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    ozfred

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday took the dramatic step of overturning the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling that legalized abortion nationwide
    Note: This apparently leaves the boundaries of permitted abortion procedures up to the individual states.
    My condolences to the populations of urban USA locations.

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      Honk R Smith

      In practical terms this will have little impact.
      The fire and smoke will all be tribal symbolism.
      Similar to the climate issue.

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      David Maddison

      It is unusual for the USSC to reverse one of the own decisions but the legal basis for Roe vs Wade was highly questionable and seemingly highly contrived by activist judges.

      Roe vs Wade was based on a supposed “right to privacy” provided by the “due process” clause of the 14th Amendment. It was quite a stretch and highly contrived to interpret that to permit abortion.

      But don’t worry, as Honk notes, it will have little practical effect.

      1) The Left will still riot about it and burn buildings, assault and murder people, threaten judges and tear down statues.

      2) They will still be able to procure abortions including late term “abortions” up until the moment of birth. E.g. New York, Vermont, and Illinois. See https://lozierinstitute.org/six-states-and-their-radical-approaches-to-abortion-law/

      3) The Left’s most desired and most beloved form of “abortion” procedure, at birth or even post-birth abortion, will thankfully still be federally prohibited by H.R.2175 – Born-Alive Infants Protection Act of 2002. But for how long under the Biden Maladministration?

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        Lance

        Please do take note that everyone who is discussing this issue had a Mother who did not choose abortion.

        I’m very grateful to my Mother for deciding to let me live.

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          KP

          One assumes your mother wanted you. For those seeking abortion you can expect that pregnancy is a side effect of sex, and the thought of a child is just too much for the woman.

          The drop in birth rates worldwide once contraception becomes available shows how many women really want that child. Abortion may be an unfortunate necessity considering how bad life can be for an unwanted child.

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            FarmerDoug2

            I wish you weren’t right.

            I could give you a “up” because your right or “down” because I don’t like it ?

            Doug

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            Hanrahan

            This judgement had zero to do with the morality of abortion, just the constitution and their interpretation was correct.

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      OldOzzie

      Supreme Court Reverses Roe, Overturns Constitutional Right to Abortion and Returns Abortion Law to the States

      The 213-page Supreme Court ruling in Dobbs -v- Jackson (Mississippi case) is FOUND HERE. The ruling in the Dobbs case was 6-3 in favor of allowing Mississippi to place limits on abortion after 15 weeks. However, in combination with the Dobbs decision the court has overturned (by a 5-4 vote) the 1972 Roe -vs- Wade decision that created a constitutional right to abortion.

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      OldOzzie

      The Positives from the Decisions

      Angry Biden Lashes Out at Supreme Court, Declares Abortion is on the Ballot This Fall

      In addition to the Supreme Court affirming federalism and the rights of individual states to make their own decisions on abortion, there is another downstream benefit to the Roe decision. Leftists are less likely to migrate to Red states.

      Hopefully the most radical leftists will now self-isolate and stop migrating to regions where traditional American values are being retained. This would be a natural outcome if the actions of the left-wing democrats were to match their rhetoric. Unfortunately, I fear the abortion issue is not as big a political issue as the megaphones in media would like to believe. Recent polling has shown very little political benefit in/around the issue of abortion.

      It would be a good outcome if overturning Roe resulted in democrats stopping their migration away from their own left-wing policy madness; however, I’m not sure the abortion issue will overcome their desire to live outside of their insanity. Leftists are ultimately the best representatives of cognitive dissonance when it comes to living up to their own ideological standards.

      Democrats have long been known as “Blue Locusts” because they flee the totalitarianism and consequences they create; then seek to destroy the abundance they desire to have around them. Modern leftists are dangerous in the destructive outlooks they carry.

      If the Roe decision resulted in these leftists self-isolating away from conservative states, this would be of great benefit. Alas, I doubt they are as committed to the issue as they claim.

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        yarpos

        “If the Roe decision resulted in these leftists self-isolating away from conservative states, this would be of great benefit.”

        Combined with a desire to be childless to save the planet, leftists may be a self correcting problem. One can dream.

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      DLK

      totally correct legal ruling.
      the US is a federation of states, not a unitary federal government.
      constitutionally, reproductive laws belong to the state jurisdictions.

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      Ian

      I’ve just read it. What an utter disgrace. Well done Donald Ttrump for stacking the Supreme Court 6 Republicans to 3 Democrats. Say what you like about Biden and the Democrats they have far more respect for women than the stuck in the 1950s Republicans.

      I’m also sure Trump and his fellow Republicans are also well pleased with his court stacking when the Supreme Court issued its biggest gun rights ruling in more than a decade 2 days ago. The Court said that Americans have a right to carry firearms in public for self-defence. Previously the law was guns for self defence were allowed in the home but not in public. What a good result that is for the parents and relatives of the children who have been murdered and for the children whose parents and relatives have been murdered.

      Of course we all know “Guns Don’t Kill People, People Kill People”! Yeah right. God help America’s women and children.

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        b.nice

        It sure is an utter disgrace that people want to be able to abort 8 and 9 month pregnancies.

        No rights for children yet to be born… that is the leftist ideology.

        This rule, will not stop that ugly act in Democrat state.

        All this CORRECT rule state is that it is not a federal matter, but a state matter.

        It is also disgusting that the left want to take away peoples rights to defend themselves.

        I am sure a lot of parent will be very happy that this right has not been removed.

        People still have the right to defend themselves against the low-life thugs that the far-left keeps allowing into the country. Well done SCOTUS. !

        And yes, I’m sure the Republicans will be very pleased to have the ability to at least slow down the rampant societal destruction and degradation of the Democrats.

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          Chris

          Behind the right to have a full term abortion is a lucrative business in baby body parts. All those petri dishes filled with human tissue culture come from these babies. HEK 279 pops up regulary. Translation – Human Embryonic Kidney, baby number 279.

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          Ian

          “It sure is an utter disgrace that people want to be able to abort 8 and 9 month pregnancies.”

          Agreed. However the reality is only 6 states, Oregon, Colorado,New Mexico, Alaska, New Hampshire and New Jersey permit that.

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        b.nice

        ” they have far more respect for women”

        Seriously !! .. you really are in lu-la-land.

        This is that party that wants to males compete against females.

        This is the president that likes sniffing little girl’s hair.

        Women trying to protect their children at school boards from degradation agendas are hounded by the left.

        And leftists who can’t even define what a woman is.

        They have ZERO respect for women and children and families..

        You should go and join [snip]

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        TedM

        “Of course we all know “Guns Don’t Kill People, People Kill People”! ”
        At least this part of your post is correct Ian. Everyday we hear of people in Australia being killed with knives. Did the knife kill them, or the person wielding the knife? If they didn’t have a knife, wouldn’t they have used something else? The proverbial blunt instrument for example.

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        Hanrahan

        Ian, you’re just point scoring politically. The US is now in line with Australia.

        Are you actively agitating for “women’s rights” here and if not why not?

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          Ian

          I really don’t know what you mean by “The US is now in line with Australia.” Are you referring to the fact that abortion in the US and Australia is regulated by each state?

          But Australia is very different from the US as in all states in Australia abortion is legal albeit with differences in the age of the foetus so there is no need to actively agitate for women’ rights regarding abortion and otherwise they have the same rights as men.

          However in the US abortion is now banned in South Dakota, Missouri, Kentucky, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Louisiana.

          yahAbortion in Australia is legal. It has been fully decriminalised in all jurisdictions, starting with Western Australia in 1998 and lastly in South Australia in 2021. A

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            b.nice

            “Are you referring to the fact that abortion in the US and Australia is regulated by each state? “

            Exactly.

            Just because all states in Australia chose to make it legal, is by the by.

            There are a lot more states in the US, and each state now has the right to choose. Get over it.

            All the decision says is, correctly, that it is not a Constitutional issue, and should never have been given that status.

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      DLK

      justin trudeau’s response (after mandating experimental covid vaccinations): “No government, politician, or man should tell a woman what she can and cannot do with her body”.

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        KP

        Well, sure as hell she can’t use that body to protest in Ottawa, or park her truck in the street there, or carry diesel fuel around or…

        It seems Trudeau is determined to tell women exactly what they can and can’t do with their bodies.

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      RicDre

      Dems Pause January 6 Hearings To Call For Insurrection

      June 24th, 2022 – BabylonBee.com

      After closing down their presentation entitled “How Trump Undermined Institutional Authority”, Democrats raced to join the crowd surrounding the Supreme Court building. “Rigged! Rigged decision!” shouted Senator Elizabeth Warren. “Judges must no longer be allowed to hold power! We will never abide by an illegitimate decision by an illegitimate court. Fight, fight!” she screamed as beleaguered police arrived in riot gear.

      https://babylonbee.com/news/dems-pause-january-6-hearings-to-call-for-insurrection/

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    RicDre

    IEA Warns Russia could Cut Off All Gas to Europe

    Essay by Eric Worrall

    Just as well Europe has invested hundreds of billions of Euros in renewable energy capacity
    /sarc.

    https://wattsupwiththat.com/2022/06/23/iea-warns-russia-could-cut-off-all-gas-to-europe/

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      James

      It is just as well they have have invested in renewable capacity. They can be the crash test dummies for green energy!

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      yarpos

      The latest Pointman piece goes down this rabbit hole a bit further. He suggests that Russia is focussed on other markets (just as Australia did faced with Chinese petulance) Even if EU lifts all its suicidal sanctions , the sought after products could be committed elsewhere to India, China and an array of ….stan countries and South America.

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        Hanrahan

        Ultimately Russia and China will take in each other’s washing as they both become pariahs.

        Methinks Russia is outnumbered.

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          yarpos

          Pariahs to who? The small group of withering western countries that like to call themselves the “international community “? meanwhile the majority of humanity carries on. Have look at the attendees of the recent conference in St Petersburg. Its pretty clear who the pariahs are.

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    tonyb

    Zelensky is certainly skilled in playing the crowd

    https://www.politico.eu/article/glastonbury-zelenskyy-tell-festivalgoer-spread-truth-about-russia-war/

    Paul McCartney is playing Glastonbury on Sunday. Scarily he is 80. How he so quickly got to that age is frightening as is the fact he can still play the festival at that age.

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    CHRIS

    I am watching the EU energy situation with glee. Serves those idiots, especially in Germany, right for relying too much on renewables at this stage. Will be interesting once Europe goes into Winter this year, now that Russia has threatened to cut ALL gas supplies.

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      tonyb

      German rationing seems inevitable

      https://www.breitbart.com/europe/2022/06/23/we-are-in-a-gas-crisis-russian-energy-addiction-sees-green-germany-move-one-step-closer-to-rationing/

      I have never understood why Merkel was held in such high regards, who made dubious deals with the Russians whilst thumbing their noses at Nato and closing down reliable nuclear and coal power stations.

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        Graeme No.3

        Merkel had a complicated political situation, mostly due to her policy of going Green. Loss of conservative support meant Coalition politics and a continual slide towards economic collapse. The closing of nuclear and coal power stations was supposed to please the mostly Green media. Same thing in the UK (with timeout for Brexit) and in Australia.
        That switching to Unreliables meant the necessity for gas to cover their deficiency, and initially they thought they could rely on gas from Norway and the North Sea except that they also decided that they wouldn’t need future supplies so no investment, no interest in new gas (& oil) fields and definitely NO FRAKKING. Russian gas gradually gained market share as demand for gas increased. No-one gave it the slightest attention (except Trump) until the EU decided to ‘punish Russia”.
        As for the Russia ‘shutdown’ it might be a strategic move by Putin to remind the various countries that ‘Winter is coming’ and to stall their efforts to build up stocks. It could also be precisely what the Russians say, I recall that back in 2021 well before the Ukraine situation there was a reduction of gas supply because of “technical problems’. Also that Norway reduced supplies also, leading to a price rise and I think it unlikely that they were colluding with Russia.
        Russia delivers gas to Europe through roughly 60 pipelines, many small but attention is all on the ageing Nordstream One pipeline. There is a ready to run bigger pipeline right ‘alongside’ it but the EU has decided not to use it. At least Germany can restart coal stations and delay shutting down nuclear.
        Oddly no-one thinks that the shutdown of half of the French nuclear reactors has anything to do with shortages.

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        yarpos

        Not to mention the destruction of European culture in Germany and the EU

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        KP

        “Last week, gas flows through the undersea pipeline from Russia to Germany were cut by as much as 60%. Russian energy giant Gazprom said this was due to technical issues arising from Western sanctions against Moscow.

        According to Gazprom, German equipment supplier Siemens Energy failed to return gas-pumping units to a compressor station on time. The repaired turbines for the Nord Stream pipeline are currently stuck at a maintenance facility in Canada due to Ottawa’s sanctions on Russia.”

        I’m sure Putin loves screwing Europe & the USA like this!

        and…

        “German vice chancellor reduces shower time ‘again’ ” “In April, he suggested working from home, avoiding driving, and taking up cycling to “annoy” Russian President Vladimir Putin, who he blames for the crisis.”

        How much will the Germans take?

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      David Maddison

      President Trump tried to warn Europe but they lagged at him.

      Had they listened, they would not be about to freeze in the dark their coming winter.

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      OldOzzie

      The B’Obvious

      Just days after Berlin announced it would fire up mothballed coal-fired power stations next northern winter as Russian cuts to gas exports threaten shortfalls, Finance Minister Christian Lindner said completely phasing out the combustion engine in Europe was “the wrong decision” because manufacturers elsewhere in the world, such as China, would fill the gap.

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      yarpos

      with glee? really? is the situation that much better wherever you live?

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      Fran

      What strikes me is how little there is about this in the MSM. Maybe if I read German papers there would be something.

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      Fran

      Keep an eye on Ottawa too. Enbridge made an application last month for urgent replacement of corroded gas pipeline supplying Ottawa. The provincial Energy Board turned them down!

      “The City of Ottawa and other intervenors argued that Enbridge’s proposed pipeline, which would be paid for over a period of 40 years, amounted to a foolish and unnecessary expense because of Ottawa’s official Energy Evolution plan. Under Energy Evolution, Ottawa would evolve away from its dependence on non-renewable natural gas, which currently meets 50 percent of its community’s needs, and evolve into a Net Zero, 100-percent greenhouse-gas-free community by 2050.”

      https://www.theepochtimes.com/when-it-comes-to-energy-ottawa-is-committing-suicide_4556039.html

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        Graeme No.3

        Fran:
        The short answer would be for Enbridge to shut down the gas pipeline to Ottawa on safety grounds. Even environmental grounds might work “all that leaking methane causing global warming kiling polar bears.

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    tonyb

    Supreme Court confirm they have in effect banned the right to abortions

    https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/1630696/roe-v-wade-US-supreme-court-ruling-women-abortion

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      tonyb

      Sorry ozfred (first post) I had meant to directly reply to you and insert the link but it seems to have acquired its own position at No5

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      Lance

      No. The S.C. ruled that there was “no Constitutional Right” to an abortion.
      IOTW, the US Constitution does not mention abortion as a “Right”.

      Issues that arise, upon which the Constitution is silent, the decision about that issue is remanded to the States and their Citizens to decide.

      This is the correct decision under US Law. It prohibits nothing. It lets each State make their own decision.
      It simply means the Federal Government has no authority on that issue as a matter of Law because no such Federal authority exists within the limits of the Constitution.
      That’s how it works in the US system.

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    tonyb

    Bearing in mind the fuss Spaniards make about Gibraltar (which has been British for longer than it has been Spanish) I am always pleased when migrants force their way into Spains 2 enclaves in Morocco

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10949305/More-2-000-migrants-storm-fence-Spanish-enclave-bordering-Morocco-chaotic-scenes.html

    Do the Spaniards understand irony and hypocrisy?

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      Custer Van Cleef

      I only learned about Ceuta and the other one, about 5 years ago.

      A good question for Spain’s leaders: when are you gonna hand them back to Morocco?
      Before or after you get Gibraltar back? … Tell us the date!

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    RicDre

    Nolte: Survey Shows America Has Least-Trusted Media on Planet Earth

    According to a massive survey that looked at the state of media all across the world, America has the least-trusted media on Planet Earth.

    https://www.breitbart.com/the-media/2022/06/24/nolte-survey-shows-america-has-least-trusted-media-on-planet-earth/

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      el+gordo

      I went to the survey and found that ‘Finland remains the country with the highest levels of overall trust (69%).’

      China isn’t mentioned.

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      el+gordo

      ‘According to a survey about the level of trust in various aspects in different countries in 2021, approximately 80 percent of the Chinses respondents stated that they trusted the media, the highest proportion among other countries. The trust level declined significantly in 2020, probably related to the way how media reported coronavirus pandemic.’ (Statista)

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        Hanrahan

        They did a survey in Nth Korea. They found one disbeliever. Next day there was unanimous belief.

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          el+gordo

          Amusing, in China ordinary citizens felt that they were being misled during the pandemic and voted the MSM down.

          It would be interesting to see if they regained any confidence after the recent Shanghai lockdown.

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    greggg

    ‘a new poll carried out by the Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI) in which students were asked to choose between free speech and emotional safety’
    ‘In 2016, an alarming 16% of respondents thought “students’ unions should ban all speakers that cause offence to some students”, but that figure has now climbed to a whopping 39%.’
    ‘I’m tempted to brand these militant crybabies “Generation Snowflake”, but they’re so hypersensitive that might lead to mental health services on campus being overwhelmed.’

    https://dailysceptic.org/2022/06/23/new-poll-reveals-students-want-less-free-speech-on-campus/

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      Lance

      It would be interesting to see that 39% of students reaction if/when it is THEIR speech that is prohibited because the other 61% find said speech objectionable.

      How one “feels” about another person’s speech is no basis for prohibiting speech. Once created and empowered, the Speech Police become a tool of politics and repression. I’d rather have unencumbered speech that I can choose to accept or reject than only have speech that “others have decided for me” is allowable. We have plenty of laws against Libel, incitement, etc, to encumber speech which violates law.

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      David Maddison

      It’s terrifying.

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    RicDre

    Study: Replacing “Global Warming” with “Weather” Engages Climate Skeptics

    Essay by Eric Worrall

    UT School of Journalism Professor Renita Coleman is lead author of a study which suggest journalists who want to engage climate skeptics should replace the term “Global Warming” with “Weather”.

    Here’s a radical thought – perhaps journalists could ease back on the trigger words and other attempts to manipulate the emotions of their audience, and try just presenting the facts.

    https://wattsupwiththat.com/2022/06/24/study-replacing-global-warming-with-weather-engages-climate-skeptics/

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      Tel

      It shows you that we are dealing with people who fundamentally do not accept that words have meanings.

      They splot down whatever words they feel might have emotive power to persuade people … but it does not really matter what the words say, or how that represents the physical universe. Even the word “engage” means a different thing to them as it does to us … we believe that to “engage” you need to understand where the other guy is coming from, but they believe “engage” means they threw some goop at the wall and it stuck there.

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    Turns out offshore wind towers are not safe against hurricanes, while we are gearing up to build huge numbers along the US East Coast which is hurricane alley. Bad plan that.

    https://www.cfact.org/2022/06/24/hurricane-risk-is-real-for-offshore-wind/

    Biden and the East Coast Governors just formed an offshore wind support group. Guess they have not read the research.
    https://apnews.com/article/climate-biden-and-environment-government-politics-13e5d01c3f43c899e39f337d478c1179

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    David Maddison

    In his humorous way, Prof. Edward Dutton, “The Jolly Heretic” looks at why in certain places, up to 25% of university students “identify” as LGBT.

    https://youtu.be/cJ2Zu60JW3g (Just over 17 mins.)

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    another ian

    Latest Pointman

    “THE SLEDGEHAMMER.”

    “Over last weekend a conference called the Saint Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) took place. The chances are you might not even of heard it occurred but it did and what came out of it confirmed my worst fears of how dire a situation the US, EU and the West in general have managed to steer themselves into.”

    https://thepointman.wordpress.com/2022/06/24/the-sledgehammer/

    And Oz wasn’t there either

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    rowjay

    Had an interesting discussion with friends last night about domestic heating strategies (excluding wood at this stage). Is it better to retain a bit of heat in the house overnight (keep heating on but at a reduced temperature) or shut heating down altogether and turn back on when you get up.

    The group with an environmental bent said shut it down altogether overnight to reduce energy usage, while those with an engineering bent said keep it on to even out energy supply issues and avoid a greater morning peak that puts strain on the systems. What do others think?

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      Graeme No.3

      As there is usually less demand for electricity at night keep the heating going.
      If those with an environmental bent tell them that IF the wind turbines run at night you would be preventing their output going to waste.

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      yarpos

      Depends on the efficiency of your house and the local climate doesnt it?

      We tend to turn it off because the house doesnt get that cold and probably only takes 15-20 minutes to be comfortable.

      In a proper cold climate I would leave it on low overnight.

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        OldOzzie

        Same here in Sydney – turn on Gas Central Heating 5pm set at 21C, turn off when going to sleep around 10pm and house 20C

        House at worst around 17C overnight, usually 18C, then turn on in mornings at 07300 and off at 0930 – Sun does the rest for the day

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          rowjay

          I also have central gas heating – a 6* unit that the ACT Govt encouraged me to install about 3 years ago but now wants to get rid of. It is the most efficient heating in our cool winters by far.

          We have had a long run of 0 – 11°C days. Our abode is fully insulated and double glazed, with a great northerly aspect that lets the sun in. We run the heating from 5pm – 9pm at 19°C, then through the night at 14°C until 6am ramp up to 17°C and finally 19°C for 7am – 9am, then off until 5pm wearing extra jumpers inside on cloudy days when necessary.

          The heater rarely kicks in overnight, usually around 5am on -ve mornings. We therefore experience a 5°C temperature drop over 8 hours – about 0.6°C/hr, but our outside/inside temp difference is generally more than 10°C (thanks Lance for the info below).

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          Zane

          Good old free solar heating!

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      Tel

      If you have a “Smart” meter (and most people have been nudged over by now) it might be cheaper to run the heater flat chat all night and switch it off for the morning peak. This is not such a new concept, off-peak hot water has been doing it this way for decades, and in some areas you can use the same off-peak circuit for underfloor heating.

      The exact time that counts as “peak” might vary, and the price changes too. Some retailer let you see your usage data so you can optimize it … but the difference between peak and off-peak is huge.

      https://www.canstarblue.com.au/electricity/peak-off-peak-electricity-times/

      In South Australia, you sure as heck want those heaters turned off before 6AM.

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      Lance

      Your house has “thermal mass”. It takes a certain amount of energy input or loss to keep it at a set temperature.

      For a wood frame house, the thermal time constant is about 0.5C rise or drop per hour for a 10 C difference between inside and outside temps.

      The longer the building “thermally swings”, the longer it will take to bring it back to set point temp. Or, the greater the amount of heating/cooling required to “bring it back”.

      It depends. It may take 2.5 kW constantly to keep it warm overnight at a stable temperature. Or it may take 20 kW in the morning to “swing it back” if the house is allowed to cool excessively. That said, if tomorrow will be warmer than today, it might make sense to “let it swing” and just grab some woolies for the night and let Nature heat it up tomorrow.

      You’re the one who manages your home. How you do that is pretty much your choice.

      High mass buildings ( concrete ) may swing at 0.25C/hr at a 10 C differential, but it takes a huge amount of energy to swing it back. Very slow response in either direction.

      Easy to change course in a motorboat, very difficult for the Titanic.
      Same concept applies. Mass and Energy drives the speed of change.
      It takes energy to hold it constant and much more energy to swing it back.

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        ozfred

        Wood frame house (insulated) on a concrete slab. 1250 kg of bricks behind the wood heater with the fire shut down at bed time keeps the house nicely warm overnight.

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          Lance

          Was the slab floor monocast? Or was the footing and stemwall poured separately from the interior slab?

          A monocast slab is essentially a giant “fin” that conducts heat from the house to the outside, unless it has edge insulation.
          Those are notoriously difficult to heat.

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            ozfred

            Not really trying to heat the concrete slab. Or even keep in warm.
            Area under the heater has double normal thickness (20cm 8″) to support the weight of the “brick wall”
            A pass through was built in the (cavity of) interior wood frame wall behind the brick. A small fan at the top of the approx 1.2m (4′) space seriously raises the temperature in the adjoining room

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    yarpos

    The MSM is interesting in what it selectively ignores.

    – gone very quiet on the Ukraine lately. Good news being thin on the ground.
    – nothing on Sri Lankas collapse and its causes.
    – despite the local energy crisis nothing on coal plants opening up in Europe.
    – the media continues to pump up windxand solar despite all observable global reality.

    Meanwhile the latest celebrity goss is considered newsworthy and a couple of bogan footballers rating and commenting on women is misogynistic societal collapse (while a group of women gathered around a dating app , swiping left and right rating men is would be fine and great fun)

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      Hanrahan

      Not only the MSM quiet on Ukraine but the usual bloggers are as well, I’ve noticed.

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        OldOzzie

        SMH – Wasteland warriors: The long, cruel summer on Ukraine’s eastern front

        The two boys have the smudged faces of children who never get to have a bath.
        In the ruins of homes along the front line, Ukrainians wonder how long they can hold out against Putin’s troops.

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          Reality in Ukraine Very Different From Happy Talk of March and April

          Frustration grows in Ukraine as casualties spike and Russia takes more territory

          “The reality is different from the official comments,” said Luiza Dorner, whose husband is fighting in the Donbas. “Every day has a high price.”

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            Analysis – The EU’s crumbling unity gives Putin an opportunity to win

            In the first days after Vladimir Putin’s invasion, Europe’s response was one of astonishing force and unity. Without prompts or any global leadership, crowds protested across the continent and governments offered to send arms and take in Ukrainian refugees.

            It seemed as if Putin had made a catastrophic miscalculation, uniting the free world against him and inviting the most sweeping sanctions regime in living memory. But this picture is now changing – and fast.

            The European Union summit this week looks like a classic of the genre: full of warm words for Volodymyr Zelensky and an offer of “accession candidate” status for his country. But behind the scenes, there’s huge discord.

            To the fury of the newer EU members, it seems a clause will be inserted to the effect that Ukraine would not join before other countries were ready to assimilate its people.

            The accession process takes a decade or more. As a Kremlin official recently pointed out, Ukraine might not exist within two years.

            ‘Putin can save face by going back to Russia’

            The divisions don’t stop there. For example: is Putin a partner, or pariah? Emmanuel Macron keeps telephoning him and occasionally warns the rest of Europe that Russia cannot be “humiliated” or be seen to “lose face”.

            But there is still no sign of the promised rocket artillery and anti-aircraft tanks and Germany has vetoed attempts by Estonia and Spain to send their own German-made kit to Ukraine.

            There is growing suspicion in Berlin that Scholz is trying to play both sides, angling for a more Putin-compatible solution to the crisis. One of his senior advisers said this week that we should think as much about relations with Moscow post-conflict as we do arms supplies to Ukraine.

            It’s not just that Ukraine is finding it difficult on the battlefield, losing up to a thousand troops a day. The economic war may be about to turn, with Putin ending up on the offensive. The surge in energy prices has meant a windfall for the Kremlin, with €20 billion from Germany in the first four months alone.

            Energy crisis reveals flaw in sanctions

            This was, from the offset, the flaw in the sanctions plan. If Germany has no alternative to Russian oil and gas then it was always going to keep buying – funding Putin’s war machine as it went. But at far higher prices.

            Those prices would be lower (and the Kremlin a lot poorer) if the Saudis played ball, pumping more oil to keep world prices down as they did in the 1980s. But bin Salman, the Crown Prince, is not picking sides.

            He conspicuously failed to condemn the invasion of Ukraine and has a Macron-style habit of picking up the phone to Putin. When the Saudi energy minister went to the St Petersburg economic summit last week, he declared his country’s relations with Russia to be “as warm as the weather in Riyadh”.

            The video linked star speaker at Putin’s conference, by the way, was [email protected] Jinping – now a lot closer to Moscow than he appeared to be immediately after the invasion.

            President [email protected] turned 69 last week and celebrated by calling Putin to reassure him that China-Russian relations have maintained “momentum” in the face of – ahem – “global turbulence and transformation”.

            Russia has now supplanted Saudi Arabia as China’s top oil supplier. As for India, it’s buying 25 times more Russian oil than it used to. All told, Russia should make $320 billion selling energy this year, up 35 per cent on last year.

            So much for starving Putin’s war machine.

            To offer support to Ukraine, but not go so far as to actually save it.

            This would all conform to Putin’s original bet: that a debt-addled, exhausted West cannot defend democracy anymore and has no stomach for a protracted fight. There might not be much time left to prove him wrong.

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          KP

          Usual load of propagandist crap from Socialist Morning Herald. No mention of Ukraine shelling the breakaway towns daily for the last 8years, and they are still doing it now.

          Russia has taken Severodonetsk, the Eastern half of Lychansk over the river, and will have Lyschansk next. The Ukies are retreating to Bakhmut, further West. The road between them is controlled by Russian artillery, the retreat has been very expensive for the Ukies.

          More arms or missiles or anything will not change the outcome, it is a slow grinding down of similar forces. It will finish when Putin wants it to.

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        that’s because the BS narrative is not what they want you to hear, the truth cannot be hidden forever
        there is plenty of information out there its just not what the nato proxy war MSM want to hear LOL

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eZabcjLQPr0

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

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f815bU1yb2w&t=270s

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zp7shqAO8EU

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e4tuAMQnMHw

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    yarpos

    Why are Tasmanias electricity costs still inflated on occasions when:

    -Tasmania is not supplying VIC
    -Its supply and demand is balanced
    -Its predominantly using hydro and a tiny amount of wind

    I watched this the other day and costs stayed up in the $150 region.

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      Lance

      Could be they are averaging to keep things somewhat stable for consumers. If they didn’t, the swings in cost would be dramatic.

      I don’t know. But lots of economics play into it.

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      yarpos

      Just now I looked at pretty much the same scenario and Tasmania is at $0.16c (!?) and the other States are all magically back down in the $60 range, even with NSW 2GW underdone.

      The gyrations and apparent inconsistencies are interesting to say the least.

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    Forrest Gardener

    Ever noticed the absence of some posters on weekends? It’s almost as though GI, PF and assorted agitators only work public service hours.

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    OldOzzie

    This came up at Birthday Brunch discussion yesterday for Daughter-in-law who was discussing with Youngest Daughter – My Wife and I said “What!”

    Here to stay or will they go away? Either way, NFTs have transformed Australian art

    In a world awash with acronyms, there’s one that has a particular power to make hackles rise, especially in the arts: NFT. Even spelled out – non-fungible token – it remains obscure, an unpoetic intruder from deep tech. Difficult to understand, difficult to access (unless you’re a so-called digital native), surrounded by jargon and hype, NFTs, for those who favour “real” art in the “real” world, are infinitely off-putting, a nuisance they hope will disappear. As one gallerist, speaking off the record, put it, “It has no f—ing relevance to art and it does my head in. The prices that are out there, it’s just such BS.”

    That gallerist may well be experiencing a warm flush of schadenfreude now in light of the recent cryptocurrency crash. Amid the collapse, the backlash against cryptocurrencies – which some critics have labelled as nothing more than a Ponzi scheme – has been swift and severe. But does the crypto-crash signal the end of NFT “art”? That’s a wish that looks unlikely to be granted any time soon.

    “We’ve actually seen an uptick in sales since the crash,” says Michelle Grey, the Sydney-based co-founder of Culture Vault. The online platform seeks to sell “high-quality” NFTs rather than the more insipid examples circulating: notably the “bored apes” the international celebrity set has taken up with glee, and which are more akin to nightclub medallions of old – offering exclusive membership – than anything resembling art.

    Culture Vault is attempting to counter NFT scepticism by enlisting emerging and established artists, Australian and international, whose work has traction – among them Reko Rennie, the Huxleys, Romance Was Born, Stephen Ormandy and Shantell Martin. With the plunge in the value of cryptocurrencies, these artists’ NFTs have suddenly become more affordable in real dollar terms.

    “We’ve been so busy making art that we didn’t know there was a crypto crash,” says Will Huxley, one half of the brilliantly creative duo the Huxleys, who have just finished performing at Melbourne’s recent Rising festival.

    A disclaimer: I own an artwork by the Huxleys, a real-life photograph called Nervous Wreck. It’s irresistibly, splendidly, camp, and features Will and Garrett in gaudy wigs, gold bodysuits, turquoise-painted faces, flamboyantly tumbling out of the smoking wreckage of a gold-painted vintage sedan. Culture Vault has minted a 30-second NFT video and soundscape of the same scene – kind of like the photo come to life. In May, that NFT cost $310 on Culture Vault. After the crypto crash, the price has dropped to $109.

    The Currency cuts to the core of the NFT quandary – where is the line between art and currency, currency and art? What matters more to you, the digital or the physical? And what, ultimately, will be worth more, not just in monetary terms, but culturally?

    Will we be sighing in front of an NFT in a hundred years’ time as we do before Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, van Gogh’s Sunflowers, or Emily Kame Kngwarreye’s Big Yam Dreaming? Or will NFTs have passed into the shallow grave of obsolete technologies, like VHS and Beta?

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      Forrest Gardener

      For the uninitiated, what do you get when you buy an NFT?

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        OldOzzie

        Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey sold his first ever tweet as an NFT for more than $2.9 million. Essentially, NFTs are like physical collector’s items, only digital. So instead of getting an actual oil painting to hang on the wall, the buyer gets a digital file instead. They also get exclusive ownership rights

        Okay, let’s start with the basics.

        WHAT IS AN NFT? WHAT DOES NFT STAND FOR?

        Non-fungible token.

        That doesn’t make it any clearer.

        Right, sorry. “Non-fungible” more or less means that it’s unique and can’t be replaced with something else. For example, a bitcoin is fungible — trade one for another bitcoin, and you’ll have exactly the same thing.

        A one-of-a-kind trading card, however, is non-fungible. If you traded it for a different card, you’d have something completely different. You gave up a Squirtle, and got a 1909 T206 Honus Wagner, which StadiumTalk calls “the Mona Lisa of baseball cards.” (I’ll take their word for it.)

        How do NFTs work?

        At a very high level, most NFTs are part of the Ethereum blockchain, though other blockchains have implemented their own version of NFTs. Ethereum is a cryptocurrency, like bitcoin or dogecoin, but its blockchain also keeps track of who’s holding and trading NFTs.

        How do you pronounce NFT?

        Almost everyone spells it out, saying “en eff tee.” The brave call them “nefts.” The enlightened have never had the word cross their lips.

        What’s worth picking up at the NFT supermarket?

        NFTs can really be anything digital (such as drawings, music, your brain downloaded and turned into an AI), but a lot of the current excitement is around using the tech to sell digital art.

        You mean, like, people buying my good tweets?

        I don’t think anyone can stop you, but that’s not really what I meant. A lot of the conversation is about NFTs as an evolution of fine art collecting, only with digital art.

        But yes, someone could buy your good tweets. The founder of Twitter sold one for just under $3 million shortly after we originally posted this article.

        Could you do a real quick rundown of what the blockchain is?

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          Forrest Gardener

          Thanks but that didn’t help. Not to worry. I’ll just add it to the list of things I don’t understand.

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    The weasel word explanation for this started back in 2016. I asked a question at the Queensland 50% Renewables by 2030 meeting in Rockhampton about coal fired power being generated in Queensland and exported to NSW via the Interconnector, and was told by the Committee that exported power consumed in NSW does not count when it comes to Queensland’s target.

    Now, you might not think of that exported power as any great amount, but on a year round basis, it’s around 7% of all the generated power in the State, and in recent times, it is quite regularly up around 15% and higher (a couple of times at 20% in fact) during the days when the power availability ‘crisis’ was in place, exporting the ‘full whack’ of around 1300MW. (Here, I can understand that 7% may ‘seem’ like a low amount, but that’s around 4,500,000 MegaWattHours)

    Now, here you need to realise that the power being generated at any one point in time is equal to what is actually needed for consumption. (Power Out equals Power In)

    I came to notice this a couple of days late, but I could trace it back a way, but only so far, and I missed the two or three days prior to what I have below.

    Queensland generates all the power it consumes as a State ….. plus what is being sent to NSW via that Interconnector. Coal fired power is the major contributor when it comes to power generation in Queensland

    Coal fired power ramps up and down on a daily basis, as it always has. It ramps up early in the morning for that minor Peak, and then mid/late afternoon for the main evening Peak, and stays high, gradually falling away. The biggest fall is during the hours around the middle of the day, when it does not need to supply those homes with rooftop panels. (NOTE here that the rooftop solar power is not ‘propping up’ the grid, it is just powering homes that would normally be supplied with their power from the grid, so not as much power is needed to be generated by the usual power plants, hence coal fired power ramps back.)

    Okay, in these recent days when the ‘problem’ occurred, Queensland was regularly delivering (lots of) power into NSW, and ALL of that was coal fired power ….. so that’s over and above what Queensland needed for is own consumption. There were times when coal fired power alone was generating more power than QLD needed across the vastness of that State. Keep in mind here that power can only be transmitted so far, so the power generated by the two large Units at Millmerran in the South is not being transmitted to Cairns. More likely, it’s that power being transmitted via the Interconnector into just Northern NSW.

    So, with that coal fired power total in mind, sometimes generating more power than Qld is consuming, is it really all that much more?

    16/17 June – Coal fired power generation was greater than 100% of Qld consumption from 11PM till 5.30AM so 6.5 Hrs with a high of 108.5%
    17/18 June – Greater than 100% 1.15AM till 5AM, 3.75 Hrs, high 106.1%
    18/19 June – Greater than 100% 9.55PM till 7.25AM, 9.5 Hrs, high 114%
    19/20 June – Greater than 100% 11PM till 5AM, 6 Hrs, high 106.4%
    20/21 June – Greater than 100% 11.30PM till 5AM, 5.5 Hrs, high 112.5%
    21/22 June – Greater than 100% 10.40PM till 6.05AM, 7.75 Hrs, high 111.7%
    22/23 June – Greater than 100% 10.30PM till 4.15AM, 5.75Hrs, high 113%

    Okay then, that’s just for some hours, so what was the percentage for coal fired power across the day, and also the percentage for Renewables across the whole day?

    16 June – 82% coal fired power and 15.1% from Renewables
    17 June – 75% and 16.4%
    18 June – 78% and 16.8%
    19 June – 80% and 18.3%
    20 June – 77% and 16.3%
    21 June – 77% and 15.6%
    22 June – 74% and 17.3%

    For the last three days, it’s been back to average. (around the average, perhaps a little higher than usual)

    Okay then. What does it really mean?

    NSW was strapped for power, and here, note again very carefully, that all of this is at the time of overall lowest power consumption during EVERY daily cycle, that BASE LOAD that somehow, does not actually exist, or that the people who say that have no comprehension of what that lowest power consumption really is, an overall 80% of average daily power consumption.

    Strapped for power because what used to be rolling reserve to cover for Units offline is now blown up shut down. Strapped for power because coal fired Units were offline in NSW.

    Next year Liddell shuts down, and soon after so does Eraring. There goes almost ….. 5000MW of power. Queensland’s Interconnector can deliver 1350MW tops. Where is that power going to come from?

    And hey, the most startling thing of all ….. when it comes to supplying REAL amounts of power, the fall back always is coal fired power.

    50% Renewables. Don’t make me laugh.

    Tony.

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      robert rosicka

      Was watching this morning and NSW was around 2000mw short , both extension cords into QLD were at max with Victoriastan having to supply what they could into NSW and SA who were also struggling .

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        Hanrahan

        NSW never seems to meet its own demand. When it drops they cut back on their coal generation which can vary 2 gW in a day.

        Something’s rotten in the State of Denmark.

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          David-of-Cooyal-in-Oz

          Don’t forget the priority despatch for solar and wind. SA and Vic get that benefit.

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            Hanrahan

            Why do they cut back on their own generation and then import >1gW from Qld and Vic? Why don’t they keep the jobs and royalties in state?

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      Forrest Gardener

      Thanks as always for your work and your insights Tony.

      As a matter of interest how does a coal fired generator ramp up or down. I know how steam powered railway locomotives can ramp up boiler pressure so that the driver can open the regulator to increase or maintain the train speed. Do coal fired generators work in a similar way? Do they make the turbines spin faster? Or enable the turbines to maintain their spin against higher resistance from the electricity network?

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      KP

      Well, who get loaded with the CO2 for interconnections? Qld burns the coal but NSW uses the power, which one carries the can for the CO2.

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    John Connor II

    First a trickle, then a flood: the vaccine adverse events dam is breaking

    for every 6.4 people moderna kept out of hospital for covid, it inflicted 15.1 serious AE’s.

    for every 2.3 people pfizer kept out of hospital, it inflicted 10.1 serious AE’s.

    moderna’s ratio is terrible.

    pfizer’s is tragic.

    these vaccines fail massively on the most rudimentary harm-benefit analysis, and harms here look significantly suppressed and the placebo arms look salted with extras to make divergence appear less. there are lots of signs of pfraud in the trials.

    https://boriquagato.substack.com/p/first-a-trickle-then-a-flood-the

    I wonder how the TGA puppets sleep at night…

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      yarpos

      I will beleive the dam is breaking when such things get highlighted in the national news rags and the TV nightly news, rather than in a substack item.

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    John Connor II

    Eating less meat won’t save the planet. Green lies exposed.

    https://youtube.com/watch?v=sGG-A80Tl5g

    I do believe it’s bbq day again 😊

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      John Connor II

      It’s a pity we can’t “abort” the entire loony left faction 😉

      Ship to Golgafrincham now boarding…

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        Forrest Gardener

        Retrospective abortions are generally frowned upon.

        Oh and remember the mistake of including telephone sanitizers on the ship to Golgafrincham. Adams put lots of nice stings in the tail of his stories just to keep the righteous sentiments in check.

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    John Connor II

    Dr. Deborah Birx Admits That Vaccine Efficacy Claims Were Based on ‘Hope,’

    https://www.brighteon.com/975b86a1-74fc-4f54-9cfc-ad989572c89c

    I just happened to acquire an interesting document (authenticity verified) the other day that proves this was a planned event beyond all doubt, not that I ever had any.

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    John Connor II

    Biometric authentication using breath

    In an amazing study, researchers have developed a new potential odorous option for the biometric security toolkit: your breath. In a report published in Chemical Communications, researchers from Kyushu University’s Institute for Materials Chemistry and Engineering, in collaboration with the University of Tokyo, have developed an olfactory sensor capable of identifying individuals by analyzing the compounds in their breath.

    An artificial nose, which is combined with machine learning and built with a 16-channel sensor array was found to be able to authenticate up to 20 individuals with an average accuracy of more than 97%.

    https://pubs.rsc.org/en/content/articlelanding/2022/CC/D1CC06384G

    Thank you General Perez 😅

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    John Connor II

    MIT Develops Nanoparticles That Cross the Blood-Brain Barrier To Treat Cancer Tumors

    Tested using a new brain tissue model, the tiny particles may be able to deliver chemotherapy drugs for glioblastoma, a fast-growing and aggressive type of cancer.

    Currently, there are very few good treatment options for glioblastoma, an aggressive type of brain cancer with a high fatality rate. One reason that the disease is so difficult to treat is that most chemotherapy drugs can’t penetrate the blood vessels that surround the brain.

    A team of scientists at MIT is now developing drug-carrying nanoparticles that appear to get into the brain more efficiently than drugs given on their own. Using a human tissue model they designed, which accurately replicates the blood-brain barrier, the scientists showed that the particles could get into tumors and kill glioblastoma cells.

    https://www.pnas.org/doi/full/10.1073/pnas.2118697119

    When we have nanotech rather than nanoparticles things will get interesting but that’s decades away.

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    Hanrahan

    Reading comments on another forum where leftists are numerous and vocal I realise that if one were to do a Venn diagram of Trump haters, pro-abortion activists, vaxx believers, and GREENS the result would be a near total eclipse. Same nicks on them all.

    Yet every one of them would claim to be independent thinkers.

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      Forrest Gardener

      But Hanrahan they are independent thinkers. Independent of reason or a sound basis of objective facts that is.

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    John Connor II

    Curved graphene supercapacitor breakthrough

    https://youtube.com/watch?v=87o8AIldbh4

    I love supercaps but they just don’t have the energy density I want. Overcoming that hurdle can’t come soon enough.
    Goodbye Li-ion et al.

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    OldOzzie

    For the Peasants

    Biden’s Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm insists high gas prices are ‘a very compelling case’ to buy an electric car:

    – Official is worth $8million and recently exercised $1.6m stock option in electric car company

    Cadillac’s $300,000 Luxury EV To Be Revealed This Summer

    Cadillac has a near-term desire to reclaim its decades-old slogan “Standard of the World” with a $300,000 all-electric luxury sedan unveiled this summer.

    WSJ reports the “Celestiq” will be a flagship luxury sedan, equipped with an all-wheel-drive electric powertrain capable of a +300-mile driving range and packed with groundbreaking technologies (including a hands-free assisted-driving system).

    Cadillac plans to produce only 500 Celestiqs per year in an $81 million facility at GM’s Global Technology Center in Warren, Michigan.

    “The Celestiq price tag could run well beyond $300,000 depending on added features, and the car is scheduled to go into production by late 2023,” WSJ noted, citing people familiar with the project.

    Celestiqs will be priced in a range comparable to the Mercedes-AMG S65 ($230k), Bentley Flying Spur ($214k), and Rolls-Royce Ghost ($312k). Cadillac wants Celestiq to be the ultimate status symbol and the Holy Grail of luxury vehicles after being outshined by numerous luxury car makers from Europe for decades.

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      Forrest Gardener

      Well Granholm has convinced me. In fact I think I’ll not just buy one, I’ll buy two electric cars and an electric golf buggy as well.

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    John Connor II

    People should be prepared for power outages – Consumer NZ

    National grid operator Transpower issued an alert to power companies just before 8am on Thursday, warning of a risk of insufficient generation and reserves to meet demand.

    Consumer New Zealand’s Paul Fuge said complacency about power outages is the downside of having a generally reliable system.

    “People kind of get used to their power being reliable and we’re not prepared as we probably should be for situation… situations will arise despite best endeavours, you know there will always be a time when things don’t go according to plan or the weather doesn’t play ball or we get an emergency.”
    “National has been clear – we thought the decision to stop exploration for oil and gas was a bad one and we’re now seeing the consequences of that.

    “We are now importing more coal from Indonesia than ever before and we’re seeing more insecurity in our energy supply as generators are less able to look to gas for a solution.”

    https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/national/469712/people-should-be-prepared-for-power-outages-consumer-nz

    Simple solution – more solar and wind farms…moar! 😅

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    Zane

    A big puff piece in the Weekend Oz magazine about the new Greens MP from Brisbane. The wonder of the ” Max Factor “. This young guy has previously made a speech somewhere to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Karl Marx. Of course, as we all know, the problem with Marxism is it has never been done right. Those guys – Lenin, Stalin, Mao, Castro, Hoxha, Pol Pot, Ortega, Chavez, Maduro, and the rest – they didn’t study Marx thoroughly enough. 😃

    Long live the revolution, comrades! Today Brisbane – tomorrow the world! Yee hah… where did I put the Kalashnikov?

    😄

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    OldOzzie

    The World’s Angriest Countries

    Nearly everybody experiences anger in everyday life, whether it’s frustrations about making ends meet, the state of public transport or a misunderstanding at work. Gallup’s 2021 Global Emotions Report set out to gauge emotions (including anger levels) in more than 100 countries around the globe. Anger tends to manifest itself more often in certain parts of the world, particularly in the Middle and Near East.

    Gallup found that 49 percent of people in Lebanon had experienced anger on the day before they were surveyed, the highest rate recorded anywhere in the world. After years-long economic turmoil and high inflation, a massive explosion in Beirut’s port destroyed large parts of the city in 2020, once more stoking anger at the country’s government for not enforcing safety measure or having the capacity to help those who were harmed.

    High levels of anger were also measured in Turkey, which had been dealing with runaway inflation even before the war in Ukraine and whose government has taken a turn for the authoritarian lately. Armenians, who experienced a flare-up of war in 2020 with neighbor Azerbaijan, also had elevated levels of anger. After years of war, Iraqis and Afghans also have a long list of topics to be angry about which includes a lack of basic public services in many parts of the countries.

    Mali and Sierra Leone were the angriest countries outside the Middle East, Near East and Persia, with 35 percent of respondents having experienced anger the previous day.

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      Forrest Gardener

      Wow. Imagine that. I am one of the people who don’t belong in the category of “nearly everybody”. I certainly don’t have frustrations about making ends meet, I don’t use public transport except for the rare trip to the NGV or the Melbourne Zoo, and I have given up work as a bad joke.

      Articles like this one just remind me how lucky I was to be born to the right parents at the right time in history and how lucky I have been in my haphazard path through life. Now if the powers that be can only be so kind as to restore my intellect and my athleticism I’ll just cheerfully ride the third rock from the sun for a few more orbits.

      Oh yes, and the article. The best way to get people to care about your issues is to ask them leading questions like “did you experience anger yesterday”?

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    el+gordo

    New supercomputer can predict weather and climate decades ahead.

    “We are creating an open source weather, climate and Earth system modelling powerhouse that anyone across the globe will be able to access,” Prof Hogg said.

    ‘Based at the Australian National University, the Australian Community Climate and Earth System Simulator can calculate predicted weather and climate conditions from a few hours to many decades in the future.’ (Canberra Times)

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      Forrest Gardener

      Excellent. I’m looking forward to the program reaching the stage where it can predict Melbourne’s weather more than a week in arrears.

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      John Connor II

      I’ve yet to see a BOM forecast that can accurately predict next week’s weather.
      I’ve gone to tea leaves and chicken entrails instead which produce better results 😉

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      Hanrahan

      GIGO

      Unless you have accurate, timely data on the conditions in every cubic m of air they are still guessing.

      AFAIK the Chaos Theory has not been overturned.

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      Kalm Keith

      Again, misuse of the concept of “modelling” which requires a stable, constant process.

      It’s known and accepted that the oceans and atmosphere turn over, spin and move massive amounts of water and air under the influence of solar variations with an immediate twenty four hour cycle operating on top of the slower variations coming from the the overlay of the annual cycle related to earth’s movement around the sun.

      Then that pesky moon keeps butting in to pull air and water out of alignment.

      The Diurnal Bulge has been with us twice daily for as long as I can remember but the interaction of rising\setting sun on clouds, wind pattern and light has never been exactly the same from one day to the next: so frustrating, but a larger capacity computer would solve it.

      Could the computer tell these ANU scientists that the earths weather is essentially a Chaotic System and that the specific technique of Modelling cannot be applied.

      What they are engaged in is scientifically known as

      “Forecasting”.

      Such an appropriate term for the task.

      KK

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        farmerbraun

        And here we are in the middle of Winter , by the alignment to the Sun , and the Drysdale ewes had their mid-winter six-monthly shearing yesterday in balmy conditions .
        This morning it was 12.5 deg C on the porch at 7 a.m.
        Two days ago , at 7 a.m. , it was minus 2 deg. C.

        Pretty hard to predict that sort of thing , even 3 days ahead.

        I guess that “climate ” modellers are going to need a further box , in which to put the unknown unknowns.

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    Activists say if the world doesn’t decrease GHG emissions we are heading to Thermageddon???? etc. etc.

    So let’s decrease GHG emissions by starting with WATER VAPOR which is the world’s most significant GHG, accounting for 95% of the Earth’s GH effect and unfortunately 99.9% natural, meaning it cannot be taxed.
    All other GHG’s including carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide and other misc. gases, CFC’s etc. combined make up the remaining miniscule 5%.

    It’s curious that todays “settled science” regarding global warming, rebadged as climate change, completely ignores the powerful effects of WATER VAPOR in the greenhouse system, carelessly (perhaps deliberately) overstating a human impacts by as much as 20 fold.

    If the most significant GHG is WATER VAPOR and that cannot be reduced, the real impact of carbon dioxide in the greenhouse system almost unmeasurable.

    Any comments are much appreciated.

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      Forrest Gardener

      The fastest way for activists to reduce GHG emissions is for them to stop breathing out.

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      Graeme No.3

      But there isn’t enough room in their calculations after they’ve exaggerated the impact of those they want to ban.
      John Tyndall tested various gases for their absorbtive capacity. He measured Methane 4.8 times as effective as CO2 but it started at 14 when the scare got going, then has climbed to 25, 33, …up to 83 times stronger than CO2. And as the effect of CO2 cannot be reduced then the effect of water vapour has to be downgraded.
      Tyndall himself regarded CO2 as a minor contributor in the Greenhouse effect, but he was a mountaineer and knew that the higher you went the drier (and colder) the air. With CO2 being a gas and well distributed in the atmosphere there isn’t any way of claiming it has a major effect unless you are at NASA. (They have a satellite measuring long wave (I.R.) radiation from the top of the atmosphere and this is increasing. Let’s see Earth is isolated, receives incoming radiation from a non varying sun and is losing more back to space, therefore the Earth MUST be getting warmer. )

      O/t but I notice that Tyndall measured ammonia as one of the strongest absorbers of I.R. That’s the stuff the Greens think would be a good carrier of hydrogen when transported.

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    John Connor II

    Update: The virus formerly known as Monkeypox. South Africa reports first case of monkeypox.

    South Africa on Thursday (June 23) announced its first confirmed case of monkeypox. The patient is a 30-year-old man from Johannesburg who has no travel history, which means it cannot be attributed to infection outside South Africa,” Health Minister Joe Phaahla told a news conference.”

    https://www.africanews.com/2022/06/23/south-africa-reports-first-case-of-monkeypox/

    S. Africa gets its first case… you’ve gotta laugh 😉😅

    Looking at global data we could be peaking. Can’t tell for sure but next week should make it clearer.

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    Zane

    Having meat animals grazing on grass in paddocks and eating hay is far more environmentally friendly than intensive cropping of grains with fertilizers and glyphosate. Just another inconvenient fact the globalists and Beyond Meat cabal try to ignore. Meat is a superfood.

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      yarpos

      I have never been able to work out why the few hundred cattle that we can see over the road on on the surrounding hills are an apocalyptic climate problem, but nobody mentions the vast numbers of deer, kangaroos, wonbats and f’in cockatoos which dwarf cattle numbers.

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    John Connor II

    Scientists worried NASA will infect Earth with deadly Martian pathogens

    Some scientists, however, aren’t exactly thrilled about the rock retrieval missions, Scientific American reports. Many fear that Martian samples could contain unknown, potentially life-threatening interplanetary pathogens, and in a public NASA forum, they expressed these worries in no uncertain terms.

    “Are you out of your minds?” said one commenter. “Not just no, but hell no.”

    “No nation should put the whole planet at risk,” added another.

    https://www.scientificamerican.com./article/controversy-grows-over-whether-mars-samples-endanger-earth/

    Let the force fear flow through you Luke.
    Good good…your conditioning is working well.
    Martianpox – War of the worlds in reverse. 😉

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    Hanrahan

    WOW! The mainland states all have -ve priced power and Tas is @ 16c.

    This deliberate destabilising is designed to harm coal.

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    yarpos

    We are watching an interesting Norwegian show at the moment called “Occupied”

    Its based around a soft “invasion” of Norway by Russia , supposedly to ensure oil and gas supplies when Norway goes uber Green and shuts down oil and gas and touts Thorium generation which isnt quite there yet.

    The basic premise is a bit weak , but the show is interesting in the way it shows politics working and also how it shows Russias relentless, logical and brutal diplomacy.

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      Zane

      The average Russian worker is lucky to earn 40,000 rubles a month. A$1000. Some make less. A studio flat costs 28,000 rubles a month to rent.

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      Graeme No.3

      If the Russians are logical they would shut down Norway’s oil and gas to boost the cost of their production.

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        yarpos

        yep, like I said the premise seems flawed at this stage and quite comical right now (Russia as the energy saviour of the EU) In the plot there was a fleeting mention of a long game plot to get access to Norwegian Gas at the top of Barent Sea, but that had gone nowhere so far. The logic is within the show which does not present itself as docudrama. Its noticeable that they are presented (by the Norgies) as tough, logical and relentless whereas they portray themselves less favourably and the EU as useless should they choose to resist.

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    OldOzzie

    Energy prices soar as struggling retailers end discounts

    Many households and small businesses may face power bill rises of more than 30 per cent as energy retailers ditch their normal practice of offering heavy discounts to customers.

    Those discounts, which typically amount to 20 to 30 per cent off the regulator’s benchmark price, are at risk of disappearing as soaring electricity and gas costs push retailers to the wall. The move comes on top of default offers rising as much as 18 per cent.

    With a string of smaller retailers already going to the wall or telling customers to find another energy provider, retailers are now offering their customers prices starting from July 1 that are as close as possible to the regulator’s benchmark safety-net price.

    Mr Dufty said he did not expect many competitive market offers for 2022-23 with most retailers sticking close to the Australian Energy Regulator’s benchmark price, known as the default market offer, which is a safety net for customers who haven’t shopped around for a better deal.

    “No one wants to take on customers at all. They don’t want to be attractive to customers because that means they’ll have to go and source more energy and that’s a problem for their portfolio,” Mr Dufty told AFR Weekend.

    “You don’t want to blow yourself up. It’s self-preservation. I suspect many will have to offer the default market offer – because they are obliged to – and you can’t really go over that.”

    In May, under its default market offer scheme, the AER approved price increases of up to 18.3 per cent in NSW and 12.6 per cent in Queensland from July 1.

    But Origin Energy earlier this month told some of its customers they would be paying above the default market offer or reference price next financial year.

    They said most customers would be below the default market offer except some solar customers who would get a discount from putting energy into the grid.

    According to Origin’s latest tariffs, the average price for residential customers on variable rates would increase on July 1 by 14.4 per cent (or $268) in NSW, 13.7 per cent (or $223) in Queensland and 10.4 per cent ($180) in South Australia.

    Two of the other big energy retailers, AGL and EnergyAustralia, are yet to release their tariffs for 2022-23.

    Customers must also be told how any new plan offered compared to the reference price.

    Customers can ask their retailer to switch them to a standing offer which must not be higher than the default market offer.

    Retailers will now also be hit with picking up the tab for the Australia Energy Market Operator’s compensation schemes for generators, after they were forced this month to put more supply into the market to avoid blackouts.

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    OldOzzie

    WARNING GRAPHIC IMAGES: Shocking photos show men with ARROWS pierced through their arms and legs after 20 crossbows were ‘stolen’ and used in a fight in troubled Indigenous community

    – Photos show crossbows being used in a fight in Wadeye, Northern Territory
    – Crossbows were allegedly stolen from Mitchells Adventures, Darwin
    – Shocking photos show four men impaled with the arrows in their arms and legs
    – Remote Aboriginal community has been marred with violence in recent months

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    John Connor II

    What is a woman. Full documentary

    https://www.bitchute.com/video/mnJvEF0hZJx1/

    For those that haven’t seen it yet 😊

    -[And don’t forget to support the content creators that create the content you want to see created. – Jo]

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    John Connor II

    Reactivation Of Chickenpox Virus Following COVID-19 Injections On The Rise

    Doctors and scientists are seeing an increase in the reactivation of the chickenpox virus, known as varicella-zoster virus (VZV), following the COVID-19 injections.

    The chickenpox virus is one of the eight herpes viruses known to infect humans. After a person contracts and recovers from chickenpox, the virus never leaves the body but lies dormant in the nervous system years later until it gets reactivated as shingles, or herpes zoster (HZ).

    Federal health authorities claim that there’s no correlation between COVID-19 injections and shingles, but studies show that there is a higher incidence of shingles in people who’ve received the vaccine.

    https://www.zerohedge.com/covid-19/reactivation-chickenpox-virus-following-covid-19-injections-rise

    Who’d have seen that coming. 😉
    Well at least they had the tv ads ready to roll in advance.

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    Zane

    Just passed the Caltex. Unleaded $2.219. Yikes! Was $1.959 a couple of days earlier. Thanks, Biden & Albo!

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      MP

      Can’t blame Elbow, this started with Morrison and has been a Liberal governments doing. Tax goes back on in 6 weeks.
      We have no fuel storage, the 20 days we have in the states will take 25 days to get here. Bidden is draining the US reserves at a million barrels a day, don’t think the yanks will allow us to take ours when they hit critical low.

      There is not less oil and why won’t the OPEC increase production, bet the profits are still the same or higher, and the US was energy independent, as we should be.

      Can you see or are we still watching the squirrels.

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        Zane

        I can and do blame Albo. He is doing nothing to alleviate motorists’ misery.

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          MP

          Here is the oil price trend, select your years. https://www.macrotrends.net/1369/crude-oil-price-history-chart you will notice the price has gone down by a few bucks since Elbow got in, yet pump price has increased?
          The price per barrel is up but way short of the average 2005 to 2015, so record prices at the pump are not driven by the price of oil.

          Its all part of the plan to steel your wealth, one dollar at a time. Ali Baba and his gang run the country, at least for now you can still buy fuel, those days will come to an end also.

          The price of meat pies is set to increase due to a wheat shortage in Australia, the record wheat harvest this year has also led to a wheat shortage, amazing.

          Elbow has spent more time out of Australia then in, but you must lay the blame at the people who caused it. Look at the trend.

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    John Connor II

    Scientists discover a surprising connection between immune health and hair growth

    Hair-raising new research has found a surprising link between the human immune system and hair growth. Scientists at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies say they weren’t even trying to find this connection, but the evidence emerged while they were examining autoimmune diseases — like alopecia.

    https://www.nature.com/articles/s41590-022-01244-9

    This could be a game changer for the “follicly challenged” out there.

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      Val said in reply to Danny…
      Now that Spotify are getting rid of them and Netflix is in a free fall he may be concerned about how he will support his wife in the manner she was never accustomed to.

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      Hanrahan

      Preaching to the converted here [I hope].

      I just don’t understand the useful idiots who spend every waking hour it seems preaching this gospel. How stupid are they? They will always be outside the tent looking in but don’t have the nous to at least hiss onto it as defiance.

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    https://www.fluoridefreepeel.ca/fois-reveal-that-health-science-institutions-around-the-world-have-no-record-of-sars-cov-2-isolation-purification/
    Australian Government Department of Health has no record of a “COVID-19 virus” isolated/purified from any human on the planet

    A colleague in New Zealand, myself, and other (mostly anonymous) helpers have submitted Freedom of Information requests to various institutions in various countries seeking records that describe the isolation aka purification of “SARS-COV-2” (the alleged “COVID-19 virus”) from an unadulterated sample taken from a diseased patient.

    The reason for these requests is that without this purification step having been performed (followed by controlled experiments and other necessary steps), there is no way to claim scientifically that the alleged “novel coronavirus” blamed for widespread death/disease/lockdown measures actually exists.

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      I have explained why the historic isolation rules have been superceded. See this exchange just yesterday. https://joannenova.com.au/2022/06/thursday-open-thread-107/#comment-2560722.

      There are multiple other ways we know that this virus exists. I have taken the trouble to link to a site, and also name the tests. Please I implore readers who are interested in microbiology and want to make statements on it, to follow those links and learn about the other techniques. Eliza, Plaque assay. Electronmicrograph. Contact tracing. Nextstrain open source.

      The people who want skeptics to sound ill informed will be beaten when skeptics do their own research.

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        KP

        “are we or are not in a Biotech War with the CCP?”

        Nope… Is there any proof it was the CCP behind Covid, or is it just that it was first recognised in Wuhan? ..who were doing research at the behest of the Yanks.

        Are the reports of Covid sequences and vaccines being patented before 2019 liable to affect our placement of blame for making this virus? The sequence history showing it evolved well before Dec 2019 when it was recognised?

        Hell, are we happily arguing over who MADE this virus when the experts completely debunked the fake stories of it being man-made when it obviously came from the filthy Chinese eating bats or pangolins?

        So many lies from the authorities means nothing can be believed in the whole affair, except maybe that there is a virus.

        ..and WHY didn’t they follow Koch’s Postulates and isolate it, re-infect someone then isolate it again? Grow samples that would be the ‘gold standard’ for labs around the world? As I understand it, no one lab did a complete RNA analysis of those 29000 base pairs, bits were done here and there and a computer model stuck them into the “most likely” places in a standard sort of coronavirus library.

        Its all as fishy as digital currencies!

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          KP, for the sake of this debate it matters not if it is a US/Fauci or CCP primary concoction, or a mix of both. OK?

          Kochs postulates were largely about bacteria in an era when it was very difficult to detect them. The protocol has been superceded by our tools which are so much better now, and viruses can’t be grown in pure cultures anyway — because they need a host cell, that’s what makes them a virus. Bacteria are much larger and can grow in a nutrient mix. They don’t need a cell to grow in. They are a cell.

          As I understand it, no one lab did a complete RNA analysis of those 29000 base pairs, bits were done here and there and a computer model stuck them into the “most likely” places in a standard sort of coronavirus library.

          You seem to be under the impression it’s only been done once? In reality, it’s been done so many millions of times (and I mean millions) — the full 29,000 base sequence — that they can draw full charts and tables of exactly which bases of the 29,000 are most likely to mutate and how often. See Nextstrain as I keep suggesting. Please. Mouseover every circle, see the name of the person who sequenced that particular 29,000 base sequence and which nation, which lab, which date, and which mutations etc — it is all there. I repeat. Sorry to drone, I just wish people would follow the link. Explore the data. Don’t just mouseover, try double clicking. That gets 10 times the info on each dot.

          Quote: “There are millions of complete SARS-CoV-2 genomes available”. They used to report how many millions but I can’t find that number anymore. Now they just sample 3000 or so to make the charts up. They stopped counting.

          Then scroll down to the third chart and see the skyscraper pattern. These are the point mutations and frequency. eg position 22673 to 22675 is really prone to changing… it’s in the S protein (the spike). hold your mouse over the skyscraper sticks to see that info…

          They have effectively done what Koch suggested entirely anyhow through steps at far more detail than Koch ever imagined. We followed the virus through one person to another and another and sequenced it at every point. We followed the mutational tiny shifts across patient to patient. The contact tracers and PCR tests and RAT tests, x rays, blood tests, and antibody tests confirm it all, and the security camera in bondi shops even showed the moment the carrier walked past the next recipient…. It’s been done all over the world and in so many ways.

          We can follow the chain of each descendant across countries. Koch would have been astounded.

          Yes, Big Pharma / Fauci lie a lot. Absolutely. But there are millions of workers involved as pathologists / doctors / nurses / researchers / hospital labs / university labs / etc. They might be fooled or religious, or wrong for some other reason, but if that were the case why do PCR tests work in law / research / forensics and for every other known disease including cancer, but not for Covid? Why do antibody tests work every day but not for covid? Why are their blood tests high in D-Dimer, but influenza patients are not.? We can do this Ad infinitum…

          Perhaps there is a reason they can be completely 100% wrong about the existence of this virus and all the Nextstrain data is fabricated, but it is awfully hard to explain.

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            Kalm Keith

            That’s a good outline of the confirming procedures which prove the existence of COVID19.

            It also highlights the point that many previous eruptions of human infection were dealt with relatively successfully without the submicroscopic detail currently in use.

            The initial “data” with which we were bombarded was taken at the surface or macroscopic level where the CV19 was obviously moving, and I suspect that there lies the doubt.

            Initial data referred to CV19 deaths in New York nursing homes and in a certain region of Italy.

            In both cases this data was very obviously messy, to say the least, but was nevertheless put out in the public announcements through the hourly COVID19 political broadcasts.

            While it’s undoubtedly true that a COVID19 virus exists, the actual danger it represents to an otherwise healthy population is a very cloudy issue and it would be very interesting to build a true outline of the danger of the disease when compared to the devastation caused by lockdowns and immediate and long-term effects of the untested VaXXines that are still being sold.

            We started to mistrust politicians and their army a long time ago and maybe it’s time to pull back and analyze the current situation more closely.

            KK

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            MP

            The virus has been stated to of been cultured many times, LVA put some links up to 3 cultures. The CDC has a document where they state they cultured it on monkey cells and it would not culture on human cells, cultured on monkey cells and all the doc’s LVA linked also stated it was only cultured on monkey cells, yet the Doherty Institute stated they did culture it on Human cells, the only one, and they did this in February 2020. They can do what nobody else can, phones and email must of been down. Its these opposing “facts” that bring doubt.
            If they have more reliable ways of skipping Kochs postulate, (isolation/culture) then why did they all go down this route, seems pointless.
            The Doherty institute downloaded the sequence from China, which I read was 39 base pairs of the 29,000 in the sequence.
            The Doherty institute could not do electron micrograph photos it appears, though they are supposed to be set up for this, the best they could do was a short video of dots changing colour, as evidence of something. It was like looking at a poor quality video game. All the photos of the virus that I have seen the virus is above whatever else is on the slide, not under, not mixed with, front and center. There is also a thing called CGI.
            How do you take a fragment of 29,000 base pairs of code and copy it 3 billion times and get the code for the whole sequence. Copy means a replication of the original. How are all the other 28,999 bits bought into being?

            Your next strain is computer generated garbage to me, its meaningless. It took you five years to get your understanding and you took it on because you were interested. I don’t understand the lingo, it is very time consuming and I like things with moving parts.
            Bet GA could write a virus sequence, its coding after all.

            Do I believe the CCP have started a Biowar, short answer is no. Why would you release it in your own house when it is so easy to move it around. Why deliberately draw attention to yourself.
            Do I believe the CCP is involved in the biggest propaganda scam after CO2, yes.
            Do I believe the CCP is creating or manipulating viruses, yes. But I believe that of every lab in every country including Australia.
            Contact tracers came from the same gene pool as Victorian hotel quarantine guards. No person was ever traced through an app, which is why it was first out the door in the walk back.

            I have looked into CRISPR and CAS9, we are way beyond creating a virus, we are now living in Frankenstein’s house.

            Your Truman analogy is still on point as everyone he came in contact with was in on the game, not necessarily the whole town. Everything Truman thought to be true, believed to be true was taught to him by the very people that were lying to him.

            Do I believe the two lowest candidates in the US Democrat primary, so low that the very bottom one is now president and the one that fell off the bottom rung is now VP, the most popular president/vice in history. Well I will believe in the virus before I believe that.
            But this is the power of the entity we are facing, and they have taught us nearly everything we know.

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              Why would you release it near the Wuhan Institute of Virology?

              1: If you were China — plausible deniability. It was a “lab accident”.
              2. If you were the US / WEF /Big Pharma — to make China look guilty.
              3. Why wouldn’t the CCP kill some of its own elderly? This will help solve a demographic problem and it’s not like the CCP cares about their citizens is it?
              4. If the same virus sequence showed up in both the WIV and the first patients in say NY, that would look like an act of War. Not the Sun Tzu way.

              Sorry I can’t comment on vague studies that don’t have links. Even if what you say about one study from the Doherty institute is correct, do you realize that if you go looking for papers on plaque assays on Covid you’ll find 4,326 other papers?

              People don’t know how vast and enormous medical research is, and why a few cherry picked studies can make a convincing jargon-loaded Youtube while ignoring 99.99% of the evidence.

              I”m sorry Nextstrain is meaningless to you. If you don’t want to do the research to back your opinion why say it out loud? All you have to do is spend ten minutes clicking on the dots and looking at the site and you’ll know more than you do now. BTW it didn’t exist when I studied microbiology. But the DNA code stays the same. The rules under the ELIZA tests, the Western Blot, the PCR, the plaque assay haven’t changed.

              Calling something garbage while also saying you don’t understand it, is not exactly a persuasive argument.

              Instead tell me how and why someone could fake that. All those pathology labs, hospitals, doctors and they all have their reputations on the line, and must in real time create mutations in the correct sequence. And their reports are being cross checked by all the other methods I mentioned, and work in other diseases too. This database fits with the reality of all the other observations — hey but I’m open to suggestion. Give me a hypothesis which can explain a better way to hook up this network. And remember that if say antibody tests are meaningless for Covid, you’ll need to explain if they are also meaningless for all their other diseases / legal studies / paleotology etc, or whether it is just the covid antibody tests that are fake (and look up PubMed, there are probably scores of different antibody tests just for SARS 2).

              Regarding photo quality – you do realize that viruses can’t be seen in optical microscopes? It’s amazing we can see them at all. 100nm

              see Scanning Electron Microscopy for hundreds of photographs, and know that with transmission electron microsopy and all the other tests I keep saying we can confirm that those little balls are SARS Cov 2, and not Influenza/paramyxo/metapneumo/RSV etc etc etc etc etc etc

              Declaring that all contact tracers worldwide are “in on it”. You aren’t serious?. Why did all the contact tracers in NSW manage to achieve success in 2020 but not in Victoria the same year — because some contact tracing systems with well trained phone callers are not liars / fakes / understaffed.

              PS: Use Pub Med to find papers on SARS Cov 2 and contact tracing — there are 14,000.

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        Great video and the FOI Docs explain it all. May be do a video with Dr. Sam Bailey?
        If we cannot detect the virus in its entirety (complete dna) at the source of infection ie lung fluid then the virus does not exist.
        How can we call some one contagious if we cannot detect the virus in its entirety from the air the infected person is breathing out?

        The Truth About Viruses
        Dr. Sam Bailey
        https://odysee.com/@drsambailey:c/the-truth-about-viruses:a

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          They don’t explain much at all. The video talks about a few old experiments, other viruses, old (long superceded) definitions, and what may be a few real uncertainties, but offers no better explanation of observations, no better hypothesis, no reason why we should use (or even talk) about Koch’s postulates anymore when we have techniques Koch couldn’t even imagine which are so much better, and we are discussing a class of agent Koch didn’t know existed at the time.

          Viruses and bacteria are not the same.

          After millions of separate observations (as I’ve stated) in millions of people, with multiple different techniques (plaque assay, Eliza test, PCR, RAT, Blood tests like D-Dimer, Electronmicrograph, Chest x-ray, contact tracing, symptomology, case studies, and millions of fully sequenced 29,000 base complete viral genomes all connected in an open source network (Nextstrain) which fits together like a jigsaw in a consistent manner.

          But sigh, if people really want to understand microbiology please learn about these other techniques, check out nextstrain, listen to both sides. Read some medical papers. Be extremely wary of commentators who offer only 150 year old definitions in a field that was barely in existence then or refer to a collection of specific experiments in the last century while avoiding mentioning millions of experiments done in the last two years.

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    “Psychopaths and where to find them”

    “Why would roughly 4% to 12% of CEOs be psychopaths (I’ve seen as high as 20% claimed, implying psychopaths might be statistically around 25 times as likely to become CEOs)? What is it about the human condition, or this era of civilization, that pushes the most potentially destructive people to the top of decision-making hierarchies?”

    More at

    https://bayourenaissanceman.blogspot.com/2022/06/psychopaths-and-where-to-find-them.html

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      Hanrahan

      I am beyond my pay grade admittedly but aren’t psychopaths manipulative narcissists? Wouldn’t they be overrepresented among scout leaders, club presidents, politicians etc?

      I doubt I have ever met one, with the possible exception of club presidents, but I am unqualified to give a diagnosis.

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      yarpos

      If you are operating at that level you often have to make hard decisions that impact the lives of many people. You have to place the organisations sucess and longevity above individuals.

      Its not surprising to me they have psychopathic tendencies. It would help them sleep at night.

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    Hanrahan

    Saturday night at the movies.

    Not a lot to offer this week so I’ll go back to Hell Or High Water.

    Entertaining southern sheriff movie, definitely unwoke. For most of the movie the Sheriff is dumping on his black deputy but when he is shot he is determined to revenge his pal’s killing.

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    another ian

    “Pfizer CEO Says Annual COVID Vaccine Booster is Almost a Certainty
    June 25, 2022 | sundance | 189 Comments

    This brief soundbite from last week is somewhat of a precursor to the points raised by Neil Oliver this week. The financial interests of the Big Rx corporations are directly tied to government. This is the origin of the biggest issue behind government mandating the forced vaccination program for SARS-CoV-2 and any COVID-19 variant.

    More at

    https://theconservativetreehouse.com/blog/2022/06/25/pfizer-ceo-says-annual-covid-vaccine-booster-is-almost-a-certainty/

    “Neil Oliver Outlines Madness of New Push to Vaccinate Children 6 Months to 5 Years Old
    June 25, 2022 | sundance | 72 Comments”

    https://theconservativetreehouse.com/blog/2022/06/25/neil-oliver-outlines-madness-of-new-push-to-vaccinate-children-6-months-to-5-years-old/

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    OldOzzie

    Abortion Goes Back to the People

    In Dobbs, the Supreme Court finally corrects its historic mistake in Roe v. Wade.
    By The Editorial Board

    [Great write-up but copyright concerns]ED

    As Ed says Excellent Summation of US Supreme Court Rulings – Link goes Through to NewCattalaxy Open Thread

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      OldOzzie

      THE WEEK IN PICTURES: LIBERAL HUBRIS EDITION

      The cunning and contingency of history played out in magnificent style this week. If the left hadn’t lionized “Notorious RGB” and let her celebrity get to her head, maybe she would have stepped down when President Obama wanted her to retire back in 2014. If Harry Reid hadn’t been so desperate to protect the administrative state at the DC Circuit Court of Appeals that he decided to end the Senate filibuster for judges, Trump couldn’t have installed so many good judges. And who could have believed that after 50 years of Republican presidents botching their Supreme Court picks, the one who finally got it right turned out to be . . . Donald Trump. And a week later, it appears that Biden’s fall from a bike was an omen for the week to come for the left. But above all, this week was Justice Thomas’s Moment: he’s the true intellectual leader of the Court now. (Separate post about that coming soon.)

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      OldOzzie

      The Court Finally Rectifies a Hideous Legal Blunder Matt Purple, The Spectator

      Set aside your opinions about abortion for a moment. Throw down the fluttering placards about “THE PRO-LIFE GENERATION” and “KEEP ABORTION LEGAL”; avert your eyes from the demonstrators praying outside Planned Parenthood. And ask yourself this: was Roe v. Wade good law? Was it sound that a “right to privacy” was conjured out of pseudo-constitutional dust and then used to overturn abortion laws in all fifty states?

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    KP

    Love it! The Pigs fighting among themselves as Elbow tries to cut back the number of parasites drawing a salary as an ‘adviser’. MPs suddenly saying they can’t function without 4 advisors, there is too much to read and understand.

    So, the moment you appoint an advisor you are no longer understanding the laws. You are sitting there hoping your interpreter is telling the truth to to you, or is it an ideal opportunity for an advisor to promote their own ideas?

    I’m astounded a Labor Govt is trying to reduce the number of public serpents, unless there are other factors at play here.

    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/furious-crossbench-senators-threaten-to-vote-against-labor-legislation-after-staff-cuts-20220625-p5awjb.html

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      Hanrahan

      While are disruptive as a group, cross bench Senators need “researchers”. They must be able to make informed comment on everything while those of the major parties just refer to the party line they neither have to agree with nor understand.

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      el+gordo

      Its a popular move by the PM, but obviously not everyone is happy.

      This shouldn’t effect parliamentary procedure, our democracy is safe. What do you think of Peter Dutton as Opposition leader?

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    robert rosicka

    Law of unintended consequences strikes the green dream , Dutch authorities warning about too many EV charging points placing strain on the grid .

    https://nltimes.nl/2022/06/21/dutch-power-grid-cant-handle-influx-electric-car-charging-points

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    OldOzzie

    The Causes and Consequences of the Ukraine Crisis

    The war in Ukraine is a multi-dimensional disaster, which is likely to get much worse in the foreseeable future.

    The war in Ukraine is a multi-dimensional disaster, which is likely to get much worse in the foreseeable future. When a war is successful, little attention is paid to its causes, but when the outcome is disastrous, understanding how it happened becomes paramount. People want to know: how did we get into this terrible situation?

    I have witnessed this phenomenon twice in my lifetime—first with the Vietnam war and second with the Iraq war. In both cases, Americans wanted to know how their country could have miscalculated so badly. Given that the United States and its NATO allies played a crucial role in the events that led to the Ukraine war—and are now playing a central role in the conduct of that war—it is appropriate to evaluate the West’s responsibility for this calamity.

    I will make two main arguments today.

    First,

    the United States is principally responsible for causing the Ukraine crisis. This is not to deny that Putin started the war and that he is responsible for Russia’s conduct of the war. Nor is it to deny that America’s allies bear some responsibility, but they largely follow Washington’s lead on Ukraine. My central claim is that the United States has pushed forward policies toward Ukraine that Putin and other Russian leaders see as an existential threat, a point they have made repeatedly for many years. Specifically, I am talking about America’s obsession with bringing Ukraine into NATO and making it a Western bulwark on Russia’s border. The Biden administration was unwilling to eliminate that threat through diplomacy and indeed in 2021 recommitted the United States to bringing Ukraine into NATO. Putin responded by invading Ukraine on February 24th of this year.

    Second,

    the Biden administration has reacted to the outbreak of war by doubling down against Russia. Washington and its Western allies are committed to decisively defeating Russia in Ukraine and employing comprehensive sanctions to greatly weaken Russian power. The United States is not seriously interested in finding a diplomatic solution to the war, which means the war is likely to drag on for months if not years. In the process, Ukraine, which has already suffered grievously, is going to experience even greater harm. In essence, the United States is helping lead Ukraine down the primrose path. Furthermore, there is a danger that the war will escalate, as NATO might get dragged into the fighting and nuclear weapons might be used. We are living in perilous times.

    Let me now lay out my argument in greater detail, starting with a description of the conventional wisdom about the causes of the Ukraine conflict.

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      Conclusion

      Simply put, the ongoing conflict in Ukraine is a colossal disaster, which as I noted at the start of my talk, will lead people all around the world to search for its causes. Those who believe in facts and logic will quickly discover that the United States and its allies are mainly responsible for this train wreck. The April 2008 decision to bring Ukraine and Georgia into NATO was destined to lead to conflict with Russia. The Bush administration was the principal architect of that fateful choice, but the Obama, Trump, and Biden administrations have doubled down on that policy at every turn and America’s allies have dutifully followed Washington’s lead. Even though Russian leaders made it perfectly clear that bringing Ukraine into NATO would be crossing “the brightest of red lines,” the United States refused to accommodate Russia’s deepest security concerns and instead moved relentlessly to make Ukraine a Western bulwark on Russia’s border.

      The tragic truth is that if the West had not pursued NATO expansion into Ukraine, it is unlikely there would be a war in Ukraine today and Crimea would still be part of Ukraine. In essence, Washington played the central role in leading Ukraine down the path to destruction. History will judge the United States and its allies harshly for their remarkably foolish policy on Ukraine. Thank you.

      John J. Mearsheimer is the R. Wendell Harrison Distinguished Service Professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago. His many books include The Great Delusion: Liberal Dreams and International Realities and The Tragedy of Great Power Politics.

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    another ian

    “When the Wicked Try to Flee”

    “You may be wondering these days if our country can get any crazier. The FDA and the CDC seem bent on killing and maiming as many Americans as possible. Proof (not just evidence, you understand) abounds that Pfizer and Moderna mRNA “vaccines” don’t work and are grossly unsafe. If the people who run these agencies don’t know that, then there has never been a lazier, less competent, worse-informed executive crew running anything in the history of Western Civ.

    So, they press on now with shots for little children that are certain to harm the kids’ immune systems and produce an array of consequent serious disorders ranging from hepatitis to myocarditis to sterility to brain damage. You’d think that if mere rumors of these things reached their ears and eyeballs, these executives would at least pause their injection program to investigate. There is really no analog in history for authorities who act this blindly homicidal.”

    More at

    https://kunstler.com/cluster f u c k-nation/when-the-wicked-try-to-flee/

    (Unspace to connect)

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    el+gordo

    I have some respect for this fellow, a staunch warmist seems to have turned the corner.

    ‘I expect a decline in intensity and frequency of warm Pacific states from its modern era millennial high point. And for greenhouse gas emissions to continue to increase while there is no practical alternative to fossil fuels at the scale required.’

    Robert I Ellison (Climate Etc)

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    John Connor II

    Child Covid vaccination FAIL!

    “There’s a problem,” Iversen said. “Parents don’t seem to want it. News outlets across the country have been reporting about low turnout and empty centers.”

    While this might be expected in certain parts of the country, such as red states and especially Florida — where Gov. Ron DeSantis did not order any shots for this age group — “this was even happening in New York City at a high-profile center set up in Times Square,” Iversen said:

    “The city’s health commissioner came out with cameras, hoping to greet long lines of relieved, grateful parents but instead saw the opposite: no lines and empty chairs.”

    https://childrenshealthdefense.org/defender/shots-tots-children-covid-vaccine-new-york-city/

    Please standby. Human brains are being rebooted and normal operations will resume shortly. 😉

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    robert rosicka

    Just learned that lithium batteries require temperature compensation before being charged if below zero degrees in temperature. Which makes me wonder if the big batteries in SA and Victoriastan have a heating system built into them ?

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    el+gordo

    Darwin can get cool.

    ‘Its coldest maximum temp on record was 21.1°C on July 14, 1968, while the coldest December-to-February max on record was 24.0°C on Dec 17, 1954.’ (Weatherzone)

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    another ian

    Recognition!

    “MASCULINITY IS ALIVE AND WELL….MOSTLY!”

    https://richardsonpost.com/paulzanetti/27549/masculinity-is-alive-and-well/

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    OldOzzie

    Cassie of Sydney says:
    June 27, 2022 at 6:26 am
    Very good piece by Janet A in today’s Oz…

    “Lisa Wilkinson puts media vigilantes in the dock

    JANET ALBRECHTSEN

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    el+gordo

    Socialism with a human face, a Peter Dutton tweet.

    ‘Older Australians should be able to keep more of what they earn.

    ‘A Dutton government would support older Australians who choose to work more by doubling the amount of income age pensioners and veteran service pensioners can earn without reducing pension payments.’

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    el+gordo

    Free world plays catch up.

    (Reuters) – ‘Group of Seven leaders on Sunday pledged to raise $600 billion in private and public funds over five years to finance needed infrastructure in developing countries and counter China’s older, multitrillion-dollar Belt and Road project.’

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