The Dump

The Dump is:
For posting comments that don’t get up at the Drum, and for having a pleasant, mirthful or enlightening off-topic discussion.
It’s not for personal abuse of other commenters.
Please do that somewhere else if you must.
Play nicely or piss off.
However, why doesn’t a poster add a link for us to read and comment on here, much quicker. Maybe we can do a bit more bagging here, not that I speak for the moderators, yet.

 

NB: Being tiresome and boring, racist, sexist or just plain creepy is not playing nicely.

give a crap

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The Pig’s Arms exists because eight or nine years ago our other favourite playpen – the ABC’s Unleashed blogsphere started to go off.  Like a sack of prawn heads  in the sun.  Something had to be done.

Moderation was taking forever.  Comments seemed to be rejected randomly – outrageous ones appeared and reasoned ones were pinged.   When they released the Drum / Unleashed ….. things actually got worse !

So many pieces from professional writers appear with no obvious merit.  And the moderation has become, to put it frankly, appalling.

As a former contributor and a commenter, I was deeply disappointed at the plummeting quality from our pre-eminent media empire.  And I resented so many challenging or dare I say, witty or funny posts in which we’ve invested seconds of our precious time – getting the chop.

So here, for all our benefit – is an open slather blog.  Copy and paste your best rejected comments here for posterity.  Does not matter whether you’re posting on the Guardian, First Dog on the Moon or wherever else.

And sprinkle pointers to the Pig’s Arms amongst your comments.  Let’s try to rescue some of the old faithful.

Cheers,

Emm.

14369 thoughts on “The Dump”

  1. algernon1 said:

    I see our former resident troll had a go at viv and I today. sort of shot himself in the foot on both occasions.

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    • vivienne29 said:

      I missed that. Which topic was it Algy?

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      • algernon1 said:

        Mine was on Jericho’s. Yours I think was on Lewis’s Essential poll. His reply to you was I think What’s the Service Industry or the like as though it doesn’t exist. Mine was that I suggested that unemployment could go to 4-5 million and that the Shonky Salesman ignored advice to act in January because it came from Labor, where he made some noise about him calling it a pandemic in February etc.

        You’d think after 10 years he’d move on. He’s one sick little boy.

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  2. algernon1 said:

    Vale Kenny Rogers

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    • Knew when to fold ‘em 👍🎸

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      • algernon1 said:

        Knew when to walk way and knew when to run.

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        • vivienne29 said:

          Dear Algy. You are not at the epicentre of the virus in Sydney. Epicenter : the point on the earth’s surface vertically above the focus of an earthquake.

          You are in a major centre of the virus in Sydney.

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          • algernon1 said:

            Whatever viv, I was using the term coloquelly. One quarter of the current incidences of Coronavirus in this country originated within 3 kilometres of where I live along with 6 of the 8 deaths so far. All due to a returnee from a known hotspot in Iran was allowed to return as well as not having to isolate. Not their fault. Scotty the call the fuckwit what you like, blocks those from China then doesn’t from Iran, South Korea and Italy. It should have been the US as well. He is so slow to act on so so much. It would be like the bushfires except he’s forced to do something due to the Biosecurity Act.

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          • Scomo only acts because he needs to be SEEN to be doing something, Algae… He doesn’t really want to because his masters’ purpose is furthered by all these crises they keep on, if not actually ‘inflicting’ upon us, then certainly allowing them to be worse than they otherwise might.

            Eg. they cut back on the normal back-burning of underbrush during the past couple of years, and this, combined with Scummo’s tardy actions, making the problem much worse than it normally would have been… and thus ‘We the Sheeple’ will blame it all on the new Religion of ‘Climate Change’, and thus his masters will be actually BEGGED to introduce ‘counter measures’ against it and this will enable them to introduce their own Totalitarian agenda for the planet, as well as their (probably ‘communist’, depending on how one defines ‘communism’) ‘New World Order’.

            Hope you manage to stay virus-free! 🙂

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          • algernon1 said:

            I’m sure we will Asty stay virus free. Scotty the Shonky Salesman only does things as a marketing tool for him.

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  3. G’day Piglets! Just thought I’d share a few recent thoughts on the Coronavirus with you…

    Now, I’d be the first to admit that, yes, I DO have a suspicious mind, and also that yes, I do have a slight tendency toward paranoia… (In this day and age, it seems to me that a little paranoia is actually quite a healthy and even a beneficial thing!) So if what I’m about to suggest seems to be either overly suspicious, or a tad paranoid, please don’t be shy about pointing this out to me. Although, having said that, I must also say that, having thought of it first myself, perhaps this would be a bit superfluous.

    Anyway… On to the main point I wish to make: I wonder if any of my fellow piglets have noticed that this coronavirus seems to be getting special treatment and if they’ve also, like myself, wondered why that it.

    Let me clarify this a little: We’ve had more than our fair share of ‘pandemics’ over recent years… We’ve had SARS, and MERS, and Bird-flu, and Swine-flu, and Ebola and I suppose we can even include HIV/AIDS on this list too… and probably a few more that I’ve forgotten about… but, in spite of the fact that all the above were far more serious and had much higher fatality-rates than COVID 19, none of them has seen the kind of lock-downs which are being put in place, and which seem to be reserved for this coronavirus (most of which, I cannot help but observe, have the practical effect of stopping people from gathering together in large groups in public places, thereby rendering public demonstrations unlikely… at least for the next six months or so…)

    I wonder also if any of my fellow piglets have thought that this treatment of COVID 19 may actually be being used as some kind of smoke-screen to hide other, possibly even less desirable social events and/or phenomena… To wit, I’d like to draw your attention to a couple of the latest, coronavirus-related phenomena:

    https://www.9news.com.au/national/asx-wipes-more-than-160-billion-as-coronavirus-shakes-financial-markets/013726ac-0c10-429a-ba1f-05019dd5caff

    And, over the pond:

    And again, over the pond:

    If you check out these three items, I wonder if any of you will start to have suspicions similar to mine… I.e. that the COVID 19 virus, which is being blamed for the recent ‘worst stock-market crash OF ALL TIME’, is actually not really the true cause of said stock-market crash, but may well be being used as a smokescreen for a crash which was, in all probability, going to happen anyway… On top of which, it seems that it is also being used as a smokescreen to hide the fact that ‘We the People’ find ourselves, once again, being on the wrong end of ANOTHER bail-out for the banksters and their corporations. It is certainly being used as an excuse for this new bail-out.

    Now I suppose it COULD just be ‘coincidence’… couldn’t it?

    Please someone… please tell me it’s just me being a bit paranoid… :/

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    • Last big deadly global event was WWII. I see the current disaster as a chance to kill off thousands of not millions of Baby Boomers and older folks to take the drag out of so many supine economies.

      Not sure why there’s no news of Covid in Russia.

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      • I see… so you see it as a form of eugenics, Thereze? You may have a point! It would not only reduce the population of Boomers, but it would probably also weed out all those ‘weaklings’ with asthma or compromised immune systems. Could be a way to reduce the government’s liability for old age pensions, I suppose… 😉

        Seriously, though… Look how bad this latest stock market crash is… (The biggest crash “OF ALL TIME”!) and remember that this is just the beginning! We could be in for bail-out after bail-out after bail-out for the banksters and their corporations.

        On the ‘up’ side… at least politicians like Bernie Sanders COULD use this as a ‘slam-dunk’ argument for a truly socialized medical system where everyone who needs it will be treated, regardless of their insurance status or the status of their bank accounts.

        I wonder, though, if people will actually begin to see the implications of the fact that if and when it wants to, the Federal Reserve can just pull $1.5 TRILLION out of its sleeve… or will they even fail to ask themselves who will eventually be paying for it all, whether they/we like it or not!

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      • PS: As to why there’s no ‘COVID 19’ notifications coming from Russia, could it be that Russia, as a nation, is ‘self-isolating’, and has been for a long time… For so long, in fact that no-one even wants to go there now… or maybe they’ve forgotten Russia even exists…? I suppose it could just be that there are no actual cases of COVID 19 in Russia… It’ll be interesting to see if this changes in the near future.

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      • algernon1 said:

        Fear not though, Scotty the Shonky Salesman has a plan, well apparently.

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  4. Things are grim in Newcastle. No date rolls, tissues, wipes, etc in our local Woolies. Also no sliced bread. Are people desperate enough to wipe their arses with bread slices?

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  5. algernon1 said:

    Adding to Sir Arty’s shill, I had you know who sticking his oar in. I’ve little idea what satisfaction Walter gets from trolling. After a decade what would he get out of it.

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    • vivienne29 said:

      I saw that and posted here yesterday and got waiting moderation or something and it’s not here. Did he ever respond again to you?

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      • algernon1 said:

        Walter rarely replies, I continue to call him a troll though he keeps it up. I think he has something wrong with him, there is something obsessive about it. A sick mind. Arty replied abusively then I replied then the post was pulled.

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        • vivienne29 said:

          He is piss weak.

          Did the Sunday arvo trip to the tip with garbage and bottles for recycling. Put on Pointer Sisters CD and played loud. Found it very uplifting amid so much shit everywhere.

          Been a rough couple of years. Crook hubby, drought, fires all around us, and now hubby’s cancer has re-emerged – outside his neck (alarming). Off to have consult about immunotherapy. He’s lost weight but is reasonable well – paces himself and gets through a lot of panadol. I’ve been keeping a lot of panadol in my medicine shelf! I’m having to modify food cooking as he’s having bit of bother with some stuff. I’m looking after his neck wound every day and massaging at night with voltaren which helps him sleep.

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          • Sorry to hear that about your old man. Mrs M has had a couple of metastases from breast cancer, and it’s like the sword of Damocles hanging over everybody’s heads. Hopefully the immunotherapy will provide some improvement/relief.

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          • algernon1 said:

            Like Big, I’m sorry to hear that. I hope the treatment helps him get better. Keep safe Viv.

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          • Also sorry to hear Dear Viv. But he does have an excellent partner and FM and I send our love and best wishes for overcoming this trial.

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          • vivienne29 said:

            Thanks for your good wishes everyone. Thought I should mentioned latest re hubby rather than saying nothing. Sorry to hear your in similar situation Big M. Odd thing is that not being ‘normal’ has become the norm ! Love you guys.

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          • Mrs M is currently well. Had a gall bladder out last year, not cancer related. She probably has survived due to the happenstance of having a metastasis and a drug that treats that particular tumour coming onto the market at exactly the same time. It does happen!! She is still working…with six shifts to go. thanks for your concern Vivienne, and kind regards to Mr Viv!

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    • algernon1 said:

      It would be covered in filth. Needing jet hosing.

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    • Must say things are getting a bit ‘out of hand’ with this covid crap… I played a gig at the Irish Club last night, and they were considering cancelling St Paddy’s Day… (Or at least, cancelling the St Paddy’s Day parade and celebration at the Adelaide Oval…)

      Seems they’ve reconsidered, though… By the time I got home last night, there were two emails in my inbox: One saying it had been cancelled, and another, slightly later email saying it was going to go ahead anyway!

      I doubt I’ll be able to make it to the parade on Tuesday, but I might have a look in at the Irish Club Tuesday evening to see how things went. Pretty low risk, I reckon… not many cases in Ireland or Sth Oz… yet! Touch wood, eh? 😉

      Hmmm… my cleaner, Aimee’s her right now, cleaning my house for me; think I’ll ask her how things are going at the RAH. See if there are many new cases…

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  6. algernon1 said:

    I guess telling Sir Arthur, that he sounds like an idiot about COVID-19 didn’t go down too well with the mods. Those who have worked in health can correct me if I’m wrong. But I’d have thought that Dutton would have been contagious at the Cabinet meeting three days before he tested positive, even if he was not showing symptoms at the time. He would have been high risk given he’d returned from the US.

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    • You are right Ace. You are generally contagious until symptoms appear.

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    • “The measures to help subsidise wages through the business community seem to make good sense: they are linked to people who are paying wages and are easily implemented through the tax office.

      It’s the income support measures paid directly to workers that are more problematic.”

      This comes from Laura Tingles article over at their ABC. Which part of “a fucking stupid idea” doesn’t she understand.

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      • algernon1 said:

        Yep that’ll work. Unchecked, take the money then sack to person, what on earth could go wrong.

        It must be galling for Scotty the Shonky Salesman and high panted Joshie to have to roll out Rudd-Swan style stimulus a word they hate, then these clusterfuckers stuff the stimulus up.

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    • vivienne29 said:

      On Sea Monster and you – wonder if he will have the guts to reply. He didn’t even make sense.

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  7. vivienne29 said:

    Got wiped by the Guardian for posting (in reply to that little shit a1rite) What are you on?

    a1rite had written : “With this plan ( which wasn’t scribbled on a napkin like k.dudd’s pink batt plan ) we may not see labore in govt for another 20 yrs. Scotty has just destroyed any credibility labore had with the GFC.
    He has so far delivered a strong economy and with that strength propelled economic activity beyond a lefties worst nightmare.
    It’s the sign of a great leader, probably our greatest.”

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    • vivienne29 said:

      CapnGster replied “Where the fuck is the surplus????
      Where the fuck is the surplus????
      Where the fuck is the surplus????
      Where the fuck is the surplus????
      Where the fuck is the surplus????”

      and it’s still there.

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    • algernon1 said:

      The onanistic scribbling from the RWNJ’s is hilarious really. Nogaps with his world is doom scenario is much the same.

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  8. algernon1 said:

    This is what happens when Scotty the Stupid escalates fear in the community.

    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-03-07/two-women-brawl-in-supermarket-over-toilet-paper/12036218

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    • It’s also what happens when stupid, greedy people believe all the fear-mongering and start catastrophising whilst thinking ONLY of themselves and not about anyone else!

      My local Coles sent me an email yesterday explaining why it was now limiting sales of toilet paper to four packs per customer. Very sensible of them, given the kind of greedy, selfish stupidity displayed in this video.

      Perhaps other shops who sell such supplies should take note and do likewise!

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      • Yes, if you were going to panic buy, wouldn’t the list include clean protein like tinned meats, fish etc?

        Nah, mate, we’ll be right, we got 200 date rolls!!

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        • “Date rolls”? Never heard them called that before, M… why are they called ‘date rolls’ where you live?

          Lol! As for ‘panic buying’ of tinned meats, fish etc, I dunno about anyone else, but Coles has had such a ‘thing’ going with ‘flybuys’ where if you spend $110 or sometimes $120 per week for four weeks, you can save $50 off your next shop, and it’s been going for so long now that I’m stocked up with tins, including meat and fish, as well as dried foods like rice, pasta etc, that I reckon it’d probably outlast a nuclear winter… (Well… for a few months at least, anyway!) Maybe it’s the same for everyone else, too, so the only things they now need to stock up on are things like bog rolls!

          I’ve had to refuse their latest few offers of ‘savings’ because unless either, (a) we actually have the ‘apocalypse’ happen soon, or unless I actually use some of what I’ve already stocked up on, it will be a false saving!

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          • Date rolls were a cake/bread with dates included. They were baked in a tin about the same dimensions as a toilet roll. There’s also the joke about toilet paper being used to wipe one’s date. I don’t think many young people would know what a date roll is today.

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          • But with Mardi Gras, there’s a new meaning to a hot date.

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          • I think I might understand a bit better, M, if I’d actually heard that joke about ‘wiping one’s date’… but don’t bother… Something tells me I don’t really want to hear it, and I think I can live with this level of ignorance… 😉

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        • algernon1 said:

          Important stuff Date Rolls (John Howard’s at our place), idiots buying substitutes by the trolleyload around were we live. Madness.

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      • algernon1 said:

        Unfortunately that’s what’s happening Asty. No pasta on the shelves at Woolies but the fruit shop not 50 metres away has shelves full of the stuff. Mrs A spoke with her sister in WA, 200 km from Perth were the nearest person with the virus. Shelves empty of toilet rolls. There are only three people in WA with Coronavirus.

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        • Such idiotic, not to mention selfish behavior really makes no sense… Can’t these people even do a little bit of thinking for themselves? Such panic buying only creates more problems and never solves any.

          I’m not usually prone to violent urges or impulses, but I can’t help but want to slap some sense into that fat bitch in the video with about 10 years supply (and evidently, the store’s entire supply!) of bog rolls in her trolley. And I wouldn’t mind betting she’s planning on taking advantage of the shortage she’s just created by re-selling them over the internet at inflated prices!

          Is that what Australia is turning into? A place where no-one gives a damn about their neighbors any more? Where it’s dog eat dog and every fat selfish bitch (or bastard) for her/himself? It is to weep!

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    • vivienne29 said:

      It’s so embarrassing – front page news in the UK.

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      • Must be a slow news day over there, Vivienne… maybe no-one else has died from corona-virus, so they have to go with a ‘side-story’… as if similar shit isn’t happening in the UK. All due to the government and the media’s very obvious scare-mongering, of course!

        I’m hoping my sister will change her mind and buy tickets anyway… as she said herself, with all this flap on about coronavirus, they might actually be much cheaper than usual! Fingers crossed! 😀

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    • Geez, Scotty from marketing has put on a bit of weight since his Hawaiian holiday !

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  9. vivienne29 said:

    • algernon1 said:

      Our local Woolies is still devoid of John Howards, but kitchen towels and tissues are back on the shelves.

      Mrs A and I have returned to our epicentre of coronavirus, Ryde hospital, the nursing home and Epping Boys are all nearby after the challenge of the shops. No pasta there, but plenty of Italian stuff at the fruit shop, Saw someone again putting multiple loads of tins in their trolley, another had trolley of tissues, WTF for who knows. But they are cracking down, a trolley of kitchen towels and industrial quantities of rice lay abandoned at the checkout.

      Lets face it, if anybody could politicise this coronavirus for his own advantage, it’s Scotty the Stupid.

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      • Yep! Pollies just LURVE it when we’re all afraid!

        Last week my little sister, Debbie said she was ready to book tickets to come out and visit me, as she’s been planning and promising to do for a couple of years now… This week she says she’s holding off on buying tickets because of the coronavirus.

        Personally, I think the danger is highly exaggerated! I think this is a psy-op! The fatality rate isn’t much worse than the fatality rate for the usual annual influenza outbreaks we always get at this time of year, and it only seems to be fatal for the over-sixties and those who already have a compromised immune system, or lung and heart problems.

        (I suppose that age bracket includes most of we piglets… but even crippled and approaching my 65th birthday, I’m still relatively fit, so I’m not particularly worried, even though my cleaner also works at the Royal Adelaide Hospital, and tells me they had their fist case of coronavirus there about a month ago… so it IS actually possible that she could contract the virus and pass it on to me…)

        But they’re treating it as if it were Bubonic Plague! It’s all out of proportion…

        What do the other piglets think? Are you really that worried?

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        • algernon1 said:

          No why should I be. Mrs A and I were talking about it today, the local high school has been locked down with a year 11 student, found to have the virus. Its locked down till Monday at this stage whilst they work out who he has come in contact with. I reckon the school will be locked down for two weeks.

          We’re off to Thailand next month, well at this stage, we’ll still go unless things change.

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          • G’donya Algae…

            I suppose they’ll be disinfecting the school while it’s locked down, though it’s not the kids so much as the older teachers who need to worry… and only then if they already have medical problems.

            I hope you have a great time in Thailand, and get some great photos to post on the ‘holiday snaps’ board in the front bar when you get back! 😉

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          • algernon1 said:

            Asty, I think there’s a chance it will get postponed, we’re transiting through Singapore, which may have problems for Thailand. ?Until told otherwise we will still go.

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          • Oh dear… I hope it works out okay for you both Algae… and that you don’t catch any bugs on the way! 🙂

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        • Seems to be a lot of hype about nothing much. Infectious diseases kills thousands every year. Having said that, if you are in the zone then take whatever precautions necessary but I would also give that advice to folks susceptible to the flu.

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        • I’m shitting myself 😊. Just kidding. Since I am past pensioner age, I guess I’d rather not get the bloody virus, but I’m not going to waste what’s left of life in fear and isolation.

          Mind you, sisters, FM works in a hospital and she has been forbidden from going to crowd events. First casualty – Drs secretaries annual dinner. All sniffles – mandatory stay at home 14 days.

          Tomorrow I’m going to the tiny homes expo (retirement option). FM won’t come. Geez.

          I reckon Algy and partner have the right attitude 👍

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          • algernon1 said:

            Mrs A is excluding herself from things ATM, due to feeling a bit off. t’s mango picking time for us. Eating is fine for her, the skins the sap and smell they give off when picked can give her a rash.

            The CMO said to go about your normal business, that’s what we’re doing.

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        • vivienne29 said:

          Yes Asty – can’t wait to get into a new war, and all the reds under beds and yellow peril. Now we have terrorism, boats and this bloody virus. Liberals are always total lying, bullying bastards.

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          • Oops… I think I replied to your other comment on this thread, but it was intended as a response to this one… Oh well… I’m sure you’ll know what I mean, anyway!

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      • vivienne29 said:

        Eldest daughter with the two grandkids is a bit panicky. I’m cool. Got enough to worry about this shit government and crook hubby. The panic buying is really annoying me. We’ll just be sensible.

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        • Indeed, Vivienne… I suspect this ‘virus’ is a ‘trojan horse’, which is being used to generate fear so our ‘brave and fearless leaders’ can impose totalitarian conditions on our otherwise ‘freedom-loving’ society!

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  10. Well I’ve found a s Pig and Whistle pub in Rotorua. http://www.pigandwhistle.co.nz

    No Trotters though, pink drinks maybe.

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  11. vivienne29 said:

    It’s been nice here to have a few days of reasonable temps and we were lucky to get 20 mils of rain Thursday night. Albury and Wodonga got bugger all. Note that NSW east coast been getting lots of rain and fires not so numerous. However, the smoke from Vic fires is still here (it went away for a little while) so it’s still a bit depressing and unhealthy.

    Hope everyone is doing fine. I’ve been immersed in cat catching. A mum and four kittens. Mum obviously dumped (this is the fourth discarded pet we’ve had), pregnant. Gone a bit wild and kittens the more so. However, have caught mum and three kittens with help of elaborate cages and later a trap. Amazing what you can do with cooking string and persistence. They’ll get vet care and go to homes – very cute tabby breed. Last kitten’s fate not looking good sadly.

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    • Good Samaritan, Viv.

      Well, pissing down at the pub. Also Emmlet 1’s Walcha farm has gone from empty dams and carting water to full dams and tanks – and this leafy green stuff all over the place. Had it not rained they were facing selling breeding stock because mints of feeding out at $15k per week was killing them.

      I’m at The Blue Mountains Uke Festival. Pissing rain here too. Damp but musical 😊🎸

      Locals dancing in the street !

      Fond regards, Emm

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      • vivienne29 said:

        I’d really like a lot of gentle rain. Torrential stuff does a lot of damage. I put up a new magnificent retaining wall along rear of house and beyond (it’s big) and all the tidying up was done I had a large area of slightly compressed soil and no grass and no chance of it growing as it ceased to rain. As a result of 20 ml of heavy rain I have found that there is scope for soil coming down – plonked on to brick paved area and it’s a mess. Had a mini water fall. My fresh wood chipped area also a mess. Big clean up job.

        Happy uke a lalying time.

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    • algernon1 said:

      Kia ora from Rotorua. Poured going to the airport yesterday. A pleasant 24 degrees here ATM. All the family here for Mrs A’s 60th.

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  12. “Mark – are you now relatively safe and settled? No more evacuations. Bloody hot here. Had a few days of relief and then whoosh, 40 plus.” from Viv.

    Sorry Viv, missed this post. Six evacuations since new years day. I seem to be in an area that the fire misses but luck means nothing. Late thirties here. 10 minutes of rain today.Have evacuation drill much better now. Go early is the best for me. Me and mates stayed at the beach park area and it got very scary. Now we go to the showground. Lots of open space and pets allowed which suits my mates.

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    • Glad to hear you’re still safe and well Mark… at least you’re getting plenty of practice with the evacuations! I hope the fires won’t last much longer… surely even if it doesn’t rain they’ll run out of fuel soon, anyway? If the wind direction holds, you may be getting some of the rain Adelaide’s had for the past couple of days… should get there tomorrow, or Tuesday at the latest!

      I must say the trip to my gig on Friday night, via train and mobility scooter, was much like an underwater swim! I’m happy to be able to say that my having covered the electrics with a couple of placky bags worked very well and I made it there in good time… and home again without incident. However, I should have given more thought to my own covering… I arrived looking – and feeling! – much like a drowned rat dressed in nothing but shorts and a t-shirt! (Was too hot when I left for any outer covering!)

      Thinking that may be a good new name for my band… ‘Drowned Rat’… Whaddaya reckon?

      On the other hand, I had a bit of rather scary news today, from my cleaner… Aimee also works at the Royal Adelaide Hospital, and she tells me that they now have their first case of corona virus… What scares me is she works there! AND here! And the disease can be transmitted before ANY symptoms show! Bit of a worry… Wonder what the symptoms are, anyway…? (Apart from death, that is!)

      Oh well… fingers crossed!

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      • vivienne29 said:

        Oh dear. I think you’ll be okay.

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        • Oh, I should think so too… I’ve worked out the odds from the reported number of cases worldwide and the number of deaths and calculated that the chances of dying from this disease even if I do catch it (which is a possibility, though a small one, I should think) are around .2%. (Based on 300 deaths so far out of 14,000 cases world-wide.)

          My maths isn’t all that good, so it would be nice of some mathematically-inclined piglet would confirm this figure, but tbh, if the percentage of fatalities is so small I really don’t see what all the fuss is about.

          Maybe it’s all just a media beat-up? I think the annual death toll from seasonal flu is about the same percentage, isn’t it? Maybe they (i.e. our ‘brave and fearless leaders’) just want us to be afraid… VERY afraid… We’re easier to control that way!

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          • Interesting point Asty. I imagine that the concentration of cases and deaths in China suggests that there might be a strong environmental component – middle of a bleak Chinese winter where old and young are at higher risk too.

            We are not hearing that otherwise strong or fit individuals who are naturally protected by Trotters Ale and Pink Drinks are succumbing to this latest yellow peril.

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          • In that case, Trotters all round Merv… have one yourself, and a pink drink for Vivienne! 😀

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    • vivienne29 said:

      Practice makes perfect as they say. So glad you are okay. But it must be keeping your adrenaline going at top speed. Hope you can relax soon.

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  13. On the Coronavirus, there was a Wechat thread that said “Don’t go to Eastwood” last Wednesday and Thursday. because it was there. Fake news of course. On both days the place was dead with shops shutting due to nobody there, 5 shut their doors based on the rumour. Eastwood’s population is about 40% Chinese

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  14. Scotty from marketing, too dumb to quarantine the plane that came directly from the source of infection.

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    • Thinking the same, sport. A few days in quarantine for everyone aboard- and see who gets crook.

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      • Almost as if our ‘brave and fearless leaders’ actually WANT us to get sick… almost as if they actually WANT natural disasters, isn’t it? Of course, the fact that they find it easier to control the ‘mob’ when they can make it afraid, is just a coincidence, huh? 😉

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    • algernon1 said:

      Well Scotty isn’t stupid for nothing. That why he is Scotty the Stupid.

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    • vivienne29 said:

      Keeping us safe – they don’t have a fucking clue.

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    • vivienne29 said:

      Mark – are you now relatively safe and settled? No more evacuations. Bloody hot here. Had a few days of relief and then whoosh, 40 plus.

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      • vivienne29 said:

        It hit 45 here today.

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        • Jeezuss !

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        • algernon1 said:

          Hot weekend here. Today a cool 34. Tomorrow 42 and 39 Sunday with 26 overnight tomorrow night.

          Think I’ll go somewhere cooler.

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        • Got to 42 here yesterday… down to 38 this arvo, and mercifully to 26 tomorrow. With a bit of luck the wind change will make it to the other states within a day or two…

          How’s the fire situation where you lot are? We’ve had a possible flood warning in SA for tomorrow due to expected thunderstorms… with luck you may get some more of the wet stuff too!

          I have a gig at the Irish Club in town tonight and am just hoping I don’t have a repeat of the last time I had to use my mobility scooter in the wet! (That was a nightmare! Water got into the electrics and the scooter finally gave up the ghost in the middle of the road… on North Terrace! Was a LOOOOOONNNNNGGGGGG trip home that night, I can tell you!) This time I’m talking a placky bag or two with me to try to keep the H20 out of the electrics and keeping my fingers crossed!

          Ciao for now, piglets! 😀

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  15. algernon1 said:

    Vale Terry Jones

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  16. Two Guardian picks! The chaser & seven ways …. climate policy.

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  17. algernon1 said:

    Has anyone come across Quiethillbilly in their travels. Seems to be another Walter. Belts on about being highly intelligent but struggles to put together an argument and can’t spell.

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    • algernon1 said:

      Just realised though many similarities with a walker of dogs in their responses. They maybe from western Victoria though.

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      • Might be someone called Thommo

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        • algernon1 said:

          Thommo’s another buffoon but he could have multiple pseuds. This one seems a little leftish, Thommos a tory troll. This Quiethillbilly (guess, they live where they bury their own dead, love the sound of banjos and marry their cousins), thought he’d have a crack at me the other day. Then they started commenting like the walker of dogs, using the same language. Had another go yesterday, mind you I got pinged three times yesterday, one with theirs, which may have been pinged due to their abuse.

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          • vivienne29 said:

            Just came upon Hillbilly. I’m now looking at his earlier posts to see what I think. Slightly odd fellow. Seems to live in SA.

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          • vivienne29 said:

            Ha ha – found the thread you referred to and up pops Sea Monster. Coincidence. I think Hillbilly is up himself and a bit mad. Interesting reading.

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          • vivienne29 said:

            What do you reckon about his ‘snicker’ snickering so often. Weird.

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          • algernon1 said:

            I agree, a bit off with the pixies I thought. The snicker is odd too. I don’t think he got what I was getting at even at the initial part of the thread. Since then If he posts against me its abuse. Water off a duck’s back to me really.

            Yes Strange how Walter turns up, I got pinged this morning with one he indirectly replied to me. While Hillbilly is strange and will go away soon, Walter is a sick person and still trolling a decade on.

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          • algernon1 said:

            There were some words that this Hillbilly used that were words and phrases that the walker of dogs would. But they appear to be from either western Victoria or from SA.

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    • vivienne29 said:

      No, not seen by me.

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  18. Third evacuation since new years day. This is becoming tiresome. The staff are fantastic and you get fed and watered but I don’t really know what to do. Our village has been spared every time however you never know what you are going to come back to. Keep praying to Gordon I suppose.

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    • algernon1 said:

      Mate that’s not good but at least you’re safe. At least you haven’t had Scotty the Stupid invading and trying to shake your hand, small mercies.

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    • Hey, Sister, glad to hear that you’ve had three evacuations in as many days. Sounds like it’s a regular occurrence. I guess you won’t need the Metamucil Rescue Package that Granny put together.

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    • Just as long as you stay safe HOO… and still have something to go home to!

      I just got back from Girgarre… as I drove into Victoria you could see smoke even on this side of the border, though it looked like a mist at first. I could tell it wasn’t a mist though, as that would have disappeared as the day warmed up, but it didn’t, and it seemed to get a bit thicker as I drove into the heart of the state.

      The Moosic Muster was a blast! And a great success… more musos there than you could poke a stick at! (And some of them could REALLY play, too!) Was a very friendly event, especially as I now knew some of the regulars… and I’ll probably be joining that crowd too, as I really enjoy it, even though Girgarre is really harder to find that pork balls at a bar-mitzvah! I got lost (again!) and ended up within spitting distance of Echuca before I realized I’d gone too far… Retraced my steps more than maybe I should have, but eventually saw a sign for Mitiamo, and even though Mitiamo is somewhat out of the way, remembered that that was where I’d got help from the old girl who ran the Mitiamo Post Office and general store, so I headed for there again. She didn’t remember me, but she and her friend managed once more to point me in the direction of Rochester, and I managed to find my way from there, as I’d memorized that bit of the map and knew that Girgarre was right on Winter Road, which starts just out the other side of Rochester. Problem solvered! 😀

      Must say that in spite of the smoke in the air (which seemed to clear up by the next morning, anyway), we weren’t troubled by bush-fires at the Moosic Muster, as the nearest one was about 200 kms away near Albury-Wodonga… I can’t help but feel almost guilty about that! But we did have a grass-fire on the Thursday (or maybe it was Friday… at events like this the days all seem to run together!) just a few kilometers down the road from where we were, but it was quickly brought under control by the local CFA, helped by a reasonable dollop of rain that night.

      Hope Vivienne is still safe too! I returned to several worried messages on ‘Linked In’ from my little sister, Debbie, who’s heard about the bush-fires and was worried about me. (Isn’t that sweet? Nice to know someone cares!) I reassured her as soon as I saw the messages… That’s all my news, and I hope the rest of the piglets are all safe too!

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    • vivienne29 said:

      I was thinking of you. I have had no internet or email since 3 Jan when I was supposed to start my new Bigpond ADSL connection. My old provider has gone out of the business. Trying to convince providers I am not NBN ready has been impossible. The stupid Smart modem Telstra insist you have did not work. I have spent 12 hours on the phone getting a different story. Been horrific. Got a dongle for hubby’s laptop and had that to share and get news of the world for a few days. I’ve been totally disconnected. This morning got the modem to work but have no email as yet (they have a problem).

      We have a fire just down the road and one up the road and a power black out all Friday night when the winds were terrible. All local brigades to the rescue.

      Big fire near Wodonga too. Local brigades have been fighting the big fires to the east. They really aren’t far away. All the precious forests and wildlife killed is so so sad.

      Hope Mark is staying strong – it’s very testing and exhausting being on constant alert.

      Love you all.

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      • It’s good to hear from you again Vivienne, and to know that you’re still safe, though the fires up and down your street sound very worrying. Are they under control now? I hope so! And I also hope you’re prepared and manage to evacuate in time if the fires get any more threatening than they are already! Stay strong yourself, too! And don’t wait ’til it’s too late! :-/

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        • vivienne29 said:

          Local fires are out. It was a worry though. Exploding transformer caused one but don’t know about the other. I think someone did something stupid. We are sick of the smoke, some days have to put car lights on. We are 24 kms NNW of Albury, 6 kms from our village. Thanks for your thoughts. We should be fine but we are angry and sad. So glad those people in Cobargo gave Morrison what for.

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        • vivienne29 said:

          PS: It is not a street. It is a gravel road. It’s rural.

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          • Glad to hear your local fires are out… I can understand your anger, and your sadness and I’m not surprised you’re sick of the smoke. Yes, I’m glad the people of Cobargo gave Scomo what for, too! Couldn’t happen to a nicer bloke!

            Should have known it was a gravel road, too… hope it’s a LONG one! 😉

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  19. Just back from my second evacuation. Many thanks to the RFS and all the volunteers who helped around 2000 people who attended the showgrounds. The fires missed my little village but some weren’t so lucky and lost everything. We had fires in every direction and Saturday you couldn’t tell the difference between day and night and very smoky. Everything covered in ash. Now it’s raining.

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  20. algernon1 said:

    This managed to get a New York Times pick. My first one

    Algernon
    Sydney Australia38m ago
    Times Pick
    Not a day goes by now that our Prime Minister isn’t abused by somebody. He’s largely bought it on himself. He denies climate change is real, refused to meet with fire chiefs and former fire chiefs who said in March that this fire season would be catastrophic and that plans to ameliorate their intensity should be taken then. This is also a PM who takes a lump of coal into the parliament and thinks its a joke. He also says now is not the time to talk about any of this. Takes off on a secret holiday in Hawaii and gets his office to lie about his whereabouts.

    Yesterday he makes an ad showing him to be a man of action, it makes you sick. He also lied about requests made by the states.

    Yesterday it was 47 degrees C or 116 degrees F where I live 2 degrees C warmer west of here. Our warmest ever day. Days over 40 used to happen maybe 1-2 times a summer. This summer and late spring we have them weekly.

    The biggest problem this nation has is the lack of leadership shown by our PM. The thing is he’s no leader at all. His handling of this catastrophe is being compared to GW Bush during Hurricane Katrina

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    • Stunning synopsis, Algy.

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        Thank you Emm. It’s a little different educating the Americans who a quite receptive.There horror and disgust to what they see as federal inaction. The u appear to see Scotty the Stupid as a complete idiot out of his depth like the orange buffoon.

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        • algernon1 said:

          I might add a little to this with some of the responses to what I posted. RWNJ’s who are just plain ignorant or fail comprehension. This one from Jackie who missed that we came from the same city.

          Jackie
          Sydney9h ago
          @Algernon
          You are not telling the whole story.
          The states are in charge of their own Fire Service and not the Federal Government.
          You are laying blame on Our Prime Minister for political reasons.This is why he was voted in so soundly as he backs hazard reduction in the bush.We are now seeing the result of Green and Left policys of not clearing and burning off the fuel on the ground in Winter.
          In the USA you are not hearing the anger of the people who have lost their homes that begged to be able to clear the undergrowth in bush in their area but were fined if they did so.Especially in Gippsland,home of the left green Government.Again only selected reporting in the NY Times.
          The first changes to be made here now are
          increased Hazard Reduction to burn off and clear the bark,branches and undergrowth of euchalyptus trees just like the Aborigines have done since the year dot.Read some history of our country,these fires have always
          occurred.

          Similar from Carolyn, who feels the need to be an apologist for Scotty the Stupid, who like Jackie feels the need to blame the Greens. Oh and this government has only been uin for a very short period of time, WTF. I’m surprised she didn’t blame the self
          combusting manure.

          Carolyn
          Sydney9h ago
          @Algernon he has been in leadership for a very short time, yet people are complaining about things that previous government have done or he has little control over. If the foolish Greens didnt go on and on about stopping back burning before summer. I have plenty of family next to bush, yet 2019 had extremely little back burning compared to the numerous in previous years as people complained it was bad for environment and animals. What about the arsonists? Where is there media coverage? People are more interested in blaming the leader who from the powers from the constitution has no power with forestry, as this is the sole power of each state. A national emergency does not cover forestry, so the Prime Minister can only support snd give funds to State, in the hope they use it wisely.

          Steven and Diane Williams are on the money though.

          Stephen
          Melbourne7h ago
          @Algernon And this is a prime minister who declares one minute disaster management is a state responsibility, and then, a few days late (after much criticism) calls out the ADF reserve, deploys military assets and procures more water bombers than anyone asked for – and then puts out a promotional ad – with an upbeat jingle – to boast about what he’s done to help!
          It’s all about him (sound familiar NYT readers?).

          Dianne Williams
          Canberra7h ago
          If something is broken make an ad to show it’s fine! Ugh. I could not believe that he thought now was a good time to put out party political propaganda. If everything else showed that Scomo is completely out of touch this is the just the cherry of hypocrisy on top of the cake.

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          • Don’t be taken in by that ‘stupid’ act, Algae… it IS just an act! As with Dubya… but he knows what he’s doing. He just doesn’t have the same set of priorities that ‘We the People’ have.

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            I’m not taken in by the stupid act Asty, I’ve labeled him Scotty the Stupid and used the moniker since he was elected and use it at nearly every opportunity. On this fire catastrophe he has no idea what he is doing, his actions are stupid.

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          • Well… maybe. Somehow I just can’t help but think it’s not so much that he’s stupid as that he just doesn’t care. Even with this fire emergency. He cares more about his image than about displaced people with destroyed homes and lives… I suppose to some extent that IS stupid, though.

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  21. algernon1 said:

    Penrith smashed its heat record this afternoon which was 46.9, now at 48.4. It’s been over 46 where I live. Never gone over 46 here before.

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    • I must say it surprised me when it went to 47C here in Adelaide last year (or at least, in Smithfield Plains, anyway!) And this year too. Hope we don’t get too many more days like that… I pity the people in Penrith. And the electrickery companies charge an arm and a leg for the electrickery to run the air conditioning these days, too! Mercenary bastards!

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      • algernon1 said:

        Peaked at 47.1 here and 48.9 at Penrith. AC is working well today.

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        • Hi Algy. We had one installed in the kitchen family / dining room about a month ago. Money well spent. Solar powered costs nothing to run in daylight hours.

          Too bad batteries are not yet economical.

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          • algernon1 said:

            Ours work off the solar panels too. Still get bills but at a fraction of what they would be.

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          • Costing a few bob as we speak but after 10:00pm the rate goes way down. Worth it on these too hot to sleep otherwise nights.

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          • I have solar panels too… but I ended up being ripped off by the solar installation company (Town and Country Solar), who swindled me into signing over my STCs to them, and thus ended up paying twice as much as I should have for them.

            On top of which I only seem to benefit in summer… my bills are relatively low then, but they make up for it in winter, when heating sends them through the roof because as a disabled person, a) I’m at home and using electricity all day, every day, b) the electrickery companies have jacked up their prices so much since installation, and c) the ‘feed-in tariff’ has been lowered considerably since then too.

            The fact is I’m probably spending just as much, averaged out over the year, as I was before I had solar installed. They tell me that if I didn’t have solar panels I’d be paying even more… That’s what’s generally known as ‘cold comfort’… especially in winter!

            Frankly I suspect this ‘solar’ fad is just another gravy train… and while I think that yes, the climate is warming, I’m really no longer at all sure that it’s cause is anthropogenic… remember Graham Bird? Can’t help but think he was right… Have you heard of ‘Milankovic Cycles’? And do you realize how little, relatively speaking, that human generated CO2 is when compared to natural emissions?

            Whatever is causing warming, its NOT CO2… the long term climate graphs taken from ice-cores strongly suggest that warming happens first and CO2 levels follow… after a delay of a couple of centuries. The so-called ‘Hockey-Stick’ they used to frighten the public with was based on an error of scale, which has been discovered but never rectified. They’re using fear as a lever with which to manipulate us, as always! And exploiting the fears of the young to do it, too!

            Tbh, these days I don’t know what to believe… government objections to action on climate change (which would probably be futile anyway, if based on CO2 levels!) seem to be a means to get ‘we the sheeple’ clamoring for exactly that kind of ’emergency’ action… which they know will have little or no effect, except to help them a) profit from all the distress and fear, and b) enable them to deprive us of even more of what few rights and/or ‘freedoms’ we have left. Especially when 5G is adopted globally, which will be a totalitarian nightmare!

            Stop the world! I want to get off! :-/

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  22. vivienne29 said:

    The smoke haze here is bad – been crook for a long time but today worse. Son in law has been taken off logistics for fire fighting and now to do it with ag people who assess and put down animals and all the horror of the aftermath. Victorian State Government employees are actively involved. Morrison should mandate the Defence forces are all trained in fire fighting. He should commit many millions to buying a standing national fleet of fire fighting planes, helicopters. The gutless wonder doesn’t have a fucking clue.

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    • algernon1 said:

      You’re asking Scotty the Stupid to demonstrate Leadership. Problematic, he gas NFI.

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      • vivienne29 said:

        Cobargo people told him what they thought of him good and proper. Yet he still wandered around with a stupid look on his face and seemed oblivious to what he’d done and why they were so angry.

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        • algernon1 said:

          Scotty the Stupid doesn’t like it when he’s questioned, or when people are hurling abuse at him, he’s not even liking reporters questioning him and holding him with contempt. Two opinion pieces in the SMH hold no punches.

          I’ll give Gladys Binchicken her due, she fronts up to press conferences and quietly get on with things though the Minister fro Emergency services, impersonating police and thumping teenagers sees fit to impersonate Scotty the Stupid. Andrews in Victoria is no nonsense. Both in their own way are doing their jobs.

          Scotty the Stupid is looking for photo opportunities, he’s clueless, no Leadership skills whatsoever.

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          • I don’t think he’s really stupid, Algae… he just looks that way to normal people because he obviously doesn’t give a shit about anyone but himself and his own political career, which is ensured just as long as he totally ignores the needs, demands, and/or wishes of ‘We the People’ of Australia.

            In fact I think ‘Scotty the Sell-out’ would be a more appropriate nickname for him, as his ‘stupidity’ consists largely of his having sold ‘We the People’ of Australia down the river to his corporate masters. It’s a survival strategy… of a sort. (Of a dirty, conniving, low-down, self-interested, scum-sucking sort!)

            The real problem is that he’s not alone… most of our so-called ‘political leaders’ have already done the same, and those that haven’t are probably just not in an important enough position to warrant the interest of said corporate masters. I’m convinced that only sell-outs are allowed anywhere near parliament house these days. RIP Democracy… which finally succumbed, after a prolonged illness, when Gough Whitlam was ousted by the CIA (the American branch of The Mossad).

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