voluntary.

    If you want our money, accept our rules.

    Before you say that this would be “demeaning” and ruin your “self-esteem,” consider that it wasn’t that long ago that taking someone else’s money for doing absolutely nothing was demeaning and lowered self-esteem, also called stealing!

    If we are expected to pay for your mistakes, we should at least attempt to make you learn from your bad choices. The current system rewards you for continuing to make bad choices.

    I love this one….

    AND while you are on Gov’t subsistence, you no longer can VOTE! Yes, that is correct. For you to vote would be a conflict of interest. You will voluntarily remove yourself from voting while you are receiving a Gov’t welfare check.

    If you want to vote, then get a job.

    Now, if you have the guts – PASS THIS ON.

    Isn’t it weird that in AMERICA, AUSTRALIA & NZ our flags and our cultures offend so many people, but our benefits don’t? “

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      John Connor II

      Sounds a bit like a control freak commie who after a day of attending feminist protests goes home to a microwave dinner-for-one and her cat.
      Sign her up for Oz politics 😅

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      dadgervais

      A smart red-pilled awake (vs. “woke”) young woman.

      Each point on her list would actually serve to solve a problem as opposed to exacerbate it.

      It would all survive Supreme Court review under a sane interpretation of the U.S. Constitution.

      Leftist “solutions” always seem to increase (by design, no doubt) the problems they are supposed to solve, e.g.:

      Welfare moms can increase their subsidy by having more illegitimate kids (I can’t identify the father…, could have [not OF] been anyone of three guys that night, but I didn’t get their names).

      Sex education in schools was promised to reduce (unwed) teen pregnancy and STDs; how has that worked out?

      I went through elementary, jr-high, and high schools (1955-1967) and completed my first college degree before there was a (U.S.) federal department of education. Since that unconstitutional department was created, achievement test scores, in spite of dumb-ing down the tests, have fallen off a cliff as schools stopped educating and began indoctrinating.

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    John Connor II

    Elon Musk plans to FIRE 1,000 Twitter staff, quintuple revenue, get 69 million users paying $3 a month and cut reliance on advertising income

    Elon Musk plans to quintuple Twitter’s revenue to $26.4 billion by 2028
    In a pitch deck Musk claimed he would increase Twitter’s annual revenue to $26.4 billion by 2028, up from $5 billion last year
    Said he’d cut Twitter’s reliance on ads to less than 50% percent of revenue
    Musk plans to boost Twitter’s user numbers with services such as Twitter Blue
    Twitter Blue costs $3-a-month for users to customize their experience
    Musk expects 69 million users to be using Twitter Blue by 2025

    It’s believed he will fire many of the firm’s woke staff following the transfer of ownership which will take around six months, after which Musk is likely to wield the ax.

    But then within the next three years, Musk anticipates making thousands of new hires, swelling the ranks to around 11,000 employees, up from 7,500 currently.

    Much of the new talent is likely to be in the field of engineering.

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10791425/Elon-Musk-plans-fire-1-000-Twitter-staff-quintuple-revenue-69-million-users-paying-3-month.html

    I wonder what the WEF-loving greeny-left Tesla owners will do.
    An EV+free speech at $3/mo 😅😅

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    John Connor II

    When human life loses its meaning and value, euthanasia becomes just another cost-saving measure

    Since last year, Canadian law, in all its majesty, has allowed both the rich as well as the poor to kill themselves if they are too poor to continue living with dignity. In fact, the ever-generous Canadian state will even pay for their deaths. What it will not do is spend money to allow them to live instead of killing themselves.

    A woman in Ontario was forced into euthanasia because her housing benefits did not allow her to get better housing which didn’t aggravate her crippling allergies. Another disabled woman applied to die because she ‘simply cannot afford to keep on living’. Another sought euthanasia because Covid-related debt left her unable to pay for the treatment which kept her chronic pain bearable.

    https://bayourenaissanceman.blogspot.com/2022/05/when-human-life-loses-its-meaning-and.html

    What’s next? Suicide booths in malls at $40 a go?

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      yarpos

      Perhaps those against euthenasia will step up and fund solutions to these individuals misery?

      Bit like how abortion absolutists are always there for the next 18 years funding and supporting an unwanted child.

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        MP

        So teenagers on face book who don’t get enough likes should be allowed to top themselves with government assistance?

        Funding is already available for the unwanted kids and has been my entire life. All kids are funded to differing degree’s

        Take your own life, no problem with that, its suicide.

        The other is murder.

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      how sad
      when your life is at a point that you cannot stand the thought of waking to see the perils of another day l would put the decision into your hands on what you must endure or not after seeing if there is anything that l could do to help you in your situation
      if all you have left is chronic pain, crippling allergies or debt that stops you from having any good sort of life l think about what this world is coming too
      we wanted a better life for our children but that meant for our elderly as well

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      A million people arrived during the shutdown.

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    John Connor II

    The Saga of Sage Lily – a story of the trans movement and bureaucratic failure

    The following is the story of a 15 year old girl, Sage Lily. The author, her adopted mother (who happens to also be her grandmother), wants the world to know what is happening to vulnerable trans identified children like her daughter.

    https://pitt.substack.com/p/saga-of-sage

    All the articles and comments on the substack are well worth reading.
    People need to see this craze for what it is.

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      Dennis

      The Sydney City Council (that organises the yearly gay Mardi Gras) has announced that the historic Darlinghurst Police Station building will be a Museum for alphabet gender history.

      According to the most recent Census Australians identifying as other than male and female are a very small percentage of The Australian population.

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      David Maddison

      The Left heavily promote transgenderism but at the same time tell us there is no such thing as a male or female brain and indeed, no essential difference between males and females.

      So, according to Leftist ideology, why would one want or need to pretend to be the other sex/gender or whatever the Left want to call it?

      Just another example of the hypocrisy of the Left.

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      Ronin

      That’s a sad start to life, abused and taken advantage of by all and sundry.

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    Dennis

    I believe that most who read and post here are not Electric Vehicle fanatics, virtue signallers, so they should be amused by references from Weekend Australian newspaper Travel section; “Electric Dreams”.

    The author starts with: “Take the ultimate power trip in an EV”.

    She admits not so much to range anxiety but says charger (location) anxiety was an issue for her. However range as we would expect was an issue on her 500 kilometre trip, the Kona EV theoretical range is 480 Km, I added theorerical because that’s exactly what EV claimed ranges are. However, apparently the EV driver community have a new language that includes;

    ICEing – when a car with an internal combustion engine parks and blocks an EV charger.

    Coal Rolled – as in I was coal rolled. An ICEV driver deliberately (as we do) spewing exhaust fumes while overtaking.

    [I am guessing that overtaking was necessary because an EV driver was below the speed limit trying to conserve energy to reach the neatest charger?]

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      yarpos

      Going to Wangaratta the other day and passed an IONIC ev doing 95kmh on the 110kmh Hume Freeway. Eeking out range i guess.

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      Ronin

      “Power trip”, lol, that’s a laugh, more like a trip looking for power.

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      KP

      Heading off to a car rally in the sort of below-zero crisp white icy morning we get over the Blue Mountains in NSW, saw a local cleaning the ice off his Tesla’s windscreen, thought I should offer him a spare 20L jerry of diesel to light a fire under it and warm the battery enough for it to go….

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        Hanrahan

        How could you even HAVE an EV car rally? Almost by definition they are based in a country town where there are interesting roads to drive.

        How do small towns charge a fleet of EVs? The Gold Field Ashes would die as would the Dirt ‘N Dust Festival. How many EVs could they charge in Tamworth in a week?

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          KP

          Nah Hanrahan,you’re safe. The rally was all 98octane Evos & Subarus, then Datsuns & Escorts, about 50cars blasting the forests. I was in a raised, modified Patrol ute with an over-boosted dirty diesel carrying tools & doing service. We’re just seeing more & more Teslas here as the Sydney-siders move to the country.

          Suggesting EVs around rallyists is enough to get you lynched!

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      Hanrahan

      She admits not so much to range anxiety but says charger (location) anxiety was an issue for her. However range as we would expect was an issue on her 500 kilometre trip,……..

      Boring holiday having to pass up the opportunity to deviate to a scenic paradise because you don’t have the range.

      “Take the road less travelled” will be a thing of the past, little towns will wither away.

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        Hanrahan

        I was doing a day trip to Ingham, plenty of time, and picked up a couple of young Japanese hitchhiking to Jourama Falls. No way was there traffic to get them there and never have been there myself I took them.

        I knew the extra miles wouldn’t make life hard for me. But I was in a Falcon.

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    yarpos

    I like how cities in OZ like to play along with Earth Hour and the next month have festivals centred around light shows.

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    David Maddison

    Gosh, and not so long ago Leftists were telling thinking people this was all “fake news”….

    https://conservativefighters.co/news/fda-restricts-johnson-johnson-covid-shot-due-to-risk-of-blood-clots/

    Published 21 hours ago on May 5, 2022
    By Chief Editor

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced on Thursday that it would limit who can receive the Johnson & Johnson/Janssen Covid-19 shot due to the serious risk of blood clots.

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    Serp

    This Climate Zoo being mentioned everywhere, what animals does it house?

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    another ian

    For something different in propulsion

    https://youtu.be/k0V-ct_sdZs

    Via SDA

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    https://twitter.com/TheNo1Waffler/status/1522271917696294912
    Bill Gates on Covid 19.

    “We didn’t understand that it’s a fairly low fatality rate & that it’s a disease mainly in the elderly, kind of like flu is, although a bit different than that.”

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    I have wondered about the ludicrous signs popping up all over my rural residential area regarding “Farm Biosecurity”. It is alpaca and large mower territory here, and, other than visual pollution, thought it a swanky way of saying Private Property. Should have known there was an agenda. Yet another.

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