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    Skepticynic

    GERMANY: Woman Convicted Of “Offending” Migrant Gang Rapists Receives Longer Prison Sentence Than The Rapists

    This is just one of the reasons why there’s a massive backlash against the globalist elites’ woke managerial class that’s currently running the radical-Left Europe.

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      Adellad

      Were there a God and some kind of Karma, this disgusting outrage would be somehow addressed. But there isn’t and it shall not.

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    Skepticynic

    There’s a bug in the system.
    My previous comment was saved an hour ago, but now an hour later it’s changed and bits are missing.
    Weird.

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    Reader

    Lithium battery factory fire in South Korea kills 22, mostly Chinese migrant workers
    https://financialpost.com/news/lithium-battery-factory-fire-south-korea-kills-22

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        OldOzzie

        From Sydney Moaning Herald – The Australian Labor/Greens/TEALS Newspaper

        Lithium-ion battery fires: How to stay safe

        From smartphones, tablets, scooters and electric cars to children’s toys, portable chargers, robot vacuums and electric toothbrushes, lithium-ion batteries are powering an increasing number of personal items. Over the past year, they’ve caused more than 1000 fires around Australia.

        While the proportion of these batteries that end up combusting is relatively small, even for product categories that we think of as “commonly” exploding, such as Teslas, when they do go bad, they can cause a lot of damage.

        Things can get especially nasty when the battery explodes indoors.

        When firefighters identify a problem battery, they generally refer to it as having entered “thermal runaway”. This means that the energy in the battery is being released as heat faster than it can be dissipated, in a chain reaction that usually leads to intense flames that can cause a lot of damage in a short time, as well as toxic gas. In rare cases, it can lead to a vapour cloud explosion.

        Battery fires can be especially vicious because of the amount of energy stored, with unmanaged fires potentially lasting for days (for a big battery, such as in a car) and burning at extremely high temperatures. Firefighters will often need to extinguish the fire by lifting the burning device and submerging it in a big container of water.

        Are all devices with these batteries at risk of exploding?

        The short answer is yes, but the risk varies greatly depending on the device.

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          John Connor II

          when they do go bad, they can cause a lot of damage.

          Are we still talking about batteries, or have we moved on to politicians and health experts? 😆

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          Graham Richards

          Emissions from lithium-batteries contain a high % of hydrofluric acid ( used in aviation fuels manufacture ). A half teaspoon of HF acid will “eat” a hole thru your hand in a very short time.

          Can you imagine what it’ll do when inhaled. Lungs are very sensitive & essential for your life. We’re only issued with 1 pair.

          Working in close proximity to lithium-ion battery manufacture is a real risk.

          Driving a car with up to 6,000 small lithium batteries making up the whole energy storage for a car is also very dangerous. The higher the number of cells the greater the risk of faults developing. Risk to the public is also very real.

          Google HF acid.

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      OldOzzie

      Sent to Liberal/National & One Nation MPs

      Lithium ion batteries fires have caused more deaths than Nuclear Reactor Power

      Recent events have highlighted the alarming frequency and severity of lithium-ion battery fires, which have caused more deaths than nuclear reactor power.

      According to recent reports, lithium-ion batteries have been responsible for thousands of fires worldwide, resulting in numerous fatalities and injuries.

      Industrial Accidents

      In June 2024, a devastating fire at a South Korean lithium battery factory claimed the lives of at least 22 workers, with one worker missing and eight injured. The fire was caused by a single malfunctioning battery cell, which led to a series of explosions that rippled through the factory’s second floor.

      Domestic Fires

      Lithium-ion batteries are also a significant cause of domestic fires, particularly in the context of e-bikes and other portable devices. In New York City, e-bikes were responsible for 267 fires in 2023, resulting in 18 deaths and 150 injuries.

      Environmental Concerns

      The waste management industry is also grappling with the issue of lithium-ion battery fires. In Australia, waste management trucks and facilities experience over 10,000 fires per year, caused by discarded lithium-ion batteries. This has raised concerns about the environmental and safety implications of these fires, which can lead to injuries, fatalities, and significant property damage.

      Conclusion

      The data suggests that lithium-ion battery fires have caused more deaths than nuclear reactor power.

      The frequency and severity of these fires are a growing concern, and it is essential to address this issue through improved safety measures, waste management practices, and consumer education.

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      Safety record of Small Nuclear Reactors on Submaines and Aircraft Carriers

      Copilot

      U.S. Nuclear Powered Warships (NPWs) have an outstanding safety record.

      They’ve operated for over 50 years without experiencing any reactor accidents or harmful radioactivity releases.

      These warships use pressurized water reactors (PWRs), which have a well-established safety history.

      Unlike commercial reactors, NPWs are designed to survive wartime attacks and continue fighting while protecting their crews.

      Their robust barriers keep radioactivity inside the ship, even in unlikely reactor problems.
      Currently, the U.S. has 83 nuclear-powered ships: 72 submarines, 10 aircraft carriers, and one research vessel12.

      These reactors have long core lives, with refueling needed only after 10 or more years, and new cores designed to last 25 years in carriers and 10–33 years in submarines3. While nuclear reactors can be dangerous, modern NPWs prioritize safety and reliability

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        OldOzzie

        ‘Not fit for purpose’: cost cutting led to Callide explosion

        Cost cutting by state-owned CS Energy and the Queensland government at the Callide C power station was to blame for a catastrophic explosion, a secret report has finally revealed.

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          OldOzzie

          You

          What were the specific cost-cutting measures at Callide C?

          Copilot

          The catastrophic explosion at Callide C Power Station in Queensland, Australia, was attributed to several technical contributing factors. While the exact cost-cutting measures are not explicitly detailed in the public reports, here are the key findings related to the incident:

          Damage Assessment:

          . The explosion caused extensive damage to the high-pressure (HP), intermediate pressure (IP), and low-pressure (LP) turbines, necessitating complete replacement.

          . The generator stator, rotor, and exciter were also severely damaged and required replacement.

          . Insulation failure occurred in the generator transformer and the 275-kilovolt (kV) landing structure.

          . Impact damage affected the condenser and turbine hall structure1.

          Overview of Callide C Power Station:

          . Callide C generates electricity by burning coal in a boiler, which produces steam.

          . The steam drives a turbine at 3,000 revolutions per minute (rpm), connected to a generator that converts mechanical energy into electricity.

          . The generated electricity is stepped up to 275 kV by a transformer and exported to the Calvale Substation, part of the Queensland power grid infrastructure1.

          Learnings and Improvements:

          . To enhance redundancy, an additional battery/charger system is being installed for Callide C’s DC supply2.

          While the specific cost-cutting measures remain undisclosed, it’s evident that proper maintenance, safety protocols, and investment are crucial to prevent such incidents in critical infrastructure like power stations.🔍💡

          Learn more 1 csenergy.com.au 2 power-technology.com

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            OldOzzie

            Callide unit c4 turbine generator failure 25 may 2021

            On 25 May 2021, a catastrophic failure occurred at the Callide Power Station, specifically at Unit C4, resulting in a significant power outage that affected over 375,000 premises in Queensland, Australia. The failure was caused by an explosion and subsequent fire in the turbine hall, which damaged the unit’s hydrogen-filled generator.

            Causes of the Failure

            The investigation into the incident found that a new direct current (DC) system with a battery charger had been commissioned and was being connected to the C4 unit. However, the system was not properly isolated, and the battery charger was not turned off, leading to a catastrophic failure.

            Impact of the Failure

            The power outage caused by the failure had a significant impact on the region, with shopping centers, sewage treatment plants, traffic lights, businesses, and households affected. The outage also triggered a domino effect, tripping other plants in the network, resulting in widespread power outages across the state.

            Consequences

            The failure led to increased power prices for weeks after the event, and the Queensland energy market experienced significant price volatility.

            The incident also raised concerns about the reliability of the state’s power supply and the need for improved safety measures at power stations.

            Investigation and Report

            CS Energy, the operator of the Callide Power Station, released a report into the incident, which highlighted the importance of proper isolation procedures for new systems and the need for regular maintenance and testing to prevent such failures in the future.

            If you click on the link re report above you can download the 25 Page report

            Callide Unit C4 turbine generator failure – 25 May 2021 – Technical investigation summary 13 February 2024

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              Ronin

              What caused the turbine to explode. ?

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                OldOzzie

                Key systems relevant to the incident

                CS Energy Callide Unit C4 turbine generator failure – Technical investigation summary

                The electrical distribution system of a coal-fired power station consists of two major electrical systems – the alternating
                current (AC) system, and the direct current (DC) system.

                The AC system is taken from the generator output and powers most of the unit auxiliaries required for power generation.

                The DC system is a battery-backed, high reliability system that provides power to critical control and protection systems.

                It also provides emergency backup to critical systems such as turbine lubrication oil and generator sealing oil.

                The DC system (including battery back-up) powers the unit control, monitoring, and unit protection systems required for
                the safe operation of Unit C4.

                The DC system is powered by a combination of a battery charger and backup battery. The backup battery is critical to
                the reliability of the DC system, as it enables the DC system to remain energised in the event of a charger failure or AC
                power interruption.

                Callide C includes three DC systems – Unit C3, Unit C4 and ‘Station’. The Station DC primarily provides redundancy
                to both units.

                All three DC systems include independent battery chargers and batteries (220V DC).

                Unit protection systems monitor critical parameters of the unit and remove it from service (trip) if the safe operating
                envelope is exceeded.

                The turbine lubrication system provides lubrication oil to the turbine and generator bearings, allowing the rotor to rotate
                with minimal friction. This system has redundancy and includes two AC pumps and an emergency DC pump.

                The generator sealing oil system creates an oil pressure seal preventing the hydrogen gas, which cools the generator,
                from escaping. This system has redundancy which includes an AC pump and an emergency DC pump.

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                OldOzzie

                Contributing factors

                The significant contributors to the Unit C4 incident (identified in red in Figure 11) have been identified, and are
                summarised below in order of importance:

                1) Interlocking design preventing battery being connected during switching operation

                The interlocking design prevents two batteries being connected in parallel during switching operations, therefore
                limiting the reliability of the critical DC supply system to that of the AC supply system.
                Had a charged battery been able to be connected through all switching operations, the incident would likely have
                been prevented.

                2) Unintended tripping due to arc flap protection

                Loss of the AC supply due to arc flap protection on loss of DC supply was not an expected occurrence and is not
                the intent of the protection design. This resulted in the loss of turbine oil pumps and prevented the battery charger
                recovering the DC voltage.

                Had the AC supply remained in service, the turbine oil and sealing oil pumps would have remained in service and it is
                likely that the Unit C4 220V battery charger would have recovered the 220V DC, enabling the unit to trip on reverse
                power in a matter of seconds.

                Arc flap protection should only operate when the arc flaps operate and should be able to ride through short term
                deviations in DC supply voltage.

                3) Automatic Changeover Switch did not operate

                The Automatic Changeover Switch did not automatically change over to the available Station Main 220V Switchboard
                upon the loss of the Unit C4 Main Switchboard supply. This prevented the ‘Y’ Protection system from tripping the
                generator and likely ending the generator motoring.

                4) Failure of battery charger to maintain voltage

                Upon opening of the Station Interconnector, the battery charger did not instantly maintain the DC voltage within the
                required operating range.

                Ensuring a battery is always connected reduces the criticality of the battery charger response time and is the
                preferred method to address this.

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          OldOzzie

          Revealed: Penny pinching that caused catastrophic power plant explosion

          State government cost cutting was responsible for the catastrophic 2021 explosion that crippled the Callide power station, plunging half a million homes into darkness and forcing up energy prices for all.

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        OldOzzie

        There’s a great future for Will!

        🎯NEW PETITION MILESTONE: We’ve just hit 50,000 signatures on our petition to legalise nuclear power in Australia. Thank you for signing and sharing the petition. Let’s get to 100k!

        ✍️Sign & share our petition today: https://t.co/SAhDV8OU7L pic.twitter.com/hmkQ15PkoG
        — Nuclear for Australia (@nuclearforaus) June 24, 2024

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          OldOzzie

          Signed

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          Graham Richards

          If we could convince Albozo to call another referendum, which he’s really fond of, we could settle it all very quickly. Just like the last referendum!! Except of course the “ YES “ vote for nuclear will be 60% vs 40% no.

          Could I please be in the room when Dutton suggests a referendum!!!

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          Jon Rattin

          I signed that petition a few days before Dutton announced the coalition nuclear policy, little did l know…

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    Matt Kean used to support Nuclear Power before his appointment as the Labour Guv’ment’s Climate Change Czar –

    https://youtu.be/z3WSZvBAP8U

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      David Maddison

      Like many others in the pretend conservative Liberal Party, he was always a Labor man embedded in the Liberal Party (like Turnbull). Obviously Labor are now rewarding him. I wonder what his salary and benefits package will be? And will he get unrestricted use of private and government jets?

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        TdeF

        It’s Abbott all over again.

        Dutton is daring to do things like oppose The Voice and wedge Labor on power. But he is reluctant. And he is not saying Climate Change is crap. Why not?

        Most of the Liberals believe in Climate Change, do not believe women exist, think blowing up power stations is a great idea and China is our best friend and the Wuhan Virus came in to China on a US frozen military chicken. Uncontrolled migration is reasonable. And a job in the UN is on the cards after a very profitable career.

        Exactly like the Tories in the UK. A mm to the right of Labor. If that. Teals.

        The worst is John Persutto in Victoria but the others are not far behind as Matt Kean has demonstrated. In it for the money, the career, quite unemployable in the real world and with the backbone of a jelly fish. A numbers man. A chartered accountant.

        As an ex policeman, Dutton is an outlier and his primary opposition is inside the Liberal party. They will defenestrate him when he wins. Like Paul Ryan, Republican speaker of the House under Trump. Or Mitch McConnell, leader of the Senate. Trump’s greatest enemies who made sure to stop Trump in the House and in the Senate. Trump had to rule by edict.

        Where is our Abbott? Our Farage? Our Donald Trump? The Liberals are identical to Sunak’s Tories. Treacherous, dishonest and unprincipled. They are the reason Labor won. Voters are given nowhere to go. Most Australians do not like either, as demonstrated in the referendum. I am only surprised Dutton voted against it. Most other politicians would not.

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          TdeF

          And Turnbull from a Labor dynasty only joined the Liberals because Labor would’t have him. His goal was to wreck both parties by joining forces with the Greens, his real party. Woke Liberals around the world are now the enemies of conservatives. Farage’s Reform party may extinguish the limp Tories no one wants.

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            “Farage’s Reform party may extinguish the limp Tories no one wants.”
            Indeed.
            But at a cost, namely a majority for The Beige Knight.
            Who some suspect is pretty crimson, and certainly wants to drag the UK back into the EUSSR – at a cost imposed by the EUSSR, very likely.
            And if there is a big majority, there will be – almost carte blanche for Labour: –
            ‘Reform’ of the House of Lords [probably a good idea in principle, but needs thinking about, and probably a very wide consultation, if not a confirmatory referendum – don’t hold your breath!];
            Probably a crackdown on landlords;
            No more houses built – but unfettered migration into the UK, still;
            More wind, solar, and blackouts [so less industry and less wealth-creation];
            Certainly higher taxes, and likely a wealth tax – driving out the wealthy [who pay a LOT of tax!];
            Free hand for the gender-twerking trots – look out schoolkids!;
            More quangos – so the [Socialist] Government is not in any way responsible for anything;
            More ‘necessary’ bureaucracy in the NHS [still ‘the envy of the world’, seemingly; 19000 waiting more than THREE DAYS in A&E in figures released today for two years!];
            And no attempt at curbing the expansion of the bureaucracy – Socialist voters to a gender-defined person.

            Not sure that is a bargain I want.
            Nor do I see a clear path to a decent Tory Government, to be honest

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              John Connor II

              First they ignore you. Then they laugh at you. Then they attack you. Then you win.

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              Mike Jonas

              Hold on a minute. Keir Starmer doen’t stand for anything except Keir Starmer. Well, that’s what we’re told. Liz Truss was the “iron weather vane”, Keir Starmer is just a weather vane. We don’t know what he’ll do when he’s in power. Or maybe the Labour party will roll him like the Tories rolled Liz Truss and the UK will get ??? Ed Milliband ??? instead. Interesting.

              A certain Confucian curse comes to mind.

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              TdeF

              And apart from stopping Labor’s excesses, how different are the Tories anyway? That’s the problem. Exiting the EU only to obey the EU. The remainers are running the place. Who cares what the people want? And Farage is spot on with Ukraine. The war needs to stop. There no winning. There never is.

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              Ian

              “Nor do I see a clear path to a decent Tory Government, to be honest”

              Perhaps that’s because there is no such government

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                We haven’t had one for a while, true!
                Sadly, what we thought we were voting for in 2019 [Boris, or against Corbyn as many folk did] was not at all a Conservative Government.
                Bunch of semi-competent chancers, at best, led by the nose [Boris, maybe elsewhere in his anatomy] by the watermelon greeny Blob.
                Result – most likely – will be the Beige Knight.
                Ouch.

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          Skepticynic

          Where is our Abbott? Our Farage? Our Donald Trump?

          Pauline Hanson is giving it her best shot.

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            Adellad

            And look what this nation (including our pretend conservative PM Howard) did to her. Even prison. For daring to go against the One World narrative.

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            TdeF

            Yes, she is amazing. And Jacinta Price as well. There are some great performers in parliament. But what about the rest of them? Like a collection of jellyfish. And my opinion of John Howard keeps dropping. Like Hawke it was all smokescreen, image.

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          el+gordo

          ‘And he is not saying Climate Change is crap. Why not?’

          Bit awkward at the moment, as temperatures are running hot. Dutton requires a strong argument before heading off in that direction, he could say Hunga Tonga Hunga.

          Politically we’ll have to wait until Donald offers his thoughts on the subject.

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            Ian

            . ‘And he is not saying Climate Change is crap. Why not?’

            Perhaps because he doesn’t think it is but more likely because there are a lot of Liberals that don’t think it is crap and he doesn’t want to lose their votes

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          Strop

          Hard to tell whether you really mean what you say or you’re just sounding off with a general frustration and a scatter gun approach. Or exaggerating for the sake of illustrating a frustration.

          Most of the Liberals believe in Climate Change

          Who doesn’t believe in climate change?
          It’s whether humans influence climate change or not. That is the debate.

          do not believe women exist

          Silly comment. Even if you actually believe it.

          think blowing up power stations is a great idea

          I’ve heard very few Liberal Party members advocate for anything other than reliable power generation.
          Yes, they did go to the last election with a 2050 net zero target. I don’t believe they believe it was possible and that they’re just playing Labor’s game of unrealistic policies.

          China is our best friend

          Many acknowledge that China is an important trading partner. Which of them think China is our best friend?

          the Wuhan Virus came in to China on a US frozen military chicken.

          I’m sure you’re deliberately exaggerating but still another silly comment. No offence.

          Uncontrolled migration is reasonable.

          Who in the Liberal Party thinks this?

          And a job in the UN is on the cards after a very profitable career.

          A thought many politicians likely have. Despite the UN being a self interest group without western culture and democracy necessarily as a long term ideal, it’s not an unreasonable or totally unrealistic thought for politicians who want to ride the gravy train.

          .

          I’m not pretending no one in the Liberal Party has any of those thoughts or even aims. But I do think your use of “most” for many of those things is an exaggeration and wrong. Plus, you discredit any arguable positions for one or two of those points by throwing in some blatantly wrong/false ones. Even if done just for amusement.

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      OldOzzie

      ‘Political stunt’: Matt Canavan blasts Labor’s appointment of ex-NSW Treasurer Matt Kean to top climate role just days after the Coalition announced its nuclear policy

      The Coalition has blasted Prime Minister Anthony Albanese’s move to appoint anti-nuclear ex-Liberal MP Matt Kean to a top climate role as a “political stunt”, while taking aim at Labor’s “off the rails” response to Peter Dutton’s new policy.

      From the Comments

      – Albo and Bowen are tired of being the dumbest and most incompetent in the room so let’s bring in Matt Kean.

      – Just another ideolog for the gaggle of ideologs…

      The labor party just got dumber….who would’ve thought that was possible.

      – Kean (to get a highly paid federal ticket?) This really shows the quality of leaders in and across this government!!! And politicians, ministers and the like, those that have no real world experience.

      – he’ll fit in with albo pretty good then, each way which way????

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    David Maddison

    “It takes a thousand men to invent a telegraph, or a steam engine, or a phonograph, or a photograph, or a telephone or any other important thing—and the last man gets the credit and we forget the others. He added his little mite — that is all he did. These object lessons should teach us that ninety-nine parts of all things that proceed from the intellect are plagiarisms, pure and simple; and the lesson ought to make us modest. But nothing can do that.” – Mark Twain

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      Standing on the shoulders of Giants.

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      TdeF

      There’s great truth in that but it does not allow for genius.

      The reason Einstein was not just a lucky recipient of the hard work of others was that he did it three times. That’s no accident. It was genius. Unique.
      Picasso invented three distinct movements in Art. Genius.

      There are people who had an insight which was obvious in hindsight as all the information was there, but there is that creative spark. That is genius.

      I would add Steve Jobs who was fired by the revolutionary Computer company he founded with Steve Wozniak, Apple and went to work with a telephone company. What a piece of luck for the world. Yes, all the pieces were there, but he saw the potential and made it happen with an exceptional singlemindedness. He changed our lives. It was the luckiest firing in history.

      Others like the internet itself were a case of serendipity, cascading opportunities. As we know it today, no one saw it coming, even the many inventors. Peer to peer download at CERN, TCP/IP, email for fun, world wide web, spiders, Google, facebook and the mobile phone, massive increases in bandwidth and CPU speed and Terabytes in your hand all the way to AI in your pocket. Explosive unplanned incremental development. Even UBER and AMAZON as we know them today were unplanned which is why people talk of pivots. The electric car except that battery technology has not kept up.

      The compounding rate of change gives rise to exponential growth and in every direction.

      Against this you get the fear people have of new things, so the growth of fear, that the world will explode somehow and the attraction of a mythical earlier time without coal and gas and electricity where people were happy.

      This was the 18th century a time of great change with Napoleon shaking the world and Rousseau’s Noble Savage, the absurd idea that people with nothing were happier, content without endless wars of greed. And now we have politicians trying to make it happen and so pull down everything achieved, certainly in Australia. People against everything. Just stop oil, computers, agriculture, manufacturing and live on mineral wealth. It’s what bankrupted Spain and they have never recovered.

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        TdeF

        And Edison, that prolific inventor, had an incredible output. And a lot of failures. Few know of his successful solar phone. Using sunshine on a mirrored surface it transmitted voice over a great distance the US military wanted to buy it, but he decided it was fatally flawed and would not supply. It did not work when the sun went behind clouds and his idea could become a lethal liability. So he went on to invent the wired telephone.

        Edison said that people thought he was just lucky. But he said the harder he worked the luckier he was. And he patented everything. 1,093 patents. I also believe in patents.

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      Adellad

      Some other bloke wrote most of that first apparently.

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    David Maddison

    Children and others are being arrested all over the West, including the United States, for the “heinous crime” of allegedly defacing sacred rainbow “pride” pedestrian cross walks.

    In the US some teenagers are facing up to ten years jail for their “crime”. Not a joke. See video link below. And also https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/teens-arrested-after-scooters-leave-marks-on-pride-crosswalk/ar-BB1nSroe

    1) It’s apparently OK to deface numerous other artefacts of Western Civilisation and religion.

    2) The rainbow crosswalks are said to confuse seeing eye guide dogs.

    3) I would think these crossings are generally not compliant with various road signage standards.

    Video: https://youtu.be/VtS-c4nPJtQ

    12 mins.

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    David Maddison

    Does she get a 43% salary increase because she’s a quota hire?

    https://www.thenewdaily.com.au/news/politics/australian-politics/2024/06/24/anger-pay-soars-governor-general

    Australia’s next governor-general will pocket more than $709,000 after being awarded a 43 per cent pay rise compared to her predecessor.

    Sam Mostyn will be sworn in on July 1 as Australia’s 28th governor-general and will receive a salary of $709,017 for each year of her five-year term.

    The pay cheque is significantly higher than the $495,000 paid each year to the outgoing head of state David Hurley.

    SEE LINK FOR REST

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      TdeF

      Why not a diversity hire for Governor General. I nominate Bruce Pascoe, our most famous and successful aboriginal.

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      Tel

      That’s an official admission of the sort of pay rise you need to barely cover inflation these days.

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        John Connor II

        Academic project to research links between ‘milk and colonialism’

        A taxpayer-funded project will research the connections between “milk and colonialism”.

        The academic enterprise will look at the “political nature of this everyday substance”.

        Professors will be funded to look at a museum collection and unearth the “colonial legacies” of dairy.

        One of the experts involved in the project has argued that milk is Northern European and a “white supremacist” imposition on other cultures.

        The newly announced research is backed by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, a taxpayer-funded quango.

        There is no record yet of the figure for the grant.

        Part of the project, which is titled “Milking it: colonialism, heritage & everyday engagement with dairy”, will see academics study the “milk-related” collections of the History of Science Museum in Oxford.

        https://www.yahoo.com/news/academic-project-research-links-between-130316521.html

        More un-named “experts” who were dropped on their heads as babies and became loony lefties.

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      OldOzzie

      Albanese on Governor General pay rises.
      Monday, 24 June 2024

      Hi 👋 @AlboMP, this hasn’t aged well, has it?
      Oh, the hypocrisy! 🤨 pic.twitter.com/gDnfQ2ihF6

      — Tracey (@TraceyLee_07) June 24, 2024

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      OldOzzie

      It’s a cost-of-living crisis so what does Albo do? Lines up a whopping $214k pay rise for the new Governor General… because the mansions and travel perks just aren’t enough

      Incoming GG Sam Mostyn in line for 43 per cent rise – Yearly salary will increase from $495k to $709k

      So slap bang in the middle of a cost-of-living crisis what does the Albanese government do?

      It asks parliament to approve a whopping $214,000 pay rise for the incoming Governor General Sam Mostyn.

      And that’s not even a joke.

      The current GG David Hurley earns a mere $495,000, but that’s not good enough according to Labor.

      The assistant minister to the PM, Patrick Gorman, has tabled legislation seeking parliamentary support from the Opposition and the crossbench to bump Mostyn’s salary from $495,000 to $709,000 when she starts the new job on Monday.

      The old GG’s salary was more than cabinet ministers earn. The new one is more than the Prime Minister earns.

      Never mind that Australia has been in a per capita recession for five consecutive quarters. Or that families are struggling with cost-of-living pressures and the Budget is forecast to blow debt further out in the coming years.

      And unlike the law of gravity, when it comes to political entitlements what goes up doesn’t come back down.

      This inflated salary, if passed into law, will become the minimum benchmark for what future GG’s earn.

      Even if former judges and generals return to the fold with their commonwealth pensions.

      If nothing else I’m insulted by the political stupidity of the Albanese government wanting to do this right now.

      It makes Tony Abbott’s knighting of Prince Philip look like a master stroke. At least he didn’t do it during a cost-of-living crisis, and the role didn’t come with a salary.

      What is its possible logic for giving such a huge pay rise to a ceremonial position like the GG’s?

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    Tonyb

    I find it very difficult to believe this headline but bearing in mind the pressure to get us to eat insects then can maggot milk be far behind?

    https://slaynews.com/news/bill-gates-launches-maggot-milk-feed-general-public/

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      David Maddison

      I can’t tell if it’s real or parody as the Left have become parodies of themselves.

      See: https://thepeoplesvoice.tv/bill-gates-promotes-maggot-milk-as-solution-to-child-nutrition-amid-manufactured-food-crisis/

      I have no doubt that’s what the Elites plan for us though. For example, Australia is an especially woke UN and WEF compliant country and is already feeding schoolkids insects in at least 1000 Aussie “schools” / indoctrination centres.

      Got to start ’em young!

      https://www.spectator.com.au/2022/09/1000-australian-schools-are-fed-insects/

      https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2022/02/how-insects-positively-impact-climate-change/

      https://www.fao.org/edible-insects/en/

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        TdeF

        The Left? Who are they?

        You mean the Tories, the Australian Liberals or the Paul Ryan/Mitch McConnell Republicans? The Teals? All of Washington and Canberra and Brussels. Amazingly the traditional Left Labor parties and Democrats are not as Woke, as extreme Left as the former Conservatives!

        There is no Right in Australia. There are masses of Conservative voters as we saw in the Referendum, Deplorables but no Conservative party. We need a Conservative party which believes in small government, low taxation, the world is not ending and the media are out of control.

        We should fire or sell the ABC/SBS, BOM, CSIRO and all the Green Energy companies and Climate Change departments. We do not need any of them! And start again with contractors. No one should be exempt from the media laws, certainly not the government. Then the politicians who are cowards can express an opinion again.

        You cannot get to the top of politics in Australia with the entire ABC/SBS and the 600,000 overpaid people in Canberra against you. In Victoria the public service DOUBLED under Chariman Dan. And it’s their full time job to run the place and bring down any politician who disagrees. And we saw it openly in the Higgins/Lehrmann trials, the appalling fake culture at work, an environment of sex and cocaine and empty lives and the conspiracy to bring down political parties.

        President Milei’s first move in Argentina with the full support of the people was to fire the entire public service. And within three months incredible inflation stopped. You cannot have half the country working for the government and the rest on handouts.

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          TdeF

          And great news from Argentina, the first week with no inflation in food prices in 30 years.

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            David Maddison

            Meanwhile Argentina’s true rate of food inflation, according to everyone I ask who actually shops for real groceries, is at least 25-30%.

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              Ronin

              In Brisbane last week, tomatoes were $2.50 ea, avocadoes were $1.75.

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              John Connor II

              But at least in Argentina you buy petrol for a few cents per litre, and you get 130% interest on your saving account. 😎

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              David Maddison

              I meant Australia, not Argentina.

              It should have read:

              Meanwhile Australia’s true rate of food inflation, according to everyone I ask who actually shops for real groceries, is at least 25-30%.

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                TdeF

                Sorry, I started that. In fact I had a German mentor from Czech who came to Australia after the war. His friend went to Argentina. From Europe, the two mining and agricultural countries looked identical.

                So these men swapped stories and photos for years until it was too obvious Argentina was a total disaster. We have to stop Australia becoming Argentina, which is an easy thing to do. And Milei would love Argentina to become Australia.

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                John Connor II

                I meant Australia, not Argentina

                Give it another year…

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          David Maddison

          Australia does have some conservative-oriented parties, e.g.:

          United Australia Party
          Libertarian Party
          One Nation

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            TdeF

            We will see what happens to the Tories in the UK. The world’s oldest political party is on the verge of being wiped out, by themselves. In most areas of policy indistinguishable from Labor. Ask J.K.Rowling.

            The people want to stop the boats. Not Sunak or Starmer.

            Menzies welded a conservative party from the old UAP. Howard too had his broad church after a decade of Labor. Even Hawke had his sensible middle. I think even if Dutton had not finally made a decision, Australia would still have voted NO. And the indomitable Jacinta Price.

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        Coochin Kid

        David, The article claims “that insects don’t cause Co2. Obviously they have never heard of the Co2 production of termites.

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          another ian

          As usual a presumption that you don’t know that there are numbers that question on that

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        GreatAuntJanet

        Having just finished listening to Kim DotCom’s gloomy forecast for the world as he was interviewed by Alex Jones recently, the elites have completely lost the plot (and we are doomed by their actions), so cockroach cheese is going to be the least of our problems. Sigh. I don’t know what or who to believe any more. https://x.com/KimDotcom/status/1805322917645107481

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          Kim

          The USA is broke, bust. So is it trying to split up Russia? and steal all it’s resources? likewise Ukraine? How much would it get for Alaska? Hawaii, Puerto Rico? ‘Here’s $44T for Alaska, take it or leave it. It’s the best offer that you will get. You will never get any other offer anywhere near it.’

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            el+gordo

            The US maybe technically broke, but they are backed by the Reserve currency.

            The Alliance against Russia has no intention of stealing resources, they simply desire that they adopt democratic principles, international justice and open economy.

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      John Connor II

      Heard of Entomilk? No? Look it up! 😁

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      Yarpos

      There is something very wrong with Bill Gates. Sadly he is rich enough to execute on his bizarre whims.

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      Jon Rattin

      Mmmmm…l could really go a nice Big MM. Thanks Bill

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      Mike Jonas

      At a restaurant in Brisbane recently, I had bugs and salad. Fantastic. Highly recommended. But somehow I don’t think these bugs (sort of between a prawn and a lobster) were the ones the virtue-signallers have in mind for us.

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    Richard C in NZ

    Transpower reveals why pylon fell, causing major Northland outage

    https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/national/520400/transpower-reveals-why-pylon-fell-causing-major-northland-outage

    A power pylon that fell last Thursday, cutting power to most of Northland was due to contractors removing too many nuts from bolts connecting the tower to a base plate, Transpower chief executive Alison Andrew says.

    This occurred during routine maintenance by Omexom on the transmission tower and its baseplate near Glorit, north of Auckland, but which was not to procedure, she said.

    “Our view is that the specifications in procedures for this type of work were not followed. All the nuts securing the tower to the base plate on three legs have been removed, which caused the tower to lift off the base plate and fall.

    “It is unprecedented and inconceivable that so many nuts were removed at once.”

    Adds a new dimension to Bolt Tensioning vs Torquing.

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      TdeF

      In most countries it is the copper which is stolen. I hope it’s not nuts next. If so we are all undone.

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      Tel

      That’s astounding levels of incompetence.

      Every single time I have said, “Nobody could be that stupid” the universe forces me to readjust my expectations.

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        TdeF

        As Einstein said ‘Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the universe.’
        I see it as a competition, especially with politicians.

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        Yarpos

        Yes the general crisis of competence has been discussed here before. Now put this together with Callide outcomes and the SA grid in general and you have to wonder what this industry might do with a bunch of nuclear reactors.

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      YYY Guy

      Beat me to it. I think the clue was in “Trans” power.

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      KP

      Diversity hires for maintenance contracts?

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      Johnny Rotten

      The Nuts are in Power.

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      ozfred

      I apologize for suggesting that an angle grinder might have been used to remove the “restraints” at the bottom of the tower legs.
      Use of a pipe wrench is much simpler and efficient

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    bill

    Regarding pylon bolts I would say they are over designed but one per corner is needed.

    Regarding the Labor Govt. that will come to pass in the UK, it makes no difference how many seats the opposition parties win because its FPP and that is that but what will be fun to watch is how Labor go when they have a stuffed economy to start.

    In NZ we have an electoral cycle of economic care then irresponsibility then care etc. People get bored by responsibility and pissed by off by stupidity.

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      KP

      ” People get bored by responsibility and pissed by off by stupidity.”

      No, since 1950 I’ve seen National take power after Labour have screwed the country, get it running, then time and again get completely arrogant and believe they are God’s Gift, so they get thrown out. At that stage the people don’t want Labour, but would vote in a dog ahead of National again.

      MMP was meant to stop that.

      I see Saint Jacinta is taking over from Herr Klaus, starting her own little Marxist training ground for upcoming politicians.

      “Dame Jacinda Ardern has announced a new initiative for global political leaders on leading with kindness and empathy, with the 12-month program designed to “rehumanise leadership” in politics.

      Run by the Global Progress Action, an initiative of the Washington DC-based Center for American Progress Action Fund, the program hopes to connect leaders who have embraced leadership that focuses on “pragmatic idealism” and who drew on the “strength of kindness and empathy to develop and build public support for progressive policy solutions to complex problems”.”

      From the most brutal, arrogant bitch who said “I am right, believe me only” and then crushed any dissent at all. She is just lies from top to bottom.

      Other people’s view of it may differ-

      “As I learnt during the pandemic lockdowns and my ostracisation of the unvaccinated, sometimes you have to be cruel to be kind; and apathy can be a far better strategy than empathy when faced with the tedious wailing that accompanies loss of rights and freedoms endured by non-conformers and attention-seeking protest groups that you deliberately victimised for challenging your pragmatic ideology. ”

      https://breakingviewsnz.blogspot.com/2024/06/derek-mackie-jacindas-field-of-dreams.html

      12months!! A year of solid propaganda and devious plans straight from the horse’s mouth…

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    David Maddison

    Australia is a once-great nation that is now governed by people who know nothing and produce nothing.

    When you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing – When you see that money is flowing to those who deal, not in goods, but in favors – When you see that men get richer by graft and by pull than by work, and your laws don’t protect you against them, but protect them against you – When you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming a self-sacrifice – You may know that your society is doomed.

    Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged

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      Annie

      That’s exactly the situation we are in.
      When you see Andrews given Australia’s highest award, when you see the next GG being given a massive increase in an already generous salary, etc. etc.
      The list of injustices goes on and on.

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    MrGrimNasty

    So summer has arrived in the UK, much to the delight of the BBC.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/articles/cgrrjm496gpo

    People have convinced themselves June has been really cold so far, well not really, just 1C under to the 23rd by the CET mean.

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      TdeF

      The UK, especially the Scottish highlands, would be one of the last countries to be seriously worried about Global Warming or sea level rise. After the last ice age Scotland is still springing back faster than the sea can rise. And these are people who wear kilts in mid winter.

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        John Connor II

        What’s worn under a scotsman’s kilt?
        Nothing. It’s all in perfect working order.

        Were scotsman the first transies?😉

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      el+gordo

      Not wishing to be unduly alarmist, but I think the AMO is about to turn negative. It has a quasi 30 year cycle.

      https://weather.plus/amo-index.html

      To grasp what is coming, go back to the early 1960s.

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    R.B.

    wait ’til the 10 million aussies living under a solar array find out their solar panels will have to be turned off routinely to accomodate the inflexibility of nuclear

    Simon Holmes a Court on Twitter.
    You know it’s about the money with spin like that. As if you can ask the Sun to shine or wind to blow (a bit slower, even) on demand.

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      TdeF

      Genius level comment. What the world wants and chases, as Tony From Oz can prove, it steady power. Constant. Reliable. Affordable. But in the view of the ultra rich it should go up and down, the faster and more randomly the better. That’s the definition of chaos.

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      Chad

      I was about to compose a logigal reply ,…but decided SHaC is not wort the effort !
      Other than to say he is an utter idiot !

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      Yarpos

      Holmes a Court must be amazed that France seems to operate quite well as a first world economy. Probably risky having the Olympics there with all that nuclear power.

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    R.B.

    And I noticed zero replies and likes for a long time on Twitter but lots of followers. All women. I’m guessing all my replies are being read by people who know that they are right and just have to convince everyone else.

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    Richard C (NZ)

    “This Proved Our Point”: CNN Anchor Slammed Over Mic-Cut Exposing Jake Tapper Lies

    https://www.zerohedge.com/political/total-panic-cnn-anchor-abruptly-ends-interview-after-trump-spox-utters-inconvenient-facts

    Just seconds after Trump 2024 National Press Secretary Karoline Leavitt began to discuss CNN’s historical bias against her candidate – most specifically that of debate moderator Jake Tapper’s history of anti-Trump lies – CNN anchor Kasie Hunt “ma’am’d” her and immediately cut her mic and ended the interview…

    X was all over this. Saw this 4 image still compilation by ZNO on the Jack Poso thread linked in article:

    ZNO 🇺🇸 @therealZNO

    Her head movements.
    Her facial expressions.
    Her high-pitched, shakey voice due to being flustered and annoyed.

    All the signs of a person who is honest and unbiased.

    CNN is honest and unbiased, definitely.

    https://twitter.com/therealZNO/status/1805212642732105767

    Pics for those not logged in to X next.

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    OldOzzie

    Baldwin Street in New Zealand reinstated as the world’s steepest street

    By Guinness World Records Published 08 April 2020

    Baldwin Street, in Dunedin, New Zealand, has been reinstated as the world’s steepest street (road) after a formal record review.

    Baldwin street previously held the record for over a decade until June 2019, when the record was awarded to Ffordd Pen Llech, in Harlech, Wales.

    The decision to reinstate the previous record holder was reached following the completion of an extensive review of an appeal, brought by representatives of Baldwin Street.

    Following a thorough review, as well as consulting with industry specialists, it was concluded that for the steepest street (road) record title, the best practice for the gradient is to take the measurement from the centreline of the street.

    Accordingly, GWR’s record guidelines will no longer allow measurements from any other axis.

    The new results confirmed Baldwin Street has the steeper gradient of 34.8%, compared to Ffordd Pen Llech’s gradient of 28.6%.

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      TdeF

      Now if Marble Bar could get its world record back. ACORN redefined the temperatures, part of their Global Warming creation strategy. World class secret formula homogenisation which is warming the world faster than real temperature change as Australia has the dominant quality records in the 1900s for the Southern Hemisphere and a cool Australia was required.

      So the postmasters, school masters and dedicated people were wrong in hindsight. Our world record had to go.

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        TdeF

        It’s an essential principle of experimental science, that you are not allowed to change the recorded data. But in the CO2 driven rapid sea rise tipping point Global Warming world, that is common practice. Even the switch to electronic instruments in the 1980s produced 0.5C of warming. But all in a good cause.

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    John Connor II

    Academic project to research links between ‘milk and colonialism’

    A taxpayer-funded project will research the connections between “milk and colonialism”.

    The academic enterprise will look at the “political nature of this everyday substance”.

    Professors will be funded to look at a museum collection and unearth the “colonial legacies” of dairy.

    One of the experts involved in the project has argued that milk is Northern European and a “white supremacist” imposition on other cultures.

    The newly announced research is backed by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, a taxpayer-funded quango.

    There is no record yet of the figure for the grant.

    Part of the project, which is titled “Milking it: colonialism, heritage & everyday engagement with dairy”, will see academics study the “milk-related” collections of the History of Science Museum in Oxford.

    https://www.yahoo.com/news/academic-project-research-links-between-130316521.html

    More un-named “experts” who were dropped on their heads as babies and became loony lefties.

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      KP

      Yeah riight… The Indian Gods drank milk, never mind the history of India and milk thousands of years before Christ. How many Nepalese colonised the world with their Yak milk? or the Africans from Kenya and Sudan 8000years ago..

      The Professor in charge must be a cussie of the guy handing out the money! ..and they’re too embarrassed to say how much he’s been grifted!

      Too much wealth has been stolen from the workers by the Govt, and so we get crimes like this!

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    John Connor II

    Did the biggest and most important computer hack EVER just happen?

    The Lockbit ransomware group announced that it had breached the US Federal Reserve and exfiltrated 33 TB of sensitive data.
    The Lockbit ransomware group announced that it had breached the systems of Federal Reserve of the United States and exfiltrated 33 TB of sensitive data, including “Americans’ banking secrets.”

    The Lockbit ransomware group added the Federal Reserve to the list of victims on its Tor data leak site and threatened to leak the stolen data on 25 June, 2024 20:27:10 UTC.

    The group hasn’t published any sample of the stolen data.

    You better hire another negotiator within 48 hours, and fire this clinical idiot who values Americans’ bank secrecy at $50,000.”

    https://securityaffairs.com/164873/cyber-crime/lockbit-claims-hacked-us-federal-reserve.html

    If true this is massive. If not true then it’s either Lockbit bragging or a false flag coming.

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      KP

      Lol! Who offered $50K?? I’d run an auction if I were them, China, France, Russia, Germany, Iran, Trump.. who would pay for a list of people ‘influencing’ the Fed, never mind a list of who had what in there! $50million might cut it, but I reckon they could get $50billion!

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      MeAgain

      Are they gonna beat the billion https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bangladesh_Bank_robbery
      (Still not sure I believe that this was North Korea … they seem like the people to blame if you can’t catch the real culprits….)

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    Kim

    Just a general comment on greenie industries: As a software engineer who worked as a contractor for 21 years in the UK & Europe I would avoid greenie projects and greenie companies because the mentality in those companies runs totally contrary to producing successful projects. They don’t have a professional, objective, logical, down-to-earth bottom up work atmosphere that is technology and results driven.

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    Ron Wilmshurst

    It seems to me that lithium batteries are causing more deaths than nuclear power everv did!

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    Richard C (NZ)

    Julian Assange has reached a plea deal with the U.S., allowing him to go free

    The WikiLeaks founder has been held in a prison outside London for the last five years and fought extradition to the United States. He is expected to return to Australia.

    https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/justice-department/julian-assange-reached-plea-deal-us-allowing-go-free-rcna158695?utm_source=wnd&utm_medium=wnd&utm_campaign=syndicated

    Assange’s WikiLeaks also published hacked emails from the Democratic National Committee that upended the 2016 presidential race.

    There was no hack. Proven physically impossible to transmit that volume over the internet in the time frame. Much scrubbed from the internet on this but here’s a vestige of what is left:

    NSA Experts Say DNC ‘Hack’ Was Actually a Leak and Inside Job [The Nation report referenced was retracted]
    https://lawandcrime.com/high-profile/bombshell-nsa-experts-say-dnc-hack-was-actually-a-leak-and-inside-job/

    Still some left at The Nation:

    A New Report Raises Big Questions About Last Year’s DNC Hack
    https://www.thenation.com/article/archive/a-new-report-raises-big-questions-about-last-years-dnc-hack/

    Continues next.

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      Richard C (NZ)

      From The Nation previous.

      Explains retraction but scroll down to – What has Forensicator proven since he turned his key? How? What has work done atop Forensicator’s findings proven? How?

      What is the maximum achievable speed? Forensicator recently ran a test download of a comparable data volume (and using a server speed not available in 2016) 40 miles from his computer via a server 20 miles away and came up with a speed of 11.8 megabytes per second—half what the DNC operation would need were it a hack. Other investigators have built on this finding. Folden and Edward Loomis say a survey published August 3, 2016, by http://www.speedtest.net/reports is highly reliable and use it as their thumbnail index. It indicated that the highest average ISP speeds of first-half 2016 were achieved by Xfinity and Cox Communications. These speeds averaged 15.6 megabytes per second and 14.7 megabytes per second, respectively. Peak speeds at higher rates were recorded intermittently but still did not reach the required 22.7 megabytes per second.

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        Richard C (NZ)

        >”Folden and Edward Loomis

        To name just two. Much more to it than that including the William Binney and Ray McGovern tests.

        A Leak or a Hack? A Forum on the VIPS Memo
        https://www.thenation.com/article/archive/a-leak-or-a-hack-a-forum-on-the-vips-memo/

        Scroll down to:

        Why This Is Important
        by William Binney, Skip Folden, Ed Loomis, Ray McGovern, and Kirk Wiebe

        More Holes in Russia-gate Narrative
        By William Binney and Ray McGovern September 20, 2017
        https://consortiumnews.com/2017/09/20/more-holes-in-russia-gate-narrative/

        New tests support the skepticism of U.S. intelligence veterans that Russia “hacked” the DNC’s computers, pointing instead to a download of emails by an insider, write ex-NSA official William Binney and ex-CIA analyst Ray McGovern.

        Intel Vets Challenge ‘Russia Hack’ Evidence
        July 24, 2017
        https://consortiumnews.com/2017/07/24/intel-vets-challenge-russia-hack-evidence/

        MEMORANDUM FOR: The President

        FROM: Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS)

        SUBJECT: Was the “Russian Hack” an Inside Job?

        Copied, Not Hacked

        The Time Sequence

        The Key Event

        July 5, 2016: In the early evening, Eastern Daylight Time, someone working in the EDT time zone with a computer directly connected to the DNC server or DNC Local Area Network, copied 1,976 MegaBytes of data in 87 seconds onto an external storage device. That speed is much faster than what is physically possible with a hack.

        ‘Obfuscation & De-obfuscation’

        Putin and the Technology

        # # #

        List of authors next.

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          Richard C (NZ)

          FOR THE STEERING GROUP, VETERAN INTELLIGENCE PROFESSIONALS FOR SANITY

          William Binney, former NSA Technical Director for World Geopolitical & Military Analysis; Co-founder of NSA’s Signals Intelligence Automation Research Center

          Skip Folden, independent analyst, retired IBM Program Manager for Information Technology US (Associate VIPS)

          Larry C Johnson, CIA & State Department (ret.)

          Michael S. Kearns, Air Force Intelligence Officer (Ret.), Master SERE Resistance to Interrogation Instructor

          John Kiriakou, Former CIA Counterterrorism Officer and former Senior Investigator, Senate Foreign Relations Committee

          Linda Lewis, WMD preparedness policy analyst, USDA (ret.)

          Edward Loomis, Jr., former NSA Technical Director for the Office of Signals Processing [NSA cryptologist from 1964 to 2001]

          David MacMichael, National Intelligence Council (ret.)

          Ray McGovern, former U.S. Army Infantry/Intelligence officer and CIA analyst

          Elizabeth Murray, former Deputy National Intelligence Officer for Middle East, CIA

          Kirk Wiebe, former Senior Analyst, SIGINT Automation Research Center, NSA

          Sarah G. Wilton, Intelligence Officer, DIA (ret.); Commander, US Naval Reserve (ret.)

          Ann Wright, U.S. Army Reserve Colonel (ret) and former U.S. Diplomat

          # # #

          These people are not just a bunch of Redditers.

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          Richard C (NZ)

          VIP Memo:

          The CIA’s reaction was neuralgic. Director Mike Pompeo lashed out two weeks later, calling Assange and his associates “demons,” and insisting; “It’s time to call out WikiLeaks for what it really is, a non-state hostile intelligence service, often abetted by state actors like Russia.”

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      Richard C (NZ)

      Had to dig VERY deep for this given most of the story has been scrubbed from the internet. The BBC reported this but their report has been scrubbed as far as I’ve looked. Remember the name Craig Murray:

      Former British Ambassador Says He, Not Russia, Is the DNC Leak

      Craig Murray, described as a “close associate” of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, claims the leaks of DNC e-mails came from the inside.

      https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/former-british-ambassador-says-he-not-russia-is-the-dnc-leaker/

      Murray said he retrieved the package from a source during a clandestine meeting in a wooded area near American University, in northwest D.C. He said the individual he met with was not the original person who obtained the information, but an intermediary.

      So that leads us to the “original person”:

      Journalist Seymour Hersh Claims Seth Rich Was Wikileaks Source
      https://thepoliticalinsider.com/seymour-hersh-seth-rich/

      Julian Assange hints murdered DNC staffer Seth Rich was source of damaging email leaks
      https://www.news.com.au/finance/work/leaders/julian-assange-hints-murdered-dnc-staffer-seth-rich-was-source-of-damaging-email-leaks/news-story/40cabac21d722f1f8d4d115f7788c460

      FBI coverup next.

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        Richard C (NZ)

        Why Is The FBI Hiding Seth Rich’s Two Laptops?
        – Emerald Robinson Jan 17, 2023

        https://www.emerald.tv/p/why-is-the-fbi-hiding-seth-richs

        The latest update on this bombshell story arrived on December 9th, when the FBI provided a new 8-page memo to [Attorney] Ty Clevenger. The FBI admits to having both Seth Rich’s personal laptop and his work laptop. It also claims that the work laptop should not be subject to any FOIA requests because the FBI “collected it from a non-government third party.” The FBI also admits that “an outside entity” made “an image of the work laptop.” The agency does not want to turn over any records regarding the work laptop, of course.

        [See FBI memo]

        Ty Clevenger made the following statement on Twitter on December 10th about the contents of the FBI’s 8-page memo:

        [Snip]

        Remember when Sy Hersh said one of his sources read to him from an intel report indicating that Wikileaks got the DNC emails from an internal DNC source rather than from Russian hackers? (Julian Assange has all but said the same.) Hersh later testified under oath that he got the information from an intel source that he had known for over 30 years, and he still believed his source. I suspect the report he’s talking about is the FBI’s report on Seth’s work laptop.

        The FBI lied and cheated for five years in order to hide that laptop report, and it’s still fighting to hide that report from the public.

        I’m convinced Seth Rich’s murder was a hit job. Whether by the FBI, some other Deep Staters, or ordered by the DNC, whatever.

        The murder was meant to “send a message” to insiders – don’t leak our stuff or this is what will happen to you. Also scrubs his testimony of course. It was a win-win for them.

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          Richard C (NZ)

          >I’m convinced Seth Rich’s murder was a hit job. Whether by the FBI, some other Deep Staters, or ordered by the DNC, whatever.

          Remember too that around this time there was also the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, fan of Trump, which was also subject to coverup but not before some details came out:

          Here’s why people think Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was murdered

          Why else would he have had a pillow over his head?

          https://www.dailydot.com/debug/scalia-conservative-murder-theories/

          Also author Michael Hastings, usually sedate driver, who was about to publish a book exposing the CIA, who died when his Mercedes crossed the road at speed and hit a tree:

          WikiLeaks ‘Vault 7’ dump reignites conspiracy theories surrounding death of Michael Hastings

          NOT only can the CIA hack your iPhone, Android or smart TV, they can also carry out “nearly undetectable assassinations”.

          https://www.news.com.au/finance/business/media/wikileaks-vault-7-dump-reignites-conspiracy-theories-surrounding-death-of-michael-hastings/news-story/0df1d06403d0223ce1cfc286a1e75325

          This latter really lit up both mainstream media and alternate – see next.

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            Richard C (NZ)

            Journalist Michael Hastings sent chilling email to colleagues before death

            https://www.foxnews.com/us/journalist-michael-hastings-sent-chilling-email-to-colleagues-before-death

            Mere hours before the fiery car crash that took his life, journalist Michael Hastings sent an email to friends and colleagues urging them to get legal counsel if they were approached by federal authorities.

            “Hey [redacted] the Feds are interviewing my ‘close friends and associates,'”
            read the message dated June 17 at 12:56 p.m. from Hastings to editors at the website BuzzFeed, where he worked.

            “Perhaps if the authorities arrive ‘BuzzFeed GQ’, er HQ, may be wise to immediately request legal counsel before any conversations or interviews about our news-gathering practices or related journalism issues.”

            Hastings added that he was onto a big story and that he would, “need to go off the radat [radar] for a bit,” according to KTLA in Los Angeles.

            Fifteen hours later, in the early morning of June 18, Hastings was driving a Mercedes C250 at a high speed when he lost control in Los Angeles’ Hancock Park neighborhood, causing the car to fishtail and crash into a palm tree. The impact caused the car to burst into flames, trapping the 33-year-old inside.

            Wild driving by Hastings was completely out of character according to family, friends, and acquaintances.

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              Richard C (NZ)

              On the Strange Death of Michael Hastings:
              Was the Reporter Car-Hacked or Bombed?

              Deep dive. Just a taste:

              According to Hastings’ friend, Staff Sgt. Joe Biggs, Army brass had threatened Hastings after his reporting lead to General McChrystal’s resignation. “He had been told, ‘If we don’t like what you write, we will hunt you down and kill you,” Biggs said. “For him to say something like that — those are his own words — that’s pretty intense.”

              So not necessarily the CIA.

              Sections:

              From Car-jacking to Car-hacking

              A Scholarly Demonstration of the Car-hacking Scenario

              Remote Control of Speed, Brakes, Lights and Locks

              A Reporter’s Death: The Video Evidence

              Mounting Evidence of an Assassination and a Cover-up

              Where Is the Autopsy Report?

              A New Video Surfaces

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              Icarus flew too close to the sun too.

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                Richard C (NZ)

                Forgot link:

                On the Strange Death of Michael Hastings:
                Was the Reporter Car-Hacked or Bombed?
                https://www.berkeleydailyplanet.com/issue/2013-08-09/article/41312

                “Send a message”

                Clearly, a car-hacking scenario would constitute a “cleaner” form of attack, leading to a crash that would likely look “accidental.” So why would an assassin risk using explosives that would likely leave evidence signaling a plot? One thought comes to mind: To “send a message” to Hastings’ friends and followers, those who had an interest in looking behind the presentations of the “official story.”

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                Richard C (NZ)

                “Troubling inconsistencies”

                There were just too many troubling inconsistencies. There were no skid marks. Local residents reported hearing one or more loud explosions.

                The vehicle was engulfed in an extremely fierce torch-like inferno that some critics claimed was unlike a gasoline-fed fire — and more like the kind of blaze associated with burning thermite or plastic explosives.

                The bomb scenario would certainly explain how the car’s engine came to be blasted out of the vehicle and wound up down the road, 100 feet from the flaming wreckage.

                Furthermore, the damage to the car was inconsistent with a simple crash. There was a debris field that covered a good part of the block. Instead of splaying out around the palm tree, metal and plastic parts from the Mercedes were scattered down the roadway — a great distance past the point where the auto struck the tree.

                The car’s front left wheel somehow wound up nearly 100 feet away from the wrecked car — on a sidewalk on the other side of the street. The car’s engine and transmission had been hurled into the sky and wound up 200 feet down the roadway.

                And, inexplicably, the vehicle’s hood (which should have born the brunt of the head-on impact) could be seen resting near the far side of the palm, intact and uncrumpled. It appeared as though the hood had separated from the Mercedes before the impact and landed, relatively unscathed, alongside the tree.

                The more one examines the video and next-day photos of the wrecked car, the more it appears that the vehicle was destroyed, not by a front-end impact but from a powerful explosion that occurred beneath the vehicle. The front of the car is missing and the roof is torn open like a sardine can. The rear of the car (which would not have been damaged in a front-end collision) also shows extensive damage.

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                Richard C (NZ)

                “New Video Surfaces”

                In the grainy video, the reporter’s car can be seen racing down the empty street at a high rate of speed. There is a quick flash of light that appears to burst just beneath the car. At this point, all the lights in the car appear to go out. A spreading glow erupts out of the briefly darkened road, followed by a small explosion, quickly followed by a massive blast that illuminates the neighborhood.

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                Richard C (NZ)

                After reviewing the coverage of Hastings’ death, Jonathan Turley, a nationally recognized legal scholar who specializes in constitutional law, wrote:

                “In a world where American Presidents openly arrogate to themselves the right to kill people deemed enemies of the United States, all things suddenly become possible.

                When the basic right of habeas corpus can be denied to American citizens, based upon unproven allegations of their being threats to this country, isn’t it possible for those with the power to detain and to eliminate individuals, to make decisions as to someone’s existence doing harm to this country?

                Finally, doesn’t this unconstitutional expansion of powers give individuals with government connections the leeway to take revenge on those who expose them?”

                Revenge – Chuck Schumer:

                “Let me tell you: You take on the intelligence community — they have six ways from Sunday at getting back at you,”

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        Richard C (NZ)

        From news.com.au:

        On 15 December 2016, the British tabloid Daily Mail quoted Craig Murray

        Murray insisted that the DNC and Podesta emails published by Wikileaks did not come from the Russians, and were given to the whistleblowing group by Americans who had authorized access to the information.

        ‘Neither of [the leaks] came from the Russians,’ Murray said. ‘The source had legal access to the information. The documents came from inside leaks, not hacks.’

        He said the leakers were motivated by ‘disgust at the corruption of the Clinton Foundation and the tilting of the primary election playing field against Bernie Sanders.’

        EXCLUSIVE: Ex-British ambassador who is now a WikiLeaks operative claims Russia did NOT provide Clinton emails – they were handed over to him at a D.C. park by an intermediary for ‘disgusted’ Democratic whistleblowers
        https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4034038/Ex-British-ambassador-WikiLeaks-operative-claims-Russia-did-NOT-provide-Clinton-emails-handed-D-C-park-intermediary-disgusted-Democratic-insiders.html

        His account contradicts directly the version of how thousands of Democratic emails were published before the election being advanced by U.S. intelligence.

        # # #

        Crunch all this info while you can because it is rapidly disappearing from memories, the internet, and public discourse.

        There’s also a blizzard of articles to wade through in web searches pushing the Deep State narrative i.e. you cannot just go straight to all I’ve posted – you have dig very deep before discovering the best search terms.

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        Hanrahan

        If Seth Rich was “just” a random robbery victim, why was his computer taken from his home?

        US politics is a blood sport.

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      Lloydww

      There was a DNC staffer who was killed around that time. His death was ruled by police as a robbery gone wrong yet none of his personal accoutrements were missing. His name was Seth Rich.

      It isn’t hard to imagine that a DNC staffer might have copiied damning files, given the shenanigans which were going on within the DNC at the time (Donna Brazille debate questions given to Hilary etc).

      It isn’t hard to imagine that a hit might be ordered against such an individual.

      Just saying.

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    John Connor II

    Monday mermaid corner

    https://imgbox.com/XGTwrze4

    Thank dawg for buoyancy!😆

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    John Connor II

    Fight against slavery!

    Oh the irony! Fight Against Slavery group advertises for ‘volunteer unpaid’ staff to work a minimum of eight hours a week for FREE and ‘join the battle against worldwide poverty’
    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4135900/Anti-slavery-charity-fire-unpaid-internship.html

    The unhinged woke wallies just grow in number like a plague.

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    OldOzzie

    Time to eliminate BOM and save Australian Taxpayers Money

    Sydney residents dealt a year’s worth of rain in just six months as more than 60mm recorded in weekend’s bout of wet weather

    Sydney residents have been dealt a year’s worth of rain in just six months with the latest downpour on the weekend significantly bringing up the city’s running monthly total.

    Following the latest round of wet weather, the city’s running monthly total was brought up to about 361mm – more than double the long-term monthly average.

    It also means Sydney has experienced its wettest June since 2007.

    The city’s running annual total was increased to about 1240mm – exceeding the city’s long-term annual average of about 1213mm.

    It marks the 10th time in 166 years the city has been recorded to exceed 1200mm of cumulative rainfall by the same point in June.

    This year now ranks as the city’s eighth wettest start to a year on record.

    From the Comments

    – Were we once told that with climate change, the rain that falls will not fill the dams and rivers?

    – and the dams will never be full again…another baseless greenie prediction that are never right. Like the oceans boiling….

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      TdeF

      Get rid of the lot. Sell them if you can, but given everything is automated, there is only the data collection network to sell. And their massively expensive computer system (a secret) cannot get the weather right because it will be programmed with the ridiculous proposition that the air controls the water. And we are investing another billion of taxpayer money on a computer which doesn’t exist.

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      Adellad

      What a waste; meanwhile productive agricultural land in the west and middle of the country remains parched.

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        TdeF

        The Mesopotamians solved that problem with super long canals. Surely we could do that? It’s always raining somewhere. And the Ord river empties three Sydney harbours a day. But in a country where new dams are illegal, nuclear is illegal, gas exploration is illegal, fracking is illegal what hope is there for development?

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          OldOzzie

          In 1938, 11 years before construction of the Snowy Mountains Scheme commenced, Dr John Bradfield, an eminent engineer at the time, proposed an ambitious scheme to divert water via a series of dams and tunnels from the east-draining Tully, Herbert and Burdekin rivers on the north-east Queensland coast to the westerly draining semi-arid Flinders River and then to the arid internally draining Thomson River, which flows into Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre.

          CSIRO has a number of Reports and being CSIRO – Pooh Pooh the Idea

          https://publications.csiro.au/publications/publication/PIcsiro:EP2021-3534 – 28 pages PDF

          https://www.csiro.au/en/research/natural-environment/water/water-resource-assessment/the-bradfield-scheme-assessment

          and from this bing search you can get the final report which was 36 pages on 26-08-21

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            Hanrahan

            Damming the Burdekin at Hells Gates might work, the water is already on the western slopes of the Divide and there is plenty of it, we are told.

            The water in the Tully is already spoken for to power Kareeya Hydro

            Don’t know about the Herbert. There may be a dam site above Wallaman Falls but the locals may resent “Mexicans” taking their water.

            Pumping water is expensive. When Townsville needs to draw from the Burdekin the electricity bill is BIG. Bradfield can’t happen without nuclear.

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            KP

            Kalgoorlie still gets its water via the pipeline from Perth, over 5000Km away. In the 1800s we could really build stuff! Shame we’ve gone downhill so much.

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              David of Cooyal in Oz

              G’day KP,
              You’re out by a factor of about 10.
              The shorter road distance 593 kms.
              Cheers,
              Dave B

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                Graeme#4

                Still, it was an incredible feat at the time. Needed quite a few pumping stations, running 24/7, to shift the water uphill to Kalgoorlie. My grandparents had a stint at one of the country pumping stations. The first pumping station at Mundaring still contains one of the original pumps.

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            another ian

            Just remember that the mitchell grass area was the bottom of the last inland sea.

            A lot of it has salt under it from about 2 feet down – where the rainfall since has washed it.

            And where it will stay short of some politician promising and delivering a doubling of the rainfall or the application of irrigation water.

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          Graeme#4

          When working in Phoenix for a short time, I noticed that it was obtaining its water from a large open canal. Further research showed that this canal tapped into the Colorado River, a long way away.
          One WA Liberal premier proposed running an open canal from the Fitzroy River, 2100 kms down to Perth to supply water.

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    Philc

    https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2024/06/update-four-other-states-launch-massive-lawsuits-against/

    When will our Gruberment’s State or Feral get in on the action? Money to be made.

    Main stream media in this country bought and paid for, will probably not even report on.

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    TdeF

    Great Article by Robert Gottliebsen in the Australian.

    There is now open debate over the extent of Victoria’s potentially huge onshore gas reserves. And EXXON’s $200Million plan for extracting what could be vast amounts of gas, without fracking, needs to be approved. It was stopped by Dennis Napthine and the bans continued by Andrews. Both were for political reasons.

    As I am slowly discovering, it was not just Labor and the Greens banning everything. From John Howard, to Scott Morrison to today, all political parties have been indulging the story of man made CO2 driven Global Warming. And damn the consequences which were are now facing. One of the major exporters of coal and gas running out of domestic energy and dependent on non reliables.

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      Graeme#4

      Some of the comments are claiming that Incite, not Exxon, did the actual research and didn’t find much gas in Gippsland. Others are saying that Victoria has sufficient gas. Difficult to establish who is telling the truth.

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        TdeF

        Reading the report, the $200Million was to find out.

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          Graeme#4

          The Victorian State govt spent $42m to generate a report that explicitly was not to mention the Gippsland gas.

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            Hanrahan

            An aside from the discussion, as I recall, the water that comes up with Gippsland gas is suitable for agriculture.

            Unlike the US, landholders here don’t own anything below the surface, but free water isn’t a bad byproduct.

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        another ian

        FWIW –

        I have a contact whose career was on the drilling side of oil and gas – up to very “boss driller”

        He is pessimistic on new big finds here

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          Chad

          “Big new finds” ,…are not required .
          We already know tha Australia has huge identified but unexploited, reserves.
          We just need to cut through the politics and develop the extraction.

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    John Connor II

    Hands up for smart socks!

    Probably the smartest men’s dress socks in the world, Smart Socks by Blacksocks can now communicate with your iPhone as all Plus+ socks have a communication button to keep your pairs of socks paired correctly. Utilizing RFID technology and Bluetooth, each sock has an RFID tag built-in to easily match your socks into correct pairs. You can even use the Blacksocks App to keep track of how many times each sock was worn, which allows you to rotate the socks you wear and improve the longevity of your Blacksocks. The app can also identify when pairs of socks are fading and auto-reorder a new pair for you!

    https://wearabletech.io/smart-socks/

    I can see the replies already – don’t go there! 😆😆

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    Neville

    I wonder how long before the world we know becomes like another world of Avatars and bots created by AI.
    If some low lifes work out a way to make money out of AI we will have to second guess everything we hear and see online.
    Here’s a young woman showing us how it can be done. But I also listened to a woman on the radio this morning quickly cloning her voice and I couldn’t pick the difference.
    This is way beyond my pay grade, but I remember Mel Gibson a few years ago telling us that in the future movies could be made using perfect looking men and women that looked like flesh and blood Humans. But they could be AI created Bots instead. Here’s a sample video I looked at this morning.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t52Bi-ZUZjA

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      John Connor II

      The more “perfect” they are, the easier it is to spot them.
      “Beauty” is a product of saggital plane symmetry and pretty rare, but “AI” hasn’t learned that yet.
      Imperfections make the person unique and not just a photocopy of everyone else.
      Check the eyes, the mouth, body language, posture, and emotions. Easy to spot.

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      MeAgain

      Someone already worked out how to get our tax money: https://propagandainfocus.com/the-quest-for-mind-control/ “But perhaps nobody can easily catch up with Synchron, the Melbourne, Australian-based (with headquarters in Brooklyn) company which has gone on to be a top leader in mind-controlling technology, after a successful human trial with endovascular entry into the brain to slide what they call a “stentrode” that picks up “data” from the brain that is then able to communicate instructions to a computer by means of thoughts-only. Synchron hopes to sell the device as a leading-edge means to enable individuals with various forms of paralysis, including stroke, spinal cord injuries, motor neurone disease, and even blindness. The company’s site tells us, “Synchron uses a minimally-invasive endovascular procedure (similar to the placement of stents) that avoids open brain surgery.” ….
      Synchron has had a major advantage over competitors from the start. $10m of seed money came from the Pentagon’s DARPA, and the Australian government kicked in millions more for the non-invasive stentrose, making Synchron able to crow on their website that their product was “radically outpacing traditional BCI.”
      Combine this with the smart socks discussed earlier in the thread – you just havve to think that your feet are cold and hey presto, your socks jump on your feet. No more wasting thoughts on pesky socks ever again

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    Hanrahan

    Julian Assange to come home after a plea deal.

    While I am pleased that he will be freed one must remember that in the US a plea deal is not an admission of guilt, it is an admission of defeat.

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      KP

      “it is an admission of defeat.”

      The Deep State have finally given up? I suppose almost anyone who could be affected by his leaks are either done and dusted with the whole thing, or died by now. It certainly shows the shitty tenacity of wronged public servants! Imagine if he’d WALKED ON THE GRASS!

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      MeAgain

      There are many others without Julian’s profile / support that languish in prisons… or are now working for ‘the man’ on covert operations having been flipped after they were caught.
      Guantanamo is still running – s’all I’m sayin’

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    John Connor II

    Europe may subject travelers to lie detector tests

    Authorities at airports and ferry ports would use cameras equipped with machine-learning software to detect whether a person is being untruthful. As travelers fill out their entry applications, their eye, facial, and behavioral movements would be analyzed. If the camera indicates the traveler is lying, the software will send an alert to an immigration officer who will investigate.

    The technology has already been successfully tested in trials conducted by EU countries in the last few years. iBorderCtrl and TRESPASS, two such trials, explored how to create an automated border control system. Several features were tested, including the lie detector tests described above. They also piloted a feature in which AI software scans the social media accounts of travelers before granting them entry.

    https://frontline.news/post/europe-may-subject-travelers-to-lie-detector-tests

    EU tourism is already in a deep hole, and I bet they won’t be screening “the entitled” in all their incarnations.

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      TdeF

      An interesting application would be the Presidential debate. But Joe would not be lying. I doubt he would even understand the question let alone his answer. End of Message.

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    John Connor II

    They Are Using Lab-Grown Human Brains That They Have Enslaved Called “Organoids” to Run Computers

    A company in Switzerland known as “Final Spark” has constructed a bizarre hybrid biocomputer that combines lab-grown miniature human brains with conventional electronic circuits.

    This approach saves an extraordinary amount of energy compared to normal computers, but there is a big problem. The lab-grown miniature human brains keep wearing out and dying, and so scientists have to keep growing new ones to replace them.

    Stem cells that are derived from human skin tissue are used to create the 16 spherical brain “organoids” that the system depends upon. I realize that this sounds like something straight out of a really bad science fiction movie, but it is actually happening.

    Scientists at Final Spark are calling their hybrid computer “the Neuroplatform”, and it is being reported that it only uses “a fraction of the energy required to power a traditional set up”

    https://discernreport.com/they-are-using-lab-grown-human-brains-that-they-have-enslaved-called-organoids-to-run-computers/

    Early days.

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    David Maddison

    I believe this originally came from:

    https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/australian-defence-force-job-application-forms-request-pronouns-and-sexuality/news-story/399ff57c5154d05c8c23e7f7d4fb499a

    Aspiring soldiers, sailors and fighter pilots are being asked on official job forms what their “pronouns” are, whether they are “non-binary”, “gender-diverse”, “questioning” or if their gender is X – of “indeterminate” sex.

    The very first question on the Australian Government’s official Department of Defence APS careers website for potential recruits asks:
    “Which pronouns do you use: he/him, she/her, they/them”, with applicants given the option to “not disclose”.

    Potential defence force personnel are also quizzed about their sexuality.

    “Do you identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer, questioning (LGBTIQ+)?” the recruits are asked.

    An ADF spokesman said: “Defence capability is reliant on our ability to attract and retain the best possible talent regardless of background, gender, age, culture, religion, ability or sexual orientation. Diversity and inclusion are critical to the successful delivery of Defence’s mission. It is important that the Defence workforce reflects the communities that we serve.”

    United Australia Party Senator Ralph Babet said the questions amounted to “woke garbage” and Australia’s enemies would be laughing at us.
    “There are only two genders, male and female,” he said.

    SEE LINK FOR REST

    No wonder they are having trouble recruiting. Most people who want military jobs are heterosexual males and they are not wanted.

    What do you think our enemies think?

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    Yarpos

    France has decided to not aircondition the athletes accomodation at the Paris Olympics, because “carbon” and green Olympics.

    Just wondering, if France is dominantly nuclear powered , now do you reduce CO2 by not having AC?

    Apparently many of the teams arecarranging their own AC. I guess elite athletes will stay in hotels.

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    another ian

    Well they told you that the global temperature was heating up –

    “UPDATE: Four Other States to Launch Massive Lawsuits Against Pfizer, Accusing the Pharma Giant of Deceiving the Public About COVID Vaccine Safety and Efficacy”

    https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2024/06/update-four-other-states-launch-massive-lawsuits-against/

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    Honk R Smith

    The sad state of the US POTUS selection.
    CNN, the DS propaganda outlet, is the host of the Thursday ‘debate’ betwixt the demented grandpa and the Orange would be fuhrer.

    There will be no audience and CNN will control the microphones.
    Jake Tapper, a ‘journalist’ that has actually referred to Trump as the Fuhrer, is one of the ‘moderators’.

    Imagine Biden agreeing to debate Trump on Fox with Sean Hannity ‘moderating’.
    (Trump keeps agreeing to walk into the Coliseum and single handedly face the lions. And surviving to do it again.)

    CNN, through YouTube, has contacted content producers, threatening to go after any independent creators that use clips from the debate, as violations of copyright.

    I think, something I only do recreationally, that CNN will likely surreptitiously edit the debate, and we’ll having tough time finding out what really transpired.

    I will not be watching.
    Because all that matters is where the controlled media shepherds herd the sheep.
    And, at my age, I avoid things that may promote tumor growth.

    MAGA
    Maybe Afford Groceries Again

    (I will click Post Comment, and await moderation.)

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    another ian

    Looks like “Oil be around for a while”

    “Visualizing Saudi Aramco’s Massive Oil Reserves”

    https://www.zerohedge.com/energy/visualizing-saudi-aramcos-massive-oil-reserves

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