The Currency Lad: Jane Fonda Meets Leo Wanker

Body Hack documentary-maker Todd Sampson appeared on The Project last night to promote the latest instalment in a series that has purported to examine how humanity – really, Sampson himself – copes in trying places and situations. The newest episode sees him in the Gaza Strip, whose population, he argues, is “under siege.” First reviews from Waleed Aly and Lisa Wilkinson were adulatory. Which is a red flag in its own right.

Sampson claims that initially he went to Gaza to spend time with “first responders” (the dumb new term for medics) but a helpful local “fixer” unexpectedly invited him to the weekly “protest” where he is shocked by the gas canisters and gunfire. He and his crew dutifully record all that the “protesters” endure after Friday prayers. Sampson’s remarkably accommodating stringer then arranges for him to attend a hospital where thousands of gun-shot wounds are treated every year, many of those children’s. He watches and is permitted to film the most bloody and harrowing surgeries (including amputations). In addition to being one of the vainglorious ‘how does he do it? moments that are a staple in the Sampson oeuvre (he sees himself as the Keith Richards of self-administered distress), the segment serves as golden propaganda for the Palestinian ‘authorities’ behind the scenes.

But the most troubling stunt was Sampson’s secret night-time meeting with members of the exterminationist terror group, Islamic Jihad – whose honesty Sampson praised on The Project. The goofy commando footage and verbal exchanges show the lads were putting on a show of – I guess – force. The sequencing is everything: Israel shoots brave protesters, brave protesters lose their legs, Islamic Jihad (upper or lower case) is the result. Sampson expresses amazement that he was allowed to stay in Gaza for three weeks when the average Joe is lucky to be allowed in for three days. Indeed. The Palestinians were exceedingly, strangely generous. And their ability to arrange an amiable get-together with murderers was also above and beyond. Steve Price asked Sampson whether he was still “not picking sides” – as, apparently, he claimed he wouldn’t do at the outset. “Ah, I – I feel incredible empathy for the people of Palestine,” he replied. For the Gazans, then, another well-curated production.

UPDATE: Sampson lamely claims to be receiving Jewish “death threats.”

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Folau donation site

It looks as though the Australian Christian Lobby has stepped up to rise funds for Israel Folau. This will cost Go Fund Me a bundle, did they seriously think they could derail this move to protect freedom of belief and speech?

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Republicans stall climate change legislation in Oregon state

Most amusing. Not the first time, I forget the other state where it happened.

The dramatic scenes came after the Republicans had not only skipped the legislature, but some had even left the state as part of an effort to deny Democrats the votes to take up the bill to reduce fossil fuel emissions by 2050. Democrats hold a 18-12 majority, but they need 20 present for a quorum.

Bonus content. Electric car sales struggling, but not in Norway. Subsidies slashed in China and the US, Tesla in trouble etc.

As with Tesla in the U.S., though, the biggest negative factor for demand for BEVs is the reduction in government subsidies. Teslas bought in the U.S will be eligible for a tax credit of only $1,875 beginning on July 1, down from the current level of $3,500 and the $7,500 that prevailed from 2012 until December 31st, 2018.

The reduction in subsidies in China will be much more draconian, though. According to the Financial Times, the subsidy for Chinese BEV purchases that currently averages 70,000 RMB ($10,100) will decline to 25,000 RMB ($3,607) by the end of this month. My research shows that this change will take place on June 22nd, so while the Chinese market might see a bump in BEV sales in before the deadline, I believe sales of BEVs will show a marked year-on-year decline in the second half of 2019.

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Q&A Forum: June 24, 2019

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The May way to do Brexit

A bit more sarc. Quite refreshing.

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Call to arms! Can we stand idle while Trump enforces the rule of law?

A bit of jolly sarc.

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Windwatch 25 June

A giant step up in the performance of wind this evening. Delivering at 25% of plated capacity it is providing 1.7GW that represents 5% of the demand at dinnertime.

Someone calculate the cost of the batteries required to store power for this situation.

The answer is in the comments!

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PM Morrison. Mediocrity morphs into malevolence

I think that the issue has had enough oxygen.

Is it true that this is the way our Prime Minister thinks about freedom of faith and speech? Maybe. This was his reaction last week.

So this is the man who some of us thought might bring back decency into politics.

Oh well, it could be worse. William Shorten could be PM. I wonder what he would have said?

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Monday Funnies

Who knew.  Regular private jet flier and beneficiary of 1MDB monies, Leonardo DiCaprio, has a foundation.  With the creative title of the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation.

In 1998, Leonardo DiCaprio established his foundation with the mission of protecting the world’s last wild places. LDF implements solutions that help restore balance to threatened ecosystems, ensuring the long-term health and well-being of all Earth’s inhabitants. Since that time the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation (LDF) has worked on some of the most pressing environmental issues of our day.

The LDF has a facebook page and a song.  How exciting.

But while free funny is one thing, paid funny is another.  You see:

New UTS-led research for the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation offers a roadmap for meeting – and surpassing – the targets set by the Paris Climate Agreement, showing that we can solve the global climate crisis with currently available technologies and natural climate solutions.

UTS being the University of Technology Sydney which is located …. across the road from the ABC’s intergalactic headquarters in Ultimo Sydney.

Fell free to learn for yourself.  Just be sure to register.

It is very difficult to get a man to understand something when his job depends on not understanding it. (Upton Sinclair)

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We are all Israel Folau

Well, apart from deplorables who don’t believe in freedom of faith and free speech.

No need to agree with him, just recall the statement (probably falsely) attributed to Voltaire. I Disapprove of What You Say, But I Will Defend to the Death Your Right to Say It.

I don’t know about defending to the death but I am putting my hand in my pocket.

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