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    CHRIS

    Looks like Australia will be experiencing a “triple La Nina” for at least the next 12 months, plus a negative IOD until September. Seems to me that the ‘Modern Warming Period’ which has existed since the end of the LIA is coming to an end, just in time for the world to experience electricity supply shortages (should be an interesting 1-2 years ahead).

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      tonyb

      I am quite sure that our respective Expert classes will have formulated plans to cater for a prolonged cold period that are every bit as comprehensive as those for warming. I can’t see any links to such reports at present but I am very confident that our glorious leaders will have made suitable preparations

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      Ted1

      Make that three years to the next election.

      I see a rocky road ahead. No fun for anybody. A real good time to not be in government.

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      Ted1

      Make that three years to the next election.

      Will this new crisis see the new government retreat from its Global Warming program? Surely it must.

      Am I doubling up? My first comments disappeared.

      I WANNA CITROEN AMI.!!!

      Thanks, Tonyb. The way of the future.

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      jelly34

      We gave away electric cars(along with the Stanley Steamer)about a hundred years ago.Trust the greenies to drag up these electric cars and call them”new tech”And they call this progress????????

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      el+gordo

      ‘ … a “triple La Nina” for at least the next 12 months …’

      They are rare but not unprecedented, they turn up regularly. Triple dip La Ninas 1954-57, 1973-76, 1998-01 and the present combo..

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        Harves

        I am totally astounded!!!
        Surely at least a couple of the much-heralded climate models actually factor in El Niño and La Niña effects. I mean, these are regular events that significantly affect climates for multiple years. No?
        And if you claim you can predict the weather in 100 years wouldn’t a good test be the ability to predict it say 3 years or even one year in advance?

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          el+gordo

          A Royal Commission will come down harshly on them thinking CO2 is a temperature control knob.

          We know that ENSO is a complex system and solar influence is evident, but its not the whole picture.

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    tonyb

    A couple of months ago I linked to the intriguing new Electric Citroen Ami.. Prices have just been released at some £7600 or around 13500 Aus Dollars

    https://www.citroen.co.uk/models/future-models/ami.html?utm_source=amiryipricing&utm_medium=EML_BEX&utm_campaign=AC_UK_amiryipricing_vn_AMI_1CO2Q1_Launch_EML_BEX_C_TF&ddm1_psa_acuk=e3b0c44298fc1c149afbf4c8996fb92427ae41e4649b934ca495991b7852b855

    So, does it have a market? It is only 2 seater and has speed limitations. however it will undertake some 80% of everyday journeys which is to work or the shops. It is around a third of the price of the next cheapest electric car here in the Uk, (which is larger)

    However the Ami is cheap enough to be a second car. its competitors are much too expensive to suit that role unless you are wealthy. so therefore they need to be first cars in which respect they have huge drawbacks over cost, range, filling up, capacity etc.

    I can see the Teals in Melbourne and Sydney going for this. So, will it swim or sink without trace?

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      Ted1

      I haven’t seen the specs yet, but it sounds like a big step in the right direction. Even with an ICE.

      No more five star ANCAP ratings though.

      If it’s cheap it must have a small battery/short range. For some people that would be OK.

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      MrGrimNasty

      Given the pathetic range and top speed, the nearest competitor is a cheap £600 e-bike and some weather gear. I can’t see who would buy it.

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        Geoff Sherrington

        Grim,

        Have you not wondered why the SUV is a choice of vehicle, for the mums especially, so, so popular? Given its enormous bulk and weight and lack of feminine design characteristics? Not even available in pink? At a time when every available megaphone has been screaming existential crisis, must reduce CO2, must reduce petrol consumption?
        Seems to me that they could see large restrictions coming on future choices. I read about that Citroen and weep, because that is what women here and in USA were afraid they would be allocated, so so they bought up a big SUV to enjoy it before it is commanded for extinction.
        Well, it is a hypothesis. Geoff S

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      b.nice

      LOL.. that thing would get swallowed by the potholes in the roads around here. ! 🙂

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        Ted1

        The other end of that tale is that if it was the only vehicle using the road there wouldn’t be so many potholes.

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          Yonniestone

          So there’s going to be no more heavy vehicles on the road?, the AMI weighs from 600 to 700kgs hardly a moped or scooter weight, even if these were the only thing on the road I’d guarantee governments will use a lighter specification for road construction replicating the current breakdown rate.

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            KP

            “I’d guarantee governments will use a lighter specification for road construction replicating the current breakdown rate.”

            Absolutely correct! Roads are built to last one election cycle.

            My 1980s Corolla is under a ton, carries 4 or 5 people, hits over 160kph, & cost a lot less than $14k, so I don’t think I need an Ami. I figure they will just end up gathering dust in the back garages of the wealthy virtue-signallers, just like the semi-abandoned Prius’ no-one wants to drive anymore.

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              Deano

              And your old Corolla wasn’t made from rare-earth materials which, once used up, cannot be replaced.

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      b.nice

      Also, its a good thing they don’t go anything but slow.. Hitting a roo in that little cart would reduce it to scrap plastic. !

      Even hitting a possum would be rather “exciting”.

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        Ian

        “Also, its a good thing they don’t go anything but slow.. Hitting a roo in that little cart would reduce it to scrap plastic. !”

        The metropolitan areas of Australia, where it is probable most of these vehicles will be used, are fairly free of kangaroos so that hitting one is a remote prospect

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        Gary S

        They’re quite good at hitting one another, though.

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        Deano

        “Hitting a roo in that little cart would reduce it to scrap plastic. !”

        PLASTIC!! Don’t tell me those eco-greenie-mobiles use evil plastic made from that horrid oil stuff? Lets hope it’s biodegradable plastic that breaks down in sunlight in 6 months. Ideal for Aussie conditions.

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      OldOzzie

      So, does it have a market? It is only 2 seater and has speed limitations

      Son’s Mate in Monaco has 2 Citroen Ami’s for his kids rather than have them, at age 14 riding low powered bikes and has found he also uses them to go shopping – son posted video of he and his mate in Citroen Ami going around Monaco F1 Circuit – slowly uphill

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      Graeme No.3

      tonyb:
      You miss one aspect. A few years ago a journalist noted the numerous large SUV’s in an affluent area of Sydney and christened them DOUBLE BAY** TAXIS. He disputed the need for them for a trip to the hairdresser and the parking space they took up.
      Then another journalist reported a car dealer told him that in certain suburbs the main influence for an SUV as a second car to drop the kids at school was the mothers, who knew nothing about cars but wanted the biggest one.
      The phrase that comes to mind is CONSPICUOUS CONSUMPTION.

      **Double Bay (or Double Pay as my spelling checker noted) is a very expensive housing suburb and prime territory for TEAL Green voters.

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      Mantaray Yunupingu

      Citroen has nailed the market segment they’ve long dreamed of nailing; ignorant boofheads who’ve never heard of the sport of Golf, and ignorant boofheads with lotsa dough to squander….Huh?…

      Here’s a US golfing website…

      “Over the duration we have been in this golf industry, we have come across many questions about the extent to which
      golf carts can go. You are justified to question that since golf carts are not meant to work as regular motor vehicles.”….

      “…electric golf carts have a high speed of up to 25 miles per hour (mph)…..Electric golf carts are convenient on short trips of between 30 to 40 miles. They are primarily utilized when visiting a grocery, a restaurant, or a nearby town. Furthermore, they are street legal.”

      OK, so after years of hard slog, Citroen has come up with a vehicle with the same speed and range as millions of 2-seater golf carts that’ve been going around for decades? But for twice the price, since they are enclosed? That’s it? That’s really it?

      As was once said by Jack Nicholson in some flick or other; “please tell me you have something more, tonyb!”.

      BTW: I’ll be back home in about two weeks, and thought the following might help Tonyb…and Citroen…get some kinda clue why Qld is truly the “Smart State’!…https://youtu.be/BV_cbamoc4k

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        b.nice

        Link seems to take you to Hamilton Island

        “Power is supplied to the island via a 22km, 10MW power cable which supplies power to Mt. Roper, Stoney Beach, Long Island and Hamilton Island.”

        As for Citroen similars… if you do a google for “enclosed mobility scooters”.. plenty on offer !

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        Ian

        Thanks so much for that link as it has really helped me in my current predicament. I soon will have to give up driving for medical reasons which isn’t too much of a hardship as my wife does most of the driving. However I like to go to the gym 5 days a week this is 3K away and too far to walk especially after 1.5 hours on cardio and weights and one of these vehicles looks like just the go.

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        KP

        Nice! Comes with its own garage!

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    Richard+Ilfeld

    For some people in my neighborhood a golf cart is OK. What’s not ok is the government making it the only choice for the wrong reasons, plus if the government made the golf carts you’d have to have two big dogs to pull one. One of the great “unsaids” about electric vehicles of all types, at least here in the states, is the one has a convenient overnight charging cycle at one’s domicile; in practice two thirds of our domiciles can’t manage that and the joy of finding and using public charging, and present charge rates and costs, detracts considerably from the “Great Transition” experience. The fact a standard outlet charger overnight only gives you a partial charge is also a fun fact for new owners; and that new 80 AMP service outlet can be a real fun experience (or even unobtainable).

    Many luxury goods have made their way to everyday usage, and electric vehicles as they evolve will find a place in the market. But it will have to be a place acceptable to millions of drivers who have very many choices, which have, over the years, gotten better in many ways. Worse choices may not be well received.

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      Ted1

      It’s going to be fun to watch. Qualified people have declared that it’s impossible to meet the program, and that is how I see it too.

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        yarpos

        There seem to be many targets/deadlines hanging out there at the moment with absolutely nothing supporting them. I guess like all the other grandiose or doomster predictions they will just wither away and stop being talked about.

        The very simple question of “how” was posed here a couple of days ago in regard to Labors RE promises. It cant and wont happen, and will fade away or get papered over with “perfect storm” excuses.

        We had a group in Northern Vic that was going to achieve “energy sovereignty” by 2023!! when I asked how, do you have plan or key milestones i was being negative apparently. I noticed the other day that the 2023 reference has dissappeared.

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          Deano

          “I guess like all the other grandiose or doomster predictions they will just wither away and stop being talked about.”

          like ‘Earth Day’. I just realised April was last month and I don’t think I heard a peep about it this year.

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      Chad

      Richard+Ilfeld
      May 28, 2022 at 3:26 am · ……. . The fact a standard outlet charger overnight only gives you a partial charge is also a fun fact for new owners;

      Most domestic systems have a 220v, 10amp outlet as standard….( Uk its 240v , 15 amp)
      So, 2+ kW charge rate is readily available, which could give 20-24 kWh recharge overnight…
      That is enough for 100 miles (150 km) in most EVs…. ( and would fully recharge that Ami in less than 3 hours.
      Most commuters etc only drive 30- 50 km per day. !

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        Richard+Ilfeld

        US its 110V/220V. A typical appliance circuit is 220V/30 or 40 Amps, splitting a switch box, but also already powering something in the home.
        110 V @ 15 Amps essentially half charges a Volt, our bottom of market vehicle.
        US travel Distances are typically farther that UK (I’m guessing), and in many parts of the country one needs to add heat/AC loads while driving. Vast parts of the US culture were built around commuting on limited access highway nodes; as its time not distance 12-20 miles exit to exit is not unusual; in more rural areas distances are significant. Fun fact; the US averages a little over 40 car miles per person per day; over 50 if you only include drivers and children of drivers. Added to ordinary range anxiety is fear of being caught in a jam with the needle at 1/8. The Real cost of ownership equation is sort of a black hole, too; can you predict electric rates over the life of a car loan? Or battery replacement vs. a valve job? There is clearly a market, especially for second vehicles where the virtues may outweigh the issues, but the struggle to get serious market penetration even with generous subsidies has been real.

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          Chad

          So it is no problem to have a 240v 15+ amp (3kW domestic charger supply ?
          Why would that not fully recharge a 16 kWh pack ?
          The 40-50 mile daily average would be no issue.,…( 4 hour charge !),
          …and remember half the drivers are under that distance….school runs, shopping etc… 2nd car type use in urban areas.
          Ideal situation for EVs.

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    My latest educational piece, on the carbon cycle:
    https://www.cfact.org/2022/05/22/why-we-eat-and-breathe/

    I have seen a popular lesson plan on the carbon cycle that does not mention carbon dioxide. Lying about science personified.

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      Kalm Keith

      Brilliant.

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      Sambar

      Beautifully put David. Your piece is so simple to understand that even my local shire councillors may be able to comprehend.

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      Honk R Smith

      Seems to me very sinister, as in a dark side of the Force kinda way, that they’ve been able ‘demonize’ carbon.
      Done the same thing to free speech.
      And freedom.
      They’re close to achieving Kool-Aid Konsensus.

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      Chris

      Excellent David. I can add a tit bit for you. Ward and Brownlee , an astrobiologist and a geologist wrote a book called ‘Rare Earth ‘ published 2004; explaining ‘Why complex life is Uncommon in the Universe’. They explained that without CO2 in the atmosphere our temperature would drop 40 degrees C. Not only would there be no life but our water planet would be frozen.

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        Kalm Keith

        Is that a joke.
        Surely they meant, without the Sun.

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        Graeme No.3

        Chris:
        What about the Proterozoic Age when the level of carbon dioxide was high, far higher than at present?
        Yet that was the time of The Snowball Earth.
        And the end Ordovician when there was an ice age despite CO2 being over 3,000 p.p.m.?
        (Although you might argue this was due to the solar system travelling around the Milky Way).

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      David-of-Cooyal-in-Oz

      G’day David,
      Like it.
      But I do have a problem with this par, which is a bit shorthand:

      ” The plants basically eat the carbon dioxide and water, while breathing in the oxygen. When the organic molecules combine with the oxygen to produce energy, the byproduct is carbon dioxide and water, which is then exhaled. We are back where we started so this completes the cycle. Carbon dioxide + water –> life –> carbon dioxide + water. ”

      In particular, I would replace “… while breathing in the oxygen.” with “… while producing oxygen as a by product, the same oxygen that we breath in. Animals then eat plants…”.

      Cheers
      Dave B

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    Kalm Keith

    The last two years has been an education in how extremely vulnerable we are.

    In America Trumps revival of the country was going well and it was seen and appreciated by the people; but not the swamp.

    The U.S. in just two years has been reduced to an unbelievable mess and across in Britain and the EEU the attempt by some Britons to restore their country’s sovereignty from the dreaded clutches of bruxelles is incomplete.

    Brexit gave a glimmer of hope, the current push to illuminate the reality of the Jan 6 “insurrection” likewise, but the memory of the BLM rampage still hangs in the air and society seems to be in serious danger.

    All too frequent mass shootings point to serious mental health issues in this modern woke world.

    As if the U.N. and WHO weren’t enough of a threat we now have our Pre Prime Minister, Albanese, rushing off for a well earned break in Davos. But don’t worry; penny will deal with the Chinese.

    Meanwhile, back in Australia, our education system after a two year sabbatical is now trying to repair the damage to our children, at least those who can still stand after the VaXXines.

    Parents whose businesses have been deliberately smashed by the WEF WHO U.N. DAVOS worshippers are no doubt very uncertain about the future as am I after working and saving so long only to find myself in chains and on the precipice looking down on the swamp that waits to receive me.

    Giving up is not an option but I’m a bit unsure of what I should be doing to fix this mess.

    KK

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      PeterS

      Good summary of the situation. As for the solution, we had our chance at the recent election but we as a nation stuffed up big time. Instead of shifting to the right (so to speak) we shifted further to the left. So, we either have to wait another say 3 years to try again, or we write to our local MPs en mass. I’ve been doing it for years but small numbers don’t carry much weight. We all need to get involved, and I don’t just mean us here. Much of Australia needs to get off their behinds and do it. Such an approach might achieve something but given the ALP+Greens are so stubborn I doubt it will work. It’s worth a try though. Other possible solutions? Pain, and lots of it. So much so the people will have no choice but to wake up. That unfortunately will take a long time to unfold, time we don’t really have. I do have a good idea how it will actually all pan out and it’s not good for many people, and I know I will be proven correct but I don’t say it because I like to boast about it. I say it because it’s the reality. One just has to open their eyes to see what’s happening around the world. Most people don’t and prefer to shut their eyes because they fear reality and instead prefer to dream of a better future for mankind through technological advancements, which if anyone has half a brain would realise it’s actually going the other way and making our lives more Orwellian by the very same people we all talk about and want to remove from office but as a nation of people we fail to do so. Is it any wonder why we are in such a mess and it keeps getting worse and worse? Not really. Still, we must soldier on and do whatever we can to try and stop it even though deep down some of us already know it can’t be stopped by us but it will be stopped by a higher power. That’s why I am actually optimistic on the long run. We just have to suffer a lot of pain though in the process. Be patient, all will be fixed but not by us.

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        Mike Jonas

        My perception is that we couldn’t shift to the right at the last election because there was no such choice on the ticket. Best to sweep the last lot out of power and keep doing it every election until a party gets a spine. The power of democracy is not about putting a party in, it’s about removing a party from power.

        The perception is that if Anthony Albanese gets the 76 seats he can pass legislation without having to negotiate with greens and teals. While I certainly do hope that he gets the 76, I suspect that even with 75 he can totally ignore the greens and teals anyway. I cannot see any serious possibility that he won’t be supported by the others on any issue where he is opposed by greens and teals. The next three years may turn out to be Labor and the rest running things while steam rises from green and teal ears. Wouldn’t that be nice. Anthony Albanese has a wonderful opportunity to be a great prime minister. I hope he takes it.

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        el+gordo

        ‘ … it will be stopped by a higher power. That’s why I am actually optimistic on the long run.’

        Me too, the galactic brotherhood is keeping a close eye on proceedings.

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        Glenn

        PeterS, I wrote to Scott Morrison two years ago warning him that follwing the climate change lunatics would be his undoing. He actually replied and told me I was wrong. I wrote to Peter Dutton two days ago, and advised him I will no longer be voting for any political party that utters the two words ” climate change ” in any sentence, political advert or policy.

        I doubt I am using my time wisely, but you have to try.

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      Sambar

      “But don’t worry; penny will deal with the Chinese.”

      For your amusement, KK. The Chinese are currently doing a charm offensive in the Pacific region trying to win the hearts and minds of the island nations by offering huge bribes like infrastructure builds, trade agreements and defence arrangements. The Solomons have already taken up this offer.
      Australias Penny Wong is currently touring the same region offering bribes in the form of more foreign aid moneys and a promise to do “more” about the climate and thus save these islands from drowning in sea level rise.
      Now I find this a little oxymoronic. The worlds biggest by far producer of CO2 is saving islands by giving them stuff that will create more of the dreaded gas, Australias response is to tell these island nations we will cut down our miniscule CO2 production and thus they will be saved. ( oh and here is a brown paper bag full of something)

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        el+gordo

        Beijing is rolling out the Belt and Road through the western Pacific, they come in peace, promising state of the art cyclone shelters to appease the weather gods.

        Dutton did his stint in Defence and is hawkish on these matters.

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        Furiously+Curious

        It’s more likely the ‘large bribes’ go straight into politician’s pockets.

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          el+gordo

          That is true, it has been going on for years, both Taiwan and China have been offering bribes to politicians.

          Beijing is mainly interested in picking up sovereign states to cut off ties with Taiwan.

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            KP

            ” both Taiwan and China have been offering bribes to politicians.”

            ..as has Australia, having been caught red-handed in Indonesia I think it was.. Standard methods of getting politician’s attention, a bit like spying on your neighbouring country’s politicians too.

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          Ian George

          So true. They will play us for more money then do as they please. Let’s go for the jugular – tell them we will not accept any of them as CC refugees if they play us over China – they can go there instead.

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    William Astley

    The Calcium paradox is that those people who take calcium supplements, hoping to treat an epidemic of osteoporosis in the general population, do not increase bone mass/density and suffer from more heart attacks. This is obvious evidence of multiple deficiencies in the general population.

    There appears to be a Vit K2 scandal/conspiracy in addition to a Vit D scandal/conspiracy. When there is more than one deficiency, single variable double blind tests by prejudice researchers will not ‘find’ the solution.

    Based on peer reviewed studies and what is now know about the human biochemistry/biology, the recommend maximum Vit D supplement, 400 IU/day used by Canada, US, UK, Australia, Germany, and so on, is too low by a factor of more than 10.

    Correcting the Vit D deficiency (getting the body to a state where cellular biochemical production in the human body is not limited by circulating free Vit D or by deficiency of magnesium, requires daily Vit D supplements of 5000 IU/day to 10,000 IU/day depending on body weight and requires magnesium, calcium, and Vit K2 supplements to enable the systems to work.

    Cellular biochemical production requires free Vit D to access the more than 1000 genes in the cells that are activated by Vit D. Everyone of our cells has a copy of our DNA it it. The cells need free Vit D which they activate in the cell to access the 1000 genes which are known to be activated by Vit D in the cells, to produce the appropriate biochemical to protect the cell and organ the cell is part of.

    The is a link to a review Vit D presentation complete with thoughtful questions and answers by Dr. Bruce Hollis. Hollis did the origin research to get US NIH approval for Vit D supplements studies in the US, of greater than 1000 IU/day and is on the committee that approves every ‘high’ Vit D study in the US and reviews the study results.

    Hollis explains in the presentation why: Vit D must be taken daily to stop cancer, stop viruses, stop calcification of blood vessels, stop kidney damage, and so on. Weekly, biweekly, or monthly dosages of Vit D, does not stop cancer, viruses, and so on. Researchers are getting funding, from the US NIH, to run Vit D studies that will fail, for fundamental biological/biochemical reasons, because the Vit D dosage is not daily.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FbheaULwRAk&list=PLSG5Oz8_zGOos48odfoR7BZhG4Tkoha-o&index=2

    The recommended daily supplement of Vit K2 is 130 mcg/day which is also too low by a factor of about eight. When the Vit D deficiency is corrected every cell in the body that is under attack starts to produce biochemicals to solve the problems such as the start of cancer, the calcium build up in blood vessels, kidney problems, liver problems, brain problems, heart problems, stop virus attacks, and so on. When Vit D is not limiting, smooth muscle cells in our blood vessels produces more MGP proteins which requires roughly 1000 mcg/day of Vit K2 to activate based on laboratory tests.

    The protein MGP is not active (cannot remove the calcium) without Vit K2. Unfortunately, the Vitamin K2 is not available from our diet and must be taken as a supplement.

    “Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC-Heidelberg) with 23 980 participants concluded that participants regularly taking a calcium supplement had a risk for heart attack that was 86% higher than that for participants not taking a supplement. 5 The effect was even more pronounced when no supplements other than calcium were taken; the risk of heart attack more than doubled in those cases.”

    “Osteoblasts produce osteocalcin, which helps take calcium from the blood circulation and bind it to the bone matrix. In part, osteocalcin influences bone mineralization through its ability to bind to the mineral component of bone, hydroxyapatite, 14 which in turn makes the skeleton stronger and less susceptible to fracture. The newly made osteocalcin, however, is inactive, and it needs vitamin K2 to become fully activated and bind calcium.15

    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4566462/
    Proper Calcium Use: Vitamin K2 as a Promoter of Bone and Cardiovascular Health

    In particular, Vit K2 deficiency seems to be responsible of the so-called “calcium paradox” phenomenon, characterized by low calcium deposition in the bone and its accumulation in the vessel wall.”

    “Osteocalcin, matrix Gla protein (MGP), and possibly Gla-rich protein are all inhibitors of soft-tissue calcification and need vitamin K–dependent carboxylation for activity.

    A common characteristic is their low molecular weight, and it has been postulated that their small size is essential for calcification inhibition within tissues. MGP is synthesized by vascular smooth muscle cells and is the most important inhibitor of arterial mineralization currently known.”

    Remarkably, the extrahepatic Gla proteins mentioned are only partly carboxylated (William: 70% of the Gla proteins produced by Vit D deficient people in the general population) in the healthy (William: The general population is not healthy) adult population, suggesting vitamin K insufficiency.”

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      Hanrahan

      Osteoporosis is an underrated scourge. My wife’s family seem to have suffered from it more than usual but none take supplements AFAIK.

      I mention Vit D and get dismissed – Their Doc gives them a drug that slows reabsorption of calcium from the bone. But that is DEAD bone which has no more strength than chalk.

      Wife’s GP gave her a prescription for it so I checked it out, it is quite dangerous and can cause osteonecrosis, often in the jaw.

      Thank you Dr Google.

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      Fran

      Another contributor to osteoporosis is lack of estrogen. In women the source of the lack is obvious. In men, testosterone is converted to estrogen in bone, so falling testosterone predisposes men to osteoporosis.

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        William Astley

        The central issue, the reason for the health system mumbo jumbo and problems that are never solved, is the control of the allowed research, the control of the health agencies, and the control of the journals, is done to maximize profit for the companies that make the chemicals and run the hospitals. Estrogen replacement caused a significant increase in dementia, urinary incontinence, strokes, blood clots, and heart attacks. All of the past studies have been done with patients who have three or more untreated severe deficiencies to find manmade chemicals to sell to people, not to solve the calcium paradox. Many/almost all manmade chemicals which are foreign to the body cause serious side effects (see link on problems with estrogen replacement therapy.

        The biological/biochemical reason the people are suffering from osteoporosis, dementia, cancer, and so on is that they are Vit D, Vit K, magnesium deficient, and calcium deficient. It is ironic/puzzling that correcting all four deficiencies enables the body to fix the problems without side effects. The changes are remarkable and happen rapidly due to the removal of calcium build up in the small blood vessels. Feels like a little miracle.

        The calcium that builds up in our blood vessels (particularly small blood vessels on the top of the head and in the skin) causes most of the symptoms of old age: Such as our hair falling out and looking as if it is dying due to a lack of blood flow; same problem with the skin; the cold hands and feet. The correction of the calcium build is in addition, to preventing cancer, diabetes, and so on. When the deficiencies are corrected, the body, week by week, removes the decades of calcium that has accumulated in the small blood vessels. The hands and feet warm up and the change occurs in weeks. The skin looks younger. The internal muscles strengthen which causes the curve in the spine to return and fixes the balance problems. The patient looks and feels decades younger.

        The required Vit K2 supplement dosage to reach saturation is only 1000 mcg/day which is 1 mg/day. There is no known toxicity risk for Vit K2 supplements. The required Vit D dosage to reach saturation is around 6000 to 8000 IU/day for people who are not obese. There is no known risk of toxicity for Vit D supplements of less than 10,000 IU/day. The Vit K2 discovery is the breakthrough that solves the calcium paradox, enabling safe and effective calcium supplements and curing the calcium build up in the body.

        https://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/causes-prevention/risk/hormones/mht-fact-sheet#:~:text=Among%20women%20age%2065%20and,attack%20(1%2C%202).

        • Hip and vertebral fractures. Women who took estrogen alone or estrogen plus progestin had a lower risk of hip and vertebral fractures than women who took placebo (1, 2). In both cases the benefit disappeared after the women were no longer taking hormone therapy (3, 4).
        • Vaginal bleeding. Women who took estrogen plus progestin had more vaginal bleeding that required assessment by endometrial biopsy than women who took placebo (5).
        • Urinary incontinence. Women who took estrogen alone or estrogen plus progestin had an increased risk of urinary incontinence (1, 6).
        • Dementia. Among women age 65 and older, those who took estrogen alone or estrogen plus progestin had an increased risk of developing dementia (7, 8).
        • Stroke, blood clots, and heart attack. Women who took either combined hormone therapy or estrogen alone had an increased risk

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        William Astley

        It is interesting that 80% to 90% of the US population have the start of atherosclerosis in there early 30s (see the Medical Industry treatment guide for Atherosclerosis and the use of statins).

        This is a link to the Vit K2 paper that provided the theoretical dosage (1 mg/day =1000 mcg/day) of Vit K2 which is required to ensure that the calcium removing protein the blood vessels produce to remove calcium deposits, matrix GLA protein (MGP), is activated. The protein matrix MGP does not work without circulating Vit K2. There is no known Vit K2 toxicity.

        “The function of MGP was dramatically revealed by gene deletion experiments in mice which showed that it inhibits calcification in cartilage and, unexpectedly, in arteries. Mice lacking MGP are normal at birth but develop severe arterial calcification and die at 2 months of age, largely from aortic rupture. Abnormal calcification in cartilage, leading to osteopenia and fractures, is also observed [81].”

        The physiology of vitamin K nutriture and vitamin K-dependent protein function in atherosclerosis

        https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/j.1538-7836.2004.00968.x

        “Recent studies show that a much higher phylloquinone (William: chemical name for Vit K2) intake, i.e. 1 mg day, is required to achieve full carboxylation [121]. It is important to note that the assays are performed on circulating osteocalcin, and whether the carboxylation status of this fraction accurately reflects that of osteocalcin in the extracellular matrix of bone is an open issue.”

        “Matrix Gla protein (MGP) is also found in extracellular bone matrix. However, unlike osteocalcin, MGP is also synthesized in many soft tissues, with the highest levels of expression in heart, lung, kidney and cartilage [80].”

        “The function of MGP was dramatically revealed by gene deletion experiments in mice which showed that it inhibits calcification in cartilage and, unexpectedly, in arteries. Mice lacking MGP are normal at birth but develop severe arterial calcification and die at 2 months of age, largely from aortic rupture. Abnormal calcification in cartilage, leading to osteopenia and fractures, is also observed [81].”

        Prevention and Treatment of Atherosclerosis: A Practitioner’s Guide for 2008

        “By the time young adults reach their 30s, some degree of atherosclerosis has developed in 80% to 90% of young men and women in the United States.3”

        “Atherosclerosis is the natural outcome of a lifetime of atherogenic risk, including high cholesterol levels, defined as total cholesterol levels 200 mg/dL (1 mg/dL 0.02586 mmol/L).6”

        “Issues of liver safety remain a major concern for ….patients.

        The National Lipid Association (NLA) ….concluded that the most important issue related to statins and the liver was not whether increases …. 3 times upper limit of normal [ULN]) were seen in 1% of patients on starting or intermediate doses and in 2% to 3% of those on 80 mg 37 ), but whether they cause serious liver dysfunction or failure.”

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    another ian

    “What Would We Do Without Peer Review?”

    “I am, therefore, resigning from all my editorial roles.”

    Link at

    http://www.smalldeadanimals.com/2022/05/27/what-would-we-do-without-peer-review-16/

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      Fran

      It is not just reviewing that is a problem: too many readers of the “literature” never read anything except abstracts. Abstracts are not infrequently contradicted by the body of the paper.

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    OldOzzie

    Modern Worries in Today’s World

    Tracking China’s Hypersonic Missiles – After Moscow, Beijing Threatens To Neutralize America’s ‘Greatest Wartime Asset’

    Chinese military researchers are reportedly working on methods to disrupt or eliminate SpaceX’s Starlink satellites if they threaten national security.

    The study states: “A combination of soft and hard kill methods should be adopted to make some Starlink satellites lose their functions and destroy the constellation’s operating system.”

    The US Department of Defense has also inked a deal with SpaceX to use the Starlink platform for military purposes. This agreement includes creating sensors for tracking hypersonic missiles, which China already has in its arsenal.

    As a result, China is concerned about the security threats that SpaceX could pose to its national security, as EurAsian Times had earlier reported.

    [edit for length. See link for full text. – LVA]

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    OldOzzie

    My Wife called me in to watch a article about this on news last night – Anyone Tried or Heard of use of this?

    O2Vent by Oventus Medical can improve the lives of millions of people. They’ll sleep better at night and feel more awake during the day.

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    RossP

    I only caught the very end of a piece on Sky News last night about the ultra wealthy young Aussie IT guy who appears to have bought a chunk of AGL and now wants 2 board seats. Is this his first in his plan to get a couple, at least of the NSW coal fired power stations closed down?
    Did anyone catch the full story?

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      yarpos

      Cannon Brooks has been stomping around AGL for a while now. Apparently made wealthy via a software company makes you expert in many other fields. As you have the money and time on your hands it becomes necessary to “save the planet” to feel good about yourself. So to salve an ego NSW will become the crash test dummy for another “RE” disaster, unless the other board members have spine I guess.

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    OldOzzie

    The Photo you didn’t see of Meghan Markle

    Action! Meghan Markle & Netflix need content.

    Saturday, 28 May 2022

    Thank you Bagman.

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      OldOzzie

      Meghan Markle’s Uvalde Appearance Was Another ‘All About Me’ Moment

      On Thursday, The Princess of ME, Meghan Markle appeared in Uvalde toting a bouquet of flowers her personal assistant handed her, and proceeded to make Uvalde about her. Sure, she didn’t verbally grandstand like Beto O’Rouke, but the only reason she was in Texas was to make it about Meghan Markle and her massive ego. She was there to place her product on public display.

      The product is Meghan Markle. She was there to be seen. Markle has no connecting to Texas, let alone Uvalde.

      I couldn’t help but note other stories related and unrelated that may foreshadow a deeper rot. In New York City, a woman was battered by a thug on the subway, and people around her did nothing beyond film the disgusting event. In Uvalde, we were told by officials that the cops didn’t engage the murderer because they “might get shot.”

      Perhaps the Duchess of Product Placement is the tip of the iceberg of cultural rot. Is “protect and serve” being replaced with “it’s all about me”?

      I’m hoping, no. I hope the selfishness and incompetence of some public servants exhibited in Uvalde was an aberration. I pray that the Duchess of Product Placement is also an aberration — someone we collectively recoil from rather than admire.

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    OldOzzie

    Albanese flags relief as power bills rise as much as 95pc

    Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has signalled additional cost of living relief as the global energy crisis hits Australia, with some households in NSW warned that their power bills will rise by as much as 95 per cent.

    On Friday, Mr Albanese ruled out adopting a UK-style tax on the profits of oil and gas companies to provide relief for households but acknowledged that energy prices were adding to cost of living pressures.

    UK Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced a £5 billion ($8.9 billion) windfall tax to help fund a £15 billion support package for British families hit by rising prices.

    “No, we won’t be going down that track,”⁣ Mr Albanese said.

    Some customers face 95pc rise

    The cost of living pressures come as NSW household customers of power retailer Electricity in a Box have been told of a 95 per cent increase in their bills. Gas prices have surged four-fold for two textile manufacturers in Melbourne as the global energy crunch finally slams home.

    The extraordinary price increases provide evidence that the regulated rise in electricity tariffs of up to 18 per cent announced this week is only a pale shadow of the dark energy price crisis starting to grip Australia, which has been described by one energy user as “frightening”⁣.

    They have dashed hopes that homes and businesses will escape the crisis that has plagued European markets, pushed homes into energy poverty and closed energy-intensive manufacturing plants.

    The crunch also increases the complexity of the emissions reductions task for Australia’s new Labor government, already under pressure on climate commitments and which had promised before the election – as had the Coalition – lower energy prices under its watch.

    At Electricity in a Box, which has about 3000 household customers, chief executive Morgan Duncan said the electricity market was “broken”⁣, with soaring wholesale prices that showed no sign of abating.

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    OldOzzie

    Asian security company Certis worked with ‘their partner’ the AEC to secure Australian election

    The last month has been an incredibly busy time for Australians as we prepared for the recent Federal Election. This was particularly true for Certis Security Australia, as we worked with our partner, the Australian Electoral Commission, to secure voting outpost centres across the country.

    Once the election was called, Certis Security Australia had seven days to prepare operations for 73 sites. This soon grew to 250 sites, with hundreds of Certis Security Australia guards deployed across Australia. Until the end of June, our role is to ensure the security of ballot papers and outpost sites until all votes have been counted. The security of these outpost sites is essential to the democratic process.

    Certis Security Australia was chosen as the Australian Electoral Commission’s new security partner for the 2022 election, due to our success in providing security in previous state elections. Over the last two months, our guards have worked night shifts on weekdays and provided 24-hour coverage on weekends securing outpost centres, as well as safeguarding ballots at pre-polling centres.

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    another ian

    “‘Breach of his own law’: Jim’s Mowing founder takes lockdown legal battle to Supreme Court”

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EL4dg1YlSIc

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    beowulf

    A good start, but way too few and way too late.

    Moderna CEO Laments ‘Throwing 30 Million Doses In The Garbage Because Nobody Wants Them’

    https://www.zerohedge.com/medical/moderna-ceo-laments-throwing-30-million-doses-garbage-because-nobody-wants-them

    “It’s sad to say, I’m in the process of throwing 30 million doses in the garbage because nobody wants them. We have a big demand problem,” Bancel told an audience at the World Economic Forum, adding that attempts to contact various governments to see if anyone wants to pick up the slack was a total fail.

    “We right now have governments – we tried to contact … through the embassies in Washington. Every country, and nobody wants to take them.”

    “The issue in many countries is that people don’t want vaccines.”

    Ohhh, poor diddums. Our hearts are bleeding . . . well a lot of hearts — and other body parts — are bleeding.

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    beowulf

    In more devastating news, Yassmin Abdel-Magied has threatened to give up her Aussie citizenship.

    Apparently we don’t appreciate her greatness and were very nasty to her.
    She suckled the Australian teat from the age of 3, including gaining a mechanical engineering degree, $20k plus a 6 month residency in Paris courtesy of the Aussie taxpayer, plus numerous stints on Your ABC.

    It has been pointed out that Yassmin has a book coming out in a couple of days’ time, so her threat might just be another of her publicity stunts and we may not be rid of her any time soon.

    https://www.theage.com.au/world/europe/australia-broke-my-heart-why-yassmin-abdel-magied-may-give-up-her-citizenship-20220509-p5ajnb.html

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      Harves

      It’s why she appeared virtually, rather than in person, at the Sydney Writers’ Festival on Saturday and will do so again at the Emerging Writers’ Festival on June 18.

      “They asked me, and I was like, ‘nah’, because every single conversation would be about ‘when are you coming back?’,

      I guarantee that a Writers’ Festival is the only place someone would ask that question. In mainstream Australia the comment would be “Oh, I didn’t realise you’d gone, but if you have that’s brilliant news!! Please stay away.”

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      yarpos

      Fine Yasmin, stop yarping on about it and just go. Its not an airport , no need to announce departures, just go. You and everyone else will be a lot happier, just go.

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    beowulf

    In better news, thus far, political heavy-hitter Jane Caro has scored just 18 votes out of a possible 3,734,865.

    That puts her below the 4% vote threshold for a government handout to defray her election expenses. Damned shame.

    https://www.michaelsmithnews.com/2022/05/whos-a-member-of-the-75-club-those-gutsy-aussies-who-took-the-time-effort-deserve-recognition.html

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      yarpos

      A bit deflating for what is rather an immense ego

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        beowulf

        Her abysmal performance naturally didn’t stop Caro from joining in on the Twitter pile-on started by Plibersek when she compared Dutton to Voldemort. Caro has since deleted her tweet.

        You could imagine that someone who had only scored 0.00048% of the vote a week ago might have the decency to pull their head in for 5 minutes and indulge in a little introspection, but not Caro apparently. That ego must be exercised and massaged regularly. Just 17 other people allegedly care what Caro thinks.

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      Hanrahan

      The 75 Club, is that like the Mile High Club but for oldies?

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    Brenda Spence

    Interesting perspective on the “pandemic” , admittedly American.

    https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2022/05/wayne-root-figured-whole-covid-vaccine-scam-read-weep/

    This evil disaster was all about one thing: pure, unadulterated, greed. The almighty dollar. More money to go around than anyone had ever seen in their lifetimes. Everyone’s eyes got as big as saucers.

    Everyone involved gets rich quick: The hospitals, doctors, Big Pharma, ventilator makers, mask makers, Covid antigen test makers, vaccine manufacturers, the media that books billions of dollars in Big Pharma ads, and maybe most of all, the politicians.

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    Philip

    I work at minimum wage working class, and one thing I’ve learned is they only talk about fishing (and how stupid other workers and the boss is), not climate change or politics. This is how the globalist attack on energy is getting away with it. most people are simply not aware, or interested.

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      el+gordo

      They have been brainwashed to keep their mouths closed on climate change, its of religious significance and best avoided to keep harmony.

      Politics is in the same bag, opening a can of worms, best talk fishing.

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      KP

      “climate change or politics”.. That’s for Double Bay MILFs who have excess cash and time on their hands, the Zali Steggall voters.

      Probably have little blue & yellow flags by their names on their Twitter accounts. Reality will catch up with them one day.

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    another ian

    Bayou Renaissence Man’s quote of the day

    https://bayourenaissanceman.blogspot.com/2022/05/quote-of-day.html

    It concludes

    “So if we’re going to start ignoring the Constitution, I’m fine with that. The first part I’m going to start ignoring is the part that says, I have to do whatever they say.”

    But read it all

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    John Connor II

    Last week people were marching for the right to kill children via abortion.

    Today they are marching to take guns away from law-abiding citizens to save childrens lives.

    A month ago they were marching to send $40B of effectively untraceable “assault weapons” and weapons of war to Ukraine to commit mass murder.

    The $40B that Elon Musk wanted to spend on buying Twitter could have ended world hunger the people moaned, but cheered when a hunger-ending $40B was sent to Ukraine (which is just a Biden money-laundering op) instead.

    Is it any wonder we rational people can’t knock sense into the heads of the masses re natural climate change, green energy, plandemics or anything else?
    That’s why I no longer bother trying to wake people up.

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    So there you have it eh!

    Yesterday, the total power delivered from every wind plant in Australia was just 15.3GWH. That’s out of a total power consumption for the day of 564GW, so wind delivered 2.7% of all the generated power from every source.

    Total wind generation across a whole day has only been lower twice in the last seven years I have been keeping the records for the daily power data. On each occasion, the Nameplate for ALL wind plants in the Country was 20% lower than it is now, so effectively this IS the lowest wind generation has ever been.

    That total generated power equates to an hourly average generation equivalent to 637MW. That’s at an operational Capacity Factor for the day of 7.4%.

    There’s a total Nameplate now of 8587MW and all that can give is an average of 637MW.

    If ANYTHING else operated as poorly as this, there would be some pretty stern questions asked ….. but hey ….. NO ONE EVEN KNOWS it IS working this badly.

    Okay, so what do you do then? The answer to that is the old standby ….. build more of them.

    The first time I recorded it as this low was in fact years ago. They HAVE actually built more of them, you know build more of them, and because the wind is always blowing somewhere, then the problem goes away. Well it hasn’t! They built more of them, and the problem has just got worse.

    There’s (around) 4400 of those wind towers. At the high point for the day, almost 700 of them were delivering power. At the low point for the day, that number was down to 130 of them delivering power (huh, out of a total of 4400, and just 130 of them delivering power) The average for the day was 325 of them delivering power.

    A total Nameplate of 8587MW, you know 4.35 times LARGER than the three coal fired Units currently operational at Bayswater, that ancient old time expired about to blown up almost 40 year old dinosaur that is a stranded asset, and so totally unreliable. Three Units now Upgraded and operating at all but 100% flat out all the time.

    EVERY wind plant in the Country delivered 15.3GW across the whole 24 hours of yesterday. Well those three Units at Bayswater delivered that same power in just under ….. EIGHT HOURS.

    And hey! If wind is going to be the future, well, WhiskyTangoFoxtrot happens when there ARE days like this?

    Australian wind power – It’s like comparing a Trabant to a Rolls Royce. (beautiful plumage!)

    Tony.

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      OldOzzie

      PANIC STOP GENERATING ELECTRICITY

      The Day the Electricity Died

      Imagine one of your kids freezing to death in your home. Eleven-year-old Cristian Pineda’s mother found her son dead during the Texas blackout in February 2021. Or you have a power outage for three days, losing a couple of hundred dollars worth of food because your refrigerator didn’t work, as Michelle Jones did last summer. The food she had just bought to feed herself, her daughter, and her granddaughter spoiled without electricity.

      This is likely to become all too common in the future.

      Why?

      My years as a Wisconsin state senator and in Gov. Scott Walker’s administration gave me some insights. My senate district included a coal plant, a natural gas plant, two nuclear plants, a biogas plant, biodigesters, wind towers, and many miles of Lake Michigan shoreline—and since then it has added a solar plant. Here are some lessons I’ve learned.

      First, we need to understand a little bit about how electric grids work. They cannot store electricity without a battery. Batteries are scarce and expensive. Electric demand must be met with electricity generation, always. If supply cannot keep up with demand, the utility will shut down electricity for some or many.

      For nearly a week, Texas utilities were unable to meet demand. They shut down the electric grid. Five million people lost power, and from 250 to 700 died. If an electric grid breaks, all the people it serves will be without electricity for weeks or months.

      Nonetheless, Progressives favor energy policies that will make grid failures more frequent, widespread, and prolonged. They want to close coal plants without enough full-time power ready to take their place. They seem unconcerned about reliability. They want coal plants torn down even if we have to keep paying them—like selling your car to get a newer one while you still owe lots on the first.

      What do they all have in common? Increasing their reliance on solar and wind and closing coal plants. A dirty green secret is that coal is full-time power and wind and solar are not. Electric grids must have full-time, on-demand power all the time—plus some—or blackouts are guaranteed.

      Another dirty secret: wind and solar produce little or no energy 70% of the time. This means that to replace 1,000 MW of coal, it will take 3,500 MW of wind turbines’ “nameplate capacity,” or 5,000 MW of solar’s. That’s about 1,200 3 MW wind turbines or 13 million solar panels, in either case occupying nearly 40 square miles.

      About 240 coal plants in the United States deliver about 22% of our electricity. About71,000 wind towers produce about 9% of our electricity on a part-time, when-the-wind-blows, basis. We are adding about 3,000 wind turbines a year, in the whole country. If wind didn’t have the part-time problem, those 3,000 could replace 2.5 coal plants a year. At that rate, it would take 96 years to replace them all.

      Progressives have been demanding that we close coal plants faster than 2.5 a year. If we want our electric grid to serve us full time, we need to reject this policy. We also need to stop everything they do to make coal and natural gas more expensive because that will raise our electric rates even faster.

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        OldOzzie

        America’s Summer of Rolling Blackouts

        Green energy policies are making the nation’s electric-power grid increasingly unstable.

        By The WSJ Editorial Board

        Summer is around the corner, and we suggest you prepare by buying an emergency generator, if you can find one in stock. Last week the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) warned that two-thirds of the U.S. could experience blackouts this summer. Welcome to the “green energy transition.”

        We’ve been warning for years that climate policies would make the grid more vulnerable to vacillations in supply and demand. And here we are. Some of the mainstream press are belatedly catching on that blackouts are coming, but they still don’t grasp the real problem: The forced transition to green energy is distorting energy markets and destabilizing the grid.

        Progressives blame the grid problems on climate change. There’s no doubt that drought in the western U.S. is a contributing factor. NERC’s report notes that hydropower generators in the western U.S. are running at lower levels, and output from thermal (i.e., nuclear and fossil fuel) generators that use the Missouri River for cooling may be affected this summer.

        But the U.S. has experienced bad droughts in the past. The problem now is the loss of baseload generators that can provide reliable power 24/7. Solar and wind are rapidly increasing, but they’re as erratic as the weather and can’t be commanded to ramp up when electricity demand surges.

        One problem is that subsidies enable wind and solar generators to turn a profit even when the supply of electricity exceeds demand.
        Coal and nuclear plants, on the other hand, can’t make money running only some of the time, so many have shut down. Natural-gas-fired plants can help pick up the slack, but there aren’t enough of them to back up all of the renewables coming onto the grid.

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    Zane

    I walked down the next street today, and noticed a house with an overgrown garden. On the front fence was a sign: Climate Action NOW! An adjoining sign proclaimed that the ABC was STILL underfunded. Oh dear. No guessing which way this household voted.

    😀

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    OldOzzie

    Biden’s credibility on inflation, gas, economy is melting like an ice cube in the summer sun

    The Biden administration does not seem to care about the misery its policies on inflation, gas and the economy are inflicting on Americans

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      yarpos

      If it was a movie you would have to roll up Idiocracy and Elysium. Sadly its not a movie.

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    John Connor II

    Update 2 – Monkeypox
    Is Monkeypox a Scapegoat for Adverse Events? Symptoms Are Similar to Those of the ‘Vaccine’ & More – Dr. Peter McCullough

    JC2 note – While I have troves of info I’m of the same opinion as Peter McC on this so I’m holding the info in reserve for now.

    Mariazeee: “The [monkeypox] illness begins with symptoms of fever, headache, muscle aches, swollen lymph nodes, chills, and exhaustion…. symptoms that really are just the flu…”

    Dr. Peter McCullough: “Or they could be symptoms after you take a vaccine!”

    Moderna Never Made a Dime Before COVID-19, And Now They Have 15 MORE mRNA Shots Up Their Sleeves

    Dr. Peter McCullough: “The first one is far from successful [and] is loaded with safety problems. We have this alarming kind of safety disaster with the mRNA products. They’ve announced 15! I just can’t imagine what’s in their minds. Do human beings think they’re going to take the foreign genetic code for 15 different antigens of different pathogens that our bodies is going to be juiced with the genetic code of all these other invaders to our body?… It’s off the rails; it’s diabolical!”

    https://zeeemedia.com/interview/uncensored-dr-peter-mccullough-john-leake-the-truth-about-monkeypox-who-pandemic-treaty-fear-tactics/

    The global disease cycle is certainly ramping up. The only places looking “clean” are far South America, Northern Canada, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Russia and the western 2/3rds of Australia.
    I don’t fancy moving to any of them.
    South Africa – a permanent hotspot for cyclic endemic diseases.
    India – a cauldron of a wide range of endemic, pandemic AND re-emerging diseases.

    Asia region – primarily Dengue (still rising), FMD & HFMD. Malaysia HFMD cases an incredible 2000% increase over 2021.
    No explanation…

    General trend – significant increase and spread of infectious diseases globally.

    Realistically, from a disease perspective, Australia is the best place to be for now. 😊

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    Kalm Keith

    Today in the Australian newspaper there is an amazing statement by that amazing person, Jacinta Price.

    She illustrates the hypocrisy of the political system which ignores the violence and abuse that exists in the Australian aboriginal community up there.

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      Sambar

      Different perspectives on the two indigenous senators elected by the people of the N.T.
      Jacinta Prices’ bio states that she is of mixed race origins claiming Warlpiri – Celtic decent while her opposition senator Malarndirri, certainly of mixed race heritage only claiming to be Yanyuwa.
      Sort of says it all when it comes to acknowledging the truth of most indiginous Australians.
      Jacinta Price will have to be silenced in the senate. We certainly can’t have people telling to many truths can we!

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      el+gordo

      This goes back to poorly placed resources. For those unfamiliar with what Jacinta has been going on about all these years.

      https://alicespringsnews.com.au/2016/11/18/alice-councillor-tells-nations-media-about-aboriginal-brutality/

      I vaguely remember Howard sent in the army to solve the problem, how did that work out?

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        Kalm Keith

        A brilliant statement and as she says;

        “it’s a national shame”.

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        OldOzzie

        I vaguely remember Howard sent in the army to solve the problem, how did that work out?

        The Army Guys did all the digging why the Locals just stood around and watched

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        another ian

        A quote

        “While God may be in control he didn’t imagine you leaning on a shovel waiting for a hole”

        Also a friend has sent me a newspaper item on “Plan X” which bears reading.

        Years ago I was talking to a LAME who did helicopter work. He had gotten big with a number of staff – and attendant problems. And he was responsible for signing off on work that may or may not have been done to standard.

        So he downsized to just him and a list of repeat clients that he could pick.

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    Zane

    For anyone who thinks the Teals are truly ” independent “, I have a bridge to sell them. It’s a nice bridge. It’s in a town called Sydney… 😀

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    Andrew McRae

    A private registered trust and a land holder trade to save the environment.
    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-05-28/cattle-farmer-sells-land-to-trust-for-nature-for-conservation/101104982

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    John Connor II

    Duck, duck… no: “anonymous” browser sharing user data with Microsoft, research confirms

    A privacy and data researcher has slammed browser provider DuckDuckGo (DDG) on Twitter, after conducting research that he says confirms it is sharing user data with Microsoft from its mobile phone platforms.

    “I don’t think there is a public list of all the domains the DuckDuckGo browser is not blocking, but they seem to be doing this with hardcoded rules,” he added. “The DDG browser stops data flows from tons of domains – except DDG’s No.1 ad tech partner.”

    https://cybernews.com/security/duck-duck-no-anonymous-browser-sharing-user-data-with-microsoft-research-confirms/

    I use Yandex now. You can reverse search images, find similar ones, even identify products and sellers of objects in images!

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    Zane

    Anthony Albanese – rhymes with queasy – seems to me to be what could be called ” the accidental Prime Minister “. 68% of Australian voters wanted nothing to do with him. Watching the Channel 9 election coverage on the night – where they had Bill Shorten on the panel – it was obvious that Shorten was more than a little miffed about Albanese’s easy ride to the top. It was a case not so much of Albo winning as of Morrison losing. A first past the post system would likely have seen the coalition retain power, as it appears that the Teals mostly got across the line with ALP and Greens preferences. The left knows all the tricks.

    Shorten also had the disadvantage of not being from Sydney.

    Them’s the breaks.

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      Zane

      Judging by the downvote, it seems Bill Shorten follows this forum 😄.

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      Philip

      It doesn’t matter if Labor and Green preferences got the Teal’s over the line, that’s a given basically. The point is that some people who usually vote Liberal voted for Gen X women with an environmentalist skin. The moderate Liberals have been infected with glossy brochure environmentalism.

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    John Connor II

    Berlin to reactivate 21 coal- and oil-fired power plants

    According to n-tv.de, German Economy Minister Robert Habeck will submit an emergency decree to the Bundestag to allow the country’s government to use coal- and oil-fired power plants again. For this purpose, they must be brought into working condition, have fuel reserves and be ready to generate electricity should Russia cut or reduce gas supplies to Germany. In total, 21 fuel oil and coal-fired power plants will be included in the network reserve.

    According to the decree, the German authorities will be able to activate the use of coal facilities without parliamentary approval for a term of up to six months. Until March 31, 2024 they will be kept in reserve.

    https://english.pravda.ru/world/152099-germany_coal/

    Crying and tantrum booth on standby for Greta.

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    another ian

    “World War II Every Day with Army Sizes”

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1CqGeAmVu1I

    Via SDA – comment there

    “Imagine how much work it must have taken to research & produce!”

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    John Connor II

    Study reveals Ebola virus can hide in brain, persist even years after treatment

    In a groundbreaking study published today, scientists describe how Ebola virus, which can persist in certain areas of the body, can re-emerge to cause fatal disease — even long after treatment with monoclonal antibodies. Their research, using a nonhuman primate model of Ebola virus infection, appears on the cover of today’s edition of Science Translational Medicine.

    https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2022/02/220209154808.htm

    A February article.
    Interesting though – the brain is a good hiding place being protected by the BBB.
    How many latent diseases are just waiting for the right opportunity (like a weak immune system) to re-emerge?
    I’d venture to say quite a few.

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    Zane

    Keep an eye on June 15. It’s when shareholders get to vote on the AGL demerger. The greens and the climate goons are trying their utmost to stop it. AGL is the largest generator of coal-fired electricity in Australia, and this irks them no end. AGL plans to split in two: a touchy-feely green virtue-signalling retail outfit and a hardcore power generator spitting out electrons from legacy coal assets called Accel Energy, which can hide on the stock market tables amongst other nondescript industrial ” A ” companies and simply get on with its business. I for one hope the planned demerger goes ahead. AGL management certainly do as well.

    But a coalition of vested green interests are doing their darndest to stop it. One really needs to wonder at their motivations.

    Soon we shall see what’s what. The suspense is Hitchcockian. 😀

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    John Connor II

    Viruses that were on hiatus during Covid are back — and behaving in unexpected ways

    For nearly two years, as the Covid pandemic disrupted life around the globe, other infectious diseases were in retreat. Now, as the world rapidly dismantles the measures put in place to slow spread of Covid, the viral and bacterial nuisances that were on hiatus are returning — and behaving in unexpected ways.

    Messacar, who is also an associate professor at the University of Colorado, has been studying AFM for the past eight years, since the first of a series of biennial waves of cases occurred in the late summer and early autumn of 2014, 2016, and 2018.

    Then in 2020, nothing. Same in 2021. Does that mean the fall of 2022 could see a much higher crest of cases, because more children are potentially susceptible to enterovirus D68? We need to be prepared for that possibility, Messacar said, while stressing he doesn’t know what to expect.

    “Now we have four years of children who haven’t seen that virus. We don’t know what’s going to happen. We don’t know when it comes back. But when it does come back, there are more susceptible children out there that would not be expected to have immunity,” he said. “That’s what we’re watching with a variety of different viruses.”

    https://www.statnews.com/2022/05/25/viruses-that-were-on-hiatus-during-covid-are-back-and-behaving-in-unexpected-ways/

    The unexpected consequences of lockdowns will rear their ugly heads.
    Dirt and germs are good for you as they train and strengthen your immune system.
    Locked up in isolation your immune system turns into a couch potato, eating choccy.🙃

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    el+gordo

    Southern Annular Mode is a major driver, during La Nina years SAM is positive and brings rain to south east Australia.

    https://www.weatherzone.com.au/news/a-climate-driver-called-sam/598568

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      Graeme#4

      Thanks EG. So why are they saying the SAM has shifted negative, while the large pool of cool water near South America hasn’t substantially decreased?

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    YWNBAW

    Both parts of “The Great Global Warming Swindle” are up on Bitchute
    I found it very interesting to re-review 2008 to current year

    Part1 https://www.bitchute.com/video/8qNsLqhchBzY/

    Part 2 https://www.bitchute.com/video/q2zvnkFQYNfA/

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    greggg

    ‘Australian Election: Anti-working class vote of the elite fuels teal victory. By Lillian Andrews.
    In the mountain of commentary about the billionaire-backed “tealslide”, nobody has picked up a glaring fact: the animosity of the most affluent electorates towards the Liberals is not because of climate change or women’s equality.
    Those are the excuses that make them feel good about their vote. Underneath, it is because the Liberals have started to speak more about the daily lives of the working class than the pet causes of socially smug doctors’ wives.’
    ‘Liberals being unseated by teals, and to a lesser extent Greens, reveals a sector of exceedingly well-off Australians who cannot stand to be confronted with the daily lives of people who are not like them. They do not want “their” party to heed the views of those beneath them. You know, those grubby little people who have to worry about things such as making ends meet for bills, food and daily survival. …’
    ‘It is the ultimate piece of hypocrisy to pretend to care about progress and equality while doing everything possible to hurt the poor and demolish the social structures, relationships and institutions that the commoners still care about.’

    https://wentworthreport.com/2022/05/25/australian-election-anti-working-class-vote-of-the-elite-fuels-teal-victory/

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    greggg

    ‘Hideous liars lying about guns: what people don’t know, don’t want to know, are too naïve to believe, and are too scared to say. By Jon Rappoport’
    ‘Where are most of the gun crimes being committed—not because the guns are going off by themselves, but because actual people are shooting them.
    I assume you know. Inner cities. Saint Louis, Chicago, Philadelphia, Indianapolis, etc.
    Who are the people doing most of the shooting in those cities?
    Gangs.
    Which people in those cities are putting residents under the most fear on a day to day basis?
    Gang members.
    So here’s a unique idea. Go after the people shooting the guns.
    Don’t jabber about taking the guns away from everybody—that’s what the predatory leaders are doing…and they KNOW that won’t solve the situation. They know. Which means they don’t really want to stop the shooting and the killing and the wounding.
    But the gangs are immune. They have privilege, for several reasons.
    One of those reasons is: according to media and most of government, law-enforcement may not go after groups of black men. That’s it in a nutshell.’

    https://blog.nomorefakenews.com/2022/05/26/hideous-liars-lying-about-guns-what-people-dont-know/

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      KP

      “Where are most of the gun crimes being committed”

      Yep- No mass shootings in gun stores, or gun clubs, or cop shops.. or anywhere where other people may be carrying guns. Always in a “gun-free” zone like a church or a school or a theater. If only the teachers were armed.. Oh wait, they are the Left who want to outlaw guns!

      All Govts/Police come to an ‘arrangement’ with the gangs, they need the gangs to keep their subjects scared and believing they need the Police & Govt, and then they have something to point out as to why they need re-electing and more staff to solve…. which NEVER happens!

      Hard to find any sympathy for the society that lives like this.

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      yarpos

      In the US most gun deaths are suicides. Mass shootings are a tiny percentage of gun deaths. Shootings with so called “assault weapons” the liberals focus on are an even tinier percentage.

      The US has a societal/cultural problem not a gun problem. They should start in Chicago and work. outwards. Chicago has the tightest gun laws in the US and they have about 500+ killed and 2000 wounded every year, all in a city similar to Melbourne or Sydney in size.

      Clearly something is broken but if more laws fixed anything Chicago would be among the safest placest in the US not the among the least safe in terms of gun violence.

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    b.nice

    Here we go again!

    South Australia… 929MW gas, 99MW diesel, 500MW from Victoria (mostly brown coal)…. and only 73MW of wind.

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    Hanrahan

    Australia becalmed:

    https://www.windy.com/?-29.925,140.198,5,i:pressure

    Renewenergy has not been showing generation figures for a couple of days. Are they too embarrassed?

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    OldOzzie

    Old Navy Tried to Make Sizes for All. It Backfired.

    Last year, Old Navy overhauled its women’s clothes to make sizing more inclusive. But then its sales started falling. WSJ’s Suzanne Kapner unpacks why the company’s plan to reach more customers didn’t work.

    Ryan Knutson: Over the last few decades, Americans have been getting heavier.

    Suzanne Kapner: The waist size of women have been going up year after year. The average dress size is now a size 18, up from a 14 five years ago. But I mean, if you look back 50 years ago, it was closer to a size eight.

    Ryan Knutson: Last year, Old Navy embraced this idea in a big way. It got rid of plus-size sections and started offering all its women’s clothes in a wide range of sizes, from size zero to 30.

    Suzanne Kapner: Old Navy set out to sort of rectify some of these issues. But just the execution, they just blundered it so badly.

    Ryan Knutson: Suzanne went to Old Navy stores and saw the problem firsthand.

    Suzanne Kapner: You would see racks of clothes, let’s say women’s dresses. And there would be a size two and size 18 through 28, but nothing in the middle. And they ended up with too much of the very small and the very large sizes, not enough of the middle sizes, which tend to be the most popular. So to clear out the excess, they had to put a large amount of clothes on sale, 50% off. And right now, retailers are not discounting very much because there’s still these supply chain issues. There’s still product shortages. So it really stood out as like, “Whoa, what’s going on here? Why are all these clothes on sale at Old Navy?”

    Suzanne Kapner: Not every store has the same size customer. A store in Queens, New York may sell more of a certain size versus a store in California. And that’s all sort of part of the logistics of making sure you have the right sizes in the right stores. It’s very complex.

    CEO Sonia Syngal said the BodyQuality strategy was a factor in the declining sales and that supply chain issues caused by the pandemic made it harder to reorder the right sizes. Here she is on a call with investors yesterday.

    Sonia Syngal: We launched too broadly and too quickly. We overplanned larger sizes with customer demand under- pacing supply, leading to excessive inventory across stores.

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      Zane

      LOL!

      Many ” plus-sized ” women probably buy their dresses at a tent store 😀. Old Navy misses out. Live and learn, hey?

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      Harves

      I suspect there are a lot of sized 8-12 women who don’t particularly like being seen in the same clothes as a size 18 woman.

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    OldOzzie

    THE WEEK IN PICTURES: COLLIDING NARRATIVES EDITION

    President Obama’s grotesque tweet that Scott highlighted earlier in the week shows the single-minded fanaticism of the left in action: how dare someone shoot up a school during George Floyd week! Gets totally in the way of the narrative. What’s Al Sharpton to do at a moment like this? There’s no percentage in it. Meanwhile, inflation roars on.

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    OldOzzie

    School Shootings Aren’t Caused By Faulty Gun Laws But By The Collapse Of The Family

    Until we are willing to address the breakdown of family and community, nothing will change, the massacres will continue.

    Donald Trump at NRA: If We Can Send $40 Billion to Ukraine, We Can Protect Our Children’s Schools

    Trump also called for cultural change in the United States.

    “No law can cure the effects of a broken home. There’s no substitute for a strong mom and a great dad.”

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      OldOzzie

      PETER HITCHENS: Our selfish dismantling of marriage has left children in a lonely Dickensian hell

      By killing lifelong marriage we are killing children. Liberal Britain cannot see this, but until somebody does, the tragedies will continue.

      Last week great publicity was rightly given to a report on children’s social care. It predicted that the number of children in care, now 80,000, would rise to 100,000 by 2032, costing taxpayers a colossal £15 billion a year.

      Of course many terrible things happen to children in so-called ‘care’ apart from actual violence and death. The general outcomes for children deprived of what we would once have called stable family life, and deprived of fathers, are just not very good.

      No doubt plenty of social workers, foster parents and others do all they can, and I am not trying to criticise these individuals but they just cannot do what a loving, stable home can do.

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    MP

    This video was done in 2019, watch it in regard to the current shootings in the US.

    40 mins

    https://www.bitchute.com/video/WSr9ztIn6ZOs/

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    OldOzzie

    THE COVID POST MORTEM. WHO WHY WHEN AND BY WHOM

    By Wayne Allyn Root -May 29, 2022

    We are in the middle of the biggest scam and “get-rich-quick” Ponzi scheme in world history. Some might call it mass murder on a grand scale.

    Open your eyes- see the remarkable number of famous actors, politicians and athletes who are dropping dead, or suffering heart attacks, strokes, blood clots, as well as dramatic increases in cancer. Is it coincidence?

    In only the past week we saw famous acting icon Ray Liotta die at age 67…famous rocker Andy “Fletch” Fletcher of the band “Depeche Mode” die at age 60, and Alan White the drummer for the rock band “Yes” die at age 72.

    Famous Americans are dropping like flies. Is it all coincidence? Is it all about “old age.” Or is something terrible happening that needs to be investigated? Why are so many famous people dying?

    Could it be because lots of average people are dying too? Life insurance executives are reporting non-Covid deaths are up a staggering 40% across the USA- the largest increase ever seen. Ask any funeral home director- business is booming like never before.

    Something is very very wrong. Yet no one is reporting it. No one is investigating. We’re not even allowed to ask questions for fear of being slandered, ostracized, or banned from social media.

    This scam I’m talking about is not Covid-19. Covid is real- it’s a flu pandemic. This isn’t the first flu pandemic. It won’t be the last. As a matter of fact, many Americans are sick again with Covid.

    The strange this is, every single person I know who is experiencing Covid again is triple vaxxed. How’s that work? If I told you everyone I met with Polio had gotten three Polio shots, would you consider the polio vaccine a success? Or a miserable failure?

    This world-class scam is easy to see…

    It’s the the response by government, President Biden, Democrat politicians, Dr. Fauci, the CDC, and the media regarding the Covid vaccines. Something is very wrong. Something has gone very bad. We are off the rails.

    And not only does no one want to talk about it, or discuss it, or debate it…

    Not only is the media and social media involved in the biggest blackout, whitewash and cover-up in history…

    Our government, medical experts and the media- all the powers that be- are all still pushing this dangerous and deadly jab, despite the evidence of massive injuries and deaths. Does this make sense? Can anyone explain this?

    Here is a real-life healthcare story that I think goes a long way to explaining it all…

    About two weeks later the bill came. 22 hours in the hospital. Not even one full day. Nothing wrong- so, no treatments of any kind were given.

    The bill was $115,000.

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    John Connor II

    Update 3 – Monkeypox

    Graph of world outbreaks:
    https://twitter.com/Antonio_Caramia/status/1530462392223780865
    Spain way out in front followed by the UK.

    UK’s NHS scrubbing website for mentions of monkeypox being mild and non-lethal

    https://twitter.com/DollarVigilante/status/1530247717833920512

    Maybe monkeypox on NextStrain is that the lineage that made it to the UK and Israel in 2018 did in fact make it into an animal population and has shifted back to humans in 2022

    https://twitter.com/HaplogroupNews/status/1530175129296244737

    Monkeypox: Russia alleges US labs in Nigeria spreading the disease

    Russia has claimed that US has biolabs in Nigerian cities that have been responsible for spread of monkeypox. Sputnik News quoted Igor Kirillov, chief of the Russian Radiation, Chemical and Biological Defence Troops. Kirilov has reportedly published a news on Friday (May 27) in which he has made the allegations.

    Kirilov reportedly noted WHO’s conclusion of monkeypox having spread from Nigeria and said that US biolabs were responsible for it. In his briefing, he claimed that US biolabs were present in cities Abuja, Zaria and Lagos.

    https://www.wionews.com/world/monkeypox-russia-alleges-us-labs-in-nigeria-spreading-the-disease-482819

    There’s now a dedicated Monkeypox tracker:

    https://www.monkeypoxmeter.com/

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    another ian

    “The climate change speech that got HSBC banker Stuart Kirk suspended”

    Link at

    https://www.michaelsmithnews.com/2022/05/the-climate-change-speech-that-got-hsbc-banker-stuart-kirk-suspended.html

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    another ian

    And a “You better bloody well watch this”!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IwvGlF9_fpw

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    another ian

    That modern thing called drought (/s)

    “1531–1540 CE: The driest summer decade of the past five centuries? “

    https://realclimatescience.com/2022/05/1531-1540-ce-the-driest-summer-decade-of-the-past-five-centuries/

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    Hanrahan

    If anyone else is into pirate movies, Top Gun: Maverick has been uploaded. There are thousands downloading so it is a bit slow. I’ll comment on quality later.

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      Hanrahan

      It’s poor quality. I’ll wait for a better one. Forget I mentioned it. 🙁

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        Chad

        I will just wait for a better movie altogether !
        TC is just a nasty little man…..undeserving of any attention.

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          Strop

          Apparently it is a good movie. Haven’t seen it yet but 8.7 on IMDB is up there with the best scores.

          If you’re not going to watch it on moral grounds then there’s likely very little coming out of the movie industry that you can watch.

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    Dave in the States

    Right now my phone says it’s raining where I’m at. It’s actually snowing. It says it’s 36 degrees F. My thermometer on the wall say’s it’s 29 degrees F. It’s Approx. three weeks before the summer soltice.

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      Remind us where you are again David? Which part is it snowing in?

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        Dave in the States

        I’m in Wyoming, near Utah.

        This type of weather is not unprecidented here. It been a possibility every year here for a long, long, time.

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