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215 comments to Thursday Open Thread

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    Hanrahan

    Dr John Campbell has been dragged, kicking and screaming, into the real world of “excess deaths”.

    I understand that he must be careful on YT but he never strays far from the official line except for his advocacy of D3.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7f45S6vmQgA

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      GreatAuntJanet

      I appreciate his calm, non-screamy discussion of official data from public sources to show what has been happening as far as he can tell. He isn’t giving healthcare advice and his careful avoidance of stating opinion only has meant he has increased his audience and hasn’t been booted from utube.

      It is probable that nobody knows – or can know – exactly why the excess deaths are happening. It is complex, as he points out in his discussion of the many possible factors. It is easy to have ‘feels’ that evil vaccines have done it and yell about that (and maybe that is correct), but without real data to support that claim there is no point.

      I am a fan obviously – quite delighted to find someone like John Campbell to listen to, but I can see he won’t appeal to the rabid.

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    Earl

    Heads up from Coles staffer during this mornings shop. Currently they are limiting eggs to two packs per person and the staffer said restrictions on tissues and other stock are coming in next couple of weeks. Welcome to Brisbane. Cheers.

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        MP

        Flooding?
        The egg thing started weeks ago, Paper products have been rationed here for many months. 1 pack per customer. FNQ.

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          OK. I actually don’t know about this. What is the explanation?

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            MP

            Egg’s I’m not sure as I have chooks, but the supermarket has very few, when its normally chockers.

            Paper is a supply issue so the shelf stockers continually tell me. This is an IGA as I don’t do coles and woolies. IGA is Metcash, but normally localy owned.

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              TdeF

              Tissues have been in very short supply for months in Melbourne, which is odd as we make such things. The run on toilet paper in the pandemic was also strange or perhaps toilet paper was just cheaper than tissues. Now tissues are vanishing. I think the problem is shipping, both international and domestic. It certainly was in Canada when Trudeau declared war on truck drivers. It’s what happens when the Eloi think they can get along fine doing their shopping on the internet. Who needs truck drivers and sailors and storemen? After all AOC forced Amazon out of New York along with 10,000 jobs. Who needs them?

              As for eggs, a lot of things are in short supply. And a lettuce in Melbourne has been selling for $10 for two months, if you can find one. That’s likely the flooding predicted by Tim Flannery.

              There is talk around the world of ‘supply chain’ issues but possibly the fact that shipping costs have increased x5 may explain a great deal including food shortages. And it is possible that the Wu Flu pandemic meant ships are full of high value goods like television sets and cars and electrical devices and even endless packages bought from Amazon and Alibaba. One consequece of this is that food and steel and more basic commodities like paper just have to wait until shipping is cheaper.

              Steel in the US and Australia has been selling for 4x the price. It is possibly just the shortage of ships and the exploding costs of the ones which are available. Where a container used to cost $500 for a trip, it is now at least ten times that. “a 20ft shipping container price can cost anywhere between US $1,400 to US $7,000” ($A2000 to $A10,000). And even wooden pallets are in very short supply.

              Until priority is given to basic commodities, we will find shortages of just about everything. And as Australia makes nothing except steel, we are in real trouble. And even steel has to make it from Port Kembla and Whyalla and Stainless from overseas, and you cannot have most manufacturing without steel.

              And the Green/Teal inner city disdain for the jobs of hard working but lowly paid workers will mean their stores run empty. So much for inner city living. A mobile phone will not feed you.

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                RickWill

                When you try to make stuff from wind and solar energy they become very expensive. This is starting to show up as more pressure grows in Chenese manufacturing to produce the stuff western world actually needs.

                Albo and Joe have this “renewable’ dream in place called Net Zero. The real difficulty is getting China to produce all the stuff needed to fullfill this dream. They first need to build more coal fired power stations and smelters to convert the raw materials to the stuff that underpins Net- Zero. And it is a HUMUNGOUS amount of stuff.

                The AUD12bn proposed for new transmission lines in Australia will be AUD50bn by the time its done. It will never get paid back because people will desert the grid. It is already cheaper to make your own electricity. But remember all the stuff needed to make your own is subject to the same inflation. The sooner you do it, the sooner you lock in your electricity cost.

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                Ted1

                No toilet paper on display at Aldi here a couple of days ago.

                A couple of months back the Coles checkout limited me to two packets of paracetamol. Milk shelves are often low.

                And it is possible that ships are not getting unloaded, and are unable to move on to the next job.

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                TdeF

                And there’s another knock on consequence of the Wuhan Flu and stopping travel and students and seasonal workers, very low unemployment. So if you want a waiter to serve you or a driver or someone to load your bags at the airport or even clean the hospital, there’s no one. Restaurants are closing for lack of basic staff.

                While in the US Joe Biden crows that he has achieved amazing unemployment rates, the same thing is happening everywhere including Australia. But it is really the fact that experienced local people have walked away from these low paid jobs. No respect, no pay, hard work and no thanks and even abuse by Prime Ministers like Trudeau. So without a glut of overseas students and backpackers, the real lack of actual workers in the most basic jobs has been exposed and is growing. Even GPs and truck drivers and pilots and others are just going home.

                Joe Biden thinks he will solve this massive shortage by feeding uneducated language challenged zero skill illegal aliens into the system but they did not come for the work. They came for the free welfare! Another million mouths to feed each year but many of those responsible hate America so that’s fine.

                The Eloi can only abuse the Morlocks so much and the Morlocks go home and live on welfare.

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                Sceptical+Sam

                TdF says….

                …stopping travel and students and seasonal workers, very low unemployment.

                And that is inflationary.

                The Non-accelerating Inflation Rate of Unemployment (NAIRU) is, in Australia at least, around the 4.0 – 4.5% mark. When unemployment gets below that level it feeds into inflationary pressures.

                What silly Joe Bidden is boasting about is feeding into the USA’s inflation rate.

                Hold on to your hat. This will not end well.

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                KP

                “And the Green/Teal inner city disdain for the jobs of hard working but lowly paid workers will mean their stores run empty. ”

                Tyre fitters.. Hard work? Occasionally. Dirty work? Can be. Skilled work? Not very much..

                Pay? $70K a year! Had a tyreshop owner chatting today, $1100 a week plus super plus employers extra super contribution now makes tyre fitters very expensive to employ. That’s in a small country tyre shop too.

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                Thomas A

                25 years ago I was reading articles that predicted skills shortages that would start showing up in 2013 as the bell curve of baby boomers retiring started to make an impact. It would be pronounced in the 2020’s as the peak numbers moved into retirement. Politicians will claim credit for anything seen to benefit their reputations, even economic issues which are predictable and unavoidable that were foreseen decades ago.

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                TdeF

                “Tyre fitters.. Hard work? Occasionally. Dirty work? Can be. Skilled work? Not very much..”

                Yes, but would you do it? And do not underestimate the skill and danger in such jobs. Even learning how to lift and bounce and roll a 15 kg tyre is a skill. Try lifting a wheel and tyre onto a machine. Now do it 200 times. And I would not let a novice near those machines. A skilled man is one who does a hard job but makes it look so simple anyone can do it. Just try many of these hard, dirty and dangerous non glamour jobs and you would collapse into bed at night, if you still had all your fingers. It’s easy to scoff at trades but they are usually very hard work and only experience makes them look simple. And everyone has to be taught. Now try sheep shearing.

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                Hanrahan

                I was watching a tyre fitter “bead” a truck tyre. He would put acetylene in the tyre from his torch and then flash it. POP

                I guess practice makes perfect.

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              Saighdear

              ‘Chooks’ as in Chookit or chook-ed as in Duguid ? Is there an Aberdonian connection there / here ? Never thought that hens and Dogood were connected.
              Separate O/T Birdflu – geese swans turkeys / poultry – other wild birds, apparently, but NOT Crows , ‘gulls and Pi(d)geons … pity.

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        Ronin

        Chickens take 20 weeks from hatching to egg production, the story is hatcheries misjudged the time to kick off hatching, not sure how or why that could happen.

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      Hanrahan

      I was in woolies early in the week and said to Mrs H that there was supposed to be a shortage of eggs and the shelves were full but a staffer overheard me and said that there is and that a local grower had gone out of business.

      Y’day the shelves were bare. I had bought 2 doz earlier, thankfully.

      The tissue shortage I’ve heard blamed on the flu season.

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        So the egg thing is localised circumstances? And tissues is production and transport is not keeping up with seasonal demand?

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          Hanrahan

          So the egg thing is localised circumstances?

          Not what I meant. The local grower may have been the “Happy Eggs” producer with a coloured carton.

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            MP

            Happy eggs are from the South Johnston, inisfail. I bought year old layers from them and had a squiz around, eggs maybe happy just to get out of there, chooks not so happy.

            I have not heard of them going easy over. Stockmans farms are a big supplier here. (Tolga) these are the eggs on the shelves here.

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              Hanrahan

              I sometimes buy Stockmans from an independent retailer in town. come to think of it, haven’t seen them lately. Maybe they too are having trouble meeting the market.

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            A whole lot of different producers here. And lots of outlets supplied by different producers than the majors. I’ll see what is transpiring locally.

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              Ian

              There are no problems of which I am aware in Perth. Weekly Coles’ shop plenty of egg, milk, toilet paper, in fact very few empty shelves at all.

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                you’re on a separate egg and tissue grid and your government secured a pipeline from the north.

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                Mantaray Yunupingu

                Just received a Woolies catalogue. Avocadoes $1 each: Sweet Spuds $1.50 a kilo. Oranges and apples and bananas oh so cheap.Pork and chicken at bargain basement prices. Roasted salted cashews 800g bag for ten bucks1 ONLY.

                WTF is going on in the rest of OZ….which did not vote 66% LNP 2PP at the recent Fed election?….

                See what happens when your neck of the woods votes ALP, Greens and Teals? They’ve announced you are ripe for a good plucking, and it has arrived! You are getting Albo good and hard as your neighbours demanded. Enjoy the experience.

                BTW; Is $3.50 for a kiIo of chicken drumsticks too much to pay. Asking for a dog I know….

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                el+gordo

                The general club is that the shortage is Australia wide with Coles and Woolies.

                Might be the excess rain.

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                Too much rain makes the eggs pop

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                Annie

                Ooh, you are a card, GA. That made me smile.

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                el+gordo

                Maybe the free range chooks are under stress because they can’t go outside.

                This is six months ago in Perth.

                ‘The recent hot temperatures in WA have also impacted on productivity levels of hens across the state.

                Margaret River egg producer Jan Harwood said hens lay fewer eggs when under stress, and recent hot weather had worsened the shortage.’ (ABC)

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              robert rosicka

              Mate of mine delivers goods to Safeway in Canberra from their distribution warehouse just over the border in Victoriastan, last I spoke to him was doing the run to Brisbane . We’re short on skilled drivers I believe .

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                RicDre

                “We’re short on skilled drivers I believe.”

                We have the same problem here in the US.

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        Chris

        Perth has had exactly the same issues. Eggs, if they are in the shop they are limited to two cartons. Toilet paper, paper towels, tissues , it’s either stacked to rafters or nothing. Cat food is the same, my cat doesn’t believe me when I come home with something strange. If you are desperate you have to shop around .

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          Ian

          Where do you shop? We go to Coles in Melville and there are no shortages there.

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          Graeme#4

          I’ve also seen shortages of the same items in my local Perth supermarkets – these shelves are often empty. Don’t know why.

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    John Connor II

    Australien government “expert” says disregard what we said.

    https://www.bitchute.com/video/txh3wztdX2aw/

    If I was to tell you that the next thing I say will be true but the last thing I said was a lie, would you believe me?

    The classic paradox manifested in the Oz government.
    Trust us and only us.
    Follow the science.
    What a JOKE!
    The Babylon Bee couldn’t do better.
    It’s a pity Fawlty Towers isn’t around – this would have made a good episode.
    Basil – did you know there’s a government health expert staying in the hotel? 😆😆😆

    (The misspelling is deliberate too…)

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      DLK

      you will need as many doses as there are variants.
      and the dose you receive will always be one step behind the current variant.

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        Same as the annual Flu jab.

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        Sceptical+Sam

        Eventually people will understand that they need to augment their shots with HCQ, (or IVN) Zinc, D3, C and possibly Azithromycin.

        I heard recently that Queensland has removed the previous Chief (un)Healthy Officer’s ban on IVN. Quietly. In the middle of a stormy night. And following the replacement of the previous incumbent. Quietly, so they don’t get asked pointed questions by the really sharp Australian MSM as to why the ban was removed. Seems that “Horse Wormer” is good to go for the medical donkeys now.

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          Seems that NSW is heading that way too. Not too sure whether the NSW CHO will be asked to go as she just got a ‘gong’ The Health Minister Brad Hazzard should go though. The real culprits with all this anti the anti-virals was Greg Hunt the Federal Health Minister and the TGA. Scandalous.

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      Honk R Smith

      For the first time, since the charade began, I personally know several people that have ‘tested’ positive for the Great V (Eastern US Metro area).
      A few over 60.
      (I have little contact with younger demos, they have too many tattoos and behaviors resembling zombies.)
      Some had no symptoms, some got sick with the flu for a day or two.
      It’s the flu.
      Or ‘kinda’ like the flu.
      Don’t listen to little ‘ol me.
      Here’s Bill the Great Savior …
      https://www.kusi.com/bill-gates-says-covid-is-kind-of-like-the-flu-and-that-the-vaccines-are-imperfect/

      Maybe the chalk dust in the atmosphere thing will go better.

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        GreatAuntJanet

        In Australia, it feels as though we are starting to catch up on infections now. I don’t have data – but 5 out of 7 family members in 3 separate locations have gone down with the wuflu in the last month. That was after none of us having it at all before now. Our local bush town now has a lot of infections.

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          GreatAuntJanet

          oh yeah, and the only person who had no vaccination whatsoever is one of the two who haven’t caught it so far. Whatever that means.

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    John Connor II

    Monkey pox update – Oz MSM now advises it’s DEADLY

    Monkeypox symptoms include fever, muscle aches, swollen lymph nodes, chills, exhaustion and a chickenpox-like rash on the hands and face.

    The deadly monkeypox virus has spread in Australia for the first time, with two people feared to have caught the tropical disease through local transmission.

    https://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/health/new-warning-as-monkeypox-suddenly-spreads-in-australia/news-story/31895e7e4dd1fb1fbf8d81aa2df77f11

    Quality reporting there…

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    John Connor II

    Supermarkets put security tags on cheese blocks as stores tackle shoplifting amid soaring food costs

    Supermarkets have been spotted adding security tags to basic food items like cheese, as the cost of living crisis sees pricing spiralling.

    Britons took to social media to share pictures of tags more commonly used on bottles of alcohol attached to £3.99 blocks of Aldi cheddar.

    Security warnings were also seen on £8 lamb chops in a Co-op store in Wolverhampton amid the cost of living crisis, and supermarkets have also been putting tags on baby milk cartons.

    It comes as Britain’s largest dairy producer has warned grocery prices will continue to rise after customers saw Lurpak butter selling for more than £9 a pack.

    https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/uknews/supermarkets-put-security-tags-on-cheese-blocks-as-stores-tackle-shoplifting-amid-soaring-food-costs/ar-AAZeau2

    Matches the USA where it’s increasingly common to put produce behind transparent windows and you have to ask for help.

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    John Connor II

    The Georgia stones were damaged by explosives and have now been demolished by backhoe.

    I wonder if this is backlash against the NWO/WEF?
    Seems likely.

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      beowulf

      The remnants of the blast were demolished “for safety reasons”.

      The Georgia Guidestones were more than likely blown up by Christian fundamentalists who regarded them as satanic. They were pretty ugly.

      The Stones “serve as an astronomical calendar and are engraved with a 10-part list of instructions regarding the conservation of mankind.”

      The text is written in eight contemporary languages — English, Spanish, Swahili, Hindi, Hebrew, Arabic, Chinese, and Russian — and four ancient languages — Babylonian cuneiform, Classical Greek, Sanskrit, and Egyptian Hieroglyphics. The text reads:

      1. Maintain humanity under 500,000,000 in perpetual balance with nature.
      2. Guide reproduction wisely — improving fitness and diversity.
      3. Unite humanity with a living new language.
      4. Rule passion — faith — tradition — and all things with tempered reason.
      5. Protect people and nations with fair laws and just courts.
      6. Let all nations rule internally resolving external disputes in a world court.
      7. Avoid petty laws and useless officials.
      8. Balance personal rights with social duties.
      9. Prize truth — beauty — love — seeking harmony with the infinite.
      10. Be not a cancer on the Earth — Leave room for nature — Leave room for nature.

      The original sponsors of the Guidestones have remained unclear since the unveiling of the structure in 1979, along with the structure’s actual meaning.

      The Guidestones have become a major tourist attraction in Georgia, drawing 10,000 visitors every year, according to the Elbert County Chamber of Commerce. However, the mysterious nature of the structure has also drawn the attention of conspiracy theorists, some of whom claim that the structure is “satanic” or meant to usher in a totalitarian world government, according to the Smithsonian magazine.

      Conspiracy theories surrounding the Georgia Guidestones gained prominence in May, when former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Kandiss Taylor posted a video on Twitter in which she vowed to tear down the structure if she was elected, an act she claimed would “bring the Satanic Regime to its knees.”

      https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/georgia-guidestones-damaged-vandalism-explosion

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      Will Gray

      There’s good evidence that lightning strikes prevalent in the area at the time struck the Georgia guide stones.

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    John Connor II

    World’s first commercial sand battery begins energy storage in Finland

    Wind and solar power are intermittent, generating power when it’s available rather than when it’s needed, so the green energy transition will require huge amounts of energy storage. This could end up taking many forms, from conventional lithium-based “big battery” installations, to flow batteries, silicon phase-change batteries, molten salt batteries, iron-air batteries, gravity batteries, carbon dioxide expansion batteries, and other more unusual ideas like buoyancy batteries.

    This is a thermal energy storage system, effectively built around a big, insulated steel tank – around 4 metres (13.1 ft) wide and 7 metres (23 ft) high – full of plain old sand. When this sand is heated up, using a simple heat exchanger buried in the middle of it, this device is capable of storing an impressive 8 megawatt-hours of energy, at a nominal power rating of 100 kW, with the sand heated to somewhere around 500-600 degrees Celsius (932-1112 °F).

    When it’s needed, the energy is extracted again as heat in the same way. Vatajankowski is using this stored heat, in conjunction with excess heat from its own data servers, to feed the local district heating system, which uses piped water to transmit heat around the area. It can then be used to heat buildings, or swimming pools, or in industrial processes, or in any other situation that requires heat.

    This helps make it extremely efficient, the company tells Disruptive Investing in a video interview. “It’s really easy to convert electricity into heat,” says Polar Night CTO Markku Ylönen. “But going back from heat to electricity, that’s where you need turbines and more complex things. As long as we’re just using the heat as heat, it stays really simple.” The company claims an efficiency factor up to 99 percent, a capability to store heat with minimal loss for months on end, and a lifespan in the decades.

    https://polarnightenergy.fi/news/2022/7/5/the-first-commercial-sand-based-thermal-energy-storage-in-the-world-is-in-operation-bbc-news-visited-polar-night-energy

    Interesting concept and claimed specs.
    Probably not much use in dissimilar countries though.

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      RickWill

      About 1.5t of wood equivalent. Much less expensive way to store energy.

      I guess of you have low grade waste heat and nothing to do with it then this my have economic merit. It would seem smarter to convert the waste heat back into electricity to reduce the electricity used.

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      Robber

      And the cost is?

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      MrGrimNasty

      It’s astonishing how gullible people are.
      More inefficiency, wasted build energy and resources, complexity, expense, to fail to bolster up sources of renewable energy that fail to reliably provide what we actually need.
      As with all these mad schemes to hoist weights up and down mineshafts etc. do the maths. It does not translate to general use in the real world. A typical UK house uses 12000kwh of gas, mostly heating, per year.
      To provide any sort of useful reserve you would need a 100T silo of sand for every 4 houses or so?

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    beowulf

    Hey Kalm Keith

    Your favourite weekend haunt, the Wollombi Tavern, reportedly has water up to the top of its doors. No tipples there for a while.

    Wollombi Brook is claimed by wet-behind-the-ears reporters to be the “highest in a century”, but I have certain reservations about that claim. 1949 and 1955 might beg to differ. For starters in 1949 water reached a metre over the roof.

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      Sceptical+Sam

      They probably don’t know the difference between “a” and “this”.

      Modern schooling is like that.

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    John Connor II

    Vegan mother is found guilty over death of 18-month-old son who weighed just 17lb when he died after being fed diet of only raw fruit and vegetables

    A vegan mother has been found guilty of murder for the death of her 18-month-old son who weighed just 17lbs when he died in 2019 after a short life being fed only fruit, vegetables and breastmilk.

    Sheila O’Leary, 39, was convicted of a jury in Cape Coral, Florida, on Tuesday after a week-long trial.

    She is now facing life behind bars and will be sentenced on July 25. Her son Ezra died in 2019 from complications caused by malnutrition.

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10973883/Vegan-mother-39-guilty-murdering-18-month-old-son-weighed-just-17lb.html

    What can you say?

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      MP

      She is a slow learner, if she would of done that 17 months earlier, she would of been celebrated. His body her choice.

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      Ted1

      That is sad and it is cruel.

      Our modern society at work, not working.

      Where was her support?

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      Honk R Smith

      An example of woke cultism.
      We’ll see how the pious diet of ‘renewable’ energy goes.
      At least some will freeze to death in a state of grace.
      No one expects the Climate Change Inquisition.

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      Philip

      a mental illnes. A local Greens councilor here did the same thing. Her child has some diabolical condition of retardation, quite possibly from the vegan diet enforced upon as a babe. She was reported to DOCS for it and they investigated but nothing was done in the end. And then, she had a column in a local lefty rag about, wait for it, parenting and how good she is at it. She also uses the kid as a political football. Woeful people.

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    RickWill

    This is the letter I have prepared for my grandchildren if they show concern about climate change.
    https://1drv.ms/b/s!Aq1iAj8Yo7jNhFogxatPCMjfEyUw

    Would appreciate feedback.

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      OldOzzie

      RickWill,

      Incredibly Complicated on 1st reading of 10 pages – probably need a Summary of what you see as the end result

      You ask a series of questions

      . Can you work out where it was warmer in 1850 than 2021?
      . Where was it cooler in 1850 than 2021?
      . Where do you expect to see the largest temperature changes?
      . I am going to look at a slice of the Southern Ocean for all longitudes in the band through Drake’s Passage.
      . Do you know where Drake’s Passage is and why it is so named?
      . Is the trend in the direction you thought? What is the maximum temperature?
      , What is the minimum temperature?
      . Now we will take a look at the Northern Hemisphere but closer to the Equator.
      . Is the trend in the direction you expected? What is the maximum temperature?
      . What is the minimum temperature?
      . In all the above, I have concentrated on what the oceans do in response to sunlight. Do you have any idea how the land may respond to the changes in sunlight?
      . Do you expect the land in the Southern Hemisphere to be warming or cooling from changes in sunlight?
      . Do you expect the land in the Northern Hemisphere to be warming or cooling due to changes in sunlight?
      . Thinking globally, do you expect land to be warming or cooling on average as a result of changes in sunlight.
      . There is a lot to be learned from looking at how the solar EMR at the top of the atmosphere changes in response to Earth’s orbit. . . . Here, I have only covered annual averages. The changes are much greater from a particular month in a year to the same month in another year.
      . What do expect to happen when the Earth is closest to the sun in July?
      . What do you expect when the Earth is furthest from the sun in December at the boreal winter solstice?

      These are interesting questions for curious people to answer. I am hopeful that you all continue to be curious and sceptical as you gain knowledge. Be wary of anyone claiming science is settled. Science is never settled.

      Grandpa July 2022

      Visually from the Diagrams, I have troubles trying to formulate answers to your questions – perhaps expand amd give your conclusions and then say What do YOU Think to your Grandkids per section

      Have downloaded and will put my Brain to work further

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        RickWill

        I appreciate the feedback and look forward to any further response.

        When I had my own boys as pre-schoolers I read to them at night and engaged them by asking questions to promote comprehension. I have followed that practice with grandchildren when they visit and bring me books to read to them. It engages them and it becomes a completion for who is quickest and who can remember the best. I have attempted to repeat the style in this letter.

        Currently my grandchildren are all pre-school. I expect they will comprehend this in late primary. The style should remind them of me reading with them.

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          OldOzzie

          I tend to have the attention span of a Dead Duck, so will knuckle down and put brain to work further on letter

          With Live in Grandkids 5/8/10 year old all excellent readers and all 3 do additional Science after school with

          https://www.eyeheartscience.com.au/about-us

          OUR MISSION

          Eye Heart Science is igniting young minds to think.

          We are here to help inspire and motivate the next-generation of critical thinkers from primary and secondary students, to educators alike. By sharing and instilling our passion for science, we want to demonstrate that science can be fun and engaging. Through our experience and deep industry relationships, we want to increase awareness of the amazing careers that exist in STEM related fields.

          Ultimately, we want to ignite young minds to think critically, equip them with a problem-solving mindset, and foster an inquiry-based learning culture where asking “why” is encouraged.

          and are currently enjoying Young Investigators Science Club – https://www.eyeheartscience.com.au/course-overview

          10 Year old is Global Warming/Climate Change saturated, so will print out and get some feedback from him.

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            RickWill

            10 Year old is Global Warming/Climate Change saturated, so will print out and get some feedback from him.

            Converting it to PDF loses some of the colour brightness; at least as I view it. I can supply the original docx if you like at this link.
            https://1drv.ms/w/s!Aq1iAj8Yo7jNhFvNEpyVngXVfQ9D?e=EtFZUB

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              OldOzzie

              I am badly colour blind – not sure I could tell the difference, but I will print out your second reference in colour as well, so I have both.

              Would you believe wife back from lunch with friends (RAT test negative before going) just advised 10yr old has just tested positive to Covid, 5 days after the rest of his Family – will ring him (seems a bit odd living under one roof) and slide both printouts under connecting door and get his thoughts – something for him to be challenged, as he will be unable to see friends in Holidays

              PS he won best exhibit at EYE HEART SCIENCE 2022 SCIENCE FAIR a couple of years back

              We are extremely excited to welcome you to the information portal for the Eye Heart Science 2022 Science Fair! Our past events have featured some amazing young scientists showcasing their passion and curiosity. We can’t wait to see what creations, inventions, discoveries and experiments you come up with this year!!

              What: A Science Fair! Entries are open to Primary School Students across Sydney who are able to make it to the event and showcase their amazing Science experiment! Entry guidelines and criteria can be found here.

              Family, friends and the general public are welcome to attend and view the amazing entries whilst getting to ask our keen young scientists questions about their experiments.

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          Gerry

          Sometimes the best way to “teach” someone is to lead them on a journey of discovery …. ask questions that lead to other questions,, suggest an activity, offer a web address ….. ask them for their thoughts at points along the way …change the course if it’s too hard for them ….

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      Rick
      I have only skimmed through it and like OldOzzie will go through it more thoroughly later. But two points–I think your approach to it is excellent. Getting your grandkids to look at the diagrams/graphs etc. and asking them to interpret them via questions as opposed to just pushing facts in front of them, is great.
      I hope they not young and they will take it on as a challenge to see if they can out smart their grandfather.

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        RickWill

        I hope they not young and they will take it on as a challenge to see if they can out smart their grandfather.

        Thanks for the positive feedback on the style.

        Mine are all young. None yet started school but the 5yo grandson in pre-scholl is working through grade 5 maths books – the teacher wanted something to challenge him so has just kept giving him higher grade books. He is fascinated by numbers and has thousands of numberblockls that he can build into squares and cubes. He can cube up to 9X9X9 in his head and build up to that size block. He can square up to about 30. He knows fractions and decimals. Knows number powers. Can count up to about 1000 in prime numbers. The next oldest is more language oriented but has a good grasp of planets and orbits. Two of my sons are currently reviewing the letter as well. It will be up to them to decide when and if their kids get to see it.

        One of my sons made the point that there is a risk that they will be considered outsiders if they do not toe the line on climate change – it is a sad world. That son is a physio and discusses what I show him on the 30C ocean limit with his patients. Most are skeptics and find that bit of information useful.

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      Honk R Smith

      I have directed my epitaph read one of two possibles …

      1) “Damn it, Keith Richards is still alive”
      or
      2) “I told you that Climate Change stuff was BS”

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        Bozotheclown

        Honk, pay for an standing gravestone then you have at least two sides! An obelisk will get you two more.

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        OldOzzie

        I always liked the Epitaph I saw on a Headstone in Eastern Suburbs Cemetery

        “Where ever you be let your wind go free, because holding my wind was the death of me”

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      Old Goat

      Rick,
      Well done . For me it resembles a teachers plan on the subject (without the misinformation) . I will pass it on as long as you are not concerned about copyright .

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    OldOzzie

    No National Politician Will Go There – However, at Least Tucker Carlson Does

    Functioning Countries Need Food, Water & Energy

    One of the most frustrating aspects to our current state of national affairs is that no politician will articulate the basic commonsense problem, and how the people handling Joe Biden are directly to blame for it. Instead, DC and national politicians talk around it, all of them pretending not to know.

    However, at least there is one voice in Tucker Carlson who articulates the economic and political reality in a framework that most can understand.

    In his opening monologue tonight, Carlson succinctly points out how the current state of economic anxiety is directly the result of Joe Biden chasing the Green New Deal initiatives that progressive, communist democrats have advocated for years. WATCH:

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    From my late posting on the Carbon Currency Thread –

    OK.

    So who will issue and regulate this one unit of ‘carbon emission’? What Exchange or Exchanges will these units trade on. Will Off-Market transactions in these units be legally made available? How will the number of units be managed with purchases and sales and cancelled units. What will be the US dollar price of the one unit? How will the increase and decrease in the US dollar value of the unit be managed. And what about all other Currencies?

    The mind boggles.

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    OldOzzie

    Editorial = COVID UPDATE: What is the truth? – 14 Pages PDF

    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC9062939/pdf/SNI-13-167.pdf

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      Bozotheclown

      Wow OldOzzie that is powerful!

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      Lawrie

      Thank you. That was very informative. What concerns me is that the TRUTH will probably never be widely distributed simply because too many are involved in telling the LIES. Much like the climate change rubbish and the even greater rubbish that flows from it.

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    John Connor II

    Lab-Designed GMO “Carbon Capture Plants” to Replace Pastures

    The World Economic Forum has a new proposal: engineered crops whose roots DO NOT ROT when the plants die, and “capture carbon”.

    Their plan (per article) is as follows:

    Make us stop eating meat: “Decreasing the amount of land devoted to livestock will reduce methane emissions”

    Plant genetically engineered crops in place of pastures, that would capture carbon. “By using a molecule found in avocado and cantaloupe skins, these engineered roots can better resist decomposition, minimizing carbon escape.”

    So, after we stop eating meat, they plan on liquidating pastures and planting those genetically engineered “carbon-capturing” plants on the pasture land.

    The plants would have genetically altered polymer roots (archive) that will not decompose.
    Thus, the WEF plan goes, these GM plants would grow in former pastures, grow polymer roots, and die every year, BUT THE ROOTS WILL NOT DECOMPOSE. Since the roots do not decompose, the soil will gradually become firmly permeated by a thickening tangle of never-disappearing polymer roots. Those roots would hold CO2 forever.

    https://igorchudov.substack.com/p/genetic-lab-designed-carbon-capture

    Ah…the WEF…the non-thinking person’s answer to The Babylon Bee 😉
    What could possibly go wrong…

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      Curious George

      John, a great find. I like the idea of “forever polymer” roots. Nothing will ever evolve to eat those polymers, guaranteed.
      Also, “Creation and use of engineered crops must be done in collaboration with stewards of ecosystems in order to meet the needs of the environment, local populations, and the wider global community.”
      I apply to be a well-paid steward, unless all positions are already filled by Kerry and Gore families.

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      Lawrie

      Just think how fortunate it is for Bowen that there has been an outbreak of FMD in Indonesia. Should it spread to Australia it could cause the destruction of many thousands of animals which would suit Bowen immeasurably. Since the ALP/Green coalition hate farmers with a passion (because they are individuals and think for themselves) they may be tempted to allow FMD to come here and by slow reaction (already happening) have the disease reduce our herds as a means to save the planet. I do not trust this mob one bit. Remember how they nearly destroyed the live cattle trade?

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    OldOzzie

    Top Endersays:
    July 7, 2022 at 2:12 pm
    Flaw in Moreland City Council’s rocky road to wokeism

    THE MOCKER

    Moreland Council is changing its name because of its links to slavery. Picture: Supplied.

    The decision last Sunday by Melbourne’s Moreland City Council to change its name to Merri-bek is but another example of confected outrage and ratepayer-funded revisionism.

    But in the council’s haste to act, its members have created a bigger problem in chambers, one that could put the fight for decolonisation back decades,

    The Mocker tells the mayor in this open letter:

    Dear Mayor Mark Riley,

    As one of the many Australians who is blinded by white privilege, I did not at first recognise that the name of an eighteenth-century Jamaican sugar plantation which used slave labour was detrimental to the Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung people of Victoria.

    Maybe my ignorance was due to irrelevant considerations such as Jamaica being over 15,000km from Melbourne. Or the fact that Dr Farquhar McCrae, who in 1839 named his newly purchased lands ‘Moreland’ after his grandfather’s plantation, was not a slaveholder but a surgeon. Silly me thought the Jamaican lands in question had as much to do with the plight of Indigenous Australians as you do with reality.

    And never mind that slavery had ended in Jamaica by the time McCrae named his estate. Even a lengthy academic report you commissioned concluded that “No historical record identifies Farquhar’s motivations or intentions for naming his colonial Melbourne property”.

    That was your basis for surmising there was a “very strong link” between slavery and the name of the council. “We really couldn’t just sit on this for too long,” you said in December soon after you were appointed mayor. “We needed to act fairly quickly.”

    Exactly why you and your fellow Greens councillors had to act quickly is not clear. Perhaps you feared the less enlightened elements of Moreland, having discovered this most tenuous of connections, would abduct Africans and enslave them. Thus began your tokenistic and expensive charade otherwise known as a “community engagement process”.

    Instead of asking Moreland residents if they wanted to change the city title, you told them to choose from a list of three names nominated by the Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung Cultural Heritage Aboriginal Corporation. Would it be Wa-dam-buk, Jerrang, or Merri-bek? Presumably you would have no objections if in a few years a conservative-dominated council presents residents with a similar fait accompli. Guess what everyone: we are changing the name of Merri-bek, and your choices are Cook, Phillip and Macquarie.

    And this is where it becomes truly farcical. As the minutes of your last meeting note, “Children were consulted about the options for names at five early years centres across Moreland”. Early years centres? Yes, I’m sure that age category could readily and objectively assess the merits of this proposal. Of the 164 children ‘consulted,’ all of them were in favour of replacing Moreland with an Indigenous name. Funny that.

    Expensive as this pretence was, it is a pittance compared to the cost of implementing the name change. You have already set aside half a million dollars for the work to be carried out in the next two years, but that is just the start. The council concedes it will take a minimum of 10 years to make the necessary changes in an area covering 58 square kms.

    One of the dissenting councillors, Oscar Yildiz, estimates the full cost to be around nine million dollars. As the Herald Sun reported in March, you yourself allegedly intervened to stop independent councillor Helen Pavlidis from questioning chief executive Cathy Henderson about the cost of the name change.

    This logistical upheaval for the sake of semantics makes for one enormous carbon footprint. What was it you said last year upon being elected? “A warming planet is a risk to everything we hold dear here at Moreland: our environment, our health, our wellbeing, and our vibrant local economy. This is a critical priority for us.”

    Turn it up. Your critical priority is usurping the resources of local government to advance your undemocratic, militant, and pervasive ideology. And as this case shows, you see the ratepayer not as a constituent but as someone to sponge off to fund your self-indulgence.

    In February, ABC Melbourne reported that school children in Moreland were using pedestrian crossings unmanned by supervisors. Your excuse was you could not find enough people to fill vacancies. When asked by host Raf Epstein how much they were paid you had no idea. After all, that is a local government issue. You are too busy leading the life of Riley.

    Incidentally, you and your fellow councillors might want to consider the ramifications of this decision. For example, when speaking in December in support of a name change, Moreland deputy mayor Lambros Tapinos cited his Greek heritage to empathise with Indigenous Australians. “I understand the pains of past dispossession and I understand that this pain is cross-generational,” he said.

    Evidently Tapinos’s cross-generational pain is such he has forgotten that Ancient Greece was built on slavery. Next time he is invited to the Spartan Community of Brunswick, he might want to consider how helots fared in the society from which it took its name. Should Greek-Australians be forced to relinquish aspects of their heritage on this basis or does that apply only to Anglo-Australians?

    As for you, Mayor Riley, have you ever heard of Centre for the Study of the Legacies of British Slavery? They have a very interesting website. I just discovered that one Samuel Riley owned a plantation in Hanover, Jamaica between 1778 and 1823. And guess what? He also owned around 130 slaves.

    I know this revelation about your heritage must be devastating. But by your own measure, you cannot deny your surname has a very strong link with slavery. As the self-appointed commissar for correct names, you must act quickly and change it. I appreciate this is an obliteration of your identity, but as you constantly remind us, the priority is appeasing Indigenous activists.

    Admittedly there is much inconvenience involved, not to mention considerable expense. You would have to stick your hand in your own pocket, and I know how upsetting that must be for a carefree spender of other people’s money. You will be receiving as much compensation as the many Moreland businesses that have to cater to your folly. In other words, nothing.

    If you have trouble coming up with a new surname, give me a yell. Trust me, I already have a few in mind.

    THE MOCKER

    The Mocker amuses himself by calling out poseurs, sneering social commentators, and po-faced officials. He is deeply suspicious of those who seek increased regulation of speech and behaviour.

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      wal1957

      Thanks Ozzie.
      That was well worth the read.
      You just have to laugh at this wokery, otherwise you would cry.

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      Fran

      Our Regional District changed from “Powell River” to “qathet” several years ago. No consultation with the population, just a vote in the council.

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    John Connor II

    The “Neuro-wrap”. Treatment for Dementia, Alzheimer’s etc

    The Neuro-Wrap from Nushape uses the same wavelengths and power densities used in the most recent groundbreaking studies at Harvard Medical and Boston University School of Medicine showing significant improvement in cognition in mild to moderately severe dementia cases treated with transcranial photobiomodulation.
    This wearable neural device is calibrated to the same wavelengths and power densities to help aid those with Alzheimer’s, Dementia, PTSD, mental fatigue, memory loss, brain trauma, and other cognitive and mood disorders. It also provides treatment for sleep & deep relaxation, meditation & creativity, healing, TBI, neural stem cells, depression, memory loss, relaxed attention, reading & comprehension, mind chatter, insomnia, alertness, memory, and more!

    https://www.nushape.com/collections/all/products/the-neuro-wrap

    Uh-huh…
    Take your pick of “healing” frequencies – there’s a lot of them. 😉
    Or you could wear your pyramid-shaped healing quartz crystal…

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      Bozotheclown

      I much prefer my foil cap. It reflects my memories right back in where they started.

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    John Connor II

    Autism among American children and teens surged 50% in three years from 2017, with one in 30 kids diagnosed with the disorder by 2020

    Researchers Guangdong Pharmaceutical University, in China, found that 3.49 percent of U.S. children and adolescents – or around one-in-every-30 – had autism in 2020.

    This is a sharp 52 percent rise from the 2.29 percent of youths in America that had the condition in 2017.

    While the research team did not give an exact reason for the jump, many experts have speculated the increase is related to parents better understanding early signs their child has autism and more surveillance for the condition.

    https://nworeport.me/2022/07/06/autism-among-american-children-and-teens-surged-50-in-three-years-from-2017-with-one-in-30-kids-diagnosed-with-the-disorder-by-2020-study-finds/

    Of course vaccines gave long been blamed for autism as the rise in autism correlated with mass vaccinations.
    What the promoters of that claim didn’t know was that the neurotoxin Glyphosate rolled out at the exact same time.
    Now we have another alarming rise.

    Blame modern lifestyles and diet…

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      Philip

      Like the rise in Australians identifying as aboriginal, apparently it has seen a spike. I wonder why ?

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      Fran

      Because of shedding by the vaccinated, I suspect many babies were exposed to the “vaccine”.

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    John Connor II

    Huge All-Season Ozone Hole Discovered over Tropics

    University of Waterloo’s Professor Qing-Bin Lu has discovered a large, all-season ozone hole in the lower stratosphere over the tropics (30 deg N – 30 deg S). The depth of this tropical ozone hole is comparable to that of the well-known springtime ozone hole over Antarctica, while its area is about seven times that of the latter.

    The 1985 discovery of the Antarctic ozone hole confirmed ozone depletion caused by chlorofluorocarbons.

    Although bans on such chemicals have helped slow ozone depletion, evidence suggests ozone depletion persisted.

    “The tropics constitute half the planet’s surface area and are home to about half the world’s population,” said Professor Lu, a researcher in the Department of Physics and Astronomy and the Departments of Biology and Chemistry at the University of Waterloo.

    “The existence of the tropical ozone hole may cause a great global concern.”

    “The depletion of the ozone layer can lead to increased ground-level UV radiation, which can increase risk of skin cancer and cataracts in humans, as well as weaken human immune systems, decrease agricultural productivity, and negatively affect sensitive aquatic organisms and ecosystems.”

    https://aip.scitation.org/doi/full/10.1063/5.0094629

    So what will this be blamed on? 😉

    Maybe we’ll see a repeat of those UV-C levels back in 2014. Toasty!

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    David-of-Cooyal-in-Oz

    Their ABC has produced a story on the dangers of overdosing on vitamin D. Yes there can be problems, but this story magnifies those without emphasising the benefits:

    https://www.abc.net.au/news/health/2022-07-06/vitamin-d-overdosing-toxic-effect-how-much-should-you-take/101205656

    I think there are 5 major flaws in the article, which I’ll number for identification purposes, not priority.

    1. As presented, there is a jump to a conclusion, which, while possible, is not demonstrated.
    2. The range of 40,000 – 100,000 as an upper limit is useless. And it implies a safe range of up to 40,000 IU per day, an idea not explored.
    3. 20 other “massive doses” of other things. No details at all, nor any mention that most vitamins and supplements are toxic when taken to excess, let alone when taken together.
    4. Vitamin C is the only (?) vitamin which is considered to be safe if taken to excess, but it’s then wasted and any of its (minor) side effects are easily reversed by stopping the intake.
    5. The included table of recommended intake of vitamin D is outdated and potentially dangerous.

    And 1 major omission:
    No mention at all of the role of vitamin D as the immune system regulator.


    Today’s DailyTelegraph has a report of the same incident, ” D-Day for overdose” on page 19, which is more nuanced and suggests to me that the standard warnings were ignored. Paywalled, sorry.
    Cheers
    Dave B

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      RickWill

      I had my Vit D level assessed a couple of weeks ago – mid winter. It was 73nmol/L. I did not take any supplements a week before the test but I usually take 1000IU a few days each week. I am do not know how long it persists. Anyhow I will keep taking the occasional pill as 73nmol/L is the bottom of acceptable range for summer.

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      el+gordo

      You might have seen recent discussion on the benefit of Vitamin D reducing the risk of Dementia.

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        Hanrahan

        Almost everything MAY reduce dementia, nothing is PROVEN to prevent/reduce it.

        By the time those around the AZ sufferer become alarmed at memory loss it is already too late. Like rust in your chassis you don’t notice for years but also like rust it has worked away in the dark and cannot be reversed.

        To begin to understand you would need a study with a large cohort of healthy middle aged and track many markers for 20 years. Why didn’t they start this 20 yrs ago?

        The only thing that seems likely is that it not simple diet. If it were, more long term couples would both suffer [like obesity] and I suspect that the only DNA marker that matters is the one for longevity. If, like me, most of your family live into their eighties you likely have seen dementia close up, but that would just be numbers IMO.

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      OldOzzie

      Really hard to get Vit D tested – finally talked, towards end of Post Op in Severe Burns Unit, Overnite Ward Nurse to add Vit D to blood test nearly a week after Op

      Even then printed results said Vit D to follow

      25-OH VIT D 200 nmol/L

      VITD Comments – a 25-OH Vitamin D level of >50 nmol/L at end of winter suggests adequate Vitamin D Status

      have reduced from 2 x 5,000 iU capsules per day to 1 x 5,000 iU per day

      Will get Vit D check done Mid July

      Excess or toxic levels of vitamin D are thought be over 250 nmol/L (100 ng/ml), but again there are many views on this. Vitamin D or 25(OH)D concentration can be very high before hypercaelcemia occurs. Several studies suggest it is safe to have a 25(OH)D concentration of 300 nmol/L (120ng/ml).

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        David-of-Cooyal-in-Oz

        G’day OO,
        I must be older than you, as my GP has had no trouble in saying OK to my request for a vitamin D test when I’ve gone in for my prescription renewal, and the results have come back in a few working days.
        But why have you reduced your intake? My reading shows that I need 10,000 IU per day to maintain a blood level of just 40 ng/ml (100 nmol/litre), although that may be an old number. Certainly my rate of increase in blood levels had slowed as I approached my 191 nmols/litre at my last test.
        Cheers
        Dave B

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      Why not your Vitamin D directly from the Sun?

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        David-of-Cooyal-in-Oz

        G’day JS
        If you can, that’s great.
        But I think many people – maybe a majority – are in a boat similar to mine. I’m covered from head to toe when I work outside (most days), including at the best time for vitamin D generation which is close to the middle of the day.
        Also, the anti-sunburn property of the skin of people of colour reduces the efficiency of that generation, so they are even more likely to need a supplement.
        I’m still taking 12,000 IU per day with supporting extras.
        Cheers
        Dave B

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        OldOzzie

        Not in Sydney at the moment

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      Sceptical+Sam

      There ABC has been used again. They can’t think for themselves.

      This is the “Killer Statement” from the ABC report posted by D-o-C-i-O:

      A major problem with vitamins and supplements is they are not regulated in the same way as over-the-counter and prescription medications, Dr Moses said.

      The pharmaceutical boyos don’t like the fact that Vitamins undercut their profit margins by providing low cost treatment. For example Vit D3 + zinc + HCQ (or Ivermectin) for Covid-19.

      Scare campaigns and lobbyists look after the pharma’s interests in maximizing profits. They don’t give a tinker’s cuss about cheaper, more effective treatments available over-the-counter. On the contrary, these treatment have to be undermined, impugned, highly regulated or banned.

      Ivermectin anybody?

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        Lawrie

        Note also that the ABC is not into providing information but are heavily into making the case for whatever meme they are pushing. They found a tame doctor to reinforce their predetermined point of view. They do not seek nor do they allow contrary opinion unless it allows them to ridicule it.

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      William Astley

      The fake news outlets all push propaganda to keep us deficient in Vit D, Vit K2, Magnesium, Calcium, and Zinc, so we can get the expensive to treat chronic diseases like cancer, type 2 diabetes, depression, and so on. Vit D supplements should be taken with magnesium, calcium, and Vit K2 supplements as our biochemical systems do not and cannot work when are deficient.

      The Vit K2 deficiency is the big new, news. Autopsies of young children has found evidence of calcium build-up and atherosclerosis in children as young as 8 years old. In the US, 80 to 90% of the over thirty-year-old population have evidence of atherosclerosis. Cholesterol is transported in the blood wrap in a protein to ensure the sticky cholesterol does not stick to the vessels. The sharp calcium crystals which are deposited in the vessels, at locations where there is a high flow and a change in blood vessel flow, break the protective protein letting out the sticky cholesterol. Arterial plaque is made up of a cholesterol, calcium, and molecules of MGP that are useless because they lack Vit K2 to enable them to remove the calcium that coats the plaque.

      The biochemicals that move and remove calcium in the body require Vit K2 which is almost absence from our diet. The Vit K2 deficiency explains the calcium paradox. It is not safe to take calcium supplements without taking 1000 mcg/day of Vit K2 and at least 4000 IU/day of Vit D. The blood vessel cells when calcium is detected, produce a protein matrix MGP to remove calcium from the blood vessels and the brain. That protein and the two other molecules the cells produce to move calcium, do not work, cannot connect to the calcium, without the vitamin Vit K2 (minimum 1000 mcg/day, the fake recommended daily Vit K2 supplement for men is 130 mcg/day).

      https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4566462/

      Vitamin K, particularly as vitamin K2, is nearly nonexistent in junk food, with little being consumed even in a healthy Western diet. Vitamin K deficiency results in inadequate activation of MGP, which greatly impairs the process of calcium removal and increases the risk of calcification of the blood vessels. (William: And calcification of the brain, skin, and organs. MGP is the only molecule that cross the brain blood barrier, to remove calcium.)

      https://apps.dtic.mil/sti/pdfs/ADA585057.pdf
      Vitamin D for Cancer Prevention: Global Perspective

      Higher serum levels of the main circulating form of vitamin D, 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25(OH)D), are associated with substantially lower incidence rates of colon, breast, ovarian, renal, pancreatic, aggressive prostate and other cancers.

      It is projected that raising the minimum year-around serum 25(OH)D level to 40 to 60 ng/mL (100–150 nmol/L) would prevent (William: prevent cancer if corrected, in the US) approximately 58,000 new cases of breast cancer and 49,000 new cases of colorectal cancer each year, and three fourths of deaths from these diseases in the United States and Canada…..

      https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article/file?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0152441&type=printable
      Serum 25-Hydroxyvitamin D Concentration greater than 40 ng/ml Are Associated with >65% Lower Cancer Risk:

      https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0960076015300091?via%3Dihub#bib0105

      Incidence rate of type 2 diabetes is >50% lower in Grassroots Health cohort with median serum 25–hydroxyvitamin D of 41 ng/ml than in NHANES cohort with median of 22 ng/ml.

      Vitamin D supplements reduce severe covid and covid deaths by a factor of 14.

      https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0263069&fbclid=IwAR26lI_5VOvhVmWB2QO7cwk79PfGMR3ugdbViUWratievsoZZoHHKFsYT5k

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        David-of-Cooyal-in-Oz

        Thanks W A,
        That’s the best view of the requirement to use vitamin K with vitamin D that I’ve seen. Much appreciated.
        Cheers
        Dave B

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    OldOzzie

    Did reefer drive the Highland Park parade ‘killer’ Robert Crimo to madness?

    By Miranda Devine

    You don’t need to be a psychiatrist to know that the Highland Park shooter is sick in the head.

    His evil act is unfathomable, but he does fit a familiar pattern of mass killers: alienated young male stoners who appear to be in the grip of a distinctively American madness.

    Those who knew the 21-year-old suspect, Robert Crimo III, say he habitually smoked cannabis, a habit he appeared to share with young mass shooters, including at Uvalde, Dayton, Parkland and Aurora.

    Obviously weed didn’t make them commit their evil acts, but it may have scrambled their brains enough for empathy to take a holiday.

    As the country rushes headlong into the embrace of Big Weed, we need to heed the warning signs, not least in the scientific literature which increasingly shows that cannabis triggers psychosis, and in the emergency rooms where mentally ill kids are the living proof of its harms.

    The higher the potency of THC, the worse it is, especially for the developing adolescent brain.

    But virulent attacks always greet any hint of opposition to wholesale drug legalization. Youth mental illness is a crisis in this country and yet we are not allowed to discuss a scientifically verified ­trigger.

    So, let’s report what clues we have about Crimo’s state of mind, talking about “red flags.”

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      MP

      Luckily pot is not smoked in any other country, that’s why there are so few shootings.
      Amsterdam, not a day goes by without mass shootings.

      Will someone please link to a journalist, a trusted one please.

      Well that’s it case closed, found the problem.

      (Not at you OO)

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        OldOzzie

        MP and Zane thanks for the Comments – Who knows – America is a Basket Case as is rural NSW

        Tucker Carlson: You Are Not Supposed To Notice That Psychiatric Drugs Are Driving Young American Men Insane

        FNC’s Tucker Carlson asked the question about whether mind-altering SSRI drugs have a connection to the massive increase in mass murders and suicides, particularly among young American men.

        “Did it work? Let’s see. Over the very same period, the suicide rate in the United States jumped by 35%. Did it work? Well, millions of people got on anti-suicide drugs and we wound up with many more suicides. So, maybe it’s not working.”

        TUCKER CARLSON: They’re numbed by the endless psychotropic drugs that are handed out in every school in the country by crackpots posing as counselors and of course, they’re angry. They know that their lives will not be better than their parents. They’ll be worse. That’s all but guaranteed. They know that. They’re not that stupid and yet, the authorities in their lives, mostly women, never stops lecturing them about their so-called privilege. You’re male. You’re privileged. Imagine that. Try to imagine an unhealthier, unhappier life than that.

        So, a lot of young men in America are going nuts. Are you surprised? And by the way, a shockingly large number of them have been prescribed psychotropic drugs by their doctors, SSRI or antidepressants and that would include quite a few mass shooters and keep in mind, again, these drugs are meant to prevent crazy behavior and yet there seems to be a connection.

        Eric Harris, the columbine killer was on Zoloft and Luvox. A year earlier, a 15-year-old called Kip Kinkel shot his parents and dozens of classmates. He was on Prozac. In 2005, a 16-year-old called Jeff Weise killed his grandfather and ten kids in Minnesota. He was on Prozac, too. So was 27-year-old Steven Kazmierczak who murdered six people at Northern Illinois University. In 2012, you may recall when 25-year-old James Holmes walked into a movie theater and shot 82 people. He was on Zoloft.

        The list goes on and on and on and on. It includes the shooter at the Washington Navy Yard in 2013. That would be 34-year-old Aaron Alexis. It also includes Dylan Roof. He’s the 21-year-old who shot up the church in Charleston. Now, he was apparently a racist, and we’ve heard a lot about that. Fine, but we’ve heard next to nothing about the fact that he was taking SSRIs, he and many, many others. You’re not supposed to notice, but some have.

        The Journal of Political Psychology once assembled a list of dozens more mass killings, all committed by young people, young men on prescription drugs. So, is there a connection? Well, we don’t know definitively. We do know there are a whole lot more of these drugs being taken by kids than ever before and by the entire population. Who’s not taking some prescription medication at this point? Between 1991 and 2018, total SSRI prescriptions in the United States rose by more than 3,000%. 3,000%!

        3,000% of anything is a massive change. You don’t see changes like that, but the point of this change was to make Americans calmer, saner, happier. Take these drugs and your problems will go away. Yes, you will become numb. You will lose part of yourself. You no longer experience deep joy. You’ll become part robot, but at least you won’t want to kill yourself or harm other people. That was the promise.

        3,000%. Did it work? Let’s see. Over the very same period, the suicide rate in the United States jumped by 35%. Did it work? Well, millions of people got on anti-suicide drugs and we wound up with many more suicides. So, maybe it’s not working. Is it possible it’s making the problem worse, you think? Well, let’s see. Mass shootings also increased dramatically over the very same period. Here’s a chart that shows it. Now the halfwits on Twitter always scream the same thing. Correlation is not causation. All right. Whatever that means, but tell us, halfwits. What is going on exactly? What does that chart mean?

        We know that SSRIs are dangerous. It says so right on the label. They increase “the risk of anxiety, agitation, irritability, hostility, aggressiveness, impulsivity and mania.” Oh, not a big deal. That’s not causation. Then what is it? According to one meta study by the FDA, young people who’ve been prescribed SSRI have an increased rate of suicide. Oh, wait. More suicides? Weren’t they supposed to reduce suicide, but we’re getting more suicide? Let’s stop right there, but we’re not stopping. We’re accelerating.

        Between 2015 and 2019, the use of SSRI drugs by teens in the United States rose by nearly 40%. So, it’s not working? Let’s do a whole lot more of it.

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          assassin (n.)
          1530s (in Anglo-Latin from mid-13c.), via medieval French and Italian Assissini, Assassini, from Arabic hashīshīn (12c.), an Arabic nickname, variously explained, for the Nizari Ismaili sect in the Middle East during the Crusades, plural of hashishiyy, from the source of hashish (q.v.).

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      Zane

      Most likely he’s on prescription antipsychotics like Abilify, which was once the top selling drug by revenue in the United States. Antipsychotics do seem to have the effect of making many of their users more psychotic. Another of those not uncommon Big Pharma conundrums. But it’s all about boosting the bottom line and company share prices, isn’t it?

      Disclosure: I have no qualifications in medicine and the above is simply my personal opinion.

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        OldOzzie

        Another of those not uncommon Big Pharma conundrums. But it’s all about boosting the bottom line and company share prices, isn’t it?

        This seems like a massive and extremely obvious problem, extremely obvious. People aren’t themselves. They’re taking drugs that appear to be causing the behavior that drugs are designed to prevent. Why don’t they talk about this on TV? Oh, let’s see. In 2020, the pharmaceutical industry spent more than $4.5 billion advertising on national television in this country. Now, how much is that? Well, to put it in some context, Pfizer spent more on advertising in 2020 than it did on research and development.

        But it wasn’t a bad decision. It was a great decision. Pfizer’s revenue doubled last year to more than $81 billion. Now, how do they do that? Well, the ad campaign paid off. It helped convince politicians to require the entire population take Pfizer products, products that don’t work as advertised, that have killed large numbers of people and whose side effects are indemnified against lawsuits by the United States Congress. That’s quite a business model. You might think it could be a subject of a media story, but no. No stories on Pfizer. They’re paid to be fanboys of Pfizer. Therefore, they are.

        Here’s a tweet, for example, from CNBC, which is ostensibly a news organization and we’re quoting, “Pfizer is uniquely positioned to advance MRNA, which could be a breakthrough for other infectious diseases, genetic diseases and cancer. (Paid post for Pfizer) #ad.” It was on their Twitter account, a news organization. They’re admitting it’s a paid post for Pfizer. But in CNBC’s defense, they’re not alone. Pretty much all the news coverage you see in the United States is a paid post for Pfizer.

        Oh, it’s all brought to you by Pfizer. Now, why is that? Because TV channels don’t prescribe drugs. Doctors do. So, why would Pfizer, a drug company, be advertising on television? Well, we’re not sure the answer. Let’s put it this way. Don’t hold your breath waiting for CNN or Good Morning America to do a hard-hitting investigative piece on the potential connection between prescription drugs and violence. Probably not going to happen since they sponsor those channels. They’re going to keep telling you it’s all about guns. It’s all about guns.

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      Curious George

      What exactly do psychiatrists know? Can their conclusions be trusted?

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    John Connor II

    Doctors Warn of Vitamin D Supplement “Overdosing” – Man Hospitalized After Losing 28 Pounds

    Hypervitaminosis D’ is on the rise and linked to a wide range of potentially serious health issues.

    Doctors are warning that ‘Overdosing’ on vitamin D supplements is both possible and harmful after they treated a man who needed hospital admission for his excessive vitamin D intake. They reported their concerns in the journal BMJ Case Reports.

    They point out that ‘hypervitaminosis D,’ as the condition is formally known, is on the rise and has been linked to a wide variety of potentially serious health conditions.

    This particular case concerns a middle-aged man who was referred to the hospital by his family doctor after complaining of recurrent vomiting, nausea, leg cramps, abdominal pain, increased thirst, dry mouth, tinnitus (ringing in the ear), diarrhea, and weight loss (28 lbs or 12.7 kg).

    He had been taking high doses of more than 20 over-the-counter supplements every day containing: vitamin D 50,000 mg—the daily requirement is 600 mg or 400 IU; vitamin K2 100 mg (daily requirement 100–300 µg); vitamin C, vitamin B9 (folate) 1,000 mg (daily requirement 400 µg); vitamin B2 (riboflavin), vitamin B6, omega-3 2,000 mg twice daily (daily requirement 200–500 mg), plus several other vitamin, mineral, nutrient, and probiotic supplements.

    Once his symptoms developed, he stopped taking his daily supplement cocktail, but his symptoms didn’t go away.

    Blood tests ordered by his family doctor indicated that he had extremely high calcium levels and slightly elevated magnesium levels. And his vitamin D level was seven times higher than what was necessary for sufficiency.

    https://casereports.bmj.com/content/bmjcr/15/7/e250553.full.pdf

    As I said – best to get your vit D from sun exposure and don’t overdo supplementation…

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      Zane

      Why didn’t he just eat more butter?

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        Honk R Smith

        Butter comes from milk.
        Milk comes from cows.
        Cows cause Climate Change.
        It’s the methane, and I think the nitrogen thing too, although I’m not clear on that one.
        You may be deserving of a mark against your social credit score.
        I hope your not a teacher.
        🙂
        And cows should be free and not exploited. (Actual protest handbill in my local coffee shop, I live near a Uni.)

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      greggg

      The case report states that he took 150000IU of vitamin D daily after commencing a vitamin regimen therapy on the advice of a private nutritionist. Maybe he was meant to reduce the dose after a couple of weeks and didn’t? The rest of what he took looks ok, as long as he is taking forms that he metabolises ok. “Daily requirements” or the RDI are set too low for many nutrients – they need to discourage people from taking high enough amounts that have beneficial effect that allow them to discontinue pharmaceuticals.

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    John Connor II

    Debt chaser Collection House goes bust


    Collection House, once one of Australia’s biggest debt chasing agencies, has tumbled into administration after a series of spiralling blows in the past couple of years.

    https://www.afr.com/companies/financial-services/debt-chaser-collection-house-goes-bust-20220630-p5axz3

    What does this say when Debt collectors go bust trying to get money out of people?

    Wait until we get to ********* 😉

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    John Connor II

    The United Nations Scrubbed This Article Heralding ‘The Benefits Of World Hunger’ From Its Website After It Went Viral

    Mounting evidence continues to emerge proving the food shortages and supply chain disruptions are being manufactured by the United Nations, the World Economic Forum and the World Health Organization in an effort to institute a New World Order, global government and destroy the United States.

    A 2009 op-ed published by the United Nations, which is now removed from its website, heralds hunger as “the foundation of wealth” and a means to bolster the world economy.

    Hunger must be sustained to exploit manual labor, contends George Kent, a professor at the University of Hawaii’s political science department. who authored the November 2021 UN the document.

    http://www.womensystems.com/2022/07/the-united-nations-scrubbed-this.html

    Control the food and you control everyone (but me 😁).

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    Geoff Sherrington

    Australia is now stuffed for decades.
    The Aust Chamber of Commerce & industry is screaming for a huge immigration increase because we lack professionals like engineers and also tradies, we no longer have a skilled class in house to start and build major projects, they say, as do other groups.
    Last week the population stats showed that more than 50% of Aussies were migrants with one or more of their parents born overseas.
    Can we deduce or assume that past, recent, big immigration programs failed to bring home the bacon and we failed to end up with the appropriate, desired migrants?
    Can we predict that the ACCI proposals will fail for the same reasons?
    Wait, let us ask our esteemed universities. Sadly, unis favour getting money from teaching asians who then take their degrees back home, while original Aussie students are passed over if they cannot match the fees. So we end up with skills shortages, made worse because unis are teaching non-skilled topics like how to become a climate change activist journalist.
    Over at Quadrant Online today we have an ageing academic doing a mea culpa for not throwing out past course garbage and no-hoper students. This was the generation after mine, ‘cos my mates and me fought like buggery for a better Australia. While the mea culpa is a welcomed apology, what we need is a new, emerging class of bright achievers who can see and agree with the stupidity I outlined above and set about repairing the mess.
    I simply cannot understand why so many Aussies have swallowed the propaganda that leads to them voting for net zero carbon, whatever they think it means.
    Society has gone from solid achievement to something slimy squishy. Geoff S

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    John Connor II

    Nicole Kidman eating bugs…

    https://twitter.com/i/status/1544401382719033347

    Well I’m convinced! 😆😆😆

    Shall we grab a handful next?

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      John Connor II

      Study argues insects feel pain, raises questions around ethical farming

      After outlining a number of insect behaviors that clearly demonstrate nociceptive dampening processes, the new article presents several pieces of research to explain the molecular mechanisms at work. Unlike mammals, insects do not have any genes that code for opioid receptors. So other neurochemical mechanisms must be at play. A number of neuropeptides are hypothesized as possible nociception modulators in insects. These include drosulfakinin, allatostatin-C, and leucokinin, all molecules found to influence insect behavior.

      The review suggests the presence of descending nociception controls in insects makes it plausible to consider they experience some sensation of pain. Certain behaviors known to be mediated by descending nociceptive controls, and used to quantify pain in animals such as mice, are seen in insects. Reduced feeding patterns in mice, for example, are often used as an indicator of pain, and insects have also been seen to display reduced responses to food stimuli following nociceptive experiences.

      https://royalsocietypublishing.org/doi/10.1098/rspb.2022.0599

      Interesting…
      I believe the current thinking is that fish, while possessing the nervous system to transmit pain signals, lack the brain organisation to process those signals.
      Looks like a re-evaluation is in order.
      Maybe the various animal protection groups will come out against insect farming, but probably not..

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        Shy Ted

        Volunteers wanted for a real time study to see if and how politicians feel and process pain.

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      Ronin

      Yeah, nah.

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      Earl

      Gets a bit risque at the 26 second mark, was she channeling Keith?

      Very moist, chewy (indistinct, sounds like “cant”) quite describe the flavor but….”.

      In other news no truth in rumor Keith is to star in remake of “Gladiator”.

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    Zane

    The nail salon in the shopping center here has closed its doors for an indeterminant period due to ” lack of staff “. Make of that what you will.

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      John Connor II

      The unvaxxed ones got the flick and the vaxxed ones are sick. ☺

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        beowulf

        Same pattern repeated everywhere you go.

        Tried to get my car into my usual mechanics: 3 out of 4 mechanics off sick (before the winter flu season). Still trying.

        Local major hospital can’t keep up staffing levels. Some nurses forced out; the “fully vaxxed” staff taking turns getting sick.

        Where I do volunteer work, for months now 30% to 50% of co-workers are off sick in any given week. Never used to be. It has been a skeleton crew since last November. I am the only pure blood and I am the ONLY one who has never been sick since the vaxes began. Others who were OK pre-vax have now been sick multiple times since. Their entire extended families go down and they wonder why. They’ve done as they were told. They’ve had their 3 magical jabs.

        One is lining up for her 4th after being crook for over 50% of the last several months. She was as sick as a dog for almost a week after her first; she almost died after her 2nd due to a massive clot blocking her aorta, don’t know how she got on after the 3rd, but she’s convinced she’ll die if she misses a 4th.

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          mareeS

          Our daughter, early 30s, is thrice-jabbed, has had Covid twice this year, the flu once, and is now down with an unspecified virus, so has been off sick cumulatively for one month out of the past six, and has not worked a full week for most of the remaining time due to basic unwellness, she was a fit and healthy young woman pre jabs before last December.

          I am not jabbed, aged mid60s, in full health fortunately as I am caring for her and my ageing husband. Never had Covid or the flu, as I look after my immune system with a good diet, vitamins, and swim every morning at the local ocean baths (a bit fresh at present).

          This plandemic and the vax program are crimes against humanity, with worse to come in food and agriculture.

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    rowjay

    A recent post on WUWT was about climate concern plateauing in Australia. Let me amend one of the statements, based on personal experience:

    In 2022, 60 per cent of Australian people who answered the robo-poll feel that climate change is a serious problem that should be addressed urgently.

    The last time I attempted to complete a robo-poll, the questions and answer options appeared to lead to a pre-ordained outcome. Since that time, cold calls for polling have been ignored. I suspect a lot of other Australians feel the same way. Therefore are they asking the same respondents (who are willing to participate) the same question and getting the same answer?

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    bill

    vit D hit piece

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    Rafe+Champion

    Good news from China turned up today, although it is actually old but it is the kind of thing that I like to see because I have a soft spot for pandas.

    https://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2013/09/10/giant-pandas-could-help-solve-the-global-energy-crisis

    Not a breath of wind in WA at present. LOL.

    South Australia (the wind leader) is importing power, 75% of local generation is gas and they are burning diesel as well! And the most expensive power in the NEM at the moment.

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    Ronin

    Have they found some sap to replace Boris yet…. who would want that toxic job.

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    Zane

    The Austrian Health minister is now trying to shift the blame for all Covid vaccine injuries onto the doctors! It was the Austrian government who mandated the jabs for everyone. The buck stops with you, buddy. Lawyer up.

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    John Connor II

    51 ministers have resigned and now Boris is going too.
    I vote for Nigel Farage as the new pommy PM 😁

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    OldOzzie

    Email from a Mate

    Hi Everyone:

    The attached appears to be an eloquent summary of the status quo in Melbourne wrt charging EVs.

    Is there a similar summary for Sydney CBD? Or North Sydney? Or Chatswood?

    At what point do the pollies get real?

    Attached

    ELECTRIC POWER SUPPLY ISSUES FOR EVs (of the future).

    It Really Aint Gonna Work!!

    Leastwise Not Yet Any Way

    Some Wise Words from An Electrical Contractor In Melbourne

    I recently did some work for the body corporate at the Dock 5 Apartment Building in Docklands in Melbourne to see if we could install a small number of electric charging points for owners to charge their electric vehicles.

    We had our first three applications and we discovered:

    1. The building has no non- allocated parking spaces ie public ones. This is typical of most apartment buildings so we cannot provide shared outlets.

    2. The power supply in the building was designed for the loads in the building with virtually no spare capacity. Only 5 or 6 chargers could be installed in total in a building with 188 apartments!!

    3. How do you allocate them as they would add value to any apartment owning one. The fight started on day one with about 20 applications received 1st day and with many more following.

    4. The car park sub-boards cannot carry the extra loads of even one charger and would have to be upgraded on any floors with a charger as would the supply mains to each sub board.

    5. The main switch board would then have to be upgraded to add the heavier circuit breakers for the sub mains upgrade and furthermore:

    6. When Docklands was designed a limit was put on the number of apartments in each precinct and the mains and transformers in the streets designed accordingly.

    This means there is no capacity in the Docklands street grid for any significant quantity of car chargers in any building in the area.

    7. It gets better. The whole CBD (Hoddle Grid, Docklands) and Southbank is fed by two sub stations. One in Port Melbourne and one in West Melbourne.

    This was done to have two alternate feeds in case one failed or was down for maintenance. Because of the growth in the city /Docklands and Southbank now neither one is capable of supplying the full requirement of Melbourne zone at peak usage in mid- summer if the other is out of action. The Port Melbourne 66,000 volt feeder runs on 50 or 60 year old wooden power poles above ground along Dorcas Street South Melbourne. One pole is located 40 cm from the corner Kerb at the incredibly busy Ferrars /St Dorcas St Intersection and is very vulnerable to being wiped out by a wayward vehicle.

    The infrastructure expenditure required would dwarf the NBN cost & that’s not including the new power stations required!

    These advocates of electric vehicles by 2040 are completely bonkers! It takes 5-8 years to design and build a large coal fired power station like Loy Yang and even longer for a Nuclear one (That’s after you get the political will, permits and legislative changes needed). Wind and solar just can’t produce enough. Tidal power might but that’s further away than nuclear.

    MOST AUSTRALIANS DON’T UNDERSTAND THIS YET……………..!

    It’s just a greenies dream in the foreseeable future other than in small wealthy countries.
    It will no doubt ultimately come but not in the next 20 years…

    The grid simply cannot support it in most places in Australia!

    July 2022

    Best Response from one of my Mates

    Yes but climate change will increase wind speeds, the sun will get closer to the earth and improve solar cell performance and the increased area for both requirements will halt population growth. We can all live in oblivious bliss on red wine Tuesdays!

    Rock on

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      Dennis

      Daily Telegraph Thursday July 7, 2022

      Cars coming to a halt

      There are actually plans being presented today to stop automobiles in the future

      Author Clarissa Bye

      Well worth reading.

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    Dennis

    So the new Labor Federal Government is planning a Referendum for 2023 for the Indigenous activist Indigenous Australian “Voice” but no details of what that involves will be provided before we are asked to vote for it.

    Leave the details to the politicians, trust them.

    No way.

    Sensible Australians of Indigenous ancestry do not support this change to the Australian Constitution because it is not needed, we are all Australians.

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      Hanrahan

      It worked a treat for the “Republic” referendum.

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        Dennis

        I was also taken aback when the Indigenous Australian Minister said that Labor is not interested in getting the Coalition Opposition on side.

        Referendum require a majority in every State and Territory to pass, the Liberal and National parties represented more voters at the last Federal Election that Labor received, primary votes.

        The new boys and girls are not very good on strategy and analysis it appears.

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          Hanrahan

          Not as bad as you assume. They can play to their base by putting it up knowing they will never have to actually implement any policy.

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    Oscar Lafontaine: “Opens Nord Stream 2!”

    Once again, Oskar Lafontaine has spoken out loudly on social media. In doing so, he only says what many think: the current massive economic crisis is homemade, and the anti-Russian sanctions are its fire accelerator.
    […]

    I can no longer hear the whining from Steinmeier, Scholz and others about the social upheavals that will arise if the price of gas triples. If only from countries like the USA, Saudi Arabia or Qatar and Russia, to which international law violations wars, can obtain energy, then you should give preference to the supplier who has the best and cheapest goods.

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    OldOzzie

    Biden aims to shutter largest oil field in U.S. amid record-high gas prices

    In retaliation against the Supreme Court’s recent decision to stop the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from forcibly shutting down America’s fossil fuel industry – at least to the degree and pace at which this is currently happening – the Biden regime is now threatening to close the country’s largest oil field.

    According to reports, the EPA is readying itself to cite the Texas-based oil field, known as the Permian Basin, for supposedly violating “ozone pollution standards.” That citation could be the move that drives a final nail in the coffin of America’s last remaining traces of energy independence, which is exactly what the Biden regime wants to do.

    “According to the Texas Governor’s Office, the proposed regulations will directly affect the Permian Basin, the largest oil field in the United States, accounting for 95,000,000 gallons of gasoline per day or 40% of the oil produced domestically,” one report explains about the situation.

    “This would be just one more move from Biden’s administration to impact the lives of every American by reducing the fuel supply and causing gas prices to soar well beyond Biden’s record of $5 per gallon.”

    Former EPA Chief of Staff Mandy Gunasekara told reporters this week that even though Americans are paying the highest gas prices ever in our nation’s history, to the demise of many of them and their families, “team Biden continues to double down on their political commitments to ‘end all fossil fuels.’”

    Biden promised a cold, dark winter – and it is coming soon

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      Dennis

      I wonder how far people can be penalised before they revolt?

      I guess that the leftists have a contingency plan in place, police FORCE.

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      Hanrahan

      Every dem in the nomination race promised this*. Why did anyone doubt them? This idea that you vote for YOUR party regardless, believing they are not stooopid enough to actually do what they promise is flawed.

      *I may have done Tulsi Gabbard a disservice but crazy dems never took her seriously anyway.

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        OldOzzie

        What will African Americans who the Democrats like to keep on the Plantation think of this?

        AZ GOP Candidate Drops Amazing Ad on Second Amendment That Has Dems Fuming

        Davison may have just set himself apart from the field with an ad that’s lighting up the internet. It’s already garnered more than a million views.

        Davison is a former Arizona State University and NFL running back, according to his campaign website. He’s also been a pastor since 2005. But the ad wasn’t about his football career or his work as a pastor; it was on our Second Amendment rights and how wrong Democrats are to tell us what we “need” when it comes to guns or magazines. That’s a common theme from folks like Joe Biden, who tells us we don’t “need” an AR-15 and we don’t “need” thirty rounds.

        Who can forget this classic piece of ignorance from Joe Biden? “….[F]ire two blasts outside the house,” Joe urged. “Buy a shotgun.”

        But Davison has a banging response. “Democrats like to say that no one needs an AR-15 for self-defense, that no one could possibly need all 30 rounds,” Davison’s ad intones. But that’s when he lays out one example of when you might “need” it.

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      Curious George

      How much ozone does the Permian oil contain?

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    OldOzzie

    WSJ – Red States Are Winning the Post-Pandemic Economy

    Workers and employers moved away from the coasts to middle of country and Florida, sparking swifter recoveries there

    The pandemic has changed the geography of the American economy.

    By many measures, red states—those that lean Republican—have recovered faster economically than Democratic-leaning blue ones, with workers and employers moving from the coasts to the middle of the country and Florida.

    Since February 2020, the month before the pandemic began, the share of all U.S. jobs located in red states has grown by more than half a percentage point, according to an analysis of Labor Department data by the Brookings Institution think tank. Red states have added 341,000 jobs over that time, while blue states were still short 1.3 million jobs as of May.

    Several major companies have recently announced moves of their headquarters from blue to red states. Hedge-fund company Citadel said recently it would move its headquarters from Chicago to Miami, and Caterpillar Inc. plans to move from Illinois to Texas.

    The pandemic has changed the geography of the American economy.

    By many measures, red states—those that lean Republican—have recovered faster economically than Democratic-leaning blue ones, with workers and employers moving from the coasts to the middle of the country and Florida.

    Since February 2020, the month before the pandemic began, the share of all U.S. jobs located in red states has grown by more than half a percentage point, according to an analysis of Labor Department data by the Brookings Institution think tank. Red states have added 341,000 jobs over that time, while blue states were still short 1.3 million jobs as of May.

    Several major companies have recently announced moves of their headquarters from blue to red states. Hedge-fund company Citadel said recently it would move its headquarters from Chicago to Miami, and Caterpillar Inc. plans to move from Illinois to Texas.

    Behind those differences is mass migration. Forty-six million people moved to a different ZIP Code in the year through February 2022, the most in any 12-month period in records going back to 2010, according to a Moody’s analysis of Equifax Inc. consumer-credit reports. The states that gained the most, led by Florida, Texas and North Carolina, are almost all red, as defined by the Cook Political Report based on how states voted in the past two presidential elections. The states that lost the most residents are almost all blue, led by California, New York and Illinois.

    Analysts who have studied the migration attributed much of it to the pandemic’s severing of the link between geography and the workplace. Remote work allowed many workers to move to red states, not because of political preferences, but for financial and lifestyle reasons—cheaper housing, better weather, less traffic and lower taxes, the analysts said.

    There is no data on what role, if any, political preferences have played in migration decisions. Some researchers have reported that pandemic restrictions played a role for some people who moved. It is too early to know whether the Supreme Court decision on abortion also might affect migration patterns.

    The movement is already starting to affect state economies and finances. Florida is on track to register a record budget surplus for the fiscal year that ended June 30, which it attributes in part to new residents.

    The state is putting most of the extra money into a reserve fund to protect state agencies and residents during the next downturn, while investing in school construction and raising teacher pay, a spokeswoman for Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said.

    The states that gained the most migrants levied an average maximum income-tax rate of 3.8% on individuals. Four—Florida, Texas, Tennessee and Nevada—charged no income tax at all. The 10 states that lost the most residents to moves have an average tax rate of 8.0%.

    In general, red states were less likely than blue ones to impose mask or vaccine mandates, social-distancing restrictions or remote schooling. Enrollment in public elementary and secondary schools fell nationally during the pandemic, but the sharpest drops occurred in school districts that had more days of remote learning, according to a recent American Enterprise Institute study.

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    OldOzzie

    Modern War Institute – TIME IS NOT ON KYIV’S SIDE: TRAINING, WEAPONS, AND ATTRITION IN UKRAINE

    The battalion commander shrugged helplessly when we advised him that five days was a completely inadequate amount of time in which to train his soldiers. “This is all we have—they are needed on the front,” he replied with grim finality. A few days later, on a separate course that we were running for his medics, half of our class disappeared on the second day. “We have had casualties,” was the only explanation we received. Even in units that fall within the Ukrainian special operations command, most soldiers are sent to the front line with very little training. In one such unit, we estimated that just 20 percent had even fired a weapon before heading to combat.

    On May 3, the Ukrainian parliament passed a law that allows territorial defense units—the country’s home guard—to be deployed to combat outside their home regions. These units are manned by local volunteers who typically have received very little preparation. We were soon swamped by requests for training courses. In the western Ukrainian city of Lviv, a town hall meeting to explain the new policy to local territorial defense volunteers was disrupted by wives alarmed at the prospect of their part-time soldier husbands deploying to the front.

    Each anecdote by itself a data point, but together they tell a story that belies the relentless optimism that has pervaded Ukrainian representation of the war from the outset. After four months of grinding attrition, the Ukrainian army is facing a manpower shortage.

    Every day in the current fighting, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said earlier this month, around sixty to one hundred Ukrainian soldiers are killed and another five hundred wounded in combat. A more recent New York Times article puts that figure much higher—at one hundred to two hundred deaths a day. To put that in context, during the 1968 Tet offensive in Vietnam, one of the bloodiest periods of the war, US deaths were roughly two hundred a week—and among a force almost twice the size of the Ukrainian army.

    Aside from Zelenskyy’s admission, the Ukrainian government has been largely reticent about releasing casualty figures and Western governments have offered few of their own assessments, but grim reports from the front line indicate that Ukrainian casualties are high—and perhaps in the long term unsustainable. “My friend’s son is in a company with just thirty soldiers left,” down from the 120 personnel typically in a company, one senior Ukrainian officer told me.

    Every day last week, while evacuating civilians from areas in the east under bombardment by the Russians, as we drove to the front we passed a succession of ambulances going the other way. As they passed, my interpreter read aloud the signs displayed on their front bumpers: “three times 300s” or “four times 200s,” using the Ukrainian military terms for wounded and dead. By the end of the week, the figures in their aggregate, for just one section of the front we observed, seemed staggeringly high.

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      Hanrahan

      The West will fight to the last Ukrainian.

      A bit hackneyed, I know, but a big decision point is looming: Continue to arm Ukraine and risk arming Russia by default, abandon Ukraine or become involved directly.

      The third option, if approached with an “out to win” attitude would not extract a heavy toll on the expeditionary forces. But do we want to corner Putin? The thought of WWIII would no longer be hackneyed.

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      Curious George

      After Ukraine, Putin will ask for a return of Alaska.

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      OldOzzie

      Sergey Poletaev: By fall, the result of the first phase of the Ukraine conflict will be clear – what comes next is up to the West

      Russia is winning in Ukraine, but the desire to avoid mobilization means the advance is moving slowly

      By Sergey Poletaev, co-founder and editor of the Vatfor project.

      Last weekend, the territory of the Lugansk People’s Republic was completely liberated from Ukrainian control. This is not only a symbolic stage in the entire battle for Donbass, but also the completion of a significant military operation: the agglomeration of Rubezhnoye-Severodonetsk-Lisichansk is the second largest after Mariupol among those for which serious fighting has taken place.

      The results are contradictory. On the one hand, the successes are much more modest than we had hoped for in the spring: the enemy (the Ukrainian Armed Forces) has not been defeated, and the Donetsk group is not completely surrounded. Moreover, there was no attempt at such encirclement.

      Instead, the Russian army, combined with the forces of the Donbass republics as well as contract soldiers, has adopted the tactic of slowly pushing through defensive lines with a reliance on artillery. This could be called a modern reiteration of the First World War principle: “artillery devastates, infantry floods.”

      The reason is a shortage of personnel, which is a result of Russia’s refusal to implement mass mobilization. The armies of the Lugansk (LPR) and Donetsk (DPR) People’s Republics, the Wagner militia and the Russian Guard play the role of infantry manpower, but still the density of the advancing ranks is three to five times lower than the normal rule in such situations, which cannot but affect the tempo. The main consequence is the inability of the advancing side to break through the frontline with rapid strikes and encircle the enemy.

      This enables the Ukrainians to hold a defensive position in a particular settlement to the last man, and then retreat with the most capable units, leaving the poorly trained “meat” of the territorial defense to cover it. The tactic has its flaws: when retreating, heavy equipment has to be partially abandoned, plus there are further losses from artillery and aviation strikes during the retreat itself.

      On the other hand, Russia is honing and perfecting its assault actions, as can be seen by the pace of the offensive: the smaller of the three towns, Rubezhnoye, was fought over for two months; Severodonetsk was taken in a month, while Lisichansk was seized in a week and a half. Along the way, to the south of Lisichansk, a ring around Gorskoe-Zolotoye was also loosely closed.

      This is probably the end of the operation in this area and a pause for rest and reinforcements will follow.

      So, where will the next major offensive happen?

      There are several options.

      The direction of the campaign can be traced until autumn: Russia will continue to retake Donbass, while Ukraine will try to respond with at least one real, rather than virtual, offensive. The results of both will draw a line under the first military campaign.

      Will this be the end of the fighting, and will a truce follow? Much of this depends on the position of the EU and the US, which do not seem to want to back down and are preparing to face winter in a state of economic war with Russia.

      But that is a topic for another conversation

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    OldOzzie

    The Morning Briefing: Clueless Democrats Are in Full ‘Let Them Eat Cake’ Mode Now

    Top O’ the Briefing

    Happy Thursday, dear Kruiser Morning Briefing friends. Ragnar often found himself in situations that couldn’t be saved even by Riverdance or his preternatural gift for soufflé.

    While we’re not quite in the home stretch for the November midterm elections, the end of the Democrats’ COVID-induced reign of error is in sight. At present, all signs point to the Republicans giving them an electoral shellacking but, hey, we’re never really outside the margin of magical mail-in ballots, are we?

    While I have often cautioned about Republicans being overly optimistic about November, I am gradually moving toward the position that all the GOP has to do is get out of the way and let the Democrats defeat themselves.

    Starting at the very top, this current crop of D.C. Dems is the largest collection of dullards they’ve ever had in power. They’re a bunch of pants-wetting demagogues who are completely devoid of any intellectual heft. Because of that, they’re dumb enough to believe the lies that their flying monkeys in the mainstream media continually tell for them.

    The biggest lie is that the Democrat positions on major issues are wildly popular. It turns out that the issues that they’re most concerned with aren’t even that major to most Americans.

    While Democrats are doubling down on climate cult madness and mainstreaming the transgender fringe, normal Americans are still overwhelming concerned with inflation, as Victoria wrote yesterday:

    Joe Biden is conducting his presidency as if the Ukraine war, Liberal Order Reset, windmills, solar panels, packing the Supreme Court, and abortions for nine months were top priorities of the American people. But guess what? They’re not. Few Americans are buying what he’s selling.

    A Harvard Harris poll reveals that the Left’s most ardently revered issues aren’t top-of-mind for normal Americans. Indeed, the number one issue for Americans is Joe Biden’s inflation, followed by Joe Biden’s pre-planned high gas prices.

    Not only have Team Biden and the rest of the Democrats continued to overlook the very real burden that inflation is on American citizens, they’ve spent most of the last year dispensing nonsensical macroeconomic lectures that were probably ghost-written by Paul Krugman to convince us that it wasn’t even real. It’s been a level of elitist detachment that’s egregious even for insulated D.C. types.

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    CHRIS

    Wow! Everyone on this website is going GA GA. Conspiracy theories abound. How about some COMMON SENSE?? The “tensions” in the world have been lasting, in one form or another, for Centuries. This purely and simply TRIBALISM, in its many facets. Get real.

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      Gerry

      I’m not clear about what you are saying…..are you saying the war in Ukraine is a sign of tension between tribes? I suppose that would be true. Is there a chance it’s more than tension though? How about downright hostility ?

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      yarpos

      Mmmm yes everything is tribal isnt it? used to be a trendy thing to say in the 90s

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      This website is GA? Well I am at least.

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    another ian

    Just in case you are tempted

    “Mercedes From Hell – Last I’ll Ever Buy”

    https://chiefio.wordpress.com/2022/07/07/mercedes-from-hell-last-ill-ever-buy/#comment-158107

    Seems BMW uses a similar system

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      KP

      Love it! So completely expected too… His best advice is only buy pre-1990.

      I imagine electric cars will be the same, full of computers and programming, prone to corrosion and failure from water getting inside the car.

      Don’t buy a modern car if you can’t leave it on the side of the road and walk away without worrying. Certainly don’t take out a loan to buy one.

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      yarpos

      Most modern cars are a web of CAN bus interconnected modules , the more complex and feature rich the car the modules you get and the more difficult diagnostics can become. An interesting mix of skills are needed to be a competent mechanic / diagnostician these days.

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        Dennis

        I inherited a 1967 Holden HR sedan from a relative’s estate that had one owner since purchased new, I had it from late 1990s and it was in excellent mechanical and bodywork/interior condition, well looked after, serviced on time.

        The owner told me years earlier that he was not interested in trading it in on a later model because the HR was uncomplicated mechanically and he could do most of the maintenance at home.

        It towed a boat locally and a caravan other times long distances interstate.

        The now lost concept of the Volkswagen people’s car of Germany, FIAT 500 and various other uncomplicated mechanically people transporters.

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          yarpos

          I recently sold my last non electronic car. The way things are going I think that may not have been wise. I have one that has an electronic distributor “upgrade” other than that its old school. I think I might buy a points distributor for it, just in in case.

          I dont think either the safety or pollution regs make a simple car possible these days and in any cae those skills are lost among the general population. Ford is trying something with the Maverick but its still beyond a home mechanic to fix when it plays up. At least its focus is affordability and functionality.

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    another ian

    “Safe and Effective®”

    “Results: Pfizer and Moderna mRNA COVID-19 vaccines were associated with an increased risk of serious adverse events of special interest, with an absolute risk increase of 10.1 and 15.1 per 10,000 vaccinated over placebo baselines of 17.6 and 42.2 (95% CI -0.4 to 20.6 and -3.6 to 33.8), respectively. Combined, the mRNA vaccines were associated with an absolute risk increase of serious adverse events of special interest of 12.5 per 10,000 (95% CI 2.1 to 22.9). The excess risk of serious adverse events of special interest surpassed the risk reduction for COVID-19 hospitalization relative to the placebo group in both Pfizer and Moderna trials (2.3 and 6.4 per 10,000 participants, respectively).”

    More at

    http://www.smalldeadanimals.com/2022/07/07/safe-and-effective-71/

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    “Boris Johnson has nobody but himself to blame for his messy downfall that culminated on Thursday in his expected resignation from office. The character flaws that have dogged his entire career, particularly his propensity for lying and disregard for the codes and conventions of honesty that necessarily underpin public life in a democracy, were always going to be a problem when he entered Downing Street in 2019 “to get Brexit done”. Those flaws were amplified by policy failures, particularly over his mismanagement of the British economy, that further undermined confidence in his government. With inflation already at a 40-year high of 9.1 per cent and forecast to hit 11 per cent by the end of the year, it is projected to be the worst-performing economy in the OECD next year”.

    In the end, the extent of the disenchantment towards Mr Johnson would be hard to exaggerate. Even London’s Daily Telegraph… editorialised despairingly on Thursday about his governance. His problem, the paper said, was “not the opposition that has concluded he is no longer fit to be prime minister, but a majority in his own party … a majority of Conservative MPs would (now) vote to remove him”.

    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/commentary/editorials/boris-johnson-hoisted-by-petard-of-spin/news-story/e173b6480b283241109aea5f310d662d

    [ Edit for Copyright length. – LVA]

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      Dave in the States

      Those flaws were amplified by policy failures, particularly over his mismanagement of the British economy, that further undermined confidence in his government.

      Green policies and climate change action kill economies.

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    another ian

    “”If the collective governments of the Western world were trying to impoverish and starve their own citizens, what exactly would they be doing differently?” ”

    https://bayourenaissanceman.blogspot.com/2022/07/if-collective-governments-of-western.html

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    KP

    This should be fun!!

    “Treasurer Jim Chalmer’s first budget will contain an evaluation of the nation’s wellbeing… the wellbeing budget would show the government was focused on how the economy was helping the country in areas as diverse as life expectancy and quality of the environment.”

    Lets see the excess deaths figures incorporated and the life expectancy going down. Maybe the rise in illness shown by visits to doctors and more money spent on drugs.. Even the financial reports from life insurance companies.

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      You won’t see any of that in the Budget unless they can blame the previous Government. On second thoughts, they can and then proceed to make it even worse over the next 3 years.

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      yarpos

      Guess he is focusing on fluffy stuff he can understand. He can warble about wellbeing all he likes , he cant go wrong because it can mean whatever he wants to be.

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    OldOzzie

    Smoking Gun? Biden’s Sale of Oil From Strategic Reserve Went to Chinese Company Connected to Hunter Biden

    Now, there’s more. Joe Biden is selling oil to a Chinese government company that is also continuing to buy Russian oil.

    Biden’s Energy Department in April announced the sale of 950,000 Strategic Petroleum Reserve barrels to Unipec, the trading arm of the China Petrochemical Corporation. That company, which is commonly known as Sinopec, is wholly owned by the Chinese government. The Biden administration claimed the move would “address the pain Americans are feeling at the pump” and “help lower energy costs.” [….]

    The Biden administration also claimed the Unipec sale would “support American consumers and the global economy in response to Vladimir Putin’s war of choice against Ukraine” and combat “Putin’s price hike.” But as the war rages on, Unipec has continued to purchase Russian oil. In May, for example, the company “significantly increased the number of hired tankers to ship a key crude from eastern Russia,” Bloomberg reported. That decision came roughly one month after Unipec said it would purchase “no more Russian oil going forward” once “shipments that have arrived in March and due to arrive in April” were fulfilled.

    That would be bad enough — selling to a company directly owned by the Chinese government and basically helping China build up their reserve while depleting our own stores. But the company is also connected to Hunter Biden.

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      OldOzzie

      Treasury Dept. blocking probe into Hunter Biden’s business dealings, says top GOP lawmaker

      The Treasury Department has been accused of stonewalling lawmakers’ requests into the business dealings of President Biden’s son Hunter Biden.

      Rep. James Comer of Kentucky, the top Republican on the House Oversight and Reform Committee, said Treasury officials refused to hand over suspicious activity reports, or SARs, unless the committee’s Democratic leaders signed off on the request.

      “Despite Treasury’s assertion in the press that it ‘provides SARs to Congress in a manner that enables robust oversight,’ Treasury is refusing to release SARs connected with Hunter Biden or his family and associates — including the President,” Mr. Comer wrote in a letter Wednesday to Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen.

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      yarpos

      The lack of outrage and the media free pass on this topic is amazing. What would he actually have to do to get their attention? bomb LA?

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    John Connor II

    Germany’s largest natural gas company collapsed


    Domino of developments: Germany’s largest natural gas company collapsed – Barrage of nationalizations begins
    Emergency plan in Germany
    The big shock to the global energy market has one more patient and it is none other than natural gas energy giant Uniper, which is in talks with the German government about a possible bailout of up to 9 billion euros, according to the news Bloomberg agency.

    Berlin is considering implementing a range of measures, including loans, a takeover by the equity division and also passing on some of the cost increase to the consumer public, well-informed sources said.

    Uniper’s share price rose as much as 9.5% on the Frankfurt stock exchange yesterday when the developments were announced, after losing almost a third in Monday trading. Yesterday, with the profits of the share, the market value of the group approached almost 4 billion euros.

    The company, which is one of the biggest importers of Russian natural gas, said last week it was in talks with the government to secure liquidity.

    https://warnews247.gr/ntomino-exelixeon-katerrefse-i-megalyteri-etaireia-fysikou-aeriou-tis-germanias-xekina-baraz-kratikopoiiseon/

    Meanwhile Putin, sick of the Ukraine situation, tells the west to effectively “bring it on”. ie keep it up and you’ll see a REAL war…
    Well the war-mongering loons poked the bear. How’s that working out for you? 😅

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      Dave in the States

      33 years after the Wall came down the DDR prevails, anyway.

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      Tel

      Well the war-mongering loons poked the bear. How’s that working out for you?

      Seems to have provided a healthy budget to the military and various arms manufacturers … worked out OK for some people. I would presume that the NATO brass are not crying too hard about two groups of Slavs driven to kill each other, none of them even NATO members. Meanwhile technology advances in the realm of drones, satellite mapping, communications, etc.

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    Hanrahan

    Dr Chris Martenson interviews Dr Pierre Kory. New!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cJYgSZ1G4BM

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    Chris

    Breaking News. Former Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe was shot whilst giving a speech . No life signs

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    another ian

    “Eat bugs, get bugs”

    https://rumble.com/v1bg2xr-eat-bugs-get-bugs.html

    Looks at potential for parasitic infections

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    another ian

    The latest Pointman

    “THEY’VE GOT MUCH BETTER ONES THAN US.”

    https://thepointman.wordpress.com/2022/07/08/theyve-got-much-better-ones-than-us/

    Might be time the west gave the contract to Blind Freddy?

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      yarpos

      Some mighty healthy looking young women in that parade pic in the story. Compare and contrast with the shrieking , blue haired, nose ring contingent in any lefty protest gathering

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