Open Forum: November 28, 2020

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  1. Mitch M.

    kaysee
    #3677686, posted on December 2, 2020 at 4:49 pm
    A global team of experts has found 10 FATAL FLAWS in the main test for Covid

    A peer review of the paper on which most Covid testing is based has comprehensively debunked the science behind it, finding major flaws. They conclude it’s utterly unsuitable as a means for diagnosis – and the fall-out is immense.

    Now the PCR testing supremacy under which we all now live has received another crushing blow. A peer review from a group of 22 international experts has found 10 “major flaws” in the main protocol for such tests. The report systematically dismantles the original study, called the Corman-Drosten paper, which described a protocol for applying the PCR technique to detecting Covid.

    Are the trials of the vaccines which used that test invalidated because of this? But of course we can rely on the vaccines …

  2. Makka

    Grigs! That explains the void between the ears.

  3. Dot

    Ricky Slater lives on in the hearts of some.

    Scum bag lawyers like Vivian Waller and other drug fucked ropists…

    Ben Batterham, is my personal hero.

  4. notafan

    Grig has always had his finger on the pulse.

  5. Delta A

    … or the lack of pulse.

  6. Dot

    Only after they put lotion on the skin, nota.

  7. Dot

    Delta

    But yet he had a personal touch and insight with them. Like he was inside their skin.

  8. kaysee

    The Mass Murder of Nigerian Christians

    The world is determined to look away from a horrific campaign of killings being perpetrated in Africa under the name of Ixxlam
    The French intellectual and human rights activist Bernard-Henri Lévy traveled throughout the Middle Belt in late 2019 to focus exclusively on the Fulani raids against Christian communities. In a Wall Street Journal essay reflecting on his visit, published days before Haaanukkah and Christmas that year, Lévy wrote:

    A slow-motion war is under way in Africa’s most populous country. It’s a massacre of Christians, massive in scale and horrific in brutality. And the world has hardly noticed.

    A Nigerian Pentecostal Christian, director of a nongovernmental organization that works for mutual understanding between Nigeria’s Christians and Mxxslims, alerted me to it. “Have you heard of the Fulani?” … The Fulani are an ethnic group, generally described as shepherds from mostly Mxxslim Northern Nigeria, forced by climate change to move with their herds toward the more temperate Christian South. They number 14 million to 15 million in a nation of 191 million.

    Among them is a violent element. “They are Ixxlamic extremists of a new stripe,” the NGO director said, “more or less linked with Boko Haram.”

  9. kaysee

    Are the trials of the vaccines which used that test invalidated because of this? But of course we can rely on the vaccines …

  10. Nick

    *Older HK Chinese in Oz are more likely to be pro-Beijing; younger ones more likely to be anti-mainland

    Strange. It’s the older ones who remember why they fled China in the first place. Just saying….

  11. thefrollickingmole

    This is why labs have been running 40 cycles, almost guaranteeing a large number of false positives – up to 97 percent, according to some studies.

    So we may have a much, much less contagious disease, but a higher fatality rate?

    Or it may be that even the fatality rates are much, much smaller if they relied on the same tests.

    If thats correct, then holy snapping duckshit batman, thats the mother of all stuffups.

    There was no pandemic.
    The flu is just that, a flu.
    The lack of “excess deaths” in that paper which was shitcanned is then entirely explainable.

  12. Leigh Lowe

    Just made a run for it from the Maskist State and crossed into Stobie Poland.
    Observations:-
    People without masks look terribly raffish and revolutionary.
    The Stobie Polanders still favour their national car (the Missubishi Magna) above all others.

  13. Bruce of Newcastle

    Sydney aims to turn entire 8000 bus fleet electric by 2030

    Oh great. The Libs have gone completely nuts now. It’d be funny if it wasn’t our money they’re wasting.

  14. cohenite

    I watch Fox for The Five (and sport); today The Five said Barr had upgraded the Durham enquiry to a special counsel status; so I don’t know what the fuck is going on.

  15. H B Bear

    The Mitsubishi Magna was the fully evolved Leyland P76.

  16. rickw

    The Mitsubishi Magna was the fully evolved Leyland P76.

    Worst car ever to work on, every single cut out and panel edge was razor sharp!

  17. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Asylum-seekers sent offshore can challenge govt in Fed Court

    Rosie Lewis
    Reporter
    @rosieslewis
    2 hours ago December 2, 2020
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    Asylum-seekers who have been sent to offshore processing centres can keep pursuing legal action against the Commonwealth in the Federal Court, in a ruling hailed as a “major legal victory” by their lawyers.

    The High Court on Wednesday also agreed with Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton that the government can argue asylum-seeker claims should be dismissed if they breach a certain section of the Migration Act.

    Australian Lawyers Alliance spokesman Greg Barns SC described the decision as a “small win for the Commonwealth but probably a bigger win for the plaintiffs” – four child asylum-seekers who were either sent to or born on Nauru.

    “The High Court has made it clear that the Commonwealth is a model litigant, which means it should not seek to bar claims made by asylum-seekers unless there is merit in the argument seeking to bar the claim,” he said.

    “Importantly, the court has not accepted an argument that any offshore asylum-seeker should have to sue in the High Court. This would have meant more expense and delay.

    “The bottom line is that claims for breaches of duty of care by the Commonwealth towards asylum-seekers it has detained offshore can still be litigated.”

    The four respondents commenced proceedings in the Federal Court as representatives of more than 50 other asylum-seekers, arguing the government had failed in its duty of care to asylum-seekers on Nauru.

    The Commonwealth disputed the jurisdiction of the Federal Court to hear the cases and appealed to the High Court in September last year.

    George Newhouse, director of the national justice project who led the asylum-seekers’ legal team, said they had argued the Federal Court had the authority to hear these claims and the High Court on Wednesday agreed.

    “This decision vindicates the right of our clients to seek justice for the cruel and inhumane treatment that they suffered,” he said.

    “By taking legal action against the government, our clients hope to access the long-term medical and psychological care that they need.”

    Mr Newhouse vowed to fight in the Federal Court “to make the government accountable for what it has done to these children”.

  18. zyconoclast

    Oh great. The Libs have gone completely nuts now. It’d be funny if it wasn’t our money they’re wasting.

    Only now?

  19. Speedbox

    Dr Faustus
    #3677654, posted on December 2, 2020 at 3:27 pm
    Their ABC finds an Expert who knows what Morrison needs to do to quickly fix the problem with China:

    1) Sign Australia up to Belt and Road;
    ………….

    I thought you were taking the piss. Then I read the linked story. F.M.D.

  20. thefrollickingmole

    Newhouse/Barns.

    A pair of ticks whos whole “strategy” is to mount never ending court cases till something sticks (usually with certain magistrates).

    our clients hope to access Australia, and the never ending stream of gimmidats it entitles them, and their extended families to.

  21. rickw

    If you’re a pastor and someone says to you, “I’m struggling with my sexuality, please pray for me,” you’re facing the reality that the Bill specifically lists prayer as a banned practice. You’re being asked to commit a crime.

    There is no way The Bat Eared Mong isn’t a complete deviant. That’s one fucked up pet project.

  22. zyconoclast

    Mummy dearest…

    Mothers of boys with gender identity disorder: a comparison of matched controls

    Abstract
    This pilot study compared mothers of boys with gender identity disorder (GID) with mothers of normal boys to determine whether differences in psychopathology and child-rearing attitudes and practices could be identified. Results of the Diagnostic Interview for Borderlines and the Beck Depression Inventory revealed that mothers of boys with GID had more symptoms of depression and more often met the criteria for Borderline Personality Disorder than the controls. Fifty-three percent of the mothers of boys with GID compared with only 6% of controls met the diagnosis for Borderline Personality Disorder on the Diagnostic Interview for Borderlines or had symptoms of depression on the Beck Depression Inventory. Results of the Summers and Walsh Symbiosis Scale suggested that mothers of probands had child-rearing attitudes and practices that encouraged symbiosis and discouraged the development of autonomy.

  23. Maj

    Strange. It’s the older ones who remember why they fled China in the first place. Just saying….

    If you take the time to talk to them you’ll see the main concern of that generation was economic freedom, not really political freedom.

    Chinese who fled the mainland for HK during the Cultural Revolution fled a land (PRC) where they had no political rights and no right to make money and keep it for a land (colonial HK) where where they also had no political rights but where they had basic property rights — the right to work hard, make money and keep it.

    The ones that then left HK for Australia, the folks I have met through church over the years, left because they feared HK would be turned into a 1960’s version of mainland China. Instead, they have seen China raised up to be almost like HK economically.

    It’s a mistake to apply what we know from the folks who fled communism in Cuba and Venezuela who rightly equate communism with economic collapse and poverty. Like it or not, Chinese Australians who come from HK, as a rule, they just don’t view “communism” like that.

  24. Helen

    Sydney aims to turn entire 8000 bus fleet electric by 2030

    Aren’t they called trams?

  25. miltonf

    Matt Kean charters private jet to Cobar for ministerial announcement
    Matt Kean refused to answer questions about the size of his carbon footprint after chartering a private jet to Cobar as debate raged over his energy plans.

    Clarissa Bye
    December 1, 2020 – 11:23PM
    The Daily Telegraph

    Energy Minister Matt Kean refused to answer questions about the size of his carbon footprint on Tuesday after chartering a private jet to Cobar for a ministerial announcement as debate raged over his energy plans.

    He joined Premier Gladys Berejiklian on the 560km air journey from Bankstown to Cobar on a twin-engine business jet, the Embraer Phenom 300, to hand over 15,000 hectares of land to Aboriginal owners.

    In recent times the use of private flights have come under fire from green activists for the amount of greenhouse gas emissions produced.

    Nor did he answer questions on whether the Berejiklian Government picked up the tab for select media organisations including Nine newspapers and Channel 10 to accompany the politicians for the ceremonial event.

    Mr Kean also ducked questions about Federal National MP Matt Canavan’s call to tear up the $2 billion energy bill with NSW in the wake Mr Kean’s “radical” shake-up of NSW energy.

    One Nation leader Mark Latham, who has fought Mr Kean’s new $32 billion green energy infrastructure laws in the parliament, asked why Mr Kean didn’t drive his new electric car to Cobar.

    “Because it wouldn’t get that far, so he adds it to his carbon footprint instead,” Mr Latham said.

    Energy economist Alan Moran disputes Mr Kean’s statement that the cost of renewables has fallen.

    “As the state’s new legislation demonstrates, future supply continues to be reliant on subsidies,” he said.

    “And over recent years the policy of subsidising renewables has led to a doubling of wholesale prices.

    “He hopes to see subsidised renewables putting downward pressure on all electricity suppliers’ prices but in 2016 the effect of this led to unprofitable operations, plant closures and skyrocketing prices.”

    To say this government stinks is an understatement.

  26. Maj

    If you’re a pastor and someone says to you, “I’m struggling with my sexuality, please pray for me,” you’re facing the reality that the Bill specifically lists prayer as a banned practice. You’re being asked to commit a crime.

    Victoria criminalizing the seal of the confessional was only ever going to be the thin end of the wedge.

  27. Nick

    If you take the time to talk to them

    Please stop.

  28. Like it or not, Chinese Australians who come from HK, as a rule, they just don’t view “communism” like that.

    They’ve lived it and know what they’re talking about.
    They understand that China is a totalitarian oligarchy, and not a communist state.
    There haven’t been communes in China for a very long time.
    But this is Catallaxy, a site frequented by perpetual adolescents, who toss labels around with no idea what they mean.

  29. bespoke

    Nick
    #3677769, posted on December 2, 2020 at 6:23 pm
    If you take the time to talk to them

    Please stop.

    No no it’s amusing it was directed at you.

  30. Bruce of Newcastle

    More on the moronic electric buses.

    A diesel bus engine is about 300 kW. So 8000 of them going say 12 hours a day on average are chewing up 300 x 4000 / 1000 = 1200 MW. That’s about what Vales Point power station puts out.

    Just for stupid buses.

  31. rickw

    Aren’t they called trams?

    Ssssh!!!

    Funny story.

    The ecotards introduce regenerative braking on trains.

    Everyone wonders why the Cathodic Protection systems on their underground gas, water and fuel pipelines start going haywire…..

    They’re the absolute grand masters of unintended consequences!

  32. Helen

    It would be really funny rick, I am sure, if I knew what you were talking about.

    Now I will have to look up Cathodic Protection systems …

  33. rickw

    So much fun everywhere but Australia……

  34. John of Mel

    Aren’t they called trams?

    Trolleybus is a better alternative.

  35. JMH

    Credlin handing the reins to Gerry Harvey to conduct a rolling free advertisement for his stuff. FFS. Over to Antiques Roadshow for me! I am getting sorely sick of Peta.

  36. C.L.

    If only there was somebody there to punch this cretin in the head.
    But he avoids jail because of course he does.

  37. rickw

    Now I will have to look up Cathodic Protection systems …

    Protecting underground steel equipment by pushing current into it (reverse to what happens in corrosion) or connect it electrically to something that corrodes more readily.

    Basically it’s hard to get everyone’s gear to play well together then along comes regenerative braking pushing large amounts of random current into the ground!

  38. cohenite

    They understand that China is a totalitarian oligarchy, and not a communist state.

    The old bastard always delivers on stupidity. I nominate that expulsion from the old bastard as the dumbest comment on this thread.

  39. Zyconoclast

    Now I will have to look up Cathodic Protection systems …

    Zinc covered in a condom?

  40. Tel

    COVID Predictions for Sweden

    https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.04.11.20062133v1.full.pdf

    Statement of principal findings

    This individual-based modelling project predicts that with the current mitigation approach approximately 96,000 deaths (95% CI 52,000 to 183,000) can be expected before 1 July, 2020. At the peak period (early May), the need for ICU beds will be at least 40-fold higher than the pre-pandemic ICU-bed capacity, not considering ICU admissions for other conditions.

    Strengths and weaknesses of the study

    The model predictions presented here utilize the best international understanding of the parameters of COVID-19 infectivity, clinical course, and transmissibility. Key parameters were further estimated from the Swedish data that we believe most robust to potential testing bias: ICU admissions and deaths. Based on this, the model makes striking predictions for the course of infection in Sweden over the coming weeks, based on Swedish government policy through 10 April 2020. In addition to estimating the results of public-health policy decisions on healthcare capacity and mortality, these predictions also provide a way to test current knowledge of the disease. Should either those reported data or current global understanding of COVID-19 biology include substantial errors, those will become evident as a divergence between model predictions and Sweden’s public health situation. In addition, residential care for the elderly is not accounted for explicitly in the models; this may lead to incorrect estimation of mortality in the older age groups.

  41. rickw

    The old bastard always delivers on stupidity. I nominate that expulsion from the old bastard as the dumbest comment on this thread.

    Personally I thought it was low energy, didn’t manage to weave Vietnam into what was already a stupid comment. Why go halfway?!

  42. thefrollickingmole

    The decrepit old dotard rises from its dementia induced stupor to post this drivel.

    They understand that China is a totalitarian oligarchy, and not a communist state.

    mmmmyessss because no other Communist inspired shithole has ever gone exactly the same way.
    Again. Children of Venezuela’s elite including ex-leader Hugo Chavez’s daughter flaunt wealth
    The rich kids of the elite are showing off their opulent lifestyles while the rest of the nation starves, and many are turning to prostitution.

    ..

    And again. Did Soviet government officials live in luxury?

    Imagine having a head so full of worms you havent worked out the whole “Communism just hasnt been done right” thing is meant to suck in teenagers, not 70+ year old addle pated retired mong herders.

  43. Tel

    COVID Measurements for Sweden

    https://adamaltmejd.se/covid/

    Reported deaths up to December 2020: 6798 … or less than 1/10th of the “striking predictions for the course of infection in Sweden”.

  44. kaysee

    Well, the wheat harvest is in and my final day as a chaser bin driver has arrived.
    Another para added to the CV. 🙂

    Pedro,
    In a few short paragraphs, you’ve described the work, and revealed your sense of humour and generous nature.
    It is worth more than a para in a CV.

    I am presenting you with the Honorary Catallaction Club Membership. 📜 ⭐

  45. Tel

    Basically it’s hard to get everyone’s gear to play well together then along comes regenerative braking pushing large amounts of random current into the ground!

    Hang on, regenerative braking has to put the energy into something useful like a battery for storage. If you throw the power into the ground then it’s hardly regenerative, might as well use normal brakes. There’s something missing from this story.

  46. bespoke

    Pedro,
    In a few short paragraphs, you’ve described the work, and revealed your sense of humour and generous nature.

    Indeed 👍

  47. Tel

    Now I will have to look up Cathodic Protection systems …

    Zinc covered in a condom?

    Not to be confused with the Sacrificial Anointed form of protection.

  48. thefrollickingmole

    Tel

    I had a quick read and it seems a lot of systems will cut out the charge returning if the output is too high.

    Not something Ive looked at before so I might be off there.
    Apparently too high a voltage returning will cause the batteries damage or to decay a lot quicker.

  49. miltonf

    Basically it’s hard to get everyone’s gear to play well together then along comes regenerative braking pushing large amounts of random current into the ground!

    Hang on, regenerative braking has to put the energy into something useful like a battery for storage. If you throw the power into the ground then it’s hardly regenerative, might as well use normal brakes. There’s something missing from this story.

    Doesn’t sound right to me, Regen pumps current from a train into the overhead for other trains to use. Return DC current is through the running rails whether regening or not. This current leaking into water or gas pipes can be a problem.

  50. Makka

    They understand that China is a totalitarian oligarchy, and not a communist state.

    They didn’t do it right, eh numbnutz?

  51. Arky

    Killing a seagull: deserving a punch in the head.
    Murdering random c*nts in an Afghan village: meh.
    Got it.

  52. Cassie of Sydney

    David Wood is in fine form re. the religion of pieces and the latest atrocity against Christians in Nigeria.

  53. Arky

    Some retard is mean to a seagull: this is worthy of police, court and media time.
    Fuck off.
    Right now, as I type, millions of seagulls are dying horrific, lonely cruel deaths, No one gives a shit, nor should they.

  54. thefrollickingmole

    Arky and the seagull sitting in the tree….

    Winged shit machines, barely better than bin chickens.
    They only exist to give shags something to look down upon.

  55. egg_

    regenerative braking has to put the energy into something useful like a battery for storage. If you throw the power into the ground then it’s hardly regenerative, might as well use normal brakes. There’s something missing from this story.

    It’s usually put into braking resistors via whopping great IGBTs.
    You can usually see them on top of trains.

  56. kaysee

    It’s a quiet Monday evening so I’ll tell the story so far of mysterious young magpie.

    Bruce, rumour has it that you are writing a book about your Birds in Paradise.
    Is it true?

    If so, I have some suggestions on layout, design, copy, format. 🙂

  57. zyconoclast

    Grifters gonna grift

    The Minnesota Council of Churches, leveraging its 25 denominations with more than 1 million members, prioritizes path to “truth and reparation.”

    A St. Louis Park congregation devoted two years to exploring white supremacy, and now it is raising $1 million for a child care center for low-income families.

    In Bemidji, some faith leaders are participating in “listening posts” often led by Native Americans who share experiences of discrimination.

    Some Twin Cities churches have launched a “reparation fund” to support people of color who are activists combating racial inequities.

    Religious groups across Minnesota have been experimenting with ways to share “the hard truths” about racial injustices, especially after the killing of George Floyd. Now the Minnesota Council of Churches hopes to dramatically multiply and deepen those efforts, leveraging its 25 denominations with more than 1 million members.

  58. kaysee

    h/t Michael Smith News

    Mike Huckabee’s Veterans’ Speech (4:22)

    This is from 2007.
    The story of teacher Martha Cothren’s classroom which had no desks.

  59. zyconoclast

    Perhaps they should deport the 80 actors and celebrities

    SEVEN foreign criminals who should be deported are released from prison every day on to Britain’s streets, it has been revealed.

    New figures show a total of 2,552 criminals were freed from jail and discharged into the community in the past 12 months alone.

    According to Home Office data, there is now a record number of 9,987 foreign national offenders living in Britain – which is a 150 per cent increase from the number in 2012.

    More than 2,600 foreign criminals have been living in the community for more than five years after completing their sentences.

    This comes as more than 80 black British actors and celebrities, including supermodel Naomi Campbell, have signed letters urging airlines not to deport 30 Jamaican criminals.

    Among the former inmates are murderers, r*p*sts and p**d*ph*l*s – who Home Secretary Priti Patel is set to deport on a charter flight on Wednesday.

  60. MatrixTransform

    Darth Vader is dead. Died from covid

    despite wearing a mask?

    anyway, pretty sure he had an underlying condition

  61. miltonf

    If you throw the power into the ground then it’s hardly regenerative, might as well use normal brakes.

    No. Using electric motors as generators for braking saves brake pads and discs. It’s a bonus if the power generated can be used by other trains or trams (as the case may be). I think the energy saved with regen can be 25% iirc. Not bad.

  62. Steve trickler

    Take at look at this thing. It’s finally getting a drive in the Divided States of America.

    Do enjoy the ride.



  63. MatrixTransform

    There’s something missing from this story.

    yah … big fucking resistor banks

  64. kaysee

    Woman stabs Venice man with machete in attempt to steal his wife

    A woman is in custody after breaking into a Venice home and stabbing a man with a machete while he was lying in bed because she wanted to be with the man’s wife.

    I am Woman.

  65. MatrixTransform

    _eggy … snap!

  66. Roger

    . Now the Minnesota Council of Churches hopes to dramatically multiply and deepen those efforts, leveraging its 25 denominations with more than 1 million members.

    Any group with “Council of Churches” in its name has been Marxist for at least 50 years.

  67. Roger

    25 denominations with more than 1 million members.

    And I’d take the membership numbers with a grain of salt too, since they’d include all the baptised and confirmed who otherwise never darken a church door unless for a funeral for Aunt Betty.

  68. Knuckle Dragger

    ‘They understand that China is a totalitarian oligarchy’

    Well you don’t understand it, Tent Killer Bob, so I don’t know why you expect tens of thousands of inscrutable dry cleaners to.

  69. Knuckle Dragger

    Young (21) Green coming in at 5, ahead of Carey and Maxwell.

    He’d better justify that love. Just sayin’.

  70. kaysee

    Dr Peter McCullough at US Senate (2:06)

    He testifies before Senate:

    There were fraudulent papers, published by individuals interested in doing evil to the world with respect to HCQ.

  71. rickw

    Hang on, regenerative braking has to put the energy into something useful like a battery for storage. If you throw the power into the ground then it’s hardly regenerative, might as well use normal brakes. There’s something missing from this story.

    The trains are DC, with power from overhead catenary cable to ground via the trains motors. Tuning CP systems in proximity to electrified rail takes a bit of effort due to stray currents in the base case.

    When the regenerative braking is used (pushing power into overhead wire), the polarity of the stray currents generated reverses. The tuning of your CP system goes out the window.

  72. BrettW

    From The Oz. Comments not supporting his view.

    ANZ chief executive Shayne Elliott said he was proud the bank had not lent “a dollar” to any coal miners since his appointment in 2016, and revealed it has cut some big customers who have failed to recognise the reality of climate change.

    The big four bank, whose new 10-year climate policy sparked controversy amid fears it would hit farmers, said it stood by a decision to cut exposure to coal by 2030.

    “We’re pretty proud of the fact that since I became CEO we’ve not lent one new dollar to the coal industry and our exposure has come down,” Mr Elliott told the Emissions Reduction Summit on Wednesday.

  73. Knuckle Dragger

    ‘revealed it has cut some big customers who have failed to recognise the reality of climate change.’

    Wow. I wonder who ANZ’s ‘big’ customers are now?

    The Handsome Her cafe? The Menziesville East Plenary Council Fighting Fund?

  74. kaysee

    For a long time, I have been a collector. Not Picassos and Rembrandts – they are way, way, way beneath (ummmm) my financial status. I collect something simpler: quotes, prayers, poems, funnies.

    Years ago, going through a dark phase, I understood how easy it would be to fall into the deep pit of despair, hopelessness and dejection. I knew I needed something that would be a pick-me-up, but not from the pharmacy. The solution was simple. I turned to my collection.
    What I had collected in the past was mostly in the inspirational area. Now, I began to build on it. I also added another aspect: the light-hearted (by way of funnies).

    When the times got really hard, I would push myself to go through what I had. Some of it was hand written, some printed, some audio, some on my computer. This exercise didn’t solve my problems, but it helped for just a tiny bit, to lift my spirits, and crack the glimmer of a smile.
    After a while, the funnies and jokes, prayers and poems, songs and hymns embedded themselves in the brain. And they would pop into the head, and I would recall the joke or the inspiration piece, and it would get me through the grey patch. I would also repeat the inspirational parts like a meditative chant. I have continued to use this self-prescribed medication, whenever necessary.

    Coming into this forum, I decided to share from my ongoing collection. I had no idea if any (one or two or five or ten) travellers on this blog were checking them out, but I didn’t let myself bother about it, as it is an Open Forum. Now, it seems as if a few of you do click on the links. (Thank you.)

    As a long time lurker across several internet sites, I have been helped in many ways by countless other contributors. And so, I am trying to repay them, in a small way, by passing on the treasures I’ve picked up. Being ill – physically or mentally – can be very tough. We can sometimes put on a game face for the world, even while we are struggling to cope.

    The snippets I post, are the ones that I find funny or inspirational. I hope that for those who are interested, it will brighten your world for a few minutes, or longer than that. Humour does not have a standard marker, and hence will not appeal to all. Sometimes, a quote can be ambiguous, and makes sense only in a certain context.

    I am not posting these little bits 🐻 and bobs 🐹 because I want to preach my philosophy to anyone. I am offering what has helped me, in the hope that some others out there may find a takeaway that will help them, to hold on till the storm passes.

  75. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    ‘revealed it has cut some big customers who have failed to recognise the reality of climate change.’

    Comment on that article.

    Joy
    9 minutes ago
    “Elliott said he was proud the bank had not lent “a dollar” to any coal miners”
    Proud of putting miners out of work, huh? Peak woke goofy virtue signalling madness. Rampant nicompoopery.

    “Nicompoopery!” Word of the day!

  76. Cassie of Sydney

    “kaysee
    #3677910, posted on December 2, 2020 at 8:58 pm”

    Kaysee…I really appreciate what you post. Thank you.

  77. kaysee

    Ponderable Points 🐻
     
    One
     
    Two

  78. Dave in Marybrook

    Thanks kaysee- it is appreciated, and all part of the fun of the fair.
    Plus, after Mark A put up some rather spectacular boobs in his Imgur roundup, I haven’t been game to click his links…

  79. cohenite

    FMD, hannity cut off Matt Gaetz when he was eviscerating the appointing of Durham as special counsel; Gaetz pointed out the fucking demorats started the Trump presidency with a special counsel and the Trump presidency is ending with one. Summed it up perfectly but hannity cut him off mid sentence.

  80. Dr Faustus

    kaysee at 8:58 pm
    Good work.

  81. Entropy

    Re the ANZ tosser, I am not sure the ANZ was that much if a player in :inning anyway, but at least his virtuous display will no doubt help in getting some adulation at the next weekend’s north shore dinner party.

  82. miltonf

    Twerps like Elliot show we really have become an idiocracy.

  83. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Kaysee, I have always taken the view that pixels are plentiful and free here, and as long as Sinc doesn’t object, then put up what suits you at the time on the Open Forum as long as you don’t hog the blog. SSR did season the blog rather too liberally with her presence and haywire linkages, and that became a little wearing till Sinc called halt. People can always scroll if they see your name and are not interested in your sort of content. Some will be interested, others won’t.

    Personally, I’ve loved some of your collection even though I am not much of a ‘thought for the day’ appreciator, and thank you for sharing it and the story behind it.
    I hope things are still looking good for you.

  84. Dr Faustus

    Wow. I wonder who ANZ’s ‘big’ customers are now?

    None of the Australian Big 4 have done much in the energy project finance market for years.
    Mr Handsome Her is making a virtue out of it.

    A bit like Dollarmites for the GreenQWERTY community.

  85. Tel

    The trains are DC, with power from overhead catenary cable to ground via the trains motors. Tuning CP systems in proximity to electrified rail takes a bit of effort due to stray currents in the base case.

    When the regenerative braking is used (pushing power into overhead wire), the polarity of the stray currents generated reverses. The tuning of your CP system goes out the window.

    OK, I think I get it … if you bolt a simple Zinc Anode to the rail then it should be fine regardless of stray currents. However if you attempt to make an active CP system with current injected from elsewhere then this system needs to be compensated for whatever stray currents are around the place and that’s very difficult in the face of reversing currents.

    That might open the door for a computerized semiconductor CP controller … with telemetry … which will be yet another Green startup firm. You heard it here first!

  86. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Re the ANZ tosser, I am not sure the ANZ was that much if a player in :inning anyway, but at least his virtuous display will no doubt help in getting some adulation at the next weekend’s north shore dinner party.

    Is this A.N.Z’s “Gillette” moment?

  87. Tel

    https://www.sollatek.com/products/cathodic-protection-controller-cp/

    They already exist, and solar powered to boot. No telemetry, and no mention of how well it self tunes in the datasheet. Banging in more software to handle more complex control situations would not be such a big step for them.

  88. rickw

    However if you attempt to make an active CP system with current injected from elsewhere then this system needs to be compensated for whatever stray currents are around the place and that’s very difficult in the face of reversing currents.

    That’s it, virtually all of the systems are impressed current, rather than sacrificial anode.

    They got it worked out eventually, but another green instance of visibly saving pennies whilst quietly spending pounds to deal with the fallout.

  89. rickw

    Bat Eared Mong sticks with the Chicoms:

  90. Pedro the Loafer

    I am presenting you with the Honorary Catallaction Club Membership. 📜 ⭐

    From kaysee at 6.52pm.

    Why thankee kaysee. I assume this title come with post nominals, so my nick henceforth shall be Pedro the Loafer, MHCC on all official correspondence. :-).

  91. miltonf

    Rick, trains in NSW have been regening since the late 50s. Stray current issues were sorted out decades ago.

  92. rickw

    Tough enough job for anyone:

  93. rickw

    Rick, trains in NSW have been regening since the late 50s. Stray current issues were sorted out decades ago.

    My CP guy says they started in Melbourne with the last batch of new trains. Issues have only been sorted out within last 12 months by everyone spending $ on their equipment. How much $ did the regen save?

  94. miltonf

    Last batch? Xtraps and Siemens have been on the network for nearly 20 years. Regen is very common- even ac networks can do it now. 25% energy savings are significant.

  95. miltonf

    Blues Mountains line has had regen braking since the 50s.

  96. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Hairy is in a hospital tonight, learning how to sleep properly, i.e. being linked to a heap of cords and gadgets to check him for sleep apnoea. His cardiologist thinks this is a good idea. At 7pm Hairy after ‘an early dinner at 6pm’ (geriatric hour?) calls and outlines the number of danger warnings and ‘risk of electrocution’ signs there are on the mass of leads and monitors that are on the bedhead awaiting him to slumber attached to them.

    Awesome, I say. Good luck, I whisper, and tell him how I’ve missed him so much already tonight, because I am sitting happily at the computer here when a furious sound of breaking glass and falling heavy objects, more like a car crash than anything, came from somewhere in the other rooms. I race out but all seems to be as usual. Kitchen is still whole, benchtops as previously, check the open plan area, and a brief look reveals nothing. Nothing outside in the sunroom, or terrace or hallway or lobby. But there is a sound inside near the sofas. A sound of running water? What could be happening above, in the roof maybe, as I search vainly for a clue in the ceiling? I look around the main room more carefully and then I spot it – we have an Italian glass console behind a sofa, with an upper and lower shelf of glass as part of its design. I see then that the bottom shelf, containing a CD player and various pieces of crystal, has crashed to the floor. The tinkling water sound is the glass, properly fashioned from shatter-glass, breaking up still into further thousands of smaller pieces as the energy in it is disbursed. Attapuss emerges from near the debris, shattered emotionally himself, for he has clearly made a jump at some insect, landed on the console, caused the whole thing wobble and the bottom glass to detach from the miniscule designer-decided cleats on which it merely rests and hence Attapuss has created this cataclysm. He watches, crouching, looking round a corner at me while I collect and sweep up the pellets. It takes an hour.

    This living alone stunt and being personally responsible for things is unsettling.
    Well, I just hope Hairy is settling down nicely. My nerves though are shot.

  97. Dave in Marybrook

    Oi Pedro
    Wanna drive chaser bins for Whites Week, mid Feb?
    Mostly same same, but the tractors are smaller and it’s all in a sort of hedge maze… in the dark. And the truckies are w#nkers, and the dust sticks because you’re chasing a sort of mobile fruit juice misting machine.
    I’ll pay you in cartons of this Ban Fu red that’s going cheap.

  98. Knuckle Dragger

    Haha. FB meme, but I wish I’d thought of it:

    ‘We Urgently Need A Vaccine
    People Are Dropping By The 0.0001s’

  99. win

    Surely Daniel Andrews is step by step introducing CCP rules and regulations into Victoria on his grand plan for Chinese dictatorship of Australia. The idea of Andrews as Prime Minister is already in the public domain. Chinas vile insults are offensive to every Australian and indicates China today presumes Australia is ripe for the taking.

  100. 132andBush

    Arky
    #3677827, posted on December 2, 2020 at 7:14 pm
    Killing a seagull: deserving a punch in the head.
    Murdering random c*nts in an Afghan village: meh.
    Got it.

    C’mon Arky.
    We don’t want psychopaths like this bloke wandering the streets.

  101. win

    Dave ofMarybrook are you taking about grape harvesting? If the cyclones up north happen will it be dust or bogged to the axels in mud.

  102. Knuckle Dragger

    win,

    In Darwin they still harvest grapes during the Wet.

    They take the first few loads of grapes out before it gets too muddy, remove the seeds and then carry them in buckets on the tractor. If you get bogged the seeds are poured in front of the wheels. Excellent traction for getting out of trouble.

  103. 132andBush

    Holy crap, rick.
    Couldn’t believe what I was watching in that first video, now watching his story.

  104. Crossie

    The idea of Andrews as Prime Minister is already in the public domain.

    In that case erase it right now.

  105. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Andy’s family remind me very much of my relatives in Louisiana. Strong Christians in a strong community. Warm, accepting and loving. This is very much the best of America, once out of the cities.

  106. rickw

    Couldn’t believe what I was watching in that first video, now watching his story.

    It’s a bloody sobering story for anyone who works with grain augers. Let alone anyone who has kids about while they’re in operation.

    And in keeping with CAT tradition there’s plenty of references to Andy having been helped by Vietnam war veteran medics working as paramedics and in ER.

  107. Pedro the Loafer

    Oi Pedro
    Wanna drive chaser bins for Whites Week, mid Feb?

    From Dave in Marybrook.

    Good God, NO!

    I would sooner go back underground.

  108. vlad

    If Dictator Dan persists with his banning-religion bill, the Church should man up and formally excommunicate him.

  109. vlad

    I never scroll past your funnies, Kaysee, and I appreciate their gentle humour.

  110. rickw

    If Dictator Dan persists with his banning-religion bill, the Church should man up and formally excommunicate him.

    What I find amusing is that in the cover image for that clip, even Mr Chicom looks a little queasy at being in close proximity to such a sulphurous turd.

  111. Tel

    I found this one on NSW trains.

    http://sets.org.au/fleet/index.php?id=sdic

    Traction control is by means of the Metrovick “unit switch” system (electrically interlocked individual electro-pneumatic contactors). Control equipment is of the 1955 type, with automatic notching and regenerative braking, operated by the driver’s master controller or multiple-unit train lines. The cars are equipped with Westinghouse air brakes, and a full Electro-Pneumatic (EP) brake system.

    Those are the late 1950’s and early 1960’s single level trains.

    However, they still use friction as their primary braking system and the regenerative braking feeds what it can back into the wires. There’s no data on efficiency of that regeneration, but with the mountain trains you have a nice long slope and trains going both ways, uphill and downhill. I think that gives a good scenario to transfer power from the descending train to the ascending.

  112. vlad

    I was very sorry to read that Ellen Page – a beautiful young woman who you might remember from the movie Inception – has announced today that she’s trans and non-binary (how you can be both of those I won’t ask) and is now Elliott. A very sad story; because it’s as though she has died.

  113. rickw

    Just incase you thought Andy had no arms:

  114. Knuckle Dragger

    Ballarat fireworks are racist (the Hun):

    ‘Ballarat’s Australia Day fireworks display will no longer be held out of respect for Indigenous communities.

    ‘Councillors have decided a culturally significant event will take the place of fireworks on January 26, with the $40,000 display likely to be moved to another date such as New Year’s Eve or the Begonia Festival.

    ‘Mayor Daniel Moloney said the nation’s past at times was “shameful and disgraceful” and councillors had acted with their “hearts” to improving the relationship with Indigenous people.’

    Just give them free stuff instead. Oh wait.

  115. Knuckle Dragger

    Some good shooting right there from Andy.

    Maybe he should join the army.

  116. Old School Conservative

    Took me a while KD.

  117. Dr Faustus

    The idea of Andrews as Prime Minister is already in the public domain.

    Goodness me.
    He’d have to first climb over the political corpses of Shorten and Wassisnsme, the little Tory-fighting fucker.
    Voters would see him coming.

  118. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    ‘Ballarat’s Australia Day fireworks display will no longer be held out of respect for Indigenous communities.

    There’s a story in the same issue of the Herald Sun about the suicide rate in Ballarat – I’m sure cancelling the fireworks will make all the difference

  119. Dave in Marybrook

    Grapes indeed. What’s so scary about that P. Loafer esq M.C.C. (Hons)?
    The winemaker/buyer only fronts up to suck his teeth a week or so before, then sensibly stays right out of it in his backpacker filly-filled hobbit hole.

  120. Dave in Marybrook

    Marybrook is not troubled by tempest, nor hail or her sneaky sister frost, nor locusts. Birds and dust, yeah sure, but that’s about it.

  121. cohenite

    rickw
    #3678000, posted on December 2, 2020 at 10:32 pm
    Just incase you thought Andy had no arms:

    Good God, people are amazing.

  122. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    ‘Mayor Daniel Moloney said the nation’s past at times was “shameful and disgraceful” and councillors had acted with their “hearts” to improving the relationship with Indigenous people.’

    I’m presuming the local indigenous have rejected all the trappings of European settlement, and are living the hunter gatherer lifestyle of their ancestors?

  123. Arky

    C’mon Arky.
    We don’t want psychopaths like this bloke wandering the streets.

    ..
    Look.
    Get this straight.
    As long as he didn’t root the thing after, I don’t see what the fuss is about.

  124. Leigh Lowe

    ‘Ballarat’s Australia Day fireworks display will no longer be held out of respect for Indigenous communities.

    Nice diversion.
    But truth is, councils everywhere are busting to get out of the clutches of Big Fireworks.
    And I, for one, don’t blame them.
    The NYE and Australia Day cracker arms race us ridiculous.
    Let private citizens buy fireworks and use them as they wish, I say.

  125. Leigh Lowe

    is ridiculous.
    Not “us ridiculous”.

  126. Old School Conservative

    us ridiculous.

    Thought for a moment you were posting from Auckland, bro.

  127. Rex Anger

    But truth is, councils everywhere are busting to get out of the clutches of Big Fireworks

    Miserly bastards.

    If you’re going to waste my rates or tax dollars, let me see them go up in technicolour glory…

    #DoItProperlyOrDon’tDoItAtAll

  128. Leigh Lowe

    Nah, bro.
    Stuck un Stobie Poland.
    Not sure what the attraction was, eh.
    Just the thought of crossing a border got me uxcited I guiss.
    Stobie Poland doesn’t need a curfew.
    Nothing heppens after siven o’clock enyway, eh.
    Except burglary and sheep buggery.

  129. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Well, there’s something I didn’t know. The words “It is better to keep one’s mouth shut, and be thought a fool, then to open it, and remove all doubt” were actually spoken by Abraham Lincoln. For some reason, I thought those words were spoken by Otto Von Bismark..

  130. Mark A

    Thanks Tom.

    Sad about Barr, wonder why Pres Trump has such bad luck with his choices?
    Bad judgements or shallow pool to pick from?
    Or GOP sabotage?

  131. Perfidious Albino

    Did they find Sean Bean’s body under the telescope?

  132. Herodotus

    When is a whistleblower a scumbag felon?
    When he or she is dumping on CNN boss Zucker?
    Project Veritas has some interesting phone taps that will feature on Hannity like an advent calendar this December.
    American Thinker.

  133. Mater

    The NYE and Australia Day cracker arms race us ridiculous.
    Let private citizens buy fireworks and use them as they wish, I say.

    The fact that fireworks are legal in the UK, but not here, says everything you need to know about this clapped-out country of ours.
    Hell, you can buy them in supermarkets and newsagents over there.

  134. Dot

    Let’s say Trump wins through the courts or state legislatures or a contingent election.

    Is he actually going to get off his rear and sack a heap of the backstabbing cucks or look into medical fraud, fraud at big tech or actually prosecute electoral fraud?

    Don’t make me say it.

    Low en…

  135. miltonf

    Trump could have retired (he’s in his 70s) and and had a great time with Melenia, his kids and grandkids. Instead he’s taken on vested interests and achieved real results for ordinary people.

    The personal attacks on him and his family have been horrendous. Yet armchair critics here still take potshots at him.

  136. rickw

    The fact that fireworks are legal in the UK, but not here, says everything you need to know about this clapped-out country of ours.
    Hell, you can buy them in supermarkets and newsagents over there.

    Legalising might be the thing that finally fixes 40 years of excessive fuel load.

  137. Knuckle Dragger

    Good crop Tom.

    Branco ‘Bad Dog’ and Cross #2 today.

  138. Dot

    The personal attacks on him and his family have been horrendous. Yet armchair critics here still take potshots at him.

    Then he should do something.

    That’s my criticism.

    DO something about it, stop bloody tweeting.

    I am for his moderate agenda, it is hardly controversial except to blue haired freaks and entrenched & entitled deep state interests.

  139. miltonf

    He put his nuts on the line and ran for prez. You didn’t.

  140. miltonf

    Five years ago I though the best we could hope for was someone like Cruz- Trump exceeded expectations which is why the establishment hate him. If the Washington War Machine, Big Business and the meja hate you, you have to be doing something right.

  141. rickw

    Project Veritas and CNN:

  142. Hell, you can buy them in supermarkets and newsagents over there.

    I hate to break the news, but the weather is different in the UK.
    They don’t actually have bushfires there.
    Fire risk is just one reason for banning fireworks in Oz.
    The other is risk of injury.

  143. rickw

    Fire risk is just one reason for banning fireworks in Oz.
    The other is risk of injury.

    The path to ACTUAL fuel load reduction. Government has no business stopping anyone from hurting themselves. Australia is socialist safety state.

  144. Knuckle Dragger

    In case anyone had any remaining queries as to why the Libs in Vicco can’t lay a glove on Hunchy – this is why. The Hun:

    ‘THE charity work of a Melbourne man accused of preparing an act of foreign interference for China has been praised by Liberal MP Gladys Liu.

    ‘The Victorian backbencher said a donation presented to the Royal Melbourne Hospital by Di Sanh Duong on behalf of the Oceania Federation of Chinese Associations was “inspiring”.

    ‘Mr Duong, 65, also known as Sunny Duong, became the first person charged under Australia’s landmark foreign interference laws at the start of November, after a year-long investigation by the counter-foreign interference federal task force.’

    At least the LabComs find some virgins for the volcano, like Mikakos and Eccles. Why this very apparent Chinese Ambassador to Victoria hasn’t been removed one way or another is truly astounding.

    Also, cue Sunny Duong jokes.

  145. miltonf

    So did Jeb! Bush!

    The Washington War Machine, Big Business and the meja hated him too. Not.

  146. calli

    kaysee
    #3677910, posted on December 2, 2020 at 8:58 pm

    Excellent comment, kaysee.

    I, too, am a collector of sorts. Here’s one for the grumps and Judgey McJudgefaces.

  147. Bruce of Newcastle

    Excellent. Now all the Greens on the mainland will emigrate there. (I can hope!)

    Aussie State Tasmania Declares itself 100% Renewable Energy (1 Dec)

    The Tasmania government has declared that it has become the first Australian state, and one of just a handful of jurisdictions worldwide, to be powered entirely by renewable electricity.

    In a statement released on Friday, Tasmanian energy minister Guy Barnett said that state had effectively become entirely self-sufficient for supplies of renewable electricity, supplied by the state’s wind and hydroelectricity projects.

    “We have reached 100 per cent thanks to our commitment to realising Tasmania’s renewable energy potential through our nation-leading energy policies and making Tasmania attractive for industry investment, which in turn is creating jobs across the State, particularly in our regions,” Barnett said.

    Seeing even Bob Brown is opposing the Libs’ stupid wind farms, because of wildlife destruction, that places the current Tassie Lib government actually to the left of the Greens.

    Why would anyone ever vote for the Liberal Party ever again?

  148. miltonf

    Why would anyone ever vote for the Liberal Party ever again?

    Too right Bruce. Beryl Maguire’s and Keen’s trip to Cobar absolutely seals the deal.

  149. pete m

    Arky – kids and young adults being cruel to animals is a strong indicator of someone who will be the same to people.

    Need to teach them early how wrong it is.

    Love thy neighbour includes all God’s gifts so a mortal sin too.

  150. miltonf

    Keen is a particularly poisonous phenomenon.

  151. rickw

    The Tasmania government has declared that it has become the first Australian state, and one of just a handful of jurisdictions worldwide, to be powered entirely by renewable electricity.

    Strange claim given all the fuel storage facilities down there and planes, trains and automobiles….

  152. Daily dose of Vietnam Covid-19!

    USA
    Total deaths – 279,051
    New deaths – 2,013
    Deaths per million – 843

    France –
    Total deaths – 53,816
    New deaths – 310
    Deaths per million – 824

    UK –
    Total deaths – 59,699
    New deaths – 648
    Deaths per million – 877

    Netherlands –
    Total deaths – 9,504
    New deaths – 66
    Deaths per million – 554

    New Zealand
    Total deaths – 25
    New deaths – 0
    Deaths per million – 5

  153. Knuckle Dragger

    Liability Bob, Scourge of Tents does it again by posting links to shit intended to support an assertion, but which does the opposite. In this case, and as an added bonus it also reveals his deep love of over-regulating simple pleasures for the average bloke.

    Who isn’t a spack. From the first page:

    ‘Although relatively rare, injuries from fireworks still occur in Victoria after legislative restrictions on their sale in 1985. Consequently, there is a potential risk for injuries among children, particularly from firecrackers.

    ‘More enforcement of the regulations, education, and parental supervision are needed to prevent injuries from fireworks.’

    Yes. More enforcement and supervision, instead of taking the attitude of:

    ‘Well mate, you blew your fingers off and your eardrums in because you had 20 beers and had only just put the pipe down when you lit that fuse inside your own dunny. I can stitch your hand into something usable, but there’s no compo and you’re paying for it because it’s your own fault.’

  154. Knuckle Dragger

    ‘USA
    Total deaths – 279,051
    New deaths – 2,013
    Deaths per million – 843’

    Appreciate the effort, Liability Bob the Canvas Killer, but I couldn’t care less what happens in the land of the shooting spree.

  155. Cassie of Sydney

    “miltonf
    #3678142, posted on December 3, 2020 at 7:14 am
    Trump could have retired (he’s in his 70s) and and had a great time with Melenia, his kids and grandkids. Instead he’s taken on vested interests and achieved real results for ordinary people.

    The personal attacks on him and his family have been horrendous. Yet armchair critics here still take potshots at him.”

    Trump said as much as a WH press conference a few months ago. As he said to some scum journalist, he didn’t need to do this, he had a really good life before running and winning. A multi-millionaire, numerous houses, wonderful children (all of whom he is close to…..even Hillarious Clinton has praised his children), married to a stupendously beautiful and super intelligent super model and so on. Why did he do it? Because he’s a patriot and he could see what was happening to his country…especially under Bush/Obummer.

  156. Cassie of Sydney

    Daily dose of Covid deaths. What was his line again…oh yes….

    “You can’t reason with obsession – or maybe Tourette’s….”

    Carry on racist.

  157. ‘Well mate, you blew your fingers off and your eardrums in because you had 20 beers and had only just put the pipe down when you lit that fuse inside your own dunny. I can stitch your hand into something usable, but there’s no compo and you’re paying for it because it’s your own fault.’

    Suggest you have this conversation with my brother, who does shifts at an emergency department.
    As amply demonstrated by your post, you can’t cure stupid, but you can manage it, and save the taxpayer a heap of dosh in the process.

  158. Cassie of Sydney

    “miltonf
    #3678162, posted on December 3, 2020 at 7:37 am
    Why would anyone ever vote for the Liberal Party ever again?

    Too right Bruce. Beryl Maguire’s and Keen’s trip to Cobar absolutely seals the deal.”

    I doubt Gladys Maguire will be premier in a year’s time.

  159. duncanm

    1735099
    #3677770, posted on December 2, 2020 at 6:27 pm

    Like it or not, Chinese Australians who come from HK, as a rule, they just don’t view “communism” like that.

    They’ve lived it and know what they’re talking about.
    They understand that China is a totalitarian oligarchy, and not a communist state.

    Oh dear.. still living in the child-like world of butterflies and rivers-of-chocolate communism.
    China is the at the stable point of evolution of all Communist experiments.
    Communism cannot survive without force, it always ends in gulags.

  160. Mater

    They don’t actually have bushfires there.

    You think, Bob? I’m sure I’ve stared down more bushfires than you.
    Regardless, the bushfire risk has existed since this continent rose from the sea, and certainly all the way up to, and including, 1982.
    The bushfire risk is not why they were banned. Do we still not see organised displays in regional areas all over this country around Dec and Jan (hint: the height of the fire season)?

    The other is risk of injury.

    Poms are made of sterner stuff, hey?
    Hardier than you, without doubt, but the rest of us? No. It’s called personal responsibility, and if the Poms understand this concept better than us, we are truly fucked.

  161. JC

    They got one.

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    Monday, November 30, 2020
    Owner and Operator of India-Based Call Centers Sentenced to Prison for Scamming U.S. Victims out of Millions of Dollars

    An Indian national was sentenced today to 20 years in prison followed by three years of supervised release in the Southern District of Texas for his role in operating and funding India-based call centers that defrauded U.S. victims out of millions of dollars between 2013 and 2016.

    Hitesh Madhubhai Patel, aka Hitesh Hinglaj, 44, of Ahmedabad, India, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge David Hittner for the charges of wire fraud conspiracy and general conspiracy to commit identification fraud, access device fraud, money laundering, and impersonation of a federal officer or employee. Patel was also ordered to pay restitution of $8, 970,396 to identified victims of his crimes.

    “The defendant defrauded vulnerable U.S. victims out of tens of millions of dollars by spearheading a conspiracy whose members boldly impersonated federal government officials and preyed on victims’ fears of adverse government action,” said Acting Attorney General Brian C. Rabbitt of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division. “Today’s sentence demonstrates the department’s commitment to prosecuting high-level perpetrators of such nefarious schemes. Even fraudsters operating scams from beyond our borders are not beyond the reach of the U.S. judicial system.”

    “The long arm of federal law enforcement was key to bringing this con artist to justice,” said U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick of the Southern District of Texas. “Transnational call center scams are complex cases to investigate and prosecute but our agencies are up to the task. Many of these fraudsters prey on the most vulnerable from the perceived safety of foreign lands so there is no sorry in seeing him head to prison. His access to a phone is now greatly diminished. Across the globe, U.S. law enforcement is chasing and dismantling these schemes.”

    “For years, this individual preyed on the fears of his victims to perpetuate a global scheme to manipulate U.S. institutions and taxpayers,” said Special Agent in Charge Mark B. Dawson of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Houston. “Working with our law enforcement partners around the globe we have successfully executed the first ever large-scale, multi-jurisdictional investigation and prosecution targeting the India call center scam industry to hold him accountable for his illegal acts and deter similar scams in the future.”

    “Since 2013, American taxpayers have been subjected to unprecedented attempts to fraudulently obtain money by individuals utilizing Indian call centers to impersonate IRS employees and scam American taxpayers,” said J. Russell George, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA). “We appreciate the support of our law enforcement partners.”

    “The sentence imposed today provides a clear deterrent to those who would seek to enrich themselves by extorting the most vulnerable in our society through these types of scams,” said Special Agent in Charge David Green of the Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General (DHS-OIG). “These foreign call center operators and their U.S. based affiliates should know that their actions carry real life consequences, both for their victims and for themselves, and that there are dedicated agents and prosecutors who will work tirelessly to identify them, find them and hold them accountable for their crimes.”

    According to admissions in his plea agreement, Patel and his co-conspirators perpetrated a complex scheme in which employees from call centers in Ahmedabad, India, impersonated officials from the IRS and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), and engaged in other telephone call scams designed to defraud victims throughout the United States. U.S. victims were threatened with arrest, imprisonment, fines or deportation if they did not pay alleged monies owed to the government. Those who fell victim were instructed how to provide payment, including by purchasing general purpose reloadable (GPR) cards or wiring money. Upon payment, the call centers would immediately turn to a network of “runners” based in the United States to liquidate and launder the fraudulently obtained funds.

    In his plea, Patel admitted to operating and funding several India-based call centers from which the fraud schemes were perpetrated, including the call center HGLOBAL. Patel corresponded by email and WhatsApp messaging frequently with his co-defendants to exchange credit card numbers, telephone scam scripts, and call center operations instructions. The scripts included IRS impersonation, USCIS impersonation, Canada Revenue Agency impersonation, Australian Tax Office impersonation, payday loan fraud, U.S. Government grant fraud, and debt collection fraud.

    A co-defendant described Patel as “the top person in India and the boss for whom most of the other defendants worked,” and the owner of multiple call centers. Another co-defendant stated that Patel was arrested in India in 2016, but then paid a bribe and was released. Additionally, Patel admitted that a reasonably foreseeable loss of more than $25 million but less than $65 million was attributable to him, based on the government’s evidence against him.

    Patel was prosecuted in the United States after being extradited from Singapore in April 2019 to face charges in this large-scale telefraud and money laundering scheme. Singapore authorities apprehended Patel at the request of the United States pursuant to a provisional arrest warrant in September 2018, after Patel flew there from India.

  162. Knuckle Dragger

    You miss the point, Liability Bob, the Butcher of BCF.

    You can’t cure stupid. But I don’t want to pay for other people’s stupid. If people are stupid they can bear the consequences for their own stupidity.

    ‘my brother, who does shifts at an emergency department’

    If I wanted to speak to someone who mops the floor and makes sammiches for other people, I’d get married again.

  163. Nob

    New Zealand
    Total deaths – 25
    New deaths – 0
    Deaths per million – 5
    Expat citizens per million – 200,000

  164. Knuckle Dragger

    Speaking of which – shout out again to woolfe and the A Grade ladeee’s clip posted yesterday afternoon.

  165. Nob

    Bruce of Newcastle
    #3678159, posted on December 3, 2020 at 7:33 am
    The Tasmania government has declared that it has become the first Australian state, and one of just a handful of jurisdictions worldwide, to be powered entirely by renewable electricity.

    More dams!

    Second by some distance to environment-killing, greens-hated, hydro, is gas (not to mention all the domestic gas used) and wind is a long way third so I don’t where this 100% renewable bullshit is coming from.

  166. miltonf

    Trump said as much as a WH press conference a few months ago. As he said to some scum journalist, he didn’t need to do this, he had a really good life before running and winning. A multi-millionaire, numerous houses, wonderful children (all of whom he is close to…..even Hillarious Clinton has praised his children), married to a stupendously beautiful and super intelligent super model and so on. Why did he do it? Because he’s a patriot and he could see what was happening to his country…especially under Bush/Obummer.

    Sexy wife over twenty years younger, great kids, grandkids , lotsa money, numerous properties- talk about living the dream.

  167. It’s called personal responsibility, and if the Poms understand this concept better than us, we are truly fucked.

    One of the best measures of a population’s capacity to understand and exercise personal responsibility is how that population deals with a once in a century pandemic.

    Have a play with these graphs.
    The Yanks (for example) don’t show up well on the basis of “personal responsibility”.

  168. Nob

    JC
    #3677748, posted on December 2, 2020 at 5:55 pm
    jeez

    Darth Vader is dead. Died from covid.

    Died alone without his family because of COVID restrictions.

  169. Maj

    In case anyone had any remaining queries as to why the Libs in Vicco can’t lay a glove on Hunchy – this is why. The Hun:

    ‘THE charity work of a Melbourne man accused of preparing an act of foreign interference for China has been praised by Liberal MP Gladys Liu.

    ‘The Victorian backbencher said a donation presented to the Royal Melbourne Hospital by Di Sanh Duong on behalf of the Oceania Federation of Chinese Associations was “inspiring”.

    ‘Mr Duong, 65, also known as Sunny Duong, became the first person charged under Australia’s landmark foreign interference laws at the start of November, after a year-long investigation by the counter-foreign interference federal task force.’

    This all goes back to what I was saying yesterday about older HK born Chinese Australians I’ve met over may years.

    Gladys Liu was pro-Beijing when she needed Chinese language media endorsements and is now anti-Beijing because that’s the way the wind is blowing in the Liberal Party.

    If Gladys Liu had stayed in HK and become HK’s Chief Executive, she would be acting exactly like Carrie Lam is now. If Carrie Lam had migrated to Australia and gone into politics, she would be doing exactly what Gladys Liu is doing now.

    Most of the folks from HK I have met are lovely people. But let’s be honest here, most of them migrated for economic reasons/to seek better opportunities for themselves and their families. The big mistake the left always makes (w/ open door policies for economic refugees) and folks on the right sometimes make is assuming that when people want to come to Australia in search of economic freedom, that they also want political freedom just as much. Sorry, but it’s (mostly) not true. And that’s why multiculturalism as we have practiced it just doesn’t work.

  170. Knuckle Dragger

    ‘The Yanks (for example) don’t show up well on the basis of “personal responsibility”.’

    Neither do you.

    ‘It was Admin Coy procedures that made me put my finger inside the trigger guard of my locked and loaded SLR, then on the trigger and then to apply enough pressure to made a mummy tent in Sydney cry because her boy wasn’t coming home.’

  171. Maj

    rickw
    #3678011, posted on December 2, 2020 at 10:49 pm

    The silencing of Faith:

    Where’s the Religious Freedom Act Morrison promised us?

    Oh that’s right.. it’s shelved until late 2021!

  172. Knuckle Dragger

    Man, there’s some wide open doors this morning.

  173. lotocoti

    I hate to break the news, but the weather is different in the UK.
    They don’t actually have bushfires there.

    Oh how we laughed, back in ’95, watching the huge fires across the water.
    The MAMONAL burned for weeks.
    Drought, fires and flooding rains, just like home.

  174. Mater

    The Yanks (for example) don’t show up well on the basis of “personal responsibility”.

    Yes, Bob, we know how you socialists think.
    Big brother needs to take control because he knows what’s best for us.

  175. Maj

    WeChat deletes Scott Morrison’s post.. so will ScoMo have the guts to ban WeChat in Australia?

  176. Mater

    Man, there’s some wide open doors this morning.

    And one teensy little hole* in the roof of the tent!

    *Approximately 0.308 inches in diameter.

  177. Cassie of Sydney

    “I hate to break the news, but the weather is different in the UK.
    They don’t actually have bushfires there.”

    I hate to break the news to the racist but in the UK they certainly have wildfires and last year they had a quite a few.

  178. Johno

    Hairy is in a hospital tonight, learning how to sleep properly, i.e. being linked to a heap of cords and gadgets to check him for sleep apnoea.

    I will go out on a limb here and say they will find he has sleep apnoea. About five years ago I had trouble getting a good nights sleep and went through this procedure. The “specialist” I saw charged $290 an hour and if you went over 30 mins you got slugged an additional $200. I went to the over night sleep with wires attached, more money. Back to the super expensive “specialist, yep I got it. So then I get the expensive little machine that blows air on your face through a mask.
    Did not work, back to my GP, she says “You might have mild asthma,try some ventolin”
    Slept like log. Never looked back since.
    Mate of mine said his wife had been diagnosed with sleep Apnoea, I gave him a puffer of ventolin, she rang me two days later to thank me. Never slept better.
    They have spread the word.
    You go into these places and you will come out with a CPAP machine and a light wallet. Give ventolin a go.

  179. lotocoti

    my brother, who does shifts at an emergency department

    Perfect.

  180. Old School Conservative

    Cassie of Sydney
    #3678174, posted on December 3, 2020 at 7:47 am
    I doubt Gladys Maguire will be premier in a year’s time.

    Of course she will still be Premier.
    She is doing everything Photios tells her to do – late term abortion, destruction of the coal industry and electricity generation, a headlong rush to poverty under renewables, just to name a couple of disasters off the top of my head.
    He will keep her on to continue achieving his goals.

  181. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Branco’s ‘bad dog’ is a hoot today, Tom. Kamilla on the case. True or otherwise, tripping over one’s dog is hugely stumbling start for Biden’s unearned Presidency. Continues the inspiring lead of his campaign rallies.

    I did have a personal chuckle as well at Stiglich’s Camboot as a mantlepiece stocking for Joe. I know about those things.

    Aaaand. Hairy’s home from his sleep over!

  182. Cassie of Sydney

    “Old School Conservative
    #3678206, posted on December 3, 2020 at 8:27 am”

    Yep…you’re right OSC.

  183. Cassie of Sydney

    Lizzie, just read your post last night about Hairy….hope you’re okay and Hairy is okay.

  184. Johno

    Aaaand. Hairy’s home from his sleep over!

    Aaaaand he’s got it. Betcha.

  185. Dot

    Ban fireworks and keep everyone locked up for their own good.

    At least we’re not speaking German!

  186. Dr Faustus


    Biden plans to keep Wray as head of F.B.I., while aides say Cohen is leading choice to take over C.I.A.

    The official, who was not authorized to speak publicly, said Mr. Biden’s team was “not removing the F.B.I. director unless Trump fired him” — signaling a return to pre-Trump norms of continuity at a core domestic law enforcement agency that is supposed to operate without political meddling.

    Published with a straight face…

  187. Entropy

    How you are supposed to have a good sleep with eleventy wires stuck to multiple places on your body is a mystery.

  188. Entropy

    My experience
    Problem: Tired, don’t sleep enough.

    Wired sleep test: 19 apnea episodes per hour
    Expensive sleep doctor dude recommends expensive CPAP machine.
    Have used it regularly but not religiously, for two years.
    Report says apnea episodes usually around 0.5 per hour.

    Overall result:
    Tired, don’t sleep enough.

  189. Eyrie

    Government has no business stopping anyone from hurting themselves. Australia is socialist safety state.
    +1, rickw

  190. Eyrie

    Why did he do it? Because he’s a patriot and he could see what was happening to his country…especially under Bush/Obummer.

    +1, Cassie

    Can you imagine the fuckup of a Hillary Presidency? We’d probably have had a nuclear war in Korea and maybe the ME.

  191. Entropy

    Can you imagine the fuckup of a Hillary Presidency? We’d probably have had a nuclear war in Korea and maybe the ME.

    Quite likely. Neither, of course, would be Clinton’s fault. Most likely GWB, or republican senate.

  192. Twostix

    Killing a seagull: deserving a punch in the head.
    Murdering random c*nts in an Afghan village: meh.
    Got it.

    The seagull didn’t die, the article says it flew off.

    And suddenly seagull lives matter and make national news.

    2020 is the weirdest timeline.

  193. Twostix

    Guy was being a retard and deserved a clip across the ear though arky, on principle.

    You know the type.

  194. Top Ender

    Wonder what the sentence will be?

    Dylan Voller’s sister Kirra Voller faces court over anti-police graffiti attack in Alice Springs

    DYLAN Voller’s sister Kirra Voller, 26, has pleaded guilty to charges stemming from an incident in which she vandalised a local courthouse, police station and multiple police vehicles with anti-police graffiti.

    JASMINE BURKE, NT News
    Subscriber only

    A PROMINENT mother of three was drinking excessively when she vandalised an NT courthouse and police station, a court has heard.

    Kirra Voller, 26, pleaded guilty to damaging property and driving while disqualified in Alice Springs Local Court today.

    The court heard on June 18, Voller was drinking at Uncles Tavern with four others before carrying out a “graffiti attack” on the courthouse where she painted the acronyms “BLM” (Black Lives Matter) and “FTP” (f**k the police), and on the bonnet of a marked police vehicle in pink spray paint, which was captured on CCTV.

    She also tipped red paint on two other marked police vehicles, and the police station retaining wall.

    Defence lawyer Tania Collins said the behaviour was inspired after Voller tried to interject during an arrest where police were in attendance at Uncles Tavern.

    “The precipitating matter before this was she had been in what she perceived to be a young Aboriginal person targeted and being mistreated by some police officers,” Ms Collins said.

    “That offending occurred in a period of Ms Voller’s life which was a very difficult time for her.”

    Ms Collins said Voller had been “self-medicating” anxiety and depression with alcohol.

    “She reflects on this time and was drinking quite a bit of alcohol,” she said.

    “The offending also occurred in the context of an anniversary of a Four Corners (ABC) program in relation to information about her brother and his treatment while in Don Dale.”

    “There was also a lot of issues going on in America in relation to people having difficult times and being assaulted in violent ways.”

    She said Voller was “an extremely talented musician” who had been employed over the past six years with Music NT, and was an “active and productive member of the community for a significant matter of time, but has suffered depression and anxiety and post-traumatic stress”.

    “Self-medicating as she was in June … led her to take out her anger and frustration in a nonproductive way,” Ms Collins said.

    “The damage was able to be resolved relatively easily and there was no longstanding damage to the cars or building.”

    The court heard Voller caused $1820 in property damage.

    Ms Collins said Voller, who was caught drink driving earlier this year and disqualified from driving for six months, miscalculated when her driving disqualification period has ended and was unaware of the legal steps required to reobtain her licence and that’s why she drove.

    She is due to be sentenced tomorrow.

  195. Tom

    At least we’re not speaking German!

    Why yes. Our fascist ruling class speaks the Queen’s English.

    Alas, our freedom from fascism lasted only 75 years. No one told our war-fighting generations their bravery and sacrifice would be required once every lifetime because our cowards would never stop sabotaging our liberty.

  196. Old Lefty

    Translated into English: we won’t lose a Pel-style political stitch-ip again.

    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-12-03/providing-justice-sexual-assault-victims-beyond-criminal-trials/12943742

    You wouldn’t think that Richter already had to fight with one hand tied behind his back.

  197. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Haha. Hairy has had no trouble recently getting a good night’s sleep. That’s been me listening to the snuffling and snorting. Yes, I am sure they will find apnoea. I’ve already diagnosed it in him after much empirical data collecting before I gather my fave pillow and head for another bedroom. Looks like I may be sleeping next to a cyborg, I say as he heads for bed and I head to the physio for a bit of foot toning after dance class yesterday.

    This is modern life. In my parents’ day they simply put up with this stuff. That said, Hairy’s case may be causing the low blood pressure episodes he had during sleep as diagnosed by an overnight blood pressure monitor test he had, and these were likely to have caused the one-off vision loss arteritis he had. We don’t want another episode of that.

  198. Cassie of Sydney

    “Can you imagine the fuckup of a Hillary Presidency? We’d probably have had a nuclear war in Korea and maybe the ME.”

    Given the return of the swamp, en masse, both scenarios are back on the books. Hooray!

  199. Dr Faustus

    “That offending occurred in a period of Ms Voller’s life which was a very difficult time for her.”
    Ms Collins said Voller had been “self-medicating” anxiety and depression with alcohol.

    Old Faustus’ Almanac: The next 1 to 30 years will be a very difficult period for Mz Voller and will require constant self-medication.

  200. cohenite

    Good lame pics; Tom’s Toons: I repeat rowe should have been drowned at birth (not that I’m advocating violence). The yank cartoons are excellent especially:

    Branco

    Ramirez

  201. lotocoti

    an extremely talented musician

    Why are they never drunken wasters, destined to an early and sordid demise?

  202. Struth

    Good Moaning.
    Coming back from Brisbane the other day and draped across an overpass were the words “google event 201”
    A lot of people are more of a wake up to what is going on than the many here who have put the safety of their own pathetic lives and allowed hysteria to grab hold, and abuse others who have always seen this coup d’ etat for what it is.
    It might be a combination of age and therefore susceptibility to believe the MSM with a “they couldn’t be making it all up” ignorance due to growing up in a more trusting society, but it also stems from a pure and disgusting self before everything else attitude which is pitiful.
    I give you Notafan as a prime example.
    So when global socialist tyrants that still let us shop at their big corporatist mate’s supermarkets and hardware stores but prevented us from attending a cenotaph to honour the war dead of a country they no longer recognise, ….organising to disobey them was not only not poo poo-ed by them, but with the likes of KD, abused those of attempting to do so as using the dead diggers as a political tool!
    That is insanity, right there.
    Gobsmacking insanity.
    They had also closed churches and still have excessive restrictions on them in a blatant anti god and country attack, yet defying them and attending church, would only be seen by KD, and the other sneerers as using Christ for a political protest!
    That’s their ANZAC day logic applied to churches, not mine.
    Besides the fact that if you had been brought up with a shred of decency you should be coming at this from a position that it is your duty, not your choice, to fight this, to defy the tyranny, ( I use the words tyranny and coup d’etat because that’s precisely what it is, and don’t the denialists hate it) but instead here, you get derided for it, in a sickening display of compliance and cowardice.
    There are plenty of other blogs where these denialists don’t hold back the progress of others.
    On the issue of the Covid global power grab, these people have kept this blog way behind many others, and those who know what the decent thing is, and the decent thing to do, stay silent against these compliant morons solely based on the fact that they may sneer at you.
    Really?
    Get stuck into them. Besides being fun, you really have a duty to do so.

  203. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    fascists have suspended our rights claiming fake emergency powers

  204. rickw

    The Butcher of BCF

    Hilarious!!!

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