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    OldOzzie

    Needs another outing to lighten Your Day

    OldOzzie
    July 10, 2022 at 9:15 am · Reply

    Quadrant – Environment

    Old Macdonald Had a Wind Farm

    For LVA – summed up by the Comments

    – Christopher,
    Your writing skills are up there with the famous Aussies of yesteryear.

    It takes a lot to make me laugh out loud these days, but I did.

    Fark’n bonza lark Chris, almost chok’d on me Bonox when I read it, I did.

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      ColA

      This was classic!

      “No, Dad, into somethink—what’s that word young Nipper was saying his teacher’s always ramming down their throats at school?—sustainable. Something that’ll resist the extreme weather events that guy on TV said we can now expect. I remember his name now. Faggetty. He was raving on about the need for sustainability.”

      “If yer arst me that character should spend less of his time shaking hands with Mrs Palmer and her five daughters.”

      “I don’t get you, Dad.”

      “Never mind.”

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      John Connor II

      The good old days of political incorrectness…

      As Aussies we could laugh (and still can at secret bbqs in undisclosed locations 😉😅) at our own uniqueness and culture such as it is.

      Remember the old Goodies sketch on Oz when Rolf Harris was liked?
      Or Monty Python’s Bruce sketch?
      “Bruce here teaches logical positivism and is in charge of the sheep dip”
      Or the 6 part “how to talk Australians”.
      Hilarious!

      You know, we should form meetups and bbq’s in each state for blog members, all wearing masks so we can’t be identified though. 😆

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        OldOzzie

        Macdonald “Bluey” Grumble pushed his antique felt hat back from his forehead and gazed across his acres with a weather-worn frown. “It don’t look like stoppin’,” he observed to his son Dave. “At this rate every paddock’ll be flooded by the end of the week. Nothin’ll grow and we’ll be stuffed.”

        “Jeez, Dad,” said Dave. “That’s no good. It might be too wet for footy on Saturday.”

        “You’ll probably have a couple of Corriedales swimming round the goalposts. I’ve always said yer can’t trust them smart-aleck city bastards with their forecasts. What’s the name of that galah that used to be always on the wireless saying it would never rain again? Haven’t heard much from him lately.”

        “I don’t remember, Dad. Was it Eddie McGuire?”

        “No, yer drongo. Slattery, Flattery, something like that. He started it all and them global warming peanuts in Canberra have been harping on it ever since. We’re all going to die of thirst in a drought, they say. Drown more likely. The wheat’s been washed away. And the farm-stay bungalow looks like lifting clear of its slab and floating off. Just as well that family paid up before they left last week. Them second-hand beds and the couch we got from the Vinnies—ruined.”

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    David Maddison

    The rate at which Biden’s handlers, and especially his principal handler, Obama, are destroying the United States is unprecedented and alarming. There may not be anything salvageable by the time Trump reclaims the Presidency.

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        OldOzzie

        THE MORTON’S BACKLASH

        I expressed admiration for Morton’s statement condemning the harassment of Justice Kavanaugh at the steakhouse chain’s downtown D.C. restaurant on Wednesday evening. Politico Playbook had sought and published Morton’s statement (quoted in the linked post) in its account of the events. Morton’s must of course be punished for speaking up on behalf of its customers (and its business).

        I observed that the Playbookers seemed to think the whole thing was a big joke. A laughing matter. Something to have a little fun with.

        Politico’s hilarity continues with the Playbook update this morning (links and bolding omitted):

        These people and their supporters — you know who I mean — are sick.

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          OldOzzie

          Democrats gleeful at the harassment of Supreme Court justice Kavanaugh

          Democrats are starting to sound just a little demonic in their fanaticism for abortion, and it’s obvious in their cavalier attitude toward the safety of the Supreme Court justices.

          Here’s the White House setting the tone:

          thebradfordfile
          @thebradfordfile

          Let’s be honest. This White House wants some lunatic to kill a supreme court justice.

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            yarpos

            As long as they are happy when the extreme end of the “ultra MAGA” crowd start harrasing Pelosi, Schumer, Cortez, and the lefty Supremes then its all good really. If they want to escalate they will probably get escalation.

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              Forrest Gardener

              The extreme end of the ultra MAGA crowd? That’s the FBI isn’t it?

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                yarpos

                Cant make any sense of that

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                R.B.

                Jan 6 was full of agent provocateurs.

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                R.B.

                I don’t normally complain about a thumbs down but this time, surely everyone knows? We might not know who they were but one of them was arrested for it. I did not say that I knew that they were put up to it by law enforcement or self motivated, but it is damned suspicious that there were many of them.

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                Hanrahan

                Same story with the Whitmer kidnap case. More FBI than suckers.

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            James Murphy

            Yes, it’s beneficial for the Whitehouse, they get to simultaneously go mad about gun control, and justify isolating federal politicians and their lackeys from the rest of the population, as they did for months after the January 6 unguided tours of federal buildings.
            That will also make it easier to ensure they get continuation of services and supplies while the rest of the country goes hungry and without affordable fuel. Plus, it’s another easy way to get another extreme left Supreme Court justice appointed.

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            Russell

            One of the twits in the twatta thread:
            “It’s really simple. When you vote to eliminate fundamental rights from 167 million women, you no longer get to eat in peace.”
            This is where “voting” and making a documented judgement become all mixed up for average punters.
            Of course, most punters get to “vote” without any capability of analysing and documenting their reasons for their selection.
            Why, they can even vote on pure emotion if they want to. It’s simply binary – no shades of grey.
            So then they think all decisions in business and law can and should be made on emotions and voting.
            The madness of crowds.

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              Lawrie

              My read is that abortion has simply been sent to the states to make their own rules much like here. Our Federal government has not entered the abortion debate leaving it to the states to make baby killing legal.

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                Hanrahan

                Australians are screaming about this verdict taking away women’s rights. I ask if they are out campaigning for those rights here and they ask “Why?” NFI

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      Jack01

      Their plan all along was to destroy the USA but I didn’t think they could have made it this bad after only 1.5 years. Their level of hatred of America and incompetence is staggering.

      To think that their team leaders are Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, then you have the moronic AOC, Liz Warren, Gavin Newsom etc. A group of people so devoid of logic, common sense or morality. It goes to show the level of fraud they must have committed to “win” in 2020.

      I think when Trump won in 2016 he didn’t realize how swampy the Republican party was either. With a deep clean from the RINOs such as Mitch McConnell, Liz Cheney, Adam Kinzinger, etc. they’ll be properly ready by 2024.

      I’m hoping that in 2024 we see a 1980-Reagan style landslide. Of course the Democrat fraudsters would be hatching some way to cheat massively to prevent that.

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        yarpos

        The destructive energy is incredible, probaly exceeds South Africa.

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          Richard+Ilfeld

          In 80% of the geographical United States, with about 40% of the population and about 80% of the competence at doing things that are useful, like growing food and keeping the lights on, wokeism is like a nasty virus and wokesters are quarantined. In the free state of Florida, because we are free, there are more than enough idiots abounding, and on can tell you where they are to be found. But when out of their leftist ghettos, they tend to keep their heads down, given the general perception that things are working pretty well and they are only suggesting things that would screw things up. At our local school board meetings, we still talk about better education. Imagine that. When Disney decided to be a woke oasis on Orlando, Florida resident Pass and electoral support instantly cratered, as did the stock. It’s not that we don’t have a diverse population; South Beach has been famous for years. But we mostly live and let live and get on with life, as do the other geographies where the hundreds of thousands of folks and billions in assets (literally) fleeing Blue States Like California and New York are fleeing to.

          The destructive energy is incredible and concentrated; we will have jurisdictions fail like S Africa, and for much the same reason. I hope it happens this year, we can tolerate and fix the pain. California, for example, (similar population) has so botched their water/power management they may have to stop growing food in the imperial valley, one of the richest areas in the world, and endure rolling blackouts as well. Were it a country the failure would be geopoliticaly significant. The US has the resources to fully ameliorate the damage if California changes policy, and absorb the internal refugees without issue if the population shifts so as to reduce the population of California to the sill extensive resources available. “woke’ is concentrated in government, the acadamy, and industries that will quickly become profitless if they are too ideological. The need to actually earn a living may focus the attention of the sheep elsewhere; again exposing the woke leadership as the lunatic fringe they have always been; the 25-35 age cohort, under-educated and facing a hostile world, observing their peers who became HVAC techs rather than gender studies queence functioning as baristas, may quickly recast their lives. The press in the US Chooses not to make obvioud the 200 million of us living rather traditional American lives, but think a moment; our wealth and prosperty is coming from somewhere.
          It isn’t Washington DC, NYC, or Sacramento; whats coming from there is mostly noise.

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      OldOzzie

      Sunday Cartoon: Biden’s Ruinous Priorities Are Destroying Our Military

      Lincoln mused about America’s destruction. He said, “[Destruction] must spring up amongst us. It cannot come from abroad. If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher.”

      Our military was supposed to be immune from the silly predations of pronoun cops, inclusion and equity liaisons, and woke agendas. Then Biden was sworn in, and it all changed. The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs testified that he wanted to know about “white rage” and white privilege, and was uncritical of CRT.

      Civilian leadership and willing general officers who are far more interested in climbing leadership ladders than preserve military readiness, are slowly destroying our military. Our enemies, like the Chinese, are watching–and laughing. Our military is more concerned with hurt feelings than hurting the enemy. Don’t want to run in the Air Force for PT? No problem, walk.

      A recent report shows that the Navy is laden with ladder-climbers rather than war-fighters.

      Said one retired senior enlisted leader:

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      OldOzzie

      Biden Makes Remarks About Looking Like a ‘Fool’ and Gets Heckled by Bystander

      Joe Biden is in Delaware for the 39th time since he’s been in office.

      Originally, he had planned on going from Europe — where he was at the G7 and a NATO summit — straight to the Middle East for more meetings there.

      But as we reported, his team thought that was too much and brought him back to Delaware to rest for the weekend. He’s now leaving on Tuesday. It would seem that 10 days of meetings in a row would have been too much for Joe Biden, as the NY Times reported. That raises a lot of concerns if Biden isn’t able to do that, but has to hustle back to Delaware to get rest or whatever it is that re-invigorates him there. The NY Times reported that the White House is concerned about Biden’s age and ability, constantly concerned he may gaffe.

      Biden was concerned, when he was speaking with reporters, if he looked like a “fool” in his bike helmet. Then he joked he was wearing it because he might face tough questions.

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      OldOzzie

      Why Hiden Biden and the Democrats want Open Borders

      Squalid migrant campgrounds hide among luxury homes in Hamptons

      Illegal immigrants who mow the lawns and paint the mansions of wealthy Hamptons residents are being forced to live in hovels hidden in the woods due to the sky-high cost of residing in the summer playground of celebrities such as Jerry Seinfeld, Billy Joel and Jay-Z and Beyoncé, The Post has learned.

      Squalid encampments exist around the tony town of Southampton, including just off the main highway and in the waterfront village of Westhampton Beach.

      “I work for very rich people in the Hamptons but I can’t afford somewhere to live,” lamented Juan Antonio Morales, 40.

      “I am paid very little and an apartment costs too much money.”

      The Post found the native Guatemalan spread out on a tattered chaise lounge in a heavily wooded area behind an abandoned gas station along the Montauk Highway in Westhampton Beach last week — as Aston Martins, Mercedes-Benzes and Range Rovers buzzed past nearby.

      Morales said he’d spent most of the day hanging out at a nearby 7-Eleven store where contractors pick up day laborers to work off the books.

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        OldOzzie

        From the Comments

        Biden, such an ignorant sod

        Obama is the Democrat God
        When warm winds blow
        it’s climate change
        DC a State? How very strange
        The Squad is goose-stepping
        Political two-stepping
        To their own song
        No sense of right or wrong
        A herd of RINOs at a lake
        Sunning in a light that’s fake
        and not a dream, it seems
        to be all an era which
        will pass

        But will the harm?…

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      OldOzzie

      President Biden’s ‘Whole of Government’ Climate Spending Extravaganza – RealClearInvestigations

      Just two years ago, the National Endowment for the Arts made only one grant to an art project that promised to address the issue of climate change, awarding $25,000 to the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art to commission work informed by “research on the Earth’s dissolving permafrost layer.”

      During the last two years, the federal agency has provided $1,369,000 to fund some 40 climate-focused projects. The 29 such grants approved for fiscal year 2022 include support for multidisciplinary artist Hajra Waheed’s collaboration “with researchers and organizers on issues such as land sovereignty and food and climate justice”; development of a Baltimore Center Stage production titled, “A Play for the Living in a Time of Extinction”; and a grant to the Dance Exchange in Takoma Park, Maryland, to use “movement and storytelling to explore the ways different landscapes and communities are navigating climate change.”

      Never mind the prospect of reins on executive climate action in light of the Supreme Court’s stinging regulatory rebuke last week:

      These art projects are one small piece of an explosion of climate spending since President Biden called during his first days in office for a “whole-of-government approach to combating the climate crisis.” In response, every department, bureau, and agency has climate-related budget lines, responding to Biden’s mandate by claiming a slice of the climate pie.

      Where the Trump administration’s 150-page budget overview for the fiscal year 2020 mentioned the word climate just once (and that was a reference to “school climate” – that is, educational environment), the current White House 2023 budget overview mentions the word “climate” 187 times and the phrase “climate crisis” 33 times in its 158 pages.

      The administration’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2023 calls for “a total of $44.9 billion to tackle the climate crisis,” $16.7 billion more than climate spending in 2021, according to the president’s budget.

      “Climate change is not only a real and growing threat,” Sen. Gary Peters of Michigan said, “but it also presents an economic opportunity.” These include:

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      OldOzzie

      “We Have No Plan for This Except Sitting Around Hoping He Dies” – NBC Panelists Are Openly Wishing for Trump’s Death (VIDEO)

      Earlier today on Meet the Press with Chuck Todd MSNBC hack accidentally slipped up and said the silent part out loud.

      Democrats and Never-Trumpers want Trump dead.

      During a discussion on whether President Trump will run again in 2024 one of the guests, Mark Leibovich, admitted Democrats have no plan for Trump’s three-peat except hoping he dies.

      Mark Leibovich: “Look we have no plan for this, except sitting around hoping [Trump] dies.”

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      OldOzzie

      Biden’s Mental Decay

      Techno Fog

      The President of the sole global superpower is confounded by a teleprompter. The Commander in Chief of the most powerful military in the world, with 700+ military spanning the globe and nearly 4,000 nuclear warheads, can barely make it through public appearances.

      He wouldn’t pass a driver’s test, unable to distinguish between a pedestrian or a stop sign. But he has his finger on the nuclear trigger.

      Just this week he was defeated (yet again) by text on a screen. “End of quote. Repeat the line.” Watch this:

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    David Maddison

    Sunday music appreciation:

    This is a powerful piece of music composed by James Reichart called “Victory”. It was originally played by the New Concert Orchestra in 1962.

    It was used in the intro of the Australian TV police drama “Homicide”. The TV series ran from 1964-1977. The music was not written for the TV series.

    https://youtu.be/-StWdxDgNOc

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    OldOzzie

    RIP Shinzo Abe

    Assassinated former prime minister allied with Trump and positioned Japan and the Pacific to resist red China

    I enclose a Daily Caller opinion piece Steve Yates and I wrote about Shinzo Abe, who was assassinated today, and the legacy he leaves behind.

    The assassin reportedly used a homemade weapon that functioned like a shotgun. President Joe Biden didn’t miss the opportunity to embarrass himself, using the occasion to decry “gun violence,” which is part of the progressive lexicon as the cities they govern collapse in violence. Would Biden have been happier if the assassin had stabbed Abe?

    What probably bothers Biden and NPR is that Abe was the first major foreign leader to move decisively to cooperate with Donald Trump when he was elected president in 2016. Even before Trump took the oath of office, Abe made an unprecedented trip to New York to see Trump.

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      Dave in the States

      “This kind of violence just doesn’t happen in Japan.”

      At least post WWII. But during the 1930’s there was a period which historians refer to as government by assassination.

      About a 100 years ago on a 1921 November 4th, Japanese Prime Minister Takashi Hara was assassinated at Tokyo Station by stabbing. There are several parallels between Abe and Hara. Both were friends and Allies to the USA and the British Empire. Both were advocates of free market capitalism and free trade. Both employed the economic theories of economics great Korikiyo Takahashi (Takahashi was Hara’s finance minister). Both saw Marxism, particularly in China and Korea, as dire threats.

      Trump wasn’t literally assassinated but was effectively done away with, and they are trying to make it lastingly effective.

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    David Maddison

    Know your social crimes:

    “Deadnaming” is when you refer to a transgender individual by their former name associated with what is now called “the sex assigned to them at birth”.

    It can get you banned on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter and in fact just got Prof. Jordan Peterson banned on Twitter.

    He explains here: https://youtu.be/UYfKWQqvFac

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    OldOzzie

    Electric Vehicles Are a Tool of Tyranny

    First, don’t blame the vehicle. It is a tool that might be just what Los Angeles needs to cope with inversions. Electric vehicles are also very good as airport shuttles and for other locations where short, repetitive routes are the primary use. Some may even be fun to drive (except when they catch on fire).

    But do not believe for a minute that the plan is to replace each of the 275 million gasoline- and diesel-powered vehicles on the road today in the United States with electric vehicles (which today comprise just 1 percent of the U.S. fleet). Worldwide, there are nearly of 1.5 billion vehicles on the road today, but only 6 million are EVs. That’s less than 0.5 percent. And most of them are in China, which controls the supply of batteries and electronics for EVs.

    The media and the White House are simply not telling you the truth.

    But the World Economic Forum recently let the cat out of the bag. Their goal: You will own nothing and be happier for it. Or, as Israeli historican Yuval Noah Harari put it, “There will be two classes: The exploited and the useless class (people who don’t adopt wearable technologies, metaverse, etc.). It’s better to be exploited than be useless.”

    Let that sink in. The plan is not for you to be able to purchase your own electric vehicle. And you will have to gain permission – through a Chinese-style social credit system – to be allowed to use a government-supplied vehicle.

    Remember that, campaigning in 2020, Joe Biden pledged that, “We are going to get rid of fossil fuels.” His every action as President, including draining the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, has moved this nation toward that goal.

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      James Murphy

      Not just draining the strategic reserve, but exporting it.

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      David Maddison

      Most electric vehicles on the market have the theoretical capability to be remote controlled, traced and tracked by Big Brother.

      They will be able to designate permissible driving zones, or weekly driving distances, the speed at which you drive, who and what you visit etc.. Also, they will be able to ration the kWh of electricity the vehicle uses.

      The full implementation of digital currency is also close and they will be able to examine what you buy and also restrict what you buy. E.g. at the supermarket checkout you might be determined to have exceeded your monthly quota of one oz/ 28 grams of meat but be offered a kilo/2.2lbs of the finest ‘roaches or crickets instead.

      Note also, most Australian households now have “smart” electricity meters. They can ration your power or turn it off by remote control, whenever they please. You might also be given a certain number of kWh per week and then your power gets turned off until the next ration period.

      In Australia we have very few politicians left that believe in freedom. Nearly all in the LibLabGreen Uniparty would be quite happy to acquiesce to a dictatorship.

      Covid was the trial run. It proved the willingness of both politicians to implement and the Sheeple to accept dictatorial and brutal measures (with a few notable exceptions).

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      mundi

      I’ve be saying this for years. In countries where EV usage is high, the price of vehicles has gone up and ownership rates have gone down.

      I can’t see EVs ever taking off big in australia other than for urban city dwellers for short commutes.

      The best selling vehicles in australia are simply $25k tradie utes. The ev equivalent for a tradie in EU is 75,000 euro! And prices are going up, not down.

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        Chad

        The best selling vehicles in australia are simply $25k tradie utes……

        You obviously have not bought a ute lately ?
        The best selling Toyota Hi Lux is 2-3 times your figure….. $60-$70k+ minimum , ……with some at $100-$150k for the big ones ! (Toyota 79s, Ram, etc )

        PS.. Fords electric F150 “Lightening” EV “ute” starts at US$40k ( Au$50k )!

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    el+gordo

    Blocking high chills Queensland and BoM said it will hang around for a few more days.

    http://www.bom.gov.au/fwo/IDY65100.pdf

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    David Maddison

    Donald Trump’s next election slogan shouldn’t be Make America Great Again, it will need to be SAVE AMERICA.

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    Everyone has lost sight of the benefits that coal fired power gave us, and what better example could show that than what happened in the U.S.

    Last year, I Updated a Post I originally wrote back in 2016, showing those benefits, and I’ve probably linked to it here at Joanne’s site before, but it’s so worth looking at again, if just for two graphs.

    The originals for those graphs are linked to, and it’s worth taking the links to scroll along those interactive graphs to see what happened during those years after the Second Great War finished.

    Everyone was recovering from that War, and in the following years the U.S. became the Number One World Economic Power, as it’s Manufacturing sector led the World in virtually everything.

    Noe of that could have been achieved without access to (quite literally humungous amounts of) electrical power, and these two graphs when viewed in context of one another show that.

    In 1949, the U.S. was consuming 290TWH of power….. and here, keep in mind, that is not much more than Australia is consuming now for our population of 25 Million. However, at that time, the population of the US was 150 Million, so, Australia (now) multiplied by six, for virtually the same total power consumption.

    Now while those graphs are interactive (and I encourage you to take both links and ‘play around’ with them yourselves) what I really want you to do is this.

    At my own Post, scroll down a little, until both of those graphs appear one above the other, with both of them on that one visible (computer) screen.

    The upper graph shows the growth of electrical power Generation (consumption) and the lower graph it shows the sources of that power generation, and here, that top blue line on that graph is for coal fired power.

    Note the symmetry between the two graphs, almost the same growth.

    As overall power generation rose, so did coal fired power, to the point that at its peak in the mid 80s, coal fired power delivered (almost) 60% of all generated power.

    I have mentioned the difference between consumption in the different sectors of power consumption, and a typical large Industrial Company will consume around a thousand times more than the average residential home.

    It also took until the early 1990s before the Industrial Sector slipped from first place as the largest consumer of power.

    That electrical power was also costed differently as well, (naturally really, as they consumed so much more of it) and Industry was paying between two and three and half cents per KWH for that power, and in some States, even less than that.

    What is happening right now in China, is ….. EXACTLY what happened in the U.S. from 1949 till 1990.

    That’s what coal fired power delivered, and without it, well, who knows.

    Read my Post if you wish, but look at those two graphs, and see just why we should be so thankful for coal fired power, and seriously, there is NOTHING that can replace that.

    The Benefits That Coal Fired Power Gave Us – UPDATE May 2021

    Tony.

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      Honk R Smith

      Tony,
      I very much appreciate your work and think its’s of critical importance.
      But, I think we are now all refugees.
      The hoards of darkness have burned and looted Camelot and chased us to river.
      You are akin to a Medieval monk devoted to scribing books and saving truth before the pixels are altered.
      We, for too long, have fought the battle with antiquated weapons of fact, math, and logic.
      It was a religious, symbolic, emotional war.
      And our side failed to engage in that fight.
      Or in common language … lie.
      We thought the pagan forces of superstition had been defeated.
      We mistakenly thought history would stop repeating.
      The Lords of the High Castle are reestablishing their domain.
      The have new mercenary knights whose heraldry is known by alphabet letters.
      They have a high priest named Klaus.
      And a wealthy benefactor named Bill.
      They’re on YouTube.
      If you criticize them you may be in violation of ‘community standards’ … which BTW are actually never defined.
      (I think even the mods here scrutinize if you type their full names.)

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        Honk R Smith

        Just to add, the last Feudal war ended in 1918.
        There’s a BBC series chronicling this called ‘Downton Abbey’.
        So looks like the Space Age/Star Trek/Science/Modern/Age of Aquarius … whatever it ends up being called, if not erased … lasted a little over a 100 years.
        Feeling lucky to have lived in it.

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      rowjay

      Like Tony, we rely on numbers to appreciate the current poor situation Australia finds itself in. One is the perplexing stance that Prime Minister Albanese has committed this nation to with his 43% emissions reduction by 2030. That reduction amounts to another 142.7 MtCO2e over the next 8 years.

      A visit to the Data on CO2 and Greenhouse Gas Emissions by Our World in Data and downloading their spreadsheet reveals the following data about emissions from coal-fired power stations alone expressed in MtCO2e:

      Source…………….Year………Coal-fired Emissions (MtCO2e)
      Australia………….2005……….201.452
      Rest of World…….2005……..11,368.634
      Australia………….2020……….159.817
      Rest of World…….2020……..13,816.281

      So over the 15 year period 2005-2020, Australia, to its detriment, reduced its coal-fired emissions by 41.635 MtCO2e, while the rest of the world increased coal-fired emissions by 2,447.647 MtCO2e at an average of 163.176 MtCO2e per annum. If the trend for increased coal-fired power generation for the rest of the world continues, then the Albanese commitment will be swallowed up in less than a year and be utterly pointless.

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        Pauly

        The point that this government fails to mention is what sectors will need to change, and by how much. Electricity generation only amounts to 30% of Australia’s CO2 emissions. 30% comes from the transport sector, 30% from the agriculture sector.

        Various government programs subsidise renewables to the tune of $6 Billion a year. But that was only to support a Renewables Energy Target of 20%. Expect this subsidy amount to increase substantially in the immediate future. Note that these “subsidies” are not funded from taxation, but rather, through “environmental” charges included in every electricity bill. But how high will this charge go? As high as the government wants, as the level is not set by any legislation.

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    OldOzzie

    Boeing wants safety waiver for latest 737 MAX

    The company’s CEO has threatened to ax the largest plane in the 737 family unless Congress extends a regulatory deadline

    Boeing Chief Executive Dave Calhoun has called the situation “a little bit of an all-or-nothing” as the scandal-ridden aerospace company faces a deadline to secure approval for the 737 MAX 10 jet from US authorities before new safety standards kick in next year.

    Under the 2020 Aircraft Certification, Safety, and Accountability Act, all planes certified after December 31, 2022 will have to comply with new Federal Aviation Administration regulations regarding cockpit alert systems that warn pilots of malfunctions during flight. Amid heightened scrutiny of the 737 MAX family in recent years, Boeing has been struggling to get regulatory approval for the latest and largest modification of the plane before the deadline.

    In an interview with Aviation Week magazine this week, Calhoun said he hopes the company won’t have to go as far as to cancel the project altogether, but acknowledged there was always a “risk.”

    “This is a risk I’m willing to take. If I lose the fight, I lose the fight,” Calhoun said, indicating that Boeing is determined to lobby for the approval of the jet without an upgrade to the crew alert system.

    The company believes the entire MAX family should be exempt from the latest safety standard. If MAX 10 is not certified in time, and unless Congress extends the deadline or grants a waiver, Boeing will have to conduct a costly redesign of the plane’s cockpit and come up with a separate training program for its pilots.

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      David Maddison

      I wonder how much of the problem with modern engineers and engineering is that younger engineers have no practical experience with making or fixing anything, everything is a 3D model or non-validated numerical simulation and they just don’t understand how anything works in real life?

      To be honest, I wonder how many of them could even change a car tyre?

      And how else could you explain “engineers” signing off on unreliable energy projects?

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        NigelW

        If you want to see both sides of the engineering coin in action, look at the SpaceX Superheavy/Starship design and development program versus the NASA SLS program.

        On the one hand you have a company project, financed, engineered and obsessively driven by one man, on the other, engineering by Government decree.

        One program has built, flown (and blown up, to be sure)quite a few test articles in just a few years, all for maybe 2 or 3 billion dollars, with a full orbital flight likely next month (and if it goes boom, there’ll be another one ready a month later).

        The other has spent 20 plus billion tax-payer dollars, and flown nothing….but the computer models are good…and it too may fly next month (and even if it DOESN’T go boom, the NEXT one won’t be ready until 2024…!!!)

        Oh, and Superheavy has WAY more performance ON TOP of being WAY cheaper than SLS…PLUS it’s designed to all be reused, like an airliner, and not thrown away, $3 billion dollars at a time (Government engineering)

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      Kalm Keith

      I’m sure Faucci could help them get around that.

      It’s just too costly to fix.

      p.s. I will never fly in one of those.

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    John Connor II

    Eurozone droughts

    https://youtube.com/watch?v=TjgABEqWDJU&feature=emb_logo

    Floods again here and droughts there…

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    John Connor II

    JC II show review.

    Watched parts 1-3 of the UK series The Undeclared War (cyberwar drama) last night.
    It’s well done which makes a change, unlike Hollywood nonsense such as “I know this. It’s a UNIX system” from the original Jurassic Park which no doubt had real Unix webmasters globally rolling on the floor in uncontrolled fits of laughter.
    No, the writers actually consulted real world experts in the field for this series.
    The use of Hex-Rays IDA Pro by the team for decompilation gets a 10 out of 10.
    There were a few questionable issues like the student deciphering the malware when the experienced team couldn’t (the price of qualified but rigid thinking people) but then she didn’t understand why malware didn’t run sandboxed, and the use if a mechanical combination lock on GCHQ property but that’s more likely than not in the real world so I’ll forgive those.
    It looks to be a good series and hopefully won’t degenerate into predictable melodrama like most series do.
    I’m definitely watching the rest when I can.

    Rating: 9/10

    So if you’re after a good techie series you should check it out.

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    David Maddison

    Here is a short 3 min film from 1948 showing Yallourn Power Station in the Latrobe Valley, Vicdanistan.

    Australia looked forward to a bright, energy-rich future, back in the day.

    Proper engineers like General Sir John Monash who helped design and build the power grid would be horrified at what’s been done to it today.

    https://youtu.be/eWXFnVT5Wj0

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    crakar24

    Overseasy albonesey is currently swooning them on ch 7 but seriously how could we vote this more on in to give?

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    crakar24

    I will never forget where I came from as he cuts a check for the Ukranian laundramat whilst we can’t afford to buy the basics

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    crakar24

    Big question to he answered after the break is do you believe in God….this is up there with what is a woman how will shows respond?

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    David Maddison

    Apparently the contents of Hunter Biden’s “laptop from hell” has been uploaded to a server in Switzerland and there are over 300GB of material for people to download and peruse.

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    Grogery

    My highlight for today.

    Citizens of Townsville (QLD, Australia) have been complaining relentlessly about the poor conditions of our roads for many years. Letters and texts to the editor in the local rag, letters to the council or your local member of parliament, take your pick – you may as well talk to a brick wall.

    The usual political football gets passed back and forth between local council (Townsville City Council) and the state government (QLD Department of Transport) with the occasional sprinkling of the federal government getting some blame.

    Anyway, I was quite amused during the TV coverage of the V8 supercars to hear the commentators mention that the Townsville circuit is a very tough street track, due to the uneven surface and things like man-holes to contend with.

    Hahahah. I really appreciate these guys mentioning our grievances on national television – keep up the good work!

    On the downside, these tax-payer funded government departments are so arrogant, they won’t take any notice whatsoever.

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      Kalm Keith

      Here in NovoCastria our roads are full of potholes.

      We’re a Smart City, linked to the United Bloody Nations by our illustrious dear leader Nutella.

      Unfortunately the money paid in rates to maintain the roads was needed to keep the Smart City programme afloat; appearances are vital on the world stage.

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      Hanrahan

      Malcontents. Our roads are pretty good. But I wouldn’t notice a bump in the road with a soft suspension that would jar a FAST car with a stiff suspension

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    rowjay

    More numbers….

    A visit to Statistica’s Annual CO2 emissions worldwide from 1940 to 2020 reveals the following data about global emissions expressed in MtCO2e:
    Source…………….Year………Total Emissions (MtCO2e)
    Australia………….2005……….616.6
    Rest of World…….2005……..28,983
    Australia………….2021……….494.2
    Rest of World…….2021……..35,783
    Over the 16-year period 2005-2021, Australia reduced its emissions by 122.4 MtCO2e, while the rest of the world increased emissions by 6,800 MtCO2e at an average of 425 MtCO2e per annum. If the trend for increased CO2 emissions continues for the rest of the world, and Australia fell over the edge due to flat-earth policies and disappeared altogether, world emissions growth would not miss a beat after a year.

    We’ve done our bit and should pause this madness. Time for the rest of the world to catch up.

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    MrGrimNasty

    Any theories on South Africa nightclub incidents? In context now a probable mass poisoning/suffocation, and probably 2 mass shootings, all within a few days.

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      Chad

      Just watching BBC World News on the SA mass shootings etc.
      An interview with an expert journalist in SA, concluded that the root cause was a result of the Apartied policy (??ended 30 yrs ago ?), and an underfunded police force no bothering to investigate the murder of young black men !
      God knows how Apartied can be blamed for corrupt policing and plain old gang warfare ?

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        MrGrimNasty

        That’s the beeb for you, they never let a tragedy stop them pushing their political prejudices.

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      yarpos

      Just small bumps on the road to ruin for South Africa. Small beans amongst 20,000+ homicides a year.

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        KP

        Its ironic- the locals would tell me in the 80s that if the Bleks took over the country would end up like Rhodesia, so they left…. Now every country they went to is going the same way as RSA, we will all end up with blackouts and no electricity.

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    Richard+Ilfeld

    Little Bird thoughts:
    Twitter has been in the news. Musk, supposedly, has withdrawn his offer. Twitter, supposedly, has gone to court, (in Delaware, home of the president of the US) to make him go through with his proffered purchase.

    Twitter originally was not going to be bought; their “integrity was not for sale”. But the board realized that the offer was a vast overpayment for a company that was, to them, worth clearly far less than the market had bid it up to. The board accepted Musk’s offer.

    As the very public ‘negotiations’ went on, the US stock market realized that, first Twitter had far fewer real users than it had claimed. Second, it had been caught redhanded in its bias as all kind of controls came off and follower counts magically changed in response to Musk’s complaints. Third, management hadn’t actually exerted much control over the ’employees’ in the asylum and any future profits from this group were like a mirage. Fourth, all Twitters numbers were suspect. The stock tanked.

    The court case may be thought of as a negotiating ploy. Twitter is a Delaware co cause the President’s home state allows the most hanky panky (why are you not surprised?) But it’s still a court. As I see it, In all of the possible outcomes except perhaps one Musk wins. And even there……

    Elon’s worst case; the court somehow makes him but Twitter for the inflated offer price of $54 or so per share. The stock is about half that, so the question is (and its a general question): If you own the single most influential n the world electronic marketplace for ideas, well-run and open to all legitimate communicators but well protected against child-porn, bots, ‘I made $79per hour spam’, and random nut cases, is that a worthwhile thing and can it be tightly run and monetized?

    I think, yes, and he makes his money back but it takes a while. The man has a track record.

    Second worse. he walks and it costs him a billion dollars. NP actually, as in the transaction he got to cash ten times that in Tesla Options without hassle and in his bracket you can afford a few billion dollar strikeouts for the trillion dollar hit.

    Next, the company caves, admits that 2/3 of their users are bogus or 13 years old, that the stock is still overvalued, and sells for a fair price.
    Musk get the basket case, and has to manage it, and Tesla, and Space X, and…. risk of overextension his talents, can he manage everything.

    Next, He walks Scott free and Twitter is toast. They are now the king with no clothes, because either the documents from discovery or their failure to show up prove they had a ton to hide and were controlled by nefarious political forces. Now what. Is there a white knight @ 15cents on the dollar who can take over the brand and have the credibility to build a fair platform. You would almost have to hire a public intellectual like Glenn Greenwald or Jordan Peterson to enforce “fairness”, and really clean up the algorithms to keep it clean eough to keep threads interesting, but quality traffic WILL be usefull to advertisers if they can believe in counts of real eyeballs. And there should be lots of non-political topical conversation flows to monetize the sidebars on. Its prett clear current management go so interested in saving the world that they forgot to run the business.

    So Musk wins, Twitter loses. All that’s in doubt is the final score.

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    Ted1

    I wondered if Elon Musk knew all of this all along. I find it hard to believe that he didn’t. It’s visible to any market sceptic.

    It was a bizarre offer from the outset. I reckon he knew nobody could force him to honour it with real money.

    The big question is, just how many bogus valuations are there?

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    OldOzzie

    DC’s Response to Ukraine Is a Doomed Ideological Fantasy

    America: The Last Ideological Empire

    What explains America’s hyper-ideological response to the Ukraine crisis? Less than a year before Vladimir Putin launched his invasion, Washington had wrapped up two decades of lousy regime-change wars, waged in the name of planting “freedom” in that region’s inhospitable soil. There was, or seemed to be, broad agreement that liberal moralism in foreign policy stood discredited: It had destabilized whole swaths of the Middle East and North Africa and bogged down America and its allies in the region’s bloody and intricate enmities—and to what end?

    Yet now, a few months later, the United States and its NATO allies are once again on an escalatory path, handing billions of dollars’ worth of sophisticated weaponry to Kyiv, deploying covert operatives to assist the Ukrainians, and mounting massive (if so far useless) economic sanctions against Russia. This is a proxy war against Moscow in which Western or Ukrainian victory is an utter fantasy. And yet Washington, it seems, is prepared to fight the Kremlin down to the last Ukrainian. And all this has been done, once again, to win, as President Biden tweeted, “a great battle for freedom. A battle between democracy and autocracy. Between liberty and repression.”

    “In persisting in this way, the US-led Western bloc, the world’s last ideological empire, will ensure its own demise.”
    This Manichaean framing has done the job so far. That is, the foreign-policy Blob has appeared largely successful in using the crisis to breathe new life into the liberal imperium and marshal support for its faltering institutions, not least the Western Alliance.

    Appearances can be misleading, however.

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    OldOzzie

    If They Lose, You Will Eat Bugs – Dutch Farmer Spokesperson Explains How EU Climate Change Goals Will Reduce Farm Production

    Despite the U.S. media not giving any time, attention or discussion to the rise of farmer protests in Europe, everyone should pay attention because the same climate change goals being enforced in the European Union are coming to North America.

    The global food manipulators within the World Economic Forum have established the farming policy that aligns with their climate change goals. As noted in this Sky News discussion this is the Great Reset. It’s not just Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte pushing the agenda, in 2020 Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau gave an identical outline, with an identical timeline, for the exact same process [SEE HERE]. The collective WEF political leaders are all singing from the same hymnal.

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    yarpos

    This UN survey comes around on a regular basis and the result is always the same in regard to climate alarm. The only real surprise is that they publish it.

    https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2022/07/just_how_important_is_action_on_climate_change_to_the_worlds_general_public.html

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    OldOzzie

    The World has Gone Mad

    Church of England: There is ‘no official definition’ of a woman

    Comments provoke criticism, with England’s first woman priest saying she is ‘not totally happy’ with Bishop in Europe’s answer

    The Church of England has said that there is “no official definition” of a woman.

    In a written reply to a question submitted to General Synod, a senior Bishop said that although the meaning of the word woman was previously “thought to be self-evident”, “additional care” was now needed.

    The question was posed as institutions grapple with the ongoing debate surrounding trans rights and what defines “a woman”.

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      yarpos

      So once again the 99% have to suffer stupidity because of the 1%

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        Peter C

        So once again the 99% have to suffer stupidity because of the 1%

        Yes but why do the 99% put up with it. It is not a new thing. People don’t change their habits.

        David Hume said (1777);
        “Nothing appears more surprising to those, who consider human affairs with a philosophical eye, than the easiness with which the many are governed by the few;

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    cadger

    A popular uprising of working-class people against the elites and their values is underway—and it’s crossing the globe. There is a growing resistance by the middle and lower classes against what Rob Henderson has coined the “luxury beliefs” of the elites, as everyday folks realize the harm it causes them and their communities.

    There were early glimmerings last February, when the Canadian Trucker Convoy pitched working class truck drivers against a “laptop class” demanding ever more restrictive COVID-19 policies…

    https://www.newsweek.com/popular-uprising-against-elites-has-gone-global-opinion-1722653

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    another ian

    “World Economic Forum- Sri Lanka PM: This is how I will make my country rich by 2025”

    And link at

    http://www.smalldeadanimals.com/2022/07/10/up-from-the-memory-hole-5/

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    John Connor II

    New Zealand reports 1st monkeypox case, ‘Not unexpected’

    The person is in their 30s, lives in Auckland and has recently returned from overseas travel in a country with reported cases of Monkeypox.

    There’s probably more sheeppox cases than monkeypox 😉

    A look at global data:

    https://ourworldindata.org/monkeypox

    It seemed to have peaked for the past week but is still climbing slowly. It looks to be doing an Ayers Rock – steep climb and a long but slightly choppy flat top then a steep drop off.
    Bear in mind that a (generous) 14 day incubation period and a (generous) disease lifespan of 30 days, cases are disappearing fast too. No global deaths.

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    another ian

    FWIW

    “UN Human Rights Report Shows Ukraine Military Used Nursing Home Residents as Human Shields
    July 10, 2022 | Sundance | 65 Comments”

    https://theconservativetreehouse.com/blog/2022/07/10/un-human-rights-report-shows-ukraine-military-used-nursing-home-residents-as-human-shields/

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      MrGrimNasty

      Given that the Russians don’t give a monkey pox who or what they blow up or kill, or about the negative propaganda, yer sure.
      According to UN reports the UK is one of the most sexist, racist, child poverty stricken, human rights abusing….

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        KP

        If you read some Russian propaganda as well as the West’s, Russians are quite careful what the blow up, they know they have to rebuild it afterwards. Not so the Ukies, they know they are leaving the country they occupy and don’t give a shit about the locals.

        If Russia wanted to they could drop a Kalibr missile, or even a hypersonic Kinzhal on President Zelensky and his fawning foreign Presidents at any time, but as they stated, they want to crush Ukraine’s military, not the country.

        The UK is a different kettle of fish, as you say… Liz Truss.. Heaven help us!!

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    John Connor II

    Russia: 19 Q Fever cases confirmed in the Rostov Region

    Nineteen cases of coxiellosis (Q fever), which is transmitted, in particular, by animals, have been registered this year in the Rostov region, Svetlana Nenadskaya, head of the epidemiological surveillance department of the regional Rospotrebnadzor, told state-media, RIA Novosti.

    “This year, 19 laboratory-confirmed cases of coxiellosis have been registered in the Salsky and Remontnensky districts of the Rostov region … The last time this disease was recorded in the region was in 2001-2002,” the agency’s spokesperson said, adding that no deaths were registered.

    According to Nenadskaya, the surge in incidence is likely due to “active circulation of the pathogen in the external environment.” The reasons for this are currently being studied by experts.

    Q fever is caused by the obligate intracellular pathogen, Coxiella burnetii. The disease is usually transmitted to people through either infected milk or through aerosols.

    This disease is found on most continents with the reported incidence probably much lower than the actual because so many cases are so mild.

    Animal reservoirs of C. burnetii include sheep, cattle, goats, dogs and cats. In areas where these animals are present, Q fever affects veterinarians, meatpacking workers, and farmers.

    https://twitter.com/bactiman63

    Looking at the world, far south America is becoming less attractive, ditto North Africa, Canada & countries north of China as diseases ramp up and spread.
    NZ, sans Covid, until now (MP) was one of a handful of safe places left…

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    another ian

    “BREAKING: Victoria Police APOLOGISE to @Avi Yemini over ‘Unlawful Arrests'”

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xe0t4V7yTQM

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      yarpos

      Oops I see it already listed

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      Philip

      lol. You can’t make this stuff up. His speech read like an Albanese plan, lots of goals and vague ideas telling people they will get rich because they will make more money.

      He didn’t mention in the speech he was going to ban fertilizer and starve everyone in 12 months. The organic farming world hasn’t copped too much flak for it, but its a glaring example of their inept theories.

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      Chad

      Actually he is not to blame…..
      Ranil Wickremesinghe was the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka for only a brief period, before being replaced by the ruling family.
      He was not theone who banned fertiliser,..that was the President after replacing Wickremesinghe with his brother !

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      Chad

      I followed the link and read the article yesterday…
      …But oddly now, it is no longer available ??
      But i found it again here…
      https://europeansting.com/2018/08/30/sri-lanka-pm-this-is-how-i-will-make-my-country-rich-by-2025/

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      Robber

      And record high wholesale prices in June across the AEMO grid – $286-400/MWhr, compared to $217-347/Mwhr in May, FY21/22 $100-$180/Mwhr.
      But fear not, Albo(un)ese promised electricity prices will drop by $275/year for the average household.

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      David-of-Cooyal-in-Oz

      All that power, and all that extra expense. Could it be that it came in abundance only when it wasn’t needed?
      Cheers
      Dave B

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      Philip

      And June was the month the electricity grid went into meltdown, yet this is the headline they produce. Of course we all know we are living in a high level propaganda society at the moment.

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        KP

        “we are living in a high level propaganda society at the moment.”

        Definitely! The article was a complete waste of space without a reference to total production at that time. Fking laughable in fact! “Record production of renewable energy” is just like “Our next glorious 5-year plan will..”

        How about they said “Renewables produced 9% of Australia’s electricity in a record-breaking June”, or whatever it was?

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          el+gordo

          They are clutching at straws and hope nobody will notice.

          As propaganda it works quite well because the average punter, who has already been brainwashed, doesn’t consider that the story lacks ‘a reference to total production at that time.’

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    another ianb

    “U Vil Drive Nuthing Und B Appy”

    EV’s vs electricity prices in Germany

    http://www.smalldeadanimals.com/2022/07/10/u-vil-drive-nuthing-und-b-appy/

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    another ian

    FWIW

    “Why the Gun is Civilization:
    – By Marko Kloos”

    http://www.smalldeadanimals.com/2022/07/11/july-11-2022-reader-tips-2/#comment-1658027

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    OldOzzie

    OOps look up

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    Hanrahan

    Are our attitudes to masks changing?

    I’ve got this chitty head cold [I can’t remember my last]. My nose and eyes are running and I’m sneezing so when I went into a couple of shops y’day and t’day I wore a mask as a courtesy. Did a RAT this evening and all is clear as I expected.

    If we all kept masks in the glovebox and wore them when unwell would “winter ills” be reduced? I would think so.

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      KP

      Probably… Asians seem to think so.. Although not using aircon in big buildings would likely do more.

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    another ian

    He’s been found!

    ” Remember this “exclusive” story in the Daily Star about “general Pavel”, who was supposedly “dragged out of retirement” by Putin and sent to Ukraine? So yeah, turns out that’s total bullshit.”

    http://www.smalldeadanimals.com/2022/07/11/if-it-wasnt-for-fake-news-2/#comments

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    another ian

    More covid saga

    “10.6 billion taxpayer dollars down the drain”

    https://bayourenaissanceman.blogspot.com/2022/07/106-billion-taxpayer-dollars-down-drain.html

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    another ian

    Keep a good eye on Canberra – this might be another pandemic”!

    After Holland

    “Trudeau’s Nitrogen Policy will Decimate Canadian Farming”

    https://wattsupwiththat.com/2022/07/11/trudeaus-nitrogen-policy-will-decimate-canadian-farming/

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    el+gordo

    Methane Conversion

    ‘Woodside Energy (ASX:WDS) has revealed a US$9.9m (A$13.16m) equity investment in India-based bio-engineering company String Bio, the developer of a patented process that can recycle greenhouse gases (GHG) into products such as feed for livestock.’ (Oz)

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    el+gordo

    Many pundits and modellers predicted solar cycle 25 would be quiet and perhaps another Dalton Minimum was possible. Its not working out that way.

    https://climateimpactcompany.com/solar-cycle-25-continues-to-strengthen-rapidly-3/

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    CHRIS

    Well la di da Gordy. The 11 year solar cycle keeps going on. Dalton Minimum is a fantasy, at least for this century.

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