Tuesday Forum: August 4, 2020

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  1. The Sheriff

    Saw a good rumour about why the push is on to get Federal Parliament back and running:

    Too many MPs miss the $300 p/night allowance and their side pieces!

    Sounds about right! All those Canberra groupies that the MPs love screwing in hotel rooms at our expense! It’s amazing how many MPs quickly divorce one they discover some young broad who’s willing to suck her way to promotion!

  2. Makka

    Builders have too much work.

    That’s because shitloads of tradies left town construction for the mines. There’s been a shortage of building trades in town for a couple of years at least. Nothing new as you are indicating.

  3. miltonf

    Another loathsome Demon-rat slag-
    Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) brought cancel culture to the Senate on Tuesday. She cited the scandal-plagued far-left smear factory the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) to demonize a national security and terrorism witness invited by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) during a hearing on peaceful protest and antifa.

    Where the hell do they find them? Full of poison and been in politics for 40 years.

  4. Eyrie

    dinitrogen tetroxide

    Storable oxidiser for rocket fuel, usually hydrazine (pretty nasty) or a derivative like Aerozine 50. Used in Apollo CSM, Lunar Module, attitude thrusters on just about everything in including Dragon capsules and in the Super Draco abort engines of Dragon 2.

  5. rickw

    Confusion reigns as reports emerge Victoria’s Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton has ‘QUIT on the state’s worst day for coronavirus cases and deaths – but Daniel Andrews says the reports aren’t true and he’s just on leave

    WTF?

    Not that serious after all….

  6. Eyrie

    I’ll admit to being a lifelong wannabe astro engineer.

  7. kaysee

    There’s plenty already posted here on the Beirut explosions.
     
    A number of videos in this account (Show this thread), if anyone is interested.

  8. Struth.

    Cardimona.
    Credlin basically mouthing exactly what I said about supply chains.
    Supermarkets going to run out of some foods, not just in Victoria, also other supplies.
    She quoted Melbourne as the transport hub for Australia, blah, blah.
    I didn’t send her anything on that , did you?
    Or did anyone else?

    It ‘s party politics and it kicks Dan in the gonads, so she loves the fear factor of it.

  9. The opposition leader has announced that following the disaster, Labor will cooperate with the Government to enact unrestricted immigration to Australia by Lebanese citizens, on humanitarian and family reunion grounds. He noted however that based upon the advice provided by the Grand Mufti of the Gallipoli Mosque, C(c)hristian supremacist Lebanese will not be permitted entry.
    Meanwhile, Senator (never elected and three times rejected) Keneally has assured the ABC that the blast is a direct consequence of PM Morrisson’s failed foreign policies which prevented Hezbollah from exporting the ammonium nitrate for peaceful use in Gaza and the West Bank.
    Following the announcements Labor’s TPP has improved dramatically in the ACT, SW Sydney, Richmond and Caulfield but has been constrained by endemic racism in suburban and rural areas. Keneally has called upon the AEC to implement boundary adjustments to penalise racist electorates. An agitated AEC spokesthing assured the Senator that boundary penalties have been AEC policy for decades.

  10. K2

    The next bedspread is the son of Dr. Norman Swan. It’s a big club, but we ain’t in it.

  11. Bruce of Newcastle

    Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) brought cancel culture to the Senate on Tuesday. She cited the scandal-plagued far-left smear factory the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) to demonize a national security and terrorism witness invited by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) during a hearing on peaceful protest and antifa.

    She seems to like Antifa.

    WATCH: Democrats Refuse to Condemn Antifa in Senate Hearing (4 Aug)

    Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI) walked out of a hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on the Constitution on Tuesday and refused to condemn Antifa — as did the other seven Senate Democrats who had spoken.

    Antifa seem to be the Dems blue-eyed boys. Literally, given the colour of the “protesters” I’ve seen.

  12. Infidel Tiger King

    You have no idea (once again) what you are talking about Makka.

    There is a house and land boom on in WA. Nothing to do with mining.

  13. kaysee

    Scottish Government Faces Court Action for Redefining “Woman” to Include Men

    Re: Gender Representation on Public Boards Act 2018
     
    A letter has been sent to the government by lawyers acting on behalf of For Women Scotland expressing significant concerns that a law intended to address historical under-representation of women on public boards is fundamentally flawed and that the Scottish Government has exceeded its authority in redefining “woman”. This follows the publication of Statutory Guidance on 29 May 2020.
     
    For Women Scotland is a national women’s rights group funded entirely by supporters.

  14. Frank

    Why the fuck these aren’t at airports or borders is a fucking mystery.

    Because a statistician that works in the federal department of health has deemed it so.

  15. miltonf

    Seems to be the Maxine waters of Hawaii

  16. gafa

    In all seriousness though, the real question is, why is Bob so forward with his!

    Maybe just to level the playing field?
    Sometimes you and your crew do come across a bit like the crew of Flight 401.
    IDK, who bloody cares…saving Victoria is the priority, focus on the underground resistance and how to get the refugees across the borders!

  17. Entropy

    thefrollickingmole
    #3536840, posted on August 5, 2020 at 6:35 pm
    When I grow up I want to be an environmental engineer.

    So very many people wanting to operate sewage processing pkants! Who would have expected that!

    The only gold bits they will see are corn

    I was speaking to a dean of the biological science faculty (forget its actual name) and he was telling me they have a stack of people (about 1200) doing environmental studies. “None of them will get a job of course, they go to the environmental engineers”. I asked why they have so many places then and he said the course is cheap to run and they get the fees which subsidises things like ag science.

  18. Leigh Lowe

    Confusion reigns as reports emerge Victoria’s Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton has ‘QUIT on the state’s worst day for coronavirus cases and deaths – but Daniel Andrews says the reports aren’t true and he’s just on leave

    WTF?

    He is just taking time off to spend more time with his Barbra Streisand record collection.

  19. calli

    Absolutely booming now out west. Builders have too much work.

    The New Broom reports so much work coming in he has to employ another person.

    I was worried back in March that it would all die in the guts.

    Give it six months.

  20. Bruce of Newcastle

    they have a stack of people (about 1200) doing environmental studies

    Well suited to the environment of an inner city coffee shop.
    At least the gender studies grads will have some competition.

  21. Leigh Lowe

    The New Broom reports so much work coming in he has to employ another person.

    New builds or renos?

  22. Eyrie

    I find this immensely cheering

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s1HA9LlFNM0&feature=youtu.be

    *This* is how you develop and build spaceships.

    Elon’s control systems guys really know what they are doing.

  23. Cardimona

    I didn’t send her anything on that , did you?

    No, mate, I did not, but the more its repeated the more chance it will get to her.

  24. C.L.

    I have to say the intellectual response to this pandemic from libertarians proper has been astonishingly piss-poor. They appear to have no steadfast principles for or about anything. It has been conservtives and rightists who’ve provided all the push-back against nazism and irrationality.

  25. Geriatric Mayfly

    Did anyone hit upon the obvious?
    That Prince Phillip ordered MI5 to get a photographer in a Fiat Uno to put a two-tonne armoured Merc into a pylon?

    Moha m med al Fayed was not in our party. It was after all a camping safari, not the Savanna Harrods .

  26. calli

    Neither, nor. Let’s just call it discretionary icing on the cake.

  27. Cardimona

    Also, if you are reading this Cardimona, Amanda Stoker wasn’t her shit eating grin self either last night.

    I’ll reply to her reply, Struth.
    Cognitive dissonance, etc.

  28. Makka

    You’re a bullshit artist, Tiger Prawn.

    I’ve explained your comment about “too much work”. Tradies in Perth have been in short supply going back several years when the building industry pretty much collapsed. I know this to be true. So when construction picks up of course builders will have “too much work”.

    It must have picked up during the last 2 mths;
    https://www.watoday.com.au/national/western-australia/wa-building-sector-heading-towards-a-cliff-as-new-home-builds-shrink-20200601-p54yir.html

  29. Eyrie

    Amazing how clean burning the oxygen/methane Raptor engine is compared to kerosene fuel. I guess lots of hydrogen and minimal carbon in methane.
    I’m a little disappointed that the engine is a “Raptor”. Spacex’s previous engines were Kestrel and Merlin. Should have been Griffon.

  30. Leigh Lowe

    Makka

    #3536893, posted on August 5, 2020 at 7:06 pm

    You’re a bullshit artist, Tiger Prawn.

    Possibly.
    But he is our bullshit artist.
    Artiste in residence if you like.

  31. Speedbox

    …..she should be able to land a job anywhere as long as she speaks well.

    Ditto. Nicely dressed (albeit professional business-like), speak clearly and write a coherent sentence.

    Perhaps your daughter can work for my daughter in the future.

    🙂 🙂 🙂

  32. miltonf

    From Spiked. bLAIR is total filth.

    The more the British state reorganised itself around Third Way beliefs, the more the recent past has been binned or revised. In its place, a middle-class narrative has developed on what a reactionary and dangerous force the unchecked masses can be. Far from being an agent of social change, ordinary people are now framed as the villains of history.

  33. custard

    The mobile WhuFlu isolation devices that I sell (Avan) are made in Danistan. We are Australia’s number 2 brand. Jayco (1st) and NewAge (3) are also made there too.

    They are in huge demand at the moment. But you can’t buy one because they can’t make one because apparently you could die.

    Surely someone will declare that we have finally reached peak stupid?

  34. Leigh Lowe

    Sutton now walking back talk that he has quit.
    Clearly someone has backed down.

  35. Perth Trader

    When I was a kid I wanted to be a astronaut…..I dont know how to finish that sentence.

  36. Cardimona

    Cardi – My local Sydney suburb newspaper published one of your letters.

    stackja, thanks, mate; if the letter draws a greentarded reply would you be so kind as to copy or screenshot it it for me, so I can respond to it?
    Thank you in advance…

  37. Leigh Lowe

    Perth Trader

    #3536904, posted on August 5, 2020 at 7:15 pm

    When I was a kid I wanted to be a astronaut…..I dont know how to finish that sentence

    Call me.
    I still have contacts in Houston.

  38. calli

    Handbags at ten paces?

    Only one was a genuine Vuitton?

  39. thefrollickingmole

    Entropy
    Hate to burst your bubble on that prediction but the friends of theirs doing Polly-ticks will just write new regulations to make work for them in local state and federal government stopping economic activity by plebs.
    Paid for by thee they are crapping on

  40. Perth Trader

    Custard…what is a ‘WHUFLU’ isolation device?….is it similar to a bat or shotgun cos they’d work too.

  41. Caveman

    Sutton now walking back talk that he has quit.

    Doesn’t matter he’s a bedspreader.

  42. Nick

    Sutton now walking back talk that he has quit.
    Clearly someone has backed down.

    Do we have our first COVID flounce ?

  43. calli

    Sounds like fun, bespoke.

  44. Snoopy

    BoN, unsurprisingly, there’s a heavy cloud hanging over the area. What, if any, risks arise when ammonium nitrate is burnt? Are nearby residents in any danger?

    Forget the residents. Do the products of the explosion cause global warming? This explosion could trigger the long wished for tipping point.

  45. egg_

    Btw Orica make something like 400,000 tonnes of ammonium nitrate per year at Kooragang.
    Enough for a bang more than 100 times bigger if piled up and set off. Almost a half megatonne yield.
    Newcastle would go away.

    Imagine Public Elf numpties in charge, if “Australia’s top Doctors” were “terrified” of the Ruby Princess debacle of their own making.

  46. mh

    Dead rapper

    A Chicago rapper by the name FBG Duck is suspected dead after a shooting in Gold Coast on the north side of Chicago Tuesday afternoon.

    Three people out shopping, including FBG Duck, were shot around 4:30 p.m., when two SUVs pulled up to the group, and two men got out of each vehicle and opened fire, the local Fox 32 news outlet reported.

    The 26 year-old artist, born Carlton Weekly, was struck several times and taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

  47. C.L.
    #3536889, posted on August 5, 2020 at 7:05 pm
    I have to say the intellectual response to this pandemic from libertarians proper has been astonishingly piss-poor. They appear to have no steadfast principles for or about anything. It has been conservtives and rightists who’ve provided all the push-back against nazism and irrationality

    This is bewildering. Anyone who isn’t a leftist is sceptical at least of the “pandemic”.

    Maybe you didn’t notice my subtle moniker change and cutting and pasting Brutus’ speech pre the Ides of March ad nauseum.

    I have posted over and over again that the whole thing is a sham for Trump to look bad.

    *No principles*

    “Libertarians are too idealistic”

    One or the other. I say neither.

  48. Boambee John

    Eyrie

    Storable oxidiser for rocket fuel, usually hydrazine (pretty nasty)

    And then there’s IRFNA.

  49. Carlton Weekly would actually have been a better stage name.

  50. egg_

    When I grow up I want to be an environmental engineer.

    So very many people wanting to operate sewage processing pkants! Who would have expected that!

    /Taking daily samples of plant wastewater for offsite processing? Yawn.
    I’d rather be a Reliability Engineer.

  51. Geriatric Mayfly

    Analogous in these trying times. Nitrogen as an inert gas has been in lockdown for since whenever. A defiant break out every so often must help relieve the stress imposed by draconian decrees.

  52. egg_

    These days the JSAs would be tomes as thick as a ream of photocopy paper and the PPE would be a snazzy Elon Musk spacesuit.

    Seasonal Flu?

  53. Infidel Tiger King

    It must have picked up during the last 2 mths;

    Yes, dickhead.

    We have just seen a 289% rise in land sales.

    Builders can’t keep up with all the house and land packages.

    How about you sick eastern degenerates stay in your wheelhouse: sodomy, communism and not being the greatest people on earth.

  54. Cardimona

    Cardimona, I sent this around the place inspired by a comment by MV

    How many people are actually dying “from” Covid and not “with” covid.
    Using the government’s logic, the biggest killer in all the country would be cold sores.
    After all, if tested, most of the adult population would show positive for the herpes simplex virus.
    Cases are irrelevant, and deaths “with” covid are irrelevant.
    To justify this level of crushing tyranny on the Australian people, we demand to know numbers of deaths caused by covid 19.
    Chairman Dan and Scott Morrison must know this figure, they wouldn’t dare risk destroying millions of lives otherwise, would they?

    That will convert into a letter quite well.
    Thanks, Struth, thanks, MV.

  55. RobK

    Renewables can’t help provide grid stability because they are “asynchronous”.
    They’re asynchronous because they have no spinning mass to smooth the delivery of their energy.

    Cardimona,
    You’ve done a great job with letter writing. It might be useful to us the term “synthetic inertia “.
    Whilst there are a number of different arrangements possible for wind turbines, all of them need to run with the wind to extract maximum power(some can feather the large blades in order to adjust torque). Typically a three bladed turbine has a tip speed of around 8 times the wind speed. The upshot of this is almost all turbines are variable frequency in their output. This is rectified to DC then inverted back to AC electronically at grid frequency. Here things get tricky. Clever inverters do try to copy rotary machines inertia response to the grid. This requires an algorithm to monitor the excursions of frequency within a few hundred milliseconds to determine if it really is an excursion or just noise on the line. Then large semiconductor gates have to respond and make the required frequency and phase angle between Volts and Amps. It can actually do this pretty quickly but very soon hits a wall constrained by the semiconductor characteristics. Under heavy sudden loads the switching of frequency starts to get ugly (viz spikes and harmonics). By contrast, a rotary machine relies on saturating a ferromagnetic core. It is extremely robust, no processing is required and almost instantaneous.
    Synchronous and asynchronous generators or motors differ only in the amount of slip they have to generate torque, or load the prime mover. Synchronous generators are also called salient pole machines. They don’t slip at all if operating in their design limits. The torque is controlled by armature current externally. Asynchronous motors generate their own armature current, primarily became there is a bit of slippage in the frequency.
    Your quoted extract is good. Synchronous machines are locked together electro-magnetically even when they are hundreds of miles apart. Synthetic inertia generated from inverters is only a model of a waveform response trying to emulate what a massive high speed machine might do. The instantaneous overload response is not the same nor-as robust .
    There is more but there the main bits.
    Keep up the good work.

  56. Geriatric Mayfly

    So very many people wanting to operate sewage processing pkants! Who would have expected that!

    There was some whacko character in No.96, who as I recall used always call her indoors ‘Mother.’ He was consumed by his love for his work in sewage processing plants, and once returned from a ‘holiday to remember’ because his hotel room overlooked the local sewage works.

  57. egg_

    I was fixing a lawnmower when Di hit the tunnel.

    The biggest spike in International TV bearers booking to date.
    TVNZ made a motza.
    /Rubber neckers

  58. kaysee

    The genius of the ‘I ♥ JK Rowling’ stunt

    Trans intolerance has made even the most benign statements unsayable.
     
    It’s hard not to feel a bit sorry for social-justice warriors – it must be exhausting finding things to be offended by. The latest is an advert reading ‘I ♥ JK Rowling’, which was paid for by the campaign group Standing for Women. This fairly innocuous message, displayed to mark the birthday of the best-selling author, has now been removed by Network Rail following online complaints of transphobia. Despite clearly signalling support for those who identify as transgender, Rowling’s expressions of concern about the loss of women-only services for victims of domestic abuse has led her to be branded a bigot. Identical ‘I ♥ JK Rowling’ billboards have been spotted across the United Kingdom. It remains to be seen what the wider response will be.

  59. egg_

    Did anyone hit upon the obvious?

    The sole survivor, in the “death seat”, wore a seat belt?

  60. Herodotus

    Sky News (have they now been cross-pollinated from other news services?):
    Re the Beirut explosion: “The warehouse was full of explosive material, possibly fireworks.”
    Yeah, right.

  61. Cardimona

    RobK, outstanding!
    Terrific reference material there – much appreciated.
    The journo hasn’t been back to me, but if he does or if he writes a yarn in the paper I’ll post it here.

  62. Makka

    We have just seen a 289% rise in land sales.

    Good, put up the link showing a 289% increase.

    This is the June 202 report.

    https://www.wa.gov.au/sites/default/files/2020-07/building-approvals-economic-notes-june-2020_0.pdf

    11.7% Decline between May and June seasonally adjusted or 6.8% annually. And 3.9% improvement over the last 3 months.

  63. Hey guys, I am out for a while, gonna weld some fireworks…

  64. Cardimona

    Cardimona #3536178, posted on August 5, 2020 at 9:45 am
    Regarding synchronisation of the phase of the 50 Hz, I think the SA blackout was ultimately an example of what happens when the phase no longer aligns. Wind-heavy SA got out of line (and we’re talking fractions, here) and the interconnector controls said “No power for you” and promptly switched off.

    Nelson, thanks; I recall Tony from Oz writing eloquently on that either at his blog or over at Jo’s.

  65. Leigh Lowe

    Legalise Sedition

    #3536945, posted on August 5, 2020 at 7:57 pm

    Hey guys, I am out for a while, gonna weld some fireworks…

    No probs.
    Make sure you wear your PPE.

  66. JC

    Makka

    You really need to stop posting links as it’s messy for you. You’re often posting stuff that disagrees with your proposition or totally irrelevant.

    Artie’s comment related to land sales, while your link showed a slowdown in building approvals. They aren’t the same thing, you nonghead

  67. RobK

    Jeez, excuse my typos above. Long day.

  68. Rex Anger

    @ Eyrie-

    I’m a little disappointed that the engine is a “Raptor”. Spacex’s previous engines were Kestrel and Merlin. Should have been Griffon.

    👍

    One hopes the new powerplant does not require yaw in a different direction to offset its torque, however… 😉

    (If I had the money, and was not so broad-shouldered, a Spitfire Mk XIV or XIX would be my dream warbird. Some of those later Griffon Spits were even more beautiful than the Merlin ones. But alas, I am too square-shaped to ever fit in one comfortably. The best I’d probably manage is a CA-15 Mustang…)

  69. Leigh Lowe

    ITK.
    Don’t be quoting facts here.
    It is not that sort of blog.

  70. JC

    Demonrat starts to realize what it means if the wealthy don’t want to live there anymore.

    New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo briefly addressed the topic of crime and other issues affecting New York City in the context of the ultra-wealthy during a Monday afternoon press conference, when he was asked if he’s considered imposing a millionaire’s tax.

    “We used to be worried, millionaire’s tax, people might leave,” he said, in part. “No, no, the burden shifted – we’re trying to get people to come back.”

    The Democrat said there was a host of issues that needed to be addressed, and a millionaire’s tax would likely further prevent these people, who are able to afford to go elsewhere, from returning to New York, especially the Big Apple.

    “COVID is under control, we’re going to make progress helping the homeless, were going to clean up the graffiti, we’re going to fix crime,” he said. “On top of that, you want to say, ‘And by the way, when you come back, you’re gonna get a big tax increase’?”

    A single percent of New York’s population pays half of the state’s taxes, he said, “and they’re the most mobile people on the globe.”

    “I literally talk to people all day long, who are now in their Hamptons house, who also lived here, or in their Hudson Valley house or in their Connecticut weekend house,” Cuomo continued. “They’re not coming back right now. And you know what else they’re thinking, if I stay there, they pay a lower income tax because they don’t pay the New York City surcharge. So, that would be a bad place if we had to go there.”

    Read the bolded sentence again.

  71. Infidel Tiger King

    Unusual for me.

    I usually like just shouting loudly until people leave in disgust.

  72. JC

    Reminds me of this famous quote.

    The art of taxation consists in so plucking the goose as to procure the largest quantity of feathers with the least possible amount of hissing.

    Jean-Baptiste Colbert

  73. Makka

    Artie’s comment related to land sales, while your link showed a slowdown in building approvals. They aren’t the same thing,

    No shit Sherlock. You should learn to read dickhead. This is a quote from IT’s post;

    Builders have too much work.

    I’ve posted about building approvals in Perth. Land sales are not building approvals you wanker.

    I also commented on the Perth tradie “shortage”. Stay out of things you know fk all about or haven’t the comprehension skills to understand.

  74. Mitch M.

    Sydney schoolboys allegedly ‘gloated’ about ‘horrific’ random attack

    The court heard the victim’s eye will likely need to be removed

    If found guilty of the charges, the 15-year-old faces a maximum of 25 years behind bars.

    So he’ll probably get 10 and be out in 5.

    Wrong punishment. An eye for an eye.

  75. egg_

    I usually like just shouting loudly until people leave in disgust.

    The chattering class can fuck off.

  76. JC

    Makka

    Calm down please:

    Artie’s comment was about land sales. Land sales are a claim for future building approvals and obviously, construction. I dunno, unless you think people are just going to stick mobile homes of the land they bought.

    You bounce into the blog with building approval stats, which show a slowing down during the china bug months. That’s about as relevant as a bloke booking himself in a hospital delivery ward. It makes no sense.

    Stop it with the links. Here, I’ll even help you. Ask me, in future if you should post a link and I’ll review it and tell you if it’s relevant or disagrees with your argument. You’re terrible at this stuff. Just horrendous.

  77. egg_

    IIRC when I commenced reading the Cat, JC had sent his son to get some “fucking Turnbulbs” and IT was enjoying a drop of “Sweat of the Cellarman’s [email protected]”.

  78. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Sydney schoolboys allegedly ‘gloated’ about ‘horrific’ random attack

    The court heard the victim’s eye will likely need to be removed

    If found guilty of the charges, the 15-year-old faces a maximum of 25 years behind bars.

    From the link

    The teen’s lawyer conceded it was “an extremely serious matter”, but argued any risk to the community could be mitigated by a house arrest arrangement and 24-hour parental supervision.

  79. Gab

    Huzzah! We’re all saved. Brett Sutton has returned!!

    #sarc

  80. Nick

    and 24-hour parental supervision.

    The mum who said ‘he good boy, I know nothing’

  81. Infidel Tiger King

    I’ve posted about building approvals in Perth. Land sales are not building approvals you wanker.

    I also commented on the Perth tradie “shortage”. Stay out of things you know fk all about or haven’t the comprehension skills to understand.

    Guess what?

    The reason land sales have boomed is because there are massive grants for building and renovating. To get those grants you have to be up and going by December (I think). Result: home builders have more work than they can cope with.

    Gone from no work to only place building stuff on earth in 3 months.

  82. Leigh Lowe

    Gab

    #3536974, posted on August 5, 2020 at 8:30 pm

    Huzzah! We’re all saved. Brett Sutton has returned!!

    #sarc

    Hissy fit flounce, followed by a rendition of “Baby Please Don’t Go!”
    The fact that he has been MIA for two days tells you something is rotten in the state of Danmark.

  83. Infidel Tiger King

    IIRC when I commenced reading the Cat, JC had sent his son to get some “fucking Turnbulbs” and IT was enjoying a drop of “Sweat of the Cellarman’s [email protected]”.

    Out of context that sounds really weird, but I bet it was a very measured comment.

  84. Farmer Gez

    Houses are being snapped up in county Vic.
    List to sale is less than seven days even in Horsham. Nice people but a flat dull town.

    I suspect that once the borders are open that a lot of the non woke folk will make their escape from the gulag.
    Detroit on the Yarra.

  85. JC

    Gone from no work to only place building stuff on earth in 3 months.

    Sure, with a total labor force of two people in a state with a population of 15.

  86. egg_

    What does that mean?

    “Robust” talk?
    Ask the audience.

  87. Bruce of Newcastle

    excuse my typos above. Long day.

    Excellent info Rob!
    Made me wonder if it might be better to have a great big electric motor attached to a great big generator. The solar and wind would power the motor, thus producing lots of nice ferroelectric inertia to produce good solid synchronous stuff out the back end via the generator. Losses would be significant, but offset against AEMO telling windies and peevees to turn off in Qld lately.
    I’m a chemist, be kind to me in your response…

  88. Leigh Lowe

    I can’t breathe.

  89. JC

    gez

    Some will, but lets not get carried away here. Horsham is not going to turn into the next Dubai.

  90. gafa

    Clearly, the population ponzi economy has been a miserable failure. Only by following WA’s successful low population growth will Australian workers receive the wage hikes they deserve.

    A failure in just so many many ways, but when it comes wage hikes for the deserving “workers” you need to be a little more specific as some already seem to be doing veeery nicely indeed on the Animal Farm.

  91. mh

    A man has been shot by police after he allegedly slashed an officer across the face with a knife soon after police arrived at his Brisbane residence on Wednesday afternoon.

    The alleged offender was rushed to hospital in a critical condition, while the injured officer was taken to hospital with serious, but non life-threatening, injuries.

    Queensland police have shot a suspect multiple times and an officer has been stabbed in the neck at Mt Gravatt.

    The area will remain a crime scene throughout the night.

    Police said officers went to the man’s home on Hillgrove Road in Upper Mount Gravatt to serve him with documents. Authorities have not yet released details regarding the documents.

    It will be alleged the situation escalated very quickly soon after police arrived.

    The 25-year-old man was accused of arming himself with a knife, lunging at police and slashing one of the officers across the face.

    Another officer then allegedly drew their firearm and shot the man multiple times in the abdomen.

  92. Old Lefty

    A belated comment on LeighLow @1142:

    Those who flout the distinction between ‘flout’ and ‘flaunt’ flaunt their ignorance.

  93. egg_

    I was fixing a lawnmower

    Shiny @rse numpties beware:

    – Burns from hot engine parts
    – Heart arrhythmia from a “belt” from the spark plug HT circuit

  94. Leigh Lowe

    Farmer Gez

    #3536982, posted on August 5, 2020 at 8:34 pm

    Houses are being snapped up in county Vic.

    I expected rural real estate to be as flat as a shit-carter’s hat, but not so.

  95. How often do people electrocute themselves changing spark plugs?

  96. egg_

    I can’t breathe.

    Hold your breath for 10 minutes.

  97. egg_

    electrocute

    You don’t survive “electrocution”, by definition.

  98. Leigh Lowe

    A man has been shot by police after he allegedly slashed an officer across the face with a knife soon after police arrived at his Brisbane residence on Wednesday afternoon.

    First mistake.
    Letting the knife-wielding lunatic get that close.

  99. Bruce of Newcastle

    Houses are being snapped up in county Vic.
    List to sale is less than seven days even in Horsham. Nice people but a flat dull town.

    One near me has been on the market a whole week so far, at 30% above the last one nearby, which sold the same day the agent put the sign up out the front of it (and it was freshly renoed, this one hasn’t been).

    Makes me think they should say “good NBN” in the ads, to speed things up.

    I suspect the new work-from-home fad, plus terribly dangerous Bat Crud™, is getting people out into the sticks who previously wouldn’t’ve ventured further than 100m from their local focaccia bar.

  100. Infidel Tiger King

    Caravans, boats and country homes.

    All booming out west.

    Amazing what happens when you can’t blow the kids inheritance on buffets at sea.

  101. Only men above the age of 30 with kids, who own land outright and who are net taxpayers should be allowed to vote and only on a very limited number of issues – prison sentences, military spending levels, and a few others.

    Um

    What if you’re infertile?
    Incredibly ugly?
    Have lost your nuts as an ADF front line fighter?

    Why does someone who owns a parking lot get more rights than someone with 1/3 of a family home paid off?

    Introduce a Bill of Rights with teeth – that means that anybody who publicly calls for a transgression against someone else’s individual rights immediately has that right taken from themselves.

    Every right but due process.

  102. egg_

    Btw Orica make something like 400,000 tonnes of ammonium nitrate per year at Kooragang.

    Isn’t most of it stored at Kurri Kurri?

  103. mh

    I found a music vid by the Chicago rapper FBG Duck who forgot to duck.

    I think he had it coming…

  104. Cardimona

    How often do people electrocute themselves changing spark plugs?

    Never, but here’s an amusing story.
    In the late 70s I had a V8 HT Kingswood and the engine was near-stuffed.
    The oil scraper rings were done and the plugs fouled regularly.
    Normally when it ran too rough I’d pull the lead off each plug in turn to see if it was firing, and clean it if it wasn’t.
    One day about eight of us were in the HT headed for the creek when it got down to about four firing cylinders.
    I pulled over into the long, wet roadside grass to effect emergency repairs.
    Everyone else piled out, barefoot, and leaned in under the bonnet to watch.
    I grabbed the first lead and felt the familiar jolting and as I did I noticed all my mates were dancing!
    The current was running through all of us via the wet grass.
    I reckon that’s the longest I’ve ever held a live spark plug lead.
    If my jaw hadn’t been clamped shut by the voltage I would’ve been laughing!

  105. Leigh Lowe

    Infidel Tiger King

    #3536999, posted on August 5, 2020 at 8:48 pm

    Caravans, boats and country homes.

    All booming out west.

    Amazing what happens when you can’t blow the kids inheritance on buffets at sea

    And it is suddenly dawning on them that living cheek-by-jowl in a vertical slum is not as schmick and sophisticated as it was cracked up to be.
    Then they realise that they can buy a top shelf house in a large regional city for the price of a 2 bedroom city dog-box.

  106. rickw

    The instantaneous overload response is not the same nor-as robust.

    For big soccer matches in the UK they will spool up the turbines to just below maximum allowable frequency. The reason is that about 30 seconds after half time, a large portion of the country walks into their kitchen and switches on their electric kettle at pretty much the same time.

    The instantaneous load is phenomenal.

    These numbskulls are grafting a victa mower onto the side of a V8 whilst yanking of half the spark plug leads and expecting the thing to work.

  107. thefrollickingmole

    Really good rtwt over at aces by David Azerrad titled Conservatism, inc has failed and is incapable of reform.
    Can’t link here but if someone could it will be of interest to many here.

  108. Dr Faustus

    I was fixing a lawnmower
    Shiny @rse numpties beware:
    – Burns from hot engine parts
    – Heart arrhythmia from a “belt” from the spark plug HT circuit

    Luckily, I remembered to dunk the mower in the pool – and not to hold the plug in my mouth while I pulled it over.
    #likelycovidsurvivor

  109. rickw

    Only men above the age of 30 with kids, who own land outright and who are net taxpayers should be allowed to vote and only on a very limited number of issues – prison sentences, military spending levels, and a few others.

    Even eliminating the voting rights of public servants would be a useful step in that direction.

  110. MatrixTransform

    Brett Sutton has returned!!

    with his reputation around his ankles

  111. MatrixTransform

    I was not in Texas fishing with LL when the shuttle blew up

  112. egg_

    Dr Faustus
    #3537016, posted on August 5, 2020 at 9:06 pm

    All in jest, Doc.

  113. Bruce of Newcastle

    Egg – Dunno. But I remember there was a proposal for them to park a ship off the coast and store 3,000 tonnes in it. I recall there was quite a bit of angst about that. That attracted attention to Kooragang itself, where it emerged that normal site storage is 10,000 tonnes, with proposal to store another 13,500 tonnes next to the Sandgate cemetery. Didn’t go down well with the locals.

    Fears Texas explosion could happen here (2013)

    My great grandfather probably wouldn’t mind a 13 kt explosion 300 m away from his grave, but then he’s already dead.

  114. Good lord

    That Duck Slider Burger had nothing on Rick Ross.

  115. Leigh Lowe

    Ha, ha.
    A number of businesses in an un-named Vicco town are hastily “pivoting” to reclassify themselves.
    Furniture shops now doing a line in vegetable seedlings.
    They are now in “agriculture”.
    Innovative!
    Agile!

  116. egg_

    #likelycovidsurvivor

    Did they test you, post self-quarantine?

  117. The low hanging fruit is to remove compulsory voting and institute a civics test.

  118. rickw

    The Biblical events just keep coming for the Chicoms:

  119. thefrollickingmole

    Dads favourite trick was to get me to put my finger in the lawnmower spark plug lead hole and pull the cord to see if it was working.
    Every weekend from the ages of about 6 to 12.
    No one ever accused me of being a particularly gifted kid.

  120. gafa

    Stage 5:
    All human interactions must be interpretive dance.

    Leigh might be on to something with his blow up Dolls. Could be a growth industry for a budding lockdown entrepreneur but you just know that as soon as it starts to turn a profit those Commie Marxists will take over and just make them a subsidised government issue, much like the Trabant.

  121. William the Conjuror

    I can’t breathe.

    Trust me. If you’re not out in 3 minutes, my assistant has an axe to break the glass and let the water out.

  122. egg_

    Bruce of Newcastle
    #3537021, posted on August 5, 2020 at 9:09 pm

    I know they have an explosives technical centre at Kurri Kurri and just assumed remote storage, a bit like Moranbah.

  123. Leigh Lowe

    I was not in Texas fishing with LL when the shuttle blew up

    I remember that!
    Hectic!
    Jeez, did we shred some documents at Mission Control that day.
    Wow-wee!

  124. mh

    Dot, is your guy Rick Ross dead?

  125. Leigh Lowe

    Dirk alert!
    Dirk alert!!!
    Remain calm everyone!

  126. egg_

    I was not in Texas fishing with LL when the shuttle blew up

    Which one?

  127. Leigh Lowe

    egg_

    #3537037, posted on August 5, 2020 at 9:16 pm

    I was not in Texas fishing with LL when the shuttle blew up

    Which one?

    The Texas in South West USA.
    Not the Texas in Bulgaria.

  128. RobK

    it might be better to have a great big electric motor attached to a great big generator.
    Ha. That’s a rotary inverter. It used to be the way it was done.
    Re the SA blackout: many bad things lined up unexpectedly, as they do. A storm hit the line of coastal wind generators. Blind Freddie should have seen that coming. The sudden rise in injected energy caused an increased frequency excursion which saw the wind farms suddenly drop out according to their programmed set points. The sudden withdrawal of input overloaded the interstate link. In amongst that some pylons also blew over. The set points are now set to an increased “ride-through “, so they will stay on a bit longer. This has repercussions for other parts of the grid which will be fine tuned by trial and error, no doubt.
    The rate of change in energy transmission(sometimes referred to as “droop”) is as important as maximum load. The grid is a finely tuned machine, a circuit with capacitance resistance and inductance. It has a resonance and induced ground currents. The amount of variation due to RE makes monitoring and control far more complex and the potential points of failure are greatly increased, all for little reward.

  129. egg_

    If you’re not out in 3 minutes, my assistant has an axe to break the glass and let the water out.

    Isn’t she out on a cigarette break?
    Oh wait…

  130. Imagine being interviewed after you’ve just lost your nuts and you say “listen, I’ll always be in pain, never have sex, never have children but none of that matters to me. The really really bad part is that I won’t be able to wait in line for an hour to vote for a pack of politicians every three years.”

    Righto so you reckon a returned solider who is 21 with his legs & nuts blown off in combat has no interest in his elder sibling’s kids or their future?

    He shouldn’t vote because he can’t have kids?

    If someone doesn’t believe in due process, why give it to them?

    By your own rule, you have barred yourself from due process. I don’t agree.

    Having said that, there is no reason not to have a trial by jury for those who have publicly called for a transgression of other people’s rights. It just seems an odd thing for anybody else to care about.

    So how would you be tried?

    Good people won’t care that they can’t vote because they know it will make little difference. The only people who will care are communists – nuts or no nuts.

    You’re insane or the worst concern troll ever. “Only commies care about voting…so support my idea that virtually no one else supports…and entitles me to vote, but I’m not a commie…”

    What you say is thought provoking but it is hardly workable.

  131. egg_

    Which shuttle?
    O-rings or tiles?

  132. Dot, is your guy Rick Ross dead?

    No. No no no no no.

    He’s just an actor. He was a prison guard. He’s about as ganster as Bert Newton.

  133. Leigh Lowe

    Tiles.
    Obviously.
    O-ring didn’t make it anywhere near Texas.

  134. calli

    Did someone mention Orica?

    Now that would make those Birubi mortars look puny.

  135. Boambee John

    Bruce of N

    recall there was quite a bit of angst about that. That attracted attention to Kooragang itself, where it emerged that normal site storage is 10,000 tonnes, with proposal to store another 13,500 tonnes next to the Sandgate cemetery. Didn’t go down well with the locals.

    Around the late 1989s, when the Newington Armaments Depot was still in use, loaded ammunition barges were moored up harbour from the bridge, near the north shore until they were needed to ammunition ships. Someone (probably a journo) discovered the NATO guidelines and drew circles around the mooring buoys. The circles overlapped parts of the nearby suburbs.

    Much Parliamentary and media huffing and puffing ensued, and IIRC, the moorings were moved, or some otyer arrangement was made.

    In all the fuss, none of the worriers thought to overlay the circles on Garden Island, and the fully ammunitioned ships routinely moored there!

  136. egg_

    O-ring didn’t make it anywhere near Texas.

    Tiles belies MT’s age.
    The O-ring jobbie “blew up”.

  137. Mitch M.

    New molecule reverses Alzheimer’s-like memory decline

    More recently, the team synthesized different variants of fisetin and found that one, called CMS121, was especially effective at, improving the animals’ memory, and slowing the degeneration of brain cells.

    Enzyme could prove effective in treating tumors and inflammatory diseases in lung: study

    Inhibition of HDACs is emerging as a promising approach to treat various types of malignant diseases and inflammatory disorders.

    Interesting because today I started reading a book by a leading anti-aging researcher and he argues that SIRT activation AND preventing DNA damage are fundamental to anti-aging strategies, though the former is probably more important than the latter; if only because the latter is impossible to entirely avoid. Fisetin is a SIRT activator. The other issue he emphasizes is HDAC inhibition, that is a measure of DNA epigenetic processes. There are studies that indicate that measuring the degree of DNA methylation is a surprisingly good marker for aging, within 5 years IIRC.

    He also mentions methionine, there is a body of research indicating that reducing total intake of methionine and branch chain amino acids is important for long term health. There is only one way to reduce total methionine intake: very much reduce meat, dairy, and egg consumption. Another group of amino acids that can create problems are branch chain amino acids. Unfortunately for muscle heads both methionine and BCAAs are important for muscle growth. I’ve read that research and everything he wrote is consistent with the findings.

    He had his skeptical father take two compounds. At first the father who was already diabetic and in poor health didn’t feel any different. After 6 months things improved, after a year he is healthier than all his peers, very active, free of diabetes, and more energetic than those 20 years than him.

    I’m breezing through the book, picking up pieces here and there. Credit to him for being so thorough and consistent with the available research. Lifespan, David Sinclair.

  138. Dr Faustus

    Did they test you, post self-quarantine?
    Nope.
    I self-quarantined in March coming back from Europe. And again last month after a covid contact. But no requirement for a test.

    It’s the sort of trust from your CMO you expect as a Queenslander in Queensland.

    (All in jest, Doc.
    Picked that. )

  139. Bruce of Newcastle

    Righto so you reckon a returned solider who is 21 with his legs & nuts blown off in combat has no interest in his elder sibling’s kids or their future?

    He shouldn’t vote because he can’t have kids?

    Starship Troopers model.
    Pretty good actually.
    Would drive the Left utterly nuts. 😀

  140. Boambee John

    egg_
    #3537037, posted on August 5, 2020 at 9:16 pm
    I was not in Texas fishing with LL when the shuttle blew up

    Which one?

    One blew up during launch, the other burnt up on re-entry.

  141. MatrixTransform

    Which one?

    Duh … there’s only one Texas

  142. egg_

    Around the late 1989s, when the Newington Armaments Depot was still in use, loaded ammunition barges were moored up harbour from the bridge,

    Didn’t they move the clinker boats by night, so as not to arouse concern?

  143. egg_

    Duh … there’s only one Texas

    Clown posse returns.
    Not here most nights, piss head?

  144. Bruce of Newcastle

    Calli – Quick work from the Stockton greenies! Obviously they haven’t been too busy stopping the ocean washing the suburb away.

  145. mh

    KRS One did tell sucker MCs to duck.

  146. egg_

    One blew up during launch, the other burnt up on re-entry.

    Logic is not clowns’ strong point.

  147. calli

    Bruce, I’m sure they’ve plenty of cards ready to play depending on circumstances.

    Neatly filed under “tragedy maximisation”.

    Never waste an opportunity.

  148. William the Conjuror

    If you’re not out in 3 minutes, my assistant has an axe to break the glass and let the water out.

    Isn’t she out on a cigarette break?

    Shhh. You’ll spoil the illusion.

  149. MatrixTransform

    Logic is not clowns’ strong point.

    I think eggy_s had a humourdectomy

    we weren’t littorally fishishing (hic)

  150. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Just flipped through the latest Speccie. Rather worrying article from the US Editor outlining the various reasons why there could be a Biden win in November. All the usual stuff about massaging the hurt egos of the couth rather than the uncouth, and ‘healing’ sorts of stuff, and the polls, the polls. Rather too TDS syndrome for my taste, not enough concentration (none actually) on the sort of economic disasters that a Biden win with the likely socialist take-over would produce in a Covid-depleted economy. He puts faith in the ‘geriatric’ democrats in their late 70’s and early 80’s holding the fort against that. Not bloody likely, I say in my most couth tones.

  151. Knuckle Dragger

    Oh.

    Back from doing stuff and thought I could get a ‘flamin’ pot plant line in’.

    Evidently not.

  152. Geriatric Mayfly

    Probably all gone now. The only topography on the thistle fields of Deer Park (West of Danograd) used to be these four sided hillocks in the form of earthen ramparts, above which the roof of a shed structure could just be seen. Never found out what was concealed therein.

  153. Fat Tony

    MatrixTransform
    #3537066, posted on August 5, 2020 at 9:37 pm

    we weren’t littorally fishishing (hic)

    so you were deep-sea fishishing

  154. MatrixTransform

    Hi Tony, where you been?

    Shhh … I’m in the zone

  155. Knuckle Dragger

    Rescue flights ahoy!

    ‘Damage to communications and extremely busy hospitals are hampering the “urgent” efforts of officials to gain information about injured Australians in Beirut, amid hopes many have escaped the mass devastation.

    ‘As many as 5000 Australians were living near the site of the devastating blast in the city’s port, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has confirmed.’

    5000 ‘Australians’. Righto.

  156. Fat Tony

    Geriatric Mayfly
    #3537069, posted on August 5, 2020 at 9:52 pm
    Probably all gone now. The only topography on the thistle fields of Deer Park (West of Danograd) used to be these four sided hillocks in the form of earthen ramparts, above which the roof of a shed structure could just be seen. Never found out what was concealed therein.

    There were similar objects in Toowoomba from after WW2 – ours were large fuel tanks covered with soil/vegetation to hide them from the Japs.

  157. Fat Tony

    MatrixTransform
    #3537071, posted on August 5, 2020 at 9:55 pm
    Hi Tony, where you been?

    Been busy – working a full-time job as a mech engineer and doing my own consulting work in my “spare time”.
    I drop in for a read during lunch breaks & sometimes late at night. There seems to be some unhappy campers on this site lately – not really needed given the state of this country now.
    How’s things been going for you and yours?

  158. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Had to see Doc O’Oirish about me crook foot today for more scripts; hospital only provide a starter week’s worth. Text message came through to please wear masks to the surgery. More masks in evidence at Bondi Junction Westfields than during the first lockdown. Population are getting scared, Victoria on everyone’s lips. Hobbled in to friendly doc’s den. Still bad? doc says sympathetically, looks at the hospital report, says sadly no more HRT for you (arguable, I will will argue, although I do know the line they take on DVT genesis and oestrogen, but this one was provoked! – medical term). He sends me to specialist doc for HRT advice, also for a CT scan to try and pick up the detail of the fracture now swelling has reduced; stay in the surgical boot, he admonishes. X-ray people ask virus questions and all customers are wearing masks.

    Have my fingers crossed for our daughter in Qld who is third trimester pregnant because if she has any difficulties I won’t be able to get up to help. Not due to my foot (I can cope) but due to Palacechook’s political ambitions crunching down on the border again. So sorry for the businesses we patronised on the Gold Coast who were only just bearing up when we managed to skip in and out for a week recently. If she gets back in on the ‘she kept us safe’ mantra Qld is toast for quite a while. Hope people have more sense.

  159. Fat Tony

    Hi Lizzie – when you going to write up some more Arthurian history?

  160. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Areff, I hope your mum’s funeral went as you wanted it to do, and that it gave you some comfort to be able to say goodbye with others, no matter how few. A bleak time on a bleak day made even bleaker by the situation right now in Victoria.

  161. MatrixTransform

    good to hear. There’s still stuff in the works as far as I can tell.

    for us, pretty good considering.
    biz is taking a hammering but we have some solid fall-backs and some cash to burn.
    We’ll be fine

    I’m not sure my earthy understatement is always enjoyed here.

    I’ve missed your engineery counterpoint.

    Nice shoes by the way

  162. Siltstone

    Albion Explosives factory at Deer Park. Established by ICI at start of WWII for make ammonia and nitric acid. Off Station Road, north bank of Kororoit Creek,, DEER PARK VIC 3023 – Property No B7154.

  163. jupes

    Huzzah! We’re all saved. Brett Sutton has returned!!

    Meanwhile the stupid ‘Captain Cook’ bint cries in the corner.

  164. Fat Tony

    Nice shoes by the way

    If you’re referring to the ones I’m wearing, they are old but comfortable and have been glued back together multiple times in the last 12 months.
    If not, then ………..

  165. MatrixTransform

    Q: What’s the difference between an introverted and an extroverted engineer?

    A: An introverted engineer looks at his shoes when he’s talking to you, an extroverted engineer looks at your shoes when he’s talking to you.

  166. Think I may have gone overboard, just signed up for online French language courses. It’s always interested me however so see what becomes of it.

  167. Old School Conservative

    fully ammunitioned ships routinely moored there [Garden Island]

    IIRC, the loading and unloading of munitions was carried out at a mooring somewhere west of Bradley’s Head. Barges (lighters) were used to move the munitions from there to Newington and back.

    Once all shells etc were safely stowed on board ships, they would tie up alongside at GI.
    Handling live shells must have required precision work.

  168. JC

    Fuckerberg doesn’t think the big cities see finished

    The biggest lease of the year is done – and it’s momentous good news for a limping office-leasing market in a city beleaguered by the coronavirus.

    Facebook on Monday closed on a long-awaited deal for 730,000 square feet at Vornado’s Farley Building, the former post office site between Madison Square Garden and the Hudson Yards district.

    The publicly-traded social media giant and real estate powerhouse were in discussions since last year. But skeptics doubted Facebook would go ahead with the NYC expansion in the midst of the coronavirus crisis

  169. Fat Tony

    MatrixTransform – what’s your engineering field?

  170. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Tony of Girth – my Arthurian writing is again on the back burner; family matters once more involved a locked ward, a homeless puppy (resolved now), a broken foot and a DVT, and some social activities coming up for the weekend requiring me to plan and organise. I have written an unrelated piece for Quadrant for September issue, accepted, because I get sidetracked by other things I read and friends and other things in my life in general.

    I have material on my desk here, much of it already written, just waiting to be condensed down and integrated into one chapter on Rome in Britain – the Roman deification of Emperors as embodiment of the State, Claudius, Boudicca and proscription of the Druids, father gods in polytheistic cultures, Restitutors and Romanitas vs the Germanic input to Celtic culture and in particular to Britain, the significance of Carausius and the breakaway British and Gallic Empires, the proscribing of heathens and heretics after 381AD. All background in a timeline to the reveal of ‘fake news in the fifth century’ which is the main tale for later chapters dealing with Gildas and the 8th century Historia Brittonum which create the Arthur of legend. All Roman detail to fit into one Chapter. Might have to reconsider that and bust it up a little into more edible bites.

  171. Siltstone

    mon dieu, Black Ball

  172. Old School Conservative

    Think I may have gone overboard, just signed up for online French language courses

    Sacre bleu, we have a potential submariner here.

  173. JC

    My biggest currency position for a long time. I like scare myself at times. Long Euro vs the Dollar. The bond issue announcement suggesting EU debt consolidation and likely canceling out any crisis bullshit is hugely bullish of the euroweenie currency. Added to that is extremely loose monetary and fiscal policy in the US.

  174. Fat Tony

    Lizzie – thanks for that – I look forward to your writings in this field – and the other fields remind us that no one has an idyllic existence.

    Your tying all the different legends together is something that adds a reality to those times – they were not just a series of different events happening in different countries at the same time.

  175. JC

    Tigerair. Gonsky.

    Virgin to cut 3000 jobs, axe Tigerair

    Virgin will cut a third of its workforce, simplify its fleet and scrap Tigerair as international routes remain on hold.

  176. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Think I may have gone overboard, just signed up for online French language courses. It’s always interested me however so see what becomes of it.

    Black Ball, that was always my ambition when I retired, do so some more French. I did three years of it up to the Intermediate Certificate and 7 years later picked up an A in the Leaving Certificate (including the Oral component you had to do in those days). It came easily to me; I can understand and read more French than I can speak though. Numerous trips to France and New Caledonia over the years have maintained a sort of rusty presence, of necessity, as we often went with children in tow and I had to get things for them.

    Currently I am reading a book pressed on me by a friend. It is called ‘True Pleasures: A Memoir of Women in Paris’ published in 2005 by Lucinda Holdforth, and hold forth she does, a Francophile ex-DFAT woman seeking the next stage of life after 40. It is honest, and also entitled; this woman has not had to fight to achieve her education and privilege; but she is a sweetie nevertheless. Paris is her dream, and history is what she does quite well, a trip through a lost Paris even more nostalgic now than when she wrote.

  177. MatrixTransform

    Tony,

    Elec Eng but I came to it late after doing an apprenticeship as an electrician
    a decade of night school… prolly more than a decade if you include a stint with post grad sustainable energy

    I’m not that sort of engineer though.
    I have designed stuff
    there’s a patent on stuff I did that somebody else owns
    fourier, laplace, taylor … what ever

    the thing is, I fix things.

    actually … I mostly program things

  178. Zyconoclast

    thefrollickingmole
    #3537014, posted on August 5, 2020 at 9:05 pm
    Really good rtwt over at aces by David Azerrad titled Conservatism, inc has failed and is incapable of reform.
    Can’t link here but if someone could it will be of interest to many here.</I

    David Azerrad: Conservatism, Inc. Has Failed And Is Incapable of Self-Reform

  179. MatrixTransform

    JC, how long do you reckon until the AUD gets crushed?

  180. Mark A

    Lame pics. With some OZ wildlife.

  181. Fat Tony

    MatrixTransform – my background is similar to yours – carpenter – fabrication – business degree – then engineering degree.

    I design stuff, sort out real-world problems – not one of those engineers who sit on their arses all day with their self-delusion of engineering infallibility.

    Gotta get to bed now – another big day tomorrow. I’ll catch up again soon.

  182. Infidel Tiger King

    https://mobile.twitter.com/JackPosobiec/status/1290978354271784960

    You have to watch this. It’s incredible.

    Biden has lost it.

  183. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Thanks, Tony. In grander moments I think of myself as providing ‘a general theory’ of Arthur; that finding the name and identifying the god, and in particular the nature of the god (a father god) that provoked a challenge to Rome and its civilisation, enables an explanatory framework for many very disparate pieces of remnant culture in Britain and in Europe. It is obviously over-ambitious but nevertheless does point the way for further research and joining of dots.

    The summary material on Civilisations vs Civilization (Kenneth Clark’s great opus) that is currently running over at Quadrant has been quite interesting for reflecting on this major set of themes – that Arthur/Odin, embodying the culture of Valhalla, of warriors and reincarnation and ecstatic states, represents a way of thinking that was appropriate for an iron-age culture of internecine conflict, still inhabiting some seasonal Neolithic stargazing, but hardly a basis for a civilisation with an ‘s’ as expounded by Clark and which was honed in a Greco-Roman Judeo-Christian lineage.

    Sorry, long sentence, thinking as I type. Too tired to tidy it up. Medications doing me in right now.

  184. Infidel Tiger King

    Squawk Box
    @SquawkCNBC
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    BREAKING: $JNJ announces the US government will pay $1B for 100 million doses of its #COVID19 vaccine and will be provided on a global, not-for-profit basis.

  185. MatrixTransform

    with their self-delusion of engineering infallibility

    kudos mate.

    I get so sick of fixing their fuck-ups

    actually … no … I get paid for that

  186. MatrixTransform

    Medications doing me in right now.

    get well soon.

    but save some meds for later 🙂

  187. JC

    Wow, just wow. The orange oaf’s birth certificate clearly shows he was born in Jamaica.

    see here:

    Just kidding, it’s Jamaica Queens.

  188. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Wotcha doing, says Hairy coming in the room. Writing about a ‘general theory’ of Arthur, I smile tiredly. A general theory? he says. So is there also a special theory? A general theory and a special theory; the large and the small. Well, yes, I say, in a sense there is. The general theory is the whole kit and kaboodle of the flowering of the legends during the C12th and 13th Medieval warm period, and the special theory is how it all developed via a misinterpetation of Gildas, who produced a bowdlerised version of the historically verifiable visit of St. Germanus to Britain in 429AD from which much else flowed. The Plague of Justinian in 542, following the cataclysmic world event of the volcanic winter in 436AD, did the rest. Civilization with a ‘z’ (economic organisation) and then an ‘s’ ( a way of thinking) died for centuries in wider Europe, grimly clutched to the breasts of the nascent Christian monasteries in Ireland at the furthest reaches of the world.

  189. MatrixTransform

    grimly clutched to the breasts of the nascent Christian monasteries in Ireland at the furthest reaches of the world.

    alright … that’s enough meds

  190. Old School Conservative

    Just kidding, it’s Jamaica [Hospital], Queens.

    It will be interesting to see how many stupid TDS sufferers fall for this.

  191. Mick Gold Coast QLD

    From Infidel Tiger King at 10:53 pm:

    “https://mobile.twitter.com/JackPosobiec/status/1290978354271784960

    You have to watch this. It’s incredible.

    Biden has lost it.”

    This loon deserves the derision which accompanies every sighting of his deterioration and destruction.

    He is being rewarded for all the things he did for himself as a thoroughly corrupt politician since his twenties, and for all the things he failed to do for his constituents. That the US system offers this goat for election as President demonstrates the shambles that it is and the fact anyone – any single person – can contemplate voting for this diseased old pedalo, who couldn’t cast a vote for himself without assistance, shows how far the joint has regressed.

  192. Makka

    Gosh, Tony Soprano looked like shit in his last movie. No wonder he karked it shortly after.

  193. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    errata – volcanic winter was 536, my typo said 436.

    Year that ‘Arthur’ died according to Annales Cambrae, reconstructed in the C12th from old myths and records. It fits. The sun god Arthur, the old All Father, went caput. So they said anyway. In reality, he lived on for quite a while still in legend. Still does.

    After the great Tsunami of the Thera explosion swept over the Nile delta and caused similar sorts of ecological chaos the older cosmology of Egypt was put aside in an effort to placate a new sun god, the Aten, by Akhenatin. Similar sort of thinking, centuries earlier. Explains myth of parting of the Red Sea too.

  194. Infidel Tiger King #3537102, posted on August 5, 2020 at 10:53 pm

    https://mobile.twitter.com/JackPosobiec/status/1290978354271784960

    You have to watch this. It’s incredible.

    Biden has lost it.

    Already sent to the forgettery.

  195. You may be pleased that climate action is just simmering away quietly in the background. ABC have a show called Fight For Planet A (I think) that will challenge families and whoever to first understand their ‘carbon footprint’ then discover ways to lessen the smudge. Hosted by an ex Chaser whose name escapes me, but he hosts Teh Dumb I believe. Can’t wait!

  196. William the Conjuror

    The amount of ammonium nitrate at Orica’s Koorangang Island site is without doubt a legitimate concern for people living and working in immediately adjacent suburbs like Stockton, Mayfield, Tighes Hill and Carrington. Less so for those residents of more distant suburbs. It is surprising that Homeland Security has not so far required Orica to disperse it’s ammonium nitrate stockpile in smaller amounts at more remote locations. Port Stephens and Lake Macquarie would be eminently suitable.

  197. Leigh Lowe

    And Googlery gives away his locale one more time.

  198. Cold-Hands

    That load of fertiliser would have been worth a quid or two and would have been stolen in seven years. Even if someone carried out a lunch pail full each day, it would go fairly quickly. (No. I haven’t done the maths.)
    That stuff stayed there because it was protected.
    Let’s just blame the Jooooos.

    Hezbollah have form for stockpiling NH4NO3 for future use. 3 tonnes of it was found in London in 2015, & smaller amounts in Germany. Just lucky they were found before they were used or they accidentally exploded.

  199. MatrixTransform

    Homeland Security

    sounds like a tv show

  200. Gab

    Where’s Arky these days? Anyone know?

  201. Gab

    Poor Arky. He’s got a problem with his eye, seems like an infection of the optic nerve but the ”experts” are still investigating.

  202. C.L.

    A prayer to St Lucy for Arky’s eye.

  203. JC

    I think the big lug is better.

  204. C.L.

    Watch the whole clip of Biden insisting he’s mentally A-OK.
    Watch as he deteriorates live …
    This is legitimately sad:

    https://twitter.com/TrumpWarRoom/status/1290971428813242368

  205. JC

    Actually there’s nothing really sad about it. Biden would be aware how’s fading and still clings on despite being unable to effectively ever hold office. His wife and family continues with the lie.

    The demonrat party, Anita, BLM and the funders should be up on RICO charges.

  206. Gab

    Of course, St Lucy! Thanks, CL, I couldn’t remember.

  207. Fisky

    Lots of “cancel the debates” op-eds in the pipeline.

  208. egg_

    Mr. Dittemore said that NASA had received 350 reports of shuttle wreckage found outside of the main debris in East Texas and Louisiana, but that none had been confirmed as shuttle parts.

    He said that of 132 reports from California, four had been investigated and found unreliable. Of 150 reports from Arizona and New Mexico, 16 had been found irrelevant to the Columbia investigation.

  209. Top Ender

    Victorians face weeks of higher coronavirus infections, with average daily cases to peak at 1100 by the end of next week and staying above 1000 for eight days.

    The Victorian government’s own estimates, obtained by The Australian, show the average number of new cases is not ­expected to decline until the last week of August.

    It will remain above 300 a day even as the restrictive stage-four lockdown is scheduled to end in mid-September.

    and

    However, the leaked Victorian government estimates suggest the peak health impact will be in the last weeks of August, with significant numbers of new cases continuing to be recorded well into September and October.

    Oz

  210. Struth

    I’m fuming.
    And yes I’ve lost two jobs and interstate travel etc plus the insanity of distancing and bloody hand cleaning bullshit and standing on spots….but I’m country QLD.
    Compared to being a Melbournistan prisoner I’m as free as the wind.
    Where is the rage down there?
    Watching TV last night very calm business representative a little miffed the web site crashed they needed to download their stasi movement papers.
    It’s amazing to watch humans with the best quality of life in the entire history of the planet chose chaos and death instead of over regulated neutral sexed boredom that quality of life produced.

  211. Struth

    The crazy thing is this.
    China will move on Taiwan and consolidate here once a civil war the left are pushing for occurs.
    Either election result will start it for real in the states.

    Like here we surely must know the left are not so much about power as they are about destroying.
    They’ll turn to who gets power only after the complete destruction has occurred.

  212. MemoryFault

    Thanks Tom.
    My apologies for those who seem incapable of learning basic politeness, no matter how many times it is pointed out to them.

  213. MemoryFault

    Leak for me today, Tom.
    With an honourable mention for Breen, which although American, is just as applicable here.

  214. rickw

    You might get woke, but no one’s buying it:

  215. gafa

    Like here we surely must know the left are not so much about power as they are about destroying.

    Which is why Victoria is doomed. Like on the Titanic, the lights are barely flickering and the end is nigh, the band is playing and those left behind have resigned to accept the horrible fate that lies before them.
    Resistance is Futile.
    Save yourselves while you still can.

    Thanks Tom, can hit the hay now.

  216. MemoryFault

    Good morning Rick.
    You’re up and aout early today.
    Thanks for the Creedance. One of my favourites.

  217. rickw

    Crazy for Trump! Someone manages to get a Trump 2020 sticker on a bears tracking collar!

  218. rickw

    Dr Voddie Baucham, post Christian culture and Liberalism.

    (Voddie is a very good preacher and is well worth a look)

  219. bespoke

    C.L.
    #3536889, posted on August 5, 2020 at 7:05 pm
    I have to say the intellectual response to this pandemic from libertarians proper has been astonishingly piss-poor. They appear to have no steadfast principles for or about anything. It has been conservtives and rightists who’ve provided all the push-back against nazism and irrationality

    Who are they? and what do you want them to do

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