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    tonyb

    Who would want to be in charge of a major event these days

    WE have just had trooping the colour in London. A great event but with so many people around, the monarchy and senior officers must make a tempting target..

    In Germany we have the Euros

    https://europeanconservative.com/articles/news/germany-faces-terrorism-threat-as-euro-2024-football-championship-kicks-off/

    Coming up in France we have the Olympics and Macron has thrown petrol onto the security fire with the recent call for a very strange election likely to bring many crowds of protestors onto the streets.

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    Honk R Smith

    Sunday is Father’s Day here in the US.
    Here’s to all the fathers lost in the criminal event currently referred to as as ‘the COVID19 Pandemic’.

    Perhaps someday it will be properly understood and accurately named, as will the perpetrators.

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      Geoff Sherrington

      Honk,
      Yes, Covid justice must be done. Globally and to its logical end.
      But, do we have enough people with relevant knowledge and qualifications to press for action? Are too many folk merely talking to ack other about action, rather than creating petitions, making videos, paying for legal advice and action, getting elected to politics, starting protest rallies and so on?
      (Mea culpa. I used to do this stuff. Today I turned 83. Over to you, younger firebrands.)
      Geoff S

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        David Maddison

        Today I turned 83.

        Happy Birthday Geoff!

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        Skepticynic

        Happy Birthday Geoff!

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        Ted1.

        Geoff, it was 0ver 40 years ago a scholar told me: “They say that only 1 in 40 of the population has the mental capacity to initiate new thinking”.

        That means that 97.5% depend on the other 2.5% to do their thinking for them.

        Living my life in “The Bush” except for high school days, I had already formed the opinion that the proportion of the population who could successfully consider a problem with more than one variable in it was less than, 10% and maybe a low as 1%. So I could readily accept that call.

        So, how did the human race last this long?

        And yes, happy birthday Geoff. A couple of months back I found 80 to be a notable achievement.

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          David Maddison

          Ten percent of the population have an IQ below 83 which makes them unemployable for just about anything.

          Jordan Peterson comments:

          https://youtu.be/caR69G6wpwU

          https://youtu.be/5-Ur71ZnNVk

          Also, in the 1960’s the US Military did an experiment employing low IQ people but it was a disaster. They couldn’t be trained to do anything whatsoever and were a danger to themselves and others.

          Look up “Project 100,000 or “McNamara’s Morons”.

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            Peter C

            Thanks David,
            I came across McNama’s Morons just recently when a friend said ‘have you heard of MvNamara’s morons.’ I said no. Not very PC is it. To which he responded ‘ have you seen Forest Gump?’

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            Harves

            The scariest thing is when you look at the “average voter” and then realise that 50% of the population are dumber than that.

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            John Connor II

            Ten percent of the population have an IQ below 83 which makes them unemployable for just about anything.

            Politics? Jobs at the ABC, BOM, TGA, CNN trio posters on this blog….

            I’ve eaten stir fries with higher IQ’s! 😆

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            Hanrahan

            McNamara was well meaning [I read about this ages ago] but like most people he did not understand “mental incapacity”.

            I have a brain damaged daughter, consistent with having the umbilical cut too soon, and have lived with that for 60 years, plenty of time to think, and brain damage is definitely NOT repairable with tutoring. After all this time there are simple things that my daughter can’t/won’t do but she can use technology, to a point, and can remember pleasant things. Frustrating as hell!

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          CO2 Lover

          “They say that only 1 in 40 of the population has the mental capacity to initiate new thinking”.

          That is for the general population – do you have the data for the poplulation of Canberra?

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          PeterPetrum

          Gee! I wonder how many of us Joanne followers are over 80? I do hope there are a considerable number no more than half that or the future generations are in real trouble.

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            Hanrahan

            I’m another. It will be of no concern to me, but I think that when we have shuffled off this mortal coil there will be far less thinkers left.

            How can using the “n” word [we can’t even use it here] be a capital sin but saying men can get pregnant [I haven’t heard they can give birth yet] is an entry into educated society?

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              Ian

              “but I think that when we have shuffled off this mortal coil there will be far less thinkers left.”

              Really? It is highly unlikely as ‘thinkers’ are continually coming through keeping and probably increasing the number of “thinkers” in the population. Additionally there may well be more “thinkers” who are able to think about a variety of subjects rather than focussing on just one as happens on so many occasions

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            Simon

            IQ or Age?

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          Yarpos

          “That means that 97.5% depend on the other 2.5% to do their thinking for them.”

          Doesnt mean that at all really does it?

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        83 not out is a great cricket score. Well done Geoff.

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        TdeF

        Fourth year with an OBE. Congratulations.

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          Geoff Sherrington

          TdeF,
          Puzzled.
          If OBE is a Brit civil honour, not mine.
          I disqualified for Australian civil honours after I took a Labor Environment Minister through the courts. The left pollies here really know how to hate forever, yet they introduce hate speech laws.
          Can you clarify? Tks. Geoff S

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            Kalm Keith

            Over
            Bloody
            Eighty.

            OBE

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              Geoff Sherrington

              Could not decide if “Others’ Bloody Effort” so did a little play dumb deflection in the popular modern obfuscatory style. Is it “Yes Minister” that has a recital of gongs like KCMG = Kings Call Me God?
              Life lived without humour is no life at all.
              Geoff Sa

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            TdeF

            My neighbour turned eighty. I noticed he was a bit down, which is understandable even for a birthday. But he cheered up remarkably when someone told his he had an OBE. I was just sharing the fun. Wear it with pride. The old sort.

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        Honk R Smith

        Happy Birthday Geoff!
        “Over to you, younger firebrands”
        Such a nice thing to say.
        I’m 70.
        Don’t feel a day over 69.

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    tonyb

    With migration unchecked over the US southern Border it is not surprising that a small proportion will be criminals. Mail Online details the type of gangs that have established themselves.

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-13519319/migrant-gang-invasion-ISIS-LA-Venezuela-sex-traffickers-Texas-Chinese-drug-Maine.html

    They will inevitably grow ever larger and presumably become ever greater threats, who the existing indigenous gangs will no doubt want to fight for control

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      David Maddison

      Donald Trump waa right when he complained about gangs freely coming across the border.

      And some countries South of the border have been deliberately releasing inmates from prisons and mental facilities to go to the US.

      All are future Democrat voters and all used to skew US voting demographics in aid of the DemoncRATs, as pointed out by Elon Musk since a state’s electoral college votes are based on total population including illegals and illegals tend to go to Blue states.

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        Hanrahan

        I think that “replacement theory” is flawed. I first realised it’s existence when Tony Blair admitted as much AFTER leaving office.

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      Hivemind

      Actually, 100% of illegal immigrants are criminals. That is, they illegally entered the country, which makes them a criminal.

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    tonyb

    DO masks protect you or not? Seems the powers that be want to try and stifle any debate

    https://dailysceptic.org/2024/06/14/the-cochrane-editors-latest-statement-about-my-mask-study-is-misleading-and-spun/

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      David Maddison

      Better called “obedience masks”. A sign that the wearer is fully compliant with the “Official Narrative”.

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        MeAgain

        I tend not to get into the discussions about whether masks work – this just seems to give credence to thinking that ‘it’s for the greater good’ is sufficient argument to force people to do things – follow that sort of thinking too far, and you will soon have ‘non-essential people’ designated as organ donors for people that the government determines are more essential or important. There must be some moral dimension about humanity in this – for me, the question about requirements for people to restrict their breathing stop at just calling it ‘a requirement to restrict your breathing’ – you just don’t do that, it’s fundamentally not right. Second question that stops mask wearing in its tracks for me is ‘What do deaf people do?’

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          Steve of Cornubia

          I highly recommend the excellent movie ‘Never Let Me Go’ (2010), but be warned, it’s painfully sad. I truly hope it’s not another ‘1984’-type prophecy.

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      Geoff Sherrington

      tonyb,
      This is very important material showing a dangerous present and a horrifying future. The linked material is a capsule showing what is wrong using Covid as the example of the death threats to the conduct of pure, clean science when intellectual thugs muscle in. The Andrew Wakefield material is frightening but recommended reading.
      What are we to do? The lust for personal wealth and power is hard to combat. A further set of concerns can be read in current activity reports of Rockefeller Foundation and other “love me” groups camouflaged as charites for tax benefit while ripping off ordinary people. Society has to learn to reject and punish the billionaire class who are not role models to be respected, but simply have succeeded in taking money from your pocket to theirs most efficiently. That is not an attribute that allows them a special social say on topics that matter. Geoff S

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      KP

      A beautiful, condensed explanation right here-

      “The term “engagement” belies the fact that the Editor-in-Chief refused to meet with all 12 co-authors, insisted on the involvement of a mediator interacting with a single author (nominated by all the authors), and has still not explained her conduct.”

      ‘The Official Narrative’ has leaned on Cochrane and they are trying to quietly discredit the study without anyone noticing.

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      MeAgain

      A lot is being made of the latest Cochrane 2023 review that shows there is no evidence that masks work https://www.cochrane.org/CD006207/ARI_do-physical-measures-such-hand-washing-or-wearing-masks-stop-or-slow-down-spread-respiratory-viruses – some that were pushing the masks are saying ‘but now with the latest Cochrane review, I can see that I was wrong’.

      But, there was also a previous review done in 2020 that showed this, and that information was available to those bringing in mask mandates …. (so why did they do it? – vaccine marketing seems pretty obvious answer, follow the money….) https://www.cochranelibrary.com/cdsr/doi/10.1002/14651858.CD006207.pub5/full – This review showed that the main issues in wearing masks for children and adults is heat and humidity, so it made what went on across Australia seem particularly cruel

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    Honk R Smith

    Any Canadians out there?

    I noticed this little story about week ago.
    https://www.politico.com/news/2024/06/10/canada-parliament-treason-allegations-00162163

    “The new report from the National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians is the first to suggest that lawmakers in Canada’s parliament may have helped foreign actors meddle in political campaigns and leadership races.”

    Seems big.
    Any further developments?

    Blink twice if you are unable to respond.
    If you need political sanctuary, you’ll have to go through Mexico to get asylum in the US.
    Don’t go to California because it is an asylum and very nearly Canada, but with better weather.

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    David Maddison

    As Australia continues to shut down power stations there will be a new excuse for children not doing their homework.

    When asked by the teacher why they didn’t do their homework, the kid will say “the house battery went flat”. In the pre-digital age it might have been “The dog ate my homework”.

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      OldOzzie

      David we had Kero Lamps & Candles ready for Blackouts in Sydney in 50s

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        ozfred

        Still do.
        Though the “candles” tend to be USB charging cable “electric” lights.
        though yesterday’s 6.5 hour outage (distribution line on the ground) was in the daytime

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      James Reid

      Had to get the candles out a few weeks ago to find the gas camping light in the garage. The blackout lasted about 4 hours. Used to happen often when we lived out on the farm, but don’t expect it in town.

      Listening to Macca on their ABC this morning, he is stirring the pot and reading some letters that question Net Zero. One even mentions Ian Plimer and another Dick Smith advocating for nuclear power… hopefully the hoi polloi will hear the message? Mind you I am not sure the listenership is that large anymore.

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      MeAgain

      There was a photo of a boy in Zambia, years ago, who had set up a desk in front of an ATM to do his homework during load shedding – the ATMs had back up generators / light where he had none at home.

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    David Maddison

    I had never heard the term “mouse jiggler” before. It is hardware or software which makes a remote worker appear to be at their computer doing work.

    https://www.kickidler.com/info/mouse-jiggler-and-other-ways-to-trick-monitoring-software.html

    What do employees use the mouse jiggler for?

    Mouse jigglers and other gadgets to artificially create keyboard activity are in the news after Wells Fargo (WFC) fired more than a dozen workers in remote and hybrid jobs for simulating keystrokes on their computers.

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      TdeF

      Even worldwide, remote IT contractors are continually monitored by their keyboard and mouse activity. So being who they are, they found a solution.

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        TdeF

        However the supervisors also have the ability to view the screen at any time and see what is happening. This matters when you are paying contractors by the hour. A supervisor has the ability to see if what is happening is meaningful and relevant. And listen to conversations. And talk to the contractor at any time. Someone caught using such a simplistic device would be fired immediately. So perhaps it would work in the public service with people not working from home, not in a professional IT business. A professional would be smarter to record actual work sessions and replay them, which is easy enough. I had created such software for teaching, so the software was self demonstrating. If just jiggling the mouse was enough to fool supervision, I would fire the supervisor as well.

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      John Connor II

      As per the other day, I give you Homer Simpson:

      https://youtu.be/R_rF4kcqLkI?si=7DqCgq_1UoGJL9lT

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      Gob

      The mouse jiggler is an indispensible tool for IT workers monitoring progress of bulk software upgrades during which one does not want machines to have their screens automatically lock.

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    Lots of good stuff in the Weekend Australian on the impossibility of this so-called Transition to Ruinables.

    The use of Coal, Oil and Gas according to the IEA (International Energy Agency) was at a record high for 2022 and will be so again for 2023 when the numbers are crunched.

    Reality beats pipe dreams and Fantasy every time.

    20 years and $2.5 trillion++ has reduced Fossil Fuel usage for power from 83% to 81%. Imagine what that could have done in social programs.

    Germany $500 billion now with EU adding FOSSIL gas and HATED Nuke to their “green list”. Instead of admitting windy-solar failure, just call other stuff green to claim it.

    World wide higher RE % = higher price.

    Only 1 of the G20 doesn’t have Nuclear Power. We all know who that is. The Cleva’ Country 😉

    South Australia STILL highest wholesale electrickery cost. Due to intermittency says AER. And THAT is at a tiny minimum load of 27MWh.

    Now do that in NSW with a min of 4,200MWh and you have unmitigated disaster.

    BEEP BEEP BEEEP… That’s the noise of most countries reversing… But not Aussie 😉

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      Hanrahan

      20 years and $2.5 trillion++ has reduced Fossil Fuel usage for power from 83% to 81%. Imagine what that could have done in social programs.

      Funny how different people think. I would have posted:

      20 years and $2.5 trillion++ has reduced Fossil Fuel usage for power from 83% to 81%. Imagine what that could have done in nation building projects.

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    David of Cooyal in Oz

    Morning all,
    On long COVID in Australia. Not a happy experience.

    A long story, and it’s a fair way in before this first mention of the immune system:
    ” Crucially, PEM isn’t “normal” fatigue; it’s not just feeling tired after a big day or a sign a child is out of shape. It’s a worsening of symptomsafter physical or cognitive activity — a failure of the immune systemand metabolism to meet energy demands. It also looks different in every patient: some can’t brush their teeth without triggering it, while others might be able to get to school but then suffer a crash that lasts for days as a result. ”

    Normal blood tests are mentioned, but not vitamin D or zinc specifically.

    And later:
    ” Some experts are also concerned about Australia’s COVID vaccine strategy given evidence suggests that vaccination reduces the risk of long COVID, including in young people. The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) has previously recommended children aged five and over receive a primary course but now recommends that those under 18 not be vaccinated unless they are at increased risk of severe disease. ”
    Recommending the killer vaxx as a cure for long COVID!!

    And, of course, no mention of IVM, even in passing.

    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2024-06-16/children-with-long-covid-dismissed-doctors-myth-virus-harmless/103959078

    Cheers
    Dave B

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      Ross

      We all know why long COVID was invented as a condition. To hide the poor efficacy of the jabs. But, also the incidence of long COVID is due to the lack of public access to readily available anti-virals, as you point out. There’s been many similar articles in the mainstream media and they all ignore this fact or even the other simple remedies and preventative measures like VitD / Zinc/ nasal sprays / throat gargles.

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        Vicki

        Long Covid is but a variation on a condition – Post Viral Syndrome – long known as a response of some sufferers to viruses such as Epstein Barr virus. My mother suffered it as a result many years ago after contracting Ross River Virus in Queensland.

        Emeritus Professor Bob Clancy has been treating sufferers of Long Covid and Vaccine injuries in his Newcastle clinic. He has been successfully treating them with Ivermectin, but notes that when treatment is halted, symptoms return. He has been interviewed by Dr. John Campbell on podcasts available on the internet.

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          Ross

          Indeed, over the years there have been many people ( including myself ) who have lingering symptoms after the common flu or bad cold infection. The old term was ” still cant shake off that bloody cold/flu”. Post Viral Syndrome is the more accurate term. Something that always seemed to baffle doctors, which is another condition on the rise as well.

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        Hivemind

        When talking about ‘Long Covid’, we should remember that 50% of people diagnosed with it never even had Covid in the first place.

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      Yarpos

      I always thought “long Covid” was just a way of cloaking mRNA vax injury.

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    David Maddison

    COPIED FROM ELSEWHERE

    An interesting observation between the two best known 20th century dystopian. George Orwell’s ‘1984’ and Aldous Huxley’s ‘Brave New World’. By social critic Neil Postman.

    “What Orwell feared were those who would ban books. What Huxley feared was that there would be no reason to ban a book, for there would be no one who wanted to read one. Orwell feared those who would deprive us of information. Huxley feared those who would give us so much that we would be reduced to passivity and egotism… Orwell feared we would become a captive culture. Huxley feared we would become a trivial culture, preoccupied with some equivalent of the feelies, the orgy porgy, and the centrifugal bumblepuppy.”

    A nice comparison there by Neil Postman. Brave New World (BNW) is one of my favourite books, I always thought it is proving to be so prophetic and even scarier, more so than 1984, though news speak and big brother is watching are very prescient of Orwell’s tome. In BNW the scary problem is, that the people are HAPPY. They neither realise nor care that it is an uniformed or even false happiness because they simply don’t know any thing else. In 1984 people realise that things are wrong. In BNW it is Fait accompli … and the people are happy.

    I wonder how much of today is only about feeling warm and fuzzy without any deep thought of why or examination of underlying societal drives.

    Now, this post is not a rant about conspiracies or anything like that. This is just a plea to go out and read the two great books mentioned, and then come up with your own thoughts on the matter. Maybe you think I am quite wrong.

    P.S. There is nothing wrong with being happy, We should all be happy. But maybe some could achieve even greater happiness with different opportunities, the people in BNW will never get those opportunities.

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      Adellad

      I would debate the notion that in 1984 people are aware. Surely it’s the reverse of that – just accept and love Big Brother. Wasn’t that the final chilling message? To be like everybody else?

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      “Huxley feared those who would give us so much that we would be reduced to passivity and egotism… Orwell feared we would become a captive culture. Huxley feared we would become a trivial culture.”
      Russia developed this technique over the last few decades, so whenever an event happens, the media throw up every possible conspiracy theory, scrambling people’s brains; leading them to throw their hands into the air, and just give up on rational ideas. The Dutch airliner is a prime example.

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        el+gordo

        Beijing has it down to a fine art, which is odd when you consider that 1984 and Brave New World can be bought off the shelf in mainland China.

        Any reference to Mao have been cut out.

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    David Maddison

    Notice how, when promoting their latest BS, Leftists always say “that’s a conversation we have to have”? Along with their stupid and extremely annoying high rising terminal speech intonation.

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      Honk R Smith

      David, I am fluent in Leftist.
      “That’s a conversation we have to have” in their language means STFU.

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      Annie

      Why do people keep using the term ‘conversation’ now, instead of ‘discussion’?

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        Kalm Keith

        Interesting point.
        A conversation is just talking about “stuff” and wandering around verbally.

        A discussion is going to have a point of focus that needs attention.

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        Kim

        They ‘calm down’ a lot of words and very annoyingly so. I just walk away. I can’t stand ‘reach out’ – it’s ‘contact’ FFS!

        Their language, unlike ours, doesn’t boost and affirm. Quite the opposite.

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          Yarpos

          I worked in an American multi national, that had two mai business units. They had very different cultures.

          Those guys over over the fence we always “reaching out” which caused much eye rolling in the 90s. We just spoke with people.

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            Annie

            Contacting people! I can’t bear this ‘reaching out’ stuff. It sounds all touchy feely.

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          Annie

          Kim, I wrote my comment in answer to Yarpos’ comment before I saw yours. Great minds think alike…maybe?!

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    OldOzzie

    Opposition leader Peter Dutton accuses government of ‘wrecking the economy’ with its ‘renewables-only’ energy policy

    The Opposition leader has sensationally accused the government of “wrecking” the economy by pursuing what he describes as a “renewables-only” energy policy.

    Laura Grassby Digital Reporter

    Opposition leader Peter Dutton has claimed the government is “wrecking” the nation’s economy with what he has described as a “renewables-only” energy policy.

    “I think this is a government that through its energy policy, the renewables-only policy, not taking into account gas and nuclear and making sure we can have a good balance, they really are wrecking the economy at the moment,” he told Sky News Political Editor Andrew Clennell.

    This is a developing story. More to come.

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    David Maddison

    Robert F. Kennedy Jr just Tweeted:

    Puerto Rico’s primary elections just experienced hundreds of voting irregularities related to electronic voting machines, according to the Associated Press.

    Luckily, there was a paper trail so the problem was identified and vote tallies corrected.

    What happens in jurisdictions where there is no paper trail?

    US citizens need to know that every one of their votes were counted, and that their elections cannot be hacked. We need to return to paper ballots to avoid electronic interference with elections.

    My administration will require paper ballots and we will guarantee honest and fair elections.

    Elon Musk re-Tweeted it and said:

    We should eliminate electronic voting machines. The risk of being hacked by humans or AI, while small, is still too high.

    No wonder both of them are no longer favoured by the Left.

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    another ian

    FWIW – Run, don’t walk

    “Beyond Bad: Fake Meat And Other ‘Ultra Processed’ Vegan Food Linked To Heart Disease, Early Death”

    https://www.zerohedge.com/medical/beyond-bad-fake-meat-and-other-ultra-processed-vegan-food-linked-heart-disease-early-death

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      Richard C (NZ)

      Michael Jonas:

      Many years ago, a well-known climate scientist told me they didn’t know the mechanisms that caused periods like the Medieval Warming Period (MWP) or the Little Ice Age (LIA), so they could not code them into the climate models. My paper says that they can now put in the MWP/LIA pattern without knowing the mechanisms.

      The paper [Jonas (2024)] ends up arguing that a GCM calculates weather at each time step and this is then amalgamated into a final prediction of climate, but a realistic long term climate model would instead calculate climate and then weather would be deduced from the climate.

      Prediction horizon next.

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        Richard C (NZ)

        Jonas:

        In summary, the main point is that the grid-based physical processes and parameteristions in the GCMs cannot predict climate because there is a short prediction horizon for most of what goes on in climate. That is, a tiny error will very quickly increase in size until it has completely swamped the predictions. It has been shown that GCM results can be dramatically improved if a grid-level process is replaced by a higher-level parameterisation (see “seasons” in the paper).

        [Snip]

        The end result is that the grid-level processes in a GCM cannot predict anything into any kind of longer term future. All longer term features must be analysed externally and then be fed into the GCM if the GCM is to produce reasonable results. But then the grid-level processes in the GCM aren’t predicting anything. If the grid-level processes are still in the GCM, they are now simply ‘obeying orders’.

        Even longer term features, like ocean oscillations, have their own prediction horizon. Will they speed up or slow down, get stronger or weaker, or even stop for a while – we don’t know.

        “We don’t know” – anyone ever seen a CO2-centric climate scientist write that.

        They can NEVER admit they don’t know – hence “uncertainty” instead.

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          Richard C (NZ)

          >“We don’t know” – anyone ever seen a CO2-centric climate scientist write that.

          Ok, my bad. Just did a quick search and I’m wrong. Apparently lots of stuff they don’t know:

          The scariest part of climate change isn’t what we know, but what we don’t
          Bill Laurance, Distinguished Research Professor and Australian Laureate, James Cook University 2015
          https://theconversation.com/the-scariest-part-of-climate-change-isnt-what-we-know-but-what-we-dont-45419

          Things we know we don’t know

          … Who’s right? We just don’t know.

          It gets worse. Water is vital for nature and humanity, but we have enormous doubts about how rainfall and snowfall will change in the future. The way we try to predict future precipitation is to have teams of really smart people use really big computers to create really complicated computer models, called general circulation models, or GCMs.

          The problem is this: even when run under identical future scenarios, different GCMs often produce wildly different predictions. For instance, some GCMs suggest the Amazon rainforest will dry up dramatically in the future, whereas others suggest it will get even wetter.

          The bottom line: If you want to predict future precipitation for any specific place on Earth, such as Sydney or São Paulo or New York City, go down to your local casino and toss some dice onto the craps table. You’ll have about as much chance of success as do some of our smartest people using our biggest computers.

          Next – Things we don’t know we don’t know

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            Richard C (NZ)

            Things we don’t know we don’t know

            The final category is for changes that come flying in from out of the blue and smack us unexpectedly in the back of the head.

            For example, prior to 2005, we thought we understood droughts in the Amazon. The dogma was this: droughts only affected certain areas, such as the relatively dry eastern and southern parts of the basin, and they only happened during El Niño years.

            But in 2005, we witnessed something that nobody in living memory had ever seen before. Apparently because of a combination of global warming and natural climatic variability, the sea surface in the tropical Atlantic Ocean became exceptionally warm.

            Another potential source of unknown unknowns is environmental synergisms — the one-two punch that happens when two or more environmental threats amplify one another or operate in concert.

            As we ponder the consequences of future climatic change, it’s this final category that’s really the scariest.

            “Environmental synergisms” – Super El Nino + Marine Volcano seems to fit lately. Also helps the CO2 crowd when they point and say of a bogus linear trend – “See, warming”.

            Refreshing admissions – glad I looked it up.

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    OldOzzie

    THE WEEK IN PICTURES: STOCK UP ON CRAZY PILLS

    Isn’t it time for a sequel to “Being There,” since we have someone in the White House who makes Chauncey Gardner look like Napoleon or Bismarck?

    Hey, Biden has the media fooled every bit as much as Chauncey did, so maybe we can settle for a documentary (especially since we don’t have Peter Sellers around to play the role). Now back to our regularly scheduled Pride Month propaganda.

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    Yarpos

    Little article about Sweden declining an interconnector with Germany citing instability and costs. Includes some discussion of 10GW of gas generation going into Germany.

    https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/sweden-rejects-new-power-cable-germany-over-market-inefficiencies

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      KP

      “Recently, EU competition regulators gave informal approval to Germany’s plan to subsidize 10 GW of new natural gas-fired power capacity. This initiative is part of Germany’s effort to stabilize its grid amid a substantial increase in wind and solar power installations.”

      Subsidize gas generation?? What, can’t it pay for itself? Maybe they should get an undersea pipeline to Russia and get cheap gas from therm.

      Germany…. already where Australia is going..

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    Richard C (NZ)

    First this:

    Cobalt mine near Salmon [Idaho] suspending operations
    https://www.eastidahonews.com/2023/03/cobalt-mine-near-salmon-suspending-operations/

    Jervois Global Limited, the Australian company that owns Idaho Cobalt Operations near Salmon, announced Wednesday that it was “suspending final construction” at the mine.

    Now this:

    The Idaho Farmland Water Shutoff Rabbit Hole
    X link

    “Wanna come down a rabbit hole with me? If you haven’t heard, right now in Eastern Idaho, 500,000 acres of farmland is without the use of water. This happened on May 30th when the Department of Water Resources ordered 6,400 groundwater users to shut off their water.

    [Snip]

    Here are some facts that can be found with an Internet search:

    There’s a company called Jervois Operating out of Salmon, Idaho.

    This is a $150 million dollar facility (see video) that was then given an additional $15 million from the Department of Defense.

    And as of June 2024, today, now, they’ve been given the green light to operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and they’re mining for cobalt.

    [Snip]

    It’s known that the extraction process leads to water scarcity, and that water curtailment order came one day prior to that company getting the green light to mine 24/7.

    [Snip]

    Because “Coincidence” next.

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    Kim

    Warmie Science and American Advertising: Have long been very conscious of the leaps in logic that the Warmies perform. Am also conscious of the leaps in logic that the American advertisers perform. They seem one and the same. 😁️

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      Richard C (NZ)

      Kenneth Richard:

      What we know about the requisite physics for the aerodynamics of flight (e.g., how heavy is too heavy for lift-off) serves as a robust proxy for atmospheric pressure variations of the ancient past.

      For instance, the “giant birds of the Miocene,” with wingspans of “6.5 m or more,” could not take flight with today’s air densities (Cannell, 2020). Knowing what we know about flight physics, a minimum air pressure of 1.3 bar “would have been necessary for these birds to fly.”

      In comments:

      CO2 is a (weak) net atmospheric radiative coolant, not a “global warming gas”.

      Actually an industrial refrigerant – R744

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    John Connor II

    Sort of update from #21 yesterday: War On Nation’s Food Supply?: Idaho Restricts Water To 500,000 Acres Of Farmland

    In late May, Idaho Department of Water Resources Director Mathew Weaver issued a curtailment order requiring 6,400 junior groundwater rights holders who pump off the Eastern Snake Plain Aquifer to shut off their spigots.

    Idaho Gov. Brad Little issued a statement following the order on May 30, “Water curtailment is never desired, but the director must follow Idaho law and the Constitution in issuing this order.”

    Brian Murdock, an East Idaho farmer, said the water curtailment affects 500,000 acres, which equates to roughly 781 square miles of farmland.

    The grain and potato farmer continued, “And, of course, the worst problem is this is happening during a very plentiful water year. We have the reservoirs [that] are completely full, and when I mean full, they’re dang near breaking. The rivers are running as high as they possibly can. Just trying to keep those dams from breaking.”

    Hidden in the Ukraine Bill was funding for cobalt mining in America. Over 200 politicians invested in this company mining cobalt. The Department of Defense gave that company $15 million out of the Ukraine bill to mine in IDAHO…

    https://www.zerohedge.com/commodities/war-nations-food-supply-idaho-restricts-water-500000-acres-farm-land

    Who needs food when you want batteries for an EV future that’s falling apart at the seams.

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      Kim

      Farmers can always have a fallow year. They can grow enough to survive on.

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        Kim – “Farmers can always have a fallow year. They can grow enough to survive on”

        Seriously? I don’t think you “get it”:

        Idaho Potato Farmer Breaks Down The Idaho Water Shutoff
        X Link

        Personally going to look at a $3,000,000 loss if this curtailment continues. And this will end my 135 year family farm legacy, of growing potatoes in Idaho.

        And I’m one of the smaller farms, but I, as a potato grower, I grow 23,000,000 large orders of McDonald’s French fries. And of the grain side of my operation, I grow 16,000,000 loaves of bread.

        Now do you “get it” ?

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      It’s the Elites grabbing all the water before all others. The ones that don’t matter…..to them that is.

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      Idaho Shuts Down Water Resources to Farmers

      https://youtu.be/yD1yTqzj1Y4

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    OldOzzie

    Interesting – just checked my e version of The Fourth Protocol and it is the “Bantam reissue – August 1995” – yes 23 not 24 Chapters!

    How Legendary Spy Novelist Frederick Forsyth Learned He’d Been ‘Bowdlerized’

    BY: LARRY TAUNTON JUNE 14, 2024

    ‘Did you know that select passages have been removed from The Fourth Protocol?’ His eyebrows shot up. ‘I did not.’

    A Simple Edit or a Complicated Conspiracy?

    But I was here to discuss more than his illustrious career. I had wanted to meet Forsyth since I discovered mysterious edits to his 1984 novel The Fourth Protocol. Having downloaded it on Audible during the pandemic, I listened to it while bouncing through the fields of my ranch on a tractor during breaks in my own writing. Clocking in at 13 hours and 52 minutes, I calculated this book to be a solid weekend’s worth of entertainment. Little did I know that it would send me down a rabbit hole culminating in a meeting with the author.

    The Fourth Protocol is a political thriller in which the Soviets attempt to detonate a nuclear device next to an American military base in Britain. The novel contains fictitious letters from the very real English traitor Kim Philby — and still very much alive at the time of the book’s publication — to the general secretary of the Communist Party. A former MI6 operative and one of the infamous “Cambridge Five” in real life, the fictitious Philby, now in exile in Moscow, explains to his communist hosts how British democracy might be subverted from within via a classic “march through the institutions”:

    Finally, I ordered the Hutchinson & Company (UK) first edition. Somehow, this was the one Audible had used.

    Comparing this original text with the Bantam and Viking editions, I found that it contained 24 chapters while the others contained only 23. This was because chapters three and four were combined in the North American editions.

    But that’s not all that was going on here. Someone had removed select paragraphs in chapters three and four and altogether rewritten portions of them, altering facts, dates, and removing 15 of 20 points enumerated in a Marxist strategy to seize the institutions of political power.

    All of this, and yet the publisher’s page of the Bantam Books edition reads:

    This edition contains the complete text of the original hardcover edition. NOT ONE WORD HAS BEEN OMITTED.

    The capitalization is not mine; it is the publisher’s. And, of course, it’s not true. Whole pages had been omitted from the original hardback.

    But why? And did Frederick Forsyth know?

    After a bit of sleuthing, I discovered that the author, though aged, was still alive and living in genteel retirement. But how to contact him?

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    John Connor II

    Inflation down from 25% to 4%, all by eliminating useless politicians and waste

    https://x.com/EndWokeness/status/1801567953713779094

    Long list of pollies here, plus the ABC, CSIRO, TGA, BOM, numerous QANGO’s…

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    John Connor II

    Qatari researchers find SARS-CoV-2 accelerates biological ageing

    Since 2021, Walter Chestnut has been investigating whether SARS-CoV-2’s spike protein causes accelerated biological ageing.

    On Monday, researchers from Qatar published a paper that explored and summarised research on biological ageing markers in covid patients. This paper confirmed Chestnut’s hypothesis that the spike protein induces accelerated ageing.

    The hallmarks of ageing are a set of biological processes that contribute to the ageing process and are characterised by a progressive loss of physiological integrity, leading to impaired function and increased vulnerability to death. These hallmarks were first proposed by Carlos López-Otín and his colleagues in 2013 and have since been widely accepted as a framework for understanding the molecular basis of ageing.

    There are nine hallmarks of ageing. The Qatari researchers focused on two: epigenetic alterations and telomere attrition.

    https://expose-news.com/2024/06/13/sars-cov-2-accelerates-biological-ageing/

    Anyone care to ask how everyone is only now discovering what Covid and Fakevax ™ are doing consistently and how the level of engineering is so amazing? 😉😎

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    Richard C (NZ)

    Beyond Bad: Fake Meat And Other ‘Ultra Processed’ Vegan Food Linked To Heart Disease, Early Death

    https://www.zerohedge.com/medical/beyond-bad-fake-meat-and-other-ultra-processed-vegan-food-linked-heart-disease-early-death

    Who could have possibly predicted this?

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    Tel

    ABC is the media that you pay for twice … first time around you pay with your tax money and then second time you suffer the additional cost of wasting time and losing precious brain cells reading it.

    Here they are saying that fuel reduction burning makes bushfires worse.

    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2024-02-01/hazard-reduction-burns-increase-bushfire-severity-report-finds/103394038

    Here they are celebrating how smart it is doing regular fuel reduction burning in the Kimberly.

    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2024-06-16/kimberley-indigenous-fire-management-awards-controlled-burning/103972752

    I get it, that there might be more than one point of view … but the ABC has been dumping on anyone who supports fuel reduction … for years they have dug their heels in. Now suddenly it’s the most natural thing to accept that obviously with less fuel you have less fire.

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      Ross

      The ABC have been around, you know, a few years. Supposedly they’re also the network that has traditionally covered rural and regional Australia. So, you would think they may have gone back to all the records of major bushfire events going back to the 1940’s. In particular a lot of those major bushfire events were followed by Royal Commissions. Nearly every RC recommends that preventative or fuel reduction burning needs to be increased to prevent future major fires. I might add, this recommendation then gets completely ignored by following governments.

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    OldOzzie

    Regional Movers Index

    Population growth hotspots can now be identified faster than ever in Australia, with the Regional Movers Index, developed by the Regional Australia Institute (RAI) in partnership with the Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA).

    The Regional Movers Index presents fresh analysis of movements between Australia’s regions and capital cities.

    The Index updates the trend identified in the RAI’s 2019 Big Movers report – that in recent decades more people have been moving from Australia’s capital cities to regions than in the opposite direction.

    The Index is powered by CBA data from relocations amongst its 16 million customers.

    Quarterly and annual changes are presented in the Index.

    This Index is an invaluable resource for both the public and private sectors.

    By tracking people movements, it enables early identification of growth trends, and flags places emerging as hot spots needing fresh thinking on housing and infrastructure.

    Regional Movers IndexCBA > Decision Science > CommBank.ai March 2024 Quarter Report – 24 page PDF

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      OldOzzie

      Regional Job Vacancy Map

      Would you move your entire life for your dream job? Or is it sitting on your doorstep?

      Check out our interactive Regional Jobs Vacancy Map below to find out what jobs are available in your region.

      How does it work?

      Click on one of the 37 regions on the map of Australia. This will bring up the number of jobs currently being advertised and the categories they fall into. To dig deeper, click on a category at bottom left to see a breakdown of advertised jobs in that category specific to the selected region.

      Where does my LGA fit?

      This tool collates data from the Federal Government’s Internet Vacancy Index (IVI) which is released monthly by Jobs and Skills Australia through its Internet Vacancy Index data series. Here’s some information about the 37 “best fit” regions, as defined by the Department of Jobs and Small Business.

      We have prepared lists to show which Local Government Areas (LGAs) are in each of the Internet Vacancy Index (IVI) Regions of the map. The regions do not always map well across LGAs as they have been designed under a different geography. So in preparing the list we have looked at a simple ‘best fit’ as to which region an LGA best fits into. Vacancies in LGAs which overlap different IVI Regions will have some of the characteristics of both IVI Regions. Click the buttons below to see the lists alphabetised by LGA or Region.

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    John Connor II

    85,000 Users locked out of savings accounts at “YouTube Bank” as fears over bank failure grow

    America’s next big bank failure is only a matter of time, and the current problems of the so-called “YouTube Bank” should serve as a reminder to everyone with savings accounts that their money isn’t as safe as they’d like to think.

    The “YouTube Bank” is not really a bank in the technical sense, despite the nickname. Instead, it is a savings application that numerous YouTubers promoted heavily to their audiences known as Yotta.

    According to the company, there is an issue between two “middlemen providers” and they are not going under or insolvent.

    However, the fact that very similar events unfolded shortly before the crypto brokerage Celsius went under has many observers holding their breath. Just hours after Celsius announced a “glitch” with withdrawals, they had completely collapsed.

    https://www.stationgossip.com/2024/06/85000-users-locked-out-of-savings.html

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    John Connor II

    U.S. Special Forces Navy SEALs engage in LGBT Pride prancing on social media as the rest of the world looks on and laughs

    As has been happening a lot in recent years, the social media-sphere was really upset after the U.S. Naval Special Warfare Command account on Facebook did a digital LGBT Pride prance for the world to see.

    Not long after the unit unleashed a torrent of six-colored “rainbow” posts in promotion of Pride, the official account limited its responses due to massive public backlash.

    One post received 370 ridiculing “Laugh” emoji responses, along with 350 “Angry” reactions. Comparatively, there were less than 200 positive responses to the post, which in the social media world is referred to as a “ratio.”

    “This is a slap in the face of every special warfare operator that has put their lives on the line for our nation,” commented someone named John Jeacopello in response to the post.

    “I know plenty of current and former SEALs who are disgusted with this,” said another, named Luke Pierson. “Please repent of this debaucherous behavior and stick to what you’re good at.”

    https://www.stationgossip.com/2024/06/us-special-forces-navy-seals-engage-in.html

    And the new draft will make it worse – phone zombies, BLMers, basement dwellers, loony lefties, the gender confused mentally ill, the psychiatric drug violent hordes, DEIers…
    What a joke.

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      OldOzzie

      The Senate Version of the National Defense Reauthorization Act Really DOES Require 18-Year-Old Women to Register for Draft

      June 15, 2024 – Sundance

      Requiring women to register for Selective Service (ie, the draft) really is a part of the 2025 National Defense Reauthorization Act that has been assembled in the Senate. [SOURCE pdf, Go to Page 3]

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      OldOzzie

      A New Regime Is Taking Over Our Military

      By Chase Spears

      Editor’s Note: The military, which by its nature imposes a culture of obedience and uniformity, and which enjoys the trust and respect of the great majority of Americans, is a key target of the group quota regime. Replacing the governing principles of the armed forces will all but guarantee the replacement of the governing principles of society in the long term. Chase Spears, a retired officer of the United States Army, provides an inside view of this revolution in uniform as exemplified by the Pride Month’s conquest of military culture. This essay was originally published in The American Mind under the title “Whose Flag?”

      The American military that could not be defeated by global nuclear powers was conquered by a band of people dedicated to s@xual disorder.

      Since the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT) in 2010, the Department of Defense (DOD) capitulated to the revolutionary cause of Pride Month with nearly the speed of Kabul’s fall to the Taliban. In doing so, it usurped the concept of selfless service to others with the celebration of self for the s@xually divergent.

      The Pentagon, and all branches of the military, publish internal public affairs guidance documents laying out exactly how military leaders from top to bottom are expected to celebrate LGBTQ values in speech and action. This now includes sending honor guards in full military dress to formally kick off pride parades. The American flag and military colors have long shown up in battles throughout American history.

      Now they wave in cultural battle—on the side of those who want the nation deconstructed.

      Most U.S. military bases host special pride events throughout the year courtesy of taxpayers. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, a man who became a 4-star general in the straight Army, has made kicking off Pride Month part of the liturgical calendar. At this year’s Pentagon pride celebration, Rear Admiral Mike Brown shared how breaking up his family to follow h@mos@xual desires allows him to better serve the nation.

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      Dave in the States

      I don’t know if I should give a down vote to that or not? It won’t be down a vote on you JC but on the shameful content.

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      Right, let’s see something military and decent……………………….

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W2jgrGtiYHE

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    David Maddison

    Dr John Campbell talks about a remarkable and “unexplained” decline in human sperm quality in Denmark which interestingly coincides with mass covid-19 “vaccination”.

    Nothing to see here…

    https://youtu.be/EHQCy0jighQ

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    John Connor II

    Crazy conspiracy theory Sunday

    Former US Special forces and Green Beret reveals plans to release a biological tsunami right in the heart of Japan on June 16th.

    Those who become infected are being referred to as “replicons” They will go on to infect everyone who gets near them and will in turn infect others.

    The term “Replicons” will be the term used to describe those who take the shot and replicate the spike shedding and cause massive infection in other people who they come into contact with us.

    https://x.com/JimFergusonUK/status/1801906055649141141

    Must buy tickets for that one! 😎

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    All my training in the electrical ‘field’ back in the 60s meant was ….. “yeah, got all that!”

    Something so patently untrue.

    Every so often, I learn new ‘stuff’, and all that electrical training ‘really’ meant is that I can understand what it is that I’m now looking at which is new.

    So many things (so many) are difficult to explain, so the biggest part of it all is trying to find a way to make it simpler to understand, not for me, but the average person with no understanding, and here, that is not meant to belittle in any way.

    So then ….. is coal fired power actually all there is that is keeping Australia ‘running’?

    Short answer ….. Yes!

    Long answer, well, it’s more complex than that.

    Most of you have seen the AEMO dashboard of power transfer between States, and there are times when it looks like Queensland is ‘powering’ South Australia if you follow the power transfer ‘arrows’.

    Nothing could be further from the truth, as there are significant power losses over distance. So, it’s a chess game. Power transfers from Qld into Northern NSW. Victoria transfers into Southern NSW, Tasmania, and South Australia. South Australia sends huge amounts of excess wind power (sorry, that’s just my being sarcastic there) into Victoria, and Tasmania sends excess Hydro power across Bass Strait into Victoria. There are reverse transfers in the opposite directions in every case here, but those reverse transfers are much much smaller that what I show you with the following.

    So ….. How much and where to?

    That actually is interesting because it seems that Australia is ‘running’ on Qld black coal, and to an even greater degree on (and this was a real surprise) Victorian Brown Coal

    Look at overall power consumption data by State breakdown: (last year, all of 2023)
    NSW – 74,014GWH (35.64% Of Oz total)
    Qld – 61,450GWH (29.59%)
    SA – 13,946GWH (6.71%)
    Tas – 11,136GWH (5.36%)
    Vic – 47,147GWH (22.70%)

    However, now add in exported power to that, and while exported power actually makes up the State’s total generation ….. it is an addition to the other State’s consumption, umm, if you can see that.

    Here, we find that NSW is a nett importer of power, as that State is where the oldest plants were located, and now time expired, have closed down to the point that all they have left is now not even the bare minimum, so it needs that power from the North and South, all of it generated by coal fired power, and NSW imports 7524GWH of power, or 10.17% of its total power requirements.

    Queensland is a nett exporter of 3,526GWH, all black coal fired power or 5.74% of it’s generation.

    SA is a nett importer of power, all of it brown coal fired power from Vic, and it imports 1,626GWH, or 11.66% of its power requirements.

    Tasmania is also a nett importer of power, again all brown coal fired power across Basslink, and that’s 1,774GWH or 15.93% of its requirements.

    Victoria (the big surprise for me in all of this) is a nett exporter of power exporting brown coal fired power into three surrounding States. They export an astonishing 7,398GWH of power or 15.69% of the State’s total generated power. That exported power is on top of the brown coal generated power consumed inside Vic. (that 7398GWH which is exported is 3.56% of AUSTRALIA’S Total power consumption)

    NOW perhaps you can see why they are desperately trying to keep coal fired power plants operational and in fact trying to extend their lifetime operation, quietly still doing major works at virtually all plants ….. Shhhh! Don’t tell anyone or we’ll lose that green vote.

    The country RUNS on coal fired power. Take even one plant out of the system, and there will be major major problems.

    See how complex it all is ….. and it’s all being run by clueless politicians and economists!

    Hmm! I think we might be in trouble.

    Tony.

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      Tony – “I think we might be in trouble”

      If “we” is in NSW or SA, big trouble.

      A bit like the hole Germany has dug for itself.

      NSW, despite closing down coal, cannot claim green cred if they rely on imported coal power. And what if those imports fail due to some black swan or Fed/State govt foolishness ?

      “7524GWH of [coal] power, or 10.17% of its [NSW] total power requirements” cannot be replaced in short order.

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      CO2 Lover

      I have already purchased a home electrical power generator to beat the rush.

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      Yarpos

      Imagine the VIC capacity with a retained and updated Hazelwood. As Tony points out, the crunch is coming. It’s just one brainless idealogue away.

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      another ian

      Tony

      To shortcut Solzhenitsyn and the “Lies”

      We know we’re in trouble. Seems dubious if “They” have come to the realisation

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        Chad

        The source and quantity of electricity generation is largely managed by the AEMO and determined by the lowest cost generators…
        ..Qld has modern high capacity coal plants with excess capacity that it can offer cheaply..
        .. Vic has those cheap “brown coal” generators which can undercut the NSW black coal plants,
        . So , it is logical to maximise those cheaper generators
        And SA has to prioritise using Vic coal as backup even though it hs plenty of Gas generators because gas is too expensive.

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    John Connor II

    Politics in 1 short clip

    https://x.com/Nigel_Farage/status/1801654058064732170

    Sums up politics perfectly! 😆😆😆

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    John Connor II

    Kiev hold gay pride march

    Organizers of the KyivPride March announced on Thursday that the first gay pride event in the Ukrainian capital since the beginning of the Russian invasion will be held on June 16.

    The Kyiv Independent reported that the event will have “strict security measures,” the most notable of which is that only the 500 registered participants will know when and where the march will begin.

    “The march will take place in close proximity to shelters in case of an air alert,” the Kyiv Independent said, passing along one of the few details that has been divulged to the public.

    https://www.breitbart.com/europe/2024/06/14/kyiv-prepares-for-ukraine-capitals-first-gay-pride-march-since-russian-invasion/

    Is that a lampshade on his head?
    Says it all. 😆😆😆

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      CO2 Lover

      Meanwhile in Moscow – Moscow courts enacted a hundred-year ban on gay pride parades

      Moscow Pride is a demonstration of lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgender persons (LGBT). It was intended to take place in May annually since 2006 in the Russian capital Moscow, but has been regularly banned by Moscow City Hall, headed by Mayor Yuri Luzhkov until 2010. The demonstrations in 2006, 2007, and 2008 were all accompanied by homophobic attacks, which was avoided in 2009 by moving the site of the demonstration at the last minute. The organizers of all of the demonstrations were Nikolai Alekseev and the Russian LGBT Human Rights Project Gayrussia.ru. In June 2012, Moscow courts enacted a hundred-year ban on gay pride parades. The European Court of Human Rights has repeatedly ruled that such bans violate freedom of assembly guaranteed by the European Convention of Human Rights.

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      TdeF

      In the middle of a war in which 500,000 Russians have died and who knows how many Ukranians? Is this what everyone is fighting for? Gay pride marches?

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        el+gordo

        They want to give the impression that they are more European than Russian.

        After the war Ukraine wants to join the EU and NATO, so this gay march is a worthwhile stunt.

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        KP

        They have had their press gangs out everywhere snatching guys off the street and forcing them into the army, so here’s a free hit at 500 all at once!

        Lets see if they are allowed to by their ‘allies’.

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      Dave in the States

      I guess we know who is really running show.

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    OldOzzie

    Same under Australian Labor PM Albanese & State Labor Parties

    Bidenflation At 19.4% Hammers Americans, Crushing Purchasing Power

    Déjà vu of Carter’s re-election bid: “Bidenflation” likely a top voter concern, and the President must take responsibility.

    TIPPINSIGHTS EDITORIAL BOARD – June 15, 2024

    The dark reality of Bidenomics is the alarming 19.4% inflation under the President’s watch, which is 5.8% annually. When he took office, inflation was at just 1.4%. Since March 2021, it has stayed above the Federal Reserve’s 2% target (39 consecutive months.).

    Under Biden, the federal debt has increased by $6.9 trillion. The Federal Reserve printed money out of nothing to finance his spending spree. The increased money supply without a corresponding increase in goods and services reduced the value of each dollar, causing prices to rise quickly and leading to high inflation, effectively acting as a hidden tax on everyone.

    Prices have increased by 19.4%, while real wages have declined by 2.1%. Average hourly earnings for all employees dropped 2.1% to $11.15 in May 2024 from $11.39 in January 2021, when Biden took office.

    According to Mark Zandi, the chief economist at Moody’s Analytics, the typical U.S. household now requires $1,069 more each month (equivalent to $12,828 annually) compared to three years ago, $784 more per month compared to two years ago, and an additional $227 per month compared to last year.

    Many Americans are forced to take on second jobs or side hustles to make ends meet. A recent GOBankingRates survey found that about four in ten adults continue to need side jobs.

    Credit card debt and delinquencies are surging amid high interest rates. The share of credit card debt over 90 days overdue hit 10.7% in Q1 2024, the highest in 12 years, up from 8.2% the previous year. Total credit card debt rose to $1.12 trillion. According to recent TransUnion data, an American borrower’s average credit card debt ballooned to $6,218 in Q1 2024, an 8.5% rise from the previous year. The average credit card APR hit a record 24.8%.

    Housing affordability has also collapsed under the weight of Bidenomics, and due to skyrocketing home prices and high mortgage rates, it is likely to become a significant issue in the 2024 election.

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      OldOzzie

      Like the way he says Chris Bowen then reinforces with “Moron” at 5 mins 15 Secs – Not in Transcript

      the
      5:06federal government has approved the
      5:07
      Illiwara offshore Wind Farm area as angry
      5:10
      campaigners hit their keyboards and plan
      5:13
      demonstrations Federal climate change
      5:15
      Minister Chris Bowen announced the
      5:19
      creation of the Zone in Woollongong with
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      assistant Treasurer Steven Jones and
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      local MP Allison Burns through this Zone
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      the albanesi government will deliver up
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      to 2 .9 gw of reliable Renewable Power
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      enough to power 1.8 million homes Bowen
      5:35
      said when the winds
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      blowing what happens when it doesn’t
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      blow what are we going to do then

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    OldOzzie

    NBN strikes in America

    Biden Has Not Connected One Person with High-Speed Internet with $42.5 Billion from Infrastructure Bill

    FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr on Friday wrote that President Joe Biden has not connected one American with high-speed internet with $42.5 billion in funding from the so-called bipartisan infrastructure bill.

    “In 2021, the Biden Administration got $42.45 billion from Congress to deploy high-speed Internet to millions of Americans. Years later, it has not connected even 1 person with those funds. In fact, it now says that no construction projects will even start until 2025 at earliest,” the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) commissioner wrote.

    “Meanwhile, the Biden Admin has been layering a partisan political agenda on top of this $42.45B program – a liberal wish list that has nothing to do with connecting Americans. Climate change mandates, tech biases, DEI requirements, favoring government-run networks + more,” he continued.

    Carr is specifically slamming the Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) program, which allocated $42.45 billion to support broadband infrastructure and adoption.

    The program was established by the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), otherwise known as the so-called bipartisan infrastructure bill. The bill had no conservative victories and had many leftist carveouts, as Breitbart News detailed.

    Congress passed the infrastructure bill in 2021, which would mean that the BEAD program has had little success in its two years since Biden passed the bill.

    Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg also struggled to explain why Biden has only built “seven or eight” electric vehicle charging stations, which the funding also came from the IIJA.

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      Hanrahan

      So this, and the billions to install charge points across the country, weren’t “shovel ready”. lol

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      Tel

      No one should be surprised that those guys looted the Treasury … but the real question is whether anyone will ever figure out where all that money goes to.

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    Hanrahan

    Australia’s China problem.

    Odd that an American, Chris Chappell, has to tell this story. My memory is failing me but there was another who was shamed, having the Chinese pay his phone bill, among other things.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tFlc-t1cfrw

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    another ian

    An education program

    “What City Kids Learn on My Farm

    ‘Hens don’t lay on demand. Tomatoes aren’t ripe in June. And animals don’t care about your feelings.’ ”

    https://www.thefp.com/p/farm-camp-upstate-new-york-children-learn

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    David Maddison

    It’s interesting that Bird Flu is a multiplatform disease harmful against two things bothersome to Leftist Elites.

    1) Humans
    2) The food supply, it affects both cows (milk and meat) and chickens and other poultry (eggs and meat).

    And strangely enough there are simultaneous outbreaks all over the world, e.g. in Sicktoria.

    https://www.news.com.au/technology/science/animals/bird-flu-hits-commercial-duck-farm-in-victoria/news-story/8332e2bdc83d0026162a702229552bd8

    Fears of poultry shortages are growing in one state as the deadly bird flu disease hits another farm and shutters production.

    Agriculture Victoria confirmed on Thursday that a sixth farm had been hit with avian influenza, with five properties near Meredith, about 100km west of Melbourne, and a property near Terang further west listed as exposure sites.

    “Avian influenza virus has been confirmed at a sixth Victorian farm,” the department said.

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      Skepticynic

      strangely enough there are simultaneous outbreaks all over the world

      How is this even possible? Did it come from outer space or something? Sounds mighty suspicious to me.

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    another ian

    Outlining the “Hopium”

    “A Preview on Some of The New York Energy Impossibility”

    https://wattsupwiththat.com/2024/06/15/a-preview-on-some-of-the-new-york-energy-impossibility/

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    David Maddison

    “FACT CHECKERS” didn’t exist until the truth started coming out.

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    Neville

    The Menzies Centre’s Nick Cater had a look at Finland’s latest Nuclear power plant and this wonderful power plant has the full backing of the Greens in Finland.
    Forests surround this new plant and wildlife is everywhere. This video is about 8 minutes and about 1 month ago in May 2024.
    The last few minutes shows the forests surrounding this beautiful area. This is the springtime in the NH.

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

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    R in Canberra

    More ARENA funding for “renewable” fuel projects.
    https://www.pv-magazine-australia.com/2024/06/14/green-methanol-plant-firms-ties-with-german-partner/
    Methanol flash point 12C, combustion energy 15.6MJ/l
    JetA1 flash point 38C, combustion energy 34.6MJ/l
    Perhaps the stuff could be run through a gas turbine on-site to generate electricity when the sun doesn’t shine but it seems to be a rather volatile/inefficient transport fuel.

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      Ross

      Hilarious, we can throw away money on methanol energy production while at the same time Lion Brewing are complaining that their production costs are too high in this country. Basically, its costs too much to brew beer (ethanol containing drink) in Australia.

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    Richard C in NZ

    Storm Pilot Photographer Captures Breathtaking Images of the Most Intense of Storms From 40,000 Feet

    https://www.zerohedge.com/weather/storm-pilot-photographer-captures-breathtaking-images-40000-feet

    “His [Santiago Borja] proudest accomplishment has been capturing “Pacific Storm,” a photo that was taken over the Pacific Ocean in 2004. This image was recognized by National Geographic and widely viewed by scientists worldwide.”

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      TdeF

      Fabulous photos. And displays what doesn’t happen in the ocean. The temperature differences on land to air can be +50 to -70 and thermal expansion can be huge, creating massive lift, updrafts and turbulence. Which is what the photographs show, thunderheads.

      But in the ocean, the current can drag heat and CO2 and O2 around to the depths and up in vast loops and upwellings and sinkings. When you consider that 99.9% of the surface heat of our planet is in the water, it is amazing that people are modelling the air, not the oceans. How can they hope to predict the climate? All Climate, all water, rain, snow, wind comes from the oceans and the effects of the rapid rotation of the planet and coriolis forces.

      And these photographs demonstrate exactly why we should be looking to the oceans to explain the weather.

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    Why not forget about fictional agents like Bond and Bourne dashing to save the world from disaster and forget about CIA and MI6 officers reclining on their couches dreaming up espionage scenarios to thrill you. Check out what a real MI6 and CIA secret agent does nowadays. Why not browse through TheBurlingtonFiles.org website and read about Bill Fairclough’s escapades when he was an active MI6 and CIA agent? The website is rather like an espionage museum without an admission fee … and no adverts. You will soon be immersed in a whole new world which you won’t want to exit.

    After that experience you may not know who to trust so best read Beyond Enkription, the first novel in The Burlington Files series. It’s a noir fact based spy thriller that may shock you. What is interesting is that this book is apparently mandatory reading in some countries’ intelligence agencies’ induction programs. Why? Maybe because the book is not only realistic but has been heralded by those who should know as “being up there with My Silent War by Kim Philby and No Other Choice by George Blake”. It is an enthralling read as long as you don’t expect fictional agents like Ian Fleming’s incredible 007 to save the world or John le Carré’s couch potato yet illustrious Smiley to send you to sleep with his delicate diction, sophisticated syntax and placid plots!

    See https://theburlingtonfiles.org/news_2023_06.07.php and https://theburlingtonfiles.org/news_2022.10.31.php.

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    TdeF

    I was just musing on the way man made CO2 driven Global Warming just turns everything upside down. Using complex explanations for simple events.

    Firstly 98% of all highly soluble CO2 is dissolved in the oceans, like soda water. CO2 is 30x more soluble than O2 and fish breathe.

    Basically slightly warmer oceans release a bit of CO2. Big deal.

    But that is turned around to say that CO2 causes rapid and substantial warming?
    Which is a bit rough when the increase is only 50% over 250 years. Regardless of so called ’emissions’. Emissions have increased 3500% since 1900 but CO2 has increased only 40%. There is no observed connection between year to year near constant CO2 and exploding ’emissions’.

    Then CO2 from the ocean has to rise to the surface of the water first and then into the air.

    But this is turned around and we are told the extra atmospheric CO2 is absorbed by the oceans and causes ocean acidification. Which is a bit rich when the oceans already have 98% of the CO2.

    Yes, there is a very slight reduction in alkalinity. That is not acidity. The water has to go completely neutral before it can turn acid. And what’s wrong with that? And no ocean is acid. Before they could be acid, all the limestone and coral in the world would have to be dissolved, including much of England and coastlines and sea floors across the planet. The limestone coast in South Australia for example.

    Even so, Australia’s CSIRO hosted an international conference in Hobart on Ocean Acidification. Amazing. Where is this acid?

    The creators of this hoax have turned a very slow natural warming into a story of fossil fuel Armageddon. When CO2 existed in vast quantities before life existed. And without CO2 there would be no life as all living things are made from CO2 and breathe out CO2.

    I cannot believe I have to write these very obvious things. It shows how great the hoax has become. And it also shows how the intimidation of scientists works. The only ones who say it is all ridiculous are retired or cannot be fired. And they are derided as being on the lucrative payroll of Big Coal, Big Oil or Big Gas.

    When it is far more likely the promoters are on the payroll of Big Government, Big Taxation, Big Wind and Big Solar. And it’s even in the job title. Starting with the IPCC which is the Inter Governmental Panel for Climate Change. Of course it is.

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    Vic Hughes

    I take umbrage with your statement “On a bad day $20 billion in wind power across Australia can only guarantee as much power as two diesel generators.” Wind power can’t “guarantee”, as we commonly use the term in the Utility Industry, any power.

    PS Jo – Thanks for running my article a few years ago on the near-catastrophic collapse of the Texas utility grid during a winter ice storm. Having lived in the beautiful Sydney over 20 years ago ( a true “Septic”) and telling my Aussie friends about how hot Texas was, the idea of me losing power during a sub-freezing ice storm drew some hoots Down Under.

    I also loved Melbourne too. I once told some Aussies arguing which City was better “it’s like arguing which street in heaven you want to live on”. That was over twenty years ago. I didn’t recognize either of those Cities I loved during Aussie’s Covid Police State Madness. I hope you get them and the rest of your beautiful “Far Country” back..

    Keep up the great work, Vic

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    KP

    Watch out for this one hitting Aussie next-

    “The Prime Minister wants reassurance that government agencies are not only managing data appropriately but are “managing conflicts, real or perceived, in the right way”. And he wants to rebuild public confidence: “There must be independent oversight of the whole picture of government agency activity. Agencies shouldn’t be left to review these allegations themselves.” …. The Iwi Chairs Forum had embarked on their path to control data in 2016, when they established a Data Iwi Leaders Group. Their aim is Data Sovereignty, an initiative of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: “Tribal communities must not only dictate the content of data collected about them, they must also have the power to determine who has access to these data”. The motive of iwi leaders is obvious: Data is power – ‘control the data and control the narrative’. ”

    …which all adds up to more money being thrown at one race and a rich elite establishing itself under the money waterfall.

    https://www.nzcpr.com/democracy-in-turmoil/

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    yarpos

    Was watching a Peter Ridd video on how the government via announcements and money splashes pretends to be saving the Great Barrier Reef.

    This sort of pretending seems to be a bit of a theme with Australian governments.

    Pretending to protect us from a deadly virus with draconian measures and safe and effective mRNA “vaccines”
    Pretending to “close the gap” in any meaningful way
    Pretending “the voice” was nation building
    Pretending the solar and wind power can ever power the country, and that they lower costs
    Pretending that current technology EVs make sense as a general future for road transport
    Pretending the aren’t causing a disaster with contradictory immigration and housing policies
    Pretending that wishful thinking and splashing taxpayer $’s has ever achieved anything
    and finally pretending that you can ignore reality forever (or maybe just avoid it till the next election or you parliamentary super and benefits are locked in)

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