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    RickWill

    The senate result is still unfolding. This is the best forecast I have found:
    https://www.pollbludger.net/2022/05/30/projecting-the-senate/

    The UAP may still get a senator. Pauline Hanson may scrape in.

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      Senate preferences will be counted soon. The polls are technically still open. Tomorrow 9I think) is the final day for postal votes to arrive.

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      Dennis

      I remember the time in Queensland when One Nation secured many seats in the Queensland Parliament and looked set to become a major competitor.

      My how times have changed since the 1990s as PHON gradually slipped out of favour but continued to be supported by her true believers, many of whom expressed their expectations for a revival and balance of power even in Federal Parliament. But even the dark Greens with the red centre have done much better on primary votes and seats secured. And the other Queensland based PUP now UAP despite millions spent on campaigning are in a far worse position, zero.

      Unfortunately in Australia we really only have the two choices of four, Labor and Liberals with Nationals, the latter with their coalition relationship of many decades past.

      The recent election result still being counted with result to be confirmed end of June according to the AEC was interesting but also a wake up call for the two major sides, Labor confirmed to form government but only received a disappointing for Labor 32.7% of the primary vote compared to the Coalition with 36.1% however, a poor result for both of them.

      Maybe most of us are fed up with the climate and warming hoax agendas, renewable energy transition to higher prices and unreliable supply, gas shortages and rising prices, and all the other mostly UN organisations based political impositions and economic vandalism?

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        Do you think there is a role for a party that isn’t associated with PH or CP? A party that is run competently?

        Despite putting forward a mix of policies that you might prefer, I suspect a lot of people could not vote for the personalities and the shambolic system of selecting representatives. Basically, with very few exceptions, the candidates were ghost candidates who had no visibility or credibility in the electorates.

        Scott Morrison did not help with a campaign style that looked panicked, lost and completely forgot to include anyone else in his party.

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          *Ghost candidate is recent jargon. Here the ABC claims to have invented the term but I’ve seen it used widely so I’m not sure about the claim. Anyway, this is what it means (even if the “we” is a bit glib and meaningless)

          A ghost candidate is a term we are using to describe someone who has been nominated as a candidate for a seat but who has not been seen or heard from by the constituents of that electorate.

          They do not appear to engage in any of the usual campaigning we associate with aspiring to serve your fellow Australians in the House of Representatives.

          But they are real people, just a bit publicity-shy. We’ve also referred to them as invisible candidates. And ghosts are known for their invisibility, right?

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            Gary S

            A bit like some of those (s)teals.

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            MP

            And ghosts are known for their invisibility, right?

            I would say they are known for their transparency!

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              another ian

              You know those things that accumulate in even just cleaned rooms with the door shut that are known as “dust bunnies”?

              One explanation I heard starts from

              “Well who could get in there and leave anything behind?

              Ghosts

              Well they are obviously ghost turds”

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        Ted1

        .Do you remember that it was Kerry Packer who cruelled Pauline Hanson’s election by one week before the election publishing a story in the Womens Day about problems with a son we didn’t know she had?’

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      Philip

      Before every election people in interest groups get excited that their independent candidates are going to sweep the senate. I always say no it won’t, and I am called names for it. But I’m always right.

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      Mark Allinson

      From the link:

      “No amount of politically-driven hygiene rituals or ‘social distancing’ pantomime, no bleak landscape of deserted streets, empty schools, silent stadia, deserted airports or any of the other spells and incantations from our COVID policy wizards can thwart the pre-ordained life-cycle of a respiratory virus”

      Try telling that to the WHO which will use all these methods and more once we have handed over our sovereignty on “medical” issues.

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      Mantaray Yunupingu

      The following article to the one linked… regarding the eligibility to sit in an Oz parliament, of people claiming to be part of an Aboriginal Nation was also interesting….

      Up until now I’ve merely thought these loafers have a hide to suck on the taxpayers’ teat whilst denouncing that teat, but have now realized there may be a legal remedy: either these “proud” aboriginal MPs renounce their allegiance to a foreign power (the mighty Yorta Yorta or Waradjuri or Wacka Wacka nations etc) or else they F-off out of parliament like those unfortunates who had dual Indian or Italian or Pommy allegiances were forced to do.

      What IS the go with Section 44 of the Oz constitution, and these dual nationals?

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      Honk R Smith

      Is it possible that there will be problems measuring human influence on nature because there is no actual distinction between man and nature?
      Angels dancing on the head of pin.
      The Academy has become the Medieval Church resurrected.
      And I am one of the peasants, thanks to the Zuckerberg Press, that’s beginning to notice that the science clergy are full of it.

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        Honk R Smith

        Would like to clarify …
        the established science clergy are no longer faithful to the word of science but now (often forced) serve the Church of Scientism.
        Heretics are expelled.
        Curry, Malone.

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      Catherine

      on YouTube: ‘John Campbell, ‘Kyle’s vaccine injury update’ ‘ May 11, 2022

      19:03
      “…share that and by our group I’m talking about the React19 group and that’s basically a physician-led research group with about 12000 injured members in it and so how many members ….

      19:38
      … to start conducting a lot of research and compiling research that they can then go to the government and say here’s what we’ve learned like please help these people because that’s been the biggest thing is you know early on when we were talking and then even when I went to Washington DC and testified a couple of times…..

      20:39
      … government just isn’t really willing to help research it they just don’t want to look at the problem because there’s no liability and I mean there is some research happening but it’s mostly this kind of stuff like physician-led research….

      20.58
      …. people that have been injured have kind of come together in this giant groundswell of grassroots recourcefulness and trying to figure out what treatments work and what don’t
      and I have a lot of great doctors reach out to me and offer help

      26:49
      … learning experience and I never thought that government was as corrupt as you always see on tv and on movies and then when you go there and you actually spend time there and talk to these doctors that are trying so hard to get through to them…

      27:35
      …laying in bed and not knowing what to do…

      28:04
      …it just sucks when you’re told this is going to help protect you and your family members and the people around you and then it becomes you know you lose thousands and thousands and thousands of dollars and you lose months of your life and some people lost their life from it and so it’s just a hard pill to swallow…

      43:01
      …we just don’t want people to suffer we don’t want people to die that’s kind of the end of story right like we want people to have a good quality of life…

      44:06
      ….what gets me really quite angry about this, is people who’ve had a vaccine response or an adverse response are still under pressure to get another vaccine dose…

      44:52
      …to dedicate some research to like some of the funding some of the billions and billions of dollars compagnies are making, needs to go to helping the people they’re hurting, so especially when you promise safety and then you give them an injury

      55:02
      ..that doctors aren’t allowed to be doctors anymore…

      56:27
      …it is weird like eight out of ten people are just super awesome and super supportive and kind and just really genuinely happy to be like oh you’re getting back but yeah I have two out of ten people that just look at me with pure hate because I spoke out on this…

      58:14
      …there is hope you’re not alone research is being done there are help groups talk to people

      1:04:57
      …try to treat others as you wish to be treated

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      on YouTube: John Campbell, ‘NIH, Wuhan were working on monkeypox’ June 1, 2022

      I have a lot of respect for scientists, but in relation to these kind of virological research… some of them taking it a bit ‘to far’… funding this kind of research combined with greed and power hungry people could mess up our world one day…

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    OldOzzie

    Extending the Political Surveillance Discussion with New Revelations the FBI Had a Workspace Inside Perkins Coie DC Law Offices

    June 1, 2022 – Sundance

    Last night Representative Matt Gaetz (R-FL) made an explosive announcement as an outcome of a whistleblower providing information to him and Jim Jordan about the FBI having a collaborative relationship with the Clinton/DNC law firm Perkins Coie. {Go Deep} Specifically, the explosive element surrounds the FBI having a workspace within the DNC law firm that would have given Democrats an open portal into FBI databases for use in opposition research.

    Secondarily, Clinton campaign lawyer Michael Sussmann being in charge of this working arrangement within Perkins Coie for the past year, since the departure of Marc Elias, becomes a far greater issue. The potential ramifications of this joint collaborative activity are vast.

    The FBI can exploit the NSA database to conduct searches of all cell phone, computer, email, text message, social media, electronic communication and all private data/communication belonging to Americans; this would include geolocation. If the FBI was operating within Perkins Coie since 2012, then the democrats have held access to fully intrusive electronic surveillance of their political opposition, or anyone else – anywhere, for a decade.

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    Richard C (NZ)

    Climate Reanalyzer – South Mid Latitudes
    Observations vs Models
    https://climatereanalyzer.org/reanalysis/monthly_tseries/

    Open 2 tabs

    Tab 1 parameters
    Dataset – default
    Variable – 2m T
    Level – Surface
    Month – Annual
    Region – South Mid Latitudes
    Anomaly Values – Y
    All Months – N
    Plot

    Tab 2 parameters
    Dataset – Climate Model – CMIP5 RCP 4.5. Ens Ave
    Variable – 2m T
    Level – Surface
    Month – Annual
    Region – South Mid Latitudes
    Anomaly Values – Y
    Plot

    CMIP5 models are constrained (?) by observations until 2010.
    Models forecast is 2010 – 2100.

    Obs 2021: 0.165 (about the same as 1980)
    Mod 2021: 0.471 (way too warm and way too cool in 1980)

    After only 21 years the model ensemble average is already 0.3C too warm. They caught a break in 2017 with some El Nino activity but that’s past through and the models are now high and dry hot.

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      Richard C (NZ)

      Arithmetic fail. Should be:

      “After only [11] years the model ensemble average is already 0.3C too warm.”

      2021 – 2010 = 11

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    OldOzzie

    Texas Terror: While Flooding Ukraine, US Govt Seeks Assault Weapons Ban

    US government leaders have called for tighter gun control measures in the wake of two major mass shootings in the space of two weeks. While authorities are still getting their story straight about how the atrocity unfolded at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, on Thursday, the government’s message is that civilians need to be prevented from acquiring assault rifles.

    Meanwhile, no one bats an eyelid as those same authorities dump vast quantities of assault weapons into Ukraine, where it’s known that they end up in the hands of criminal elements who have no qualms about slaughtering innocents with them. No matter, the Russian military is steadily putting out the fire the US government started in Russia’s backyard.

    Meanwhile

    In Canada

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      Robert Swan

      It seems a bit disrespectful to call our new Prime Minister by the rather familiar “Elbow”. It’s not that hard to use his full name: Elbowkneesy. It’s nice that he has good coverage of joints. His predecessor was only a backwards “sir” in a “Moron”.

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    Richard C (NZ)

    CO2isLife lobbed a thread bomb into Roy Spencer’s UAH update:

    New research shows that fewer clouds result in greater, not less warming.

    https://wjarr.com/sites/default/files/WJARR-2022-0478.pdf

    Followed by Richard M with a supporting paper:

    The reduction in clouds as measured by CERES and discussed in this paper seems to validate your view.

    https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4433/12/10/1297/htm

    “The declining TOA SW (out) is the major heating cause (+1.42 W/m2 from 2001 to 2020).”

    Dr Spencer weighs in:

    “This is the whole chicken-vs-egg issue I’ve been harping on for many years (and even wrote a book about). When a decrease in clouds occurs with warming, is it from decreasing clouds causing warming (which can also include strong negative cloud feedbacks on warming), or is warming causing a decrease in clouds which amplifies the warming (positive cloud feedback)? I’ve never found a way empirically to answer the question. Yet, everyone still thinks they have stumbled upon the answer. As usual, it’s a matter of faith which way you believe.”

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      Richard C (NZ)

      The above thread reminds me of Joni Mitchell lyrics in a Spencer-Braswell discussion thread at WUWT:

      I’ve looked at clouds from both sides now
      From up and down, and still somehow
      It’s cloud illusions I recall
      I really don’t know clouds at all

      Maybe there’s been a breakthrough.

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        Earl

        Maybe there’s been a breakthrough

        Indeed there has been. Carly Simon:

        ” bet you think this song is about you
        Don’t you don’t you don’t you?
        I had some dreams they were clouds in my coffee clouds in my coffee”.

        It is all the barista’s fault for pandering to the green lattee coffee set.

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      Philip

      I like Spencer’s take as usual it’s a matter of faith which way you believe. So true.

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    OldOzzie

    World ‘desperate for energy’ as crunch hits: Shell

    The world will need “as much LNG as we can get” this decade as the shunning of Russian gas worsens the global energy crunch, warns Shell’s global head of gas and energy transition.

    This trend will leave consumers more vulnerable to price shocks as the transition to low-carbon fuel supply outpaces demand, said Wael Sawan, the director of integrated gas and renewable and energy solutions, a business that includes the energy major’s huge LNG portfolio.

    “Our fundamental view is that the world is desperate for energy at the moment, and what you’re seeing is we’re slowly dismantling the current energy system faster than we’re building the new energy systems,” Mr Sawan said.

    “We are in for a decade where we need as much LNG as we can get into the world,” he said, pointing to the need for Europe to replace the equivalent of about 115 million tonnes a year of gas coming from Russia.

    However, Mr Sawan was still wary about the prospects for developing the $30 billion Browse gas project in Western Australia – in contrast to Woodside CEO Meg O’Neill – saying it was far from certain that the venture could make the grade on carbon emissions and costs, especially amid strong competition from LNG from Qatar and the US.

    The change of government is not significant given the long-term scale of Shell’s investments, he said, brushing off fears of a threat to new investment in gas under an Albanese government.

    “Governments come and go in multiple locations where we operate,” he said.

    “The government context is always one that one would look at as we go into short-term investments, but when you’re looking at the longer term, it’s very much the fundamentals of the market, it’s what are the customers looking for.

    “And given the strong industrial presence in Australia and the strong demand for green energy, it’s inevitable that a company like ours can offer multiple energy vectors, whether that’s gas or renewable generation or one day green hydrogen. We want to be able to be there for our customers as their own demands evolve.”

    Enhanced volatility

    Ms Sawan was speaking in Brisbane as eastern Australia, which had until recently avoided the energy price crisis that has hit the UK and other markets, is gripped by rising wholesale electricity and gas prices that are rapidly filtering down to worried businesses and households.

    Mr Sawan, who is based in The Hague, said lessons learnt from Europe’s experience in the past 18 months showed the increasing vulnerability and volatility of energy markets, accentuated by the situation in Ukraine, with consumers inevitably on the front line.

    He said a confluence of weather-related and other issues had combined with broader trends to close down coal and nuclear to create the problems in Europe.

    “So the flex that was typically in that system is no longer there, and that does mean you’re going to have enhanced volatility, which can be very, very painful for our end customers,” he told The Australian Financial Review.

    Mr Sawan foreshadowed a rough time for energy users around the globe in the next several years as renewables supply struggles to build to the scale that is needed to replace fossil fuels. The Ukraine crisis will also heighten the vulnerability of the energy system to price shocks and volatility.

    “I worry about it … It’s a fine balance at least through the coming winter, potentially longer term.

    “And if you think about how much LNG is coming into the market over the next year, over the next couple of years, it’s no more than 15 to 20 million tonnes. So it’s not like this issue is going to be resolved.

    “You potentially have another wave coming in after the middle of the decade with Qatari LNG coming into the market in the mid-20s, but for the next two to three years, it’s tight.”

    Additional supply needed

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    OldOzzie

    IEA Warns of Possible Gasoline Shortages and Need for Rationing

    Business Insider – The US could see fuel shortages this summer once people start taking their vacations — and Europe could take a particular hit from the lack of supply, the head of the International Energy Agency has warned.

    “When the main holiday season starts in Europe and the US, fuel demand will rise,” Fatih Birol told Der Spiegel. “Then we could see shortages — for example, in diesel, petrol or kerosene, particularly in Europe.”

    Birol also told the German newspaper that the energy crisis now underway will be more severe and longer-lasting than the oil price shocks of the 1970s, given it’s applying pressure on three fronts.

    “Back then it was just about oil,” he said in the interview published Tuesday. “Now we have an oil crisis, a gas crisis and an electricity crisis simultaneously.”

    Joe Biden has no clue what the people running the administration agencies are doing. Even if he were to ask them, they would simply type something into his teleprompter that he would believe and repeat. Biden doesn’t care, the entire family is in it for the grift.

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    Chad

    Just watched a Youtube vid of a guy reviewing the payback on his RoofTop solar in the US.
    I was struck by the grants and rebates he recieved.
    Initial cost , $27,000… 9.5 kW sytem
    Federal /State rebate…$7,000.
    Monthly SREC (Solar Roof Energy Credit) ..$126/month , guaranteed for 10 yrs =$15,120
    Net Metering…..effectively free, unlimited storage ( value equivalent to a $15,000 battery ! ?)
    + The system saves him $1600 per year on his electricity bill !
    So really the system cost him nothing, !
    Dont let anyone say there are no subsidies for RE systems

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    John Connor II

    New Zealand Doctors Speaking Out on Deaths Following Vaccination – “Let’s make our police and MPs put a stop to this now!”

    On Tuesday New Zealand Doctors Speaking Out with Science (“NZDSOS”) published an open letter on the need to investigate deaths following vaccination, of which “an unredacted version is being prepared for the Police.”

    NZDSOS is a group of doctors, dentists, pharmacists and veterinarians and has formed alliances with other groups both locally and internationally: “We are not alone. We are one of many.”
    There is a shockingly large burden of deaths and injuries following the Covid-19 vaccines, of itself and compared to any other treatment or vaccine in modern times. We report many cases that DEMAND proper investigation, as befits any medication lacking safety studies.

    Our surveillance systems have been disabled in order to hide the extent of harm. Adverse event reporting is NOT COMPULSORY, and this alone undermines any attempt to portray the injections as safe.

    Children and young people are dying and suffering particularly cardiac injuries (though many healthy elderly have died too), whilst their risk from covid-19 is particularly low. We believe we are being lied to

    https://expose-news.com/2022/05/29/nzdsos-on-deaths-following-vaccination/

    Some integrity finally breaking through the fear. Like I’ve said – they’re just useful idiots and will pay the same price as the masses. They’ll wake up then but it’ll be too late.

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      Stuart

      and in ten years time when all the kids of today find out that they are sterile. will anyone speak out then?

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    OldOzzie

    In a World Gone Mad – Bees are ‘fish’ under Calif. Endangered Species Act – state court

    (Reuters) – Bumblebees are eligible for protection as endangered or threatened “fish” under California law, a state appeals court held in a win for environmental groups and the state’s Fish and Game Commission.

    The Sacramento-based California Court of Appeal reversed a lower court’s ruling Tuesday for seven agricultural groups who argued that the California Endangered Species Act (CESA) expressly protects only “birds, mammals, fish, amphibians, reptiles, and plants” – not insects.

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      OldOzzie

      A more Detailed Explanation – A BUMBLEBEE NEEDS FINS LIKE A FISH NEEDS A…

      An appellate court in California has held that bumblebees are fish:

      The issue presented here is whether the bumble bee, a terrestrial invertebrate, falls within the definition of fish, as that term is used in the definitions of endangered species in section 2062, threatened species in section 2067, and candidate species (i.e., species being considered for listing as endangered or threatened species) in section 2068 of the Act.

      It takes 35 pages of tortured logic in an opinion that reads like a parody, but the court concludes that bumblebees indeed are fish within the meaning of California’s environmental laws. I take it that all other insects, by the court’s logic, are also fish.

      I cite this decision as a warning to those who repose faith in our courts to check the excesses of the political branches. See also: Michael Sussman.

      From the Comments

      Bees are fish. Men are women. He is they.

      The latest SCOTUS justice can’t tell us what a woman is but this appellate court can tell us that bees are fish. When the question, “Is the Pope Catholic” is no longer a rhetorical question, have we reached peak parody?

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    Dennis

    Sky News Business Now a couple of days ago and Ross Greenwood conducted an interesting interview regarding future electricity supply and energy generally.

    Not discussed but I was aware that coal mining companies here approached the previous Federal Government not long ago for support (not financial as the industry can fund this) to establish an industry insurance company because international insurers are refusing to offer longer term insurances for coal mining and related businesses based on UN Paris Agreement and other related emissions reduction political agendas.

    The guest explained that unless businesses support the Paris Agreement even finance for existing and new projects involving emissions will be cut off. In other words another example of how the left have gradually taken over and now dictate to sovereign nations and private sectors.

    Another unrelated but not surprising comment I heard on Sky recently was about young people being indoctrinated via the education system and most believe the climate change and warming hoax deceptions, and changing their minds as they become adults and vote is a very difficult problem to solve.

    And please consider so called renewable energy and the must be millions of articles with comments on blogs pointing out the need for reliable baseload electricity ignored by most politicians.

    The list is long.

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    John Connor II

    America’s Radioactive Secret:
    Oil-and-gas wells produce nearly a trillion gallons of toxic waste a year. An investigation shows how it could be making workers sick and contaminating communities across America

    In a squat rig fitted with a 5,000-gallon tank, Peter crisscrosses the expanse of farms and woods near the Ohio/West Virginia/Pennsylvania border, the heart of a region that produces close to one-third of America’s natural gas. He hauls a salty substance called “brine,” a naturally occurring waste product that gushes out of America’s oil-and-gas wells to the tune of nearly 1 trillion gallons a year, enough to flood Manhattan, almost shin-high, every single day.

    One day in 2017, Peter pulled up to an injection well in Cambridge, Ohio. A worker walked around his truck with a hand-held radiation detector, he says, and told him he was carrying one of the “hottest loads” he’d ever seen. It was the first time Peter had heard any mention of the brine being radioactive.

    Through a grassroots network of Ohio activists, Peter was able to transfer 11 samples of brine to the Center for Environmental Research and Education at Duquesne University, which had them tested in a lab at the University of Pittsburgh. The results were striking.

    Radium, typically the most abundant radionuclide in brine, is often measured in picocuries per liter of substance and is so dangerous it’s subject to tight restrictions even at hazardous-waste sites. The most common isotopes are radium-226 and radium-228, and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission requires industrial discharges to remain below 60 for each. Four of Peter’s samples registered combined radium levels above 3,500, and one was more than 8,500.

    https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-features/oil-gas-fracking-radioactive-investigation-937389/

    Spraying it on public roads 😨

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      MrGrimNasty

      And all the rare earths required for supposed green energy create piles of TENORM waste.

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    John Connor II

    Could the honey bee population in the world be wiped out because of a dangerous virus?

    Professor Dr. Robert Paxton from Martin Luther University Halle Wittenberg (MLU) in the city of Halle, Lower Saxony, Germany, warned that the latest variant of the Deformed Wing virus could wipe out honey bee populations worldwide.

    “Our analysis confirms that the new variant has become the leading variant in Europe. We fear this variant will soon spread worldwide and it is only a matter of time,” explains Paxton.

    Paxton said the new variant has appeared on all continents except Australia.

    https://scienceinfo.net/could-the-honey-bee-population-in-the-world-be-wiped-out-because-of-a-dangerous-virus.html

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      Ronin

      If they go, we go.

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      KP

      They still looking for something to blame for the damage radio-wave radiation does to bees? Last time it was Varroa, although bees and Varroa had lived together for thousands of years.

      Every time they transmit new wavelengths of radar or TV or ‘G’ there are new diseases. “The Invisible Rainbow” by Arthur Firstenberg, a fascinating read.

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      yarpos

      this seems to be a recurring story like the end of the GBR

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      b.nice

      easy solve, get Pfizer to create a jab” for bees !

      Surely that will work wonders !

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    John Connor II

    Human lifespan can reach 1,000, expert: The key in this immortal cell!

    In 2015, Dr Aubrey de Gray – British gerontologist, founder of the US-based project to reduce the aging process (SENS) shocked the world when he announced that humans can live up to 1,000 years old at a scientific conference.

    The reason this statement caused a wave of public opinion was because this number seemed to be beyond the reach of mankind. But Dr. Aubrey de Gray gave evidence of the immortal cell Hela. According to him, the premise of human aging is that cells die after about 56 divisions. However, Hela cells are different from normal human cells because they are immortal cells.

    According to Dr. Aubrey de Grey, Hela cells are the key to human immortality.

    Unlike normal human cells, Hela cells can survive and reproduce normally in the laboratory. Scientists have used them in polio vaccine research, microgravity testing, cloning, gene mapping and tissue culture.

    https://scienceinfo.net/human-lifespan-can-reach-1000-expert-the-key-in-this-immortal-cell.html


    Henrietta Lacks – People are implanted with 50 million tons of immortal cells

    In the past and present, immortality is still only a human dream. However, you may not know, there was once a woman who possessed immortal cells . These cells open up many doors for modern medicine. One more surprise, because of immortality, after her cells were stored, they divided millions of times. So far, the total number of human immortal cells has reached 50 million tons.

    When you go to any cell culture laboratory in the world, you can also see billions of Henrietta cells stored by scientists there. Henrietta Lacks is a tobacco farmer, African-American. In 1951, after she died of cancer, doctors secretly collected cells that were found to be immortal on her body.

    These cells are then rapidly multiplied in large numbers and distributed to laboratories around the world. They were later used to serve nearly 75,000 studies, helping to bring important breakthroughs in many areas such as vaccine preparation, cancer treatment and reproduction.

    While our normal cells will die after a certain number of reproductive times, the cells of Henrietta can live indefinitely if provided with enough nutrients needed to survive. It can even be frozen after decades and then revived by increasing the temperature again.

    The same people that want to live forever are also those who don’t know what to do on a rainy Sunday afternoon…

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    John Connor II

    Activism: A Write-off and Autopsy

    If Extinction Rebellion is the midlife crisis of activist causes, the war in Ukraine is the crack cocaine of moral high grounds.

    For those finely attuned to consensual reality, activism is the perfect oasis from which to emulate dissent, while keeping one’s head beneath the parapet.

    Gone are the old hellraisers on the left stickin’ it to the man. Instead, you have a bunch of snowflakes looking to extricate themselves from moral responsibility by signalling their righteousness, rather than embodying it.

    Activism, for want of a better word, has become an assembly point to a fire drill. A part-time hobby for those in the cultural backwaters who mistake hoax for reality and other people’s misfortune as their personal consolation.

    https://off-guardian.org/2022/05/31/activism-a-write-off-and-autopsy/

    They’ll all wake up the hard way soon enough 😉

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    John Connor II

    WHO Using Monkeypox to Justify ‘Human Rights Violations’ With Experimental Vaccines: World Council for Health


    Non-scientific speculation regarding monkeypox is being used by the World Health Organization (WHO) to “justify further human rights violations” with a rollout of new, experimental vaccines, claims the World Council for Health (WCH), an independent nonprofit initiative.

    There is no rational scientific basis for vaccinating people for smallpox in order to prevent the spread of monkeypox, according to the Council in a statement released Friday. The organization said that old photos from CDC archives and Getty Images, used to circulate a notion regarding the disease, is “not representative of current international cases of monkeypox.”

    https://theepochtimes.com/who-using-monkeypox-to-justify-human-rights-violations-with-experimental-vaccines-world-council-for-health_4497664.html

    Avoid the new vaxxes like the plague.

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    John Connor II

    MALAYSIA – Hand, foot and mouth disease outbreak in Malaysia: More than 65,000 cases reported

    “In a follow-up on the hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD) outbreak in Malaysia, health authorities report a total of 65,535 cases through May 28. This is a 27-fold increase over the same period for 2021 (during the COVID-19 pandemic) of 2,333 cases.”

    https://twitter.com/bactiman63

    Our northern neighbours are definitely to be avoided for the near future.

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      Hanrahan

      Should we avoid travelling north or should we simply impose strict quarantine on animal products we import?

      An outbreak here would be devastating. We contained one decades ago as I recall.

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    John Connor II

    “Environmentally-friendly digital children who will not deplete the planet of its natural resources”

    The overpopulation crisis could be solved within 50 years thanks to the evolution of “virtual children,” one of Britain’s leading artificial intelligence experts claims. Computer-generated babies that cost about $25 a month are likely to become commonplace by the early-2070s, according to Catriona Campbell.

    In addition to her expertise in AI, Campbell is also one of the UK’s top authorities in emerging and disruptive technologies, and a former UK Government adviser. She says by 2070, augmented reality (AR) and haptic “touch-sensitive” gloves will make the experience potentially “lifelike.”

    By that time, up to one-in-five parents may decide to opt for a digital baby over a real one, she believes. It will create what is being dubbed the “Tamagotchi Generation” – the first cohort of environmentally-friendly digital children who will not deplete the planet of any of its natural resources. Instead, they will exist only in the virtual metaverse – a sort of 3D internet – where they will grow up in real time and come to life at the touch of a button.

    https://www.studyfinds.org/virtual-babies-digital-children-metaverse-catriona-campbell/

    We all know what this means 😉
    “Children of men” goes digital.

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      yarpos

      eventually dont you run out of customers?

      I guess you can say what you like about 2070, most of the people in awe of your far sighted Oracle-ness will be dead or never remember you.

      I predict that we all will have flying cars which will work surprisingly well as a population control measure, full autonomous driving cars will only be 10 years away and the South Australian Government will still think their grid (if it exists) is powered by 100% “renewable energy”

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        Dennis

        Meanwhile the new SA Labor Premier is bragging about arranging for the V8 Supercar racing to return to Adelaide.

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      Hanrahan

      Do these AI babies come for a “loan” every year or so?

      If they can’t bleed on the carpet, none would reach puberty.

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    So vaccine acquired AIDS is a thing now. Have a look at tweets by @RedPhoenix1978 about this and see what you think.

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    crakar24

    The spot price is nudging $1K now before the big jump in 30 mins

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    David Maddison

    SOME INTERESTING VIDEOS

    1) Tony Heller is now back posting some of his videos on YouTube but best to watch him on the free speech platforms, not YouTube. This is his latest on YT, unfortunately he doesn’t include links for the same video on the other platforms. He talks about lies and hypocrisy from Obama and his administration regarding supposed sea level rise and other issues.

    https://youtu.be/GER81cghtBc 4 min 17 sec

    2) Does the Sun drive climate change?
    https://youtu.be/rJIw7ulYaGk 22 mins

    3) IPCC pressure tactics exposed.
    https://youtu.be/K_8xd0LCeRQ 20 mins

    4) How the world works.
    https://youtu.be/r0hnUjA5WHU 6 mins
    Highly recommended. You are not a “conspiracy theorist” if you understand how this is how things are. Highly recommended.

    5) What Big Tech does with your data.
    https://youtu.be/_hx9S5EclyA 12 min

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    David Maddison

    Dr Strangelove is a great movie, made 1964, which I recently watched again.

    At the time, it raised serious concerns within the US Congress about whether a scenario such as that portrayed, that of a rogue general launching a nuclear attack on the USSR without authorisation, really was possible.

    Wikipedia has quite a good write-up about the movie. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dr._Strangelove?wprov=sfla1

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      Hanrahan

      I was thinking about Dr Strangelove and how topical it is the other day. Downloaded a pirate copy and got distracted half way through. Must finish it.

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    Greg in NZ

    Australia’s Snowy Mountains are looking rather snowy at the moment, despite years of ‘expert’ doomsaying.

    https://mountainwatch.com

    Would you like us to send warm clothing & ugg boots?

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    Zane

    A podcast always worth a listen is Jerm Warfare from South Africa. The latest discussion is with Thierry Baudet about the dangers of globalization:-

    https://jermwarfare.com/podcast/thierry-baudet

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    another ian

    “Claim: Skyrocketing Gasoline Price Inflation is Michael Mann’s Fault”

    https://wattsupwiththat.com/2022/06/01/claim-skyrocketing-gasoline-price-inflation-is-michael-manns-fault/

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      b.nice

      Certainly, ANYONE that has supported or pushed the AGW anti-CO2 line, needs to take a share of the blame.

      They are the people who should be held totally responsible for the collapse of the electricity generation system.

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    Philip

    Interesting note by Dutton, recognizing that the corporate world is no longer their voting base. They are all woke and vote shades of green. He said to the effect that the future of the Liberal Party winning elections must change. Scomo tried out Labor Lite for some reason and it didnt work, so it will be interesting to see if he can steer the ship to a new base.

    On anther note very disappointing that John Ruddick didn’t get a senate seat.

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      Dennis

      The Union Labor Movement got what they wanted, Superannuation Guarantee Levy resulted in Industry Superannuation Funds effectively owned and managed by the Unions and they use SGL investment funds to buy shares in public companies to influence boards of directors and senior executives.

      Add the international pressures and influence via UN and UN related sources pushing climate change and warming hoax politics, especially emissions reduction and Paris Agreement objectives and the corporate world has effectively been blackmailed to cooperate. In turn bankers refuse to fund coal mines, gas ventures, coal fired power stations etc. Insurers refuse to insure those businesses in the longer term.

      The Morrison Government proposed a coal fired power station for NQLD and offered to underwrite the finance, obviously to encourage a private sector investment and get around the negativity of bankers.

      The energy crisis Australia is now experiencing will worsen and it will be fascinating to watch how our Federal and State governments react as the red flag of hip pocket nerve pain causes voters to react angrily.

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    Dennis

    What would the cost be for a modular nuclear generator in Australia?

    According to a guest on Sky News the ideal beginning would be to utilise an existing coal fired power station and replace the coal heating system with a modular nuclear system imported ready to install. Obviously the generator units might need to be reconditioned and other components but using an existing site and already existing transmission line the cost would be comparable to building a new coal fired power station on a new site.

    He said that when the number of wind turbines needed to theoretically replace the power station generator units capacity, plus firming back up costs and replacement wind turbines every twenty years or less costs the nuclear fuelled generators would cost less.

    And most if not all of the people employed at the coal fired power station to be converted would keep their jobs.

    I think it was Bolt Report.

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    Dennis

    commonwealth
    kŏm′ən-wĕlth″
    noun
    The people of a nation or state; the body politic.
    A nation or state governed by the people; a republic.
    Used to refer to some US states, namely, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.
    The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

    We now have a Minister for a Republic, please explain what we the people would gain by a change of description, see above, Commonwealth is a Republic and the old saying should apply: if it isn’t broken why try to fix it?

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      There is no Minister for the Republic. There is an Assistant Minister for the Republic though. How does that work? Only in a LayBore Guv’ment………………………

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        OldOzzie

        Called more money in the pocket – how to double every Labor MP’s salary – make them Minister or Assistant Minister – hence why so many useless Idiots

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        Dennis

        It is of course extra remuneration, when the two former National Party then Independent MPs helped Gillard Labor to form a minority alliance government after the 2010 election they were soon appointed to government committees and even chaired committees resulting in their remuneration package rising to ministerial level including their defined benefit superannuation scheme retirement benefits.

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    CHRIS

    The reason the Australian Republican Movement (ARM) lost the last referendum is that they were arguing about the best model for a republic. I’m not a Monarchist, but Australia cannot adopt the USA model. The Westminster System can still be used if Australia decides to become a Republic. Simply change “”Governor General” to “President”, and leave both Houses of Parliament as is, with compulsory (NOT optional) voting. The President would have the same powers under the Constitution as the old Governor-General.

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      KP

      Why this belief in compulsory voting? That’s the FIRST step into a tyranny, I find it amazing Aussies talk of a ‘free country’ when they force you to vote.

      You don’t need a President, there’s already far too much Govt in this country, you need to get rid of one layer somewhere.
      The States made themselves irrelevant when they allowed the Federal Govt to tax. They should have had Canberra asking States for money each year, rather than States begging for GST, but the clowns involved saw themselves as running the whole country I suppose, like the pigs heading off to the UN after crippling their countries now.

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        Graeme No.3

        KP:
        The States handed over income tax during WW2, and this continued without reason afterwards. Long before the GST the States were dependent on Commonwealth handouts. They got the money from Commonwealth taxes (including Income tax) and complained about being short-changed by the Federal Government.
        I recall Bert Kelly (the Modest Member) saying when first in Federal Parliament that he assured the SA Premier (Tom Playford) that he had his full support about tax changes. Playford looked less than delighted and took him to one side and told him to “not rock the boat”. It was all a charade.
        I also noted that when Tony Abbott offered the States a 50% share of a flat rate income tax with the right to increase the rate, they all rejected it (as their greed might become obvious and with the problem that better managed States would have a competitive advantage of a lower tax rate).
        Time has fixed that as we don’t have well managed States any more.

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          Dennis

          The Howard Government major tax reforms that included lowering income tax brackets gradually over several years included the Federal Wholesale Sales Tax being abolished (range 17.5% to 27.5% at wholesale level) and the Goods & Services Tax of 10% replacing WST. All of the GST revenue collected by the ATO on behalf of the State and Territory governments is distributed to them one hundred per cent based on a distribution formula.

          One of the reasons for GST was to provide States with more revenue and from a source that increases as the economy grows, and to replace Federal grants as applied for by the States usually at the COAG (Council Of Australian Governments) Meetings (now National Leaders Cabinet which is a misleading title because it is really a Forum not a government cabinet).

          I remember during the 1960s and 1970s when State Governments were lobbying the Federal Government for a share in income tax revenue, one proposal was to show on group certificates the percentage of income tax going to each of the two levels of government.

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            Dennis

            By the way, in return for the GST Agreement the States promised to abolish a number of State taxes including payroll tax and stamp duties, and as a result of them deciding not to keep that promise we pay Samp duty plus GST, a clever way to extract more from us.

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      Not really accurate there CHRIS. The ARM was mostly in favour of a westminster system but with arguments about how the President* would be appointed/elected.

      *The chair of the senate is already called “president” so maybe another name?

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        Dennis

        Former Labor Premier of NSW, Bob Carr, suggested no change other than Commonwealth becoming Republic, both have a similar meaning, and the Permanent Head of State, the Governor General, being given the title of President but with no change to power and responsibilities according to the Constitution.

        Carr was offering a simple no frills and no constitutional damage solution to what is very clearly political agenda, and for we the people what would the change do for us? The answer is nothing at all, a waste of time and monies.

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          b.nice

          Any which way, the person should not have ever held a political or high ranked public service bureaucratic office.

          Ex-politicians should be specifically disallowed.

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    William Astley

    What does the CEO of a major pharmaceutical company know about the first release covid vaccines that we do not know?

    2200 European elites, including a CEO of a pharmaceutical company, athletes, and other elites, paid large sums of money, up to $200k, to get a saline solution injection and a vaccination certificate.

    https://www.sott.net/article/468242-Police-charge-big-pharma-boss-with-falsifying-his-Covid-vaccination-status

    “Jose Maria Fernandez Sousa-Faro, president of European pharmaceuticals giant PharmaMar, has been charged by police with being falsely vaccinated against Covid-19. Dr. Sousa-Faro has been caught up in a scandal in Europe involving people being added to the National Immunization Registry in exchange for large sums of money, with many of them familiar faces and household names.”

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      b.nice

      I suspect that there are several names in Australia that could probably be added to that list.

      eg Dan Andrews, Several health “officers” etc etc.

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      KP

      The batch list of Pfizer vaccines at the TGA had lines reading “Batch #—-, for Pfizer staff”

      Turned up when some Australians followed up the Americans who looked at deaths per batch number.

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    another ian

    “Pfizer Paxlovid Helps A Little, Then You “Rebound”. Carrier?”

    https://chiefio.wordpress.com/2022/06/02/pfizer-paxlovid-helps-a-little-then-you-rebound-carrier/

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    William Astley

    Xi Jiang’s zero tolerance for covid cases is turning China into a version of Orwell’s 1984. Chinese citizens in Shanghai must have a negative PCR test within 78 hours to enter malls and stores and must wait in lines for up to 2 hours to get the PCR tests every three days. Masks, weekly testing, and constant threats of forced isolation will be permanent in China as Omicron is not going away.

    Omicron is 1/10 as deadly as Delta and is now as contagious as chicken pox.

    China covid policy is not rational based on the Omicron risk and the cost to the Chinese economy. It only makes sense if China is preparing for more virus attacks.

    Zero tolerance for virus outbreaks and the goal of having permanent staffed virus testing sites within 15 minutes walking distance for all Chinese citizens will enable China to release more deadly viruses.

    The Chinese people and senior CCP are waking up to the implications of first release covid, what is now happened in China, and what is logically planned for the future. There is now a CCP/elite fraction in China that do not support Xi Jiang.

    This is going to lead to a civil war in China to stop the virus attacks, masks and isolation forever, and the CCP madness.

    https://www.reuters.com/world/china/shanghai-lockdown-blues-make-way-covid-testing-gripes-2022-06-02/
    But citizens are required to have proof they have taken a COVID test within the last 72 hours in order to enter areas like malls and offices – or even to use subways and buses.
    Authorities have built 15,000 testing sites and trained thousands of workers to swab throats. Still, long queues amid early summer heat became a common sight on Wednesday and Thursday

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    OldOzzie

    At least he had Ivermectin

    IMHO for me, I’ll take Ivermectin over Paxlovid. And have been. We’re pushing 3 years now of zero problems despite several cross continent road trips, 100,000 scale crowd interactions, no masks and no worries in LOTS of public venues, and generally just living life normally. All with a weekly dose of about 2 ¢ of Ivermectin.

    A couple of times I’ve missed a week, and felt like “allergies maybe” and slathered on the stuff, and the next day all is gone. No idea if it was allergies, a ‘common cold’ or whatever. But zero sick is a pretty good batting average. So I’m just not going to trust Pfizer on anything. They have a demonstrated track record of preferring profit margin over curing diseases rapidly and cheaply. At least, that’s my opinion from what it looks like when I observe their track record.

    As Ivermectin not available to us in OZ, have been using 2 year antiviral approach, NAC, Zinc, Vit D, Quercetin with Bromelain, Vit C etc and notwithstanding living in 3 Generation Household of 7 with 5/8/10 year olds at School, 2 years of 4 Minor Ops, 1 major Op and at Hospital minimum of 2 times every 3 weeks, have only caught 1 cold this year from 10 year old that went to chest (antibiotics cured)

    Have had Seniors Flu Vaccine and was going to have Novavax but will give it a miss and stick with antivirals.

    Curious how many other Jo Bloggers have not had COVID?

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    William Astley

    Xi Jinping is pushing to be an emperor. There are many in China who do not support rulers who want to be emperor. The Chinese people have no rights or way to protect themselves from rogue governments.

    https://bitterwinter.org/xi-jinpings-new-little-red-books/

    Xi’s 100 “golden quotes” for students
    Learning the president’s speeches by heart has become an essential part of education for schoolchildren. In particular, for high school students who are getting ready for college entrance exams, which have become highly politicized in the past few years. Since 2018, the topics for college entrance exams in some parts of China have been taken directly from Xi Jinping’s speeches.

    https://www.wilsoncenter.org/blog-post/signs-intensifying-power-struggle-within-china
    “Signs of Intensifying Power Struggle within China?”

    “Late last year, an article by a leading Chinese political scientist was published by the People’s Daily. In it, the Director of the Institute of Party History and Literature Qu Qingshan essentially argued that it was Xi Jinping’s predecessors, rather than Xi himself, who paved the way for China’s current success.

    Qu’s article mentioned Deng Xiaoping nine times, while Jiang Zemin’s and Hu Jintao’s names appeared once. Xi Jinping’s name is not mentioned. Yet the purpose of the article is supposedly to have a better understanding of the third historical resolution adopted in November 2021. Some have argued that this is a deliberate sidelining of Xi and his influence over the course of China’s expansion under his rule.”

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    cadger

    Via Instapundit

    THE FUTURE BELONGS TO THOSE WHO SHOW UP: China’s population is about to shrink for the first time since the great famine struck 60 years ago.

    Theories differ about why Chinese women remain reluctant to have children in the face of state incentives. One involves having become used to small families, another involves the rising cost of living, another involves increasing marriage age, which delay births and the dampens the desire to have children.

    In addition, China has fewer women of child-bearing age than might be expected. Limited to having only one child since 1980, many couples opted for a boy, lifting the sex at birth ratio from 106 boys for every 100 girls (the ratio in most of the rest of the world) to 120, and in some provinces to 130.

    China’s total population grew by a post-famine low of just 0.34 in 1,000 last year.

    Projections prepared by a team at the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences have it falling this year – for the first time post-famine – by 0.49 in a thousand.

    The turning point has come a decade sooner than expected.

    Plus: “China’s working-age population peaked in 2014 and is projected to shrink to less than one third of that peak by 2100.”

    https://theconversation.com/chinas-population-is-about-to-shrink-for-the-first-time-since-the-great-famine-struck-60-years-ago-heres-what-it-means-for-the-world-176377

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    another ian

    “How America’s Recycling Program Failed—and Scarred the Environment

    Like many problems in American history, recycling began as a moral panic.”

    Via Chiefio

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    Dennis

    How much longer before our elected representatives do what we elect them to manage, our nation, our state or territory and our local council in accordance with the constitutional areas of responsibility and powers?

    We have had many UN treaties and agreements forced onto us, Federal sign and then legislated and regulated at each of the three levels of government and imposed. Never a referendum to allow us to decide. Consider the 1975 UN Lima Protocol that decided on a gradual handover of manufacturing industry to third world or as the UN describes them, developing nations. Add other UN based changes, Agenda 21 and the long list of impositions and related economic vandalism. The emissions reduction agreements beginning with the Kyoto Japan Agreement followed by the Paris Agreement, and even after signing the Paris Agreement Australia has been pushed to do more, to increase the Paris emissions target and change the date from 2030 to 2025, and then add net zero emissions by 2050 now being targeted for 2030. Note that Agenda 21 is now Agenda 30!!!

    The energy crisis has been building for decades since the 1997 Kyoto Agreement and the original Renewable Energy target of 3 per cent trebled after 2010 and starting from
    the UN Framework on Climate Change 1992.

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      MP

      How much longer before our elected representatives do what we elect them to manage

      Spent the last 9 years asking the exact same question

      Two levels of government, Referendum remember, the people said no. Continually repeating it will not make it true.

      1997…..Howard

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    OldOzzie

    For the first time, Labor voters earn more than Coalition voters

    Households in Labor electorates now earn $8580 more a year than those in Coalition seats – a shift that could have profound effects on politics.

    Politics flipped two weeks ago. The average Labor voter now earns more than their Coalition counterpart.

    An $8580 Labor-Coalition pay gap emerged this election, and could have profound consequences for politics, policy and the two-party system.

    Under the Morrison government, households in Liberal electorates averaged $126,940 in income last year, Roy Morgan Research calculates. This was about 4 per cent higher than the $121,020 earned by households in Labor seats.

    Labor and the Liberals changed places at the 2022 election. At $118,880 a year, households in Liberal seats now earn 2.6 per cent, or $3140 a year, less than Labor-seat dwellers.

    The gap between the Coalition and wealthier Labor seats is 7 per cent, or $8580. And residents of Greens and independent-held seats are even wealthier. Their average household income last year was $145,690.

    The income data may help explain why both main parties are behaving in ways contrary to their historical allegiances. The Labor Party has promised to subsidise childcare for families earning $500,000, and new Liberal leader Peter Dutton has acknowledged his party’s relationship with big business is breaking down.

    The 2022 election may come to be seen as a historical pivot point, which forces the Coalition – the dominant power in Australian politics for seven decades – to evaluate its purpose, values and structure.

    “The Liberal Party is becoming Labor and Labor is becoming the Liberal Party,” an investment banker who lives in the Sydney seat of Wentworth said this week. “I’ve voted Liberal most of my life. Now I find myself reconsidering.”

    Wealthy Australians, especially those who send their children to private schools, are detaching themselves from the party that had, until a few years ago, made financial rectitude and lower taxes its primary mission.

    Almost by default, the Coalition is becoming the voice of the working and lower middle-classes – and a perceived bulwark against inner-city values and priorities.

    The voting-income effects were seen across the metropolitan sprawls. Today, of the 15 highest-earning electorates, seven are held by independents, five by the Labor Party and three by the Coalition (Bradfield, Berowra and Mitchell.) While six Liberal MPs fell to “teal” independents, three of the poorest five electorates swung right.

    During the election campaign, less wealthy voters’ primary complaint was inflation, especially petrol, according to some rural Liberal MPs. Those basic living concerns represent a political pressure, or opportunity, that may influence Coalition policy in opposition.

    For instance, Dutton might see more benefit in opposing expensive new transmission networks to connect solar and wind farms to the national grid than advocating for business tax cuts.

    But as the flip in the relationship between income and party affiliation forces both main parties to adjust policy priorities, they’re losing support in the transition.

    The Labor Party’s 33 per cent primary vote this year would have once been considered too low to win government. The Coalition’s was only 36 per cent.

    Breakdown has been building

    The conditions for the breakdown in big-party allegiances have been building for a generation, says Sarah Cameron, a Sydney University political scientist.

    They were, though, hidden by preferential voting, which forced disillusioned voters to choose one of the major parties – until generously funded independent candidates arrived.

    They tapped into two big changes in Australian society, according to Cameron. “Younger voters are more left-wing today than earlier generations, and women have become much less likely to vote for the Coalition,” she says.

    Scott Morrison, and his party, appealed to neither.

    Perhaps blinded by the success of the 2019 campaign, Morrison didn’t seem to appreciate that ostentatious masculinity repelled many educated women. No female counterweight existed at the top of the government to provide balance.

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      OldOzzie

      OldOzzie says:
      June 3, 2022 at 1:20 pm

      Business has gone woke – so Libs should focus on Dandenong not Davos

      Peter Dutton was right to dismiss corporate Australia as being more in step with Labor and the Greens. The automatic and close relationship between the centre-right of politics and big business is over.

      John Roskam Columnist

      Anthony Albanese’s election victory has prompted all sorts of interesting reactions. Apparently, company boards should now start purging their ranks of “right-wingers”. That’s the view of Graeme Bricknell of the executive search and consulting firm, Korn Ferry.

      As reported last week in this newspaper, according to Bricknell: “Boards need to pay attention [to the election]. If you’re a die-in-the-ditch, right-wing board member with fixed views about how things were done 15 years ago, your time is nigh.”

      It’s unclear whether after the Coalition’s federal election victories in 2013, 2016 and 2019 Bricknell said companies should cleanse themselves of left-wing directors.

      Also unclear is what part of the election result company boards should supposedly be paying attention to.

      Labor got 32.70 per cent of the primary vote and the barest of parliamentary majorities in the House of Representatives. The Coalition got 36.04 per cent of the vote, the Greens 11.9 per cent, while together the Liberal Democrats, One Nation and the United Australia Party got 10.7 per cent of the vote.

      To most observers that’s a finely balanced outcome, revealing the need for magnanimity and moderation from our political and corporate leaders, rather than the justification for a radical reconstruction of the country.

      Presumed political purity, not business acumen is now the prerequisite for selection to the board of a large Australian public company.

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    Zane

    Plastic straws are becoming an endangered species.

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    Hanrahan

    NSW is barely keeping the lights on. ATM the line to Vic is maxed out, the AC line to Qld is virtually maxed out and the much lower capacity DC [I think} is at 50%

    Imports have dropped as I type but w/sale price is high and rising into the peak.

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      b.nice

      Cloudy cold and lite drizzle here, doubt rooftop solar is making any contribution either.

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      Dennis

      Within a year or two Liddell Power Station is scheduled for closure;

      Four generating units with Nameplate Capacity of 500MW each unit.

      A couple of others to close not long afterwards, meaning a few years left.

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        b.nice

        IIRC Liddell only has 3 units operating. Fixing the fourth is considered not worthwhile because the whole thing is slated to be shut down.

        An extra 500MW of highly reliable power would make a difference to current peak prices. !

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          b.nice

          ps… calling Tony in Oz for confirmation. 🙂

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          Hanrahan

          An extra 500MW of highly reliable power would make a difference to current peak prices.

          Only if there is a guaranteed market to keep the furnaces stoked. You can’t ignore coal for a week, snap your fingers and have it on line. Doesn’t work that way.

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      Dennis

      I have my lounge room reverse cycle air conditioner on today, I don’t use it most days, but at 3.30 pm it is 17C and overcast with a cold breeze blowing and until 2.00 pm it was 14C and 9C early morning before daylight.

      Mid Coast NSW

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      Hanrahan

      On the radio driving home this is the previous gov’s fault for not installing more ruinables and, of course, some coal plants being off line.

      A wind drought and some overcast has nothing to do with it.

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    another ian

    ““Looking at the Sun” – Climate Discussion Nexus interviews CERES co-team leader, Dr. Ronan Connolly”

    https://wattsupwiththat.com/2022/06/02/looking-at-the-sun-climate-discussion-nexus-interviews-ceres-co-team-leader-dr-ronan-connolly/

    “Topics covered include:

    The significance of the debates between the two main rival satellite estimates of solar activity trends since 1978, i.e., PMOD and ACRIM.

    How using either PMOD or ACRIM to calibrate the pre-satellite era solar data can give very different estimates of how much solar activity has changed since the 19th century and earlier.

    How politics and the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reports have downplayed the possible role of solar activity in recent climate change.

    The urbanization bias problem of current thermometer-based estimates of global temperature trends since the 19th century.”

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    Latest Pointman

    “GETTING OUT OF THERE WHILE YOU’VE STILL GOT A SHIRT ON YOUR BACK.”

    https://thepointman.wordpress.com/2022/06/03/getting-out-of-there-while-youve-still-got-a-shirt-on-your-back/

    Some won’t be suprised with this analysis

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    Anti-wind industry litigation handbook

    “The website clearinghouse DeFrock offers a current report on the state of litigation by victimized landowners against industrial wind turbines in Australia, a Net Zero hotspot. “A Guide to Seeking Damages From Wind Energy Project Owners/Operators,” is reproduced below. And more than this, plaintiffs are winning in court against Big Wind. [1]”

    https://wattsupwiththat.com/2022/06/03/defrock-wind-litigation-central-in-australia-global-insight-provided/

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